Patents of Charles Goodyear

Charles Goodyear (1800-1860) Charles Goodyear is best known for a single patent, US 3633, Improvements in India-Rubber Fabrics Vulcanization of Rubber .  The story of Goodyear and his 1839 discovery of vulcanization, a method to increase the strength and resiliency of rubber, has been told in several well researched accounts. What has not been accomplished is a compilation of the complete patents of Goodyear. Although many books and articles discuss the patents of Charles Goodyear, up to this point there was no single comprehensive and accurate list of his patents including all the information needed to retrieve the original documents from the issuing patenting organizations.   Librarians of the Rubber Division, ACS and the University of Akron, using both print and online resources were able to compile a complete list of Goodyear’s patents issued in the 19th Century.

 
Origin Patent Number Issue Date Title/Description Patent File
Great Britain 2977 Nov 30, 1857 Invention relates to the manufacture of buoyant fabrics PDF
Great Britain 10027 Jan 30, 1844 Improvements in the preparation of caoutchouc or india rubber, and in manufacturing various fabrics of which caoutchouc forms a competent part PDF
Great Britain 761 Apr 05, 1888 Improvements in self-inflating pontoons and life-perservers. The pontoon is made of india rubber or waterproof fabrics...
Great Britain 1654 Jul 21, 1855 Improvements in the surfaces used for printing. It consists in employing a compound of india rubber... PDF
Great Britain 1688 Jul 15, 1853 Improvements in spreading of applying india rubber or compositions of india rubber on fabrics PDF