Laws & Processes Year in Review

Patent Facts you probably didn’t know

The following list provides an overview of some notable intellectual property events that have occurred in the past and have specific importance in this domain.

January 2, 1879Auguste Bartholdi filed a design patent on Statue of Liberty (Design for a statue (USD11023S)
January 2, 1906Willis Carrier receives a US patent for the world’s first air conditioner
January 3, 18721st patent list issued by US Patent Office
January 6, 1857Patent for reducing zinc ore granted to Samuel Wetherill, Penn
January 6, 1931Thomas Edison submits his last patent application
January 6, 1958Gen Electric filed a patent on method of synthetically making diamonds
January 8, 1889Dr Herman Hollerith receives 1st US patent for a mechanical tabulating machine
January 9, 1986After losing a patent battle with Polaroid, Kodak must give up its instant camera business.
January 12, 1970Steve T. McQueen filed a design patent on driving seat Bucket seat shell (USD219813S)
January 13, 1630Letters Patent issued to Plymouth Colony
January 15, 1861Steam elevator patented by Elisha Otis, an American industrialist and founder of the Otis Elevator Company,
January 15, 1991Elizabeth II signs letters patent that allows Australia to institute its own Victoria Cross, the first Commonwealth realm to do so
January 17, 1911Nikola Tesla filed a patent on Turbine
January 18, 1915Crescent Tool Company filed a patent on a Wrench (US1133236A)
January 19, 1825Ezra Daggett & nephew Thomas Kensett patent food storage in tin cans
January 23, 1849Patent granted for an envelope-making machine
January 25, 17991st US patent for a seeding machine, Eliakim Spooner, Vermont
February 1, 17881st US steamboat patent issued, by Georgia to Briggs & Longstreet
February 1, 1793Patent granted Ralph Hodgson, NY, for oiled silk & linen
February 1, 1959Texas Instruments requests patent of IC (Integrated Circuit)
February 10, 18631st US fire extinguisher patent granted to Alanson Crane, Virginia
February 11, 1922Thomas A. Edison filed a patent on Sound recorder
February 14, 17941st US textile machinery patent granted, to James Davenport, Phila
February 16, 19321st patent for a tree issued to James Markham for a peach tree
February 17, 1691Thomas Neale granted English patent for American postal service
February 18, 1879Sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi is awarded a patent for his design for the Statue of Liberty
February 20, 1987Jamie L. Curtis designed and patented a disposable diaper that included a waterproof pocket that held baby wipes (Infant garment (US4753647A)
February 20, 2001The United States Supreme Court declines to consider an appeal by five major oil companies against Unocal’s patent on production of cleaner “reformulated” gasoline sold in California
February 27, 1922Morgan Garrett A filed a patent on Traffic signal (US1475024 A)
February 28, 1956American engineer Wright Forrester issued a patent for computer core memory
March 2, 1929Congress creates Court of Customs & Patent Appeals
March 6, 1646Joseph Jenkes, MA, receives 1st colonial machine patent
March 9, 1822Charles Graham of NY granted first US patent for artificial teeth
March 10, 1849Abraham Lincoln applies for a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions
March 11, 1791Samuel Mulliken is 1st to obtain more than one US patent
March 12, 1903Robert A Douglass filed a patent on car wiper (Locomotive-cab-window cleaner (US762889 A)
March 14, 1644England grants patent for Providence Plantations (now Rhode Island)
March 17, 1868Postage stamp cancelling machine patent issued
March 17, 1928John Hays Hammond Jr. filed a patent on secret radio communication (US1838762 A)
March 22, 19601st patent for lasers granted to Arthur Schawlow & Charles Townes
March 23, 1903Wright brothers obtain airplane patent
March 25, 1584Sir Walter Raleigh renews Humphrey Gilbert’s patent to explore North America
March 26, 1845Patent awarded for adhesive medicated plaster, precursor of Band-Aid
March 28, 1950Emi Ltd filed a patent on Remote control for television camera (US2716152A)
April 1, 1826Samuel Morey is issued the first U.S. patent for an internal-combustion engine, which he calls a “Gas or Vapour Engine”
April 3, 1866Milton Bradley filed a patent on a Social game
April 7, 1880Alfred Nobel filed a patent on dynamite (US231348A)
April 10, 1790US Patent system forms
April 23, 1951Clarence L. Fender filed a design patent on Electric guitar (Fender guitar (USD164227S)
April 24, 1833Jacob Evert & George Dulty patent 1st soda fountain
April 25, 1684Patent granted for thimble
April 28, 1977The Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure is signed.
April 28, 2005The Patent Law Treaty goes into effect.
April 29, 18131st US Rubber patent granted to Jacob F Hummel
May 1, 2008The London Agreement on translation of European patents, concluded in 2000, enters into force in 14 of the 34 Contracting States to the European Patent Convention.
May 5, 1809Mary Kies is 1st woman issued a US patent (weaving straw)
May 6, 1851Patent on the first artificial ice production machine was filed
May 6, 1885Nikola Tesla filed his first patent for Commutator for Dynamo Electric Machines
