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October 14, 2008

After nearly 10 years, OTT has decided to take the Patents and Pizza Event to the next level.  OTT's first “beyond Patents and Pizza” event, held on October 14, 2008, was a celebration of innovation at APL. OTT's co-sponsors for this event included the Office of Patent Counsel, the Milton Eisenhower Research Center, and the Young Professionals Network. 

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Senior Vice President, Outdoor Business Unit and Innovation Team for UNDER ARMOUR will discussed how the company recognizes, pursues and incorporates scientific innovation "to make all athletes better."

Nearly 150 staff members attended the event, representing every department at the Laboratory. The event began with a buffet lunch and an APL patent poster session.  Following lunch, presentations included an exciting review of MERC innovation by Vic McCrary, Business Area Executive, Science and Technology Business Area.  Kristin Gray, Technology Transfer Director, gave an overview of OTT's licensing activities during the past fiscal year and Frank Cooch, Section Supervisor, Office of Patent Counsel, described the patent activities carried out over the past several months. Finally, guest speakers Kip Fulks and Bill Mickle of the Under Armour Innovation Team described innovation at Under Armour

Highlights Included

  • A surprise live agreement signing by Kip Fulks and Kristin Gray, which formally initiated Under Armour and APL's strategic partnership 

  • The distribution of patent plaques by Frank Cooch and Kristin Gray, during which researchers provided the audience with brief overviews of their work

  • A renaming ceremony
New Event Name

The name "Patents and Pizza" has been retired after a decade of use and positive recognition. Researchers were asked to brainstorm a new name that would aptly reflect the spirit of engaging in, recognizing, and celebrating the creative process and innovation. We received nearly 50 new name submissions!


Prize Winners

"Very cool, thanks! I've already ordered a nice wet-dry shirt from the Under Armour website"

  - Ash Llorens was one of the re-naming contest winners; he won a gift certificate to Under Armour.
"I was planning to purchase UnderArmour ColdGear Longsleeve Mock for the family, and when I got the gift certificate, it was the perfect present. The eGift Card was a wonderful door prize for the event"
  - Seung Pak was the door prize winner; she won a gift certificate to Under Armour

The other re-naming contest winners who won gift cards to Under Armour were:

E. B. Alvarez
Bill Maciejewski
Harry Charles
Ann Darrin

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