The importance of a Clear Voice

artist success tips Nov 20, 2015

Hi creative folks,

I've been working at The US Patent and Trademark Office since 2006 and use this paragraph daily when I'm rejecting a case looking for a design patent because their drawings are inconsistent or not drawn so that all of the details are clear. It occurred to me today that this is speaking to us as artists in our own work and how we need to clearly show who we are and what we are offering. Our voice needs to be clear.

Here's the paragraph: The necessity for good drawings in a design patent application cannot be overemphasized. As the drawing constitutes the whole disclosure of the design, it is of utmost importance that it be so well executed both as to clarity of showing and completeness, that nothing regarding the design sought to be patented is left to conjecture. An insufficient drawing may be fatal to validity (35 U.S.C. 112(a) or pre-AIA 35 U.S.C. 112, first paragraph). Moreover, an insufficient drawing may have a negative effect with respect to the effective filing date of a continuing application.

Are you communicating with a clear voice in your work? Do you know what you're saying about yourself and your work?

How could you make your voice more clear?

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