One of the most important parts of your patent filing is the description. The description is going to be what the courts are going to base any patent infringement cases on should there be an issue, so you need to make sure that your description is complete. You are also going to make sure that you follow the correct format in order to make sure that your paperwork is accepted the first time and so that you won't have to redo it. Follow these steps.
1. Have a Title
The top line of your description is going to need to include the name of your idea or invention. This name should describe your idea and invention and what it is able to do.
2. Be Clear About the Field Your Invention Falls Into
Next, you are going to want to label the field in which your invention falls. Write an explanation of each field that you think that it could fall into. For example, you might create an invention that uses computers, so it would fall into the Manufacturing field, as well as the Technology field.
3. Write Background
The background information should include any information that a person will need to find your invention in a search engine's database. You will also need to include any information that people might need to examine your invention, such as photographs.
4. Complete the Prior Art
You are also going to have to write a short passage about any problems that past inventors or thinkers might have had with your particular idea. For example, one of the main obstacles that people ran into when they were building the airplane is that they didn't know how to get enough fuel on board for a flight without sinking the airplane due to the large amount of weight. This statement is called the prior art. Once you have written out all of the potential obstacles to your idea or obstacles that scientists and other inventors might have had in the past, you will want to write how your invention solved these problems and avoided the obstacles.
5. Write the Description
Finally, you are going to want to write a detailed description of how your project works. You want to include how each of the pieces fit together, the precise amounts of any chemical compounds that you might have used, and a description of the materials that you used to make each piece. You want to provide a detailed enough description so that someone else would be able to recreate you invention. This will provide you with a greater level of legal protection.
For more information, talk to a patent attorney, such as one from Hamilton IP Law PC.