Alumni Gallery

This page seeks to honor the achievements of GW Law alums who have spent some or all of their careers in intellectual property law. Our first project has been to collect landmark patents written by GW Law alumni. The results—encompassing many of the highlights of technological progress in the last 130 years—are posted below. There are many other achievements we have yet to chronicle —more recent patent prosecutions (more difficult to attribute to an individual due to the proliferation of large firms), and achievements in patent litigation, in the Patent and Trademark Office, and in trademark and copyright law. If you have any contributions—either your own achievements or those of others—please e-mail Professor Robert Brauneis at rbrauneis@law.gwu.edu.  

Landmark Patents Written By GW Law Alumni

 1870s 

Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor
Marcellus Bailey, Class of 1866, Attorney
Patent # 174,465
Issued March 7, 1876

Marcellus Bailey and the Telephone

1880s

Linotype Machine
Ottmar Mergenthaler, Inventor
Philip Tell Dodge, Class of 1873, Attorney
Patent #317,828
Issued May 12, 1885

Calculating Machine
William S. Burroughs, Inventor
Frank Leslie Freeman, Class of 1877, Attorney
Patent # 388,116
Issued August 21, 1888

Roll Film Camera
George Eastman, Inventor
Melville Church, Class of 1879 (later professor at GW); Frederick F. Church, Class of 1886, Attorneys
Patent #388,850
Issued September 4, 1888

Punch-Card Tabulator
Herman Hollerith, Inventor
Melville Church, Class of 1879 (later professor at
W); Frederick F. Church, Class of 1886, Attorneys
Patent #395,782
Issued January 8, 1889

1890s 

Process of Extracting Bromide
Herbert Henry Dow, Inventor
Leverett Lyndon Leggett, Class of 1875, Attorney
Reissue No. 11,232
Reissued April 12, 1892 

Carborundum
Edward Goodrich Acheson, Inventor
Frank Leslie Freeman, Class of 1877, Attorney
Patent #492,767
Issued February 28, 1893

Alternating Current Electric Distribution
Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Inventor
George R. Blodgett, Class of 1887, Attorney
Patent #533,244
Issued January 29, 1895

Dirigible (Zeppelin)
Ferdinand Graf Zeppelin, Inventor
Hubert Howson, Class of 1877, Attorney
Patent #621,195
Issued March 14, 1899 

1900s

Flying Machine
Orville Wright; Wilbur Wright, Inventors
Harry Aubrey Toulmin, Class of 1882 (National),  Attorney
Patent #821,393
Issued May 22, 1906 

Triode Vacuum Tube
Lee DeForest, Inventor
George K. Woodworth, Class of 1901 (National), Attorney
Patent #841,387
Issued January 16, 1907

Space Telegraphy (Radio)
Lee DeForest, Inventor
George K. Woodworth, Class of 1901 (National), Attorney
Patent #879,532
Issued February 18, 1908

1910s

Seaplane
Glenn H. Curtiss, Inventor
Emerson Root Newell, L.L.M. 1896. M.P.L. 1897,
Attorney
Patent #1,156,215
Issued October 12, 1915

1920s

Improved Phonograph
Thomas Alva Edison, Inventor
Henry Lanahan, Class of 1910, Attorney
Patent #1,708,692
Issued April 9, 1929 

1930s

Nylon
Wallace Hume Carothers, Inventor
Ralph F. Miller, Class of 1924, Attorney
Patent #2,071,250
Issued February 16, 1937

Negative Feedback Amplifier
Harold Stephen Black, Inventor
Newton A. Burgess, Class of 1911, Attorney
Patent # 2,102,671
Issued December 21, 1937

1940s

Variable Frequency Oscillation Generator

William R. Hewlett, Inventor
Paul D. Flehr, Class of 1925, Attorney
Patent #2,268,872
Issued January 6, 1942 

Control Mechanism for Rockets

Robert Hutchings Goddard, Inventor
Charles Taft Hawley, Class of 1913, Attorney
Patent# 2,397,657
Issued April 2, 1946 

