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...


Post-It Note Patent

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...


Prince Keytar Patent

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...


Lego Patent

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...