Learn about patents and copyrights Sept. 28 in DeKalb

Staff Report

DEKALB, Illinois — The path to a patent has to start with a great idea. Joseph Glidden’s path to his first patent started in 1873 when his barbed wire design, “The Winner,” became the most widely used in the nation. At 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 28, learn more about patents and copyrights during a special program at the Joseph F. Glidden Homestead’s Welcome Center, 921 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Illinois.

Yolanda King and John A. Walton, both associate professors at Northern Illinois University’s College of Law, will provide a brief introduction to the subjects and explain why and how to apply.

Besides Glidden’s famous barbed wire design and his wire-making machine, a lesser known fact is that Glidden held other farm-related patents, too. Glidden was simply problem solving on his farm, as farmers still do today, when he developed and patented ideas for a cultivator, a husking glove, a sulky plow, a horse hay rake and a barnyard gate.

The homestead and welcome center are open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays, and from noon to 4 p.m. the second and fourth Sundays of the month through October. This special program is included with admission, which is $4 per adult, and free for children younger than 14 and Glidden Homestead members.

For more about the homestead, call (815) 756-7904 or visit www.gliddenhomestead.org.

Posted Sept. 24, 2014

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