1950s

Geodesic Dome
Richard Buckminster Fuller, Inventor
Charles P. Pollard, Class of 1931; Albert C.
ohnston, Class of 1934, Attorney
Patent #2,682,235
Issued December 12, 1951

Nuclear Reactor
Enrico Fermi; Leo Szilard, Inventor
Robert A. Lavender, Class of 1927, Attorney
Patent #2,708,656
Issued May 17, 1955 

1960s 

Tunnel Diode
Leo Ezaki, Inventor
Lewis Steadman, Class of 1951, Attorney
Patent #3,033,714
Issued May 8, 1962 

Astroturf
James M. Faria; Robert T. Wright, Inventors
Roy H. Massengill, Class of 1963, Attorney
Patent #3,332,828
Issued July 25, 1967 

1970s 

Computer Mouse
Douglas C. Engelbart, Inventor
Arthur Freilich, Class of 1960, Attorney
Patent #3,541,541
Issued November 17, 1970 

Fiber Optics (Fused Silica Optical Waveguide)
Robert D. Maurer, Peter C. Schultz, Inventors
Clarence R. Patty, Jr., Class of 1950, Attorney
Patent #3,659,915
Issued May 2, 1972 

Kevlar
Stephanie Louise Kwolek, Inventor
Sol Schwartz, Class of 1954, Attorney
Patent #3,819,537
Issued June 25, 1974 

Miniature Electronic Calculator
Jack S. Kilby, Jerry D. Merryman, James H. Van Tassel, Inventors
Harold Levine, Class of 1958; Edward Connors, Jr., LLM 1962, Attorneys
Patent #3,819,921
Issued June 25, 1974 

Parallel Processing Supercomputer
Seymour Cray, Inventor
Robert M. Angus, Class of 1966, Attorney
Patent #3,833,889
Issued September 3. 1974

CAT-Scan Machine
Robert S. Ledley, Inventor
Edward E. Dyson, Class of 1966, Attorney
Patent #3,922,552
Issued November 25, 1975 

1980s 

Process for Producing Biologically Functional Molecular Chimeras
Stanley N. Cohen, Herbert W. Boyer, Inventor
Bertram I. Rowland, Class of 1961, Attorney
Patent #4,237,224
Issued December 2, 1980 

Bertram Rowland and the Cohen/Boyer Cloning Patent

Oil-Eating Bacteria (B. cepacia)
Ananda Chakrabarty, Inventor
James C. Davis, Jr., Class of 1963, Attorney
Patent #4,259,444
Issued March 31, 1981

Prozac (Arloxyphenyl- propylamines)
Bryan B. Molloy; Klaus K. Schmiegel, Inventors
Arthur R. Whale, Class of 1956, Attorney
Patent #4,314,081
Issued February 2, 1982 

Arthur R. Whale and Prozac

Medeco Biaxial Cylinder Lock
Roy N. Oliver, Inventor
G. Franklin Rothwell, Class of 1956, Attorney
Patent #4,635,455
Issued January 13, 1987 

Multigrade Asphalt
Anthony J. Kriech; Herbert L. Wissel, Inventors
Arthur R. Whale, Class of 1956, Attorney
Patent #4,874,432
Issued October 17, 1989 

Arthur R. Whale and Multigrade Asphalt

2000s 

Tissue Growth Technique ("Guided Development and Support of Hydrogel-Cell Compositions")
Charles A. Vacanti, Joseph P. Vacanti, Martin P. Vacanti, Inventors
Peter J. Fasse, J.D. 1987, Attorney
Patent #6,171,610
Issued January 9, 2001


Spotlight Item: Harry Aubrey Toulmin, GW Law Class of 1882, was the patent attorney for Orville & Wilbur Wright's invention, the Flying Machine. (Patent 821,393)

Harry Aubrey Toulmin, GW Law Class of 1882, was the patent attorney for Orville & Wilbur Wright's invention, the Flying Machine. (Patent 821,393)

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