Patent Patrol: 16 July 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a mirror bracket, a spare tire carrier, and more…

Middle Tennessee

Vanderbilt University of Nashville had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,779,157, entitled “MGLUR4 allosteric potentiators, compositions, and methods of treating neurological dysfunction” invented by P. Jeffrey Conn of Brentwood, Craig W. Lindsley of Brentwood, Corey R. Hopkins of Nolensville, Charles David Weaver of Franklin, Colleen M. Niswender of Brentwood, Darren W. Engers of Nashville, Patrick R. Gentry of Nashville, Yiu-Yin Cheung of Franklin, James M. Salovich of Nashville and Rocco D. Gogliotti of Kingston Springs.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,778,695, entitled “Methods and apparatuses for analyzing biological samples by mass spectrometry” invented by Richard Caprioli of Brentwood.

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D708,914, entitled “Container” invented by Jorge Eugenio Moran, Sr., of Nashville and assigned to Megatrade International, Inc., of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,781,829, entitled “Document extension in dictation-based document generation workflow” invented by Detlef Koll of Pittsburgh, Pa., Juergen Fritsch of Pittsburgh, Pa., and Michael Finke of Pittsburgh, Pa., and assigned to MModal IP LLC of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,781,186, entitled “System and method for abdominal surface matching using pseudo-features” invented by Logan Clements of Nashville, James Stefansic of Nashville, Prashanth Dumpuri of Nashville and Senhu Li of Nashville and assigned to Pathfinder Therapeutics, Inc., of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,779,879, entitled “System and method for positioning a multi-pole magnetic structure” invented by James Lee Richards of Fayetteville, Mark D. Roberts of Huntsville, Ala., and Larry W. Fullerton of New Hope, Ala., and assigned to Correlated Magnetics Research LLC of Huntsville, Ala.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,779,877, entitled “Magnetic attachment system” invented by James Lee Richards of Fayetteville, Mark D. Roberts of Huntsville, Ala., and Larry W. Fullerton of New Hope, Ala., and assigned to Correlated Magnetics Research LLC of Huntsville, Ala.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,779,775, entitled “Electrical safety devices and systems for use with electrical wiring, and methods for using same” invented by James Herman Pace of Nashville, Robert Jay Sexton of Carrollton, Ga., and Fred Lane Martin of Carrollton, Ga., and assigned to Newire, Inc., of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,778,907, entitled “Lactulose for bowel evacuation” invented by Bryan Voss of Nashville, and Leo Pavliv of Cary, N.C., and assigned to Cumberland Pharmaceuticals of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,778,497 entitled “Underlayment mat employed with a single-ply roofing system” invented by Norman F. Manning of Hendersonville, Ralph Berryman Smith of Purvis, Miss., Donald Otis McCleskey of Hattiesburg, Miss., and L. Ralph Smith of Brookhaven, Miss., and assigned to L&P Property Management Company of South Gate, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,777,620, entitled “Firearm trigger pull training system and methods” invented by Malcom Baxter of Nolensville and assigned to TriggerMaster, Inc., of Nolensville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,835, entitled “Fluid duct with improved connecting bead” invented by Patricia Chimezie of Lebanon and Donald E. Army of Enfield, Conn., and assigned to Hamilton Sundstrand Corporation of Windsor Locks, Conn.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,543, entitled “DX system interior heat exchanger defrost design for heat to cool mode” invented by B. Ryland Wiggs of Franklin and assigned to Earth to Air Systems, LLC, of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,328, entitled “Rebar clip for joining different size bars” invented by Jon R. Kodi of Lebanon and assigned to Kodi Klip Corporation of Lebanon.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,312, entitled “Air flow path to cool a vacuum cleaner belt” invented by Jonathan Overholt of Cookeville, Charles Jeff Morgan of Sparta, Bruce Kiern of Cookeville and Victor Brent McClearen of Cookeville and assigned to Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited of Tortola, Virgin Islands.

