[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 250 (Thursday, December 30, 2010)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-32906]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-C-2010-0091]


National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2011 
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 the National Medal of Technology 
and Innovation (NMTI). Since establishment by Congress in the 
Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, the President of 
the United States has awarded the National Medal of Technology and 
Innovation (initially 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://go.usa.gov/1dU.

DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is March 31, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2011 may be obtained 
by visiting the USPTO Web site at http://go.usa.gov/1dU. 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, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 
telephone (571) 272-8333, or by electronic mail to: [email protected]

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Background: Enacted by Congress in the Stevenson-Wydler Technology 
Innovation Act of 1980, the National 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 and 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 at http://go.usa.gov/1dU.

    Dated: December 21, 2010.
David J. Kappos,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
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