Vanderbilt University received U.S. Patent No. 7,912,258, entitled “Method and apparatus for standardizing ultrasonography training using image to physical space registration of tomographic volumes from tracked ultrasound” and invented by John R. Warmath and Alan J. Herline of Nashville.
Nissan North America Inc. of Franklin received U.S. Patent No. 7,909,553, entitled “Cargo bed storage structure for a vehicle” and invented by Mark D. Snyder of Beverly Hills, Mich.
Illinois Tool Works Inc. of Glenview, Ill., received two patents featuring Middle Tennessee residents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,997, entitled “Hybrid hot melt adhesive or other thermoplastic material dispensing system” and invented by Daniel D. Bourget of Hendersonville and Mel Steven Lessley of Villa Hills, Ky.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,554, entitled “Inflatable bag-in-bag cargo dunnage bag fabricated from polywoven material” and invented by Thomas C. Keenan of Brentwood and Vincent B. Raucoules of Franklin.
Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,912,698, entitled “Method and system for automated supervised data analysis” was given to by Alexander Statnikov, Constantin F. Aliferis, Ioannis Tsamardinos and Nafeh Fananapazir, all of Nashville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,191, entitled “Method for forming light-transmitting cover layer for optical recording medium,” and invented by William R. Mueller of La Vergne, and Ed Pickutoski of Blakely, Pa., and assigned to Cinram International Inc. of Scarborough, Calif.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,663, entitled “Modular optimized plug-in jaw,” and invented by Olivier Bouffet of Brentwood.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,343, entitled “Mudflap assembly” and invented by John W. Howard and Douglas L. Henson of Hendersonville, Larry D. Birch of Gallatin, and David Archer of Orion, Mich., and assigned to Fontaine Spray Suppression Co. of Springfield.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,072, entitled “Micro-adjustment device for the angle stop plank of a planar” and invented by Xun Lei of Federal Way, Wash., and Bor Yann Chuang of Taiping, Taiwan, and assigned to Walter Meier (Manufacturing) Inc. of La Vergne.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,990, entitled “Modular removable console for a boat” and invented by Greg Strahm of Shelbyville and Gary Clouse of La Vergne, and assigned to CJBBB Inc. of Tullahoma.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,968, entitled “Vertical marking system” and invented by Jerry Wayne McCoin and Wanda Sue McCoin of Portland.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,945, entitled “Antirotation tool holder and cutting insert” and invented by Jean-Luc Dufour and X. Daniel Fang of Franklin and David J. Wills of Brentwood, and assigned to TDY Industries Inc. of Pittsburgh.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,723, entitled “Bar clip applicator” and invented by Jon R. Kodi of Lebanon and assigned to Kodi Klip Corp. of Lebanon.
Eastman Chemical Co. had two patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,769, entitled “Optimized liquid-phase oxidation” and invented by Alan George Wonders, Lee Reynolds Partin and Wayne Scott Strasser of Kingsport, Puneet Gupta of Saint Peters, Mo., and Marcel de Vreede of Barendrecht, Netherlands.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,071, entitled “Optimized liquid-phase oxidation” and invented by Alan George Wonders, Lee Reynolds Partin, Wayne Scott Strasser, all of Kingsport, Howard Wood Jenkins Jr. of Pendleton, S.C., and Marcel de Vreede of Barendrecht, Netherlands.
UT-Battelle LLC had two patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,542, entitled “Methods for promoting wound healing and muscle regeneration with the cell signaling protein Nell1” and invented by Cymbeline T. Culiat of Oak Ridge.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,973, entitled “Methods for forming small-volume electrical contacts and material manipulations with fluidic microchannels” and invented by Stephen C. Jacobson and J. Michael Ramsey of Knoxville, Christopher T. Culbertson and Robert S. Foote of Oak Ridge, and William B. Whitten of Lancing.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. D634,847, entitled “Hearing aid housing” and invented by Daniel R. Schumaier of Elizabethton, Marc P. McIarnon of Longwood, Fla., Dale F. Kundis of Oviedo, Fla., Vu Minh Phan of Phoenix, and Craig Charles Ovans of Chandler, Ariz., and assigned to Daniel R. Schumaier of Elizabethton and Marc P. McIarnon of Longwood, Fla.
