Patent Bits: Do you need a prototype to apply for a patent?

Quan Nguyen, Principle at Nguyen & Tarbet

Not at all! You just need to “enable” and adequately describe your invention in words and drawings. In patent language, to “enable” means that you describe your invention in a way that others can read your patent application and go to reproduce your invention. Having said that, it is always helpful to try to make a prototype for your invention. When you make a prototype, you get to test the invention to see how it works. Often time you will find ways to improve your invention. And when you identify those improvements, you can describe those improvements in your patent application to make it a stronger application.

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