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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Virginia (Dec. 4)

[December 04, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Virginia (Dec. 4)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Virginia.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Devices, Methods, and Systems for Managing Route-related Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Michael Mays, Mount Solon, Va., has developed a patent (8,321,126) for "devices, methods, and systems for managing route-related information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method can include, for a predetermined route, automatically processing a first set of machine instructions to create a visual travel guide for the predetermined route, the visual travel guide comprising a second set of machine instructions adapted to cause an information device to render: an identification of a destination of the predetermined route; a plurality of videos, each video corresponding to a road intersection located approximately on the predetermined route, each video adapted to substantially reproduce a view of a driver of an automobile approaching the road intersection; a plurality of textual descriptions associated with the plurality of videos; at least one of an identification of an origin of the predetermined route and an identification of an approach to the destination; and an advertisement associated with at least a portion of the predetermined route." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2010 (12/877,196). 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=8,321,126&OS=8,321,126&RS=8,321,126 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** National Trust and Fiduciary Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- National Trust and Fiduciary Services, St. Thomas, Virgin, has been assigned a patent (8,321,318) developed by Glen Armand, Warrenton, Va., and Lawrence J. Eisenberg, Gaithersburg, Md., for a "system and method for facilitating the funding and administration of a long term investement or retirement trust." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The funding and administration of a long term investment and/or retirement trust for a minor child or minor children are facilitated by the present invention. In one embodiment, the present invention provides a system and method for the real-time, interactive, dynamic modeling and goal-solving for the pre-funding of a retirement benefit account specific to a minor child. In another embodiment, the present invention provides a system and method for the input of user variables specific to the requirements necessary for the real-time production of trust documents necessary and specific to the purpose of establishing a funded pre-retirement trust for a minor child." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2006 (11/437,364). 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=8,321,318&OS=8,321,318&RS=8,321,318 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amdocs Software Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Amdocs Software Systems, Dublin 3, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,321,548) developed by Graham Glendinning, Bradford-on-Avon, United Kingdom, David Barton, Bath, United Kingdom, and Paul McCluskey, Arlington, Va., for a "method and system for specifying planned changes to a communications network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of specifying changes to a communications network is disclosed. The method uses a network model representing a current configuration of the communications network. Scope information is received defining a subset of the network model to which changes are to be made. Model information relating to the defined subset of the network model is copied in accordance with the scope information, to create a partial model copy. The partial model copy is then modified to represent a planned configuration of the communications network. The partial model may be validated as consistent with the network model for the current configuration, and to reserve resources within it. Changes within the partial model may be passed to other models, including the current configuration." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/412,103). 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=8,321,548&OS=8,321,548&RS=8,321,548 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Corning MobileAccess Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Corning MobileAccess, Airport City, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,320,957) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for real time control of an active antenna over a distributed antenna system." The co-inventors are Ofer Saban, Arlington, Va., Isaac Shapira, Petach Tikva, Israel, Dror Harel, Hod Hasharon, Israel, and Igor Berlin, Potomac, Md.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system suitable for supporting wireless medical telemetry services (WMTS) on a Distributed Antenna System (DAS). A DAS can provide wireless services including voice and data services using the same equipment. WMTS systems can include one or more active antenna units controlled by the MTS access point. The DAS includes control channels for transferring the MTS control and status information between the MTS access point and the antenna. The control channels can be transferred over a separate cable, or transferred using one or more intermediate frequency signals transferred over existing cables DAS between the MTS access point and the antenna. The control channels can be used to configure and control and receive status from the managed components of the DAS including active antennas, control the amplifiers used to process TDD signals, and control the switching of the diversity antenna systems." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2012 (13/439,946). 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=8,320,957&OS=8,320,957&RS=8,320,957 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Systems, Methods and Apparatus for Identification and Evaluation of Innovative Abilities ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Daniel Raymond Swanson, Midlothian, Va., has developed a patent (8,317,520) for "systems, methods and apparatus for identification and evaluation of innovative abilities." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method and apparatus measures and classifies innovation skills and technical capability of individuals based on predefined referencable attributes. The classification is used to help individuals improve their innovative abilities and to build innovation teams. The classifications are stored such that they may be further analyzed and used." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,099). 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=83,17,520.PN.&OS=PN/83,17,520&RS=PN/83,17,520 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virginia Inventors Develop Patent for Shape Memory Alloy Motor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Altaii Karim, Harrisonburg, Va., and Thomas Benjamin, Powhatan, Va., have developed a patent (8,316,840) for a "shape memory alloy motor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention discloses a novel and efficient drive mechanism for use in a variety of applications. This novel mechanism replaces traditional stepper motors or another analogous art with shape memory alloys. The drive mechanism so disclosed provides substantial operational benefits over conventional motors and other such traditional drive mechanisms that would be used in similar applications. The drive mechanism includes a high gear-ratio worm gear and worm drive which further provides precise, controlled movement of an output shaft. In the illustrative use elaborated upon herein, the motor is used to drive a photovoltaic panel so that the panel may remain in appropriate alignment with the sun throughout the day." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2009 (12/583,464). 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=83,16,840.