May 8, 1879George Selden files for 1st patent for a gasoline-driven automobile
May 11, 1917King George V grants Royal Letters Patent to New Zealand
May 11, 1928Farmer Clyde filed a patent on Fluid compressor (US1754231A)
May 11, 1951American engineer Jay Forrester applies for patent for computer core memory
May 14, 1878Vaseline is granted a patent (U.S. Patent 127,568)
May 17, 1803John Hawkins & Richard French patent the Reaping Machine
May 17, 1934Zippo Mfg. Co filed a patent on Pocket lighter (US2032695A)
May 19, 1891William Paixter filed a patent on Bottle-sealing device
May 20, 1873Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets
May 20, 1875Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis patent the first blue jeans with copper rivets
May 22, 1849Abraham Lincoln receives a patent (only US president to do so) for a device to lift a boat over shoals and obstructions
May 22, 1906Wright Brothers patent an aeroplane
May 25, 1911Samuel Adler filed a patent on
May 26, 1946Patent filed in US for H-Bomb
May 27, 1982“Do Black Patent Leather Shoes…” opens at Alvin NYC for 5 performances
May 29, 1919Charles Strite files patent for the pop-up toaster
May 30, 1933Patent on invisible glass installation
May 30, 1982“Do Black Patent Leather Shoes…” closes at Alvin NYC after 5 perf
May 31, 1895John Harvey Kellogg filed for a patent on Flaked cereals (Flaked Cereals and Process of Preparing Same)
June 1, 1869Thomas Edison granted his first patent for an electric vote machine (U.S. Patent 90,646)
June 1, 1978The first international applications under the Patent Cooperation Treaty are filed.
June 1, 2000The Patent Law Treaty (PLT) is signed.
June 2, 1896Guglielmo Marconi applies to patent the radio, accepted 2 July 1897
June 4, 1973A patent for the ATM is granted to Don Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.
June 6, 1947Treaty drawn for establishment of Intl Patent Institute
June 8, 1887Herman Hollerith receives a patent for his punch card calculator.
June 8, 1891Setii Wheeler filed a patent on Toilet-paper roll (US465588A)
June 10, 1846Robert Thomson obtains an English patent on a rubber tyre
June 10, 1902Patent for window envelope granted to H F Callahan
June 11, 1578England grants Sir Humphrey Gilbert a patent to explore & colonize North America
June 11, 17931st American stove patent is granted to Robert Haeterick
June 17, 1837Charles Goodyear obtains his 1st rubber patent
June 19, 1970The Patent Cooperation Treaty is signed.
June 22, 1920Strite Charles P filed a patent on Bread-toaster (US1394450A)
June 26, 1894Karl Benz of Germany receives US patent for gasoline-driven auto
June 29, 1900Gen Electric filed a patent on Electric railway (US687098A)
June 29, 1992Michael Jackson filed a patent on Method and means for creating anti-gravity illusion (US5255452A)
June 30, 1925Charles Jenkins is granted the U.S. patent for Transmitting Pictures over Wireless (early television)
July 8, 1862Theodore R Timby is granted a US patent for discharging guns in a revolving turret, using electricity.
July 11, 1892US Patent Office says J W Swan, rather than Thomas Edison, invented the electric light carbon for the incandescent lamp
July 13, 1836US patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels
July 14, 1868Alvin J. Fellows filed a patent on Measuring Tape (US79965A)
July 14, 19141st patent for liquid-fuelled rocket design granted (Robert Goddard)
July 14, 1967Lifeguard Watch filed a patent on Cardiac pulse-rate monitor (US3473526A)
July 23, 1888John Boyd Dunlop applies to patent pneumatic tire
July 25, 1854Walter Hunt is awarded the first U.S. patent for a paper shirt collar
July 31, 17901st US patent granted, to Samuel Hopkins for a potash process. The patent was signed by President George Washington.
August 1, 1893Henry Perky & William Ford patent shredded wheat
August 2, 1695Daniel Quare receives a British patent for his portable barometer
August 2, 1791Samuel Briggs & his son, patent nail-making machine
August 8, 1911The millionth patent is filed in the United States Patent Office by Francis Holton for a tubeless vehicle tire.
August 8, 1989James Cameron filed a patent on Apparatus for propelling a user in an underwater environment (US4996938A)
August 10, 1622John Mason and Ferdinando Gorges receive a land patent of the Province of Maine.
August 13, 1979Lucasfilm, Ltd. (George W. Lucas) filed a design patent on Star Wars toy (Toy action figure (USD264109S)
August 14, 1885Japan’s first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
August 22, 1865William Sheppard is issued the first US patent for liquid soap
August 24, 2012A US jury in California finds that Samsung is guilty of patent infringement and awards over US$1 billion in damages to Apple
August 26, 1791John Fitch granted US patent for his working steamboat
August 27, 1878Latham Sholes filed a patent on Type-writing Machines with qwerty keyboard (Improvement in type-writing machines (US207559A)
August 27, 1913Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken applies to patent all-purpose zipper
August 29, 1664Adriaen Pieck/Gerrit de Ferry patent wooden fire spout in Amsterdam
August 29, 1885Gottlieb Daimler receives German patent for a motorcycle
