If you’re looking for some unusual art for your office or home look no further! Many patent drawings are true works of art, and all US patents published before March 1st 1989 are public domain, meaning you can download and print them to your hearts content.
There are patent drawings for, well, just about anything, so if you’re looking for something related to your profession, interests, or just downright wacky you’re bound to find the perfect image for your wall.
The best source for patents is Google Patents – it’s completely searchable, and you can download the images as high-res files. Just make sure you select patents published prior to March 1989.
Here are some of our favourite patent drawings:
As it turns out, the Wii Fit was invented in 1974.
This self propelled figure toy is surely enough to give any child nightmares.
Having blown your hand off with the above patent, this artificial hand (featuring a pleasing amount of cogs) will come in ‘handy’.