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.

Thomas L. Jennings, First African American to be Granted a Patent

This week’s Black History in IP Spotlight: Thomas L. Jennings Thomas L. Jennings (1791–1856) was the first African-American to be granted a patent, 3 March 1821 (U.S. patent 3306x).  In his early 20’s he became a tailor but then opened

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Lonnie Johnson, Johnson Research and Development

This week’s Black History in IP Spotlight: Lonnie Johnson, Johnson Research and Development  Inventor and engineer Lonnie G. Johnson earned his master’s degree in nuclear engineering from Tuskegee University.  He went on to work for the U.S. Air Force and was assigned to

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Episode 8 – Patent Pending

Episode 8 – Patent Pending The final episode of season 1 features three entrepreneurial inventors in different stages of the patent process.  Join us to learn about TheraV™, a wearable device that offers amputees drug-free pain management, KnoNap™, a tool to combat sexual

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Episode 7 – Cancer Immunotherapy/CAR T Cells

Episode 7 – Cancer Immunotherapy/CAR T Cells What if scientists could harness the power of a patient’s own immune system to fight cancer? This episode explores CAR T Cell therapy, a groundbreaking approach to cancer treatment that re-engineers immune cells

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Episode 6 – Haptics 

Episode 6 – Haptics  In this episode, we examine the innovative world of haptics: technologies which utilize our sense of touch.  We’ll hear how a college professor is adding new life to touch screens, how one young engineer is changing

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Episode 5 – Super Soaker®

Episode 5 – The Super Soaker® You’re probably familiar with the Super Soaker, but do you know the man behind one of the world’s most popular toys?  In this episode, we’ll explore the life of Dr. Lonnie Johnson, a nuclear

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