HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” TV Show Integrates Personal Passions into Home Decor with Patents

by | May 23, 2018 | Design patent, Intellectual Property, Patents, Tips

HGTV’s Fixer Upper TV Show provides a creative touch and teaches home owners how to extend individual passions into a surrounding living space from an artistic vantage point.  Whether you’re into movies, music, or videogames, spice up your interior decorating in a fun and creative way with patents.

A patent is a protective property right relating to an invention and granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to exclude others from making, using, or selling the invention for a limited time period.  In exchange, the inventor is required to disclosure the invention to the public via the government application process.  One step in the patent application process is submitting technical drawings of the invention.  While fulfilling specialized requirements, often these drawings will also feature artistic characteristics and highlight the beauty of the subject matter, focusing in on the engineering construction of the invention and displaying a number of views.

In a recent segment of Fixer Upper on HGTV, a couple of music lovers created framed wall prints for a variety of patents, integrating their personal passion of musical instruments, including, a guitar, piano, and a drum.  

With the variety of patent subject areas, plenty of options exist for decorating.  Maybe you’re a fan of gaming platforms such as PlayStation, Nintendo, Wii, or XBox.  If so, you could choose to frame a print of the original patent for nostalgia’s sake.  Film or movie buff?  Then select a motion picture, film projector patent.  Or if you’re an individual inventor, you could decorate using your own patent!

For more information about patents and intellectual property matters, please contact  Pamela K. Riewerts, Esq., partner and patent attorney at Oliver & Grimsley, LLC.  Pamela may be reached via email at:

*Note, the source of government issued and published patent images: The United States Patent and Trademark Office.


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