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

[December 04, 2012]

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

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

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for System and Method for Generating a Visual Representation of a Service and Service Management System Employing the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,321,807) developed by Edward S. Pelley, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "system and method for generating a visual representation of a service and service management system employing the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various systems and methods for generating visual representations of services. In one embodiment, one method generates a static visual representation and includes: (1) retrieving a service description associated with the service, (2) retrieving end points associated with the service, (3) mapping the end points into roles assumed with respect to the service description and (4) for at least some of the roles, rendering the end points in the visual representation." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2008 (12/276,265). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,807&OS=8,321,807&RS=8,321,807 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Minnesota, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Generating Unique Aliases for Keys Used with Tape Libraries ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Roderick B. Wideman, Shakopee, Minn., and Darryl A. Torske, Rowlett, Texas, have developed a patent (8,320,569) for a "generating unique aliases for keys used with tape libraries." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Unique key aliases are generated for tape libraries. According to one embodiment, a first library identifier associated with a first tape library, which does not conflict with a second library identifier associated with a second tape library, is generated. One library identifier is associated with each of the tape libraries. A unique key alias, which does not conflict with any key aliases associated with the first tape library and does not conflict with any key aliases associated with the second tape library, is generated based on the first library identifier. Tape data is encrypted based on a data key that is identified with the unique key alias as a part of writing the tape data to the first tape library." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2008 (12/246,770). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,320,569&OS=8,320,569&RS=8,320,569 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lenovo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Lenovo, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,321,813) developed by Yen-Fu Chen, Austin, Texas, and Raymond Tang Wang, Austin, Texas, for a "pointing device operation modification program." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for modifying and improving pointing device operation. The apparatus comprises a signal detector, a signal modifier, and a signal transmitter. The apparatus intercepts pointing device signals before application programs receive them. The signal detector continuously listens for signals generated by a pointing device, or a pointing device program. Responsive to the signal detector detecting a pointing device signal, the signal modifier determines what type of GUI element is located at the current pointer location. Based upon the identified GUI element, the signal modifier modifies the pointing device signal appropriately. The signal transmitter then relays the modified signal to any other programs that would have received the original signal if not for the action of the apparatus." The patent application was filed on Nov. 6, 2003 (10/703,021). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,813&OS=8,321,813&RS=8,321,813 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Interactive User Interface with Tabs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Paul-David Morrison, Cedar Park, Texas, and Gerardo Garcia, Cedar Park, Texas, have developed a patent (8,321,812) for "interactive user interface with tabs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for an interactive catalog includes presenting a portion of a database. The method includes presenting a first tier of selectable graphics images. Each selectable graphics image in the first tier of selectable graphics images represents a first collection of data structures corresponding thereto. The method also includes presenting a second tier of selectable graphics images, in response to a selecting of a selectable graphics image of the first tier to produce a first tier selected graphics image. Each selectable graphics image in the second tier of selectable graphics images represents a second collection of data structures. Each data structure in the second tier also belongs to the first collection of data structures corresponding to the first tier selected graphics image." The patent application was filed on Aug 28, 2010 (12/870,796). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,812&OS=8,321,812&RS=8,321,812 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nokia Siemens Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Nokia Siemens Networks, Espoo, Finland, has been assigned a patent (8,320,431) developed by Shashikant Maheshwari, Irving, Texas, and Adrian Boariu, Irving, Texas, for a "differential channel quality reporting." