Patent Patrol: 7 July 2010

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: More "pet treats" from Mars, a better toothbrush, more advances in paper and more...

Middle Tennessee

Mars, Incorporated, whose Mars Pet Care division operates out of Franklin, received U.S. Patent No. D618,879, entitled "Treat for Pets" invented by Tracey Dianne Ziener of Franklin, John Fitzpatrick of Baxter Springs, Kan., Wesley E. Locke of Holts Summit, Mo., Michael Innis of Baxter Springs, Kan., Douglas H. Schalk of Joplin, Mo., and Shannon Morey of Joplin, Mo.

  • Endless Analog, Inc. of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,751,916, entitled "Closed loop analog signal processor ("CLASP") system" invented by Christopher A. Estes of Nashville.
  • David Trainer of Nashville is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,752,090, entitled "System and method for reversing accounting distortions and calculating a true value of a business."
  • Patrick Dean King of Springhill is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,748,642, entitled "Device for constructing modular water spray configurations."

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

  • U.S. Patent No. D618,986, entitled "Hanger" invented by Vance M. Lambert of Franklin and Michael E. Lambert of Altoona, Iowa.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,751,977, entitled "Real time environmental measurement and reporting system for navigable waterways and method of use" invented by W. Scott Noble of Franklin and Michael F. Winkler of Vicksburg, Miss., and assigned to The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,750,804, entitled "Multiple sensor lighting system" invented by Barry L. Atkins of Goodlettsville, Keith Alan Springs of Bowling Green, Ky., Emmet Joseph Roche of Bowling Green, Ky., and assigned to HeathCo LLC of Elmhurst, Ill.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,750,781, entitled "Coded linear magnet arrays in two dimensions" invented by James Lee Richards of Fayetteville, Larry W. Fullerton of New Hope, Ala., and Mark Roberts of Huntsville, Ala. and assigned to Cedar Ridge Research LLC of Huntsville, Ala.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,750,227, entitled "Appliance audio notification device" invented by John Rudolph of Antioch and Bobby Hayes of Louisville, Ky.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,577, entitled "High strength multilayer laminates comprising twisted nematic liquid crystals" invented by Richard A. Hayes of Brentwood, Marc B. Goldfinger of West Chester, Pa., and Lee A. Silverman of Newark, Del., and assigned to E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company of Wilmington, Del.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,383, entitled "Filter cartridge with crush ribs" invented by Zemin Jiang of Cookeville and assigned to Cummins Filtration IP, Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,803, entitled "Horizontal dispensing container having multiple removable, sliding, hinged shelves" invented by Barnia L. Scruggs, Jr. of Gallatin and Donald J. Bazany of Grand Haven, Mich. and assigned to Bradford Company of Holland, Mich.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,650, entitled "Low profile attachment for emitting water" invented by W. Haynes Sloan of Gallatin and assigned to InvisaFlow LLC of Alpharetta, Ga.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,197, entitled "Method and/or system for compensating for effects of heat flow and/or air flow through fiberglass insulation" invented by David W. Yarbrough of Cookeville and Gary E. Romes of Cincinnati, Ohio and assigned to Guardian Building Products, Inc. of Greer, S.C. 

East Tennessee

Unirich, LLC of Chattanooga received U.S. Patent No. 7,752,133, entitled "Computerized system and method for an automated payment process" invented by J. Stephen Rich of Chattanooga and Robin Wiley of Chattanooga.

  • UT-Battelle, LLC of Oak Ridge received U.S. Patent No. 7,749,432, entitled "Cast, heat-resistant austenitic stainless steels having reduced alloying element content" invented by Govindarajan Muralidharan of Knoxville, Vinod Kumar Sikka of Oak Ridge, Philip J. Maziasz of Oak Ridge, and Roman I. Pankiw of Greensburg, Pa.

Other patents naming East Tennessee inventors:

