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[ Also see Invention Law ]

Before then any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.
      - Abraham Lincoln,
        in his Second Lecture on Discoveries and Inventions, Jacksonville, Illionois, February 11, 1859


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