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...


Velcro Patent

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...


Rubik's Cube Patent

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...


Amazon Purchasing Patent

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,...


Corn Flakes Cereal Patent

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...


Gameboy Patent

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...


Acetyl Salicylic Acid

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....


Cardiac Pulse Rate Monitor Patent

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...


Abraham Lincoln Buoying Vessels Patent

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...


Climbing or Trailing Rose Patent

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...


Teflon Patent

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. Roy Plunkett worked for DuPont research...


Soda Fountain Patent

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 French chemist and microbiologist. His most notable...