stenciledb: "There's such a focus on cost-cutting in so many industries now -- pride of your work goes out the window for the benefit of reducing costs. There's a lot of emphasis on, 'Let's save money on the drawings,'"... I also suspect that lawyers prefer ambiguous drawings that are only as specific as required. Easier to defend a patent that way, or something.
that was my nickname in highschool: No sense in adding detail that will only get lost. Granted I haven't been doing this for very long, but it blows my mind that I can electronically submit detailed drawings with beautiful shading, only to later find a printed and scanned version in PAIR. Government efficiency for you.
Theaetetus: I've given nice drawings to paralegals in pdf format, all set for uploading... and they print and scan them back to pdf, with smudges and dirt and every line at a slight angle.
Subby's Mother: It's also that the entire nature of patents has changed. Patents used to be "Hey, check out this cool new thing I invented! Here's how you can take it and make your own, I just call dibs on making profit"; now it's "MINEMINEMINEMINEMINE" and "OMG my design is sooooo super-sekrit u can't look at it but i still need to stop u from stealing!"
loonatic112358: I did some 3d work for someone who had some stuff patented, he has stuff redrawn by hand before it gets added to the patent as opposed to sending 3d renderings. It's to make it more difficult to replicatecourse he is a cranky old bastard
Theaetetus: loonatic112358: I did some 3d work for someone who had some stuff patented, he has stuff redrawn by hand before it gets added to the patent as opposed to sending 3d renderings. It's to make it more difficult to replicatecourse he is a cranky old bastardIt could also be the fact that 3D renderings are likely to be rejected by the patent office as not reproducible. They really don't like shading.
Mikey1969: Well, that's just stupid. He could have had you export less detailed 2D images and saved the redrawing-by-hand thing...
Sylvia_Bandersnatch: Okay, I've seen this one before, and I expect a lot of you have, too:[www.wired.com image 660x593]I get that it's a 'slot machine,' by which I assume they mean a casino game. But it's not clear to me what it does, what's special about it, or anything. Does anyone understand what the hell it's about? Sure, watermelons, but how?
Basily Gourt: My 88 year old father is a long-retired architect.His drawings were a thing of beauty. You could throw them in a pile of 100 other plans, and I could pick his out in a second.His hand drawn renderings were even better. Little pieces of artwork.Funny part of this story? He hated to draw, and apparently so do most architects. "that's why we have draftsmen" he used to tell me.
Mikey1969: Those hands on the Apple tablet are the most horrendous of any of the drawings. Absolutely ridiculous, especially for a grown up company like Apple.
DrGunsforHands: Mikey1969: Those hands on the Apple tablet are the most horrendous of any of the drawings. Absolutely ridiculous, especially for a grown up company like Apple.[i50.tinypic.com image 639x434]/obligatory
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