PUBLIC LAW 8 7 - 2 9 2 - S E P T. 22, 1961
Public Law 87-291 JOINT RESOLUTION
September 22. 1961
Designating the 17th day of December 1961 as "Wright Brothers Day".
[H. j. Res. 109]
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assemUed, That the 17th day of Decern- ^^^]^^' Brothers ber 1961 is hereby designated as "Wright Brothers Day", in commemoration of the first successful flights in a heavier-than-air, mechanically propelled airplane, which were made by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Proclamation auCarolina. The President is authorized and requested to issue a procla- thorization. mation inviting the people of the United States to observe such day wath appropriate ceremonies and activities. Approved September 22, 1961. Public Law 87-292 JOINT RESOLUTION Authorizing a celebration of the American patent system.
s,p,,,,^„22^,,^, [H. j. Res. 499]
Whereas there occurred on July 4, 1961, the one hundred and twentyfifth anniversary of the enactment of the Patent Act of 1836 which 5 Stat. 117. created the present examination system for the grant of patents and which established the United States Patent Office as a sei:)arate and distinct burea,u; and Whereas there will be granted in the year 1961 the three millionth patent since the enactment of this Patent Act; and Whereas the patent grant is a traditional incentive for the promotion of the progress of the useful arts thereby contributing notably to the well-being of people everyAvhere; and Whereas encouragement of invention is essential to the continued economic and technological development of this Nation, particularly in the light of our international relationships and obligations; and Whereas it is fitting that this anniversary of this important Patent Act and the establishment of the Patent Office which proved so advantageous to this country and to the other countries of the world should be observed: Now, therefore, be it Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Secretary of PaJ'eift'V^t ^" Commerce and the Commissioner of Patents and such other persons Week, or groups as they may designate be authorized to make suitable arrangements for an appropriate observance to show the important role of the American patent system and the United States Patent Office in the growth and progress of the United States of America; and be it further Resolved, That the President of the United Statas be requested to designate the week of October 15, 1961, as "The American Patent System Week", to invite a general public commemoration of an event which has proved to be so important to this Nation and to the world. Approved September 22, 1961.