In reference to the patent: US383746 In the drawing and description it refers to the item as a "Lubricator", but the title of the patent is shown as "Assigm".
My great grandmother Lizzie M. Adams sold her patent (number 680,106) to C. H. Munson in the early 1900s, I think. I have a newspaper article of the sale but no date.
I know Russians do patents now, but did the Soviets of the USSR do them? When did the patent system start in Russia?
Google has a patent service (if you don't already know). Here are some example URLs: http://www.google.com/patents/US1 http://www.google.com/patents/US99 http://www.google.com/patents/US101 ...
Was there a landmark controversial software patent of a trivial idea before the “XOR flashing cursor” patent?
Currently the majority of bad press about trivial software patents is all centred around Apple and other smartphone industry players. A few years ago it was the Amazon "1-click" patent everybody was ...