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The United States Patent and Trademark Office defines a patent as, “…a property right granted by the Government of the United States of America to an inventor to exclude others from making, using, offering for sale, or selling the invention throughout the United States…”. NIST’s priority on commercialization supports the President’s Management Agenda (PMA) which identifies, as a priority, the transition of federally funded innovations from the laboratory to the marketplace as well as increasing private sector investment in later-stage research and development.

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Take a moment now and explore NIST patented technologies and envision what could take your enterprise to the next level. Use “Patent Database” to search for patents issued starting fiscal year 2018 or see what technologies were patented in fiscal years 2018, 2019, and 2020 by accessing their individual links. View all of NIST patented technologies prior to FY20 by visiting the Federal Laboratory Consortium website.

Recent Patents

Photonic thermometer packages

Optical Temperature Sensor

Inventors

Zeeshan Ahmed, Steve Semancik, Jacob M. Taylor, Jingyun Fan, Mohammad Hafezi, Haitan Xu, Gregory Strouse

The photonic temperature sensor relies on ultra-sensitive, frequency-based measurements of the effect of heat on the dimensions and predominant thermo-optic properties of the photonic resonator.
Image of devices on a table with the text labels that read "Displacement sensor", "High temp lead wire", "Resistance sensor", and "Data acquisition".

Method of Thermal Expansion Compensation by Resistance Measurement

Inventors

Matthew S. Hoehler, Christopher Smith

Patent Description The invention is a method of estimating thermal expansion in a "wire" (a long thin flexible element that may be metallic or nonmetallic) by measuring changes in its electrical resistance. In some materials, the electrical resistance and thermal expansion are both almost linearly
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Optical Parametric Oscillator

Inventors

Keith R. Lykke, Steven W. Brown, John T. Woodward

Patent Description This invention is a light source that provides high-power (1W to 5W), narrow line-width (<1 nm), quasi-continuous wave (80 MHz) light that can be tuned in wavelength from 340 nm to 2300 nm. See figure below. The light source is fully automated, solid state, and fits on a
Image of an map view with the text "Natural gas extraction east of Platteville Colorado. DCS could monitor over 100 sites from central location. Overlapping fields could ensure complete coverage".

Hub and Spoke System for Detecting and Locating Gas Leaks

Inventors

Gregory B Rieker, Ian Coddington, Nathan R. Newbury, Kuldeep Prasad, Anna Karion

Patent Description The current practice for detecting methane leaks is still in its infancy. There are several environmental regulations that have driven the development of Forward-looking Infrared (FLIR) cameras, thermographic cameras that senses infrared radiation, for detection of Volatile
Image of diagrams for the Classic Mach - Zehnder interferometer, Microwae transmission line based vserion, and guided wave probe tip interacts with sample

Broadband Microwave Phase Shift Detector

Inventors

Kin P. Cheung, Jason T Ryan, Jason Campbell

Patent Description The new NIST detector senses very small phase shifts in a highly balanced microwave bridge. An electric field optimized microwave probe, in close proximity to a sample, serves to perturb the degree of bridge balance due to a change in effective dielectric constant of the sample
A photo of the noncntact dielectric and conductivity meter for high-throughput processing and a circuit diagram of the circuit used to track the resonant frequency and quality factor of the microwave resonator.

Noncontact Resonameter, Process for making and use of same

Inventors

Jan Obrzut, Nathan D. Orloff, Christian J. Long

Patent Description A noncontact resonameter includes: a resonator to: produce an excitation signal including a field; subject a sample to the excitation signal; produce a first resonator signal in a presence of the sample and the excitation signal, the first resonator signal including: a first
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Anti-Counterfeiting Article, Process for Making and Using Same

Inventors

Yaw S. Obeng, Joseph J. Kopanski, Jung-Joon Ahn

Patent Description This invention provides for a new and useful metrology to enable counterfeit detection system capable of uniquely marking items by encoding information in their physical structure at the nanoscale. The system depends on rapidly encoding information in the physical structure of an