Innovator Insights

A forum for inventors and other IP stakeholders to discuss their work, the role IP plays for them and to help educate the public on the link between strong IP protection and robust innovation.

A Conversation with IPO President Kevin Rhodes and IPO Executive Director Mark Lauroesch

Leading IPO via Engagement, Education, and Internationalization This year marks a new era for IPO, with two new leaders at the helm. Executive Director Mark Lauroesch, who came on board in October of 2015, and President Kevin Rhodes, Chief Intellectual

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James Wynne, Co-Inventor, Excimer Laser Surgery

How Passion, Preparation, and Patents Brought Life-Changing Technology to Market How did Flash Gordon, one “really great” physics teacher, famed tennis pro Arthur Ashe, and a leftover turkey dinner all factor into bringing us better eyesight? They each helped to

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Larry Welch, Eli Lilly: Helping to Harmonize

The Global Dossier and Other IP5 Projects Promise to Improve Global Patent Quality Lawrence Welch, Senior Director, Assistant General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company, has been working to create a more harmonized patent system on behalf of IPO

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David Hamilton, 2015 IP Video Contest Winner

Young People Need More and Easier Options to Use IP Legally At the IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago, 17-year-old David Hamilton’s winning entry to the 2015 IP Video Contest managed to keep a crowd of around 1,000 IP lawyers laughing

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Herb Wamsley, Outgoing IPO Executive Director

Lead the Battle to Educate Courts, the Public, and Congress: Become Officers of the Patent System Herb Wamsley was first inspired to enter a patent-related field by President John F. Kennedy’s call for more American scientists and engineers to help

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Gwen Jimmere: Entrepreneur, Patent History Maker

How Owning a Patent Helped One Woman and Minority Entrepreneur to “Own Her Beauty.” As the first black woman to own a patent for a natural hair care product, Gwen Jimmere, founder of “beauty innovation company” NATURALICIOUS says that it

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