May 17, 2017 davidm


Patents give coverage to inventions.  In broad terminology, an invention is a new, useful and unobvious article of manufacture or improvement thereto.  Inventions also include composition of matter, method of fabricating a product, methods that are useful in business, ornamental design for article of manufacture and asexually reproduced plants.  Applications for patents can be filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Samuel Hopkins, of Pittsford, Vermont, received the first United States patent on July 31, 1790, for an improvement “in the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash by a new Apparatus and Process.”  On 14 March 1794, United States Patent Number 1 was issued to Eli Whitney for “New Invented Cotton Gin, or Machine for Separating Cotton from Its Seed.”


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