Have you ever been watching a movie at a theater and came to the realization that all of the soda that you have drank has made you seriously have to use the restroom? Well, Louis Duprey has a solution to your problem. The only hitch is that his solution was patented in 1923. Duprey's solution, while logical, would be expensive and possibly not full of the technology that we are now accustomed to. Essentially, each chair would have a lift on it so that when a knob is turned, you would be lowered down to a floor below the theater, from which you could leave to take care of any problem that may arise. Check out the article to learn more about the invention!
The linked article gives relevant guidelines to help you pick the right patent illustrator and talks about how important a great patent illustrator is for the future. Essentially, "its' your invention!" Pick the patent illustrator that you think can get the job done in the best manner and done according to regulations. It is also critical to make sure that the patent illustrator is experienced and focuses mainly on the patent industry. The article gives a few requirements that you should have of your illustrator, such as what programs should be used and how new these programs must be. Again, even though a patent illustrator may add to the cost of an invention, "rejection is a bigger blow at a more critical juncture." Lastly, remember that "a few more dollars today could literally save the millions you make in the future." Think about all of these factors and more that are included when picking your patent illustrator and considering whether to patent your invention or not!
The linked post is a short blog written by a friend in the industry. It details "why patent drawings still matter" today and just how important they really are to inventions. The blog also hits on how important it is to have an experienced patent illustrator. Read on to find out the details, but here is a short excerpt:
"The available views of an invention may also not be sufficient to tell the story of an invention completely or well. For example, a patent applicant may be tempted to submit two perspective (i.e., 3D or isometric) views of an invention in a patent application when what’s really needed is one perspective view and a cross-sectional view taken from that perspective. A well-trained illustrator with a good imagination can work with patent applicants and their attorneys or agents to decide exactly what needs to be shown and to show only that, which makes the resulting drawings both clear and economical. By focusing only on what’s needed, a good illustrator allows patent applicants to avoid submitting lots of redundant views that contribute little to the explanation of the invention but take time and money for someone to prepare and could potentially increase the total cost of the patent application."
When thinking about a patent illustration, one might not think that it could actually be a work of art. Older patent illustrations were definitely considered art, with all of the fine details that were incorporated. Newer patent illustrations can also be considered forms of art and this article digs apart water slide patents to not only put a funny spin on them, but also to highlight some of the art that is actually going on within them.
For instance, patent illustration number 2 features a man on a water slide going into what appears to be a shark's mouth. While the caption makes the illustration comical, the drawing is actually fairly detailed. Another example is from illustration number 10. This illustration was one of the first for water slides and is from 1927. The detail in this drawing is elaborate, from the suits that the swimmers are wearing to the hair on the swimmer's heads.
This article does a great job at showing that patent illustrations serve a purpose, but can also be seen as art. While not every patent illustration is beautiful, illustrators make sure to put the time in that is required to highlight the details that need to be there. The details help the patent examiner to decipher what the patent actually is. Therefore, the details serve a purpose, as well. Patents need to be appreciated not only as forms of protecting intellectual property, but also as forms of art that one might hang around a home.