Federal-Mogul Corp., with facilities in Smyrna, Smithville and Sparta, received three design patents for brake friction pads. They are U.S. Patent Nos. D614,551, D614,552 and D614,553. All have been invented by Weiming Liu of Windsor, Calif., Rodney J. Silvey of Cookeville and Jason Heath Mahan of Lafayette.
Electrolux Home Products Inc., with manufacturing facilities in Springfield, received U.S. Patent No. 7,703,453 entitled “Slide-out half rack” invented by James Hughes of Hendersonville.
Vanderbilt University was awarded two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,705,054, entitled “Method of preventing and/or treating oxidant injury in neurodegenerative and oxidative diseases” invented by L. Jackson Roberts II of Gallatin, Jeffrey R. Balser of Brentwood and Sean S. Davies, Prakash C. Viswanathan and Venkataraman Amarnath of Nashville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,704,745, entitled “Apparatus and methods for monitoring the status of a metabolically active cell” invented by Franz Baudenbacher of Franklin, John P. Wikswo of Brentwood, R. Robert Balcarcel of Nashville, David Cliffel of Nashville, Sven Eklund of Antioch, Jonathan Mark Gilligan of Nashville, Owen McGuinness of Brentwood, Todd Monroe of Baton Rouge, La., Ales Prokop of Nashville, Mark Andrew Stremler of Franklin, and Andreas Augustinus Werdich of Nashville.
Dura Global Technologies Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,703,830 entitled “Window assembly having an integral bonding system” invented by James M. Earl of Lawrenceburg and Shawn L. Walters of Etheridge.
Restaurant Technology Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill., received U.S. Patent No. 7,703,636, entitled “Frozen food dispensing device and method” invented by Gerald A. Sus of Frankfort, Ill., Glenn Schackmuth of Montgomery, Ill., Craig Conley of Oswego, Ill., Ron Dorsten of Oak Brook, Ill., Henry T. Ewald of Roselle, Ill., Jenny M. Hong of Palatine, Ill, David Bone of Nashville, Brian Rudesill of Hudson, Wis., Mario G. Ceste of Wallingford, Conn., Doug Christian Greening of Calgary, Kevin Keough of Canton, Mass., John Meisner of New Richmond, Wis., Curtis Clarence Pinnow of Libertyville, Ill., and John A. J. Wedel of Stillwater, Minn.
Harry Joseph Leibe III of Clarksville received U.S. Patent No. D614,483, entitled “Window bracket.”
University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville received three patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,705,197, entitled “Embryo development and survival” invented by F. Neal Schrick of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,705,182, entitled “Multi-substituted selective androgen receptor modulators and methods of use thereof” invented by James T. Dalton of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Duane D. Miller and Mitchell S. Steiner of Germantown, Karen A. Veverka of Cordova, Dong Jin Hwang of Memphis, and Jiyun Chen of Columbus, Ohio.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,704,979, entitled “Materials and methods for the treatment or prevention of obesity” invented by Michael B. Zemel of Knoxville and Hang Shi of Knoxville.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport received U.S. Patent No. 7,704,605, entitled “Thermoplastic articles comprising cyclobutanediol having a decorative material embedded therein” invented by Emmett Dudley Crawford of Kingsport, David Scott Porter of Blountville, and Gary Wayne Connell of Church Hill.
Greeneville’s Meco Corp. received U.S. Patent No. D614,434, entitled “Gas grill” invented by Mark Proffitt of Greeneville and Devin Lee Moore and Collin Sobczynski Farill of Decatur, Ga.
Smiths Detection Inc. of Alcoa was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,706,507, entitled “Radiation attenuation for a scanning device” invented by Adam Williamson of Sevierville and Steven Dowd of Knoxville.
