Donation valued at $12 million: Hoechst Research & Technology donates cut resistant fiber patents to Clemson University

Hoechst Research & Technology (HRT) announced Monday (today) that it has donated patent and other intellectual property rights for its aramid cut resistant fiber technology to Clemson University's Center for Advanced Engineering Fibers and Films (CAEFF). The donation is valued at $12 million.

Hoechst developed the technology to increase the cut or slice resistance of a variety of manmade fibers and films. The patent and other rights donated to Clemson relate specifically to cut resistant applications with aramid polymers. (Aramids are polymers which can be formed into engineered fibers.) AlliedSignal Technologies, Inc., which is also a partner in the Clemson center, previously acquired Hoechst's patents and other rights relating to cut resistant applications for other, non-aramid polymers.

Potential uses for the technology include cut resistant gloves for use in industry; slash-resistant seating in airlines, buses and trains; and improved protective garments for use by law enforcement personnel and other industrial workers.

"We are grateful to Hoechst Research & Technology for this donation," said the center's director and Clemson University Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering Dan Edie. "They are providing the patent and other rights, including process equipment and computer modeling technology, that will help us estimate how the Hoechst technology improves the damage resistance in a fiber. This will allow us to verify the impact of the technology and explore new applications for additional industries."

"With the rights to these patents, Clemson will be able to conduct extensive research and development work," said Hoechst Cut Resistant Technology Manager E.O. Oakley Jr. "Hoechst reviewed a number of universities before we chose Clemson, based on their extensive work in advanced engineering fibers and films. We believe they will create new ways of using the cut resistant technology that will be most

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Clemson University

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