Honor an Inventor whose Passion and Perseverance Inspires and Advances the well-being of our Nation

Nominate a U.S. Patent Holder for the National Inventors Hall of Fame Class of 2018


WHO:  The National Inventors Hall of Fame, in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

WHAT:  The National Inventors Hall of Fame is seeking nominations for individuals whose patented innovations have helped to stimulate growth and prosperity for our nation. Nominees must hold a U.S. patent for an invention that has contributed to the progress of science and the useful arts, as well as the nation’s welfare. Ideal candidates embody stories of perseverance and passion that can inspire every generation to continue driving entrepreneurship and curiosity in order to progress our nation’s future.

WHEN:  Nominations end March 31, 2017

WHERE:  Submit a nomination here.

WHY:  Anyone has the power to nominate a potential National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee, who is leading the way to advancing innovation and influencing the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Submit a nomination to help the National Inventors Hall of Fame honor the impact these inventors have on society. Inductees hold the responsibility to foster the development of the next generation of inventors and drive the relevancy and importance of innovation for every American.

A few members of the National Inventors Hall of Fame include: Stephanie Kwolek (Kevlar® Fiber), Jim West and Gerhard Sessler (Electret Microphone), Steve Wozniak (Personal Computer), Art Fry and Spencer Silver (Post-it® Notes), Steve Sasson (Digital Camera), Esther Takeuchi (Medical Device Batteries), Bill Bowerman (Modern Athletic Shoe), Ashok Gadgil (UV Water Disinfector), Chuck Hull (3-D Printing), Jaap Haartsen (Bluetooth® Wireless Technology), Shuji Nakamura (Blue LED), and Sheldon Kaplan (EpiPen® Auto-Injector).


About the National Inventors Hall of Fame:
The National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) is the premier non-profit organization in America dedicated to recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1973 in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, NIHF is committed to not only honoring the individuals whose inventions have made the world a better place, but also ensuring American ingenuity continues to thrive in the hands of coming generations through its national, hands-on educational programming and challenging collegiate competitions focused on the exploration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. To date, NIHF has served over 1 million children and 125,000 educators, and awarded more than $1 million to winning college students for their innovative work and scientific achievement through the help of its sponsors.


About the United States Patent and Trademark Office:
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” The USPTO registers trademarks based on the commerce clause of the Constitution (Article I, Section 8, Clause 3). Under this system of protection, American industry has flourished. New products have been invented, new uses for old ones discovered, and employment opportunities created for millions of Americans. The strength and vitality of the U.S. economy depends directly on effective mechanisms that protect new ideas and investments in innovation and creativity. The continued demand for patents and trademarks underscores the ingenuity of American inventors and entrepreneurs.