Patent Patrol: 15 June 2011

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: A tremolo mechanism from Gibson, a splash-resistant lid, a shoe-stink mitigator, and more...

Middle Tennessee

Gibson Guitar Corp. of Nashville was assigned U.S. Patent No. 7,960,630, entitled “Tremolo mechanism for a stringed musical instrument with angled saddle rollers” and invented by Ned Steinberger of Nobleboro, Maine.

Oreck Holdings LLC of Nashville was assigned U.S. Patent No. D640,022, entitled “Portable canister vacuum” and invented by Christopher M. Paterson of Franklin and Ernest Matthew Chavana Jr. and Victor Brent McClearen of Cookeville.

Lennox Hearth Products LLC of Nashville was assigned U.S. Patent No. D639,926, entitled “Fireplace screen” and invented by Brian Fowler of Christiana and Paul Dusky of Greenbrier.

Veran Medical Technologies Inc. of Nashville was assigned U.S. Patent No. 7,962,193, entitled “Apparatus and method for image guided accuracy verification” and invented by Jerome R. Edwards, Evan Austill Jr. and Troy L. Holsing, all of Nashville, and Torsten M. Lyon of Golden, Colo.

Aslan Guild LLC of Brentwood was assigned U.S. Patent No. 7,959,029, entitled “Splash and spill resistant insulating lid” and invented by Van T. Walworth of Lebanon, David B. Hook of Franklin, Craig Whitaker of Fairfield, Ohio, Robert L. Edwards of Mesa, Ariz., and Clifford W. Bagwell of Springville, Ala.

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. D639,982, entitled “Tile or paver member” and invented by Adam Dean of Sparta.

• U.S. Patent No. D639,718, entitled “Overhead carrying rack for an ATV” and invented by Jefferson L. Patrick of Estill Spring.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,961,069, entitled “Magnetic attachment system” and 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.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,681, entitled “Cannulated hemi-implant and methods of use thereof” and invented by Abraham Lavi of Pittsburgh and assigned to Vilex in Tennessee Inc. of McMinnville.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,335, entitled “Portable fishing light” and invented by Timothy Nevin Hopkins of Lebanon.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,189, entitled “Tube interface and method of securing a first tube to a second tube” and invented by James D. Snow of Tullahoma and Tyler W. McCamey of Murfreesboro, and assigned to CalsonicKansei North America Inc. of Farmington Hills, Mich.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,095, entitled “Center-feed nozzle in a contained cylindrical feed-inlet tube for improved fluid-energy mill grinding efficiency” and invented by Alan Roger Eaton of Hendersonville and Eric Lee Brantley and Stephen Claude De La Veaux of Wilmington, Del., and assigned to E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company of Wilmington.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,010, entitled “Standpipe with integrated regulator valve” and invented by Charles W. Hawkins of Sparta and Mark T. Wieczorek of Cookeville and assigned to Cummins Filtration IP Inc. of Minneapolis.

East Tennessee

Grupo Petrotemex S.A. de C.V. of Mexico has two patents issued:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,960,581, entitled “Optimized liquid-phase oxidation” and invented by Robert Lin of Kingsport, Marcel de Vreede of Barendrecht, Netherlands, and Alan George Wonders of Longview, Texas.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,879, entitled “Optimized production of aromatic dicarboxylic acids” and invented by Robert Lin of Kingsport and Marcel de Vreede of Barendrecht, Netherlands.

Eastman Chemical Co. had four patents issued:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,960,472, entitled “Late addition to effect compositional modifications in condensation polymers” and invented by Frederick Leslie Colhoun of Kingsport, Kenrick Lyle Venett of Blountville, and Bruce Roger DeBruin of Lexington, S.C.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,998, entitled “Transparent, oxygen-scavenging compositions containing polyesters comprising a cyclobutanediol and articles prepared therefrom” and invented by Wesley Raymond Hale, Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Mark Edward Stewart, Spencer Allen Gilliam, Michael Duane Clifton and Emmett Dudley Crawford, all of Kingsport, David Scott Porter of Blountville, Gary Wayne Connell of Church Hill, Marcus David Shelby of Fall Branch, and Martin Emerson Rogers of Blacksburg, Va.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,836, entitled “Process for the preparation of transparent, shaped articles containing polyesters comprising a cyclobutanediol” and invented by Wesley Raymond Hale, Thomas Joseph Pecorini, Mark Edward Stewart, Spencer Allen Gilliam, Michael Duane Clifton and Emmett Dudley Crawford of Kingsport, David Scott Porter of Blountville, Gary Wayne Connell of Church Hill, Marcus David Shelby of Fall Branch, and Martin Emerson Rogers of Blacksburg, Va.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,958,696, entitled “Packages, packaging systems, methods for packaging and apparatus for packaging” and invented by Michael Ray McLaughlin and Charles Duane Mullins of Kingsport, Charles Clifton Sanders of Gray, Hillard Birdell Smithers of Kingsport, and Gregory Kyle Nelson of Blountville.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. D640,007, entitled “Dental device” and invented by John M. Jansheski, Lex Shankle and Eric Mowell of Maryville and assigned to Dentek Oral Care Inc. of Maryville.

