Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Oh, patents! Zaha Hadid

Copyright © Françoise Herrmann

Just one US design patent for the formidable British architect and designer, Zaha Hadid, who died a year ago. 

USD638161 titled Floor lamp was awarded for a cobra-looking floor lamp.

As a reminder the difference between a US utility and a US design patent is the following:

a “utility patent” protects the way an article is used and works (35 U.S.C. 101), while a "design patent" protects the way an article looks (35 U.S.C. 171).” [USPTO]
Beyond this design patent, Zaha Hadid buildings are found worldwide and she is the recipient of the most prestigious prizes of her profession. Hadid was the first woman to receive the prestigious architectural Pritzker Prize in 2014, and she received the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize in 2010 and 2011.

Zaha Hadid was an Iraqi-born British architect. She is celebrated this day with a Google Doodle too!

The video below shows some of her extraordinary architectural creations, and iconic “curves”.

Brooks, K. (May 31, 2017) Game changing architect Zaha Hadid gets the Google Doodle she deserves (The Huffington Post)
Google Doodle
Google Doodle – Zaha Hadid
Pritzker Prrize
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)- Stirling Prize
Seabrook, J (Dec. 2009) The Abstractionist - Zaha Hadid’s Unfettered Invention (The New Yorker)
USPTO: Guide to filing a design patent application
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architecture (Pinterest)
Zaha Hadid – Queen of the Curve (The Guardian)

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