Black History Month - African American Inventors

Patent Holders List Index B

Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806).

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A < Bailey to Barnes, Barry to Bell, Benjamin to Bondu, Booker to Brooks, Brown to Byrd > C

Leonard C Bailey

  • #285,545, 9/25/1883, Combined Truss and Bandage
  • #629,286, 7/18/1899, Folding Bed

Charles Orren Bailiff

  • #612,008, 10/11/1898, Shampoo Headrest

William M Bailis

  • #218,154, 11/5/1879, Ladder Scaffold Support

Marcelleaus P Baines

  • #7,034,654, 4/25/2006, Motor vehicle engine immobilizer security system and method , Co-inventors Thomas M Forest, David T Proefke, Axel Nix

Bertram F Baker

David Baker

  • #1,054,267, 2/25/1913, Railway Signal Apparatus
  • #1,154,162, 9/21/1915, Signal Apparatus High Water Indicator for Bridges
  • #1,620,054, 3/8/1924, Interliners to Prevent Tire Punctures

William J Ballow

  • #601,422, 3/29/1898, Combined Hatrack and Table

Charles A Bankhead

  • #3,097,594, 5/13/1963, Assembled Composition Printing Process

Benjamin Banneker

  • #NA 1791 Farmers' Almanac

Charles M Banks

  • #1,758,640, 5/13/1930, Hydraulic Jack
  • #1,774,693, 9/2/1930, Jack
  • #1,893,757, 1/10/1933, Release Valve

George A E Barnes

  • #D29,193, 8/19/1898, Design for Sign

Ned E Barnes

  • #792,109, 6/13/1905, Sand Band for a Wagon
  • #815,059, 3/13/1906, Rail and Tie Brace
  • #899,939, 9/29/1908, Hot box cooler and oiler
  • #969,592, 9/6/1910, Indicator or Bulletin
  • #1,124,879, 1/12/1915, Automatic film mover - co-invented with Berger Edmond
  • #1,180,467, 4/25/1916, Tie Plate for Railroad
  • #1,446,957, 2/17/1923, Improvement on #815,059
  • #1,655,305, 1/3/1928, Tie Plate and Joint Brace
  • #1,673,729, 6/12/1928, Pole, Post and Tree Protector

Sharon J Barnes

  • #4,988,211, 1/29/1991, Process and apparatus for contactless measurement of sample temperature

Continue > Barry to Bell

A < Bailey to Barnes, Barry to Bell, Benjamin to Bondu, Booker to Brooks, Brown to Byrd > C

William Barry

  • #584,842, 6/22/1897, Stacking device
  • #585,017, 6/22/1897, Stacking device
  • #585,074, 6/22/1897, Mail-canceling machine
  • #585,075, 6/22/1897, Postmarking and canceling machine
  • #585,076, 6/22/1897, Postal machine

Janet Bashen

  • #6,985,922, 1/10/2006, "Method, Apparatus and System for Processing Compliance Actions over a Wide Area Network."

Patricia Bath

  • #4,744,360, 5/17/1988, Apparatus for ablating and removing cataract lenses
  • #5,843,071, 12/1/1998, Method and apparatus for ablating and removing cataract lenses
  • #5,919,186, 7/6/1999, Laser apparatus for surgery of cataractous lenses

James Battle

  • #3,691,503, 9/12/1972, Variable Resistance Resistor Assembly

James A Bauer

  • #3,490,571, 1/20/1970, Coin Changer Mechanism

Robert Gordon Bayless

  • #3,565,818, 2/23/1971, Encapsulation process and its product (Co-inventor Donald Day Emrick)
  • #3,574,133, 4/6/1971, Encapsulation process and its product (Co-inventor Donald Day Emrick)
  • #3,576,660, 4/27/1971, Pressure-Sensitive Record Sheet & Coating Composition
  • #3,629,140, 12/21/1971, Water Solubilization of Vanadyl-hardened Poly (vinyl alcohol) Films Useful as Capsule Wall Material
  • #3,922,373, 11/25/1975, Solid Microglobules Containing Dispersed Materials
  • #4,073,946, 2/14/1978, Process of Feeding Larval Marine Animals
  • #4,107,071, 8/15/1978, Method of Producing Microcapsules & Resulting Product

