Invention Description 101

This course will help you write an invention description for your digital innovation as quickly and effortlessly as possible. If you follow the 5-step process with an open and curious mind, your invention description can significantly improve the quality of the resulting patent application.

Ground Rules

  1. Take your time. Block your calendar for 3-4 hours and work through this course in deep work mode.
  2. Don’t try to write a patent. Patents tend to use archaic terminology and lots of conditional language. This is what your patent attorney will contribute later where appropriate. Your job is to produce a succinct and concrete description of the innovation. Stay away from vague language. Always write in definitive terms and use plain technical language.
  3. Don’t filter out any details. When you think an implementation detail would limit the patent too much, describe it anyway. Your patent attorney needs to have the complete picture to draft a patent with the broadest possible scope of protection. Your invention description should be comprehensive, and we will decide together which details go into the patent application or will be left out.
  4. Done is better than perfect. You’re not expected to write a PhD thesis, nor a novel or a poem. It’s all about the technical content, and less about the format or the perfect formulation. Consistent terminology would be great, though.

Let’s Get To Work

Remember the deadly sin of the inventor: An invention can’t be patented anymore after it has been made available to the public.

It is therefore recommended to process the Word file locally on your computer and discuss with your patent attorney how to exchange files confidentially.

Download the “Invention description template” Word file now. You will learn how to fill in the information in the next sections.