TGIF for Enigmatic Patent Secrets
On February 23, 1918, German engineer Arthur Scherbius applied for a patent for a cipher machine using rotors, and, with E. Richard Ritter, founded the firm of Scherbius & Ritter. Scherbius' prior art "Enigma" patent — U.S. Patent 1,657,411 , granted in 1928:
The Enigma was used commercially from the early 1920s on, and was also adopted by the military and governmental services of a number of nations—most famously by Nazi Germany before and during World War II. The German military model gained notoriety because Allied cryptologists were able to decrypt a large number of messages that had been enciphered on the machine.
Read on for more enigmatic patent secrets that were revealed this week by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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