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Application period: closed on Oct 31, 2014

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Latest news

Nov 4, 2014: The application period is now closed and selection begins.  Look for an announcement in early 2015.

Sept 9, 2014: The application deadline will be extended until Oct 31, 2014.  Federal Register Notice forthcoming.

Aug 7, 2014: The Patents for Humanity Application Portal is live

Aug 6, 2014: See the revised page of 2013 Award Winners

Apr 3, 2014: Patents for Humanity annual program details announced

Feb 20, 2014: Patents for Humanity renewed by the White House


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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