The Patent Behind 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...


Rake in the Fall Leaves with These Patents

It's officially the first day of fall! For many, this means decorating their home with bright pumpkins and gourds, bringing out their sweaters to prepare for the cooler weather, and enjoying the...


Velcro

A Brief Patent History of Velcro®

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...


Nebraska Cornhusker Football

Kick Off the Football Season with These 5 Historic Patents

It’s that time of year again! The long-awaited football season is upon us. Teams are getting ready to storm the field, while fans are making plans to pack the stands and cheer on their favorite...


The Best Patent History Post Since Sliced Bread

On August 28, 1928, Iowa native, Otto Frederick Rohwedder was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,682,581 for his “Bread Fastening Machine." Rohwedder's began his work on the invention more than a decade...


Have a Seat– A Brief History of School Desk Patents

New wardrobe has been purchased, school supplies have been stocked, lunch is packed, now it's time for your first patent history lesson of the new school year-- a brief history of school desk patents!...


Internal Combustion Engine Patent

Rudolf Diesel's "Internal Combustion Engine"

On August 9, 1898, Rudolf Diesel was granted U.S. Patent No. 608,845A, for his "INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE." Rudolf Diesel, who is best known for the invention that bears his name, was born in Paris,...


The Patent Behind Prince's Keytar

On July 26, 1994, Prince R. Nelson was granted a design patent for his infamous keytar: PORTABLE, ELECTRONIC KEYBOARD MUSICAL INSTRUMENT, U.S. Patent No. D349,127 Prince Rogers Nelson was born on June...


Apollo 11 Lunar Mission Anniversary

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 Lunar Mission

July 20, 2019, marks the 50th anniversary of NASA's Apollo 11 lunar mission. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. The lunar...


Independence Day Innovations

To celebrate America turning another year older, we are highlighting a few American innovations that make celebrating Independence Day so enjoyable. The Fourth of July marks the anniversary of the...


NCAA 2019 Men's College World Series

5 Baseball Patents You Won't Find at the Men's College World Series

As the NCAA Men’s College World Series comes to an end, fans from around the country are gathering in Omaha, Nebraska to root for their favorite team. In honor of the “Greatest Show on Dirt,” we...


Morse Code Patent

The Patent that Led to the Creation of Morse Code

On June 20, 1840, Samuel F. B. Morse was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,647A, "IMPROVEMENT IN THE MODE OF COMMUNICATING INFORMATION BY SIGNALS BY THE APPLICATION OF ELECTROMAGNETISM." This invention later...