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Patents - Meccano

Listed below are all those patents throughout the world which I have so far managed to discover relating to the Meccano system. Pdf copies of the actual patents can be downloaded for the vast majority of them by clicking on the links.

NEW Copies of the early Canadian patents have now been added.

NOTE - The original Meccano patents for several countries are quoted in the 1914 Meccano manual and are as noted below. However I can find no record of these patents (or any other patents of a similar date for that matter) in the on-line patent databases. Either they have got lost over the years or the older patents have not been entered into the online databases.

MECCANO
Description Country Application No. Patent No. Patent Title Date submitted Date granted Comments
Original Meccano Patent UK - 587-1901 Improvements in Toy or
Educational Devices for
Children and Young People
9 Jan
1901
30 Nov
1901
 
France - 312704 ??? ??? ??? Patent No. from 1914 manual but can find no other info
Begium - 157984 ??? ??? ??? Patent No. from 1914 manual but can find no other info
USA 69311 810148 Toy or Educational Device 22 Jul
1901
16 Jan
1906
 
Canada 92014 78564 Educational Toy 3 Dec
1901
9 Dec
1902
PDF added
20 June 2017
New Zealand - 14407 ??? ??? ??? Patent No. from 1914 manual but can find no other info
Australia - 18850 ?
and/or
11649 ?
??? ??? ??? Patent no's from 1914 manual but can find no other info
Method of Fixing Bosses to Wheels UK - 2085-1911 Improved Method of and Means for Securing the Bosses to the Plates or Discs of Wheels. 27 Jan
1911
1 Jun
1911
 
France - 435853 Système de fixation des moyeux sur les plaques ou disques des roues 31 Oct
1911
12 Mar
1912
 
1913 Meccano Clockwork Motors UK - 21117-1912 Improvements in Spring Motors and Driving Trains of the Clockwork Type 17 Sept
1912
24 Jul
1913
 
France - 458842 Perfectionnements aux moteurs à ressort et aux mouvements d'horlogerie 4 Jun
1913
20 Oct
1913
 
USA 745928 1196238 Motor for Structural Toys 3 Feb
1913
20 Aug
1916
 
Flanged Plates
(Parts 52 & 54)
Canada 216098 151243 Sheet Metal Plate 29 Oct
1912
21 Oct
1913
PDF added
20 June 2017
USA 725653 1079245 Perforated Plate 14 Oct
1912
18 Nov
1913
 
Coupling
(Part 63)
UK - 20535-1913 Improvements in Couplings or the like Devices for Shafts, Rods, Axles or the like 11 Sep
1913
13 Aug
1914
Initial prototype coupling with one crossbore
UK - 22962-1913 Improvements in Couplings or the like Devices for Shafts, Rods, Axles or the like 11 Oct
1913
13 Aug
1914
Update of patent 20535 - Now with two cross bores
France - 471838 Perfectionnements apportés aux éléments d'accouplement ou autres organes analogue pour arbres, tigres, essieux, etc. 5 May
1914
12 Nov
1914
 
USA 821740 1166688 Toy or Working Model 28 Feb
1914
4 Jan
1916
 
Australia - 14388/14 An improved coupling or the like device for shafts, rods, axles or the like 11 Sep
1914
14 Sep
1915
 
Canada 238137 156296 Coupling for Shafts, Rods, etc 4 May
1914
29 Sep
1914
PDF added
20 June 2017
Double Bracket
(Part 11)
UK - 3869-1914 An Improved Bracket, Guide, or the like Device for use in Building Constructional Toys or Models 14 Feb
1914
16 Apr
1914
 
France - 469580 Console, guide ou autre pièce analogue pour jeux de constructions ou modèles 12 Mar
1914
4 Aug
1914
 
Crank
(Part 62)
UK - 4183-1914 An Improved Element for use in Building Constructional Toys or Models 18 Feb
1914
4 Jun
1914
 
France - 469581 Pièce pour jeux de constructions ou modèles 12 Mar
1914
4 Aug
1914
 
Canada 238138 158101 Toy 4 May
1914
29 Sep
1914
PDF added
20 June 2017
Australia - 15136/14 An improved element for use in building constructional toys or models 22 Dec
1914
11 May
1915
 
