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On the Road to Discovery – Simply Genius

Easy Fix for high traffic areas.  Scotchgard. Yes, the stuff in the red and white plaid patterned can.  The spray protects against dirt and stains and works on fabric sofas, chairs and even your bathroom floor

image credit; Winweb (Pinterest)
image credit; Winweb (Pinterest)



So what do Scotchgard and Patsy Sherman have in common?

Patsy Sherman is the inventor of the versatile fabric stain repellent and material protector.

This got me thinking of the different female inventors such as Beluah Henry also known as “Lady Edision” who invented the umbrella that had a variety of snap on covers and cash registers that write like typewriters for the National Cash Register Company.

Beluah received over 49 patents and had over 100 inventions. Then there is Betty Nesmith Graham invented and received a patent for Liquid Paper for correcting electric typewriters typographical mistakes.  Hazel Gladys Bishop, invented the a long lasting lipstick.

Women have made great strides as inventors and received different kinds of patents. For example in the area of fashion and beauty women like;

  • Brandi Brady, 7563756, Scented tablet for toilet and method for scenting restroom effluent, July 21, 2009.Pauline B. Hercht, 567,979, Cycling Skirt, Sept. 22, 1896.
  • Harriet Brown, 392493 Dress Waist; 392494 – Method for Making a Dress-Waists, Nov. 11, 1888.
  • Julia Auerbach, 1,271,259 – Detachable Self-adjusting Corset Strap July 2 1918.
  • Clara B. Ellsworth, 668,040 – Ventilated Collar for Ladies Neckwear Feb 12, 1901.
  • Mary P. Jacobs, #1,115674 Brassiere, November 3 1914
  • Majorie Joyner , 1,693,515 Permanent Wave Machine, November 27, 1928
  • Karen Kathleen Kerr and Judy Gradwohl Bingler, 6151800, Cover for the upper of a dance shoe, Nov. 28, 2000.
  • Mary Kies, – First Woman to Receive a Patent – New way to braid straw with silk and other threads in the making of women’s bonnets – May 5, 1809.
  • Collleen McCann, and Dawn Barbour, 7306505, Reversible Sports Bra, (Assignee – Under Armour Inc.), Dec. 11, 2007.
  • Sarah Shield, (design patent) #14,572 Dress Dec 25 1883; (design patent)#14,561 Wrap, Jan. 22 1884.
  • Lena Sittig, Skirted Trousers, 532,601, Jan. 15, 1895

What is a Patent?

Inventors protect their invention by applying for a patent issued by the Patent Office.

A patent gives the inventor the

  1. right to Exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention for a limited time in exchange for public disclosure of the invention when the patent is granted.

Types of Patents

  1. Utility Patents may be granted to someone who – invents or discovers any new and useful process, machine, article of manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement.
  2. Design patents may be granted to anyone who invents a new, original, and ornamental design for an article of manufacture.
  3. Plant patents may be granted to anyone who invents or discovers and asexually reproduces any distinct and new variety of plant.
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Additional information on how to obtain a patent for an invention is available at the Patent and Trademark Office and local inventor groups are also a valuable resource.  Additional information can be found here.



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