First U.S. Patent Issued Today In 1790


On July 31, 1790, Samuel Hopkins was granted the first U.S. patent when he created a better way to make potash, a versatile chemical used in American...

Independence Day Innovation

Independence Day Innovations


We’re all familiar with the typical fanfare that unfolds on the Fourth of July—barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks, and all things grilled and...

Pride Month

To Celebrate Pride Month, Suiter Swantz IP Is Highlighting LGBTQ+ Inventors


As part of June's Pride Month, we're taking a look at some of the most notable contributions and inventions from the LGBTQ+ community. In celebration...

International Women in Engineering Day

Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day


International Women in Engineering Day celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers around the world. The science of engineering has...

5 Fun In The Sun Patents


Whether you're cooling down with some trademarked treats or barbecuing with a patented grill, this season you're bound to be surrounded by...

Thomas Edison’s Electric Vote Recorder


On June 1, 1869, Thomas Edison was granted patent for the Electric Vote Recorder, U.S. Patent No. 90,646.  While he is known for inventing the light...

St. Patrick’s Day themed Intellectual Property


Happy St. Patrick's Day from all of us at Suiter Swantz IP! March 17th is the day many clothe themselves in green, pinch those who aren't, eat corned...

Patents Issued on Leap Day


2020 is a leap year, which means we get to enjoy a whole extra day of February, and people born on February 29 finally can celebrate their birthday....

Valentine's Day Intellectual Property

Happy Valentine’s Day from Suiter Swantz IP!


Whether you're celebrating the holiday with a loved one, yourself, or a friend, we can all get some enjoyment from the various pieces of popular...

U.S. Patent Calendar 2020

Suiter Swantz IP 2020 U.S. Patent Calendar


Every holiday season, we enjoy creating a U.S. Patent Calendar that we send to our clients and friends of the firm. This year, we’ve also put...

5 Inventions to Celebrate the Holidays


https://suiter.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/Holiday-video-1.mp4 It's the most wonderful time of the year! To celebrate Christmas approaching, take...

The Patent Behind the LEGO “Toy Building Brick”


On October 24, 1961, Godtfred Kirk Christiansen was granted the patent for the LEGO TOY BUILDING BRICK, U.S. Patent No. 3,005,282. Sixty years ago,...

5 Spooky Patents to Celebrate Halloween


Whether you're snacking on candy that has a registered trademark, reading a scary book that has been copyrighted, or carving pumpkins with a patented...

Prosthetic

The Patent Behind the Iconic Flex-Foot Prosthetic


On October 22, 1985, medical engineer Van Phillips was granted U.S. Patent No. 4547913, for the "composite prosthetic foot and leg," under the newly...

The Patent Behind Insulin


On October 9, 1923, Frederick Banting, Charles Best, and James Collip were granted the patent for “Extract Obtainable from the Mammalian Pancreas or...

Rake in the Fall Leaves with These Patents


It's officially the first day of fall! For many, this means decorating their home with bright pumpkins and gourds, bringing out their sweaters to...

Velcro

A Brief Patent History of Velcro®


On September 13, 1955, George de Mestral was granted the patent for VELVET TYPE FABRIC AND METHOD OF PRODUCING SAME (Velcro®), U.S. Patent No....

Nebraska Cornhusker Football

Kick Off the Football Season with These 5 Historic Patents


It’s that time of year again! The long-awaited football season is upon us. Teams are getting ready to storm the field, while fans are making plans...

The Best Patent History Post Since Sliced Bread


On August 28, 1928, Iowa native, Otto Frederick Rohwedder was granted U.S. Patent No. 1,682,581 for his “Bread Fastening Machine." Rohwedder's began...

Have a Seat– A Brief History of School Desk Patents


New wardrobe has been purchased, school supplies have been stocked, lunch is packed, now it's time for your first patent history lesson of the new...