Sybilla Masters, a woman who lived in the American colonies. After observing Native American women, she came up with a new way to turn corn into cornmeal. She went to England to obtain a patent for her work, but laws at the time stipulated that women couldnt own property, which included intellectual property like a patent. Such property was considered to be owned by the womans father or husband. In 1715, a patent for Sybilla Masters product was issued, but the name on the document is that of her husband, Thomas.