National Inventors Hall of Fame
In 1973, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and the National Council of Intellectual Property Law Associations established the National Inventors Hall of Fame. This organization constructed a museum in Akron, Ohio, which remains in operation today. The National Inventors Hall of Fame also has offices in Los Angeles, California, and in Washington, District of Columbia. Every year, the National Inventors Hall of Fame selects inventors for induction. Anyone can nominate a person for inclusion in the hall of fame, however a body of nationally renowned scientists and inventors vote on the final inductees. The first person inducted into the National Investors Hall of Fame was Ohioan Thomas Alva Edison. As of 2005, more than two hundred people had been inducted.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame also sponsors numerous programs for aspiring inventors. It conducts workshops for adult inventors to learn how to patent and market their creations. The organization also holds various camps and competitions for elementary, junior high, high school, and college students. The National Inventors Hall of Fame's ultimate goal is to "celebrate and foster the spirit and practice of invention-the innate human impulse that drives social and economic progress."