Patents Events in History

2015 Event - Smartflash, a Texas technology licensing company, has won $532.9 million in a lawsuit against Apple for infringement of data management software patents; Apple claims that the patents are invalid and that it never used the technology in question

2014 Event - Bose has filed a lawsuit against Beats Electronics for violating various patents related to noise-cancellation technology

2014 Event - Tesla Motors announces that it will make hundreds of patents for its Model S electric cars open source; the company's founder, Elon Musk, seeks to encourage development of the electric car market

2014 Event - Apple and Samsung achieved mixed victory in a patent suit settlement; Samsung will owe Apple about $120 million, and Apple will owe Samsung about $158,000; Both parties were found to have infringed on each other's patents

2013 Event - The U.S. Supreme Court invalides gene patents held by Myriad Genetics when it rules that isolated human genes are not patentable

2012 Event - Patent law disputes between Samsung and Apple deadlock as the dispute addresses valuation of each other's patents

1988 Event - Harvard University patents genetically engineered mouse

1976 Death - Percy Julian, holder of more than 138 chemical patents, dies at 78

1970 Event - Edwin Land patents Polaroid camera

1965 Event - RC Duncan patents "Pampers" disposable diaper

1961 Event - Robert Noyce patents integrated circuit

1960 Event - 1st atomic reactor system patents, J W Flora of Canoga Park, California

1958 Event - Gibson patents Flying V Guitar

1951 Event - Jay Forrester patents computer core memory

1948 Event - Dr. Frank G Back (New York City) patents lens to provide zoom effects

1942 Event - Henry Ford patents a method of constructing plastic auto bodies

1937 Event - DuPont Corp patents nylon, developed by employee Wallace H Carothers

1936 Event - Edward Ravenscroft patents screw-on bottle cap with a pour lip

1935 Event - Charles Darrow patents Monopoly

1935 Event - Sir Watson-Watt patents RADAR

1930 Event - Johann Ostermeyer patents flashbulb

1928 Event - Jacob Schick patents 1st electric razor

1926 Event - John C Garand patents semi-automatic rifle

1923 Event - Garrett Morgan invents and patents traffic signal

1923 Event - Col Jacob Schick patents 1st electric shaver

1923 Event - John Harwood patents self-winding watch (Switzerland)

1923 Event - Colonel Jacob Schick patents Schick shavers

1919 Event - Alice H Parker patents gas heating furnace

1919 Event - Charles Strite patents pop-up toaster

1919 Event - Charles Strite patents pop-up toaster

1915 Event - John Gruelle patents his Raggedy Ann doll

1915 Event - John B. Gruelle patents Raggedy Ann doll

1914 Event - Garrett Morgan invents and patents gas mask

1914 Event - John Wray patents animation

1914 Event - W. H. Carrier patents air conditioner

1914 Event - Stacy G Carkhuff patents non-skid tire pattern

1913 Event - Swedish engineer Gideon Sundback of Hoboken patents all-purpose zipper

1913 Event - Gideon Sundback of Sweden patents the zipper

1913 Event - Louis Perlman patents demountable auto tire-carrying wheel rim

1913 Event - William M Burton patents a process to "crack" petroleum

1912 Event - Irving Fisher patents archiving system with index cards

1912 Event - Naval torpedo launched from an airplane patents by B. A. Fiske

1911 Event - Willis Farnsworth, Petaluma, California, patents coin-operated locker

1910 Event - Arthur Knight patents steel shaft golf clubs

1910 Event - Alva Fisher patents electric washing machine

1909 Event - Leo Baekeland, Yonkers, patents 1st thermosetting plastic (Bakelite)

1909 Event - A. J. Reach Co. patents cork-centered baseball

1906 Event - U.S. inventor Lee de Forest patents "Audion," a 3-diode amplification valve which proved a pioneering development in radio and broadcasting

1906 Event - Louis H. Perlman patents a demountable tire carrying rim for cars

1904 Event - King C Gillette patents Gillette razor blade

1903 Event - Italo Marcioni patents ice cream cone in New Jersey

1903 Event - Clyde Coleman of New York City patents automobile electric starter

1903 Event - Harry Gammeter, Cleveland, patents multigraph duplicating machine

1902 Event - Irving W. Colburn patents sheet glass drawing machine

1901 Event - Gillette patents 1st disposable razor

1901 Event - Hubert Cecil Booth patents vacuum cleaner

1900 Event - A German engineer patents front-wheel drive for automobiles

1900 Event - Edwin S Votey patents pneumatic piano player

1899 Event - George F Bryant of Boston patents the wooden golf tee

1899 Event - IR Johnson patents bicycle frame

1899 Event - J. S. Thurman patents motor-driven vacuum cleaner

1898 Event - Hannibal Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1898 Event - Edwin Prescott patents roller coaster

