Intellectual property (IP) is always with us. At any given time an average person is surrounded by products that are full of IP, ranging from clothes, sunglasses, footwear, mobile phones, watches, the car we drive to the electronics we use and the artifacts that adorn our homes. What most of us perhaps don't realize is that intellectual property is everywhere in our world.
India invented the Zero, without which there would have been no binary system. No computers! Counting would have been be clumsy and cumbersome! The spinning wheel is another innovation attributed to India which was introduced to Europe in the Middle Ages. Indian civilizations have protected and used herbal remedies known for their beneficial healing properties which have seen a renewed interest in the form of alternative therapies and preventative health care.
What is considered the most valuable patent is the one issued to Alexander Graham Bell for his invention of the telephone. The patent was number 174,465 issued in 1876. The invention of the light bulb by Edison led to the creation of jobs for millions of people. Quite literally, without this invention we would all still be in the dark. Thomas Edison actually received 1093 patents during his life.
Abraham Lincoln was the only United States President to receive a patent. He did so for his manner of buoying vessels. He was issued this patent in 1849. Probably the most famous patent was the one issued to Frederic Auguste Bartholdi for his design of the Statue of Liberty. The Statue of Liberty came to New York on June 19, 1885. It was a gift of friendship given to the United States from the people of France. It was intended to celebrate their 100 years of independence 10 years earlier. The statue is constructed of copper sheets which are assembled on a framework of steel supports. In order to be transported to America the statue was disassembled into 350 pieces and was packed in 214 crates. It was then reassembled when it arrived. Nothing like this was ever done before and most likely will never be done again.
Thousands of new products of IP in the form of trademarks, designs, patents, copyrights, plant varieties and biological materials are being submitted for registration by inventors, scientists and creators everyday.
You can view some such new IP products which are with the Indian IP offices and see for yourself what's coming. Who knows it might just motivate you to create new IP yourself!!
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