The overlooked Higgs particle patent

As we all (some of us) away Wednesday’s announcement from CERN about the discovery or non-discovery of the Higgs particle, let’s look at an unrelated achievement: the Higgs particle patent:

“Particulate materials”, U.S. patent #5880177, issued to Robert Philip Higgs et al. on March 9, 1999.

BONUS: Frank Wilczek talks about the Large Hadron Collider, CERN‘s complicated gizmo that has or has not discovered proof of the existence of the Higgs particle.