Cal Poly tops own patent record
May 6, 2011
California polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo reports that three patents have been issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to university faculty this academic year—a record number of patents earned for a single year.
In an announcement this week, Cal Poly’s Research and Graduate Programs Office boasted the inventions which represent ingenuity in medicine, manufacturing, and computing.
John Sharpe, a professor in the Physics Department, received patent protection for a “System Method and Apparatus for Optical Directional Determination.” The technology is an optical technique which can measure the flow of fluid. The invention could potentially reduce costs of devices in manufacturing and in personal computer components such as optical mice.
Co-inventors Lanny Griffin from Cal Poly’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Dane Jones from the school’s Department of Chemistry were issued a patent for a “Polymeric Splint and Rapid-Setting Polyurethane.” The invention is a type of splint which offers immediate treatment for broken bones when breaks occur far from medical care, such as military field operations or wilderness backpacking.
The third patent is for a “System Method and Apparatus for a Multi-Phase DC-to-DC Converter.” The new power-converter design is intended to help the power-supply industry improve microprocessor and computer performance. The intellectual property right was given to Dr. Taufik, professor of Electrical Engineering and Director of the Electric Power Institute.
These latest innovations brings Cal Poly’s portfolio total to 11 patents. Eight other inventions are still in the process of seeking patents.