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USPTO Announces Call for Nominations for National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Nominations Also Now Accepted for Medal Nomination Evaluation Committee

Washington, D.C. -- The Department of Commerce’s United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is seeking nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. The Medal, presented each year by the President of the United States, is the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. The nominations can be made for an individual, a team of up to four individuals, a company or a division of a company.

The honorees are selected for their outstanding contributions to the nation's economic, environmental and social well-being through the development and commercialization of technological products, processes and concepts; technological innovation; and development of the Nation's technological manpower.

The deadline for nominations is May 29, 2009. To make a nomination, go to

The USPTO also is seeking nominees for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee. The selection process is administered on behalf of the Department of Commerce by the USPTO. There are currently four vacancies on the committee.

The Evaluation Committee reviews and evaluates all nominations for the Medal. Committee members are senior executives and distinguished experts in fields of science, technology, and business. Members are appointed by the Secretary of Commerce for three-year terms and are eligible for one reappointment.

To make a nomination for the Evaluation Committee, send an email to the National Medal of Technology and Innovation program manager ( and include a resume, curriculum vitae or biography, along with contact information. The deadline to submit nominations is March 31, 2009.

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