Questions about the history of the patent system or the histories of specific patents.

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How can I determine the date of a patent sale?

My great grandmother Lizzie M. Adams sold her patent (number 680,106) to C. H. Munson in the early 1900s, I think. I have a newspaper article of the sale but no date.
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Did the Soviets do patents?

I know Russians do patents now, but did the Soviets of the USSR do them? When did the patent system start in Russia?
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Earliest swivel (two sink) mixing faucets?

I would like to know if anyone knows if the following patent is the earliest documented invention of its kind: patent US D65364 S for a faucet, typical of kitchen sinks, that mixed both hot and cold ...
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What is Patent #100? Are all numbers used?

Google has a patent service (if you don't already know). Here are some example URLs: http://www.google.com/patents/US1 http://www.google.com/patents/US99 http://www.google.com/patents/US101 ...
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Was there a landmark controversial software patent of a trivial idea before the “XOR flashing cursor” patent?

Currently the majority of bad press about trivial software patents is all centred around Apple and other smartphone industry players. A few years ago it was the Amazon "1-click" patent everybody was ...