An experienced Patent drafter is aware of the patent proofreading benefits. As the way of a patent, drafting determines the grant of the patent. A patent may become useless because of the drafting mistakes. In worse conditions, the invention may fall under the public domain which makes it impossible to patent again. Thus, it is important to draft a patent carefully.
There is always a chance for unwanted errors even after working with full concentration. These faults may lead to patent rejection or granting of patents that are of no use. In these cases, we require patent proofreading.
Patent proofreading is the last but the most important step in the process of patent drafting. You must proofread the patent draft before finalization. It helps to pick out the errors made unwillingly, for example, spelling mistakes, improper use of articles, formatting errors, skipped points, etc. Thus, it eradicates any harm that the errors would have caused.
Patent Proofreading Benefits:
Now, that you know what is patent proofreading and how it can be helpful in the process of drafting. In the following segment, we will discuss the top patent proofreading benefits, which are:
- Construction of Claims:
Claims are the most important aspect of any patent. They define the limits of patent protection. Proofreading of claim checks missing references and ensures support for the specification of the claim. Also, it helps with omitting claims that are not definite.
Proofreading provides the claims with a definite structure that maintains a balance between what to disclose and what to claim.
- Reducing grammatical errors:
Grammar plays an important role in providing definite meaning to a sentence. A single word may have different meanings based on the use of the sentences.
Proofreading ensures that the words used in a sentence provide a proper and clear meaning to the claim.
Moreover, the officials might reject the patent if there is an unclear meaning for the claim. Proofreading helps to omit grammatical errors and build precise claims.
- Enabling the Invention:
Several times, a patent fails to enable the invention even after you mention the details thoroughly.
It is required that a person with ordinary skills must be able to understand and make the invention with the help of provided details. Also, failing this may lead to the rejection of the patent application.
Thus, proofreading helps to determine whether the draft qualifies for enabling the invention or not.
- Stretch of the patent:
The patent draft decides the limits for patent protection. Proofreading helps to maintain the scope of protection for the patent. The scope must not be too broad, as it leads to increased chances of patent rejection. Also, it must not be too narrow that results in the patent being useless.
There are few certain technical formalities that you must follow to draft a patent. Proofreading helps to determine whether all the formalities are completed or not.
Any shortage of technical working may lead to application rejection.