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,840&RS=PN/83,16,840 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Stone Handling Frame ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Walter B. Parker, Halifax, Va., has developed a patent (8,317,454) for a stone handling frame.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A frame for receiving, storing and handling a sheet of stone or slab. The stone is stored or placed in the vertical position and then tilted to the horizontal position for fabrication or other purposes. Any embodiment of the frame allows the fabricator to fabricate the stone with out the need for a crane or bridge saw." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2009 (12/592,018). 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=83,17,454.PN.&OS=PN/83,17,454&RS=PN/83,17,454 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Adjustable Racing Injector ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Jack M. French III, Williamsburg, Va., has developed a patent (8,316,825) for an adjustable racing injector.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adjustable racing injector injects fuel by carrying out an opening and closing of a fuel orifice in a valve seat. The fuel orifice is controlled by a signal, typically provided by an engine control unit, which energizes a magnetic circuit including coil which in turn will effect movement of a needle. The adjustable racing injector is field reconfigurable and may be provided as discrete components, or may be provided as an assembly together with a collection of replaceable components that are designed to controllably alter the performance of an engine to which the injector is attached. Performance components that may be readily replaced in the field are preferably provided with visual indicia that indicate specific performance characteristics." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/535,662). 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=83,16,825.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,825&RS=PN/83,16,825 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Delaware, Virginia Inventors Develop Patent for Portable Safety Skylight Replacement Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- J. Nigel Ellis, Wilmington, Del., and John Witty, Richmond, Va., have developed a patent (8,316,611) for a "portable safety skylight replacement assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable skylight replacement safety assembly that includes a first and second support frames releasably connected to each other and having a plurality of support handles and support members which extend substantially perpendicularly from the first support frame for supporting the first support frame on and/or over the skylight on a working surface at a predetermined distance." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2012 (13/354,017). 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=83,16,611.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,611&RS=PN/83,16,611 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Blueprint Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Blueprint Holding, Woerden, the Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,316,624) developed by Nicolaas Martin Prakken, Chester, Va., for a "cassette for receiving flexible packs, as well as method for the formation of a group of packs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Cassette system with cassette (17, 27, 37, 47) and method for grouping a number of flexible packs (10). It is proposed that the cassette be produced from two parts which are hinged with respect to one another, one or more flexible packs being placed in each part. The parts of the cassette with the flexible pack or flexible packs placed thereon are then moved relative to one another, and more particularly are rotated, in order thus to obtain a group of packs where the packs lie close together. The group thus obtained is then placed in an outer pack such as a box." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2006 (12/162,360). 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=83,16,624.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,624&RS=PN/83,16,624 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Switchable Article and Device to Generate a Lateral or Transverse Casimir Force ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Denny Charles Cormier, Newport News, Va., has developed a patent (8,317,137) for a "switchable article and device to generate a lateral or transverse Casimir force for propulsion, guidance and maneuvering of a space vehicle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An article and device are provided comprising a switchable microstructure or nanostructure array of non-parallel conducting plates, supported by a plurality of shaped prismatic oxide stages upon layered conductive and substrate-base materials, for directly generating a lateral or transverse Casimir force. Illustrative embodiments include a device for switchable generation of lateral or transverse Casimir force components that work in an orthogonal direction to normal Casimir forces which can be externally switched "on" or "off" electronically, mechanically or thermally by using a semiconductor PN-junction or superconductor to produce a thrust for guidance, maneuvering and propulsion of a manned or unmanned space vehicle, or in other novel applications requiring generation of precisely switched or continuous forces." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/768,719). 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=83,17,137.PN.&OS=PN/83,17,137&RS=PN/83,17,137 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Mattress and Bedpan Cushion System Using an Air Pressure Switch and Relief Valve ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- John Hayes, Bristol, Va., has developed a patent (8,316,491) for a "mattress and bedpan cushion system using an air pressure switch and relief valve." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A support structure, such as a mattress, is provided for the placement and removal of a human waste container, such as a bedpan, with minimal exertion by the attendant and minimal movement of the person. The mattress is provided with a cavity equipped with a controllable expandable cushion operatively coupled with the cushion to control an expansion and contraction of the cushion, wherein the control system includes a fluidic pump arranged to pump fluid into the expandable cushion, a fluid relief mechanism arranged to allow fluid to escape the expandable cushion, a fluid pressure reservoir for maintaining a relatively constant pressure in the fluidic system, and a fluid pressure switch operable to automatically activate and deactivate the fluidic pump to maintain a defined pressure level in the expandable cushion." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2004 (10/752,709). 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=83,16,491.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,491&RS=PN/83,16,491 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Virginia Inventor Develops Patent for Article for Absorbing Fluids ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- F. Robert Fombell II, Chesapeake, Va., has developed a patent (8,318,285) for an "article for absorbing fluids." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An article for absorbing fluids that includes a backing sheet and an absorption sheet, wherein the absorption sheet is made of a material that is capable of absorbing any oil based liquid, and wherein the backing sheet is at least partly affixed to the absorption sheet; at least one first fastener means, wherein the first fastener means includes an attachment means on the bottom side and a mating attachment means on the top side, and wherein the bottom side of the first fastener means is at least partly affixed to a top side of the absorption sheet; and one or more malleable strips positioned along at least a portion of a length of the article." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2010 (12/924,076). 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=8,318,285.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,285&RS=PN/8,318,285 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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