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Iowa State among top universities granted U.S. patents

This story was originally posted by Rob Schweers of the Office of the Senior Vice President and Provost

Iowa State is ranked 70th in the world among universities granted U.S. utility patents in 2014, according to a report released this week by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

Iowa State researchers earned 31 U.S. patents in 2014, including patents for wind turbine tower systems, computer encryption logic, bioasphalt, use of mesoporous silicates for delivering biomolecules into plant cells and improved treatment of Parkinson’s disease. A list of the College of Engineering’s 2014 patents is below. A list with the 2014 university-wide patents can be found here.

“Iowa State faculty and scientists are extremely productive in creating new knowledge that leads not only to patents, but also helps address global challenges such as sustainability, food security and human disease,” said President Steven Leath. “The same intellectual property that earns patents also leads to student and faculty startup companies that generate economic development and embody our land-grant mission.”

The report, based on data obtained from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, recognizes the important role patents play in university research. The NAI and IPO compile the rankings each year by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that list a university as the first assignee on the printed patent.

The full reportTop 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patents 2014, is online.

Iowa State University College of Engineering patents awarded in 2014

Name Title Patent No.
Anderson, Iver Dispersoid Reinforced Alloy Powder and Method of Making 8,864,870
Bowler, Nicola Concentric Coplanar Capacitive Sensor System With Quantitative Model 8,791,707
Fayed, Ayman System and Method for Providing Power via a Spurious-Noise-Free Switching Device 8,901,905
Gleeson, Brian Pt-Metal Modified (Gamma)-Ni+(Gamma Prime)-Ni3Al-Alloy Compositions for High-Temperature Degradation Resistant Structural Alloys 8,821,654
Grewell, David Depolymerization of Polylactic Acid 8,895,778
Kamal, Ahmed Network Protection Using Network Coding 8,705,345
Kumar, Ratnesh Semantic Translation of Time-Driven Simulink Diagrams Using Input/Output Extended Finite Automata 8,655,636
Kumar, Ratnesh Semantic Translation of Stateflow Diagrams into Input/Output Extended Finite Automata and Automated Test Generation for Simulink/Stateflow Diagrams 8,849,626
Russell, Alan Aluminum/Alkaline Earth Metal Composites and Method for Producing 8,647,536
Sivasankar, Sanjeevi System, Apparatus, and Method for Simultaneous Single Molecule Atomic Force Microscopy and Fluorescence Measurements 8,656,510
Somani, Arun Depth-Optimal Mapping of Logic Chains in Reconfigurable Fabrics 8,661,394
Tyagi, Akhilesh Reconfigurable Block Encryption Logic 8,824,672
White, David Polymer Mortar Composite Pipe Material and Manufacturing Method 8,672,666
Williams, R. Chris Asphalt Materials Containing Bio-Oil and Methods for Production Thereof 8,696,806


Additional 2014 CoE patents issued for which the ISU Research Foundation is not the first assignee

Shanks, Brent Lewis and Bronsted-Lowry Acid-Catalyzed Production of 5-Hydroxymethylfurfural (HMF) From Glucose 8,642,791
Somani, Arun Dynamic Advance Reservation with Delayed Allocation 8,902,920
Tirthapura, Srikanta Computing Time-Decayed Aggregates in Data Streams 8,908,554