Michigan Senators Levin and Stabenow have proposed amendment number 126 to the patent reform act to name the Detroit regional patent office the ‘Elijah J. McCoy United States Patent and Trademark Office.’ McCoy (1844-1929) was inventor of an automatic lubricator for oiling locomotive steam engines who was Canadian-born, but lived in Detroit from his 20’s until his death.
Evidently, the phrase the real McCoy (meaning a real or genuine article) is credited to railroad engineers asking the question to clarify that they were getting McCoy’s system, and not an inferior imitation.
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