Patented Art Process – 5 Year Anniversary


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Yesterday marked the 5 year anniversary that I was granted a US patent for the tool and process by which I create my art.

 

My journey to obtaining a patent began in 2005 when I was pursuing my photography based art degree. At that time, I witnessed meteoric changes within the photographic world. The once commanding darkroom was being replaced by the newest computer lab, while prosperous photography businesses were closing their doors forever. I both embraced and questioned the digital world photography was being assimilated into. I delved further into the basic concepts of photography; where it came from, what it meant, and where it was going. Pondering the root words photo meaning light and graph meaning to write, I began exploring the concept of literally writing with light.

 

I began extensive research in 2006, and I developed various methods of painting with light on photosensitive paper and designed different tools for this purpose. As I began my light painting pursuit I realized this process was truly unique and no one else was creating art with my method. As I contemplated how best to present my one-of-a-kind artwork my husband suggested I go to a Central Oregon Inventor’s Guild meeting. I simply enjoyed attending the meetings initially, listening to inventor’s speak with passion about their creations, and appreciating the similarities between inventors and artists. Many of the inventors spoke about patenting their inventions, and initially I thought it was something I would never pursue because I didn’t have the funds to hire a lawyer. But the more I heard about the patent process the more I thought I might be able to do it myself. I picked up some books about patents at the library, and without much intending I found myself writing a patent! I applied for my patent in 2008, and then I first began showing my light paintings. Typical for the process, my patent was pending for almost 3 years, and it was granted on January 18, 2011.

 

During the time my patent was pending I really did not think it was going to be granted. I was insecure about not having used a lawyer, and I feel I was playing out of my league. I had spent a lot of time and energy on the patent, and it felt like a gamble as to whether or not it was time and energy well spent. I was so thrilled and felt very honored when I was awarded the patent! I am most proud that I authored it myself. I still forget I have a patent, and when I remember I giggle at the fun life I have created for myself. 🙂 


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