1898 Event - Guglielmo Marconi patents radio

1898 Event - John Ames Sherman patents 1st envelope folding and gumming mach (Mass)

1897 Event - W B Purvis patents electric railway switch

1896 Event - J. H. Hunter patents portable weighing scales

1896 Event - Harvey Hubbell patents electric light bulb socket with a pull chain

1896 Event - W. S. Hadaway patents electric stove

1896 Event - Guglielmo Marconi patents the radio

1896 Event - Whitcomb Judson, Chicago, patents a hookless fastening, also known as the zipper

1895 Event - George Brownell patents a machine to make paper twine (Mass)

1895 Event - Frederick E. Blaisdell patents the pencil

1895 Event - George Selden patents 1st gasoline-driven car

1895 Event - Charles E Duryea patents a gas-driven automobile

1895 Event - British inventor Birt Acres patents film camera/projector

1895 Event - Michael Owens of Toledo, Ohio patents a glass-blowing machine

1894 Event - Daniel Cooper patents time clock

1894 Event - John Harvey Kellogg patents "flaked cereal"

1893 Event - Henry Perky patents shredded wheat

1893 Event - Edward Acheson, Penn, patents an abrasive he names "carborundum"

1892 Event - Charles A. Wheeler patents a prototype of the escalator

1892 Event - George Sampson patents clothes dryer

1892 Event - George C. Blickensderfer patents portable typewriter

1891 Event - Edison patents "transmission of signals electrically" (radio)

1891 Event - Granville T. Woods patents electric railway

1891 Event - Thomas Edison patents motion picture camera

1891 Event - John T. Smith patents corkboard

1891 Event - Travelers checks patents

1890 Event - D. McCree patents portable fire escape

1890 Event - W B Purvis patents fountain pen

1889 Event - Alexander Dey patents dial time recorder

1889 Event - William Gray patents coin-operated telephone

1889 Event - Dan Rylands patents screw cap

1888 Event - William Bundy patents timecard clock

1888 Event - John Boyd Dunlop patents pneumatic bicycle tire

1888 Event - John J Loud patents ballpoint pen

1888 Event - George Eastman patents 1st roll-film camera and registers "Kodak"

1888 Event - William Seward Burroughs patents adding machine

1888 Event - Theophilus Van Kannel of Philadelphia patents revolving door

1888 Event - Leroy Buffington patents a system to build skyscrapers

1888 Event - George Eastman patents "Kodak box camera"

1887 Event - A Miles patents elevator

1887 Event - Emile Berliner patents the Gramophone

1887 Event - Rowell Hodge patents barbed wire

1887 Event - Hannibal W. Goodwin patents celluloid photographic film

1887 Event - Chester Greenwood of Maine patents earmuffs

1887 Event - Everett Horton, Connecticut, patents fishing rod of telescoping steel tubes

1886 Event - George K Anderson of Memphis, Tennessee patents typewriter ribbon

1886 Event - Karl Benz patents 1st auto with burning motor

1885 Event - Gottlieb Daimler patents 1st bike (Germany)

1885 Event - John Matzeliger of Suriname patents shoe lacing machine

1884 Event - Levant Richardson patents ball-bearing skate

1884 Event - John B Meyenberg of St. Louis patents evaporated milk

1884 Event - George Eastman patents paper-strip photographic film

1883 Event - James Cutler patents postal mail chute

1883 Event - Oscar Hammerstein patents 1st cigar-rolling machine

1883 Event - A. Ashwell patents free-toilet in London

1881 Event - David Houston patents roll film for cameras

1881 Event - Edward Leveaux patents automatic player piano

1881 Event - Lewis Latimer invents and patents electric lamp with a carbon filament

1880 Event - Geo Ligowsky patents device to throw clay pigeons for trapshooters

1880 Event - A P Abourne patents a process for refining coconut oil

1880 Event - Thomas Edison patents electric incandescent lamp

1879 Event - Elkins patents refrigerating apparatus

1879 Event - James Ritty patents 1st cash register, to combat stealing by bartenders in his Dayton, Ohio saloon

1879 Event - W. H. Richardson, a black inventor, patents the children's carriage

1878 Event - An improved corncob pipe patents by Henry Tibbe, Washington, Mo

1878 Event - Thomas Alva Edison patents gramophone (phonograph)

1878 Event - Frederick Thayer patents catcher's mask (pat # 200,358)

1877 Event - Thomas Edison patents phonograph

1876 Event - Daniel Stillson (Mass) patents 1st practical pipe wrench

1876 Event - Thomas Edison patents mimeograph

1876 Event - Alexander Graham Bell patents telephone

1876 Event - A G Bell and Elisha Gray apply separately for telephone patents Supreme Court eventually rules Bell rightful inventor

