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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Feb. 5)

[February 05, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Feb. 5)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Illinois.

*** Flynn Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Timothy J. Flynn, Key Largo, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,360,290) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for separating label assembly." The co-inventors are Timothy J. Flynn, Thomas E. Flynn, Crystal Lake, Ill., Patrick J. Flynn, Redlands, Calif., and Brian Zimmerman, Yucaipa, Calif.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A label assembly including a face sheet, a back sheet, and a layer of an adhesive positioned between the face sheet and the back sheet. A separation line divides the label assembly into at least two portions. The separation line is formed by a first tearable line of separation extending across the back sheet and a second tearable line of separation extending across the face sheet. The first tearable line of separation is offset with respect to the second tearable line of separation, and at least one of the first and second tearable lines of separation includes a non-linear portion directed toward and/or an angled portion extending at an angle to an other of the at least one of the first and second tearable lines of separation." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2009 (12/381,509). 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=8,360,290&OS=8,360,290&RS=8,360,290 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** USG Interiors Assigned Patent for Grid Runner Cap Anchoring Lance ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- USG Interiors, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,359,803) developed by five co-inventors for a "grid runner cap anchoring lance." The co-inventors are James J. Lehane Jr., McHenry, Ill., Steven E. Farley, Wellington, Ohio, Donald J. Leahy, North Olmsted, Ohio, Ronald J. Koval, Aurora, Ill., and Paul A. Pomeroy, Spencer, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An elongated grid runner, and its manufacture, comprising a pair of overlying metal strips roll-formed together into a shape suitable for use in a rectangular grid to support ceiling panels, one of said strips serving as a visible cap for concealing the other strip forming the main body of the grid runner when the grid member is employed in a completed ceiling, the strips being lanced at each end of the grid runner to lock the cap strip on the main body strip whereby when the overlying strips are simultaneously cut to a finish length prior to finish roll-forming, the ends of the strip are maintained in substantially overlying end-to-end registration where the cap is visible in a finished ceiling." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2011 (13/109,286). 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=8,359,803&OS=8,359,803&RS=8,359,803 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** RTC Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- RTC Industries, Rolling Meadows, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,360,254) developed by Howard Topping, Barrington Hills, Ill., and Jeff Fridrich, Chicago, for an "angled support for displaying products." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A support structure may be mounted to an existing vertical support. In an embodiment, the support structure may include a plurality of horizontal support members. Two or more vertical uprights are mounted to the horizontal supports. The vertical uprights and one of the horizontal support members provide channels for retaining a peg board panel in position. The support structure may be configured so as to cause the peg board panel to at an angle compared to the vertical supports. Multiple support structures may be coupled together to provide runs of peg board panels. Furthermore, the peg board panel may include a graphic that correspond to products being supported by the peg board panel." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2007 (11/769,894). 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=8,360,254&OS=8,360,254&RS=8,360,254 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Accenture Global Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Accenture Global Services, Dublin, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,364,513) developed by Clarence Mitchell, New York, Ankur Mathur, Chicago, and Richard Easton, Greenwood Village, Colo., for a technician control system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technician control, in which a control system is configured to control scheduling and dispatch operations for work orders being handled by technicians. Multiple technician devices are each associated with one or more technicians, are configured to communicate, over a network, with the control system, and also are configured to provide output in response to communications that are received from the control system and that are related to the scheduling and dispatch operations performed by the control system. A set of scheduling configuration options may be pre-defined and user input weighting at least one of the scheduling configuration options relative to other of the scheduling configuration options may be received. A scheduling application used by the control system to perform scheduling operations may be configured based on configuration data that reflects the weighting and scheduling operations may be performed using the configured scheduling application." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2009 (12/481,046). 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=8,364,513&OS=8,364,513&RS=8,364,513 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freeze King Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Freeze King, Lake Geneva, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,360,278) developed by Armin Fiedler, Chicago, for a "pressure vessel, system and/or method for dispensing a comestible mixture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pressure vessel, a system and/or a method dispense a comestible mixture. The pressure vessel, the system and/or the method are used to cool, freeze and/or entrain a gas into the comestible mixture before dispensing the same. The pressure vessel may have a lid and a body that are connected to form an air-tight compartment. The compartment is sized to receive a deformable bag of the comestible mixture. The bag has an opening to communicate the comestible mixture from the bag and/or the compartment through a hole in the lid. The pressure vessel, the system and/or the method has a compressor or other source of a compressed gas a hose to communicate the compressed gas from the compressor into the compartment. Further, the hose communicates the compressed gas to a freezing chamber and/or a cooling chamber of the machine. The pressure vessel, the system and/or the method has a tube to communicate the comestible mixture from the bag to the freezing chamber and/or the cooling chamber." