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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Virginia (Nov. 19)

[November 19, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Virginia (Nov. 19)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Virginia.

*** Advanced Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,309,114) developed by six co-inventors for a "method of making Polymer-bioceramic composite implantable medical devices." The co-inventors are David C. Gale, Kennesaw, Ga., Yunbing Wang, Sunnyvale, Calif., Syed Faiyaz Ahmed Hossainy, Hayward, Calif., Bin Huang, Pleasanton, Calif., Garth L. Wilkes, Blacksburg, Va., and Vincent J. Gueriguian, San Francisco.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices relating to polymer-bioceramic composite implantable medical devices are disclosed." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2011 (13/101,920). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,114.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,114&RS=PN/8,309,114 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Generating Power in a Wind Turbine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,074) developed by Einar Vaughn Larsen, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Anthony Michael Klodowski, Hardy, Va., and Sidney Allen Barker, Troutville, Va., for a "method and apparatus for generating power in a wind turbine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power converter for a wind turbine including an array of switching devices and a control module having a current damping device. The control module is configured to control a switching behavior of the array of switching devices and to receive a current having a first frequency component from the wind turbine. The current damping device is configured to reduce an amplitude of the first frequency component." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/609,824). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,074.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,074&RS=PN/8,310,074 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tympany Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tympany, The Woodlands, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,308,653) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated diagnostic hearing test." The co-inventors are Jeffrey S. Harrison, Palo Alto, Calif., Aaron Thornton, West Des Moines, Iowa, Christopher L. Wasden, Sugar Land, Texas, Barry Strasnick, Virginia Beach, Va., and Kenneth R. Stott, Sugar Land, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and system are disclosed for automated testing of a patient's hearing. The automated hearing test allows the patient to quickly and accurately test his own hearing with minimal or no assistance from an audiologist or other hearing health professionals. The test prompts and instructs the patient for inputs and responses as needed. The patient can select one or several tests to be performed, including air and bone conduction testing with masking, speech reception threshold, speech discrimination, tympanogram, acoustic reflex, and otoacoustic emissions testing. Multiple languages are supported. Data obtained from one test may be used for another test or another iteration of the same test to calculate masking levels. The automatic hearing test also detects ambient noise and can compensate for it in the test results. If a contingency occurs, the automated hearing test is configured to page the operator for assistance." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/714,188). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,08,653.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,653&RS=PN/83,08,653 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lifenet Health Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lifenet Health, Virginia Beach, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,309,106) developed by Leila Masinaei, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Lloyd Wolfinbarger Jr., Norfolk, Va., for a "composition for repair of defects in osseous tissues." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Tissue repair compositions, particularly bone repair compositions, containing demineralized bone fragments and homogenized connective tissues. The compositions can be used in the form of an injectable gel, an injectable paste, a paste, a putty, or a rehydratable freeze-dried form." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/394,629). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,106.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,106&RS=PN/8,309,106 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Virginia Patent Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- The University of Virginia Patent Foundation, Charlottesville, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,309,930) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method of local electro-magnetic field enhancement of terahertz (THz) radiation in sub- wavelength regions and improved coupling of radiation to materials through the use of the discontinuity edge effect." The co-inventors are Boris Gelmont, harlottesville, Va., Tatiana Globus, Charlottesville, Va., Robert M. Weikle, Crozet, Va., Arthur Weston Linchtenberger, Charlottesville, Va., Nathan Swami, Charlottesville, Va., Ramakrishnan Parthasarthy, Houston, and Alexei Bykhovski, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for enhanced THz radiation coupling to molecules, includes the steps of depositing a test material near the discontinuity edges of a slotted member, and enhancing the THz radiation by transmitting THz radiation through the slots. The molecules of the test material are illuminated by the enhanced THz radiation that has been transmitted through the slots, thereby producing an increased coupling of EM radiation in the THz spectral range to said material. The molecules can be bio-molecules, explosive materials, or species of organisms. The slotted member can be a semiconductor film, a metallic film, in particular InSb, or layers thereof. THz detectors sense near field THz radiation that has been transmitted through said slots and the test material." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2008 (12/530,304). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,930.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,930&RS=PN/8,309,930 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Celestech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Celestech, Chantilly, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,309,934) developed by Tell A. Gates, Falls Church, Va., and John W. Peel, Frederick, Md., for a "high radiation environment tunnel monitoring system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with the principles of the present invention utilizing a first radiation monitoring module, radiation information associated with the first radiation monitoring module within a tunnel is wirelessly transmitted to a second radiation monitoring module. The second radiation monitoring module is able to receive radiation information from the first radiation monitoring module for relay of the received radiation information to a central monitoring system. The radiation monitoring modules of the present invention allow long term monitoring of a tunnel's radiation levels with maintenance simply requiring replacement of a non-operational tunnel monitoring module by a robot." