I've been downloading lots of photographic related patents from the European Patent Office, Google Patents and Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt, and compressed them into zip files to share with everyone. The zip files are hosted in MediaFire, which may require you to type some letters to start the download. Remember that MediaFire places ads in the download page, so pay attention to the real download link and don't get confused with the ads. If you want to download all the files, you may want to use a download manager such as Mipony or JDownloader. Please contact me if you experience any trouble or if any link is broken.

This is not a collection of all the existing patents from a manufacturer, but just of those that I've been able to find and download. Contributions are welcome! Contact me if you have more patents to share or if you know other interesting patent sites.





Ansco

E. and H. T. Anthony & Co., New York
Scovill Manufacturing Co., New York / Connecticut
Scovill & Adams Co., New York / Connecticut
Anthony & Scovill Co., Binghamton, New York
Ansco Company, Binghamton, New York
Agfa Ansco Corporation, Binghamton, New York

ANSCO MEMO, ANSCO VEST POCKET, ANSCO PLENAX, BILLY CLACK, SCHMID DETECTIVE…
EDWARD ANTHONY, HENRY T. ANTHONY, CARL BORNMANN…

ansco.zip 234 patents 66 MB


Argus

Argus, Inc., Ann Arbor, Michigan
International Radio Corporation, Ann Arbor, Michigan
International Industries, Ann Arbor, Michigan

ARGUS A, ARGUS C, ARGUS M, ARGUS 21, ARGOFLEX, ARGUS 75…
GUSTAVE FASSIN, CHARLES A. VERSCHOOR, CLINTON H. HARRIS…
Including some other designs by Gustave Fassin


argus.zip 98 patents 47 MB



Bausch & Lomb

Bausch & Lomb Optical Company, Rochester, New York

EDWARD BAUSCH, THEODOR BRUECK, RUDOLPH KLEIN…


bausch-lomb.zip 109 patents 50 MB

Only shutters and photographical lenses related patents


Blair

Blair Camera Company, Boston & Rochester
Blair Tourograph and Dry Plate Company, Boston, Massachusetts
European Blair Camera Company Ltd., London

THOMAS H. BLAIR, JOHN H. CROWELL, FRED H. KELLEY, WILLIAM H. LEWIS…


blair.zip 36 patents 15 MB


Bolsey

Jacques Bolsey, New York
Jacques Bogopolsky, Genève

BOLSEY B, BOLSEY C, LA BELLE PAL…


bolsey.zip 126 patents 59 MB


Carl Zeiss

Carl Zeiss, Jena
VEB Carl Zeiss, Jena
Carl Zeiss, Heidenheim / Oberkochen

CARL ZEISS, ERNST ABBE, PAUL RUDOLPH, EMIL DÖNITZ, ALBERT KÖNIG,
MAX BERGER, MORITZ VON ROHR, OTTO EPPENSTEIN…


carlzeiss-1899-1942-us.zip 481 patents 131 MB
carlzeiss-1952-1980-us.zip 367 patents 148 MB
total 848 patents 279 MB

Only US patents until 1980


Century

Century Camera Company, Rochester, New York

HARVEY W. LOCKE


century.zip 8 patents 4 MB


Compass

and other designs by Noel Pemberton Billing

NOEL PEMBERTON BILLING, COMPASS, LE COULTRE

compass-billing.zip 85 patents 48 MB


Contessa-Nettel

Contessa-Nettel AG, Stuttgart

contessa-nettel.zip 56 patents 7 MB


Ernemann

Heinrich Ernemann, AG für Kamera-Fabrikation, Dresden
Ernemann-Werke AG, Dresden

ernemann.zip 258 patents 38 MB

Some of these patents were provided by my friend Daniel Sánchez


Goerz

Optische Anstalt C. P. Goerz AG, Berlin
Goerz Photochemische Werke GmbH, Berlin
Österreichisch-Ungarische Optische Anstalt C. P. Goerz GmbH, Wien
Akciová spolecnost K. P. Goerz optický ústav, Preßburg (Bratislava)
C. P. Goerz American Optical Co., New York

goerz-de.zip 275 German patents 68 MB
goerz-at.zip 193 Austrian patents 49 MB
goerz-gb.zip 189 British patents 49 MB
goerz-us.zip 166 US patents 56 MB
goerz-fr.zip 149 French patents 39 MB
goerz-ch.zip 104 Swiss patents 30 MB
total 1,076 patents 291 MB


Graflex

Folmer & Schwing Manufacturing Co., New York
Folmer & Schwing Division of Eastman Kodak, Rochester, New York
Folmer Graflex Corporation, Rochester, New York
Graflex, Inc., Rochester, New York

GRAFLEX, SPEED GRAPHIC…
WILLIAM F. FOLMER, WILLIAM E. SCHWING, HUBERT NERWIN…


graflex.zip 317 patents 255 MB


Gundlach

Gundlach Optical Co., Rochester, New York
Manhattan Optical Co., New York
Gundlach-Manhattan Optical Co., Rochester, New York

