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What is a Wireframe?

January 24, 2022

A wireframe is a basic blueprint of a website, that represents the skeletal structure and can also be referred to as a screen blueprint. A website’s structure is also described as a “wire” or a “page” on the web. A site’s skeletal structure is determined by the design of its interface, which is a process known as a wireframe.

The purpose of a wireframe is to simplify the navigation of a product. They are simple and do not need detailed styling or coding. Designers can annotate them with annotation shapes, making them easy to understand. A website’s wireframe does not usually have three or four pages. The user doesn’t need any programming knowledge to modify them. Therefore, a wireframe is easy to read and understand. 

A wireframe should include layout components, which are similar to mockups. The elements should be arranged in a specific way on the website. Some of them can even contain videos or images. This tool helps the designer focus on the structural elements of a web page. This is essential because it allows the designer to focus on the mockup, which is easier to develop than a physical prototype. The main goal is to provide an outline for a product.

A wireframe should be as simple as possible and be a simplified version of the project without too much detail. The user should navigate the site easily and understand what is happening. A wireframe should be a functional prototype. This is the final product, and a design team should carefully consider the details and create a functional design. Creating a wireframe is essential to moving the project forward.

A wireframe is a simplified representation of a web page. It should be easy to understand. It should be a realistic representation of the entire website. The wireframe layout is similar to a blueprint, but the software creates the product. You can visualize the components and organize the product by creating a wireframe. This is an essential first step in the development process. Once it is built, the finished product can be more complex.

A wireframe is a graphical representation of the website’s functionality. It helps to understand the user’s journey. During this phase, the user can explore the various elements of the website. A wireframe is a visual model of the website. It is the basic template that helps to communicate a website’s information. However, wireframes are not the final designs. Instead, this is a conceptual design based on a series of symbols. 

Wireframes are very effective in a new design because they can serve as the essential foundation for the project. When the design is done, wireframes explain the design to the client. This helps them make the right decisions about the final product. They are also a great tool to collaborate with stakeholders. It is also an excellent way to get input from team members and clients. You can even share your wireframes with others.

Besides being quick and easy to produce, wireframes also help teams focus on the big picture and the specific details. A static wireframe will not show the usability of an app, and it won’t have a good flow. When creating a user interface, ensure that the information hierarchy, color, and testing actions are included. In addition to this, the designer can add new features to the design to enhance the user experience.

Collaboratively, wireframes can help improve team collaboration. It helps a designer organize the input of various stakeholders. It also allows the designer to create an accurate visual representation of their vision. As a result, the client will be confident and willing to buy a product if it looks great. 

Wireframes help designers create a better design. It helps a designer communicate with clients more effectively. Having a working wireframe will speed up the development process and help save time and money on any project. A client can always tell if something is wrong and fix it before finalizing it. This will save the designer from spending too much money on edits.

While the design is still hot from the wireframing process, you may want to consider applying for a patent for the product or services detailed by the wireframes. One advantage is that applying so early gives you the first-to-file advantage.

Why Do People Apply For Patents?

Businesses apply for patents to access a range of benefits, including:

Prevent copying

It can be challenging to turn an idea into a product or service. To get your product or service to market, you need to share your ideas with investors and other partners. A provisional patent protects your idea and concept from being stolen by others.

Protect company’s business prospects

Patenting your invention will allow someone else to copy it and bring your product to the market. As a result, you may lose your right to compete. This could mean that all your money and efforts will be lost.

Improve market position

A patent portfolio will help you increase your market position and prevent other companies from attempting to compete in your niche. This will result in a stronger market position and lower competition. As a result, you will see a high return on your investment.

Get licensing fees

Your idea may never be commercialized. However, there may be other people who can commercialize your idea. For example, you can get licensing fees from your company to use your idea.

Enhances CV

A patent portfolio shows technical proficiency and commitment to inventing. It will be appreciated by investors and partners who might want to work together. Although patenting products takes time and resources, the benefits are enormous. Next, we discuss how wireframes can be used to achieve first-to-file status for an invention.

Wireframes in Provisional Patent Applications

Since wireframes are early drawings of the finished products, they can gain first-to-file status. Essentially the wireframes with explanatory text can be assembled quickly, and the inventor can get an early filing date.

Historically, the U.S. system gave priority to the first inventor to create the invention. However, the America Invents Act changed the rules in 2013. The priority is now given to the first applicant who files their patent application. There may be exceptions for cases involving multiple patent claims or foreign patent registration dates. This system makes the U.S. more compatible with foreign patent systems. In this way, an inventor can no longer get a U.S. patent even if they have invented a product/process before others. The inventor must also be the first to file.

Thus, new inventions documented with wireframes can be used to file a patent application with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In addition, a provisional patent application can be used. This is a simplified version of the utility application for patents, and the provisional application can be filed. An inventor who successfully obtains a provisional patent will be granted patent-pending status. This could help them negotiate with potential customers or investors.

Wireframes in Utility Patent Applications

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Wireframes can also be used in utility applications to gain first-to-file status. However, one issue with a provisional patent application is that they need to be converted into a utility patent application within one year. If this is not done on time, the priority date of the provisional application can be lost. This can lead to a significant loss of rights. Thus, a direct utility patent application may be preferred by some inventors. 

Unlike the provisional application where the wireframes with explanatory text can be assembled quickly and without any formality, a utility patent generally includes an abstract, drawings, and a detailed specification. The patent claims are also included. In addition, an abstract or a summary of the invention is needed. The figures are commonly used to show the operation of the invention. They may include flow charts and diagrams such as wireframes. The specification includes the description, the field of invention, the background of the invention, a brief description of the drawings, and a detailed description. The claims, or “metes and bounds,” recite the boundary of what others need to avoid and thus clearly define the invention’s subject matter. A utility patent application’s parts, form, and content are detailed in chapter 600 of the MPEP.  

Typically, utility patent applications are prepared and filed by registered patent attorneys. However, on average, it takes around two years for a utility patent application to be issued. This is due to several rounds of back-and-forth communications between the patent examiners and the applicant to arrive at the final claim language agreeable to the patent examiner and the applicant.

People who are not familiar with patents may try to file their applications. It is a recipe of disaster as it can often cost more to respond to PTO office actions because the application was not correctly written. These office actions can be very costly and challenging to overcome. Although it might seem counterintuitive for new inventors, hiring a patent attorney from the beginning is usually less costly. Patent attorneys can dramatically increase your chances of approval. Your patent attorney can help you understand the technical aspects of patents and design intricacies depending on what area they specialize in. You won’t have to file multiple expensive applications. Your first application will be created using only a patent lawyer’s vast knowledge.

Conclusion.

Although wireframes may not be the final design of a new invention, they may provide a realistic representation of the product suitable for use in a patent application. Therefore, talk to your patent attorney about using wireframes and being the first to file the invention with the patent office.