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August 09, 2004

X-Patents Discovered at University Library

Lawyers Unearth Early Patents [NYT] X-patents refer to the first 10,000 patents issued by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Many of these are missing, the original files having been destroyed in a fire in July 1786 - ironically, while a more fireproof building was under construction. Two lawyers, researching the inventor Samuel Morey, discovered 14 of these X-patents in the Dartmouth College Library.

Yours, &c., LC | 10:23 AM | Legal , Librariana | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

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I was going to make some kind of X-Files joke, but I believe I'll sink even lower and inquire publicly whether anyone thought to hold one of the newly discovered documents up and screech "This is an ex-patent!"

Posted by: Scott at August 11, 2004 08:43 AM