A system of registration of unique processes, products and inventions. Brunelleschi may have received the first patent from the Florentine authorities in 1421 fora ship loading crane, but the earliest known English patent was granted by Henry VI to Flemish-born John of Utynam in 1449. For a method of making stained glass, required for the windows of Eton College.
a patent is a legal right granted to the applicant upon fulfullment of certain conditions, which grants them the monopoly on making, using or selling an invention, for a fixed period of time, in the countries in which the patent has been granted. Only original inventions can be patented. Patents are a useful source of technical information as about 80% of the information found in patents is not found elsewhere in the literature. A guide to patents is available.
"A patent for an invention is a document granted by a government to the inventor, giving the inventor the right for a limited period to stop others from making, using or selling the invention without the permission of the inventor. When a patent is granted, the invention becomes the property of the inventor, which - like any other form of property or business asset - can be bought, sold, rented or hired. Patents are territorial rights: UK Patent will only give the holder rights within the United Kingdom and rights to stop others from importing the patented products into the United Kingdom. " (From UK Patents website: www.patent.gov.uk/patent/definition.htm)
Patents are located on the 1st floor of the library at the rear of the reference collection. Atkins library is a U.S. patent and trademark depository library. Pepsi Memorabilia See: Dale Halton Reading Room