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Fitch Even Sponsors National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

May 10, 2016

As in past years, Fitch, Even, Tabin & Flannery LLP was proud to serve as sponsor of the 44th Annual National Inventors Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony recognizing the 2016 inductees. The induction ceremony took place on May 5, 2016, at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

In attendance were Fitch Even partners Edward W. Gray, Jr., Past Chair of the National Inventors Hall of Fame Board of Directors, Sherri N. Blount, and Federal Circuit Judge Pauline Newman, among others.

This year's 16 inductees included these renowned inventors:
  • Joseph Jacobson, Barrett Comiskey, and JD Albert, who created electronic ink, a breakthrough paperlike display that enabled the e-book industry
  • Radia Perlman, whose spanning-tree protocol transformed the Ethernet from a technology with technical limitations into a system that could create large networks, advancing the growth of the Internet. Her innovations also made Internet routing reliable and scalable.
  • Roger Angel, who created large but lightweight mirrors for astronomical telescopes that are used in many of the world’s leading observatories
  • Victor Lawrence, who improved transmission for the modern Internet and made high-speed connections more universally available through his innovations in digital filter circuits
  • Ivan Sutherland, who broke new ground in 3D computer modeling, visual simulation, and human-computer interaction and is considered the father of computer graphics
  • Bantval Jayant Baliga, who invented the insulated gate bipolar transistor, a semiconductor power switch that has improved energy efficiency and reduced carbon dioxide emissions worldwide over the past 25 years
  • Per-Ingvar Brånemark, who invented the modern dental implant
  • Sheldon Kaplan, who designed the EpiPen® Auto-Injector, used to treat anaphylactic shock and credited with saving countless lives
  • Harriet Strong, whose invention of a system of dams and reservoirs for water storage and flood control contributed to the development of Southern California as an agricultural region
  • John Silliker and Welton Taylor, who developed a highly accurate method to test for salmonella, a method still used today in labs around the world
The complete list of 2016 honorees can be found on the Invent Now website.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame, a subsidiary of Invent Now, is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 in partnership between the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The Hall of Fame honors individuals holding U.S. patents whose extraordinary innovations and creations have made significant contributions to our nation’s welfare and to the advancement of science and the useful arts. The Hall of Fame currently has 532 esteemed members.

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