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02/04/1978 Velcro patent expires

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The History of Velcro

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Invent Yourself Rich - Velcro

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23 Velcro: Accidental Inventions Documentary

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Velcro Makes the World Go Round!

The hook and loop fastener became free everybody who wanted to manufacture its imitations. Original Velcro was invented in 1948 by Swiss engineer Georges de Mestral. He used to go for hikes to the mountains and noticed how thistle burrs clung to clothing. The name Velcro comes from French. “Vel” stands for velvet and “cro” for crochet which means hook.
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