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,752,522 entitled "Devices, systems, and methods regarding a PLC system fault" invented by Temple L. Fulton of Elizabethton, Lothar Trapp of Feucht, F.R.G., and Heiner Fuchs of Erlangen, F.R.G. and assigned to Siemens Industry, Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,750,936, entitled "Immersive surveillance system interface" invented by Mark Steven Provinsal of Knoxville, William Matthew Salivar of Knoxville, Robert Gerald Palmer, Jr. of Knoxville, Michael James Tourville of Knoxville, and James Lynn Hatmaker of Knoxville and assigned to Sony Corporation of Tokyo, Japan.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,750,205, entitled "Generation of plants with altered oil content" invented by Stephanie K. Clendennen of Kingsport and Jonathan Lightner of Johnston, Iowa and assigned to Agrinomics, LLC of Portland, Ore.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,527, entitled "Panel packaging system" invented by Mark A. Wisecarver of Morristown, Phillip A. Blankenship of Talbott, Mike Gammons of Union City, Buddy J. Thompson of Union City, Kenneth S. Bashore of Clarksville, John R. Marquardt of Fond du Lac, Wis., Chris C. Beardsley of Bardwell, Ky., Tobin J. Vetting of Sheboygan Falls, Wis., Jason M. Roman, of Sheboygan, Wis., and assigned to Kohler Co. of Kohler, Wis..
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,234, entitled "Air enhancement system and methods for food processing systems" invented by Frank P. Rhein of Delano and assigned to MP Equipment of Suwannee, Ga.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,072, entitled "Toothbrush" invented by Kendall Peter Rycroft of Ooltewah and assigned to Kendall Peter Rycroft of Alpharetta, Ga.

West Tennessee

International Paper Company of Memphis received four patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,596, entitled "Engineered crack-resistant paper and board" invented by Wadood Hamad of Mahwah, N.J. and Bruce Lyne of Tuxedo Park, N.Y.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,580, entitled "Gloss coated multifunctional printing paper" invented by Jay C. Song of Mason, Ohio and Sen Yang of Nanuet, N.Y. and assigned to International Paper Company of Memphis.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,354, entitled "Digester wash extraction by individual screen flow control" invented by Dean K. Lawrence of Hinton, Cal., Wayne Hill of Springboro, Ohio, Stanislaus Leo Ludwig of Delta, Cal., David R. Code of Gibson, Cal.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,748,604, entitled "Display container with air cell panel assembly and associated container blank" invented by Walter D. Keefe, Jr. and David J. McKenna of Plainfield, Ill.

Smith & Nephew, Inc. of Memphis received two patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,278, entitled "Method of implanting using a set of femoral prostheses" invented by Philip Frederick of Memphis, David C. Kelman of Collierville and Vince Shotton of Magnolia, Texas.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,277, entitled "Containment system for constraining a prosthetic component" invented by Terry W. McLean of Cordova.

Medtronic, Inc. and Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc. were jointly assigned U.S. Patent No. 7,749,555, entitled "Modification of chemical forces of bone constructs" invented by John M. Zanella of Cordova, Sean M. Haddock of Memphis, Catherine E. Taylor of Northeast Fridley, Minn., and Kathryn J. Kitching of London, U.K.. 

Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc. received seven patents:

  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,270, entitled "Expandable intervertebral implant and associated instrumentation" invented by Marc M. Peterman of Memphis.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,269, entitled "Spinal system and method including lateral approach" invented by Marc M. Peterman of Memphis and Frank Bono of Collierville.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,268, entitled "Methods for treating the spine" invented by Hai H. Trieu of Cordova.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,259, entitled "Slotted screw for use with a vertebral member" invented by Roy K. Lim of Germantown and Michael C. Sherman of Memphis.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,256, entitled "Ratcheting fixation plate" invented by Robert A. Farris of Cordova, Jason M. May of Memphis and Alexander R. Vaccaro of Gladwyne, Pa.


  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,231, entitled "Instruments and techniques for separating bony structures" invented by Todd C. Bonvallet of Hixson, Eric C. Lange of Germantown, Tom J. Francis of Cordova, and Steven D. DeRidder of Bartlett.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,225, entitled "Surgical instrumentation and method for forming a passage in bone having an enlarged cross-sectional portion" invented by Harold S. Taylor of Memphis, James L. Chappuis of Marietta, Ga., Michael S. Veldman of Olive Branch, Miss.
  • True Temper Sports, Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,749,114, entitled "Composite bat" invented by Maxime Thouin of San Diego, Cal.
  • Great Southern Corporation of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,749,110, entitled "Racquet sport training system" invented by Morris Bozof of Memphis.
  • Hunter Fan Company of Memphis U.S. Patent No. 7,748,861, entitled "Light with heater" invented by Brendan Patrick Byrne of Germantown and Edwin T. Koehler of Cordova.
  • Other patents naming West Tennessee inventors:
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,749,335, entitled "Dispenser rinse system for a drawer-type dishwasher" invented by Jeffrey N. Williams of Jackson and Michael C. Simmons of Moscow and assigned to Maytag Corporation of Benton Harbor, Mich.
  • U.S. Patent No. D618,970, entitled "Vegetable Press" invented by James A. Quinn of Germantown.
  • U.S. Patent No. 7,751,548, entitled "System and method for facilitating targeted marketing over a telecommunications network" invented by Alex Mashinsky of New York, N.Y. and Jeff Parness of New York, N.Y. and assigned to Alex Mashinsky Family Trust of Memphis.