Hagley / UC San Diego Exhibition

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, guided each by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate. The world is all gates, all opportunities.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The spirit of ingenuity characterizes America. Since its founding, the United States has been a nation of inventors—searching for creative solutions to problems and striving to create better ways of doing things.

Patent Models: A Celebration of American Invention is presented in partnership between Hagley Museum and Library and the University of California, San Diego, and is generously sponsored by Qualcomm.

The exhibition explores the creative ideas and energies of diverse inventors from across the United States over a nearly-50-year period. It also reveals a global community of inventors who participated in the American intellectual property system as well as industries ranging from telecommunications to medicine to the maritime trades and beyond. Uncover stories of “everyday” people who innovated during their lifetimes, challenging us to be innovative in our own lives.

At UC San Diego, innovation is in our DNA. Our collaborative and interdisciplinary research culture advances the frontiers of knowledge, and disseminates discoveries that transform lives. Our innovations have led to over 5,700 issued patents and 1,000 startups—all supported by $1 billion+ in annual research funding. The Design and Innovation Building expands UC San Diego’s propensity for productive exploration, empowering creative thinkers, and providing solutions that raise the bar for the common good.

The Design and Innovation Building expands UC San Diego’s propensity for productive exploration, empowering creative thinkers, and providing solutions that raise the bar for the common good.

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Patent Models: A Celebration of American Invention is open by reservation on the fourth floor of the Design and Innovation Building through November 6, 2022. To learn more, please email innovation@ucsd.edu

The Design and Innovation Building is steps away from the new Pepper Canyon Station of the UC San Diego Blue Line Trolley extension, at the intersection of Lyman and Sixth Lanes.

To learn more about Hagley's collection of Patent Models, visit our online collection.

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