At the only Utah innovation awards associated with World Intellectual Property Day, more than 50 Utahns and Utah Companies received UTAH GENIUS Awards here on Wednesday, April 27 in a stirring ceremony at the Little America Hotel. New York Times Best-Selling Author Richard Paul Evans also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from UTAH GENIUS.
The show began with a magnificent procession of the 2016 UTAH GENIUS Award winners led by a lone bagpiper playing the iconic “Scotland the Brave.”
PR guru and Forbes.com columnist Cheryl Snapp Connor delivered the keynote address on the necessity of communicating with integrity in our connected age. Richard Paul Evans talked about being true to one’s inner genius. Molly Kocialski, Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in Denver, talked about how patents, trademarks and copyrights touch almost every aspect of our daily lives.
Using data from the USPTO, the UTAH GENIUS Awards staff tracks the number of inventors and companies who list a Utah address on patents issued during each calendar year. When the year comes to an end, the 20 inventors and 20 companies with the most patents issued in the year prior receive UTAH GENIUS Awards at a luncheon held in late spring. In Utah it’s not uncommon for the top individual inventors to be issued 20 patents in a year!
Since by some estimates trademarks account for a larger share of economic activity than patents the UTAH GENIUS Awards also recognize the companies in the state that have the most issued trademarks in the year prior. The staff also tracks Utah companies who are issued the most trademarks and awards GENIUS AWARDS to the ten companies that secure the most trademarks in the prior year. The UTAH GENIUS Awards are granted entirely on merit. There are no nominations or voting.
UTAH GENIUS Award individual Patentee winners for 2016 were:
19th Place with nine patents each in 2015
o S. Barrett Peterson
o John Strasser
o Clark C. Davis
o Wendell Peery
o Frank Clegg
16th Place with 10 patents each in 2015
o Andrew R. Fauth
o George Powell
o T. Wade Fallin
14th Place with 11 patents each in 2015
o Daniel J. Triplett
o Kenneth E. Bertagnolli
10th Place with 12 patents each in 2015
o Timothy N. Sexton
o Craig H. Cooley
o Nathan S. Bushman
o Mitch Johnson
6th Place with 13 patents each in 2015
o Fraser M. Smith
o David R. Hall
o Jacob Johannes Van Der Westhuizen
o Lloyd Leon Burch
4th Place with 14 patents each in 2015
o Stephen C. Jacobsen
o Reza Jalili
3rd Place with 16 patents in 2015
o David Brian Jackson
2nd Place with 18 patents in 2015
o David Flynn
1st Place with 21 patents in 2015
o Stephen R. Carter
UTAH Genius Award corporate Patentee winners for 2016 were:
20th Place with 15 patents in 2015
o Intelligent Intellectual Property Holdings 2 LLC
18th Place with 16 patents each in 2015
o Ceramatec, Inc
o Groen Brothers Aviation, Inc.
12th Place with 17 patents each in 2015
o 3Form, LLC
o Harman International Industries
o Schlumberger Technology Corporation
o StorageCraft Technology Corporation
o Adaptive Computing Enterprises, Inc.
o Lifetime Products, Inc.
9th Place with 18 patents each in 2015
o GE Healthcare
o Adobe Systems, Inc.
o ICON Health & Fitness, Inc.
8th Place with 22 patents in 2015
o L-3 Communications
7th Place with 23 patents in 2015
o AUTOLIV ASP, Inc.
6th Place with 24 patents in 2015
o Bard Access Systems, Inc.
5th Place with 25 patents in 2015
o BD Medical
4th Place with 39 patents in 2015
o Brigham Young University
3rd Place with 40 patents in 2015
o Micro Focus
2nd Place with 53 patents in 2015
o US Synthetic Corporation
1st Place with 68 patents in 2015
o University of Utah Research Foundation
UTAH Genius Award top trademark companies for 2016 were:
9th Place with 9 trademarks each in 2015
o 4Life Trademarks, LLC
o Ascend Living LLC
8th Place with 12 trademarks in 2015
o 3Form, LLC
6th Place with 13 trademarks each in 2015
o doTERRA Holdings, LLC
o University of Utah
5th Place with 15 trademarks in 2015
o Vivint, Inc
3rd Place with 17 trademarks each in 2015
o FranklinCovey Corporation
o Young Living Essential Oils
2nd Place with 21 trademarks in 2015
o Skullcandy, Inc.
1st Place with 28 trademarks in 2015
o NutraMarks, Inc
About UTAH GENIUS: UTAH GENIUS was founded in 2009 by Rand Bateman, a successful Utah patent attorney. Appreciating that much of Utah’s vibrant economy has to do with the innovative nature of Utah companies, Rand decided that he could give back to the community by honoring those who were driving Utah’s creative economy. Rather than focusing only on the companies, however, he decided to also honor the people behind the innovations – e.g. Utah’s Geniuses. The UTAH GENIUS Awards are the only effort in Utah associated with the World Intellectual Property Day, which takes place each April 26, and is administered by the World intellectual Property Organization, an agency of the United Nations.
About UTAH GENIUS
UTAH GENIUS Awards go annually to the most inventive and innovative Utahns in three categories, based on objective data direct from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
•Top 20 inventors, by patents issued in the prior calendar year
•Top 20 most inventive companies, by patents issued in the prior calendar year
•Top 10 trademark registrants, by trademarks issued in the prior calendar year
The Genius Awards also give a Lifetime Achievement Award to someone whose career has been marked by invention, innovation, and creativity. In 2016 the Lifetime Achievement Award will go to New York Times Best-Selling Author Richard Paul Evans who, naturally, holds a number of copyrights.
Read full release at PRUnderground.com: More Than 50 Utah Individuals and Companies Receive ‘Genius’ Award At the 8th Annual UTAH GENIUS Awards.