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what if a single figure is too large to be put in one sheet?

Having a figure that is too large for one sheet (especially with the minimum font sizes and required margins) is fairly common for electronic circuits, sample computer code to implement a function, or ...
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Restrictions regarding drawings

You can put anything you want in a provisional application. Photos (even color photos) are frequently filed in regular utility applications too, but they don't reproduce well, so examiners will often ...
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How many drawings can a patent have?

The USPTO imposes an additional fee beyond the provisional filing fee for each 50 sheets beyond 100 sheets (pages) for a provisional patent application. That fee ranges from $100 for a micro entity, $...
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Can I use microsoft Paint for drawings?

Can I use Microsoft Paint for drawings? Yes. There is no legal restriction on what software you use to produce the drawings initially. As long as the final product complies with the requirements of ...
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Can I reclaim the broken line features in Design application drawings during prosecution?

MPEP 1504.04 discusses converting originally disclosed broken lines to solid lines: "an amendment that changes the scope of a design by either converting originally-disclosed solid line structure ...
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Inventive step and how to express multiple solutions to a problem

So I will present one approach. But I should caution that this is not the approach, and others may quite reasonably differ. If an inventive step solves several problems outlined in the background, ...
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Can a patent drawing have numbers like 6A02, 6A04 etc?

The MPEP says reference characters are preferably numerical. Patent applications do not usually have "chapters" and there is no need to invent a convention like that. As mentioned, even numbers let ...
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Is there a standard for reference characters in a figure with multiple identical instances of some object?

I do not think there is a general standard. What I often see is that if the devices are identical and it does not matter which is which, the said devices get the same numbers. For example, if the ...
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What is the best free reliable patent drawing software?

An excellent free 3-D drawing tool is OnShape. It is free and runs within the browser so it works on any computer. Surprisingly capable. You can also generate 2D drawings. Much better than SketchUp ...
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Can I use microsoft Paint for drawings?

Yes you can use MS Paint, but it isn't a good choice. Paint is a painting program which means it edits pixels. Thus its output when printed tends to look blocky and low quality. Much better is a ...
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Design Patent - Having all 7 drawings / figures on 1 page

Yes, many figures can be on one sheet. There is no need to use multiple sheets but if you have more than one figure per sheet you need to be careful that everything is correctly drawn under the USPTO ...
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Purpose of drawings

The purpose of drawings is to help explain the invention, including ensuring it is enabled. Consequently, you should include any drawings that would be useful for the reader to this end. If no ...
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How to number the parts in the drawings?

If you are submitting a patent application to the U.S. Patent Office, then according to the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure 608(p): (1) Reference characters (numerals are preferred), sheet ...
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Patent drawings for software

I'm not a patent lawyer and don't have much experience with provisional patent applications, but I do have quite a few patents some of which are software related. I'm going to try to answer your ...
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Is there any reason not to use Powerpoint for Application Drawings?

Of course you may use Powerpoint, but there are some decent reasons not to. First and foremost, Powerpoint simply isn't that good for drawing graphics (in my humble opinion), especially if you are ...
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Does USPTO accept a sequential diagram?

I agree Eric Shain. In fact, this kind of diagrams are quite popular en communication protocol related patents, where interactions between sender and receiver have a sequential order. For example, ...
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What are the rules for drawing a system diagram in patent drawings?

Must the system diagrams, illustrating nodes in distributed network, be presented as hollow, rectangular shapes? I made them as hollow, elliptic shapes, is it important? - In utility patent ...
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How to represent arbitrary text in a patent drawing

I do not think there is a 'recommended way', what you should do is explicitly state that the value/text could be something else as well. So in the drawings you include the text you mentioned or an ...
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How can I get a high-definition version of drawings from USPTO patents?

The quality of the images from the pdf found at Google Patents seems to match the quality found at the USPTO Public Pair. Thus, I think it is as good as you are likely to get, but I don't know for ...
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How can I get a high-definition version of drawings from USPTO patents?

It is conceivable that higher quality versions of relatively recent design patents are available but most likely not for utility patents. Regardless of the format underlying the PDF file that is ...
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Can I reclaim the broken line features in Design application drawings during prosecution?

I have seen many office actions on design patent applications that we have worked over years, In most cases examiner will not allow reclaiming a portion of the design by converting broken line to ...
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Modern Design Patent Drawings without Shading? - Example

It's fine to not have surface shading, as long as your drawings are clear without it. That is, surface shading is just one technique that is used to completely and adequately show the nature of the ...
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Does USPTO accept a sequential diagram?

Diagrams, illustrations, photos and graphs are all allowed in a patent application. They are referred to as drawings under 35 U.S.C 113: The applicant shall furnish a drawing where necessary for ...
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Does USPTO accept a sequential diagram?

I would expect that a drawing that conforms to USPTO drawing requirements (black and white comes to mind, exceptions for color is accepted only under documented conditions). A search of patents.google....
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How to draw hierarchical structures?

I'm assuming you're drawing it digitally and not by hand, personally if by hand I would use small down arrows to say it's a lower level X. Digitally, maybe something along the lines of X_, X-, or X~?
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artwork missing from US9476133

For reasons no one can explain, Google provides two different sites for viewing patents www.google.com/patents and patents.google.com. Only patents.google.com reliably shows patent figures. I would ...
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How to draw patent illustrations?

Most patent illustrations are line drawings. As such, they are best created with a vector drawing program. Vector drawing programs edit graphic primitives such as lines and curves rather than pixels. ...
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How many drawings can a patent have?

Please refer to https://www.uspto.gov/learning-and-resources/fees-and-payment/uspto-fee-schedule#:~:text=Patent%20Fees,-The%20fees%20subject&text=The%20%24400%2F%24200%20non,in%20paper%20with%...
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