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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 26)

[February 26, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 26)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** SARcode Bioscience Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- SARcode Bioscience, Brisbane, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,105) developed by John Burnier, Pacifica, Calif., for a "crystalline pharmaceutical and methods of preparation and use thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel crystalline polymorphic forms, Forms A, B, C, D, and E of a compound of Formula I, which has been found to be a potent inhibitor of LFA-1, are disclosed. Methods of preparation and uses thereof in the treatment of LFA-1 mediated diseases are also disclosed in this invention. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2010 (12/909,241). 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=83,78,105.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,105&RS=PN/83,78,105 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Genentech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Genentech, South San Francisco, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,080) developed by Ryan J. Watts, San Mateo, Calif., and Yan Wu, Foster City, Calif., for neuropilin antagonists.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel anti-NRP1 antibodies and variants thereof having unique structural and functional characteristics are disclosed. Also provided are uses of the antibodies in research, diagnostic and therapeutic applications." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2012 (13/489,299). 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=83,78,080.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,080&RS=PN/83,78,080 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Southern California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,378,076) developed by four co-inventors for "spacers to increase the expression of recombinant fusion proteins." The co-inventors are Wei-Chiang Shen, San Marino, Calif., Nurmamet Amet, Northridge, Calif., Xiaoying Chen, Alhambra, Calif., and Hsin-Fang Lee, Alhambra, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to fusion proteins. The invention specifically relates to compositions and methods of Tf-based fusion proteins that demonstrate a high-level expression of transferrin (Tf)-based fusion proteins by inserting a helical linker between two protein domains." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2011 (13/093,694). 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=83,78,076.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,076&RS=PN/83,78,076 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boston Scientific Scimed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Boston Scientific Scimed, Maple Grove, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,378,011) developed by Lincoln Eramo Jr., Winchester, Calif., James Campbell, Salt Lake City, and Paul Matlin, Salt Lake City, for an "enhanced durability of hydrophilic coatings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Lubricous coatings, methods for making and using lubricous coatings, and medical device that include lubricious coatings. An example lubricous coating may include a hydrophilic polymer, a flow modifier, an acrylic monomer, a photoinitiator, and a solvent. The coating can be used to coat a medical device along an inner surface, an outer surface, or an intermediate surface." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2007 (11/964,908). 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=83,78,011.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,011&RS=PN/83,78,011 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Panmira Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Panmira Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,378,107) developed by four co-inventors for "heteroaryl antagonists of prostaglandin D.sub.2 receptors." The co-inventors are John Howard Hutchinson, San Diego, Nicholas Simon Stock, San Diego, Jeffrey Roger Roppe, Temecula, Calif., and Deborah Volkots, La Jolla, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are heteroaryl compounds that are antagonists of PGD2 receptors. Also described are pharmaceutical compositions and medicaments that include the heteroaryl compounds described. Also described herein are methods of using such antagonists of PGD2 receptors, alone and in combination with other compounds, for treating respiratory, cardiovascular, and other PGD2-dependent or PGD2-mediated conditions or diseases." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (13/122,067). 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=83,78,107.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,107&RS=PN/83,78,107 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Designer Molecules Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Designer Molecules, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,378,017) developed by Stephen M. Dershem, San Diego, Gina Hoang, San Diego, and Melin Lu, San Diego, for thermosetting adhesive compositions.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is based on the discovery that adhesive compositions containing certain low-viscosity, mono-ethylenically unsaturated monomers have surprisingly good cure parameters, resulting in very little weight loss upon cure. Many of these monofunctional monomers used alone or in combination with other monofunctional monomers described herein have high glass transition temperatures when cured. Moreover, since these monomers are monofunctional the crosslink density of the adhesive composition does not increase (relative to multi-functional monomers), which in turns results in lower stress, lower modulus adhesive compositions. As such, these monomers are useful in a variety of thermoset adhesive compositions, such as for example, die attach adhesive compositions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2006 (11/639,625). 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=83,78,017.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,017&RS=PN/83,78,017 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,084) developed by Zhenhua Li, Los Angeles, and Arie S. Belldegrun, Los Angeles, for a "fusion molecule based on novel TAA variant." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides novel carbonic anhydrase (CAIX) nucleic acid and peptide sequences, as well as related methods and compositions, including anti-cancer immunogenic agent(s) (e.g. vaccines and chimeric molecules) that elicit an immune response specifically directed against cancer cells expressing a CAIX antigenic marker. The novel CAIX variant and related compositions are useful in a wide variety of treatment modalities including, but not limited to protein vaccination, DNA vaccination, and adoptive immunotherapy." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (12/520,084). 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=83,78,084.