2010 Edison Patent Award Winners

Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs and inventors T.V. Lakshman, Thyagarajan Nandagopal, Ramachandran Ramjee, Krishan Sabnani and Thomas Woo will receive a patent award in the telecommunications category for “Softrouter’, a fundamentally new way to architect Internet Protocol routers and networks that has a positive and significant impact on network scalability, security and reliability

BASF Corporation’s “Copper CHA Zeolite Catalysts,” invented by Wen-Mei Xue, Patrick Burk, Samuel Boorse, Ivor Bull, William Jaglowski, Gerald Koermer, Ahmad Moini, Joseph Patchett, Joseph Dettling and Matthew Caudle, will receive a patent award in the environmental category. This innovative technology, in production for 2011 diesel engines, removes more than 90% of harmful nitrogen oxides (NOx) from diesel engine exhaust over a wide temperature range, in addition to boasting improved resistance and durability compared to earlier zeolite catalysts.

ExxonMobil and inventors David Y. Chung, Timothy D. Shaffer, Michael F. McDonald, Michael G. Matturro, Scott T. Milner, and Robert N. Webb were selected for a patent award in the industrial processes category for the patent titled “Polymerization Processes.” This patent’s unique use of a hydrofluorocarbon diluent results in considerable energy savings and higher process throughput in the synthesis of butyl rubber.

Lexicon Pharmaceuticals and inventors Arokiasamy Devasagayaraj, Haihong Jin, Brett Marinelli, Lakshama Samala, Zhi-Cai Shi, Ashok Tunoori, Ying Wang and Chengmin Zhang were selected in the pharmaceutical category for their invention of novel multicyclic amino acid derivatives for use in the treatment, prevention and management of gastrointestinal diseases and disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea and constipation.  A specific compound disclosed in this patent inhibits serotonin production in the GI tract only and is currently in the Phase 2 trials for the treatment of IBS.

The New Jersey Institute of Technology will also be recognized in the IT category for the invention of a method of robust reversible data hiding which allows the original digital cover image to be recovered without any distortion once the hidden data has been extracted from the cover medium. This technology, created by Yun-Qing Shi, Zhicheng Ni and Nirwan Ansari, has promising applications in digital forensics, intellectual property security and the transmission of medical images.

Osteotech’s Dave Kaes and John Winterbottom will receive a patent award in the medical category for the invention of a formable and settable polymer bone composite that is used in bone grafting.  This unique bone-polymer composite can be used in implantations and is a real advancement in the field of allograft tissue because of its ease in placement, its ability to resist all surgical mechanical forces, and most remarkably, its ability to fully remodel to bone in roughly one year after grafting.

Rutgers University and Richard Mammone will be honored in the IT category for Mammone’s invention of an improved speaker identification and verification system, which recognizes a person’s voice and uses that data to verify subsequent interactions.  Mammone’s technology minimized the amount of training utterances to form a model to detect speakers as well as normalized telephone effects.

Stevens Institute of Technology and Nicolas Girard will be recognized in the telecommunications category for a game-changing invention that provides an ideal smart mobile connection to all users by joining multiple different wireless networks to meet the needs of “always-on”, high bandwidth applications.