The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) opened the exhibition “Inventing in America” July 1 in the Johnson-Louis Gateway to Innovation. Patent models, prototypes, trademark examples and inventions by National Invention Hall of Fame members illustrate the ways that the United States has always depended on invention. The exhibition will be on view for five years, through 2020. Through three large-scale cases, the gateway showcases more than 70 objects that represent how inventions influenced the past and play a key role in the current world. Alexander Graham Bell’s experimental liquid transmitter telephone from 1876, a patent model for an 1841 pin-making machine, an Apple I computer and the first digital-camera sensor are among the artifacts on display that introduce the museum’s 5 million visitors to its new

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