The Story of No. 9349298
It can take an inventor years to receive an official U.S. patent, usually represented by a seven-digit number. But the full story behind most patents is much longer, and the process can be daunting. Kline School of Law Professor Karl Okamoto learned this the hard way when, on a lark, he filed a patent application for an online learning system inspired by Drexel’s “learn by doing” co-op model of education. Through modern technology, Okamoto’s system is changing how students and employees learn, and this is the story of how it came to be.