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/320,619). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,934.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,934&RS=PN/8,309,934 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Andrew Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Andrew, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,311,018) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for optimizing location estimate of mobile unit." The co-inventors are John Carlson, Dulles, Va., Martin Alles, Vienna, Va., George Maher, Herndon, Va., and Selcuk Mazlum, Leesburg, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The location of a wireless mobile device may be estimated using, at least in part, one or more pre-existing Network Measurement Reports ("NMRs") which include calibration data for a number of locations within a geographic region. The calibration data for these locations is gathered and analyzed so that particular grid points within the geographic region can be determined and associated with a particular set or sets of calibration data from, for example, one or more NMRs. Embodiments of the present subject matter also provide a method of improving a location estimate of a mobile device. Received signal level measurements reported by a mobile device for which a location estimate is to be determined may be evaluated and/or compared with the characteristics associated with the various grid points to estimate the location of the mobile device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2008 (12/014,018). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,11,018.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,018&RS=PN/83,11,018 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sprint Spectrum Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Sprint Spectrum, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,310,929) developed by Shilpa Kowdley Srinivas, Herndon, Va., Piyush Upadhyay, Overland Park, Kan., and Badri P. Subramanyan, Overland Park, Kan., for a "method and system for controlling data rates based on backhaul capacity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A femtocell base station determines the capacity of its backhaul connection by exchanging test packets with a test server. Based on the backhaul capacity that it determines, the femtocell base station selects a maximum forward link data rate and a maximum reverse link data rate for communications with a mobile station. The femtocell base station adjusts the forward-link rate algorithm used by the mobile station so as to prevent the mobile station from requesting a forward link data rate that exceeds the maximum forward link data rate. The femtocell base station may also adjust the reverse-link rate algorithm used by the mobile station so as to prevent the mobile station from transmitting at a data rate that exceeds the maximum reverse link data rate." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2009 (12/478,318). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,10,929.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,929&RS=PN/83,10,929 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Signafor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Signafor, Dunn Loring, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,310,935) developed by Sham Chakravorty, McLean, Va., for a "communications failure recovery in data packet networks based on fast determination of alternate routes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data communications system for handling IP packets have a route evaluation mechanism for determining a least cost route for delivery a packet to a destination, and an alternate route evaluation mechanism for evaluating possible routes for packet delivery having cost different from the cost of the least cost route. In response to evaluation performed by the alternate route evaluation mechanism, an alternate route table generator produces an alternate route table containing alternate routes for delivery of the packet to the destination. A fast failure recovery algorithm is carried out to determine entries in the alternate route table." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2002 (10/175,317). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,10,935.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,935&RS=PN/83,10,935 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lummus Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lummus Technology, Bloomfield, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,308,439) developed by Franklin D. Lomax Jr., Falls Church, Va., Christopher P. Heinrichs, McLean, Va., and James E. Shaffer, Huntington, Md.., for a "method and apparatus for resisting disabling fouling of compressors in multistage compression systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operating a multistage gas compressor system including providing a plurality of compressor stages connected in series, receiving a gas flow having contaminants within a gas passage, and supplying solvent to the gas passage at or upstream of a compressor in a compressor stage of the plurality of compressor stages to entrap or dissolve the contaminants in the gas flow. The method includes resisting disabling fouling of the compressor in the compressor stage from any contaminants entrapped or dissolved in the solvent, for example, by controlling a discharge temperature of the compressor, and/or using a type of compressor that is not susceptible to being disabled by fouling in at least the first stage. The discharge temperature can be controlled by providing the compressor with a pressure ratio selected to provide a desired discharge temperature." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2007 (11/780,945). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,439&OS=8,308,439&RS=8,308,439 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rosetta Stone Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Rosetta Stone, Arlington, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,308,484) developed by four co-inventors for "system and methods for detecting deception as to fluency or other ability in a given language." The co-inventors are Gregory Keim, Broadway, Va., Jack August Marmorstein, Harrisonburg, Va., Ronald Bryce Inouye, Harrisonburg, Va., and Michael Scott Fulkerson, Harrisonburg, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a system and methods for detecting when a user is representing he is not fluent in a language in which he is fluent. The present system and methods are adapted to be used in conjunction with conventional and novel computer systems and methods and provides detection of concealment of language skills by a user." