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ME 215 - Engineering Materials & Processes: Patents
What can be patented? “Anything under the sun that is made by man.”
—P. J. Federico 1952, a principal draftsman of the U.S. patent law, in his testimony regarding that legislation. Famously quoted by Chief Justice Warren Burger, U.S. Supreme Court in Diamond vs. Chakrabarty 1980.
Whether you're developing a new invention or would like to learn more about a currently existing one, patents serve as a useful source of information regarding existing intellectual properties, their inventors, blueprints/schematics, when they were filed, etc.
Look up the following patent number using one of the two resources to the right of this box.
Patent Number: 174,465 (U.S)
Who is the inventor? When was the patent issued? what is the name of the patent office?
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If you're looking for: Designs, schematics, models
Google Patents provides access to United States Patents from the 1790s to the present. It includes 8 million patents and 3 million patent applications. Searchers can easily download the pdf of a patent found in the database.