Before then any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.
Abraham Lincoln, in his Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Jacksonville, Illionois, February 11, 1859 


2 Responses to “Patents”

  1. 1 S.Karthikeyan August 23, 2006 at 12:55 pm

    Now I am valuaing every thought I get, who knows one of that may yeild a million $ to me.

  2. 2 gp August 23, 2006 at 9:22 am

    haahah…well no joke. Every inventor should have rights to his invention. ANd its a good thing thats its for a limited time only, since they have to sell it anyway.

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