The Ohio Academy of Science (OAS) and The Ohio State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Section (OSBA) announced that March 1 is the deadline for Ohio inventors to apply for Ohio Patent Awards to recognize individuals or organizations and their counsel who have contributed intellectual property in the form of granted patents within Ohio.
Ohio has a rich history of innovation including the controlled, powered airplane, the automobile self-starter, the flip-top can, the vaccine for feline leukemia, and numerous other patented inventions which have had a worldwide impact.
The Ohio Patent Awards will be granted in two separate categories in 2011:
- the Ohio Patent Legacy Award, and
- the Ohio Patent Impact Awards.
The Legacy Award will be granted to a prolific and/or historic Ohio patentee-inventor in recognition of their contribution of significant intellectual property in the form of a U.S. patent or collection of U.S. patents.
Ohio Impact Awards will be granted to the Ohio inventor or organization and their counsel who have contributed new intellectual property in the form of an issued U.S. patent which has significantly impacted the state of Ohio through positive changes. Among the criteria to be examined for the Ohio Impact Awards will be significance to Ohio’s economic, social change, health benefits, or growth of new industries and/or jobs.
The patent must be a U.S. patent issued prior to March 1, 2009, and may be from a not-for-profit or for-profit corporation, government agency, an academic institution or association, or from an individual inventor residing in Ohio either on the filing date of the patent or on the date of patent issuance. The law firm or attorney that prosecuted the patent will be recognized by association with the outstanding patent. Such law firm or attorney must reside within the State of Ohio.
All applications must be mailed to The Ohio Academy of Science by the postmarked date of March 1 or submitted electronically. An online, printable application and further details are posted at www.ohiosci.org/PatentAward.pdf . Email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614.488.2228.