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DuPont gives agricultural pesticide patent rights to Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. It's a gift of potential, which could turn out to be one of the largest gifts in Purdue's history.

DuPont has donated more than 30 U.S. and foreign patents for two agricultural pesticides to the Purdue Research Foundation, said Thomas Woods, the company's director of intellectual assets management.

The announcement was made today (Monday, 9/10) as part of Discover Purdue Week, which concludes Saturday (9/15) with the Purdue-Notre Dame football game. Discover Purdue Week, in turn, kicks off a yearlong campaign to help Hoosiers "Discover Purdue."

Gary Bennett, professor of entomology and director of Purdue's Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management, and entomology research associate Abdul Ameen, will investigate these compounds to determine if they are effective against pests such as ticks, fleas, ants, cockroaches, mosquitoes, or other household or garden pests.

"Although these pesticides were developed for agricultural pests, because of the way they function, they show great promise to control more familiar household pests," Bennett said. "I'm confident that we will discover new uses for this technology."

Purdue President Martin C. Jischke added: "The Purdue Center for Urban and Industrial Pest Management is a national leader in the ability to screen promising pesticides for new markets. Dr. Bennett excels in this type of research.

"In addition, Purdue was chosen for its business capabilities, as well as its technical expertise. We have expertise in intellectual property management, and we have the capability to deliver on protection and licensing of the products."

The full value for the patent portfolios cannot yet be accurately assessed because future uses of the products have yet to be determined. However, Bennett said DuPont has made significant investments in these two products during their initial development, in tests of their safety and effectiveness, and in preparing the U.
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Contact: Steve Tally
tally@aes.purdue.edu
765-494-9809
Purdue University
10-Sep-2001


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