Dating british patent numbers
But whether you consider GB1 or GB2 to be the original register, 2017 marks the 400 Kinemacolor, The World’s First Successful Colour Film Process GB190626671 George Albert Smith was born in London on 4 January 1864.After witnessing a film demonstration by the Lumiere brothers in 1896, Smith purchased a camera and began making short films in and around St Ann’s Well Garden in Brighton.From radio and radar to MRI and fibre optics, do you know just how many of the world’s revolutionary innovations were developed and patented in Britain?It all started in 1852 (yes, we know that’s not 400 years ago, bear with us!
An average of nine secrecy orders were imposed for every 10,000 patents filed in the UK since 2003, compared with less than three per 10,000 filed in the US, figures released for the first time by the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) reveal.
Some secrecy orders are rescinded after a few decades, but some of the roughly 5000 in force in the US date back to the 1920s.
The new UK data records 2425 secrecy orders still in place.
Through his work he came into contact with the American financier, Charles Urban, and by the early 1900s he and Urban were building on the ideas of Edward Turner with the aim of producing the first successful colour process.
Whereas Turner had focused on three colours, Smith realized that only two colours (red and green) were required to make a satisfactory colour image and he patented his technique, Kinemacolor, in 1906.