What is a Patent Art Print? Are they all the same?

What is a Patent Art Print and are they all the same? Well, that depends on who you ask and where you look. In most cases a Patent Art Print will fall into one of the following grades:

Grade A (Premium Grade): This will be a print of a patent document that has been digitally enhanced from the original US Patent Office images. The illustration pages and the text pages should be printed on parchment paper. Excellent for display, framing and for use in research, this type of print will be void of the specks, tears and smudges from years of handling in the US Patent office, as found on the lesser grades. You can also expect that the images have been centered, straightened and the illustrations may have even have been magnified or rotated for better viewing.

Grade B : This will be a print of a patent document as it comes from the US Patent Office, with illustration pages on parchment paper, and text pages on generic white paper. This grade of print is best reserved for use in research, as this type of print will feature the specks, tears and smudges from years of handling in the US Patent office. You can also expect black edges, which are typical of photocopies and document scans which are made with scanner’s cover open.

Grade C: This will be a print of a patent document as it comes from the US Patent Office, on generic white paper. This tends to be the way inexpensive prints are being sold. This might be fine for research, but this type of print will feature the specks, tears and smudges from years of handling in the US Patent office. You can also expect black edges, which are typical of photocopies and document scans which are made with scanner’s cover open.

Grade D (The non-print option): This is will be some variation of an electronic file, either sent in the mail as a CD, or via email as a PDF file. This will always be a copy of the patent document as it came from the US Patent Office. Nothing more.
These images will feature the specks, tears and smudges from years of handling in the US Patent office and you can also expect black edges, which are typical of photocopies and document scans which are made with scanner’s cover open.

So, who needs Patent Art Prints?

Who needs Patent Art Prints? That’s a good question, and one that has many answers. There several common uses for them, but the vast majority of buyers are looking for one of three uses: Art for interior d├ęcor, art of a favorite hobby or sport, and for use in research. Here’s a break-down of each use:

ART for INTERIOR DECORATING:
This is a common use for Grade A Patent Art Prints. Imagine the patent for a Do-it-yourself Nose Job in your Doctor’s waiting room; a print of a classic Cookie Jar in the lobby of your local bakery; or how about the first espresso machine patent in your local coffee shop? They are just as clever at home. How about a Rocking Horse in the living room, a Male Chastity belt in your son’s dorm room, and what dad’s den or shop is complete without the first Golf Club or his favorite Woodworking Tool or his grandfather’s Colt Revolver? If you think about it, this is the art of American invention, so what’s not to love?

COLLECTING:
Folks who collect memorabilia, toys, tools (or anything else that you can imagine) are often interested in the history and development of these items. What inspired the inventor to put PEZ candy into a dispenser? How does that wonderful Magic 8 Ball know some darn much about me? These questions and more can be answered when studying the text along with the illustrations of a US Patent Print.

RESEARCH:
What did Frank Lloyd Wright’s signature look like? Did John Browning design the Winchester 44-40 Rifle on his own, or was there a co-inventor? Who designed the Statue of Liberty, the Golden Gat Bridge or even the Bat Mobile? We know of a teacher of a CAD drafting course who purchased patents of a steam-powered railroad locomotive for each of his 50 students, so they could see the fine detail that the illustrators of old hand-drew into these wonderful Patent documents.

So there you have it. There are countless more reasons why Patent Art is so attractive, but the real answer has to come from you. What do You think?

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