Benefits of Membership

I. Institutional Membership

This level of membership:

  • Honor the inventors and innovators among your institution’s faculty, staff, students, alumni and affiliates, and encourage the creative thinking and spirit of innovation in your community.
  • Support development and commercialization of academic patents and inventions, and the disclosure of intellectual property.
  • Advocates, serving as a voice for academic inventors at universities and federal and nonprofit research institutes with the USPTO and Dept. of Commerce.
  • Opportunity to publish in the NAI journal, Technology and Innovation. Institutions that join during the Charter Member period have the opportunity to name a member to the journal’s editorial board.
  • Annual meeting featuring world-class presentations and networking with renowned inventors from across the U.S. and around the world, representatives from our Member Institutions and conference participants, such as the USPTO, Smithsonian-Lemelson Center, AUTM, NCET2, ORAU, NCIIA, UIA, Twenty Million Minds, NSF..
  • A member-focused organization, with active participation from our member institutions.
  • Reasonable institutional membership fees for academic organizations and affordable annual meetings.
  • Opportunity to start your own Chapter (not required). If you wish to establish a chapter, the NAI will provide you with templates, examples and assistance for an event
  • Recognition and promotion through NAI media communications.
  • Listed on NAI national and conference websites

II. Membership For Individuals

Membership for Individuals is only available to individuals at a Member Institution with a Chapter and consists of:

  • Regular Members of a chapter include academic inventors who hold at least one issued U.S. patent and may include eligible faculty, staff, students, alumni, and affiliates.
  • Honorary Members of a chapter include leadership and representatives from your institution and community who do not hold patents but have facilitated and nurtured innovation and economic development at your institution.

Individual Member benefits include:

  • NAI Certificate of Membership
  • NAI Official Lapel Pin
  • Opportunity to receive special recognition for work in various NAI publications including the NAI Journal, presentations and national press releases
  • Exclusive news and updates from the NAI sent directly to their email
  • The ability to hold leadership positions within an active chapter as a Chapter Officer or Executive Committee member
  • Member discount for NAI annual meetings

III. Fellow of the NAI

Election to NAI Fellow status is the highest level of membership in the NAI. NAI Fellows receive:

  • International Recognition for Excellence in Innovation and Invention
  • A plaque featuring their name and institution will be on permanent display at the USPTO headquarters in Alexandria, VA
  • Inducted by the U.S. Commissioner for Patents as an NAI Fellow
  • Complimentary Membership in the NAI
  • Personalized trophy commemorating their efforts in innovation
  • Exclusive, customized NAI Fellows Rosette
  • Listed in annual Commemorative Fellows Booklet
  • Recognition and promotion through NAI media communications, including NAI website
  • Waived registration for the Fellows Induction Ceremony and one guest
  • NAI Certificate of Membership
  • NAI Official Lapel Pin


Our growth, development and continued success is due entirely to the continued involvement, commitment and leadership of our member institutions. We invite you to join us and be part of the future of academic invention of our nation.