Patent Issued for River Barge

In 1421, Filippo Brunelleschi, an architect from Florence Italy was granted a patent granting him a three-year manufacturing monopoly on his design for a river barge outfitted with a heavy-duty hoist.

      Filippo Brunelleschi
      Florence, Italy

Additional Information:

  • Filippo Brunelleschi – Wikipedia
    Brunelleschi was born in Florence, Italy. Little is known about his early life, the only sources being Antonio Manetti and Giorgio Vasari.
  • History of patent law – Wikipedia
    The first Italian patent was awarded by the Republic of Florence in 1421. The Florentine architect Filippo Brunelleschi received a three-year patent for a barge with hoisting gear, that carried marble along the Arno River in 1421.
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    Mar 9, 2011 – On a purely formal level, the first patent was granted to Francisco Petri in 1416 for… … apparently the world’s first patents: a boat design created in 1421 by … any merchandise and load on the river Arno and on any other river …

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