2015 Edison Patent Awards Winners

The Research & Development Council of New Jersey held the 36th Edison Patent Awards Celebration on November 12, 2015 at the Liberty Science Center.  Over 50 inventors and 13 organizations were recognized and honored with the Edison Patent Award.

Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs and inventors Young-Kai Chen, Noriaki Kaneda, Ut-Va Koc, and Andreas Bertold Leven received a 2015 Edison Patent Award in the telecommunications category for “Frequency Estimation in an Intradyne Optical Receiver” (U.S. Patent 8,073,345), an innovation that qualitatively improves smart phone and high speed internet usage by enabling higher speed and higher capacity optical backhaul networks.

Avaya Inc. and inventors Venkatesh Krishnaswamy, Krishna Kishore Dhara, Xiaotao Wu, and Eunsoo Shim were recognized with a 2015 Edison Patent Award in the information technology category for “System and Method for Joining Conference Calls” (U.S. Patent 8,483,375). This invention greatly speeds up the process of dialing into conference calls, enables hands-free dialing and minimizes the potential for human error through automation, thereby increasing the safety and mobility of the participant and worker productivity.

BASF Corporation and inventors Pascaline Tran, Xinsheng Liu, Ye Liu, Mike P. Galligan, Qinglin Zhang, Hiroyuki Horimura, Akiko received an Edison Patent Award in the environmental category for “Base Metal Catalyst Composition and Methods for Treating Exhaust from Motorcycles” (U.S. Patent 8,668,890). This invention satisfies strict emissions regulations for motorcycles in a cost-effective way, which is particularly important in developing markets where motorcycles are an especially common mode of transportation.

ExxonMobil and inventors Mehmet Deniz Ertas, Erika A. O. Biediger, Shankar Sundararaman, Jeffery R. Bailey, Vishwas Gupta, and Narasimha-Rao V. Bangaru was selected for a 2015 Edison Patent Award in the industrial technology category for “Methods and Systems for Mitigating Drilling Vibrations” (U.S. Patent 8,589,136 B2). This invention reduces drilling vibrations, thereby improving drilling efficiency and enabling ultra-extended-reach wells that can access new resources with reduced environmental footprint.

Holtec International and inventor Krishna P. Singh, Ph.D.received an Edison Patent Award in the public safety category for “Systems and Methods for Storing Spent Nuclear Fuel” (U.S. Patent 8,625,732 B2). This invention is a system and method for the underground dry storage of spent nuclear fuel and other nuclear waste. The system provides adequate ventilation and complete physical protection by storing the fuel and waste below grade in reinforced vertical silos.

NJIT and inventors Tara Lynn Alvarez Ph.D. (NJIT) and Bérangère Granger (Essilor International S.A.) received an Edison Patent Award in the biomedical technology category for “Method for Determining the Acceptance of Progressive Addition Lenses” (U.S. Patent 8,814,361). The invention establishes a methodology by which a clinician can identify which people will easily adapt to Progressive Addition Lenses compared to those who will have a more difficult time.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and inventors Lili Feng, Sven Erik Godtfredsen, Paul Allen Sutton, Mahavir Prashad, Michael J. Girgis, Bin Hu, Yugang Liu, Piotr Karpinski, Thomas J. Blacklock were recognized with an Edison Patent Award in the pharmaceutical formulation category for “Compounds containing S-N-valeryl-N-{[2′-(1H-tetrazole-5-yl)-b­iphenyl-4-yl]-methyl}-valine and (2R,4S)-5-biphenyl-4-yl-4-(3-carboxy-pro­pionylamino)-2-methyl-pentanoic acid ethyl ester moieties and cations” (U.S Patent 8,877,938 B2). The invention enhances the beneficial effects of endogenous natriuretic peptides, which are thought to significantly improve ventricular filling of or ejection from the heart, and forms part of a medicine recently approved by the FDA to treat heart failure with reduced ejection fraction.

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and inventors Peter Lobel and David Sleat were recognized with an Edison Patent Award in the biopharmaceutical category for “Methods of Treating a Deficiency of Functional Tripeptidyl Peptidase I (CLN2) Protein” (U.S Patent 8,029,781). The invention is directed to methods of treatment of neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs), a group of related hereditary neurodegenerative disorders affecting infants, children, and adults. As there is no disease-modifying therapy for this disease, this invention is an innovative and promising approach for the treatment of NCLs.

Siemens Corporate Technology and inventors Tommaso Mansi, Ingmar Voigt, Razvan Ioan Ionasec, Bogdan Georgescu, Etienne Assoumou Mengue and Dorin Comaniciu received an Edison Patent Award in the medical informatics category for “Valve Treatment Simulation from Medical Diagnostic Imaging Data” (U.S Patent 8,920,322). The invention addresses the challenges of quantitative and individualized heart valve therapy planning and guidance by robust modeling of valve anatomy through machine learning and simulating therapies using an individualized computational valve model.

TE SubCom and inventors Jonathan Liss, Richard Kram, and Peter Theophall received an Edison Patent Award in the telecommunications category for “Method and Apparatus for Automatically Identifying System Faults in an Optical Communications Systems from Repeater Loop Gain Signatures” (U.S. Patent 6,134,032). The invention enables operators of a long-haul optical transmission telecommunications system to automatically identify a system fault. As a result of the invention, software-based algorithms can automatically analyze the signal performance to produce distinct and clear indications of faults in subsea telecommunications systems, their locations, and the root cause.

Press Release TAEPA 2015