My invention involves people using machinery (computers, cars, cell phones, etc). I have been warned on this forum against including people as elements of a claim. Are the rules for specifications as strict? For example, I have a console within a vehicle as part of my invention. I have taken pains to exclude the vehicle itself from the claims, but without a human operator interacting with the console, the vehicle is sort of inert. Can I draw a driver in a car interacting with a console, or does that make a car and a driver part of the invention? Can I depict a passenger?
No problem. In the spec. and drawings you need to tell and show everything you can think of about what it is and how it is used. The users of patented devices and people carrying out patented methods are often portrayed.
People can also be mentioned in claims as long as they are not an element of the claim. If it is a method claim only actions are elements, not things, so you are safe with those. Two examples from recently issued patents are: