2009 is a Banner Year for USU Patents and Spin-Outs
Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009
In 2009 USU celebrates as a record number of 44 patents were filed and 11 patents were issued to USU. A wall at the USU Technology Commercialization Office showcases all the patents issued to the university.
This is the most ever received by USU’s Technology Commercialization Office in a single year. By comparison, in fiscal year 2008, 62 ideas were disclosed to the TCO, 26 patents filed and five patents were received by the TCO.
USU spun-out a record number of companies in fiscal year 2009. Two companies, Thermal Management Technologies and Eco Air Tech, were established by USU retired engineering professor Clair Batty.
Batty, the former head of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at USU, is sometimes called a “serial entrepreneur” — he uses the momentum from one spinout to get the next one underway. In 2009, Batty’s company, TMT, was the first to license SDL technology and create a for-profit company. Soon after, Batty created EcoAirtech, a company devoted to environmental impact migration, primarily in the oil, gas and power industries.
TMT’s product line includes channeled cooling panels and flexible thermal links that were initially designed for space applications. However, the technology has broad commercial applications in the aerospace, aircraft, automobile, computer and electronics industries — markets TMT now has the opportunity to fully pursue.
Other USU spinout success stories include Dynamic Screening Solutions, (Inc.,) a Web-based paperless solutions company that streamlines the completion of multiple forms. DSS created the “Utah Clicks” system, licensed by the state of Utah, to alleviate excess paperwork required for application to a variety of state-run programs. Currently, DSS is rolling out a new product — 321Forms — to reduce the headaches associated with completing and processing human resources paperwork.
Recently, the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at USU spun out its first company. Utah State University Archeological Service, Inc. (USUAS), offers services in cultural resource management archaeology and provides employment and thesis opportunities for students in the new master of science degree program in anthropology (with a specialization in archaeology and cultural resource management) at USU. According to USUAS board member and USU anthropology professor Christopher Morgan, USUAS will offer high-quality archaeological services to clients and experience to USU students that other universities rarely do.
In 2006, after seeing Utah’s role in technology development dwindle as companies moved to cluster areas throughout the United States, the Utah Legislature approved then Gov. Jon Huntsman’s economic development plan. The plan would create jobs for Utahns in high-tech fields — and because high-tech industries tend to pay employees better than other industries, state tax revenues would also increase.
Part of this plan was to make way for future growth by expanding technology commercialization offices throughout the state.
Utah State University took this expansion to heart and, in the year since, worked to ensure that more faculty and student inventors made the most of available resources available through USU’s Technology Commercialization Office.
Ray DeVito, director of the Technology Commercialization Office at USU, is encouraged by the progress made in recent years.
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