Updated: 09/12/2023 by Computer Hope
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A patent is a form of intellectual property that protects the right of an individual by restricting the duplication of their invention for several years. To get a patent, the owner of the invention must disclose the invention to the patent office and provide proof they created the original idea.

When was the first patent?

Samuel Hopkins received the first United States patent on July 31, 1790.

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