is a registered patent agent and design projects supervisor with Patent Designs. As a member of the design projects team, Cole is responsible for delivering high quality patent drawings that meet USPTO standards. This involves managing multiple drafting teams, communicating with clients, and verifying the correctness of drawings based on client requests but also domestic and international requirements. Cole regularly presents educational material to patent practitioners on how to effectively communicate and complete drawing projects.
While it has been said that the how and why of patent application drawings are usually best left to the professionals, I do think it is important for everyone – from the solo inventor to the big firm practitioner – to have a general understanding of the basics of utility application drawings. It is nice to be able to rely on an illustration service to get everything right for you; however, as the person with the name on the patent application, you are ultimately responsible for the content and form of the drawings that are submitted. This article will touch on the fundamentals of a utility drawing. While you may not be creating the drawings, it is crucial that you have an idea of what to look for in order to be compliant with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) guidelines.