Nomination period opens for prestigious National Medal of Technology and Innovation

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WASHINGTON—The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the 2023 National Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI). The NMTI is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement and is presented to recipients by the President of the United States at a White House ceremony.

“The recipients of this medal have improved our daily lives and have changed our world for the better. We are inspired by their creativity and ingenuity, and know that they will serve as an inspiration for others to innovate, create, and pursue their dreams. Now, more than ever, we need to incentivize and protect more innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity, and bring them all to impact to solve world problems and increase American competitiveness. We welcome all nominations, including those from underrepresented communities whose ideas have advanced us as a society and a nation,” said Kathi Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO.

The medal is awarded to individuals, teams (up to four members), and companies or divisions of companies for their outstanding contributions to the nation’s economic, environmental, and social well-being through the development and commercialization of technological products, processes and concepts, technological innovation, and strengthening the nation’s technological workforce.

Anyone can nominate for the NMTI by submitting the online nomination form and letters of support. Applicants must submit all nominations by 11:59 p.m. ET on May 26. Nominations of candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Detailed information about the nomination guidelines, a preview of the nomination questions, and a link to the nomination form is available on the NMTI webpage. For more information about the award and nomination process, please contact

NMTI staff will hold a webinar to answer questions about the award and the nomination process on March 16 at 3 p.m. ET. For more information and to register, please visit the event page on the USPTO website.