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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Jan. 15)

[January 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Jan. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Michigan.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for User-driven Menu Generation System with Dynamic Generation of Target Files with Placeholders for Persistent Change or Temporary Security Change Over Cloud Computing Virtual Storage from Template Files ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Peter Hon-You Chang, Sterling Heights, Mich., has developed a patent (8,352,444) for "user-driven menu generation system with dynamic generation of target files with placeholders for persistent change or temporary security change over cloud computing virtual storage from template files." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dynamic generation of target files is described. A user can select a template file. The template file includes: at least first and second changeable fields configured to be changed persistently, and a third changeable field. The second changeable field is configured to receive a security-related value. A third changeable field includes a first value configured to be changed temporarily to receive an encrypted version of the first value. The template file is parsed to generate a user interface, including: a first prompting label, corresponding to the first changeable field, requesting the user to enter the user content value, a second prompting label, corresponding to the second changeable field, requesting that the user enter audit data and/or access control data. An encrypted version of the first value corresponding to the third changeable field is generated. The first value is temporarily replaced with the encrypted value. The target file is then generated." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2012 (13/544,552). 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=8,352,444&OS=8,352,444&RS=8,352,444 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Deutsche Telekom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Deutsche Telekom, Bonn, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,351,861) developed by Alexander Min, Ann Arbor, Mich., Kyu-Han Kim, Redwood City, Calif., and Jatinder Pal Singh, Mountain View, Calif., for an "opportunistic spectrum access in mobile cognitive radio networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of spectrum access for wireless communications by a secondary unlicensed unit in a CRN environment comprising one or more secondary unlicensed mobile units and one or more primary licensed units includes receiving information indicative of a location and movement of one or more secondary unlicensed units and a channel usage pattern and spatial distribution of one or more primary licensed units is accessed and a guard distance to shield the one or more primary licensed units from interference is calculated. The channel availability to the one or more secondary unlicensed units is then calculated according to a two-state Markov model including the guard distance as a constraint and based on the information indicative of the location and movement of the one or more secondary unlicensed units and the channel usage pattern and spatial distribution of the one or more primary licensed units." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/894,663). 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=8,351,861&OS=8,351,861&RS=8,351,861 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Aircraft Battery Charging System Having Two Voltage Regulators ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Gregg Stockman, Allenton, Mich., has developed a patent (8,350,530) for "aircraft battery charging system having two voltage regulators." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aircraft battery charging system having an alternator with a rotatably driven field coil and a stator coil in which the stator coil is connected to a voltage output from the alternator. The system includes a power source, a first voltage regulator and a second voltage regulator. A switch mechanism selectively connects one of the first or second voltage regulators to one end of the field coil." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2009 (12/535,932). 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=8,350,530&OS=8,350,530&RS=8,350,530 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,352,156) developed by Mike M. McDonald, Macomb, Mich., for a "system and method for controlling engine components during cylinder deactivation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An engine control system includes a power supply module, a measurement module, and a calibration module. The power supply module disables power supplied to N components of an engine when M cylinders of the engine are deactivated, wherein M and N are integers greater than or equal to one. The measurement module measures outputs of the N engine components. The calibration module calibrates the measurement module based on unpowered measurements from one or more of the N engine components during a period after the power supplied to the N components is disabled." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,085). 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=8,352,156&OS=8,352,156&RS=8,352,156 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Impulse Dynamics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Impulse Dynamics, Curacao, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,352,031) developed by Benny Rousso, Rishon-LeZion, Israel, and Hani N. Sabbah, Waterford, Mich., for a protein activity modification.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of treating a cardiac arrhythmia, comprising: determining a desired arrhythmia control; selecting an electric field having an expected effect of modifying protein activity of at least one protein as a response of a cardiac tissue to the field, said expected effect correlated with said desired arrhythmia control; and applying said field to said cardiac tissue." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2007 (11/802,685). 