Academic Members Nominated

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Source: Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association

RIPLA Presents the 2017 Inventor of the Year Awards

The Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association will honor leaders in creativity at its annual Inventor of the Year event on June 13 at Monroe Golf Club. Since 1976, RIPLA has recognized as "Distinguished Inventor of the Year" an individual or team of individuals from upstate New York for their innovative technologies. The RIPLA Distinguished Inventor of the Year award winners represent a wide cross-section of fields of endeavor—from academia and independent entrepreneurial efforts to Fortune 500 corporate research and development organizations. Tom Battley, Executive Director of New York Photonics, will deliver this year’s keynote address. Tickets to this event can be purchased at

This year’s nominees:

Roy S. Berns | Richard S. Hunter Professor in Color Science, Appearance, and Technology, Program of Color Science, Rochester Institute of Technology

Charles J. Breidenstein | Vice President Technology, REDCOM

Prof. Rudi Fasan | Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Rochester

Eliud Robles Flores and David J. Gervasi, Ph.D. | Engineering Integration Manager & IP Champion/Patent Agent, respectively, Xerox Corporation

Randy Fredlund | Chief Technology Officer, Vivid-Pix

Michael Kurdziel Ph.D., PE, PMP | Senior Engineering Manager, Core Networking and Network Security, Harris Corporation

Surya Moganty, Ph.D. | Chief Technology Officer, NOHMs

Dr. Mridula Nair | Advanced Materials & 3D Printing Technology Division, Eastman Kodak Company

Gustavo R. Paz-Pujalt, Ph.D. | Idealurgy

Professor Bruce W. Smith, Ph.D. | Director and Professor, Microsystems Engineering, Kate Gleason College of Engineering, Rochester Institute of Tec­­hnology

Scott and Zack Vader | Co-Founders of Vader Systems

Victor Wong Ph.D. | Research and Innovation Laboratories, Carestream Health, Inc.

Terry Wright | Founder, Chief Technology Officer, ClearCove



The Rochester Intellectual Property Law Association (RIPLA) is an organization composed mainly of attorneys actively engaged in the practice of patent, trademark, or copyright law, as well as associate members who devote substantial time to intellectual property law matters. Most of our members are from the greater Rochester area or have a former affiliation with Rochester. Our membership includes private practitioners and practitioners employed by local corporations. RIPLA’s primary objectives include the promotion of science, industry, and the useful arts by promoting proper administration of the patent, trademark, and copyright laws; to originate, discuss, and aid improvements in such laws; and to cultivate social opportunities among its members and with other intellectual property law associations.

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