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Materials & Products


1. What metal and wood options are available?

Metal choices include Brass, Aluminum, and Black (P66 & P08 only). We offer the following U.S. made solid hardwoods: Cherry, Walnut, Oak, and Maple. We also offer Black Glass and Simulated Marble. You may see these choices and how they pair with each other when looking at the online product details.

2. What background color choices are available in your frames?

Color choices include Black, Burgundy, Royal Blue, Hunter Green, Silver Gray, Dark Gray, Dark Brown and Beige. You may see these color choices and how they pair with the metal options when looking at the online product details.

3. How are the frames assembled?

To provide superior craftsmanship, we use frames from Larson-Juhl who has a history of frame-making for over 100 years. We craft your frame using American-made UV blocking glass by Tru Vue®, a full dust cover, and a sawtooth hanging system which ensures easy hanging.

4. Is that paper or metal in your frames?

We try our best to show our Aluminum metal accurately online. Please note that color varies from computer to computer monitors and other devices. Our products show the material combinations available when looking at online product details. We have very few products that use paper. Currently, we only offer the following paper certificate products: P02, F01 and the Kensington Frame. All of our other framed patent awards use either Brass or Aluminum metal.

5. What is your most popular plaque?

Our most popular products can be viewed here.

6. I can't remember what product I ordered last time. How can I make sure my plaques will match?

We include a label on the back of our products which includes your customer ID and part number. You may enter the part number online to find the same product and choose the same metal and wood options as before. When processing your order, we also look at your order history to ensure the current order matches previous orders and we will contact you if we notice any discrepancies.

7. What can I expect as my award ages over the years?

Your award is designed to last and you can expect it to age gracefully. However, some customers wish to understand exactly what to expect as their award ages over time.

Metal - All of our metal plates are protected with a clear high temperature coating, giving lifetime protection. No matter what metal you choose, your metal plates should not tarnish over time.

Wood - Our wood plaques are made of solid American hardwoods and are hand finished with fine quality furniture finishes for beauty and protection. They are sealed front and back to prevent moisture penetration. To provide superior craftsmanship, our frames are from Larson-Juhl, who has over 100 years of frame-making experience. Wood is a natural product that may fade slightly over the years.

Glass - Our framed awards are protected by American-made UV blocking glass by Tru Vue®. By filtering out damaging ultraviolet rays, our glass protects your award from fading and breakdown caused by UV exposure.

Printing - Our plaques are produced with a patented process invented by our founder and are not to be confused with low-quality imprinting methods associated with the plaque-making techniques of yesteryear. You should not experience problems with the print rubbing or scratching off your plaque over time under normal display conditions.

Parchment - Parchment is a paper product and is subject to the normal yellowing associated with paper aging. Paper is also subject to physical breakdown by ultraviolet rays over time, which is what causes aged paper to become brittle. Some people feel that this "aged look" enhances a certificate. However, by ordering one of our framed parchment products, there is greater protection for your award over time since our frames use UV protection glass which helps guard against paper breakdown.

8. How do I hang my Patent Award Plaque?

We provide basic instructions on how to hang your patent plaque on our site .


Art & Customization


1. May I get more than one patent on a plaque?

We currently do not offer any products online that display more than one patent on a plaque. Custom perpetual products may be offered to qualified corporate clients if our current products available do not provide the solution you need. Contact Us for more information.

2. May I get more than one name on a plaque?

Yes. When prompted to enter "Inventor Name(s) As You Want It To Appear On Your Product", you can enter as many names as you wish. We do verify that each name entered is in fact listed on the patent.

3. What is an Assignee?

An assignee is the person or entity to whom rights under a patent are legally transferred to. U.S. Patents are granted to individuals, however most are owned by companies. Innovative employees enter into legal contracts with their employers that requires the transfer of patent ownership from the individual to the employer. Many inventors are proud not only of the work they have done but also proud of the company they worked for. In this case, the inventor will choose to not only display his name on the plaque, but also the name of the company he assigned the patent to. If you choose "Yes" when prompted "Would you like the Patent Assignee (Company Name) on your product", the company named as assignee on the patent will appear on the plaque exactly as the patent was published.

4. What is the wording on the bottom of the plaque?

The wording that appears on many of US patent plaque and frame designs is called the "Director's text." It is the text that appears on the cover of your official patent document. This text has changed over the years and we have chosen to use current text on our products. The text is different for utility patents and design patents. Here is what the verbiage actually says:

Utility Patents: "The Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has received an application for a patent for a new and useful invention. The requirements of law have been complied with, and it has been determined that a patent on the invention shall be granted under the law. Therefore, this United States Patent grants to the person(s) having title to this patent the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States of America or importing the invention into the United States of America for the term of this patent, subject to the payment of maintenance fees as provided by law."

Design Patents: "The Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office has received an application for a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture. The requirements of law have been complied with, and it has been determined that a patent on the design shall be granted under the law. Therefore, this United States Patent grants to the person(s) having title to this patent the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the design throughout the United States of America or importing the design into the United States of America for the term of this patent."

5. What drawing will be on my plaque or frame?

We use the drawing from the front page of your patent. Use a Patent Search Tool to view your patent front page via the USPTO website or call for assistance. If there is no drawing available on the front page, we use the first drawing that is not labeled “prior art.” Prior art is a figure(s) that is previously related from another patent. If your patent does not have any drawings at all, we substitute the 1st claim from your patent. If you have questions, concerns or modifications please call 1-800-707-0011 and speak to a customer care specialist.

