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IP and Technology Licensing

Bill Bond

If you’re looking for help developing or refining technology for your company, or you’re interested in licensing technology already in development at RIT, the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office is the place to start. We work closely with corporate partners of all sizes and from all industries to develop a mutually beneficial agreement for intellectual property ownership and licensing. We also welcome companies interested in investing in RIT technology teams looking to launch start-up companies around their innovative work.

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No one knows imaging like RIT

RIT-based inventions and innovations in imaging science and remote sensing have made their way into countless products around the world. With one of the only Ph.D. programs in imaging science, RIT researchers continue to forge new paths in applying these unique technologies to global challenges such as sustainable city planning, effective agriculture, and environmental degradation.

In addition, RIT’s long-standing leadership in imaging and color science has had an immeasurable impact on industries including computer hardware design, gaming and new media, machine learning, smartphone design, and entertainment industry technology.

Just one example of technology that has been attractive to our company partners is the inventions of Dr. Roy Berns. Dr. Berns is a world-recognized leader in accurate color imaging for remote sensing, camera systems and printing applications. His expertise includes spectral imaging, digital archiving, and reproduction; art conservation science; spectral-based color reproduction; and multi-ink printing.

Dr. Berns developed a system and method for multi-spectral image capture of a first scene. His system includes acquiring a first series of images of the first scene with one or more image acquisition systems and filtering each of the first series of images of the scene with a different non-interference filter, illuminating each image of the first series of images with a different illuminant, or acquiring each of the images of the first series of images with a different image acquisition system. Each of the image acquisition systems has at least one color channel, each of the non-interference filters has a different spectral transmittance, and each of the illuminants has a different spectral power distribution.

This patented system is currently licensed to large and small companies such as Sinar Photography AG, a Swiss manufacturer of cameras and lenses, and FluxData, a Rochester-based company that develops and manufactures multispectral and polarimetric imaging systems for aerospace, defense, industrial, medical and scientific markets.

A Better Vision for Eyetracking

Positive Science was founded at RIT in 2006 and is currently a member of RIT’s business incubator, Venture Creations. The company was started as a result of their founder’s passion to develop an eye-tracking system for Mac OS, and now provides eyetracking services, hardware, and software to companies and research institutions around the globe.

Until now most eye-tracking companies focused their energies on developing products in the lab—treating fieldwork as an afterthought. Positive Science has a different point of view – that participation in fieldwork is critical to developing better systems. Since their start, Positive Science has worked with some of the country's foremost researchers, including New York University, University of Rochester, University of Dundee, U.C. Davis, Duke University, and the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. The company’s products have allowed researchers to approach some of the most challenging eye-tracking situations.