• U.S. Patent No. D639,756, entitled “Circuit board for integrated ozone laundry system” and invented by Thomas Edwin Greene Jr. of Morristown and assigned to DBG Group Investments LLC of Dallas.

• U.S. Patent No. D639,527, entitled “Mid-sleeve upper torso garment” and invented by Ann Louise Stoffle of Bristol.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,962,328, entitled “Method and apparatus for generating a compact data structure to identify the meaning of a symbol” and invented by Daniel W. Corwin of Lenoir City and assigned to Lexikos Corp. of Arlington, Mass.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,961,554, entitled “Methods and systems for accurate time-keeping on metering and other network communication devices” and invented by Brian Keith Seal of Powell and John Bettendorff of San Francisco and assigned to Cellnet Innovations Inc. of Alpharetta, Ga.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,961,313, entitled “Photoacoustic point spectroscopy” and invented by Charles Van Neste of Kingston and Lawrence R. Senesac and Thomas G. Thundat of Knoxville, and assigned to UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,837, entitled “Method of compacting material” and invented by Albert A. Andrews of Cleveland, Robert D. Freeman of Hixson, Otis Neil Taylor of Cleveland, David Leon Watson of Riceville, and Eric V. Ball of Ocoee and assigned to The Gillette Co. of Boston.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,433, entitled “Highly controllable gas grill burner system” and invented by G. L. Huff of Afton and assigned to Meco Corp. of Greenville.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,234, entitled “Rotatable cutting tool with superhard cutting member” and invented by Randall W. Ojanen of Bristol, Vernon B. Cameron of Greensburg, Pa., and Don C. Rowlett of Bedford, Pa., and assigned to Kennametal Inc. of Latrobe, Pa.

West Tennessee

Schering-Plough Healthcare Products Inc. had two patents issued:

• U.S. Patent No. D639,922, entitled “Device for mitigating shoe odor” and invented by Gerald R. Dever of Cordova, Philip C. Yang of Memphis, and Harold A. Howlett of Horn Lake, Miss.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,958,653, entitled “Cushioned orthotic” and invented by Bin Xia of Germantown, Philip Yang of Memphis, and Harold A. Howlett of Horn Lake, Miss.

Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. had three patents issued:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,960,098, entitled “Methods and compositions for the preservation of cells and tissues” and invented by Josee Roy of Memphis, Susan J. Drapeau of Cordova, and Daniel A. Shimko of Germantown.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,655, entitled “Self-aligning attachment devices and methods for attaching an elongated member to a vertebral member” and invented by Jaredan Braal of Memphis, Roy Lim of Germantown, and Noriaki Kawakami of Achi, Japan.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,651, entitled “Systems and techniques for illuminating a surgical space” and invented by Kevin T. Foley of Keasler Circle West, Maurice M. Smith of Cordova, Thomas E. Roehm III of Braden, Harold S. Taylor of Memphis, and Charles L. Branch of Advance, N.C.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

• U.S. Patent No. 7,962,421, entitled “Residential delivery indicator” and invented by James D. Wilson of Collierville, Robert F. Snapp of Memphis, David J. Payne of Collierville, and John F. Gullo of Alexandria, Va., and assigned to United States Postal Service of Washington, D.C.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,742, entitled “Outer support body for a drawer-type dishwasher” and invented by Robert A. Elick of Jackson, Michael C. Simmons of Moscow, Rodney M. Welch of Beach Bluff, Thomas J. Wuestefeld of Jackson, Rexford W. Cordill of Granger, Ind., Kory A. Gunnerson of Lebanon, N.H., Mark E. Palm of Davie, Fla., John R. Sanderson of Oakland Park, Fla., and Jeff B. Thompson of Simpsonville, S.C., and assigned to Whirlpool Corp. of Benton Harbor, Mich.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,338, entitled “Solid-state light source” and invented by Yuri Kazakevich of Andover, Mass., and assigned to Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,959,007, entitled “Shipping and display container with article support” and invented by John Robert Ballentine of Fayetteville, Ark., Richard George Wachter of Batavia, Ill., Sherwood Dean Kemp of Morrilton, Ark., Michael Gene Long of Conway, Ark., and Melvin Scott Miller of Rison, Ark., and assigned to International Paper Co. of Memphis.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,958,995, entitled “Bag-in-bag container for bulk handling of fluids” and invented by Franklin Dedmon of Milan and Tony T. Hamaguchi of Milan.

• U.S. Patent No. 7,958,575, entitled “Toilet safety apparatus, systems, and methods” and invented by James L. Richards of Fayetteville, Larry W. Fullerton of New Hope, Ala., and Mark D. Roberts of Huntsville, Ala., and assigned to Cedar Ridge Research LLC of New Hope.

Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.