Jon Dudas, the Under-Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of USPTO was present during the announcement of inductees into National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) for the year 2008. This year’s list has something
can be proud of, for one of the inductees is Amar Bose a.k.a Amar Gopal Bose, founder of the Bose Corporation. India
Bose’s list of achievements is staggering among which his patents in the area of loud speaker design and non-linear, two-state modulated, Class-D, power processing stand out for their contribution to the field of acoustics. His co-inductees this year include Ruth Benerito for wrinkle-free cotton, Nick Holonyak, Jr. for the light emitting diode, Erna Hoover for computerized telephone switching, Amos Joel, Jr. for the switching concept for cellular phones, William Murphy, Jr. for a variety of medical devices including the blood bag and disposable medical trays and Kenneth Richardson for the anti-fungal drug, Fluconazole.
Nine posthumous inventors too form part of the list. The NIHF, which was co-founded in 1973 by the USPTO, aims to inculcate respect for intellectual property among students and inventors by recognising such contributions to the field of science and technology.