Selected Internet Resources - Inventions
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U.S. Patent and Trademark
The USPTO site has searchable databases for patent and trademark
information, for the last 20 years. Also information on registration of Internet
American Inventors: Louisiana State University Libraries
This site offers images and biographical information, most
with bibliographies. It includes a useful section on historical inventors and
on African American women inventors.
Leonardo - Museum of Science, Boston
Focusing on Leonardo da Vinci, this is a useful site for teachers
and students in grades 4-8. Areas covered include a helpful section on the elements
of machines, (the lever, gears), and a discussion of perspective.
Inventure Place, National
Inventors Hall of Fame (USPTO)
The inventors Hall of Fame is searchable for biographical material
on American inventors; entries inlcude an image of the inventor and patent numbers.
There is also information on the actual museum in Akron, Ohio, and on invention
camps and other programs.
Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation
This Smithsonian site provides exhibits, programs, educational
outreach, references on the history of invention, and links to other websites
This site provides links to many R&D sites, and other resources
for inventors. There is a searchable archive of American inventors, with fairly
substantial biographical information.
Biography: Invention (Smithsonian Institution)
Limited to a small number of well known American inventors,
including Franklin, Jefferson, Howe, Fulton, Morse, Whitney and Bell. The text
is generally short, but often hyperlinked to high quality images of the inventions.
Online Museum (The Alliance for American Innovation)
This virtual museum has "rooms" for colonial invention, women,
transportation, space, communications, and etc.
This site hosts a forum for inventors and offers a great selection
of related links and resources in all areas of interest to inventors.
Registration is required, but searching and display of titles
and abstracts for chemical patents is free; additional information is available
for a fee. Coverage from 1975.
Intellectual Property Network
"A premier site for searching, viewing, and analyzing
patent collections worldwide."
A free networking website for inventors that provides a comprehensive directory of all U.S. patent attorneys and agents.
"Includes "450 million searchable indexed patent pages available in 15 native languages. It is a source for patent data and analytic tools and a hosted community platform enabling users to connect to generate business opportunities, including the licensing and sale of intellectual property."