Inventors of Flat-Panel Plasma Display Inducted Into the National Inventors Hall of Fame
University of Illinois inventors Donald Bitzer, Gene Slottow, and Robert Willson were inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame on May 1 at the United States Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Bitzer, Slottow, and Willson were recognized for their invention of the flat-panel plasma display, the forerunner of the high-definition (HD) flat-panel television monitor. Marshall, Gerstein & Borun prosecuted patents for the University of Illinois covering this ground-breaking technology. The National Inventors Hall of Fame honors legendary inventors whose innovations and entrepreneurial endeavors have positively impacted society.