The history of modern kites is reflected in historical patent applications. Kite designers and inventors often patented their designs. These patents are a freely available source of inspiration and ideas. However, they are often hard to find or come by.
Patent application diagrams have their own aesthetic appeal and expired patents are often great kite plans for the DIY kite builder.
I will post interesting patents that I have collected for myself, and as a service to the kite comunity.