Patent drawings are not drawn in the same manner as tradition-
al engineering or architectural drawings. The U.S.P.T.O. is very par-
ticular about the patent drawings and publishes a one-half-inch-
thick book containing rules and examples relating to patent
drawings. ~6 Because of the specialized nature of patent drawings, it is
usually necessary to employ the services of a patent draftsperson to
prepare the drawings.
The abstract is a general description of the technical dis-
closure provided in the specification.
The purpose of the abstract is to enable the U.S.P.T.O. and the
public to quickly learn the gist of the disclosure. The abstract is not
used to interpret the meaning of the claims. Although the abstract
appears on the front page of the issued patent, it is submitted as the
last page of the patent application.
Employing the assistance of a patent practitioner goes beyond
preparing the patent application. The inventor benefits from the
practitioner's experience working with the people and being familiar
with the system at the U.S.P.T.O. Being properly prepared and having
the information the patent practitioner needs to prepare the patent
application maximizes the efficiency of the time spent preparing the
patent application and will ultimately save money with respect to the
Every utility patent application contains, at a minimum, a
background section, a summary, a detailed description, at least one