VELCRO…an interesting invention story
Posted by innovativeip on September 13, 2010
Today’s Patent of the Day, U.S. Patent no. 2,717,437, issued September 13, 1955, is for the original VELCRO, invented in Switzerland.
Reportedly, inventor George de Mestral came up with the idea after walking his dog and observing plant seeds stuck to his fur. He observed the structure under the microscope, and designed the fastener to mimic the hooks on the outer surface of the seed, and exaggerated loops on fabric. After his simple observation in nature, he first filed for patent protection in his native Switzerland, and then, relatedly, in the United States. The rest, as we know, is a successful history.
If you’d like to read more about VELCRO, the patent is available at http://www.innovativeip.us/images/pat2717437.9.13.pdf. Enjoy!