United States Patent and Trademark Office - Paul Jennings; man servant to Pres Madison; who eventually gained his freedom via abolitionist help- was employed as a free man in the US Patent office.

Born into slavery in 1850, inventor and entrepreneur Sarah E. Goode was the first African-American woman to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. She received the patent for her invention of a folding cabinet bed in 1885. She died in 1905.

Earl Bell, is known as an inventor, building designer, and architectural theorist. Earl holds 3 US patents and 1 International Patent (South Africa). He is the sole inventor of Sasu Technology: liquid hydraulic electrical display for showing information, Slide Skin Technology: ergonomic chair system, Qet Ambit Technology: internal electrical mechanical mechanism for Quantification and has others that are being reviewed by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Christopher Petkanas, "The Forgotten Designer Behind Some of Fashion's Biggest Trends," The New York Times (10 May 2016). For anyone under 40, Bonnie Cashin's name doesn't exactly resonate, though some fashion scholars go so far as to credit her with inventing American sportswear.

Tesla's patent for an alternating motor, from February 25, 1896. US Patent #555,190. From http://patimg2.uspto.gov/.piw?Docid=00555190 and edited by someone to make it a better photo for Tumblr blogs, hehe (http://scientificillustration.tumblr.com/post/29185784362/tesla-alternating-motor-patented-february-25) When's the last time you browsed uspto.gov, the United States Patent and Trademark Office? I don't think I've ever visited it before! It's rather interesting :)

The folding cabinet bed was the genius invention of Chicago furniture storeowner Sarah E. Goode, the first African-American woman to receive a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark office. Designed to replace full-size beds that couldn’t fit in cramped apartments, Goode's space-conscious model served as a desk, stationary shelf and bed. Click Here to Order Our DVD.

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