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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

USI, Crane officials present at Department of Defense conference

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A team from the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center and the University of Southern Indiana made a presentation on identifying intellectual property Wednesday, November 17 at the Department of Defense Technology Transfer TTIPT Conference in Philadelphia.

John Dement of the Crane' Office of Research Technology joined with USI's Sue Ellspermann, director of the Center for Applied Research, Les Nunn, chair of Accounting and Business Law, and Daniela Vidal, program coordinator for Advanced Manufacturing, to demonstrate IP Mining as a best practice. IP Mining is the nickname used for the innovation discovery process USI developed at Crane's request to identify Intellectual Property (IP) by engaging lead engineers and technologists from Crane to share their completed projects, discuss the problems they solved in that project, identify potential patentable innovations (disclosures), and discuss potential commercial applications of these new inventions.

At Wednesday's event, the US Air Force shared an actual project for the demonstration. Ellspermann facilitated the panel through the IP Mining Process. Vidal and Nunn were on the panel, which also included Ball State University entrepreneurship faculty and several technology transfer experts. The conference participants represented technology transfer offices from all Department of Defense research laboratories and observed the demonstration so that they can consider applying this practice in their organizations.

Since 2008, USI has conducted four IP Mining events engaging additional USI faculty and staff. Nearly 100 potential disclosures and 200 commercial opportunities have been identified through these sessions. The process has helped Crane more than double their patent production with a current log of 60 patents issued, 114 patents pending, and 48 disclosed. USI and Crane received the 2009 Partnership Award from the Midwest Region Federal Laboratory Research Consortium for the partnership demonstrated on IP Mining.

The University of Southern Indiana has a Partnership Intermediary Agreement with Crane which focuses on technology transfer, STEM education, and innovation process research.




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