Research, creativity result in patents

Research at WSU resulted in 15 separate patents in 2005, involving the expertise and commitment of 21 different faculty members, according to Keith Jones, director of WSU’s Office of Intellectual Property Administration.

These accomplishments will be recognized during Showcase 2006 on March 24.

“This is obviously very important to the work of the university,” Jones said. Receiving a patent can be a crucial step toward commercialization of a product, procedure or plant that can make a difference in people’s lives.

“We don’t do this for financial gain,” Jones said, although it is nice if it happens.

“We’re here to serve the faculty,” he said. “Very often it’s their desire to see their research move out of the lab and be put to a practical purpose.”

Find information on these patents, by their numbers, at to

• (plant variety) PV 200300348 Dieter von Wettstein
U.S. Patent No.:
• 6,759,048, Doug Jasmer, Travis McGuire
• 6,790,621, Katrina Mealey (PI), Steve Bentjen
• 6,787.343, Rodney Croteau (PI)
• 6,813,024, David Kramer (PI)
• 6,825,017, John Browse (PI), James Wallis
• 6, 818,755, Rodney Croteau (PI), Mark Wildung
• 6,811,997, James Petersen
• 6,846,659, Rodney Croteau (PI), Mark Wildung
• 6,857,224 B1, Lawrence Schrader (PI)
• 6,855,669, Norman (Rick) Knowles (PI), Lisa Knowles
• 6,854,337, Julie Tarara, Francis Pierce (PI), Marvin Pitts, John Ferguson (USDA)
• 6,878,861, John Browse (PI)
• 6,884,921, John Browse (PI)
• 6,911,330, Michael Costa (PI), Laurence Davin, Norman Lewis

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