Issued by: Laura L. Hunt, 414-229-6447; [email protected]
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MILWAUKEE — WiSys Research Foundation has obtained five of its seven patents from research at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and another 30 patent applications covering intellectual property disclosed by UWM faculty are in the patent prosecution process.
UWM faculty projects account for more than 80 percent of the disclosures currently accepted for patenting and licensing, says KC Lerner, UWM’s technology transfer manager.
WiSys is a subsidiary of the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF), which obtains patents on and licenses UW-Madison’s research. WiSys does the same for all other UW institutions, including UWM, the UW System’s only other doctoral research university.
Formed just over three years ago, WiSys attracts innovative ideas resulting from faculty research, files for patent protection and links with the business community to promote the licensing of patents. Once the license is sold, WiSys returns the revenue to the inventor, the university and the UW System.
Lerner expects the number of UWM patents to grow quickly because a number of new faculty who are active in research have been hired during the last few years, and funding for faculty research has seen significant growth.
Current Patenting Activity at UW Campuses Other than UW-Madison
School Accepted Disclosures Patents Filed Patents Issued
Eau Claire 2 1 0
Green Bay 0 0 0
La Crosse 2 1 1
UWM 30 35* 5
Oshkosh 0 0 0
Parkside 1 0 0
Plattville 0 0 0
River Falls 2 1 0
Stevens Pt. 2 1 1
Stout 1 0 0
Superior 0 0 0
Whitewater 1 1 0
Totals 41 40 7
* includes filing of 18 U.S. patents and 17 non-U.S. patents
UWM Faculty with Patents or Accepted Disclosures through WiSys
Mary Lynne Collins, Biological Sciences
Joseph Aldstat, Chemistry
James Cook, Chemistry
Peter Geissinger, Chemistry
M. Mahmun Hossain, Chemistry
Alan Schwabacher, Chemistry
Lian Li, Physics
Paul Lyman, Physics
Engineering and Applied Science
William Gregory, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (dean)
Ryo Amano, Mechanical Engineering
Christopher Gregory, Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Jay Lee, Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering
Sandra McLellan, WATER Institute
Randall Lambrecht, Health Sciences (dean)
Anthony Azenabor, Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Bertram Ezenwa, Occupational Therapy & Mechanical Engineering