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A patent is a form of intellectual property. It consists of a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention....
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1790
7.31.1790
First U.S. patent is issued to inventor Samuel Hopkins for a potash process.
1794
3.14.1794
Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.
1809
5.5.1809
Mary Kies becomes the first woman awarded a U.S. patent, for a technique of weaving straw with silk and thread.
1824
10.21.1824
Joseph Aspdin patents Portland cement.
1836
2.25.1836
Samuel Colt is granted an United States patent for the Colt revolver.
1839
2.24.1839
William Otis receives a patent for the steam shovel.
1844
6.15.1844
Charles Goodyear receives a patent for vulcanization, a process to strengthen rubber.
1845
3.17.1845
The rubber band is patented.
1873
5.20.1873
Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis receive a U.S. patent for blue jeans with copper rivets.
1876
2.14.1876
Alexander Graham Bell applies for a patent for the telephone, as does Elisha Gray.
3.7.1876
Alexander Graham Bell is granted a patent for an invention he calls the telephone beating Antonio Meucci by four hours.
1884
10.14.1884
The American inventor, George Eastman, receives a U.S. Government patent on his new paper-strip photographic film.
1885
4.3.1885
Gottlieb Daimler is granted a German patent for his engine design.
8.14.1885
Japan's first patent is issued to the inventor of a rust-proof paint.
1887
6.8.1887
Herman Hollerith applies for US patent #395,791 for the 'Art of Applying Statistics' — his punched card calculator.
1889
1.8.1889
Herman Hollerith is issued US patent #395,791 for the 'Art of Applying Statistics' — his punched card calculator.
1892
8.9.1892
Thomas Edison receives a patent for a two-way telegraph.
1894
1.7.1894
W.K. Dickson receives a patent for motion picture film.
1895
11.5.1895
George B. Selden is granted the first U.S. patent for an automobile.
1896
6.2.1896
Guglielmo Marconi applies for a patent for his newest invention: the radio.
1903
3.23.1903
The Wright Brothers apply for a patent on their invention of one of the first successful airplanes.
1910
11.29.1910
The first US patent for inventing the traffic lights system is issued to Ernest E. Sirrine.
1930
11.11.1930
Patent number US1781541 is awarded to Albert Einstein and Leó Szilárd for their invention, the Einstein refrigerator.
1931
1.6.1931
Thomas Edison submits his last patent application.
1937
2.16.1937
Wallace H. Carothers receives a United States patent for nylon.
1959
2.6.1959
Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments files the first patent for an integrated circuit.
1960
3.22.1960
Arthur Leonard Schawlow and Charles Hard Townes receive the first patent for a laser.
1961
4.25.1961
Robert Noyce is granted a patent for an integrated circuit.
1970
11.17.1970
Douglas Engelbart receives the patent for the first computer mouse.
1973
6.4.1973
A patent for the ATM is granted to Donald Wetzel, Tom Barnes and George Chastain.