Patent Bots - Essential Tools for Patent Prosecution

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Generation of Brief Description of Figures

In drafting a patent application, one of the last things I write is the Brief Description of the Figures section. This is my process:

  1. Search for the first sentence to mention each figure (you can use our Figure navigation tools to make this part easy).
  2. Copy that sentence and paste it into the Brief Description of the Figures section
  3. Review and modify as needed.

This is a tedious task that requires very little brain power, and the Patent Bots Word add-in now does the first two steps for you!

Here is what it looks like:

We are smart about picking the best sentence for each figure. For example suppose you have a sentence like this in the beginning of your patent application:

  • Figs. 1-3 illustrate the invention.

and later you have sentences

  • Fig. 1 is a method ...
  • Fig. 2 is a system ...
  • Fig. 3 is a device ...

then we will figure out that these three sentences are better suited for the Brief Description of the Figures than the previous sentence and use those instead.

We hope you like this new feature, and we have more generation tools in the pipeline to automate other tedious parts of your work.