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Arthur Daemmrich

Arthur Daemmrich is the director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution. He has led research projects into the history of pharmaceutical innovation and regulation, chemical risk, and healthcare systems, and is currently researching the history of patent licensing. Daemmrich has published in the fields of science and technology studies, history of technology, medical sociology, and business policy. Previously an associate professor at the University of Kansas, assistant professor at Harvard Business School and a visiting professor at the China Europe International Business School, he holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University and a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Recent Articles by Arthur Daemmrich

Eleven Million Patents: Milestones in the History of Invention

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued its 11 millionth patent today, May 11, 2021. America’s first (unnumbered) patent was issued in July of 1790, and patents were numbered consecutively starting in 1836. From there, the pace of patenting accelerated, with 100,000 patents issued by early 1870 and the 1 millionth issued in 1911. Since 2010, the USPTO has issued an average of over 300,000 new patents annually, as inventors and firms around the world have look to the United States as the premier global patent location.

Past Events with Arthur Daemmrich

Vaccines, Intellectual Property, and Global Equity

June 10, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT