We’ve said it before, we’ll say it again: inventors and inventing don’t get nearly the recognition they deserve. The end of May officially marks the close of National Inventors Month, but at Intellectual Ventures, every month could (and should) carry the moniker. For their dedication, intellect and hard work, we can’t voice our appreciation for inventors enough. It isn’t hyperbolic to say that without inventors, there wouldn’t be an Intellectual Ventures.

In recognition of the end of May, we’re rounding up some of our favorite posts on inventors and invention:

  • Who will be the 21st century’s Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, Marie Curie, or Nikola Tesla? Edward Jung, IV’s CTO, and Geoff Dean, VP and general manager of the IV Lab weigh in on the next generation of inventors.
  • Hear what successful, modern day inventors have to say on what it takes to navigate the complicated business of invention in how to hack the invention process.
  • What do magnetrons, adhesives, baking, refrigerants, and polymers have in common? To the original inventors of some of today’s most consumed products—microwave ovens, Post-its®, chocolate chip cookies, Teflon®, and Super Glue®—they all led to inventions by accident.
  • Finally, Adriane Brown, IV’s president and COO, talks about the people behind the patents and how Intellectual Ventures fosters innovative minds through Project Eureka!.

And in case you missed it, be sure to check out our Behind the Breakthrough series that regularly profiles inventors – as well as scientists, managers, lawyers and more – who are integral to driving innovation. Happy National Inventors Month – and thank you to inventors everywhere from the entire Intellectual Ventures team.


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