Inspiring inventors to develop green energy technologies
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is expanding 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 will provide 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.
Deadline for submission is June 1, 2023
This program is focused on green energy production technologies that are the subject of a U.S. utility patent or pending U.S. utility patent. All technologies addressing green energy—including wind, solar, green hydrogen, hydropower, geothermal, and biofuels technologies—may be the subject of an application to this program. The program is open to all types of patent holders, patent applicants, and licensees.