Andrew Beard

George E Becket

Charles Randolph Beckley

  • #3,856,345, 12/24/1974, Folding Chair

Billie J Becoat

  • #4,895,385, 1/23/1990, Kit for converting a bicycle to a dual wheel driven cycle
  • #5,004,258, 5/26/1992, Kit for converting a bicycle to a dual wheel driven cycle
  • #5,116,070, 4/2/1991, Dual wheel driven bicycle
  • #5,184,838, 2/9/1993, Dual wheel driven bicycle

Paul Eugene Belcher and Daniel Hobel

  • #4,328,482, 5/4/1982, Remote AC power control with control pulses at the zero crossing of the AC wave

Earl S Bell

  • #6,802,567, 10/12/2004, Chair with slide skin

Landrow Bell

  • #115,153, 5/23/1871, Locomotive Smoke Stack
  • #133,823, 12/10/1872, Dough Kneader

A < Bailey to Barnes, Barry to Bell, Benjamin to Bondu, Booker to Brooks, Brown to Byrd > C

Alfred Benjamin

  • #3,039,125, 6/19/1962, Stainless Steel Scouring Pads

Lyde W Benjamin

  • #497,747, 5/16/1893, Broom Moisteners and Bridles

Miriam E Benjamin

  • #386,289, 7/17/1888, Gong and Signal Chairs for Hotels

James W Benton

  • #658,939, 10/2/1900, Lever-derrick (Inventor Walked from Kentucky to USPTO for patent)

Edmond Berger

  • #NA, 2/2/1839, Spark plug

Bertha Berman

  • #2,907,055, 10/6/1959, Fitted Bed Sheets

M William Binga

  • #217,843, 7/22/1879, Street sprinkling Apparatus

Alfred A Bishop

  • #4,077,835, 3/7/1978, Nuclear Reactor with Self-Orificing Radial Blanket

Albert B Blackburn

  • #376,362, 1/10/1888, Railway Signal
  • #380,420, 4/3/1888, Spring Seat for Chairs
  • #391,577, 10/23/1888, Cash Carrier

Charles M Blackburn

  • #3,618,819, 11/9/1971, Electronic counting apparatus

Henry Blair

  • 8447X, 1834, Corn seed planting machine
  • #NA, 1836, Corn harvesting machine

John W Blanton

  • #3,101,650, 8/27/1963, Hydromechanical Rate Damped Servo System

Bessie Blount

  • #2,550,554, 1951, Device to help the disabled eat

Lockrum Blue

  • #298,937, 5/20/1884, Hand Corn Shelling Device

Guion S Bluford

  • #2,541,025, 2/13/1951, Artillery Ammunition Training Round

David M Bondu

  • #3,907,289 9/23/1975 Golf tee

A < Bailey to Barnes, Barry to Bell, Benjamin to Bondu, Booker to Brooks, Brown to Byrd > C

L F Booker

  • #D30,404 3/28/1899 Rubber scraping knife

Peachy Booker

  • #3,003,717 10/10/1961 Flying Landing Platform

Sarah Boone

Henry A Bowman

  • #469,395 2/23/1892 Device for Making Flags

Robert N Boyd

  • #3,503,128 3/31/1970 Dental filling composition of a coefficient of thermal expansion approximating that of natural tooth enamel

