Patent Patrol: 11 June 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a cooking grill, a video surveillance system, and more…

Middle Tennessee

Smartvue Corp. of Nashville had three patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,752,106, entitled “Mesh networked video and sensor surveillance system and method for wireless mesh networked sensors” invented by Martin A. Renkis of Nashville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,750,513, entitled “Video surveillance system and method for self-configuring network” invented by Martin A. Renkis of Nashville.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,750,509, entitled “Wireless surveillance system releasably mountable to track lighting” invented by Martin Renkis of Nashville.

Nissan North America, Inc., of Franklin had three patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,751,082, entitled “System and method of in-situ diagnosis of fuel cell health during vehicle operation” invented by Taehee Han of Farmington Hills, Mich., Ellazar V. Niangar of Farmington Hills, Mich., Nilesh Dale of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Kevork Adjemian of Birmingham, Mich.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,746,799, entitled “Headrest support rod” invented by Jeffrey Dumont of Royal Oak, Mich.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,745,835, entitled “Lock striker alignment check fixture” invented by Charles Cutting of Taylor, Mich., and Mark Brian of Madison, Miss.

Vanderbilt University of Nashville had three patents issued:

7. U.S. Patent No. 8,748,381, entitled “Compositions and methods for the treatment of disorders involving epithelial cell apoptosis” invented by Fang Yan of Nashville and D. Brent Polk of Los Angeles, Cal.

8. U.S. Patent No. 8,747,801, entitled “Broad-emission nanocrystals and methods of making and using same” invented by Michael J. Bowers of Nashville, James R. McBride of Nashville and Sandra J. Rosenthal of Nashville.

9. U.S. Patent No. 8,747,345, entitled “Percutaneous collateral bypass” invented by Joseph G. Salloum of Nashville.

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,752,114, entitled “MoCA gateway splitter” invented by Daniel D. Deutmeyer of Manchester, Brian J. Shapson of Millstone Township, N.J., Jay F. Shapson of Millstone Township, N.J., Matthew M. Shapson of Robbinsville, N.J., Rong Hui Li of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Robert Romerein of Peterborough, Can., and assigned to Extreme Broadband Engineering, LLC, of Millstone Township, N.J.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,125, entitled “Diacylhydrazine ligands for modulating the expression of exogenous genes in mammalian systems via an ecdysone receptor complex” invented by Orestes Chortyk of Thompson Station, Robert Eugene Hormann of Melrose Park, Pa., Colin M. Tice of Elkins Park, Pa., Howard Smith of Lansdowne, Pa., and Thomas Meteyer of Lansdale, Pa., and assigned to Intrexon Corporation of Blacksburg, Va.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,872, entitled “Nanoemulsion therapeutic compositions and methods of using the same” invented by Shraddha Nigavekar of Franklin, James R. Baker of Ann Arbor, Mich., Sivaprakash Rathinavelu of Naperville, Ill., Paul E. Makidon of Webberville, Mich., and John J. LiPuma of Ann Arbor, Mich., and assigned to The Regents of the University of Michigan of Ann Arbor, Mich.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,533, entitled “Systems and methods to determine fouling in a gas turbine filter” invented by Sanji Ekanayake of Mableton, Ga., and Alston I. Scipio of Mableton, Ga., and assigned to BHA Altair, LLC, of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,452, 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. 8,747,425, entitled “Percutaneous vein removal device” invented by Chris Genau of Seattle, Wash., Edward M. Boyle of Bend, Ore., Andrew Jones of Bend, Ore., John F. Harris of Medina, Wash., Andrew D. Firlik of Darien, Conn., and Navroze S. Mehta of Boca Raton, Fla., and assigned to VenX, LLC, of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,746,924, entitled “Illumination system with illumination shield” invented by Amir Shirkhodaie of Nashville, Robert Moriarty of Greenwood, Ind., and Kong Ma of Carmel, Ind., and assigned to Rolls-Royce Corp. of Indianapolis, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,746,496, 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.

East Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,752,211, entitled “Real space mapping of oxygen vacancy diffusion and electrochemical transformations by hysteretic current reversal curve measurements” invented by Sergei V. Kalinin of Knoxville, Nina Balke of Knoxville, Albina Y. Borisevich of Knoxville, Stephen Jesse of Knoxville, Petro Maksymovych of Knoxville, Evgheni Strelcov of Oak Ridge and Yunseok Kim of Guyeonggi-do, Korea.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,748,537, entitled “Lignin-derived thermoplastic co-polymers and methods of preparation” invented by Amit K. Naskar of Knoxville, Tomonori Saito of Knoxville, Joseph M. Pickel of Knoxville, Frederick S. Baker of Oak Ridge, Claude Clifford Eberle of Knoxville, Robert E. Norris of Knoxville and Jonathan Richard Mielenz of Rockwood.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,748,350, entitled “Chemical solution seed layer for rabits tapes” invented by Amit Goyal of Knoxville, Mariappan Paranthaman of Knoxville and Sung-Hun Wee of Knoxville (and also assigned to University of Tennessee Research Center of Knoxville).

4. U.S. Patent No. 8,748,349, entitled “Buffer layers for REBCO films for use in superconducting devices” invented by Amit Goyal of Knoxville and Sung-Hun Wee of Knoxville (and also assigned to University of Tennessee Research Center of Knoxville).