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=8,352,031&OS=8,352,031&RS=8,352,031 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Sharp, Osaka, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,350,835) developed by Hiromi Katoh, Osaka, Japan, and Christopher Brown, Oxford, Mich., for a display device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dynamic range is widened in a display device with a photosensor that can read an image due to having a photodetection element inside a pixel thereof. A sensor driving circuit switches ON a reset signal (RST) that is supplied via reset signal bus line, and after a predetermined time has elapsed, switches ON a readout signal (RWS) that is supplied via readout signal bus line. Thus, in the photosensor, from which a photosensor signal is output in accordance with an amount of light received by the photosensor in the predetermined time, the capacitance of a capacitor provided in the photosensor is made variable from when the reset signal (RST) is supplied to the photosensor until when the predetermined time has elapsed." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2008 (12/674,359). 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=8,350,835&OS=8,350,835&RS=8,350,835 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Sensor with G-load Absorbing Shoulder ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,698) developed by five co-inventors for a "sensor with G-load absorbing shoulder." The co-inventors are Kurt Kramer Schleif, Greenville, S.C., Philip Michael Caruso, Simpsonville, S.C., Seung-Woo Choi, Greer, S.C., Robert David Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., and Jong Youn Pak, Oakland Township, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sensor is provided and includes a body disposed at a point of measurement interest on a rotor at a radial distance from a centerline thereof and having a substantially cylindrical shape and first and second opposing ends and a sensing end coupled to one of the first and second opposing ends, the other of the first and second opposing ends being coupled to a communication system, the sensing end including a sensing device configured to generate a signal reflective of a detected condition at the point of measurement interest, and at least one of the first and the second opposing ends being formed to define a shoulder portion for absorbing gravitational loading." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2010 (12/909,464). 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=8,347,698&OS=8,347,698&RS=8,347,698 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Tool for Assisting Leak Testing of an Enclosed Volume and Method Incorporating the Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,347,689) developed by Michael M. Arvaneh, Grand Blanc, Mich., for a "tool for assisting leak testing of an enclosed volume and method incorporating the tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tool for assisting the leak testing of an enclosed volume is disclosed. The tool may comprise an outer seal defining inside its perimeter an attachment face of the tool. A vacuum port defined in the attachment face is configured to be fluidly coupled to a vacuum source. A nozzle disposed in the attachment face may be coupled to the test port, in fluid communication with the enclosed volume. A primary connection in fluid connection with the nozzle may be placed in fluid connection with the external conduit. A nozzle seal is disposed in the attachment face around the perimeter of the nozzle, such that when the nozzle is coupled to the test port, the nozzle is fluidly isolated from said vacuum port. A leak-test system incorporating at least one tool and a method for leak testing an enclosed volume using the tool are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2009 (12/633,248). 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=8,347,689&OS=8,347,689&RS=8,347,689 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bauer Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Bauer Products, Grand Rapids, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,347,667) developed by Bruce C. Bacon, Rockford, Mich., for a "locking paddle handle latch assembly for closures and the like." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A locking paddle handle assembly for closures has a housing with a paddle handle pivotally mounted therein, a latch which latches and unlatches the closure upon rotation of the paddle handle, and a exterior key lock with a movable member that shifts between locked and unlocked positions. A latch lock selectively engages the latch, such that when the movable key lock member is in the locked position, the latch is retained in the latched position, wherein the closure cannot be opened. A deadbolt lock selectively engages the closure frame in the locked position to positively retain the closure closed. Both the latch lock and the deadbolt lock are operably connected with the movable key lock member, such that movement of the latter between the latched and unlatched positions contemporaneously shifts both the latch lock and the deadbolt lock between the locked and unlocked positions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2009 (12/639,516). 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=8,347,667&OS=8,347,667&RS=8,347,667 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Method of Creating a Light Effect ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Harold Larsen, Bay City, Mich., has developed a patent (8,350,481) for a "method of creating a light effect." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of creating a light effect using the concurrent exposure of a variety of colored designs to at least two different colored light emitting diode lights and controlling the light emitting diode lights." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/802,019). 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=8,350,481.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,481&RS=PN/8,350,481 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Hybrid Lighting Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Michael Olen Nevins, Jackson, Mich., has developed a patent (8,350,482) for a hybrid lighting device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid lighting device is described. The hybrid lighting device comprises a solar panel arranged to generate electric power; a wind turbine arranged to generate electric power; an energy storage device electrically connected with the power controller and arranged to store electric power; a power controller electrically connected with the energy storage device and the solar panel and the wind turbine and arranged to transfer electric power; and an induction-based light source electrically connected with the power controller." The patent application was filed on Jan. 17, 2012 (13/351,620). 