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[liberationtech] Fwd: Patents for Humanity Competition

Yosem Companys ycompanys at
Thu Apr 12 01:56:37 PDT 2012

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   [image: USAID logo]  *April 11, 2012*
Dear Friends and Partners,

The Office of Innovation and Development Alliances/Global Partnerships
Division (IDEA/GP) at USAID is forwarding the following information
regarding Patents for Humanity on behalf of our White House colleagues. We
hope that some of you might be interested in this contest given your
presence and involvement in the development space.

In February, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
launched Patents
for Humanity<>,
a pilot program that creates business incentives for patent holders to
engage in public health and humanitarian issues. Through this competition,
the USPTO will recognize those who effectively apply their technologies to
global challenges and encourage additional innovation in this area.

>From now through August 31, participants can send in applications
describing how they have used their patented technology or products to
address humanitarian challenges. Judges will select winners in four
categories: medical technology, food and nutrition, clean technology, and
information technology.  The focus is on actions that achieve tangible
results improving the lives of the poor.  Because some of the most
innovative models for humanitarian endeavors come from small businesses,
the Patents for Humanity program seeks applications from small and
medium-sized businesses as well as large firms.

In addition to a public awards ceremony hosted by USPTO, winners will
receive a certificate that can be redeemed to accelerate a patent
application, an appeal, or an ex parte reexamination proceeding before the
USPTO. The certificate can be used on any technology in the recipients'
portfolio, not just the humanitarian technology that qualified for the
award.  This ability to more quickly obtain or resolve uncertainty about a
patent provides businesses with a valuable return on their humanitarian

For more information on the program, visit the Patents for Humanity webpage
at USPTO:<>

To apply, visit the Patents for Humanity application portal:<>

The submission period closes August 31, 2012. Any questions may be directed
to: patentsforhumanity at<>

Kind regards,

IDEA/Global Partnerships
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