Who filed the first patent in Canada?
#81766. Asked by actionrat. (Jun 11 07 1:36 AM)
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"Canada was not even a country in 1791. The Province of Lower Canada was what we now call Quebec. The Province of Upper Canada was what we now call Ontario. In 1791, two patents were obtained by Angus Macdonnell and Samuel Hopkinson. They had developed two new ways to make potash and soap using wood ashes. These patents protected their ideas so that no one else could copy them.
In 1824, the Patent Act was made law in the Province of Lower Canada. An act is a law decided upon by the government. The first patent to be given under this new law was to a man named Noah Cushing. Cushing had invented a machine to be used for the washing and “fulling” of woolen cloth. The fulling process involved applying moisture, heat, friction and pressure to woolen fabric. This process created the fabric known as felt.
By 1826, the Patent Act was also legislated in the Province of Upper Canada. Nicol Hugh Baird invented a specific way for building a wooden suspension bridge. Baird was granted (given) the first patent under the new law in Upper Canada."
1824 - June 8 - Noah Cushing receives a patent for a wool washing and fulling machine; First patent issued in Canada. Québec, Québec
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