In my search for humor today, I came across a program initiated by the US Patent Office (USPTO). There is nothing humorous about it – in fact it is a great program that I want people to be aware of. I have written recently about crazy patents and patents to protect patent trolls and the greed associated with some companies’ use of patents. As the US Patent office says “For over two centuries, strong patents have provided business incentives that encourage technological progress to build our modern world. As we struggle to combat the issues plaguing many of the world's poor, patents play an essential role in creating lasting solutions.”
Because of that the USPTO has started an awards program. It is a pilot program to recognize patent owners who apply their patented technology to address humanitarian needs. The program advances the president’s global development agenda by rewarding companies who bring life-saving technologies to underserved people of the world, while showing how patents are an integral part of tackling the world's challenges.
This fits in so well with a question that Art De Geus, CEO of Synopsys was asked at his DVCon Keynote. When asked where he thought Synopsys would be in 25 years – he first answered “Well, yesterday I was on Wall Street and they wanted to know about next quarter.” Then he said that he was more concerned about our planet and what we were doing for it. I wonder if there is a way that the EDA industry can participate in this program.
Participants will send in applications describing how they've used their patented technology or products to address humanitarian challenges. Judges will choose winners in four categories: medical technology, food and nutrition, clean technology and information technology.
Program applications started March 1st and are open for 6 months, or until they have received 1000 applications and there will be up to 50 award winners. Winners will receive accelerated processing of select patent USPTO matters. This would enable a company to expedite handling of an application, an appeal or reexamination.
A submission can be entered here.
And now back to some humor…
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