USA 821741 1161131 Toy or Working Model 28 Feb
1914
23 Nov
1915
 
Meccano Electric Motor UK - 4564-1915 Improvements in and relating to Electric Motors 24 Mar
1915
6 Jan
1916
 
Australia - 18091/15 Improvements in and relating to Electric Motors 4 Dec
1915
18 Jan
1916
 
France - 479989 Perfectionnements apportés aux moteurs électriques 12 Oct
1915
30 May
1916
 
USA 20719 1202388 Toy or Working Model 12 Apr
1915
24 Oct
1916
 
Pulley With Bent Metal Boss UK 1688/16 103537 Improvements in the Construction of Small Wheels suitable for Constructional Toys, Model Building, and the like 4 Feb
1916
1 Feb
1917
 
Various Girder Type Frames
(Similar to Part 113)
UK 8574/17 116370 An Improved Element for use in Building Constructional Toys or Models 15 Jun
1917
13 Jan
1918
 
USA 233502 1355975 Element for use in building constructional toys or models 9 May
1918
19 Oct
1920
 
Loom Shuttle
(Part 104)
UK 13159/19 139697 Improvements in shuttles for weaving looms 26 May
1919
11 Mar
1920
 
Threaded Crank
(Part 62A)
UK 24306/19 139125 An element for use in building constructional toys or models 6 Oct
1919
26 Feb
1920
 
France - 469581-21784 Pièce pour jeux de constructions ou modèles 24 Oct
1919
29 Mar
1921
Addition to patent 469581
Australia - 13460/19 An element for use in building constructional toys or models 29 Nov
1919
18 May
1920
Addition to patent 15136/14
Girder Frame
(Part 113)
UK 31451/19 145357 An Improved Element for use in Building Constructional Toys or Models 16 Dec
1919
2 Jul
1920
 
Improvements in commutators for electric motors UK 10802/20 153234 Improvements in commutators for electric motors 19 Apr
1920
4 Nov
1920
 
France - 514573 Perfectionnements apportés aux commutateurs pour moteurs électriques 27 Apr
1920
14 Mar
1921
 
Meccano Electric Motor with Reversing Lever UK 11733/20 154130 Improvements in toy electric motors 28 Apr
1920
25 Nov
1920
 
France - 515340 Perfectionnements aux moteurs électriques-jouets 10 May
1920
31 Mar
1921
 
USA 377169 1454969 Motor 28 April
1920
15 May
1923
 
USA 501324 1454970 Reversing Switch for Electric Motor 28 Apr
1920
15 May
1923
 
Pawl
(Part 33)
UK 1938/21 170785 An element for use in building constructional toys or models 13 Jan
1921
3 Nov
1921
 
France - 534629 Élément destiné è être employé dans les jouets de construction ou les petits modèles 26 Apr
1921
29 Mar
1922
 
Bell Crank
(Parts 127 & 128)
France - 535118 Élément destiné à entrer dans la composition de jeux de construction 6 May
1921
10 Apr
1922
 
Rack Segment
(Part 129)
France - 535119 Crémaillère courbe pour la composition de jeux de construction 6 May
1921
10 Apr
1922
 
USA 497238 1412116 Curved rack 31 Aug
1921
11 Apr
1922
 
Triple Throw Eccentric
(Part 130)
UK 13345/21 177430 An eccentric for use in building constructional toys 11 May
1921
30 Mar
1922
 
France - 535872 Excentrique pour jeux de construction 20 May
1921
22 Apr
1922
 
Switzerland - 98337 Excentrique pour jeux de constructions 31 Aug
1921
1 Mar
1923
 
USA 497239 1412117 Eccentric 31 Aug
1921
11 Apr
1922
 
Faceplate
(Part 109)
France - 538272 Plateau de tour pour jouets de constructions 15 Jul
1921
7 Jun
1922
 
Threaded Coupling
(Part 63C)
France - 540648 Manchon taraudé pour l'accouplement de petits axes, tiges ou similaires 5 Sep
1921
13 Jul
1922
 
