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

[November 19, 2012]

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

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

*** NEI, Kennedy & Jenks Consultants Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- NEI Corp., Piscataway, N.J., and Kennedy & Jenks Consultants, San Francisco, have been assigned a patent (8,303,823) developed by Ganesh Skandan, Easton, Pa., Runqing Ou, Bridgewater, N.J., and Rajagopalan Ganesh, Portola Hills, Calif., for a "use of nanoscale particles (nanoadditives) with cationic polymers to enhance conditioning and dewatering of sludge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Nanoscale additives and methodology for their use during polymer-aided sludge dewatering to increase the dewatering efficiency compared to traditionally used polymer-only dewatering processes. The nanoscale additive increases the percent solids in the dewatered cake compared to polymer-only treatment. When the nanoscale additives are added, the centrifugal force (shear) required to obtain high percent solids can be significantly reduced and the optimum polymer dose required for effective dewatering is also significantly reduced." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2010 (12/702,416). 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=8,303,823.PN.&OS=PN/8,303,823&RS=PN/8,303,823 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Endo Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Endo Pharmaceuticals, Chadds Ford, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,309,122) developed by four co-inventors for an "oxymorphone controlled release formulations." The co-inventors are Huai-Hung Kao, Syosset, N.Y., Anand R. Baichwal, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Troy McCall, Smyma, Ga., and David Lee, Chadds Ford, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention pertains to a method of relieving pain by administering a controlled release pharmaceutical tablet containing oxymorphone which produces a mean minimum blood plasma level 12 to 24 hours after dosing, as well as the tablet producing the sustained pain relief." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (11/680,432). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,122.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,122&RS=PN/8,309,122 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Empire Technology Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Empire Technology Development, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,310,947) developed by Timothy H. Hwang, Philadelphia, for a "wireless network access using an adaptive antenna array." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques described herein generally relate to systems, devices and methods for determining a wireless access point for a communications device in a wireless network. In some examples, the communications device may be assigned to a default wireless access unit in response to a request from the communications device for wireless access, where the default wireless access unit may provide the communications device with wireless access. A default wireless access unit may be arranged to monitor the network activity of the communications device to determine if the network activity satisfies a pre-determined condition, where the communications device may be re-assigned to an adaptive wireless access unit when the pre-determined condition is satisfied." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2009 (12/490,702). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,10,947.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,947&RS=PN/83,10,947 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent for Connector Assembly Having a Cable ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,491) developed by seven co-inventors for a "connector assembly having a cable." The co-inventors are Robert Paul Nichols, Santa Rosa, Calif., Brian Patrick Costello, Scotts Valley, Calif., Keith McQuilkin Murr, York, Pa., Arash Behziz, Newbury Park, Calif., Scott D. Spicer, Mechanicsburg, Pa., Richard Elof Hamner, Hummelstown, Pa., and Jason M'Cheyne Reisinger, Carlisle, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connector assembly includes a connector housing configured to be coupled to a primary circuit board. A connector is held within the connector housing. The connector has a connector circuit board having a mating surface and a cable surface. The mating surface has mating contacts configured to be mated to corresponding mating contacts of a secondary circuit board. The cable surface has cable contacts. Cables extend between a first end and a second end. The first end of each cable is coupled to corresponding cable contacts of the connector circuit board. The second end of each cable is configured to be coupled to a cable contact on the primary circuit board or a second connector assembly on the primary circuit board." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2011 (13/081,000). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,491&OS=8,308,491&RS=8,308,491 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent for Solid State Lighting Assembly Having a Strain Relief Member ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,501) developed by Matthew Edward Mostoller, Hummelstown, Pa., and Christopher George Daily, Harrisburg, Pa., for a "solid state lighting assembly having a strain relief member." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A solid state lighting assembly includes a housing configured to hold a solid state lighting module. The housing has a cavity. A contact is positioned within the cavity. The contact has a wire end and a mating end. The wire end is configured to be coupled to a insertion segment of a wire. The wire extends from the cavity to an exterior of the housing. A strain relief member extends from the exterior of the housing. The strain relief member is configured to engage a portion of the wire upstream from the insertion segment of the wire." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2011 (13/035,513). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,501&OS=8,308,501&RS=8,308,501 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent for Power Connector System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,500) developed by Andrew Charles Davison, Harrisburg, Pa., John Eugene Westman, Harrisburg, Pa., and Steven Lee Flickinger, Hummelstown, Pa., for a power connector system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power connector system for an appliance includes a cable assembly comprising a plug having plug contacts terminated to discrete wires of the cable assembly. The power connector system also includes a receptacle assembly having a receptacle housing having a cavity that receives the plug. The receptacle housing is configured to be received in a cutout of a bezel of the appliance such that the cavity is accessible from an exterior of the appliance. The receptacle housing holds receptacle contacts that are mated to the plug contacts when the plug is received in the cavity." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2010 (12/762,989). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,500&OS=8,308,500&RS=8,308,500 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dot Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Dot Holdings, Wayne, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,571) developed by David Sonn, Wayne, Pa., for "game system based on selection of final two contestants." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for conducting a game with two or more participants that provides selections of the final two contestants for a particular contest. In the game, at least one winning participant is determined by comparing each participant's selections of the final two contestants to the actual final two contestants in the contest. Participants may also provide an indication of the first place contestant from among the selected final two contestants. Ties may be broken by comparing each participant's selection of a first place contestant to the actual first place contestant in the contest. Also described is a system for implementation of the method including means for carrying out the steps of the method. The method and system provide a fun, straightforward game that can be adapted to a wide variety of contests, be played by a large number of participants and be implemented over the World Wide Web." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2009 (12/633,556). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,571&OS=8,308,571&RS=8,308,571 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,512) developed by four co-inventors for a connector assembly. The co-inventors are Christopher David Ritter, Hummelstown, Pa., Wayne Samuel Davis, Harrisburg, Pa., Robert Neil Whiteman Jr., Middletown, Pa., and Dharmendra Saraswat, Harrisburg, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connector assembly includes contact modules having dielectric bodies holding contacts having mating portions extending from the dielectric body. The connector assembly includes a conductive shield body holding the contact modules in a stacked configuration. The shield body provides shielding around the contact modules and the shield body has a mating end configured to be mated to a mating connector assembly. The mating end has one or more exposed surfaces between corresponding contacts. The shield body extends between selected contact modules. The connector assembly includes a conductive gasket positioned along the mating end of the shield body. The conductive gasket engages the exposed surfaces of the shield body to define a ground path between the conductive shield body and the mating connector assembly." The patent application was filed on Jan. 17, 2011 (13/007,944). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,512&OS=8,308,512&RS=8,308,512 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ACE Surgeon Training Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- ACE Surgeon Training, Abington, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,486) developed by John S. Kokora, Meadowbrook, Pa., and Richard M. Berman, Dresher, Pa., for a "surgical-training device for providing three-dimensional-tactile feedback, and method of operation thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical-training device for measuring roughness (non-delicate manipulation) during a simulated-surgical technique is described. The device has a housing, a platform, and a sensor module. The platform is movably coupled to the housing, and is configured for three-dimensional motion relative to the housing. The platform is further configured to move from a start position to a displaced position when a force is applied to the platform as a result of a user performing a simulated-surgical technique on the platform. A sensor module, coupled to the housing, is configured to determine when the platform moves a distance (from the start position to the displaced position) that exceeds a preset-threshold distance. If the preset-threshold distance is exceeded, sensor module indicates (by visual and/or auditory alarms within the device, and/or computerized counting and scoring reports) that the user applied excessive force, and was therefore too rough when performing the simulated-surgical technique. A method of manufacturing a surgical-training device is also provided." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2011 (13/103,834). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,486&OS=8,308,486&RS=8,308,486 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent for Mating of Optical Fibers Having Angled End Faces ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,374) developed by Michael L. Gurreri, York, Pa., for "mating of optical fibers having angled end faces." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for mating optical fibers, a fiber optic connector, and a fiber optic subassembly are provided in which mating fibers have angled end faces joined by index matching fluid, but in which the angled end faces of the fibers are positioned relative to one another in rotationally misaligned relationship. Applicants discovered unexpectedly that optical fibers can be spliced, to provide satisfactory optical connections, without the need for matched cleaves, and without the need for precise rotational alignment of the cleaves, provided that angled end faces are provided on both the launch and receive fibers and that index matching gel is provided between the angled end faces. Thus, the fibers are mated in positions other than in the precise rotationally aligned position previously believed essential to adequate optical performance. Angled end faces may be positioned less than 165 degrees out of phase." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2012 (13/360,924). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,374&OS=8,308,374&RS=8,308,374 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CCW Breakaways Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- CCW Breakaways, New Cumberland, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,307,465) developed by Jay French, New Cumberland, Pa., and Jared M. French, New Cumberland, Pa., for a "garment pocket for carrying an object in a concealed state." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A garment pocket configured to carry, in a concealed and readily-accessible state, a handgun or other object is disclosed. The garment pocket is configured to be folded to yield and maintain at least one additional configuration. The garment pocket can be folded to assume and maintain either a first folded configuration, or a second folded configuration. The garment pocket in the first folded configuration is suitable for carrying, in an ergonomic position, a handgun having, for example, a medium-to-long barrel portion, whereas the garment pocket in the second folded configuration is suitable for carrying, in an ergonomic position, a handgun having, for example, a relatively short barrel portion." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2009 (12/549,212). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,465&OS=8,307,465&RS=8,307,465 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Medrad Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Medrad, Indianola, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,307,693) developed by Martin J. Uram, Pittsburgh, Michael G. Frazier, Lower Burrell, Pa., and Kenton E. Adams, Allison Park, Pa., for "devices, systems and method for calibration of systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An injector system for use in injecting a fluid into a patient includes a communication system adapted to receive data from at least a first sensor that measures a value first variable. The communication system is also adapted to receive data from a calibrated sensor that measures a value the first variable. The injector system further includes a calibration system adapted to calibrate output from the first sensor in response to output from the calibrated sensor. An injector for use in injecting a fluid into a patient, includes a first sensor that measures a value first variable, a communication port adapted to receive data from a calibrated sensor that measures the value the first variable, and a controller adapted to compare data from the calibrated sensor with data from the first sensor and to calibrate output from the first sensor. The devices, systems and methods of the present invention are applicable to systems other than injection systems. For example, a method for calibrating a system (for example, an injector system) includes: placing a calibrated sensor in communication with the system; making a measurement of the value of at least a first variable with the calibrated sensor; transmitting the measured value from the calibrated sensor to the system via a data communication system in operative connection between the calibrated sensor and the system; making a measurement of the value of the first variable with a sensor of the system at approximately the same time as the measurement made with the calibrated sensor; comparing the value of the first variable measured with the calibrated sensor with the value of the first variable measured with the system sensor; and calibrating the output of the system sensor at least in part based upon the comparison." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2007 (11/736,802). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,07,693.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,693&RS=PN/83,07,693 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Industrial Technology Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Industrial Technology Research Institute, Hsinchu, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,312,276) developed by five co-inventors for a "method for sending and receiving an evaluation of reputation in a social network." The co-inventors are Shin-Yan Chiou, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Shih-Ying Chang, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Ghita Mezzour, Pittsburg, Adrian Perrig, Pittsburg, and Hung-Min Sun, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network reputation system and its controlling method are provided. A credential and exchange component permits a user to generate credentials and exchange matching items with those persons having a social relationship with the user. A reputation evaluation component enables other users to make evaluations about an estimatee via the sharing of social network information. A query and response component receives a query from a person having a social relationship with the user for requesting an evaluation about the estimatee, and responds with an associated evaluation result to the person having a social relationship with the user, via the sharing of social network information and the evaluations made by the other users about the estimatee." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/411,396). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,312,276&OS=8,312,276&RS=8,312,276 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CertainTeed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- CertainTeed, Valley Forge, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,307,599) developed by Robert L. Jenkins, HoneyBrook, Pa., and Gregory F. Jacobs, Oreland, Pa., for "molded shingles with moisture guards for fasteners and with shingle alignment features." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A molded synthetic polymer based shingle is provided as is a roof made up of underlying and overlying of courses of such shingles. The shingles are generally rigid and are provided with upwardly protruding moisture guards on the upper surfaces of their headlap portions, for guarding against wind-blown moisture entering fastener locations at which fasteners are used to attach shingles to a roof. The moisture guards may be of various configurations and by either completely or incompletely surround the fastener locations. Shields having recesses for receiving moisture guards therein, or other downward projections, may be provided at under surface locations of the shingles in cooperative engagement for further protection against moisture penetration and for facilitating alignment of shingles relative to other shingles." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2010 (12/834,218). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,07,599.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,599&RS=PN/83,07,599 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boehringer Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Boehringer Technologies, Phoenixville, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,309,787) developed by Christopher L. Radl, Malvern, Pa., Kevin P. Klocek, Wynnewood, Pa., and John Karpowicz, Chester Springs, Pa., for a "tunnel dressing for use with negative pressure wound therapy system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tunnel dressing for use in treating a tunneling wound using negative pressure wound therapy. The tunnel dressing includes an elongate permeable member having a closed distal end for entering the wound and an open proximal end into which an applicator is removably disposed for guiding the dressing into the wound. The tunnel dressing has a support structure adapted to transport wound exudates away from the wound and to resist compression under suction. The tunnel dressing also has a wound contact surface adapted to minimize tissue entanglement to facilitate removal. The support structure and wound contact surface may be formed from the same material or from two adjacent layers of different material." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2010 (12/950,002). 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=8,309,787&OS=8,309,787&RS=8,309,787 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Victaulic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Victaulic, Easton, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,307,906) developed by William J. Reilly, Langhorne, Pa., Kevin J. Blease, Easton, Pa., and Matthew J. Puzio, Easton, Pa., for an "apparatus and method for automatic conversion of sprinkler system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and method for converting a fire suppression system from a single interlock electric or double interlock electro-pneumatic system to a single interlock pneumatic system which draws no electrical power. A pneumatic actuator is in fluid communication with a pressurized piping network and a control valve controlling flow of fire suppressant to the network. The pneumatic actuator is isolated from the piping network by a check valve and a latching solenoid valve. In the event of a power failure the latching solenoid valve is opened, placing the pneumatic actuator in fluid communication with the piping network. Electrical power is drawn only to change the state of the latching solenoid valve, it otherwise draws no power. When the latching solenoid valve is open the pneumatic actuator controls actuation of the control valve, and triggers the control valve when there is a pressure change in the piping network indicative of a fire." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2009 (12/364,976). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,906&OS=8,307,906&RS=8,307,906 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Globus Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Globus Medical, Audubon, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,802) developed by William S. Rhoda, Media, Pa., Noah Hansell, King of Prussia, Pa., and Andrew Lee, Oreland, Pa., for an expandable vertebral prosthesis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to an expandable prosthetic implant device for engagement between vertebrae generally comprising an inner member, outer member, and gear member positioned coaxial with respect to each other such that the inner and outer members are moveable relative to each other along an axis. The gear member is axially fixed to the outer member and freely rotatable with respect to the outer member and the gear member threadedly engages a threaded portion of the inner member to translate inner member along the axis. The implant is configured to engage the vertebrae in a predetermined alignment and the gear member includes gear teeth exposed to the exterior and configured to be accessible by a tool member at a plurality of angular positions around the perimeter of the implant device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 21, 2010 (12/691,350). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,802&OS=8,308,802&RS=8,308,802 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,309,780) developed by Jihad Mohammed Dakka, Whitehouse Station, N.J., Jeffrey T. Elks, Geneva, Ill., and James C. Vartuli, West Chester, Pa., for a "process for making olefin oligomers and alkyl benzenes in the presence of mixed metal oxide catalysts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a process for oligomerizing n-olefins. The process has the step of reacting (oligomerizing) an amount of one or more n-olefins in the presence of a catalytically effective amount of a two or more metal oxides at a temperature effective to effect oligomerization. The two or more metal oxides are represented by the formula MO.sub.n/M'O.sub.n'. M and M', are, independently, selected from the group consisting of Al, Ce, Fe, P, W, Zr, and combinations thereof. M and M' are different metals or combinations of metals. "n" and "n'" are positive numbers and vary stoichiometrically depending on the valency of M and M', respectively. Provided is also a process for alkylation of an alkylatable aromatic compound. The process has the step of contacting an amount of one or more n-olefins with an amount of aromatic compound in the presence of a catalytically effective amount of the two or more metal oxides at a temperature effective to effect alkylation of the aromatic compound." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (12/005,027). 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=8,309,780&OS=8,309,780&RS=8,309,780 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lyondell Chemical Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lyondell Chemical Technology, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,761) developed by Noel C. Hallinan, Loveland, Ohio, and Brian A. Salisbury, Oxford, Pa., for "removing hydrocarbon impurities from acetic acid by ionic liquid extraction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for removing hydrocarbon impurities from acetic acid is disclosed. The method comprises extracting acetic acid with a hydrophilic imidazolium salt. The imidazolium salt preferably has the general structure of ##STR00001## wherein X.sup..crclbar. is a counter ion and R.sub.1, R.sub.2, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, and R.sub.5 are independently selected from the group consisting of C.sub.1-C.sub.6 hydrocarbon substitutes. The method is useful for removing hydrocarbon impurities from the alkane distillation bottoms stream of a methanol carbonylation process." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2010 (12/807,110). 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=8,309,761&OS=8,309,761&RS=8,309,761 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mutual Pharmaceutical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Mutual Pharmaceutical, Philadelphia, has been assigned a patent (8,309,764) developed by five co-inventors for a "colchicine solid-state forms; methods of making; and methods of use thereof." The co-inventors are Tong Sun, Marlton, N.J., Kurt Nielsen, Chadds Ford, Pa., Shawn Watson, Cherry Hill, N.J., Rolf Hilfiker, Allschwil, Switzerland, and Andreas Sieber, Bern, Switzerland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are new colchicine solid-state forms, methods of preparing the solid-state forms, as well as formulations prepared therefrom and uses thereof." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2009 (12/423,040). 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=8,309,764&OS=8,309,764&RS=8,309,764 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E.I. du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,308,886) developed by twenty-two co-inventors for a "donor elements and processes for thermal transfer of nanoparticle layers." The co-inventors are Gerald Donald Andrews, Hockessin, Del., Marc B. Goldfinger, West Chester, Pa., Mark Andrew Harmer, Landenberg, Pa., Gary Delmar Jaycox, West Chester, Pa., Lynda Kaye Johnson, Wilmington, Del., Irina Malajovich, Swarthmore, Pa., William J. Marshall, Wilmington, Del., Elizabeth Forrester McCord, Hockessin, Del., Charles Nehemiah McEwen, Newark, Del., Jeffrey Scott Meth, Landenberg, Pa., Richard Kevin Bailey, Newark, Del., Geoffrey Nunes, Swarthmore, Pa., Rinaldo Soria Schiffino, Wilmington, Del., Paul J. Shannon, Exton, Pa., Kenneth George Sharp, Landenberg, Pa., Karyn B. Visscher, Morris Plains, N.J., Graciela Beatriz Blanchet, Boston, John W. Catron Jr., Smyrna, Del., Reid John Chesterfield, Wilmington, Del., Thomas C. Felder, Kennett Square, Pa., Feng Gao, Hockessin, Del., and Howard David Glicksman, Durham, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention discloses processes for thermal transfer patterning of a nanoparticle layer and a corresponding proximate portion of a carrier layer, and optionally additional transfer layers, together onto a thermal imaging receiver. The invention is useful for dry fabrication of electronic devices. Additional embodiments of the invention include multilayer thermal imaging donors comprising in layered sequence: a base film, a carrier layer and a nanoparticle layer. The carrier layer can be a dielectric or conducting layer. When the carrier layer is a dielectric layer, the base film includes a light attenuating agent in the form of a dye or pigment." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2006 (11/488,262). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,886&OS=8,308,886&RS=8,308,886 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hercules Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Hercules, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,308,902) developed by Frank Sutman, Wilmington, Del., John Harrington, Newark, Del., and Robert Gelman, Landenberg, Pa., for a "retention and drainage in the manufacture of paper." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of improving retention and drainage in a papermaking process is disclosed. The addition of an associative polymer, a poly(vinylamine) and optionally a siliceous material to the papermaking slurry to improve retention and drainage is disclosed. Additionally a method to improve retention and drainage comprising addition of an organic microparticle, a poly(vinylamine) and optionally a siliceous material to the papermaking slurry is disclosed. A composition comprising an associative polymer, and a poly(vinylamine) and optionally further comprising cellulose fiber is disclosed." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2009 (12/437,887). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,308,902&OS=8,308,902&RS=8,308,902 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hale Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Hale Products, Conshohocken, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,307,907) developed by Michael A. Laskaris, Collegeville, Pa., and Dominic John Colletti, Royersford, Pa., for a "hybrid foam proportioning system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid foam system for providing a variety of proportioned foam solutions is provided. The system includes a low flow foam proportioning system operatively associated with a high flow foam proportioning system and a system controller for controlling the operating conditions of the overall hybrid foam system." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2008 (12/039,067). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,907&OS=8,307,907&RS=8,307,907 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Avoidance of Turbocharger Surge on Locomotive Diesel Engines ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,307,645) developed by James Robert Mischler, Girard, Pa., and Kendall Roger Swenson, Erie, Pa., for an "apparatus and method for avoidance of turbocharger surge on locomotive diesel engines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for preventing a surge event prior to a first surge event occurring in an engine system including a turbocharger and a diesel engine operable at a plurality of discrete speeds, the method comprising sensing an operating parameter of the engine system that determines a surge margin, determining whether a change in the sensed operating parameter may result in exceeding the surge margin, and controlling an operating input to the engine system to prevent the surge event from occurring." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2005 (11/265,709). 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=83,07,645.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,645&RS=PN/83,07,645 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Black & Decker Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Black & Decker, Newark, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,307,562) developed by seven co-inventors for a "laser line generator having three intersecting light planes." The co-inventors are James P. Bascom, Bel Air, Md., Jiang Jia Yong, Suzhou, China, Wang Xiang, Suzhou, China, Xie Sheng Tao, Suzhou, China, Si Wei Hua, Suzhou, China, Daniel Hardy, York, Pa., and Hongbo Yu, Suzhou, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved laser line generating device is provided for use in construction layout tasks. The laser line generating device is comprised of a first laser light generator operable to emit from a housing a first plane of light having a fan angle greater than 180.degree. and arranged in the housing to project the first plane of light perpendicular to a horizontal plane; and a second laser light generator operable to emit from the housing a second plane of light having a fan angle greater than 180.degree. and arranged in the housing to project the second plane of light perpendicular to the first plane of light and perpendicular to the horizontal plane, such that the first plane of light intersects with the second plane of light at two points." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2010 (12/769,937). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,07,562.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,562&RS=PN/83,07,562 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Matthews Resources Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Matthews Resources, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,307,584) developed by Michael Karenbauer, Bethel Park, Pa., for a tamper-proof vase.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vase assembly includes an outer vase including a top portion having an open top end, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, a base portion having a top end connected to the bottom end of the top portion, a bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity, and at least one locking component disposed on the base portion. An insert is removably disposed within the internal cavity of the top portion of the outer vase. The insert includes an open top end, a closed bottom end, at least one sidewall, and an internal cavity. A locking mechanism removably secures the insert within the outer vase. The at least one locking component is adapted for securing the outer vase against removal from a support." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2010 (12/878,315). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,07,584.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,584&RS=PN/83,07,584 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Green Badge Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Green Badge, King of Prussia, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,077) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for soil and water resources." The co-inventors are Jeffrey Campbell, Boise, Idaho, Kathy Sohrabi, San Diego, Clayton R. Karmel, San Diego, and Carmen Magro, King of Prussia, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for monitoring soil and water resources is disclosed herein. Sensors capable of monitoring soil temperature, moisture and salinity are utilized with other sensors capable of monitoring such values as air temperature in order to provide real-time parameters to users/operators of land area." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2010 (12/697,254). