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Patents for Humanity program

The USPTO is now collecting applications for its Patents for Humanity program to incentivize the use of patented technologies that help alleviate poverty and suffering.

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Inventors with patented technology, read on:

USPTO Announces 2013 Innovation Expo

Now is your chance to join a select group of technological game-changers whose ingenuity will be showcased in a celebration of innovation.

Cutting-edge companies can apply for a place among the exhibitors at the Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Innovation Expo, to be held on the agency’s campus in Alexandria, Va., June 20-22, 2013. Apply now; the deadline is February 13, 2013.

The Expo will vividly demonstrate how the United States promotes and protects innovation. Inventions chosen for the Expo will be selected based on demonstrated contributions to America’s competitiveness and standard of living. Attendees will learn about the powerful incentives that drive U.S. innovators to new levels of technological and economic growth. Exhibitors will have the opportunity to engage the public and showcase their technology in a unique setting. Exhibits drawn from all fields will highlight the USPTO’s mission as the Expo inspires future generations of Americans to advance U.S. leadership in innovation worldwide.

A limited number of slots will be awarded to U.S. patent owners on a rolling basis until exhibition space is filled, so early applications are encouraged.

Exhibitors will be selected by an independent committee of representatives from the National Academy of Inventors, the United Inventors Association of America, Edison Nation, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association.

Technologies proposed for exhibit must be protected by a U.S. patent, and at least one of the technology’s inventors must be a U.S. citizen.

Applications to exhibit at the Expo will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated market and consumer impact
  • Ability to engage the public’s interest in patents
  • Educational value of the proposed exhibit
  • Category diversity

Expo applicants should submit:

  • The application form available below
  • Visuals of the technology in use (preferably as it will be exhibited) in the form of video, photographs and/or drawings


Join the celebration! Your place at the Innovation Expo is waiting.


To submit your application and for more information please contact innovationexpo@uspto.gov.