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=8,350,482.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,482&RS=PN/8,350,482 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventors Develop Patent for Electrical System with Circuit Limiter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Norman R. Byrne, Ada, Mich., Timothy J. Warwick, Sparta, Mich., and Shawn R. Gibson, Fremont, Mich., have developed a patent (8,350,406) for an "electrical system with circuit limiter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical power distribution system automatically limits the number of substantially similar or identical power cable assemblies that are electrically energizable from a power source. A control unit is connected between the power source and the power cable assemblies, and limits the number of power cable assemblies that can be energized in the system by sensing the voltage in a sensing circuit. An applied voltage in the sensing circuit changes in a predictable manner corresponding to the number of power cable assemblies that are electrically connected in the circuit. Each power cable assembly includes an impedance element that is added to the sensing circuit when the corresponding power cable assembly is coupled to the system, and once the detected voltage is beyond a predetermined threshold value, the control unit will ensure that the power cable assemblies are not energized by the power source." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2012 (13/449,701). 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=8,350,406.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,406&RS=PN/8,350,406 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Hybrid Photovoltaic Cell Module ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Swaminathan Ramesh, Canton, Mich., has developed a patent (8,350,144) for a "hybrid photovoltaic cell module." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid photovoltaic cell module includes a substrate and a photopolymer composition disposed on the substrate. The photopolymer composition includes an organic photopolymer, a plurality of nanoparticles, and a dendrimer that disperses the nanoparticles in the composition. The dendrimer has a number average molecular weight of from 300 to 10,000 g/mol and a core having a carbon atom directly bonded to X.sup.1 and X.sup.2 and two --CH.sub.2 groups. X.sup.1 is a hydrogen atom, a functional group, or a chain including a functional group. X.sup.2 is a chain including a functional group that is the same or different from the functional groups of X.sup.1. Each --CH.sub.2 group is bonded to a chain that independently includes a functional group that is the same or different from said functional groups of X.sup.1 and X.sup.2. The module is formed using a method that includes the step of disposing the photopolymer composition on the substrate." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2009 (12/470,806). 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=8,350,144.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,144&RS=PN/8,350,144 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Method of Making a Metal Art Object ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Miles E. Waybrant, Flint, Mich., has developed a patent (8,350,189) for a "method of making a metal art object." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of making a metal art object using a MIG welder to form small and large end puddles having a primarily gold or blue sheen or a center gold dot formed by using combinations of a strip of selected metal and a wire of a selected metal; selectively tilting a surface to form end puddles having a feathered perimeter; randomly obtaining a hole in the end puddle; and affixing at least one, either randomly or non-randomly selected, end puddle to a user-selected media by welding, gluing, or wiring. The blue sheen is obtained by using a strip of stainless steel and a wire of stainless steel. The gold sheen is formed by using a strip of stainless steel and a wire of steel. The center gold dot primary is formed using the first metal of galvanized steel for the strip and the second metal of steel for the wire." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2008 (12/253,118). 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=8,350,189.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,189&RS=PN/8,350,189 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Display Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Paul Sadowski, Warren, Mich., has developed a patent (8,347,536) for a display device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A display device includes a panel that is mountable to a vertical wall, and a leaf assembly comprised of a stack of like shaped leaves that are bundled together and connected to the panel, and a plurality of magnets that enable the leaves to be magnetically held in one or the other side of the panel but be manipulated by a user with one hand, in a flipping manner, thereby freeing the user's other hand to perform tasks related to use of the display device. The panel includes a slot through which rearward end portions of the leaves are passed and bundled by compression plates, thus leaving the connection arrangement hidden from view and aesthetically pleasing. In an arrangement, a frame is provided about the panel to guide and support, at least in part, the lower edges of the leaf assembly." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/322,182). 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=83,47,536.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,536&RS=PN/83,47,536 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** DENSO International America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- DENSO International America, Southfield, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,347,452) developed by Hiromitsu Maehata, Troy, Mich., and Delomer Gosioco, Royal Oak, Mich., for a vehicle vacuum module.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle vacuum cleaning system may have a portable vacuum module that employs a vacuum module case, a vacuum fan within the interior of the vacuum module case and a vacuum fan drive shaft coupled to the vacuum fan. The vacuum module attaches and detaches to an HVAC module within the vehicle. The HVAC module may utilize an HVAC case, an electric motor within the HVAC case, an HVAC fan drive shaft coupled to the electric motor and an HVAC fan coupled to the HVAC fan drive shaft. The vacuum fan drive shaft is adapted to receive rotational energy from the HVAC fan drive shaft, either directly or through an auxiliary shaft. The vacuum module may employ gears to increase the speed and drawing force of the vacuum fan. A debris receptacle is detachable to the vacuum module. The HVAC fan drive shaft ultimately drives the vacuum fan." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/414,078). 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=83,47,452.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,452&RS=PN/83,47,452 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,347,607) developed by Eugene V. Gonze, Pinckney, Mich., and Michael J. Paratore Jr., Howell, Mich., for "integrated exhaust and electrically heated particulate filter regeneration systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a particulate matter (PM) filter that includes multiple zones. An electrical heater includes heater segments that are associated with respective ones of the zones. The electrical heater is arranged upstream from and proximate with the PM filter. A post-fuel injection system injects fuel into at least one of a cylinder of an engine and an exhaust system. A control module is configured to operate in a first mode that includes activating the electrical heater to heat exhaust of the engine. The control module is also configured to operate in a second mode that includes activating the post-injection system to heat the exhaust. The control module selectively operates in at least one of the first mode and the second mode." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2009 (12/358,672). 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=83,47,607.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,607&RS=PN/83,47,607 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Battery Powered Concrete Saw System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Francis M. Gobright IV, Howell, Mich., has developed a patent (8,347,872) for a "battery powered concrete saw system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A battery operated concrete saw system (10) includes an electric saw (12) and a battery pack cart (14) as well as an electrical cord (62) for facilitating cutting in small places with a battery pack cart at a remote location." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,293). 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=8,347,872&OS=8,347,872&RS=8,347,872 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Carpet Pad Separator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Robert Blu Mooney, Grand Rapids, Mich., has developed a patent (8,348,254) for a carpet pad separator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention concerns a carpet stand for lifting carpet, containing a rigid lift tip body along its long axis, further containing a support rod and a lifting tip. The lifting tip itself lies tangent to the exterior of the rigid lift tip's body, and perpendicular to its long axis, and is shaped such that it may grip or hold onto, into the backing of a carpet. The support rod itself is sized so that it may pass through the backing of a carpet. The support rod is then inserted down through the carpet such that the lift tip will grip and raise the carpet a distance sufficient to separate a carpet from its supporting surface." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2010 (12/806,305). 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=8,348,254&OS=8,348,254&RS=8,348,254 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sika Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Sika Technology, Baar, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,348,581) developed by Michael C. Niezur, Madison Heights, Mich., and Robert B. Davis, Macomb, Mich., for an "integral tensioning member for variable sheetmetal thickness carrier attachment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A carrier for engaging a panel and a method of making a carrier for engaging a panel are disclosed. The carrier generally includes a base portion, an attachment member disposed on the base portion which is operable to engage a panel, and a springbar disposed on the base portion. The method generally includes forming a base portion, forming an attachment member, and forming a springbar on the base portion. The attachment member cooperates with the base portion to define a maximum panel thickness, and the springbar engages panels having a thickness less than or equal to the maximum panel thickness to provide tension between the base portion and a panel." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2007 (11/654,799). 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=8,348,581&OS=8,348,581&RS=8,348,581 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,347,867) developed by Michael C. Zumbaugh, Troy, Mich., Kauser Ferdous, West Bloomfield, Mich., and Jon C. Miller, Fenton, Mich., for a "system and method for protecting engine fuel pumps." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fuel control system for an internal combustion engine includes a fuel starvation detection module and a fuel pump protection module. The fuel starvation detection module detects when a fuel pump is delivering less than a predetermined amount of fuel based on a fuel level in a fuel tank, a fuel pressure in the fuel pump, and an air/fuel (A/F) ratio of the engine. The fuel pump protection module decreases an amount of fuel supplied to the engine during a period after detecting that the fuel pump is delivering less than the predetermined amount of fuel." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,256). 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=8,347,867&OS=8,347,867&RS=8,347,867 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Control System and Method for Improving Engine Stop-start Response Time ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,347,855) developed by six co-inventors for a "control system and method for improving engine stop-start response time." The co-inventors are Norman Schoenek, Novi, Mich., Michael G. Reynolds, Troy, Mich., Amin Abboud, Livonia, Mich., Gary E. McGee, Oxford, Mich., Douglas R. Verner, Sterling Heights, Mich., and Sharon Liu, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system for an engine includes a stop-start initiation module and a load control module. The stop-start initiation module shuts down the engine in response to an engine shutdown request. The load control module, in response to the engine shutdown request, increases a rate at which a rotational speed of the engine decreases during engine shutdown by increasing a rotational load input to the engine by an engine accessory coupled to a crankshaft of the engine. A method for an engine includes shutting down the engine in response to an engine shutdown request. The method further includes increasing, in response to the engine shutdown request, a rate at which a rotational speed of the engine decreases during engine shutdown by increasing a rotational load input to the engine by an engine accessory coupled to a crankshaft of the engine. " The patent application was filed on May 13, 2010 (12/779,578). 