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Patent Roll Call, Spring 2016

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Patents protect the ideas behind novel inventions. At the University of Minnesota, filing for a patent isn’t just a way to protect intellectual property — it’s often a crucial step toward moving breakthrough discoveries, like cutting-edge software and pharmaceutical therapies, from the laboratory to the market.

Congratulations to these U of M researchers who were recently awarded patents for their discoveries. To learn more about reporting an invention, contact the Office for Technology Commercialization at 612-624-0550 or

Agriculture and Horticulture

Apple Tree Named “MN55”
Inventors: David Bedford and James Luby

For more information on licensing agriculture and horticulture technologies, contact Thomas Hutton.

Engineering and Physical Sciences

Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequence Differences Using the Ligase Detection Reaction with Addressable Arrays
Inventors: George Barany and Maria Kempe

Detection of Nucleic Acid Sequence Differences Using the Ligase Detection Reaction with Addressable Arrays
Inventors: George Barany and Maria Kempe

Drift Tube Ion Mobility Spectrometer for Aerosol Measurement
Inventors: Derek Robert Oberreit and Christopher Joseph Hogan, Jr.

Luminescent Probes Having a Phenanthridinyl Antenna, and Methods of Use
Inventors: Valerie Christine Pierre

Magnetic Resonance Relaxation Along a Fictitious Field
Inventors: Shalom Michaeli, Silvia Mangia and Michael G. Garwood

Measurement of Particle Morphology Using Filtration
Inventors: Jing Wang, David Y. H. Pui and Sheng-Chieh Chen

Method Facilitating Removal of Bioorganic Stains from Surfaces
Inventors: Ping Wang, Songtao Wu, Hongfei Jia, Masahiko Ishii, Minjuan Zhang and Xiaodong Tong

Non-Woven Fibers-in-Fibers from Melt-Blown Polymer Blends
Inventors: Dawud H. Tan, Feng Zuo, Frank S. Bates and Christopher W. Macosko

One-step Synthesis of Mesoporous Pentasil Zeolite with Single-Unit-Cell Lamellar Structural Features (see license)
Inventors: Michael Tsapatsis and Xueyi Zhang

Stripped Pedicle Screw Driver Bit
Inventors: David John Nuckley and David Wayne Polly, Jr.

Valve and Splitting System for Multi-dimensional Liquid Chromatography
Inventors: Peter W. Carr and Marcelo Roberto Filgueira

For more information on licensing engineering and physical sciences technologies, contact Kevin Nickels.

Life Sciences

Pharmaceuticals and Diagnostics

Adenovirus Vaccine Vector and Methods of Use
Inventors: Masato Yamamoto

Aurora Kinase Inhibitors
Inventors: Ann M. Bode, Zigang Dong and Kanamata Reddy

Cationic Peptides and Use of Such Peptides for Inhibiting Exotoxin Production (see license)
Inventor: Patrick M. Schlievert

Compositions and Methods Related to Tauopathy
Inventors: Karen Hsiao Ashe, Xiaohui Zhao, Michael Anthony Walters, Derek John Hook and Morgan Clotaire Paul Le Naour

Inducible Regulatory T-Cell Generation for Hematopoietic Transplants
Inventors: Bruce R. Blazar and Keli Hippen

Intranasal Delivery of Therapeutic Enzymes to the Central Nervous System for the Treatment of Lysosomal Storage Diseases (see license)
Inventors: Daniel A. Wolf, H. Frey II William, R. Scott McIvor and Leah R. Hanson

Ischemia/Reperfusion Protection Compositions and Methods of Using
Inventors: Matthew T. Andrews, Lester R. Drewes and Greg Beilman

Modified Vitamin K-dependent Polypeptides
Inventors: Gary L. Nelsestuen

Single-chain Variable Fragment Anti-CD133 Antibodies and Uses Thereof
Inventors: John R. Ohlfest, Jayanth Panyam, Suresh Kumar Swaminathan and Daniel A. Vallera

Therapeutic Compounds
Inventors: Felix Ams and Stefan Wegehingel

For more information on licensing pharmaceuticals and diagnostic technologies, contact Rajesh Udupa or Rebecca Gerber.

Medical Technology

Compositions and Methods for CXCR4 Signaling and Umbilical Cord Blood Stem Cell Engraftment
Inventors: Claudio Brunstein

For more information on licensing medical technologies, contact Kevin Anderson.

Software and Information Technology

A General Structure for Computational Random Access Memory (CRAM) 
Inventors: Jian-Ping Wang and Jonathan D. Harms

Automatic Measurement of Speech Fluency
Inventors: Serguei V. S. Pakhomov

Convex Minimization and Data Recovery with Linear Convergence
Inventors: Gilad Lerman and Teng Zhang

Non-Parametric Power Spectral Density (PSD) Map Construction
Inventors: Georgios B. Giannakis, Juan Andres Bazerque and Gonzalo Mateos

Observability-constrained Vision-aided Inertial Navigation
Inventors: Stergios I. Roumeliotis, Dimitrios G. Kottas, Chao Guo and Joel Hesch

Shortest Travel Path Determination Using Critical Start Time Points
Inventors: Shashi Shekhar, Venkata Maruti Viswanath Gunturi and KwangSoo Yang

Spin-Based Logic Device
Inventors: Jian-Ping Wang, Yang Lv, Yanfeng Jiang and Mahdi Jamali

For more information on licensing software and IT technology, contact Andrew Morrow.

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