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  • Lincoln and the Patent System: Inventor, Lawyer, Orator, President

    The bicentennial of Abraham Lincoln’s birth provides an appropriate occasion to revisit the ideas and contributions of our sixteenth President. Of particular interest to patent lawyers is Lincoln’s extensive interest in, and involvement with, the U.S. patent system as inventor, lecturer, lawyer, and President. Lincoln clearly understood the importance of the patent system in promoting technological advance, which he believed to be important to the nation’s economic growth. He spoke eloquently on the subject, patented an invention, and participated in numerous patent-related lawsuits during the years he practiced law.