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Honoring 25 Years of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners: 2001 Winner Raymond Kurzweil

We’ll skip ahead a few years to 2001 in our short list of notable Lemelson-MIT Prize winners, as we focus on the winner from 2001: Raymond Kurzweil.

Honoring 25 Years of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners: 1997 Winner Douglas Engelbart

As we continue our series honoring 25 years of Lemelson-MIT Prize winners, we turn next to the winner in 1997: Douglas Engelbart. There is not a single computer user on Earth who hasn’t benefitted from Engelbart’s contribution to technology. Perhaps you’ve heard of it—the computer mouse.

Honoring 25 Years of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners: 1996 Winners Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer

As we focus on past Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners, we turn next to the winners of 1996, who opened the door to genetic engineering. Stanley Cohen and Herbert Boyer laid the foundations for gene therapy and the biotechnology and received the top prize of $500,000 for their innovations.

Honoring 25 Years of Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners: 1995 Winner Wiliam Bolander


Celebrating National Inventors’ Day and the Lemelson-MIT Prize


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COVID-19: The Mother of Invention?

Necessity is the mother of invention, and during these trying times, necessity’s name is COVID-19. The pandemic caught most of the world by surprise, spreading and mutating before scientists could grasp the full potential of the disease and its effects. Those effects, as we’ve discovered, aren’t just physical illness and possible death, but also economic devastation.

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Meet the Winner of the 2019 Lemelson-MIT Prize: Cody Friesen

The 2019 Lemelson-MIT prize—sometimes referred to as the “Oscar for Innovation”—has been awarded to Cody Friesen. Friesen current serves as Fulton Engineering Professor of Innovation and Associate Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, School for Engineering of Matter, Transport and Energy, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University. He also serves as a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

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Meet the Winner of the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Prize: Feng Zhang

The Lemelson-MIT committee has announced the 2017 winner of the Lemelson-MIT prize, Feng Zhang. Zhang is an Investigator at the McGovern Institute for Brain Research at MIT, an Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and a core member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. He received his AB in chemistry and physics and his PhD in chemistry from Stanford University.

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IPVision Founder and MIT Lecturer to Address Lemelson-MIT Prize Winners

On Thursday, June 12, IPVision co-founder and president Joseph Hadzima will address the 2017 Lemelson-MIT Student Prize winners for innovation. The winners were announced in April of this year and include some of the brightest minds in various fields of study and invention.

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Ramesh Raskar is the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize Winner

The Lemelson-MIT Awards Committee announced that the 2016 Winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize is Ramesh Raskar, Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab.

According to The Lemelson-MIT Program the Prize "recognizes individuals who translate their ideas into inventions and innovations that improve the world in which we live....Dubbed the "Oscar for Inventors," the Lemelson-MIT Prize is awarded to outstanding mid-career inventors who have developed a patented product or process of significant value to society, which has been adopted for practical use, or has a high probability of being adopted.

Dr. Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab's Camera Culture research group.  His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging, and human-computer interaction.  MIT Media Lab’s Camera Culture Group focuses on making the invisible visible–inside our bodies, around us, and beyond–for health, work, and connection.  The goal is to create an entirely new class of imaging platforms that have an understanding of the world that far exceeds human ability and produce meaningful abstractions that are well within human comprehensibility.  The group conducts multi-disciplinary research in modern optics, sensors, illumination, actuators, probes and software processing.  This work ranges from creating novel feature-revealing computational cameras and new lightweight medical imaging mechanisms, to facilitating positive social impact via the next billion personalized cameras.  See: MIT Technology Review for articles and stories about his work.

Patent Portfolio Interconnection Map of Raskar Patents

As of August 2016 Professor Raskar was listed as an inventor on 71 issued U.S. patents and 26 published pending U.S. patent applications.

This IPVision Patent Portfolio Interconnection Map shows the U.S. patents and applications of Ramesh Raskar and the citation relationships within the portfolio.  Note: Click on the Patent Map Image to View an Interactive Patent Map

The Raskar patents have been cited by 805 other U.S. patents owned by companies such as Microsoft (82 patents), Adobe Systems (53 patents), Seiko Epson (46 patents), Fotonation (38 patents) and Canon (26 patents) among a total of 225 organizations holding patents that cite one or more of Dr. Raskar's U.S. patent properties.

IPVision Report Provided to Lemelson-MIT Prize Committee

IPVision provided the Lemelson-MIT Prize Committee with patent analysis reports on each of the semi-finalist and finalist nominees for the 2016 Lemelson-MIT Prize.   Obtain a free copy of the IPVision Patent Analysis Report on Ramesh Raskar.