When an inventor registers a patent for their invention, they have the right to produce and sell that invention for a certain number of years, and no one can copy their idea. Gilpin Moore received a patent for his invention in 1875, and then partnered with John Deere to manufacture it.
- Why would an inventor want a patent?
- Was John Deere copying Moore's idea? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
"Gilpin Sulky Plow Patent," United States Commissioner of Patents, 1875. Courtesy of John Deere