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Board of Invention

Active dates:1993 - 2014
Function: Encourage the creation, performance, and appreciation of invention in Minnesota. The 1993 legislation called for the board to establish an invention grant program to award grants to individuals, nonprofits, or private organizations to encourage the development of both commercial and social inventions.
History: In 1984, the Governor's Council on Entrepreneurship and Innovation, chaired by Carol Pine, including Representative Phil Riveness and Senator Tracy Beckman, recommended to Governor Perpich the early elements of "a comprehensive, integrated invention and innovation support and marketing system."

The first public policy "invention" legislation in Minnesota's history, was introduced in 1985 (S.F. 876/H.F. 976). Please see the 1994 report linked below for a complete history of the Board.

The Board of Invention was repealed in 2014. The Board had no members at the time of repeal.

Membership: The Board of Invention was intended to consist of 11 members appointed by the governor, subject to the advice and consent of the senate. One member must be appointed from each of the congressional districts. The remaining members may be appointed at large.

Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993.

Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.

Notes: Created by statute but the Department of Trade and Economic Development apparently decided not to set it up because it required private funds (per PV October 1993). However, governor made appointments on 1 November 1993.
Note: The Legislative Reference Library may have additional reports on or by this group available through our catalog.
News clippings and documents. Agencies Notebook Collection, 1993-1994.
Record last updated: 04/30/2015

All information on this group from the Library’s collection of agency notebooks has been digitized. These materials are incorporated into the “documents/articles” section of the record. Please contact a librarian with any questions. The Minnesota Agencies database is a work in progress.

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