If you are filing a Design Application, it is IMPERATIVE that you submit Formal Professional Drawings with your application. If informal sketches are submitted they will be rejected and the examiner will request that formal drawings be submitted. At this point it will be too late to apply for the application that you really want, because you will be confined to the informals as a basis for the application. Once Design Drawings are submitted, you are not permitted to add new matter. It can be very difficult and costly to formalize the drawings without adding new matter, and the drawings will never contain the artistic zeal that makes for a great Design Patent. If you file an application with drawings from a fax copy, the line quality may be too weak, or conversley, two lines that are close together may appear as one thick line. The mere correction of this rejection may be construed as new matter. The examiner may ask that you delete one of the lines, thereby destroying the very essence of the structure.
Note: Technographics will not guarantee any drawings for a Design Application unless we have the actual finished model of the invention in-house during the entire drafting phase. Many times, a Solid Model file (.sldprt, .sldasm, .igs, .iges) will suffice as a finished model. Partial, hybrid, or morphed designs are not guaranteed. Technographics will not guarantee any drawings for a Design Application unless it is filed with formal prints (hard or soft copy) that has been supplied by Technographics.
Filing a Design Application with a fax or informal copy will void your guarantee. Altering any drawing or portion of any drawing after it leaves our studio will void your guarantee.
Please do not ask us to produce Design Drawings from sketches, photographs, unfinished prototype, etc. See: In re Daniels, 144 F.3d 1452, 46 USPQ2d 1788 (Fed. Cir. 1998); In re Rasmussen, 650 F.2d 1212, 211 USPQ 323 (CCPA 1981); Lockwood v. Amer. Airlines, Inc., 107 F.3d 1565, 1572, 41 USPQ2d 1961, 1966 (Fed. Cir. 1997).