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Promoting Progress

The First Congress recognized the importance of progress in science, technology and the arts for the nation’s development. To give incentive for creativity in “the useful arts,” Congress enacted laws in 1790 protecting new inventions and works by giving their creators exclusive rights to profit from them for a limited time. These laws would benefit society as a whole by encouraging the creation of new technologies and ideas.

1 Image HR 41, A Bill to Promote the Progress of the Useful Arts (the Patent... View All Images
2 Images Patent Drawing of O. and W. Wright Flying Machine, Patented May 22,... View All Images