Maria V. Hernandez
Washington - Walter E. Disney, of Los Angeles, received patent #2,201,689 for the art of animation on May 21, 1940, the 62nd anniversary of his patent. It was for a multi-plane camera that allowed for a more realistic three-dimensional image as well as depth and richness to the animation.
Disney's invention enabled him to move from the standard animated short films he made famous, such as "Steamboat Willie" featuring Mickey Mouse® (trademark registration #0247156) in 1928, to the feature-length animation seen in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs®," released in 1937 and his first film to use the multi-plane camera.
Walt Disney was inducted into the National Inventor's Hall of Fame in 2000.
The Disney patent and the trademark registration for Mickey Mouse®, as well as the more than six million patents issued since the first in 1790 and the 2.3 million trademarks registered since 1870, can be seen on the Department of Commerce's U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Web site at www.uspto.gov . Last year USPTO issued 187,824 patents and registered 102,314 trademarks.
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