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Benefits of Joining

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Primary Benefits:

  • Honors, encourages and publicly recognizes academic inventors who hold patents, including faculty, graduate students, staff, alumni and affiliates.
  • Encourages the disclosure of intellectual property.
  • Encourages the translation of inventions by members to benefit society.
  • Encourages invention, innovation and getting patents at the university.
  • Promotes and enhances the development and commercialization of university patents and innovations
  • Provides a vehicle by which to encourage change in the culture at the university (if having a patent does not currently count toward promotion and tenure).
  • NAI connection with the USPTO, the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM).
  • Provides a mechanism for potentially enhancing innovation both locally and nationally
  • Promotes interdisciplinary groups for fostering new ideas.
  • Provides the opportunity for faculty members (not just inventor members) to publish in the journal of the NAI, Innovation and Technology – Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors, now in its 2nd year, published quarterly.
  • Provides a mechanism for developing relevant invention-based activities, such as workshops or symposia on innovation and invention, in collaboration with the university's technology transfer, patents and licensing administration.
  • Encourages creative thinking and a spirit of innovation.
  • Puts the chapter in a position to provide advice and guidance to new and existing inventors in their work.
  • Enhances the visibility of university technology development, promotes entrepreneurship and provides a means to be advocates for university innovation in the local community.
  • Creates a resource for the local university area community to facilitate greater industry research contracts and interactions with companies and organizations in order to increase economic impact.
  • Increases awareness of intellectual property at the university by mentoring, fostering and encouraging faculty, staff and students to develop their intellectual property and inventions.
  • Helps shape society by being in a position to understand the translational use of inventions at the university and elsewhere; and to be a role model in such endeavors for students, staff and faculty.

Secondary Benefits:

  • Provides social networking among members.
  • Listing of chapter members names on the national website (future plans include listing members’ patents).
  • Provides a means to recognize and honor others important to innovation at the university through honorary membership.
  • Provides an opportunity to educate and mentor innovative students.
  • National publicity via press releases through the NAI about the chapter.
  • Specially designed NAI lapel pins provided for all inventor members.


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