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):
    Mark Muldoon, Joan F. Brennecke, Edward J. Maginn, Eric F. V. Scriven, Colin H. McAteer
    Patent Number:
    US 7687513 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed herein are aminopyridinium cations and compositions containing these cations. Piperidino pyridinium cations and compositions containing these cations are also described. Ionic compositions, particularly liquid ionic compositions that contain the aminopyridinium cation or piperidino pyridinium cation are also described. Methods of enhancing the thermal stability of a compound, particularly an ionic compound, using the aminopyridinium or piperidino pyridinium cations, are also present…

    Date Issued:
    2010-03-30
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Eric Matlis, Thomas C. Corke, Sivaram Gogineni
    Patent Number:
    US 7275013 B2
    Description:

    Methods and systems are described for a system for obtaining information regarding a flow. These methods and systems comprise a signal generator configured to generate an alternating current signal at a carrier frequency and a transformer arranged to receive the generated signal, wherein the transformer and carrier frequency are selected so that the generated signal resonates at the carrier frequency. The alternating signal is then used to cause plasma to form across a gap between two electro…

    Date Issued:
    2007-09-25
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    John H. Adams, Malcolm J. Fraser, Bharath Balu, Douglas A. Shoue
    Patent Number:
    US 7932088 B2
    Description:

    The present invention provides molecular methods for efficiently transforming the genome of common disease-transmitting parasites, such as Plasmodium falciparum. The transformation efficiencies are improved up to 100 times over those conventionally known. The methods provide high saturation of the target parasite genome, of 50% or greater, and target non-specifically TTAA-rich sites in the parasite genome. The invention also discloses a model that may be used to functionally annotate the geno…

    Date Issued:
    2011-04-26
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jean-Baptiste Thibault, Jiang Hsieh
    Patent Number:
    US 6907102 B2
    Description:

    A multi-slice computed tomography imaging system is provided including a source that generates an x-ray beam and a detector array that receives the x-ray beam and generates projection data. A translatable table has an object thereon and is operable to translate in relation to the source and the detector array. The source and the detector array rotate about the translatable table to helically scan the object. An image reconstructor is electrically coupled to the detector array and reconstructs…

    Date Issued:
    2005-06-14
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke
    Patent Number:
    US 7954768 B2
    Description:

    A method of controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly of controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces which would benefit from such a method, includes the design of an aerodynamic plasma actuator for the purpose of controlling airflow separation over a control surface of a aircraft, missile, or a ground vehicle, and a method of determining a modulation frequency for the plasma actuator for the purpose of fluid f…

    Date Issued:
    2011-06-07
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Peter M. Kogge, Jay B. Brockman, David Tennyson Harper, Burton Smith, Charles David Callahan
    Patent Number:
    US 7584332 B2
    Description:

    Embodiments of the present invention provide a class of computer architectures generally referred to as lightweight multi-threaded architectures (LIMA). Other embodiments may be described and claimed.

    Date Issued:
    2009-09-01
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7676074 B2
    Description:

    A method for filtering a measurement of density of an object is described. The method includes filtering the measurement of the density and preserving a local average of the measurement and additional measurements when performing the filtering.

    Date Issued:
    2010-03-09
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Richard E. Taylor, Yue Chen
    Patent Number:
    US 6900331 B2
    Description:

    The present invention provides the following new compounds: ®-C14-methyl-epothilone B, (S)-C14-methyl-epothilone B, (S)-C14-methyl-epothilone D, and ®-C14-methyl-epothilone D and methods for synthesizing these compounds.

    Date Issued:
    2005-05-31
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Linda Fehr, Steven B. Skaar, Guillermo Del Castillo
    Patent Number:
    US 6842692 B2
    Description:

    A wheelchair navigation system having motorized wheelchair which is powered by at least one onboard battery, and a battery charger. The navigation system also has a filter-based estimator with interface software running that is operated on an onboard laptop computer. Dual cameras, proximity sensors, microphones, and rotation sensors for the wheels are mounted to the wheelchair. Small markers are placed on the walls of a location or room. The navigation system uses the proximity sensors, rotat…

    Date Issued:
    2005-01-11
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Douglas C. Hall, Mingjun Huang
    Patent Number:
    US 7655489 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed is a method of doping an oxide. The example method includes forming at least one of an AlGaAs oxide or an InAlP oxide on a GaAs substrate, and incorporating Erbium into the at least one AlGaAs oxide or InAlP oxide via ion implantation to form an Erbium-doped oxide layer. The example method also includes annealing the substrate and the at least one AlGaAs oxide or InAlP oxide.

    Date Issued:
    2010-02-02
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Allen H. Simpson, Slawomir T. Fryska, Mark L. La Forest, Roger L. Klinedinst, Alexander Mukasyan
    Patent Number:
    US 7922845 B2
    Description:

    An apparatus for bonding a first carbon composite to a second carbon composite through a reactant layer includes a housing, and a pair of conductive press plates electrically isolated from the housing. The press plates are adapted to position the two parts to be bonded with a reactant layer therebetween. The press plates are subjected to an electrical potential and a clamping force, sufficient to initiate a combustion reaction that creates a molten ceramic to bond together the carbon-carbon c…

    Date Issued:
    2011-04-12
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Eduardo E. Wolf
    Patent Number:
    US 7659227 B2
    Description:

    Embodiments of the present invention provide catalysts for production of hydrogen from methanol. In an embodiment, a Cu/Zn catalyst may be promoted by Zr and/or Ce, in addition to, in embodiments, Pd or another noble metal. In an embodiment, a chemical composition may have a Cu/Zn base catalyst with a promoter element of Ce, Zr, and/or Pd or another noble metal. Methods of producing hydrogen using such catalysts are also provided.

    Date Issued:
    2010-02-09
    Resource Type
    Patent