Patents for Humanity: Green Energy

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Inspiring inventors to develop green energy technologies    

USPTO Patents for Humanity Green Energy

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has expanded the Patents for Humanity Awards Program to include a new category for those who are responding rapidly to the challenges of climate change by developing green energy sources using game-changing technologies. This new award category provides business incentives for patent applicants, holders, and licensees whose inventions address climate change through green energy technologies, including through wind, solar, green hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuel technologies. Their success stories will inspire others to harness innovation for human progress.


In addition to public recognition of their work, winners will receive public recognition at an awards ceremony sponsored by the USPTO and a certificate that grants them accelerated USPTO processing for one eligible matter. Winners may also transfer their acceleration certificate to a third party for consideration.

All innovations related to the designated green energy technologies are eligible. Any U.S. patent or patent application that is directed to green energy technologies is eligible for this award, including in the areas of wind, solar, green hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuel technologies. Please note that this new award cycle will only be for applications related to green energy technologies. For more information about past programs, please see the Patents For Humanity webpage.

Patents for Humanity: Green Energy application cycle is closed