Posts Tagged: Black History Month


From Home Security to VoIP: Honoring Black Women Inventors of the Last Half-Century

Throughout February, we have recognized some of the earliest Black women inventors, beginning with Martha Jones in 1868 and her patent directed to a corn husker, ending with …
By Rebecca Tapscott
9 months ago 0

Sarah Boone: the ‘Ironing Table’, Perfected

Sarah Boone is believed to be the fifth African-American woman to be awarded a U.S. patent Her invention, U.S. Patent No. 473,653, issued in 1892 and was …
By Rebecca Tapscott
9 months ago 2

Eighteen Dollars for Her Patent: Ellen Elgin and the Story of the Clothes-Wringer

In August 1888, Ellen Elgin, a black woman housekeeper, invented a clothes wringer which allowed clothing to be washed and dried faster by feeding clothes through two rollers …
By Rebecca Tapscott
9 months ago 3

Black Women Inventors Recall Their Paths to Success in USPTO Black History Month Event

On February 10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) hosted its annual Black History Month program, “Contemporary Black Women Inventors.” The event spotlights Black inventors and …
By IPWatchdog
9 months ago 4

Signed with an ‘X’: Judy Reed, Improved Dough Kneader and Roller

Judy W. Reed, one of the first recorded African American women to receive a U.S. patent (No. 305,474), is known for her invention titled “Dough Kneader and …
By Rebecca Tapscott
10 months ago 1

A Cooking Revolution: Mary Jones De Leon

In 1873, Mary Jones De Leon was granted U.S. patent No. 140,253 for her invention titled ”Cooking Apparatus.” De Leon, who resided in Baltimore, Maryland, is believed to …
By Rebecca Tapscott
10 months ago 2

Dr. Thomas Mensah: An innovator of fiber optics technologies

Although the history of fiber optics includes a long list of engineers and inventors making contributions over decades, Dr. Mensah’s particular improvements to the process of …
By Steve Brachmann
7 years ago 0

Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The first patent received by an HBCU was on April 11, 1978, assigned to Shaw University of Raleigh, NC. Between 1969 and 2012, HBCUs received 100 utility patents from the U.S. …

God’s Scientist: George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was not only a talented innovator, but was also an extremely gifted educator and …
By Eric Guttag
8 years ago 0

Granville Woods and Induction Telegraphy

There are some who say that the number of patents Woods obtained is at least 60, may be even much higher. But from Professor Fouché’s book, I’…
By Eric Guttag
8 years ago 0

The Black Edison: Granville T. Woods

Granville Woods is often referred as “The Black Edison.” Woods and Thomas Edison went to court twice over what were apparently invention disputes. Both times, Woods won. …
By Eric Guttag
8 years ago 0