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The Anniversary of U.S. Patent Number 1!

Posted by innovativeip on July 13, 2010

Yes, U.S. patent number 1 was issued on July 13, 1836, to John Ruggles for “Traction Wheels”.


Even though it is Patent No. 1, it  is not, however, the first patent ever issued.  How can that be? 

It was not until the Patent Act of July 4, 1836 that patents began to be numbered.  So, although about 10,000 patents were issued before this one, they were not numbered until later.  Now, those older patents are numbered with an “X”, with the first  patent ever issued now numbered “1x”. 

You can view the full text of this Patent No. 1, issued July 13, 1836 at  And, don’t forget to keep checking back as the month of July progresses.  As luck would have it, the very first patent grant was also a July event!  Enjoy!


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