Patent Patrol: 22 May 2013

In this week’s batch of IP issued to Tennessee residents and companies: an upright vacuum cleaner, a tire tread, a lead-acid battery, and more…

Middle Tennessee

Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations, LLC, of Nashville had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. D682,775, entitled “Tire tread” invented by Kevin E. Sheifele of Atwater, Ohio.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,447,578, entitled “Method of designing a tire having a target residual aligning torque” invented by Scott J. Coe of Akron, Ohio, Ryan L. Kupchella of Akron, Ohio, and Brian D. Steenwyk of Uniontown, Ohio.

Vanderbilt University of Nashville had three patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,445,661, entitled “Isolated Staphylococcus pseudolugdunensis polynucleotides” invented by Yi-Wei Tang of Brentwood, Charles W. Stratton of Nashville and Jian Han of Huntsville, Ala., (and Qiagen Sciences, LLC of F.R.G).

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,445,217, entitled “Free solution measurement of molecular interactions by backscattering interferometry” invented by Darryl J. Bornhop of Nashville.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,444,683, entitled “Apparatus and methods for optical stimulation of neural tissues” invented by Anita Mahadevan-Jansen of Nashville, E. Duco Jansen of Nashville and Jonathon D. Wells of Seattle, Wash.

Other patents issuing from Middle Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D683,089, entitled “Low profile upright vacuum cleaner” invented by Christopher M. Paterson of Franklin, and assigned to Oreck Holdings LLC of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. D682,725, entitled “Bracelet” invented by Nicole Reeder of Arlington and Keith Carter of Atlanta, Ga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,446,550, entitled “Automatic darkening and glare reducing liquid crystal mirror” invented by Robin Hines of Tullahoma, Walter Y. Wen of Garland, Tex., and Chai T. Chang of Upland, Cal., and assigned to Glarenix USA, LLC of Atlanta, Ga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,445,061, entitled “Metering system for hot melt adhesives with variable adhesive volumes” invented by Grant McGuffey of Springfield and assigned to Illinois Tool Works Inc. of Glenview, Ill.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,445,035, entitled “Dietary supplements containing extracts of aronia and method of using same to promote weight loss” invented by Timothy Romero of Sarasota, Fla., Bolin Qin of Gaithersburg, Md., and Peter J. Miller of Broomfield, Colo., and assigned to FHG Corporation of Spring Hill.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,377, entitled “Method for attaching a connector to deposited material” invented by Glen Alan Aussiker of Hillsboro, Srikanth Chandrudu Kottilingam of Simpsonville, S.C., and Canan Uslu Hardwicke of Simpsonville, S.C., and Kurt Kramer Schleif of Greenville, S.C., and assigned to General Electric Company of Schenectady, N.Y.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,352, entitled “Cutting insert for high feed face milling” invented by Jean-Luc Dufour of Franklin, X. Daniel Fang of Brentwood, David J. Wills of Franklin and Gilles Festeau of Ferney Voltaire, Fr., and assigned to TDY Industries, LLC, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,443,865, entitled “Wheel clamping apparatus and method” invented by John Story of Murfreesboro and assigned to Hennessy Industries, Inc., of LaVergne.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,443,549, entitled “Sliding door with large opening” invented by Dwight Edward Reed of Springfield, Michael Arthur Salvietti of Northfield, Conn., Thomas M. Kowalczyk of Unionville, Conn., Daniel R. Seymour of Plainville, Conn., Michael A. Zabbo of East Windsor, Conn., Vito A. Spinelli of Shelton, Conn., and Ronald Bohigian of Southington, Conn., and assigned to Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. of New Britain, Conn.

East Tennessee

UT-Battelle, LLC, of Oak Ridge had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,448,261, entitled “Mode synthesizing atomic force microscopy and mode-synthesizing sensing” invented by Ali Passian of Knoxville, Thomas George Thundat of Knoxville, and Laurence Tetard of Knoxville, (and assigned to University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville).

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,445,138, entitled “Lightweight, durable lead-acid batteries” invented by Edgar Lara-Curzio of Lenoir City, Ke An of Knoxville, James O. Kiggans, Jr. of Oak Ridge, Nancy J. Dudney of Knoxville, Cristian I. Contescu of Knoxville, Frederick S. Baker of Oak Ridge, and Beth L. Armstrong of Clinton.

