Robert Patch, youngest person to receive a United States patent. “Toy Truck” (U.S. Patent No. 3,091,888)

The Youngest Person to Receive a U.S. patent

On June 4, 1963, Robert W. Patch became the youngest person to receive a U.S. patent. Patch’s “Toy Truck” (U.S. Patent No. 3,091,888) allowed for a toy truck to be taken apart and reassembled in...


Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge-themed Intellectual Property

Since the release of the first film in the Star Wars saga in 1977, Lucasfilm has been attached to 188 registered patents, 51 published patent applications, 1,138 registered trademarks applications,...


World IP Day 2019: IP and Sports

Today, April 26th, 2019 marks the 19th annual World Intellectual Property (IP) Day. Each year, IP offices, inventors, enterprises, and students are encouraged to celebrate the important role...


Celebrating Black History Month: Iconic Inventors Throughout History

As Black History Month comes to a close, we would like to take a moment to shine a light on 10 iconic African American inventors and scientists who have helped shape innovation in the United States....


12 Days of Christmas IP

From wacky patents to famous trademarks, it's no surprise that the holidays bring out some of the most interesting pieces of intellectual property. To celebrate Christmas approaching, we've put...


Spooky IP

Spooky IP

As Halloween approaches, enjoy some Spooky IP!  Every year billions of dollars are spent on Halloween in the United States, but few people appreciate the role intellectual property plays in the...


Patent History: Insulin

On October 9, 1923, Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Collip were granted the patent for “Extract Obtainable from the Mammalian Pancreas or from the Related Glands in Fishes, Useful in the...


Engine Starting Device Patent

Patent History: Engine Starting Device

On August 17, 1915, Charles Kettering was granted the patent for “Engine Starting Device”, U.S Patent No. 1,150,523.  Charles F. Kettering was born on August 29, 1876, in Loudonville, Ohio. After...


Crash Test Dummy Patent

Patent History: Anthropomorphic Dummy for Use in Vehicle Crash Testing

On April 4, 1981, Samuel W. Alderson was granted the patent for “Anthropomorphic Dummy for Use in Vehicle Crash Testing” U.S Patent No. 4,261,113. Before the 1950s, car manufacturers used living...


Patent History: Bread Fastening Machine

On August 28, 1928, Otto Frederick Rohwedder received a patent for “Bread Fastening Machine,” U.S. Patent No. 1,682,581. Many have heard the phrase “it’s the best thing since sliced bread”...


Patent History: Dish Washing Machine

On December 28, 1886, Josephine G. Cochrane was granted the patent for “Dish Washing Machine”, U.S. Patent No. 355,139. Josephine G. Cochrane was born on March 8, 1839, in Ashtabula County, Ohio....


Mimeograph

Patent History: Method of Preparing Autographic Stencils for Printing (Mimeography)

On this day in 1876, Thomas Edison received a patent for the Mimeograph, entitled “Method of Preparing Autographic Stencils for Printing,” U.S Patent No. 224,665. The Edison’s invention involved...