Patent Office

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The Patent Office is the agency of the United States government that administers the patent laws of the country. The first patent was issued in 1790.The first patent official was the superintendent of patents, an employee of the Department of State beginning in 1802. Fewer than 3000 of them were recovered and reissued with a number ending in "X." Patents since 1836 were renumbered starting at one. The Patent Office was housed in its own new building in 1836 under a commissioner for patents, being transferred in 1948 to the new Department of the Interior and eventually in 1925 to the Department of Commerce.In addition to the patent laws, the office administers trademark laws and is now officially known as the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO). Patent Office sent his resignation to President McKinley urging the closing of the office because "everything that could be invented has been invented." Even President Reagan used it in a speech. However, there appears to be no actual evidence that this ever happened.


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