WASHINGTON, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, JULY 31: FIRST PATENT
Profile America — Wednesday, July 31st. The first patent in the young United States was issued on this date in 1790 to Samuel Hopkins of Vermont for a new method of making potash — useful in producing soap, fertilizer and glass. The Constitution recognized, for the first time in history, the intrinsic right of an inventor to profit from his invention. Hopkins' application was initially reviewed by Thomas Jefferson and approved by President Washington. By 1802, the U.S. Patent Office was established to process applications. The office has been busy ever since. Annually, more than 244,000 patents are granted. Individuals receive 6 percent of patents — the remainder are granted to U.S. and foreign corporations, with slightly more granted to foreign companies. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 778
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau