Patent applications include the following key elements:
- Abstract – Keep it short and focused.
- Specifications – A detailed description that is required to. . .
- Be in writing. Drawings and figures are another part of the application and cannot take the place of the written description.
- Enable others to use the invention. The description has to include enough detail about how the invention is made and used in terms that allow an amateur in the field to make and use it.
- Outline the best way to make and use 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.