Science: Inventions

Last week the U. S. Patent Office, making its annual report, signaled distress. It would have to have more employes, larger quarters, greater appropriations. The nation's inventive genius, or more accurately the national penchant for protecting inventive genius, had increased until there was a patent application filed for every thousandth inhabitant—110,000 in a year. The Office found itself with 58,000 applications still on the docket, despite its having cleared up 35,000 hangovers from the last three years. For the first time in history, the Office had felt obliged to rid itself of its...

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