Rensselaer Innovation Luncheon
At Rensselaer, innovation is a way of life for many faculty and budding student inventors. To honor their contributions to science, engineering, and research, the Office of Technology Commercialization (OTC) recognized and awarded patent plaques to members of the Rensselaer community during the annual Innovation Luncheon. The event was held in Russell Sage Dining Hall on Oct. 17.
Founded in the 1990s, the OTC helps the Institute protect intellectual property and forges relationships with industry to bring discoveries to the marketplace.
The luncheon featured remarks from OTC Executive Director Ron Kudla and Patent Manager Sherri Dente, Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer and New Ventures. Special guest speaker was Nadarajah Narendran, director of research and professor at the Lighting Research.
“The Office of Technology Commercialization hosts the Innovation Luncheon each year to provide recognition of its inventors in the innovations they invented and were successful in obtaining patents for during the year. On October 17, 16 patent plaques were awarded to 20 Rensselaer inventors,” said Ron Kudla, executive director of the office of intellectual property, technology transfer, and new ventures. “The Office of Technology Commercialization looks forward to licensing these technologies to companies that will develop, market, and sell products protected by these patents. The event also provides our office with the opportunity to provide the statistics on its activities, an update on the new America Invents Act of 2012, and an outstanding presentation by Professor Nadarajah Narendran from the Rensselaer Lighting Research Center on the patenting process. His talk provided the audience with a true representation of what it takes to be a successful innovator of new technology.”
Patent plaques were distributed to current Rensselaer inventors who had United States patents issued between September 2011 and August 2012, and other Divisional and Continuation United States patents.