6. How do I submit a design mark for my trademark plaque/frame?

You can add your design mark in color to any trademark product at no additional charge. Please click here for instructions on submitting your design mark.

7. What is the best way to have their name appear when buying for someone else?

The majority of our customers include their middle initial. Another option is to request the name to appear exactly as it appears on the patent.


General & Misc


1. May I get a certificate from the USPTO?

You may obtain a “certified copy” of your patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office. They issue only one official certificate to the assignee listed on the patent. Go online at www.uspto.gov for more information.

2. How can I be sure I ordered the right Patent?

You may verify your patent number by using the “Check Your Patent” box at the top right of our website. Enter your patent number and you will be taken to the United States Patent and Trademark Office website. After placing an order with us, you’ll receive a detailed email confirmation which allows you to double-check your patent details. If we have any questions concerning your patent, we’ll contact you right away.

3. What is your most popular plaque?

Our most popular products can be viewed here

4. I can't remember what product I ordered last time. How can I make sure my plaques will match?

We include a label on the back of our products which includes your customer ID and part number. You may enter the part number online to find the same product and choose the same metal and wood options as before. If you would rather contact us for assistance, we’d be happy to help. When processing your online order, we also look at your order history to ensure the current order matches previous orders and we will contact you if we notice any discrepancies.

5. I received a mailing from you that my patent has granted and you were the first to notify me. How did you know that it has granted?

Patents are granted every Tuesday by the United States Patent and Trademark Office and grant information is offered free to the public. We check grant information every Tuesday and notify inventors by mail. If you have any questions about your grant, please contact your corporate IP department or your patent attorney.

6. Can you send me a brochure?

Yes! Please Contact Us and we’ll have your brochure in the mail within one business day.

7. I want to order another patent number but I don't know what the number is.

We’d be happy to research patents for you FREE of charge with no obligation to buy. Just give us a call!


Gifting


1. This is a gift and I do not want to ruin the surprise. Do I have to give you my phone number or email address?

It is very helpful for us to have a way to contact you in case we have any questions about your order. However, if you let us know that it is a gift and there is potential for ruining a surprise we will be very discreet if we have to contact you. If ordering online you can provide this information in the "order notes" after the order is submitted. The order notes appear on the bottom portion of your order summary.

2. What is the best way to have their name appear when buying for someone else?

The majority of our customers include their middle initial. Another option is to request the name to appear exactly as it appears on the patent.

3. How do I know which metal to choose?

Both of the metals are popular. The aluminum metal (silver) and the brass metal (gold) are really a matter of preference. When purchasing a patent plaque or frame for a gift, think of the décor of the room in which the product will be displayed. Are there silver or gold accents? If you don’t know where it will hang, think about the jewelry the inventor may wear. Does he or she have a gold or silver watch/ring? The jewelry they wear might be indicative of their preference. If you still do not know what to order, sometimes it helps to think of the aluminum metal as more “modern” and the brass metal as more “traditional”.

4. When ordering a patent plaque, how do I know which wood to choose?

First, decide if you want a dark or a light wood. Think about the décor in the room that the product is going into. Walnut and cherry wood are the most popular and both go well with aluminum and brass.

5. When ordering a frame, how do I know which background color to choose?

The background color is best selected with the décor in mind or what looks best for the product. We try to feature the combination that is most popular/most pleasing to the eye in our brochure and on our website. For the modern cover design, the blue background color often brings out the blue border. For the historical cover design the black background color often compliments the ornamental design of this product.

6. Should I include the assignee (company) on the plaque?

Including the assignee is really a personal preference. If the inventor still works for the assigned company and will hang the plaque at the office, including the assignee may be preferable. If the inventor will hang the plaque at home, we suggest including the assignee if he/she still works for and is highly committed to the company. If he/she no longer works for the assigned company, leave the assignee off.

7. Will the "Patent Awards" name be on the box? I don't want to ruin the surprise.

Yes, our name and address will appear on the box. However, we would be happy to cover the name so that the surprise isn't given away. Contact Us for more information.

8. Can I include a note with the plaque?

Yes, please let us know what you would like the note to say. If ordering online you can provide this information in the “order notes” after your order is submitted. The order notes appear on the bottom portion of your order summary.

9. Is my patent information printed on paper?

Most of our commemoratives have patent information printed on aluminum metal or brass metal. A few patent awards use a certificate or parchment certificate, including the Kensington.

10. Can I buy the metal plate only?

Yes. Please call 1-800-707-0011 for more information.

11. Can I buy artwork printed on paper?

Yes. Please call 1-800-707-0011 for more information.

12. Can you send me a brochure?

Yes. Please Contact Us and we’ll have your brochure in the mail within one business day.

13. How did you get my patent information?

We get patent information directly from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Patent information is public and published weekly. We are in no way affiliated with the USPTO.


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1. What is your lead time?

We guarantee to ship orders within 10 business days or less. If you provide an accurate email address, you will receive an email notification with tracking information when your orders ships via UPS. Transit times vary when shipping ground. For guaranteed delivery select overnight or 2-day air services. In a really big rush? Call 1-800-707-0011 for more information. Rush fees may apply.

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