Patents for Humanity Competition Opens

October 7th, 2014 by Rebecca Norman

Tthe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) annual award competition, Patents for Humanity, honors innovators whose patented technologies address global challenges.

To participate, patent owners or licensees submit applications describing how they’ve used their patented technology or products to address humanitarian challenges. Applications are due by Oct. 31.

The five categories of global challenges:

  • Medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Sanitation
  • Household Energy
  • Living Standards

Patents for Humanity Award recipients will receive public recognition at an award ceremony sponsored by the USPTO. They will also receive a certificate to accelerate certain matters before the USPTO. Honorable mentions will receive accelerated examination of one patent application and a featured writeup on the USPTO website. A portion of honorable mentions may be awarded for the best up-and-coming technologies.

The USPTO expects to award roughly 10 Patents for Humanity Awards and up to 20 honorable mentions in 2014. The pilot program conducted in 2012-2013 gave 10 awards and 6 honorable mentions to businesses, universities, and non-profits that used patented technology to aid the less fortunate and reach underserved markets.

Competition Details and Application

Read about the 2013 Award Recipients