One of Thomas Jefferson’s lesser known contributions to the republic was as first chief of the U.S. Patent Office.
Known for his own ingenious inventions—like a revolving bookcase and a duplicator he called the “polygraph” that was the eighteenth century version of a Xerox machine--in 1790 he was tasked with creating a system that would encourage the development of useful contraptions.
In a letter he wrote in 1813 to Isaac McPherson,
Ideas were essentially free, self-propagating, and could not be restrained once brought to birth.
Today most patents runs twenty years, roughly a generation, while copyrights can last a hundred years or longer (the author’s lifetime plus fifty years). Many would say that’s too long to keep cheap generic drugs off the market, or to give an author or musician a monopoly on their creations.
Thomas Jefferson would agree. Patent laws should create enough profit incentive to spur inventors. But when they impoverish the many to enrich the few, that’s just patent nonsense.
It's actually up to 70 that is life plus 70 of the author.
Intellectual property was such a big deal, it was included in Article 1, Section 8 of the US Constitution.
To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries;
Regarding Article I Section 8, does anyone know of the specifics regarding the nature of the founders motives / intent?
I recently read some comments on To Provide for the General Welfare: A History of the Federal Spending Power, 2004 by Theodore Sky, that makes me think that it provides some fair coverage of Washington, Hamilton, Madison and Jefferson and how they viewed Article I Section 8 and how they applied it when they had to.
It's available at Google Books for review, which might contain enough info to start getting some flavor.
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