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Da Vinci - the Genius
An online exhibit about Leonardo DaVinci as an inventor, scientist, and artist. Often includes activities. From the Boston Museum of Science.
Engineering Hall of Fame
"The emphasis in this Hall of Fame is on engineers and experimental scientists who invented patentable devices or who made discoveries that led to their development. Our list includes Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical Engineers." Please note: biographies come from the Edison Tech Center as well as Wikipedia (see Wikipedia's disclaimers). Inventions
Topics include: Children Inventors, Black Scientists and Inventors, Time Tangled Island: Thomas Edison, Great Inventions from Great Minds Quiz, A Guide to Inventions and Discoveries: From Adrenaline to the Zipper, Timeline of Everyday Inventions, Milestones in Transportation, Two Centuries of Railroading, Inventions By Women, The National Inventors Hall of Fame, Accidental Food Inventions.
How to Apply for a Patent for Your Invention
How to Become an Inventor
Inventing 101: A Free Online Course
Sections include: Beginning Steps for Inventors, Different Types of Idea Protection (Copyrights, Trademarks, Patents), Initial Idea Protection - Without A Patent, Marketability: Specifics with Statistics, Patentability: Does Your Idea Qualify For A Patent?, Applying For A Patent. Provided by the National Congress of Inventor Organizations (NCIO).
"Get inspired with profiles and biographies of famous inventors and their inventions. Then, become an inventor yourself with our resources for transforming your ideas into consumer products." Topics include: Basics; Famous Inventions; Famous Inventors; Patents & Trademarks; Timelines; and Computers & Internet. From See also:
How to Turn Your Invention Into Profit
Discusses the 3 ways to make money from your invention.
Important Innovatons and Inventions, Past and Present
An alphabetical list of "greatest hits".
Inventor and Entrepreneur Resources
Topics include: Get Started; Before You Apply; Get Help to Apply; Apply for IP Rights; After Your Apply; Appeal or Fix and Issue; Entrepreneur Resources; and Protect Yourself. From the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Inventor Archive
From the Lemelson-MIT Center.
The Lemelson Center
"The Lemelson Center is dedicated to exploring invention in history and encouraging inventive creativity in young people." From the Smithsonian Institute.
National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees
Search by Name; Year Inducted; Academic Institution; Company or Organization; State or Province; Country; or by Keyword.
The New York Times: Inventions and Patents News Headlines
Patent Public Search
"The Patent Public Search tool is a new web-based patent search application that will replace internal legacy search tools PubEast and PubWest and external legacy search tools PatFT and AppFT. Patent Public Search has two user selectable modern interfaces that provide enhanced access to prior art. The new, powerful, and flexible capabilities of the application will improve the overall patent searching process." From the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights
"What is intellectual property and how do you protect your ideas? This course gives an overview of intellectual properties and explains how to protect them. Learn why you should protect your intellectual property. Explore the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and discover the process for filing for a patent or trademark and registering for a copyright." 30 minute duration. From the Small Business Administration.
Selected Internet Resources
The Library of Congress has gathered links to institutions such as African American Inventors, Leonardo DaVinci, MIT and others.
Smithsonian Learning Lab
"An interactive website for the discovery and creative use of the Smithsonian's digital collections and tools - more than a million images, videos, texts, audio recordings, and activities...The Learning Lab is an educational interactive website for learners of all ages, for school or personal use." From the Smithsonian Institute.
10 Websites With Really Cool Inventions You Don't Know About
The Top 50
The top 50 inventions that come from MIT.
U.S. Copyright Office
Sections include: Basics of Copyrighting, Forms, Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ), Current Fees, Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright, Licensing, Laws and Regulations, and Registration.

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