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How to Make Patent Drawings: A Patent It Yourself Companion [Paperback]

Jack Lo Patent Agent , David Pressman Attorney
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September 13, 2007 1413306535 978-1413306538 5
Patent drafters charge $75 to $100 per sheet to prepare drawings -- but you can draw them yourself!

How to Make Patent Drawings is an essential guide for inventors who want to complete a crucial step in the patenting process themselves -- creating formal patent drawings that comply with the strict rules of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (and save hundreds or even thousands of dollars).

Written by two experts in the patent field, How to Make Patent Drawings shows you how to:
  • make utility patent drawings
  • make design patent drawings
  • utilize pen and paper, or digital equipment
  • respond to Patent Office Actions regarding drawings

    Plus, once you've secured a patent with your drawings, you can also use them to market and promote your product to prospective manufacturers and customers.

    The 5th edition is completely updated to reflect recent changes to patent law and the newest advances in technical drawing. It includes all necessary forms, plus step-by-step instructions for filling them out.

  • Editorial Reviews

    From Library Journal

    Clear and adequately detailed patent drawings are just as crucial to a successful application as the textual information they illustrate. In response to reader demand, patent agent Lo and attorney Pressman have written a step-by-step guide to patent drawing. Created as a companion publication to Pressman's Patent It Yourself (Nolo, 1996), it's easier to understand than the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) equivalent, Guide for the Preparation of Patent Drawings (GPO, 1993). This book shows how to prepare formal drawings using a pen, a computer-aided design (CAD) program, a camera, or by tracing a photograph. It also notes common errors to avoid, tells how to interpret and respond to objections or rejections by the PTO, and explains terminology ("informalities," "enabling disclosure," "prior art") to which nonspecialists will be exposed in the process. Any library owning Pressman's Patent It Yourself (a self-help standard in its own right) will want this one, too.?Johanna Johnson, Dallas P.L.
    Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


    Leads you step by step through preparing your own. Even if you haven't taken a course in school, you can make your own patent drawings by following these simple examples. (Jack Lander The Inventor's Bookshelf 2009-01-01)

    Even if you hire a patent attorney, this book is worth reading, as it can help minimize the $200-per-hour consulting time you'll need with your attorney. (Entrepreneur Magazine 2009-01-01)

    The authors, a patent agent and a patent attorney, illustrate how to create formal patent drawings that comply with the rules of the U.S. Patent Office, a crucial and sometimes expensive step in the patenting process. (Mechanical Engineering 2009-01-01)

    Using this book, inventors will learn how to complete this crucial step in receiving a patent. (Poptronics 2009-01-01)

    Product Details

    • Paperback: 256 pages
    • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (September 13, 2007)
    • Language: English
    • ISBN-10: 1413306535
    • ISBN-13: 978-1413306538
    • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 8.3 x 10.8 inches
    • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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    65 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Do It Right - Do It Yourself - And Save Money! August 17, 2002
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    On the last couple of patent applications I submitted, I ended up doing 90% of the drawings myself because it turned out to be easier than continuously having to correct the mistakes of the draftsman. My attorney said that my drawings just needed to be shaded and cleaned up a bit, and have the legends applied, but otherwise what ended up going into the applications was essentially my drawings with a few more bells and whistles. His draftsman had just put them on a light table and copied them as is. But I still had to pay for the drawings!
    This book was able to get me the rest of the way there by detailing the regulations that the USPTO puts on drawings. They're not really difficult, but they ARE specific. Don't be intimidated by them. The very simple drawing style specified by the USPTO is to allow clear reproduction and printing. My attorney charges $295 per figure, and one page can have 2 or 3 figures on it! The last application we submitted had about a dozen figures total. Some of the expense is the work of integrating and describing the drawings, but it is guaranteed to save you money if you do your own drawings. Besides, this ensures that you will be satisfied with the quality and accuracy. Don't forget you can also have the draftsman do the difficult 3-D "Figure 1" bit, and you do the simpler stuff. Like me, I'll bet you'll find it easier than you thought!
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    54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
    I have all of David Pressman's books on patenting, you know why? Because I filed my own patent using these books. That's how good they are. They really do have step by step instructions. He also has software that helps you prepare the docs. I sort of used that as well. Again, reasonable priced, and useful. I strongly recommend these books for anyone that wants to File a Patent. They will allow you to do it yourself without an attorney.
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    17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A lot of information in one book January 13, 2008
    By Kevio
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    I bought this book and Patent Pending in 24 Hours. The latter was a complete disappointment (read my review of it). This book however, was fairly detailed and answered quite a few questions for me. I am trained as a Graphic Designer. So I was very interested in doing the drawings myself on the computer. While the book focuses on traditional drawings for the most part, the information is still relevant for computer drawings. The book tells you what parts you need to draw and what to leave out. It also talks about how to shade the different elements. Which is one of the major things the examiner uses to differentiate the parts of your invention that connect or are attached. The book also goes into detail about how to label your figures and numbering of parts.
    The one thing that did bother me about this book is that more than once they tell you to reference Patent It Yourself for more information. I bought this book because it implies that it will tell you everything you need to know about making patent drawings. I thought it was ridiculous that they spread the information out into their other book as a ploy to make more money. Luckily, there is enough information here to do what you need to do.
    Overall I thought the book is a good collection of information. Despite the references to their other book.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book May 26, 2008
    Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
    This book is well written and up to date. I needed detailed information on shading and it was covered very well. If your new to patent drawings, this is covers the subject well.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars OK, not great February 26, 2011
    This book is not as good as I hoped. It is nowhere as good as Nolo's "Patent It Yourself."

