History Hop Tags - Patents

Patents - Notable Historical Events

Eli WhitneyMar 14, 1794

Robert FultonFeb 11, 1809

Cyrus Hall McCormickJun 21, 1834

Samuel ColtFeb 25, 1836

Samuel MorseJun 20, 1840

Abraham LincolnMay 22, 1849

Abraham GesnerMar 27, 1855

Alfred NobelNov 25, 1867

Thomas EdisonOct 11, 1868

George WestinghouseMar 5, 1872

Alexander Graham BellMar 7, 1876

George EastmanOct 14, 1884

Ferdinand von ZeppelinMar 14, 1889

Henry FordJan 13, 1942

Edwin LandJun 17, 1970

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Patents - Historical Events
Date Event
1618-07-16

Capt John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain

1660-05-07

Isaack B Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni

1675-10-04

Christian Huygens patents pocket watch

1677-09-21

John & Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher

1698-07-02

Thomas Savery patents the first steam engine

1718-05-15

James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun

1722-10-19

Frenchman C Hopffer patents fire extinguisher

1772-04-30

John Clais patents 1st scale

1777-06-13

Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit

1783-10-06

Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock

1785-05-09

British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

1791-03-10

John Stone, Concord, Mass, patents a pile driver

1794-03-14

Eli Whitney patents the cotton gin machine revolutionizing cotton industry in the southern US states

1794-03-23

Josiah Pierson patents a "cold-header" (rivet) machine

1796-05-27

James S McLean patents his piano

1797-03-28

Nathaniel Briggs of NH patents a washing machine

1797-06-26

Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can't sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!

1798-12-14

David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut & bolt machine

1802-02-08

Simon Willard patents banjo clock

1806-04-05

Isaac Quintard patents apple cider

1809-02-11

Robert Fulton patents steamboat

1809-11-22

Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen

1812-12-04

Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pa patents a horse-drawn mower

1813-03-18

David Melville, Newport, RI, patents apparatus for making coal gas

1815-10-31

Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp

1818-02-17

Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)

1819-09-06

Thomas Blanchard patents lathe

1821-05-30

James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose

1822-06-09

Charles Graham patents false teeth

1823-04-22

R J Tyers patents roller skates

1824-10-21

Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire, England)

1826-04-01

Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine

1828-04-04

Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)

1829-07-23

William Austin Burt patents "typographer" (typewriter)

1830-05-20

D Hyde patents fountain pen

1832-06-22

John Howe patents pin manufacturing machine

1834-06-21

American inventor and businessman Cyrus Hall McCormick patents the reaping machine

1835-08-17

Solymon Merrick patents wrench

1835-11-23

Henry Burden patents Horseshoe manufacturing machine (Troy NY)

1836-02-25

Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm

1836-07-13

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

1836-10-24

A Phillips patents match

1838-09-19

Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake

1840-05-08

Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process

1840-06-20

Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

1841-08-21

John Hampton patents venetian blind

1842-08-31

Micah Rugg patents a nuts & bolts machine

1843-08-26

Charles Thurber patents a typewriter

1844-06-15

Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber

1845-03-17

Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour

1845-03-26

Joseph Francis, NYC, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat

1845-05-17

Rubber band patents

1846-09-10

Elias Howe patents sewing machine

1846-11-04

Benjamin Palmer patents artificial leg

1847-05-08

Scot Robert Thompson patents rubber tyre

1847-07-24

Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, NYC

1848-05-30

William G Young patents ice cream freezer

1848-08-15

M Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair

1849-03-27

Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill

1849-05-22

Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device

1849-07-31

Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon

1850-07-02

Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with a breathing apparatus

1851-05-06

Dr John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"

1851-05-06

Linus Yale patents Yale lock

1851-08-12

Isaac Singer patents sewing machine

1851-11-11

Alvan Clark patents telescope

1853-05-14

Gail Borden, land surveyor, newspaper publisher, and inventor, patents his process for condensed milk

1854-01-13

Anthony Foss patents accordion

1854-03-07

Charles Miller patents 1st US sewing machine to stitch buttonholes

1854-08-08

Smith & Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

1854-09-19

Henry Meyer patents sleeping rail car

1854-12-05

Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair

1854-12-19

Allen Wilson of Conn patents sewing machine to sew curving seams

1855-03-27

Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

1855-10-09

Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor

1855-10-09

Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Massachusetts, patents first calliope

