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
Great Britain 1654 Jul 21, 1855 Improvements in the surfaces used for printing. It consists in employing a compound of india rubber... PDF
Great Britain 761 Apr 05, 1888 Improvements in self-inflating pontoons and life-perservers. The pontoon is made of india rubber or waterproof fabrics...
Great Britain 677 Mar 27, 1855 A new method of moulding india rubber and gutta percha (Partly a communication) PDF
Great Britain 2933 Dec 16, 1853 Improvements in the treatment and manufacture of india rubber (Partly a communication) PDF
Great Britain 2466 Oct 25, 1853 Improvements in the manufacture of boots and shoes. These are said to be improvements in a former invention contained in the specification of patent No. 14, 221. PDF