W. W. Townsend

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W. W. Townsend was the U.S. patent examiner who examined the Wright brothers' first patent submission in 1903.

A little over a month after the Wrights filed their patent application (date?), Patent Office Examiner W. W. Townsend looked at it. From Head, 2008, pp 29-34:

Townsend was in charge of examining all 'flying machine' applications. . . . In most cases he questioned their ability to fly. To him, unless it had a gas bag attached, it wouldn't fly. Thus, as usual, Townsend rejected the [application]. . . he didn't understand how it would fly. [And] he denied that application as not defining anything new over five U.S. and one Germany patent.

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See also patent examiiner J. H. Colwell.

Names W. W. Townsend
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Countries US
Occupations patent examiner
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Affiliations USPO, US Patent Office
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