Annual Report of the Commissioner of Patents, Volume 1

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 1866
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Page 7 - The condemnation of monopolies ought not to extend to patents, by which the originator of an improved process is allowed to enjoy, for a limited period, the exclusive privilege of using his own improvement. This is not making the commodity dear for his benefit, but merely postponing a part of the increased cheapness which the public owe to the inventor, in order to compensate and reward him for the service.
Page 6 - Provided also, and be it declared and enacted, That any declaration before mentioned shall not extend to any letters patents and grants of privilege for the term of fourteen years or under, hereafter to be made, of the sole working or making of any manner of new manufactures within this realm, to the true and first inventor and inventors of such manufactures, which others at the time of making such letters patents and grants shall not use...
Page 5 - Then we have divers inventors of our own, of excellent works, which since you have not seen, it were too long to make descriptions of them ; and besides, in the right understanding of those descriptions you might easily err.
Page 7 - ... very opulent and very public-spirited persons, or the state must put a value on the service rendered by an inventor, and make him a pecuniary grant. This has been done in some instances, and may be done without inconvenience in cases of very conspicuous public benefit ; but in...
Page 1 - I have the honor to submit a report of the operations of this department for the year ending June 30, 1900.
Page 5 - Now, it is a level rising into frequent eminences, of greater or less height, and of radiance, more or less conspicuous. And what we affirm is, that, from this higher galaxy of rank and fortune, there are the droppings, as it were, of a bland and benignant influence on the general platform of humanity.
Page 15 - ... was to make application for a patent. This was a process which passed through no less than nine stages and seven distinct offices, situated in different places. Indeed, the object of sending the application through one of these offices was openly stated, in the statute of 27 Hen. VIII., c. 11, to be that the clerks ' should not by any manner of means be defeated of any part or portion of their fees.
Page 10 - It is hard like metal and as elastic as pure original gum elastic. Why, that is as great and momentous a phenomenon occurring to men in the progress of their knowledge, as it would be for a man to show that iron and gold could remain iron and gold and yet become elastic like India Rubber. It would be just such another result. Now, this fact cannot be denied; it cannot be secreted; it cannot be kept out of sight; somebody has made this invention.
Page 9 - Th' invention all admired, and each how he To be th' inventor missed; so easy it seemed Once found, which yet unfound most would have thought 500 Impossible!
Page 10 - The great peculiarity of this vulcanizing process is this. If you take a compound of sulphur and rubber in a dry state, and grind and mix them together, and apply heat, the consequence is, that the substance softens, and softens, and softens, as the degree of heat increases, until it reaches a certain height in the thermometer, say 212 Fahrenheit, or along there, a little more or less. Anybody who ever tried the effect to see what would be its operation upon this compound, and...

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