Patents of Charles Goodyear

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 1704 Jul 26, 1853 Improvements in carpet and other bags (Partly a communication; provisional protection only)
Great Britain 1694 Jul 15, 1853 Improvements in preparing india rubber; these are subjecting india rubber in a divided state to an alkaline or acid process PDF
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 1690 Jul 15, 1853 Improvements in the manufacture of brushes and substitutes; these are forming the handles and backs of brushes by combining india rubber with sulphur PDF
Great Britain 2008 Aug 30, 1853 Improvements in rules, graduated scales and measuring instruments; these are making the above of the hard substance obtained by mixing india rubber and sulphur... PDF