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Patents and Trademarks: Patents & Trademarks for Design, Arts & Entertainment

The Ryan-Matura Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Using Patents in Your Research

Need to know?

Multi-media ♦ Games ♦ Special effects ♦ Design patents ♦ Logos & commercial art ♦ Sound & video recording ♦ Sports ♦ Fashion

Patenting the Arts

Happy 100th Anniversary! Design Patent D48,160 (16 November 1915) for the Coca-Cola Bottle.

Lochtefeld, Thomas. Simulated Wave Water Sculpture. U.S. Patent 5,899,634, filed 22 Oct. 1996, and issued 4 May 1999. [utility patent]

Wave Sculpture



Design, Arts, & Entertainment IP in Journal Databases

In addition to books on inventors and inventing, you may find useful information in journal articles about specific individuals and patents, as well as the legal and social history of intellectual property. 

Among Sacred Heart University's "Best Bets" subscription journal databases for this information, consider:

Academic Search Premier

Academic OneFile

ACM [Asso. for Computing Machinery]


Project Muse


Sports Business Research Network


Some useful initial SUBJECT search terms: invention*, inventor*,  patent*, creativity, design, entertainment, intellectual property, technological innovations, trademark*, intangible property, theft, progress, intellectual capital

Design in Patents

Robert Thill. "Intellectual Property: A Chronological Compendium of Intersections between Contemporary Art and Utility Patents." Leonardo 37, no. 2 (2004): 117-124. (accessed April 26, 2015). 

Willey, Leigh. "Fashion Design & Intellectual Property." New Hampshire Bar Journal 55, no. 1 (Fall2014 2014): 6-12. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed April 26, 2015).

Brandes, Katelyn. "DESIGN PROTECTION IN THE UNITED STATES AND EUROPEAN UNION: PIRACY'S DETRIMENTAL EFFECTS IN THE DIGITAL WORLD." Brooklyn Journal of International Law 37, no. 3 (June 2012): 1115-1137. Academic Search Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed April 26, 2015).

Parsons, Jean L. "Historical Patents as Inspiration for Digital Textile and Apparel Design." Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 33, no. 4 (2015): 280-296.

IP Caveat!

Although some aspects of art, design, and performance can receive intellectual property protection under patent and trademark law, many significant rights are governed by copyright law. Information on U.S. Copyright law is available from the U.S. Copyright Office:

Design in Trademarks & Branding