University Innovation Honored at Inventor Reception
WASHINGTON (May 19, 2014) – The Howard University Intellectual Property Committee held its second annual Inventors Recognition Reception in the Armour J. Blackburn University Center on May 1. The event was sponsored by Fitch Even Tabin and Flannery, LLP, the University’s external intellectual property counsel.
“Lab to Life” Awards were given for two successful commercialization projects. Electrical engineering professor Charles Kim, Ph.D., was honored for his work with San Diego Gas and Electric on the development of an electrical fault detector. Howard University Hospital resident physician Patrick Woodard and his wife Kristy Woodard were honored for their development of DocDox, a software program used by the hospital.
The committee recognized 19 Howard University faculty and post-doctoral inventors. Certificates were given to the inventors listed on the 13 patent applications that the University filed between October 2012 and February 2014 (see a list of honorees below). Wall plaques were given to Kim and chemical engineering professor Tito Huber, Ph.D., for patents that were issued in 2013.
The reception included a keynote speech from John Palafoutas of the United States Patent and Trademark Office and remarks by Howard University Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick, Ed Gray from Fitch Even Tabin and Flannery and Greg Sullivan of Tremonti Consulting, the University’s technology commercialization partner.
The Intellectual Property Committee continues to facilitate numerous patents for faculty inventors through the University’s Intellectual Property policy, which is used to help Howard faculty members to properly file and patent inventions without bearing costly financial risks. The Committee also provides counsel for the successful marketing and commercialization of new inventions.
Howard University Faculty and Post-doc Honorees
Howard University and Georgetown University - Demonstration Video: The video demonstrates the efficacy of the Howard/Georgetown plant gene modification to improve drought and salt damage resistance
Howard University scientist Hemayet Ullah and Georgetown University scientist Siva Dakshanamurthy have developed compounds which modify the drought resistant genes in plants. Click on the video camera below to view the video demonstrating the efficacy of the compounds against salt damage (double click for full screen):
For more information, visit Georgetown's listing for the technology at: http://otc.georgetown.edu/industry/367086.html
Howard University Announces Signed Technology Commercialization Agreement: Salk, Inc. Agrees to Incorporate Hygienic Women’s Undergarment Invention by Karen Wynn into Products
WASHINGTON (December 17, 2012) – Howard University is pleased to announce a signed technology commercialization agreement with Salk, Inc. to license and manufacture hygienic women's undergarments that include newly developed technology by Karen Wynn. Howard’s Intellectual Property Committee facilitated the technology commercialization agreement for Wynn's patent.
Wynn’s technology allows for the creation of sleek, youthful, modern and fashionable underwear, which can also effectively and comfortably protect against mild to moderate leakage.
Wynn, former executive director of the School of Communication’s Communication Entrepreneurship Research and Resource Center (CERRC) program, nurtured her Joli Sous idea in the Center. The CERRC program offers emerging business owners the opportunity to incubate their concepts.
For many inventors, the biggest challenge is commercializing their patented inventions and successfully bringing them to the market. This often requires assistance from consultants.
"I thoroughly enjoyed working with the Committee through the entire process,” said Wynn. “They researched prospects in my industry, helped in the negotiation process and continue to support my efforts as I bring my product to market."
Wynn’s technology is not restricted to use in typical incontinence scenarios, but is designed to provide peace of mind for women who may experience milder or more sporadic incidences occurring during exercise or athletic activity.
Conventional solutions typically result in bulky or uncomfortable options, which can interfere with some women’s confidence and self-image. There was much synergy in the deal as Salk, Inc. has been manufacturing reusable adult incontinence products, for males and females, for over 50 years.
President Larry Salk, of Salk, Inc., congratulated all the parties involved in the project. “We know this venture will be successful and rewarding," he said.
Wynn operates the online store Joli Sous (http://www.jolisous.com) where products, which incorporate her technology, can be purchased. Products will soon be available through Salk’s regular distribution channels as well.
“The Howard University Intellectual Property Committee is excited about this latest achievement in our efforts to help nurture new technologies and bring them into the stream of commerce, where they can further serve humanity,” said John Gloster, senior associate general counsel and ex-officio member of the Intellectual Property Committee. “Look for more exciting developments to come.”
The Committee continues to facilitate numerous patents for faculty inventors through the University’s Intellectual Property policy, which is used to help Howard faculty members to properly file and patent inventions without bearing costly financial risks. The Committee also provides counsel for the successful marketing and commercialization of new inventions.
Howard University Announces Online Gallery Store for 2012 Holiday Season: Purchase reproductions of artwork from Howard University’s collections