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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hi everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today’s Show, where you, the inventor or entrepreneur, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. [Music]

We’re here talking about the detailed description again, giving honor to our inventor Lonnie Johnson who invented the Super Soaker. This is the second part of the detailed description of the patent document. Yesterday we talked about the framework that is set up with just the written description. This part is where we start introducing and describing each figure chronologically, starting with figure 1. What specific elements within that drawing need to be talked about?

It’s a very systematic approach where you go item by item and describe what materials, what shape is it, how is it related to the other element, and of course, you’re going to be repeating lots of elements as you describe them. Understand what orientation they might be or what different types of views you might need to be looking at, which figure should you be looking at, and what elements need to be applied to this structure and the function that you’re looking to claim later. Again, back to the claims, right? I warned you the claims are, of course, the heart of a patent and are going to be the main reason for you describing the figures.

The figures are really only required so much so that you need to be able to identify the invention using the drawings. So the drawings are there so that you can properly claim broad enough to cover the shape and the look and the feel to provide that function that you’re looking to claim later. So, working away through this larger second section of the detailed description, you’ll better identify again that each element remains consistent numerically. Every element that’s identified is going to stay consistent. You’re going to identify each of those as they relate to one another throughout the entire specification and the remainder of the detailed description. So if you have any questions about this section of the patent on the Super Soaker, or of course, have any questions about your invention and how it might fit in, please give us a call.

About the Author
J.D. Houvener is a Registered USPTO Patent Attorney who has a strong interest in helping entrepreneurs and businesses thrive. J.D. leverages his technical background in engineering and experience in the aerospace industry to provide businesses with a unique perspective on their patent needs. He works with clients who are serious about investing in their intellectual assets and provides counsel on how to capitalize their patents in the market. If you have any questions regarding this article or patents in general, consider contacting J.D. at