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,084&RS=PN/83,78,084 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Merck Sharp & Dohme Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Merck Sharp & Dohme, Rahway, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,378,088) developed by six co-inventors for "compositions comprising MIR34 therapeutic agents for treating cancer." The co-inventors are Michele A. Cleary, Jamison, Pa., Aimee L. Jackson, Carlsbad, Calif., Peter S. Linsley, Encinitas, Calif., Julja Burchard, San Francisco, Lee P. Lim, San Francisco, and Jill F. Magnus, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the invention generally relates to compositions comprising miR-34 and siRNAs functionally and structurally related to miR-34 for the treatment of cancer." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2008 (12/598,590). 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=83,78,088.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,088&RS=PN/83,78,088 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** U.S. Navy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- The U.S. Navy has been assigned a patent (8,378,075) developed by five co-inventors for a "covalent attachment of peptides and biological molecules to luminescent semiconductor nanocrystals." The co-inventors are Hedi M. Mattoussi, Tallahassee, Fla., Philip E. Dawson, San Diego, Harry Tetsuo Uyeda, College Park, Md., Igor L. Medintz, Springfield, Va., and Johanna Scheinost, Oxford, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for covalent attachment of peptides to luminescent quantum dots or other inorganic nanoparticles. The first step in the method involves functionalizing at least a portion of a surface of the quantum dot or nanoparticle with one or more materials having at least one reactive functional group therein. Subsequently, a peptide having a reactive functional group is reacted with at least some of the quantum dot or nanoparticle reactive functional groups to covalently bond at least some of the peptide to the quantum dots or nanoparticles. Modifications of the basic method are disclosed which provide methods allowing customized fabrication of quantum dots having a variety of different functional properties and combinations of functional properties. Also disclosed are quantum dots and nanoparticles made by the methods of the present invention." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2009 (12/606,766). 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=83,78,075.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,075&RS=PN/83,78,075 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Concentrator for Increasing the Particle Concentration in an Aerosol Flow ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Donovan B. Yeates, Escondido, Calif., has developed a patent (8,375,987) for a "concentrator for increasing the particle concentration in an aerosol flow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A concentrator for increasing the particle concentration in an aerosol flow is described. The concentrator comprises a sculptured acceleration plate with a number of slit-shaped and radially extending acceleration channels and a sculptured deceleration plate with a number of slit-shaped and radially extending deceleration plate channels. Acceleration channel exit openings are spaced from a base surface on an exit side of the acceleration plate and sculptured deceleration channel entry openings are spaced from a base surface on an entry side of the deceleration plate so that a relatively large gap is provided between the acceleration plate base surface and the deceleration plate base surface allowing a waste volume flow to be exhausted through this relatively large gap at low flow resistance. The plurality of openings comprises openings of at least two different lengths." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2010 (12/890,429). 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=83,75,987.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,987&RS=PN/83,75,987 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rondish Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Rondish, Hong Kong, has been assigned a patent (8,375,522) developed by Rachel Dunford York, San Diego, and Steven Alfred Williams, Lantau Island NT, Hong Kong, for a strap monitoring system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disposable plastic snap and strap device is configured to be secured to a patient or object for monitoring the patient or object. The strap includes a disposable through-pin assembly that secures the strap in a closed and locked position to the patient or object. The through pin assembly includes a lock assembly that prevents the strap from being unlocked until a portion of the through pin assembly is cut." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2009 (12/629,365). 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=83,75,522.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,522&RS=PN/83,75,522 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Novartis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,375,947) developed by William W. Alston, San Jose, Calif., Sarvajna K. Dwivedi, Redwood City, Calif., and Guy V. Tucker, Berkeley, Calif., for an "introducing aerosol into a ventilator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aerosol introducer is provided for introducing an aerosolized pharmaceutical formulation into a ventilator circuit. The ventilator circuit comprises an endotracheal tube, an inhalation line extending from a ventilator, and an exhalation line extending from the ventilator. The aerosol introducer comprises a first end connectable to the inhalation line and the exhalation line; a second end connectable to the endotracheal tube; a first channel extending from the first end to the second end; a second channel extending from the first end to the second end; an inlet in the first channel, the inlet being adapted to receive an aerosolized pharmaceutical formulation; and a valving mechanism comprising one or more valves that reduce the loss of aerosolized pharmaceutical formulation to the exhalation line." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2004 (10/991,092). 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=83,75,947.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,947&RS=PN/83,75,947 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** POLYMERight Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- POLYMERight, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,060) developed by Leonid Rappoport, Mountain View, Calif., Aleksander Yam, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Alexander Vainer, Fremont, Calif., for "poly(thioesters), their applications and derivatives." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composition of the formulae MZAORS.sub.nR.sup.1F.sup.1.sub.mOAZ.sup.1M.sup.1, wherein O and S have their normal meaning of oxygen and sulfur, n is at least 2 and not more than 8, F.sup.1 is of the formula --OAORS.sub.nR.sup.1--, m is at least 1, Z and Z.sup.1 are the same or different and are oxy or amino, M and M.sup.1 are the same or different and are hydrogen or an organic substituent, R and R.sup.1 are the same or different and are organic divalent radicals, each having from 2 to 20 carbon atoms, and A is the residue of a dicarboxylic acid of from 2 to 40 carbon atoms." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2012 (13/427,279). 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=83,78,060.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,060&RS=PN/83,78,060 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Illinois Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- The University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,378,003) developed by six co-inventors for "highly permeable polymeric membranes." The co-inventors are Kumar Manish, Newton, Mass., Clark Mark, Chicago, Zilles L. Julie, Champaign, Ill., Mariusz Grzelakowski, Marina Del Rey, Calif., Rainer Nehring, Basel, Switzerland, and WolfGang Meier, Therwil, Switzerland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are substantially flat membranes that include a block or graft co-polymer and a water transport protein, such as Aquaporin-Z, or a synthetic mimic of such proteins. Also provided are methods of removing contaminants from a liquid, by contacting the liquid with a substantially flat membrane that includes a block or graft co-polymer and a water transport protein or synthetic mimic thereof. Also provided are methods of making such membranes. Further provided are compositions that include at least one active ingredient and vesicles surrounding the active ingredient, where the vesicles include a block or graft copolymer and a water transport protein or synthetic mimic surrounding the active ingredient. Also provided are methods that include administering such compositions to patients." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2008 (12/745,692). 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=83,78,003.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,003&RS=PN/83,78,003 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Muratec Automation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Muratec Automation, Kyoto, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,376,130) developed by four co-inventors for a "direct drive modular belt conveyor, cartridge, and quick connect-disconnect constant velocity drive shaft, for high speed FOUP transport." The co-inventors are Roumen Deyanov, Fremont, Calif., Michel Pharand, Los Gatos, Calif., Michael Krolak, Los Gatos, Calif., and Theodore W. Rogers, Alameda, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A conveyor system includes a cartridge, which defines a section of the conveyor. In one embodiment, the cartridge includes a number of wheels, which are designed as a unit for a conveyor section and the wheels of the cartridge are designed to hold a belt. A conveyor section, in one optional embodiment, includes integrated sensors for detecting the presence of a container (e.g., FOUP), and each conveyor section can implement precision sheet metal rails that facilitate high speed FOUP transport. In one embodiment, each conveyor section has two sides. Each side has a cartridge that has a belt. In particular embodiments, one side of the conveyor section includes a drive motor, that drives the conveyor." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2009 (12/420,529). 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=83,76,130.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,130&RS=PN/83,76,130 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California, Nevada Inventors Develop Patent for Bed Wedge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Brent A. Mohr, Boulder Creek, Calif., and Edward Peisner, Carson City, Nev., have developed a patent (8,375,487) for a bed wedge.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A triangular prism-shaped wedge, fashioned of a sturdy foam core with soft and malleable properties, fashioned to occupy the space that commonly exists between the head of a mattress and the wall or headboard that the mattress is binding against. It is configured to occupy this space, aided via the force of friction, to ensure that items such as pillows, remote controls, and other bedside items do not fall behind the mattress, and onto the floor. It may be configured with an assortment of interchangeable pockets, as well as an embedded stereo speaker system." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/241,331). 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=83,75,487.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,487&RS=PN/83,75,487 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California, Washington Inventors Develop Patent for Safety Apparatus for a Person at an Elevated Location ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Vince Real, Rosamond, Calif., Vickie Real, Rosamond, Calif., Vernon Heide, Spokane, Wash., and Doug G. Dixon, Longview, Wash., have developed a patent (8,375,467) for a "safety apparatus for a person at an elevated location." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A safety apparatus for a person includes a harness and jacket worn by the person. The harness includes a dorsal ring and the jacket includes a dorsal opening aligned with the dorsal ring. A safety line can be attached to the dorsal ring without interfering with the operation of the jacket. The jacket is repeatably moveable between positions covering and uncovering the harness so that the jacket can be replaced with another one without removing the harness." The patent application was filed on July 19, 2010 (12/838,610). 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=83,75,467.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,467&RS=PN/83,75,467 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Chevron USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,377,996) developed by Charles L. Kibby, Benicia, Calif., and Kandaswamy Jothimurugesan, Hercules, Calif., for a "zeolite supported cobalt hybrid Fischer-Tropsch catalyst." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for forming a catalyst for synthesis gas conversion comprises impregnating a zeolite extrudate using a solution, for example, a substantially non-aqueous solution, comprising a cobalt salt to provide an impregnated zeolite extrudate and activating the impregnated zeolite extrudate by a reduction-oxidation-reduction cycle." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2011 (13/031,341). 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=83,77,996.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,996&RS=PN/83,77,996 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Gas Directing System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Leo Now, South San Francisco, Calif., has developed a patent (8,375,915) for a "gas directing system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An gas directing/exhaust system and method are provided that has different embodiments. In some embodiments, the gas directing mechanism has a first pathway and a second pathway. In other embodiments, the gas directing mechanism has a second pathway and one or more first pathways located inside of the second pathway. In other embodiments, the gas directing mechanism has the first and second pathways and a third pathway inside of the second pathway." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2009 (12/392,937). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,75,915.