What is utility patent drawings?

A utility patent is a type of patent designed to protect the structural or functional aspects of an invention. A utility drawing helps define a complex invention and, as such, plays a key role in the patent application process.

What are some examples of utility patents?

Examples of Utility Patents

  • Machines (e.g. something composed of moving parts, such as engines or computers)
  • Articles of manufacture (e.g. brooms, candleholders)
  • Processes (e.g. business processes, software)
  • Compositions of matter (e.g. pharmaceuticals)

How do you create a patent drawing?

In order to do so, you must:

  1. file three sets of the color illustrations with the USPTO.
  2. complete a petition explaining why color is necessary.
  3. pay a petition fee, and.
  4. include a statement in your patent application that it contains color drawings.

What is required for patent drawings?

Size of the drawing must be 11inch by 8.5 inches and must be white in color. It must be flexible, plane, non-shiny and free of overwriting, alterations and marks of erasing. A margin of 1 inch at the top and left side, 3/8 inch at the right side and 5/8 inch at the bottom.

What’s the difference between a design and utility patent?

In general terms, a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a “design patent” protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171). The ornamental appearance for an article includes its shape/configuration or surface ornamentation applied to the article, or both.

What qualifies for a utility patent?

The four requirements for a utility patent are:

  • The invention must fall within one of the statutory classes.
  • The invention must be useful.
  • The invention must be novel.
  • The invention must be nonobvious.

How do you know if a patent is design or utility?

You can tell if a patent is a utility or design patent by looking at the patent number. If the patent number starts with a “D,” (ex. D91823) then it is a design patent, if the patent number is only comprised of numbers (ex. 8,029,027), then it is a utility patent.

Can patent drawings be hand drawn?

Good question! Well, simply put there are rules that must be followed when submitting for a patent on your drawing. But these rules do not specify that you need to use a computer to create a patent drawing. It’s up to you how the drawing is created, and many people opt to submit hand-drawn patent applications.

Can I use patent drawings?

Patents are published as part of the terms of granting the patent to the inventor. Subject to limited exceptions reflected in 37 CFR 1.71(d) & (e) and 1.84(s), the text and drawings of a patent are typically not subject to copyright restrictions.

Should I file design or utility patent?

A design patent application should be filed when seeking protection for the unique exterior appearance of an article. When seeking protection for the way an article functions including its mechanical structure or the way the article is used, a utility patent application filing is appropriate.

How expensive is a utility patent?

between $7,000 to $20,000
A utility patent will cost between $7,000 to $20,000. This patent cost estimate includes the short-term costs to prepare and file a utility patent application which gives you patent pending for your invention. Also, the estimate includes the long-term costs to examine the utility patent application to get the patent.

How can you tell if a patent is utility or design?