Patent Drafting : A Primary Guide for Beginners


Patent drafting is a process of writing a detailed application comprising patent description and claims. It is the very first step for patenting your invention. Also, a patent draft is the soul of your invention and it conveys the information about the inventor and the invention. Moreover, it comprises various parts. It requires both skill and science (technical knowledge) to prepare a draft that outshines others. Along with this, it follows a format which is in compliance with the intended jurisdiction.

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Types of Patent Applications

Drafting a patent application is not an easy-to-do task. While preparing the draft the inventor keeps in mind the type of application he/she wants to go for. However, the composition and the purpose of drafting those patent applications are different from each other. Hence, it is essential to know the significance of the applications.

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Patent Drafting broadly involves two types of Applications:

Provisional and Non-Provisional


Provisional Application

Non-Provisional Application


Primary and incomplete application Final and complete application


Not checked by the examiner at PTO Checked by the examiner at PTO


Devoid of claims and drawings Comprised of claims and drawings
4 Helps seeking priority date

Filed within 12 months of filing a provisional application


  • Some Inventors hire agents and/or attorneys for preparing a patent draft, but it is not a compulsion. However, people hire agents so that their draft is in a proper format and is devoid of the mistakes that can lead to patent application objection and/or rejection.
  • Some attorneys prefer drafting complete non-provisional application while some prefer drafting it in parts.
  • The Priority date is the first filing date of the provisional patent application draft.

 Patent drafting A Quick guide for Beginners

Patent Drafting: Procedure

  1. Prepare the Invention Disclosure Form: this form provides a detailed idea about your invention to the hired agent or attorney.
  2. Interview with the Attorney/Agent: Interview with the attorney/ agent creates an in-depth understanding of the invention for both the inventor and the agent.
  3. Create Sketches and Drawings: the sketches in your patent draft give a visual representation of your invention. Every figure should go with a little subtitle of what that drawing is about.
  4. Draft the Claims: start writing the claims that have a broader scope and then the ones with a narrow scope. Claims are always written in single statements. Also, they define the area on which we seeking a patent grant.
  5. Prepare Abstract: after finalizing the figures and claims, prepare an abstract or summary which provides a quick go through of the invention. Also, all the essential points regarding the invention are stated in a simple and unambiguous language.
  6. Review the prepared draft: after preparing the final draft, the inventor/ applicant makes a final inspection of the draft.

Note: Prepare a patent draft keeping in mind the jurisdiction(s) and the language(s) accepted in that particular jurisdiction.

Also read about the importance of patent proofreading with USPTO best practices.

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