TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has launched a new membership category, the Senior Member program. The program will recognize and honor early-stage academic inventors who aspire to make a real impact on society through invention and innovation.
The NAI Senior Member program seeks active researchers and professionals who demonstrate success in patenting, licensing and commercialization activities, and foster a spirit of innovation through enhancing an inventive atmosphere at their institutions, while educating and mentoring the next generation of innovators.
"The Senior Member program is an exciting addition to our existing membership," said Paul R. Sanberg, president of the NAI. "Inventors who seek to influence and support the academic invention ecosystem have the opportunity to join the NAI's global network of innovators striving toward a common goal."
Elected NAI Senior Members will have access to the NAI's premier mentorship platform, the Global Academic Inventor Network, exclusively available to NAI members. They will also have opportunities for networking and education through NAI-led panels, meetings, and committees, including the opportunity to publish in NAI's Technology & Innovation journal.
"This program has been carefully constructed to welcome and honor a new cadre of academic inventors into our community," said Spencer Montgomery, Director of the NAI. "We look forward to recognizing young innovators and academically-minded individuals in the early stages of their innovation careers who aspire to reach new heights within the invention community."
Nominations for the NAI Senior Member program opened today, and the organization will continue to accept nomination submissions on a rolling basis. Notices of election will be announced quarterly, with the inaugural class election slated for February 2019.
Eligible individuals should hold at minimum one issued U.S. patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office which has been licensed or commercialized. As an alternative, candidates may demonstrate a high degree of innovation by holding five or more U.S. patents. All nominees must be affiliated with a Member Institution of the NAI.
About the National Academy of Inventors
The National Academy of Inventors is a member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 at the University of South Florida 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 publishes the multidisciplinary journal, Technology and Innovation. www.academyofinventors.org
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