Photos from the 2015 Innovation Festival at the National Museum of American History

Anyone can file a patent

Elizabeth Dougherty from the U.S. Office of Patents and Trademarks walked the audience through the process of filing a patent, and with help from the audience, stressed that anyone can be an inventor.

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By Erin Carson

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