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various example embodiments are disclosed herein. According to one example embodiment, a method may include obtaining a first channel quality measurement for a wireless node such as a mobile station or relay station in a wireless network. The method may further include sending, from the wireless node, a full channel quality indicator (CQI) to a base station based on the first channel quality measurement. The method may further include obtaining a second channel quality measurement for the wireless node. The method may further include sending a differential CQI to the base station based on comparing the second channel quality measurement to the first channel quality measurement. The differential CQI may occupy less channel resources than the full CQI." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2008 (12/201,651). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,320,431&OS=8,320,431&RS=8,320,431 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ericsson Assigned Patent for User Location Based Switching Between Diversity and Multiplexing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,320,967) developed by Sairamesh Nammi, Dallas, Narendra Tilwani, Addison, Texas, and Venkata Alapati, Frisco, Texas, for an "user location based switching between diversity and multiplexing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Multiple antennas at the transmitter and receiver increase the capacity in a wireless communication system. Received signal quality can be enhanced through diversity by transmitting the same symbol on multiple antennas. Data rate can be increased through multiplexing by transmitting different symbols on the transmitting antennas. Operating in one particular mode only is generally not suitable. Choosing diversity or multiplexing by taking into account the location of a user can enhance both throughput and reliability." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2010 (12/967,967). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,320,967&OS=8,320,967&RS=8,320,967 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Wi-LAN Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Wi-LAN, Ottawa, has been assigned a patent (RE43,830) developed by Ramesh Mantha, Toronto, and Jeffrey P. Castura, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for mitigating fading of a signal at a radio receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method and system for mitigating fading and/or poor reception at a receiver. The receiver includes configurations each of which can provide different reception characteristics. The receiver evaluates the reception quality of the radio signal with the antenna in a first configuration and with the antenna in at least a second configuration and selects the antenna configuration that has the best evaluated reception for use until a subsequent iteration, when the process is repeated. The antenna configurations can correspond to configurations wherein reception is favored in different directions or to configurations wherein different antennas are selected, each antenna being spaced from each other antenna. The method can also improve the reception of a signal transmitted by selecting an antenna configuration for transmissions which provides improved reception quality at the destination receiver." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2002 (13/101,019). 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=RE43,830&OS=RE43,830&RS=RE43,830 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,320,903) developed by Yinong Ding, Plano, Texas, Cornelius van Rensburg, Dallas, and Akshaya A. Trivedi, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and system for calibrating multiple types of base stations in a wireless network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of calibrating multiple types of base stations is provided. The method includes selecting one of a plurality of technology types for the wireless base station. The wireless base station has an adaptive antenna array. A calibration is performed for the wireless base station based on the selected technology type." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2005 (11/221,190). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,320,903&OS=8,320,903&RS=8,320,903 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Accenture Global Services Assigned Patent for Evolutionary Process System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Accenture Global Services, Dublin, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,321,251) developed by four co-inventors for an evolutionary process system. The co-inventors are Agata Opalach, Palo Alto, Calif., Scott W. Kurth, Arlington Heights, Ill., Kimberly S. Ostman, Chicago, and Colin Anil Puri, Sugarland, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for implementing a closed-loop business process management lifecycle. The method comprising producing at least one to-be process model during a process analysis phase. Storing a copy of the at least one to-be process model. Automating the at least one to-be process model during a process automation phase. Producing data logs by applications implementing the automated to-be process models. Data mining the produced data logs during a process monitoring phase, to produce emerging to-be process models and updated to-be process models of automated to-be process models. Storing the emerging to-be process models and the updated to-be process models; and selecting ones of the stored emerging and updated to-be process models to provide to a new process analysis phase." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2011 (13/039,914). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,251&OS=8,321,251&RS=8,321,251 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ericsson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,321,376) developed by Mats Boman, Frisco, Texas, and Mattias Wildeman, Stockholm, Sweden, for an address resolving database.