Author: Inventors Digest

Collegiate Inventors Winners

Undergraduate and graduate students honored by National Inventors Hall of Fame The six winning teams in this year’s Collegiate Inventors Competition ® created inventions ranging from a bandage to treat chronic wounds, to a device that saves the lives of piglets. The competition, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is sponsored by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Arrow Electronics, Bridgestone Americas and Skild. The 2017 online application management platform was made possible through the generous support of Skild. Gold winners: Undergraduate—Swine Tech team, University of Iowa (Arrow Innovation Prize Winner). Matthew Rooda and Abraham...

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Inventors of the Year

TEAMS BEHIND CRISPR-CAS9, WITH POTENTIAL TO ELIMINATE DISEASES, HONORED BY IPOEF The inventors behind the CRISPR-Cas9 gene-editing technology, which could eventually help eliminate diseases such as sickle cell anemia, are the recipients of the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation’s 44th Inventor of the Year Award. Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats allow scientists to identify diseased or mutated gene sequences in the human genome, then remove and replace them with healthy genes. Dr. Jennifer Doudna was named to accept the award on behalf of the team at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Feng Zhang was to accept the...

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Tools, Materials and Processes

A prototype—a conceptual model of an idea for a new product—can be made from virtually any material via numerous tools, materials and processes. In product development, prototyping often entails the latest technological means to produce a result that closely approximates the intended end product. You don’t need all of the latest gadgets in order to build a solid prototyping workspace; all it takes is wisely choosing the right tools for you. Here are some simple and not-so-simple tools, materials and processes (some of these overlap, such as 3D printers and their process): Tools Table saw It takes up a...

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Inventor Organizations

Below is a list of independent inventor organizations and groups across the United States. Many groups keep up-to-date schedules of regularly occurring meetings and events for their local areas. Visit an individual group’s website for more information. Inventors Digest only publishes the names and contacts of inventor groups certified with the United Inventors Association. To have your group listed, visit and become a UIA member. National Organizations United Inventors Association of the USA  1025 Connecticut Avenue Suite 1000 Washington DC 20036 Contact General Info: Inventor Clubs: John Calvert | National Congress of Inventor Organizations (NCIO)...

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Hot Topic: Strengthening Patents

Conference to discusses patents’ role in U.S. economy Building a strong patent system—a key to economic health for the United States both here and abroad—was the subject of a July 12 conference in Washington, D.C., presented by Inventing America. The conference, hosted by a coalition of innovators, included panel discussions on the role of patents in creating new jobs and how we can maximize opportunities through diversity in patenting. A discussion with key members of Congress focused on what may be ahead for patents and inventors. Among those on the distinguished program of experts were Susan M. Armstrong, Qualcomm...

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