Oak Ridge sees record year for patents

POSTED: 5:51 AM Feb 22 2013   UPDATED: 5:18 PM Feb 22 2013
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. -

Officials at the Y-12 nuclear weapons plant in Oak Ridge are celebrating a record year for employees receiving patents.           

There were 11 U.S. Patents and Trademark Office Patents awarded to workers in 2012.

A dozen employees were recognized. Another 74 workers were honored for submitting invention disclosures.

Nine-year Y-12 employee Paul Vanatta said he and Rusty Hallman began working on a moisture blending system in 2007 to fulfill a need at the government weapons plant.

Vanatta said now that a patent has been granted, he and his fellow researcher are working to transfer the process to the private sector.