Prepare drawings of your board game. Show game features in enough detail so that an examiner at the patent office can easily see and understand your game. Place key features of your game in an enlarged figure to show more detail. Number each figure and add a reference number for each element of the drawing. Connect the reference number to the drawing element with a lead line.
Develop one or more claims for your board game invention. Think about what sets your game apart from other board games and focus your claims on these features.
Provide a written description of your board game. Describe each figure and each numbered element within each figure. There are a few required sections of a written description you’ll want to be sure to include. These are a Brief Description of the Drawings, Detailed Description, Claims and Abstract. The claims and abstract sections must start on a separate page.
File your written description and drawings with the Patent Office. You can file a patent application online using forms provided by the Patent Office website. Be sure to pay the appropriate fees during the online application process. Without the fees, the Patent Office will not examine your application.
Promptly answer any correspondence from the Patent Office. Once the Patent Office reviews your application and issues a communication, you will typically have a short time frame in which to respond, ranging from one month to six months.