Friday’s Famous Inventor – Bertha Berman

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Bertha Berman invented the fitted bed sheet on October 6, 1959. She realized that a mattress needed a cover so it would not get spoiled. However, without the elastic placed on the corners of the sheet, it would not stay attached to the mattress. Thus, Bertha came up with the idea of attaching elastic to […]

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IP News – 5 Things Inventors and Startups Need to Know About Patents

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By Gene Quinn July 9, 2016 On the road from idea to inventing success there are many pitfalls that stand in the way. One of the biggest pitfalls, unfortunately, is incomplete knowledge. There are a great number of things inventors should know, from the importance of doing a patent search, to the need for confidentiality […]

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Monopoly Game Invention

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Have you ever imagined high school kids being inventors? I think most people who like board games recognize the Parker Brothers.  George S. Parker created his first game, called Banking, in 1883 when he was just 16.  He founded his company, initially called the George S. Parker Company, in his hometown of Salem, Massachusetts, in the […]

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Trademark Tuesday – Bicycle Playing Cards

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August M. Berens, also known as Gus, came up with the idea to name a playing card line "Bicycle." He was just helping his boss out. Gus worked for Russell Morgan and Company, a Cincinnati printing firm. In 1885, the company came out with a new pack of cards. However, they did not have a […]

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IP News – Female Inventors

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Press release from the United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (www.gov.uk) Female inventorship is on the rise worldwide according to the UK IPO revealed on November 14, 2016.  In Britain, the proportion of female inventors is 7.3%. In the United States of America there are 8.7% female inventors, as compared to 91.3% male inventors. Since 2000, […]

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Friday’s Famous Inventor – Beulah Louise Henry

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Beulah Henry was nicknamed "Lady Edison" because she is credited with over 100 inventions that made daily life easier. In 1912, her first invention was a vacuum-sealed ice cream freezer (Patent #1,037,762.) Henry was such a prolific inventor that she was granted 49 United States Patent and Trademark Office patents. An interesting invention of hers […]

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Trademark Tuesday – Lea & Perrins Sauce

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The Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce has been around for over 150 years. A pharmacist named John Wheeley Lea worked in the English market town of Worcester. William Perrins ran a pharmacy in the nearby town of Evesham. On January 1, 1823 they organized their business  in Worcestershire and called it Lee & Perrins. It […]

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Ear Muffs Invention

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Did you know that in 1863 ear muffs were invented by a fifteen-year-old? Enough cold walks gave Chester Greenwood the idea to create ear muffs so his ears could stay warm when he was outside. For the past 39 years in the state of Maine, the first day of winter is known as Chester Greenwood Day. […]

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Friday’s Famous Inventor – Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931)

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Thomas Alva Edison was a very prolific inventor with over 1,000 inventions. He was born in Milan, Ohio, and grew up in Port Huron, Michigan. His first invention was an electric vote-recording machine. It was patented in 1869 and used in legislative chambers. However, politicians did not want to speed up the voting process and […]

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Intellectual Property News

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The Importance of Intellectual Property to the U.S. Economy According to the United States Department of Commerce in a recently released report, intellectual property intensive industries support at least 45 million U.S. jobs. This is about 30 percent of all the jobs in the country.  These jobs contribute over $6 trillion to the U.S. GDP, […]

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