1875 Event - William Bonwill, patents dental mallet to impact gold into cavities

1874 Event - Joseph F. Glidden patents barbed wire

1874 Event - Harry S. Parmelee patents sprinkler head

1874 Event - Major Walter Copton Wingfield patents a portable tennis court

1874 Event - Major Walter Winfield patents game called "sphairistike" (lawn tennis)

1873 Event - Dentist John Beers of San Francisco patents gold crown

1872 Event - J. S. Risdon patents metal windmill

1872 Event - Phillip W Pratt patents his sprinkler system for extinguishing fires

1872 Event - Mahlon Loomis patents wireless radio

1872 Event - Mahlon Loomis patents wireless telegraphy

1872 Event - Samuel R. Percy patents dried milk

1872 Event - George B Brayton patents gasoline powered engine

1872 Event - Thomas J. Martin patents fire extinguisher

1872 Event - George Westinghouse, Jr. patents triple air brake for trains

1872 Event - Luther Crowell patents a machine that manufactures paper bags

1872 Event - Silas Noble and JP Cooley patents toothpick manufacturing machine

1871 Event - Albert L Jones (New York City), patents corrugated paper

1871 Event - Moses F Gale patents a cigar lighter (New York City)

1871 Event - Carousel patents by Wilhelm Schneider, Davenport, Iowa

1870 Event - J D Schneiter patents rocket mail in France, (not done)

1870 Event - E. J. DeSemdt patents asphalt pavement

1869 Event - William Finley Semple of Mount Vernon, Ohio, patents chewing gum

1869 Event - Cornelius Swarthout patents waffle iron

1869 Event - O. B. Brown patents moving picture projector

1869 Event - Margarine is patents by Hippolye Mega-Mouries for use by French Navy

1869 Event - Ives W. McGaffey of Chicago patents 1st vacuum cleaner

1868 Event - Louis Ducos du Hauron patents trichrome color photo process

1868 Event - Thomas Edison patents his 1st invention: electric voice machine

1868 Event - Alvin J. Fellows patents tape measure

1868 Event - Christopher Latham Sholes patents "Type-writer"

1867 Event - Alfred Nobel patents dynamite

1867 Event - D R Averill patents ready-mixed paint

1867 Event - Joseph Monier patents reinforced concrete

1866 Event - Pierre Lalemont patents rotary crank bicycle

1866 Event - J Osterhoudt patents tin can with key opener

1866 Event - Indelible pencil patents by Edson P Clark, Northampton, Mass

1866 Event - Andrew Rankin patents the urinal

1865 Event - James H Mason (Mass) patents 1st U.S. coffee percolator

1865 Event - John Hyatts patents billard ball

1864 Event - Louis Ducos du Hauron patents movie machine (never built)

1863 Event - William Bullock patents continuous-roll printing press

1862 Event - Richard Gatling patents Gatling gun

1862 Event - Dr. Richard Gatling patents machine gun (Indianapolis)

1862 Event - Dr. Richard Gatling patents machine gun

1862 Event - Odore R Timby patents revolving gun turret

1862 Event - Adolphe Nicole of Switzerland patents chronograph

1862 Event - John D. Lynde patents aerosol dispenser

1860 Event - M L Byrn patents "covered gimlet screw with a 'T' handle" (corkscrew)

1859 Event - George Simpson patents electric range

1859 Event - Paper bag manufacturing machine patents by William Goodale, Massachusetts

1858 Event - Hamilton Smith patents rotary washing machine

1858 Event - Lyman Blake patents shoe manufacturing machine

1858 Event - Albert Potts of Philadelphia patents the street mailbox

1858 Event - Frederick Cook, New Orleans, patents a cotton-bale metallic tie

1857 Event - Timothy Alder patents typesetting machine

1857 Event - James Gibbs, Va, patents chain-stitch single-thread sewing machine

1857 Event - William Francis Channing and Moses G Farmer patents electric fire alarm

1857 Event - Alexander Douglas patents the bustle

1856 Event - Cyrus Chambers, Jr. patents folding machine that folds book and newspapers

1856 Event - Anthony Fass patents accordion

1856 Event - Cullen Whipple patents screw machine

1856 Event - A. E. Burnside patents Burnside carbine

1855 Event - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine motor

1855 Event - Joshua Stoddard of Worcester, Mass patents 1st calliope

1855 Event - Abraham Gesner patents kerosene

1854 Event - Allen Wilson of Connecticut patents sewing machine to sew curving seams

1854 Event - Aaron Allen of Boston patents folding theater chair

1854 Event - Henry Meyer patents sleeping rail car

1854 Event - Smith and Wesson patents metal bullet cartridges

1854 Event - Charles Miller patents 1st U.S. sewing machine to stitch buttonholes

