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How to Make Patent Drawings: A Patent It Yourself Companion 5th Edition

4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
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ISBN-10: 1413306535
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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)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: NOLO; 5 edition (September 13, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1413306535
  • ISBN-13: 978-1413306538
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bruce Boatner on 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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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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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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Ths book would be more valuable for someone unfamiliar with engineering drafting, but for me it was 95% review. There are some good hints about using tracing paper to sketch 3D objects without resorting to a camera obscura, or camera Lucinda. Functionally, Patent drawings are slightly different than Engineering drawings. The goal of a Patent sketch is to convey a concept as generally as possable, whereas an engineering drawing should provide all dimensions angles and surface treatments and so on to allow actual manufacturing. A more general concept drawing protects a broader range of possable itterations of a device and is therefor prefered.

There are sample forms to fill out for submiting drawings, as well as hints that show the whole process including and help showing how to submit suplimental material to satisfy the examiners objections.

I only gave it 3 stars because it was mostly review for me. The only section I found disappointing was the brief description of some available software. My own 25 year exposure to CAD/CAM started with an early edition of AutoCadd for $2000, 5 years later my second cad program cost $300, the third program I purchased cost $29.95 a few years ago. But there is NO mention of Google Sketch Up, which is a very powerful and free 3D drafting program. The Google program opperates a bit differently than traditional 2D drafting, but it is free and well worth the learning curve. Google has made lots of short tutorials, so learning it is not difficult. GoogleSketchUp is as important to me as email, wordprocessing or spreadsheets. As a free and well supported program from a large company, I expect it to replace most purchased AutoCadd programs, so it really should have been mentioned.

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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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