How To Write a Patent Disclosure

If you invented something and you want to make sure that this invention will be named under you and have the sole right over it, you need to apply for a patent application. The United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) is the one that reviews and approves patent application. This will protect your invention from being copied by other inventors. A patent disclosure is part of the patent application, which states all necessary information about your invention. If you are not sure how to write a patent disclosure for your invention, you can always hire a lawyer to help you out. However, if you want to write this on your own, it is also possible.

Here are the steps on how to write a patent disclosure.

  • Write the invention’s name. If you don’t have a specific name yet for your invention, its purpose can be written instead. Tell what the invention is for. Include how you came up with the idea of the invention as well. Explain what led you to start creating it. Give the specific moment and the date when the idea entered in your mind. Be detailed on your explanation. Narrate all details that made you come up with this invention.
  • Explain how you made the invention. Include the things that you used in making the invention. Write the design as well as the purposes of its parts. Do not miss anything that you used on your invention. If someone does the same invention but uses different parts or alter the design, even if it has the same function, he may still be granted a patent of their own. Therefore to protect your work, be as detailed as possible.
  • Point the difference. If you based your invention on an existing invention, you should be able to prove that yours is an improved version. Point out what makes your invention better and give specific information backing up your claim. You should be able to prove that your invention is not just an imitation of an existing invention but one of a better type.
  • Proofread your patent disclosure. Make sure that this is understandable. Remove redundant words or sentences and include any necessary information that is still missing. Double-check the spelling as well as the grammar. If possible, let a colleague read the disclosure to make sure there are no mistakes. He might also be able to give additional ideas that you can include in the disclosure. Reading patents on other existing inventions will help you in writing your own patent. Check some of the patents so you’ll have a better idea on the proper way of writing one.

Once done, pass your application to the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO). They will review your application and will take note of the things you need to edit on your application including the patent disclosure. Change necessary information until you and the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO) are satisfied with the application. If there are no more revisions needed, wait for the approval of your patent so that you will have an exclusive right with your invention.


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