Changing lives through invention: Purdue jumps into the top 5 of the world’s leading companies in terms of US patents received

Purdue University researchers counted 192 US patents on their inventions in 2022

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana – Exciting and dynamic inventions discovered and developed by researchers at Purdue University are improving the lives of people around the world.

A system that processes agricultural field images for remote phenotype measurements. A 3D printer that continuously prints structures down to 100 nanometers in size. A process that produces butylene, propylene and ethylene from natural gas liquids in shale gas. These are just a few influential Purdue innovations that were patented in 2022 and further solidify Purdue’s position as a global leader among its peers in intellectual property protection.

In 2022, the Purdue Research Foundation received an impressive 192 patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), ranking fifth internationally. The top 5 breakthrough follows Purdue’s #6 ranking in 2020 and 2021, when it received 175 and 169 patents, respectively. The latest ranking was published on Wednesday (April 26).

President Mung Chiang and Dr. Brooke Beier stand in front of the patent wall at Armstrong Hall during the 2019 unveiling of the National Medal of Science and Technology & Patent Wall for Purdue College of Engineering. More than 750 Purdue Engineering School patents have been highlighted in recognition of their world-changing inventions. (Purdue University/Dave Mason) Download image

Coverage includes multiple campuses in the same system such as one (e.g. 10-campus University of California system and 8-campus University of Texas system) and international universities (e.g. King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia). In terms of individual American college campuses, the top 5 are Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Purdue University, Stanford University, Harvard University and the California Institute of Technology.

The information was published in a report by the National Academy of Inventors.

“Achieving our highest annual US patent rankings to date, Purdue stands out, along with MIT, as a single American non-medical campus campus that ranks among the most active in invention,” said Mung Chiang, President of Purdue. “Boilermaker inventors are colleagues and students who implement their knowledge creation through a foundation for direct impact on society. Half of the equation in the recently launched Purdue Innovates is providing them with the best support to disclose inventions, apply for and obtain patents, and license and use those patented inventions.”

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The Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization manages the technology transfer process to review, protect and license innovations developed by university researchers, including filing patent applications. Its technology portfolio includes innovations in subject areas such as agriculture, biotechnology, chemistry and chemical analysis, computing technology, engineering, food and nutrition, green technology, micro and nano technologies and more.

Brian Edelman, President of the Purdue Research Foundation, said, “The Purdue Research Foundation provides resources to support faculty, staff and student researchers from all academic disciplines and universities who wish to commercialize their inventions. These commercialization resources bring this groundbreaking and cutting-edge work to the public where it can enhance quality of life and economic and professional development.”

Brooke Beier, senior vice president of Purdue Innovates, said, “We wanted to create an ecosystem that encompasses all boilermakers by supporting both Purdue’s intellectual property and startups that have their own intellectual property but a different connection to Purdue have, such as B. an alum. Consolidating the university core while incorporating and leveraging the Boilermaker network is key to enhancing Purdue’s ability to become the preeminent university in terms of commercialization and startup success.”

Among the 2022 patents were:

“Augmented Reality Platform for Collaborative Classrooms” by Karthik Ramani, Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor in Mechanical Engineering and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering. “Collagen Compositions and Methods of Use” by Sherry L. Harbin, Professor, College of Engineering and College of Veterinary Medicine. “Furniture and Storage Methods” by Tong Jin “TJ” Kim, Professor, College of Liberal Arts. “Immune Receptor Conferring Broad Spectrum Fungal Resistance in Sorghum,” Tesfaye D. Mengiste, Professor, College of Agriculture. “Methods of Analysis of Crude Oil” by Graham Cooks, Henry B. Hass Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, College of Science. “Modified Glucagon Molecules” by Elizabeth M. Topp, Professor, College of Engineering and College of Pharmacy. “Multichannel Pulsed Valve Inlet System and Method” by Hilkka I. Kenttämaa, Frank Brown Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and Organic Chemistry, College of Science. “Multipurpose Solar Dry Panel Assemblies and Methods Therefor” by Klein Ileleji, Associate Professor, College of Agriculture and College of Engineering. “Multirotor Air Vehicle with Automatically Rotating Arms” by Xiumin Diao, Associate Professor, Purdue Polytechnic Institute. “Muscle Progenitor Cells Improve Innervation” by Stacey Halum, Associate Associate Professor at the College of Health and Human Sciences. “Proactive Customer Care in a Communication System” by Sonia Fahmy, Professor, College of Science. “System and Method of Using a Solar Cell in Wireless Communications” by Walter Daniel Leon-Salas, Associate Professor, Purdue Polytechnic Institute.

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In fiscal 2022, the Office of Technology Commercialization reported 157 deals closed, with 237 technologies signed, 379 disclosures received, and 169 US patents issued.

In fiscal year 2022, the Office of Technology Marketing:

Received a total of 379 disclosures from Purdue innovators: 361 invention disclosures and 18 copyright disclosures. Filed 699 patent applications with the US Patent and Trademark Office and international patent organizations. Received 239 US and international patents. Running 157 licenses and options. Gross receipts received of $6.77 million in royalties and royalties ($4.26 million net). Helped launch 9 startup companies.

Since 2001, the Technology Commercialization Office has:

Received 6,306 invention disclosures from university researchers. 9,759 patents pending by US and international organizations. Received 2,871 patents from US and international organizations. Executed 2,359 licenses for companies to commercialize Purdue innovations. Helped launch 288 startups based on Purdue innovations.

From 2006 to 2022, OTC has generated more than $84 million in net revenue from licensing activities.

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Through the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization

The Purdue Research Foundation’s Technology Commercialization Office operates one of the most comprehensive technology transfer programs among leading research universities in the United States. The services provided by this office support Purdue University’s economic development initiatives and advance the university’s academic activities through the commercialization, licensing and protection of Purdue intellectual property. In fiscal 2022, the office reported 157 deals closed, with 237 technologies signed, 379 disclosures received, and 169 U.S. patents issued. The office is managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, which received the 2019 Innovation and Economic Prosperity Universities Award for Place from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. In 2020, the IPWatchdog Institute ranked Purdue third in the nation for startup creation and in the top 20 for patents. The Purdue Research Foundation is a private, not-for-profit foundation established to advance Purdue University’s mission. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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