A message from Michelle K. Lee--the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Ideas that lead to groundbreaking innovations are remembered for eternity. However, the difference between protecting and losing those ideas sometimes come down to a single moment in time. For Alexander Graham Bell and Elisha Gray it was moment that shaped global communications forever.
Italy-1421. An Italian inventor is about to make patent history.
Architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi was granted a patent on the manufacturing of a barge with a hoisting gear—a device that streamlined the transportation of marble. The patent resulted in Brunelleschi acquiring a three-year monopoly on the manufacturing and sales of the new barge. While monopolies are only celebrated today when you secure Park Place and Boardwalk, Brunelleschi revolutionized national and global business as his idea would influence society for the next 600 years—patenting your hard work and creative ideas is a profitable business decision.