NEWS | May 4, 2014

NRL Achieves 5,000th Patent Since Founding in 1923

By Kyra Wiens

On April 22, 2014, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) recognized the inventor of the lab's 5,000th patent.

James Dykes, a mathematician and oceanographer at NRL Stennis Space Center, and Kathleen Chapman, Assistant Counsel, who also holds an advanced degree in meteorology, were both presented with commemorative copies of the patent by Director of Research Dr. John Montgomery and Commanding Officer Captain Anthony Ferrari. The inventor's wife, Gillian Dykes, and uncle, David Dykes, were also present.

This is part and parcel of what NRL does, said Montgomery. The total number of citations of NRL authors since the advent of NRL was 900,000. And the number of patents has been 5,000.

Dykes, along with Philip Fanguy and Thomas Gray also of NRL, invented a geospatial analysis toolset for meteorology and oceanography. The system provides an intuitive interface for users to analyze geophysical data, including comparing observed data to numerical model output, while tracking security classifications. The patent was awarded on November 5, 2013.

It's what we do, we do it well, and it's a team effort, said Ferrari. And that's why we have you here: the science and technology behind it, but then the legal piece. So, super super job.

Dykes served 10 years in the U.S. Air Force and, since 2002, has been researching and developing numerical modeling and ocean processes at NRL.