A design patent application is substantively comprised of a specification (preamble, figure description(s), and single claim) and drawings containing the figures. Good drawings are extremely important: not only is the drawing the scope of what is to be protected, but insufficient drawings can be fatal to the patent’s validity.
Drawings which cannot be derived from 3d modeling software (e.g.
, Solidworks, ProE, etc.) should be professionally obtained. We work closely with up-and-coming industrial design firms in Chicago, such as Patrick Harris of iMagine-it-Tech,
to not only render concepts in 3d but also to draft patent illustrations to include in the actual application. Even when drawings can be derived from 3d modeling software, their presentment in an application must be made pursuant to numerous view, broken line, and shading requirements.