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.

Team Tactile, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Under the Gun: “Hacking” Out Braille-on-Demand in 24 Hours   When six students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) decided to enter a “hackathon,” they had no idea they were going to invent a cutting-edge technology that would become a

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Carolyn Bertozzi, Professor of Chemistry, Stanford University

Seeing the Need for a New Kind of Chemistry Today she is a Stanford University Professor of Chemistry and a 2017 Inductee to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s National Inventors Hall of Fame, but Carolyn Bertozzi initially wanted to

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Marin Yamada, Student Inventor, and Elizabeth English of The Archer School for Girls

How an Innovative Education Model Encouraged a Better Way to Detect Lyme Disease Statistics show that, despite improvement in the overall number of women enrolling in STEM programs at U.S. universities, the rate of STEM degrees actually awarded to women

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Yan Wu, Genentech: Inventor, TECENTRIQ®

A Breakthrough Treatment with Broad Implications As the representative inventor on one of the six cancer immunotherapy treatments being honored for the 2016 IPO Education Foundation’s Inventor of the Year Award, Yan Wu of Genentech and her team are helping

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Gwen Jimmere: Entrepreneur, Patent History Maker

How Owning a Patent Helped One Woman and Minority Entrepreneur to “Own Her Beauty.” As the first black woman to own a patent for a natural hair care product, Gwen Jimmere, founder of “beauty innovation company” NATURALICIOUS says that it

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Alexis Lewis: Teen Inventor and Inspiration

One teenager’s potentially life-saving patent At age 12, when most kids already have enough to figure out with impending puberty, Alexis Lewis of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, decided to take on the challenge of finding a way to save children

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