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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
Lahey, Anita
Scott, Phil
Emerson, Jason
Poon, Martha Ann
Technology and Culture
American Heritage of Invention and Technology
Social Studies of Science
Revue Économiques
Business and Economic History On-Line
Actes d’Història de la Ciència i de la Tècnica
Harvard University Press
University of California, San Diego
University of Virginia Press
University of Chicago Press
Simon & Schuster
MIT Press
Inventors and invention
Technology and economics
Technological innovation
Bell, Alexander Graham
Curtiss, Glenn Hammond
Wright brothers, Wilber and Orville
Lincoln, Abraham
Jefferson, Thomas
Gould, Gordon
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
17th century
United States
Great Britain

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