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,915&RS=PN/83,75,915 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Missouri, California Inventors Develop Patent for Conformal Roller Furler Assembly and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Barry Nelson, Richmond Heights, Mo., and Rick Nelson, Pleasanton, Calif., have developed a patent (8,375,877) for a "conformal roller furler assembly and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A roller furler assembly for furling a sail where the luff is vertically or diagonally supported by a stay cable. The assembly includes a hollow drive shaft longitudinally aligned around the stay cable adjacent to the luff. A drive mechanism is coupled to the lower end of the drive shaft. Integrally formed or connected to the drive shaft is a torque input device that connects to a portion of a hollow, flexible sail edge device fitted over the middle and upper sections of the drive shaft. The sail edge device includes a longitudinally aligned slot or track that directly connects to a beaded edge attached to the luff. The torque input device is approximately 5%-25% of the stay cable so when the drive shaft is rotated, torque or rotational force is applied directly to the section of the luff located perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of the torque input device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2009 (12/646,902). 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=83,75,877.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,877&RS=PN/83,75,877 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Columbia University in the City of New York Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Columbia University in the City of New York, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,378,041) developed by Jeremiah Johnson, Los Angeles, Jeffrey T. Koberstein, Storrs, Conn., and Nicholas J. Turro, Tenafly, N.J., for a "method of preparing a star polymer macromonomer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to methods for preparing degradable model networks from any monomer functionality with any degradation methodology. It is based on the use of Atom-Transfer Radical Polymerization CLICK chemistry and a tetrafunctional initiator having terminal halogen groups to form the desired product." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/363,343). 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=83,78,041.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,041&RS=PN/83,78,041 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kovio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Kovio, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,050) developed by Vladimir K. Dioumaev, Mountain View, Calif., for "linear and cross-linked high molecular weight polysilanes, polygermanes, and copolymers thereof, compositions containing the same, and methods of making and using such compounds and compositions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are disclosed for making crosslinked polysilanes and polygermanes, preferably having either hydrogen or halogen substituent groups. These crosslinked polymers are prepared by catalytic polymerization such as the dehalogenative coupling or dehydrocoupling. The crosslinked polymers having no more than 10% of the chain atoms involved in crosslinking. Also disclosed are compositions containing these crosslinked polymers in a solvent to enable the composition to be deposited on a substrate using a liquid deposition technique." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/084,912). 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=83,78,050.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,050&RS=PN/83,78,050 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Winch for Turkey Deep Fryers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- William P. Anganes, Stockton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,375,847) for a "winch for turkey deep fryers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanical apparatus that lowers and raises a turkey, or similar food item, into a large fry pot is herein disclosed. The apparatus has a vertically-adjustable tripod stand that is positioned over the top center of a fry pot. A manual cranking mechanism lowers and raises a steel cable having a grasping hook at the distal end. Additionally, the steel cable can have a basket at its distal end. In operation, the turkey to be fried is placed thereon the hook or therein the metal basket. Then, with the user a safe distance removed, the crank lowers the food into the hot oil in a controlled manner. When the food has finished cooking, the cranking mechanism is reversed to raise the food from the fryer. The apparatus may also be provided having an alternate electric-powered winch." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2008 (12/315,455). 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=83,75,847.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,847&RS=PN/83,75,847 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Planar Sheet Mounting Device and Frame ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Valerie Cameron, San Luis Obispo, Calif., has developed a patent (8,375,615) for a "planar sheet mounting device and frame." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A planar sheet mounting device comprising: a frame unit; at least one retaining unit connected to the frame unit, wherein the at least one retaining device comprises: a first plurality of formed segment pairs, wherein a formed segment pair comprises a first formed segment disposed on a second formed segment, wherein the second formed segment is substantially identical to the first formed segment, wherein the first formed segment is oriented in a plane substantially parallel to the plane of the second formed segment, whereby a planar sheet is retained when interposed between the first formed segment the second formed segment; a holder, wherein the first plurality of formed segment pairs are coupled to holder at least one point on each formed segment pair of the first plurality of formed segment pairs, and wherein the first plurality of formed segment pairs are oriented adjacent to each other; an affixant coupled to the holder for removably affixing the first plurality of formed segment pairs and the frame unit to a substrate." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2010 (12/955,836). 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=83,75,615.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,615&RS=PN/83,75,615 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** YKK Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- YKK, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,375,528) developed by Shigeyoshi Takazawa, Anaheim, Ga., and Dennis T. Bernabe, Anaheim, Calif., for a "water repellent slider cap for zippers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Water repellent slider caps and zipper structures. Certain embodiments provide a male slider cap that receives a slider to thereby reduce the amount of water introduced around the perimeter of the slider. A pull tab on the slider may be inserted into a pocket on the male slider cap that is defined by the inner surface of the male slider cap and a snap tab. In other embodiments there is additionally provided a garage attached to the zipper tape. The garage may receive the male slider cap to reduce the amount of water around the perimeter of the slider and into the garage. Certain other embodiments provide a female slider cap to receive a second slider that may be positioned on the zipper tape. The female slider cap may receive the leading edge of the male slider cap, thus covering any open spaces between the first and second sliders." