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By J.D. Houvener
Patent Attorney and Founder

Everybody, I’m J.D. Houvener, your host of the Bold Today Show, where you, the inventor, entrepreneur, business owner, get your daily inspiration to make the world a better place. [Music] [Applause] [Music]. We’re going through every single one of these steps on how to file your provisional patent application, and we’re excited to share with you step 11, which is the detailed description of your invention. This is the heart, right? This is what’s gonna become the true body of your specification. It’s where the examiner will eventually go when they look at the figures. They’ll try to understand how does this figure relate? Does this element intertwine and relate to the other element that it’s connected to? This is where it all comes together.

What you need to do is, when you have those figures drawn, you need to put identifiers, also called numerals, one through whatever number you get to, and associate that reference for each element into the written description. So, if it’s a cylinder, you might label it as 102. In the written description, you say, “Cylinder 102 is circumscribed around the axis.” Get very familiar with referencing the numbers. You’ll consistently use those numbers throughout this detailed description, and for every single one of your figures, make sure you clearly label those numbers. Make sure that they stay consistent through each of the figures as well. This does take a lot of time, and you may need another eye, a careful eye, like a professional patent attorney to help you with this process. We’re here to help you, walk right by your side to get this project done.

But I’ve laid out some really good form information for you to get this done and make your application top-notch. I’ve given you some example language of a patent that’s been filed and granted. You can kind of emulate the way that sentence structure is put together, and I hope you’ll have some fun with this step. I’m your host J.D. Houvener of the Bold Today’s Show. Go big, go bold.

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