ERNST GUNDLACH…


gundlach.zip 16 patents 5 MB


Homéos

and other designs by Jules Richard

HOMÉOS, VÉRASCOPE, GLYPHOSCOPE, TAXIPHOTE…
JULES RICHARD, L. J. E. COLARDEAU, B. A. CHAUVELON, A. J. GOUDEAU


homeos-richard.zip 113 patents 43 MB


Hüttig

Richard Hüttig & Sohn, Dresden
Fabrik Photographischer Apparate auf Aktien, Dresden

huttig.zip 6 patents 0.5 MB


Ihagee

Ihagee Kamerawerk Steenbergen & Co., Dresden
Ihagee Kamerawerk AG, Dresden
Ihagee Kamerawerk AG, Frankfurt am Main

EXAKTA, PAFF, KLAPPREFLEX…
JOHAN STEENBERGEN, KARL NÜCHTERLEIN, KONRAD KÖHL…


ihagee.zip 215 patents 93 MB

Most of these patents come from ihagee.org


Ilex

Ilex Optical Company, Rochester, New York

RUDOLPH KLEIN, THEODORE M. BRUECK, ALFRED SCHWARZ…


ilex.zip 24 patents 19 MB


Kalart

Kalart Company, Inc., New York
Kalart Company, Inc., Stamford / Plainville, Connecticut

MORRIS SCHWARTZ, EDWARD K. KAPRELIAN…


kalart.zip 129 patents 85 MB


Kodak

Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, New York
Eastman Dry Plate and Film Co., Rochester, New York

THE KODAK, BROWNIE, FOLDING KODAK, FOLDING POCKET KODAK, BULLET, PANORAMIC, VEST POCKET, AUTOGRAPHIC, BOX, KODAK SIX-20, KODAK SIX-16, JIFFY, SUPER SIX-20, BANTAM, RETINA, RETINA REFLEX, EKTRA, MEDALIST, SIGNET, DUAFLEX, KODAK REFLEX, STARLET, STARMATIC, INSTAMATIC…

GEORGE EASTMAN, FRANK A. BROWNELL, WILLIAM F. FOLMER, ROBERT KROEDEL, CHARLES E. HUTCHINGS, WILLIAM A. RIDDELL, HENRY J. GAISMAN, CARL C. FUERST, JOSEPH MIHALYI, AUGUST NAGEL, CHESTER W. CRUMRINE, HENRY O. DROTNING, WALTER D. TEAGUE, MILLER R. HUTCHISON, HUBERT NERWIN…


kodak-1880-1930.zip 437 patents 198 MB
kodak-1931-1945.zip 402 patents 188 MB
kodak-1946-1960.zip 230 patents 130 MB
kodak-1961-1970.zip 248 patents 110 MB
total 1,317 patents 626 MB

Photochemical, optical, industrial and cine patents not included


Kodak AG (Germany)

Kodak AG, Berlin
Kodak AG, Stuttgart
Dr. August Nagel, Stuttgart

RETINA, RETINA REFLEX, INSTAMATIC…
AUGUST NAGEL, CARL ORT, PAUL HÄRTER, KURT STEISSLINGER…


kodak-ag.zip 582 patents 223 MB


Krügener

Dr. Rudolf Krügener, Bockenheim / Frankfurt am Main

krugener.zip 15 patents 3 MB


KW Guthe & Thorsch

Kamera-Werkstätten Guthe & Thorsch GmbH, Dresden

PATENT ETUI, PILOT, REFLEXBOX
PAUL GUTHE, BENNO B. THORSCH


kw-guthe-thorsch.zip 14 patents 4 MB


Leica

Ernst Leitz GmbH, Wetzlar

OSKAR BARNACK, ERNST LEITZ JR., LUDWIG LEITZ, HELMUT BECKER, MAX BEREK, WILHELM STEIN…


leica-de.zip 484 German patents 189 MB
leica-us.zip 159 US patents 58 MB
leica-gb.zip 101 British patents 34 MB
total 744 patents 281 MB

Only patents until 1970. Microscopes, binoculars, telescopes, scientific and industrial devices, projectors and cine cameras not included.


Linhof

Valentin Linhof KG, Munich
Linhof Nikolaus Karpf KG, Präzisions-Kamera-Werke, Munich

LINHOF TECHNIKA, SUPER TECHNIKA…
VALENTIN LINHOF, NIKOLAUS KARPF…


linhof.zip 108 patents 38 MB


Minox

Minox GmbH, Gießen
Valsts Elektrotechniska Fabrika
, Riga

WALTER ZAPP

minox.zip 136 patents 50 MB


Nagel

Dr. August Nagel, Stuttgart

nagel.zip 55 patents 8 MB


Nikon

Nippon Kogaku K. K., Tokyo

nikon-1957-1975.zip 315 patents 133 MB
nikon-1976-1981.zip 268 patents 140 MB
total 583 patents 273 MB


