The Iowa State University Research Foundation (ISURF) announced that it has been awarded twenty issued patents through the first six months of Fiscal Year 2018.  This total exceeds the number of patents granted to ISURF for all of Fiscal Year 2016, and puts ISURF on pace for one of its best-ever years in terms of issued patents.

The issued patents represent research from across nearly the entire university, protecting inventions as diverse as devices for analyzing plant and harvest yields, producing powdered metals for 3D-printing, and sensors for enhancing the safety of passenger and commercial vehicles.  Researchers from the Ames Laboratory and ten different departments from three colleges contributed to these technologies, with the College of Agriculture and Life Science contributing to ten of the patents.  Five of the issued patents have already been licensed to private-sector partners and are progressing towards commercialization.

Established in 1938, the ISU Research Foundation owns, manages and licenses intellectual property created through the research activities of Iowa State University employees.  More information about ISURF, these recently issued patents, and other technologies available for licensing is available at