On 19 June 2018, the United States Patent and Trade Mark Office (USPTO) issued its 10 millionth patent. The first US patent (relating to a process of making potash—an ingredient used in fertilizer) was issued nearly 230 years ago and was signed by President George Washington. The 10 millionth US patent was for a range and velocity detecting laser system.

We have created an infographic that takes a look back in time at milestone patents, reflecting a rich history in modern innovation.

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