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Band-Aid logo.svg
Product typeAdhesive bandage/dressing
OwnerJohnson & Johnson
IntroducedJune 1920 (invention)
  • "I am stuck on Band-Aid brand 'cause Band-Aid's stuck on me!" (US)[1]
  • "Stays on until you want it off" (Aus)[2]
A close-up of an open Band-Aid

Band-Aid is a brand of adhesive bandages distributed by the American pharmaceutical and medical-devices company Johnson & Johnson. Invented in 1920, the brand has become a generic term for adhesive bandages in countries such as the United States, Canada, Australia, the Philippines, and others.


The Band-Aid was invented in 1920 by a Johnson & Johnson employee, Earle Dickson, in Highland Park, New Jersey,[3] for his wife Josephine, who frequently cut and burned herself while cooking.[4] The prototype allowed her to dress her wounds without assistance. Dickson passed the idea on to his employer, which went on to produce and market the product as the Band-Aid. Dickson had a successful career at Johnson & Johnson, rising to vice president before his retirement in 1957.

The original Band-Aids were handmade and not very popular. By 1924, Johnson & Johnson introduced machine-made Band-Aids and began the sale of sterilized Band-Aids in 1939.[5]

In 1951, the first decorative Band-Aids were introduced. They continue to be a commercial success, with such themes as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Superman, Spider-Man, Rocket Power, Rugrats, smiley faces, Barbie, Dora the Explorer, Elmo, and Batman.

In World War II, millions were shipped overseas, helping popularize the product. Since then, Johnson & Johnson has estimated a sale of over 100 billion Band-Aids worldwide.[6]

In 2022, Band-Aid was named the most trusted brand in the United States, beating the second place brand, Lysol, by more than two points.[7]

Trademark status[edit]

Band-Aid has, over time, become a well-known example of a genericized trademark in the United States, Canada and South America,[8] but Johnson & Johnson has registered Band-Aid as a trademark on the Principal Register of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and the registration is valid and legal.[9] Johnson & Johnson continues to defend the Band-Aid trademark against it being genericized.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "History of Innovation". Band-Aid. Johnson & Johnson. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  2. ^ "Band-Aid". Band-Aid. Johnson & Johnson. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  3. ^ "Historical timeline". Retrieved 2018-06-02.
  4. ^ "BAND-AID® Brand Heritage". Johnson & Johnson. April 2015. Archived from the original on June 15, 2013. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  5. ^ "The History of the Band-Aid". Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  6. ^ "The Story of the Black Band-Aid". The Atlantic. 2013-06-06. Retrieved 25 August 2018.
  7. ^ "Most Trusted Brands 2022". Morning Consult. Retrieved 2022-10-05.
  8. ^ "Has band-aid become a generic trademark?". Archived from the original on April 29, 2021. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  9. ^ "Trademark Status & Document Retrieval: BAND-AID". USPTO. May 15, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2015.
  10. ^ Wenlei, Ma (July 1, 2014). "The curse of generification for brands such as Band-Aid, Hoover, Google, Xerox and escalator". Retrieved 12 May 2021.

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