INVENTOR SPOTLIGHT 2021
As intellectual property attorneys, we understand the ingenuity, persistence, and courage it takes for inventions to see the light of day. In this monthly inventor spotlight, Carlson Caspers’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee celebrates the accomplishments of an inventor who has made an impact on our world.
(1940 – 2013 )
JULY – NATIONAL DISABILITY INDEPENDENCE DAY
How Ralph Braun’s disability led him to develop the World’s first motorized scooter
In honor of National Disability Independence Day, which commemorates the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Carlson Caspers celebrates the achievements of inventor Ralph Braun. Mr. Braun was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy at a young age. His designs for motorized scooters, wheelchair-accessible vehicles, and wheelchair lifts facilitate the mobility and independence of people with disabilities. He developed his technologies into a business that became a worldwide leader of wheelchair-accessible vehicles and lifts.
Lynn Conway, M.S.E.E.
JUNE – PRIDE MONTH
How Lynn Ann Conway’s inventions and publications brought advancements in computer science and microelectronics.
In honor of Pride Month, Carlson Caspers celebrates the achievements of Lynn Ann Conway, an American computer scientist, electrical engineer, inventor, and transgender activist. Conway’s invention of generalized dynamic instruction handling using out-of-order execution improves the performance of superscalar computer processors. Her revolutionary work on silicon chip design triggered a flurry of university research and high-tech startups in the 80s and 90s. She is a named inventor on five U.S. patents. As a woman who has experienced a transgender transition, she is an activist for transgender rights.
Sumita Mitra, Ph.D., Co-Founder and Partner at Mitra Chemical Consulting, LLC
MAY – ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
How Dr. Sumita Mitra’s inventions brought several breakthroughs in dental technologies creating new smiles for millions.
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Carlson Caspers celebrates the achievements of inventor Dr. Sumita Mitra. She is best known for inventing the non-composite dental filling Filtek™ Supreme Restorative, which is a material that has been used in over 600 million dental implant procedures. Her discoveries have led to several innovative dental technologies, including nanocomposites, resin-modified glass ionomers, and dental adhesives.
Heinz Joseph Gerber
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APRIL – HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY (Yom HaShoah)
How Joseph Gerber, Holocaust Survivor, became an Automation Pioneer
In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom HaShoah), Carlson Caspers celebrates the achievements of inventor Joseph Gerber. Gerber is best known for developments in engineering design and manufacturing for several different industries. Many consider him the “Thomas Edison of manufacturing” as a pioneer in automation development in skill-intensive industries. He was the named inventor on more than 600 U.S. patents.
Stephanie Kwolek (1923-2014)
Photo by Michael Branscom
MARCH – WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
How Ms. Kwolek discovered Kevlar®
In honor of Women’s History month, Carlson Caspers celebrates the achievements of inventor and chemist Stephanie Kwolek. Kwolek is best known for inventing Kevlar®, a synthetic fiber of exceptional strength and stiffness. She is a named inventor on over 15 United States patents relating to her work as a chemist at DuPont.
Dr. Patricia Bath (1942-2019)
FEBRUARY – BLACK HISTORY MONTH
How Dr. Patricia Bath Changed the World of Sight
In honor of Black History month, Carlson Caspers celebrates the achievements of inventor Dr. Patricia Bath in the field of ophthalmology. Dr. Bath held five United States patents directed toward methods and a device using ultrasound and laser energy to remove cataracts. The United States Patent Office has recognized her technology as “help[ing] restore or improve vision to millions of patients worldwide, making it one of the most important developments in the field of ophthalmology.”
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