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The USPTO celebrated ingenuity, invention and imagination during the Modern Marvels display in the agency’s Madison atrium. The Modern Marvels exhibit, sponsored by The History Channel® and the National Inventors Hall of Fame®, featured scale models, prototypes and artwork of the inventions of the 25 semifinalists of the 2007 Modern Marvels Invent Now® Challenge Foundation

The two million square feet campus houses about 9,000 highly skilled and professional employees and the agency’s museum. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Museum is the agency’s opportunity to showcase how the U.S. patent and trademark systems protect and encourage innovation and the men and women whose creativity has helped foster a strong and prosperous America. The USPTO Museum features an interactive exhibit area, theatre and store. The museum currently hosts several interactive exhibits, including the “Art of Invention – Invention of Art,” which features 70 works of art that emerged from inventions, patents and trademarks. The inventors and artists represented in this exhibit produced artistic treasures that also serve a practical purpose. The museum’s latest addition, a novel high tech “Portrait Gallery” features digital electronic portraits of U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison; the famous inventor Thomas Edison; National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees Helen Free, who developed home testing for diabetes, and Steve Wozniak, the inventor and co-founder of Apple Computer; and USPTO Director Jon Dudas. Through its exhibits, visitors enjoy the ingenuity of mankind and become aware of the vital role that intellectual property plays in every aspect of our lives. The museum and gift shop were developed and are maintained by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. The museum is located in the atrium of the Madison Building, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Va., and is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m., Saturday, noon - 5:00 p.m., closed on Sundays and federal holidays. Admission is free. Tel +1.800.786.9199

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