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HP and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Announce HP Sponsorship of National Programs


Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) and the National Inventors Hall of Fame (NIHF) today announced the launch of HP's national sponsorship of NIHF, a not-for-profit organization which has successfully promoted invention throughout the United States since 1973. The two-year sponsorship continues HP's strong tradition of nurturing the inventive and entrepreneurial spirit, whether in schools, research laboratories or the workplace.

"HP and the National Inventors Hall of Fame are both dedicated to encouraging inventions that are significantly useful and contribute to the progress of people and science," said Richard DeMillo, chief technology officer, HP. "We also share a common mission to nurture today's and tomorrow's brightest minds."

HP's sponsorship involves financial and equipment support for many of NIHF's national projects and educational programs. NIHF programs extend to nearly 500 primary schools and 250 colleges and universities across the country, and include the Collegiate Inventors Competition, which recognizes the most inventive students in America, and Camp Invention, a summer day-camp program that promotes inventiveness in elementary school-age students. HP plans to contribute servers and desktop computer equipment, digital cameras, scanners and printers to help power the NIHF Web site at http://www.invent.org. "We are extremely pleased to partner with HP because of its clear dedication to invention and innovation," said David Fink, NIHF President and CEO. "At NIHF, we look forward to the opportunity of working with HP to encourage and inspire the spirit of invention in people of all ages."

"With this sponsorship, HP is partnering with a multi-layered organization that draws a national audience," said Steve Anderson, program manager, HP Sponsorship Marketing. "HP gains the opportunity to broaden its reach through NIHF's popular Web site and its educational programs, which range from kindergarten to college."

About NIHF

Founded in 1973 by the National Council of Intellectual Property Attorneys and United States Patent and Trademark Office, the National Inventors Hall of Fame has become the premier not-for-profit organization in America dedicated to fostering and recognizing creativity and invention. In addition to the National Inventors Hall of Fame Museum in Akron, Ohio, NIHF programs include the Collegiate Inventors Competition, which recognizes the most inventive students in America, and Camp Invention, its summer day-camp program that promotes inventiveness in elementary school-age students. NIHF is best known for its annual induction ceremony, one of the highest profile invention events in the world. To date, the NIHF has honored 158 individuals for their significant inventions, among them HP co-founder Bill Hewlett.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.

HP has 88,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

About HP

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