Department’s Patent and Trademark Office was honored yesterday for its Patents
for Humanity initiative, a pilot program designed to encourage the use of patented
technology to address humanitarian challenges. USPTO Director Kappos launched
Patents for Humanity in February
2012  as part of a series of Obama administration initiatives to promote
game-changing innovations to solve long-standing development challenges. The
program is an awards competition recognizing patent owners and licensees who
address humanitarian needs around the globe.
“We are honored to be recognized for our Patents for Humanity initiative, which recognizes those who use patented technology to aid the less fortunate,” said Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO David Kappos. “In an increasingly interconnected world, the ability of technology to transform lives is real and powerful. This program plays a key role in advancing President Obama’s global development agenda.”
Entrants compete in four categories: medical technology, food and nutrition, clean technology, and information technology. Winners receive accelerated processing of select matters at the USPTO. Applications to the pilot were accepted through Oct. 31, 2012, with winners to be announced at an awards ceremony later in 2013.
The non-profit Licensing Executives Society International (LESI) presented the National IP and Technology Transfer Policy Award to the USPTO at a ceremony in Geneva Switzerland at LESI’s annual Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF).