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Patent and Trademark Trivia

Trivia Contest II


Previous Trivia Contest Answers
1. Who said, "The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius."
In 1859, Abraham Lincoln, in a lecture at Springfield, Illinios paid tribute to the patent system stating "The Patent System added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius."
2. Identify a patent issued to the person of question 1.
In 1849, then Congressman Abraham Lincoln was granted U.S. Patent No. 6469 for an improved manner for buoying vessels over shoals
3. When was the Patent Office Society formed?
January 4, 1917.
4. Who was the first Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks?
Although the Patent Act of 1870 gave the Commissioner of Patents jurisdiction to register trademarks, the title of Commissioner of Patents remains until 1975, when the Patent Office is renamed the Patent and Trademark Office and Commissioner of Patents C. Marshall Dann takes the new title of Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks.
5. Which individual holds the record for the most US Patents issued to him in a single day? What day? How many were issued to him?
Milo G. Kellogg received 125 patents on October 26, 1897.

Patent Office Trivia Contest Results


Patent Office Trivia Question Answers

1. When was the first US Patent issued?
On July 31, 1790, the first US Patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins. The early patents were not numbered at the time and were referred to by the name of the inventor and the date of issue. The “X-patent” designation (e.g. “X1” for the first patent) was added later.
2. When was US Patent Number 1 issued?
On July 13, 1836, US Patent Number 1 was issued to John Ruggles. After the Patent Act of 1836, the Patent Office started a numbering system for the issued patents. John Ruggles was also a senator from Maine who was instrumental in the passage of the Patent Act.
3. Identify the author of the following quotation: “I knew that a country without a patent office and good patent laws was just a crab, and couldn’t travel any way but sideways or backwards.&rdquo.
The quotation is from Mark Twain in “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court”.
4. Identify a patent issued to the author from question 3.
Mark Twain (aka Samuel L. Clemens) received three patents: US Patent Number 121,992 for an “Improvement in Adjustable and Detachable Straps for Garments", US Patent Number 140,245 for a self-pasting “Scrap-books", and US Patent Number 324,535 for a “Game Apparatus” to help players remember important historical dates.
5. In the 1840s, a US patent application cost $30 to US citizens. What was the US patent application fee to someone from Great Britain?
The Patent Act of 1836 provided for different application fees based on the nationality of the inventor. US citizens (and resident aliens who have made an oath to become US citizens) paid $30. A subject of Great Britain paid $500. All other persons paid $300.