A Winning Way to Deal With Waste

Engineers at Cal Tech, including Asghar Aryanfar, have–at the urging of the Gates Foundation–created a new toilet for the developing world that will help stop disease and also generate power, even in the most remote locations.
PhD Student and Research Assistant Asghar Aryanfar is the first prize recepient of the ‘Reinvent the toilet’ challenge, a universal competition initiated by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He did the design and flow analysis for the unit.
         A solar-powered toilet that turns urine and feces into hydrogen and electricity has won a $100,000 first prize in the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The prize was announced at the foundation’s “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” in Seattle, Washington, which showcased dozens of projects that aim to create an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to the flush toilet.
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Iranian doctor greatest world woman inventor in 2013

An Iranian doctor from Mashhad Medical Science University received the award of the greatest world woman inventor in Geneva International Festival for Inventions in year 2013.

Dr. Zahra Alizadeh Thani, who is a specialist in radiology of heart and coroners, also received gold medal and special award of 41st Geneva Festival in addition to her award as the world inventor.
Dr. Alizadeh Thani has invented a device to determine level of tightness of heart coroners.
The device also makes it possible to determine if the patient needs angioplasty.
Angioplasty is a procedure to restore blood flow through the artery.

Click here for the 41st International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva prize list (2013)

Ukraine ‘worst abuser of intellectual property rights’

US authorities have named Ukraine as the country with the worst record on protecting intellectual property. A report by the US Trade Representative says Kiev had failed to fight internet piracy and the use of illegal software. Such software was even being used by government agencies, it adds. Ukraine has been warned it could lose trade benefits if it fails to act. The report also raises grave concerns about the alleged misappropriation of trade secrets in China.

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Inventor Hossein Yassaie knighted for services to technology and innovation by the Queen of England.

IP Society of Iranian-Americans (IPSIA) at the USPTO is proud to announce that Iranian-British Chief Executive Officer, Hossein Yassaie, who also holds more than 7 patents in the U.S., has been awarded a knighthood by the Queen in Her Majesty’s New Year Honors 2013.
Hossein Yassaie is the Chief Executive Officer of Imagination Technologies, which designs and licenses key technologies used by the world’s leading semiconductor and consumer electronics companies in some of the most significant, iconic and exciting consumer electronics products.

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President Obama Honors Iranian-American Inventor

Iranian-American Professor Gholam A. Peyman has been named as a recipient of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Obama. This is the highest honor bestowed by the United States Government upon scientists, engineers, and inventors.

Background:
Gholam A. Peyman, MD is a Hall of Fame of Ophthalmology and retina surgeon who is also a prolific and successful inventor. Gholam Peyman has, thus far, been granted 122 US patents covering a broad range of novel medical devices, intra-ocular drug delivery, surgical techniques, as well as new methods of diagnosis and treatment. His most widely-known invention to date is LASIK eye surgery, a revolutionary vision correction procedure which has enabled tens of millions of people to see clearly without glasses, for which he was awarded the first US patent in 1989. In addition to the numerous other honors and awards he has received  in 2005 he was selected by a ballot among the more than 30,000 ophthalmologists around the world to become one of the thirteen living ophthalmologists inducted into the Hall of Fame of  Ophtalmology.