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Guide to the British Patents Collection, 1841-1853
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  • Overview of the Collection
  • Access Terms
  • Administrative Information
  • Scope and Contents

  • Overview of the Collection

    Collection Title: British Patents Collection
    Dates: 1841-1853
    Identification: SC/BPC
    Physical Description: 1.56 linear feet
    Language of Materials: English
    Repository: Special Collections
    Abstract: The collection consists of documents related to the process of acquiring patents in the United Kingdom in 19th century. Items include a patent specification written by Alfred Vincent Newton in 1853 for an “Improved Sewing Machine,” and a copy of a patent issued to Oliver Louis Reynolds in 1840 for a “Certain Improvement on Machinery for Producing Stocking Fabric or Framework Knitting.”

    Access Terms

    This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

    Genre/Form of Material:

    Paper records

    Administrative Information

    Processing Information:

    Jessica Geiser, 2014

    Conditions Governing Use:

    Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection has not been transferred to California State University, Northridge. Copyright status for other materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

    Conditions Governing Access:

    The collection is open for research use.

    Preferred Citation:

    For information about citing items in this collection consult the appropriate style manual, or see the Citing Archival Materials  guide.

    Scope and Contents

    The British Patents Collection consists of documents related to the process of acquiring patents in the United Kingdom in 19 th century. In order to acquire a patent in the United Kingdom, the inventor first must put a detailed description of their invention into the public domain through what is called a patent specification. The inventor is then granted a patent by the government providing them the right to prevent others from exploiting their invention for a limited period of time.
    Items in the collection include a patent specification written by Alfred Vincent Newton in 1853 for an “Improved Sewing Machine,” and a copy of a patent issued to Oliver Louis Reynolds in 1840 for a “Certain Improvement on Machinery for Producing Stocking Fabric or Framework Knitting.”