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Patents for Humanity

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Application period: Apr 15 – Sept 15, 2014.   See how to apply


Latest news

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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