Vanderbilt University of Nashville had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,304,421, entitled “Indole compounds and their use as radiation sensitizing agents and chemotherapeutic agents” invented by Michael L. Freeman of Franklin, Sekhar R. Konjeti of Nashville, Peter A. Crooks of Nicholasville, Ky., Thirupathi R. Yerramreddy of Lexington, Ky., and Narsimha R. Penthala of Lexington, Ky., (and also assigned to University of Kentucky Research Foundation of Lexington, Ky.)
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,304,196, entitled “In situ analysis of tissues” invented by Richard Caprioli of Brentwood.
Nissan North America, Inc. of Franklin had three patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,303,028, entitled “Slide rail force distribution member” invented by Thomas Jonathan Domlovil of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Naga Ananthachandra Narayana of Farmington Hills, Mich.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,303,010, entitled “Vehicle interior trim panel” invented by Yimin She of Farmington Hills, Mich.
3. U.S. Patent No. 8,302,474, entitled “Fuel level sender protector” invented by Hiroaki Himeki of West Bloomfield, Mich., and Jon Sussman of Brighton, Mich.
Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:
* U.S. Patent No. D670,313, entitled “Portable tire inflator” invented by Todd Donaldson of Nashville, Patrick L. Ohm of Mesa, Ariz., C. Kwai Kong of Gilroy, Cal., and Alan Okamura of Santa Cruz, Cal., and assigned to Bell Automotive Products, Inc., of Scottsdale, Ariz.
* U.S. Patent No. D670,092, entitled “Round pod chair” invented by Alan Daigre of Readyville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,306,873, entitled “System and method of media distribution management” invented by Joe Smith of Nashville, Paul Wright, III, of Mt. Juliet, Andrew Turner of Nashville, and Lebraun Premo of Nashville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,306,795, entitled “Product configuration method and system” invented by Shane A. Atkinson of Lewisburg, and assigned to Numatics, Incorporated of Novi, Mich.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,306,476, entitled “Digital controller and transmitter for portable electronic device” invented by Paul P. Griffin, Jr., of Nashville and David A. Gilbert of Nashville and assigned to Griffin Technology, Inc., of Nashville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,306,201, entitled “Telephone number sharing configuration” invented by Gregory Lynn Wood of Columbia and Daniel Borislow of Palm Beach, Fla., and assigned to MagicJack Volcaltec Ltd. of Netanya, Israel.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,306,079, entitled “Method and apparatus for material processing” invented by Paul Coleman of Murfreesboro, Paul E. Denney of Columbus, Ohio, Jay R. Eastman of Westerville, Ohio, Paul M. Fallara of Columbus, Ohio, Andrew P. Joseph of Johnstown, Ohio, Joseph S. Phillips of Powell, Ohio, Ta-Chieh Huang of Dublin, Ohio, Michael N. Patena of Pataskala, Ohio, and Tim Burnham of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, and assigned to Loma Linda University Medical Center of Loma Linda, Cal.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,305,739, entitled “High density power/lighting panelboard” invented by Steven W. Dozier of Murfreesboro and assigned to Schneider Electric USA, Inc., of Palatine, Ill.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,725, entitled “Rack handle member for a dishwasher” invented by Ronald Gene Tynes of Hendersonville, Kent Allen Stephen Crookshanks of Anderson, S.C., and Ashwin Jadhav of New Bern, N.C., and assigned to Electrolux Home Products, Inc., of Cleveland, Ohio.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,302,827, entitled “One sided holster” invented by Tod L. Cole of Nashville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,302,352, entitled “Roof ventilation system” invented by Richard Stuart Bahn of Gallatin.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,302,248, entitled “Handheld vacuum attachment with ultraviolet light” invented by Ernest Matthew Chavana, Jr., of Cookeville and Steven Wayne Myers of Buffalo Valley and assigned to Oreck Holdings LLC of Nashville.
UT-Battelle, LLC, of Oak Ridge had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,304,737, entitled “Apparatus and method to achieve high-resolution microscopy with non-diffracting or refracting radiation” invented by Kenneth W. Tobin, Jr., of Harriman, Phillip R. Bingham of Knoxville and Ayman I. Hawari of Cary, N.C.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,304,670, entitled “Portable weighing system with alignment features” invented by Robert Knox Abercrombie of Knoxville, Gregory David Richardson of Knoxville and Matthew Bligh Scudiere of Oak Ridge and assigned to Frederick T. Sheldon of Knoxville.
Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,304,499, entitled “Transparent polymer blends and articles prepared therefrom” invented by Marcus David Shelby of Fall Branch, Wesley Raymond Hale of Kingsport, Thomas Joseph Pecorini of Kingsport, Spencer Allen Gilliam of Kingsport, Michael Duane Clifton of Kingsport, Mark Edward Stewart of Kingsport and Martin Emerson Rogers of Blacksburg, Va.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,304,086, entitled “Crosslinkable, cellulose ester compositions and films formed therefrom” invented by Kevin Wayne McCreight of Kingsport, Wesley Raymond Hale of Kingsport and Douglas Claire Hoffman of Yardley, Pa.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
* U.S. Patent No. D670,450, entitled “Removable liner” invented by Jason R. Graves of Knoxville, Marc E. Brush of Knoxville and Ben T. Ferguson, III, of Knoxville and assigned to Radio Systems Corporation of Knoxville.
* U.S. Patent No. D670,149, entitled “Knife handle” invented by Cheng Yang-Fu of Taiwan, P.R.C, and assigned to Taylor Brands, LLC of Kingsport.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,304,695, entitled “Priority controlled multi-fan convection oven” invented by Steven M. Swayne of Chattanooga and Jennifer L. Bonuso of Saint Joseph, Mich., and assigned to Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Mich.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,304,079, entitled “Optical compensation films with birefringence enhancing substituents for liquid crystal display” invented by Ted Calvin Germroth of Kingsport, Thauming Kuo of Kingsport, Brian Michael King of Jonesborough, Xiaoliang Joe Zheng of Akron, Ohio, Dong Zhang of Uniontown, Ohio, Frank W. Harris of Boca Raton, Fla., and Jiaokai Alexander Jing of Uniontown, Ohio, and assigned to Akron Polymer Systems of Akron, Ohio.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,304,001, entitled “PHS1” invented by Christi Jeanaye Jackson of Chattanooga and assigned to Christi Jackson of Chattanooga.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,676, entitled “Conversion of C-O-H compounds into hydrogen for power or heat generation” invented by Samuel C. Weaver of Knoxville, Daniel L. Hensley of Knoxville, Samuel P. Weaver of Boulder, Colo., and Daniel C. Weaver of Boulder, Colo., and assigned to Proton Power, Inc., of Lenoir City.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,302,325, entitled “Methods and compositions for drying coal” invented by Vinod K. Sikka of Oak Ridge, Philip Harsh of Lancaster, Pa., Michael Hurley of Lancaster, Pa., and Andrew K. Jones of Lancaster, Pa., and assigned to Ross Technology Corporation of Leola, Pa.
* U.S. Patent No. D670,147, entitled “Coaxial cable connector installation tool” invented by Paul Bartholomew of Somerville, Matt Willard of Olive Branch, Miss., and Mathieu Turpault of Berwyn, Pa., and assigned to Belden Inc. of St. Louis, Mo.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,306,707, entitled “Transmission shifting with speed dither and torque dither” invented by Yisheng Zhang of Collierville and John Loeffler of Oliver Branch, Miss., and assigned to Parker-Hannifin Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,940, entitled “Photostabilization of octyl triazone” invented by Donathan G. Beasley of Memphis and Thomas A. Meyer of Germantown and assigned to MSD Consumer Care, Inc., of Memphis.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,658, entitled “Expandable spinal implant having interlocking geometry for structural support” invented by Marc Peterman of Memphis and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,632, entitled “Techniques for spinal surgery and attaching constructs to vertebral elements” invented by Michael C. Sherman of Memphis and Fred J. Molz, IV, of Collierville and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,628, entitled “Spinal stabilization system” invented by Christopher M. Patterson of Memphis and Jonathan M. Dewey of Sunnyvale, Cal.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,303,552, entitled “Reduced pressure wound treatment system” invented by Richard Scott Weston of Encinitas, Cal., and assigned to BlueSky Medical Group, Inc., of Memphis.
Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.