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Invented Here! Program - 2016 

Highlighting New England’s Innovators


The 2016 Invented Here! Event

By: Wendy Demoracski - Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the BPLA’s Invented Here! program celebrated Massachusetts Inventors Day by holding its sixth annual Invented Here! event at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge.  The event gathered New England leaders in intellectual property, science, and technology to honor New England’s innovators, their innovations, and the stories behind their innovations.


The Invented Here! program commences each year with New England companies, universities, research institutions, and law firms submitting nominations for inventions patented in the past five years.  The Invented Here! Selection Committee then undertakes the challenging process of narrowing the nominations down to the featured honorees.  This year, the Selection Committee narrowed nineteen honorees down to five featured honorees.  The honorees represent many of the diverse fields of science and technology that comprise New England’s innovation community.  The inventions of the honorees provide both unique contributions to the honorees’ fields of endeavor and value to society at large.  Congratulations to the honorees whose patents, along with lists of inventors, assignees, and nominators, are listed below.  The five featured honoree patents are highlighted, with the * denoting the honoree inventor accepting recognition during the evening of the program.








Method and Apparatus for Customizing Lesson Plans

Renee Carolyn Mansfield;
Laura Larsen Dudley;
Karen Theresa DeGregory;
Katherine Elizabeth Foster

The New England Center for Children, Inc.

Charles J. Andres


Power Cell and Power Chip Architecture

Stephen Marsh

Encite, LLC

Mark B. Solomon


Photothermal Treatment of Soft Tissues

Kathleen McMillan*;

Anurag Gupta;

James Patrick McGuire, Jr.

gRadiant Research, LLC

Timothy J. Meagher;
Rob D. Pyatt


Portable Cleaning Article and the Forming Method Thereof

Yun-Chun Lo


Huntern Shu


Integrated Energy Generating Damper

Clive Tucker*;
Ross Wendell;
Zackary M. Anderson;
Evan Moen;
Johannes Schneider;
Zachary J. Jackowski;
Sean Morton

Levant Power Corporation

Neil P. Ferraro


Ceramic Wavelength-Conversion Plates and Light Sources Including the Same

Nathan Zink*;
Madis Raukas;
Matthew A. Stough;
Yi Zheng;
Alan Lenef

Osram Sylvania Inc.

Shaun Montana


Self-Energized Wireless Sensor and Method Using Magnetic Field Communications

Robert Gao;
Sripati Sah

University of Connecticut

Joshua S. Matloff


Blind Hashing

Jeremy Spilman

TapLink, Inc.

Jeremy Spilman


System and Methods for Belt Conveyor Weighing based on Virtual Weigh Span

Frank Hyer;
Richard J. Tolles

Hyer Industries, Inc.

Heidi R. Pickreign


Electrospray Interface to a Microfluidic Substrate

David P. Prentice;
Russell l. Keene;
Stanislaw Koziol;
Joseph D. Michienzi;
Paul E. Linderson

Waters Technologies Corporation

Christopher Stow


Powerline Communication Control of Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lighting Fixtures

Gregory Campbell

Lumenopulse Lighting Inc.

Joseph M. Maraia


High Frequency Uniform Droplet Maker and Method

Eric H. Jordan;
Makhlouf Redjdal;
Kamal Hadidi

Amastan Technologies;
University of Connecticut

Deborah M. Vernon
Heath T. Misley


Complex-Valued Phase-Based Eulerian Motion Modulation

Neal Wadhwa

Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Quanta Computer, Inc.

Mary Lou Wakimura


Soft Exosuit for Assistance with Human Motion

Conor J. Walsh;
Alan Thomas Asbeck;
Ignacio Galiana Bujanda;
Ye Ding*;
Robert Joseph Dyer;
Arnar Freyr Larusson;
Brendan Thomas Quinlivan;
Kai Schmidt;
Diana Wagner;
Michael Wehner

President and Fellows of Harvard College

David J. Dykeman


Chromatography Matrices Including Novel Staphylococcus Aureus Protein A Based Ligands

Shari Spector;
Robert Smith;
Joe Orlando;
Nanying Bian

EMD Millipore Corporation

Karen Tiano


Roaming Mobile Sensor Platform Collecting Geo-Refined Sensor Data and Creating Thematic Maps

Ralf Birken;
Ming-Liang Wang;
Carey M. Rappaport;
Sara Wadia-Fascetti;
J. Gregory McDaniel

Northeastern University

Brice Tennant


Wearable Robot Assisting Manual Tasks

Haruhiko Harry Asada;
Baldin Adolfo Llorens-Bonilla

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Benjamin J. Sparrow


Brown Adipocyte Progenitors in Human Skeletal Muscle

Olivier D. Boss*;
Jean-Paul Giacobino

Energesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Fang Xie

GB 2,498,163

High-Throughput Immune Sequencing

George Church;
Francois Vigneault;
Uri Laserson;
Ido Bachelet

President and Fellows of Harvard College

Charles J. Andres

The evening’s celebration began with a cocktail reception, where the honorees and representatives of the honorees, in the presence of poster board displays of the honored patents, discussed the inventions with the attendees.  The cocktail reception was followed by a recognition ceremony.  During the ceremony, BPLA President Erik Belt, McCarter & English, LLP, welcomed the honorees, representatives of the honorees, and other attendees to the event, and Planning Committee co-chair Mark Solomon presented remarks on the Invented Here! program.  Selection Committee chair Dipti Ramnarain, Holland & Knight LLP, then explained the selection process, which narrowed the nominees to that evening’s top five honorees.  Dipti explained that this year’s judging encountered particular difficulty in selecting from all the highly qualified nominees, which resulted in five featured honorees, rather than the three featured honorees in prior years.  The 2016 Selection Committee consisted of members of New England colleges, universities, and law firms including:


Committee Member


Dipti Ramnarain (Committee Chair)

Holland & Knight LLP

Michael T. Abramson

Holland & Knight LLP

Kevin J. Canning

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Jessica Chao

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Yasmin Ghassab

Holland & Knight LLP

James G. Goodberlet

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Hwi Harold Lee

Holland & Knight LLP

Aishwarya Limaye

Boston College Law School

Allison M. Lucier

Holland & Knight LLP

Rebecca Menapace

Brandeis University

Robert N. Sahr

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Stephanie L. Schonewald

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Mary Rose Scozzafava

Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP

Elizabeth Simonik

Holland & Knight LLP

Jill Gorny Sloper

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Tracy L. Vrablik

Choate Hall & Stewart LLP

Robin A. Weatherhead

Wolf, Greenfield & Sacks, P.C.

Dipti proceeded to announce the honorees of the evening.  In announcing the honorees, Dipti provided a description of the patented invention of each honoree, as the honoree or representative was presented an award certificate of recognition, and acknowledged those honorees selected as the featured honorees of the evening.  Following the ceremony, the featured honorees were asked to participate in a question-and-answer panel moderated by BPLA President Erik Belt and Deirdre Sanders, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds.  During the panel, the moderators posed questions to the honorees to learn the stories behind their inventions.  The posed questions answered by the featured honorees involved how they became inventors, their motivation behind their inventions, challenges that they overcame to achieve their inventions, and the “ah-ha” moment of their inventions.  The honorees were then posed questions by the audience, including their reflections on the patent examination process, funding of their inventions, and their interests apart from their fields of endeavor.

The BPLA’s Invented Here! Planning Committee is co-chaired by Mark Solomon, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds; Rory Pheiffer, Nutter; Aaron Connor, Eli Lilly and Company; and Reza Sadr, Pierce Atwood LLP.


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