LSU AgCenter Lauds 8 New Patent Recipients

8/25/2005 2:10:51 AM

News Release Distributed 08/24/05

BATON ROUGE – Eight LSU AgCenter inventors who received patents during the past year were inducted into the LSU AgCenter’s Patent and PVP Club during a recognition reception at the Lod Cook Conference Center here Wednesday (Aug. 24).

The eight – Dr. Steve Linscombe, Dr. Arthur Villordon, Dr. James Cannon, Dr. Abner Hammond, Dr. Rick Story, Dr. Don LaBonte, Dr. Christopher Clark and Dr. Paul Wilson – were among 17 LSU AgCenter scientists who received patents for three inventions or plant variety protection (PVP) certificates for 12 new plant varieties in the past year.

The other nine LSU AgCenter scientists who received patents or PVP certificates during 2004 already are Patent and PVP Club members because of earlier inventions – or they were graduate students who are no longer with the LSU AgCenter.

This year’s reception was the fourth annual event honoring researchers who received new patents or certificates under the federal Plant Variety Protection Act, which provides developers with patent-like rights.

The 2005 inductions bring to 44 the total number of LSU AgCenter researchers in the club.

"This shows how talented our scientists are," said LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson. "These inventions and discoveries lead to technology transfer, licensing and marketing of new products, which ultimately contribute to the economic growth and development of our state."

The patents were for specific processes and discoveries concerning contraception for and sterilization of mammals; a multi-component, safe biocidal complex; and a blood return catheter. The PVP certificates were for new varieties of rice, oats, cotton and sweet potatoes.

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Writer: Rick Bogren at (225) 578-5839 or rbogren@agcenter.lsu.edu

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