Innovator Spotlight

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.

Gary Michelson: How One “Unreasonable” Man Used Patents to Create Change

Ask Gary Michelson why he became a doctor, and he will tell you matter-of-factly, “Because my grandmother told me I would be.” But ask what led him to become an inventor, and his answer becomes more nuanced. Innovative thinking always

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Anil Jha: Leading the World to More Eco-Friendly Water

How Patents Helped a “Water Technology Visionary” to Follow His Dream When Anil Jha arrived in America from Indore, India at age 16, he could hardly have imagined that he would one day become an inventor and transform the water

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Jack Andraka: The Teen Inventor on a Mission to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

How One Inspired Teen is Determined to Improve Cancer Diagnostics Jack Andraka became a national media sensation at the age of 15, when he presented his idea for a better way to detect pancreatic cancer in the early stages. The

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Bryan Pate, Co-Founder, ElliptiGO

Necessity, Ingenuity, and a Patent License: The Story of ElliptiGO At around the age of 30, San Diego native Bryan Pate, co-founder of ElliptiGO, found his body suddenly rebelling against nearly three decades of competitive sports and participation in endurance

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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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