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HISTORIC PATENTS 1836 - 1975  
The Patent Act of July 4, 1836, required that all patents issued, after this date, be assiged a sequential number beginning with the number 1. During the period patents were issued from 1 to 3,930,270. The USPTO database can only be searched by Issue Date, Patent Number, and Current US Classification.. To display the actual patent and its accompanying drawings requires a "TIFF" plug-in for your browser.
U.S. Patent
 Number
Date
 Granted
Inventor (s) Description
Common in bold. Patent in CAPS.
1 07.13.1836 John Ruggles First Numbered Patent
TRACTION WHEELS
6,469 05.22.1849 Abraham Lincoln Vessel Bellows
BUOYING VESSELS OVER SHOALS
16,082 11.11.1856 Henry Bessemer Bessemer Furnace
MANUFACTURE OF IRON AND STEEL
18,929 04.13.1869 George Westinghouse air brake system
STEAM POWER BRAKE
78,317 05.26.1868 Alfred Nobel dynamite
IMPROVED EXPLOSIVE COMPOUND
79,265 06.23.1868 Christopher Latham Sholes typewriter
TYPE-WRITING MACHINE
139,121 05.20.1873 Jacob Davis and Levi Strauss blue jeans
FASTENING POCKET-OPENINGS
174,465 03.07.1876 Alexander Graham Bell telephone
IMPROVEMENT IN TELEGRAPHY
194,047 08.14.1877 Nicolaus Otto internal cmbustion engine
GAS-MOTOR ENGINES
223,898 01.27.1880 Thomas Alva Edison light bulb
ELECTRIC-LAMP
382,280 05.01.1888 Nikola Tesla alternating circuit transmission
ELECTRICAL TRANSMISSION OF POWER
549,160 11.05.1895 George Seldon automoble engine 2 stroke
ROAD-ENGINE
640,167 01.02.1900 Louis Allard First 20th Century Patent Issued
WASHING MACHINE
808,897 01.02.1906 Willis Haviland Carrier air conditioner
APPARATUS FOR TREATING AIR
821,393 05.22.1906 Orville Wright & Wilbur Wright airplane
FLYING MACHINE
942,699 12.07.1909 Leo Baekeland Bakelite®
FIRST SYNTHETIC PLASTIC
1,102,653 07.07.1914 Robert Goddard rocket, liquid-fueled
ROCKET APPARATUS
1,773,980 08.26.1930 Philo Taylor Farnsworth television
TELEVISION SYSTEM
2,297,691. 10.06.1942 Chester Carlson xerography
ELECTROPHOTOGRAPHY
2,524,035 10.03.1950 J. Bardeen and W. Brattain transistor
THREE ELECTRODE CIRCUIT ELEMENT
UTILIZING SEMICONDUCTOR MATERIALS
 
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