invention

Bring a cup of coffee (or tea!) and join Fermilab’s patent and licensing executive for an informal discussion of intellectual property on Friday, May 29, at 1 p.m. If you have an idea for an invention or would like to learn more about intellectual property at the laboratory, drop in. Read on for sign-in information.

As scientist-entrepreneurs navigate new territory in their value propositions and customer discovery, they can refer to a familiar tool: the scientific method. As much as a scientist’s hypothesis must evolve, so too will the entrepreneur’s. The difference comes in collecting insight instead of data. The customer discovery process helps entrepreneurs assess their understanding of current problems in an existing marketplace. They develop open-ended questions that give customers the chance to explain a situation in their own words: “What sort of…

Sujit Bidhar contacted OPTT in 2017 about a compact, low-power nanofiber electrospinner he was developing to produce targets for high-intensity particle beams. OPTT filed a provisional patent application in February 2018. The technology is currently patent-pending.

During the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, Fermilab scientist Arden Warner began experimenting with oil in water seeded with magnetite. He found that magnetite forms a preferential bond with the oil and can be manipulated with magnetic fields. Warner shared his idea with the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer in 2011, and the first electromagnetic boom patent was issued in 2014. The technology is in the process of being commercialized.

Fermilab employees are continually creating technologies that address problems in basic science, and it turns out that many of these technologies can be spun off for uses beyond particle physics. That’s a big reason to protect them. When we protect technologies, we can support their use in our everyday lives. Your invention could help improve medicine, the environment, industry and the economy.

What began as an experiment in a nine-ounce cup of water has been developed into a full-scale technology that recently became a finalist for a 2019 R&D 100 Award. Achieving the honor was E-MOP™ — electromagnetic oil spill remediation technology — developed from patents owned by Fermilab. The technology uses materials that are environmentally safe, reusable and natural.

Come to the lab’s first Hack-n-Doodle! The entire lab is invited to meet with the Office of Partnerships and Technology Transfer to discuss their inventions. The Hack-n-Doodle takes place on Thursday, March 14, at noon in the Wilson Hall cafeteria. OPTT will accept inventions drawn or written on napkins as official invention disclosures and potential technologies for patenting. Employees are awarded for patent and copyright disclosures and share in royalty proceeds if the intellectual property is licensed. Even if you…

Please join us for a brief ceremony celebrating the peak of innovation at Fermilab and honoring more than 50 individuals who received patents or filed Records of Invention during 2018. The awards ceremony will be followed by a special lecture entitled “Why a Scientist can be a Great Entrepreneur” by Dr. Robert S. Altman, Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneur-In-Residence at Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of Chicago. The event will be held at the IARC…