President’s Day 2008 and the Abraham Lincoln Patent.
The third Monday in February is President’s Day – a federal holiday honoring all who have served as U.S. President, and particularly, President Washington and President Lincoln (two notable presidents having had birthdays in February).
President Lincoln also has the distinction of being the only president to have been issued a patent (U.S. Pat. No. 6469: Buoying vessels over shoals). The claim from the Lincoln patents is reproduced below:
Not surprisingly, Abraham Lincoln understood the importance of patent laws to fostering invention. He has been quoted as saying that the patent system “added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.” He also reportedly once called the introduction of patent laws one of the three most important developments “in the world’s history,” along with the discovery of America and the perfection of printing.