Notre Dame Patents

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This collection brings together all of the patents assigned to the University of Notre Dame from 1952 to the present, plus other selected patents prior to 1952. Each record includes a full-text searchable and accessible PDF document for the corresponding invention. The record also includes the present-day academic department with which the inventor was or would have been associated.

Why patents? According to the University’s IDEA Center, “Part of the University’s public service mission is to ensure that the results of its research are made available for public use and benefit. This is accomplished in many ways: through educating students, publishing results of research, and ensuring that inventions are developed into useful products and services for the benefit of the public.”

“Today, our research universities play an even more vital role in creating a better future—not only by educating close to 600,000 graduate students in science and engineering every year, but also, and critically, by performing more than 15% of U.S. R&D in 2011—and according to 2012 NSF data, accounted for the majority (53%) of national basic research. This research, some basic, some applied or ‘translational’ creates new technologies, new products and services, medicines, diagnostics — the list is long and impressive — but also, this research gives rise to entire new industries.” (David Winwood, “The Importance of Patents and Academic Technology Transfer,” March 26, 2015)

The collection also includes the most famous patent associated with Notre Dame, U.S. patent 1,811,959 from 1931, “Vinyl derivatives of acetylene and method of preparing the same” — in other words, synthetic rubber. Invented by Rev. Fr. Julius Nieuwland, CSC, and assigned to DuPont, this patent did, in fact, give rise to entire new industries. More about this invention may be found at the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

These patents are one more example of the University fulfilling Rev. Fr. Sorin’s vision of becoming a “powerful force for good.”

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  • Inventor(s):
    Steven Ruggiero, Carol Tanner
    Patent Number:
    US 9366612 B2
    Description:

    An apparatus for obtaining suspended particle information includes an optical array to divide light to a first path and a second path, a platform to orient a first and second container with either the first or second path, and a first and second photodetector to receive at least a direct illuminating component of the light of the first and second path after said light penetrates through the first and second container. A detector interface receives transmission signals from the first and secon…

    Date Issued:
    2016-06-14
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Steven Ruggiero, Carol Tanner
    Patent Number:
    US 8867039 B2
    Description:

    Example methods and apparatus for obtaining suspended particle information are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes emitting light from a light source, dividing the light source into a first path and a second path, and directing the first path to a first container comprising a plurality of particles in a suspension material. The example method also includes directing the second path to a second container containing a suspension material devoid of particles, retrieving a first transm…

    Date Issued:
    2014-10-21
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Carol Tanner, Steven Ruggiero
    Patent Number:
    US 9447456 B2
    Description:

    Methods and systems of quantifying a target material in solution include detection of a size change of a hybridized nucleic acid complex, without the use of nanobeads. In particular, the examples include providing a plurality of nucleic acid fragments and a species-specific oligonucleotide tags, measuring the size of the nucleic acid fragments and/or oligonucleotides to predetermine a standard distribution of the solution(s), introducing the oligonucleotides in a solution containing nucleic a…

    Date Issued:
    2016-09-20
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Steven Ruggiero, Carol Tanner
    Patent Number:
    US 9657336 B2
    Description:

    Methods and systems of quantifying a target material in solution include detection of a size change of a hybridized nanoparticle. In particular, the examples include functionalizing a plurality of nanoparticles to adapt the nanoparticles to hybridize with a species-specific target material, measuring the size of the functionalized nanoparticles to predetermine a standard distribution of non-hybridized nanoparticles, introducing the functionalized nanoparticles in a solution containing species…

    Date Issued:
    2017-05-23
    Resource Type
    Patent