Channel Segment
(Part 119)
France - 578869 Pièce courbe en forme de gouttière, pour jeux de construction ou pour l'établissement de modèles 19 Mar
1924
6 Oct
1924
 
USA 725104 1614958 Curved channel section 10 Jul
1924
18 Jan
1927
 
Hub Disk and Circular Girder
(Parts 118 & 143)
France - 578870 Pièce circulaire pour jeux de construction ou pour l'établissement de modèles 19 Mar
1924
6 Oct
1924
 
USA 725103 1619298 Circular girder 10 Jul
1924
1 Mar
1927
 
Roller Bearing
(Parts 167 & 168)
UK 31723/27 290121 Improvements in ball or roller bearings 25 Nov
1927
10 May
1928
 
France - 659178 Perfectionnements apportés aux roulements à billes ou à rouleaux 20 Aug
1928
26 Jun
1929
 
USA 274445 1828045 Constructional toy 2 May
1928
20 Oct
1931
 
Dog Clutch and Socket Coupling
(Parts 144 and 171)
UK 27691/28 323234 Improvements in constructional toys 27 Sep
1928
27 Dec
1929
 
France - 684017 Perfectionnements aux jeux de construction 28 Oct
1929
20 Jun
1930
 
Switzerland - 145183 Dispositif d'accouplement pour jeux de construction 30 Oct
1929
1 May
1931
 
Meccano Steam Engine UK 33144/28 319160 Improvements in and relating to toy steam engine units 13 Nov
1928
19 Sep
1929
 
Belgium B.16389 364936 Perfectionnements aux machines à vapeur utilisées dans les jeux de construction 30 Oct
1929
30 Nov
1929
 
France - 684016 Perfectionnements aux machines à vapeur utilisées dans les jeux de construction 28 Oct
1929
20 Jun
1930
 
Switzerland - 143053 Machine à vapeur destinée à étre utilisée avec un jeu de construction 30 Oct
1929
2 Jan
1931
 
Italy - 283527 Perfezionamenti alle macchine a vapore giocattolo 12 Nov
1929
13 Mar
1931
Noted in DMS. However can find no info on Italian patents of this date
Outfit 000 Cardboard Parts UK 4504/31 369337 Improvements in and relating to constructional toys 13 Feb
1931
24 Mar
1932
 
Belgium B.21885 380123 Perfectionnements aux jeux de construction 27 May
1931
30 Jun
1931
 
France - 717560 Perfectionnements aux jeux de construction 23 May
1931
11 Jan
1932
 
Switzerland - 157070 Accessoire de jeu de contruction 28 May
1931
16 Nov
1932
 
Italy - 303042 Perfezionamenti ai giocattoli costruttivi 8 Jul
1931
17 Nov
1932
Noted in DMS. However can find no info on Italian patents of this date
Modern Plastic Meccano Canada - 2139052 Construction toy kit 23 Dec
1994
7 Jan
1996
 
USA 781502 5816882 Construction toy kit 9 Jan
1997
6 Oct
1998
 
Hand Tool in shape of a person for Plastic Meccano USA 267925 5454746 Toy hand tool 6 Jul
1994
3 Oct
1995
 
Simple fixing for Plastic Meccano France 05 13428 2895270 Jeu d'assemblage pour jeunes enfants 28 Dec
2005
29 Jun
2007
 
Portugal - 1803492 Jogo de montagem para crianças 20 Dec
2006
27 Mar
2009
 
Spain 1803492 2324625 Juego de construcción para niños de corta edad 20 Dec
2006
11 Aug
2009
 

The following two patents are seen referenced in some American Meccano manuals. However they were not taken out by Meccano, but by the Structo Manufacturing Company. Did Meccano (America) come to an agreement with Structo to use therir patents, or did they buy the rights off them?

Structo Patents
Description Country Application No. Patent No. Patent Title Date submitted Date granted Comments
Commutator for Electric Motors USA 169395 1289014 Commutator for Electric Motors 18 May
1917
24 Dec
1918
 
Commutator for Electric Motors USA 169394 1293973 Switch and Brush Mounting for Electric Motors 18 May
1917
11 Feb
1919
 

Page last updated - 12 February 2017


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