Wahiawa, HI asked in Land Use & Zoning, Patents (Intellectual Property) and Real Estate Law for Hawaii

Q: I found a Land Patent or Land grant given to my 4th Great Grandpa in 1861 and its signed by Abraham Lincoln how can i cl

1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin E. Flynn
Kevin E. Flynn
  • Patents Lawyer
  • Pittsboro, NC

A: Although we now associate the word patent with the world of inventions as those with a patent given by a government can exclude others from making, using, selling, or offering to sell something covered by the patent rights -- the term patent was used more broadly in earlier times.

Letters patent were official grants by the government to an individual or company conveying special rights. It may have been the exclusive right to have a monopoly that was not related to any invention.

Letters patent were open letters bearing a government grant and open for the public to see.

If there is a patent grant relating to land, then patent attorneys that work with inventions are not going to be helpful as you will need to talk with attorneys that work with real property (land rights).

I hope this helps.

Kevin E Flynn

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