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 1693 Jul 15, 1853 Improvements in the manufacture of pens, pencils, and instruments used in when writing, marking, and drawing; these are employing india rubber (caoutchouc) in constructing or making pens, pencils, and instruments used when writing PDF
Great Britain 2006 Aug 30, 1853 Improvements in the manufacture of waterproof fabrics PDF
Great Britain 1704 Jul 26, 1853 Improvements in carpet and other bags (Partly a communication; provisional protection only)
Great Britain 2312 Oct 02, 1856 Improvements in securing the openings of air-tight and other bags or packages PDF
Great Britain 2009 Aug 30, 1853 Improvements in the manufacture and ornamenting or coating of articles when compounds containing india rubber are used PDF