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