Celebrating America's Greatest Inventors
Blog by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos
It was just a spectacular time to be in Washington D.C. last week. The weather was as good as it gets and the cherry blossoms were in full flower. It all made for a perfect setting for the annual induction ceremony of the National Inventors Hall of Fame. I had the great pleasure of participating in the ceremony, which was held at the Department of Commerce auditorium. It was the first time the event had been held in Washington since 1988.
The USPTO co-founded the Hall of Fame in 1973 and has always supported its noble mission of paying homage to the innovative giants of our time. And what a class of inductees we had this year. Collectively, they have amassed 387 patents. Their innovations have saved millions of lives, improved the quality of life for countless others and transformed the way just about everyone on the planet communicates, navigates and entertains themselves.
They join the 421 inductees who are enshrined at the National Inventors Hall of Fame and Museum on the USPTO campus. If you haven't had a chance to visit the Hall of Fame and Museum, I hope you will do so soon. There you will be able to grasp the immense contributions that these women and men have made to society. The technologies they have created are a road map through the progress of the modern world, a patent-by-patent history of the evolution of technology.
Shortly after becoming Director of the USPTO last August, I visited the Hall of Fame. It was, even for someone like me who has spent my entire adult life working with inventors, an inspiring experience. But I took something even more important away from that visit--a renewed commitment to the cause of reforming and transforming the USPTO and creating a more modern patent system that better serves America's innovative genius. I can think of no better way for all of us at the USPTO to honor and thank these amazing people than to pledge ourselves to achieving that goal.
As always I look forward to your comments and suggestions.