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):
    Eric Matlis, Scott Morris, Thomas C. Corke, Joshua Cameron
    Patent Number:
    US 7908115 B2
    Description:

    Plasma sensors, systems and related methods are described. An example method for predicting an event includes providing a carrier signal across two electrodes and forming a plasma between the two electrodes. The example method also includes measuring a modulated signal from the plasma, manipulating the modulated signal to produce a value and comparing the value to a threshold. Finally, the example method includes determining the likelihood of the event based on the comparison.

    Date Issued:
    2011-03-15
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Paul Helquist, Joakim Loefstedt
    Patent Number:
    US 7235688 B2
    Description:

    A process for preparing unsaturated esters useful as intermediates for HDAC inhibitors, by reacting an aldehyde or ketone having the following formula I: ##STR00001## wherein R.sub.1 is an aromatic group or a combined aliphatic and aromatic group; X is –O–, –S–, –COO–, –OOC–, –CONR.sub.7–, or –R.sub.7NCO–; L.sub.1 an aliphatic linking group, an aromatic linking group, or a combined aliphatic and aromatic linking group; R.sub.2 and R.sub.3 are each independently hydrogen, a hydroxy…

    Date Issued:
    2007-06-26
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Peter M. Kogge
    Patent Number:
    US 7185150 B2
    Description:

    A computer system comprising: a plurality of memories each containing one or more locations; and a first threadlet for causing a first program to run in the computer system when at least one first memory location of the plurality of memory locations is local to the threadlet. Also provided is a method allowing such a threadlet to move itself to memories that include some specified second memory location.

    Date Issued:
    2007-02-27
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Jiang Hsieh, Charles A. Bouman, Ken D. Sauer, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7440602 B2
    Description:

    A method for improving images of an imaging system including a plurality of detector cells includes assigning a quality factor for each detector cell.

    Date Issued:
    2008-10-21
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Gary H. Bernstein, Patrick Fay, Wolfgang Porod, Qing Liu
    Patent Number:
    US 7612443 B2
    Description:

    The present invention provides a quilt packaging system for microchip, a method for making such a quilt packaging system, microchips that may be used in a such a quilt packaging system, and methods for making such microchips.

    Date Issued:
    2009-11-03
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Allen H. Simpson, Slawomir T. Fryska, Mark L. La Forest, Alexander Mukasyan
    Patent Number:
    US 7858187 B2
    Description:

    Method of joining carbon-carbon composite pieces together, e.g. in the refurbishment of aircraft brake discs. The method includes the steps of: providing a first carbon-carbon composite piece and a second carbon-carbon composite piece, wherein the second carbon-carbon composite piece has a surface that is complementary to a surface of said first carbon-carbon composite piece; providing a layer of a mixture of titanium powder and carbon powder on the first complementary mating surface; arrangi…

    Date Issued:
    2010-12-28
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Mehul Patel, Thomas C. Corke
    Patent Number:
    US 7624941 B2
    Description:

    The present invention relates to a method of controlling an aircraft, missile, munition or ground vehicle with plasma actuators, and more particularly to controlling fluid flow across their surfaces or other surfaces, which would benefit from such a method. The 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 more particularly to the method of determining a mod…

    Date Issued:
    2009-12-01
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Paul D. Shirk, Malcolm J. Fraser, Teresa A. Elick, Omaththage P. Perera
    Patent Number:
    US 6551825 B2
    Description:

    The present invention is directed to nucleic acid and amino acid sequences for transformation constructs containing piggyBac or tagalong transposable elements. These constructs allow for the precise excision and insertion of heterologous DNA into a host cell.

    Date Issued:
    2003-04-22
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Ken D. Sauer, Charles A. Bouman, Jiang Hsieh, Jean-Baptiste Thibault
    Patent Number:
    US 7327822 B2
    Description:

    A method of reconstructing an image includes combining a two-dimensional forward projection function and a three-dimensional stabilizing function to generate an iterative reconstruction algorithm, and using the obtained iterative reconstruction algorithm to perform a multislice Computed Tomography (CT) reconstruction to generate an image.

    Date Issued:
    2008-02-05
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Malcolm J. Fraser, Xu Li
    Patent Number:
    US 7105343 B2
    Description:

    The present invention provides efficient transfer of genes into host cells or embryos to transform the cells or embryos by transposition vectors using the minimal amount of nucleotide sequences in the transposon piggyBac required for gene transfer. The transformed cells or embryos may also be developed into transgenic organisms.

    Date Issued:
    2006-09-12
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Malcolm J. Fraser, Xu Li
    Patent Number:
    US 6962810 B2
    Description:

    More efficient transfer of genes into host cells or embryos to transform the cells or embryos is facilitated by transposition vectors using the minimal amount of nucleotide sequences in the transposon piggyBac required for gene transfer. The transformed cells or embryos may be developed into transgenic organisms.

    Date Issued:
    2005-11-08
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Joan F. Brennecke, Edward J. Maginn
    Patent Number:
    US 6579343 B2
    Description:

    The present invention provides a method for purifying a gas by contacting the gas with a liquid ionic compound. Natural gas may be purified, removing water and carbon dioxide, by contacting the natural gas with a liquid ionic compound.

    Date Issued:
    2003-06-17
    Resource Type
    Patent