Brief Notes

US Patent Drawing Size


This brief note is not legal advice and is for educational purposes only.


The USPTO requires Figures or Drawings to be on either 8.5”x11” or A4 (210 x 297 mm) pages. There also must be margins, meaning you can’t use the whole sheet/page edge to edge. MPEP 1606 and 37 CFR 1.165 covers plant drawings, while 37 CFR 1.84 covers Standards for drawings.Fiducial marks ( points, cross-hairs) are not required.
Just keep your figures within the boundaries illustrated below and you should be okay. Here’s a summary in visual form of the margin requirements (not to scale).

US Patent Drawing Size


Like you were told as a young child – stay within the lines and happy drafting.

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