All About Patent Charts

Patent charts are an under-rated form of artistic expression. Informational, elegant, and historically relevant, these pieces can instantly draw the eye and invite conversation. Think you must invent the latest and greatest gadget to get one? Think again.

Patent charts are a growing art medium, much to the delight of wood chart enthusiasts everywhere. High-quality patent charts are etched in Baltic birch and exquisitely detail the most intricate areas of the patent. The variety of patent charts available is as diverse as the patent applications themselves.

Patented Stamp

Patent charts are increasing in popularity due to the ingenuity, creativity, and art they represent. The patent process itself can take years, mirroring the lifestyle of an artist who creates only to see the impact of their creation. Invention is an art form, and patent charts are its canvas.

Adding a patent chart to your personal collection of wood charts is an automatic upgrade. The fine points and lines are engraved so precisely; it almost appears as if they are hand-drawn! Precise etchings with the appearance of hand-drawn detail elevate any art collection, and you will find more reasons to appreciate a high-quality patent chart every day. 

What is a Patent Chart?

A patent chart is a drawing or visualization of all of the information provided on the creation of an item or process. The patent chart is submitted with an application to the patent office and, once approved and numbered, establishes that the item or process was invented by the approved applicant. The patent chart helps establish if infringement has occurred in future applications of a similar item or process.

There are several types of patent charts. They help establish what type of patent the applicant is claiming and help protect the item or process from duplication. A patent claim is the part of the application that describes the functionality of the invention and the corresponding features that the inventor seeks to patent (or protect).

3 Types of Patent Charts

  • Utility patent
  • Design patent
  • Plant patent

Utility Patent

The most common type of patent is the utility patent. This type of patent is for processes, the composition of matter, machines, and manufacturers that are new and useful. New patents can be issued for existing processes if the applicant makes new and useful improvements. 

Design Patent

Lawyer's Office for Writing Patents

A design patent is issued for the “surface ornamentation” of the object, including the overall shape and configuration. To be granted a design patent, the shape and design must be inseparable from the object. Therefore, a design patent only protects the object’s appearance, not the functionality of the item. 

Plant Patent

New and distinctive plants can be protected by a plant patent. Literally, this patent protects the reproduction of plants. This patent ensures that the plant can be reproduced through graft or cutting rather than a seed. 

When Were Patent Charts Created?

George Washington signed the first patent on July 31, 1740. The first patent was signed after the passage of The First Patent Act of the United States Congress, which sought to promote the progress of useful arts. Patent Number One was granted to Samuel Hopkins for an improvement in the making of potash and pearl ash.

Lawyer Reviewing a Patent Application

Since U.S. Patent Number One, over 10 million patents have been issued in the United States. An artistic rendering of any of these applications would be an art collector’s dream addition to their personal collection. The addition of an intricately etched patent chart would be the next level. 

Were There Patents Before the United States?

Picture it – Venice – 1450 – decrees were issued to communicate to the public that a new and inventive device had been created. This communication served to obtain legal protection against potential infringement for 10 years. Informal though it may have been, the process of decrees issued to the public was then replicated and enhanced in other countries to implement similar patent protection.

The patent system evolved from its medieval origins to a modern system that recognized any intellectual property as a stimulator of invention. A patent system that recognized intellectual property was the legal foundation upon which the United States based its system, including the importance of a patent chart to substantiate and claim an invention. The significance of this process is immortalized in the beauty and elegance of the wood charts described below.

5 Popular Wood Art Patent Charts

  • Alcohol Still
  • Bicycle
  • Anchor
  • Canoe
  • Paddle 

Alcohol Still Patent Chart

Alcohol Still Patent Art

Looking for the perfect piece to complement a home bar? The alcohol still patent chart is a stunning addition and sophisticated nod to the Noble Experiment of the 1900s. Invite your friends and family to enjoy an adult beverage and stimulating conversation about an impactful time in our country’s history.

The temperance movement was possibly the most significant event impacting the 1900s. Temperance activists urged people to abstain from spirits, promoting the benefits of wine and beer. Today we know this was a complete misunderstanding, and single servings of beer, wine, and spirits all roughly contain equal parts of alcohol.

The alcohol still is a piece of equipment used to distill liquid mixtures by heating them to a boil and then cooling it to create a vapor. The still uses the same processes as the distilling apparatus, but on a much larger scale. The invention of the alcohol still was a game-changer during the time of prohibition and has been keeping the good times going ever since!

This intricately etched wood chart details the piece of equipment that became the hero of the prohibition era – the alcohol still. Stimulating liquors continued to flow worldwide thanks to this invention in the 1880s. Proudly display your alcohol still patent chart and raise a glass to progress.

Bicycle Patent Chart

Bicycle Patent Art

It’s as easy as riding a bike! The detailed bicycle patent chart is a playful addition to any wood chart collection, highlighting the evolution of an early method of travel. Now primarily used for sport and recreation, any bicycle enthusiast would be delighted by this patent chart from 1887.

The bicycles featured in these wood charts date back to the early 19th century and are vehicles with two wheels that require the rider to balance. Modern bikes have come a long way from unicycles and bicycles that had no steering; they’ve been evolving since around 1500 A.D. Thankfully, clever inventors have been successful at adding conveniences like steering and a cushioned seat.

Bicycles of Earlier Times

Since the invention of the wheel, humankind has sought to capitalize on its ability to transport people from one place to another. The bicycle has evolved from large, two-wheeled contraptions to more streamlined versions, and the bicycle of 1887 created the safest model of its time. The details of this bicycle are etched in such intricate detail in the Baltic birch patent chart that it appears as if they have been hand-drawn!

You can continue the celebration of the bicycle by appreciating how far it has come. Whether you are a fan of the bicycle or high-quality wood charts, you will enjoy the historical significance of this incredible invention. Next wood chart addition? The patent chart of a bicycle built for two!

Anchor Patent Chart

Anchor Patent Art

If you want to step up the nautical vibe of your home décor, the anchor patent chart is an ideal choice. This wood chart celebrates the humble beginnings of water travel, reflecting the refinement and artistry of a functional device that replaced more rudimentary solutions like buckets of stones and sacks filled with sand. So, imagine the excitement that filled the waterways in 1902 when Frances Kenney dropped his first anchor, solving a longtime problem!

The key to a suitable anchor is the “teeth,” or serrated edges that dig into the ground or anchoring surface. Primitive anchors like bags of sand or buckets of stones lacked the rough edges needed to grip the seabed and hold the watercraft. The evolution of the anchor required not only roughed-up edges but finding the right material to manufacture into the proper device.

The 1902 ship’s anchor patent chart is foundational to any wood chart collection. This intricately detailed etching documents the solution to a problem as old as time – keeping a boat in place while at sea. This wood chart represents early American ingenuity, taking a common problem and applying historical knowledge to improve the solution. 

Canoe Patent Chart

Canoe Patent Art

A canoe patent chart is a perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life! The wood chart is an exquisitely etched piece of art depicting the evolution of the canoe, specifically, the design that made it “untippable” (quite possibly one of our favorite features of the modern canoe).

Built initially from hollowed-out trees, canoes have been modified and built throughout the ages with a wide variety of materials. The canoe started as a workhorse of the waterways and, shortly after the Civil War, became a recreational vessel encouraging escapism and leisure time. Centuries before we were struggling to find ways to unplug, the canoe was offering a floating oasis of relaxation.

This canoe patent chart was filed in 1965 with the intent to improve upon previous canoe designs. This intent is a perfect example of why there is a need for patent charts and the ability to prove infringement. While Mr. Brent Biehl did not invent the canoe, his patent chart details his improvements to the existing design – the purpose of utility and design patents.

The intricate etching on this wood chart highlights both history and art. The elegance of the detailing and the quality of its hand-crafted appearance make it the perfect addition to any home or office. With art like this, you may learn to love the outdoors!

Paddle Patent Chart

Paddle Patent Art

When Charles Kilgore submitted his patent chart for his boat-propelling kit in 1915, he effectively gave people the power to navigate water travel with their own hands. The wood chart rendering of what has come to be known as the paddle is etched in intricate detail and outlines the intent of Mr. Kilgore to move generations of people forward. While the intent of the boat-propelling kit may have been to propel watercraft, the paddle has become both a survival and recreational must-have.

Paddles have been used in various shapes and forms throughout history for a variety of purposes. Most commonly, to steer and propel a watercraft; however, the paddle has been discovered as a ceremonial art piece in several cultures. The diverse uses for this invention make it a brilliant addition to any art collection in your home or office.

The paddle patent chart exactingly details the specifics of the invention, appearing as hand-drawn rather than etched in Baltic birch. Paddles are commonly used to motivate a watercraft, but there is nothing ordinary about this wood chart. As a result, you can appreciate both the historical significance and artistic beauty of this elegant patent chart as a featured piece in your art collection.

Patent Charts Throughout History

The first-known patent chart is for an industrial invention granted in 1421 to an architect and engineer who developed a barge with a hoisting gear to transport marble. In Florence, Italy, Filippo Brunelleschi was granted a three-year patent on his invention, effectively creating a process to protect inventors from infringement. The key to protecting inventions is the patent chart, and the elegant reproduction of these charts etched in Baltic birch is a beautiful homage to their significance in history.

You don’t have to be an expert on patent law or wood charts to become obsessed with these artistic treasures. You can seamlessly add these pieces to any art collection and instantly boost the range and interest of your personal gallery. The beauty, elegance, and historical significance speak volumes through the intricately etched details, sure to invite conversation and admiration for years to come.

Wood charts are not only a beautiful addition to your home, but they are also an ideal gift for friends and family. The gift of an expertly etched wood chart detailing an invention of historical significance is incomparable. If the item in the wood chart is of personal significance, you may have just invented a whole new level of thoughtful gift-giving!

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