* U.S. Patent No. D675,317, entitled “Ergonomic syringe adapter” invented by Mark Johnson of Brentwood and James R. Baxter of Bowling Green, Ky.
* U.S. Patent No. D675,101, entitled “Square bottle” invented by Gary Wilson of Murfreesboro and Matthew L. Goin of Kansas City, Mo., and assigned to Vi-Jon, Inc., of St. Louis, Mo.
* U.S. Patent No. D675,018, entitled “Suitcase” invented by Denicia G. Roberts of Mt. Juliet, and assigned to Samsonite IP Holdings S.a.r.l. of Luxembourg, Lux.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,364,498, entitled “Healthcare claim and remittance processing system and associated method” invented by James M. Sohr of Nashville, Darby W. Brown of Belle Meade, and Steven J. Yurjevich of Franklin, and assigned to OptumInsight, Inc., of Eden Prairie, Minn.
U.S. Patent No. 8,362,398, entitled “Vehicle radiant heating control system” invented by David Heiden of Clarkston, Mich., and Randall Johnson of White Lake, Mich., and assigned to Nissan North America, Inc., of Franklin.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,362,349, entitled “Touch pad disc jockey controller” invented by James Mazur of Hollywood, Cal., Brian Gibson of Victoria, Can., and Damon Langlois of Victoria, Can., and assigned to Gibson Guitar Corp. of Nashville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,258, entitled “Beverage container closure” invented by Randy Sims of Franklin and Tyler Sean Gilbert of Bellevue, Wash., and assigned to Pacific Market International, LLC, of Seattle, Wash.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,251, entitled “Multi-layer coalescing media having a high porosity interior layer and uses thereof” invented by Mark T. Wieczorek of Cookeville, Barry M. Verdegan of Stoughton, Wis., and Saru Dawar of Madison, Wis., and assigned to Cummins Filtration IP, Inc., of Minneapolis, Minn.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,359,965, entitled “Apparatus and method for broad spectrum radiation attenuation” invented by J. Craig Oxford of Nashville and D. Michael Shields of St. Paul, Minn.
U.S. Patent No. 8,359,956, entitled “Lathe rose device” invented by Michael Sutter of Murfreesboro.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,359,949, entitled “Hammer head and handle assembly” invented by Timothy Scott Onello of Murfreesboro and Charles Weber of Onalaska, Wis., and assigned to Walter Meier (Manufacturing) Inc. of La Vergne.
* U.S. Patent No. D675,322, entitled “Examination system including an instrument stand and examination chair” invented by H. Ray Wright of Loudon, Chris M. Jamison of West Chester, Ohio, Antonio Belton of Richton Park, Ill., and Dominik J. Beck of Menlo Park, Cal., and assigned to Reliance Medical Products, Inc., of Mason, Ohio.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,364,998, entitled “Adaptive real-time methodology for optimizing energy-efficient computing” invented by Chung-Hsing Hsu of Knoxville and Wu-Chun Feng of Blacksburg, Va., and assigned to Los Alamos National Security, LLC, of Los Alamos, N.M.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,363,806, entitled “Method and system for alphanumeric indexing for advertising via cloud computing” invented by Blake Bookstaff of Knoxville.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,710, entitled “Tiltable loading system and extendable platform for transferring cargo” invented by John M. Cullum of Chattanooga, David W. Bannon of Chattanooga, Dean T. Mullin of New Maryland, Cal., and Christopher L. Wilcox of Fredericton, Cal., and assigned to Miller Industries Towing Equipment Inc. of Ooltewah.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,607, entitled “Lighting unit with heat-dissipating chimney” invented by Lisa Pattison of Johnson City, P. Morgan Pattison of Johnson City, Eric Bretschneider of Satellite Beach, Fla., Zach Berkowitz of San Francisco, Cal., and Randall Sosnick of Mill Valley, Cal., and assigned to NEXT Lighting Corp. of San Francisco, Cal.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,576, entitled “Copolymerizable methine and anthraquinone compounds and articles containing them” invented by Jason Clay Pearson of Kingsport, Max Allen Weaver of Kingsport, Jean Carroll Fleischer of Kingsport and Gregory Allan King of Mount Carmel and assigned to Abbott Medical Optics Inc. of Santa Ana, Cal.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,442, entitled “Method and apparatus for carrying out maintenance of web handling shafts” invented by Charles D. Earls of Morristown and assigned to Charles D. Earls of Morristown.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,359,989, entitled “Stitch distribution control system for tufting machines” invented by William M. Christman, Jr., of Hixson and Wilton Hall of Ringgold, Ga., and assigned to Card-Monroe Corp. of Chattanooga.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,359,831, entitled “Reactant delivery for engine exhaust gas treatment” invented by Joseph M. Ross of Greenville, Thaddeus A. Chmielewski of Huntington Woods, Mich., Antonio J. DaSilva of Middleton, Conn., David H. Ford of Canton, Mich., Eric J. Grant of Ypsilanti, Mich., Peter P. Kuperus of Pigeon, Mich., and Glenn A. Moss of Cass City, Mich., and assigned to TI Group Automotive Systems, LLC, of Auburn Hills, Mich.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,359,780, entitled “Anypoint picatinny rail bipod/tripod mount” invented by William E.S. McCormick of Bluff City, Morris Peterson of Earlysville, Va., Matthew Warren Charles Peterson of Crozet, Va., Charles Robert Overbey, Jr., of Deland, Fla., and Gary Vance of Bristol, Va., and assigned to Ashbury International Group, Inc., of Ruckersville, Va.
