Patent specifications, which are also known as disclosures, are written descriptions of inventions. Every patent specification, whether provisional or complete, has to sufficiently describe the invention. Each section of a specification – whether field of invention, summary, detailed description, claims, abstract or drawings – has its own importance and plays a vital role during the life of the patent.
Among these sections, the drawings or patent illustrations may appear to be the simplest part of the specification. However, illustrations are not easy to prepare, as they require precision and specialized knowledge and are governed by conventions and rules.
Patent illustrations are diagrammatic representations of an invention. They are required to elucidate the various elements of the claimed invention, and how it functions, where these cannot be conveyed by textual description alone.
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