(July 13, 2016) -- Innovation at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has helped the University of Texas System earn a top spot among on the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patent Ranking for 2015.
The report, which is published by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) and Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), analyzes data acquired from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to highlight the important role patents play in university research and innovation.
"Patents are key building blocks of UTSA's growing innovation ecosystem," said Christine Burke, director of the UTSA Office of Commercialization and Innovation. "The university's investment in them allows these innovations to be transferred into startups and companies, and developed into commercial products that can help society."
One of UTSA's patents, No. 9,173,562, was for technology developed by Andrew Tsin and Dhiraj Sardar, biology and physics professors, respectively. Tsin and Sardar devised a method to detect progressive eye diseases from an early stage and track them non-invasively and quantitatively. The technology applies to diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, which affects up to 80 percent of all patients who have had diabetes for 20 years or more, and wet macular degeneration, which affects mostly those over the age of 65. The researchers' method uses the intensity and polarization shifts of scattered light to find anomalies.
Other UTSA patents issued in 2015 include:
In 2015, UT System researchers were granted 191 patents from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. UTSA received nine of those patents and filed an additional 69 patent applications.
UTSA's patents and patent applications are managed by the Office of Commercialization and Innovation (OCI), which oversees the university's portfolio of intellectual property, engages companies in research and commercialization partnerships, and provides intellectual property education and training. The OCI also helps bridge the gap between basic research and applied innovation by operating a proof-of-concept fund, supporting commercialization development programs such as the NSF I-Corps™ and promoting entrepreneurship through the UTSA New Venture Incubator.
The NAI and IPO's worldwide rankings are compiled by calculating the number of utility patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which lists a university as the first assignee on the printed patent.------------------------------
The events are a collaborative effort between student organizations, student led-groups, and campus departments.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
UTSA is a designated early voting site for the May 4 Joint, General and Special Election. Any registered Bexar County voter can skip the lines and cast a ballot at UTSA from Monday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 30.
H-E-B Student Union (HSU 1.002), Main Campus
In this UTSA 50th anniversary speaker series, Roger Enriquez, UTSA associate professor of criminal justice, explores how immigration past and present helps us understand its future.
Casa Hernán, 411 Cevallos St., San Antonio
Discussion will explore the new Master of Arts in Global Affairs offered through the Department of Political Science and Geography at UTSA. Guest speakers will include representatives from local and federal government, military, and civil society.
H-E-B Student Union Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
An evening of fine food and drink inspired by UTSA’s renowned Mexican Cookbook Collection. Proceeds from the event will support UTSA’s Mexican Cookbook Collection.
Hotel Emma, 136 E Grayson St., San Antonio
Grab a friend and sign up to bowl with fellow Roadrunners and raise money for scholarships.
University Bowl, 12332 I-10 #10, San Antonio
The UTSA Department of Art and Art History present the work of emerging artists who are graduating from UTSA. Work ranges from traditional methods and materials, interdisciplinary and new media. Themes range from social and cultural critique to investigations that are challenging and exquisite explorations in creative form and image.
Arts Building, Main Art Gallery (ART 2.03.04), Main Campus
UTSA's first spring Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., May 18 and honors graduates from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and University College.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
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