1856-03-25

A E Burnside patents Burnside carbine

1856-06-03

Cullen Whipple patents screw machine

1856-08-12

Anthony Fass patents accordion

1856-10-07

Cyrus Chambers Jr patents folding machine that folds book & newspapers

1857-04-21

Alexander Douglas patents the bustle

1857-05-19

William Francis Channing & Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm

1857-06-02

James Gibbs, Va, patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

1857-09-15

Timothy Alder of NY patents a typesetting machine

1858-03-02

Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie

1858-03-09

Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox

1858-07-06

Lyman Blake patents shoe manufacturing machine

1858-10-26

Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine

1859-07-12

Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Mass

1859-09-20

George Simpson patents electric range

1860-03-27

M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)

1862-04-08

John D Lynde patents aerosol dispenser

1862-05-14

Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph

1862-07-08

Odore R Timby patents revolving gun turret

1862-11-04

Dr Richard Gatling patents Gatling machine gun (Indianapolis)

1863-04-14

William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press

1864-03-01

Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)

1865-10-10

John Hyatts patents billard ball

1865-12-26

James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st US coffee percolator

1866-03-27

Andrew Rankin patents the urinal

1866-10-02

J Osterhoudt patents tin can with key opener

1866-11-20

Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle

1867-07-16

D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint

1867-07-16

Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete

1867-11-25

Alfred Nobel patents dynamite

1868-06-23

Christopher Latham Sholes patents "Type-writer"

1868-07-14

Alvin J Fellows patents tape measure

1868-10-11

Thomas Edison patents his 1st invention: electric voice machine

1868-11-23

Louis Ducos du Hauron patents trichrome color photo process

1869-06-08

Ives W McGaffey of Chicago patents 1st vacuum cleaner

1869-08-10

O B Brown patents moving picture projector

1869-08-24

Cornelius Swarthout patents waffle iron

1869-12-28

William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum

1870-05-31

E J DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement

1870-12-31

J D Schneiter patents rocket mail in France, (not done)

1871-07-25

Carousel patents by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa

1871-11-21

Moses F Gale patents a cigar lighter (NYC)

1871-12-19

Albert L Jones (NYC), patents corrugated paper

1872-02-20

Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags

1872-02-20

Silas Noble & JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine

1872-03-05

George Westinghouse Jr patents triple air brake for trains

1872-03-26

Thomas J Martin patents fire extinguisher

1872-04-02

George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine

1872-04-09

Samuel R Percy patents dried milk

1872-07-09

Doughnut cutter patents by John Blondel, Thomaston, Me

1872-07-30

Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy

1872-09-17

Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires

1872-10-29

J S Risdon patents metal windmill

1873-11-04

Dentist John Beers of SF patents gold crown

1874-02-23

Mjr Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)

1874-07-29

Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court

1874-08-11

Harry S Parmelee patents sprinkler head

1874-11-24

Joseph F Glidden patents barbed wire

1875-11-16

William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities

1876-02-14

A G Bell & Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor

1876-03-07

Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone

1876-08-08

Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1876-12-05

Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench

1877-12-15

Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1878-02-12

Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)

1878-02-19

Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)

1878-07-09

An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Mo

1879-06-18

W H Richardson, a black inventor, patents the children's carriage

1879-11-04

Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus

1879-11-04

James Ritty patents first cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon

1880-01-27

Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

1880-07-27

A P Abourne patents a process for refining coconut oil

1880-09-07

Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters

1881-09-13

Lewis Latimer invents & patents electric lamp with a carbon filament

1881-10-04

Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano

1881-10-11

David Houston patents roll film for cameras

1883-02-17

A Ashwell patents free-toilet in London

1883-02-27

Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine

1883-09-11

James Cutler patents postal mail chute

1884-05-31

Dr John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"

1884-09-23

American Herman Hollerith patents his mechanical tabulating machine.

1884-10-14

George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film

1884-11-25

John B Meyenberg of St Louis patents evaporated milk

1884-12-09

Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate

1885-03-20

John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine

1885-12-29

Gottlieb Daimler patents 1st bike (Germany)

1886-01-26

Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor

1886-09-14

George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon

1887-03-08

Everett Horton, CT, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes

1887-03-13

Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs

1887-05-02

Hannibal W Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1887-08-02

Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1887-08-31

Thomas A Edison patents Kinetoscope, (produces moving pictures)

1887-09-26

Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone

1887-10-11

A Miles patents elevator

1888-05-07

George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"

1888-05-22

Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers

1888-08-07

Theophilus Van Kannel of Phila patents revolving door

1888-08-21

William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine

1888-09-04

George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers "Kodak"

1888-10-30

John J Loud patents ballpoint pen

1888-10-31

Scottish vet John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tyre

1888-11-20

Willard Bundy patents timecard clock

1889-03-14

German Ferdinand von Zeppelin patents his "Navigable Balloon"

1889-08-10

Dan Rylands patents screw cap

1889-08-13

William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

1889-09-05

German Christine Hardt patents the first modern brassiere

1889-09-24

Alexander Dey patents dial time recorder

1890-01-07

W B Purvis patents fountain pen

1890-11-11

D McCree patents portable fire escape

1891-03-10

Almon Strowger, an undertaker in Topeka, Kansas, patents the strowger switch, a device which led to the automation of telephone circuit switching.

