Patents 101: Four Expert Tips For Describing Your Invention

If you have invented something new and are wanting to license it, you will need to file a patent application. A patent will help define and protect your invention from others. It will also give you the right to sell your invention, should you choose to do so. While filing a patent application might seem easy, you will quickly discover how difficult it can be—especially if this is your first time filing one.

The most difficult part of a patent application is describing your invention. After all, it doesn't exist now. So describing it can be quite difficult. In light of that, here are four tips to help you describe your invention clearly:

1. Be Specific and Include All Necessary Information

If you want your patent application to be approved quickly and easily, you will need to properly describe your invention. Ideally, you should include all the important information. Make sure you list all inventors, as well as donors. You should also include information about your invention, such as the problem it solves and how it works. If there are any specific components in your invention, include these as well. Additionally, make sure you list any and all precautions there might be.

2. Keep It Simple

When describing your invention, try to keep it as simple as possible. Do not use flowery language or big words that most people won't understand. To ensure your description is easily understood, have a few people read it. If something is unclear, have them tell you so that you can rewrite the description. Ideally, it should be understood by the average reader. Additionally, make sure it isn't overly long. Your description doesn't need to be a huge essay, so keep it simple and try your best to not over-complicate it.

3. Include a Drawing

You should also include a drawing or chart with your patent application. This drawing can show a mock product, how it works, or how to build it. For the best chances of approval, include a drawing that makes a point to address every situation from build to operation. In general, there are no rules; aside from the fact that the drawing must be easy to understand. So feel free to use color, or not. You could also hire a graphic designer or artist to help you out, if your drawing skills are subpar.

4. File Multiple Claims

Finally, consider filing multiple claims if your invention has various aspects. For example, if it solves more than one problem or can be used in multiple ways, you should probably file multiple claims. This will help ensure you have a safety blanket and that all aspects of your invention will remain yours under law.

Filing a patent claim is an exciting time. However, it's also difficult. If you are feeling overwhelmed, use these tips, along with the help of a patent attorney, to help ensure your patent application is approved quickly—the first time. Learn more about patents here.