United States Patent Office 225th Anniversary

I will be on a panel at the USPTO’s celebration of its 225th anniversary on April 10th, 2015, speaking on the “Challenge of the Future”.  I will be joining two National Inventor Hall of Fame inductees, Jim West and Al Langer.

For more information:  http://www.uspto.gov/about-us/events/225th-anniversary-patent-act-celebration

Addendum 4/12/2015:

I enjoyed participating in the event, getting to meet some really great people, especially my two co-panalists.  You can view some photos of the event here:


Addendum 4/23/2015:

I received the following email from Michelle Lee today,

Dear Ms. Elliott,

I want to take a moment to personally thank you for your involvement in commemorating the 225th anniversary of the first Patent Act on April 10. The events of the day were a resounding success and reaffirmed the important purpose of intellectual property and its role in the technological development of our nation and the world.

It was an honor to have you participate in the discussion panel with the other inventors. Your inspiring discussion of your inventions, as well as innovation in general and the importance of intellectual property in creating it, was truly enlightening. The combined wisdom offered that afternoon is not something, I am sure, anyone in the room will soon forget.

Soon after George Washington signed the Patent Act of 1790, Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of War Henry Knox, and Attorney General Edmund Randolph began meeting as the first board of patent examiners to evaluate submitted applications for “letters patent.” They granted just three patents that first year. As you recently witnessed, the USPTO has now issued over 9 million U.S. patents, collectively detailing and disclosing the vast majority of mankind’s technologies. It is the great honor of this agency, one whose origins are rooted in the Constitution itself, to catalog, protect, and promote the Progress of Science and Useful Arts.

Thank you again for your participation in marking the 225th anniversary of the first Patent Act. We greatly appreciate your involvement and could not have made it as successful without you.



Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director

United States Patent and Trademark Office

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