Eastman Chemical Company of Oak Ridge had four patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,444,896, entitled “Water-dispersible and multicomponent fibers from sulfopolyesters” invented by William Alston Haile of Kingsport, Scott Ellery George of Kingsport, Wesley Raymond Hale of Kingsport and Waylon Lewellyn Jenkins of Kingsport.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,444,895, entitled “Processes for making water-dispersible and multicomponent fibers from sulfopolyesters” invented by William Alston Haile of Kingsport, Scott Ellery George of Kingsport, Wesley Raymond Hale of Kingsport and Waylon Lewellyn Jenkins of Kingsport.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,444,768, entitled “Compositions and methods for removing organic substances” invented by Michael Wayne Quillen of Kingsport, Dale Edward O’Dell of Blountville, Edward Enns McEntire of Kingsport, Zachary Philip Lee of Conyers, Ga., and John Cleaon Moore of Camarillo, Cal.

4. U.S. Patent No. 8,444,758, entitled “Low voc additives for extending the wet edge and open time of aqueous coatings” invented by Rebecca Reid Stockl of Kingsport, Thauming Kuo of Kingsport, and Kevin Wayne McCreight of Kingsport.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,445,534, entitled “Treating androgen decline in aging male (ADAM)-associated conditions with SARMs” invented by James T. Dalton of Lakeland, Duane D. Miller of Germantown, Yali He of Germantown and Donghua Yin of Paweatuck, Conn., and assigned to University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,694, entitled “Methods for injecting a curable biomaterial into an intervertebral space” invented by John Pafford of Eads, Lance Middleton of Soddy Daisy, Keith Collins of Milford, Conn., Thomas G. Wilson of Guilford, Conn., Jared Walkenhorst of Fairfield, Conn., Dennis Lee of Milford, Conn., Andrew Carter of Trumbull, Conn., Mark D. LoGuidice of Southport, Conn., and Lawrence Boyd of Durham, Conn., and assigned to Spine Wave, Inc., of Shelton, Conn.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,564, entitled “Noninvasive diagnostic system” invented by Mohamed M. Mahfouz of Knoxville, Rick Komistek of Knoxville, and Ray C. Wasielewski of New Albany, Ohio, and assigned to JointVue, LLC of Columbus, Ohio.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,365, entitled “Roll off hoist with hinged tail and hydraulic reeving system” invented by Charles A. Duell of Crestline, Ohio, and Richard T. Williams of Lewis Center, Ohio, and assigned to The Heil Co. of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,443,743, entitled “System and method for control of yarn feed in a tufting machine” invented by William M. Christman, Jr. of Chattanooga and assigned to Card-Monroe Corp. of Hixson.

West Tennessee

International Paper Company of Memphis had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,445,604, entitled “Thermoformed article made from polybutylene succinate (PBS) and modified polybutylene succinate (MPBS) invented by Wei Li of Mason, Ohio, Richard A. Tedford of Loveland, Ohio, Bruce J. Thoman of Lebanon, Ohio, and Thomas Robert Christie of Milford, Ohio.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,445,082, entitled “Printable substrates with improved brightness from OBAs in presence of multivalent metal salts” invented by Michael F. Koenig of Loveland, Ohio.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D682,689, entitled “Closure” invented by Celso S. Martinez of Collierville, Roderick W. Kalberer of Waynesville, N.C., Jeffrey M. Kalman of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Todd Midkiff of Noblesville, Ind., Jason S. Andrews of Indianapolis, Ind., and Andrew B. Mendenhall of Mooresville, Ind., and assigned to Evergreen Packaging, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,446,467, entitled “Combined speed detection, video and timing apparatus” invented by Scott K. Tilton of Germantown and William Clifford Robinson, Jr., of Germantown.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,445,782, entitled “Flexible conduit coupling connector” invented by Andy Ali Jaffari of Bartlett and assigned to Thomas & Betts International, Inc., of Wilmington, Del.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,445,757, entitled “Soybean variety XB55W11” invented by Mark J. Hood of Memphis and assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,445,756, entitled “Soybean variety XBP46003” invented by Mark J. Hood of Memphis and assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,433, entitled “Hand tightenable coaxial cable connector” invented by Julio Rodrigues of Collierville, Bryan S. Snyder of Corning, Brian Derenthal of Horseheads, N.Y., and Roger Phillips, Jr., of Horseheads, N.Y., and assigned to Belden, Inc., of St. Louis, Mo.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,444,412, entitled “Anchor apparatus for clear plastic orthodontic appliance systems and the like” invented by Jack Fisher of Memphis, David Baughman of Louisville, Ky., and John Sparaga of Anchorage, Alaska, and assigned to Bi-Corticle LLC of Louisville, Ky.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,443,474, entitled “Dock levelers with thermally balanced traction decks” invented by Robert Maxey of Millington, Matthew Sveum of Wauwatosa, Wis., Norbert Hahn of Franklin, Wis., and Paul D. Mathews of DeSoto, Mo., and assigned to Rite-Holding Corporation of Milwaukee, Wis.


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