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2009 (12/628,813). 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=83,75,528.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,528&RS=PN/83,75,528 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method of Manufacturing an Article of Jewelry having Repulsive Magnetic Elements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Chi Huynh, San Dimas, Calif., has developed a patent (8,375,586) for a "method of manufacturing an article of jewelry having repulsive magnetic elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An article of jewelry and method of manufacture, including a pliable strand; and a plurality of precious or semiprecious objects movably positioned along the pliable strand. Each of the plurality of objects including a magnetic insert extending between opposing surfaces, which itself is formed from two magnets separated by a magnetic stabilizer and aligned such that the opposing ends of the magnetic insert have the same polarity thereby creating repulsive forces between each of the plurality of objects along the strand." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2010 (12/940,949). 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=83,75,586.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,586&RS=PN/83,75,586 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Flow Dynamics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Flow Dynamics, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,376,208) developed by John McCarthy, Ontario, Canada, and Phillip Espinoza, Corona, Calif., for a "purge plug for welding applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A purge plug for welding applications is provided that can be interchangeably used to seal tubing, pipes, or the like of various diameter or cross-sectional area. The purge plug has a central body with a male connector and a diffuser disposed on the end portions. The purge plug also includes one or more flexible seals annularly disposed around the central body. In some implementations, the diameter of the flexible seals is slightly larger than the diameter of the tubing or pipe. When the purge plug is inserted into the tubing or pipe, the resiliency of the seal allow the seal to expand mechanically and flex against the inner walls of the tubing, thus sealingly engage with the inner walls." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2010 (12/690,745). 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=83,76,208.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,208&RS=PN/83,76,208 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California, Minnesota Inventors Develop Patent for Signal Activated Door Hinge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Darrell Glenn Cooper, Paso Robles, Calif., and Jose Carrillo III, Duluth, Minn., have developed a patent (8,375,519) for a "signal activated door hinge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Signal Activated Door Hinge is typically a three-hinge door's central hinge. The lower part of the hinge plates attaches to an upper sprocket pinned to a lower sprocket which supports a central drop shaft extending to the bottom of the cover tube. An annular drop weight slides on the drop shaft, latching to a pivoted release lever near the drop shaft top. A bi-metallic muscle wire controls the pivoted release lever. As electric signal reaches the muscle wire, the release lever rotates away from the drop weight which unlatches and slides down the drop shaft under gravity, impacting the bottom of the drop shaft and pulling it down to open the sprocket connections. A coiled spiral activation spring inside the upper sprocket unwinds, rotating a hinge plate. To reset, the signal is canceled and the drop weight raised to the latched position in the release lever." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/460,984). 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=83,75,519.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,519&RS=PN/83,75,519 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Method for Creating a Silicone Encased Flexible Cable ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Howard Lind, Porter Ranch, Calif., and John Palahnuk, Valencia, Calif., have developed a patent (8,375,572) for a "method for creating a silicone encased flexible cable." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The embodiments disclose a method for creating a silicone encased flexible cable using manufacturing machinery including automatically arranging plural individual conduits, into custom grouped arrangements including electrical wiring, pneumatic tubing and fluid tubing, inserting the custom grouped arrangements including connectors and flexible silicone junction devices into a shaped silicone encasement extrusion apparatus, depositing a mixture of silicone and additives to the custom grouped arrangements encasement using the extrusion apparatus, customizing the mixture of silicone and additives to create differing characteristics of the custom grouped arrangements, using the extrusion apparatus to create a singular encasement and to cure the singular encasement to a desired shape of the custom grouped arrangements and integrating one or more encased flexible junction box to the custom grouped arrangements, wherein the one or more flexible junction box contains at least one incoming and two outgoing conduit connections and one or more functional devices." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2009 (12/629,804). 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=83,75,572.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,572&RS=PN/83,75,572 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry, Hon Hai Precision Industry Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Hong Fu Jin Precision Industry, Shenzhen, China, and Hon Hai Precision Industry, New Taipei, Taiwan, have been assigned a patent (8,376,220) developed by six co-inventors for an automatic teller machine. The co-inventors are Chih-Kun Shih, Santa Clara, Calif., Yang-Jie Luo, Shenzhen, China, Wan-Cheng Luo, Shenzhen, China, Xiang-Xiong Xiao, Shenzhen, China, Si-Long Li, Shenzhen, China, and Jie Peng, Shenzhen, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automatic teller machine includes a chassis, a user interface module; and a pair of sliding mechanisms. The user interface module is rotatably attached to the chassis. The pair of sliding mechanisms are attached to the chassis and the user interface. Each sliding mechanism includes a first rail and a second rail. The first rail is rotatably secured to the chassis. A second blocking member is located on the first rail. The second rail is rotatably secured to the user interface module and slidable on the first rail. A latch member with a latch portion is rotatably located on the second rail. The user interface module is rotatable between a closed position, where the latch portion is located away from the second blocking member, and an open position, where the latch portion engages with the second blocking member." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2010 (12/981,203). 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=83,76,220.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,220&RS=PN/83,76,220 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Hinged Overflow Pan ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Leonard Steinberg, Carlsbad, Calif., has developed a patent (8,376,178) for a hinged overflow pan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The operation of certain appliances and machinery includes the flow of water through the appliance or storage of fluid within the appliance, leading to the risk of significant fluid leakage. An overflow pan may be provided beneath the appliance to contain any fluid leakage. The overflow pan may include a movable portion which is configured to permit passage of a horizontally-extending portion of the appliance, such as a drawer. This movable member may be biased to return to a closed position when the horizontally-extending portion of the appliance is retracted, so as to form a fluid-retaining seal with the remainder of the overflow pan." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2008 (12/104,240). 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=83,76,178.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,178&RS=PN/83,76,178 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Generating a Moving Average ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Marvell International, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,381,053) developed by Kiran Joshi, Mountain View, Calif., for "generating a moving average." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices, systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with generating a moving average are described. In one example method an average value of a sliding window of M sequential data values is calculated on a per clock basis, where M is an integer. A data value is detected that has an error. The data value is in the sliding window of M sequential data values. The method corrects the average value of the sliding window as a function of the error." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2009 (12/404,495). 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=8,381,053&OS=8,381,053&RS=8,381,053 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Methods and Devices for Altering the Transmission ratio of a Drive System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Luke W. Clauson, Atherton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,376,885) for "methods and devices for altering the transmission ratio of a drive system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The transmission ratio between a first motor and an output shaft is varied by changing the speed of a second motor. The first and second motors are coupled to the output shaft with a planetary gear set. The first and second motors may both add power to the drive system." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2004 (10/570,479). 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=8,376,885&OS=8,376,885&RS=8,376,885 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CooperVision International Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- CooperVision International Holding, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,376,735) developed by eight co-inventors for a "thermal curing methods and systems for forming contact lenses." The co-inventors are Hayden Atkinson, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, Paul Riggs, Southampton, United Kingdom, John Gibson, Farnham Common, United Kingdom, Tim Warren, Dublin, Calif., Ronnie Dover, Simpsonville, S.C., Arthur Williams, Greenville, S.C., Jennifer Cowden, Greenville, S.C., and Michael Gunner, Simpsonville, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Contact lens curing systems and methods are described. A contact lens curing system includes an oven that has a plurality of curing zones, a mold advancement system for moving contact lens mold assemblies between the plurality of zones, and a controlled atmosphere in the curing zones that provides a substantially chemically inert environment in which contact lens precursor materials can be polymerized in contact mold assemblies located in the curing zones. Methods of producing contact lenses include curing contact lens precursor materials in contact lens mold assemblies in the lens curing system." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2012 (13/452,522). 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=8,376,735&OS=8,376,735&RS=8,376,735 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Power-saving Area-efficient Hybrid BCH Coding System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,381,082) developed by Heng Tang, Sunnyvale, Calif., Gregory Burd, San Jose, Calif., and Zining Wu, Los Altos, Calif., for a "power-saving area-efficient hybrid BCH coding system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Power-saving and area-efficient BCH coding systems are provided that employ hybrid decoder architectures. The BCH decoder architectures comprise both special-purpose hardware and firmware, thereby taking advantage of both the speed of special-purpose hardware and the energy-efficiency of firmware. In particular, the error correction capabilities of the BCH decoders provided herein are split between a hardware component designed to correct a single error and a firmware component designed to correct the remaining errors. In this manner, firmware operation is bypassed in situations where only one error is present and the complexity of the necessary hardware is significantly reduced." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2008 (12/038,582). 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=8,381,082&OS=8,381,082&RS=8,381,082 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intertek APTECH Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Intertek APTECH, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,872) developed by T. Steve Torbov, San Jose, Calif., Terry W. Rettig, Los Altos, Calif., and Stephen M. Kohan, Los Altos, Calif., for a "process for reduction of sulfur compounds and nitrogen compounds in the exhaust gases of combustion devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to processes and apparatuses for reducing the content of pollutants in a boiler system flue gas resulting from combustion of fuel. The present invention discloses improved slurry injection techniques, re-circulation of flue gas to provide momentum to the injected slurry, a measurement system for obtaining system profile information and a system to optimize the reduction of pollutants in a flue gas by adjusting the injection of slurry suspension based on system profile information." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2008 (12/072,005). 