Journeys of Innovation Archive

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Portrait of Temple Grandin


Previous stories

Carrol Gantz holding up dustbuster. Patent image of dustbuster opposite

Moondust and marketing magic

How NASA's moon missions and a patented design led to a popular hand-held vacuum cleaner.

The AgroSpheres team, from left: Sepehr Zomorodi, Payam Pourtaheri, Ameer Shakeel, Zachery Davis, and Joseph T. Frank. Ameer holds a model of one of the bioparticles they have developed.


Origins of innovation

For a young startup, the seeds of risk and reward were planted long ago.

Rear view of Higgins Boat in front of USPTO headquarters large glass building


The patented boat that won the war

How a New Orleans inventor helped defeat the Nazis.

Bill and Karen Butcher, owners of Port City Brewing Company stand in their tap room, arms full of colorful six packs of the company's product


Brewing the brand

In a crowded marketplace, intellectual property helps customers discover new tastes.

Frances Arnold proudly holds her Nobel medal in chemistry


Beyond the Nobel

Insights from the first American woman to win the Nobel prize in chemistry.

Inventor Lonnie Johnson holding prototype of the Supersoaker water gun made from PVC pipe


Perseverance and prototypes 

How eight years of hard work led to the 'overnight success' of the Super Soaker®.

Cherry Murray and Irina Buhimschi sit together on a panel and smile out at the audience. A poster for the event, proclaiming "powering change" is seen in the background.


Failure or challenge?

Two trailblazing innovators share insights on science, life in the lab, and beyond.

Black and white 1900s photo portrait of Harriet Strong thoughtfully resting her chin on her hand


A strong will

How one woman’s fortitude shaped agriculture and brought water to the American West. 

Inventor Steve Katsaros proudly holds up his Nokero solar lightbulb in one hand and the patent for the device in the other


An end to darkness

For the 1.2 billion people without electricity, one bright idea could change everything.