News | Jan 22, 2019

Navy awarded 7 patents on inventions with commercial potential

U.S. Marine field radio operators assemble a free-space optical communication system, which will allow U.S. warfighters to transmit mission-critical information faster and more securely in environments with damaged infrastructure.

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The U.S. Navy was awarded seven patents on Tuesday, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Navy scientists and engineers invented the technologies, listed below, each with the potential for non-military applications and success as a commercial venture.

Businesses and entrepreneurs should review each with an eye for opportunity, as the federal government makes its inventions available through technology transfer.

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Free space optical communication utilizing patterned light and convolutional neural networks

U.S. Patent 10,187,171

This invention improves optical communications fidelity by providing a more robust demultiplexing technique for patterned light. Inventors: Timothy Doster and Abbie Watnik.

Electrically conductive resonator for communications

U.S. Patent 10,186,773

The Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Atlantic Division, patented this portable invention that can turn any metal structure into a useful radio communications antenna. Proof-of-concept testing was conducted using a metal door frame. Inventors: Chad Gardner and Colin Thomas.

Elevation angle correction for a two-dimensional metamaterial cloak

U.S. Patent 10,186,767

The Navy is researching the possibilities of electromagnetic cloaking with a laminate double carpet cloak, which contains conductive metal plates and metamaterial layers. Radiation can pass around the cloaked object, and emerge reconstructed in phase on the opposite side with minimal amplitude loss. Inventor: Kevin Boulias.

Dynamically interactive RFID tag with optical control

U.S. Patent 10,185,911

Each digit in this new RFID tag’s code can be tuned and optically controlled by either the reader or target with no electromagnetic interference. Although developed for military use, this tag is suitable for commercial purposes, e.g., tracking of store items, toll booth passes, or medical surveillance. Inventors: Simin Feng, Kevin Boulais, Robert Nichols, and Victor Gehman, Jr.

Self-patterning plasmonic array structures

U.S. Patent 10,185,061

This is an atomic layer deposition process that can place conductive materials onto one homopolymer region in a diblock copolymer. The diblock copolymer generates a large area self-assembled substrate with nanoscale homopolymer regions arrayed into predictable patterns, which allows the formation of plasmonic surfaces without expensive lithographic processing. Inventors: Lee Cambrea and Zachary Sechrist.

Measuring upper atmospheric Doppler winds utilizing projections of a satellite’s velocity

U.S. Patent 10,184,841

Space weather affects our radio frequencies. This interferometer technology provides improved data efficiency for low-earth orbit satellite’s measuring atmospheric wind speed. Inventors: Christopher Englert and John Harlander.

Single dendritic wedge cell-penetrating peptides to facilitate cellular delivery of nanoparticles and cargos

U.S. Patent 10,183,080

Nanoparticles can be delivered to cells by attaching just a single dendritic peptide to the nanoparticle. The dendritic peptide includes a polyhistidine motif and a hinge and a spacer connecting the polyhistidine to a lysine-based dendritic wedge displaying at least two copies of a cell-penetrating peptide motif. Delivers pharmaceutical drugs where they’re needed. Inventors: Igor Medintz, James Delehanty, Joyce Breger, Markus Muttenthaler, and Philip Dawson.


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