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Patents and Trademarks: Anniversary of the Patent Office

The Ryan-Matura Library is a United States Patent and Trademark Resource Center (PTRC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.


225th  Anniversary of the Patent Office

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First Patent issued July 31, 1790

Patent No. 9,000,000 Issued April 7, 2015

See Display Case, Library Lower Level

What's So Great About That? Challenge


Visit the Patent Office Anniversary Display Case (lower level) to get your game card for the "What's So Great About That? Challenge". Match the letters on the patents displayed (on the periodicals side of the display case) to the numbered descriptions on the game card. Then look below to see how many patents you matched correctly.


__K__   1.     The first pencil with a built-in eraser.

__N__   2.     The original La-Z-Boy® recliner.

__O__   3.     The Popsicle®.

__Q__   4.     The first push-reel lawn mower.

__E__   5.     The Wiffle® ball.

__B__   6.     A new variety of Hosta, by a Connecticut inventor.

__C__   7.     The first U.S. Patent issued.

__G__   8.     The first Pez® dispenser.

__I__    9.     The first computer mouse.

__A__   10.   A new variety of Echinacea, by a Connecticut inventor.

__L__   11.    The first stapler.

__P__   12.   The first production helicopter.