Free NSF I-Corps Virtual Course

Syracuse University is hosting a free, virtual NSF I-Corps Regional Course that will be held Monday, June 17 – Wednesday, July 17, 2024.  The Regional Course is a program designed to catalyze innovation and commercialization. Participants will explore the market potential of their work and learn entrepreneurial skills.

The course is for researchers, faculty, graduate students and semiconductor innovators.  Applicants should have the following:

  • Early-stage technology innovation, with either a prototype or some form of scientific validation
  • A team of 1-3 people (all team members are require to attend and participate fully in every course session and complete all coursework to be considered for NSF lineage and a nomination for the national I-Corps Team.)

Preference is given to those with university-affiliated technology as well as postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate students who are interested in commercializing research.  Applications are also encouraged from researchers and early-stage founders engaged with other campuses as well as community incubators and accelerator programs.

Teams must apply and be accepted to attend and space is limited!  The application deadline is Wednesday, May 22, 2024.  Additional information is available at Syracuse University News.

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NSF I-Corps Teams Q&A Webinar

The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program provides experiential education on entrepreneurship, customer discovery and business start-up concerns for researchers invested in moving their innovations from lab to market.

NSF program directors host a monthly webinar to answer questions and provide updated information about I-Corps contacts, the curriculum and important program and application dates.  The next webinar will be held: 

Date: June 6, 2024

Time: 12:00 Noon EST

Register to Attend

Additional information is available on the  Webinars and Resources page of the NSF I-Corps website.

Congratulations to Inventors – Recent Patents Issued

The Office of Technology Transfer congratulates the researchers who have had patents issue in the past year.

It is an accomplishment to see a patent ultimately issue from the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.  We wish to thank the current and former Syracuse University researchers for their commitment and recognize their accomplishment.

This list represents recently issued patents affiliated with research in the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Engineering & Computer Science and the School of Information Studies.

On-Site Destruction of Recalcitrant Perfluoroalkyl Substances by Molecular Sieves
Inventor:  Viktor Cybulskis – Patent Number: 11,945,732
Issue Date:  April 2, 2024

Polymeric Composites with Tunable Properties
Inventor:  Wanliang Shan – Patent Number: 11,898,021
Issue Date:  February 13, 2024

Non-Canonical Lipoproteins with Programmable Assembly and Architecture and Method of Making Non-Canonical Lipoproteins
Inventor:  Davoud Mozhdehi – Patent Number: 11,884,914
Issue Date:  January 30, 2024

Ultrawide-Angle Light Collecting Modules Formed by Direct Lightwriting of Nanoparticle-Based Metallo-Dielectric Optical Waveguides
Inventor:  Ian Dean Hosein – Patent Number: 11,862,746
Issue Date:  January 2, 2024

Microcombustion Micro-Tubular Flame-Assisted Fuel Cell for Power and Heat Cogeneration Without Soot Formation
Inventors:  Jeongmin Ahn, Ryan Milcarek – Patent Number: 11,799,115
Issue Date:  October 24, 2023

Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Modular Hybrid Power Train for Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)
Inventors:  Jeongmin Ahn, Thomas Welles – Patent Number: 11,787,549
Issue Date:  October 17, 2023

Glycemic Control Using Intrinsic Factor Bound to a Vitamin B12 Conjugate of a Glucagon-Like Peptide-1 Receptor Agonist
Inventors:  Robert Doyle, Jonathan Bortz, David Hermelin – Patent Number: 11,771,772
Issue Date:  October 3, 2023

Hybrid Additive-Subtractive Laser Fabrication Platform for Shaping Hydrogels
Pranav Soman, Puskal Kunwar, Zheng Xiong – Patent Number: 11,745,427
Issue Date: 
September 5, 2023

Motion Detection and Classification Using Ambient Wireless Signals
Biao Chen, Yang Liu, Tiexing Wang – Patent Number: 11,675,066
Issue Date: 
June 13, 2023

System for Minimizing Indoor Infection Risk and Maximizing Energy Savings
Bing Dong, Jianshun Zhang – Patent Number: 11,674,707
Issue Date: 
June 13, 2023

Electro-Controllable Ion Exchange Membrane
Ian Hosein, Fu-Hao Chen – Patent Number: 11,673,093
Issue Date: 
June 13, 2023

Surface Topography with Ferromagnetic Polymer Pillars Capable of Movement in Response to Magnetic Fields
Dacheng Ren, Huan Gu – Patent Number: 11,648,374
Issue Date:
May 16, 2023

Please note:  Patents and patent applications are added to Experts@Syracuse soon after they are made public.  They are listed in the “Research Output” section.

Much of the above listed intellectual property is available for licensing. Companies and non-for-profits interested in exploring commercial applications should contact the Syracuse University Office of Technology Transfer.

Attention SU Researchers – Plan Early for Publications and Presentations

Syracuse University researchers are encouraged to finalize invention disclosures as soon as possible, due to the lead time needed to analyze invention disclosures and pursue patent protection (if warranted). This is especially true for researchers that will present papers or posters at conferences during the Summer of 2024.  This is also true for researchers that are actively pursuing corporate collaborations.  It is important to identify, assess and protect any intellectual property that would be presented as part of a “pitch” meeting with a corporate entity.  To submit an invention disclosure go to the online invention disclosure portal.


Article: Take Steps to Avoid Patent-Killing “Pre-Print” Disclosures

In the ever-changing publishing environment, researchers need to disclose their patentable research to the Office of Technology Transfer, before sharing it with any publisher, to retain both US and foreign patent rights.  This article authored by David Schwartz and published by Tech Transfer Central provides a few examples of instances where pre-print on-line disclosures by publishing companies extinguished patent protection:

Take Steps to Avoid Patent-Killing “Pre-Print” Disclosures

If you have an invention to disclose, please complete the on-line invention disclosure, or if you have any questions regarding your research and possible parent protection, please contact the Office of Technology Transfer.