9th feb, 2012

USPTO to promote 50 humanitarian patents

The USPTO has launched a competition where participants compete to get their patent applications in a fast track at the patent office. The initiative is called: Patents for Humanity

Entrants in 4 different fields can apply. If their patents are judged to have a humanitarian effect that patent could be selected as a winner.

The four areas are:

  • Medical Technology
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Clean Technology
  • Information Technology

I think this is a really good idea and am very excited to follow this initiative. Hopefully it proves that small incentives can go a long way.


I had feared that the patent office’s elimination of its green-tech fast-track program indicated a decreased commitment to humanitarian and forward-looking initiatives. The Patents for Humanity programs reassures me at least somewhat that the administration has not completely abandoned these aims.

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