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United States Senate Committee on Patents

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The United States Senate Committee on Patents was a committee of the United States Senate. It was established September 7, 1837, as the "Committee on Patents and the Patent Office" when the Senate approved a resolution of Henry Hubbard of Kentucky. Prior to this, legislation and other matters relating to patents and the Patent Office were referred to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.



In 1869, the name of the committee was shortened to simply the Committee on Patents, which it remained until the committee was eliminated by the provisions of the Legislative Reorganization Act of 1946. Beginning January 2, 1947, jurisdiction over patents, the Patent Office, and patent law reverted to the United States Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks.[1]

The comparable committee in the United States House of Representatives was also called the Committee on Patents.

Chairmen and members





  1. ^ "Guide to Senate Records: Chapter 13 Patents". National Archives. 2016-08-15. Retrieved 2017-04-07.
  2. ^ William Woodbridge was named as chairman of the committee in the Senate Executive Journal, although the Senate Historian's Office makes no mention of Woodbridge. "Monday, March 10, 1845". Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States of America. 6. The Library of Congress: 428.