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National Academy of Inventors announces 2013 NAI Fellows

December 10, 2013

Academic inventors and innovators elected to high honor

TAMPA, Fla.—The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named 143 innovators to NAI Fellow status, representing 94 prestigious research universities and governmental and non-profit research institutions.

Collectively, the new Fellows hold more than 5,600 U.S. patents.

Included in the 2013 class are 26 presidents and senior leadership of research universities and non-profit research institutes, 69 members of the National Academies (NAS, NAE, IOM), five inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, six recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Technology and Innovation, two recipients of the U.S. National Medal of Science, nine Nobel Laureates, five Lemelson-MIT prize recipients, 23 AAAS Fellows, and 23 IEEE Fellows, among other awards and distinctions.

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

The NAI Fellows will be inducted by the Deputy U.S. Commissioner for Patents, Andrew Faile, from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), during the 3rd Annual Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, on Mar. 7, 2014, in Alexandria, Va., at the USPTO headquarters. Fellows will be presented with a special trophy and a rosette pin. A plaque listing the name and institution of each NAI Fellow will be on permanent display at the USPTO.

"The USPTO and the NAI work closely together to promote innovation and support inventors," said Margaret A. (Peggy) Focarino, U.S. Commissioner for Patents. “The NAI Fellows program is a great opportunity to honor our nation’s outstanding inventors.”

The NAI Charter Fellows will be recognized with a full page announcement in The Chronicle of Higher Education on Jan. 17, 2014, and in upcoming issues of Inventors Digest and Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors.

The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

“Selection as an NAI Fellow is a high honor,” said Anne Chasser, former U.S. Commissioner for Trademarks at the USPTO and chair of the NAI Fellows Selection Committee. “The Fellows have made outstanding contributions to innovation and discovery, in ways that have had a significant impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.”

The 2013 NAI Fellows Selection Committee was comprised of 13 members including NAI Charter Fellows, recipients of U.S. National Medals, National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, members of the National Academies and senior officials from the USPTO, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association of University Technology Managers, and the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

"The 2013 NAI Fellows and their creative accomplishments showcase the continued excellence of academic innovation and invention," said NAI President Dr. Paul R. Sanberg. “Their work has brought great benefit to the world and we are proud to honor them as Fellows.”

See the complete list of Current NAI Fellows.

About the National Academy of Inventors

The National Academy of Inventors is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprised of U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutions, with over 3,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 200 institutions, and growing rapidly. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. The NAI offices are located in the University of South Florida Research Park. The NAI edits the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, published by Cognizant Communication Corporation (NY).