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2007 (11/999,423). 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=8,360,278&OS=8,360,278&RS=8,360,278 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Navteq Assigned Patent for Method of Operating a Navigation System to Provide Route Guidance ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Navteq, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,364,398) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of operating a navigation system to provide route guidance." The co-inventors are Sara B. Rossio, Chicago, Christopher S. Wiklund, Hillside, Ill., Steven M. Harding, Decatur, Ga., and David J. Holsinger, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operating a navigation system to provide a route guidance message for traveling a route is disclosed. A plurality of features visible from a road segment of the route is obtained from a geographic database associated with the navigation system. An importance rating for each of the identified features is determined. The guidance message references the identified feature having a highest determined importance rating. The importance rating considers a permanence or a seasonal dependency of the identified feature. The importance rating is adjusted to favor the identified feature closest to the lane in which the vehicle is currently located." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2010 (12/769,050). 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=8,364,398&OS=8,364,398&RS=8,364,398 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Illinois Inventors Develop Patent for Separable Drain Snake Device and Kit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Stephen S. Turner, Edelstein, Ill., and Scott I. Turner, Chillicothe, Ill., have developed a patent (8,359,696) for a "separable drain snake device and kit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A drain snake device having a rotatable handle crank at one end and an interlocking opposite end. The interlocking end is uniquely attachable to a corresponding attachment end portion of a disposable elongated snake segment. A slidable sleeve, that moves axially along the distal end of the handle between a locking position and a release position, fully engages or releases the disposable snake segment, respectively, and also simultaneously allows or blocks rotation of the handle crank, respectively. A kit containing a reusable handle and two or more uniquely corresponding snake segments is also provided." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2012 (13/401,669). 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=83,59,696.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,696&RS=PN/83,59,696 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Illionis Inventor Develops Patent for Method for Squeezing a Fruit Wedge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Dawn Lynn Morgan, Hodgkins, Ill., has developed a patent (8,360,111) for a "method for squeezing a fruit wedge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for squeezing at least one fruit wedge, including providing at least one fruit wedge, providing a disposable funnel having substantially circular cross-section formed from a substantially stretchable material, the disposable funnel having an inlet and an outlet, inserting the fruit wedge through the inlet of the disposable funnel until the fruit wedge is substantially enclosed by the disposable funnel, providing a bottle having a neck, inserting the outlet of the disposable funnel into or stretching the disposable funnel over the neck of the bottle, squeezing the disposable funnel until juice separated from the fruit wedge is squirted through the outlet into the bottle and, squeezing the disposable funnel with sufficient force so that the fruit wedge is expelled from the funnel to substantially reside in the bottle." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2011 (13/153,396). 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=83,60,111.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,111&RS=PN/83,60,111 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ignite USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Ignite USA, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,360,267) developed by Joe Chiou, Wilmette, Ill., and Sami M. El-Saden, Winnetka, Ill., for a "drinking container having locking drinking orifice and vent aperture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A locking mechanism for a trigger assembly in a lid of a drinking container is provided. In one embodiment, the locking mechanism comprises a button member, a stop and a manifold. The button member is moveable in a first direction from a first locked position to a second unlocked position. The button member is further moveable in a second direction toward an interior of the lid when the button is disposed in the second position. The button member has a locking protrusion portion. The locking protrusion portion of the button member is disposed proximate the stop in the first position, and distal the stop in the second position. The stop limits movement of the button member in the second direction with the button member disposed in the first position. A manifold is slidingly connected to the button member. The manifold is displaced by the button member when the button member is moved in the second direction. The manifold operates a seal assembly to allow fluid communication between the drink aperture and the container body." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2011 (13/219,140). 