About the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship

For those of you new to our program, we are the Inventioneers, a non-profit public charity. We began as a FIRST® LEGO® League
(FLL®) team back in 2004 and had amazing success in that program (we still need to pinch ourselves every once in a while).
We were the four time NH State FLL® Champions and in April of 2010, we earned the Champions Award at the FLL® World Festival
in Atlanta, GA.

We have a utility patent pending at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Important Announcement:

Program Re-Launch Coming Fall 2016!!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Important Update: Deadline Extended

Some exciting developments are brewing with the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship program.  As a result, we have extended our deadline to May 15th 2012.

Those of you who have already submitted your applications will not be affected by any changes to the  readysetPATENT! Award process.  Stay tuned!!!

1888 Velocipede Patent Figure

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Is Your Invention Novel?

As we mentioned before, it is important to research your idea to see if another inventor has had the same idea.  To be patentable, your idea must pass the first patent test:  it must be novel.

As you learn more about patents, you'll see the words "prior art" linked to patentability.  Prior art is any information made available publicly before you came up with the idea for your invention.  That's why researching your solution is a key step before you pursue a patent.  If you find parts of your idea already mentioned on the web, in magazines, papers, etc., that is prior art and those parts of your invention will not pass patentability test #1.

Next tip:
What is a priority date?

Monday, January 23, 2012

Inventioneers Patent Scholarship Sponsor Has New Name

While the values and focus of Attorney Vern Maine's firm have not changed, the organization has changed its name for the new year.  To read more about the company, click here.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Selection Process

How the Winner is Selected

The applications are reviewed by the intellectual property law firm and Scholarship Sponsors, Maine, Cernota, and Rardin and other local law firms.  They will use the Eligibility Criteria as part of their review of all applications.  Based on their evaluation, a winner will be selected based on the patentability of the invention.  Finalists will be notified by email.  

Enter to Win!

Our 2013 application period has opened!

How to Enter to Win the
Inventioneers Patent Scholarship 

1.     Click on any  readysetPATENT!  logo
     to go to the online application form

2.     Fill out your background information and answer the 
      9 questions as completely as you can.

3.     Click the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the online form. 

4.      Send any drawings or diagrams to:

         Subject Line:  Patent Scholarship Drawings

Your STEM leader/teacher can help guide you through the application process.  Use the form to help you think through your invention – what is it made of, how does it work, etc.  Work out your answers in a word processor file and then cut and paste into the application form.  That way, you have all the details of your invention already documented for your records.

Criteria for the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship

Scholarship Criteria

To see if your invention qualifies for the scholarship, the answer to the following questions must be “YES”:

1.  Is your idea your original work and not that of adult mentors or guides?

2.  Have you conducted research to determine that your idea is “novel” or new?  (If you find an invention that is similar but your idea has novel features, you are still eligible.)

3.  Is your invention a unique device on its own? (combining others’ ideas or products in a new way does not qualify as “unique”)

4.  Is your device “useful”?

5.  Have you identified the end users or customers of your invention?

6.  Have you kept the details of your invention private? (prior public disclosure may limit patentability of your invention)

Eligibility for the Inventioneers Patent Scholarship

Please note that our 2013 application period has opened!
Scholarship Eligibility

·   The  readysetPATENT!  Program is open to all NH students ages 8-16. 

·   Traditional and home educated students are eligible.

·   Individual inventors or teams of inventors may apply.  In the case of a team entry, all named inventors must have contributed to the development of the invention.