Thursday, September 1, 2011

Patent office hits 8 million mark

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued patent number 8 million on Tuesday, August 16. It went to Second Sight Medical Products for an invention the company says enhances visual perception for a certain kind of blindness. The first patent, for a cog mechanism in locomotives, was issued in 1836 to Sen. John Ruggles, who was known as the father of the U.S. Patent office.

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