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Law360, New York (May 9, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- The first patent ever granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office was awarded on July 30, 1790, to Samuel Hopkins. The patent was for an improved process of making potash and pearlash, important substances that were used to make soap, gunpowder, and glass—all important industries at the time.

From this basic initial incarnation of the patent, which consisted solely of a written description of Mr. Hopkins’ potash-making process, the modern patent has evolved. Fittingly, as technology has become more complex, so have patents, and the...
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