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With college football season coming up, it’s time to reminisce about the good ol’ days of attending game day on Saturday. Despite the fact that my university didn’t have a football team (Lawrence Technological University specialized in hockey and curling, thank you very much), this time of year stirs up my alumni pride. Among several fun features that dot FreePatentsOnline, the University Patents section is one that can connect the patent professional to his or her college roots. Most universities out there have some areas of research that turn into patent protection, so today we’ll look into a fun way to check into patents tied to those universities.
The Selected University Patents page features a small handful of patents from each of 40+ universities. While not necessarily representative of a university’s patent holdings, the examples highlight some interesting areas of technology. For instance, the following patents (along with their abstracts) are listed:
- Lousiana State University – Herbicide resistant rice – Rice plants are disclosed with multiple sources of resistance to herbicides that normally inhibit a plant’s acetohydroxyacid synthase (AHAS) enzyme. Besides controlling red rice, many AHAS-inhibiting herbicides also effectively control other weeds that are common in rice fields. Several of these herbicides have residual activity, so that one treatment can control both existing weeds and weeds that sprout later. With effective residual activity against red rice and other weeds.
- New York University – Brain-machine interface systems and methods – A system and method for interfacing a brain with a machine. An exemplary embodiment of the present invention employs a vascular approach in which one or more nano-electrodes are deployed in vasculature having a close geometric relationship with proximal innervation. Each nano-electrode is preferably deployed in a blood vessel so that its sensing end is at or near a nerve passing close to or intersecting the blood vessel.
- University of Michigan – Compositions and methods for analysis of nucleic acids – Disclosed are a number of methods that can be used in a variety of embodiments, including, creation of a nucleic acid terminated at one or more selected bases, sequence analysis of nucleic acids, mapping of sequence motifs within a nucleic acid, positional mapping of nucleic acid clones, and analysis of telomeric regions.
Alternatively, the University Patent Portfolios page consists of a list of 140+ hyperlinked universities. Clicking on a link will take you to a search result for the exact university name in the assignee field of US Patents or Applications. This list may not capture all US patent documents for a given university due to name variations (such as UNIV instead of UNIVERSITY, or the like). The list is also not an indication of the top 140+ patenting universities as there are a number of universities with top 140 patent activity that are not included.
Ultimately, the University Patents features on FreePatentsOnline are just for fun, since a comprehensive assignee search can retrieve many more university related patent documents.
Does your alma matter have many patent filings? Which are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!
This post was edited by Intellogist Team member Chris Jagalla.