The U.S. Patent system was outlined in part to provide reassurances for inventors that their ideas would be protected, but also because we grant them a temporary monopoly in exchange for them explaining their innovation in painstaking detail. Thomas Edison, for example, was known to frequent the patent office to study other inventors’ patents and spark ideas of his own. Patents spark other inventions.
My grandfather had several patents, which you can find here: https://patents.google.com/?invento…+H+Panning
What I'd love to do is show how some of his inventions were cited in future inventions. I've assembled a list here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet…sp=sharing
It shows some of his patents (Column A) patents that cited his patents (Column B) and patents that cited those patents (Column C). Also, in row 28 I listed some of the really cool companies and organizations that filed patents and cited him.
I want to show the impact he's had, and will continue to have, on the future. His inventions were cited by products used in engines, food processing, construction, self-defense, rescue equipment, and more.
I thought maybe we could use the actual patent art and company logos on the poster in some sort of "family tree for inventions", like this https://patentimages.storage.google…2916-2.png which comes from this patent: https://patents.google.com/patent/US5952916
... but I'm open to suggestions and new ideas!
Attached, you can see a PDF from some Patent Analysis software I use. It shows his patents (in yellow) and the patents that cited him, and patents that cited those. Also, if you'd like to play with the raw data for some reason, I've attached spreadsheets that show some of the patents related to him. If you click any of the numbers in Column A it will link you to the Google Patents listing which will show the artwork and description from the patent.