Otis F Boykin

  • #2,891,227, 6/16/1959, Wire type precision resistor
  • #2,972,726, 2/21/1961, Electrical Resistor
  • #3,191,108, 6/22/1965, Electrical capacitor and method of making same
  • #3,271,193, 9/6/1966, Electrical resistance element and method of making the same
  • #3,304,199, 2/14/1967, Electrical resistance element
  • #3,329,526, 7/4/1967, Electrical resistance element and method of making the same
  • #3,348,971, 10/24/1967, Method of making a thin film capacitor
  • #3,394,290, 7/23/1968, Thin film capacitor
  • #4,267,074, 5/12/1981, Self supporting electrical resistor composed of glass, refractory materials and noble metal oxide
  • #4,418,009, 11/29/1983, Electrical resistor and method of making the same
  • #4,561,996, 12/31/1985, Electrical resistor and method of making the same

Henrietta Bradberry

  • #2,320,027, 5/25/1943, Bed Rack
  • #2,390,688, 12/11/1945, Torpedo Discharge Means (Underwater Cannon)

Tom Bray

  • #5,865,370, 6/6/1997, Rail fastening system for fastening a rail to a rail support and assembly including such rail fastening system coupled to the rail support.
  • #6,364,214, 6/30/2000, Block boot for railway track systems

James R Briscoe

  • #3,376,682, 4/9/1968, Building blocks with sides converging upwardly

Thomas H Brittain

  • #940,671, 11/23/1909, Level

Charles B Brooks

  • #507,672, 10/31/1893, Punch
  • #560,154, 5/12/1896, Dust-proof bag for street-sweepers
  • #556,711, 3/17/1896, Street-Sweepers
  • #558,719, 4/21/1896, Street-Sweepers

Gaetano Brooks

  • #6,533,222, 3/18/2003, Railway vehicle safety shunt system

James M Brooks

  • #1,092,688, 4/7/1914, Envelope moistener

John S Brooks

  • #4,481,925, 11/13/1984, Internal combustion engine spark timing control including peak combustion sensor

Phil Brooks

Robert Roosevelt Brooks

  • #3,334,178, 8/1/1967, Line blanking apparatus for color bar generating equipment
  • #3,518,371, 6/30/1970, Preset sensitivity and amplication control system
  • #3,546,372, 12/8/1970, Vertical and horizontal aperture equalization

A < Bailey to Barnes, Barry to Bell, Benjamin to Bondu, Booker to Brooks, Brown to Byrd > C

Anthony Brown

  • #5,978,738, 11/2/1999, Severe weather detector and alarm
  • #6,076,044, 6/13/2000, Weather detector
  • #6,597,990, 7/22/2003, Severe weather detector and alarm

Firmin Charles Brown

  • #1,719,258, 7/2/1929, Self-feeding attachment for furnaces

Henry Brown

  • #352,036, 11/2/1886, Receptacle for Storing and Preserving Papers

Henry T Brown

  • #3,000,995, Sept. 19, 1961, Combined isomerization & crack
  • #3,407,135, Oct. 22, 1968, Reactivating hydroforming catalysts

Lincoln F Brown

  • #484,994, 10/25/1892, Bridle Bit

Marie Van Brittan Brown

  • #3,482,037, 12/2/1969, Home security system utilizing televison surveillance

Oscar E Brown

  • #481,271, 8/23/1892, Horse Shoe

Paul L Brown

  • #3,523,386, 8/11/1970, Spinable stringless top

Brown & Latimer

Hugh M Browne

  • #426,429, 4/29/1890, Sewer or other trap
  • #886,183, 4/28/1908, Damper regulator

