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How To Make Free Printable Patent Art

Inside: How to find vintage patents and many free printable patent art prints.

Being interested in DIY and interiors, I’ve noticed things on the program that others might not, like the fabulous giant patent art hanging on the wall in Rachel and Mike’s flat in Suits. One of them is an old box camera and another typewriter.

I love the trend of hanging patent art prints of everyday objects on the wall. If you have a particular interest or hobby, you will easily find a patent matching it, whether it’s photography, guitar patents, sewing, tennis, etc. I bet whatever it is, you will be able to find something out there that’s related.

I’m interested in photography; I especially lovely the patent art of old-style cameras. Patent prints of camping and sports equipment, such as racquets and bats, look great on the wall, especially in dens and man caves.

I’ve seen the patent art decoupaged to furniture and trinket dishes and it looks really good. I’ve even made some cool kitchen patent DIY placemats for my home.

How to Find Printable Patent Art For Your Home

Did you know you can search for over 87 million patents using Google patent search?

Most of the patents found on google patents are simple black and white drawings. However, it is easy to transform these images into patent art inverting the images in a package such as Photoshop to create a blueprint effect.

The results of a Google patent search can be overwhelming and time-consuming to pinpoint the exact image you want. I have done the work for you and curated a collection of retro patent art that would look good in any home.

The images on Google patent searches are .png files. Just click on the patent title you want, and it will take you directly to the relevant Google page, where you can download the image for your personal use.

Converting the png images into jpg images is very simple. Just upload the png image into Windows Paint (free with your Windows software). Then in the file menu, click save as and choose the jpg extension before clicking save.

Quick Guide To Google Patent Search

If you would like to tackle google patent search your self then these instructions should help.

  1. Head to Google Patent Search at ““.
  2. Type in keywords or phrases related to the patent you’re looking for in the search bar. Be specific or use the patent number if you have it.
  3. Refine your search by using the filters on the left-hand side. You can narrow down results by patent type, filing date, or assignee.
  4. Check out the list of patents that match your search. Click on a title to see more details.
  5. Explore the detailed page to find the full text, drawings, and legal information about the patent.
  6. If you need a copy, use the “Download PDF” or “Print” buttons on the page.
Printable free patent art for your home

Retro Free Patent Art For Your Home

To download your patent art print, click on the title above the illustration. A larger image will open as a new tab in your browser.

If you are looking for patent art for a beach house, check out the excellent collection of maritime patents in this collection of vintage nautical images.

1. Box Camera

This box camera is very much like that patent art print I spotted on Rachen & Mike’s wall in Suits.

Box Camera Patent 1904

2. Retro Typewriter Patent

Next, don’t forget the lovely retro typewriter image. I think this would look fabulous on the wall of a home office or study.

Typewriter patent 1896

3. Singer Sewing Machine Patent

What about some patent art of a Singer sewing machine for your craft room.

You’ll find a watercolour print of a vintage sewing machine along with many other everyday objects in the Index of American Design.

Free patent art singer sewing machine

4. Patent for A Paper Clip

Another fabulous patent image for the office this time one of the humble paper clip. There are more cool vintage art supplies and stationery images on Pictureboxblue.

paper Clip blueprint

5. Patent For The Edison Light Bulb

This is a classic, the original patent image for Thomas Edison’s electric light bulb.

Edison Lightbulb

6. Roller Skate Patent Art

A retro roller skate patent design would look fabulous in a teen bedroom. Who knew that roller skates went as far back as 1881?

Roller Skates blueprint

7. Shuttlecock Blueprint

I will be getting a printout of the Shuttlecock patent image for my home as my husband and boys are all badminton obsessed and play regularly at a high level.

I’ve even tried to find ways to upcycle their badminton shuttlecocks.

Shuttlecock patent

8. Coke Bottle Design

I’m not sure if this is the original coke bottle design but it looks very similar.

Coke style bottle 1937

9. Time Chart Patent

I admit I love this patent for a time chart just because it has a map on it. I tend to love anything with a retro-style world map on it.

Time chart patent art 1893

10 Reading Lamp Blueprint

Finally, this patent for a reading lamp would look great in any home. I’ve also shown how the patent art would look if you invert it.

Reading lamp patent art
Reading lamp patent 1923 inverted

Personally, the roller skate patent is my favourite and I’m going to download it and frame it for my son’s room.

What would you like as a patent art? What are you going to search for with the Google patent search?

Something to do with one of your hobbies or perhaps a holiday-themed search. There are some great Christmas inventions patent prints available.

Free Google patent art
How to use google patent search pin

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Mary Randolph

Thursday 9th of June 2022

you are amazing. You are proof that there are really good people in the world. I appreciate it so much. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. you are my hero!


Thursday 9th of June 2022

That's very kind of you to say so, thank you so much.

Izak Niemann

Sunday 31st of January 2021

Is it legal to sell those patent drawings on print on demand items? How does it work? Thanks!


Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

Yes, they are in the Public domain.


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Thank you so much for generously donating your time . It's rare that a person gives and expects nothing in return. I just wanted to thank you and I agree with above poster about a subscription. I'd too love to be a part of any past or future blog posts you write, Best Amandine


Tuesday 23rd of June 2020

Thank you so much. I just love to share these wonderful images I find.

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Wednesday 20th of November 2019

Great write up! You're definitely right about Google's patent search engine not being the easiest to use. It can be hard to find what you're looking for because the search is still keyword based but patents often use technical language instead of every day words and phrases (i.e. a patent for a Trumpet might be just be called a "horn instrument" in the patent filing).

I run a website selling patent prints called Patent Earth and so far we've got about 1,400 unique patent designs, extensively categorized and listed with every day terminology. If you're looking for more patent ideas you should check it out! It will definitely save some time compared to Google's patent search. Of course we offer prints for sale, but you can use our catalog to find ideas for your own DIY prints. I won't mind :)

I realize this post is from 2018, but I wanted to chime in for the benefit of others that stumble onto it. Hope it helps!


Thursday 21st of November 2019

Thank you, I will take a look at your site it sounds interesting.