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2008 (12/028,967). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,484&OS=8,308,484&RS=8,308,484 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PixelOptics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- PixelOptics, Roanoke, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,308,295) developed by five co-inventors for a "multifocal lens having a progressive optical power region and discontinuity." The co-inventors are Ronald D. Blum, Roanoke, Va., William Kokonaski, Gig Harbor, Wash., Venkatramani S. Iyer, Roanoke, Va., Joshua N. Haddock, Roanoke, Va., and Mark Mattison-Shupnick, Petaluma, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention relate to a multifocal lens having a mostly spherical power region and a progressive optical power region. Embodiments of the present invention provide for the proper alignment and positioning of each of these regions, the amount of optical power provided by each of the regions, the optical design of the progressive optical power region, and the size and shape of each of the regions. The combination of these design parameters allows for an optical design having less unwanted astigmatism and distortion as well as both a wider channel width and a shorter channel length compared to conventional PALs. Embodiments of the present invention may also provide a new, inventive far-intermediate distance zone and may further provide for increased vertical stability of vision within a zone of the lens." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2011 (13/021,887). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,295&OS=8,308,295&RS=8,308,295 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Certicom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Certicom, Mississauga, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,312,283) developed by Scott A. Vanstone, Waterloo, Canada, and Donald B. Johnson, Manassas, Va., for an "accelerated signature verification on an elliptic curve." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A public key encryption system exchanges information between a pair of correspondents. The recipient performs computations on the received data to recover the transmitted data or verify the identity of the sender. The data transferred includes supplementary information that relates to intermediate steps in the computations performed by the recipient." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2011 (13/079,116). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,312,283&OS=8,312,283&RS=8,312,283 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** W.R. Grace Assigned Patent for Processes and Systems for Transferring Particulate Substances from Containers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- W.R. Grace, Columbia, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,307,859) developed by Alfred F. Jordan, Arnold, Md., Lenny L. Albin Sr., Sulphur, La., and Charles A. Cross, McLean, Va., for "processes and systems for transferring particulate substances from containers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preferred processes are provided for unloading a particulate substance from a container using a cover system comprising a cover and a wand extending through the cover. The processes can include installing the cover system on the container so that the cover mates with the container and the wand extends into the particulate substance, connecting a pipe or a hose to the wand, and drawing the particulate substance through the wand and the pipe or hose." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2011 (13/192,045). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,859&OS=8,307,859&RS=8,307,859 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Continental Automotive Systems U.S. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Continental Automotive Systems U.S., Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,307,550) developed by William J. Imoehl, Williamsburg, Va., for an "injector seat that includes a coined seal band and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fuel injector apparatus and method for use in a fuel injection system of an internal combustion engine that includes a body, a valve seat, closure member, and an orifice plate. The valve seat comprises the intersection of two angled surfaces before assembly of the fuel injector. During assembly of the fuel injector, a member presses against the edge of the sealing surface of the valve seat to create an oblique third sealing surface or sealing band that is coined into the valve seat. The sealing band provides an improved seal between the valve closure member and the valve seat which operates to prevent leakages of fuel in the fuel injector." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (12/843,902). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,07,550.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,550&RS=PN/83,07,550 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** W.R. Grace Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- W.R. Grace, Columbia, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,307,861) developed by Alfred F. Jordan, Arnold, Md., Lenny L. Albin Sr., Sulphur, La., and Charles A. Cross, McLean, Va., for "processes and systems for transferring particulate substances from containers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preferred processes are provided for unloading a particulate substance from a container using a cover system comprising a cover and a wand extending through the cover. The processes can include installing the cover system on the container so that the cover mates with the container and the wand extends into the particulate substance, connecting a pipe or a hose to the wand, and drawing the particulate substance through the wand and the pipe or hose." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2011 (13/192,057). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,861&OS=8,307,861&RS=8,307,861 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TecSec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- TecSec, Herndon, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,308,820) developed by Edward M. Scheidt, McLean, Va., C. Jay Wack, Clarksburg, Md., and Wai Lin Tsang, Falls Church, Va., for a container security.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A container security device includes a housing, electronic circuitry, and cabling. The electronic circuitry is disposed within the housing, and includes first and second microprocessor functions and an interface for accepting and providing data. The cabling is removably coupled to the housing, provides the only communicative coupling between the first microprocessor function and the second microprocessor function, and is adapted to be attached to a container latch so as to break the communicative coupling if the latch is opened. The housing includes a port for the electronic circuitry interface. A method of providing container security includes closing a container using a latch device and removably coupling the cabling to the housing so that the communicative coupling is broken if the latch is opened., providing the only communicative coupling between the first microprocessor function and the second microprocessor function." