First U.S. Patent Issued Today In 1790

On July 31, 1790, Samuel Hopkins was granted the first U.S. patent when he created a better way to make potash, a versatile chemical used in American exports. Potash is an impure form of potassium...


Independence Day Innovation

Independence Day Innovations

We’re all familiar with the typical fanfare that unfolds on the Fourth of July—barbecues, pool parties, and fireworks, and all things grilled and chilled. To kick off the summer celebration, we...


Pride Month

To Celebrate Pride Month, Suiter Swantz IP Is Highlighting LGBTQ+ Inventors

As part of June's Pride Month, we're taking a look at some of the most notable contributions and inventions from the LGBTQ+ community. In celebration of these lives and achievements, here are six...


International Women in Engineering Day

Celebrating International Women In Engineering Day

International Women in Engineering Day celebrates the outstanding achievements of women engineers around the world. The science of engineering has been responsible for countless developments, many of...


5 Fun In The Sun Patents

Whether you're cooling down with some trademarked treats or barbecuing with a patented grill, this season you're bound to be surrounded by summer-themed intellectual property (IP). Summer is a season...


Thomas Edison's Electric Vote Recorder

On June 1, 1869, Thomas Edison was granted patent for the Electric Vote Recorder, U.S. Patent No. 90,646.  While he is known for inventing the light bulb and the phonograph, Thomas Edison is also the...