Patent and Trademark Illustration Blog

  • Why I use Macintosh computers for Patent Drawing—not an Accident

    I am a dedicated Mac user because there is no better platform for doing what I do. And I love to spread the Good News. Continue reading...

  • The Reign of Quantity Rampage

    Everything has been affected by the virus of Quantity. Patent Drawing is one of the best examples. As anyone can see from a study of early carefully hand drawn illustrations of Patents in the Old Days this whole thing was seen as an art form and the closest thing to fine art in the area of Technical Illustration. Continue reading...

  • Patent Illustration: Fine Art masquerades as Technical Drawing

    Look at any Very Olde Patent Drawing and you will see a dedication to Art Itself and a rendering accomplished solely by the application of India Ink to a sheet of white card stock and no other method employed or allowed. That was my introduction to Patent Illustration, and I took it very seriously and essayed to imitate the Masters of the Craft insofar as I was able. Continue reading...

  • The Chickens Come Home

    Now that our Adventure in Global Outsourcing has had a few years under its belt let’s reassess the consequences. First and foremost is the cheapening of American culture both in terms of monetary assets and what was once called Moral Fiber. When a person—any person—can see and appreciate directly the results of their hard work exercised in the deployment of hard earned skills, the satisfaction, sense of well being, and certainty of purpose in their lives is palpable and inescapable. Continue reading...

  • Not Your Grandpa’s Patent Drafting anymore: The Brave New World of Patent Illustration

    About a decade ago a shiver went through the community of Technical Illustrators who might otherwise qualify individually as a Patent Draftsman when the news was let out that the USPTO had handed down a ruling that it was suspending most of the formal rules that had governed the appearance of all Patent Drawings for a couple hundred years prior. Up until the advent of the affordable desktop computer workstation in the mid 1980s all Patent Drawings were executed with black India Ink on white Continue reading...