Munn & Co.

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American patent agent Munn & Co. was recorded as being at address 361 Broadway, New York, N.Y., with registration number 77.[1] In 1865 the company's address was 37 Park Row.[2]

Munn & Co. published Scientific American magazine from the 1850s or earlier.[3] Key people were Orson Desaix Munn and Alfred Ely Beach, involved in something called the U.S. Patent Agency and in cross-over promotion of patents using the magazine.[4]

An example of crossover: Munn & Co. filed Patent US-1892-502168 and then shortly thereafter published "[Publication 1473, 1892, Battey's aerial ship A New Air Ship]" highlighting this invention and noting that a patent had been filed. (This patent was also international filings, with known patent agents in England and France; one wonders if these agencies had special relationships with Munn.)

The company also published books about patents, inventions, science, etc., including:

More is on en.wp under the name Orson Munn.[5]


  1. Roster of registered U.S. patent attorneys, 1903, p. 55. In the 1883 roster (p. 18) the address was given as 261 Broadway. Could be a mistake or a change.
  2. Munn & Co., 1865, The United States Patent Law, cover.
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  4. Scientific American "About Scientific American", accessed 5 April 2019. "In an era of rapid innovation, Scientific American founded the first branch of the U.S. Patent Agency, in 1850, to provide technical help and legal advice to inventors. A Washington, D.C., branch was added in 1859. By 1900 more than 100,000 inventions had been patented thanks to Scientific American."

Patents for which Munn & Co. was the patent agent