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Thomas Edison executed the first of his 1,093 successful U.S. patent applications on 13 October 1868, at the age of 21. He filed an estimated 500–600 unsuccessful or abandoned applications as well.

A sampling of industries Edison innovated within:

  • Electric light and power
  • Electrical Products
  • Motion pictures
  • Chemicals
  • Battery and Portable Energy
  • Iron Ore Mining
  • Intellectual Property
  • Telecommunications
  • Sound recording
  • Office and copying technology
  • Electrochemical technology
  • Cement
  • Medical (x-rays and electrotherapy)

Edison also received many patents in countries other than the United States. No complete list exists, but Dyer and Martin's 1910 biography, Edison: His Life and Inventions, contains a compilation of 1,239 non-U.S. patents awarded in 34 countries.

A sampling of some of Edison's more famous patents

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Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.

Thomas A. Edison

The reason a lot of people do not recognize opportunity is because it usually goes around wearing overalls looking like hard work.

Thomas A. Edison

If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.

Thomas A. Edison

The three great essentials to achieve anything worth while are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense.

Thomas A. Edison

Restlessness is discontent and discontent is the first necessity of progress.

Thomas A. Edison

Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.

Thomas A. Edison
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