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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 21)

[January 21, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 21)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Pennsylvania.

*** Johnson Controls Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Johnson Controls Technology, Holland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,353,174) developed by nine co-inventors for a "control method for vapor compression system." The co-inventors are Ivan Jadric, York, Pa., Zhiqiao Wu, York, Pa., Michael S. Todd, Jacobus, Pa., Justin Drew Warner, Harrisburg, Pa., Shreesha Adiga Manoor, York, Pa., Konstantin Borisov, York, Pa., Scott Victor Slothower, Dillsburg, Pa., Kanishk Dubey, York, Pa., and John C. Hansen, Spring Grove, Pa.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A chiller system is provided with a compressor, a condenser, and an evaporator connected in a closed refrigerant loop. A motor is connected to the compressor to power the compressor. A variable speed drive is connected to the motor. The variable speed drive is arranged to receive an input AC power at a fixed input AC voltage and a fixed input frequency and provide an output power at a variable voltage and variable frequency to the motor. The variable voltage has a maximum voltage greater in magnitude than the fixed input AC voltage and the variable frequency has a maximum frequency greater than the fixed input frequency. The variable speed drive includes a converter connected to an AC power source providing the input AC voltage, the converter is arranged to convert the input AC voltage to a DC voltage. A DC link is connected to the converter. The DC link is arranged to filter and store the DC voltage from the converter. An inverter is connected to the DC link. A controller is arranged to reference a first operating map associated with the compressor, a second operating map associated with the motor, and a third operating map associated with the variable speed drive. The controller further is arranged to analyze the first operating map second operating map and third operating map concurrently to select an operating point for the chiller system." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (12/572,975). 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=83,53,174.PN.&OS=PN/83,53,174&RS=PN/83,53,174 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ames True Temper Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Ames True Temper, Camp Hill, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,353,307) developed by Greg Blaszczak, Hummelstown, Pa., and Peter Arcati, Dillsburg, Pa., for a swivel hose wagon.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hose wagon wherein the hose wagon frame assembly is structured to rotatably support a hose reel so that the hose reel may rotate freely about a generally vertical axis and a generally horizontal axis. This is accomplished by providing a water supply assembly having two rotational interfaces; one allowing rotation about a vertical axis, the other allowing rotation about a horizontal axis. Further, the hose wagon is free of frame members that extend vertically into the possible path of travel of a hose disposed on the hose reel. The frame assembly includes a handle member that is structured to move between an upper, first position, wherein the handle is disposed on the upper side of the hose wagon, and a second position, wherein the handle is disposed at a location lower than the path of travel of the hose coming off the hose reel." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2008 (12/264,954). 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=8,353,307&OS=8,353,307&RS=8,353,307 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Surgical Device having a Rotatable Jaw Portion ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,353,440) developed by four co-inventors for a "surgical device having a rotatable jaw portion." The co-inventors are Michael P. Whitman, New Hope, Pa., Donald Malinouskas, Monroe, Conn., Peter Datcuk, Quakertown, Pa., and David Nicholas, Trumbull, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical device is provided that includes a jaw portion, having a first jaw in opposed correspondence with a second jaw, the second jaw including a surgical member. The surgical device may include a shaft portion coupled to a proximal end of the jaw portion and at least one motor configured to rotate the jaw portion relative to the shaft portion, to move the jaw portion relative to the shaft portion, move the first jaw relative to the second jaw and move the surgical member within the second jaw. The surgical member may be prevented from moving within the second jaw unless the first jaw is in a closed position relative to the second jaw. Advantageously, the surgical member may be, e.g., a cutting element and/or a stapling element, disposed within one of the jaws." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2011 (13/162,811). 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=8,353,440&OS=8,353,440&RS=8,353,440 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tyco Fire Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Tyco Fire Products, Lansdale, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,353,356) developed by Kenneth W. Rogers, Horsham, Pa., for a "residential flat plate concealed sprinkler." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pendant sprinkler preferably includes a body having an inner surface defining a passageway. The passageway includes an inlet and an outlet spaced apart along the longitudinal axis and defines a K-factor of about 5. The sprinkler also includes a closure assembly adjacent the outlet to occlude the outlet and a thermally responsive support means for maintaining the closure assembly adjacent the outlet. Also provided are means for distributing a flow of fluid over a protection area ranging from about 144 square feet to about 400 square feet, the fluid distribution having a density of at least 0.05 gallons per minute per square foot (0.05 gpm/ft.sup.2) so as to define a range of minimum operating pressures ranging from about seven pounds per square inch to about seventeen pounds per square inch (7-17 psi.) and a range of minimum operating fluid flows ranging from about thirteen gallons per minute to about twenty gallons per minute (13-20 gpm.). The sprinkler preferably includes a thermally responsive plate means for maintaining a minimum spacing between the outlet and the means for distributing." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2006 (11/916,405). 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=8,353,356&OS=8,353,356&RS=8,353,356 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fres-co System USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Fres-co System USA, Telford, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,353,428) developed by Barry Pritchard, Nazareth, Pa., for a "volumetric metering fitment and package including the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A package including a fitment for holding a liquid therein to dispense the liquid and the fitment itself. The fitment is a metering dispensing valve arranged to be secured to a flexible bag for selectively dispensing a metered quantity of the liquid therefrom. It includes a piercing member for piercing through the bag to provide access to the interior of the bag and a compressible bulb having a reservoir in it. The dispensing valve also includes an inlet valve to the reservoir and an outlet valve from the reservoir. The bulb is arranged to be compressed and then released to enable a metered amount of the liquid to be drawn into a reservoir. The bulb can then be compressed again to dispense the metered amount of liquid from the reservoir through the outlet valve to the outlet." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2009 (12/506,729). 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=8,353,428&OS=8,353,428&RS=8,353,428 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Globus Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Globus Medical, Audubon, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,353,826) developed by Mark Weiman, Coatesville, Pa., for a "tissue retractor and method of use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices for retracting tissue in a surgical procedure to allow access to the surgical site. Retractor systems and methods that comprise a retractor frame comprising rotatable arms and a linearly translatable arm, the rotatable arms and the linearly translatable arm each coupled to blades that can angulate." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/722,100). 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=8,353,826&OS=8,353,826&RS=8,353,826 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Enersol Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Enersol, Fairfax, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,354,043) developed by Patrick J. Flynn, Coatesville, Pa., and Michael J. Sprague, Edmonton, Canada, for a natural gas odorization.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composition comprising natural gas, methane, LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) or propane, and an oxygenate odorant, where the oxygenate odorant has a vapor pressure of about 0.002 psi or greater at 25.degree. C. and 1 atmosphere, and has a smell detectable at less than 1 ppm by a human nose, and where the oxygenate odorant is a cyclic compound consisting only of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen, including one or more carbonyl groups, and is stable under high pressure and temperature storage, transport and use conditions." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2012 (13/532,411). 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=8,354,043&OS=8,354,043&RS=8,354,043 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** North American Refractories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- North American Refractories, Moon Township, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,354,056) developed by Ronald L. Barrett, Fenelton, Pa., for a "refractory component with locking surface and method of forming the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of securing a precast refractory shape within a refractory structure, comprising the steps of forming a precast refractory shape by casting a refractory shape to have a plurality of spaced-apart cavities formed in an outer surface thereof; positioning the precast refractory within a refractory structure; and casting a refractory material around the precast refractory shape such that the refractory material covers the outer surface of the precast refractory and fills the cavities." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2008 (12/022,417). 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=8,354,056&OS=8,354,056&RS=8,354,056 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ExxonMobil Upstream Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,354,020) developed by Arun K. Sharma, Missouri City, Texas, Eric B. Sirota, Flemington, N.J., and Michael F. Raterman, Doylestown, Pa., for "fouling reduction in a paraffinic froth treatment process by solubility control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure relates to improved bitumen recovery processes and systems. In particular, the disclosure teaches processes and systems for recovering heavy crude oil while avoiding fouling of equipment by recycling at least a portion of a product bitumen from a solvent recovery unit for mixing with an overhead bitumen stream that may be a diluted bitumen stream containing solvent and bitumen. The overhead bitumen stream is a near-incompatible stream and the stream of mixed overhead bitumen stream and the treated bitumen stream is a compatible stream that will not foul equipment upon heating." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2009 (12/464,728). 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=8,354,020&OS=8,354,020&RS=8,354,020 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bristol-Myers Squibb Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,354,264) developed by five co-inventors for "polynucleotides encoding novel PCSK9 variants." The co-inventors are Gabriel A. Mintier, Hightstown, N.J., Jian Chen, Princeton, N.J., John N. Feder, Belle Mead, N.J., Bowman Miao, Churchville, Pa., and Rex Arnold Parker, Titusville, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides novel polynucleotides encoding PCSK9b and PCSK9c polypeptides, fragments and homologues thereof. Also provided are vectors, host cells, antibodies, and recombinant and synthetic methods for producing said polypeptides. The invention further relates to diagnostic and therapeutic methods for applying these novel PCSK9b and PCSK9c polypeptides to the diagnosis, treatment, and/or prevention of various diseases and/or disorders related to these polypeptides. The invention further relates to screening methods for identifying agonists and antagonists of the polynucleotides and polypeptides of the present invention." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2011 (13/336,371). 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=8,354,264.