August 31, 2012Apple loses its patent dispute with Samsung in Tokyo, Japan
September 4, 1888George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera & registers “Kodak”
September 7, 1915Johnny Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll (US Patent D47789)
September 10, 1846Elias Howe takes out a patent for the sewing machine
September 12, 1909World’s first patent for synthetic rubber granted to German chemist Fritz Hofmann
September 16, 2011America Invents Act (AIA) was passed by Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama
September 19, 1883Waterman Li filed a patent on Fountain-pen (US293545A)
September 20, 2000Patent on RSA cryptograph algorithm ends
September 22, 1903Italo Marchiony granted patent for ice cream cone
October 2, 1608Hans Lippershey applies for patent for first known early telescope in the Netherlands
October 5, 1973Signature of the European Patent Convention.
October 8, 1945Microwave oven patented
October 10, 1868Thomas Edison patents his 1st invention: electric voice machine
October 11, 1929Emanuel Nielsen filed a patent on Hair drier (US1821525A)
October 14, 1834First black to obtain a US patent, Henry Blair, for a corn planter
October 17, 1888Thomas Edison files a patent for the Optical Phonograph (the first movie)
October 18, 1931Thomas Edison, inventor who lit up our life (held 1200 patents), dies at 84
October 20, 1781Patent of Toleration, providing limited freedom of worship, was approved in Habsburg Monarchy.
October 21, 1977The European Patent Institute is founded.
October 24, 1836Earliest American patent for a phosphorus friction match by Alonzo Dwight Phillips of Springfield, Massachusetts
October 28, 1793Eli Whitney applies for a patent on cotton gin
October 30, 1894Domenico Melegatti obtains a patent for a procedure to be applied in industrial production of pandoro traditional Italian sweet yeast bread).
November 3, 1620Great Patent granted to Plymouth Colony
November 4, 1879Thomas Alva Edison filed a patent on electric lamp (US223898A)
November 4, 1925C. F. Brannock filed a patent on Foot-measuring instrument
November 5, 18951st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car
November 8, 1904Inventor and manufacturer Harvey Hubbell receives the first U.S. patent for a separable electric attachment plug
November 8, 1910William H. Frost receives the first U.S. patent for an electrical insect destroyer
November 9, 1942The first U.S. design patent for typefaces and borders was issued to George Bruce of New York City
November 11, 1930Patent number US1781541 was awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
November 14, 1904King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade
November 17, 1970Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.
November 19, 1872E.D. Barbour of Boston is awarded the first U.S. patent for the first ‘calculator’, an adding machine capable of printing totals and subtotals
November 22, 19271st snowmobile patent granted to Carl Eliason (Sayner Wisc)
November 23, 1863Patent granted for a process of making color photographs
November 25, 1715First English patent granted to an American, for processing corn
November 25, 1867Alfred Nobel patents dynamite
November 26, 1928Rohwedder Otto F filed a patent on Machine for slicing an entire loaf of bread at a single operation (US1867377A)
November 26, 1982Marvin Glass & Associates filed a design patent for apple shape telephone (USD281686S)
November 29, 1910The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest Sirrine.
November 30, 1880Thomas A Edison filed a design patent on incandescent electric lamp
December 1, 1936EW Brundin & FF Lyon obtain patent on soilless culture of plants
December 3, 1901King C Gillette filed a patent on Razor (US775134A)
December 5, 1846C F Schoenbein obtains patent for cellulose nitrate explosive
December 7, 1909Belgian-born Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, NY, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)
December 13, 1816Patent for a dry dock issued to John Adamson, Boston
December 15, 1593State of Holland grants patent on windmill with a crankshaft
December 15, 1836Patent Office burns in Wash, DC
December 20, 1938Vladimir K Zworykin (Penn) receives patent on Iconoscope TV system
December 20, 2012Apple is denied a patent for mobile pinch-to-zoom gestures by the US patent authorities
December 23, 1834Joseph Hansom of London receives patent for Hansom cabs
December 24, 1889Daniel Stover & William Hance patent bicycle with back pedal brake
December 26, 1922Carleton Ellis was issued the first American patent for an unsaturated polyester
December 26, 1933FM radio patent granted to American engineer Edwin Howard Armstrong
December 28, 1877John Stevens, applies for a patent for his flour rolling mill
December 29, 1908Patent granted for a 4-wheel automobile brake, Clintonville, Wisc


This list is intended for general informational purposes only, does not claim to cover all occurrences related to patents in the past and does not take into account the reader’s specific circumstances, and may not reflect the most current developments.


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