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2011 (13/049,580). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,820&OS=8,308,820&RS=8,308,820 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** BHA Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- BHA Group, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,308,834) developed by four co-inventors for a composite filter media. The co-inventors are Alan Smithies, Overland Park, Kan., Jack T. Clements, Lee's Summit, Mo., David Charles Jones, Midlothian, Va., and Hyun Sung Lim, Midlothian, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composite filter media structure includes, in an exemplary embodiment, a base substrate that includes a nonwoven synthetic fabric formed from a plurality of fibers with a spunbond process. The base substrate has a minimum filtration efficiency of about 50%, measured in accordance with ASHRAE 52.2-1999 test procedure A nanofiber layer is deposited on one side of the base substrate. The composite filter media structure has a minimum filtration efficiency of about 75%, measured in accordance with ASHRAE 52.2-1999 test procedure." The patent application was filed on Aug. 1, 2008 (12/184,577). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,834&OS=8,308,834&RS=8,308,834 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Novellus Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Novellus Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,308,931) developed by ten co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for electroplating." The co-inventors are Jonathan Reid, Sherwood, Ore., Bryan Buckalew, Tualatin, Ore., Zhian He, Beaverton, Ore., Seyang Park, Beaverton, Ore., Seshasayee Varadarajan, Lake Oswego, Ore., Bryan Pennington, Tualatin, Ore., Thomas Ponnuswamy, Sherwood, Ore., Patrick Breling, Portland, Ore., Glenn Ibarreta, Ridgefield, Wash., and Steven Mayer, Lake Oswego, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for electroplating a layer of metal on the surface of a wafer includes an ionically resistive ionically permeable element located in close proximity of the wafer (preferably within 5 mm of the wafer surface) which serves to modulate ionic current at the wafer surface, and a second cathode configured to divert a portion of current from the wafer surface. The ionically resistive ionically permeable element in a preferred embodiment is a disk made of a resistive material having a plurality of perforations formed therein, such that perforations do not form communicating channels within the body of the disk. The provided configuration effectively redistributes ionic current in the plating system allowing plating of uniform metal layers and mitigating the terminal effect." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2008 (12/291,356). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,308,931.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,931&RS=PN/8,308,931 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E.I. du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,309,042) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for reducing gangue build-up in the reactor during the chloride process that uses recycled ore." The co-inventors are Matthew Donnel Eisenmann, Winchester, Va., Jorge Lavastida, La Place, La., Timothy Josiah McKeon, Diamondhead, Miss., and James Elliott Merkle Jr., Long Beach, Miss.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure provides a process for recycling ore in the chloride process, without the build-up of silica-containing gangue in the chlorination reactor." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2008 (12/523,736). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,042.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,042&RS=PN/8,309,042 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Norfolk Southern Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Norfolk Southern, Norfolk, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,308,136) developed by Joe David Sanders, Penhook, Va., for a "tool, system and method for railcar maintenance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a mechanical tool for railcar maintenance are disclosed, which are most suitable for handling heavy components during undercarriage operations. In one particular embodiment, the tool may include: a cantilever beam having a first end and a second end with a support element disposed between these two ends for pivotally attaching the cantilever beam to a supporting device; a first attachment element configured to grip a first railcar component; a safety latch mechanism, at the first end, for securing the first attachment element, including when the first railcar component is gripped by the first attachment element, and for preventing disengagement of the first attachment element unless the cantilever beam is in a substantially level position; and a weight element adjustably disposed between the support element and the second end as a counterbalance." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2009 (12/509,000). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,308,136.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,136&RS=PN/8,308,136 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MeadWestvaco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- MeadWestvaco, Richmond, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,308,023) developed by four co-inventors for a "product dispensing system with directional flexing container." The co-inventors are John Gelardi, Midlothian, Va., Laurel Thomas, Richmond, Va., Ryan Bailey, Richmond, Va., and Steve Simmons, Chesterfield, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A product dispensing system including a container having multiple walls that define an internal volume, at least one of the walls including a pre-formed flex line, and a dispenser including a frame having a front end and a rear end, the frame including a stop positioned proximate the rear end and a support deck extending between the front end and the rear end, and an opening tool positioned to open the container as the container is moved along the support deck into engagement with the stop, wherein the engagement between the stop and the container effects a flexing of the container along the pre-formed flex line." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2011 (13/032,759). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,08,023.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,023&RS=PN/83,08,023 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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