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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Hey everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host for the Bold Today’s Show. I’m here to cue the inventor, entrepreneur, business owner, and provide you with daily inspiration to make the world a better place.

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Today, we’re diving into Step 10, discussing the drawings and figures. It’s crucial not to overlook this aspect. While we’ve extensively covered the invention through words in steps 1 through 9, describing its details, differences from prior art, and nuances, drawings play a significant role. Some aspects of the invention can’t be fully conveyed through words alone, and that’s where drawings and figures come in.

By including drawings, you elevate your presentation, offering the examiner visual proof that your innovation is genuinely new, different, and a non-obvious version compared to existing patented material. This step is also essential for delving into the details, setting the stage for the next steps.

It’s worth noting that provisional patent applications allow for informality. You don’t need advanced CAD skills or drafting training. Even a novice can create a sketch by hand. While a computer-aided three-dimensional drawing is an option, it’s not mandatory. Take the time to draw your invention clearly, ensuring your best effort. Refer to the article for examples, template language, and guidance on introducing the figures.

I’ve enjoyed discussing Step 10 with you today, focusing on drawings and filing your patent application. I’m J.D. Houvener, your host for the Bold Today’s Show. Go big!

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