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The amount of money the university received from patent licenses, as well as the number of patents issued to USC, increased substantially from the 2009 to the 2010 fiscal year.Licensing revenue nearly tripled from 2009 to 2010 from around $4.5 million to $12.3 million, while the number of United States patents issued to the university increased from 43 to 58.The USC Stevens Institute for Innovation, which is in charge of managing the university’s intellectual property, attributes the increase in patents and patent revenue to a growing focus on specialization.The Stevens Institute for Innovation has encouraged faculty members to focus their knowledge on particular fields of study, according to Ian Murphy, director of communications for the institute.“Within the past year, we’ve dedicated industry teams, like a life sciences team, in which people who work under that licensing area have a deep background and have commercialized companies and products in that particular field,” Murphy said. “These people are uniquely qualified to work in that certain field because they have the interest and expertise to work on a project for long amounts of time.”Direct methanol fuel cells, which were invented by a USC Loker Hydrocarbon Research Institute team and have the capability to generate clean and efficient energy from methanol, are an example of a patent the university added within the last year. The technology has since been licensed out to other institutions, such as SFC Energy Inc., a German manufacturer of methanol fuel cells for automobiles.“Direct methanol fuel technology had been in the works [at USC] for several years and the technology has incredible applications for something like recreational vehicles, because it’s very clean and off the grid,” Murphy said. “The fuel cells would allow you to park your vehicle, and then use these battery-style direct methanol fuel cells to power your kitchen and lights and other thing without hurting the environment.”The Stevens Institute for Innovation also offers services and advice for students wishing to patent their ideas or innovations, Murphy said.“Students wishing to patent their ideas can go to the legal office hours of a patent attorney on campus, which would allow them to consult with an attorney and decide the best way to pursue a particular idea,” Murphy said.The Stevens Institute for Innovation also holds the annual USC Student Innovator Showcase and Competition, where student innovators pitch ideas for new innovations in several different disciplines, such as cinematic arts, information technology and life sciences. The event is designed to encourage student innovation and entrepreneurship.Judges for the showcase award cash prizes to the most innovative and most business-savvy ideas.Sonic Edge, an device that implements ultrasound smart-sensors with disposable surgical tools such as needles, was named most innovative at the 2011 Student Innovator Showcase, held Oct. 28.
Sellas Tetteh has named his squad ahead of Ghana’s international friendly against Qatar next month. The 18-man Black Satellites squad, who are in camp in Accra will travel on October 3 for the game against the hosts U20s on October 7.Ghana, who have qualified for the 2015 Africa Youth Championship in Senegal and will use the game in Qatar as part of their build-up for the continental championship.Ghana squad1. Mutawakilu Seidu – Kotoko 2. Sai Micheal – Berekum Chelsea 3. Owusu Bempah – Hearts of Oak4. Christopher Bonney – Kotoko 5. Asmah Patrick – B. A. Utd.6. Latif Abubarkar – Liberty7. Joseph Adjei – Wa All Stars 8. Stephen Anokye – B. A. Utd.9. Kofi Yeboah – Wa All Stars 10. Emmanuel Asante – Kotoko 11. Ben Tetteh – Bechem12. Attobrah Asiedu – Edubiase 13. Kumi Eric – Hearts of Oak14. Prosper Kassim – Inter Allies 15. Noah Martey – Bechem 16. Sulley Mohammed – King Faisal 17. Samuel Afful – Hasacass 18. Samuel Tetteh – Feyenoord
WASHINGTON — Days after House Republicans unveiled a roadmap for an overhaul of the nation’s broken immigration system, one of its backers said legislation is unlikely to pass during this election year.Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said distrust of President Barack Obama runs so deep in the Republican caucus that he’s skeptical the GOP-led House would pass any immigration measure. He said a plan that puts security first could only pass if lawmakers believe the administration would enforce it — an unlikely prospect given Republicans’ deep opposition to Obama.“This isn’t a trust-but-verify, this is a verify-then-trust approach,” Ryan said.Last week, House Republicans announced their broad concerns for any immigration overhaul but emphasized they would tackle the challenge bill-by-bill. Immigration legislation is a dicey political question for the GOP. The party’s conservative base opposes any measure that would create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants living here illegally, but many in the party worry that failing to act could drive many voters to Democratic candidates. In 2012, Obama won re-election with the backing of 71 percent of Hispanic voters and 73 percent of Asian voters. The issue is important to both blocs.Republicans have preemptively been trying to blame the White House for immigration legislation’s failure, even before a House bill comes together. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “there’s a lot of distrust of this administration in implanting the law.” And Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., last week warned that distrust of Obama would trump the desire to find a solution for the estimated 11 million people living in the United States illegally.“We just don’t think government will enforce the law anyway,” Rubio said, recounting conversations he’s had with fellow Republicans.House Republicans are pushing a piecemeal approach to immigration that puts a priority on security before considering a pathway for those here illegally to earn citizenship. That strategy runs counter to a comprehensive bill, passed through the Senate seven months ago with bipartisan support, that includes a long and difficult pathway to citizenship.