End of Summer Inspiration! Historic Patents Filed in August

Aug 18, 2021

August may be the hottest month of the year, but it’s also the last full month of summer for the year. Although fall doesn’t come until late September, it’s after August that temperatures start to go down and the weather begins to turn. Thus it’s often August when we say goodbye to summer, and that transition can sometimes prove to be an inspirational time. It’s the last month of freedom or more laid back times for many, which can also lead to innovation. So it’s no wonder that so many exciting patents have been filed in August. Here are a few of our favorites:

Glass Shaping Machine

Filed in August of 1904, Michael Owen’s glass shaping machine can be thanked for any of your glass jars, bowls, or cups. This glass shaping machine used knives, scissors, and sometimes gas jets or other “non-contacting cutting means” to manipulate the shape of the glass into the ideal shape. The technology started with this glass shaping machine has evolved over time but sparked what is still used today.

Vehicle Tire

Vehicle tires existed when Francis Holton filed his patent for an improved tire in August of 1911. However, they were not durable and left cars with much briefer times on the road. Holton patented the first tubeless vehicle tire, built with the durability to withstand punctures so cars could make longer trips and stay on the road for a longer period of time. This was also Patent No. 1,000,000, as a fun note.

Visual Prosthesis

On August 16 of 2011, Second Sight Medical Products, Inc. patented the “visual prosthesis,” changing care for blind patients. This included a video processing unit and controls programmable and easy to use for blind individuals. The visual prosthesis is meant to give blind patients a stronger sense of self-sufficiency and ease when it comes to interacting with the world around them.

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