Ingenious Patents: Bubble Wrap, Barbed Wire, Bionic Eyes, and Other Pioneering Inventions

Ingenious Patents: Bubble Wrap, Barbed Wire, Bionic Eyes, and Other Pioneering Inventions

by Ben Ikenson, Jay Bennett

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Overview

For the curious and the creators, Ingenious Patents tells the fascinating history of the inventors and their creations that have changed our world.

Discover some of the most innovative of the 6.5 million patents that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted since Thomas Jefferson issued the first one in 1790. Revised and reformatted from the original 2004 edition, Ingenious Patents presents each device along with background about the inventor, interesting sidebars and history, and an excerpt from the original patent application. Author Jay Bennet has also written 15 new entries, everything from iPhones to 3G wireless to CRISPR gene editing. Liberally sprinkled throughout are patent diagrams created by the inventors annotated to show exactly how each item works.

Entries include 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316438490
Publisher: Running Press Book Publishers
Publication date: 02/27/2018
Edition description: Revised
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,138,370
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Jay Bennett, an editor at PopularMechanics.com, has also written for Smithsonian, Popular Science, Outside Magazine, and Major League Baseball. He lives in Brooklyn.

Ben Ikenson is a freelance writer. His articles on wildlife conservation have appeared in regional, national, and international magazines, including Américas, Earth Island Journal, Texas Parks and Wildlife magazine, North American Sportsman Magazine, New Mexico Magazine, and American Indian Report.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Patents: A History xi

Chapter 1 The Radical and Revolutionary Patent 1

Airplane 2

Artificial Heart 4

Bluetooth 5

Brain Implant 7

Camera 10

CRISPR Gene Editing 12

DNA Fingerprinting 14

Dynamite 15

GPS 17

Graphene 19

Helicopter 21

Internal Combustion Engine 23

Chronology of the Automobile Age 24

iPhone 27

Lightbulb 29

Inventor Profile: Thomas A. Edison 31

Nuclear Reactor 32

Chronology of the Atomic Age 34

Penicillin 37

Refrigeration 38

Rocket 40

Skyscraper Steel 42

Submarine 43

Telegraph 46

Telephone 48

3D Printer 50

3G Wireless Mobile Telecommunications 53

Typewriter 55

Vulcanization of Rubber 57

X-Ray Tube 59

Chapter 2 The Little Patent That Could 61

Aerosol Can 62

Aspirin 63

Barbed Wire 65

Bar Code 67

Battery 69

Inventor Profile: Alessandro Volta 70

Bottle Cap 71

Calculator 73

Cellophane 74

Chewing Gum 76

Colt Revolver 78

Drinking Straw 80

Levi Strauss Blue Jeans 82

Optical Fiber 83

PEZ Dispenser 86

Transistor 88

Chronology of the Computer Age 90

Velcro 93

Zipper 95

Zippo Lighter 97

Chapter 3 The More Humane Patent 99

Adhesive Bandage 100

Air Bag 102

Air Conditioning 104

Artificial Leg 107

Bionic Eye 109

Bra 111

iBot 113

Inventor Profile: Dean Kamen 116

Kevlar 117

Laser Eye Surgery 118

Magnetic Resonance Imaging 120

Motorized Exoskeleton 122

Nicotine Patch 125

Parachute 125

Prozac 129

Reading System for the Blind 130

Respirator 132

Seat Belt 134

Smoke Detector 135

Turtle Excluder Device 137

Vitamins 139

Chapter 4 The Strange and Sensational Patent 141

Astroturf 142

Bubble Wrap 144

Chicken Goggles 146

Escapable Coffin 147

Genetic Engineering 149

Goat Traction Footwear 152

Lava Lamp 154

Maglev 156

Neon 159

Ouija Board 160

Pigeon Starter 163

Theremin 165

"Towering Inferno" Fire Blanket 168

Zeppelin 170

Chapter 5 The Patent That Eases 173

Automated Teller Machine 174

Bicycle 176

Breech-Loading Ordnance 178

Coal Breaker 180

Cotton Gin 182

Door Lock 183

Flush Toilet 185

Frozen Food 187

Handcuffs 189

Handle Guide 191

John Deere Plow 193

Kitty Litter 194

Lawn Mower 196

Microwave 198

Pasteurization 200

Polygraph Lie Detector 202

Post-it Notes 203

Remote Control 206

Self-Driving Car 208

Solar Panel 210

Tampon 212

Traffic Signal 214

African American Inventors 216

Vacuum Cleaner 217

Viagra 219

Chapter 6 The Patent That Pleases 221

Basketball 222

Cornflakes 224

Drive-In Movie Theater 226

Etch A Sketch 228

Fender Stratocaster 230

Jukebox 232

Peach 234

Phonograph 236

Quadcopter Drone 238

Radio 240

Inventor Profile: Nikola Tesla 242

Roller Coaster 243

Roller Skates 245

Slinky 247

Snowboard 249

Statue of Liberty 251

Television 253

Virtual Reality 256

Chapter 7 Resources 259

Resources 261

The Three Types of Patents 261

Patents versus Trademarks 262

How to Obtain a Patent 262

Useful Resources 263

Bibliography 264

Websites 265

Index 267

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