The Anniversary of the First U.S. Patent Issued


Calling all inventors! On this date in 1790, the first U.S. patent was granted. The patent was  signed by George Washington and granted to Samuel Hopkins for the process of making potash, an element used for making fertilizer.

Since 1790 many, many, many more patents have been granted, and some say that patents are being abused.

Should we reform the U.S. patent system? Check out Cato research on the topic and decide for yourself:

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