2013 Edison Patent Award Winners

Alcatel-Lucent Bells Labs and inventors Katherine H. Guo, Markus A. Hofmann, Ethendranath N. Bommaiah, and Sanjoy Paul received the patent award in the multimedia technology category for “Method for Streaming Multimedia Information Over Public Networks” (U.S. Patent 6,708, 213 B1), an invention for fundamental concepts and techniques to design content distribution networks (CDNs) and caching systems originally built for text and images to better support streaming media over the Internet.

AT&T and inventors Marian Croak and Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi received a patent award in the information technology category for “Method and apparatus for dynamically debiting a donation” (U.S. Patent 7,715,368), an invention that allows donors to make charitable contributions via text message.  This technology enables a network to identify a particular charity, provide the designated funding to the charity, and then have the network service provider bill the original donor on its monthly bill.

Avaya and inventors Sandra Abramson, Stephen M. Milton, Emil F. Stefanacci, David L. Chavez, and Albert D. Pessot were recognized with a patent award in the telecommunications category for “Disaster Recovery via alternative terminals and partitioned networks” (U.S. Patent 7,983,148 B1), capability of the Avaya Aura® communications core. Using two methods, this invention is designed to keep communication lines open during a natural disaster. First, when network partitioning presents a problem in one part of the network, endpoints (telephones) may be registered to network elements in multiple partitions, so a loss of a single partition does not prevent access to the endpoint. Second, in the case where all partitions that an endpoint registers to are compromised, an alternate device such as a cell phone may take the place of the compromised endpoint.

Colgate-Palmolive and sole inventor Douglas J. Hohlbein were selected for a patent award in the consumer category for “Oral Care Implement” (U.S. Patent 7,143,462). This invention is the first commercial toothbrush to include a soft tissue cleanser, offering simultaneous cleansing of both soft tissue (tongue and cheeks) and hard tissue (teeth), commercially known by the brand name Colgate® 360°®.  Given the fact that eighty percent of the bacteria in the mouth is not on the teeth, this invention has taken the ordinary toothbrush from being a tooth cleaning device to a whole mouth cleaning device.

ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Company and inventors James H. Beech, Stuart D. Hellring, Terry E. Helton, Timothy F. Kinn, Sadi Mizrahi, and Norman J. Rouleau were selected for a patent award in the industrial processes category for “Process for converting C9+ aromatic hydrocarbons to lighter aromatic products by transalkylation in the presence of two zeolite-containing catalysts” (U.S. Patent 5,942,651). This novel catalytic system consists of two zeolite-containing catalysts which are “molecularly engineered” to selectively and distinctively carry out transalkylation reactions along with the destruction of benzene coboilers to produce higher volume mixed xylenes and high-purity benzene, both of which are major petrochemical building blocks for the manufacturing of most widely used polymers such as polyester fibers, packaging resins, polycarbonate and engineered plastics.

Glenbrook Technologies and inventors James C. Tsang, Gil Zweig and Paul Gonzalez, along with production supervisor Daxesh Patel, received a patent award in the medical devices category for “Rotating X-Ray Apparatus for Inspection of Deployed Intravascular Devices” (U.S.Patent 7,577,233 B1); a novel 180° rotating x-ray  inspection system that uses a high resolution fluoroscopic X-ray imaging camera in conjunction with a low-dose X-ray source,  for the evaluation of  transcatheter vena cava filters.

JP Laboratories and inventor Gordhan Patel, Ph.D. received a patent award in the homeland security category for “Self Indicating Radiation Alert System” (U.S. Patent 7,476,874 B2), an invention for measuring the full medically significant ranges of exposures to high-energy radiation from a radiological dispersion device (dirty bomb) or nuclear weapon detonation with an instantly color developing credit card or post office stamp sized citizens dosimeter.  The dosimeters have no electronic or moving parts and are ready 24/7.

New Jersey Institute of Technology’s “Unauthorized User Prevention Device and Method” (U.S Patent 6,563,940 B2) invented by Michael L. Recce, Ph.D., received a patent award in the emerging technology category. This patent describes an embedded electronic device and method to authenticate access in real-time through identification of individual dynamic characteristics of human handgrips for handgun use.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and inventors Paul W. Manley, Ph.D., Wen-Chung Shieh, Ph.D., Paul Allen Sutton, Ph.D., Piotr H. Karpinski, Ph.D., Raeann Wu, Ph.D.,  Stéphanie Monnier, Ph.D., and Jörg Brozio, Ph.D., received a patent award in the pharmaceuticals category for “Salts of 4-methyl-N-[3-(4-methyl-imidazol-1-yl)-5-trifluoromethyl-phenyl]-3-(4-pyridin-3-yl-pyrimidin-2-ylamino)-benzamide” (U.S. Patent 8,163,904 B2), describing the pharmaceutical salt that is the approved form of Tasigna®, a cancer medication created for the treatment of newly diagnosed Philadelphia chromosome positive (Ph+) chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in the chronic phase, and chronic phase and accelerated phase Ph+ CMLin adult patients resistant, or intolerant, to prior therapy.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and Rutgers School of Dental Medicine’s inventor Scott C. Kachlany, Ph.D., were recognized in the biotechnology category for “Compositions for the Treatment of Cancer, and Methods for Testing and Using the Same”(U.S. Patent 8,053,406 B2), an invention that describes the use of Leukotoxin (LtxA, Leukothera®), a natural bacterial protein for treatment of hematilogic malignancies.

Siemens Corporation, Corporate Technology were recognized in the medical imaging category, along with inventors Shaohua Kevin Zhou, Jinghao Zhou, Bogdan Georgescu, and Dorin Comaniciu for “Method and System for Regression-Based Object Detection in Medical Images” (U.S.Patent 7,949,173 B2). This patent designates an efficient and regression-based method for detecting anatomical objects in a medical image. Statistical learning methods are often designed to effectively depict the intrinsic relationship between image and corresponding anatomies of interest.  This learned method can then be applied to automatically detect an anatomical structure in an unseen image.

TE Connectivity SubCom and inventor Neal S. Bergano received a patent award in the communications technology category for “Synchronous Amplitude Modulation for Improved Performance of Optical Transmission Systems” (U.S. Patent 7,292,793 B2), an invention used in undersea cable systems that improves the performance of long-haul optical telecommunications system by re-modulating a high-speed optical data channel with a synchronous amplitude, phase and/or polarization modulation.