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  • The underlying theme to the U.S. patent system is to reward those who disclose their inventions over those who choose to keep their innovations from the public
  • The U.S. did not start the numbering of patents until after 40 years of patents issued.
  • Most Creative States: Vermont and Idaho highest patents per capita in 2008.
  • 495,000 patent applications filed in 2008.
  • Having a patent issued does not guarantee that manufacturing a product based on the based will not infringe another patent.
  • Intellectual Property (IP) Attorneys and Agents as a % of all USPTO: California (18%), New York (9%), Texas (7.2%), Illinois (6.6%), DC (5.9%), Virginia (5.6%), Mass. (4.5%), Pennslyvania (4.2%), New Jersey (4.1%), Omaha (3.4%), Minnesota (3%)
  • USPTO Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents in Canada: Ontario 468, Quebec 105, B.C. 71, Alberta 33, Saskatechwan 1
  • USPTO Registered Patent Attorneys and Agents non-US/Canada: ISREAL 53, KOREA 37, GER 31, JAPAN 25, UK 24, CHINA 22, TAIWAN 21, SWITZ 16, HK 12, FRANCE 12
  • Provisional patents expire within 1 year of filing.
  • April 10, 1790, President George Washington signed into law the first United States Patent Act

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