Design Patent Views

A Beginners Guide For Basic Views

Design Patents: Basic Views. So you’re ready to take your one-of-a-kind invention to the next level. First of all – congratulations!  Second, let’s talk a little bit about one of the most important things to know about your design; what views your drawings are going to need in order to make sure that your patent application is fully covered and protected.

We understand that navigating through all the requirements for a design can be a little overwhelming if you’re new to the ways of the patent illustration world. And to stress you out a little more, if you plan to file internationally – WIPO can be very (and we mean very) picky when evaluating your drawings.

But no need to fret just yet! In this beginner’s guide we will show you:

  • What basic views are needed for a Design Patent and examples.
  • What additional views you might want.
  • Tip on how to take pictures of your product to present the views to your attorney/illustrator.

Claimed vs Unclaimed

For Design Patents, the main objective is about how your product looks and is centered around visually describing a subject as thoroughly as possible. That means you will need to present views that will dissect your invention in as many ways as necessary for every component to be understood. 

All seven views contain separate pieces of information and together we can understand the visual complexity, overall size, dimension, and necessary information of the claimed matter.

First, we need to talk about claimed vrs unclaimed and the difference between the two. You may wonder what this has to do with the views, but don’t worry we’ll get there.

Claimed components (the focal point of the filing) are parts of your invention filed for ownership and shown in solid lines.

Unclaimed components are EVERYTHING ELSE and are shown in broken or dashed lines.

Here’s a simple example: Let’s say you’re filing an invention for a cool, new rad-looking sock.

  • The illustration would be of the sock on a foot with a bit of the ankle and lower leg visible.
  • The sock would be in solid lines because that is the invention that you are claiming and why the design is being filed.
  • Any human anatomy seen would be unclaimed and shown in broken lines as it has nothing to do with the design of the invention. Also, claiming the human leg would not only be very concerning but just a really weird thing to do. Don’t do that.

The Views In Action

Now that we know claimed vs unclaimed, we can discuss how the claimed matter affects the decision on what views to include in a design patent.

Take our example below – a lovely little invention we like to call Noodle On A Box™. Using these standard views we can understand all the visual information of this VERY COMPLEX box and noodle (sarcasm).

Design Patent

For all claimed material shown in the drawings, we need to be able to demonstrate the depth and dimension of every part of the invention. If we don’t, the patent office could argue that there is not enough information to visually translate what you are taking ownership of. It is with this information that we set the tone for how we decide what views to include.

We have to display every aspect of this new object so that there is no question of how the filed invention appears when it is produced. For something that doesn’t have much complexity, a handful of views may be enough to present all the information necessary. However, the more complex something is, the trickier it can be. At IP Illustration our standard is one front perspective and six orthogonal views. These “ortho” views are elevated front, rear, right, left, top and bottom angled viewpoints. In our experience, we have found that this formula generally showcases all of the information necessary for the viewer to understand what is going on. 

Please also go see our Design Page for just a few examples of design patent drawings that we have created.