Honors, encourages and publicly recognizes academic inventors who hold patents, including
faculty, graduate students, staff, alumni and affiliates.
Encourages the disclosure of intellectual property and the translation of inventions
to benefit society.
Promotes and enhances the development and commercialization of university patents
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 to publish in Innovation and Technology, Journal of the National Academy of Inventors.
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 & Licensing administration.
Encourages creative thinking, a spirit of innovation and promotes entrepreneurship.
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
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.
Provides social networking among members.
Listing of chapter members names on the website including 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.