A utility patent application may contain multiple sections. Some of the more relevant sections are discussed briefly below.
A background section describes a problem which the invention seeks to address, how that problem has been addressed in the past, and what deficiencies where inherent in those past attempts to solve this problem.
A detailed description section explains how each of the included embodiments of the invention works, the explanation allowing a person of ordinary skill in the art to reproduce the invention without undue experimentation.
A claim section includes a listing of independent and dependent claims, each claim defining one or more elements of an embodiment of the invention. The claims define the scope of protection provided by the patent.
A drawings section includes simple black and white line figures showing at least each of the element recited in the claims.
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