Dupont donates patents to UCSD

San DiegoDuPont (NYSE:DD) is donating key intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, and technical information to the University of California, San Diego. The universitys engineering faculty will continue to develop the intellectual property for applications ranging from flat-panel displays to pollution abatement.

The donation includes 11 patents granted or filed pertaining to the trademarked Tacky Dot technology. DuPont scientists developed Tacky Dot as a way to rapidly and precisely mount particles on surfaces. So-called tacky, or adhesive, dots, comprised of photopolymer materials, are created in precise patterns, so the mounting process can be as simple as dusting the sample onto the surface saving valuable time and materials.

The technology has many potential applications, but specific examples include: use in the electronics industry (for the manufacture of information display screens, and the process by which solder is applied to silicon wafers), and use in the environmental industry (in the preparation and use of photocatalytic surfaces that are light-activated to purify air or water).

Since the applications fall outside of the companys core product strategy, DuPont agreed to donate all Tacky Dot rights to UCSD. With this new opportunity, UCSD plans to:

  • actively develop the technology for two applications (displays and photocatalysis);
  • make a good-faith effort to license parts of the technology to third parties; and
  • continue to prosecute the five patent applications already filed, and four others under consideration for filing.

The patents that DuPont is donating have tremendous potential for a wide range of commercial applications, said Robert Conn, dean of UCSDs Irwin and Joan Jacobs School of Engineering. Given our schools track record for basic research and working with industry to get the most out of technology transfer to the private sector, we believe that subsequ

Contact: Doug Ramsey
University of California - San Diego

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