ABBOTT INVENTOR HALL OF FAME AWARD
Welcome to the Abbott Inventor Hall of Fame pilot program. You have been invited to participate in this program based upon your intention to attend the Sacramento Regional FRC event or the Silicon Valley Regional FRC event. For 2011, this award program is only open to FRC teams registered to attend either or both of these Regional events. We hope that this pilot program will provide FIRST with the information they need to consider this award for inclusion as a regular judged award in the near future.
The Abbott Inventor Hall of Fame Award Program (IHF) is designed to provide education to FIRST participants about Inventions, Intellectual Property and how the Intellectual Property process works.
Selection of Award Winners
All complete Invention Disclosure Forms will be judged by a panel of IHF judges based on the criteria detailed in the Judging Sheet. Prior to each Regional event, the submitted invention disclosure forms will be pre-judged by the judges according to the criteria set out in the Judging Sheet. The top 8 submitters at each Regional event will be notified, according to the schedule below, that they will be requested to make a presentation of their invention to the judging panel. If you plan on attending both Regional events, your invention submissions will be reviewed at the first Regional event that you attend. The presentation should be no more than 5 minutes in length. For the presentation, we request that no more than 3 student inventors make the presentation to the judging panel. The presentation should highlight the invention and the application of the invention.
For the Sacramento Regional Event, student inventors will be notified through their Pit Kit on March 17th if they will be requested to make a presentation to the judging panel on Saturday March 19th.
For the Silicon Valley Regional Event, student inventors will be notified through their Pit Kit on March 31st if they will be requested to make a presentation to the judging panel on Saturday April 2nd.
At each Regional Event there will be 4 IHF award recipients. The top IHF award recipient at each Regional Event will receive a trophy and a certificate of achievement. The top award winner’s team will also receive a cash award from Abbott. Additionally, the top IHF award recipient at each Regional Event will also have a provisional patent application prepared on their behalf by the law firm Dorsey and Whitney. The 3 other IHF award recipients at each Regional Event each will receive a trophy and a Certificate of Appreciation.
To be eligible for this award, you must:
- Submit a complete FIRST Invention Disclosure Form to the judging committee
- Have participated on a team during the 2011 FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC)
- Your team must be registered to attend either the Sacramento or the Silicon Valley Regional Event or both.
Below you will find a video presentation on Intellectual Property, a copy of the Patent Presentation used in the video, a copy of the FIRST Invention Disclosure Form and a copy of the Judging Sheet that will be utilized to judge the award.
Student inventors must complete the FIRST Invention Disclosure Form via e-mail NO LATER THAN March 10th if your team is registered to attend the Sacramento Regional Event and NO LATER THAN March 24th if your team is registered to attend the Silicon Valley Regional Event. All submissions must be sent to:
Submissions will be judged according to the criteria set forth in the Judging Sheet, therefore, please provide as much information as possible regarding your invention.
Incomplete Invention Disclosure Forms will not be judged.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is eligible?
Students who have participated on a 2011 FRC team which was registered to attend either the Sacramento Regional Event or the Silicon Valley Regional Event.
How do I Apply?
To apply for the Abbott Inventor Hall of Fame Award, the student(s) must complete the FIRST Invention Disclosure Form and submit it by March 10th if your team is registered to attend the Sacramento Regional Event, or by March 24th if you team is registered to attend the Silicon Valley Regional Event.
What if my team is registered to attend both events?
You must submit the completed FIRST Invention Disclosure Form prior to the first Regional event that you intend to attend.
If more than one person develops the invention, do we each have to submit separate FIRST Invention Disclosure Forms (IDF)?
No, you do not have to submit separate IDFs, the IDF provides space to include multiple inventors for a single invention submission.
Can I submit more than one invention for consideration?
Absolutely, we encourage you to submit an Invention Disclosure Form for each invention that you conceive.
Who judges the submitted FIRST Invention Disclosure Forms?
The submitted forms will be judged using the criteria detailed in the Judging Sheet (a copy of which is linked above (Or hotlink the words Judging Sheet)), the judging panel will consist of individuals with scientific backgrounds as well as individuals who specialize in the practice of patent law.
How can I learn more about Intellectual Property and the patent process?
The United States Patent Office’s website is a great resource to learn more about Intellectual Property and the patent process.
How does one become a Patent Attorney?
To become a patent attorney, you must first graduate from college with a scientific based degree (a listing of the accepted degrees are listed here on page 6: http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/dcom/olia/oed/grb.pdf). After graduating with a scientific degree, you then must graduate from an accredited law school. Once you have your two degrees in hand, you must then sit for and pass both the Patent Bar Exam and a bar exam in any state within the United States.
Is there a way to practice patent law without attending law school?
Yes, if you have graduated from college with a scientific degree you may be eligible to take the Patent Bar exam to become what is know as a Patent Agent. A Patent Agent can represent inventors before the USPTO. However, a Patent Agent may not engage in the practice of law. For example, a patent agent would not be able to represent a client in litigation or contract matters.