    Lots of components are not shown as examples. (Not a single spring, for example.) They don't have setup information for CAD. No online updates or additional material (like the Patent It Yourself does). Index is not helpful.

    I would have liked to see a reference table that lists, say 50 types of drawing, and for each type, a list of patents that the reader could look at for more examples.

    I would like to see a CAD symbol library -- even a small one.

    I would like to see a "List of Common Mistakes" and suggestions on finding and managing drafting agencies.

    Still, not bad for complete beginner.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    I ordered this book because my son has an invention in the works. I have never been disappointed with a Nolo book. Again, they have produced an awesome product here.

    Written by patent agent Jack Lo, and Attorney David Pressman, it is laid out so well, that I believe anyone can follow the illustrations and understand the concepts.

    They have created a step-by-step guide that shows how to complete a crucial step in the patenting process. You'll actually learn how to create formal patent drawings that comply with the strict rules of the U.S Patent and Trademark Office.

    Here are some of the things covered:

    How to:

    * Make utility drawings
    * Make design patent drawings
    * Use pen and paper or digital equipment
    * Respond to Patent Office actions
    * Correct rejected drawings

    The first chapter provides the background information needed to understand the more advanced concepts that are presented in later chapters. It also focuses on basic drawing principles.

    The authors note (p.4) that "We also provide an overview of several drawing methods, to show you that making patent drawings is probably easier than you may have anticipated."

    Some of the chapter titles:

    * Using a Camera
    * Patent Drawing in General
    * Design Patent Drawings
    * General Standards
    * Responding to Office Actions

    The book also has an Appendix with Tear-Out Forms. Plus there is a clearly laid-out Index, which can simplify finding and referring to particular topics. With the book, the reader also gets access to a unique web page on There you can stay current with legal updates to the book, as well as have access to podcasts and blogs. You can also watch helpful videos on patent issues.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth the price. Way too wordy, extraordinarily verbose, uses too...
    Talk out "padding" ?! This guy will talk you to death. Really, even 1 page is too much to explain the margin requirements.

    Don't get this book,.. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Sxean
    4.0 out of 5 stars Essential Guide to Patent Drawings
    How to Make Patent Drawings, ought to be retitled How to Master Patent Drawings. I couldn't imagine any more information they could have provided to make this book any clearer on... Read more
    Published 9 months ago by jsaikin
    5.0 out of 5 stars Patent Drawings
    This book will help me with perfecting the table napkin drawings that are accumulating in my overstuffed chest of drawers.
    Published 10 months ago by Gilbert E. Valenzuela
    5.0 out of 5 stars Patent Drawings
    Have only had time to skim this book in the collection. Impressive drawings. I believe I can adapt these techniques, one day.
    Published 10 months ago by Nana B Mc.
    2.0 out of 5 stars Little Detail on Flowcharts
    I was looking for help with Flowcharts and other diagrams for software patents and this book had very little information on that topic.
    Published 15 months ago by Bavetta
    3.0 out of 5 stars Moderately Useful
    The main NOLO book ("Patent It Yourself") has all the information you need in terms of compliance with Patent Office regulations. Read more
    Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
    5.0 out of 5 stars Patent Drawings
    Good book. Since it costs a lot to do a patent and it takes so long and there's no guarantee you'll get one and then someone can take it away from you, I wouldn't recommend anyone... Read more
    Published 19 months ago by westtextures
    5.0 out of 5 stars If This Is What You Want To Do...
    Calling all inventors who want to apply for their own patents... Calling all people who sell random services on eBay (you know who you are, people who get an Ancestry. Read more
    Published on March 15, 2012 by B. McCarthy
    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
    I am interested in all sorts of scientific drawings, so I was very curious to read this book. As a book devoted to making patent drawings by yourself, I was surprised that it... Read more
    Published on March 15, 2012 by Naomi Manygoats
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great for patent applicants who have some drawing skills
    How to Make Patent Drawings is unusual for Nolo Press, in that it is not a legal guide, but a companion to their Patent It Yourself book. Read more
    Published on March 4, 2012 by A. J Terry
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