Federal-Mogul World Wide Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,800,483, entitled “Transitional lighting system for vehicle interior” invented by Lloyd K. Bucher of Cookeville.
Cummins Filtration IP Inc. received U.S. Patent No. RE41,713, entitled “Filter with efficiently sealed end” invented by Kelly R. Schmitz of Brentwood, Larry T. Gunderson of Madison, Wis., and Thomas A. Fosdal and Gregory J. Schoenmann of Stoughton, Wis.
Stinger Industries LLC of Murfreesboro received U.S. Patent No. 7,800,255, entitled “Power system for mobile workstation and method” invented by Gary Coonan of Rockvale and Dean A. Werthman and Ary Inthaluxay of Murfreesboro.
Biomimetic Therapeutics Inc. of Franklin received U.S. Patent No. 7,799,754, entitled “Compositions and methods for treating bone” invented by Charles E. Hart of Brentwood, Samuel E. Lynch of Franklin, and Jeffrey O. Hollinger of Gibsonia, Pa.
Vanderbilt University received U.S. Patent No. 7,799,519, entitled “Diagnosing and grading gliomas using a proteomics approach” invented by Richard Caprioli of Brentwood.
Walter Meier (Manufacturing) Inc. of La Vergne received U.S. Patent No. 7,798,478, entitled “Parallel clamp and accessories therefor” invented by John C. Janson of East Dundee, Ill., Guojue Yan of Carpentersville, Ill., Steven A. Erbach of Marengo, Ill., Timothy J. Shipley of Bensenville, Ill.
U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. received U.S. Patent No. 7,798,319, entitled “Container device for tobacco articles” invented by David Karl Bried of Brentwood, James Arthur Strickland of Goodlettsville, Mark T. Nielsen of Madison, Frank Scott Atchley of Nashville, Lamar Eugene Walters II of Brentwood, and Gregory A. Pace of Nunnelly.
US Smokeless Tobacco Co. also is the co-assignee along with Phasex Corp. of Lawrence, Mass. of U.S. Patent No. 7,798,151, entitled “Reduction of constituents in tobacco” invented by Carl H. Midgett of Ashland City, Clifford Brown Bennett of Brentwood, Harry Y. Zheng of Smyrna, Kathleen S. Johnston of Nashville, Val Krukonis of Lexington, Mass., Hans Schonemann of Newburyport, Mass., Anthony Gudinas of Atkinson. N.H., Paula M. Wetmore of Chelmsford, Mass., and Kara Williams of Saugus, Mass.
Wellness Inc. of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,797,901, entitled “Demountable wall system and method” invented by Shannon D. Near of Grand Rapids, Mich., and assigned to Quality Edge Inc. of Walker, Mich.
Matthew H. Sweeting of Columbia is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. D623,916, entitled “Pair of scissors with ruler on blade.”
Bobby Lee of Smithville is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,798,878, entitled “Personal windscreen apparatus.”
Timmy Green of Smyrna is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,797,939, entitled “Concentrating solar energy receiver.”
Tyco Electronics Corp. received U.S. Patent No. 7,800,589, entitled “Touch screen with relatively conductive grid” invented by G. Samuel Hurst of Knoxville, Rufus H. Ritchie of Oak Ridge, Donald W. Bouldin of Brentwood and Robert J. Warmack of Knoxville.
Tennessee Watercraft Inc. of Vonore received U.S. Patent No. D624,000, entitled “Set of tower supports” invented by Daniel C. Wilson of Knoxville.
UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge received U.S. Patent No. 7,800,439, entitled “High speed preamplifier circuit, detection electronics, and radiation detection systems therefrom” invented by Richard A. Riedel of Knoxville, Alan L. Wintenberg and Lloyd G. Clonts, all of Knoxville, and Ronald G. Cooper of Oak Ridge.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport received two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,942, entitled “Production of terephthalic acid di-esters” invented by Vickie Haygood Osborne of Fall Branch, Phillip Wayne Turner of Blountville, and Steven Leroy Cook of Kingsport.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,891, entitled “Phosphorus containing compounds for reducing acetaldehyde in polyesters polymers” invented by Mary Therese Jernigan of Kingsport.
Econo Plug Technologies Inc. of Kingston received U.S. Patent No. 7,798,118, entitled “Method and apparatus for incorporation of a flame front-type ignition system into an internal combustion engine” invented by Howard Gagliano of Kingston and Marion Satterfield of Oak Ridge.
Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville received U.S. Patent No. 7,798,103, entitled “Selective access electronic pet door” invented by James R. Bosserdet, Jr. of Old Fort, Thomas P. Bjorholm and George M. Smart IV of Knoxville, Andrew S. Grimmett of Athens, and Lane Whiteside of Knoxville.
Taylor Brands LLC of Kingsport received U.S. Patent No. 7,797,838, entitled “Retractable blade knife with opening assisted mechanism” invented by Chun-Yu Chu of Taipei Hsien, Taiwan.
