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

[January 15, 2013]

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

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

*** Washington Inventor Develops Patent for Method and Apparatus for Ordering Paint Using a Portable Self-contained Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- John Pesicek, Renton, Wash., has developed a patent (8,352,332) for a "method and apparatus for ordering paint using a portable self-contained tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and a system for ordering paint to cover a surface includes, retrieving a color value from a machine-readable memory to a processor. The processor retrieves a paint quantity from a machine-readable memory. The processor compiles an order for paint including the paint quantity and color value and then transmits the order from the processor to a vendor for formulating the paint quantity having the color value when painted upon the surface and allowed to dry." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2010 (12/777,533). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,352,332&OS=8,352,332&RS=8,352,332 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Wireless Email Communications System Providing Resource Updating Features and Related Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,351,965) developed by Nathan Provo, Ravensdale, Wash., for "wireless email communications system providing resource updating features and related methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless communications system may include a plurality of wireless communications networks and a plurality of mobile wireless communications devices for sending and receiving wireless electronic mail (email) messages over the wireless communications networks. The system may further include a resource deployment server for storing a plurality of resource deployment packages (RDPs), where each RDP includes deployment content and deployment instructions therefor relating to sending and receiving email messages. The resource deployment server may also be for dynamically deploying RDPs to the wireless communications networks to update deployment content thereof based upon the respective deployment instructions." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2011 (13/113,483). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,351,965&OS=8,351,965&RS=8,351,965 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Washington Inventor Develops Patent for Use of Base-modified Deoxynucleoside Triphosphates to Improve Nucleic Acid Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Igor Kutyavin, Woodinville, Wash., has developed a patent (8,349,556) for a "use of base-modified deoxynucleoside triphosphates to improve nucleic acid detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the invention provide novel and surprisingly effective methods for the detection of nucleic acids, comprising nucleic acid amplification using base-modified deoxynucleoside 5'-triphosphates (dNTPs). Particular aspects relate to methods for enhancing hybridization properties of oligonucleotide primers and probes in assays detecting nucleic acids, comprise amplifying target DNAs in presence of base-modified duplex-stabilizing deoxyribonucleoside 5'-triphosphates to provide for modified target DNAs, and thereby considerably improving performance of the detection assays. The disclosed methods allow for increasing of the reaction temperature in PCR-based detection systems or, alternatively, reducing the length of the oligonucleotide primers and probes. Certain aspects relates to improvement of real time PCR assays, wherein nucleic acids of interest are detected as the reaction proceeds using fluorescent agents or oligonucleotide FRET probes." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2007 (12/298,895). 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=8,349,556.PN.&OS=PN/8,349,556&RS=PN/8,349,556 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Washington Inventors Develop Patent for Pet Triggered Programmable Toy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Roy Justin Thomas, Fife, Wash., and Robert Barry Bonnell, Redmond, Wash., have developed a patent (8,347,823) for a "pet triggered programmable toy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of a pet toy having a control module, active triggering module, and passive triggering module. Our device is an interface between a pet and pet toy or other useful device. A pet can trigger at will a moving highly collimated light dot for exercise, entertainment, mental stimulation, education, and even surrogate companionship in the absence of a human caretaker. Pets that fail to learn triggering behavior will benefit from pre-set play periods as programmed or selected by their caretaker and/or passive activation such as infrared detection or another proximity sensing switch." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/830,153). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,47,823.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,823&RS=PN/83,47,823 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MR Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- MR Holdings, Hong Kong, has been assigned a patent (8,347,483) developed by Xiaocong Guo, Woodinville, Wash., for a "method for manufacturing an ultrasound imaging transducer assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ultrasound transducer includes an array of PZT elements mounted on a non-recessed distal surface of a backing block. Between each element and the backing block is a conductive region formed as a portion of a metallic layer sputtered onto the distal surface. Traces on a longitudinally extending circuit board--preferably, a substantially rigid printed circuit board, which may be embedded within the block--connect the conductive region, and thus the PZT element, with any conventional external ultrasound imaging system. A substantially "T" or "inverted-L" shaped electrode is thereby formed for each element, with no need for soldering. At least one longitudinally extending metallic member mounted on a respective lateral surface of the backing block forms a heat sink and a common electrical ground. A thermally and electrically conductive layer, such as of foil, transfers heat from at least one matching layer mounted on the elements to the metallic member." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2010 (12/973,675). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,47,483.