History’s Hand: Inventor’s Mind

Designed for today’s inventors, innovators, and entrepreneurs, as well as history buffs and the intellectually curious, this interactive webinar series features several installments moderated by USPTO Historian Adam Bisno. He's assembled a group of historians with great stories to tell about specific inventors, their patents, and the crucial role of invention in economic progress.  

The creative endeavor of inventing has existed since humankind first populated the earth. As individuals and teams, we have pursued innovation as a means of addressing life’s challenges, big and small. This rich history of problem solving reveals some truly fascinating patterns and concepts that can delight and inform inventors of the modern day.

Register now for one, several, or all of the sessions.

Past events

Jun 30, 2021 - Virtual

“Invention as a team effort: Nikola Tesla, his backer, his lawyer, and his boyfriend” will feature W. Bernard Carlson, Joseph L. Vaughan Professor of Humanities, Chair of the Engineering and Society Department, Professor of History, and Director of the Engineering Business Programs, University of Virginia.

Jun 23, 2021 - Virtual

“Five myths about patents and American economic progress” will feature Zorina Khan, Professor of Economics, Bowdoin College.

Jun 16, 2021 - Virtual

“Lessons from the birth of the Telecommunications Revolution: Samuel Morse’s Electro-Magnetic Telegraph” will feature Adam Mossoff, Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.

Jun 9, 2021 - Virtual

“Innovate like Edison” will feature Paul Israel, Research Professor; Director and General Editor of the Thomas A. Edison Papers at Rutgers University.

Jun 2, 2021 - Virtual

“Licensing the First U.S. Patent: Samuel Hopkins, Eli Cogswell, and the Inventor-Entrepreneur” will feature Dr. Arthur Daemmrich, Director of the Jerome and Dorothy Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution.