American intellectual property represents about 35% of our Nation's GDP and supports over 27 million jobs.  We are committed to promoting a strong intellectual property system that supports innovation, investment, and breakthrough technologies that will change our world.  

 

 
Before the adoption of the United States Constitution, any man might instantly use what another had invented; so that the inventor had no special advantage from his own invention. The patent system changed this; secured to the inventor, for a limited time, the exclusive use of his invention; and thereby added the fuel of interest to the fire of genius, in the discovery and production of new and useful things.
— Abraham Lincoln, the first and only US President to hold a patent