Patent Patrol: 8 April 2010

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: Many vacuum pouches, morphing honeypots, and more...

Middle Tennessee

Mars Inc., whose Mars Pet Care business unit is located in Cool Springs, was awarded two design patents:

• U.S. Patent No. D613,181, entitled “Rectangle shaped multi-pack vacuum pouch” invented by Jason Friedland and Rebecca Morgan Valentine of Franklin and Angel Hernandez and Peter Slusarczyk of Nolensville.

• U.S. Patent No. D613,026, entitled “Treat for pets” invented by Tracey Dianne Ziener of Franklin, John Fitzpatrick and Michael Innis of Kansas, and Wesley E. Locke, Douglas H. Schalk and Shannon Morey of Missouri.

GenHunter Corp. of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,691,815, entitled “Methods for blocking TNF-alpha activity in mammals with trimeric soluble TNF receptors” invented by Peng Liang of Nashville.

The following patents also name inventors from Middle Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,690,159 entitled “Relocatable personal and/or pet safety appliance” invented by Floyd Arnold of Murfreesboro.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,693,963, entitled “Technical support process for power monitoring networks” invented by Anthony Johnson of Murfreesboro and Tuan Ta of Nolensville.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,690,565, entitled “Method and system for inspecting machines” invented by Michael David Faoro of Old Hickory, Robert Winston Ramsey of Mt. Juliet, Daniel Jon Krueger of Peoria, Ill., and J. Joseph Gualandri of Metamora, Ill., and assigned to Caterpillar Inc. of Peoria, Ill.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,694,339, entitled “Method and system for morphing honeypot with computer security incident correlation” invented by Kenneth W. Blake, Vikki Kim Converse and John Michael Garrison of Austin, Texas, Ronald O’Neal Edmark of Smyrna, and assigned to International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,691,599, entitled “Mammalian genes involved in viral infection and tumor suppression” invented by Donald H. Rubin of Nashville and assigned to Zirus Inc. of Buford, Ga.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,690,163, entitled “Polymeric door facing with textured interior surface, and method of forming same” invented by David McMahan of Burns, James Pfau of Kirkland, Ill., Tamra Williams of Hattiesburg, Miss., Liqun Xu of Aurora, Ill., and Thomas Ruffin of Laurel, Miss., and assigned to Masonite Corp. of Tampa, Fla.

East Tennessee

Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport received two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,692,037, entitled “Optimized liquid-phase oxidation” invented by Alan George Wonders, Lee Reynolds Partin and Wayne Scott Strasser of Kingsport and Marcel de Vreede of Barendrecht, The Netherlands.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,692,036, entitled “Optimized liquid-phase oxidation” invented by Alan George Wonders, Robert Lin of Kingsport, Lee Reynolds Partin and Wayne Scott Strasser of Kingsport, and Marcel de Vreede of Barendrecht, The Netherlands.

UT-Battelle LLC, the private not-for-profit company formed to manage and operate the Oak Ridge National Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy, received two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,693,903, entitled “Method for gathering and summarizing internet information” invented by Thomas E. Potok, Mark Thomas Elmore and Nagiza Faridovna Samatova of Oak Ridge, Joel Wesley Reed of Knoxville, Jim N. Treadwell of Louisville.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,693,587 entitled “Control of friction at the nanoscale” invented by Jacob Barhen and Yehuda Y. Braiman of Oak Ridge, and Vladimir Protopopescu of Knoxville.

Taylor Brands LLC of Kingsport received two design patents:

• U.S. Patent No. D613,438, entitled “Flashlight” invented by Robin Liang of Guangdong, China.

• U.S. Patent No. D613,145, entitled “Pocket knife blade” invented by Cheng Yang-Fu of Taipei, Taiwan.

Protokraft LLC of Kingsport received U.S. Patent No. 7,690,849, entitled “Fiber optic connector, active contact inserts therefor, and associated methods” invented by Robert Marc Scharf of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Randal Bruce Lord of Rogersville.

Also naming inventors from East Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. D613,361, entitled “Lower receiver for modular tactical firearms” invented by Morris Peterson of Earlysville, Va., Matthew Peterson of Crozet, Va., Gary Vance of Bristol, Va., William McCormick of Bluff City, and Charles Robert Overbey, Jr. of Deland, Fla., and assigned to Ashbury International Group Inc. of Charlottesville, Va.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,691,199, entitled “Melter assembly and method for charging a crystal forming apparatus with molten source material” invented by John Davis Holder of Knoxville and assigned to MEMC Electronic Materials Inc. of St. Peters, Mo.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,692,080, entitled “Fret wire with bending notches” invented by and assigned to Donna W. Rushing of New Market.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,690,469, entitled “Central differential for a working vehicle” invented by Koji Irikura of Morristown and Donald Wieber of Bean Station, and assigned to Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co. Ltd. of Japan.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,690,230, entitled “Housing for electronic lock” invented by John Steven Gray of Maryville and assigned to Yake Security Inc. of Monroe, N.C.

West Tennessee

International Paper Co. of Memphis received two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,690,555, entitled “Rigid corrugated bulk container for liquids and semi-liquid fluids” invented by Michael A. Churvis of Germantown and Larry A. Gates of Germantown, William F. Moss of Canonsburg, Pa., and Pamela Jean Riggins of Bartlett.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,691,227, entitled “Bleached, mechanical paper pulp and the production method therefor” invented by Claude Raymond Riou of Menthon St. Bernard, France.

Warsaw Orthopedic Inc., a subsidiary of Medtronic Inc. of Memphis, received U.S. Patent No. 7,691,130 entitled “Spinal implants including a sensor and methods of use” invented by Aurelien Bruneau of Memphis, Eric C. Lange of Collierville, and Kent M. Anderson of Memphis.

Jason Matthew Steed of Cordova is the sole named inventor of U.S. Patent No. D613,205, entitled “Bicycle Frame.”

Allen Engineering Corp. of Paragould, Ark., received U.S. Patent No. 7,690,864, entitled “Hydraulic riding trowel with automatic load sensing system” invented by J. Dewayne Allen, Timmy D. Guinn and Mike Woodside of Paragould, Ark., Michael McKean of Arlington, and Jack C. Wilson of Fairhope, Ala.

Compiled by R. Parrish Freeman Jr. of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.