US Patent No. 7,000,000 on Valentine's Day, 2006
DuPont's Senior Vice President and Chief Science and Technology Officer Tom Connelly: Protection of intellectual property via our patent system is key to maintaining the competitiveness of US industry. We are honored to receive this milestone patent today, which recognizes our efforts to use renewable resources and biology to create innovative products that are sustainable and can begin to reduce the world's reliance on fossil fuels. This is another notable recognition of DuPont's state-of-the-art efforts in developing the field of industrial biotechnology.
The inventor was Dr. John P. O'Brien for inventing "Polysaccharide Fibers."