Thursday, January 3, 2013, 2:06 PM

A Picture Is Worth 1000 Words in the Hi-Tech Patent World

A well-written patent application might have 6000 words and six drawings.  Remarkably, this roughly corresponds to the old adage, “A picture is worth 1000 words.”  Imagine trying to write a patent application without any drawings.  Alternatively, imagine submitting patent applications with only drawings, but no text.  We need both.  The drawings support the text, the text supports the drawings.  Both drawings and text support the claims, and the claims define the invention.

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