Importance

"Good Drawings Make for Good Applications"

An example of a patent illustration from bresslergroup.com.

An example of a patent illustration from bresslergroup.com.

Patent illustrations ultimately serve to help make your patent application clearer and to protect your invention. Additionally, having the correct illustrations and making sure that they are well drawn can benefit your patent application even more. As the article states, "Good Drawings Make for Good Applications." This statement again shows that when your drawings are of good quality, your application is even better. 

The linked article also goes through some of the requirements for patent illustrations. Although there are many regulations, having a good patent illustrator can make your job easier. A great patent illustrator can also make your patent application higher quality, as already mentioned. Continue reading to learn even more about patent applications and patent illustration!

Why are Patents the Key to Innovation?

Image from biomassmagazine.com

Image from biomassmagazine.com

Imagine if patents didn't exist. What would the world be like? Would people still invent, or would they give up out of fear of others copying each of their inventions? Check out this excerpt from an article titled "A World Without Patents" that perfectly encompasses what would happen if protection of inventions was not available.

"Without patents and the competitive protections they afford, individuals and companies will not invest the money it takes to develop new cures for disease or create new technological wonders. That’s because they know others will simply copy their inventions with impunity and then sell them at a much lower cost, since it didn’t cost them a dime to develop these in the first place. This is a terrific way to drive the innovators out of any industry."

Continue reading the linked article to find out many of the different patents that affect our lives everyday. Some of these patents include anti-lock brakes and GPS navigation. Can you imagine life without these inventions? 

Why Are Patents So Important?

Image via Let's Talk Payments. 

Image via Let's Talk Payments. 

Are you questioning whether a patent is worth the cost that you will incur? If you are, then this post is for you! Patents are valuable for numerous reasons, all of which are summed up in the linked article. For instance, a patent can make you more valuable to investors. A portfolio can show that you have expertise or valuable innovations that may make investors more willing to give money. Continue reading to learn more reasons for why patents are so important! 

Fashion & Intellectual Property

Image from the patent for Bottega Veneta's "Veneta" handbag. (From: trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com)

Image from the patent for Bottega Veneta's "Veneta" handbag. (From: trademarkandcopyrightlawblog.com)

With New York Fashion week coming to an end, we felt that it would be the perfect time to talk about the effects of intellectual property on fashion. Intellectual property is a way for fashion designers to protect their creative ideas, however, it is widely known that it is very difficult to, for instance, patent the design of a product, as it may not be considered "novel." However, the products that are considered to be "novel," such as the Veneta handbag pictured above, can receive patents. These patents only serve to help the designer in cases of counterfeiting. Copyright law and Trademark law also relate to fashion and the linked article details how, along with giving a few example cases of how intellectual property rights have helped famous designers to secure their ideas. 

David Bowie & Intellectual Property

Image from Whale.to.

Image from Whale.to.

While alive, David Bowie was a man of "creative genius." Not only was he a genius in the creation of music, he was also a genius in the aspect of intellectual property. Bowie predicted the effect that technology would have on music and he also predicted how intellectual property would be affected by "copycats." While alive, and even after his death, intellectual property allowed Bowie to protect his creativity. His creation of Bowie Bonds- essentially a way to ensure protection of his music- also inspired other artists to do the same. All in all, the protection of Bowie's intellectual property allowed him to continue to be creative without fear of thieves. 

Read on for the full article about how Bowie protected his intellectual property!

Do You Enjoy Flying?

This airbus patent looks as if it could be from "The Jetsons."

This airbus patent looks as if it could be from "The Jetsons."

Are you a person that loves flying or hates flying? If you already dislike it, the patents in the linked article are bound to make your experience even worse. Although some of the included patents are aimed at improving flying conditions, the majority of the patents are for strange new seating patterns that could potentially decrease flight cost. 

The above patent illustration is from Airbus. Imagine having to board your plane if it were laid out in this configuration! Although the idea was patented, it is not very likely that it will ever actually be introduced, as "all aircraft types must pass emergency evacuation tests." 

Although a strange design, think about how this patent could revolutionize the future if it were improved! This is the basis of patents. Patents protect intellectual property that could potentially revolutionize the future and that is why they are so important.

How Do You Pick the Right Patent Illustrator?

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 Strangest Halloween Patents?

"Toy Mask" patent illustration from 1906.

"Toy Mask" patent illustration from 1906.

For the second part of our Halloween Celebration, we have found a list of 6 strange patents related to the holiday! See the featured article for the complete list.

As a few examples, there is a "Jack-o-Lantern Helmet," a "Combination Headdress and Face-mask," and a "Toy Mask" (shown above). If you look at the patent illustrations, you will see why we have labeled them as strange! 

The "Toy Mask", is essentially a patent for a "mask with movable features designed to delight and terrify. Basically, the mask itself is made of one material, while the parts, such as the eyes, are made of another material. If one would want to scare someone, all that they would have to do is blow into a pipe that is attached to the mask, and the parts, such as eyes or ears, would expand outward past the actual body of the mask. 

In the above patent from 1906 there are some serious details! Check out the hair on the man's head and the mechanism for how the features are inflated out of the mask. This shows the importance of a great patent illustration. Without one, details may be missed, such as the detail of the parts of the mask being blown outward. 

What Would We Do Without These Halloween Inventions?

"Illuminated Carrying Device" Patent Illustration from USPTO.gov.  

"Illuminated Carrying Device" Patent Illustration from USPTO.gov.  

Halloween is upon us once again and to celebrate, we will be posting about patent illustrations that are related to the holiday!

The linked article features a list of patents that are somewhat common place, but with a few twists. For instance, the patent illustration shown above depicts an "Illuminated Carrying Device" and fully depicts the invention in the way that the inventor wanted it to be seen. The patent, filed in 1998, provides safety in the form of lighted bag so that children can be seen while crossing the road to their next candy destination. It also provides practicality in that large amounts of candy can be carried. Variations of this idea can likely be found at every store that carries Halloween attire.

Remember, patent illustrations are important and without them your idea may be misconstrued.

Be safe and have a Happy Halloween!

Patent Drawings & Patent Illustrators

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."