The first 10 federal patents issued in Canada

A mustard or ketchup bottle, a pitchfork and other patented ideas

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After Canada’s Patent Act of 1868 became law, the federal government logically started with patent number 1. Of the first 10, six were issued on Aug. 18, 1869; the rest were processed the next day.

1. A machine for measuring liquids

2. A composition for the destruction of the Canada thistle

3. A machine for preventing boiler explosions

4. A machine for grappling, fastening upon and drawing or moving weights

5. The art of distilling whisky

6. A mustard or ketchup bottle

7. A method of making soap

8. An improvement on a machine for bolting and fastening together two or more portions of machinery

9. A potato and apple parer

10. A hay fork

Sources: Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Industry Canada

Originally published in Maclean’s Book of Lists, Volume 1 (2012)




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