What "Embodiment" Means in Patent Applications

What "Embodiment" Means in Patent Applications

Embodiment by definition is a manner in which an invention can be made, used, practiced or expressed.

Embodiment in Patent Applications

The phrase embodiment will be in your patent application, as part of the "legalese" used. In a patent application, the specification will include descriptions of the preferred embodiments. If you read a patent you will often see a section headlined DESCRIPTION OF THE PREFERRED EMBODIMENT. You will often refer to some aspect of your invention as an embodiment in descriptions.

Looking at examples of how the word is used should make what it means and how to use the word clearer.


The following examples are more fully described in the first link box below.

  • FIG. 1 is a partial sectional view of a Halloween mask with a flash device in accordance with a preferred embodiment of the present invention.
  • FIG. 1 is a front pictorial perspective view of a wireless telephone constructed in accordance with an embodiment the present invention;