Patents for Humanity awards ceremony

Patents for Humanity is the USPTO’s awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. Awards are given in five categories: Medicine, Sanitation, Nutrition, Energy, and Living Standards. 

The program provides business incentives for reaching those in need: winners receive an acceleration certificate to expedite select proceedings at the USPTO, as well as public recognition of their work. The awards showcase how patent holders with vision are pioneering innovative ways to provide affordable, scalable, and sustainable solutions for the less fortunate. Learn more about Patents for Humanity.




Ceremony Speakers

  • Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property, Director of USPTO
  • Dr. France A. Córdova, Director of the National Science Foundation
  • Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, USPTO
  • Alexis Bonnell, Chief Innovation Officer, U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Master of Ceremonies: Karin Ferriter, Deputy Chief Policy Officer, Office of Policy and International Affairs, USPTO

Winner Expo

The Patents for Humanity winners will be displaying their work in the auditorium before and after the award ceremony. Attendees will have the chance to discuss the inventions with the awardees during this time.

Additional information:

The registration page provides additional information and directions. For non-press inquiries, please contact Kortney Hammonds at the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

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