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National Academy of Inventors inaugural conference highlights innovative technologies
Date:1/8/2013

TAMPA, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2013)The current special issue of "Technology and Innovation-Proceedings of the National Academy of Inventors" is devoted to presentations from the Inaugural Conference of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI), which was hosted by the University of South Florida, Feb. 16-17, 2012.

"This conference brought together inventors, researchers and leaders from universities, nonprofit research institutions, national laboratories and government institutions to discuss issues pertaining the technological development and commercialization," said Paul R. Sanberg, senior vice president for research and innovation at the University of South Florida and president of the NAI.

The goal of the conference, said Sanberg, was to encourage and recognize the value of academic invention and entreprenuership. Presenters spoke on a wide range of topics, including global patent harmonization; job creation through innovation; innovative technologies for surgery; potential therapies for Alzheimer's disease; and legal and intellectual requirements in innovating and inventing, among other topics.

In the conference's first keynote address, David Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), discussed the mission and changes enacted by the USPTO since his appointment by President Obama in 2009. Thomas J. Fogarty, who was inducted as the first Charter Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, was the second conference keynote speaker. Fogarty invented the cardiac balloon catheter. His keynote presentation focused on overcoming institutional barriers to innovation.

The conference featured oral and poster presentations by representatives from National Academy of Inventors Charter Member Institutions. This special iss
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Contact: Judy Lowry
jhlowry@usf.edu
813-974-3181
University of South Florida (USF Innovation)
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