Recognizing New Technology and Documentation of Ideas
The Silver Dollar Awards program is conducted every year to recognize the developers and inventors who create new technology and documentation ideas that bring value to Sulzer GTC. Ideas are evaluated by the company’s invention/patent review group and are based on potential value, novelty, business objectives and strategy. Once obtained, the intellectual property gives Sulzer GTC the right to create a protected market for the technology.
Current patent committee members are Joe Gentry, Mircea Cretoiu, Joe Weller, Meijuan Zeng, Randi Wytcherley (Bozeman) and Mike Binkley (Euless).
The inventor of each meritorious idea is awarded a silver dollar, as is each inventor for a patent filing, including provisional patents. If a patent is ultimately granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office or an international authorized patent office, $1,000 cash is awarded. Those recipients are also awarded a certificate.