Patents Passed on Your Birthday - A USPTO Calendar of Events

Aug 18, 2011

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Do you ever wonder what happened in the IP world on your birthday?  The USPTO has a fun website in their Kids Pages that will let you know just that.  This calendar of famous, and not-so-famous, patents will give you some insight as to what was happening on your big day!


Here are some examples of patents and trademarks registered on my own family members’ birthdays:


March 5: George Westinghouse, JR. patented the steam air brake in 1872


March 19: Phineas Quimby issued a patent in 1850 for a steering machine


November 11: NABISCO trademark registered in 1901


December 14:  TILT-A-WHIRL trademark registered in 1926


What happened on your birthday?  If that’s not satisfying enough, try looking up the birthdays of your friends, relatives, or even co-workers.  It's a great conversation starter, and everyone will get a kick out of hearing what makes their day even more special!


Check out the following website for 12 months and hundreds of years worth of inventions.


http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/kids/calendar/index.html





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