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Wednesday, August 02, 2006


True or False?

The first U.S. patent, awarded in 1790, required the signatures of the secretary of state, the secretary of war, the attorney general, and the president himself to be approved.

TRUE! In 1790, there was no patent office. Samuel Hopkins’s patent application for an improvement in the making of potash used in soap manufacturing landed before Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, an inventor himself, who reviewed it and obtained the others’ signatures. By 1793, Jefferson and his cabinet were so overwhelmed with patent applications that the duty was handed off to a state department clerk. In 1802, the U.S. Patent Office was finally established.

How a Canadian Patent is approved

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