National Inventors Day was brought about by President Ronald Reagan in 1983. He decided to declare February 11th as the national date because it is Thomas Edison’s birthday. Reagan thought it would be a good tribute to the inventor since he had over 1,000 patents and was most known for his invention of the light bulb.
To get a patent for an invention there are roughly eight steps that you would need to follow. To simplify them, you need to come up with an invention and determine if it is patentable. Then you pick from three different patent forms that you would need to fill out and send in. Finally you will receive approval and then you work to keep your patent maintained. This means you pay the fee for the patent every four, eight, and twelve years following approval.
More resources can be found here:
- Patents. “Patent Process Overview.” United States Patent and Trademark Office - An Agency of the Department of Commerce, www.uspto.gov/patents-getting-started/patent-process-overview#step8.
- Rhodan, M. (2016). Meet the Inventors Obama Highlighted in the State of the Union. Time.Com, N.PAG.
- Roman, H. T. (2016). Thomas Edison as Role Model. Tech Directions, 75(5), 17-19.
- Hubert, P. G. (2001). Inventors. Scituate, MA: Digital Scanning Inc.
- Curley, R. (2010). The 100 Most Influential Inventors of All Time. New York, NY: Britannica Educational Publishing.
- Gribbin, J. R. (2004). The scientists : a history of science told through the lives of its greatest inventors. New York : Random House, 2004.
Call number: 509.22 G871 2003
- Isaacson, W. (2014). The innovators : how a group of hackers, geniuses, and geeks created the digital revolution. New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Call number: Non Fic 004.092 Is15 2014