The patent system in its relation to industrial development

Author(s): Frederick P. Fish
Publisher: IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.
Publication Date: 1 May 1909
Volume: 28
Page(s): 441 - 465
ISSN (Paper): 0097-2444
DOI: 10.1109/PAIEE.1909.6659652



In an address at Springfield, Illinois, delivered in February, 1860, Abraham Lincoln said: I have already intimated my opinion that in the world's history certain inventions and discoveries occurred of peculiar value, on account of their great efficiency in facilitating all other inventions and discoveries. Of these were the art of writing and of printing, the discovery of America, and the introduction of patent laws.