Patents: Ingenious Inventions How They Work and How They Came to Be

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Patents is covered in bubble wrap, one of man's more ingenious creations. It includes dozens of notable patents, from the airplane, brassiere, chain saw, and fire hydrant to the Internet, parachute, plunger, and zipper. The purpose of each device is explained in accessible language, along with background about the inventor, interesting sidebars and history, and an excerpt from the original patent application. The artwork throughout includes photos of original models and patent diagrams created by the inventors ...

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Overview

Patents is covered in bubble wrap, one of man's more ingenious creations. It includes dozens of notable patents, from the airplane, brassiere, chain saw, and fire hydrant to the Internet, parachute, plunger, and zipper. The purpose of each device is explained in accessible language, along with background about the inventor, interesting sidebars and history, and an excerpt from the original patent application. The artwork throughout includes photos of original models and patent diagrams created by the inventors themselves, annotated to show exactly how each item works.

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Adult/High School-Strong visual appeal and coherent organization are two immediately notable characteristics of the entries in this volume, which focuses on approximately 100 (primarily U.S.) inventions dating from the 1790s to the present. Each two-page profile begins with the name, number, and date of the patent, and the name of the inventor or corporate entity to whom it is assigned. This sequence is supplemented by a summary of the item's development or importance, a synopsis of how it works, an excerpt from the patent application as to its purpose, and an original technical drawing reproduced from the U.S. Patent Office files. Ikenson offers examples of creative commercial successes in fields as diverse as medicine, aeronautics, computing, agriculture, and consumer goods. Readers are certain to find a topic of interest here, whether it is the history behind the patent for a Pez dispenser, cathode ray tube, kitty litter, DNA fingerprinting, or the design of a Fender Stratocaster guitar. There is sufficient authoritative detail to begin a report on an invention, and sufficient humor and human-interest commentary in the anecdotal sidebars to sustain pleasure reading. The book is sure to attract notice by its novel cover, which is approximately 75 percent encased in bubble wrap (see patent #3,142,599).-Lynn Nutwell, Fairfax City Regional Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781579123673
  • Publisher: Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2004
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,482,163
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 8
Patents: A History 10
Chapter 1 The Radical and Revolutionary Patent 13
Airplane 14
Artificial Heart 16
Camera 18
DNA Fingerprinting 20
Dynamite 22
Helicopter 24
Internal Combustion Engine 26
Chronology of the Automobile Age 28
Lightbulb 32
Inventor Profile: Thomas A. Edison 34
Nuclear Reactor 36
Chronology of the Atomic Age 39
Penicillin 42
Refrigeration 44
Rocket 46
Skyscraper Steel 48
Submarine 50
Telegraph 53
Telephone 55
Typewriter 57
Vulcanization of Rubber 60
X-Ray Tube 61
Chapter 2 The Little Patent That Could 65
Aerosol Can 66
Aspirin 68
Barbed Wire 69
Bar Code 71
Battery 73
Inventor Profile: Alessandra Volta 75
Bottle Cap 76
Calculator 78
Cellophane 81
Chewing Gum 83
Colt Revolver 85
Drinking Straw 87
Levi Strauss Blue Jeans 89
Optical Fiber 91
Pez Dispenser 93
Transistor 95
Chronology of the Computer Age 97
Velcro 102
Zipper 103
Zippo Lighter 105
Chapter 3 The More Humane Patent 109
Adhesive Bandage 110
Air bag 112
Air conditioning 115
Artificial Leg 118
Bra 120
Ibot 122
Inventor Profile: Dean Kamen 125
Kevlar 126
Laser Eye Surgery 128
Magnetic Resonance Imaging 130
Nicotine Patch 132
Parachute 135
Prozac 137
Reading System for the Blind 139
Respirator 141
Seatbelt 143
Smoke Detector 145
Turtle Excluder Device 147
Vitamins 149
Chapter 4 The Strange & Sensational Patent 153
Astroturf 154
Bubble Wrap 156
Chia Pet 158
Chicken Goggles 160
Escapable Coffin 162
Genetic Engineering 164
Goat Traction Footwear 166
Kitty Litter 168
Lava Lamp 170
Neon 172
Ouija Board 174
Pigeon Starter 176
Theremin 178
"Towering Inferno" Fire Blanket 181
Zeppelin 183
Chapter 5 The Patent That Eases 187
Automated Teller Machine 188
Bicycle 190
Breech-Loading Ordnance 193
Coal Breaker 195
Cotton Gin 198
Door Lock 200
Flush Toilet 202
Frozen Food 204
Handcuffs 206
Handle Guide 208
John Deere Plow 210
Lawn Mower 211
Microwave 214
Pasteurization 216
Polygraph Lie Detector 218
Post-It Notes 220
Remote Control 222
Tampon 224
Traffic Signal 226
Vacuum Cleaner 229
Viagra 232
Chapter 6 The Patent That Pleases 235
Basketball 236
Cornflakes 238
Drive-In Movie Theater 240
Etch A Sketch 243
Fender Stratocaster 245
Jukebox 247
Peach 249
Phonograph 252
Radio 254
Inventor Profile: Nikola Tesla 256
Roller Coaster 258
Roller Skates 260
Slinky 262
Snowboard 264
Statue of Liberty 266
Television 268
Chapter 7 Resources 273
The Three Types of Patents 274
Patents vs. Trademarks 275
How to Obtain a Patent 276
Useful Resources 277
Bibliography 279
Index 285
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