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Utility Patents

Since the beginning of the republic, the (United States Patent and Trademark Office) has issued over ten million utility patents on an almost unimaginable array of different technologies.  A utility patent grants the owner the right to stop anyone from making, using or selling the invention in the United States for twenty years from the patent application filing date.  Like a deed legally defines a real estate property, an invention property is legally defined by (patent claims) listed at the end of the United States patent.

Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library Accession Number: 15/5/3090.00242
Title: U. S. Patent Office
Architect: William P. Elliot
Photograph date: ca. 1867-ca. 1877
Building Date: 1836-1867
Location: North and Central America: United States; District of Columbia, Washington