U.S.P.T.O. Announces Patents for Humanity

The United States Patent Office announced a new pilot program at the White House called Patents for Humanity.  Patents for Humanity is a competition for patent holders that will recognize those who use their patented inventions to address humanitarian challenges in the four selected categories of medical technology, food and nutrition, clean technology and information technology.

Director Kappos said, “…This pilot program underscores that in the face of some of the most daunting challenges humans confront on this planet, the power to innovate is the power to lead by design and by solution.”

Those who are interested will send in an application describing how they are using their patented invention to address one of the many humanitarian challenges that the world faces.  Winners will receive “accelerated processing of select USPTO matters.”

The challenge opens March 1 and will stop accepting submissions August 31, 2012.

To learn more about this pilot program, or for details on how to enter, visit here.

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