WDM launches Saskatchewan Patent Index online
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Saskatchewan's Robert Fudge took out the patent on this snowplane model back in 1958. The vehicle is on display at the Western Development Museum in Moose Jaw.
Saskatchewan has a rich history of invention — just ask Western Development Museum (WDM) collections curator Ruth Bitner.
“It’s kind of a neat thing,” she told the Times-Herald. Bitner said when WDM researched an exhibit pertaining to Saskatchewan inventions in 1980, the museum was surprised to learn that between 1905 and 1976, there had been 3,200 patents granted in the province.
For example, located at the Moose Jaw WDM are snowplanes. One of those planes is based on a patent taken out by Karl Lorch in 1935, while another plane is based on the patent taken out by Robert Fudge in 1958.
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