Vanderbilt University was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,713,733, entitled “Device and methods for detecting the response of a plurality of cells to at least one analyte of interest.” Named inventors are David Cliffel of Nashville, Franz J. Baudenbacher of Franklin, John P. Wikswo of Brentwood, Sven Eklund of Antioch, R. Robert Balcarcel of Nashville and Jonathan M. Gilligan of Nashville.
Fleetguard Inc. of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,713,493, entitled “Compact combination exhaust muffler and aftertreatment element and water trap assembly.” Named inventors are John M. Bosanec Jr., Patrick M. Klein, Jeffrey T. Sedlacek and David M. Grimm, all of Wisconsin.
3SAE Technologies Inc. of Franklin received U.S. Patent No. 7,712,981, entitled “Compact, active alignment fusion splicer with automatic view-angle compensation.” Named inventors are Robert G. Wiley of Frankfort, Ky., Brett G. Clark of Whites Creek and Jared Meitzler of Spring Hill.
Maxwell Medical Inc. of Nashville was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,716,065, entitled “Method of generating and maintaining a patient medication profile.” Named inventors are Milton B. Maxwell Jr. and Bradley R. Mitchell of Nashville, and Norman J. Noffsinger of Franklin.
Other patents naming Middle Tennessee inventors:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,716,646, entitled “Loading a chain of processors from an XML file” invented by Rekha Kaushik and Arvind Wadhawan of Brentwood, Andy McInturff of Milton, and Warren Patterson of Charleston, W.Va.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,716,408, entitled “Burn rack docking apparatus for an information handling system” invented by Amit Pradip Bhatia of Hermitage and Scott Joseph Boyd of Pflugerville, Texas, and assigned to Dell Products LP of Round Rock, Texas.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,716,012, entitled “Method for process monitoring in a utility system” invented by Jon A. Bickel of Murfreesboro.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,715,176, entitled “Modular power monitoring system” invented by Marcelo A. Perez of Franklin, E. Avery Ashby of Murfreesboro, Jon A. Bickel of Murfreesboro, Larry E. Curtis of Murfreesboro, and James F. Clark of Murfreesboro.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,714,566, entitled “Clamp-on current and voltage module for a power monitoring system” invented by Marcelo A. Perez of Franklin.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,712,726, entitled “Machine for pulling wire through a conduit” invented by Scott A. Jernigan of Cross Plains.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,712,462, entitled “Portable electric-driven compressed air gun” invented by Christopher Pedicini of Nashville and John Witzigreuter of Kennesaw, Ga., and assigned to Impulse Solutions LLC of Flagstaff, Ariz.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,714,243, entitled “Push button doorbell switch apparatus” invented by Timothy Gale Birdwell of Lafayette and assigned to Heathco LLC of Elmhurst, Ill.
Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville received two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. D615,438, entitled “Handheld transmitter” invented by Brent A. Goetzl of Orinda, Calif., and Lance Tracy of Oak Ridge.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,712,438, entitled “Method and apparatus for adjusting the correction level of an animal training receiver” invented by Anthony J. Reinhart of Ft. Wayne, Ind.
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 U.S. Patent No. 7,714,623 entitled “Agile high resolution arbitrary waveform generator with jitterless frequency stepping.” Named inventors are Peter T. A. Reilly of Knoxville and Hideya Koizumi of Oak Ridge.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,714,094, entitled “Simplified isophthalic acid process for modifying PET.” Named inventors are Ronald Buford Sheppard and Brent Alan Tennant of Kingsport.
The University of Tennessee Research Foundation received U.S. Patent No. 7,713,715, entitled “Method for diagnosing infections.” Named inventors are Clarence A. Speer of Louisville and Shigetoshi Eda of Knoxville.
Interlock Industries Inc. of Chattanooga received U.S. Patent No. 7,713,365, entitled “Water based aerosol adhesive.” Named inventors are Ford Silvers of Calhoun, Ga. and Mike D. Whitaker of Chatsworth, Ga.
Collegedale Casework LLC of Collegedale received U.S. Patent No. 7,712,847, entitled “Laboratory workstation utility management configuration.” Named inventors are Chip Albright of Ooltewah, Brian White of Muskegon, Mich., and William Szabo of Blairstown, N.J.
J&J Machine & Tool Inc. of Knoxville was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,712,714, entitled “Adjustable connector for marine accessories.” Name inventors are Scott A. Jackson, Thomas J. Jackson, Steven W. Jackson and John R. Jackson, all of Knoxville.
Also naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. D615,506, entitled “Integrated energy management system” invented by Andrew Eide of Rockwall, Texas, Thomas Edwin Greene Jr. of Morristown and assigned to DBG Group Investments LLC of Dallas.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,714,936, entitled “Omniview motionless camera orientation system” invented by H. Lee Martin of Knoxville, Daniel P. Kuban of Oak Ridge, Steven D. Zimmermann of Knoxville, and Nicholas Busko of Knoxville and assigned to Sony Corp. of Tokyo.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,714,035, entitled “Plumbing manifolds” invented by Tom Coe of Knoxville and assigned to NIBCO Inc. of Elkhart, Ind.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,712,283, entitled “Brackets and bracket system for assembling playground equipment” invented by Scott Gadd of Chattanooga and Giovanni of Janesville, Wis., and assigned to Playcore Wisconsin Inc. of Janesville, Wis.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc., a subsidiary of Medtronic Inc. of Memphis, received U.S. Patent No. 7,713,303, entitled “Collagen-based materials and methods for augmenting intervertebral discs.” Named inventors are Hai H. Trieu of Cordova and Michael C. Sherman of Memphis.
Also naming inventors from West Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. D615,497, entitled “Grounding clip” invented by Jerry Woodward of Collierville and Rodolfo Elizondo of Olive Branch, Miss., and assigned to Thomas & Betts International Inc. of Wilmington, Del.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,715,572, entitled “Custom-fit hearing device kit and method of use” invented by Joe A. Solomito Jr. of Lakeland and George B. Kawell of Collierville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,714,014, entitled “Targeting GLI proteins in human cancer by small molecules” invented by Biao He of Foster City, Calif., Naoaki Fujii of Germantown, Liang You, Zhidong Xu and David M. Jablons of San Francisco, and assigned to The Regents of the University of California in Oakland.
— Compiled by R. Parrish Freeman Jr. of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.