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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filed more than 500,000 patent applications in 2010.
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The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office filed more than 500,000 patent applications in 2010.

The D.C. area has a history of bright ideas, and this week we celebrate thinkers, tinkerers and innovators of all stripes. Rebecca Sheir heads to the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Va., to meet with one local inventor, who’s designed a product to tackle both the problems of today… and tomorrow.

[Music: "Every Little Bit Hurts" by John Davis from Title Tracks / "Home Computer" by Kraftwerk from Computer World]

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