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.

Ellen Ochoa, Ph.D

California native Ellen Ochoa earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s and doctorate degree in electrical engineering. Working as a researcher at NASA, Ochoa went on to be listed as co-inventor on three patents. She is the first

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Mary Sherman Morgan

Mary Sherman Morgan, America’s first female rocket scientist, was raised on a farm in North Dakota. She didn’t start school until the age of eight after a sheriff and social worker forced her parents to send her. Mary’s love of

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Tu Youyou, Women's History Month 2020

Tu Youyou

Born in 1930 in East China, Tu Youyou was taught the importance of education at an early age. After contracting tuberculosis and being forced to sit out from school at age 16, Tu returned to the classroom determined to study

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Women’s History Month 2020

Women’s History Month was declared by Congress in 1987. The National Women’s History Project requested that the week long celebration be expanded to a month. Since then each year the designation gets bi-partisan support from the House and Senate.

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Garrett A. Morgan

With only an elementary school education, Garrett A. Morgan moved from his childhood home in Kentucky to look for work in Ohio. Having worked as a sewing machine mechanic, he saved enough money to open his own sewing machine shop

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Lewis Latimer

  Lewis Latimer, the son of enslaved people who was born free in 1848, worked at a law firm in Massachusetts where he learned about patent drafting. Over time, Latimer became an exceptional inventor, even working alongside well-known inventors including

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