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=8,360,267&OS=8,360,267&RS=8,360,267 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** USG Interiors Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- USG Interiors, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,359,812) developed by Muhammad M. Raheel, Mundelein, Israel, James J. Lehane Jr., McHenry, Ill., and Paul LaLonde, Highland Park, Ill., for a "single strip single web grid tee." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A grid tee and method of making the same comprising an elongated sheet metal strip folded on itself to integrally form a lower double wall flange, a hollow upper reinforcing bulb, and a web extending upwardly between the flange and bulb, the flange generally lying in a horizontal plane, having opposed spaced parallel edges extending longitudinally, and being perpendicular to the web, the web lying in a generally vertical plane, the strip having two longitudinal extending marginal edge zones, said marginal edge zones being generally vertically disposed and fixed at least at longitudinally spaced locations to a central area of the strip that forms a portion of the web and forming a double web layer area, the marginal edge zones of the strip being vertically spaced from one another such that a portion of the central area of the strip that forms a part of the web is a single exclusive layer." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2006 (11/617,776). 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=8,359,812&OS=8,359,812&RS=8,359,812 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,360,343) developed by eight co-inventors for "methods and systems for executing fluid delivery mission." The co-inventors are Adam J. Gudat, Chillicothe, Ill., James D. Humphrey, Decatur, Ill., Peter W. Anderton, Peoria, Ill., David C. Orr, Dunlap, Ill., Kenneth L. Stratton, Dunlap, Ill., Craig L. Koehrsen, East Peoria, Ill., Claude W. Keefer, Elmwood, Ill., and Michael D. Braunstein, Washington, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile fluid delivery machine for delivering fluid to a site has a tank storing fluid, and at least one spray head configured to spray the stored fluid onto the site. In addition, the machine has a communication device configured to receive fluid delivery mission instructions from a site computing system, the mission instructions identifying a sequence of path segments on the site and corresponding fluid delivery amounts allocated to the path segments, and a location device configured to determine the location of the machine on the site. Th machine may also have a fluid delivery system configured to determine whether the location of the fluid delivery machine corresponds to a path segment of the sequence, and when it is determined that the location of the machine corresponds to a path segment in the sequence, to identify the fluid delivery amount allocated to that path segment based on the mission instructions." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/772,060). 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=8,360,343&OS=8,360,343&RS=8,360,343 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Duratel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Duratel, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,359,814) developed by Donald S. Williams, Chicago, for "pultruded/extruded utility lighting, mounting and climbing structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Pultruded and/or extruded lighting, mounting and climbing structures. The lighting structures comprise plural pullwound pultruded cylindrical structures and a mounting structure. The lighting structures also include plural types of climbing components." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2010 (12/901,784). 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=8,359,814&OS=8,359,814&RS=8,359,814 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Telezygology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Telezygology, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,360,307) developed by Dickory Rudduck, Chicago, and Lachlan Richard Goldspink, Chicago, for a "closure for a compartment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a closures (106) for a compartment (100) having one or more walls (112, 114, 116, 118) and an opening (110) defined by at least one of the walls (112, 114, 116, 118). The closure (106) is associated with at least one fastener located inside the compartment (100). The fastener can hold the closure (106) in a first position (eg. closed) relative to the opening (110). The fastener is adapted to cause the closure (106) to assume a second position (eg. open) relative to the opening (110) upon receipt of a suitable signal. The closure (106) has at least on indicium (108) visible from outside the compartment (110). The indicium (108) is adapted to provide a visual indication of a status of the closure (106) or the compartment (110), such as closure open, closure closed, compartment empty, compartment occupied. Instead of indicium (108) or in addition to it, the closure of the invention can include in the fastener means for communicating to a remote device, a status of the closure or the compartment. The closure and the compartment may form an array with other closures and compartments having similar fasteners. In that event, the fastener in each compartment may be addressable." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2010 (12/972,739). 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=8,360,307&OS=8,360,307&RS=8,360,307 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Urinal Bracket Extension Plate ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Christopher L. Burdette, Gibson City, Ill., has developed a patent (8,359,678) for a "urinal bracket extension plate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bracket system for improving the speed and ease of mounting a urinal using a standard urinal carrier. A carrier wall base comprises a carrier first mount having a plurality of bolts, and a carrier second mount having a plurality of bolts. The carrier first mount connects to a first bracket base plate that comprises a plurality of apertures. A first telescopic connector slidably connects the first bracket base plate to a first bracket extension plate. The carrier second mount connects to a second bracket base plate that comprises a plurality of apertures. A second telescopic connector slidably connects the second bracket base plate to a second bracket extension plate." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2012 (13/409,444). 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=83,59,678.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,678&RS=PN/83,59,678 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** USG Interiors Assigned Patent for Grid Runner ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- USG Interiors, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,359,801) developed by five co-inventors for a grid runner. The co-inventors are James J. Lehane Jr., McHenry, Ill., Peder J. Gulbrandsen, Aurora, Ill., John L. Hammond, Fairview Park, Ohio, Abraham M. Underkofler, Waukegan, Ill., and Mark R. Paulsen, Beach Park, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A roll-formed grid runner comprising a sheet metal strip folded into an upper hollow single wall reinforcing bulb, a double wall web below the bulb, a channel extending laterally from both sides of a lower end of the web to a bend and upwardly from the bend to a panel supporting elevation, the bend on each side of the web existing at a longitudinally extending score line where a thickness of the strip is locally reduced." The patent application was filed on Aug. 2, 2010 (12/848,267). 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=8,359,801&OS=8,359,801&RS=8,359,801 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Airless Spray Gun having Overhead Valve and Removable Head ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Paul R. Micheli, Glen Ellyn, Ill., has developed a patent (8,360,345) for an "airless spray gun having overhead valve and removable head." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, in certain embodiments, may include a spray coating device having a handle, a fluid head comprising a fluid valve and a trigger coupled to the fluid valve, and a quick disconnect fastener coupling the fluid head with the handle. A system, in other embodiments, may include a spray coating device having a body, a pivot joint coupled to the body, and a trigger having a lever coupled to the pivot joint. The trigger may be configured to move in a first direction. The system also may include a valve disposed in the body and movable in a second direction crosswise to the first direction, wherein the lever is configured to bias the valve in the second direction." The patent application was filed on May 31, 2007 (11/809,182). 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=83,60,345.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,345&RS=PN/83,60,345 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Agri-Fab Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Agri-Fab, Sullivan, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,359,694) developed by John Johnson, Findlay, Ill., Evan T. Ward, Chicago, and Miroslav Vuckovic, Skokie, Ill., for a "lawn sweeper assembly with adjustable brush assembly and hopper assembly and method of use thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to a lawn sweeper designed to collect debris, such as grass clippings and leaves, from a surface such as a lawn, and more particularly to a lawn sweeper with an adjustable brush assembly and characteristics associated with improved storage of such a device. A user may adjust the brush assembly with respect to the housing without needing to move the wheels. The hopper assembly may include a panel movable to be placed in at least two orientations, thereby allowing a user to change the volume within which the hopper assembly may collect debris. Methods are also disclosed for adjusting the brush assembly and for storing a lawn sweeper unit." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2008 (12/053,965). 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=8,359,694&OS=8,359,694&RS=8,359,694 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Accenture Global Services Assigned Patent for Test Script Transformation Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Accenture Global Services, Dublin, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,365,147) developed by Mark Grechanik, Chicago, Qing Xie, Chicago, and Chen Fu, Downers Grove, Ill., for a "test script transformation architecture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A test script transformation architecture helps generate accurate test scripts for evolving applications. Applications often have complex graphical user interfaces for which the permutations and combinations of GUI elements give rise to an enormous field of potential commands and command sequences to be tested. Furthermore, these applications change over time, rendering prior test scripts unworkable. The architecture facilitates the automatic generation of new test scripts to reliably test subsequent application versions, while greatly reducing the time, cost, and resource expenditures needed to arrive at new test scripts." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2008 (12/038,665). 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=8,365,147&OS=8,365,147&RS=8,365,147 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Gate Gourmet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Gate Gourmet, Zurich Airport, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,364,547) developed by Tracy Alan Metzger, Elmhurst, Ill., for a "system for real-time sales and inventory reconciliation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system is presented that facilitates transactions for products to be completed and product inventory tracking to be performed in real-time even if the products are brought to the location of a customer prior to the transaction. The system completes transactions by accepting and settling cash, credit card, debit card and other forms of payment in real-time. In general, the system includes three basic components: an application module, a back office portal and a portable device. These components may be placed in communication with each other in various configurations to perform various functions that enable product tracking and transaction completion." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2006 (11/340,302). 