Patents Explained: A Series of Posts

People often don’t understand what exactly a patent is.  I’m going to take the next few blog posts to describe the different parts of a patent.  A patent generally consists of several items:

  • Abstract
  • Drawings
  • Background / Field of Invention
  • Summary
  • Description of the Drawings
  • Detailed Description of the Invention
  • Claims

Each of these sections serves a different purpose.  Understanding the elements of a patent will help you understand better the nature of a patent, the scope of protection it affords, and a little bit about how an application is written and why.