USPTO July Monthly Review

by John Roberts on August 4, 2020

A look back at the highlights of July 2020
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A look back at the highlights of July 2020

Journeys of Innovation

Percy Julian in his lab
A scientist makes inroads in chemistry and civil rights.

Surmounting the insurmountable

With unwavering perseverance, Percy Julian fought against segregation and other challenges to become a leading innovator in synthetic chemistry. His numerous inventions range from the fire retardant Aerofoam to treatments for glaucoma and rheumatoid arthritis. He was granted over 130 patents during his lifetime and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1990. This year marks the 100th anniversary of Julian’s graduation, as valedictorian, from DePauw University. While that honor was the first of many intellectual and scientific accolades, Julian is equally celebrated as an innovator who broke down barriers for future scientists from underrepresented groups.

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Blogs and remarks

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Director’s Forum: A Blog from USPTO’s Leadership

First-rate information technology infrastructure supports USPTO teleworkers nationwide

Remember that old U.S. Post Office creed, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds?” That’s how we feel about our work at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Granted, we’ve faced much worse in the past three months than just inclement weather. Even so, the USPTO’s 13,000 employees have endured the historic challenges and, through an efficient teleworking system, have kept America’s engine of innovation moving forward.

By Andrei Iancu, Director of the USPTO and Jamie Holcombe, Chief Information Officer, USPTO | Continue reading

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