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Researchers get patents to improve knee, hip replacements

WSU researcher Susmita Bose, in foreground, works with student Sahar Vahabzadeh at a 3-D ceramic printer. (WSU photo)

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

PULLMAN, Wash. – For almost two decades, Washington State University researchers Amit Bandyopadhyay and Susmita Bose have worked to improve the materials used in hip and knee replacements that up to a million people in the U.S. receive each year. » More …

Grant funds test of market potential for jet fuel research

By Maegan Murray, WSU Tri-Cities

Bin-YangRICHLAND, Wash. – Researchers at Washington State University Tri-Cities have been awarded a National Science Foundation I-Corps grant to explore the market potential of their biojet fuel research. » More …

Researchers develop shape-changing smart material

By Tina Hilding, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture

smart-materialPULLMAN, Wash. – Washington State University researchers have developed a unique, multifunctional smart material that can change shape from heat or light and assemble and disassemble itself. They have filed a provisional patent on the work. » More …

April 17: Lawyer discusses patenting aspects of nature

Eric-Williams-80PULLMAN, Wash. – New federal guidelines for what products of nature might be eligible for patents will be discussed by a pharmacist/intellectual property lawyer at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building 305 at Washington State University Pullman. The presentation will be videoconferenced in SPBS 409 at WSU Spokane. » More …

WSU spectroscopic technology licensed to G-Biosciences

PULLMAN – Washington State University Research Foundation and G-Biosciences have entered into a worldwide technology licensing agreement for patent rights to a spectroscopic method for assaying the activity of a key class of enzymes involved in several biological systems, including signal transduction, protein repair, chromatin regulation and gene silencing.WSU chemist and Associate Professor Zhaohui Sunny Zhou and research associate Kathleen Dorgan led the team that developed the new assay, which allows researchers to measure the activities of a large and diverse family of enzymes called methyltransferases in cell extracts.“We found this technology to be a fabulous opportunity to add to our existing line of assays … » More …

Patents reward research, boost economic growth

There could be gold in that junk mail you threw out — or maybe a royalty check. Just ask Pat Moore, a scientist in the small fruit breeding program at WSU’s Puyallup Research and Extension Center. About to toss out an offer for expensive document framing, Moore realized the company was pitching it to him to frame his new patent. It was the first he’d heard that his raspberry, WSU 1090, had just been issued Washington State University’s most recent patent as of Feb. 10, 2004.WSU Puyallup began its raspberry breeding program in 1928 and has since released nine new varieties. However, WSU 1090, sold … » More …