Chief Scientist Ihor Lys from Philips Solid-State Lighting Solutions, Burlington, Mass., has been named the 2008 National Inventor of the Year by the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Education Foundation. Dr. Lys was selected for the invention of Powercore technology, which increases the efficiency, lowers the overall cost and eases the installation of solid-state lighting systems. The award, one of the top honors bestowed to U.S. inventors, will be presented in a ceremony on June 10 in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Lys is largely credited for developing some of the underlying technologies that make LEDs useful for illumination today. He co-founded Color Kinetics in 1997, marking the beginning of a lighting industry transformation from inefficient analog technologies to digital LED-based illumination. During his ten-year tenure with Color Kinetics prior to its acquisition by Philips, Dr. Lys led the development of the company's breakthrough Chromacore and Chromasic technologies, which continue to support and differentiate Philips' solid-state lighting systems today. A prolific inventor, he has contributed to more than 50 issued patents and numerous patent filings.

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