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):
    Hsueh-Chia Chang, Peter Mushenheim, Sagnik Basuray, Gilad Yossifon, Satyajyoti Senapati
    Patent Number:
    US 8969007 B2
    Description:

    A microchamber electrochemical cell and method of using the cell for performing quantitative analysis of various charged macromolecules is presented. The microchamber electrochemical cell includes a substrate, opposing electrodes and at least one nanoslot. The substrate is configured to define a pair of opposing fluid reservoirs. The pair of opposing electrodes are respectively positioned within the opposing fluid reservoirs. Each nanoslot is configured to fluidly connect the opposing fluid r…

    Date Issued:
    2015-03-03
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mark A. Suckow, William R. Wolter
    Patent Number:
    US 8,778,360 B2
    Description:

    Compositions suitable for use as adjuvants in the preparation of vaccines, particularly those vaccines useful in the treatment of cancer, are provided. Methods for inhibiting tumor growth in an animal are also disclosed. Methods for immunizing an animal against cancer, such as prostate cancer, are also described. The adjuvants described are comprised of an extracellular matrix material, such as small intestinal submucosal (SIS) tissue. The preparations may take the form of sheets, gels, liqui…

    Date Issued:
    2014-07-15
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    J. Nicholas Laneman, Zhanwei Sun, Glenn Bradford
    Patent Number:
    US 8838520 B2
    Description:

    In one embodiment, a cognitive radio dynamic spectrum access sensing system is configured to incorporate a hidden Markov model and a risk function to determine the primary user state sequence with the minimum amount of associated risk. The system comprises one or more weighted cost factors that can be used to handle a missed detection sensing error differently from a false alarm sensing error. The system further comprises a complete forward partial backward computation designed to increase se…

    Date Issued:
    2014-09-16
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    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
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    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Alan C. Seabaugh, Patrick Fay, Huili (Grace) Xing, Guangle Zhou, Yeqing Lu, Mark A. Wistey, Siyuranga Koswatta
    Patent Number:
    US 8796733 B2
    Description:

    A low voltage tunnel field effect transistor includes a p-n tunnel junction, a gate-dielectric, a gate, a source-contact, and a drain-contact. The p-n tunnel junction includes a depletion region interfacing together a source-layer and a drain-layer. The depletion region includes a source-tunneling-region of the source-layer and a drain-tunneling-region of the drain-layer. When no external electric field is imposed, the depletion region of the p-n tunnel junction has an internal electric field…

    Date Issued:
    2014-08-05
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  • Inventor(s):
    Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Bruno Kristiaan Bernard De Man, Kai Zeng, Zhou Yu, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer
    Patent Number:
    US 8787521 B2
    Description:

    A system and method include acquisition of a set of image data corresponding to a time period of data acquisition, the set of image data corresponding to a plurality of voxels, wherein each of the plurality of voxels corresponds to a distinct acquisition time within the time period of data acquisition. The system and method further include the modeling of the plurality of voxels as a function of time based on a plurality of kinetic parameters associated therewith and reconstruction of an imag…

    Date Issued:
    2014-07-22
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  • Inventor(s):
    James McGivney, Guijie Zhu, Norman Dovichi
    Patent Number:
    US 9159537 B2
    Description:

    Described herein is a method and system for on-line coupling of capillary isoelectric focusing (cIEF) to high-resolution mass spectrometry in which a sheath flow buffer comprising polar organic solvent and organic acid is used as both an immobilization solution for (cIEF) and an ionization solution for electrospray ionization (ESI).

    Date Issued:
    2015-10-13
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  • Inventor(s):
    Robert M. Williams, James E. Bradner, Albert Bowers, Tenaya Newkirk, Olaf G. Wiest
    Patent Number:
    US 9186402 B2
    Description:

    Analogs of largazole are described herein. Methods of treating cancer and blood disorders using largazole and largazole analogs and pharmaceutical compositions comprising the same are additionally described herein. Methods for preparing largazole analogs are likewise described.

    Date Issued:
    2015-11-17
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  • Inventor(s):
    Richard E. Taylor
    Patent Number:
    US 8865761 B1
    Description:

    The invention provides novel compounds of Formulas (I)-(IV), as described herein. Also provided are compositions of these compounds, method of making the compounds, and methods of using the compounds. The compounds can be used to regulate cholesterol homeostasis and to treat conditions and diseases associated with cholesterol homeostasis, including lysosomal lipid storage disorders such as Niemann-Pick Disease type C.

    Date Issued:
    2014-10-21
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  • Inventor(s):
    Thomas G. Pratt
    Patent Number:
    US 9037414 B1
    Description:

    A system and method of identifying changes utilizing radio frequency polarization includes receiving a reflected and/or transmitted polarized radio frequency signal at a receiver, filtering, amplifying and conditioning the received signal, converting the received signal from an analog format to a digital format, processing the digital signal to elicit a polarization mode dispersion feature of the received signal, and comparing the polarization mode dispersion features to a known calibration t…

    Date Issued:
    2015-05-19
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  • Inventor(s):
    Alexander Mukasyan, Khachatur Manukyan
    Patent Number:
    US 9580323 B2
    Description:

    The invention provides methods for the combustion synthesis (CS) of graphene by a novel exothermic self-sustained reaction between a refractory ceramic compound and a carbon-containing polymer under an inert gas atmosphere. The synthesis of graphene was confirmed by both transmission electron microscopy and Raman spectroscopy. The graphene produced has very low (<1 wt. %) oxygen content. Fluorocarbon gases released due to decomposition of the carbon-containing polymer in the combustion wav…

    Date Issued:
    2017-02-28
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  • Inventor(s):
    Fabio Semperlotti, Hongfei Zhu
    Patent Number:
    US 9437183 B2
    Description:

    An embedded acoustic metamaterial lenses allows for ultrasonic beam-forming and high resolution identification of acoustic sources for structural health monitoring. The lenses design provides an alternative to conventional phased-array technology enabling the formation of steerable and collimated (or focused) ultrasonic beams by exploiting a single transducer. The ultrasonic beam can be steered by simply tuning the frequency of the excitation. Also, the embedded lens can be designed to achiev…

    Date Issued:
    2016-09-06
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    Patent