The Indianapolis Business Journal
Purdue University researchers received the sixth highest number of U.S. utility patents among universities around the world in 2020 – and the highest number among any Big Ten universities.
Thanks to the Purdue Research Foundation, the school has obtained 175 patents, which puts it behind the University of California, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, University of Texas and Johns Hopkins University.
“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, ”Brian, President of the Purdue Research Foundation. Edelman said in a statement after the National Academy of Inventors released its annual list of the 100 universities with the most utility patents.
The Purdue Research Foundation is home to the school’s technology commercialization office, which manages licenses, patents, and technology transfers for innovations created by university researchers. In 2020, the office filed 721 patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office.
The sixth place ranking was a significant step forward for Purdue, which ranked 13th among universities for utility patents obtained in 2019 and 12th for patents obtained in 2018.
Researchers at Indiana University obtained 53 patents last year, ranking the school 53rd on the Top 100 list. It was also a big step forward for IU, who placed 71st in 2019 and 63rd in 2018.
Organizations and individuals can obtain utility patents when they create a new or improved product, process, or machine that is deemed useful. An inventor who obtains a patent through the US Patent and Trademark Office retains the exclusive right to earn money on products that use the technology.
Some of the easiest to understand inventions that got patents in 2020:
A disposable smart bandage, created by Ramses Martinez, Assistant Professor of Engineering and Biomedical Engineering, who specializes in harnessing Internet of Things technology for everyday use. Martinez isn’t the first person to invent a smart bandage, but most are expensive and are monitors rather than healers. Martinez’s technology can assess tissue damage in open and closed wounds, promote healing with its breathable design, and does not require medical personnel for the application.
A method of recycling plastic waste developed by Linda Wang, professor of chemical engineering. Wang’s technology essentially liquefies plastic into an oil that can be used to make other chemicals.
A way to modify a hormone in plants that will help them adapt to stresses, such as drought, frost or pollution, developed by Gyeong Mee Yoon, assistant professor of plant pathology. Tests revealed that the method showed no signs of disturbing the plants, but that they recovered much faster from stresses such as salt and drought.