Draper encourages its personnel to challenge the constraints of the past and present and to create solutions for tomorrow. The Laboratory, which was formed to contribute to scientific research and technological development, has a tradition of technical innovation. The disclosure of inventions is a critical step in documenting Draper personnel’s creative efforts, and is a requirement under Laboratory contracts (and by an agreement that all employees sign). Draper values the creativity of its engineers that leads to a patent award. The established patent policy is intended to direct attention and recognition to these innovative individuals and their accomplishments in science and engineering. Millions of US patents have been issued since the first patent in 1836. Almost 1,000 Draper patent disclosure
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