40 episodes

Stroke of GeniusⓇ Season 4 shares some of the most important stories in IP today, not just about the rules of patents, trademarks and copyrights, but about the role IP has played in shaping our world and how our world has shaped IP. This season, we chat with entrepreneurs and innovators who have used intellectual property protections to positively affect issues like COVID-19, food deserts and everything in between. Join us as we dig deeper into the journeys of the world’s most influential difference-makers.
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    • 4.8 • 70 Ratings

Stroke of GeniusⓇ Season 4 shares some of the most important stories in IP today, not just about the rules of patents, trademarks and copyrights, but about the role IP has played in shaping our world and how our world has shaped IP. This season, we chat with entrepreneurs and innovators who have used intellectual property protections to positively affect issues like COVID-19, food deserts and everything in between. Join us as we dig deeper into the journeys of the world’s most influential difference-makers.
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    Diversifying the Future of Innovation

    Diversifying the Future of Innovation

    Many of the problems we face for the future will be solved using machine learning and artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence has the capability of personalizing our daily technological experience like filtering out spam in our email accounts or allowing our phones to recognize our faces and voices. It will help us to combat climate change, fight pandemics, and advance technology at a rapid pace. But despite all of its good, AI also has the capability to be incredibly biased. Senior technical staff member and Master Inventor at IBM, Tara Astigarraga talks with us about the challenges around AI and how inventors are looking to solve the problems of the future.
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    • 18 min
    Herstory of Invention

    Herstory of Invention

    Women have been inventing to solve problems that they face for years. But despite the fact that women make up roughly 50% of the country's population, only 12% of recognized innovators in the United States are women. There are several reasons for this, and now people are increasingly talking about how to support underrepresented communities, and encourage them to enter the innovation ecosystem. In the episode, you’ll meet a woman entrepreneur who is new to this innovation ecosystem and is working on problem solving for the moment we find ourselves in right now.
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    • 21 min
    Emerging Entrepreneurs

    Emerging Entrepreneurs

    Perhaps one of the biggest changes to daily life over the past year has affected the world’s youngest citizens. As schools went virtual, sports and extracurriculars were canceled, and time with friends was off-limits, kids spent the past year trying to find ways to entertain themselves. In this episode, we’ll hear from two young innovators who were spurred by the pandemic stay-at-home orders to invent something new and grow their own business.


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    • 22 min
    Illuminating Overlooked Inventors

    Illuminating Overlooked Inventors

    Too many times throughout history, the genius of Black innovators has been overlooked because of discrimination. In this episode, we will meet a journalist and a biologist who are helping to dismantle stereotypes about who can have a career in STEM. They are resurrecting the stories of women and people of color who made amazing inventions and contributions to science, with the hopes that these diverse examples of resilience and creativity will inspire students today to draw a different picture of who can be a scientist and inventor.
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    • 28 min
    Trademarking Vulgarity

    Trademarking Vulgarity

    In 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for a case in which no one dared utter the word at the heart of the dispute. Before that, Simon Tam registered his band name and made a memorial impact on trademark law. In this episode, we’ll explore disputes like these that explain whether or not trademarking immoral, scandalous, or disparaging material is permitted.
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    • 22 min
    Rebroadcast: Patents in Pandemic

    Rebroadcast: Patents in Pandemic

    Given the advancement in innovation and vaccines since its original release date in June 2020, IPO Education Foundation is re-broadcasting last season's Patents in Pandemic episode focusing on COVID-19. 
    Join experts from across industries as they discuss how intellectual property incentivizes innovation and how it is leveraged during a pandemic.

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
70 Ratings

70 Ratings

mgdj ,

Feed your mind!

I really enjoy this podcast! I thought I knew a lot about inventions but there is always something more to learn. I particularly liked the episode in the contributions of immigrants!

LadyRainstorm ,

“Woman” Is Not Synonymous with “Mommy”

I started with the episode “Herstory of Invention” which is billed as an episode about “how to support underrepresented communities, and encourage them to enter the innovation ecosystem.” I was excited to hear about female inventors and how they can be supported and encouraged to enter a male-dominated area. Instead, after the initial introduction, the podcast devolved into stories about moms who have struggled during the pandemic and how one female pediatric neuropsychologist mommy started a business to help other moms in this time.

The issues that women face in the workplace or in business are not entirely because they have children. In fact, as of 2018, a little less than half of all adult women in the US are child free. It would be nice if discussions about challenges that women face did not center around their statuses as child bearers. This podcast devolved into stereotypes about how women are perfectionists, “more empathetic,” and how they can use those traits for success.

There was absolutely nothing in this podcast about how to support women inventors. There was almost nothing about a “herstory” (the feminist version of “history”) much less a history of women inventors. A background track of fighting children is used to manipulate the listener into feeling more stress while this doctor is talking about starting a business during the pandemic.

It is offensive to equate women’s problems with mommy problems, because that discounts the experiences of nearly half the adult women in the US. Starting a business is not the same as creating an invention. And perpetuating the stereotype that women have more emotional maturity than men does nothing to advance women in an professional environment.

CamelGrace ,

Learn Something with Every Episode

I just love this podcast - I learn something with each new episode! The invention process is so unique for each individual and hearing their stories is entertaining and informative.

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