Patent Patrol: 6 May 2010

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: Digital signatures, machine motors, drainage mechanisms, and more...

Middle Tennessee

Federal-Mogul Corp., with facilities in Smyrna, Smithville and Sparta, was awarded U.S. Patent No. D615,010, entitled “Brake friction pad,” invented by Rodney J. Silvey of Cookeville, Jason Heath Mahan of Lafayette and Weiming Liu of Windsor, Calif.

Mars Inc., whose Mars Petcare business unit is located in Cool Springs, received U.S. Patent No. D614,830, entitled “Pet treat,” invented by Emine Unlu of Murfreesboro, Cari Ann Enot of Franklin and William Gharibian of Smyrna.

Caterpillar Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,711,522, entitled “Systems and methods for monitoring a machine” invented by Milton R. Long of Franklin and J. Joseph Gualandri of Metamora, Ill.

Other patents naming Middle Tennessee inventors:

• U.S. Patent No. D615,228, entitled “Simulated torch” invented by Diane Marie Gilmore and James Lee Gilmore of Springfield.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,711,142, entitled “Method and system for composing a digital signature graphic appearance and specifying a document display location thereof” invented by John TeSelle of Nashville.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,707,850, entitled “Drainage mechanism for a flooded evaporator” invented by Jun Wang of Clarksville, Mahesh Valiya Naduvath of Lutherville, Md., and John F. Judge of Galena, Ohio and assigned to Johnson Controls Technology Co. of Holland, Mich.

East Tennessee

UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge was awarded two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,707,854, entitled “Method of producing microchannel and nanochannel articles” invented by Brian R. D’Urso of Clinton.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,709,133, entitled “Electrically conductive cellulose composite” invented by Barbara R. Evans of Oak Ridge, Hugh M. O’Neill of Knoxville and Jonathan Woodward of Surrey, England.

Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport received two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,709,595, entitled “Non-precipitating alkali/alkaline earth metal and aluminum solutions made with polyhydroxyl ether solvents” invented by Donna Rice Quillen of Kingsport, Barry Glen Pearcy of Church Hill, Michael Duane Cliffton of Kingsport, and Aaron Nathaniel Edens of Gate City, Va.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,709,593, entitled “Multiple feeds of catalyst metals to a polyester production process” invented by Jason Christopher Jenkins of Kingsport.

Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville received two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,710,263, entitled “Escape notification system” invented by Randal D. Boyd of Knoxville.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,707,974, entitled “LCD window for animal training device and method for manufacture” invented by Steven M. Schrick of Knoxville.

Diversified Technologies Services Inc. of Knoxville received U.S. Patent No. 7,708,890, entitled “Method of rendering a radioactive and aqueous heat transfer liquid in a nuclear reactor to a reduced radwaste quantitative state and returning the remaining waste water volumes to an environmental release point for liquid effluents” invented by Charles E. Jensen, Dennis A. Brunsell and Larry E. Beets, all of Knoxville.

Nucsafe Inc. of Oak Ridge was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,709,800, entitled “Method and apparatus for rejecting radioactive interference in a radiation monitoring station” invented by Alan Proctor and William Richardson of Knoxville.

Also naming inventors from East Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. D614,952, entitled “Container cap” invented by Charles Caserta of Kingsport.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,711,601, entitled “Audio/video automated payment facility” invented by Mark Pratt of Signal Mountain and David Harpold of Melbourne, Fla.

West Tennessee

International Paper Co. of Memphis received two patents:

• U.S. Patent No. D614,954, entitled “Lid for a container” invented by Timothy E. Crowell of West Bend, Wis., and Mikel J. Fishbein of Mequon, Wis.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,708,187, entitled “Display container and associated display container blank” invented by Walter D. Keefe Jr. of Carol Stream, Ill., and David J. McKenna of Plainfield, Ill.

Warsaw Orthopedic Inc., a subsidiary of Medtronic Inc. of Memphis, received three patents:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,708,779, entitled “Expandable intervertebral spacers and methods of use” invented by Jason A. Edie of Memphis, Lloyd Guyton Bowers Cooper of Birmingham, Jerrod Bradley Windham of Auburn, Ala., John Caleb Dawson of Chicago, and Don Bryon Walker II of Muscle Shoals, Ala.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,708,762, entitled “Systems, devices and methods for stabilization of the spinal column” invented by Richard McCarthy of Little Rock, Ark., Chris Johnson of Germantown and Rex Armstrong of Cordova.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,708,743, entitled “Apparatus and method for positioning an implant during surgery” invented by Kent Anderson of Memphis and Robert H. Dyer of Bartlett.

Black & Decker Inc. received U.S. Patent No. D614,887, entitled “Portable workbench” invented by Kim C. Reeves of Lexington and Robert P. Welsh of Phoenix, Md.

Schering-Plough Healthcare Products Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,707,751, entitled “Adjustable orthotic” invented by Richard T. Avent of Memphis and Philip C. Yang of Memphis and Charles E. Lundy Jr. of Germantown.

Wright Medical Technology Inc. of Arlington was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,708,746, entitled “Method and apparatus for processing dermal tissue” invented by Elof Eriksson of Wellesley, Mass., Christian Baker of Quincy, Mass., and W. Robert Allison of Sudbury, Mass.

Extraortho Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,708,736, entitled “Articulation apparatus for external fixation device” invented by Michael W. Mullaney of Kinnelon, N.J.

Blue Sky Medical Group Inc. of Memphis was awarded U.S. Patent No. 7,708,724, entitled “Reduced pressure wound cupping treatment system” invented by Richard Scott Weston of Carlsbad, Calif.

Also from West Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. D615,238, entitled “Reflector for roadway luminaire” invented by Rick Kauffman of Buford, Ga., Edward Bilson of Germantown, Barbara Bilson (legal representative) of Germantown, Gerald Ballard of Brandon, Miss., and assigned to Howard Industries Inc. of Laurel, Miss.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,711,950, entitled “Methods and systems for establishing an electronic account for a customer” invented by Wayne H. Orbke of Germantown and Samuel R. Tremaine of Memphis and assigned to United States Postal Services of Washington, D.C.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,711,026, entitled “Method and apparatus for applying codes having pre-defined properties” invented by Mark D. Roberts and Marcus H. Pendergrass of Huntsville, Ala., Larry W. Fullerton of Brownsboro, Ala., Ivan A. Cowie of Madison, Ala., and James L. Richards of Fayetteville and assigned to Time Domain Corp. of Huntsville, Ala.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,710,320, entitled “System and method for position determination by impulse radio” invented by Larry W. Fullerton of Brownsboro, Ala., Ivan A. Cowie of Madison, Ala., and James L. Richards of Fayetteville and assigned to Time Domain Corp. of Huntsville, Ala.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,708,009, entitled “Reusable personal heating system” invented by Kenneth Randall Collins of Memphis.

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