Inventor Recognition Program

The UC Santa Cruz Office of Research has created the Inventor Recognition Program (IRP) to acknowledge researchers on a quarterly basis for their U.S. patent awards and to showcase the groundbreaking research that is conducted on the UCSC campus every day. Launched in December 2016, the IRP is meant to recognize the hard work of UCSC faculty, students, and staff and to help them realize the value of their inventions by commercializing their inventions and discoveries.

July to September 2019 IRP Award Winners


CIRCUIT BREAKER FOR DC APPLICATIONS

Patent Numbers: US 10,389,104Keith Corzine

Current UCSC Inventor:
Keith Corzine, Professor - Electrical & Computer Engineering

This patent was prosecuted in collaboration with Clemson University, where Dr. Corzine worked prior to coming to UC Santa Cruz. The invention involves a DC circuit breaker that can automatically detect and isolate an electrical fault between a power source and a load. DC circuit breakers are difficult to design because such circuits contain a constant current and breaking the circuit causes a sustained arc and ensuing risk of fire and damage to the wiring. This circuit breaker involves at least two magnetically coupled inductors that detect faults via increases in power without reacting to routine step changes in load. It has advantages over other DC circuit breakers in that it contains fewer parts, resulting in cheaper and more reliable manufacture.

 

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LC RESONANT CLOCK RESOURCE MINIMIZATION USING COMPENSATION CAPACITANCE

Patent Numbers: US 10,418,939

Matt Guthaus

Current UCSC Inventor:
Matt Guthaus, Professor - Computer Science & Engineering
Inventor Previously at UCSC:
Ping-Yao Lin

This invention describes Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) Chips that consume substantially less power than similar chips. The power savings has been achieved by using a specialized set of capacitors and inductors to maintain the chip’s clock rate throughout the chop at a lower power than with comparable chips.

 

 

 

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Honorary Mentions

NANOPORE SEQUENCING OF POLYNUCLEOTIDES WITH MULTIPLE PASSES

Patent Numbers: US 10,421,998

Inventor Previously at UCSC: Arthur Rand, former Graduate Student - Biomolecular Science & Engineering
This invention provides a method of sequencing a long-read DNA sequence by threading the DNA molecule back and forth through a nanopore, a technique described as “flossing” in the issued patent.

Patent(s) Issued as Continuation of Patent Previously Recognized

COMPOSITIONS, DEVICES, SYSTEMS, AND METHODS FOR USING A NANOPORE

Patent Numbers: US 10,344,327

Current UCSC Inventors: Mark Akeson, Professor; David Deamer, Research Professor
Other Inventors: Bill Dunbar, Roger Chen, Noah Wilson


NANOPORE DEVICE FOR REVERSIBLE ION AND MOLECULE SENSING OR MIGRATION

Patent Numbers: US 10,345,260

Current UCSC Inventor: Nader Pourmand, Professor
Other Inventors: Boaz Vilozny, Paolo Actis, R. Adam Seger


See all IRP award winners

The IRP is managed by Jeff Jackson, Director of Intellectual Property Management in the office of Industry Alliances and Technology Commercialization (IATC). 

For more information about the IRP, the honorees, their patents, other campus inventions and discoveries, or IP portfolio management services, please contact the IATC.

Would you like to be an IRP award winner?

If you are doing research and you invent something new and useful, that other people need, you likely can be an IRP award winner. Start by using UCSC IATC's new Invention Disclosure Form (described here). Once you have submitted that, IATC's IP Management team will work with you to determine if your invention is suitable for protection with a patent. Inventors who have patents issue receive the award at the time the patent grants. 

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