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Tyre Patents

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Patents applicable to the development of the pneumatic tyre for cycles and automobiles.[1]

1888 October 31st. No. 10,607 John Boyd Dunlop. Later declared invalid due to prior by Robert William Thomson

1889 No. 4,116. John Boyd Dunlop

1890 September 16th. No. 14,563. Charles Kingston Welch. Separates the tyre from the inflated tube and holds the tyre to the rim by an embedded steel cable in the tyre edge.

1890 October 21st. No.16,786. William Erskine Bartlett. Using a cup shaped rim and beaded tyre, the pressure from the inflatable tube holds the tyre in place on the rim.

1892 Patent. John Fullerton Palmer. Proposed embedding a cloth with warp only in the rubber to increase the life of the tyre.

1904 September. Dunlop Tyre Co forced to reduce the price of tyres on the expiration of the Welch and Bartlett patents that they now own.[2]

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