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=8,364,547&OS=8,364,547&RS=8,364,547 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NXP Assigned Patent for Data-processing System and Data-Processing Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- NXP, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,364,860) developed by Peter Klapproth, Waalre, The Netherlands, Greg Ehmann, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., and Claus Pfeiffer, Eckental, Germany, for a "data-processing system and data-processing method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data-processing system is described comprising: .cndot. A plurality of data-processing devices (11, 12, 13, 14) .cndot. A data-handling facility (20) shared by the data-processing devices, .cndot. An aggregation facility (30) for receiving signals (R1, R2, R3, R4) indicative for individual requirements from the data-processing devices for a performance of the shared data-handling facility and for providing a control signal (RA) indicative for a required activity level to meet the aggregated requirements, .cndot. a control device (40) for controlling an activity level of the data-handling facility depending on the control signal (RA). Additionally a data-processing method is described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2008 (12/678,757). 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=8,364,860&OS=8,364,860&RS=8,364,860 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Bifurcated Electronic Display Gaming System, Apparatus, and Method for Displaying a Primary Game When Closed and for Displaying a Secondary Game When Opened ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Keith A. Petri, Wayne, Ill., has developed a patent (8,360,878) for a "bifurcated electronic display gaming system, apparatus, and method for displaying a primary game when closed and for displaying a secondary game when opened." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gaming system enables a gamer to sequentially play primary and secondary games. The gaming system comprises a primary gaming apparatus having a bifurcated electronic (e.g. liquid crystal or organic light emitting diode) display and a secondary gaming apparatus positioned behind the bifurcated electronic display relative to the gamer. The bifurcated electronic display enables (1) primary gaming when in a closed position, and (2) secondary gaming when in an open position. In other words, the secondary gaming apparatus is viewable when the bifurcated electronic display opens. The primary gaming apparatus effects or provides visually perceptible substantially seamless primary game imagery across the junction of the bifurcated electronic display. Various alternative embodiments and gaming methods are further disclosed as being supporting of the essential gaming system." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2010 (12/925,332). 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=8,360,878&OS=8,360,878&RS=8,360,878 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Accenture Global Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Accenture Global Services, Dublin, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,360,787) developed by five co-inventors for a "simulation enabled accounting tutorial system." The co-inventors are Alexander Zorba Sr., Middletown, Conn., Eren Tolga Rosenfeld, New York, Benoit Patrick Bertrand, Brossard, Canada, Eric Jeffrey Lannert, Chicago, and Kerry Russell Wills, Manchester, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system is disclosed that provides a goal based learning system utilizing a rule based expert training system to provide a cognitive educational experience. The system provides the user with a simulated environment that presents a business opportunity to understand and solve optimally. Mistakes are noted and remedial educational material presented dynamically to build the necessary skills that a user requires for success in the business endeavor. The system utilizes an artificial intelligence engine driving individualized and dynamic feedback with synchronized video and graphics used to simulate real-world environment and interactions. A robust business model provides support for realistic activities and allows a user to experience real world consequences for their actions and decisions and entails realtime decision-making and synthesis of the educational material. Techniques for process sensitive help are also integrated into the system to provide contextual examples to guide a user in performing a task." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2008 (12/191,829). 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=8,360,787&OS=8,360,787&RS=8,360,787 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Precision MicroDynamics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Precision MicroDynamics, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,363,680) developed by four co-inventors for a "network control architecture and protocol for a distributed control, data acquisition and data distribution system and process." The co-inventors are Tomislav Erlic, Victoria, Canada, Mile Erlic, Victoria, Canada, Glen Arthur Field, Victoria, Canada, and David Peter Harris, Wilmette, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and process for distributed control, data acquisition and data distribution. The system and process comprise a one or more chain of nodes configured to remove and add packets to a synchronous data stream without management or control of a master node. Additionally, the nodes are provided with offset parameters to affect synchronous activity." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2009 (12/934,231). 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=8,363,680.PN.&OS=PN/8,363,680&RS=PN/8,363,680 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Administration Feeding Set ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Covidien, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,361,024) developed by four co-inventors for an administration feeding set. The co-inventors are Glenn G. Fournie, Smithton, Ill., James M. Harr, Foristell, Mo., Kevin C. Meier, St. Louis, and Ricky A. Sisk, Washington, Mo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An administration feeding set for use with a flow control apparatus to deliver fluid from at least one fluid source to a patient. The set includes tubing for flow of fluid along a fluid pathway and a mounting member on the tubing adapted to engage the flow control apparatus. The mounting member has at least two receiving portions co-axial with the fluid pathway. The set also includes one or more identification members selectively positioned on one or more of the at least two receiving portions of the mounting member to permit identification of the administration feeding set as having a particular functional configuration different from another functional configuration." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/245,087). 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=8,361,024&OS=8,361,024&RS=8,361,024 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Electronic Mobile Device Seamless Key/Display Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,362,372) developed by Paul John Kudrna, Naperville, Ill., Michael Thomas Pope, Schaumburg, Ill., and James Nelson Aldrich, Arlington Heights, Ill., for an "electronic mobile device seamless key/display structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A key/display assembly includes first and second switches, a display module, and a lens is disposed adjacent the display module. The lens includes a first contact region, a second contact region, and an inner surface that supports a first foot between the first contact region and the second contact region. A first key is defined by the first switch and the first contact region and is actuated by deflecting the first contact region to actuate the first switch. A second key is defined by the second switch and the second contact region and is actuated by deflecting the second contact region to actuate the second switch. When actuating the first key, the first foot inhibits the second contact region from actuating the second switch. When actuating the second key, the first foot inhibits the first contact region from actuating the first switch." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/021,010). 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=8,362,372.PN.&OS=PN/8,362,372&RS=PN/8,362,372 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New York, Illinois Inventors Develop Patent for System and Method for Monitoring Plantar Temperature of the Foot ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Scott Kantro, Pound Ridge, N.Y., Andrew M. Singer, South Salem, N.Y., and Don Edgerton, Lake Barrington, Ill., have developed a patent (8,360,987) for a "system and method for monitoring plantar temperature of the foot." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A console for measuring plantar foot pressure includes a support case and at least two temperature sensitive pads, disposed in the case, configured to allow a user to measure the temperature of the soles of their feet without assistance." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2007 (12/001,493). 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=8,360,987&OS=8,360,987&RS=8,360,987 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tokyo Ink Manufacturing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Tokyo Ink Manufacturing, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,362,100) developed by four co-inventors for an "ink curable with actinic energy ray and printed matter." The co-inventors are Akiko Ohno, Elk Grove Village, Ill., Kazuya Inoue, Tokyo, Satoshi Maeda, Tokyo, and Toshifumi Midorikawa, Tokyo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ink curable with actinic energy rays characterized by containing a photocleavage type photopolymerization initiator (A) comprising .alpha.-aminoalkylphenone compound (A1) having a molar absorption coefficient measured at a wavelength of 363 nm of 100 (l/molcm) or more and less than 100,000 (l/molcm) and/or an acylphosphine oxide compound (A2) having a molar absorption coefficient measured at a wavelength of 365 nm of 100 (l/molcm) or more and less than 100,000 (l/molcm); and a hydrogen abstraction type photopolymerization initiator (B) comprising 4,4'-dialkylaminobenzophenone having a molar absorption coefficient at a wavelength of 365 nm of 10,000 (l/molcm) or more and less than 1,000,000 (l/molcm) and by optionally containing a tertiary amine compound (C) having a molar extinction coefficient as measured at a wavelength of 365 nm of 1 (l/molcm) or lower. The ink further includes a resin, a pigment, and a compound having an acrylate group." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2008 (12/668,002). 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=8,362,100.PN.&OS=PN/8,362,100&RS=PN/8,362,100 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,363,643) developed by Youngae Kim, Mississauga, Canada, and Andrew Allen, Mundelein, Ill., for a "method for delivering device and server capabilities." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for delivering the capabilities of user agents. The method includes a user agent sending a session initiation protocol (SIP) message containing a Contact Header containing a Push Resource Identifier feature tag containing at least one push resource." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2009 (12/490,095). 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=8,363,643.PN.&OS=PN/8,363,643&RS=PN/8,363,643 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Normal-to-flow Thermostat Design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- T. Yomi Obidi, Melrose Park, Ill., has developed a patent (8,360,634) for a normal-to-flow thermostat design.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thermostat disposed to operate in a direction that is normal to the direction of flow of the fluid for which the thermostat regulates the temperature. In one embodiment, the thermostat comprises two mating faces, their movement being controlled either by the expansion or contraction of the carefully selected and apportioned materials in the thermostat pack or by a sensor-triggered controller in response to the temperature of the fluid to which the thermostat is exposed. The first type or Type 1 is normally closed, typically for use in liquid-cooled engines. The second type or Type 2 is normally open, typically for use in industrial applications, such as in solvent evaporation/recycle units where it is desirable to stop direct coolant flow into a paint gun cleaner or a similar equipment, when the temperature of the coolant reaches beyond a pre-determined upper limit." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2008 (12/217,488). 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=8,360,634&OS=8,360,634&RS=8,360,634 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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