b. Patent Claims

1. A tent of generally spherical form having a pattern of suspension points distributed over its area, said tent having reinforcement elements of generally conical shape with substantially circular base edges secured to triangular connecting pieces of covering material, the apexes of said reinforcement elements forming the suspension points and a framework including means for supporting said tent at said suspension points. 

2. A tent of generally spherical form having a pattern of suspension points distributed over its area, said tent having reinforcement elements of generally conical shape secured together as a part of the covering material, the generally conical shape of said reinforcement elements being obtained by connecting together triangular pieces of material, the edges of said triangular pieces having a predetermined concavity whereby the conical shape of the tent material at the points of suspension is formed in the tent before it is raised and placed under suspension stresses, and a framework including means for supporting said tent at said suspension points.

R. Buckminster Fuller, “Geodesic Tent”, “Patent No. 2,914,074”, United States Patent Office, November 24, 1959, p.1-6