Non-Provisional Patent Application

A non-provisional patent application, also called a utility patent application, is the traditional approach for procuring patent protection for an invention.  A non-provisional is granted for functional articles, machines, methods, compositions, or processes.

The components of a non-provisional include the claims, which are the most significant aspect of a patent, as they define the scope of protection on the invention.  The claims are a series of sentences that define novel aspects of the invention.  Other components of the application include the detailed description, which provide a detailed disclosure of how the invention works, and how it is made.  The detailed description is often enhanced by referencing the drawings, which provide a visual diagram of the invention and/or aspects of the invention.  The description is an important part of the application, because it helps identify the scope of the invention, which might need to be mined in prosecution to support the invention’s claims.  As an application cannot be altered to include matter that was not originally disclosed in the specification, it is paramount that the detailed description disclose every aspect of the invention to provide support for the claims.  Drafting the claims and the detailed description is thus a very difficult and serious task requiring knowledge, experience, and foresight.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *