USPTO Innovation Series Features HERL's Cooper

Rory Cooper has always enjoyed tinkering and competition. As a kid growing up in Southern California, he ran track and cross country, and he often worked in his parents’ garage, making improvements to skateboards and bicycles. He brought these skills to his work in the U.S. Army, but then an accident changed his life forever and set him on a path to become an inventor, engineer, and bronze medalist.

Each month, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Journeys of Innovation series tells the stories of inventors or entrepreneurs whose groundbreaking innovations have made a positive difference in the world - and HERL DIrector Dr. Rory Cooper is profiled in the October 2019 installment, featured right on the homepage of Check out the story on Dr. Cooper at

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