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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Dec. 29)

[December 29, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Dec. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Minnesota.

*** 3M Innovative Properties Assigned Patent for Method of Making Macroporous Anion Exchange Resins ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- 3M Innovative Properties, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,497) developed by six co-inventors for a "method of making macroporous anion exchange resins." The co-inventors are Jerald K. Rasmussen, Stillwater, Minn., Robert T. Fitzsimons Jr., Minneapolis, Kannan Seshadri, Woodbury, Minn., Simon K. Shannon, Columbia Heights, Minn., Peter D. Wickert, St. Paul, Minn., and James I. Hembre, Plymouth, Minn.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of making macroporous anion exchange resins are described. The macroporous anion exchange resins are in the form of particles such as beads that contain a hydrophilic, crosslinked, (meth)acrylic-type polymeric material. Additionally, methods of purifying a negatively charged material using the macroporous anion exchange resins, methods of making chromatographic columns that contain the macroporous anion exchange resins, methods of making filter elements that contain the macroporous anion exchange resins, and methods of making porous composite materials that contain the macroporous anion exchange resins are described." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2010 (12/689,095). 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=8,338,497&OS=8,338,497&RS=8,338,497 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,337,431) developed by Kenneth T. Heruth, Edina, Minn., and Keith A. Miesel, St. Paul, Minn., for "collecting activity and sleep quality information via a medical device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device, such as an implantable medical device (IMD) or a programming device, determines when a patient is attempting to sleep. When the device determines that the patient is attempting to sleep, the device determines values for one or more metrics that indicate the quality of a patient's sleep based on at least one physiological parameter of the patient. When the device determines that the patient is not attempting to sleep, the device periodically determines activity levels of the patient. Activity metric values may be determined based on the determined activity levels. A clinician may use sleep quality information and patient activity information presented by a programming device to, for example, evaluate the effectiveness of therapy delivered to the patient by the medical device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,414). 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=8,337,431&OS=8,337,431&RS=8,337,431 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** USDA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been assigned a patent (8,338,339) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for inhibition of proteolytic activity during the ensiling of forages." The co-inventors are Ronald D. Hatfield, Madison, Wis., Richard E. Muck, Madison, Wis., Michael L. Sullivan, Madison, Wis., and Deborah A. Samac, Maplewood, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A means for producing ensiled crops with reduced proteolysis by supplying an o-diphenol compound and ensuring a supply of polyphenol oxidase in the material at the time of ensilaging." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2003 (10/736,155). 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=8,338,339&OS=8,338,339&RS=8,338,339 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bridgepoint Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Bridgepoint Medical, Plymouth, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,425) developed by five co-inventors for "endovascular device with a tissue piercing distal probe and associated methods." The co-inventors are Matthew Jonathan Olson, Crystal, Minn., Chad John Kugler, Buffalo, Minn., Ross Arlen Olson, Anoka, Minn., David Bryan Robinson, Chanhassen, Minn., and Peter Alan Jacobs, Minneapolis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices, systems and methods for treating diseases and disorders effecting the cardiovascular system of the human body are disclosed. An exemplary blood vessel in accordance with this disclosure comprises a shaft, tip member fixed to the shaft, and a probe extending beyond a distal surface of the tip member. In some useful embodiments, the tip member is relatively atraumatic and the probe is shaped so as to be more likely to produce trauma than the tip member." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2009 (12/461,261). 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=8,337,425&OS=8,337,425&RS=8,337,425 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,408) developed by Ramesh Wariar, Blaine, Minn., and Robert J. Sweeney, Woodbury, Minn., for "remote monitoring of patient cognitive function using implanted CRM devices and a patient management system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document discusses, among other things, a system and method for remote monitoring of patient cognitive function using implanted cardiac rhythm management (CRM) devices and a patient management system. The method comprising: presenting a cognitive test to a patient via a user interface; receiving a result of the cognitive test using the user interface; and using the result of the cognitive test in determining a heart failure condition status." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2006 (11/457,247). 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=8,337,408&OS=8,337,408&RS=8,337,408 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ecolab USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Ecolab USA, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,352) developed by Brenda L. Tjelta, St. Paul, Minn., Lisa M. Sanders, Eagan, Minn., and Michael E. Besse, Golden Valley, Minn., for a solidification matrix.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cleaning composition includes methacrylate, sodium carbonate, and water. The methacrylate, sodium carbonate, and water interact to form a hydrate solid having a growth exponent of less than about 3% when heated. The composition may also include one or more functional ingredients such as surfactants, builders and alkaline sources, but is generally substantially free of phosphorous." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2011 (13/012,167). 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=8,338,352&OS=8,338,352&RS=8,338,352 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Calix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Calix, Petaluma, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,338,981) developed by Mark R. Biegert, Maple Grove, Minn., for a "communication between network interface device and subscriber devices via power supply lines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure describes communication of information between a network interface device and subscriber devices over a power line. A UPS unit receives operating power from subscriber premises via a first power line and delivers operating power to the network interface device via a second power line. The network interface device transmits and receives information, such as voice, video and data, to and from the UPS unit via the second power line. The UPS unit receives the information transmitted by the network interface device via the second power line, and transmits the received information to subscriber devices within the premises via the first power line. The UPS unit receives information transmitted by subscriber devices via the first power line, and transmits the received information to the network interface device via the second power line. The first and second power lines each serve as both a power line and a communication medium." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2011 (13/026,592). 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=8,338,981&OS=8,338,981&RS=8,338,981 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Zimmer Spine Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Zimmer Spine, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,337,530) developed by five co-inventors for a "polyaxial pedicle screw with increased angulation." The co-inventors are Hugh D. Hestad, Edina, Minn., Jack A. Dant, St. Paul, Minn., Eric J. Lundequam, Plymouth, Minn., Eric P. Jerke, Bloomington, Minn., and Deborah L. Hoch, Minneapolis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A polyaxial bone anchor including a housing and a bone screw. A bottom surface of the housing includes an aperture that defines an angulation limit of the bone screw for each azimuthal angle around a longitudinal axis of the housing. The aperture is V-shaped, with the V-shape having converging side walls that define a low-angulation direction near their intersection and a high-angulation direction opposite the low-angulation direction. In some cases, the angulation limit of the bone screw is generally constant over a range of azimuthal angles centered around the high-angulation direction. The housing may be modular, including tabs on one component that are plastically deformed to engage a lip on another component. During assembly, a mandrel advances longitudinally along a bore in the housing, and forces the tabs radially outward toward the lip to a radially outward plastically deformed state." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2011 (13/044,174). 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=83,37,530.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,530&RS=PN/83,37,530 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** FemMed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- FemMed, Minnetonka, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,477) developed by Mark Parks, Minnetonka, Minn., and James C. Block, Maple Plain, Minn., for an "apparatus for extra-labial urine voiding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An extra-labia urine voiding apparatus including a container sized and shaped to externally cover a vulval region of a female anatomy. The container has an open side and defines a reservoir that is adapted for receiving urine. The container also includes a substantially planar surface disposed at a top of the container adapted to face and generally surround a periphery of the vulval region. An extra-labia sealing structure is affixed to the planar surface of the top of the container. The sealing structure includes a pressure sensitive adhesive adapted to provide a generally fluid tight primary adhesive seal between the container and external tissue generally surrounding the vulval region. A blocking mechanism connected proximate the top of the container prevents escape of urine from the voiding apparatus and contact of urine with the vulval region of the female anatomy. The voiding apparatus also includes a conduit in fluid communication with the reservoir of the container and adapted for draining urine from the reservoir." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2003 (10/453,316). 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=83,37,477.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,477&RS=PN/83,37,477 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Spine Wave Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Spine Wave, Shelton, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,531) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of supporting and distracting opposing vertebral bodies of a spine." The co-inventors are Wesley D. Johnson, Eden Prairie, Minn., Tyler Lipschultz, Minneapolis, Larry Wales, Maplewood, Minn., and Robert Kieval, Medina, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method is provided for distracting, in a given direction, and supporting opposing vertebral bodies. A plurality of wafers are consecutively inserted between the vertebral bodies to create a column of wafers. The column of wafers is oriented between the vertebral bodies so as to expand in the given direction as the wafers are consecutively added to the column." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2012 (13/406,030). 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=83,37,531.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,531&RS=PN/83,37,531 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- St. Jude Medical Puerto Rico, Caguas, Puerto Rico, has been assigned a patent (8,337,522) developed by Theresa Ditter, Shoreview, Minn., for a "vascular sealing device with locking hub." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An internal tissue puncture closure method and apparatus. The method and apparatus provide a locking device for compressing and holding an external component such as a collagen sponge at a puncture situs. The locking device facilitates compression of the external component in a first direction, but prevents or locks against retraction." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2003 (10/686,380). 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=83,37,522.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,522&RS=PN/83,37,522 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Zimmer Spine Assigned Patent for Flexible Member with Variable Flexibility for Providing Dynamic Stability to a Spine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Zimmer Spine, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,337,526) developed by Hugh D. Hestad, Edina, Minn., and Steven L. Griffith, Eden Prairie, Minn., for a "flexible member with variable flexibility for providing dynamic stability to a spine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to spinal support devices and, more specifically, to a flexible member having variable flexibility for use with a dynamic stabilization system or implant to provide dynamic stability to a person's spine. The flexible member generally includes a first material having a first portion including a first material having a first elasticity and a second portion including a second material having a second elasticity greater than the first to provide the flexible member with a variable flexibility." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2008 (12/326,182). 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=83,37,526.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,526&RS=PN/83,37,526 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dgimed Ortho Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Dgimed Ortho, Minnetonka, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,499) developed by four co-inventors for "surgical cutting devices and methods." The co-inventors are Jude L. Sasing, Quezon, Philippines, Joseph A. Garcia, Quezon, Philippines, Roberto R. Fresnido, Rizal, Philippines, and Ramon B. Gustilo, Eden Prairie, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides surgical drilling devices and methods. An exemplary surgical drilling device in accordance with the present invention comprises a housing, a retractable guide tube assembly, and a flexible cable drill. The retractable guide tube assembly comprises an arcuate guide tube slidingly positioned in a first arcuate channel of the housing. The arcuate guide tube is operatively connected to an actuating rod slidingly positioned in a second channel of the housing wherein the actuating rod controllably advances and retracts the arcuate guide tube. The flexible cable drill comprises a first portion slidingly positioned in the arcuate guide tube and a second portion slidingly positioned in a third channel of the housing." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/980,208). 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=83,37,499.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,499&RS=PN/83,37,499 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sweet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Richard M. Sweet, Kenwood, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,549) developed by Richard M. Sweet, and Robert A. Gantz, Plymouth, Minn., for an "apparatus for preventing dialysis graft intimal hyperplasia." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To prevent intimal hyperplasia within a dialysis graft, a flexible tube comprising the dialysis graft is coated interiorly with an anticarcinogen or mitosis-inhibiting agent for preventing cell division. The graft can also be irradiated by directing light into the lumen of the tube that has been grafted to the patient's blood vessel. The light source can be a light emitting diode (LED) or a chemical light source, i.e., a chemiluminescent substance for producing cool light energy at the site of the graft in sufficient amount to prevent undesired cell proliferation within the vessels, within the graft, or surrounding tissue where the invention is used without detectable damage to body tissue. Visible light can be used, e.g., visible blue or red light or the combination can be produced by an incandescent lamp or other suitable lamp, an LED, a laser or chemical light source with wavelengths predominantly between about 300 nm to about 800 nm." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2009 (12/473,681). 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=83,37,549.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,549&RS=PN/83,37,549 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ivantis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Ivantis, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,509) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for delivering ocular implants into the eye." The co-inventors are Andrew T. Schieber, Irvine, Calif., John L. Wardle, San Clemente, Calif., Edward Matthees, Minneapolis, and Charles L. Euteneuer, St. Michael, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cannula for an ocular implant delivery system. In some embodiments, the cannula includes a tubular member having a curved portion, a distal opening surrounded by a distal opening surface, and a distal tip, the distal tip being adapted to be inserted into an anterior chamber of a human subject's eye, through trabecular meshwork and into Schlemm's canal of the eye, a proximal portion of the tubular member being adapted to extend from a location exterior to the eye when the distal tip is in Schlemm's canal of the eye, the cannula being further adapted to cooperate with an advancement mechanism to advance an ocular implant through the tubular member toward and through the distal opening into Schlemm's canal of the eye when the distal tip is disposed in Schlemm's canal. The invention also includes a method of deploying an ocular implant into Schlemm's canal of a human eye including the following steps: inserting a distal tip of a delivery tool within an anterior chamber of the eye through trabecular meshwork of the eye into Schlemm's canal of the eye; and advancing an ocular implant through a curved portion and a distal opening of the delivery tool to place a body portion of the ocular implant in Schlemm's canal and an inlet portion of the ocular implant in the anterior chamber." