Top inventors and creative geniuses across the state of Utah received well-deserved recognition at the Utah Genius 2010 awards luncheon at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City. Northern Utah — by way of Utah State University, Logan and Cache County — was well represented at the Utah Genius 2010 awards. USU appeared on the list as one of the top 20 companies in the state by the number of issued patents (12), which tied it for 11th place. Additionally, Logan placed in the top five cities in the state for number of patents issued (53) and Cache Valley towns Paradise, Hyde Park and Millville placed in the top five cities for number of issued patents per capita. “We are extremely pleased that Utah State University and Cache Valley were recognized by the Utah Genius committee,” said Ned M. Weinshenker, vice president of strategic ventures and economic development at USU. “The the outstanding research and intellectual property developed at our university and the increasing efforts of the USU Technology Commercialization Office have allowed us to join in the upper rankings with other majorUtah companies and universities. Placing 11th is a significant achievement for Utah State University.” Building on the success of the premiere event last year, the 2010 awards ceremony included additional award categories, as well as an Inventor’s Showcase where patented inventions were displayed, allowing attendees to see the level of innovation in the state of Utah. Opening remarks were provided by Lt. Gov. Greg Bell and the keynote speaker was Doug Fabrizio of KUER. “Utah Genius was established to celebrate creative genius in Utah,” said Randall B. Bateman, founder of Bateman IP Law Group. “Rather than relying on subjective votes and popularity contests, Utah Genius is an awards program that recognizes concrete achievement based on objective data from the United States Patent and Trademark Office.” In addition to recognizing the top 20 companies and top five cities with patents issued, Utah Genius also recognized Utah’s lifetime achievers, top 20 trademark registrants and top 20 inventors, including Wade Fallin, CEO of VentureMD, which is located on the USU Innovation Campus. “I applaud the Bateman IP Group and the other sponsors of the Utah Genius awards for recognizing key contributors to Utah’s creative economy and fostering an increasing interest in innovation locally,” said Fallin, who shared the honor with Marlowe Goble, Daniel Justin and Daniel Triplett — each associated with IMDS, formerly MedicineLodge, which is also headquartered in Logan. Sponsors included Bateman IP Law Group, Utah CEO, GoEngineer, KUER, the Salt Lake Chamber, Enterprise, Daily Herald, SNG PR and the Utah Valley Entrepreneurial Forum. The Utah Genius event was presented by Bateman IP Law Group and Utah CEO. More information about Strategic Ventures and Economic Development at Utah State University is on the website (http://economicdevelopment.usu.edu). Technology Commercialization Office news and patent information can be found online (http://tco.usu.edu) or by following on Twitter (http://twitter.com/USU_TechCom) for the most up-to-date news.
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