Collegiate Inventors - Event

Our Annual Competition Showcases World-Class Collegiate Inventors

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What: 2019 Collegiate Inventors Competition® Expo


Date: October 30, 2019


Time: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Location: United States Patent and Trademark Office Headquarters
Upper Atrium, Alexandria, Virginia

Each year, college students from across the nation travel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office to make presentations to panels of judges comprised of National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) Inductees and United States Patent and Trademark Office officials. In addition, the students participate in an Expo where they showcase their inventions for patent and trademark examiners, corporate sponsors, leaders in the intellectual property community and the general public.

Cash prizes will be awarded to the Winner and Runners-up in both the Graduate and Undergraduate categories, as well as the Winner of the People’s Choice Award. Since 1990, with the help of our sponsors, we have awarded more than $1 million to students to help them take their inventions to the next level.

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Meet the Collegiate Inventors

Meet the most recent CIC Finalists and Winners, and explore all of the collegiate inventors who have excelled in the Collegiate Inventors Competition.

2018 Event Highlights

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Charit Tippareddy from Team OSPRI, 2018 Graduate Bronze Winner, explains his invention to an Expo attendee.
Promotional material featuring CIC sponsors and the 2018 Finalist teams at the Expo.
Team Radiex, 2018 Undergraduate Silver Winner, demonstrates their invention at the Expo.
Team PionEar, 2018 Graduate Gold Winner, hits the photo booth before the Expo begins.
Elizabeth Bianchini from Team Rhino, 2018 Undergraduate Gold Winner, explains her invention to Andrei Iancu, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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