Three-Block ‘Walk of Progress’ U.S. Patent Exhibit Opens in Alexandria

Alexandria, VA DATE: July, 11, 2018 — USPTO director Andrei Iancu leads a ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of the Walk of Progress, a three-block sidewalk graphics exhibit highlighting key inventions, inventors and patent cover designs from the first 228 years of the American patent system. Director Iancu is accompanied by (L-R) Janet Gregor of the Carlyle Council; Rebecca Glover of the Department of Commerce, Ryan Touhill of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and Drew Hirshfeld, USPTO Commissioner for Patents. CREDIT: Jeff Isaacs/USPTO

ALEXANDRIA, VA–Today, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) unveiled the new Walk of Progress exhibit in Alexandria, Virginia.

USPTO director Andrei Iancu was joined by Janet Gregor of the Carlyle Council; Rebecca Glover of the Department of Commerce, Ryan Touhill of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership, and Drew Hirshfeld, USPTO Commissioner for Patents during the ceremonial ribbon-cutting to mark the opening of the Walk of Progress, a three-block sidewalk graphics exhibit highlighting key inventions, inventors and patent cover designs from the first 228 years of the American patent system.

The Walk of Progress, which will remain visible through September, consists of 16 large-scale sidewalk decal displays stretching along Dulany Street from the pedestrian tunnel south of the Duke Street pedestrian tunnel to the front steps of the USPTO’s Alexandria headquarters.

Alexandria, VA DATE: July, 11, 2018 — Pedestrians stop to view the newly installed patent history sidewalk exhibit at USPTO headquarters. CREDIT: Jeff Isaacs/USPTO

The new exhibit is part of a multi-faceted campaign, including the ongoing Alexandria Museum Scavenger Hunt, designed to commemorate the recent issuance of patent 10 million and demonstrate the ubiquity of patents and the extraordinary history behind America’s intellectual property (IP) system.

“The recent issuance of patent 10 million is a timely and relevant opportunity to promote the importance of innovation and the rich history of America’s patent system” said USPTO Press Secretary Paul Fucito. “We would like to thank the City of Alexandria, Carlyle Council, JLL, and LCOR for their continued support on the Walk of Progress exhibit.”