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(Message started by: firstflight on Sep 25th, 2005, 2:37pm)

Title: using autodesk
Post by firstflight on Sep 25th, 2005, 2:37pm
I was wondering,,,I have my idea on autodesk,,,can I use it for my patent instead of a drawing or do I need them both?

Title: Re: using autodesk
Post by Wiscagent on Sep 25th, 2005, 4:17pm
firstflight -

You wrote "I have my idea on autodesk."

I assume you mean that you have drawings depicting certain embodiments of your invention in electronic format.  If you can print out the drawings and they meet with the patent office requirements, then sure, you can use those drawings as PART of a patent application.

In a utility patent application the purpose of the drawings is to support the written description and claims of the patent.  The drawings can not substitute for a written description or claims.

Richard Tanzer

Title: Re: using autodesk inventor
Post by firstflight on Sep 26th, 2005, 1:07pm
Thanks for your reply Richard. I was needing this information as I am at the step of either drawing or using my autodesk inventor. You did mention, if they met the patent office requirments. May I ask where I may find these requirments? You can now tell, I am new at this. Thanks for all your help.

I must add: This is the best site I have seen on the web.  You guys and gals are a great help for us newbies.

Title: Re: using autodesk
Post by Wiscagent on Sep 26th, 2005, 1:46pm
If you are applying for a United States patent, there are several sources of information on the patent office (USPTO) web site.
 http://www.uspto.gov/ebc/efs/faq/figures.htm discusses how to submit drawings in electronic form.
 http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/utility/utility.htm#draw summarizes the requirements for drawings.
 37 CFR sections 1.81, 1.83, 1.84 & 1.85 presents the actual rules for drawings, it can be found at http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/consolidated_rules.pdf .

There are also books available about how to apply for a patent that provide information on patent drawings.

I’ll repeat myself, but keep in mind that while drawings are an important part of many patent applications, they are only a part.  A well written specification ending with carefully drafted claims is essential to obtain a valuable patent.

Best of luck,

Richard Tanzer

Title: Re: using autodesk
Post by Isaac Clark on Sep 26th, 2005, 2:13pm
Which end of this thing do the bullets go in?

Mr. Firstflight,

Please do not take my remarks as an attempt to solicit business, but your questions suggest an unfamiliarity with what you are doing that may result in your not knowing to ask the really important questions.

I would recommend that in addition to following the advice that Mr. Tanzer gave you that you take a look at some issued patents that are in the same field as your invention to get a feel for what a patent document might contain.

I don't know what in what form your invention is documented on autodesk, but the short answer is that any method of generating drawings that results in compliance with the PTO requirements will work.  

In addition to the documents suggested by Mr. Tanzer let me suggest a book called "Guide for the Preparation of Patent Drawings".  While you can purchase this book on Amazon, it is a government publication and I've had success in the past at locating downloadable copies via google.

Title: Re: using autodesk
Post by firstflight on Sep 26th, 2005, 6:32pm
I thank you for you help. I feel more and more confident about this patent process every time i come into this room,,,again that you for you time and knowledge.

William Robert Murr



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