Our Olympic theme continues as we show you five interesting patents that showcase winter gear that are still very much used today. Chloe Kim’s Gold medal win in snowboarding couldn’t have happened without a snowboard and how would we be able to watch the USA-Canada ice hockey game if the hockey stick was never invented?
Sports technology is constantly progressing as the need for lighter and more aerodynamic materials increases each year. The Olympics often showcase cutting edge equipment that help enable new world records to shatter each year. Whilst people around the world were making variations of the patented items below long before they were officially registered, the patents led to mass production and thus the widespread enjoyment of sports such as skiing and ice hockey.
The first snowmaker was patented in 1926 by James W. Martin Jr. The design created a method of using carbon dioxide to make snow.
Two Swedish brothers and their relative relocated to Illinois and filed the following patent in 1939 for the first snowboard that they nicknamed ‘bunker’: The original was described by Burgeson’s son as being a 15lb curved piece of oak that they strapped their feet to with a leather strap. It wasn’t until 2004 when his son found out that the ‘snowboard’ originated from his father’s patent.
- Ski Lift
The first ‘ski towing device’ was filed in 1939 by George V. Dondero.
- Hockey stick
In 1925, the two-piece hockey stick was patented by The Hespeler stick company from Ontario. This design was easier to produce in large quantities which led to more availability and production of the sticks.
O.W. Everett filed a patent for skates that could be attached to a pair of boots in 1901.