Tagged Patent and Trademark

George Washington Carver: Inventor, Environmentalist, Mentor, and Role Model

"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong. Because someday in life you will have been all of…

Patent & Trademark Resources During COVID-19

Are you interested in protecting your business name or invention with a trademark or patent? During the current quarantine for COVID-19 , you can still begin working on these processes from home. See below for patent & trademark…

Happy Inventors Day for Monopoly Lovers!

I am a Monopoly lover! This celebrated board game became popular in the 1930s after it was patented by Philadelphia inventor Charles B. Darrow , who lived on W. Hortter St. in the West Mt. Airy area of Philadelphia. Mr. Darrow was…

National Inventors' Day!

Happy National Inventors’ Day! This special day was proclaimed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983 “in recognition of the enormous contribution inventors make to the nation and the world.” It is celebrated each year on…

Handy Thanksgiving Inventions!

We're thankful for these inventions that help us make the Thansgiving feast and all the festivties more enjoyable and fun!   Automatic mashed potato system (2007) U.S. Patent No. 7172335 Mashed potatoes are a favorite …

Creepy Halloween Inventions from the Philadelphia Patent & Trademark Resource Center (PTRC)

Get into the proper Halloween spirit with these hair-raising creations… This invention   features a life-sized ghoul with a “reservoir of fluids inside the head” that is triggered to vomit into a bucket when…

Partner Spotlight: Marie Kraft and American Society of Inventors

Here at the  Patent and Trademark Resource Center in the Business Resource & Innovation Center at the Parkway Central Library , we are lucky to work with some amazing organizations who are dedicated to growing…

Abraham Lincoln: Fashion Trendsetter or Patent Pioneer?

So, what’s the story with Abraham Lincoln wearing a leather biker jacket? If you’ve ever entered or exited Parkway Central Library through the back door on Wood Street, you might have seen the picture in question. It gets…

Patently Unusual

Since the Free Library of Philadelphia is a Patent & Trademark Resource Center, we are able to appreciate some of the very interesting patents granted by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and by foreign patent offices around…

Surprising Stuff about Patents and Trademarks

Did you know that Eddie Van Halen, Michael Jackson, and Abraham Lincoln were issued patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office?  Eddie Van Halen (US4656917) patented a guitar support mechanism that would leave both…