TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has been officially recognized by the United States Senate through Senate Resolution 620, introduced as a bipartisan measure by Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and Republican Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri and affirmed unanimously by the full Senate on Aug. 28, 2018.
The resolution recognizes the NAI and honors the organization's milestone of achieving 200 member institutions.
In addition to acknowledging the NAI's "rapid expansion," the resolution affirms that the Senate "supports the mission of the National Academy of Inventors [and]…acknowledges the National Academy of Inventors for its role in elevating the contributions of academic inventors across all disciplines."
"It is an honor to be recognized by the U.S. Senate for the NAI's success in encouraging academic innovation in the United States and internationally," said Paul R. Sanberg, President of the NAI. "We greatly appreciate and thank Senators Nelson and Blunt for sponsoring this resolution and ensuring its swift passage."
The NAI was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), 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 partners closely with the USPTO in the pursuit of this mission.
"Through the doors of the USPTO walk inventors and entrepreneurs with innovations that will spur investment, create new jobs, grow our economy, and help us achieve our highest ideals," said Andrew Hirshfeld, U.S. Commissioner for Patents. "Many of these will come from the National Academy of Inventors."
The NAI now boasts more than 4,000 individual members and fellows spanning over 250 universities and governmental and non-profit research institutes.
"We are proud of the measurable impact that the NAI and our member institutions and individual inventor members and fellows are making throughout the world," said Sanberg.
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.
SOURCE National Academy of Inventors