ZymoGenetics LLC of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,786,075, entitled “Use of IL-28 and IL-29 to treat cancer and autoimmune disorders” invented by Sean Doyle of Seattle, Kevin M. Klucher of Bellevue, Wash., Pallavur V. Sivakumar and Wayne R. Kindsvogel of Seattle, and Chung Chan of Sammamish, Wash.
Advanced Breath Diagnostics LLC of Brentwood received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,569, entitled “Lyophilized edible food incorporating a marker” invented by Keith Darrel Evans of Brentwood, Stanley John Konopka of Franklin, and Kerry Clepper of Brentwood.
Universal Safety Response Inc. of Franklin received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,031, entitled “Energy absorbing system” invented by Joseph Vellozzi of Ardsley, N.Y., Matthew A. Gelfand of Rockville Centre, N.Y., John S. Paner of Lancaster, N.Y., Norman D. Mackenzie of Alden, N.Y., Shubin Ruan of Williamsville, N.Y., D. Lance Bullard Jr. of College Station, Texas, and Dean C. Alberson of Bryan, Texas.
Electrolux Home Products Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,786,766, entitled “Appliance control system with a zero crossing detecting circuit” invented by Robert C. Harris of Springfield.
Joan T. Slinkard of Nashville is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,784,305, entitled “Slide for Omega necklace.”
Other patents naming Middle Tennessee inventors:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,787,513, entitled “Transmitting and receiving spread spectrum signals using continuous waveforms” invented by James L. Richards of Fayetteville, and Kazimierz Siwiak of Coral Springs, Fla., Hans Gregory Schantz of Brownsboro, Ala., and assigned to Alereon Inc. of Austin, Texas.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,786,133, entitled “Chemically modified small molecules” invented by Richard R. Goodin of Fayetteville, Michael D. Bentley of Huntsville, Tracey X. Viegas of Madison, Ala., Lin Cheng and Xuan Zhao of Huntsville, and assigned to Nektar Therapeutics of San Carlos, Calif.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,785,345, entitled “Apparatus for trapping emboli” invented by William Gregory Ladd of Williamsport and assigned to Medtronic Vascular Inc. of Santa Rosa, Calif.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,785,328, entitled “Minimally invasive bone miller apparatus” invented by Michael J. Christie of Nashville, David K. DeBoer of Franklin, Michael C. Jones of North Webster, Ind., Steven Wayne Smith of Fort Wayne, Ind., Brad Alan Parker and Charles W. Jaggers of Warsaw, Ind., Derek A. Shrack of Leesburg, Ind., James Ray Rogers of Winona Lake, Ind., and assigned to DePuy Products Inc. of Warsaw, Ind.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,784,798, entitled “Gripping gasket” invented by Van T. Walworth of Lebanon and David B. Hook of Franklin, and assigned to Star Pipe Products Ltd. of Houston.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,784,596, entitled “Hanging chute” invented by Kirk D. Sawall of Gallatin, Dale R. Brenholt of Cushing, Wis., and Gabriel G. Feuerheim of Richmond, Wis., and assigned to Durex Products Inc. of Luck, Wis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,788,369, entitled “System and method for network discovery and connection management” invented by Christopher M. McAllen of Nashville, Christopher W. Dern, Gregory A. Borges and Michael Scott Reed of San Diego, and Richard M. Batch of Del Mar, Calif., and assigned to Carefusion 303 Inc. of San Diego.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport received two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,786,247, entitled “High IV melt phase polyester polymer catalyzed with antimony containing compounds” invented by Mary Therese Jernigan, Michael Paul Ekart and Richard Gill Bonner of Kingsport.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,786,252, entitled “Preparation of transparent multilayered articles” invented by Wesley Raymond Hale, Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Mark Edward Stewart, Spencer Allen Gilliam and Michael Duane Clifton, all of Kingsport, Marcus David Shelby of Fall Branch, and Martin Emerson Rogers of Blacksburg, Va.
Worldwide Energy Inc. of Delaware in Oak Ridge received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,747, entitled “Stack configurations for tubular solid oxide fuel cells” invented by Timothy R. Armstrong, Michael P. Trammell and Joseph A. Marasco of Kingston.
UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge and Sentech Inc. of Oak Ridge are co-assignees of U.S. Patent No. 7,786,253, entitled “Apparatus and method for oxidation and stabilization of polymeric materials” invented by Felix L. Paulauskas, Terry L. White and Daniel M. Sherman of Knoxville.
Astec Industries Inc. of Chattanooga received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,059, entitled “Forward discharge blower unit” invented by John R. Bandstra of Eugene, Ore.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,788,476, entitled “Devices, systems, and methods for initializing a PLC module” invented by Alan D. McNutt and Mark Steven Boggs of Johnson City, and Temple L. Fulton of Elizabethtown, and assigned to Siemens Industry Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,786,919, entitled “Systems and/or devices for providing an isolated analog output or analog input” invented by Steven Perry Parfitt of Johnson City, and assigned to Siemens Industry Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,785,427, entitled “High strength alloys” invented by Phillip James Maziasz of Oak Ridge, John Paul Shingledecker, Michael Leonard Santella and Joachim Hugo Schneibel of Knoxville, Vinod Kumar Sikka of Oak Ridge, Harold J. Vinegar of Bellaire, Texas, Randy Carl John of Houston, and Dong Sub Kim of Sugar Land, Texas, and assigned to Shell Oil Co. of Houston.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,785,398, entitled “Dryer and drying apparatus with enhanced moisture removal” invented by Charles Robert Dewald III of Morristown and Thomas L. Cristello of West Orange, N.J., and assigned to Protégé Enterprises of Union, N.J.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,785,374, entitled “Methods and compositions for imparting stain resistance to nylon materials” invented by Dennis J. Jones Jr. of Signal Mountain and assigned to Columbia Insurance Co. of Omaha.
Schering-Plough Healthcare Products Inc. of Memphis received two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. D622,615, entitled “Bottle and dosage cup” invented by Michael P. Tune of Arlington and James E. Haddon of Germantown.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,784,197, entitled “Gel insoles having thin spring walls” invented by Laura J. Crane of Williston, Richard T. Avent of Memphis, and Donald B. Thompson of Raleigh, N.C.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,350, entitled “Load bearing flexible spinal connecting element” invented by Jason Eckhardt of Memphis and Tom J. Francis and Hai H. Trieu of Cordova.
Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,347, entitled “Surgical procedures and instruments” invented by Fraser Harvie of Glasgow, Scotland, Graham Smith of Newburyport, Mass., Philip B. Sample of Arlington, Mass., Gary R. McCarthy of East Bridgewater, Mass., Adam James of Talbot Green, Wales, Peter Richardson of Braunston, England, and Sally L. Carter of N. Attleboro, Mass.
Hunter Fan Co. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,785,077, entitled “Ceiling fan hanging system” invented by Anthony Todd Richardson of Medina and Richard A. Pearce of Byhalia, Miss.
Shelby Group International Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,784,113, entitled “Glove construction and method of making same” invented by Thomas G. Ragan of Germantown and Larry C. Deal of Hot Springs, Ark.
William Brent Benoist of Germantown is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. D622,842, entitled “Implantable monitor delivery device handle” invented, and assigned to Given Imaging Ltd. of Yoqneam, Ill.
— Compiled by R. Parrish Freeman Jr. of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.