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LEAD TIME REDUCTION FOR PATENT ILLUSTRATION IN PATENT FILING PROCESS

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000204959D
Publication Date: 2011-Mar-14
Document File: 5 page(s) / 44K

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Abstract

A technique to identify and reduce the lead time and costs associated with preparation of patent illustrations during the patent filing and prosecution process is proposed. Accordingly, a computer based tool is developed which prioritizes illustration tasks and drawings after careful consideration of associated risk factors. Additionally, a communication protocol is developed to connect all the concerned persons at various locations on a real time basis.

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LEAD TIME REDUCTION FOR PATENT ILLUSTRATION IN PATENT FILING PROCESS

BRIEF ABSTRACT

    A technique to identify and reduce the lead time and costs associated with preparation of patent illustrations during the patent filing and prosecution process is proposed. Accordingly, a computer based tool is developed which prioritizes illustration tasks and drawings after careful consideration of associated risk factors. Additionally, a communication protocol is developed to connect all the concerned persons at various locations on a real time basis.

KEYWORDS

    Dual energy, X-ray imaging, X-ray source spectrum, grating interferometers, Bremsstrahlung spectrum, coherence, diffraction.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Innovations are new ideas that have not been conceived before. Innovations need to be illustrated to describe the details of an invention. Patent illustrations are critical to a patent application as they support the patent application's description in an illustrative form. Such illustrations need to be accurate and clear when referring to any element of an invention as they support the claimed features of an invention.

    Time required for creating conceptual diagrams as per an invention is time-consuming. Further, the number of patents applications being processed is

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increasing steadily with time. Hence it is desirable to reduce the cycle time to meet the customer's demand. Another critical aspect to help reduce lead time for completing patent drawings is to prioritize the list of tasks based on their importance and associated risk factors. Additionally, it is essential to find ways to decrease the cost of operations to benefit from it. Patent illustration is found to be such an operation which may benefit greatly by reducing iterations and time associated with it.

    Typically, a complete set of informal drawings which range in complexity is required to be prepared within a short turnaround time. Concerned patent agents and inventors work with the drawings at this intermediate stage. If required, illustrators revise the drawings and finally the illustrator formalizes the finalized drawings.

    However, some problems are associated with such a mode of patent illustration preparation. For example, a large number of changes to the drawings may be requested by a customer such as addition of diagrams, re-design of drawing patterns and inventor feedback among others. Lack of clarity about changes required in the drawings, poor quality of images which are made available to the illustrator, time lag while the illustrator is waiting for feedback and clarifications from patent agents and inventors are additional issues. Further, there are some drawbacks associated with communication between the illustrators and other persons, for example, lack of intermediate communication on the status of a drawing, c...