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for resolving addresses in an internet protocol based network. The system includes an address resolving master database and a plurality of slave databases. A plurality of transfer agents are each allocated to different ones of the plurality of slave databases for reading data from the master database and writing it to the slave databases. Each slave database receives and stores either ENUM data or DNS data, but not both. A plurality of applications have read access to at least one of the plurality of slave databases." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2007 (12/593,626). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,376&OS=8,321,376&RS=8,321,376 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,320,287) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for the indication of long DRX in a wireless network." The co-inventors are Zhijun Cai, Euless, Texas, Gordon Peter Young, Slough, United Kingdom, James Earl Womack, Bedford, Texas, and Takashi Suzuki, Tokyo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for configuring a discontinuous reception `DRX` period at from an evolved Node B for a user equipment, including: sending a long DRX MAC CE from the eNB if preconditions are met, and at the UE determining whether a short DRX period is configured; if no, setting a long DRX period; if yes, determining whether a long DRX command was received in a medium access control `MAC` control element; if yes, setting the long DRX period; if no, starting a short DRX timer and setting a short DRX period." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/407,958). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,320,287&OS=8,320,287&RS=8,320,287 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Swivel Mount for Bird-shaped Decoys ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Gerald R. Bradley, Scurry, Texas, has developed a patent (8,316,575) for a "swivel mount for bird-shaped decoys." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bird-shaped decoy is supported on a swivel that is supported on a tubular component which allows the decoy to rotate. A bird-shaped decoy is mounted on a first swivel and a second swivel is mounted on a tubular component. An offset support rod connects the two swivels allowing the decoy to simultaneously orbit or rotate. The tubular component mounted swivel can have multiple support rods mounted thereon each extending to a swivel that supports a bird-shaped decoy." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2009 (12/404,018). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,575.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,575&RS=PN/83,16,575 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Bow Tying Apparatus and Method of Use ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Molly P. Meyer, San Antonio, and Robert L. Acker, San Antonio, have developed a patent (8,317,066) for a "bow tying apparatus and method of use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method of use for making a decorative bow is herein disclosed, comprising a removable lance used to retain a length of bow making material about a central location. The lance prevents each winded loop from coming apart during the bow making process. The apparatus is provided with a plurality of pairs of removable support rods, each pair having different lengths to accommodate varying widths of bow making material. In a preferred embodiment, the apparatus provides guide indicia to indicate suggested bow making directions and a support rod to hold a spool of bow making material during manufacture. A non-slip covering is provided thereon the base to prevent the apparatus from moving during use." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2010 (12/701,820). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,17,066.PN.&OS=PN/83,17,066&RS=PN/83,17,066 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Landscape Stabilization Systems and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Kristopher M. Brown, Dallas, has developed a patent (8,316,579) for "landscape stabilization systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for stabilizing a plant comprises a plurality of stakes and a plurality of horizontal stabilization members, wherein the stakes are inserted through a root ball of the plant into undisturbed soil, and wherein the horizontal stabilization members resist lateral movement of at least one of the stakes." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2011 (13/086,217). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,579.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,579&RS=PN/83,16,579 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Double Course Vane Wheel ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Rickey E. Wark, Spring, Texas, has developed a patent (8,317,119) for a "double course vane wheel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A double course vane assembly for use in connection with the milling bowl of a pulverizer/classifier. The two courses are either attached to the outer peripheral edge of the milling bowl so as to rotate with the bowl or are attached to the pulverizer/classifier wall so as to remain stationary. In both embodiments, the vane courses are concentric with one another. The vanes in the first course are angled in one sense and the vanes of the second course are angled in the opposite sense." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2010 (12/878,081). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,17,119.PN.&OS=PN/83,17,119&RS=PN/83,17,119 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Toilet Seat Cover ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Jimmy Freeman, Beaumont, Texas, has developed a patent (8,316,473) for a toilet seat cover.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a toilet seat cover for covering and sanitizing a toilet seat comprising: a top edge; a bottom edge; two side edges, where the side edges include two curved portions on each side; and two seat ridge edges above the curved portions, where seat cover includes an antibacterial agent or a disinfectant that allows a user to wipe the seat prior to use. The toilet seat cover according to the present invention may be used to cover a portion of the toilet seat, where the seat cover drapes over a portion of the toilet seat while the bottom end lies within the toilet bowl. The toilet seat cover may be made of a biodegradable material and suitable for flushing into a sewage system." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2010 (12/765,121). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,473.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,473&RS=PN/83,16,473 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas, California, Japan Inventors Develop Patent for Storage Receptacle for Used Suture Needles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Tadashi Motomura, Houston, Yasushi Takigawa, Moraga, Calif., and Hitoshi Sakuragi, Otsu, Japan, have developed a patent (8,317,020) for a "storage receptacle for used suture needles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for disposing of suture needles. The method includes attaching the needle storage receptacle to a mounting surface by positioning a first adhesive surface against the mounting surface, peeling back a strip of protective material from a second adhesive surface of a needle storage unit and placing a suture needle between the protective material and the second adhesive surface, removing the protective material from the second adhesive surface and a third adhesive surface adjacent the second adhesive surface, and folding the second adhesive surface into contact with the third adhesive surface to permanently trap the needle." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2010 (12/909,679). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,17,020.PN.&OS=PN/83,17,020&RS=PN/83,17,020 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Windshield Roller ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Jeff Pohlman, Lewisville, Texas, has developed a patent (8,316,504) for a windshield roller.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A windshield roller assembly that may be retrofitted to existing wiper arms and that provides a rolling surface so that it is able to conform to surface irregularities and expel dirt and debris from low spots. The rolling surface avoids scraping the windshield glass and is not subject to the shear forces incurred by scraper type blades. The windshield roller is generally a simple cylindrical shape about a flexible shaft such as carbon fiber rod. The geometry of the roller is most typically an elongated frusto-conical shape so as to trace an arced path." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2010 (12/798,636). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,504.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,504&RS=PN/83,16,504 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Ladder Safety Device and Method of Using the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- David Michael Rudd, San Antonio, has developed a patent (8,316,993) for a "ladder safety device and method of using the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A house clamp assembly having a fixed jaw and a slide bar mounted movable jaw, the fixed jaw opposing the movable jaw. A one-way drive means, by operation of a trigger handle grip, releasably engages the slide bar and advances the movable jaw towards the fixed jaw. The one-way drive means is incapable of moving the slide bar and movable jaw away from the fixed jaw. A return motion of the movable jaw (separating) is accomplished manually when the one-way drive means is disengaged. A braking lever, which is biased to bind the slide bar, prevents reverse motion of the slideable jaw away from the fixed jaw, except when the first lever is disengaged from the slide bar. A device for securing a ladder to a building, wherein the removed end of the slide member has a hook shape; wherein the jaws include jaw faces having multiple raised portions, wherein the releasable braking means of the building clamp assembly means includes a pivoting lever; wherein the locking member of the ladder hook assembly includes a pivoting lever, attached at one end to the body, and having a slot dimensioned to slideably receive the hook slide member therethrough; wherein the body of the ladder hook assembly includes a pair of slots dimensioned for and adapted to slideably receive the slide member therethrough; and wherein the slots are arranged to maintain the hook slide member substantially parallel to the slide bar of the building clamp assembly." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2009 (12/463,636). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,993.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,993&RS=PN/83,16,993 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Wavefront Reservoir Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Wavefront Reservoir Technologies, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,316,944) developed by five co-inventors for a "system for pulse-injecting fluid into a borehole." The co-inventors are Ronald E. Pringle, Houston, Mahendra Samaroo, Edmonton, Canada, Brett Charles Davidson, Cambridge, Canada, John Michael Warren, Cypress, Texas, and Jason C. Mailand, The Woodlands, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Applying pulses to liquid being injected into wells makes the ground/liquid formation more homogenous, and more penetrative. A system for automatically creating the pulses is described, in which a piston is acted upon by the pressure differential (PDAF) between the supplied accumulator pressure and the formation pressure. The changing levels of the PDAF as the pulse-valve opens (and the PDAF falls) and as the pulse-valve closes (and the PDAF rises) are harnessed to actuate an inhibitor that restrain movement of the valve-piston, and delays opening and/or closing of the pulse-valve. The pulse-valve is engineered to open explosively, and thus create penetrative porosity-waves in the formation. The system includes a pressurized-gas accumulator, and injection-check-valve which can maintain pulsing even when the ground is not saturated, and the static injector, which allows non-pulsed injection only when the ground is non-saturated." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2009 (12/812,963). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,944.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,944&RS=PN/83,16,944 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Magnetic Hook and Loop Interface System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Adam E. Slank, Austin, Texas, has developed a patent (8,316,515) for a "magnetic hook and loop interface system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interface system for hook and loop engagement structures comprises a first interface patch and a second interface patch. The first interface patch has a first major surface and a second major surface opposite the first major surface thereof. Hook engagement structures extend from the first major surface of the first interface patch. A first magnetic element is embedded within the first interface patch between said first and second major surfaces thereof. The second interface patch has a first major surface and a second major surface opposite the first major surface thereof. Loop engagement structures extend from the first major surface of the second interface patch. A second magnetic element is embedded within the second interface patch between said first and second major surfaces thereof." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2011 (12/931,111). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,16,515.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,515&RS=PN/83,16,515 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas, Florida Inventors Develop Patent for Blade Body for Use with a Surgical Retractor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Thomas Stuart Loftus, Austin, Texas, James Scott Hay, Parkland, Fla., and Ryan Singh, Loxahatchee, Fla., have developed a patent (8,317,692) for a "blade body for use with a surgical retractor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A blade system configured for use with a surgical retractor comprising a blade body and a blade body surround. The blade body includes a retractor attachment structure engagable with a blade body mounting structure of the surgical retractor. The retractor attachment structure is configured for allowing the blade body to be independently pivotable about and translatable along the blade body mounting structure. The blade body surround includes a slot within a sidewall thereof. The blade body surround and the blade body are jointly configured to form a generally cylindrical-shaped structure when the blade body is in a seated position within the slot." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2009 (12/584,253). 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=8,317,692.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,692&RS=PN/8,317,692 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** IMEC, KU Leuven R & D - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- IMEC, Leuven, Belgium, and KU Leuven R & D - Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, have been assigned a patent (8,319,295) developed by five co-inventors for a "use of F-based gate etch to passivate the high-k/metal gate stack for deep submicron transistor technologies." The co-inventors are Nadine Collaert, Blanden, Belgium, Paul Zimmerman, Cedar Creek, Texas, Marc Demand, Saint-Jean-Geest, Belgium, Werner Boullart, Binkom, Belgium, and Adelina K. Shickova, Leuven, Belgium.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new, effective and cost-efficient method of introducing Fluorine into Hf-based dielectric gate stacks of planar or multi-gate devices (MuGFET), resulting in a significant improvement in both Negative and Positive Bias Temperature Instabilities (NBTI and PBTI) is provided. The new method uses an SF.sub.6 based metal gate etch chemistry for the introduction of Fluorine, which after a thermal budget within the standard process flow, results in excellent F passivation of the interfaces. A key advantage of the method is that it uses the metal gate etch for F introduction, requiring no extra implantations or treatments. In addition to the significant BTI improvement with the novel method, a better V.sub.th control and increased drive current on MuGFET devices is achieved." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2008 (11/971,845). 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=8,319,295.PN.&OS=PN/8,319,295&RS=PN/8,319,295 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New York, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Methods of Making Metal Oxide Nanostructures and Methods of Controlling Morphology of Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Stanislaus S. Wong, Stony Brook, N.Y., Hongjun Zhou, Austin, Texas, have developed a patent (8,318,126) for "methods of making metal oxide nanostructures and methods of controlling morphology of same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention includes a method of producing a crystalline metal oxide nanostructure. The method comprises providing a metal salt solution and providing a basic solution; placing a porous membrane between the metal salt solution and the basic solution, wherein metal cations of the metal salt solution and hydroxide ions of the basic solution react, thereby producing a crystalline metal oxide nanostructure." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2010 (12/773,651). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,318,126.