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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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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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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Jack Andraka: The Teen Inventor on a Mission to Fight Pancreatic Cancer

How One Inspired Teen is Determined to Improve Cancer Diagnostics Jack Andraka became a national media sensation at the age of 15, when he presented his idea for a better way to detect pancreatic cancer in the early stages. The

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David Hamilton, 2015 IP Video Contest Winner

Young People Need More and Easier Options to Use IP Legally At the IPO Annual Meeting in Chicago, 17-year-old David Hamilton’s winning entry to the 2015 IP Video Contest managed to keep a crowd of around 1,000 IP lawyers laughing

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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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