You have come up with a great invention! You’ve discovered that putting three metal balls into the top of a long rectangular wooden box and then striking the balls with a mallet will allow the full spectrum of sounds to be produced. Each of these identical balls is equidistantly spaced from each other. No percussion instrument in the past has been able to produce the full spectrum of audible sounds. You want to apply for a PT on this new musical instrument. Prepare a simple PT application for this new musical instrument using the drawing in “Course Documents.” Use the normal and required format for a PT application discussed in this Unit.
A patent application is much like a report or an essay. The application has a descriptive title, followed by a section titled “Background,” explaining (usually in a single sentence) what field or endeavor the idea pertains to (for example, internet music distribution or musical instruments), and describes why the idea improves upon current practice. The next section of the patent application, titled “Summary of the Invention,” is typically a short summary of your idea. Following the “Summary of the Invention” section, there is a section entitled “Brief Description Of The Drawing.” This section just requires a brief description of each of the drawings that are being used in the application to describe the invention. For example, if one has a single drawing of a new device, it can simply be stated that “Figure 1 is a view of a device which includes the invention.” After this drawing section, the application has a section entitled “Detailed Description Of The Preferred Embodiment of the Invention.” In this section, a description of the invention is made by use of the drawing. Reference numbers may be used to refer to various parts of the pictured device to help create the description. The application then includes a section entitled “What is Claimed.” In this section, a description of the claims of each of the new ideas is made. Lastly, the application has a section entitled “Abstract of the Disclosure,” and in this last section, there is generally a summary of what the invention is all about. The sections of “Abstract of The Disclosure” and “Summary” may be very similar. The completed application is submitted to the USPTO by mail or by an online submission. More information about the overall patent process may be obtained at the USPTO website, which you will be visiting as part of your Learning Activities.