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May 2017

The Secret Life of a Patent Artist: A Q&A

 

“I started doing patent art in 1986 and have thousands of drawings on record at the United States Patent Office.

- Jack Smith, patent artist

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Patent artists do their thing away from the klieg lights of product launches and marketing campaigns, and their names do not appear on drawings in the USPTO archives. To some extent, they're the phantoms of invention. Today, we welcome one of the busiest to the IPfolio interview studio.

Jack Smith, native Minnesotan and one of the most experienced patent artists in the US, provides a lot more, though, to his clients than drawing and diagramming services. He also helps them vet ideas, confirm sales and marketing opportunities, review manufacturing and distribution roadmaps and systematically clarify the feasibility of their inventions. We enjoyed learning about his three plus decades in the inventing trenches. 

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