Watch the Patents for Humanity COVID-19 awards ceremony

Collage of pictures related to the Patents for Humanity competition for COVID-19 inventions.

Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges. Since 2012, the awards have showcased how patent holders with vision are pioneering innovative ways to provide affordable, scalable, and sustainable solutions for those in need.

The latest competition, announced in 2021, focused on innovations related to COVID-19—the patent applicants, holders, and licensees whose inventions track, prevent, diagnose, or treat COVID-19. Approximately 150 applications were submitted.

This virtual program recognized the five winners announced in December 2022. It also included remarks by Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Kathi Vidal and presentations by each of the awardees. Winners received an acceleration certificate to expedite select proceedings at the USPTO, as well as public recognition of their work.

A recording of the event is now available to view



Additional information

For more information, visit the registration page or contact Kortney Hammonds in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

This program is hosted by the USPTO’s Global Intellectual Property Academy, a unit of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA). The office advises the administration and other federal government departments and agencies on domestic and international IP legal and policy issues. It also provides technical assistance and training on IP-related matters to U.S. stakeholders and both U.S. and foreign government officials.

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