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=8,375,872&OS=8,375,872&RS=8,375,872 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Fast Block Device and Methodology ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Douglas Dumitru, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Samuel J. Anderson, Wallingford, Pa., have developed a patent (8,380,944) for a "fast block device and methodology." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device, method and system is directed to fast data storage on a block storage device. New data is written to an empty write block. A location of the new data is tracked. Meta data associated with the new data is written. A lookup table may be updated based in part on the meta data. The new data may be read based the lookup table configured to map a logical address to a physical address." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2008 (12/041,509). 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=8,380,944&OS=8,380,944&RS=8,380,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent for Mobile Station Assisted Seamless Handover to a Femto Base Station ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,380,193) developed by Wei-Peng Chen, Santa Clara, Calif., Chenxi Zhu, Santa Clara, Calif., and Yuji Kojima, Kawasaki, Japan, for a "mobile station assisted seamless handover to a femto base station." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to an embodiment, a method is provided. The method includes identifying a femto base station of a wireless network as the home femto base station for a mobile station served by the wireless network. The connection parameters for the home femto base station may be stored at the mobile station. A home macro base station may be identified and associated with the home femto base station. Identification information for the home macro base station may be stored at the mobile station. Association information of the home femto base station with the home macro base station may be stored at the mobile station." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2009 (12/392,238). 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=8,380,193&OS=8,380,193&RS=8,380,193 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dytran Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Dytran Instruments, Chatsworth, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,793) developed by Denis Varak, Chatsworth, Calif., and Pablo Ferreiro, Chatsworth, Calif., for an "accelerometer for high temperature applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention is for a hermetic piezoelectric accelerometer sensor that can operates at high temperatures without the degradation observed on the piezoelectric elements, due to Oxygen depletion of the piezoelectric materials, when they are exposed to high temperatures, in reducing atmospheres, or low partial Oxygen pressure, inside a sealed housing. When a piezoelectric element loses Oxygen, becomes more electrically conductive, and this severe loss in resistivity, exacerbated with the increase of the temperature, makes the sensor inoperable, unreliable, or with permanent damage. The accelerometer of this invention operates effectively over a wide range of temperatures, including high temperatures above 1600.degree. F., depending of the piezoelectric element used on the construction. The housing of the accelerometer uses a small section of metal made with Silver (or Silver alloys) to allow Oxygen diffusion through the metal, when it is exposed to high temperature. This permits that the construction of the accelerometer housing, can be sealed hermetically; and the piezoelectric elements of the sensor have increased lifetime, with enough partial pressure of Oxygen inside the housing." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2011 (12/931,769). 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=8,375,793&OS=8,375,793&RS=8,375,793 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,864) developed by David W. Crawford, Long Beach, Calif., and Edward A. Nemeth, Hermosa Beach, Calif., for a floating omnimover ride.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A floating omnimover ride with high capacity throughput and enhanced control over speeds of passenger boats. The ride includes a water containment structure with spaced apart sidewalls defining an elongated guide channel that defines a loop-shaped ride path or circuit. The ride includes a volume of liquid contained in the guide channel to a desired depth. The ride also includes a chain of passenger boats floating in the liquid contained in the guide channel. Each of the boats is linked to the two adjacent boats with a connecting link such that the chain of boats is a continuous loop. The chain of boats has a length that is approximately equal to a length of the ride path, and during operation of the ride, the boats in the chain are moved along the loop-shaped ride path at a predefined rate by a pump station moving the liquid in the guide channel." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2011 (13/193,746). 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=8,375,864&OS=8,375,864&RS=8,375,864 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Anodes for Water Heater and Storage Tanks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- James E. Bridegum, Penn Valley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,380,055) for "anodes for water heater and storage tanks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A replacement anode assembly for a hot water heater or storage tank includes an anode body formed from an anode material, a magnet mechanically coupled to a first end of the anode body, and a grounding wire electrically coupled to the anode body." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2010 (12/942,739). 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=8,380,055&OS=8,380,055&RS=8,380,055 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Enhanced WLAN Association for Roaming ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,380,203) developed by four co-inventors for an "enhanced WLAN association for roaming." The co-inventors are Matthew L. Semersky, Santa Clara, Calif., Frank Huang, Pleasanton, Calif., James Jan, San Jose, Calif., and Robert Lee, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication device using a current wireless network via a first access point confirms availability of a second access point before breaking the current connection. To confirm availability of the second access point, the communication device sends a power management message that causes the first access point to store packets during the power management period. After the connection to the second access point is confirmed, the second session may be put on hold using the same technique while the connection to the first access point is restored, the stored packets processed and the connection closed. Then the connection to the second access point may be reactivated and further communication made through the second access point." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2007 (11/937,854). 