Charles Goodyear’s Big Invention
Did you know that on this day in 1844, Charles Goodyear received a patent for vulcanized rubber? His last name might ring a bell and if you were thinking, “Could this be the man behind Goodyear Tires?” you would be correct! Charles Goodyear was an American inventor who discovered the innovative process of vulcanized rubber. …Read more
Can you Hear Me Now? Good.
Do you remember that old Verizon commercial where the spokesman would ask the question, “Can you hear me now? Good.” Well, that tagline wouldn’t have been possible if it wasn’t for Alexander Graham Bell’s invention of the telephone. It was on this day in 1876 that Bell received a United States patent for his revolutionary …Read more
Celebrating Black History Month: Contemporary Inventors
As the celebration of Black History Month is coming to a close, we wanted to place the spotlight on three contemporary African American inventors whose inventions have left their mark on society. While we already featured famous historic African American inventors in our first installment, today we’re focusing on Lonnie G. Johnson, Dr. Patricia Bath …Read more
Are Patents That Important?
As the holiday season is upon us, we can’t help but think of all the innovative and creative minds that are behind those products that are flying off the store shelves as people continue to cross items off of their holiday wish lists. So often, inventors with big ideas get hung up on the need …Read more
When is the Right Time to Get a Patent?
Patents and inventions go hand-in-hand. A patent is a crucial piece to the invention puzzle, because it protects your idea by granting you the right to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling the invention throughout the United States or importing the invention into the United States. When a company considers an …Read more
Penning Invention Success!
Whether you are jotting down notes, filling out a form, writing out checks or anything and everything in between, you are more than likely using a pen to carry out these tasks. Although they might seem like mundane everyday duties, they wouldn’t be possible without the invention idea of Lewis Waterman, who patented the first …Read more
More Than Just an Author: Mark Twain
We all recognize Mark Twain as being a well-known American author who is responsible for classic books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. But, did you know that Mark Twain also was a patent holder? Believe it or not, aside from being a famous author, he was …Read more