Patents of Charles Goodyear

Goodyear (1800-1860) Charles Goodyear is best known for a single patent, US 3633, Improvements in India-Rubber Fabrics Vulcanization of Rubber .  The story of Goodyear and his 1839 discovery of vulcanization, a method to increase the strength and resiliency of rubber, has been told in several well researched accounts. What has not been accomplished is a compilation of the complete patents of Goodyear. Although many books and articles discuss the patents of Charles Goodyear, up to this point there was no single comprehensive and accurate list of his patents including all the information needed to retrieve the original documents from the issuing patenting organizations.   Librarians of the Rubber Division, ACS and the University of Akron, using both print and online resources were able to compile a complete list of Goodyear’s patents issued in the 19th Century.

Origin Patent Number Issue Date Title/Description Patent File
Austria 157 Jan 07, 1855 Improvement of the improvements made on August 4, 1852: Improvements in the production of boots and shoes made out of rubber. PDF
Austria 141 Jan 07, 1855 Improvements of the making of boots and shoes made of rubber from August 4, 1852: Rubber Boots and shoes are now elastically padded and contain air pockets to increase the comfortableness of walking, ventilation of feet, and an increased durability of the soles. PDF
Austria 126 Apr 15, 1854 Invention and improvement of rubber and similar rubber materials including gutta-percha by using mechanical and chemical processes to clean the rubber and similar materials more safely and more completely than previously. PDF
Austria 101 Aug 04, 1852 Improvement in the production of rubber shoes and boots. PDF
Austria 100 Mar 25, 1853 Improvement in the use of the rubber and gutta-percha, isolated or combined with other substances, for production of all types of more or less hard, flexible and elastic objects. PDF