How to write your patent text

How to write your patent text

All patent applications, even provisional applications, are required to include patent text that describes your idea in detail. Although patent drawings are not mandatory for provisional patent applications, we always recommend creating them. As a result, you’ll also have to provide text to accompany these drawings.

The two types of patent text that you need to write include:

  • Text describing your idea in detail

  • Text describing your patent drawings

For both texts, here are some useful tips for you to keep in mind:

  • Plan your document. Create a structural outline of what you are about to write — have solid reasoning to support your idea.

  • Make it formal. Don’t use slang and pointless words. Use a legible font. Use numerical digits instead of writing them out. Simplify all technical terms and expressions. Use an active voice when writing.

  • Add a strong title to your invention. The title should be short, descriptive, and specific. For example, if you have a blockchain idea, you can add something like “Solving the procurement privacy problems for financial institutions with smart contracts.”

  • Detail the technical field of your invention. Give plenty of background information about the type of problem your invention solves and how it solves the problem. Relate your idea to previous existing fields by stating something like “the invention relates to other procurement methods in the financial industry.”

  • Describe how your idea works. Be precise and detailed. Explain any problems you faced when coming up with your idea (in other words, prior art research results). If your idea has unique technological details, explain how they work. In this phase, try to be as descriptive as possible.

  • Give at least one example of an active use of your invention — it helps others to understand your idea.

  • If you’ve followed our recommendation and decide to include drawings, describe the drawings one-by-one.

We recommend reaching out to an expert to review both your patent text and your entire application.

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