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,126&RS=PN/8,318,126 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Densel Lambda Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Densel Lambda, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,319,114) developed by Sun-Wen Cyrus Cheng, Plano, Texas, Paulette Lemond, Rowlett, Texas, and Carl Milton Wildrick, Parker, Texas, for a "surface mount power module dual footprint." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dual footprint mounting package for a surface mount power converter modules and its method of manufacture. Castellated regions are formed on the edge of the component package using the appropriate sized drill or milling bit. Edge plating is applied to the castellated surfaces to create edge pads. The edge plating provides electrical continuity between the edge pads and the SMT pads. Solder mask, or other materials, is applied to prevent solder from wicking between each SMT pad and its respective edge pad. Such component may be attached to a larger device PWB using either the edge pads or the SMT pads, or may even be attached using a combination of the two, such as in the event of a pad failure or other defect." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2008 (12/061,453). 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=8,319,114.PN.&OS=PN/8,319,114&RS=PN/8,319,114 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bayer MaterialScience Assigned Patent for Process for Preparing Methylenediphenyl Diisocyanates ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Bayer MaterialScience, Leverkusen, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,318,971) developed by six co-inventors for a "process for preparing methylenediphenyl diisocyanates." The co-inventors are Fritz Pohl, Brunsbuttel, Germany, Andreas Bulan, Langenfeld, Germany, Rainer Weber, Odenthal, Germany, Richard Adamson, Leichlingen, Germany, Matthias Bohm, Leverkusen, Germany, and Christian Six, Baytown, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a process for preparing methylenediphenyl diisocyanates which comprises at least the steps: A) reaction of aniline with formaldehyde in the presence of hydrochloric acid as catalyst to give a mixture of diamines and polyamines of the diphenylmethane series (MDA) and subsequent at least partial neutralization of the hydrochloric acid by means of alkali metal hydroxide, B) reaction of the mixture of diamines and polyamines of the diphenylmethane series obtained in step A) with phosgene to give a mixture of diisocyanates and polyisocyanates of the diphenylmethane series (MDI) and hydrogen chloride, wherein C) the hydrochloric acid which has been neutralized in step A) is separated off in the form of a solution containing alkali metal chloride and is subsequently at least partly fed to an electrochemical oxidation to form chlorine, alkali metal hydroxide and optionally hydrogen and D) at least part of the chlorine produced in step C) is used for preparing the phosgene used in step B)." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/394,149). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,318,971.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,971&RS=PN/8,318,971 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** BASF Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,318,968) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for preparing an alkenylphosphonic acid derivative." The co-inventors are Markus Christian Biel, Mannheim, Germany, Roland Kessinger, Weinheim, Germany, Jens Sommer, Unna, Germany, and Janet Bluemel, College Station, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Process for preparing an alkenylphosphonic acid derivative by reacting a phosphonic acid derivative with an alkyne in the presence of a complex catalyst system and a base whose conjugate acid has a pKa in dimethyl sulfoxide (25.degree. C., 1 bar) of at least 6." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2008 (12/530,838). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,318,968.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,968&RS=PN/8,318,968 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Protective Cover fBicycle Drive Train Elements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- David W. Bolch, Dripping Springs, Texas, has developed a patent (8,317,644) for a "protective cover for bicycle drive train elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A removable, flexible cover with a single closure and without moving parts such as elastic, zippers, or ties, for enclosing a bicycle's drive train elements, thereby protecting during transport of the bicycle both the drive train and objects that otherwise would come into contact with grease or sharp components from the drive train elements." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2008 (12/237,372). 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=8,317,644.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,644&RS=PN/8,317,644 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Novartis Assigned Patent for Stable Anterior Chamber Phakic Lenses ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 4 -- Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,317,860) developed by Raymie H. Lindsey, Grandview, Texas, James M. Scott, Millsap, Texas, and Stephen J. Van Noy, Southlake, Texas, for a "stable anterior chamber phakic lenses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An anterior chamber phakic lens made from a foldable, highly biocompatible material that has a very low haptic compression force and low axial displacement, yet is stable in the anterior chamber." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2009 (12/419,680). 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=8,317,860.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,860&RS=PN/8,317,860 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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