September 28-December 20, 2013
Presented with the support of the Applied Materials Foundation
Opening events September 28th at the ZERO1 Garage

Currently taking place in the ZERO1 Garage, Patent Pending, is a group exhibition that uses patents as a starting point to investigate the relationship between artists, ownership, and invention. Patent Pending features artworks by contemporary artists that have either resulted from, or led to, a patent that the artist has either received a patent for or is patent pending. Participating artists are Maggie Orth, Catherine Richards, Phil Ross, Daniel Rozin, Scott Snibbe, and Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv.

As inventors and innovators, artists change the way we look at and interact with the world. Like the entrepreneurs and inventors who have defined Silicon Valley, many artists have patented interfaces, processes, and creations with broad uses beyond their art practice. Patent Pending continues ZERO1’s exploration of the relationship between artists and invention and goes behind the artist’s experiences navigating the patent system to reveal the complexities of owning and sharing ideas in contemporary times. Patent Pending was inspired, in part, by the change in U.S. patent law that went into effect on March 16, 2013 and repositioned the United States patent filing system from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, as well as in response to plans to open a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Silicon Valley. Throughout the exhibition, as a means to explore the role of patents in creative communities, ZERO1 will bring together the arts, entrepreneur, and legal communities in dialogue around what the changes to the U.S. patent system mean for inventions and inventors in Silicon Valley and beyond.  
Exhibition Design and Fabrication by Difference & Repetition. 
Read more about Patent Pending through the curatorial essay around the exhibition here >>
The ZERO1 Garage is open to the public Wednesday-Saturday 12pm-4pm and 7pm-10pm on the 1st Friday of every month, or by appointment. 



DLA Piper has generously come on board to support the Patent Pending talk series, which includes panels, debates, and artist-organized events focused on investigating the intersection of art, law, and technology related to issues of  ownership and intellectual property. These events will take place over the course of the exhibition. 


  • Exhibition Opening Events​ --September 28, 2013 - 5:00pm-9:00pm
    Opening remarks featuring a keynote address by media artist and researcher Michael Naimark, followed by an opening reception.
  • Post-Natural Properties: The Art of Patented Life Forms--October 17, 2013 - 6:30pm-8:30pm
    A discussion led by artists Phil Ross and Rich Pell related to genomics, genetics and other areas of the life sciences.
  • Does the U.S. Patent System stifle innovation? -- November 5, 2013 - 6:30pm-8:30pm
    An Oxford-style debate presented in collaboration with Connected Patents.
    *The event location has changed. The debate will now take place at the ZERO1 Garage in San Jose.*
  • State of the Art: 'Art and the STATE' -- November 21, 2013 - 6:30pm-8:30pm
    A panel led by Catherine Richards and Martin Snelgrove on art, law, deep state and deception. 



Maggie Orth                                                                                                                    
The Fuzzy Apparatus, 2013                                                   

Phil Ross
Mycotectural Polyominoes, 2013

Catherine Richards and Martin Snelgrove
Method and Apparatus for Finding Love, 2000   

Daniel Rozin
Sharon / West Bank, 2003
Uncle Sam / Candy, 2004
Yves and Marliyn / New York Skyline, 2003 

Scott Snibbe
Blow Up, 2005

Camille Utterback & Romy Achituv
Text Rain, 1999





Patent Pending is presented with the generous support of the Applied Materials Foundation.  




September 28, 2013 to December 20, 2013