Nissan North America, Inc., of Franklin had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,326,501, entitled “Method and apparatus for shift-by-wire in a motor vehicle” invented by Dan Hustyi of Waterford, Mich.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,322,762, entitled “Door gap adjustment for a motor vehicle” invented by Scott Richard Watson of Novi, Mich.
Vanderbilt University of Nashville had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,324,148, entitled “Compositions for importing biologically active molecules into cells” invented by Jack J. Hawiger of Nashville, Ruth Ann Veach of Brentwood, Xue Yan Liu of Nashville, Danya Liu of Nashville, Sheila Downs of Nashville, Robert D. Collins of Nashville, Yao-Zhong Lin of Nashville and Daniel Robinson of Lexington, Ky.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,323,621, entitled “Multi-use multimodal imaging chelates” invented by Darryl J. Bornhop of Nashville, H. Charles Manning of Nashville and Timothy Goebel of Lubbock, Tex (and also assigned to Texas Tech University System of Lubbock, Tex.)
Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:
* U.S. Patent No. D671,758, entitled “Square pod chair” invented by Alan Daigre of Readyville.
*U.S. Patent No. 8,326,892, entitled “Methods and systems for automatic conversion of a utility monitoring system layout into a storage format” invented by Amjad Hasan of Murfreesboro, Ronald W. Carter of Murfreesboro and Jon A. Bickel of Murfreesboro and assigned to Schneider Electric USA, Inc., of Palatine, Ill.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,326,651, entitled “User interface for managing medical data” invented by Jeffrey Lee McLaren of Nashville, William Dyer Rodes, II, of Nashville and John Malcolm Toups of Chapel Hill, N.C., and assigned to Medaxion, LLC, of Nashville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,324,184, entitled “Anti-adhesion composites and methods of use thereof” invented by Yanchun Liu of Nashville, Glenn D. Prestwich of Salt Lake City, Utah, Kelly R. Kirker of Bozeman, Mont., Steven D. Gray of Salt Lake City, Utah, Janice Gray, legal representative of Salt Lake City, Utah, Xiao Zheng Shu of Dublin, Cal., and Hao Li of San Diego, Cal., and assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation of Salt Lake City, Utah.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,720, entitled “Process for forming shaped foods from fruit meal” invented by J. Kirk Jordan of Franklin.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,096, entitled “Method of providing a supplemental bingo game” invented by Vance Tomei of Charlottesville, Va., and assigned to Video Gaming Technologies, Inc., of Franklin.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,322,883, entitled “Flexible illumination device for simulating neon lighting” invented by George R. Hulse of Cookeville, Joe A. Chambers of Cookeville, John R. Dominick of Cookeville and Mark J. Cleaver of Wilmette, Ill., and assigned to iLight Technologies, Inc., of Chicago, Ill.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,322,006, entitled “Clip gun with pneumatic feed” invented by Jon R. Kodi of Lebanon and assigned to Kodi Klip Corporation of Lebanon.
Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,324,339, entitled “Method and apparatus for thermally processing polyester pellets” invented by Theodor Bruckmann of Xanten, F.R.G.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,324,316, entitled “Unsaturated polyester resin compositions containing 2,2,2,4-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol and articles made therefrom” invented by Jeffery Earl Powell of Blountville and Angela Hartley Honeycutt of Johnson City.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
* U.S. Patent No. 8,327,425, entitled “Method for establishing an agency relationship to perform delegated computing tasks” invented by Thomas F. Ramke, Jr., of Vonore, Colin S. Dawson of Tucson, Ariz., Glen Hattrup of Tucson, Ariz., Avishai H. Hochberg of San Jose, Cal., Michael Kaczmarski of Tucson, Ariz., and James P. Smith of Redwood City, Cal., and assigned to International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,325,053, entitled “Personal fall protection monitoring system” invented by Shawn A. Remington of Oak Ridge, Jacob M. Martin of Oak Ridge, William N. Flynt of Hillsboro, N.H., and Timothy Vile of Rutland, Vt., and assigned to JCJ Inc. of Knoxville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,668, entitled “Prevention and treatment of gram negative, flagellated bacterial infections” invented by James M. Fleckenstein of Memphis and assigned to The University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,201, entitled “System and method for three-dimensional ultrasound imaging” invented by Farhad Towfiq of Dana Point, Cal., Lawrence J. Busse of Fort Mitchell, Ky., and Stephen J. Douglas of Cary, N.C., and assigned to Orison Corp. of Johnson City.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,077, entitled “Blade sharpening assembly” invented by Keith Michael Nakoff of Elizabethton and assigned to Taylor Brands, LLC, of Kingsport.
Smith and Nephew, Inc. of Memphis had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,323,338, entitled “Tissue graft fixation” invented by Jason LeBeau of Fall River, Mass., and John Mahoney of Norfolk, Mass.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,323,287, entitled “Apparatus for use in arthroplasty on a knee joint” invented by Greg Marik of Germantown, Richard A. Rocco of Collierville, Leo Arieh Pinczewski of Crows Nest, Australia, and Stephen John Parker of Mosman, Australia.
Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:
* U.S. Patent No. D671,843, entitled “Beverage container with sidewall access” invented by Charles Brown Dudley, IV, of Memphis and Jordan Howard Plosky of Los Angeles, Cal.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,326,414, entitled “Nerve stimulating drill bit” invented by William Keith Adcox of Memphis and Seth L. Neubardt of Mamaroneck, N.Y., and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,326,401, entitled “MRI detectable obturator” invented by Ethan Broadaway of Cordova, Paul Lubock of Laguna Niguel, Cal., Michael L. Jones of San Clemente, Cal., and Frank R. Louw of Carlsbad, Cal., and assigned to Senorx, Inc. of Tempe, Ariz.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,324,228, entitled “Pyrimidine classical cannabinoid compounds and related methods of use” invented by Steven Gurley of Memphis, Suni Mustafa of Memphis, Patrick Allison of Memphis and Bob M. Moore, II, of Nesbit, Miss., and assigned to University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Memphis.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,324,144, entitled “Color changing paint removing composition containing methylene chloride” invented by Charles L. Hawes of Cordova and Dennis E. Shireman of Marion, Ariz., and assigned to W.M. Barr & Company, Inc., of Memphis.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,324,132, entitled “Mixture and method for controlling undesired vegetation” invented by Jeffrey Harve Meredith of Collierville and Richard Manly Edmund, Jr., of Little Rock, Ariz., and assigned to E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company of Wilmington, Del.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,286, entitled “Systems and methods for minimally invasive surgical procedures” invented by Jeff R. Justis of Germantown and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,323,264, entitled “Auxiliary powered negative pressure wound therapy apparatuses and methods” invented by Richard Scott Weston of Carlsbad, Cal., Farhad Bybordi of Pompano Beach, Fla., Edward Yerbury Hartwell of Hull, Great Britain, and Kristian David Hall of Hull, Great Britain, and assigned to BlueSky Medical Group, Inc. of Memphis, and Smith & Nephew PLC of London, Great Britain.
Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.