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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:




Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 07:39

If you keep up with intellectual property and patent news, you’ve likely seen the words “35 USC 101” or “Section 101.” Set among a myriad of complex abbreviations, acronyms, and terms, you’d be forgiven for not fully understanding what 35 USC 101 is or why it matters to patent holders and inventors in the United States.

Let’s take a few moments to cover the basics of this term so you can be better informed about the patent system in 2017.




Friday, February 10, 2017 - 15:57

If it weren’t for inventors, life would be much more difficult and certainly a lot less interesting. Whether it’s a cell phone, can opener, or the assembly line your car was built on, we owe inventors a huge debt of gratitude.

One way to say “thank you” is by celebrating National Inventors’ Day.




Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 12:55

Laurie SelfLaurie Self knows patents. As an attorney working in intellectual property for almost 30 years, Self has gained a wealth of experience and a deep appreciation for the financial incentives that patents bring to both inventors and the U.S. economy.

She believes in the impact of the inventive spirit so much that she put her two children through the USPTO’s “Camp Invention”. You could say that intellectual property has become a lifestyle for her.




Friday, January 13, 2017 - 03:17

Intellectual property and honeybees. At first you may think they don’t have much in common. But, as you’ll learn below, the impact of IP-intensive industries on America’s economy is very similar to the critical role the honeybee plays in pollinating agriculture around the world.

Simply put, if you remove either one, you take away all the good things they create.




Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 12:11

A recent report from the Institute for Women’s Policy Research brought to light that despite increasing attention towards eliminating the gender wage gap, there is still a large disparity between men and women when it comes to holding patents.

After the IWPR brief rekindled the discussion, many notable publications and experts weighed in with their take on what caused the gap.

We’ve rounded up 4 great articles to get you up to speed.




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