|The National Inventors Hall of Fame celebrates the
creative and entrepreneurial spirit of great inventors. The creative genius
of invention is showcased through exhibits and presentations which allow
visitors to experience the excitement of discovery, creativity, and
imagination. By nurturing the inventive spirit, the National Inventors Hall
of Fame is addressing the specific problems of declining technological
leadership and creativity in America.
National Inventors Hall of Fame promotes inventiveness and creativity
throughout the United States through such programs as Camp Invention and the
BFGoodrich Collegiate Inventors Program as well as video productions and
nationally traveling exhibitions.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame is dedicated to
the individuals who conceived the great technological advances which this
nation fosters through its patent system. The purpose of The Hall is to
honor these inventors and bring public recognition to them and their
contributions to the nation's welfare.
Inventors selected for induction are honored annually
at a ceremony held in Akron, Ohio. They are also honored at National
Inventors Day activities at the Patent and Trademark Office in Arlington,
Virginia. The day for these activities is on a weekend near February 11, the
birthday of Thomas Alva Edison, the first Hall of Fame inductee.
The Hall of Fame was established in 1973 by the
National Council of Patent Law Associations, now the National Council of
Intellectual Property Law Associations, and the Patent and Trademark Office
of the United States Department of Commerce.