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Top 5: African American Inventors 2017

February marks Black History Month which honors the important people and events in the history of the African diaspora, as well as American history. To honor the achievements of this community, we’ve created a list of 5 African-American inventors and patent holders. ( You can check out a much more comprehensive list here, and check Read more…

Top 5: Snow Patents 2017

Our latest Top 5 list tackles the snow! 1) Multichannel Frost Ice and Snow Detecting Device This precipitation gauge from the late ’60s monitors temperature, humidity and electrical conductivity to determine if there is free water, snow, ice or frost forming. 2) Snow Scooter  This two-wheeled device is the hottest way to get around a Read more…

Top 5: Water Patents

Water is one of our most precious natural resources, but we can’t just drink it! It has to be filtered and purified for human consumption. This week’s Top 5 takes a look at technology that does that. 1) Portable Rainwater Collecting and Purifying System This portable container collects and purifies rainwater through the use of Read more…

Top 5: Airport Patents

Airports around the world can vary in design and efficiency–but the majority of them share the same technology we’re featuring in this week’s Top 5! 1) Baggage Conveyor System  This baggage carousel features porcelain enamel on steel pallets, which are attached to wheels that move in a track. Circling baggage around allows airport guests to Read more…

Top 5: Money/Currency Patents

For this week’s Top 5, we’re taking a look at patents that deal with cash. 1) Copperplate Engraving Machine for Printing Paper Currency This machine system features an etched plate, an inking roller and system and a wiping device to ensure the perfectly printed banknotes. 2) Self-service Currency Exchange Machine  Want to turn your jars Read more…

Top 5: Newspaper-Related Patents

Before the internet and television, the world got its news through newspapers. This week we’re taking a look at related patents. 1) Non-rub Off Printing Inks Anyone that has read, or even held, a newspaper usually ends up with ink on their fingers. This patent covers the formula of the ink which prevents a complete Read more…

Top 5: Ice Skating Patents

It’s that time of the year, when winter sports reign supreme. Take to the ice with these related patents. 1) Protective Ice Skating Outfit Besides being flashy, this ice skating outfit can be functional too! It features compressible padding inserts that will absorb the shock of a fall, minimizing a skater’s injuries. 2) Ice-skating Exercise Read more…

Top 5: Christmas Patents 2016

Christmas is right around the corner, so we’ve gathered up related patents. Happy Holidays! 1) Multi-branched Christmas Lights The more Christmas lights, the better! These clustered strands of light also flash. 2) Combined Christmas Tree Holder and Stable for a Nativity Scene  Set up your Nativity right under the tree with this patented tree holder Read more…

Top 5: Patented Doctor’s Tools

With US healthcare on the brain, we’ve decided to round up 5 tools of the trade in the vast medical field. 1) Wireless Electronic Stethoscope This wireless stethoscope is a less bulky upgrade of the original tool. It no longer features a resonator connected to ear tubes, but rather a pen-shaped body to detect heartbeats Read more…

Top 5: Radio Patents

This week, we’re taking a look at when radio ruled communication! Check out our list of patents below, all from the 1960s. 1) Tunable Radio Antenna This patent shows antennas curved into a short, pinwheel-like shape to best pick up radio signals. 2) Card Control of Radio Telephone  When radio-telephones in cars were a thing, Read more…


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