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An art book celebrating some of  the best patent drawings of the last 200 years, bringing to light some amazing line-art illustrations.
An art book celebrating some of  the best patent drawings of the last 200 years, bringing to light some amazing line-art illustrations.
An art book celebrating some of the best patent drawings of the last 200 years, bringing to light some amazing line-art illustrations.
137 backers pledged $10,528 to help bring this project to life.

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About Patents

New inventions are described in patent documents, which usually have a dry written description and a number of black-and-white line-art drawings.  Just about everyone involved with a patent is listed on the front cover--with one exception: the artist who created the patent drawings.  In the US alone we now have over 200 years of patents—more than 8 million documents--illustrating everything from the cotton gin to the iPod.  Yet the artist is not mentioned anywhere in the patent record.  They remain anonymous.

About the Book

As a patent agent helping inventors by conducting patent searches and writing patents, I’ve seen a lot of boring patents.  But I’ve also seen some patents with breathtaking artwork, where the patent draftsman has gone way beyond the call of duty and really let their artistry shine through.  Whenever I’ve spotted one of these gems, I’ve tried to tuck it away for a future coffee table book… and now is the time!  I’ve collected some of the best US patent drawings and currently have enough to fill over 200 pages. 

What I plan to do with the money:

With the end of the project in sight, I need to get enough capital to do a first run of 1,000 books (both hard and soft cover), as well as create a great website where the book may be previewed and ordered.  I plan on distributing it through Amazon & Ingram Books, and do some direct selling to patent attorneys, engineers, and inventors.

With your support I’ll send you an autographed copy of the book as detailed at right.  For the more serious partners I’ll throw in some patent-related services… everyone knows an inventor who could be helped with an honest evaluation and advice!

International Shipping Orders… please read:

Although I believe $15 will ship the book to most international destinations, please email me with your full address (use “send a message” link above) so that we can double check your shipping charges before you pledge.  Thanks so much for your support!

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    Awesome! You just pre-ordered a softcover version of the book, signed by the author! (Shipping to Canada please add $10, and outside of the US or Canada please add $15). If you'd like to add one or more softback books (great gift ideas for that inventor in your family), add $20 and let me know to whom I should address the autograph.

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    Wow! You just pre-ordered an autographed hardcover copy of the book! (Shipping to Canada please add $10, and outside of the US or Canada please add $15). If you'd like to add one or more hardcover books (great gift ideas for that inventor in your family), add $25 and let me know to whom I should address the autograph.

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    Not only do you get a pre-ordered hardcover autographed copy of the book, but I'll include your name in the acknowledgments section as one of my cherished Kickstarter backers. (Shipping to Canada please add $10, and outside of the US or Canada please add $15). If you'd like to add one or more hardcover books (great gift ideas for that inventor in your family), add $25 and let me know to whom I should address the autograph.

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    Now you're talking! You get a pre-ordered hardcover autographed copy of thee book, PLUS your name in the acknowledgement section of the book, AND a 30-minute skype call with me to go over your invention idea to figure-out the best way forward for you. No obligation of course, just good, honest patent advice. (Shipping to Canada please add $10, and outside of the US or Canada please add $15). If you'd like to add one or more hardcover books (great gift ideas for that inventor in your family), add $25 and let me know to whom I should address the autograph.

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    You get everything included in the $150 level PLUS a professional US Patentability Search to see if your invention idea is patentable. (Shipping to Canada please add $10, and outside of the US or Canada please add $15). If you'd like to add one or more hardcover books (great gift ideas for that inventor in your family), add $25 and let me know to whom I should address the autograph.

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