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.

Lonnie Johnson, Johnson Research and Development

From Best-Selling Toys to Game-Changing Tech Inventor of the Super Soaker® If you were a child in the 1990s, chances are that Lonnie Johnson filled your summers with fun. His most popular invention, the Super Soaker®, was the number one

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James G. Fujimoto, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT

Optical Coherence Tomography: A Next Generation Medical Imaging Technology “Academia is very fertile ground for invention, but in order to have an impact on society, industry involvement is critical,” says Professor James Fujimoto, a principal investigator in the Research Laboratory

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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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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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Anil Jha: Leading the World to More Eco-Friendly Water

How Patents Helped a “Water Technology Visionary” to Follow His Dream When Anil Jha arrived in America from Indore, India at age 16, he could hardly have imagined that he would one day become an inventor and transform the water

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