Posted on Oct 10, 2018
Law Office of Gerald R. Prettyman
A Patent is a trade-off. In return for the inventor having a monopoly for making, using, offer to sell and selling the invention, the patent application must describe the invention so that (1) the Patent Examiner will sufficiently understand the invention to determine whether the described invention qualifies for a patent, and (2) after expiration of the patent, the public knows how to make and use the invention. Patent applications require multiple well-written descriptions which not only complement each other, but do not conflict. Depending on the type of invention and type of patent application, there are five formats in which to describe an invention.