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=8,380,203&OS=8,380,203&RS=8,380,203 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Ingrowth Preventing Indwelling Catheter Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- David A. Watson, San Jose, Calif., has developed a patent (8,376,980) for an "ingrowth preventing indwelling catheter assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgically implantable delivery or drainage catheter assembly includes a porous fiber membrane that is permeable to the intended drainage or delivery fluid, yet has an outer surface morphology and porosity that prevents the ingrowth of tissue. The porous fiber membrane is created using a phase-inversion process which is controlled to select a desired porosity. A reinforcement member is also disposed within the porous fiber membrane." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,434). 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=8,376,980&OS=8,376,980&RS=8,376,980 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Avago Technologies Fiber IP (Singapore), Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,376,630) developed by Tak Kui Wang, Cupertino, Calif., and Chung-Yi Su, Fremont, Calif., for a "hybrid 8P8C RJ-45 modular plug configured with both optical and electrical connections for providing both optical and electrical communications capabilities, and a method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid RJ-45 plug is provided that has both an electrical coupling configuration and an optical coupling configuration. The electrical coupling configuration is an 8P8C electrical wiring configuration that complies with the RJ-45 electrical wiring standard. The optical coupling configuration includes an optics system that provides the plug with optical communications capabilities. The hybrid RJ-45 plug is backwards compatible with an existing RJ-45 jack that implements an RJ-45 electrical wiring standard. However, the hybrid RJ-45 plug is also configured to mate with an optical jack that has only optical communications capabilities and to mate with a hybrid RJ-45 jack that has both optical and electrical communications capabilities." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2011 (13/222,094). 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=8,376,630&OS=8,376,630&RS=8,376,630 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Indiana, California Inventors Develop Patent for Process for Producing a Renewable Biofuel from Waste Water Treatment Plants ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Zackery Allen McMurry, Mishawaka, Ind., and James Casey Smoot, West Sacramento, Calif., have developed a patent (8,377,151) for a "process for producing a renewable biofuel from waste water treatment plants." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention describes a method for production of a renewable, combustible liquid fuel that may be used; in internal combustion engines, as a fuel source for electricity generation including turbines and fuel cells, or as a burnable heat source. This fuel is derived from set of biomolecules that are produced under nutrient limitation conditions as those found at a waste water treatment plant. More specifically this invention envisions the use of poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates) (PHA), especially those with monomeric residues ranging in size from C4 to C10, as a feed stream for production of a biofuel." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2009 (12/590,120). 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=8,377,151&OS=8,377,151&RS=8,377,151 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,892) developed by Tatsuya Sato, Cupertino, Calif., Patricia M. Liu, Saratoga, Calif., and Fanos Christodoulou, Mountain View, Calif., for "methods and apparatus for incorporating nitrogen in oxide films." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a first aspect, a first method is provided. The first method includes the steps of (1) preconditioning a process chamber with an aggressive plasma; (2) loading a substrate into the process chamber; and (3) performing plasma nitridation on the substrate within the process chamber. The process chamber is preconditioned using a plasma power that is at least 150% higher than a plasma power used during plasma nitridation of the substrate. Numerous other aspects are provided." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2011 (13/072,177). 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=8,375,892&OS=8,375,892&RS=8,375,892 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** O2Micro International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- O2Micro International, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been assigned a patent (8,376,611) developed by Guoxing Li, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Xiaohu Tang, Shanghai, China, for "circuits and methods for temperature detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A temperature detection circuit includes a sensor, an integrated circuit (IC) chip, and a resistor. The sensor is operable for sensing a temperature. The IC chip can compare a sense voltage indicative of the temperature with a threshold voltage indicative of a temperature threshold to determine a temperature condition. The IC chip has a substantially constant parameter. The resistor is externally coupled to the IC chip. The IC chip maintains a current ratio, including a ratio of a first current flowing through the sensor to a second current flowing through the resistor, equal to the substantially constant parameter." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/751,432). 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=8,376,611&OS=8,376,611&RS=8,376,611 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for System for Measuring a User's Percentage of Body Fat ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- John Collins, Monrovia, Calif., and Colin Kenneth Hill, San Dimas, Calif., have developed a patent (8,380,297) for a "system for measuring a user's percentage of body fat." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for measuring percentage of body fat for a user. The system has: structure for measuring body hydration and generating a signal representing a measured hydration value; structure for selectively changing the measured hydration value to an adjusted hydration value based upon a first parameter to thereby reflect more accurately an actual hydration value for the user and generating a signal representing the adjusted hydration value; and structure for measuring body fat percentage using the signal representing: a) the measured hydration value; or b) the adjusted hydration value in the event that the structure for selectively changing the measured hydration value changes the measured hydration value based upon the first parameter." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2010 (12/781,164). 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=8,380,297&OS=8,380,297&RS=8,380,297 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method of Modeling Dynamic Characteristics of a Flight Vehicle ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Eric T. Falangas, Fountain Valley, Calif., has developed a For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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