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The American Patent Agency: The Embedded 'Lone Inventor' in American History (2011)


From the early 19th century through the 20th, the 'lone' American inventor had in fact been able to draw upon a wide variety of supporting services, from model makers to the staff of the Patent Office itself. Prominent among these services were what were termed 'invention marketing companies'. They claimed to be able to assist inventors at every step, from obtaining a patent to finding places for them in the marketplace. One of these, which flourished in the late 19th century, was the American Patent Agency of Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Authors & Contributors
Pursell, Carroll W.
Beauchamp, Christopher
Cartwright, Nancy
Oreskes, Naomi
Lakoff, Andrew
Taylor, Nick
Technology and Culture
American Heritage of Invention and Technology
Business and Economic History On-Line
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Revue Économiques
Social Studies of Science
Harvard University Press
Simon & Schuster
Ohio State University Press
University of Virginia Press
Grove Press
Copernicus Books
Inventors and invention
Technology and economics
Bell, Alexander Graham
Gould, Gordon
Jefferson, Thomas
De Forest, Lee
Lincoln, Abraham
Wright brothers, Wilber and Orville
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
United States
Great Britain
Massachusetts (U.S.)

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