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An example of a drawing provided online by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office. It represents a full description of the best way of implementing the inventive idea. Drawings of the invention are an essential component of the patent application. These patent drawings are simple but specifically detail the technical aspects of the invention. There are usually a number of different angles and perspectives on the drawings with a carefully labeled legend for each portion of the invention. Drawings must show every feature outlined by the claims. There are strict codes and regulations on the format and style of the drawings. The uniform style makes the drawings easier to understand for the purpose of patent records.

If an invention cannot be shown with drawings, photographs can be used as a substitute. However, not all inventions can be drawn or photographed, such as chemical compositions or specific processes.

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