3/2/2010
by: Joseph Page
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Patent Drawings

A view of invention

Drawing

Patent drawing rules are a bit peculiar and limiting. This is especially true in view of modern computers which have revolutionized drawing technologies in nearly every field imaginable. Not patents. The patent rules leave us in the dark ages.

Patent drawings are not typically like engineering drawings. Engineering drawings are meant to provide a very high level of detail. Patent drawings are meant to provide a high level of breadth. These two conflicting objectives can prevent one from using engineering drawings in a patent application. For this reason, it is sometimes best to hire a patent draftsmen familiar with the rules and objectives of patent applications. You might find any one of the following useful in assisting you with your patent drawings.
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While it has long been the case that algorithms per se are not patentable, computer software is not under the same restriction.  Computer software and in particular computer software related to business methods have been under some serious judicial review of late.  The final result from the United States Supreme Court: computer software is largely patentable in re Bilski.  Further, European national courts seem to be taking the same position more each day as might be illustrated by the high German court ruling which upheld a major Microsoft patent recently. Patent Attorney, Patent law Software Patents - Bilski
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