Also naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. D614,680, entitled “Sight glass and frame” invented by Emadeddin Y. Tanbour of Johnson City and Chad A. Hembree of Whitesburg and assigned to AOS Holding Co. of Wilmington, Del.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,706,596, entitled “Method and apparatus for automating an inspection procedure” invented by Raymond E. Garvey of Loudon and assigned to CSI Technology Inc. of Wilmington, Del.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,705,204, entitled “Generation of plants with altered oil content” invented by Jonathan Lightner of Johnston, Iowa, Stephanie K. Clendennen of Kingsport, Jeremy E. Coate of Cortland, N.Y., and Nancy Anne Federspiel of Menlo Park, Calif., and assigned to Agrigenetics Inc. of Indianapolis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,703,376, entitled “Hydraulic apparatus return to neutral mechanism” invented by Dean Mish of Potosi, Wis., Jamie Coates of Dubuque, Iowa, Kristy Konrardy of Peosta, Iowa, Wayne R. Sinks of Greeneville, Billie F. Burleigh of Birmingham, Ala., and Brook Cutshaw of Greeneville and assigned to Parker-Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland, Ohio.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,703,155, entitled “Mattress foundation corner connector and assembly” invented by Thomas A. Roberts and Shawn M. Parella of Morristown.
Black & Decker Inc. received two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,703,487, entitled “Cutterhead” invented by Jaime Garcia and Jeffrey Weston of Jackson.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,703,366, entitled “Front bevel indicator/front bevel lock” invented by Jamie Garcia and Vance Roe of Jackson.
SurgiVision Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. D614,768, entitled “Control unit for medical interventional systems” invented by Peter Piferi of Orange, Calif.
Gradient Technologies LLC of Memphis was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,706,885, entitled “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation and method of using same” invented by William Farone of Irvine, Calif.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc., a subsidiary of Medtronic Inc. of Memphis, received U.S. Patent No. 7,705,733, entitled “Coiled RFID tag” invented by Steven M. Tethrake of Collierville, Robert Varner of Germantown and Jeffrey H. Nycz of Collierville.
Avery Outdoors Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,703,233, entitled “Avian decoy” invented by Fred Lee Zink Jr. of Port Clinton, Ohio and Thomas B.J. Matthews of Memphis.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,704,703, entitled “Arf and Hdm2 interaction domains and the methods of use thereof” invented by Richard Kriwacki of Memphis, Brian Bothner of Bozeman, Mont., and William Lewis of Ames, Iowa.
STI Inc. of Memphis was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,703,996 entitled “Surveillance unit and method of use thereof” invented by Frederick D. Sexton Jr., John F. Osteen of Germantown, Kenneth Alan Shackleford of Cordova, Lester W. Mikles of Bartlett and Warner E. Speakman of Oakland.
Hunter Fan Co. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,703,934, entitled “Power outage light socket device” invented by Robert J. Pape of Ponte Verda Beach, Fla., Jeffrey Bowman of Atlantic Beach, Fla., and Ambreese Sharif Hill of Jacksonville, Fla.
TSM Corp. of Bartlett received U.S. Patent No. 7,703,471, entitled “Single-action discharge valve” invented by Richard H. Edwards of Germantown.
Also naming inventors from West Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,706,051, entitled “Display medium and method of manufacturing display medium” invented by Yasuhiro Hattori of Cordova and Hiroyuki Enomoto of Toyohashi, Japan and assigned to Brother Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha of Japan.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,705,194 entitled “Article for assisting in toilet training” invented by Wisconites Richard L. Underhill, Marsha A. Malone, Bernard J. Minerath, Duane G. Krzysik, David W. Koenig and Kimberly M. Bleck as well as Beth A. Lange of Germantown and assigned to Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Inc. of Neenah, Wis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,704,038, entitled “Method and apparatus to facilitate reducing losses in turbine engines” invented by Matthew Joseph Ring of New York, N.Y., Samuel Rulli of Gloucester, Mass., Cory Kirk of Memphis, Hsin-Tuan Liu of West Chester, Ohio, and Apostolos Karafillis of Arlington, Mass., and assigned to General Electric Co. of Schenectady, N.Y.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,703,735, entitled “Hanger system” invented by Kevan Fryer of New Zealand and James Houston of Paris.
— Compiled by R. Parrish Freeman Jr. of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.