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 essentials of a patent and identify the limit/scope of accurately what the patent covers. Therefore, while drafting claims, one shall be very apparent with the choice of words, their restriction to the protection claimed, and what is disclosed. A well-structured claim can have more scope and possibility of getting a patent granted.
A minor grammatical mistake may vary the whole intention of a sentence and may also lead to major irregularities. Thus, proofreading helps in removing such confusion, leading to clear and exact 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 reveal 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 an enhanced understanding of the invention and the claimed subject matter. If the drawings are not clear or do not correctly map to the explanation given in the patent application, the probability of refusal of the said patent application increases. Patent proofreading inspects 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 used 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 inspecting whether a patent application fulfills the principles of territorial laws/practices in which the application is to be prosecuted/examined. It helps in checking the standards/specific practices according to law, language, grammar, page margin, quality of used pages, writing, etc are completely comply with.
- Editable copy of Patent Application/Specifications
1. What is Patent Proofreading?
Patent Proofreading is characterized as one of the most imperative and necessary steps, in the complete process of obtaining a patent. The proofreading exercise aims at reviewing the subject patent specification to identify whether there are any technical, formal, and/or other errors in the application such as inter alia errors in the terms used, consistency of the terms, clarity of the drawings, scope of claims, description of the invention, that are independently verified for their accuracy.
2. What are the essentials of Proofreading?
Few of the key parameters that are considered while undertaking a proofreading exercise on a patent application include a review concerning:
- Construction of the claim
- Errors in the terms used, including Grammatical errors
- Enablement of the invention
- Scope of the patent
- Clarity and consistency in the 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 of the common errors that are usually a part of the patent specification include:
- The basics of an invention while explaining its functionality are missing.
- There are grammatical/typographical or other clerical errors in the patent specification.
- Framing of the actionable information without understanding legal requirements in the country of filing/interest.
- Scope of ambiguity in the patent application.
- Description of specifications by the usage of 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, which might include, but are not limited to the identification of missing claims, clerical errors such as grammatical/typographical errors, antecedent basis, reference number-based errors, incorrect figures, incorrect claim numbering, error in claim dependencies, repetition of textual matter, among others.
5. Is patent proofreading mandatory?
Proofreading is not essentially mandatory. However, it is highly recommended to get the patent specification cross-checked by the experts, in order to improve the overall quality of the patent specification by spotting out the errors that might have inadvertently crept into the patent application during the process of drafting.