Meccano Ltd. Patents & Designs
Patents and Designs
Frank Hornby and Meccano Ltd registered many patents and designs in order to protect their products. This was an effort to prevent other manufacturers imitating Meccano, Hornby Trains, Dinky Toys and other products. The majority of these patents/designs were registered in the UK, France and America although there are a number from other countries. Many of the these patent and design numbers were stamped on the parts to show that they were protected designs.
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This website lists all those patents throughout the world which I have so far managed to discover. Pdf copies of the actual patents can be downloaded for almost all of them. For convenience I have split them into four groups:-
If you are aware of any other patents which I have missed (particularly overseas ones), I would be grateful if you could give me the details together with a copy of the patent if at all possible.
This website lists all the registered designs throughout the world which I have so far managed to discover relating to the Meccano system. Unfortunately, for the pre-war designs, the original documentation is held in the National Archives at Kew and so far I have not been able to visit there. If anyone would like to do search the Archives for me, this would be much appreciated. Where available, documents and/or images can be downloaded from this site. For convenience I have split them into three groups:-
Post-war Metal Meccano designs
Post-war Plastic Meccano designs
Post-war Other designs
If you are aware of any more information on registered designs, I would be grateful if you could give me the details together with a copy of the design if at all possible.
November 2017 - Website redesigned to make it more user friendly for mobile phones and other small screen devices.
Additional patents added to the Meccano, Hornby and Dinky pages. Also a large number of additional Registered Designs added and the Post War Design pages are consequently completely redone.