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"Everything" you always wanted to know
about the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
(and a Basic Primer on Patents & Trademarks)


Famous words about the Patent System

"The patent system added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius." Abraham Lincoln

"A country without a patent office and good patent laws is just a crab and can't travel anyway but sideways and backways." Sir Boss, a character in Mark Twain's "Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court"

"We must introduce the patent system. America has shown us how.  May our sister republic serve as our model in this."  A Swiss manufacturer to his countrymen upon returning home from the U.S. in the 1800s.  Switzerland introduces a patent system in 1888.

"We have looked about us to see what nations are the greatest, so that we can be like them.  We said, 'What is it that makes the United States such a great nation?'  and we investigated and found that it was patents and we will have patents."  1900, a Japanese commissioner in Washington to study the American Patent System

A Brief History of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office


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