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):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 3016284 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to a sterile container for introducing material into apparatus having a controlled atmosphere. The invention finds particular utility for use in connection with apparatus of the character disclosed in my copending patent application for Isolator Structure, Serial No. 656,396, filed .May 1, 1957.

    Date Issued:
    1962-01-09
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 3059831 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to improvements in connections between two sealed chambers, and methods of making the same, and more particularly to connections between an isolator for containing biological and other specimens within a controlled environment and a container therein and containing material to be introduced into the isolator or adapted to receive material to be discharged from an isolator.

    Date Issued:
    1962-10-23
    Resource Type
    Patent
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    Patent

    Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 3051163 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to improvements in isolating devices, and more particularly to a device providing an enclosure for use to confine contamination while experiments and tests involving contamination of test specimens are being made, or to exclude contamination from a space within which tests and experiments are conducted. Contamination, as herein mentioned, may be biological or radiological or chemical.

    Date Issued:
    1962-08-28
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 2786464 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to improvements in biological apparatus, and more particularly to apparatus of the character illustrated in my Patent No. 2,705,489, dated April 5, 1955.

    Date Issued:
    1957-03-26
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 2705489 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to improvements in biological apparatus. More particularly, it relates to apparatus for maintaining and working with biological specimens in a controlled environment, or to con?ne and control a contaminated environment, whether biological, chemical or radio-active.

    Date Issued:
    1955-04-05
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 3051164 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to a jacket isolator for use in sterile techniques.

    Date Issued:
    1962-08-28
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Philip C. Trexler
    Patent Number:
    US 3050791 B2
    Description:

    This invention relates to a sealed door for a compartment having a controlled environment, and more particularly to a door for a room or chamber adapted to contain biological specimens in a germ-free atmosphere or in an atmosphere of controlled nature.

    Date Issued:
    1962-08-28
    Resource Type
    Patent