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Our current patent portfolio consists of more than 1,000 diverse patents comprised of valuable technologies ranging from neutron detectors to wheat varieties to nanomaterials. The patents within our portfolio are owned by the Kansas State University Research Foundation, Wichita State University, MRIGlobal and other clients.

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Wichita State/K-State partnership nets royalty-bearing license

An invention by Dwight Burford, director of the Advanced Joining and Processing Laboratory at Wichita State University's National Institute for Aviation Research, has resulted in the first royalty-bearing license for WSU.

An exclusive worldwide license was signed with Manufacturing Technology Inc. (MTI) for a device called the end effector in which royalties are received by WSU based on the technology's success in the marketplace.

"This is the first time that we have commercially licensed a technology in WSU's patent portfolio," said David McDonald, associate provost for research at Wichita State. "Half of the net revenue from the license directly benefits the researcher. The other half is used by the university to provide grants to help other researchers with their projects."

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