June 26, 2010

Inventions and Patents Day

On this date in 1498, the toothbrush invented in China.

On this date in 1819, the first U.S. patent for a velocipede – an early version of the bicycle—was awarded to William K. Clarkson, Jr., of New York.

On this date in 1894, the first U.S. patent for a gas-driven auto was awarded to Karl Benz of Germany.

A patent is a country's promise that an inventor has exclusive rights to his invention for a limited period of time. This means that somebody can't buy a product, study it, and exactly copy it to sell and make money. However, people can reinvent things, making improvements and changes, and be rewarded with their own patent as well as the right to make and sell their unique version of the product.

I am busy making every day special by taking a trip through California, Oregon, and Washington.

The daily posts will be minimal during my trip. Happy summer to everyone in the Northern Hemisphere!

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