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United States Patent and Trademark Office

United States Patent and Trademark Office

United states patent and trademark office

■ Introduction

On April 10, 1790, President George Washington signed the first patent bill. Three years earlier, the Constitutional Convention had given Congress the power to “promote the process of science and useful arts by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries.”

The U.S. Patent Office became an actual entity in 1802 when an official in the State Department was designated as superintendent of patents. In 1849 the Patent Office was moved to the Interior Department, ...

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