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Ingenuity Keeps U.S. Patent Office Busy

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Ingenuity Keeps U.S. Patent Office Busy

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Ingenuity Keeps U.S. Patent Office Busy

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On this date 100 years ago, the U.S. Patent Office awarded its millionth patent. The first patent was issued in 1863. In the coming weeks, the patent office says it will have issued 8 million patents.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne with this testament to American ingenuity. On this date 100 years ago, the U.S. Patent Office awarded its 1 millionth patent. An inventor in Ohio had created a mostly solid tire that was tough to puncture. Frances Horton hoped it would revolutionize the car industry. The first patent was issued in 1863. In the coming weeks, the patent office says it will have issued 8 million.

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