Aida Watson is an Allegion industrial designer who recently received her eighth U.S. patent for her work; this one for an LCN® aluminum series decorative door closer cover.
In 2012, Watson joined the Carmel, Ind.-based Allegion team as an intern from the University of Cincinnati, where she would later receive her degree in industrial design. Upon graduation, Watson joined Allegion as a full-time industrial designer in 2013.
As an intern, Watson filed for her first patent on her design of the Schlage® Broadway Lever. “It was really cool to be able to submit for a patent when I was just an intern. I know a lot of people don’t get that kind of opportunity,” Watson said.
Although Watson filed for her first patent in 2012, it was not officially issued to her until 2014. “It’s kind of nice. You forget about it and then you get something in the mail, and it says you have been granted a patent. It’s a really fantastic surprise,” Watson explains. “Allegion does a great job commemorating our patents too. We get a plaque and a lot of recognition in our Carmel office.”
Although she has eight patents issued, Watson has nearly 20 additional designs that are in the patent pipeline.
Watson’s favorite part of receiving a patent isn’t the recognition amongst her colleagues, but when she sees other people using products that have her design on them. “It’s always awesome seeing your design in the store or when you go to someone’s house and they have a product that you helped design. Just knowing that you put so much time into designing something and you actually see it come to life is a really special thing.”