R 058
2018 -- H 7520
Enacted 02/08/2018

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Ucci, Corvese, Carson, Mendonca, and Giarrusso
Date Introduced: February 08, 2018

     WHEREAS, In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed February 11th of each year to
be National Inventors' Day in the United States. February 11th was chosen in honor of Thomas
Edison, who was arguably America's greatest inventor. Thomas Edison invented the incandescent
light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and at one time held over 1,000 patents;
     WHEREAS, The founding fathers recognized from the start that science, technology and
invention were vital components to a successful nation and society, and therefore declared within
the United States Constitution in Section 8 of Article I that "The Congress shall have the power to
propagate the progress of the useful arts by securing for a limited time to inventors the exclusive
right to their discoveries." Pursuant to this Constitutional provision, the United States Congress
protected inventors and their inventions by passing the first United States Patent Law, which was
signed into law by President Washington; and
     WHEREAS, The very first patent issued in the United States was given to Samuel
Hopkins on July 31, 1790. From its inception through December of 2011, the United States
Patent and Trademark Office has received 16,020,302 patent applications and has issued
8,743,423 patents. Each year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office issues more than
150,000 patents to individuals and companies across the globe. Thanks in large part to American
inventors and their ingenuity, America economically and technologically leads the world and
hopefully will continue to do so in perpetuity; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island and
Providence Plantations hereby recognizes and celebrates "National Inventors' Day" on February
11, 2018; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copies of this resolution to Governor Gina M. Raimondo and the
Inventors Association of New England.