Retro Patents

Order limited edition prints of tech & gaming patents

We have designed beautiful bespoke prints based on some of the keystone inventions of our generation from companies such as Apple, Google, Amazon, Sony, AirBnB and more.

Each patent has been designed and printed using HDR ink-jet technology on Ultra Premium Luster Photo Paper with a basis weight of 180 gsm. Nostalgia has never looked so good.

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Motivational quotes and posters have been all the rage. These prints are a different kind of inspiration. Patents! Check them out.
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Thanks @hnshah! We’re really excited to launch Retro Patents today! Last year, @aidansliney and I were visiting Copenhagen and we came across a boutique design shop that had a Harley Davidson patent in the window. We really liked the minimalist look to it and remembered how we'd used early product prototypes for inspiration in the past. On the trip home, we started brainstorming how we could apply this to the tech and gaming world we both know and love. So Retro Patents was set up to scratch an itch. At first we just printed them for ourselves and hung the patents on our walls but we kept getting asked by friends to send them copies. After this happened a few times we felt like others might also enjoy them so we built the patent art website which you see today. As a token of goodwill, we’ve included a 20% discount for the PH community 😃 Just use the code PRODUCTHUNT on checkout and you’ll receive a 20% discount on the print of your choice!
@cdcwatson @hnshah @aidansliney How long the promo is going to last? I'm thinking of buying a couple of them in march :D! Really love the concept, by the way!
@tsunaze thanks! Glad to hear you like them. This promo is a launch special for PH so it will only last a couple of days. If you contact me at any point in March though, I'll make sure to look after you with the same deal!
@cdcwatson @tsunaze hi craig, loving your prints, of course I'm going for every nintendo device. is there any active discount for this weekend? :)
Super cool idea, these are especially nice for a lobby or decorating a conference room. You might consider contacting a few VC firms and seeing if they might want some for their portfolio companies. As a side note, can you imagine being the patent office worker who had to process Google's Page Rank patent application? Complex math and ideas with very little context for how they would apply to the real world back in 1998.
@kleneway great idea! I'd imagine a good few VCs might like to hang these on their Boardroom walls :) Yeah the PageRank story is pretty epic. Especially given how fundamental it became to the overall success of Google. I didn't know it was named after Larry Page until researching it - fun facts.
@cdcwatson Ha, didn't know that PageRank backstory. Seems so obvious now! And for VCs it's such a beautiful and stylish humblebrag. 😁
Very cool! Love the Gameboy one!
Any chance you'd make one for the original iPhone?
@tarungangwani we've got the iPhone 3G but Apple never actually patented the design on any earlier generations
@cdcwatson The original iPhone patent is quite famous... and you can find images of the idea here... here is my favorite:
@tarungangwani Ah got you! This is the utility patent, I was referring to design patents. Yup it's a good one. Leave it with us - it would be nice to have the original on the site alright!
@cdcwatson Consider this message a preorder when you create it!
Need even more 😱😱 so neat
@lasserafn Cheers! We've plenty more coming so stay tuned.
@cdcwatson Neat! Thanks :o) They're amazing, and would really suit my (currently empty) office walls
@lasserafn we've added a few new prints since launch like the Apple Mac and the Atari console - it would be great to hear your feedback!
@cdcwatson so great! Seriously like the minimal style to it! - and thanks for adding more, I'll probably get the Mac one next month; hoping it's not sold out 🤞🏻 Do you redraw them from the original patents or is it possible for you to "extract" from the files? I guess if the format is PDF it could be extracted to a scaleable format? (Dont worry, not gonna go into a competing business; just curious)