WASHINGTON, June 4, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Sunday, June 4th. Most little boys at the age of 5 are content to play with toy trucks without thinking about how they could be improved. This was not the case for Robert Patch. He designed a truck that could be assembled and disassembled easily — and changed into different types of vehicle each time, such as a dump truck or a closed van. Patch submitted his application and drawings in 1962, and on this date in 1963, at age 6, he was granted a patent. In 2015, nearly 326,000 patents were granted out of almost 630,000 applications. Across the country, some 560 establishments manufacture dolls, games and toys, some of which employ Robert Patch's transformative features. You can find more facts about America's people, places and economy, from the American Community Survey, at www.census.gov.
Boy inventor/accessed 3/30/2017: www.thoughtco.com/today-in-history-june-calendar-1992503
The patent/accessed 3/30/2017: www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2013/06/04/32087/50-years-later-robert-patch-remembers-being-younge/
Patent applications and grants/accessed 3/30/2017: www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ido/oeip/taf/us_stat.htm
Sales of toys, games and hobby goods/County Business Patterns/NAICS 33993: https://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/BP/2014/00A1/0100000US|0100000US.04000/naics~33993
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. Statistics and accounts drawn from cited non-Census sources are employed for illustrative or narrative purposes, and are not attested to by the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau