The USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is seeking nominations for the 2012 Medal of Technology and Innovation (NMTI), the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement, bestowed by the President of the United States on America's leading innovators. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee, a distinguished, independent committee appointed by the Secretary of Commerce, reviews and evaluates the merit of all candidates nominated through an open, competitive solicitation process.
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Established by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the medal was first awarded in 1985. On August 9, 2007, the president signed the America COMPETES (Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Science) Act of 2007, amending Section 16 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980.
All completed nominations must be submitted to the USPTO by 5:00 p.m. (ET), Mar. 31, 2012.