The Bear NecessitiesThe grizzly history of bear pepper sprays.
Trendy Technologies Never Live Up to the Hype. Until They Do.
Patent StyleA fashionista’s guide to the history of American intellectual property.
Forget the Dos Equis GuyThis man sued the pope, made a movie with Steven Spielberg, advised Indira Gandhi, and invented the banana slicer.
Scales of JusticeHow a terrible Supreme Court decision about player pianos made the cover song what it is today.
The Surprisingly Engrossing History of Patent ExaminersIn the 19th century, they were celebrities!
The Poorest Man’s CopyrightDo nothing.
How to Tell If You’re DeadThe 19th-century doctor who wanted to create a “death thermometer.”
Follow Her LeadHow a mysterious woman’s 1908 patent exemplifies the drama of dogs in America.
Abraham Lincoln’s Steampunk PresidencyThe only commander-in-chief to hold a patent presided over one of the country’s most inventive periods.
The Lesson of the Power LoomWhat the Industrial Revolution’s inventors can tell us about open innovation today.
Thomas Edison Was a “Patent Troll”Patent litigation isn’t nearly as new as people think it is.
In Pursuit of Knowledge, and ProfitHow universities aid and abet patent trolls.
Is the Infomercial Dead?The format thrives, but big companies are taking over.
Taking Rube Goldberg SeriouslyWhat fictional inventions say about American ingenuity.
Jonas Salk: Good at Virology, Bad at EconomicsHe didn’t patent his vaccine, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t.