January 19, 2016

Cruciform – the Right Word for the Right Shape

By Bryan K. Wheelock, Principal

Finding the perfect words to describe an invention is the cross that patent attorneys have to bear.  When trying to describe something that it cross-shaped, the word cruciform (see, e.g., U.S. Patent No, 8,517,327) can make the job a litte easier.

U.S. Patent No. 8,517,327 shows a cruciform or cross shaped element.

Cruciform is a fairly mainstream option, appearing in more than 7141 U.S. patents, cross-shaped appears in more than 11819 patents.