We all know what a patent is in general, but how much do you really know about patents and how they have shaped America? Our advances in technology here in America have surpassed that of all other countries combined. Many do not like to hear that, but it is a fact, and it has more to do with how America moved ahead of other countries economically than any other factor and still does today.
In this article, I will cover many of the advances made by American Inventors throughout our relatively short history compared to other countries.
Not all inventions that helped make America great were originated in America, but even those that were not invented and patented here, were put to better use here, like a way to produce steel in large quantities for instance. Originally patented by a British inventor named Henry Bessemer. He invented the Bessemer Converter or the Bessemer Process.
He obtained his patent in 1855, even though the process was known in China in the third century. According to wikipedia.com, The key principle is removal of impurities from the iron by oxidation through air being blown through the molten iron. The oxidation also raises the...