What is needed to file for a patent?
- Abstract: a short, at-a-glance summary of the rest of the specification
- Background: describes the need for your invention and problems that your invention solves
- Summary: a short explanation of the invention
- Detailed description: includes a description of the ideal embodiment, as well as additional embodiments of the invention and how they work
- Conclusion, ramification and scope: briefly states the advantages of the invention and the additional embodiments again, as well as how the legal scope shouldn't be limited to forms shown
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