The Technology Licensing Office (TLO), which oversees MIT’s patenting and licensing activity, saw 744 invention disclosures in fiscal year 2014. Throughout the years, the TLO has helped thousands of faculty, students, and researchers move their discoveries and inventions from the lab into the world.
A handful of inventions from the MIT community were featured in a recent Boston Globe article, including:
Keith Hearon, a postdoc in the Langer Lab, created a new, biodegradable “citrus plastic.” His company, Poly6 Technologies, aims to transform the global plastics industry and help solve the environmental problems posed by the billions of pounds of plastic waste thrown away each year.
A winning golf ball
Founded in 1910 by MIT graduate Phillip E. “Skipper” Young and two of his fraternity brothers, the Acushnet Company initially produced custom rubber products. Young, a golfing enthusiast, was inspired to produce his own line of balls after growing frustrated with poorly constructed golf balls that were prone to unpredictable shots. His invention, the Titleist golf ball, is one of the most used balls in professional tournaments, and Acushnet continues to be a leader in golf-related technology.
Wheelchairs for the developing world
Assistant professor of mechanical engineering Amos Winter SM ’05, PhD ’11 is the principal inventor of the Leveraged Freedom Chair, an all-terrain wheelchair designed for use in developing countries where there are few paved roads. Winter’s Freedom Chair, a product of GRIT, or Global Research Innovation & Technology, has been honored with numerous awards, including the recent 2015 Patents for Humanity award by the US Patent and Trademark Office.
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