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=8,347,855&OS=8,347,855&RS=8,347,855 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Fuel Control System and Method for More Accurate Response to Feedback from an Exhaust System with an Air/Fuel Equivalence Ratio Offset ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,347,866) developed by five co-inventors for a "fuel control system and method for more accurate response to feedback from an exhaust system with an air/fuel equivalence ratio offset." The co-inventors are Jason Meyer, Dayton, Ohio, Shawn W. Midlam-Mohler, Columbus, Ohio, Kenneth P. Dudek, Rochester Hills, Mich., Stephen Yurkovich, Columbus, Ohio, and Yann G. Guezennec, Upper Arlington, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An engine control system includes a saturation determination module, an adjustment factor generation module, and a fuel control module. The saturation determination module determines when a first exhaust gas oxygen (EGO) sensor is saturated, wherein the first EGO sensor is located upstream from a catalyst. The adjustment factor generation module generates an adjustment factor for an integral gain of a fuel control module when the first EGO sensor is saturated. The fuel control module adjusts a fuel command for an engine based on differences between expected and measured amounts of oxygen in exhaust gas produced by the engine, a proportional gain, the integral gain, and the integral gain adjustment factor. " The patent application was filed on March 17, 2010 (12/725,913). 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=8,347,866&OS=8,347,866&RS=8,347,866 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Varian Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Varian Medical Systems UK, West Sussex, United Kingdom, and Varian Medical Systems Haan, Haan, Germany, have been assigned a patent (8,348,825) developed by four co-inventors for "expanding multi-lumen applicator operating within a balloon." The co-inventors are Andy Partridge, West Sussex, United Kingdom, Ralph Bodenburg, Bochum, Germany, E. Ishmael Parsai, Ottawa Hills, Ohio, and John J. Feldmeier, Monroe, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A brachytherapy apparatus includes a distal support member and a proximal support member movable relative to the distal support member. The apparatus includes a plurality of elongate treatment members having distal first locations coupled to the distal support member, proximal second locations coupled to the proximal support member, and pathways between the proximal second locations and the distal first locations adapted to receive one or more radiation sources. Each of the treatment members is movable between a generally straight configuration and a curvilinear configuration. An expandable member encloses and provides a spatial volume for the plurality of the treatment members and is adjustable between a contracted configuration and an expanded configuration." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/495,234). 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=8,348,825&OS=8,348,825&RS=8,348,825 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Engine Assembly Including Secondary Oil Pump and Pump Mounting Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,347,835) developed by Robert Jack Gallon, Northville, Mich., and David R. Staley, Flushing, Mich., for an "engine assembly including secondary oil pump and pump mounting structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cam bearing cap may include a first bearing cap region, a pump mounting region, an oil inlet, and an oil outlet. The first bearing cap region may extend over and secure a first camshaft to an engine assembly. The pump mounting region may extend from the first bearing cap region and may have a secondary oil pump mounted thereto. The oil inlet may extend through the pump mounting region and may provide communication between the secondary oil pump and an oil supply. The oil outlet may extend through the pump mounting region and may provide communication between the secondary oil pump and a hydraulically actuated engine component. " The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/605,668). 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=8,347,835&OS=8,347,835&RS=8,347,835 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Schaeffler Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Schaeffler Technologies, Herzogenaurach, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,348,792) developed by Simon Xunnan He, Troy, Mich., for a traction mechanism drive.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A traction mechanism drive (1), such as a control drive of an internal combustion engine, having an endless traction mechanism, such as a link chain, connecting a drive gear (2) and at least one driven gear (3) in a form-fitting manner, at least one clamping device (5) actuated by a pressure medium and a guiding rail (6) being arranged on the periphery of the traction mechanism. At least the guiding rail (6) includes a carrier body (7) and a resiliently flexible sliding body (8) connected to the carrier body (7) on the traction mechanism side. A spring element (18) is arranged in a free space (16) between the upper side (14) of the carrier body (7) and a lower side (15) of the sliding body (8). In order to improve the damping of the traction mechanism, the spring element (18) includes at least one flexible spring (19) connected integrally to the carrier body (7) and the sliding body (8)." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2008 (12/599,724). 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=8,348,792&OS=8,348,792&RS=8,348,792 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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