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Why are Patents the Key to Innovation?

Image from biomassmagazine.com

Image from biomassmagazine.com

Imagine if patents didn't exist. What would the world be like? Would people still invent, or would they give up out of fear of others copying each of their inventions? Check out this excerpt from an article titled "A World Without Patents" that perfectly encompasses what would happen if protection of inventions was not available.

"Without patents and the competitive protections they afford, individuals and companies will not invest the money it takes to develop new cures for disease or create new technological wonders. That’s because they know others will simply copy their inventions with impunity and then sell them at a much lower cost, since it didn’t cost them a dime to develop these in the first place. This is a terrific way to drive the innovators out of any industry."

Continue reading the linked article to find out many of the different patents that affect our lives everyday. Some of these patents include anti-lock brakes and GPS navigation. Can you imagine life without these inventions? 

Top 13 Mustache Patents

Do you have a mustache that you feel needs to be improved? No matter if you have a mustache or not, the attached article highlights 13 of the best mustache related patents. For instance, the above patent is titled "Mustache Guard." This invention essentially holds up a mustache to keep it out of drinks and food. Other inventions include a "Mustache Shield" and a "Mustache Cup and Glass." Read on for more patents!

The Top 5 Patents for Lemonade

With Summer quickly approaching, here are the top patents related to lemonade, one of the most common Summer treats! This article has a little bit of history along with 5 interesting patents. For instance, the above patent illustration is a "Device for Making Lemonade" that squeezes the lemon and combines all of the steps in making lemonade into one swift process. Read on for more patents related to lemonade!

The Top 5 Clothing Patents in History

Patent Illustration for Riveted Pants from facweb.cs.depaul.edu.

Patent Illustration for Riveted Pants from facweb.cs.depaul.edu.

Sometimes, pieces of clothing are revolutionary and deserve patents. For instance, the above patent illustration is for a pair of riveted pants, which later became the blue jeans that we know and love today. Originally, the rivets were meant to reinforce the pant pockets in order to make them more durable, as blue jeans were originally work pants. Today, most everyone wears jeans and almost all jeans have rivets on the pockets, whether they be for reinforcement or decorative purposes. Read on to find out the other top fashion patents from history! 

7 Of the Coolest Movie Inventions

"Smell-O-Vision" Patent from Scientific American. 

"Smell-O-Vision" Patent from Scientific American. 

Going off of last week's movie theme, we have again decided to highlight patents meant for theaters! This week, there is a list of 7 movie inventions, all either with a patent directly tied to them, or patents that stem from them. For instance, "Smell-O-Vision" was used in the production entitled "Scent of Mystery." Although it did not work as planned, the above illustration depicts the patent and process for the "Smell-O-Vision" machine. Check out the article to find more "cool" movie inventions and then see what patents you can find that relate to them!

The Fix to Movie Theater Seating Arrangements

"Theater Seating Equipment" Patent. 

"Theater Seating Equipment" Patent. 

Have you ever been watching a movie at a theater and came to the realization that all of the soda that you have drank has made you seriously have to use the restroom? Well, Louis Duprey has a solution to your problem. The only hitch is that his solution was patented in 1923. Duprey's solution, while logical, would be expensive and possibly not full of the technology that we are now accustomed to. Essentially, each chair would have a lift on it so that when a knob is turned, you would be lowered down to a floor below the theater, from which you could leave to take care of any problem that may arise. Check out the article to learn more about the invention!

10 Facts About Patent History

Did you know that "The word patent comes from the Latin word patere, meaning “to lay open”, or to make available for others to review? The main effect of a patent is in being able to restrict others from making or selling the patented invention for the term of the patent."

Read on to find out more facts about patent history that may surprise you!

 

    10 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Patents

    Do you think that you know a lot about patents? Test your knowledge here! 

    Here are just a few facts that you may not have known: 

    1. "The musical fly swatter was patented in the US in 1994. It played one tune when turned on and another when it hit something." (Patent illustration below.)
    2. "Thomas Edison accumulated 2,332 patents worldwide for his inventions."

    The linked article has a total of 10 facts; read on to learn more!

    "Musical Fly Swatter" from Google Patents.

    "Musical Fly Swatter" from Google Patents.

    The Real First Flight?

    In 1890, a man by the name of Clement Ader, attempted to fly. The linked article gives an overview of his efforts, as well as the history of Ader's life and what inspired him to create a plane in the first place. The above illustration is the patent for the plane that Ader designed and attempted to fly. There is really no proof that his plane actually made it into the air, but there are rumors of people seeing it fly. 

    Compare the above patent illustration to the current airplane patent that is below. (It is from roadwarriorvoices.com) The differences are abundant! Imagine if there were still plane designs that looked similar to the one above from around 1890. Also, pay attention to how different the designs actually are. The above picture is similar to the style of a bat, while the below picture, although featuring wings, is obviously much larger and does not run off of a steam engine, nor does it look similar to a bat. Lastly, look at how much clearer the illustration below is! This is a great example of the evolution of patents and technology over time.