Learn More about Patents for Humanity



If you would like further information, you can also view a recording of a webinar held Tuesday, November 7, 2017 about the program and application process.

What is Patents for Humanity?

Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent & Trademark Office's (USPTO) awards competition recognizing innovators who use game-changing technology to meet global humanitarian challenges.  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.

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Businesses and others are finding unique and creative ways to reach underserved markets.  Their stories show that humanitarian engagement is compatible with business interests and strong patent rights, and that companies can effectively contribute to global good while maintaining commercial markets.

Patents for Humanity submissions are evaluated on the effectiveness of their technology at addressing a humanitarian issue, the contributions made by applicants to increase use of their technology among the impoverished, and the impact those contributions have made to improve lives.  The program is open to all types of patent holders, applicants, and licensees. 

Complete program terms and conditions are available here. Applications for 2017 are no longer being accepted.