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Patent licenses

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

DuPont Company Executive Committee records

Accession: 2091

E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company is a chemical company more commonly referred to as the DuPont Company. The Executive Committee became the principal body for coordinating the work of the various departments of the rapidly growing company, establishing company organizational structure and policy; approving capital expenditures and contracts; and fixing salary levels, bonuses, and other compensation. The files are arranged in six series. The "E" files are primarily service record information on members of the Executive Committee, giving some prior history of the person's career with DuPont. The "D" files are limited to organization charts, dating from 1914 to 1917. The "O" files (Operative Committee), "F" files (Finance Committee), and "X" files (Executive Committee) are primarily related to patents and licensing. Finally, materials copied by David A. Hounshell and John K. Smith for their book, Science and Corporate Strategy, are included.

Dates: 1903-1991; Majority of material found within 1950-1982

Henry J. Burt patent papers

Accession: 2839

Henry J. Burt (1895-1970) invented a batting and pitching apparatus known as the "Pitchin' Pete" in the 1960s. Burt was a research professor at the University of Missouri and a clergyman in Newfields, New Hampshire. This small collection illustrates the U.S. patent application process for Burt's invention. In September 1963, Burt met with patent attorney Norman S. Blodgett (1921-1991) and engaged his services in patenting his batting and pitching apparatus. The collection consists of correspondence between Burt and Blodgett regarding the patent application process, billing, licensing, and product specifications. The batting and pitching practice apparatus patent is included in the collection, along with Burt's drawings, prior art, and product figures. This collection would be useful to those interested in how a product concept develops from ideation through patent protection to manufacturing.

Dates: 1963-1969

Honeywell vs. Sperry Rand records, 1935-1973

Accession: 1825-IIdentifier: 1825-I-I.
Scope and Content:

The Honeywell-Sperry Rand lawsuit produced 50,000 pages of trial transcript, and over 36,000 documents were entered in evidence. Sperry Rand's lawyers produced a huge archive of trial documents. Two major files were created, the "Original file" of documents from Sperry Rand's own archives, and the "Chronological file" of all documents located during the discovery process and entered as exhibits. The trial archive is a major source on the history of the computer industry.

Dates: 1935-1973

Jackson Hunsicker papers on Memo Mate

Accession: 2361

Jackson Hunsicker (1948-2017) invented the Memo Mate in the mid-1990s. It was a small personal recording device that could store up to twenty seconds of audio. The Memo Mate was marketed as a handy way to remember appointments, phone numbers, directions, and the location of a car in a large parking lot. The Memo Mate was a successful invention, selling close to 10 million units. Hunsicker's papers on the patenting and marketing of Memo Mate document the typical process and pitfalls of patenting and marketing by a lone inventor. The collection consists of the legal correspondence of the patent application process and subsequent contractual disputes, along with schematics and designs, and possible names and logos. Hunsicker’s invention represents a demonstration of the patent process as well as a contribution from a woman inventor to the field.

Dates: 1993-1996

Legal papers

Accession: 1825-IIdentifier: 1825-I-II.
Scope and Content:

The Legal papers document Sperry-UNIVAC's efforts to defend and license the ENIAC patent. This series contains patent interference files as well as the records generated by the Sperry attorneys who worked on the Sperry-Rand vs. Bell Laboratories case (1956-1957) the Sperry Rand vs. IBM case (1963-1964). This series also contains a fragment of the legal correspondence generated by the Sperry-Honeywell suit.

Dates: 1935-1985

Patent and licensing, 1950-1978

Accession: 1825-IIdentifier: 1825-I-XI.
Scope and Content:

Includes the files of patent attorney W.E. Cleaver and copies of domestic, and foreign licensing agreements.

Dates: 1950-1978