about Jerome Lemelson inventor of machine vision technology in
Jerome H. Lemelson
AT A GLANCE:
One of the most prolific American
inventors of all time. His inventions, for which he amassed more
than 600 patents, include essential parts of dozens of products in
common use today, Lemelson filed patents in the fields of medical
instrumentation, cancer detection and treatment, diamond coating
technologies, and consumer electronics and television. Throughout his
life Lemelson pursued his two great passions: developing new ideas and
inventions; and promoting invention among the next generation of
DID YOU KNOW?
invent. First to patent. First practical. Entrepreneur.
||July 18, 1923 in Staten
Island, New York
1997 in Incline Village, Nevada
||Machine vision used computers to analyze digitized
images from a video camera. It was a breakthrough invention and the
one of which Jerome Lemelson was most proud .
the courts ruled that claims under Lemelson's machine vision
patents, all tweleve, were unenforceable
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ON THE BOOKSHELF:
Inventing for the Environment (Lemelson Center Studies in Invention and
by Arthur Molella (Editor), Joyce Bedi (Editor) / Hardcover: 424 pages /
The MIT Press (2003)
Text describes the many ways in which invention affects the environment;
defined broadly to include all forms of interaction between humans and
nature. Topics include the relationship among technological innovation,
public health, and the environment.
Industrial Image Processing: Visual Quality Control in Manufacturing
by Christian Demant, Bernd Streicher-Abel, Waszkewitz / Hardcover: 353
pages /: Springer; (1999)
This practical introduction focuses on how to build integrated solutions to
industrial vision problems from individual algorithms. It gives a hands-on
guide for setting up automated visual inspection systems using real-world
examples and the NeuroCheck software package.
Robot Vision (MIT Electrical Engineering and Computer Science)
by Berthold K. P. Horn / Hardcover: 480 pages / The MIT Press; Mit
Press edition (March 13, 1986)
This book presents a coherent approach to the fast moving field of machine
vision, using a consistent notation based on a detailed understanding of the
image formation process. It covers even the most recent research and will
provide a useful and current reference for professionals working in the
fields of machine vision, image processing, and pattern recognition.
ON THE WEB:
Lemelson Center for
the Study of Invention and Innovation
The Center's mission is to document, interpret, and disseminate
information about invention and innovation, to encourage inventive
creativity in young people, and to foster an appreciation for the
central role invention and innovation play in the history of the United
The Lemelson Foundation uses its resources to inspire, encourage and
recognize inventors, innovators and entrepreneurs, with a growing
emphasis on those who harness invention for sustainable development
where the needs are greatest.
Jerome H. Lemelson Biography
One of the century's five most prolific inventors, Lemelson received an
average of one patent a month for more than 40 years—all on his own,
without support from established research institutions or corporate
research and development departments.
Bestowed annually, the Lemelson-MIT Awards were first presented in 1995.
They are part of a comprehensive program administered by the Lemelson-MIT
Program and established by The Lemelson Foundation to raise the stature of
inventors and to inspire invention among young people.
Jerome Lemelson's Patents
Jerome Lemelson was one of America's most prolific inventors, with
601 patents to his name and others still pending. His versatile
mind produced inventions in communications and medical technologies,
robotics and machine vision, and a variety of industrial processes.
Invention Dimension - Inventor of the Week
Celebrates inventor/innovator role models through outreach activities
and annual awards to inspire a new generation of American scientists,
engineers, and entrepreneurs.
Powers of Invention
To independent inventors, Jerome Lemelson was a champion; to companies, a
litigious tormentor. Article from U.S. News & World Report - Science &
Jerome H. Lemelson
America's Most Prolific Contemporary Inventor. A tribute, by Inventor
Ronald J. Riley.
Lone Wolf of the Sierras (PDF file format)
One of the most prolific inventors in U.S. history--Jerome H.
Lemelson--captured the most reader votes in the Eighth annual Design News
"Engineer of the Year' competition. Article from Design News
The Lemelson Situation
Among the issues facing the machine vision industry today are those created
by what has been referred to as ''the Lemelson situation.'' Article by
Greg Smith, Competition Law Group LLC for
The Automated Imaging
WORDS OF WISDOM:
"America can regain its productive edge by creating new jobs
and businesses based on American inventions. If we promote
invention and innovation to America's youth, provide them with incentives to invent, and
guarantee a strong patent system to protect their work, we can ensure America's economic
superpower status." - Jerome H. Lemelson
DID YOU KNOW?:
- In 1979, Lemelson testified before a Senate committee on the innovation
crisis in the United States, describing what he perceived as an
anti-patent philosophy. In that testimony, he stated that the obstacles
put in the way of independent inventors--from the high legal costs
entailed in preparing and filing patent applications to the failure of
the courts to perceive or prosecute patent violations--were responsible
in large part for the decline in U.S. technological innovation.
- Lemelson had filed his
original patent application for machine vision, back in the 1954. By
1989 the patents had only recently been approved.
- The Lemelson-MIT Prize, endowed in 1994
by Jerome Lemelson is awarded to inventors from the United States for
outstanding achievement. The winner receives $500,000, making it the
largest invention prize.
- Over a period of more than 40 years,
Lemelson received, on average, one patent every month.
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