Patent Patrol: 28 September 2011

In this week's batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: A Lifeway container, an oral creatine supplement, a dog-shaped hair dryer, and more...

Middle Tennessee

Lifeway Christian Resources of Nashville was assigned U.S. Patent No. D645,764, entitled “Container” and invented by Rick Mathis and Matt Stewart of Nashville, Laura Dunkley of Murfreesboro, Bill Buckles of Columbia, David Seibert of Brentwood, Cossy Pachares of Franklin, Antonio B. Soria of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and Robert Kryger, Wesley Beck and Matthew Muller, all of Lakeland, Fla.

Vireo Systems Inc. of Madison was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,026,385, entitled “Creatine oral supplementation using creatine hydrochloride salt” and invented by Mark C. Faulkner of Madison, Donald W. Miller of Winnipeg, and Jonathan L. Vennerstrom of Omaha, Neb.

Vextec Corp. of Brentwood was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,027,820, entitled “Method and apparatus for predicting the failure of a component” and invented by Robert G. Tryon III of Brentwood, Calif.

U.S. Patent No. 8,025,141, entitled “Contour trimmer for potted plants” and invented by Floyd E. Bouldin of McMinnville and assigned to Bouldin Corp. of McMinnville.

Other patents naming Middle Tennessee inventors:

• U.S. Patent No. D646,021, entitled “Dog shaped hair dryer” and invented by Ginger Snider of Smyrna, Tracey Ruff of Nashville, and Mike Zwiesler of Pasadena, Calif.

• U.S. Patent No. D645,643, entitled “Lady's undergarment with pocket and butterfly pad attachment structure” and invented by Sheika Latrice Taylor of Springfield.

• U.S. Patent No. D645,636, entitled “Pet treat” and invented by Ximei Liu of Franklin, Peter S. Slusarczyk of Nolensville, Justin T. Nguyen and Bethany Bernier of Nashville, and Michael S. Innis of Miami, Okla., and assigned to Mars Inc. of McLean, Va.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,026,830, entitled “Methods and systems for meter reading and high speed data transfer” and invented by Phillip C. Womble of White House, Jonathan Paschal of Bowling Green, Ky., and Dudley B. Pinson of Cumming, Ga., and assigned to BOH Technology LLC of Covington, La.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,343, entitled “Wheel which produces an eccentric visual effect” and invented by Jessee T. Perdue of Erin.

East Tennessee

Nanomechanics Inc. of Oak Ridge was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,028,343, entitled “Scanning probe microscope with independent force control and displacement measurements” and invented by Warren C. Oliver, John Swindernan, Jennifer Hay and Karmit Parks, all of Knoxville.

U.S. Patent No. 8,028,231, entitled “Document management system for searching scanned documents” and invented by Scott R. Jeffery of Westfield, N.J., and Thomas A. Rizk of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and assigned to TractManager Inc. of Chattanooga.

Other new patents naming East Tennessee inventors:

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,489, entitled “Portable, remote electromagnetic power system” and invented by William Francis Shacklee, Gerald W. Shacklee and Craig E. Shacklee, all of Kingsport.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,337, entitled “Adjustable head rest assembly for furniture member” and invented by Mark D. McClung of Grandview, Larry P. LaPointe of Temperance, Mich., and Chad Edward Adams of Perrysburg, Ohio, and assigned to La-Z-Boy Inc. of Monroe, Mich.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,261, entitled “Combination stand and jack for wire spools” and invented by David Jordan and Michael Jordan of Knoxville and assigned to Southwire Co. of Carrollton, Ga.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,031, entitled “Aquarium snail collection system” and invented by Robert O. Fox of Knoxville.

West Tennessee

International Paper Co. of Memphis was assigned three patents:

• U.S. Patent Nos. 8,025,206 and 8,025,208, both entitled “Bulk container for liquid and semi-liquid fluid” and invented by Mark Anthony Wisecarver of Morristown and Michael A. Churvis of Germantown.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,973, entitled “Paper substrate containing a fluorine containing compound and having enhanced grease-resistance and glueability” and invented by Barry Chapman of Germantown, Richard F. Rudolph of Mason, Ohio, Timothy J. Bradford of Killen, Ala., and Pat Morabito of Matamoras, Pa.

Electrical Controls Inc. of Collierville was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,027,745, entitled “Non-linear, animated, interactive assembly guide and method for controlling production” and invented by Wayne S. Freeze of Germantown.

Wright Medical Technology Inc. of Arlington was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,025,903, entitled “Composite bone graft substitute cement and articles produced therefrom” and invented by Jon P. Moseley of Arlington, Michael E. Carroll and Jonathan D. McCanless of Memphis, Olaf Schulz and Andy Fronk of Lakeland.

Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,025,841, entitled “Method of sterilizing an orthopaedic implant” and invented by Richard D. Lambert of Germantown, Terry W. McLean of Cordova and David B. Vogel of Memphis.

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis was assigned U.S. Patent No. 8,026,097, entitled “Expansion of NK cells and therapeutic uses thereof” and invented by Dario Campana of Germantown and Chihaya Imai of Niigata, Japan.

Other patents naming West Tennessee inventors:

• U.S. Patent No. 8,027,870, entitled “Method and apparatus for formalizing information technology (IT) business decision making” and invented by Richard C. Henderson of Germantown, Bonnie K. Ray of Nyack, N.Y., and Mary E. Helander of North White Plains, N.Y., and assigned to International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,026,426, entitled “Maize variety PHTFE” and invented by Joseph David Anderson of Union City and assigned to Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,683, entitled “Open axle surgical implant” and invented by Matthew M. Morrison of Cordova and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. of Warsaw, Ind.

• U.S. Patent No. 8,025,665, entitled “Spacer with height and angle adjustments for spacing vertebral members” and invented by Roy Lim and Kevin Foley of Germantown, assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. of Warsaw, Ind.

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