This is the third and final blog of a month-long series. Find Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Michelson IP celebrates Black History Month by highlighting these insightful stories on inventorship and innovation, including Lisa Gelobter:

  • “Researchers point to the Supreme Court’s infamous 1857 Dred Scott ruling that Americans of African descent, whether free or enslaved, were not U.S. citizens. The decision essentially precluded Black people from patenting their inventions.” – For Black Inventors, Road to Owning Patents Paved With BarriersBloomberg Law












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