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Walter RaleighMar 25, 1584

Eli WhitneyOct 28, 1793

Charles GoodyearJun 17, 1837

Abraham LincolnMar 10, 1849

Levi StraussMay 20, 1873

Frederic Auguste BartholdiFeb 18, 1879

Thomas EdisonOct 17, 1888

Guglielmo MarconiJun 2, 1896

Robert GoddardJul 14, 1914

George VMay 11, 1917

Albert EinsteinNov 11, 1930

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Patent - Historical Events
Date Event
1578-06-11

England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize North America

1584-03-25

Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert's patent to explore North America

1593-12-15

State of Holland grants patent on windmill with crankshaft

1608-10-02

Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope in the Netherlands

1620-11-03

Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony

1630-01-13

Letters Patent issued to Plymouth Colony

1644-03-14

England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)

1646-03-06

Joseph Jenkes, MA, receives 1st colonial machine patent

1664-08-29

Adriaen Pieck/Gerrit de Ferry patent wooden firespout in Amsterdam

1684-04-25

Patent granted for thimble

1691-02-17

Thomas Neale granted British patent for American postal service

1695-08-02

Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer

1715-11-25

First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn

1781-10-20

Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.

1788-02-01

1st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet

1790-04-10

US Patent system forms

1790-07-31

1st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process

1791-03-11

Samuel Mulliken, Phila, is 1st to obtain more than 1 US patent

1791-08-02

Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine

1791-08-26

John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat

1793-02-01

Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen

1793-06-11

1st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick

1793-10-28

Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin

1794-02-14

1st US textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Phila

1799-01-25

1st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont

1803-05-17

John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine

1809-05-05

Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)

1813-04-29

Ist US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel

1816-12-13

Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston

1822-03-09

Charles Graham of NY granted first US patent for artificial teeth

1825-01-19

Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans

1826-04-01

Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a "Gas or Vapour Engine"

1833-04-24

Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain

1834-10-14

First black to obtain a US patent, Henry Blair, for a corn planter

1834-12-23

Joseph Hansom of London receives patent for Hansom cabs

1836-07-13

US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels

1836-12-15

Patent Office burns in Wash, DC

1837-06-17

Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent

1842-11-09

The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City

1845-03-26

Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precusor of bandaid

1846-06-10

Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre

1846-12-05

C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive

1849-01-23

Patent granted for an envelope-making machine

1849-03-10

Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (the US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions

1854-07-25

Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar

1857-01-06

Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Penn

1863-02-10

1st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia

1863-11-23

Patent granted for a process of making color photographs

1865-08-22

William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap

1868-03-17

Postage stamp canceling machine patent issued

1872-01-03

1st patent list issued by US Patent Office

1872-11-19

E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first 'calculator', an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals

1873-05-20

Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent first blue jeans with copper rivets

1877-12-28

John Stevens, applies for a patent for his flour rolling mill

1879-02-18

Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty

1879-05-08

George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile

1885-08-14

Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.

1885-08-29

Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle

1887-06-08

Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator.

1888-07-23

John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire

1888-10-17

Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie).

1889-01-08

Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine

1889-12-24

Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake

1892-07-11

US Patent Office says J W Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp

1893-08-01

Henry Perky & William Ford patent shredded wheat

1894-06-26

Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto

1894-10-30

Domenico Melegatti obtains a patent for a procedure to be applied in industrial production of pandoro (a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread).

1895-11-05

1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car

1896-06-02

Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897

1902-06-10

Patent for window envelope granted to H F Callahan

1903-03-23

Wright brothers obtain airplane patent

1903-09-22

Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone

1904-11-08

Inventor and manufacturer Harvey Hubbell receives the first U.S. patent for a separable electric attachment plug

1906-01-02

W H Carrier recieves a US patent for the world's first air conditioner

1906-05-22

Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane

1908-12-29

Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc

1910-11-08

William H. Frost receives the first U.S. patent for an electrical insect destroyer

1910-11-29

The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.

1911-08-08

The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.

1913-08-27

Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken applies to patent all-purpose zipper

1914-07-14

1st patent for liquid-fueled rocket design granted (Robert Goddard)

1915-09-07

Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789)

1917-05-11

King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand

1919-05-29

Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster

1925-06-30

Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)

1927-11-22

1st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner Wisc)

1929-03-02

Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals

1930-11-11

Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.

1931-01-06

Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.

1932-02-16

1st patent issued for a tree, to James Markham for a peach tree

1933-05-30

Patent on invisible glass installation

1936-12-01

EW Brundin & FF Lyon obtain patent on soilless culture of plants

1938-12-20

Vladimir K Zworykin (Penn) receives patent on Iconoscope TV system

1946-05-26

Patent filed in US for H-Bomb

1947-06-06

Treaty drawn for establishment of Intl Patent Institute

1956-02-28

Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory

1959-02-01

Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)

1960-03-22

1st patent for lasers, granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes

1970-06-19

The Patent Cooperation Treaty is signed.

1970-11-17

Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.

1973-06-04

A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.

1973-10-05

Signature of the European Patent Convention.

1977-04-28

The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.

1977-10-21

The European Patent Institute is founded.

1978-06-01

The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed.

1982-05-27

"Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." opens at Alvin NYC for 5 perfs

1982-05-30

"Do Black Patent Leather Shoes..." closes at Alvin NYC after 5 perf

1986-01-09

After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.

2000-06-01

The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.

2000-09-20

Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends

2001-02-20

The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal's patent on production of cleaner "reformulated" gasoline sold in California

2005-04-28

The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.

2008-05-01

The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.

2012-08-24

Both Apple and Samsung are found guilty of patent infringement in a South Korean court

2012-08-24

A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple

2012-08-31

Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan

2012-12-20

Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities

2015-12-14

Dazzling new airplane patent offers seats on top of aircraft

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Patent - Birthdays
Date Event
1706-06-10

John Dollond, owner of 1st patent for achromatic lens

1890-01-01

Lawford Davidson, The Patent Leather Kid

1895-10-28

Ray Turner, The Patent Leather Kid

1911-10-16

Molly O'Day, The Patent Leather Kid

1949-9-29

Alen Pol Kobryn, Life: Patent Pending

Patent - Deaths
Date Event
1883-05-17

Lydia Estes Pinklham, patent-medicine manufacturer, dies

1929-07-17

Alvin Knechtel, The Patent Leather Kid

1998-10-22

Molly O'Day, The Patent Leather Kid


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