The history of innovation is robust and full of surprises. We wouldn’t be where we are today without the hard work of countless innovators, their passion to improve the world and the support IP provided.
The first patent for the 3D-printer was granted in 1986. Today, thanks to intellectual property protections, manufacturers can now 3D print everything from bridges to prosthetic legs.
IP is not just about protecting individual innovators – it also enables collaboration and competition around the globe to promote innovation and advance fields.
While Hedy Lamarr is most known for acting, she was also granted a patent for her innovative frequency-hopping spread spectrum technology. Today it's still used in systems like GPS!
Innovation around the globe is continuing to grow! International patent filings have increased by 5.3% percent in the past decade.
Did you know that over 100 candidate vaccines for COVID-19 are currently in clinical development? These advancements wouldn't be possible without an innovation ecosystem bolstered by strong IP rights.
Every country has a unique patent system with individual ways to protect inventions, helping safeguard innovation around the globe.
Intellectual property protections help stop counterfeit and pirated products, which account for more than $360 billion in losses in international trade annually.
Innovators invest blood, sweat and tears into their ideas. But how do these ideas reach the rest of the world? Learn more about how innovations move from concept to market and how we can protect them.
Patent Knowledge Week
Tue, 10/04/2022 - Fri, 10/07/2022
This virtual four-day event aims to help all innovation professionals base their decisions on sound patent knowledge. Participants over these four days will find out what patent data is and what it can do for you, discover how to make the most of patent information, learn how to gain and generate patent knowledge and use data and information to drive value for your organization.
Intellectual property webinar for K-12 educators
This virtual professional development webinar is for K-12 educators who are interested in integrating intellectual property (IP), innovation, and invention activities into their STEM/STEAM curriculum. Educators can learn about different types of IP, including patents, trademarks, copyright and trade secrets.
IP Counsels Committee Conference
Mon, 11/14/2022 - Wed, 11/16/2022
This in-person conference offers timely, relevant educational sessions on the latest issues in the biotech IP sector. Participants will have the opportunity to attend informal networking events designed to promote discussion and foster relationships among industry colleagues and learn practical tips.