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HISTORIC PATENTS 1976 - Present  
The Patent Act of July 4, 1836, required that all patents issued, after this date, be assiged a sequential number beginning with the number 1. During the period from January, 1976 to the present, patents were issued from 3,930,271 to 7 million plus. The USPTO database can be searched by, Patent Number, Inventor Name, Invention Title, Current US Classification.and over 17 other fields of data. The search will produce a full text of the patent document. To display the actual patent and its accompanying drawings will still require a "TIFF" plug-in for your browser.
U.S. Patent
Inventor (s) Description
Common in bold. Patent in CAPS.
6,009,555 01.04.2000 Leonard Siprut First 21st Century Patent Issued
Historic Patents 1790 -1836 Historic Patents 1836 - 1975


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