Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The United States Patent and Trademark Office Museum Now Home to the
National Inventors Hall of Fame

Museum and Hall Hosts A New Exhibit, ?Inventive Links?
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has announced
the opening of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in the museum of
its Alexandria, Va., campus. The Hall of Fame honors and encourages
the men and women responsible for the great technological advances
that make human, social and economic progress possible. The Hall of
Fame opening is being celebrated with a new exhibit about the
inductees, ?Inventive Links.?

The Hall of Fame was founded in 1973 by the USPTO and the National
Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations with the induction
of Thomas Edison as the first honoree. Each year, inductees are
selected from a field of people nominated by peers and the public.
Today there are 390 inventors who have been inducted into the Hall of
Fame. Originally housed at the USPTO, the Hall outgrew its location
and moved to Akron, Ohio where it opened to the public in 1995 and
where it developed additional programs. The building in Akron closed
last year for construction of the National Inventors Hall of Fame
School?Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Learning which will open this fall. The organization?s headquarters,
from where it administers its national programs, remain in Ohio.

?We are delighted that the National Inventors Hall of Fame has
returned to its roots at the United States Patent and Trademark
Office,? Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
and Director of the USPTO John Doll commented. ?The journey to
induction begins here with a patent, so it is only appropriate that
those innovators who have truly transformed our lives should be
honored at our headquarters.?

The ?Inventive Links? exhibit illustrates the unexpected way in
which modern technology is interlinked. Visitors take a journey along
the exhibit wall and view six unique sections starting with a question
and following the connections. With a little inventiveness and some
detective work, you will see how each path links the innovations of a
variety of inventors inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

The links that connect these inventors are drawn from the inductee
inventions, the patents and trademarks they hold, and the
interconnecting events and circumstances of their lives. Through these
many and varied links you will discover how seemingly unrelated
inventions have led to many major technological achievements.

In addition to ?Inventive Links?, the museum features an interactive
kiosk with biographical profiles and information on all 390 inductees.
The atrium of the Madison Building also has an exhibit honoring this
year?s inductees, who will be formally enshrined on May 2.

?Inventive Links? was created for the USPTO by the National Inventors
Hall of Fame Foundation, which runs the museum and gift shop. Both the
Hall of Fame and ?Inventive Links? exhibits are located in the USPTO?s
Museum off the atrium of the Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street,
Alexandria, Va. The museum and Hall of Fame is open Monday-Friday from
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturdays from noon to 5:00 p.m. It is
closed Sundays and federal holidays. Admission is free.

For more information go to WWW.GAPATENTS.COM or WWW.GOOGLE.COM.

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