The H-Prize

Legislation to create and fund an “H-Prize” has been re-introduced in the 110th Congress (S. 365, 3 co-sponsors, HR 632, 37 co-sponsors). The bills would “authorize the Secretary of Energy to establish monetary prizes for achievements in overcoming scientific and technical barriers associated with hydrogen energy.”

Prizes would be given in the following areas:

Bill considers prizes to promote self-powered farms

Rep Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) has introduced a bill that includes a section requiring the Secretary of Energy to enter into an arrangement with the National Academies of Sciences to evaluate the feasibility of prizes to promote the development of farms that are net producers of both food and energy.

110th CONGRESS,1st Session H. R. 80

Climate Technology Challenge Program

This prize program is part of S. 280, a bill to address global warming. The high powered sponsors include Senators Lieberman, Carper, Clinton, Coleman, Collins, Durbin, Lincoln, McCain, Nelson, Obama and Snow.
This is a fairly significant prize program. It seems as though a single award can exceed $100 million, with the approval of the Secretary of Energy.

110th CONGRESS, 1st Session, S. 280

Bright Tomorrow Lighting Prizes

In April 2007, Senators Bingaman (D-NM), Domenici (R-MM), Dorgan (D-SD), Lugar (R-IN), Akaka (D-HI), Murkowski (R-AK) and Craig (R-ID) introduced legislation dealing with energy efficiency. One section of the bill requires the United States Treasury to create a Bright Light Tomorrow permanent fund, without a fiscal year limitation, to finance prizes for energy efficient lamps. There are three specific prizes.

$1 billion prize for car that can travel 100 miles per gallon

Representative Daniel Lungren (R-CA) has introduced HR 1451, the “New Options Petroleum Energy Conservation Act of 2007,” a bill that seeks to provide incentives to reduce dependence on foreign oil. It includes, among other things, a $1 billion prize the first U.S. car manufacturer to sell 60,000 midsized sedan automobiles that can travel 100 miles per gallon.


March 9, 2007

The Aachen Innovation Prize

The prize is not huge (5,000 Euros), but the purposes and winners are interesting. According to this account:

The city of Aachen and the district (Kreis) of Aachen have conferred the Aachen Innovation Prize jointly since the year 2000. From 1992 until 1999 it was granted by the city of Aachen alone under the name of the “City of Aachen Prize for Innovation and Technology”.

The Royal Academy of Engineering and British Industry Prizes

There are, it seems, twelve prizes and awards. Among the more interesting are these:

The MacRobert Award for Innovation in Engineering

Peter Pitts doesn't like the KSR decision, or prizes

Peter Pitts doesn't like the KSR decision, and he also doesn’t like prizes. His recent Spectator article says:

DISTURBINGLY, SOME FOLKS ARE now advocating a “prize” system where there are no drug patents. Instead, the government would pay a drug maker a lump sum for its innovation, and then the new drug would immediately be placed in the public domain.

WHA approves resolution on IGWG

According to Thiru Balasubramaniam, the WHA has now adopted a resolution on the WHO’s Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property. We are waiting for the official text. However, it seemed better than many had predicted earlier this week. The U.S., while not blocking the resolution, noted it did not join the consensus on the text. Now attentions will turn to the WHO’s next move, which will be the July draft of the global strategy and plan of action.

The Gotham Prize

The Gotham Prize for cancer research tests the use of prizes to encourage more openness for cancer research. According to their web site:

KEI Statement on WHA/IGWG resolution

Statement by Thiru Balasubramaniam on behalf of KEI, regarding the WHO IGWG resolution:

“The 60th World Health Assembly is taking another important step to change the way the WHO and Member States deal with innovation and access.


Prize4Life is an effort to accelerate treatments for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). It was created by 32 year old Avichai “Avi” Kremer. According to news reports Kremer was diagnosed with ALS in 2004, and has only a few years to live. He started Prize4Life to raise money for prizes to stimulation research.

Here are some extracts from this moving story in the March 28 issue of the Boston Globe:

CPTech Response to 2006 PhRMA “Special 301” Submission for Chile

March 2006

CPTech Response to 2006 PhRMA “Special 301” Submission for Chile

The “Special 301” Report is a report that the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) submits annually to the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee on the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection around the world. The report identifies those countries that the USTR consider “deny adequate and effective protection for IPR or deny fair and equitable market access for U.S. persons that rely on intellectual property protection”.

September 2004: TACD's Future of WIPO Conference

The TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD) Conference: The Future of WIPO

September 13-14, 2004
CICG, Geneva

(Registration Information given below)

Monday, September 13, 2004


  • Jim Murray -- TACD / BEUC
  • US TACD Rep. TBA

Panel 1 -- What is the WIPO Mission?

Chair, Benedicte Federspiel, FBR
Panel Members

  • Mr. Philippe PETIT , WIPO, invited
  • Rogier Wezenbeek, European Union
  • Larry Lessig, Stanford
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