11/01/17 Patent Drawing & Prior Art

Patent Drawing and Prior Art

Patent Drawing
Visual representations of an invention that are included in a patent. Patent drawings show all the features of the invention described in the application, including those features that distinguish it from prior art.

Prior Art
In patent law, all technology and publications available before the date of invention or anything available about the invention more than one year prior to filing the application. A patent will not issue if prior art is uncovered by a patent examiner that demonstrates somebody already came up with the same idea — that is, all of the significant elements in the applicant’s innovation were embodied in an existing innovation.