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,264&RS=PN/8,354,264 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adlens Beacon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Adlens Beacon, Iselin, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,353,593) developed by twelve co-inventors for a "hinge mechanism for a fluid filled lens assembly." The co-inventors are Daniel Senatore, San Francisco, Matthew Wallace Peterson, San Francisco, Jonathan Downing, Belmont, Calif., Amitava Gupta, Roanoke, Va., William Egan, Jackson, Wyo., Lisa Nibauer, Short Hills, N.J., Frank Stangota, Bridgewater, N.J., Bruce Decker, Solebury, Pa., Thomas M. McGuire, Princeton, N.J., Urban Schnell, Munchenbuchsee, Switzerland, Karim Haroud, Chavannes sur Moudon, Switzerland, and Pascal Loser, Bern, Switzerland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, a hinge for a fluid-filled lens assembly includes a base having a first end configured to connect to a temple arm of the lens assembly and a second end configured to connect to a frame of the lens assembly, wherein the base includes a gap that is shaped to allow for tubing to pass from the first end to the second end of the base. In an embodiment, the first end of the base includes a cammed surface configured to engage a surface of the temple arm. In an embodiment, the first and second ends of the base are configured to flex around a rotation axis of the hinge." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2010 (12/904,769). 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=8,353,593.PN.&OS=PN/8,353,593&RS=PN/8,353,593 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Anki Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Anki, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,353,737) developed by Boris Sofman, Pittsburgh, Hanns W. Tappeiner, Pittsburgh, and Mark Palatucci, Pittsburgh, for "distributed system of autonomously controlled toy vehicles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A toy system includes a drivable surface that includes location encoding markings. A toy vehicle or mobile agent is provided that includes a drive motor, an imaging system for taking images of the markings, a vehicle wireless transceiver, and a microcontroller operatively coupled to the motor, the imaging system, and the vehicle wireless transceiver. A basestation is provided that includes a controller operatively coupled to a basestation wireless transceiver. Via wireless communication between the wireless transceivers of the toy vehicle and the basestation, an action to be implemented by the toy vehicle can be determined by the basestation and communicated to the toy vehicle, whereupon the microcontroller of the toy vehicle controls detailed movement of the toy vehicle on the drivable surface based on images taken of the markings of the drivable surface by the imaging system to cause the toy vehicle to implement the action on the drivable surface." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/788,605). 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=8,353,737&OS=8,353,737&RS=8,353,737 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,354,303) developed by Osvaldo Jorge Lopez, Annandale, N.J., Jonathan Almeria Noquil, Lapu Lapu, Philippines, and Juan Alejandro Herbsommer, Schnecksville, Pa., for a "thermally enhanced low parasitic power semiconductor package." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and structure for a dual heat dissipating semiconductor device. A method includes attaching a drain region on a first side of a die, such as a power metal oxide semiconductor field effect transistor (MOSFET) to a first leadframe subassembly. A source region and a gate region on a second side of the die are attached to a second leadframe subassembly. The first leadframe subassembly is attached to a third leadframe subassembly, then the device is encapsulated or otherwise packaged. An exposed portion of the first leadframe subassembly provides an external heat sink for the drain region, and the second leadframe subassembly provides external heat sinks for the source region and the gate region, as well as output leads for the gate region. The third leadframe subassembly provides output leads for the drain region." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,314). 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=8,354,303.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,303&RS=PN/8,354,303 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Pennsylvania Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, has been assigned a patent (8,354,236) developed by Virginia M.Y. Lee, Philadelphia, and John Q. Trojanowski, Philadelphia, for a "detection of neurodegenerative disease." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are methods of assessing the absence or presence of a neurodegenerative disease in a subject comprising characterizing TDP-43 in a tissue sample of the subject. Also disclosed are methods for diagnosing a neurodegenerative disease in a subject, and methods for determining the efficacy of a drug against a neurodegenerative disease. Novel antibodies that bind to TDP-43 are also provided." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/412,015). 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=8,354,236.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,236&RS=PN/8,354,236 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AMI Entertainment Network Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 21 -- AMI Entertainment Network, Bristol, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,353,758) developed by four co-inventors for an "amusement device having electronic game and jukebox functionalities." The co-inventors are James R. Stelzer, Holland, Pa., Colin Higbie, Reva, Va., Nathan Weyer, Trevose, Pa., and William L. Layne IV, Langhorne, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An amusement device has a display, an audio output, and an input component. The display includes a touchscreen. The input component receives at least one of currency, coins, and credit cards/debit cards. The amusement device also includes a common controller. The common controller is configured to select and play at least one electronic game and to select and retrieve for playing a music data set from a plurality of music data sets. The electronic game and the music data set may optionally be played simultaneously. In certain embodiments, a reward based on one of either the electronic game or selection of the music data set is applied to the respective other of the electronic game and the selection of the music data. In further embodiments, a content of the electronic game is based on the music data set." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2008 (12/212,196). 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=8,353,758&OS=8,353,758&RS=8,353,758 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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