U.Va. Patent Foundation Seeks Nominations for Inventor of the Year

February 7, 2008 — The University of Virginia Patent Foundation is now seeking nominations for the 2008 Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year.

Named for U.Va. Professor Emeritus Richard F. Edlich, M.D., and Christopher J. Henderson, the award recognizes an inventor or team of inventors each year whose technology has proven to be of notable value to society. Award winners receive a $10,000 cash prize and formal recognition at the Patent Foundation’s annual awards banquet, to be held May 19, 2008, at the Boar’s Head Inn in Charlottesville.

Eligible nominees: (1) are current University of Virginia faculty, staff or students; (2) currently have an issued and non-expired U.S. patent OR copyright on their technology; and (3) have invented a technology that is, in the opinion of the nominator, of high value to society.

To make a nomination, simply send an e-mail or letter of support identifying the nominee(s) and addressing the above criteria to the U.Va. Patent Foundation by April 1, 2008. Nominations should be sent via e-mail (preferred) to patents@virginia.edu or by mail to:

University of Virginia Patent Foundation
P.O. Box 800755 | 250 W. Main St., Ste. 300
Charlottesville, VA 22902

With questions, please e-mail patents@virginia.edu or call 434.924.2175.

Past winners of the Edlich-Henderson Inventor of the Year Award include:
2007    Wladek Minor
2006    George Gillies
2005    Benjamin Gaston and John Hunt
2004    Haydn Wadley
2003    William A. Petri Jr. and Barbara Mann
2002    Joel Linden
2001    Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf
2000    Ron Taylor
1999    John Herr
1997    Richard Guerrant and Timothy Macdonald
1996    Jessica Brand, Patrice Guyenet, Richard Pearson and Janine Jagger
1995    Donald Hunt, Jeffrey Shabanowitz and George Stafford
1994    Gerald Mandell and Gail Sullivan
1993    Joseph Larner
1992    Robert Berne, Luiz Belardinelli and Rafael Rubio

About the University of Virginia Patent Foundation

The University of Virginia Patent Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that serves to bring U.Va. technologies to the global marketplace by evaluating, protecting and licensing intellectual property generated in the course of research at U.Va. The Patent Foundation reviews and evaluates over 175 inventions per year and has generated nearly $85 million in licensing revenue since its formation in 1978. For more: www.uvapf.org.