Thursday, November 7, 2013

NBG New Website

NB Graphics is excited to announce the launch of our newly designed Web site, which will launch early January 2014. It is located at the same address: This site will continue until then. Our newsletter is on hiatus until we open our new site so look forward to new issues in 2014. If you would like us to cover specific topics, please let us know. If you have any questions about us and our work please access our current website, send us an email or feel free to give us a call.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Are your Patent Drawings secure?

Our October 2013 Article is out. This article is intended to present general knowledge and not legal or technical advice. Please consult with your legal and technology advisors. Patents are a form of commercial property allowing the owner to negotiate with potential investors while preserving their intellectual property rights. They allow the owner the best opportunity to profit from the invention by preventing others from copying it. Efforts should be made to secure all aspects of your invention from initial idea through the patent process. Follow the link for more.

What is the difference between design & utility patent drawings?

Our September 2013 Article is out. To understand the different requirements for design and utility patent drawings, one must understand the difference between a design and utility patent. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) states “In general terms, a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a “design patent” protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171). The ornamental appearance for an article includes its shape/configuration or surface ornamentation”1 Because inventions have both functional and ornamental characteristics, you can apply for both a design and utility patent for the same invention. Design patent drawings differ vastly from utility patent drawings. Drawings for utility patents show the functional elements of an invention while design drawings show the appearance and unique exterior look. Follow the link for more.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

1 Whole Year and 12 Issues Later

We are thrilled to be celebrating our 12th Newsletter anniversary with you. The company has been around a lot longer - founded in 1982. Our initial thought was to do a blog, but that format did not fit the type of information we want to share with you. A newsletter format allows us to present the many detailed visual examples that are an integral part of patent drawing. Follow the link for more.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Symbols used in Patent Drawings

Our July 2013 Article is out. There are millions of different types of symbols; every profession has its own. Symbols in drawings are used to communicate and detail the characteristics of a specific field. They represent materials and equipment and include abbreviations understood by people familiar with that line of work. In drawings they save space because a symbol can convey a large amount of information Follow the link to find out more.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Our June 2013 Newsletter is out.

How to transition patent drawings into persuasive courtroom exhibits

We want you to get the most out of your patent drawings. In this edition we will discuss the role of patent drawings in litigation and how they can be used to create or enhance persuasive litigation graphics.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Our May 2013 Newsletter is out.

International Harmonization of Substantive Patent Law - What does it mean for patent drawings?

Among others, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) is moving towards harmonizing patent standards. Many rules for patent drawings have already been revised to correspond with those of the European Patent Office (EPO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Our April 2013 Newsletter is out.

How Much Should You Pay For Patent Drawings?

There is no set rate or price for patent drawings because prices are set by the market.  Prices vary with the complexity and timing of drawings and reference materials supplied.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Our March 2013 Newsletter is out.

Why Patent Drawings get rejected – Part 2

The following are real rejection/objection examples compiled from multiple notices. Each includes our suggested solution.
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Monday, February 4, 2013

Our February 2013 Newsletter is out

Why Patent Drawings get rejected – Part 1

Patent drawings can be part of or the entire reason for receiving a rejection or objection notice.
Fortunately, many problems regarding patent drawings can be remedied.
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Our January 2013 Newsletter is out

Patent Drawings–When to use Photographs in Lieu of Patent Drawings
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Photographs are not ordinarily permitted in utility and design patent applications.  The USPTO will accept photographs in certain circumstances.  Follow the link to find out more.