National Inventors Month on May 2021

National Inventors Month

National Inventors Month Activities

  1. Support a Kickstarter campaign

    Lots of Kickstarter campaigns ( have to do with inventive items that have the possibility to alter the sport. Within the spirit of creativeness, fund a Kickstarter campaign that inspires your passion.

  2. Pursue your dreams

    A lot of us have our very own ideas and dreams for items that, if went after, would lead to effective inventions. Too frequently, we allow the anxiety about failure discourage us from going after our far-fetched ideas so, this month, take that leap and begin discussions with pros who will help you make individuals dreams reality!

  3. Go to the museum

    The National Inventors Hall of Fame operates a museum within the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. Here, you’ll find artifacts and documents about a number of your preferred inventions plus information on their programs that inspire next-generation inventors to visit after their dreams. Admission is free of charge.

Why We Like National Inventors Month

  1. It fuels imagination

    Creativeness is among the best outlets to alleviate anxiety and stress. Creativeness can also be contagious. So, this month, while you find out about inventors throughout history, prepare to become inspired and also have a nice break in the day-to-day stressors of existence!

  2. It may spark businesses

    Researching past inventions may also result in start up business ideas. Whenever you dig all over the world of inventors and inventions, you may encounter something helpful for the existing business, or perhaps useful in creating a replacement. Never give up your entire day job at this time, though!

  3. It’s an enjoyable lesson in history

    Understanding the origin from the products we use every single day is fascinating. Many inventions were introduced to existence by sheer accident whereas others were the effect of a specific dream the inventor created within their minds. In either case, we like tales which have happy endings and you will find many in the tales in our modern-day inventions.

National Inventors Month FAQs

Who was the first person to be inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame?

Thomas Alvin Edison was the first inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1973.

How much does it cost to patent an idea?

Depending on the complexity of your idea and whether you engage a patent attorney, the cost to file a patent can range from $900 – $17,000.

What are the greatest inventions of all time?

According to InvestorPlace, the inventions that most changed the course of history are the wheel, electricity, Penicillin, semiconductor mechanics, and optical lenses.

National Inventors Month, observed every May, celebrates human resourcefulness. Whether it weren’t for that creativeness of inventors with the ages, we'd be traveling on horseback, writing with quills, and heck, tediously cutting some bread every day. Actually. Someone developed the concept of sliced bread, the breakfast staple all of us ignore. Most objects we have seen around today were the brainchildren of oldsters who thought as they are. Here’s towards the imaginations and courage of inventors!

National Inventors Month timeline


"Shark Tank"

This hit reality television show introduces America to countless scrappy entrepreneurs who display their inventions (or new business ideas) each week. You might just pick up some inspiration.


Inventor Hall of Fame Begins

The National Inventors Hall of Fame kicks off their annual event where individual engineers and inventors who hold a US patent for a significant technological invention are honored.


The greatest invention since, well...

Otto Rohwedder introduced his bread slicing machine at a Missouri grocery store. Two years later, Wonder Bread took this incredible innovation nationwide. Sliced bread is so great because, prior to that, children would often injure themselves with knives while trying to make a simple sandwich.


The Great Exhibition

The Crystal Palace in London transformed into the "Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations." The venue hosted the world's most exciting innovations and discoveries. World's Fairs have since become a global stage for countries to promote their ingenuity and design talent. Notable inventions that debuted at World's Fairs include the cotton gin, zippers, monorails, x-rays, and jet packs.

History of National Inventors Month

National Inventors Month started as a collaboration between the United Inventors Association of the USA (UIA-USA), the Academy of Applied Science, and “Inventors Digest”.

First recognized in August 1998 to celebrate creativity, ingenuity, curiosity, and the courage to experiment, National Inventors Month has continued to recognize the talented individuals who have changed history through their inventions.

Then, in 2011, the decision was made to move National Inventors Month to May to coincide with the annual National Inventors Hall of Fame ceremony as well as to better align with the academic calendar. Celebrating inventors in May allows teachers the opportunity to encourage innovation and creativity through invention while students are still in class. This is the time to draw attention to the contributions of men and women across the world and across the centuries.

Since 1973, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has inducted over 600 individuals. This elite group of individuals are nominated and selected based on: (1) the inventor holds a US patent, (2) their invention has made a significant contribution to society and/or their industry, (3) the inventor has persevered to overcome obstacles in their journey, and (4) the inventor is also seen as a leader in their field contributing to future generations of American inventors.

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