African American Patent Holders from J to L

Illustrations from the original patents

Included in this photo gallery are the drawings and text from original patents. These are copies of the originals submitted by the inventor to the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

01
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Henry A Jackson #569,135

A kitchen table patent drawing
Kitchen table Drawing for patent #569,135.

Drawing for patent #569,135 issued on 10/6/1896.

02
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Jack Johnson - Theft-preventing device for vehicles

Patent Drawing for a theft-preventing device for vehicles
Jack Johnson's theft-preventing device for vehicles. USPTO

Inventor Jack Johnson was also the world's first African-American heavyweight champion. See biography below image.

Jack Johnson invented a theft-preventing device for vehicles and received patent 1,438,709 on 12/12/1922.

03
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Lonnie G Johnson

Lonnie G Johnson's Super Soaker patent
USPTO

See Lonnie Johnson biography below photo

Lonnie G Johnson invented the toy water gun called the Super Soaker and received patent 5,074,437 on 12/14/1991.

04
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Willis Johnson

Willis Johnson's Egg Beater patent
USPTO

See Willis Johnson biography below photo

Willis Johnson invented an improved egg beater and received patent 292,821 on 2/5/1884.

05
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Donald K Jones

Donald K Jones US patent form
A "foam matrix embolization device" patent. USPTO

Donald K Jones has a B.S. in Material Science & Engineering from the University of Florida (1991). Jones became a USPTO Registered Patent Agent in 2001.

Patent Abstract

The present invention relates to a medical device for placement at a predetermined location within a passageway of the human body. More particularly, it relates to a flexible, expandable embolization device which may be delivered by a catheter to a pre-selected position within a blood vessel to thereby embolize a blood vessel or a blood vessel defect, such as an aneurysm or fistula.

06
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Wilbert Jones - Crutch Handle Covers

Wilbert Jones's crutch handle covers patent

 US Patent Office

See Wilbert Jones biography below photo

Inventor, Wilbert Jones was born on September 4, 1964, in Syracuse, New York. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1987 from St. Augustine's College in Raleigh, NC with a bachelors degree in mass communications. He has a Masters Degree from Michigan State University, in telecommunications management, conferred in 1990. Wilbert Jones is currently married with one son and now resides in Charlotte, NC.

07
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Patrick Pierre Jordan

Patent for multi-station smoke detectors

 US Patent Office

Patent abstract - A smoke detector that comprises three different power sources. First one is the 110/220 volt AC house current, through a step-down transformer or that can be hard-wired into the home or factory. The second one is a moveable 9 volts rechargeable backup battery. The third one is a solar cell array with a plastic lens that provides up to 9 volts of current through a trickle charger/voltage regulator. The trickle charger also used to recharge the backup battery. With the trickle charger, the solar cell array can cause the smoke detector to alarm with only enough ambient light. The instant invention of the smoke detector unit overcomes the limits of the now market available smoke detectors, by being adjustable, moveable providing more current via the solar cell array to provide a complete recharge to the backup battery. Any voltage lower than 9 volts will lower the charge of the 9-volt rechargeable battery to the current 8 volts to 8 volts and so on up to 9 volts. So it is seen that a unit that does not have a voltage regulator system cannot provide complete protection. This system will also overcome the need for a skilled person to install the unit.

08
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David L Joseph

Virtual vehicle transmission test cell patent
USPTO

GM engineer, David L Joseph invented a virtual vehicle transmission test cell and patented it on June 22, 2004

09
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Marjorie Stewart Joyner

Permanent waving machine patent
USPTO

See more about Marjorie Joyner biography below photo

Marjorie Stewart Joyner invented ab improved the permanent waving machine and received patent 1,693,515 on 11/27/1928.

10
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Mary Beatrice Kenner

Bathroom tissue holder patent sheet
USPTO

Mary Beatrice Kenner invented an improved bathroom tissue holder and received patent 4,354,643, on 10/19/1982.

Mary Beatrice Kenner said the following in her patent abstract: A holder for retaining the free or loose end of a roll of bathroom tissue or toilet paper in an accessible position spaced away from the periphery of the bathroom tissue or toilet paper roll. The holder is generally of U-shaped configuration with a pair of generally parallel legs. They terminate in hook-shaped components for engagement over the spindle of a conventional toilet paper holder and a plurality of spaced rod-like or dowel structures. They interconnect the outer end portions of the legs for receiving the free end of the bathroom tissue or toilet paper therethrough for retaining the free end of the tissue or paper in an accessible position. The holder also includes a pair of supporting members or spacers which extend inwardly toward a wall surface to space the outer ends of the legs away from the wall surface. This allows the free end of the tissue or paper to depend tangentially from the roll of bathroom tissue or toilet paper thereby eliminating the problem of grasping the free end of a roll of bathroom tissue or toilet paper. That problem occurs when the free end of the tissue or paper is positioned tightly against the remainder of the toilet paper or roll.

11
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James King

James King cotton thinning and cultivator patent
USPTO

James King invented a combination cotton thinning and cultivating machine and received patent #1,661,122 on 2/28/1928

12
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Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Latimer's water closet for railroad cars
USPTO

See Lewis Howard Latimer biography below photo

Lewis Howard Latimer invented a water closet for railroad cars and received patent #147,363 on 2/10/1874.

13
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Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer book supporter patent
USPTO

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Lewis Howard Latimer invented a book supporter and received patent 781,890 on 2/7/1905.

14
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Lewis Howard Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer lamp fixture patent
USPTO

See Lewis Latimer biography below photo

Lewis Howard Latimer invented an improved lamp fixture and received patent 968,787 on 8/30/1910.

15
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Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee kneading machine patent document
USPTO

See Joseph Lee biography below image.

Joseph Lee invented an improved kneading machine and received patent 524,042 on 8/7/1894

16
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Joseph Lee

Joseph Lee bread crumbing machine patent
USPTO

See Joseph Lee biography below image

Joseph Lee invented the breadcrumbing machine and received patent 540,553 on 6/4/1895.

17
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Edward R Lewis

Edward R Lewis' spring gun patent
USPTO

Edward R Lewis invented an improved spring gun and received patent 362,096 on 5/3/1887

Edward R Lewis invented an improved spring gun and received patent 362,096 on 5/3/1887

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John Love

John Love plasterers hawk patent
USPTO

John Love aka John Lee Love {see John Love biography below photo)

John Love invented an improved plasterers hawk and received patent 542,419 on 7/9/1895.

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John Love - Pencil Sharpener

John Love's improved pencil sharpener patent
USPTO

John Love aka John Lee Love {see John Love biography below photo)

John Love invented an improved pencil sharpener and received patent #542,419 on 7/9/1895.