Mechanical Engineering and Equipment Manufacturing
Mechanical engineering deals with the design and construction of complex tools and automatic processing units, in which forces are primarily used to carry out largely mechanical operations.
Equipment manufacturing focuses on the design and construction of equipment and machinery to modify, measure and control substances.
In almost every scientific and technical field of work and research the use of machinery or equipment is indispensable for mechanical, chemical or electrical processes to take place and obtain a final result.
Mechanical engineering and equipment manufacturing are relevant to such fields as machine tools, drive technology, building plant, printing equipment, vehicle construction, automotive engineering, materials handling engineering, plastics technology, food technology, aerospace technology, medical engineering, special purpose machinery, cleaning technology, textile technology, process engineering, traffic engineering, packaging technology, measuring and control technology, fluid engineering, energy technology, materials engineering, robotics, adaptronics and mechatronics.
To obtain optimum protection for an invention in such fields as mechanical or equipment engineering, the inventive idea must be described in a patent application in somewhat general terms so that competitors will find no loophole to operate around the invention. On the other hand, the patent application text must also describe the invention in a clear-cut manner, so that when it is examined it can be clearly differentiated from any relevant prior art. An experienced attorney will be aware of this need to draft the application text in a way that lies somewhere between the general idea behind the invention and its practical embodiment.