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.

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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