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Celebrate November 9th 1842 when George Bruce received the first US design patent for printing typefaces.

This was the first US Design Patent with the patent number USD 1.

Design patents and utility patents have co-existed in harmony — each staying in its lane, covering its subject matter — for over 180 years. The U.S. Patent Act was enacted in 1790, and the first U.S. utility patent was issued on July 31, 1790. The utility patent was issued to Samuel Hopkins for a process for making potash, an ingredient used in fertilizer. It was signed by President George Washington.

Fifty-two years later — in 1842 — Congress passed a statute providing for the grant of patents covering new and original designs. The first U.S. design patent was issued later that year on Nov. 9, 1842. printing typefaces, or font.

Only thirteen design patents were issued in the first year of eligibility for design patents.

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