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Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 13:51

In case you missed it, earlier this year, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce released the 2017 edition of its annual International IP Index, rating the comparative strength of intellectual property protections in countries around the globe. In the report, titled “The Roots of Innovation,” one fact sent a startling ripple through the IP and innovation communities: The U.S. patent system is no longer ranked number one globally. It is now tied with Hungary for tenth place.




Monday, August 7, 2017 - 19:06

It’s sometimes said that there’s an inventor in all of us and that it just takes the right problem or situation to bring it out. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find an inventor or innovator who didn’t cite the old trope, “Necessity is the mother of invention” when discussing their work. Sit with an inventor a little bit longer and they’ll begin to talk about the things that inspired them long before their successful invention. So while you wait for your “a-ha!” moment or perfect problem, we recommend finding some inspiration online with these three websites.




Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 06:50

Despite a movement to weaken the U.S. patent system in recent years, our country still produces some of most innovative people in the world. Women inventors, in particular, are making their presence known in America, even though 93% of patents are granted to men.

In this blog post, we’re featuring four women inventors you should watch out for in 2017. Read on for inspiration, motivation, and proof that patents matter.




Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 15:47

Have you ever wondered why patent licensing matters? Maybe you’ve heard the words “tech transfer” and weren’t sure exactly what that means. We’ll define both terms below and explain why they are critical to American inventors.

Patent Licensing

If you follow our blog, you’ve seen posts about patent licensing like this one covering why universities matter. But what is patent licensing?




Friday, June 30, 2017 - 10:19

Although you may not have heard much talk about patent legislation in the first half of 2017, plenty has been happening behind the scenes. Citing the U.S. patent system’s drop from first to tenth place globally this year, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) have introduced new legislation that aims to right the wrongs that have weakened the patent system over the last decade.

Here’s how the STRONGER Patents Act will strengthen America:




Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 12:36

When you think about patents today, you probably think of technology or medicine. But, there’s a whole segment of innovation in the United States that isn’t based on processors, microchips or biological breakthroughs. Enter Frances Prado, whose garment-based product, Hanging Secrets has been successful in part because she protected it with a patent. We interviewed Frances to learn more about her story. Here is an abbreviated transcript:

Save The Inventor: Please tell us a little bit about yourself and your history leading up to your idea for Hanging Secrets.




Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:03

Across the web you’ll find lots of great articles highlighting Edison, Tesla, Latimer, Jobs, Lamarr and many more. We’re doing something a little different this month by highlighting three innovators you should know that have flown under the radar: one from the past, one from the present, and one that will undoubtedly be a big name in the future.




Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 03:38
The Background

Having no success so far in pushing through further far-reaching legislation in Congress, proponents of weaker patent rights have been searching for new avenues to achieve their aims. One of the latest efforts, led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), is to try to convince the public that universities shouldn’t be allowed to license their patents to other non-practicing entities, businesses that license technology but don’t manufacture themselves.

That’s a dangerous position to hold and one that we need to dispel. Here’s why:




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