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):
    Robert L. Irvine, Rajagopalan Venkatadri
    Patent Number:
    US 5342765 B2
    Description:

    Disclosed is a method of producing an extracellular product from an aerobic microorganism. The microorganism is grown in an aqueous medium on one side of an oxygen-permeable surface while the opposite side of the surface is contacted with oxygen. The extracellular product is then harvested from the aqueous medium. The method is particularly useful in producing lignin peroxidase from the white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium.

    Date Issued:
    1994-08-30
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Chi-Nung W. Hsiao, Marvin J. Miller
    Patent Number:
    US 4845229 B2
    Description:

    A stereoselective process for chiral intermediates to 1-carbapenem and 1-carbacephalosporins is provided comprising the use of an N-acyl-(4R)-substituted-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione as a chiral auxiliary in boron enolate mediated aldol condensation with a protected-.beta.-keto ester aldehyde. E.g., benzyl 3,3-(ethylenedioxy)-4-formylbutyrate is condensed with the boron enolate formed with n-butyryl (4R)-methoxycarbonyl-1,3-thiazolidine-2-thione to provide benzyl 3,3-ethylenedioxy-(5R)-hydroxy-6…

    Date Issued:
    1989-07-04
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Marvin J. Miller, Jingdan Hu
    Patent Number:
    US 6403623 B2
    Description:

    Method for treating tuberculosis with 2-(2-substituted-phenyl)-2-oxazolines and related 5-membered heterocycles represented by the formula ##STR1## Y.sub.1 is e.g. an ester or amide forming group, and X is O, S, or NH; and pharmaceutically acceptable formulations useful therein are provided. A preferred method comprises administering (S)-benzyl2-[2-(benzyloxy)phenyl]-2-oxazoline-4-carboxylate in a suitable formulation. The compounds of the above formula are prepared by known methods, e.g. the…

    Date Issued:
    2002-06-11
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Gaetano Francis D'Alelio
    Patent Number:
    US 4118377 B2
    Description:

    Processes for increasing the molecular weight of bis-maleimides are provided. The bis-maleimides are reacted with certain cyclic dienes to form reversible adducts. These adducts, upon elimination of the cyclic diene, yield an extension of the bis-maleimides to higher molecular weight polymers, ultimately to thermally stable, infusible polymers. The process can be interrupted to yield tractable polymers which are also convertible to cross-linked, infusible products. Modifications of the proces…

    Date Issued:
    1978-10-03
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Min Teng, Marvin J. Miller
    Patent Number:
    US 5750681 B2
    Description:

    Bicyclic .beta.-lactams comprising a 5- or 6-membered lactone or lactam ring are obtained in a process comprising a base induced intramolecular cyclization of a 4-substututed .beta.-lactam having a leaving group in the 1-position. An intramolecular nucleophile transfer reaction is proposed as the operative mechanism and the bicyclic .beta.-lactams are obtained in the required stereochemical form for biological activity. The compounds provided are useful intermediates for the preparation of an…

    Date Issued:
    1998-05-12
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Abhay Kumar, Paul W. Futa, Jr., Steven F. Fisher
    Patent Number:
    US 6328056 B2
    Description:

    An unbalance compensated bypass valve (14, 21, 23) for a gas turbine engine fuel supply system is responsive to the fuel pressure differential across a fuel metering valve (15) to open and close a bypass orifice (37, 39, 41; 89, 91, 93; 99, 101, 103). The bypass valve (14, 21, 23) selectively supplies high fuel pressure to a compensating cavity (45, 95, 120) providing a counterbalancing force against an annular area (47, 97, 124) of the bypass valve piston (34, 81, 83, 111, 112) to compensate…

    Date Issued:
    2001-12-11
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    James J. Carberry, Charles Benjamin Alcock
    Patent Number:
    US 5286698 B2
    Description:

    Solid oxide solutions of the formula La.sub.1-x Sr.sub.x CrO.sub.3-.differential. have been found to exhibit surprisingly high specific activity as catalysts for oxidation and hydrogenation reactions. The oxide solutions can be utilized in particulate form or applied as films to the surfaces of refractory substrates. The oxide solution catalysts are expected to be a viable alternative to the noble metal catalysts now used commercially for treatment of combustion chamber exhaust gases to reduc…

    Date Issued:
    1994-02-15
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Marvin J. Miller
    Patent Number:
    US 4595532 B2
    Description:

    N-Mono or N-disubstituted methyl-2-azetidinones are provided via cyclization of .beta.-hydroxy or .beta.-halo substituted acid sec-amides wherein the amide nitrogen is substituted with a mono- or di-substituted methyl group having activating substituents. Cyclization of .beta.-hydroxy acid amides is mediated by triphenylphosphine-dialkylazodicarboxylate while cyclization of .beta.-halo acid amides is mediated by strong bases e.g. lithium dialkylamides. E.g. Diethyl amino-protected L-serylamin…

    Date Issued:
    1986-06-17
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Arthur H. Hale, Peringandoor R. Hariharan, Sanjit Roy
    Patent Number:
    US 5637795 B2
    Description:

    A novel process and apparatus have been contrived for the study of the bit/stabilizer balling phenomenon in the laboratory. The device permits a standard testing procedure using a specially designed bob simulating the drill bit for comparing degrees of balling for different rock formations under different drilling conditions involving variable and controlled parameters like weight-on-bit, revolutions-per-minute (rpm), drilling fluids, etc.

    Date Issued:
    1997-06-10
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Gaetano Francis D'Alelio
    Patent Number:
    US 4058505 B2
    Description:

    Aromatic polyimides with amine end groups are chain-extended (molecular weight increased) by reacting them with aromatic di- or tri- anhydrides. The reaction can either be at a temperature above the melting point of the reactants or in solvents for the reactants. The polyimides can be shaped and formed prior to chain-extending.

    Date Issued:
    1977-11-15
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    John G. Duman
    Patent Number:
    US 5633451 B2
    Description:

    The present invention is directed to transgenic plants having nucleic acid sequences encoding Dendroides canadensis thermal hysteresis proteins. The THPs of Dendroides have significantly greater thermal hysteresis activity than any other known anti-freeze protein. The thermal hysteresis activity of the purified THPs can be further enhanced by combining the THPs with various “activating” compounds.

    Date Issued:
    1997-05-27
    Resource Type
    Patent
  • Inventor(s):
    Marvin J. Miller
    Patent Number:
    US 4675399 B2
    Description:

    Process for N-acyloxy or sulfooxy 2-azetidinones comprising O-acylation of a .beta.-hydroxy or .beta.-halo hydroxamic acid, and cyclizing the O-acylhydroxamate with TPP-CCl.sub.4 -TEA or with TPP-dialkylazodicarboxylate to the N-acyloxy-2-azetidinone. Solvolysis of the acyl group provides an N-hydroxy-2-azetidinone. e.g., N-Cbz-L-serine is converted to the O-acetyl hydroxamate, cyclized and solvolyzed to N-hydroxy-3-(Cbz-amino)-2-azetidinone. The N-hydroxy-2-azetidinones are useful intermedia…

    Date Issued:
    1987-06-23
    Resource Type
    Patent