Curtis L Bryant

  • #1,999,171, 4/30/1935, Protective device for automobiles

Robert G Bryant

  • #7197798, April 3, 2007, Method of fabricating a composite apparatus
  • #7086593, August 8, 2006, Magnetic field response measurement acquisition system
  • #7038358, May 2, 2006, Electro-active transducer using radial electric field to produce/sense out-of-plane transducer
  • #7019621, March 28, 2006, Methods and apparatus to increase sound quality of piezoelectric devices
  • #6919669, July 19, 2005, Electro-active device using radial electric field piezo-diaphragm for sonic applications
  • #6856073, February 15, 2005, Electro-active device using radial electric field piezo-diaphragm for control of fluid movement
  • #6686437, February 3, 2004, Medical implants made of wear-resistant, high-performance polyimides, process of making same
  • #6734603, May 11, 2004, Thin layer composite unimorph ferroelectric driver and sensor
  • #6629341, October 7, 2003, Method of fabricating a piezoelectric composite apparatus
  • #6190589, February 20, 2001, Fabrication of molded magnetic article
  • #6060811, May 9, 2000, Advanced layered composite polylaminate electroactive actuator and sensor
  • #6054210, April 25, 2000, Molded magnetic article
  • #6048959, April 11, 2000, Tough soluble aromatic thermoplastic copolyimides
  • #5741883, April 21, 1998, Tough, soluble, aromatic, thermoplastic copolyimides
  • #5639850, June 17, 1997, Process for preparing a tough, soluble, aromatic, thermoplastic copolyimide
  • #5632841, May 27, 1997, Thin layer composite unimorph ferroelectric driver and sensor
  • #5599993, February 4, 1997, Phenylethynyl amine
  • #5545711, August 13, 1996, Polyazomethines containing trifluoromethylbenzene units
  • #5446204, August 29, 1995, Phenylethynyl reactive diluents
  • #5426234, June 20, 1995, Phenylethynyl terminated reactive oligomer
  • #5412066, May 2, 1995, Phenylethynyl terminated imide oligomers
  • #5378795, January 3, 1995, Polyazomethines containing trifluoromethylbenzene units
  • #5312994, May 17, 1994, Phenylethynyl endcapping reagents and reactive diluents
  • #5268444, December 7, 1993, Phenylethynyl-terminated poly(arylene ethers)

Norman K Bucknor

  • #7,150,695, 12/19/2006, Planetary transmissions having input clutches and three interconnected gear sets, Co-inventors Patrick B Usoro, Madhusudan Raghavan
  • #7,150,696, 12/26/2006, Planetary transmissions having a stationary gear member and clutched input members, Co-inventors Patrick B Usoro, Madhusudan Raghavan
  • #7,153,231, 12/26/2006, Planetary transmissions having two interconnecting members and clutched input members, Co-inventors Patrick B Usoro, Madhusudan Raghavan
  • #7,153,232, 12/26/2006, Planetary transmissions having a stationary member and an input member, Co-inventors Patrick B Usoro, Madhusudan Raghavan
  • Full Norman K Bucknor - Full List of Patents

Robert F Bundy

  • #2,922,924, 1/26/1960, Signal generator

Paul D Burgin

  • #1,788,507, 1/13/1931, Head lamp rim remover

Eugene Burkins

  • #649,433, 5/15/1900, Breech-loading cannon

Gerald Owens Burnham

  • #3,938,130, 2/10/1976, Direction coded digital stroke generator providing a plurality of symbols

John Albert Burr

William F Burr

  • #636,197, 10/31/1899, Switching Device for Railways

Lee S Burridge (co-inventor Newman R. Marshman)

  • #NA 4/7/1885, Type-writing machine

Gus Burton

  • #2,351,002, 6/13/1944, Emergency landing runway

Wilson Burwell

  • #638,143, 11/28/1899, Boot or shoe

Francis Edward Butler

  • #2,803,807, 8/20/1957, Audible underwater signal
  • #2,912,929, 11/17/1959, Drill mine
  • #2,991,441, 8/4/1961, Watertight electrical connector

Richard A. Butler

  • #584,540, 6/15/1897, Train Alarm

John W Butts

  • #634,611, 10/10/1899, Luggage Carrier

Turner Byrd Jr

  • #123,328, 2/6/1872, Improvement in Holders for Reins for Horses
  • #124,790, 4/30/1872, Apparatus for Detaching Horses from Carriages
  • #126,181, 12/1/1874, Improvement in Neck Yokes for Wagons
  • #157,370, 3/19/1872, Improvement in car couplings

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