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MBHB Celebrates Black History Month: Inventor Janet Emerson Bashen

February 17, 2021

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is proud to celebrate Black History Month in recognition of it as an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans in spotlighting their critical role in U.S. history. In this regard, we are highlighting noteworthy African American inventors whose creations changed the world.

Janet Emerson Bashen is widely regarded as the first African American woman to obtain a web-based software patent. Specifically, she patented a web-based EEO software application to assist with equal employment opportunity investigations and claims tracking.