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CPIP & Lemelson Center Hosting Innovation Discussion at American History Museum on February 16

The Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at Antonin Scalia Law School invite you to a panel discussion at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

America as a Place of Innovation: Great Inventors and the Patent System

February 16, 2017, 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Coulter Performance Plaza (First Floor West)



This panel will explore the history of innovation and the broader social, political, and legal context in which it occurred in the late nineteenth century in the United States. The panel will address the historical role of patents, research-intensive startups, litigation, and licensing in an important period of disruptive innovation.


  • Prof. Ernest Freeberg, University of Tennessee, discussing Thomas Edison and how the invention of the electric light impacted American culture. Professor Freeberg is the author of the book The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America (Penguin, 2014).
  • Prof. Christopher Beauchamp, Brooklyn Law School, discussing Alexander Graham Bell and the legal disputes that erupted out of Bell’s telephone patent. Professor Beauchamp is the author of the book Invented by Law: Alexander Graham Bell and the Patent That Changed America (Harvard University Press, 2015).
  • Prof. Adam Mossoff, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, discussing early American innovation by Charles Goodyear, Samuel Morse, and Joseph Singer. Professor Mossoff is the author of the influential article “The Rise and Fall of the First American Patent Thicket: The Sewing Machine War of the 1850s.”
  • Moderator: Arthur Daemmrich, Director, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation


To download the flyer, please click here.

CPIP Releases New Report on Global Patent Pendency Problem

CPIP has just released a new report entitled The Long Wait for Innovation: The Global Patent Pendency Problem. The report was penned by CPIP Director of Academic Programs Mark Schultz and CPIP Legal Fellow Kevin Madigan.

The report documents one of the biggest challenges facing the global patent system: patent pendency. In many countries, the delay between application and grant is so long that the patent approaches irrelevance in many industries. For example, the average time to obtain a patent for mobile technology in Brazil is 14 years, and in Thailand, it takes 16 years on average to get a life sciences patent.

For the first time, Schultz and Madigan present data collected from eleven different countries demonstrating that patent pendency is a global problem. They show that lengthy backlogs are not related to national wealth, and they break out important technology fields for comparison. The authors make several recommendations for fixing the problem, including hiring more and better-qualified examiners, implementing work-sharing between patent offices, and eliminating obstacles to final grants.


To read the report, please click here.