Smith & Nephew, Inc., of Memphis had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,363,097, entitled “Endoscopic imaging system” invented by Yuri Kazakevich of Andover, Mass., and Tung Van Le of Lawrence, Mass.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,361,381, entitled “Medical implants having a porous coated surface” invented by Daniel A. Heuer of Memphis, Vivek Pawar of Germantown, Marcus Lee Scott of Memphis and Shilesh C. Jani of Germantown.
International Paper Company of Memphis had two patents issued:
1. U.S. Patent No. 8,361,573, entitled “Waterfast dye fixative compositions for ink jet recording sheets” invented by Michael F. Koenig of Loveland, Ohio.
2. U.S. Patent No. 8,361,571, entitled “Composition and recording sheet with improved optical properties” invented by Zheng Tan of Mason, Ohio, Sen Yang of Nanuet, N.Y., Jingxiu Wan of Mason, Ohio, Benny J. Skaggs of Springboro, Ohio, and Benjamin T. Liguzinski of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Other patents issuing from West Tennessee include the following:
* U.S. Patent No. 8,364,953, entitled “System and method for providing secured electronic transactions” invented by James C. Bullard, Jr., of Memphis, and assigned to United States Postal Service of Washington, D.C.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,362,340, entitled “Maize variety hybrid X7H250” invented by Thomas R. Henry of Union City, Terry R. Colbert of Fort Branch, Ind., Russell L. Fox of Stuart, Iowa, Robert Alan Guse of Evansville, Ind., and Daniel P. Gorman of Tallahassee, Fla., and assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,361,147, entitled “Meniscus prosthetic devices with anti-migration features” invented by Avraham Shterling of Yarkona, Israel, Gal Zur of Petah Tiqwa, Israel, Eran Linder-Ganz of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Noam Weissberg of Rishon-Lezion, Israel, and assigned to Active Implants Corporation of Memphis.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,361,125, entitled “Spinal implants with multi-axial anchor assembly and methods” invented by Harold S. Taylor of Memphis, Terrance W. Strohkirch, Jr., of Memphis, Matthew M. Morrison of Cordova and Michael S. Veldman of Memphis and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,361,124, entitled “Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures” invented by Michael C. Sherman of Memphis, Kevin T. Foley of Germantown and Jeff R. Justis of Collierville and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,361,073, entitled “Articulation apparatus for external fixation device” invented by Michael W. Mullaney of Kinnelon, N.J., and assigned to Extraortho, Inc., of Memphis.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,360,048, entitled “Self-heating systems and methods for rapidly heating a comestible substance” invented by John Ford of Cordova and Douglas Lund of Hillsborough, N.J., and assigned to Heat Wave Technologies, LLC, of Marina del Ray, Cal.
* U.S. Patent No. 8,359,875, entitled “Cooling method and apparatus” invented by Pat Matracea of Bartlett, Rick Earles of Memphis, Susan Ann Beinor of Sutton, Mass., Gregory Steven Cook of Holliston, Mass., Arthur Joseph Flagg of Sudbury, Mass., and Mark Thomas Marini of Concord, Mass.
Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson PC.