Huntsville, AL (PressExposure) February 17, 2011 -- Correlated Magnetics Research (CMR) was notified today by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) of the issuance of its 50th patent award. The company took less than three years to build the impressive patent portfolio following Larry Fullerton's profound discovery of correlated magnetics in 2008.
The idea behind correlated magnetics involves geometric patterns of mixed magnetic poles to form a device - a PolymagnetTM - that behaves in ways no ordinary single-pole magnet can. Magnets can now be designed or "programmed" to meet specific application requirements and functionality rather than the applications being designed around the limited utility of conventional magnets.
The new patent issued today covers a powerful software approach for identifying complex magnetic patterns - or codes - that enable Polymagnet structures to perform to the exact specifications of product designers and engineers. It allows for the mechanical designer to propose a certain behavior and let the software "seek" the appropriate code to achieve it.
This kind of deterministic approach empowers correlated magnetics as a discipline, because the most useful magnetic codes can be identified directly rather than discovered by trial and error.
"We developed this capability early in the life of this technology," said CMR founder and CEO Larry Fullerton. "The first correlated magnetic device behavior I proposed was one where two structures latch together with a great deal of force but then could be released with a simple twisting motion. I had to find a code pattern suitable, so I wrote the algorithm that would enable the computer to explore that codespace for me."
CMR has advanced this "code-synthesis" capability significantly, and customers are now making requests for custom-designed magnet behavior in application areas from consumer electronics to aerospace to biomedical and more. The software delivers qualified code patterns in a timely manner for magnet production, test and measurement as well as inclusion in the design process.
The 50th CMR patent represents yet another layer of patent coverage for correlated magnetics. It includes: protection for the correlated magnetic structures themselves, the use of numerous "families" of codes, the use of electromagnet and electro-permanent magnet arrays for dynamically controlling correlated magnetic structures, various new types of magnetic behaviors and key products where correlated magnetic structures are employed. And now, it also includes automated methods for designing codes to enable correlated magnetic structures to precisely meet design and engineering requirements.