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.

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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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 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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