1854 Event - Anthony Foss patents accordion

1851 Event - Alvan Clark patents telescope

1851 Event - Isaac Singer patents sewing machine

1851 Event - Dr. John Gorrie patents a "refrigeration machine"

1851 Event - Linus Yale patents Yale-lock

1850 Event - Benjamin Lane patents gas mask with a breathing apparatus

1849 Event - Benjamin Chambers patents breech loading cannon

1849 Event - Abraham Lincoln patents a buoying device

1849 Event - Joseph Couch patents steam-powered percussion rock drill

1848 Event - M Waldo Hanchett patents dental chair

1848 Event - Antoine Joseph Sax patents Saxophone

1848 Event - William G. Young patents ice cream freezer

1847 Event - Rotary-type printing press patents by Richard March Hoe, New York City

1847 Event - Robert Thompson patents rubber tire

1846 Event - Benjamin Palmer patents artificial leg

1846 Event - Elias Howe patents sewing machine

1846 Event - Saxophone is patents by Antoine Joseph Sax

1845 Event - Rubber band patents

1845 Event - Joseph Francis, New York City, patents a corrugated sheet-iron lifeboat

1845 Event - Bristol man, Henry Jones, patents self-raising flour

1844 Event - Goodyear patents vulcanization of rubber

1844 Birthday - Elijah McCoy, black inventor, held over 50 patents

1843 Event - Charles Thurber patents a typewriter

1842 Event - Micah Rugg patents a nuts and bolts machine

1841 Event - N E Guerin of New York patents cork-filled life preserver

1841 Event - John Hampton patents venetian blind

1840 Event - Samuel Morse patents his telegraph

1840 Event - Alexander Wolcott patents Photographic Process

1838 Event - Ephraim Morris patents railroad brake

1836 Event - A. Phillips patents match

1836 Event - U.S. patent #1 (after 9,957 unnumbered patents), for locomotive wheels

1836 Event - Samuel Colt patents 1st revolving barrel multishot firearm

1835 Event - Henry Burden patents Horseshoe manufacturing machine (Troy New York)

1835 Event - Solymon Merrick patents wrench

1834 Event - Cyrus Hall McCormick patents reaping machine

1834 Event - Isaac Fischer, Jr. patents sandpaper

1832 Event - John Howe patents pin manufacturing machine

1830 Event - D. Hyde patents fountain pen

1829 Event - William Austin Burt patents "typographer" (typewriter)

1828 Event - Casparus van Wooden patents chocolate milk powder (Amsterdam)

1826 Event - Samuel Mory patents internal combustion engine

1825 Event - Walter Hunt patents safety pin

1824 Event - Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement (Yorkshire England)

1823 Event - R. J. Tyers patents roller skates

1822 Event - Charles Graham patents false teeth

1822 Event - Charles Graham of New York patents artificial teeth

1821 Event - James Boyd patents Rubber Fire Hose

1819 Event - Thomas Blanchard patents lathe

1818 Event - Baron Karl von Drais de Sauerbrun patents "draisine" (early bicycle)

1815 Event - Sir Humphrey Davy of London patents miner's safety lamp

1813 Event - David Melville, Newport, Rhode Island, patents apparatus for making coal gas

1812 Event - Peter Gaillard of Lancaster, Pennsylvania patents a horse-drawn mower

1809 Event - Peregrine Williamson of Baltimore patents a steel pen

1809 Event - Robert Fulton patents steamboat

1806 Event - Isaac Quintard patents apple cider

1802 Event - Simon Willard patents banjo clock

1798 Event - David Wilkinson of Rhode Island patents a nut and bolt machine

1797 Event - Charles Newbold patents 1st cast-iron plow. He can't sell it to farmers, though, they fear effects of iron on soil!

1797 Event - Nathaniel Briggs of New Hampshire patents a washing machine

1796 Event - James S. McLean patents his piano

1794 Event - Josiah Pierson patents a "cold-header" (rivet) machine

1794 Event - Eli Whitney patents cotton gin

1793 Event - Eli Whitney patents his cotton gin

1791 Event - John Stone, Concord, Massachusetts, patents a pile driver

1785 Event - British inventor Joseph Bramah patents beer-pump handle

1783 Event - Benjamin Hanks patents self-winding clock

1777 Event - Leonard Norcross patents a submarine diving suit

1772 Event - John Clais patents 1st scale

1722 Event - French C. Hopffer patents fire extinguisher

1718 Event - James Puckle, a London lawyer, patents world's 1st machine gun

1677 Event - John and Nicolaas van der Heyden patents fire extinguisher

1675 Event - Christian Huygens patents pocket watch

1660 Event - Isaack B. Fubine of Savoy, in The Hague, patents macaroni

1618 Event - Captain John Gilbert patents 1st dredger in Britain