Polaroid

Polaroid Corporation, Cambridge, Massachusetts
Sheet Polarizer Company, Inc., Union City, New Jersey

EDWIN H. LAND…


polaroid-1933-1950.zip 258 patents 163 MB
polaroid-1951-1960.zip 271 patents 260 MB
polaroid-1961-1980.zip 218 patents 205 MB
total 747 patents 628 MB


Purma

Purma Cameras Limited, London

ALFRED CROGER MAYO, JOSEPH TERRETT…


purma.zip 28 patents 18 MB


Rectaflex

Rectaflex S.p.A., Rome

TELEMACO CORSI, EMILIO PALAMIDESI…


rectaflex.zip 23 patents 5 MB


Rochester

Rochester Camera and Supply Co., Rochester, New York
Rochester Optical and Camera Co., Rochester, New York
Rochester Optical Co., Rochester, New York

HARVEY B. CARLTON, WILLIAM F. CARLTON, HARVEY W. LOCKE, CHARLES E. HUTCHINGS, JOSEPH GODDARD, JOHN A. ROBERTSON…


rochester.zip 33 patents 14 MB


Seneca

Seneca Camera Manufacturing Company, Rochester, New York

JOSEPH GODDARD, WILLIAM S. HUTCHINGS…


seneca.zip 39 patents 14 MB


Ticka

and other designs by Magnus Niéll

MAGNUS NIÉLL, TICKA, EXPO WATCH, HOUGHTONS, ENSIGN MIDGET, ENSIGNETTE…

ticka-niell.zip 32 patents 11 MB


Tourist Multiple

and other designs by Paul Dietz

New Ideas Manufacturing Co., New York
Defiance Manufacturing Co., Philadelphia

PAUL DIETZ, TOURIST MULTIPLE

tourist-dietz.zip 10 patents 5 MB


Universal

Universal Camera Corporation, New York

UNIVEX, MERCURY, TWINFLEX, IRIS, UNIFLASH, VITAR, METEOR…
OTTO W. GITHENS, GEORGE KENDE…


universal.zip 74 patents 37 MB


Voigtländer

Voigtländer & Sohn AG, Braunschweig

SUPERB, BESSA, PROMINENT, VITESSA, VITO, BESSAMATIC, VITOMATIC…
ALBRECHT W. TRONNIER, ÁRPÁD BARÉNYI, FRITZ FAULHABER…


voigtlander-de-1.zip 490 German patents 211 MB
voigtlander-de-2.zip 241 German patents 212 MB
voigtlander-us.zip 248 US patents 136 MB
total 979 patents 559 MB


Welta

Welta Kamera Werke GmbH, Freital
Waurich & Weber, Freital
VEB Welta Kamera Werke, Freital

PERFEKTA, SUPERFEKTA, SOLIDA, WELTI…
WALTER WAURICH, THEODOR WEBER, JULIUS HILLE


welta.zip 19 patents 5 MB


Wollensak

Wollensak Optical Company, Rochester, New York

ANDREW WOLLENSAK…


wollensak.zip 70 patents 40 MB


Wray

Wray Cameras Limited, Bromley, London

WRAYFLEX
MAURICE STUDDERT, HARRY GOEBBELS, WERNER GOEBBELS


wray.zip 8 patents 8 MB



Zeiss Ikon

CONTAX, CONTAFLEX, IKOFLEX, SYNTAX, CONTINA, TENAX, IKONTA, CONTAREX…
HEINZ KÜPPENBENDER, HUBERT NERWIN, LUDWIG BERTELE, EMANUEL GOLDBERG, HANS SAUER…


Tip: The file zeissikon-fr.zip contains the only Syntax patents preserved.

Zeiss Ikon AG Dresden (1926-1945)
zeissikon-de.zip 724 German patents 116 MB
zeissikon-us.zip 156 US patents 57 MB
zeissikon-fr.zip 588 French patents 142 MB
zeissikon-gb.zip 239 British patents 55 MB
zeissikon-ch.zip 171 Swiss patents 41 MB
zeissikon-at.zip 99 Austrian patents 18 MB

VEB Zeiss Ikon Dresden (1945-1958)
zeissikon-veb.zip 298 patents 94 MB

Zeiss Ikon AG Stuttgart (1945-1972)
zeissikon-stuttgart-de.zip 1,537 German patents 630 MB
zeissikon-stuttgart-us.zip 149 US patents 72 MB
zeissikon-stuttgart-fr.zip 75 French patents 30 MB
zeissikon-stuttgart-gb.zip 64 British patents 22 MB
zeissikon-stuttgart-ch.zip 224 Swiss patents 66 MB
zeissikon-stuttgart-at.zip 125 Austrian patents 35 MB

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Patents collected by Daniel Jiménez Chocrón from the European Patent Office, Google Patents and Deutsches Patent- und Markenamt.

First edition: 25 Mar 2014. Last update: 2 Feb 2015.

Published under a Creative Commons BY-NC License.