Edison Patent Awards

Honoring the best patented innovations in the State of New Jersey each year

For more than 40 years, the R&D Council has recognized and highlighted the broad array of research conducted in the state and celebrated its exceptional inventors in an annual award ceremony named for Thomas Alva Edison, New Jersey’s — and perhaps the world’s — most famous
inventor. Winners are selected by a team of R&D Council researchers who evaluate nominated patents based on the significance of the problem addressed, its utility/socioeconomic value, novelty and commercial impact.

Part of these annual awards includes three special honors presented as the Science & Technology Medal, Chairman’s Award and Educator of the Year. Past recipients of these special honors include Nobel Laureates, leaders of Fortune 100 companies, the world’s foremost academic researchers and New Jersey’s most prominent policymakers.

The 2021 Edison Patent Awards Nomination application will be available in January 2021. Please check back here for the application.

2019 Edison Patent Award Films

You can find tribute films for all of the 2019 Patent Award winners as well as previous year’s winners by clicking here.