Definition: The abstract is a part of a written patent application. The abstract is a short summary of your invention written in one paragraph that goes at the beginning of the application. The information an abstract contains is a condensed version of your patent where you abstract, or take out the essence of your invention in a description.
USPTO Law MPEP 608.01(b) Abstract of the DisclosureA brief abstract of the technical disclosure in the specification must commence on a separate sheet, preferably following the claims, under the heading "Abstract" or "Abstract of the Disclosure." The abstract in an application filed under 35 U.S.C. 111 may not exceed 150 words in length. The purpose of the abstract is to enable the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the public generally to determine quickly from a cursory inspection the nature and gist of the technical disclosure.
Also Known As: Abstract of the Disclosure
Examples:Here are two examples of abstracts. One is from a patent for a collapsible tent frame and the other is from a patent for an electrical connector.