Director’s Corner

Clemson honors its top inventors
and patent recipients

Inventors, entrepreneurs and industry representatives gathered December 3rd for a reception honoring Clemson University’s top inventors and 2012 patent recipients.  Hosted by the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) and the Clemson Inventors’ Club, the event recognized researchers whose inventive contributions led to 15 U.S. patents issuing in calendar year 2012, adding to the current Clemson patent catalog of 168 active U.S. patents (see U.S. Patents Issued 2012 page for more information).

Formed in November 2012, the Clemson Inventors’ Club recognizes Clemson’s most active inventors and faculty entrepreneurs and provides opportunities for these innovators to connect and share ideas with each other as well as with others in the intellectual property and commercialization sectors.

Discussion topics include entrepreneurship, invention and intellectual property, sponsored research, and small business research funding opportunities. In addition, the Club provides networking opportunities, to further the culture of innovation that already exists at Clemson.

In addition to the patent recognition awards ceremony, the event featured a presentation by Dr. Tony Boccanfuso, National Academies’ University-Industry Demonstration Partnership Executive Director, entitled “A Perspective on the University/Industry Collaborative Research Model”.

The Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF) is a non-profit corporation that facilitates the transfer of Clemson University’s intellectual property to the private sector for commercial development and societal benefit.  To learn more about CURF services and to view current technologies available for license, visit