Prentiss native Dr. Charles Magee ’70 receives patents for two of his latest inventions

One of Alcorn State University’s most innovative alumni has added two patents to his long list of inventions.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office recently awarded Dr. Charles Magee ’70, professor of biological systems engineering at Florida A&M University (FAMU), with patents for his Anti-Icing/Ultraviolet (UV) Reflector Apparatus and Magnetic/Osmotic Inner Tube (MOIT) inventions. 

Dr. Magee stated that FAMU will be granting his company, WEBB Enterprises LLC, an exclusive license agreement to manufacture and market the Anti-Icing/Ultraviolet (UV) Reflector Apparatus.  FAMU is seeking a royalty agreement with any company interested in manufacturing and marketing the MOIT.

Magee holds 10 solo patents, one co-patent, and six pending patents. He serves as a 2022 National Academy of Inventors (NAI) Senior Member. He is one of five FAMU faculty members who are also members of the NAI. Magee has been awarded four patents in the last three years.

The Anti-Icing/UV Reflector Apparatus prevents sheets of ice from forming on vehicle windshields and windows during the winter and reduces ultraviolet light from entering vehicles during the summer.

Magee further explained how his Anti-Icing/UV Reflector Apparatus works and how it could significantly help during the year’s coldest and hottest seasons.

“A retractable cover is coated on both sides with a low freezing substance such as petroleum jelly to prevent ice from forming on windshields and windows,” said Magee. “The cover is highly reflective to solar radiation to mitigate UV light from entering the vehicle.”

The MOIT can be installed in inflatable tires to prevent them from flattening when punctured with an object such as a nail or screw, and a tire is self-plugging when punctured. Preventing flat tires at inopportune times inspired Magee to create this device.

“Vehicle operators are often faced with the harrowing situation of changing a flat tire in potentially unsafe environments such as on deserted roads, at nighttime, in rain or snowstorms, on bridges traversing a body of water, or in unsafe neighborhoods.”

These latest patents continue Magee’s 100 percent patent success rate with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He’s proud to accomplish this feat and anticipates more patent awards in the future.

“It is a great feeling. It boosts my confidence in being successful with all my patent applications. Further, it gives me a greater reason to pursue more inventions in the future.”