Judging

PRESENT YOUR WORK TO OUR NATION'S GREATEST MINDS AT THE UNITED STATES PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE.

If your entry is selected as one of the year's most outstanding, you'll be named a finalist. We'll provide you with an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. and the extraordinary opportunity to present your idea to our panel of judges at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia.

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Judges

Our judges are the most influential inventors and invention experts in the nation, representing a wide range of fields. Only the Collegiate Inventors Competition can bring you together with judges who are also National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees, including:

Federico Faggin, Ph.D.

Microprocessor

1996 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Federico Faggin here

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Eric R. Fossum, Ph.D.

CMOS sensor

2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Eric R. Fossum here

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Marcian "Ted" Hoff, Ph.D.

Microprocessor

1996 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Marcian "Ted" Hoff here

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Don Keck, Ph.D.

Optical Fiber

1993 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Don Keck here

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Alois Langer, Ph.D.

Implantable Defibrillator

2002 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Alois Langer here

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Kumar Patel, Ph.D.

Carbon Dioxide Laser

2012 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Kumar Patel here

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Steve Sasson, D.Sc.

Digital Camera

2011 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Steve Sasson here

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Gary Sharp, Ph.D.

Polarization-Control Technology

2015 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Gary Sharp here

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Spencer Silver, Ph.D.

Post-it® Notes

2010 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Spencer Silver here

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Jim West, D.Sc.

Electret Microphone

1999 National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductee

Learn more about Jim West here

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Judges also include the country’s most experienced invention experts and scientists, including representatives from the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the AbbVie Foundation.

Your entry, which must be complete, workable and well-articulated, will be evaluated by our expert judges for originality and for the inventiveness of the concept, process, or technology it represents. Judging is also based on scope of use and potential social, environmental, or economic value to society.

  • National Inventor's Hall of Fame
  • Collegiate Inventors Competition
  • Invention Project
  • Camp Invention
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