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):
    Wolfgang Porod, Gary H. Bernstein, Alexei Orlov, Gergo P. Szakmany
    Patent Number:
    US 9577173 B2
    Description:

    Nanoscale thermocouples are made of a single material and are shape-engineered to contain one or more variations in their width along their length. The mono-metallic nanowire junctions resulting from the width variation(s) exploit a difference in the Seebeck coefficient that is present at these size scales. Such devices have a wide variety of uses and can be coupled with an antenna in order to serve as an infrared detector.

    Date Issued:
    2017-02-21
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Douglas C. Hall, Scott Howard, Anthony Hoffman, Gary H. Bernstein, Jason M. Kulick
    Patent Number:
    US 9620473 B1
    Description:

    First and second integrated devices each have an optical component and a plurality of interconnect structures disposed one edge thereon. The first edge surface of the second integrated device is positioned contiguous to the first edge surface of the first integrated device. The interconnect structures disposed on the first integrated device are in physical contact with the interconnect structures disposed on the edge surface of the second integrated device so as to provide alignment for conve…

    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Gary H. Bernstein, Patrick Fay, Wolfgang Porod, Qing Liu
    Patent Number:
    US 9633976 B1
    Description:

    A quilt packaging system includes a first and second electronic device each comprising a plurality of edge surfaces at least a first edge surface of which comprises one or more interconnect modules disposed thereon. The first edge surface of the second electronic device is positioned contiguous to the first edge surface of the first electronic device, and at least one of the one or more interconnect nodules disposed on the first edge surface of the first electronic device is configured to be …

    Date Issued:
    2017-04-25
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Douglas C. Hall, Anthony Hoffman, Scott Howard, Jason M. Kulick, Gary H. Bernstein
    Patent Number:
    US 10050027
    Description:

    First and second integrated devices each have an optical component and a plurality of interconnect structures disposed one edge thereon. The first edge surface of the second integrated device is positioned contiguous to the first edge surface of the first integrated device. The interconnect structures disposed on the first integrated device are in physical contact with the interconnect structures disposed on the edge surface of the second integrated device so as to provide alignment for conve…

    Date Issued:
    2018-08-14
    Resource Type
    Patent