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Diane Warren

This week’s Women History in IP Spotlight: Diane Warren You might not know Diane Warren by name, but I’m willing to bet you have heard her songs — she has written or co-written nearly 2,000 songs registered with the Copyright

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Danya Sherman

This week’s Women History in IP Spotlight: Danya Sherman Through her company KnoNap™, Ms. Sherman has developed a regular-looking napkin that will detect the presence of various date rape drugs in a drink.  A spot on the napkin will turn

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Stephanie Kwolek

This week’s Women History in IP Spotlight: Stephanie Kwolek Stephanie Kwolek (1923–2014) was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.  When she graduated from the women’s college (Margaret Morrison Carnegie College) of Carnegie Mellon University, she applied for a position as a

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Ivan Yaeger, Inventor and Entrepreneur

This week’s Black History in IP Spotlight: Ivan Yaeger Ivan Yaeger entered the world of innovation when he created a battery powered bionic arm as a seventh grade science fair project.  By the time he entered college Ivan had developed

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Patricia Bath, Inventor of the Laserphaco Probe

This week’s Black History in IP Spotlight: Patricia Bath  Born in Harlem, New York, on 4 November 1942, Patricia Bath became the first African American to complete a residency in ophthalmology in 1973.  In 1981, Dr. Bath began working on

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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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