A complete patent application includes a specification disclosing the invention, including any necessary drawings, a declaration signed by the inventors, a claim legally defining the metes and bounds of the invention, an Abstract of the Disclosure to be consulted by future patent searchers, and an appropriate filing fee.

The specification cannot be too detailed. Claims can be too detailed. It is OK in a specification to say that the preferred fastening means is a round red button. The claim would omit such detail and say: “a suitable fastening means.”

An inventor should not sign a patent application that the inventor does not understand. Make the attorney explain any unusual or confusing language.

The inventor should pay special attention to claim 1 of the patent application. If anything recited in that claim is not critical to the invention, the inventor must notify the patent attorney and point out that such language unnecessarily limits the invention and should not be used.