Patents for Humanity

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Now accepting applications: July 1 to Dec 4, 2015

See the 2015 Patents for Humanity winners

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Latest news

Jul 1, 2015: Applications will be accepted from July 1 to Dec 4, 2015.  See the Federal Register Notice for details.

Apr 20, 2015: Watch the webcast of the Patents for Humanity award ceremony at the White House.

Apr 13, 2015: Announcing the 2015 Patents for Humanity winners.


What is Patents for Humanity?

U.S. Navy Corpsman examines a Haitian girl at a medical clinic.

  • Awards competition for aiding the less fortunate
  • Rewards using patented technology to solve global challenges
  • Winners receive public recognition and acceleration of select USPTO matters

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What's new in the 2014 program?

Children in the Philippines study by a Nokero solar light. Photo courtesy of Nokero.

  • New categories: Medicine, Nutrition, Sanitation, Household Energy, & Living Standards
  • New rewards for honorable mentions, including limited acceleration benefits
  • New recognition for up and coming technologies

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How can I participate?

The founder of P&G Children's Safe Drinking Water Program drinks purified water with a family in Malawi. Photo courtesy of P&G.

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