James Madison Papers

From James Madison to United States Congress, 11 April 1816

April 11th. 1816.

To the Senate & House of Representatives of the United States.

With a view to the more convenient management of the important and growing business connected with the grant of exclusive rights to Inventors & Authors; I recommend the establishment of a distinct Office, within the Department of State, to be charged therewith, under a director with a Salary adequate to his services, and with the privelege of franking communications by mail from and to the office. I recommend also that further restraints be imposed on the issue of patents to wrongful claimants, and further guards provided against fraudulent exactions of fees by persons possessed of patents.

James Madison

DNA: RG 233—LRHR—Legislative Records of the House of Representatives.

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