The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has announced that it will extend its Humanitarian Awards Pilot Program until October 31, 2012. The patent pilot, which was first launched in February, aims to incentivize the distribution of patented technologies to address humanitarian needs.
According to the USPTO, it received a number of requests to extend the deadline for filing applications past August 31. Applicants indicated that they are currently working on qualifying work, which will not be complete before the deadline, or they do not have enough time to complete an application before the deadline.
Unlike previous patent programs, the Humanitarian Awards Pilot Program is an awards competition. Participating patent applicants, patent owners, and licensees must submit program applications describing what actions they have taken with their patented technology to address humanitarian needs among an impoverished population or further research by others on humanitarian technologies.
Independent judges review the program applications, and a selection committee recommends awardees based on these reviews. Awardees will receive a certificate redeemable to accelerate select matters before the USPTO and public recognition for their efforts, including an award ceremony at the USPTO.
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