About the NAI

The National Academy of Inventors® is a 501(c)(3) non-profit member organization comprising U.S. and international universities, and governmental and non-profit research institutes, with over 4,000 individual inventor members and Fellows spanning more than 250 institutions worldwide. It was founded in 2010 to recognize and encourage inventors with patents issued from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, enhance the visibility of academic technology and innovation, encourage the disclosure of intellectual property, educate and mentor innovative students, and translate the inventions of its members to benefit society. Read more here.

About The Conference


The NAI Annual Conference is held each spring and features stimulating presentations and networking with renowned inventors from across the U.S. and around the world. The meeting serves as an arena where innovation and entrepreneurship in the academic world, leading to local and national economic development is recognized, honored and cultivated.

The conference is open to all and continues to grow. In 2017, more than 400 individuals attended from worldwide universities and organizations including:


Exploring the Intersections of Inovation

For the 2018 Conference of the National Academy of Inventors, we aim to explore the fundamental intersections of innovation that will advance our world into the future. The NAI annual meeting unites innovators, students and leaders from all disciplines and geographic locations to a venue where knowledge is exchanged and collaborations can thrive through the combined efforts between academia, government and industry.

Signature Gala at The Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum has been selected as the setting for the Signature Gala during the 2018 NAI Conference. The building was originally created as the first patent office and held that purpose for more than 100 years. The historic patent office’s enormous galleries once displayed thousands of models of patented inventions from the cotton gin to the first telephone. The site is arguably the capital’s first tourist attraction as visitors roamed the galleries to view the latest technological marvels. Join us in this honorific venue to celebrate our nation’s patent achievements from its earliest beginnings to today.