Denver – The National Inventors Hall of Fame — a not-for-profit organization dedicated to honoring the people whose ideas, discoveries, and entrepreneurial spirit have made human, social, and economic progress possible – is seeking nominations of individuals whose patented work has helped change the world and how we live our lives.
The Hall of Fame inducts a new class of inventors each year. People are recognized not only for their inventions but for their ability to inspire future generations of innovators as well.
The criteria for nomination include:
- Nominee must hold a U.S. patent for the invention;
- Invention must have history of contributing to the nation’s welfare; and
- Invention must have contributed to the progress of science and useful arts.
A National Selection Committee consisting of representatives of scientific, technical, engineering, and patent organizations, a Blue Ribbon Panel of experts, and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) contribute to the Inductee selection process. Nominations are accepted from all responsible sources.
Nomination forms are due on July 24, 2013 and are available at http://www.invent.org/hall_of_fame/1_3_2_submit.asp and may be submitted to:
Vice President for Selection
National Inventors Hall of Fame
600 Dulany Street
Madison W, Suite 1C65
Alexandria VA 22314
While there are no current Colorado inductees in the National Inventors Hall of Fame, many believe it’s time for the state’s inventors to be recognized.
“Colorado companies and our residents have a rich history of collaboration on inventions that have had life-changing affect on people throughout the world,” said U.S. Senator for Colorado, Michael Bennet. “Our proven scientific and technological contributions and leadership in diverse industries, coupled with our newly appointed U.S. Patent and Trademark Office helps position our state and its tremendous inventors among the world’s best. It’s time that we help recognize those individuals with our nominations and inductions into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.”
Founded in 1973 by the USPTO and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations, the Hall of Fame is headquartered in Alexandria, Va., where its museum is featured on the campus of the USPTO. Admission is free.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame is part of Invent Now, Inc. which facilitates education programming, inventor and entrepreneur recognition and outreach, and new ways to spread the inventive spirit. Key programs of Invent Now such as the Camp Invention summer enrichment program and the Collegiate Inventors Competition were directly influenced by Inductees of the Hall of Fame. For more information, including Inductee nomination forms and information on existing Inductees, please visit www.invent.org.