Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations LLC of Nashville had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. D657,733, entitled "Tire tread" invented by John J. Regallis of Akron, Ohio.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,156,980, entitled "Sidewall protector ribs" invented by Ronald W. Tatlock of Tallmadge, Ohio.
Other patents naming Middle Tennessee inventors and companies:
• U.S. Patent No. D657,777, entitled "Audio speaker" invented by Gus Jursch of Agoura Hills, Cal., Nils Karsten of Hamburg, F.R.G., and John Hourihane of West Hills, Cal., and assigned to Gibson Guitar Corp. of Nashville.
• U.S. Patent No. D657,639, entitled "Weed digger" invented by Granville Gray Yates Jr. of Cumberland Furnace.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,160,727, entitled "Mobile workstation control system configured for power system and peripheral device control" invented by Gary Coonan of Rockvale, Dean A. Werthman of Murfreesboro, and Ary Inthaluxay of Murfreesboro.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,160,643, entitled "Radio accessory having pass through connector" invented by Paul P. Griffin Jr. of Nashville, and assigned to Griffin Technology Inc. of Nashville.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,922, entitled "Method and apparatus for a light fixture having a security light and permanently mounted wall-washing LEDs" invented by William Calvin Raper of Sparta, Ronald Edward Anglikowski of Bowling Green, Ky., David Scott Bullard of Bowling Green, Ky., and Jeremy Lee Prichard of Cave City, Ky., and assigned to HeathCo LLC of Bowling Green, Ky.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,683, entitled "Dietary supplements containing extracts of aronia and methods of using same to promote weight loss" invented by Timothy J. Romero of Columbia, Bolin Qin of Gaithersburg, Md., and Peter J. Miller of Broomfield, Colo., and assigned to FHG Corp. of Spring Hill.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,344, entitled "Methods and compositions for correlating genetic markers with multiple sclerosis" invented by Jonathan L. Haines of Nashville, Simon G. Gregory of Durham, N.C., Silke Schmidt of Durham, N.C., Margaret A. Pericak-Vance of Coral Gables, Fla., and Mariano Garcia-Blanco of Durham, N.C., and assigned to Vanderbilt University of Nashville, and Duke University of Durham, N.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,856, entitled "Stent having a multiplicity of undulating longitudinals" invented by Tim A. Fischell of Nashville, Robert E. Fischell of Dayton, Md., and David R. Fischell of Fair Haven, N.J.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,303, entitled "Vehicle end structure" invented by Hugo Fortin of Commerce Township, Mich., and assigned to Nissan North America Inc. of Franklin.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,063, entitled "Noise attenuating friction assembly" invented by Stanley F. Kulis Jr. of Cookeville, Rodney G. Silvey of Cookeville, and Jason H. Mahan of Lafayette, and assigned to Federal-Mogul World Wide Inc. of Southfield, Mich.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,156,732, entitled "Apparatus, system, and method for regenerating an exhaust gas treatment device" invented by Michael Cunningham of Greenwood, Ind., and Bradlee Stroia of Columbus, Ind., and assigned to Fleetguard Inc. of Nashville.
Eastman Chemical Company had three patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,158,777, entitled "Cellulose esters and their production in halogenated ionic liquids" invented by Charles Michael Buchanan of Kingsport and Norma Lindsey Buchanan of Kingsport.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,158,244, entitled "Water-dispersible and multicomponent fibers from sulfopolyesters" invented by Rakesh Kumar Gupta of Kingsport, Scott Ellery George of Kingsport, Daniel William Klosiewicz of Kingsport, Kab Sik Seo of Kingsport, Coralie McKenna Fleenor of Rogersville, and Allen Lynn Crain of Kingsport.
