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....

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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....

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...

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...

Patent of the Week: Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers (Teflon)


On February 4, 1941, Roy J. Plunkett was granted the patent for “Tetrafluoroethylene Polymers” also known as Teflon®. U.S. Patent No. 2,230,654....

Patent of the Week: Brewing Beer and Ale


On January 28, 1873 Louis Pasteur was granted the patent for BREWING BEER AND ALE, U.S. Patent No. 135,245. Louis Pasteur born in Dole, France was a...

Patent of the Week: Soda Fountain


Samuel Fahnestock was granted a patent for the first soda fountain on April 23, 1819. MINERAL WATER APPARATUS, U.S. Patent No. X3,096. While soda...

Patent of the Week: Multi-Functional Hand-Held Device (iPhone)


January 9, 2007, Steve Jobs, the late founder and CEO of Apple Inc., unveiled the iPhone (Multi-Functional Hand-Held Device US 2006/0197753) at the...

Patent of the Week: Mistletoe Supporting Headband


Mistletoe, a parasitic plant that thrives off the healthy plants it attaches itself to, is a plant that has been associated with Christmas for...

Patent of the Week: Traffic Signal


Today in 1923 Garrett Morgan was granted the patent for “Traffic Signal” U.S. Patent No. 1,475,024. Morgan, a hard worker with an entrepreneurial...

Patent of the Week: Dough Package


Thanksgiving is almost here and for many what they will bring or have to eat is a big part of the day. For most, the turkey tends to be the main focus...

Today in History Mary Anderson was Granted Patent for Windshield Wiper


On this day in 1903, Mary Anderson was granted a patent for a WINDOW CLEANING DEVICE (U.S. Patent No. 743,801), the first windshield wiper. Anderson...

Patent of the Week: Electrically Heated Garment


With winter on the horizon it is hard not to think about the cold temperatures that will soon be here. There have been many inventions to ward off the...

Halloween Patent: Bat-Like Decorative Object


This BAT-LIKE DECORATIVE OBJECT, U.S. Patent No. 5,285,898, was granted on February 15, 1994. Bats are a Halloween staple and this one is sure to add...

Halloween Patent: Halloween Board Game


Going out on Halloween is not for everyone, younger kids may scare easily, some may be too old to trick-or-treat, or the weather may be nasty. The...