1891-07-07

Travelers checks patents

1891-07-14

John T Smith patents corkboard

1891-08-24

Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

1891-11-10

Granville T Woods patents electric railway

1891-12-29

Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)

1892-04-12

George C Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter

1892-05-20

George Sampson patents clothes dryer

1892-08-02

Charles A Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator

1893-02-28

Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"

1893-05-31

Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening (zipper)

1893-07-31

Henry Perky patents shredded wheat

1894-10-30

Daniel Cooper patents time clock

1895-02-26

Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine

1895-05-27

British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector

1895-06-11

Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile

1895-11-19

Frederick E Blaisdell patents the pencil

1895-12-17

George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)

1896-06-30

W S Hadaway patents electric stove

1896-08-11

Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain

1896-11-03

J H Hunter patents portable weighing scales

1897-08-17

W B Purvis patents electric railway switch

1898-02-08

John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding & gumming mach (Mass)

1898-08-09

Rudolf Diesel, of Germany, patents the the diesel internal combustion engine

1898-08-16

Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster

1898-09-13

Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1899-10-03

J S Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner

1899-10-10

IR Johnson patents bicycle frame

1899-12-12

George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee

1900-05-22

Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

1900-11-30

A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles

1901-08-30

Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner

1902-03-25

Irving W Colburn patents sheet glass drawing machine

1903-03-10

Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine

1903-11-24

Clyde Coleman of NYC patents automobile electric starter

1903-12-13

Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone mound (NJ)

1904-08-09

Libanus McLouth Todd of Rochester, New York patents his check-writing machine, the Protectograph designed to protect against check forgers

1904-11-14

King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade

1906-05-21

Louis H Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars

1906-10-25

US inventor Lee de Forest patents "Audion", a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio & broadcasting

1908-07-25

Ajinomoto is founded. Kikunae Ikeda of the Tokyo Imperial University discovers that a key ingredient in Konbu soup stock is monosodium glutamate (MSG), and patents a process for manufacturing it.

1909-08-31

A J Reach Co patents cork-centered baseball

1909-12-07

Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

1910-08-09

Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine

1910-11-22

Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs

1911-03-07

Willis Farnsworth, Petaluma, CA, patents coin-operated locker

1912-07-16

Naval torpedo launched from an airplane patents by B A Fiske

1912-12-24

Irving Fisher patents archiving system with index cards

1913-01-07

William M Burton patents a process to "crack" petroleum

1913-02-04

Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim

1914-04-14

Stacy G Carkhuff patents non-skid tire pattern

1914-08-11

John Wray patents animation

1914-10-13

Garrett Morgan invents & patents gas mask

1915-09-07

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

1919-12-23

Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace

1923-10-16

John Harwood patents self-winding watch (Switzerland)

1923-11-20

Garrett Morgan invents & patents traffic signal

1926-10-19

John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle

1928-11-06

Colonel Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor

1930-09-21

Johann Ostermeyer patents flashbulb

1934-07-04

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard patents the chain-reaction design for the atomic bomb.

1935-04-02

Sir Robert Watson-Watt patents RADAR

1935-12-31

Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

1936-05-05

Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip

1937-02-16

DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers

1942-01-13

Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

1948-11-23

Dr Frank G Back (NYC) patents lens to provide zoom effects

1951-05-11

Jay Forrester patents computer core memory

1958-01-06

Gibson patents Flying V Guitar

1960-05-17

1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park CA

1961-04-25

Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit

1963-11-27

The Convention on the Unification of Certain Points of Substantive Law on Patents for Invention is signed at Strasbourg.

1965-04-27

RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper

1970-06-17

Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera

1980-06-16

US Supreme Court rules new forms of life created in labs could be patents

1988-04-12

Harvard U patents genetically engineered mouse (1st for animal life)

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.

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Patents - Notable Birthdays

Thomas Alva EdisonFeb 11, 1847

Patents - Birthdays
Date Event
1844-05-02

Elijah McCoy, black inventor, held over 50 patents

1847-02-11

Thomas Alva Edison, Milan Ohio, lit up your life (held 1200 patents)

Patents - Deaths
Date Event
1976-04-18

Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78


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