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Become # 6 Internationally, # 1 in Big Ten: Purdue Among Global Patent Leaders


175 utility patents on Purdue inventions issued in 2020

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The whitest of white paints which could greatly reduce the cost of air conditioning. Technology that could save parents from their worst nightmare of losing a baby on a ventilator because the child squirmed and moved the breathing tube. Wi-Fi-powered clothing that could monitor health, and cost-effective, eco-friendly ways to turn plastics into fuel.

These are just a few of the recent patented innovations from researchers at Purdue University who strive to solve real-world problems and improve people’s lives. The list is lengthened increasingly. In fact, in calendar year 2020, only five universities worldwide did better than Purdue.

The Purdue Research Foundation has received 175 utility patents from the US Patent and Trademark Office. That total ranks first in the state of Indiana, first in the Big Ten Conference, and sixth internationally. Purdue is second among universities that do not have a medical school.

Ranking No. 6 is up from No. 13 the previous year. The only universities ahead of Purdue were the University of California system, MIT, Stanford University, the University of Texas system, and Johns Hopkins University.

The information was listed in a report by the Association of Intellectual Property Owners and the National Academy of Inventors.

“It shows the world what we already know: Purdue has intellectually curious, creative, and risk-taking faculty and students and continues to be a key economic driver in the state of Indiana and a game changer in the state. discovery, ”said Brian Edelman, president of the Purdue Research Foundation. “Purdue and the Purdue Research Foundation have set up the structure – the ever-expanding Discovery Park District, the Purdue Research Park, Office of Technology Commercialization – where researchers can thrive and companies like Rolls-Royce and Saab want to profit from. intellectual forces. This is one of the many reasons Purdue is a destination for some of the best researchers.

In a year marked by a pandemic that crippled the world and severely handcuffed researchers by limiting the environments for lab teams, Purdue scientists and innovators boldly continued to pursue the next giant leaps forward. These are among the patents granted in 2020 by the fifth most innovative school in the country, according to US News & World Report, and the third school ranked in the creation of startups from 2008 to 2018, according to a report by the IPWatchdog Institute. :

  • “Ionic Wind for the Generation of Vacuum” by Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Emeritus Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the College of Sciences.
  • “Steroid Conjugates for the Treatment of Inflammatory Diseases” by Philip Low, Presidential Researcher for Drug Discovery and Ralph C. Corley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry-Biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry at the College of Sciences.
  • “Inexpensive Disposable Smart Bandages” by Ramses Martinez, Assistant Professor of Industrial Engineering and Biomedical Engineering at the College of Engineering.
  • “Antibacterial Agents Against Methicillin and Vancomycin Resistant Bacteria” by Herman Sintim, professor of chemistry in drug discovery in the chemistry department of the College of Sciences.
  • “Method of recycling plastic waste” by Nien-Hwa Linda Wang, professor of chemical engineering Maxine Spencer Nichols at the Davidson School of Chemical Engineering.
  • “Altering Plant Hormone Response to Ethylene to Improve Stress Tolerance” by Gyeong Mee Yoon, assistant professor of plant pathology at the College of Agriculture.

Xiulin Ruan, professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University, shows his lab sample of the whitest paint on record. (Purdue University / Jared Pike) Download Image

The Purdue Research Foundation includes the Office of Technology Commercialization, which manages the process of technology transfer to verify, protect and authorize innovations developed by university researchers.

Brooke Beier, CTO vice president, said Purdue has a long and strong tradition of delivering innovation to the market.

“OTC has a dedicated team of professionals who work with researchers across all Purdue University campuses to review and protect innovations that could impact the market,” Beier said. “Our goal is always to license technologies to the best business partner, whether it’s an existing company or a startup, to give Purdue innovations the best chance to improve the world. “

OTC manages a technology portfolio that covers innovations in several fields including agriculture, IT, green technology, medicine / health, pharmaceuticals and many more.

During fiscal year 2020, OTC:

  • Received 408 total disclosures from Purdue innovators, 379 invention disclosures and 29 copyright disclosures.
  • Filing of 721 patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Received 252 US and international patents.
  • Executed 148 licenses and options.
  • Received $ 13.6 million in gross revenues in the form of royalties and licenses ($ 11.74 million net).
  • Assistance in the creation of 22 startups.

Since 2001, OTC has:

  • Received 5,533 invention disclosures from university researchers.
  • Application for 8,347 patents from US and international organizations.
  • Received 2,403 patents from US and international organizations.
  • Executed 2,043 business licenses to commercialize Purdue innovations.
  • Assisted in the creation of 266 startups based on Purdue innovations.
  • From 2006 to 2020, OTC received nearly $ 76 million in revenue from licensing activity.

Editor / Media contact: Steve Martin, [email protected]

Source: Brooke Beier


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