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Add a Specification Section
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Written by Laura Berwick
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  • Add a Specification Section

  • More on Headings and Sections in Rowan Patents

Add a Specification Section

  1. Hover your mouse pointer between sections to bring up the Add Section control.

  2. Click the Add Section control. A new "Untitled" section will be added at the location you've selected.

    Note that new sections cannot be added between individual figure description sections, as these sections are intended to move dynamically as figures are reordered. Headings may be used to set off additional content at the beginnings or ends of figure descriptions. Content will be moved along with other figure description content if that figure is reordered.

  3. You can now rename your section, as well as move it to another location in your specification, add a page break before it, change its page orientation, delete it, add a heading in it as needed, and of course type or paste your text into it.

More on Headings and Sections in Rowan Patents

In Word, headings are used to logically subdivide your patent application text for improved readability. That is exactly how Rowan Patents headings are used, and on export to Word from Rowan, heading text in your application will be styled as shown in our integrated drafting environment, or can be customized to meet your needs. Also similar to controls offered in Word, headings can be used to quickly navigate across large applications.

What Rowan Patents offers that you won't find in Word is the added modular structure of application sections. Our sections provide an additional navigation option. They also allow Rowan Patents to support complete consistency throughout the revision process, with minimal action on your part.

For example, our sections simplify the actions needed to include landscape-oriented information in the middle of your application. In Word, this requires section breaks to be created before page orientation can be applied. In Rowan, we make adding sections easy, then landscape orientation is two mouse clicks away.

In addition, creating a figure automatically populates sections for that figure's brief and detailed descriptions. Working in a specific figure's section lets us do a little of the drafting for you if you like when you generate a figure description. More importantly, these sections let us do a LOT of the work for you if you decide you want to reorder your figures. You can do that quickly and easily in the drawing tool, with complete assurance that we will handle the appropriate reordering of text in your specification.

While headings export from Rowan to Word, it's important to remember that none of the data on section divisions is included in an exported Word file. Rowan Patents sections are purely in-environment features that facilitate and speed up drafting tasks that can require tedious selection/copy/paste actions in Word, reducing drafting time and the opportunity for error. However, if you delete all of the text in a Rowan Patents section, absolutely nothing will appear in an exported Word file to let you know that section exists.

Additional articles provide instructions on renaming, changing the page orientation of, adding page breaks between, reordering, and deleting specification sections, and adding headings in your application.

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