Patents for Humanity
Announcing the 2014 competition
On February 20, 2014, the Obama Administration announced the renewal of Patents for Humanity, the USPTO's award competition for innovators addressing global challenges. A competition conducted in 2012-2013 gave ten awards and six honorable mentions to businesses, universities, and non-profits using patented technology to aid the less fortunate and reach underserved markets.
Details of the 2014 competition will be forthcoming in the Federal Register. USPTO expects to begin accepting applications in April 2014. The competition will be structured very similar to the 2012-13 program, with several modifications based on feedback and experience. Check here for more information as it become available.
About the Program
For over two centuries, strong patents have provided business incentives that encourage technological progress to build our modern world. As we struggle to combat the issues plaguing the world's less fortunate, patents play an essential role in creating lasting solutions.
Patents for Humanity is USPTO's awards competition recognizing patent owners and licensees working to improve global health and living standards for the less fortunate. The program advances the president’s global development agenda by rewarding companies who bring life-saving technologies to underserved people of the world, while showing how patents are an integral part of tackling the world's challenges.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to the vast humanitarian challenges we face. Patents for Humanity seeks to recognize innovators of all shapes and sizes. Businesses and others are finding unique and creative ways to reach people in the developing world with sustainable solutions.
Highlighting success stories of humanitarian engagement that are compatible with business interests and strong patent rights demonstrates how companies can effectively contribute to global good while maintaining commercial markets.
About the 2012-13 Competition
During the 2012-2013 program, participants described in their applications how they've used their patented technology or products to address humanitarian challenges. Judges chose winners in four categories: medical technology, food and nutrition, clean technology and information technology.
Winners received a certificate for accelerated processing of select patent USPTO matters. This creates a powerful tool for businesses to expedite handling of their most important matters and help validate technology in the market—leading to quicker and more efficient investment decisions.
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