[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 12 (Wednesday, January 20, 2010)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-980]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-PTO-C-2009-0058]


National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2010 
Nominations

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark 
Office) is accepting nominations for its National Medal of Technology 
and Innovation (NMTI).
    Since establishment by Congress in 1980, the President of the 
United States has awarded the National Medal of Technology and 
Innovation (formerly known as the National Medal of Technology) 
annually to our Nation's leading innovators. If you know of a candidate 
who has made an outstanding, lasting contribution to the economy 
through the promotion of technology or technological manpower, you may 
obtain a nomination form from: http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp.

DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is March 31, 2010.

ADDRESSES: The NMTI Nomination form for the year 2010 may be obtained 
by visiting the Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp. 
Nomination applications should be submitted to Richard Maulsby, Program 
Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by 
electronic mail to: [email protected] or by mail to: Richard Maulsby, 
United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, 
Virginia 22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Maulsby, Program Manager, 
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States 
Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-
1450, telephone (571) 272-8333, or electronic mail: [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
    Background: Enacted by Congress in 1980, the Medal of Technology 
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. The Act 
amended Section 16 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 
1980, changing the name of the Medal to the ``National Medal of 
Technology and Innovation.'' The Medal is the highest honor awarded by 
the President of the United States to America's leading innovators in 
the field of technology, and is given annually to individuals, teams, 
or companies who have made outstanding contributions to the promotion 
of technology or technological manpower for the improvement of the 
economic, environmental or social well-being of the United States.
    The primary purpose of the National Medal of Technology and 
Innovation is to recognize American innovators whose vision, 
creativity, and brilliance in moving ideas to market has had a profound 
and lasting impact on our economy and way of life. The Medal highlights 
the national importance of fostering technological innovation based 
upon solid science, resulting in commercially successful products and 
services.
    Eligibility and Nomination Criteria: Information on eligibility and 
nomination criteria is provided on the Nominations Guidelines Form at 
http://www.uspto.gov/about/nmti/index.jsp.

    Dated: January 12, 2010.
David J. Kappos,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2010-980 Filed 1-19-10; 8:45 am]
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