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World Patent Information | Year: 2015

One of the results of the First Industrial Revolution in GB (approx. 1750-1850) was the development of the modern patent system which was increasingly used effectively by entrepreneurs. Joseph Brahmah (1749-1814) was one of the most prolific pioneers in this field and his numerous engineering achievements are discussed in the light of his patents. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2014

Col. R E B Crompton was not only one of the pioneers of the GB electrical power/distribution industry who founded the innovative company bearing his name but also a distinguished mechanical engineer with a particular influence on heavy road vehicles and the development of tanks in the First World War. A prolific patentee, he had an outstanding record of technical achievement over a wide range of fields. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2012

Bennet Woodcroft was the first technical expert in the 19th century GB Patent Office and was also an engineer, patentee, patent agent, university professor, librarian, museum collector and historian of technology. 150 years ago in 1862 he secured 2 early steam engines, the Rocket and Puffing Billy, for what is now the Science Museum in London, UK. The same year were published the patent abridgement volumes that bear his name, a first in the use of patents as a source of technical information. On this anniversary it seems appropriate to reconsider the life of this remarkable man. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2014

From approximately 1770 to 1850 Great Britain successfully completed the world's first Industrial Revolution. One of the main reasons for this was the country being endowed with extensive cheap coal supplies which not only provided cheap energy and a lucrative export trade but also acted as a stimulus to innovation in a wide range of industries well before 1770. The author explores these developments through early GB patents. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2014

The long history of the attempts to harness the power of the wind to generate electricity from the late 19th Century to the present day is outlined. The article discusses the way that the filing of patents has reflected the waxing and waning of enthusiasm for this free, but challenging, resource and the commercial realities of trying to convert an unpredictable and sometimes violent energy source into an economically viable contributor to the world's energy needs. The author opines that the key to unravelling this dichotomy may lie in the successful development of alternative, improved methods of storing electricity. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2011

The technical development of the GB Royal Navy in the 19th century is initially described, in particular the gradual transition from wooden sailing warships to iron warships powered by steam and including rotatable gun turrets. Against this backcloth, the patenting and other activities of one Captain Cowper Coles, an obsessive but well connected inventor, are set out. He had 11. GB patents on the turreted and other designs of ships. His ability to influence people of substance, including Queen Victoria's consort Prince Albert, eventually resulted in Coles receiving a contract to build the HMS Captain. This ship was so unstable that it sank in a modest storm in 1870, killing 480 of the 500 people on board, including Coles. Effective designs of steam warships with turreted guns were eventually achieved late in the 19th and early in the 20th century. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2013

Sebastian de Ferranti (1864-1930) was largely self taught but became an outstanding GB practical engineer from his late teens. His innovations were particularly important to the development of the electric power supply industry which eventually fulfilled his vision of the "all electric future". He also founded the successful R & D driven company that bore his name and was a prolific and successful patentee in a very wide range of technical fields. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


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World Patent Information | Year: 2013

Joseph Swan was an outstanding British practical chemist and electrical engineer who produced a series of major innovations, covered extensively by patents, in both fields in the late Victorian period. In particular he produced the first cost-effective incandescent electric lamp in 1878 which was a major domestic benefit and greatly stimulated the growth of a modern electric power industry. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

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