5. U.S. Patent No. 8,747,790, entitled “Advanced dry head-end reprocessing of light water reactor spent nuclear fuel” invented by Emory D. Collins of Knoxville, Guillermo D. Delcul of Powell, Rodney D. Hunt of Harriman, Jared A. Johnson of Knoxville and Barry B. Spencer of Knoxville.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D706,669, entitled “Emblem for an installation surface or the like” invented by Pamela A. Jones of Louisville.

* U.S. Patent No. D706,605, entitled “Knife” invented by Yang-Fu Cheng of Taipei, Taiwan, and assigned to Taylor Brands, LLC of Kingsport.

* U.S. Patent No. D706,577, entitled “Cooking grill” invented by Samuel Harward of Knoxville, Michael Rutherford of Duff, Richard W. Funnell, II of Huntington Beach, Cal., and Graham Sadtler of Huntington Beach, Cal., and assigned to BSH Home Appliances Corporation of Irvine, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. D706,565, entitled “Portion of an examination chair” invented by 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. D706,564, entitled “Portion of an examination chair” invented by 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. 8,751,616, entitled “System for accessing and browsing a PLC provided within a network” invented by Gregory Karklins of Johnson City, James C. Rittenhouse of Gray and James W. Cornett of Bluff City and assigned to Siemens Industry, Inc., of Alpharetta, Ga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,559, entitled “High molecular weight polyester polymers with reduced acetaldehyde” invented by Mary Therese Jernigan of Kingsport and assigned to Grupo Petrotemex, S.A. de C.V. of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,479, entitled “Process for purifying crude furan 2,5-dicarboxylic acid using hydrogenation” invented by Ashfaq Shaikh of Kingsport, Kenny Randolph Parker of Afton, Mesfin Ejerssa Janka of Kingsport and Lee Reynolds Partin of Kingsport and assigned to Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,995, entitled “Pyramidal fabrics having multi-lobe filament yarns and method for erosion control” invented by Sidney M. Weiser of Ringgold, Ga., and assigned to Propex Operating Company, LLC, of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,111, entitled “Suction handle, suction handle assembly, and oral care systems comprising same” invented by Clark F. Bow of Dandridge and Alan R. Dombrowski of Woodbury, Minn., and assigned to 3M Innovative Properties Company of St. Paul, Minn.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,746,111, entitled “Floating wrench assembly for drill rig” invented by John J. Eglin of Polk, Ohio, and Neil M. Baker of Gambler, Ohio, and assigned to Astec Industries, Inc., of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,745,902, entitled “Device and method for trimming the ice in a curling rink” invented by Cynthia J. Kortebein of Knoxville and William W. Wood of Lombardy, Can., and assigned to Guspro, Inc., of Chatham, Can.

West Tennessee

Smith & Nephew, Inc., of Memphis had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,751,198, entitled “Variable stiffness stem for prosthetic implants” invented by David C. Kelman of Collierville, Michael A. Croxton of The Woodlands, Tex., Charles Wayne Allen of Southaven, Miss., and William L. Waltersdorff of Hernando, Miss.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,747,976, entitled “Orientated polymeric devices” invented by John Rose of Collierville, Mason James Bettenga of Memphis, Horacio Montes De Oca Balderas of York, Gr. Brit., Malcolm Brown of Otley, Gr. Brit., Mark Bonner of Leeds, Gr. Brit., Ian Macmillan Ward of Leeds, Gr. Brit., and Michael Andrew Hall of Middlesbrough, Gr. Brit.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,751,383, entitled “Multiple account advanced payment card and method of routing card transactions” invented by Jeffrey L. Hirka of Memphis, Debra C. Fellner of Wilmington, Del., Steven Fox of Newark, Del., and Lee Knackstedt of Bear, Del., and assigned to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., of New York, N.Y.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,713, entitled “Maize hybrid X18C110” invented by Joseph D. Anderson of Union City, Terry R. Colbert of Dyersburg, Thomas Russell Henry of Union City, Daniel P. Gorman of Tallahassee, Fla., Daniel Joseph Pohl of Princeton, Ind., Randall Newton Holley of Henderson, Ky., William Andrew Wilson of Noblesville, Ind., and Khusi Ram Tiwari of Madison, Miss., and assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc. of Johnston, Iowa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,678, entitled “Formula for joint synthetic jet, rocket and diesel fuel” invented by Roy Cameron Knight of Germantown, Lori L. Onjukka of Arlington, Tex., Rolf L. Onjukka of Arlington, Tex., and Yvonne Mae Parrack of Goliad, Tex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,558, entitled “Biodegradable macromers” invented by Allison Calabrese of Memphis, Walter Skalla of Old Lyme, Conn., Ahmad R. Hadba of Middlefield, Conn., and Nadya Belcheva of Hamden, Conn., and assigned to Covidien LP of Mansfield, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,748,346, entitled “Composition and use with controlled drop applicators” invented by Kevin Cavanaugh of Collierville and Timothy B. Cartwright of Germantown and assigned to Floratine Products Group, Inc., of Collierville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,474, entitled “Orthopedic support locating or centering feature and method” invented by Joe Ferguson of Collierville and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,471, entitled “Vertebral implants including asymmetric endplate contours and methods of use” invented by Eric S. Heinz of Memphis and William Albans of Southaven, Miss., and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,406, entitled “Instruments for osteolysis repair” invented by Olaf Schulz of Lakeland and Kelly Schlachter of Bartlett and assigned to Wright Medical Technology, Inc., of Arlington.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,747,004, entitled “Dual diameter cap with integral and adjustable swab” invented by Steven R. Cole of Collierville, Terry R. McPherson of Mebane, N.C., and Jack D. Roach of Durham, N.C., and assigned to IPS Corporation of Durham, N.C.

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