Recent Collaborations



Many organizations and individuals have assisted Patents for Humanity in ways large and small - far too many to mention.  This page provides a historical account of major activities.  The non-profit entities listed here collaborated on or hosted particular events and services in support of the program.

Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

The Association of University Technology Managers is a non-profit which promotes technology transfer of university research.  In 2014, AUTM assisted with recruiting judges from their membership.  AUTM runs the Better World Project, which publishes stories about how academic research and technology transfer improves the lives of millions of people around the world.

National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF)

The National Inventors Hall of Fame, run by Invent Now, is a non-profit dedicated to honor the women and men responsible for the technological advances that make human, social, and economic progress possible.  NIHF helped sponsor the 2015 Patents for Humanity award ceremony, providing trophies for the award winners.

Diplomacy Matters Institute (DMI)

Diplomacy Matters Institute is a non-profit that promotes international understanding and increase economic opportunity through meaningful dialogue among diplomats, government officials, academic experts, and business leaders.  In 2014, Diplomacy Matters co-hosted a Patents for Humanity outreach event with USPTO for the foreign embassy community in Washington, DC.

Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)

Licensing Executives Society International is a non-profit association of national and regional chapters of professionals with an interest in the transfer of technology or licensing of intellectual property rights.  Since 2012, LESI has hosted the Global Technology Impact Forum, an annual conference promoting intellectual property licensing and technology transfer for the betterment of humankind.  USPTO has participated in GTIF as a speaker on Patents for Humanity and other topics since 2012.

Santa Clara University – Frugal Innovation Lab

The Frugal Innovation Lab at Santa Clara University develops accessible, affordable, adaptable, and appropriate technologies, products and solutions to address human needs in emerging markets.  In 2014, the school hosted an outreach event for Silicon Valley companies interested in Patents for Humanity, with the USPTO and several past winners as speakers.