[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 1 (Wednesday, January 2, 2013)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2012-31524]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

United States Patent and Trademark Office

[Docket No. PTO-C-2012-0054]


National Medal of Technology and Innovation Call for 2013 
Nominations

AGENCY: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of 
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 annual NMTI (initially known as the 
National Medal of Technology) to our nation's leading innovators. Those 
wishing to nominate a candidate who has made an outstanding, lasting 
contribution to the economy may obtain a nomination form from: http://go.usa.gov/1dU.

ADDRESSES: The NMTI nomination form for the year 2013 may be obtained 
by visiting the USPTO Web site at http://go.usa.gov/1dU. Nomination 
applications should be submitted to John Palafoutas, Program Manager, 
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, by electronic mail 
to: NMTI@uspto.gov or by mail to: John Palafoutas, NMTI Program 
Manager, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, 
Alexandria, Virginia 22313-1450.

DATES: The deadline for submission of a nomination is April 1, 2013.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Palafoutas, Program Manager, 
National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States 
Patent and Trademark Office, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, VA 22314; 
telephone (571) 272-9821 or by electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov.

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 Technology and Innovation Medal.'' 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 the technological 
workforce for the improvement of the economic, environmental or social 
well-being of the United States. The primary purpose of the NMTI 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 resulting in commercially 
successful products and services.
    Eligibility and Nomination Criteria: Nomination Guidelines and 
nomination criteria are available at http://go.usa.gov/1dU.

    Dated: December 21, 2012.
David J. Kappos,
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of 
the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
[FR Doc. 2012-31524 Filed 12-31-12; 8:45 am]
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