[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 5 (Thursday, January 8, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 801-802]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-102]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-C-2008-0059]


National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2009 
Nominations

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office.

ACTION: Notice and request for nominations.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark 
Office) is accepting nominations for its National Medal of Technology 
and Innovation (NMTI) program.
    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/nmti.
    Eligibility and Criteria: Information on eligibility and nomination 
criteria is provided on the Nominations Guidelines Form at http://
www.uspto.gov/nmti.

DATES: The deadline for submission of an application is May 29, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The NMTI Nomination form for the year 2009 may be obtained 
by visiting the Web site at http://www.uspto.gov/nmti. Nomination 
applications should be submitted to Jennifer Lo, Program Manager, 
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail 
to: NMTI@uspto.gov or by mail to: Jennifer Lo, United States Patent and 
Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lo, 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) 272-7640, or electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 have had a 
profound and lasting impact on our economy and way of life. The Medal 
highlights the national importance of

[[Page 802]]

fostering technological innovation based upon solid science, resulting 
in commercially successful products and services.

    Dated: December 2, 2008.
Jon W. Dudas,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. E9-102 Filed 1-7-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-16-P