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Patent applications begin life as private, confidential communications between the inventor and the Patent Office (USPTO). If continued, patent applications are published (with a few exceptions) 6 months after the Non-Provisional stage. Published patents are freely available, and easily found online.
In 2017, 10 WHOI patent applications published:
Each year WHOI PIs (Principal Investigators) compete for Proof of Concept Research Funding in the WHOI Pitchathon- a competition similar in format to the popular television show “Shark Tank.” Each are given ten minutes to make their pitch followed by 10 minutes of Q&A from a panel of four judges. This year’s competition is slightly different – in that each of the 5 teams applying for funding was matched with a qualified volunteer Business Advisor, or team of Business Advisors, who helped with everything from market research support to the final review of presentations- all in order to support WHOI PIs in their work toward commercialization. Presentations are set to take place October 10th and although not open to the public, fellow applicants, as well as Business Advisors, have been invited to attend any/all presentations.
A review of this year’s pitches, as well as an announcement of the winners, will be posted here in late October.
Want to learn more about previous years’ winners? Click through some of the following links for more information:
More information on funded projects, as well the competition, can also be found in our annual reports and quarterly newsletters- see links to the right of the News & Events page. Be sure to Subscribe to News & Events for OTT updates.
This October- WHOI is celebrating Innovation Month with a series of events for WHOI staff & innovators. WHOI staff- be sure to check the weekly WHOI Headlines for updates on upcoming events.
WHOI Innovation Month Calendar:
October 3rd: 11am – DunkWorks Tours open to WHOI staff – No RSVP required
October 10th: 2-6pm – WHOI Pitchathon- Limited Seats Available/Invitation Only
October 17th: 11am – DunkWorks Tours open to WHOI staff – No RSVP required
October 19th: WHOI OTT Inventor’s Recognition Event- Invitation Only
October 30th: 12-1pm – Redfield 204 – SBIR Lunchtime Seminar- Open to all WHOI staff
Applying for and obtaining intellectual property rights is a serious endeavor- it’s ordinarily neither a short nor easy process. Currently, the average time to obtain a U.S. patent is 24.5 months (what the USPTO calls “total pendency”), however, the time can vary greatly. Among all of WHOI’s filed patents, three tie for shortest time to patent, each taking a mere 20 months.
1. “Mechanical tether system for a submersible vehicle” by Robert McCabe, Andrew Bowen, and Matthew Heintz
2. “Systems and methods for tethering underwater vehicles” by Andy Bowen, Louis Whitcomb, Dana Yoerger, and Robert McCabe
3. “Sensor system for environmental impact monitoring” by Paul Fucile, Glenn McDonald, Edward Hobart
Congrats to all of WHOI’s speedy inventors!
Fun Fact: In 2015, Patent # 8,947,977 “Fusing arrangements” finally issued, FORTY-ONE years after being filed in 1974! The patent is for a system of arming a warhead and preventing premature detonation. Because of how long ago it was filed, the patent still enjoys 17 years from grant date. It won’t expire until 2032!