Obtaining a patent requires a lot of meticulous steps, and one of them is Patent Proof Reading. Patent proofreading is crucial to obtain the right patent and ensure that the patent application does not carry errors of any nature, technical or formal. Patent proofreadings’ significance is much greater as it determines the quality of a patent application. It is one of the most important steps while ascertaining the quality of a specification and involves complete scrutiny of the invention and the patent application, depending on what the objective of the proof-reading exercise is. It is a necessary step in making sure that the patent application protects the intended scope of its creation. Patent Proof Reading is the final step for obtaining a Patent.
We at IP and Legal Filing (IPLF) have a team of highly-trained experts who shall help in meticulous filtering of errors from the patent drafts and specifications, which would finally help in avoiding any uncalled damage including small but significant overlooks and thus, ensuring top-notch accuracy of your patent application.
Claims are the heart of a patent and define the limit/scope of exactly what the patent covers. Therefore, while drafting claims, one shall be very clear with the choice of words, their limitation to the protection claimed and what is disclosed. A well-structured claim set can significantly enhance the chance of getting a patent granted.
A minor grammatical error may change the whole intention of a sentence and may also lead to major ambiguities. Thus, proofreading helps in eliminating such confusions, leading to clear and specific content in a patent application draft.
Proofreading ensures that the patent draft has complied with all the technical procedures.
4. Enabling inventions
A patent draft must disclose the invention to its fullest, including making such that the patent application is fully enabled, failure of which may result in rejection of the patent application. Patent proofreading protects patent applications from getting rejected because of such enablement reasons.
Drawings help in better understanding of the invention and the claimed subject matter. If the drawings are not clear or do not properly map to the description given in the patent application, chances of rejection of the said patent application increases. Patent proofreading scrutinizes such patent specifications, technical details, clarity, and clarity/consistency in drawings and also keeps a check on whether good quality ink and sheets have been utilized while preparing such drawings.
A comprehensive reference numeral mapping/check can help in identifying missing references and references that are not required or are redundant.
Proofreading also helps in checking whether a patent application fulfils the standards of territorial laws/practices in which the application is to be prosecuted/examined. The exercise helps check that the standards/specific practices according to law, language, grammar, page margin, quality of used pages, writing etc are fully complied with.
- Editable copy of Patent Application/Specifications
1. What is Patent Proofreading?
Patent Proofreading is arguably the most important step in the process of obtaining a patent. Proofreading exercise aims at reviewing the subject patent specification to identify there are any formal or technical errors in the application such in the terms used, consistency of terms, clarity of drawings, scope of claims, description of the invention, among other aspects that are independently verified for their accuracy.
2. What are the essentials of Proofreading?
Few of the key parameters that are considered while undertaking proofreading exercise on a patent application include a review concerning:
- Claim construction
- Grammatical errors
- Enablement of the invention
- Scope of the patent
- Clarity and consistency of drawings, reference numerals, and terms used in the specification
3. What are some of the common mistakes that are committed while drafting a patent application?
- Some common errors that usually form part of a patent specification include:
- Missing the basics of an invention while explaining its functionality.
- Committing Grammatical/Typographical or other clerical errors in the patent specification.
- Framing Actionable Information without understanding legal requirements in the country of filing/interest.
- Leaving scope for ambiguity in the patent application.
- Describing specifications using generic terminologies.
- Lack of clarity/antecedent basis in claim dependencies.
4. What kinds of errors are usually identified through the proofreading process?
The errors may be of different types including but not limited to identification of missing claims, clerical errors, antecedent basis, reference numeral based errors, grammatical errors, incorrect figures, incorrect claim numbering, error in claim dependencies, typographical errors, repetition of textual matter, among others.
5. Is patent proofreading mandatory?
Proofreading per se is not mandatory but is highly recommended to get two eyes onto the patent specification, and improve the overall quality of the patent specification by finding out errors that might have inadvertently crept into the patent application during the drafting process.