Current Encyclopedia Volume 2

Current Encyclopedia Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...learned and expert mechanical scientists who are familiar with the particular divisions, classes and branches of the art committed to their charge. Our illustrative fire-arm goes through the hands of a man who is an expert and knows everything that has been done in its department of ordnance. The necessity for this strict examination grows out of the fact that the laws forbid the issuance of more than one patent for the same invention, and require that everything for which a patent is issued shall contain three things--novelty, utility and invention--without which the patent, when issued, would be invalid. From this rigid examination it results that a patent is entitled to a presumption in favor of its validity and this the courts accord. It follows, further, that the popular idea that a patent will be granted for almost anything is erroneous and the result of inexperience. The examining corps of the Patent Office constitutes a body of learned, experienced, careful, able men, of great mechanical skill and high scientific attainments, and no application is allowed until it has passed the scrutiny of their investigation. After a patent is issued, the patentee has the exclusive right of making, selling and using the invention for the period prescribed by the laws--in this country, 17 years--after which the invention becomes public property, open to the use of everybody. It is this consideration--the ultimate acquirement of the invention by the public--which justifies the grant of the exclusive right to the inventor for a reasonable prescribed period. There is thus combined encouragement and justice to the inventor and advantage and gain to the public. No hardship whatever is imposed on the public by the grant of the exclusive right of the...
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  • Paperback | 408 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 21mm | 726g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236782801
  • 9781236782809