Friday, July 20, 2012

The Way Better Patents Reading List - Start With Tabasco

Inventions, Inventors, Innovation, and Intellectual Property.  There are lots of good reads that focus on inventions and the patentsphere.  Some are technical, some add to the discourse on what's wrong in the patentsphere, some are children's books which cut to the chase on how inventions work and what's cool about inventors, and then there are novels that have a patent or invention theme.   We have a list of our favorites at Way Better Patents.  We've read them all.  So here a few posts on some of our favorites.  Check out the rest of the list.  There's also a link on the page so you can send us your good IP reads or email us at

McIlhenny's Gold: How a Louisiana Family Built the Tabasco Empire by Jeffrey Rothfeder — The tale of Tabasco sauce, one of the great inventions of all time.  It's a fascinating and heavily researched historical view of how Tabasco Sauce came to be and the tale of it's patent, and the way a product went from a local specialty to global hot sauce dominance.  Make sure to read the part about the secret ingredient in the US Patent 107,701 “Improvement on Pepper-Sauce” granted on September 27, 1870.

For you cooking junkies, you might just be able to make the famous sauce yourself but not without reading Mr. Rothfeder's book.

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