On Tuesday, August 11, 1998, in recognition of National Inventors Month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) will unveil a new exhibit at its museum in Arlington, Va. The exhibit, called , pays tribute to the creativity of the people behind the many inventions that are used in homes across the nation every day. Some of the inventors being celebrated are famous; most are not.
guides visitors through a typical American home showcasing not only the inventors and their inventions, but also many of the trademarks that identify these household products and belongings that have changed the way we live.
President Clinton, in connection with the opening of , will issue a statement underscoring the important role creativity and invention play in fostering a healthy and prosperous America.
The PTO Museum is located at 2121 Crystal Drive, Suite 0100, in Crystal City in Arlington, Va. The exhibit will open for a press preview on Tuesday, August 11, 1998 at 4:30 p.m. with an opening reception at 5:30 p.m.
The PTO is the Commerce Department's user fee-funded bureau that administers laws relevant to granting patents and registering trademarks; advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on patent, trademark and copyright protection; and advises the secretary of commerce, the president of the United States, and the administration on the trade-related aspects of intellectual property. Nearly 6 million patents have been issued since the first patent in 1790. Last year PTO issued 122,977 patents and registered 112,509 trademarks.