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,483&RS=PN/83,47,483 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,348,550) developed by fourteen co-inventors for a "water alteration structure and system having heat transfer conduit." The co-inventors are Jeffrey A. Bowers, Kirkland, Wash., Kenneth G. Caldeira, Redwood City, Calif., Alistair K. Chan, Bainbridge Island, Wash., William Gates, Redmond, Vt., Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, John Latham, Boulder, Colo., Nathan P. Myhrvold, Medina, Wash., Stephen H. Salter, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Willard H. Wattenburg, Walnut Creek, Calif., Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system is described generally for a water capture structure that is configured to capture wave water lapping over at least one wall of the water capture structure. The at least one wall extends at least above a nominal surface water level and at least one conduit extends downward from the water capture structure. The at least one conduit has a length extending to a depth at which at least one property of water at the depth differs substantially from that of water at the surface. The at least one conduit is configured to provide thermal energy to water outside of the at least one conduit. The at least one conduit has at least one conduit wall." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/455,311). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,348,550&OS=8,348,550&RS=8,348,550 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Novelis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Novelis, Toronto, has been assigned a patent (8,347,949) developed by seven co-inventors for an "elimination of shrinkage cavity in cast ingots." The co-inventors are Mark Anderson, Spokane Valley, Wash., Todd F. Bischoff, Spokane Valley, Wash., James Boorman, Greenacres, Wash., Wayne J. Fenton, Spokane Valley, Wash., David Sinden, Valleyford, Wash., John Steven Tingey, Rathdrum, Idaho, and Robert Bruce Wagstaff, Greenacres, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary embodiment provides a method of eliminating a shrinkage cavity in a metal ingot cast by direct chill casting. The method involves casting an upright ingot having an upper surface at an intended height. Upon completion of the casting, the lower tip of the spout is maintained below the molten metal near the center of the upper surface. The metal flow through the spout is terminated and a partial shrinkage cavity is allowed to form as metal of the ingot shrinks and contracts. Before the partial cavity exposes the lower tip of the spout, the cavity is preferably over-filled with molten metal, while avoiding spillage of molten metal, and then the flow of metal through the spout is terminated. These steps are repeated until no further contraction of the metal causes any part of the upper surface to contract below the intended ingot height." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2011 (13/333,469). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,347,949&OS=8,347,949&RS=8,347,949 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Washington Inventor Develops Patent for Cutting Instrument Rack ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Mark Huentelman, Bellevue, Wash., has developed a patent (8,348,068) for a cutting instrument rack.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cutting instrument rack hangs below a cabinet and above a counter so as to clear the space for performing useful tasks while facilitating access to various cutting instruments, such as knives and scissors. The edge of each cutting instrument is oriented away from a resting surface so as to reduce or avoid the dulling of the edge. The cutting instrument rack can be mounted to accommodate right-handed individuals. The same cutting instrument rack can be mounted to accommodate left-handed individuals by rotating the cutting instrument rack 180 degrees prior to mounting." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2010 (12/726,574). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,348,068&OS=8,348,068&RS=8,348,068 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Washington Inventor Develops Patent for Method for Conducting an Online Contest ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Everett Page, Seattle, has developed a patent (8,348,737) for a "method for conducting an online contest." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for conducting an online contest involving "fantasy" type sporting games through the use of bracketing rules such that a player can employ decision-making via strategic moves as well as by mathematical equation. The method integrates hundreds of thousands of fantasy players into a unitary online contest where each fantasy player seeks to advance through various brackets in order to win prizes derived from the mass amount of entry fees." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/785,303). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,348,737&OS=8,348,737&RS=8,348,737 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FLSmidth Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- FLSmidth, Valby, Denmark, has been assigned a patent (8,348,044) developed by Nicholas R. Tebbe, Liberty Lake, Wash., and Glenn Davis, Spokane, Wash., for a conveyor apparatus.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A conveyor apparatus is provided that includes a frame and a cross conveyor. The cross conveyor has a moveable belt sized and configured to receive and move material. The cross conveyor is supported by the frame. The frame has a base and a plurality of rotatable members attached to the base. The rotatable members are configured to rotate to move the frame. The frame is sized and configured to be positionable adjacent to a mobile bridge conveyor having a tripper conveyor device such that a portion of the cross conveyor is positionable under an upper end portion of the tripper conveyor device to receive material from the tripper conveyor device and move the material to a storage area or stacking area for stacking the material. The tripper is preferably constrained to the frame of the mobile bridge conveyor." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2012 (13/413,080). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,348,044&OS=8,348,044&RS=8,348,044 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Washington Inventor Develops Patent for Methods and Systems to Maintain Accessibility and Integrity of Equipment Contained in Underground Housings ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- George W. Keeney, Kenmore, Wash., has developed a patent (8,348,548) for "methods and systems to maintain accessibility and integrity of equipment contained in underground housings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are methods, devices and systems to maintain the accessibility and integrity of equipment contained in underground housings. The methods, devices and systems and methods of the present invention maintain the accessibility and integrity of equipment contained in underground housings by providing at least one barrier that prevents burrowing animals from off-loading displaced ground dirt or other debris into the space created by the underground housing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 16, 2011 (13/298,012). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,348,548&OS=8,348,548&RS=8,348,548 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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