The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has a humanities-driven program, entitled “Patent for Humanity.” This program presents awards to innovators trying to make the world a better place. The program brings attention to humanitarian issues. Moreover, it provides success stories for others to emulate. Finally, it shows how patents create solutions to global challenges. Accordingly to AIPLA, the USPTO announced the 2020 Patent for Humanity Winners on August 26, 2020.

AIPLA identified this year’s winners as follows:

  • Global Vision 2020 (Maryland): developed the USee Vision Kit. The kit provides prescription eyeglasses cost-effectively to hundreds of people, particularly in remote parts of the world.
  • Sisu Global (Maryland): invented the Hemafuse, a highly effective, mechanical alternative to transfusing donor blood.
  • Sanaria Inc. (Maryland): create a whole parasite vaccine for malaria.
  • Flexcrevator (North Carolina): invented a machine that enables fast, safe, and hygienic fecal sludge removal, surpassing manual emptying.
  • NEWgenerator (Florida): developed a state-of-the-art membrane bioreactor technology. The machine simultaneously recovers nutrients, energy, and water from wastewater.
  • Nonspec (Massachusetts): invented an affordable and highly adjustable prosthetic limb systems to amputees. These are off the shelf and adjusted in under an hour to those in need.

These winners enjoy an awards ceremony held at the White House. Moreover, they garner extensive positive publicity, and accelerated USPTO processing for one of their matters. Congratulations to the USPTO’s 2020 Patent for Humanity Winners!