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Is it necessary to show all claim related features in the diagrams?

Dear Brad,

My invention has a number of features, each of which I plan to write claims on.  However, rather than show all the features in a product diagram, is it adequate to just show the simplest embodiment (i.e. with only some of the features) and describe other features in text only?   

All patent diagrams I’ve seen so far show outline diagrams.   Can I show a photograph of my prototype instead (and label the parts just like on an outline diagram)?

Could you email a copy of your non disclosure agreement to me?

Thanks very much.
David

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Re: Is it necessary to show all claim related features in the diagrams?
« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2014, 03:48:06 PM »
Hi David,

Sometimes you can get away with not showing everything but it is not proper and I just recently got an objection letter from an examiner because we did not show one small feature that we had listed in the claims.  So to play it safe I would show every claimed feature.

My NDA can be signed here:
https://patentfile.org/patentfile-nda/

Thanks
Brad


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