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Clemson Researchers Received 14 Patents In 2017

May 09, 2018 04:04PM ● By Kathleen Maris

14 patents were issued to Clemson University researches in 2017. Among them were technologies for monitoring and controlling electric power systems, Cartesian robotic printers, lockable knee implants, and composite membranes for hydrogen separation.

Inventors, entrepreneurs, and university representatives recently gathered to honor Clemson University’s top inventors and patent recipients during the annual Patent Award Ceremony hosted by the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF), which facilitates and manages technology transfer for Clemson faculty.

In addition to recognizing faculty members who received patents in 2017, CURF presented the first Inventor’s Club Awards, a new honor for inventors whose innovations have taken steps toward commercialization.

The event promoted the spirit of innovation at Clemson University through showcasing the 14 patents issued for the calendar year of 2017, adding to CURF’s growing portfolio of more than 150 Clemson University technologies available for licensing. The awards program recognized researcher contributions to a variety of fields, including advanced materials, biomedical science, and electrical and computer engineering.

“This networking event allows Clemson’s most innovative minds to convene in one place and be recognized for their contributions to the research community,” said Chris Gesswein, executive director of CURF. “It’s a privilege to honor these inventors and celebrate how research at Clemson impacts the world. Congratulations to all the inventors for their hard work and dedication.”

Guest speaker Jack Ellenberg, associate vice president for the Office of Corporate Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives, gave a presentation titled “Clemson External Affairs: Reenergizing Strategic Corporate Engagement.”

CURF works alongside the university’s Division of Research to provide support to Clemson-affiliated inventors and entrepreneurs though patent protection, marketing, education, material transfer, and license negotiation services. This awards event was held in conjunction with the university’s annual Research Symposium, “Moving ClemsonForward through Research.”