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2009 (12/632,738). 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=83,37,509.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,509&RS=PN/83,37,509 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Zimmer Spine Assigned Patent for Variable Geometry Occipital Fixation Plate ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Zimmer Spine, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,337,496) developed by Jason Piehl, Apple Valley, Minn., for a "variable geometry occipital fixation plate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fixation device for connecting a stabilization device to a bone comprises a first member comprising a first portion for attachment to a bone, and a second member comprising a second portion for attachment to a bone and connected to the first member by a pivotal connection such that the first and second portions are spaced apart by an adjustable distance, at least one of the first and second members further comprising a portion for mounting a connector adapted to secure a stabilization device." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2011 (13/182,663). 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=83,37,496.PN.&OS=PN/83,37,496&RS=PN/83,37,496 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rosemount Aerospace Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Rosemount Aerospace, Burnsville, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,785) developed by Mark D. Ray, Burnsville, Minn., for an "apparatus and method for detecting aircraft icing conditions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for detecting icing conditions on an aircraft includes a laser system configured to direct a light signal into a cloud, a lens component configured to collect echo signals from a cloud caused by the light signal directed into the cloud, a beam splitter component configured to redirect signals received and passing through the lens component into at least first and second paths and a supercooled large droplet (SLD) detector to receive the redirected signals. The SLD includes a first signal detector component configured to perform a first color measurement on the first redirected signal, and a second signal detector component configured to perform a second color measurement on the second redirected signal. The SLD detector is configured to use the first and second color measurements to determine liquid water content and droplet diameter distribution for the cloud." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2011 (13/098,050). 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=8,338,785&OS=8,338,785&RS=8,338,785 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** 3M Innovative Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- 3M Innovative Properties, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,838) developed by six co-inventors for a "down-converted light source with uniform wavelength emission." The co-inventors are Xiaoguang Sun, Woodbury, Minn., Michael A. Haase, St. Paul, Minn., Thomas J. Miller, Woodbury, Minn., Terry L. Smith, Roseville, Minn., Tommie W. Kelley, Shoreview, Minn., and Catherine A. Leatherdale, Woodbury, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arrangement of light sources is attached to a semiconductor wavelength converter. Each light source emits light at a respective peak wavelength, and the arrangement of light sources is characterized by a first range of peak wavelengths. The semiconductor wavelength converter is characterized by a second range of peak wavelengths when pumped by the arrangement of light sources. The second range of peak wavelengths is narrower than the first range of peak wavelengths. The semiconductor wavelength converter is characterized by an absorption edge having a wavelength longer than the longest peak wavelength of the light sources. The wavelength converter may also be used for reducing the wavelength variation in the output from an extended light source." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2008 (12/810,052). 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=8,338,838&OS=8,338,838&RS=8,338,838 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cargill Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Cargill, Wayzata, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,145) developed by Paraskevas Tsobanakis, Inver Grover Heights, Minn., Xiangsheng Meng, Chanhassen, Minn., and Timothy W. Abraham, Minnetonka, Minn., for "methods of manufacturing derivatives of .beta.-hydroxycarboxylic acids." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preparation of derivatives of .beta.-hydroxycarboxylic acid, including .beta.-hydroxycarboxylic acid esters, .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated carboxylic acid, esters of .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated carboxylic acid, and alkoxy derivatives." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2009 (12/507,008). 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=8,338,145.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,145&RS=PN/8,338,145 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 29 -- Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Rochester, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,109) developed by seven co-inventors for predicting cancer outcome. The co-inventors are George Vasmatzis, Byron, Minn., John C. Cheville, Pine Island, Minn., Farhad Kosari, Rochester, Minn., Cemile Dilara Savci Heijink, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Jan-Marie Willard Munz, Oronoco, Minn., Eric W. Klee, Rochester, Minn., and Lori Tillmans, Stanton, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document provides methods and materials related to assessing prostate cancer in mammals. For example, this document provides nucleic acids and polypeptides that can be analyzed to determine whether a male mammal having prostate cancer is susceptible to a good or poor outcome." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2007 (12/513,329). 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=8,338,109.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,109&RS=PN/8,338,109 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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