Writing a patent application
The Patent Act sets out the rules for the structure and format of a patent application that you have to follow, otherwise your application will be rejected and you will lose your filing date. So it is best that you do it right the first time and write as complete an application as possible.
See The parts of a patent application for the complete list of what should be included in an application.
The following section is an overall guide. Writing a good application requires much practice and good writing skills. As patent agents are trained to do this, it may be in your best interest to hire an agent in order to receive maximum protection for your invention.
Make it clear
The application you write eventually becomes your patent. It is a legal document that must be written clearly, precisely, and in a particular format. Patent applications are written this way to make your invention and claims clear to the examiner and anyone else reading your patent.
This lesson begins the way most people start to write their applications, with the drawings. Then it proceeds to discuss the description, the claims, the petition, and the abstract. We recommend that you view the topics in this order. But first, here are a few questions.