Innovation Services Inc. of Knoxville received U.S. Patent No. 7,799,234, entitled “In-line waste disinfection method” invented by Joseph B. Dooley of Kingston, Jeffrey G. Hubrig of Knoxville, and Richard A. Lowden of Clinton.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,895, entitled “Low VOC bio-source adhesive” invented by Robert Kintu Ddamulira of Chattanooga, John Edmund Raidy Jr., and Barry Kenneth Wright of Rosewell, Ga., and assigned to W. F. Taylor Co. Inc. of Fontana, Calif.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,735, entitled “Chemically modified melamine resin for use in sublimation dye imaging” invented by Brian Sparks of Mosheim, Ronald Segall of Mooresville, N.C., and Eric Batman of Hampton, S.C. and assigned to Ronald Segall of Mooresville, N.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,421, entitled “Controlled release materials” invented by Klein A. Rodrigues of Signal Mountain and Susanne H. Goodson of Warrington, Pa., and assigned to Akzo Nobel N.V. of Arnhem, Netherlands.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. received five patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,078, entitled “Implantable vertebral lift” invented by Jill M. Embry of Somerville, and Robert J. Boock of San Diego.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,060, entitled “Multi-directional spinal stabilization systems and methods” invented by Eric C. Lange of Collierville, Jonathan Dewey, Thomas Carls, Aurelien Bruneau and Kent M. Anderson, all of Memphis, Fred J. Molz IV of Collierville, and Matthew M. Morrison of Cordova.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,055, entitled “Minimal spacing spinal stabilization device and method” invented by Roy Lim of Germantown.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,053, entitled “Occipital and cervical stabilization systems and methods” invented by Gregory C. Marik of Germantown and Regis W. Haid, Jr. of Atlanta.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,031, entitled “Reducing instrument for spinal surgery” invented by Keith E. Miller of Germantown, Alan Rezach of Atoka, Greg Denzer of Memphis, Christopher Shaffrey of Charlottesville, Va., Marcel Dvorak and Charles Fisher of Vancouver, Calif., Jeff Wang of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Ricardo C. Sasso of Carmel, Ind.
Thomas & Betts International Inc. received three patents:
• U.S. Patent No. D624,023, entitled “Coaxial connector” invented by Julio Rodrigues of Collierville, Harold Watkins of Horseheads, N.Y., Dan Fitzwater of Gillett, Pa., and Tom Young of Elmira, N.Y.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,799,993, entitled “Universal water-resistant hinged-lid cover for an electrical outlet box” invented by Mark R. Drane of Germantown and Joey Magno Jr. of Cordova.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,798,458, entitled “Double mounted dual switch box bracket--stud divider” invented by Ian Rubin de la Borbolla of Memphis and Joey D. Magno Jr. of Cordova.
Schering-Plough Healthcare Products Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. D623,935, entitled “Product display packaging” invented by Tong-Kuk Thomas Kim of Collierville and Harold A. Howlett of Horn Lake, Miss.
The United States Postal Service received U.S. Patent No. 7,801,925, entitled “System and method for electronically processing address information” invented by Stephen M. Dearing of Cordova and David J. Payne and James D. Wilson of Collierville.
Gyrus ENT LLC of Bartlett received U.S. Patent No. 7,799,044, entitled “Powered surgical apparatus, method of manufacturing powered surgical apparatus, and method of using powered surgical apparatus” invented by Constance Elaine Johnston of Eads, Phillip Andrew Ryan of Memphis, Carrie Deanne Mills of Atoka, Perry Robin Mykleby of Collierville, Andrew Christopher Burroughs of Kenosha, Wis., Benjamin Leo Rush of Evanston, Ill., Tasos George Karahalios and Jacob Shieffelin Brauer of Chicago, Rodney Hal Monson of Winthrop Harbor, Ill., Eric Christopher Sugalski and Dickon Isaacs of Chicago, James Gerard Tappel of Hickory Corners, Mich., Thomas Franz Enders of Mountain View, Calif., Benjamin Mark Chow of San Francisco, Energy Cruse II of Foster City, Calif., and Scott Andrew Brenneman of Menlo Park, Calif.
Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,799,030, entitled “Orthopaedic plate and screw assembly” invented by Kohsuke Watanabe of Memphis, Joseph M. Ferrante of Bartlett, Keith McReynolds of Olive Branch, Miss.
Fedex Corporate Services Inc. of Collierville is the co-assignee along with Metrologic Instruments Inc. of Blackwood, N.J. of U.S. Patent No. 7,798,400, entitled “Method of and apparatus for shipping, tracking, and delivering a shipment of packages employing the capture of shipping document images and recognition-processing thereof initiated from the point of pickup and completed while shipment is being transported to its first scanning point so as to facilitate early billing processing for shipment delivery” invented by Ole-Petter Skaaksrud of Lakeland, Cameron Dee Dryden of West Roxbury, Mass., Jeffrey Robert Smith of Westwood, Mass., Robert Russell Rhodes Jr. of Hingham, Mass., Wayne Luke Gordon of Boston, and Xiaoxun Zhu of Marlton, N.J.
International Paper Co. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,798,317, entitled “Reamed paper shipping and display container” invented by Timothy J. Justice of Williston, Wayne H. Kuhn of Palos Park, Ill., Charles T. Strominger of Stillman Valley, Ill., Ronald F. Schmitz of Mt. Washington, Ky.
Marilyn J. Hertz of Beech Bluff is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. D624,252, entitled “Cat litter box cabinet.”
— Compiled by R. Parrish Freeman Jr. of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.