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,08,077.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,077&RS=PN/83,08,077 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Calgon Carbon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Calgon Carbon, Pittsburgh, has been assigned a patent (8,309,046) developed by Nicholas R. Pollack, Moon, Pa., and Richard A. Hayden, Pittsburgh, for "methods for removal of mercury from flue gas." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for reducing mercury emissions are provided herein. The methods, generally, include the steps of burning a heavy metal containing fuel source and introducing sorbent materials and introducing one or more halogen compounds into the combustion chamber and/or exhaust stream to remove the heavy metal." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2011 (13/082,337). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,309,046.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,046&RS=PN/8,309,046 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** BioChem Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- BioChem Technology, King of Prussia, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,947) developed by George Jaw Fang Lee, Berwyn, Pa., Matthew J. Gray, Allentown, Pa., and Steven M. Kestel, Norristown, Pa., for "methods of providing an aerobic medium in a wastewater treatment bioreactor compartment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure relates to methods and related systems for monitoring and controlling biological activity in municipal and industrial wastewater treatment systems. In particular, the disclosure relates to methods for controlling airflow in a bioreactor type, activated sludge wastewater treatment system by real-time monitoring of one or more parameters of the wastewater treatment system." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2010 (12/693,776). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,308,947.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,947&RS=PN/8,308,947 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,308,973) developed by David Mosley, Philadelphia, Kevin Calzia, Philadelphia, and Charles Szmanda, Westborough, Mass., for a "dichalcogenide selenium ink and methods of making and using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A selenium ink comprising a chemical compound having a formula RZ--Se.sub.x--Z'R' stably dispersed in a liquid carrier is provided, wherein the selenium ink is hydrazine free and hydrazinium free. Also provided are methods of preparing the selenium ink and of using the selenium ink to deposit selenium on a substrate for use in the manufacture of a variety of chalcogenide containing semiconductor materials, such as, thin film transistors (TFTs), light emitting diodes (LEDs); and photoresponsive devices (e.g., electrophotography (e.g., laser printers and copiers), rectifiers, photographic exposure meters and photovoltaic cells) and chalcogenide containing phase change memory materials." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/509,847). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,308,973.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,973&RS=PN/8,308,973 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Valspar Sourcing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Valspar Sourcing, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,308,976) developed by four co-inventors for an "oxygen-scavenging materials and articles formed therefrom." The co-inventors are Paul Share, Wexford, Pa., Jeffrey Niederst, Leechburg, Pa., Richard Evans, Wexford, Pa., and Grant Schutte, Pittsburgh.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An oxygen-scavenging composition is provided that includes an oxygen-scavenging component and a catalyst. The oxygen-scavenging component, which in preferred embodiments is suitable for use in packaging articles, includes two or more oxygen-scavenging groups having different scavenging properties. In one embodiment, one of the oxygen-scavenging groups is an unsaturated bicyclic group." The patent application was filed on Oct. , 2008 (13/123,396). 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=8,308,976.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,976&RS=PN/8,308,976 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Epcot Crenshaw Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Epcot Crenshaw, West Chester, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,946) developed by Charles Satish Smith, West Chester, Pa., for "systems and methods for anaerobic digestion of biomaterials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for performing anaerobic digestion of biomaterials using a clarifier, a batch reactor, and/or a digester are disclosed. The clarifier performs pretreatment processing of biomaterial to improve anaerobic digestion. The batch reactor and/or the digester are coupled to the clarifier and are configured to digest the processed biomaterial. A control system for an anaerobic digestion process includes a flow control system, a temperature control system, and a totalization system. The flow control system controls the flow of biomaterial and the delivery of chemical agents to the biomaterial based on conductivity, temperature, pressure, and/or composition of the biomaterial. The temperature control system includes a heat source and heat exchangers that control the temperature of the biomaterial. The totalization system senses the volume of biomaterial in at least one stage of an anaerobic digestion process and a controller controls the flow control system based upon the sensed volume of biomaterial." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2012 (13/360,669). 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=8,308,946.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,946&RS=PN/8,308,946 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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