Posts Tagged: history


U.S. Patents to the Citizens of Porto Rico from 1899-1917

Today, on the eve of the discovery of Puerto Rico in 1493 by the Spaniards, we will take a look at U.S. patents issued to citizens of …
By Luis Figarella
4 years ago 6

75th Anniversary of the Original Jeep Patent

The government was looking for a multi-purpose four-wheel-drive vehicle. Only American Bantam Car Company responded to the request within the given time, which was just 49 days to …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

Music lover, history buff, Mr. Fix-it – Getting to Know Bruce Kisliuk

QUINN: ''I always refer to myself as a geek or a nerd. Do you wear that too as a badge of honor?'' KISLIUK: ''Oh, absolutely. When …
By Gene Quinn
5 years ago 0

The Case that Launched 10,000 Patent Suits

The Polaroid-Kodak dispute involved patents covering instant photography, which at the time was among the most valuable technologies. It was the case that launched 10,000 patent suits, many …
By Bruce Berman
5 years ago 4

The Evolution of Contact Lenses: From Da Vinci to Electronic Lenses

Any story about innovation that starts with Leonardo da Vinci is one worth telling. The fact that the great French philosopher René Descartes also plays a starring …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0

The future of bionic arm tech is mind-controlled, cheap to produce

The first decade of the 21st century saw some major advances in bionic arm technologies. The first half of that decade saw a team of researchers working …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 0

An Evolution of Technology: Microphones

Of all of the types of microphones in use today, the electret microphone is the most commonly used version; 90 percent of all microphones used today are of …
By Steve Brachmann
5 years ago 4

A Short History Lesson on Patent Policy

Starting before World War II and continuing throughout the 1950s, 60s and 70s, short sighted and now discredited government antitrust policies, coupled with judicial hostility toward patent …
By Robert Taylor
5 years ago 9

The Evolution of Bicycles: A Patent History

The next major development in bicycling technologies comes in the 1860s, when the first attempts are made at adding a driving mechanism. This would be the start …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 1

A Patent History of Filmmaking

The history of film is a long one that, by some accounts, extends as far back as the early 1700s and the discovery by German physicist Johann …
By Gene Quinn & Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 0

100 Years Later: Patents of the World War I Era

June 28, 2014, marked the one-hundred year anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the precipitating event which catapulted the globe into World War I. Across …
By Steve Brachmann
6 years ago 0