Patent History: REPOSITIONAL PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SHEET MATERIAL (Post-it Notes)

On March 16, 1993, Arthur Fry was granted the patent for REPOSITIONAL PRESSURE-SENSITIVE ADHESIVE SHEET MATERIAL, U.S. Patent No. 5,194,299. Dr. Spencer Silver worked as a scientist for 3M. Silver...


Patent History: Electronic Keyboard Musical Instrument

On July 26, 1994, Prince R. Nelson was granted the design patent for PORTABLE, ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, U.S. Patent No. D349, 127 Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June 7, 1958, in...


Patent History: Toy Building Brick (LEGO)

On October 24, 1961, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was granted the patent for TOY BUILDING BRICK, U.S. Patent No. 3,005,282. Sixty years ago, Godtfred Christiansen filed a patent application for the...


Patent History: Velvet Type Fabric and Method of Producing Same

On September 13, 1955, George de Mestral was granted the patent for VELVET TYPE FABRIC AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME (Velcro®), U.S. Patent No. 2,717,437. George de Mestral, a Swiss engineer and the...


Patent of the Week: Spatial Logical Toy (Rubik's Cube)

On March 29, 1983, Ernö Rubik was granted the patent for SPATIAL LOGICAL TOY, U.S. Patent No. 4,378,116. The spatial logic toy, known today as the Rubik’s Cube, was first introduced in 1974 in...


Patent of the Week: Method and System for Placing a Purchase Order Via a Communication Network

On September 28, 1999, inventors Peri Hartman, Jeffrey P. Bezos, Shel Kaphan, and Joel Speigel were granted the patent for METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR PLACING A PURCHASE ORDER VIA A COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK,...


Patent of the Week: Flaked Cereals and Process of Preparing the Same (Corn Flakes)

On April 14, 1896, John Harvey Kellogg was granted the patent for FLAKED CEREALS AND PROCESS OF PREPARING THE SAME, U.S. Patent No. 558,393. Cereal is one of those inventions that was discovered by...


Patent of the Week: Compact Hand-Held Video Game System (Gameboy)

On February 9, 1993, inventors, Satoru Okada and Shin Kojo were granted the patent for COMPACT HAND-HELD VIDEO GAME SYSTEM U.S. Patent No. 5,184,830. The assignee was Nintendo Company Limited. This...


Patent of the Week: Acetyl Salicylic Acid (Aspirin)

On February 27, 1900, Felix Hoffmann was granted the patent for Acetyl Salicylic Acid, U.S. Patent No. 644,077. Acetyl Salicylic Acid, known today as aspirin, helps to relieve minor aches and pains....


Patent of the Week: Cardiac Pulse-Rate Monitor

On October 21, 1969, Albert Dale Herman and Herbert Zeppo Marx were granted the patent for Cardiac Pulse-Rate Monitor U.S. Patent No. 3,473,526. According to the patent application this unit, worn on...


Patent of the Week: Manner of Buoying Vessels Over Shoals

On May 22, 1849, President Abraham Lincoln was granted the patent for MANNER OF BUOYING VESSELS OVER SHOALS U.S. Patent No. 6,469. This patent was designed to improve the “manner of combining...


Patent of the Week: Climbing or Trailing Rose

On August 18, 1931, Henry Bosenberg was granted the patent for CLIMBING OR TRAILING ROSE US PP1. The climbing rose or “New Dawn” was the first plant patent granted by the United States Patent and...