USPTO Honors Cooper with Card

HERL Director Dr. Rory Cooper writes:

"You may find it of interest that on Saturday, 18 May 2019; I was revealed as the #28 Inventor in the US Patent and Trademark Office "Collectible Card Series." Others include Thomas Edison, Nicolas Tesla, Steve Wozniak, George Washington Carver, and Temple Grandin. The reveal was done at the Smithsonian Institute of American History by the Deputy Director of the USPTO Laura Peter during Military Invention Day of the Lemelson Exhibit. Among the people present were the Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer, Admiral John Richardson, Chief Naval Officer, MG Cedric Wins, and Elizabeth Dougherty of USPTO.

"Prior to the reveal, we were given a wonderful behind the scenes tour of the Smithsonian to see some amazing historical artifacts (including a piece of the Flag that inspired the USA National Anthem). After the reveal, guests of the Smithsonian (around 10,000 people over the course of the day) could pick-up some of the trading cards, including #28. I spent some time talking with inventors of all ages - from kids to military research scientists to established inventors in industry and academia."

The USPTO launched the Inventor Collectible Card Series in 2012 at the USA Science and Engineering Festival. The cards feature caricatures of various inventors and are designed to recognize a wide variety of patent holders from diverse backgrounds and demographics in an effort to encourage and inspire future generations of inventors and innovators from various walks of life. New cards are released periodically and are typically distributed at USPTO booths at various education and outreach festivals and events. The concept for the cards was developed by the Office of Education and Outreach at the USPTO.

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