The Process of Invention and Innovation
Inovation and Invention was so important to the framers of the constitution that a provision in the Constitution was provided under Article I, section 8 that gave congress the 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. 

The first Patent Act was passed in 1790.  It gave the power to issue patents to the Secretary of State, the Attorney General and the Secretary of War, or "any two of them".  A new patent law in 1793, gave Secretary of State with the approval of the Attorney General, the power to issue p (more...)

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