Attorneys Unearth Patent For First Internal Combustion Engine

Law360, New York (August 10, 2004, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Two patent attorneys and history buffs have unearthed copies of 14 early patents that predate U.S. Patent No. 1, including an 1826 patent for the first internal combustion engine.

Scott Asmus and Andrew Cernota unearthed clues about some long-lost patents of the New Hampshire inventor Samuel Morey and followed the trail to Dartmouth College, where they discovered inventor copies of 14 early patents, according to the New York Times.

Ultimately, they found 10 of Morey's patents, donated to the library by his descendants in the 1960s,...
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