Although the origin is not 100% sure it has been attributed to a patent clerk Johann Vaaler in Norway in 1899. His patent seems to have been for a clip made of wire, but there was nothing particularly special about his designs as similar designs had been patented years before. Vaaler’s title as the supposed father of the paperclip was given to him posthumously. And as the story grew, it accidentally managed to turn him into a folk hero of sorts in Norway. Interestingly during the years of Nazi occupation, the paperclip was worn as a symbol of resistance in Norway. This was nothing to do with Vaaler being Norwegian but it was meant as a subtle sign – the binding action of the paperclip acting as a reminder that the Norwegian people were united together against the occupying.