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10 million patents

October 19, 2019

♫ drumbeats ♫ It was the summer of 1787, and the
founding fathers had gathered in Philadelphia to address an ambitious
plan. ♫ jaunty colonial fife and drum music ♫ George Washington presided over this Constitutional Convention, which
made a number of far-reaching decisions that continue to guide our nation to
this day. The framers had many disputes as to what the Constitution should
contain however there was no dispute with respect to article 1, section 8,
Clause 8 — also known as the patent and copyright clause. “The Congress shall have
power to promote the progress of science and useful arts by securing for limited
times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective
writings and discoveries. These simple yet remarkable words established the US
patent system, and in 1790, less than two years after after the ratification of the
Constitution, George Washington signed the first U.S. patent grant to Samuel
Hopkins for an improvement in making potash and pearl ash. A patent is truly a
significant document, both for the inventor and the public which enjoys the
benefit of the discovery. The patent provides the right to the inventor to exclude others from making, using, selling or importing their invention without
their permission. It also clearly reflects their creativity, their
ingenuity, dedication, and hard work. In the last 200 years, the patent cover has undergone over a dozen design changes. Though in the last century, the design
has only changed twice. We look to a lot of the historic patent designs for
inspiration, though I quickly realized there was not a lot of information out
there and we really had to turn over some rocks in order to gather enough
examples for us to work from. Some of the best examples we found were from the
19th century — these were incredibly intricate ornate documents from a bygone
era. They looked like what you’d expect to see on currency or stock certificates
and the designs really conveyed the value of what they represented. Looking
at these historic designs it became clear that what we created would have to
convey that same sense of value. A team of USPTO designers combined efforts to
create the new patent cover. I asked each member of the team to design an
improvement to the existing patent cover, a classic version inspired by some of
the historical examples, and an anything-goes clean sheet of paper approach. As designers a lot of what we work on comes and goes very quickly, so
to be able to work on something of such historical significance — that’s a
once-in-a-career opportunity. These patent covers will persist for
generations in museum collections, in libraries, on the walls of an inventor’s
great-grandchild. That’s something we’re all very proud of.

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  1. I am a patent paralegal – I just processed our first patent over 10,000,000. Wonder who got the big number? I love the new design, gorgeous!

  2. So sad that patents are no longer "property rights" and even sadder that because of it our country is now 12th place in strong innovation country's when just a few years ago we we're and always was freaking #1.

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