Patent applications include the following key elements:
- Abstract – Keep it short and focused.
- Specifications – A detailed description that is required to:
- Be written.
- Enable others to use the invention – The description includes the “manner and process” for making the invention in terms that allow a person of “ordinary skill” in the art to use it without “undue experimentation.”
- Describe the best mode for carrying out the invention.
- Drawings/Figures – Good quality drawings are important for devices. This element includes gel images, graphs, tables, and schematics. Include some text description of the images.
- Sequence Listing – Pertains to DNA, RNA, or proteins.
- Claim(s) – The exclusive right(s) granted to the patent applicant.
Source: USPTO.gov. 601 Content of Provisional and Nonprovisional Applications [R-07.2015]. 35 USC 111. Application.