Patent Patrol: 7 May 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: an ice scraper, a hearing aid apparatus, and more…

Middle Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. D703,975, entitled “Molded mat” invented by Philip C. Huss of Rockvale and Michael E. Franklin of Nashville and assigned to Wearwell, Inc., of Smyrna.

* U.S. Patent No. D703,916, entitled “Pet treat” invented by Peter Sebastian Slusarczyk of Nolensville, April Lynne Gandy of Franklin and Michael Shawn Innis of Miami, Okla., and assigned to Mars, Inc., of McLean, Va.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,717,731, entitled “Hybrid control circuit breaker” invented by Drew A. Reid of Brentwood, Richard M. Elchik of Coraopolis, Pa., and Sandy Omar Jimenez of Monaca, Pa., and assigned to Eaton Corporation of Cleveland, Ohio.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,717,421, entitled “System and method for automatic calibration of stereo images” invented by Richard Alan Peters, II, of Nashville, Shawn Atkins of Nashville, Dae Jin Kim of Nashville and Aditya Nawab of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,717,131, entitled “Panel system for covering a glass or plastic surface” invented by James L. Richards of Fayetteville, Larry W. Fullerton of New Hope, Ala., and Mark D. Roberts of Huntsville, Ala., and assigned to Correlated Magnetics Research of New Hope, Ala.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,716,038, entitled “Microelectronic workpiece processing systems and associated methods of color correction” invented by Kevin Tetz of Brentwood and Charles M. Watkins of Eagle, Idaho, and assigned to Micron Technology, Inc., of Boise, Idaho.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,226, entitled “Active cannula for bio-sensing and surgical intervention” invented by Robert James Webster of Nashville, Allison M. Okamura of Ruxton, Md., Noah J. Cowan of Baltimore, Md., and Russell H. Taylor of Severna Park, Md., and assigned to The Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore, Md.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,713,745, entitled “Thick and thin ice scraper” invented by Chad Edward Szablewski of Columbia, and assigned to Chad Edward Szablewski of Columbia.


East Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. D704,093, entitled “Vase of wooden flowers” invented by Andrew Newlon of Chuckey.

* U.S. Patent No. D704,088, entitled “Tennessee ring” invented by Amanda Caroline Farris of Knoxville and assigned to Amanda Caroline Farris of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,719,961, entitled “Real space mapping of ionic diffusion and electrochemical activity in energy storage and conversion materials invented by Sergei V. Kalinin of Knoxville, Nina Balke of Knoxville, Amit Kumar of Oak Ridge, Nancy J. Dudney of Knoxville and Stephen Jesse of Knoxville and assigned to UT-Battelle, LLC, of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,718,307, entitled “Hearing aid apparatus” invented by Daniel R. Schumaier of Elizabethton and David M. Campbell, II, of Johnson City and assigned to Daniel R. Schumaier of Elizabethton.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,716,637, entitled “Fluidized bed heat treating system” invented by Edward B. Ripley of Knoxville and Glenn L. Pfennigwerth of Knoxville and assigned to Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC, of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,367, entitled “Apparatus and method for an orthotic and prosthetic joint” invented by Timothy T. Pansiera of Cortez, Fla., and David Lee Stubbers of Bradenton, Fla., and assigned to Fillauer Companies, Inc., of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,155, entitled “Embryo development and survival” invented by F. Neal Schrick of Knoxville and assigned to University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,714,113, entitled “Bark deterrent apparatus with internal vibration sensor” invented by Albert Leon Lee, IV of Seymour, Patrick Allan Tyndall of Simpsonville, S.C., and David Alan Weston of Hendersonville, N.C., and assigned to Radio Systems Corporation of Knoxville.

West Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. D704,333, entitled “Handpiece” invented by Jay Casey of Memphis, John Flynn of Collierville, Peter Wong of Arlington and Kevin Edwards of Olive Branch, Miss., and assigned to Gyrus ACMI, Inc. of Southborough, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. D704,332, entitled “Handpiece” invented by Jay Casey of Memphis, John Flynn of Collierville, Peter Wong of Arlington and Kevin Edwards of Olive Branch, Miss., and assigned to Gyrus ACMI, Inc., of Southborough, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. D704,097, entitled “Transportation sled” invented by Jack Parr of Bartlett.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,719,034, entitled “Displaying speech command input state information in a multimodal browser” invented by Michael Charles Hollinger of Memphis, Charles W. Cross, Jr. of Wellington, Fla., Igor R. Jablokov of Charlotte, N.C., Benjamin D. Lewis of Ann Arbor, Mich., Hilary A. Pike of Austin, Tex., Daniel M. Smith of Raleigh, N.C., David W. Wintermute of Boynton Beach, Fla., and Michael A. Zaitzeff of Carson City, Nev., and assigned to Nuance Communications, Inc., of Burlington, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,716,575, entitled “Maize inbred PH1CJ4” invented by Terry R. Colbert of Dyersburg, William Andrew Wilson of Noblesville, Ind., and Nancy Guse of Evansville, Ind., and assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,716,573, entitled “Maize hybrid X13C733” invented by Terry R. Colbert of Dyersburg, Mario Rosario Carlone, Jr., of Princeton, Ill., Michael Philip Jines of Fishers, Ind., and Gary Edward Henke of Marshall, Mo., and assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa

* U.S. Patent No. 8,716,328, entitled “Acid-labile lipophilic prodrugs of cancer chemotherapeutic agents” invented by Mahesh Kumar Gundluru of Cordova, James D. McChesney of Etta, Miss., John T. Henri of Longmont, Colo., and Sylesh Kumar Venkataraman of Broomfield, Colo., and assigned to Arbor Therapeutics, LLC, of Etta, Miss.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,716,243, entitled “Methods of effecting Wnt signaling through Dkk structural analysis” invented by Jie Zheng of Memphis and assigned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,336, entitled “Methods and apparatus for treatment of aneurysms adjacent to branch arteries” invented by David R. Erickson of Memphis, Jack Chu of Santa Rosa, Cal., Jonathon Morris of Santa Rosa, Cal., Prema Ganesan of Oakland, Cal., Curtis Hanson of San Marcos, Cal., Matthew Rust of Santa Rosa, Cal., Charles Thomas of Santa Rosa, Cal., and James Machek of Santa Rosa, Cal., and assigned to Medtronic Vascular, Inc., of Santa Rosa, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,323, entitled “Coronal angulating connector” invented by Rodney R. Ballard of Lakeland and Keith E. Miller of Germantown and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,283, entitled “Fracture fixation device” invented by David L. Brumfield of Collierville, Nicholas S. Ritchey of Collierville, Nathaniel Kelley Grusin of Germantown, Sied W. Janna of Memphis, Henry B. Faber of Memphis and Gene E. Austin of Bartlett and assigned to Smith & Nephew, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,715,223, entitled “Device and method for delivery of a drug depot near the nerve” invented by William F. McKay of Memphis and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

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