3. U.S. Patent No. 8,156,862, entitled "Method and apparatus for forming a bale having substantially flat upper and lower surfaces" invented by Charles Duane Mullins of Kingsport, Charles Clifton Sanders of Gray, Kenneth Wayne Martin of Kingsport, David Weldon Thompson of Kingsport, Paul Ross Hammes of Kingsport, Kenneth Alan Lewis of Kingsport, and Lori Ballard Larkins of Kingsport.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 8,160,314, entitled "System and method for linking VOIs across timepoints for analysis of disease progression or response to therapy" invented by Juergen Soldner of Knoxville, Venkat Raghavan Ramamurthy of Malvern, Pa., Arun Krishnan of Exton, Pa., Christian Beldinger of Algonquin, Ill., Maxim Mamin of Erlangen, F.R.G., Axel Barth of Erlangen, F.R.G., Stefan Kapplinger of Jena, F.R.G., Michael Gluth of McHenry, Ill., Peggy Hawman of Schaumburg, Ill, Darrell Burckhardt of Hoffman Estates, Ill, and Axel Platz of Munchen, F.R.G., and assigned to Siemens Aktiengesellschaft of Munich, F.R.G., and Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. of Malvern, Pa.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,160,296, entitled "Change analyst" invented by Anil Cheriyadat of Knoxville, Veeraraghavan Vijayaraj of Knoxville, Charles G. O'Hara of Columbus, Miss., and Suyoung Seo of Starkville, Miss., and assigned to Mississippi State University Research and Technology Corporation of Mississippi.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,159,803, entitled "Heat actuated interrupter receptacle" invented by Michael J. Ward of Maryville and Aleph Ruiz Contreras of Oak Ridge.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,159,355, entitled "Multi-option communication methods of fault notification in pet containment systems" invented by Duane A. Gerig of Fort Wayne, Ind., and Andrew F. Siska of Downers Grove, Ill., and assigned to Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,914, entitled "Microwave energy interactive heating sheet" invented by Richard G. Robison of Gray, Patrick H. Wnek of Sherwood, Wis., Lorin R. Cole of Larsen, Wis., and Scott W. Middleton of Oshkosh, Wis., and assigned to Graphic Packaging International Inc. of Marietta, Ga.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,654, entitled "Pyridine non-classical cannabinoid compounds and related methods of use" invented by Steven Gurley of Memphis, Suni Mustafa of Memphis, and Bob M. Moore, II of Nesbit, Miss., and assigned to The University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,377, entitled "Biosensor method and system based on feature vector extraction" invented by Elias Greenbaum of Knoxville, Miguel Rodriguez Jr. of Oak Ridge, Hairong Qi of Knoxville, and Xiaoling Wang of San Jose, Cal., and assigned to UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,249, entitled "Multi-layered foam furniture method and apparatus" invented by Bruce Greer of Knoxville and assigned to Featherlyte LLC of Louisville.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,088, entitled "Extractant compositions for co-extracting cesium and strontium, a method of separating cesium and strontium from an aqueous feed, and calixarene compounds" invented by Bruce A. Moyer of Oak Ridge, Laetitia H. Delmau of Oak Ridge, Peter V. Bonnesen of Knoxville, Dean R. Peterman of Idaho Falls, Idaho, David H. Meikrantz of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Jack D. Law of Pocatello, Idaho, Catherine L. Riddle of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Terry A. Todd of Firth, Idaho, Mitchell R. Greenhalgh of Iona, Idaho, Richard D. Tillotson of Moore, Idaho, and Richard A. Bartsch of Lubbock, Tex., and assigned to Battelle Energy Alliance LLC of Idaho Falls, Idaho.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,495, entitled "Apparatus and method for a pipe handler" invented by Guy Randall of Wooster, Ohio and assigned to Astec Industries Inc. of Chattanooga.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,156,684, entitled "Pest control bait station" invented by Kevin L. Kirkland of Knoxville, Tracy D. Malone of Knoxville, and Janet L. Kintz-Early of Knoxville, and assigned to Nisus Corp. of Rockford.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,156,671, entitled "Photoluminescent exit device" invented by Tony Kirby of Knoxville, John Presley of Monroe, N.C., Mike Ott of Matthews, N.C., Blue Houser of Edgemoor, S.C., and Tom Harris of Charlotte, N.C., and assigned to Yale Security Inc. of Monroe, N.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,159,078, entitled "Portable power driven equipment with internal combustion engine combined battery charging and starting circuit where the battery is a removable battery pack" invented by Dalton E. McFarland of Medina, Robert A. Usselman of Forest Hill, Md., and Jeffrey P. Grant of Forest Hill, Md., and assigned to Black & Decker Inc. of Newark, Del.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,884, entitled "Angled slots for installation of outdoor metallic boxes" invented by Ian Rubin de la Borbolla of Memphis, and assigned to Thomas & Betts International Inc. of Wilmington, Del.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,158,828, entitled "Nuclear receptor binding agents" invented by Christina Barrett of Oakland, Yali He of Germantown, Seoung-Soo Hong of Collierville, Duane D. Miller of Germantown, Michael L. Mohler of Memphis, Ramesh Narayanan of Cordova, Zhongzhi Wu of Memphis, and James T. Dalton of Upper Arlington, Ohio, and assigned to GTx Inc. of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,961, entitled "Paper substrate having enhanced print density" invented by Jay C. Song of Highland Mills, N.Y., Sen Yang of Nanuet, N.Y., Yan C. Huang of Williamsburg, Ohio, Kapil M. Singh of West Chester, Ohio, Michael F. Koenig of Loveland, Ohio, and David B. Shelmidine of Ticonderoga, N.Y., and assigned to International Paper Company of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,863, entitled "Devices, apparatus, and methods for bilateral approach to disc augmentation" invented by Hai H. Trieu of Cordova and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. of Warsaw, Ind.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,828, entitled "Surgical marking tools and methods for marking a patient" invented by Peter Piferi of Orange, Cal., and assigned to MRI Interventions Inc. of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 8,157,588, entitled "Cable connector with biasing element" invented by Julio F. Rodrigues of Collierville, Joey D. Magno, Jr. of Cordova, and Roger Phillips, Jr. of Horseheads, N.Y., and assigned to Belden Inc. of St. Louis.
Prepared by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.