over 9 years ago

New Patents for Humanity Platform

Dear 2012 Patents for Humanity followers,

In case you haven't heard, we're running Patents for Humanity again.  Now an annual event, applications for 2014 are due Sept 15.

We invite those who applied in 2012 to consider applying again this year.  And please let your friends and colleagues know about this opportunity.

We've moved to a new hosting platform for 2014.  Applications can be submitted at:


And don't forget to check the USPTO website for the latest program news:


This will likely be our last message sent through ChallengePost.  They did an excellent job hosting the Patents for Humanity…

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about 10 years ago

Global Technology Innovation Forum

We at USPTO are grateful for your support of the Patents for Humanity program.  Although there is nothing new to report at this time, we continue working hard to pave the best way forward.

Of course, there are many exciting things happening elsewhere in the IP and development world.  Some of you may be interested in LESI's Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) in January.  This event brings together leading organizations who "share a common goal of advancing mankind through the use of IP licensing and technology transfer".

GTIF's theme for 2014 is "A Practical Approach for Technology Transfer: Corporate, Research, and NGO

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over 10 years ago

Patents for Humanity feedback

The USPTO recently concluded Patents for Humanity, a 12 month pilot program on humanitarian uses of patented technology.  Given the substantial support from the private sector, public interest groups, and the U.S. government, we are considering continuing the program.  To that end, we would appreciate your feedback on the pilot phase, specifically:

  1. What worked well in the pilot?
  2. What areas could we improve for future programs?

Any comments on the program rules, selection process, communications, awards, or other features are welcomed.

In your comments, please identify your (organization’s) relationship to the Patents for Humanity program: applicant, supporter, observer, or…

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over 10 years ago

2013 Award Recipients

Today we are pleased to announce the 2013 recipients of the Patents for Humanity awards.  Join us in congratulating the winners and learning their amazing success stories.

Read the press release

Learn more about the winners

We applaud the efforts of all our applicants to improve the lives of the less fortunate with game-changing technology.

almost 11 years ago

Progress update

We know everyone is anxiously awaiting the announcement of Patents for Humanity winners.  We're working as hard as we can to get through the selection process quickly.  Once that process is complete, we'll notify the winners and schedule an awards ceremony for early spring.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

almost 11 years ago

Patents for Humanity wins LESI award

Last week, the Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) gave USPTO an award for Best National IP and Technology Transfer Policy of 2012 at their annual conference in Geneva, Switzerland.  We are honored by this recognition - our program was designed to hand out awards, not receive them!  It's a testament to the hard work of our many supporters around the world, without whom Patents for Humanity would not be possible.  Our success is your success.

Press release: http://www.uspto.gov/news/pr/2013/13-05.jsp

about 11 years ago

Proposed Legislation

Proposed Legislation Aims to Boost Patents for Humanity Program


about 11 years ago

Next steps

The applications are in and we have a great turnout.  Thanks to everyone for their support.

Here's what happens next:

There are some applications in the submission queue that have not been posted for public viewing yet. We are working to review these and get them online as soon as possible, probably next week.

The two-round judging process will occur over the next few months, with the list of judges made available soon.  We expect to announce winners early in 2013.

Thanks for your support and stay tuned for results.

over 11 years ago

Deadline Extension

Many of you have been working hard to finish your Patents for Humanity applications by Aug 31.  We're excited by the quality of submissions so far, and have heard from many more planning to submit by the deadline.  But we've also had numerous requests for more time.

Today the USPTO announces a two-month extension to the Patents for Humanity deadline.  Applications are now due by Oct 31, 2012.  Keep working on those apps!

The official announcement is available here:


Thanks for your support.