• U.S. Patent No. D634,695, entitled “Boat bow” and invented by Scott Watkins of Canton, Ga. and Michael J. Ricciardi of Marietta, Ga., and assigned to Tennessee Watercraft Inc. of Vonore.
• U.S. Patent No. D634,509, entitled “Confection” and invented by William Jason Greer of Chattanooga and Jamie Yapsuga Baulier of Stanhope, N.J., and assigned to Mars Inc. of McLean, Va.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,912,533, entitled “Method for determination of positron-emission measurement information about a body area of an examination object, as well as an associated apparatus” and invented by Ron Grazioso of Knoxville and Robert Krieg of Nurnberg, Germany, and assigned to Siemens AG of Munich, Germany.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,911,084, entitled “Parasitic power supply for traffic control systems” and invented by Martin L. Bauer of Oak Ridge ad James Vig Sherrill of Clinton, and assigned to Aldis Corp. of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,031, entitled “Process for forming an ingestible thin film with non-self-aggregating uniform heterogeneity” and invented by Garry L. Myers of Kingsport, Roert K. Yang of Flushing, N.Y., Richard C. Fuisz of McLean, Va., and Joseph M. Fuisz of Washington, D.C., and assigned to Monosol Rx LLC of Portage, Ind.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,641, entitled “PH modulated films for delivery of actives” and invented by Garry L. Myers of Kingsport and assigned to Monosol Rx LLC of Portage, Ind.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,075, entitled “System and method of protecting a NO.sub.x reducing catalyst” and invented by Lawrence J. Czarnecki of Knoxville and Mikael Larsson of Molndal, Sweden, and assigned to Alstom Technologies Ltd. of Switzerland.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,058, entitled “Chromophore and polymer capable of detecting the presence of various neurotoxins and method of use” and invented by Johnson Thomas of Kingsport and Philip Boudjouk of Fargo, N.D., and assigned to NDSU – Research Foundation of Fargo, N.D.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,907, entitled “Methods for high volume production of nanostructured materials” and invented by Edward B. Ripley and Jonathan S. Morrell of Knoxville, Roland D. Seals and Gerald M. Ludtka of Oak Ridge, and assigned to Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12 LLC of Oak Ridge.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,534, entitled “Apparatus and method for endgate with angle adjustment” and invented by Kevin Comer and Jeff Cartwright of Puyallup, Wash., and assigned to Astec Industries Inc. of Chattanooga.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,920, entitled “Velocity-of-propagation fluid level measurement method” and invented by James Robert Champion of Maryville and William P. Schenk Jr. of Rockford, and assigned to Robertshaw Controls Co. of Carol Stream, Ill.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,908,764, entitled “Hyperbaric centrifuge system” and invented by Thomas P. Estes of Bristol, Christopher R. Lambert of Telford, Jeffrey D. Mongold of Jonesborough, and Charles B. Tate of Spartanburg, S.C., and assigned to Decanter Machines Inc. of Johnson City.
Warsaw Orthopedics Inc. of Warsaw, Ind. received three patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,910,123, entitled “Methods of treating a trauma or disorder of the knee joint by local administration and sustained-delivery of a biological agent” and invented by William F. McKay of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,855, entitled “Orthopedic implant assembly” and invented by Troy D. Drewry and Marc T. Paul of Memphis, and William B. Null of Olive Branch, Miss.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,249, entitled “Medical device tracking system with capsule and method” and invented by Christopher A. Bagozzi and Thor M. Hanna of Memphis.
Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,858, entitled “Bone plate systems using provisional fixation” and invented by Darin Gerlach of Cordova and Anthony James of Bartlett, and assigned to Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,805, entitled “Flexible reduced pressure treatment appliance” and invented by Richard Scott Weston of Carlsbad, Calif., and assigned to BlueSky Medical Group Inc. of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,909,584, entitled “Air compressor” and invented by Timothy C. Smith, Fredrick M. Morgan of Jackson, Chad W. Hanson and James Vintzel, all of Jackson, Mark A. Etter of Independence, Mo., Robert P. Welsh of Phoenix, Md., and John Buck of Cockeysville, Md., and assigned to Black & Decker Inc. of Newark, Del.
— Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of Nashville intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.