East Tennessee

Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,779,214, entitled “Methods for recovery and recycle of ruthenium homogenous catalysts” invented by Scott Donald Barnicki of Kingsport, Jeffrey Scott Kanel of Kingsport and Kenneth Wayne Hampton, Jr., of Gilmer, Texas.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,779,208, entitled “Process for reducing emissions of volatile organic compounds from the ketonization of carboxylic acids” invented by Scott Donald Barnicki of Kingsport, Daniel McNabb of Kingsport and James Eric Ward of Gray.

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,778,724, entitled “High volume method of making low-cost, lightweight solar materials” invented by Craig A. Blue of Knoxville, Art Clemens of Knoxville, Chad E. Duty of Knoxville, David C. Harper of Kingston, Ronald D. Ott of Knoxville, John D. Rivard of Arlington, Va., Christopher S. Murray of San Diego, Cal., Susan L. Murray of San Diego, Cal., and Andre R. Klein of San Diego, Cal.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,778,226, entitled “Luminescent systems based on the isolation of conjugated PI systems and edge charge compensation with polar molecules on a charged nanostructured surface” invented by Ilia N. Ivanov of Knoxville, Alexander A. Puretzky of Knoxville, Bin Zhao of Oak Ridge, David B. Geohegan of Knoxville, Hui Hu of Oak Ridge and David J. Styers-Barnett of Indianapolis, Ind.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,778,219, entitled “Ionic liquids for separation of olefin-paraffin mixtures” invented by Sheng Dai of Knoxville, Huimin Luo of Knoxville and Jing-Fang Huang of Pingtung, Taiwan.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D709,011, entitled “Mirror bracket” invented by Jeff S. Bohanan of Powell, and William M. Reid of Knoxville, and assigned to Protomet Corporation of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,778,459, entitled “Corrosion resistant amorphous metals and methods of forming corrosion resistant amorphous metals” invented by Craig A. Blue of Knoxville, Joseph C. Farmer of Tracy, Cal., Frank M.G. Wong of Livermore, Cal., Jeffery J. Haslam of Livermore, Cal., Nancy Yang of Lafayette, Cal., Enrique J. Lavernia of Davis, Cal., Olivia A. Graeve of Reno, Nev., Robert Bayles of Annandale, Va., John H. Perepezko of Madison, Wis., Larry Kaufman of Brookline, Mass., Julie Schoenung of Davis, Cal., and Leo Ajdelsztajn of Walnut Creek, Cal., and assigned to Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC, of Livermore, Cal., The Regents of the University of California of Oakland, Cal., and Sandia Corporation of Albuquerque, N.M.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,778,372, entitled “Dual-action pest control formulation and method” invented by Jeffrey D. Lloyd of Rockford, John T. Murphy of Rockford and David Ashley Ezell of Rockford and assigned to Nisus Corporation of Rockford.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,778,175, entitled “Water filter system” invented by E. Neal Caldwell of Knoxville and John Kevin Hodges of Powell and assigned to E. Neal Caldwell of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,777,289, entitled “Apparatus attachment system” invented by Davey Joe Jones of Vonore, Gordon Dale Cooley of Morristown, Ray Miller of Vonore, and Jimmy Akins of Vonore and assigned to CVG Management Corporation of New Albany, Ohio.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,777,070, entitled “Spare tire carrier” invented by Joseph S. Moore of Rockwood, and Frank Bruno of Rockwood, and assigned to JF Products, LP of Rockwood.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,777,041, entitled “Locking lid container” invented by Glenn H. Morris, Jr., of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,804, entitled “Litter disposal device” invented by Eric L. Zeanah of Knoxville and Wilmer Odom of Midlothian, Va., and assigned to Philip Morris USA Inc. of Richmond, Va.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,787, entitled “Adaptor and breathing assist device using the same” invented by Eddie Dewayne Jenkins of Chattanooga and assigned to Eddie Dewayne Jenkins of Chattanooga and Reta June Standefer of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,770, entitled “Bow with adjustable limbs” invented by Richard Batdorf of Dunlap and assigned to Archery America, L.L.C., of DeQuincy, La.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,731, entitled “Canine odor recognition training system” invented by Paul E. Curtis of Loudon and Gary A. Arden of Lenoir City.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,703, entitled “Yarn color placement system” invented by Wilton Hall of Ringgold, Ga., and Kendall Johnston of Dalton, Ga., and assigned to Card-Monroe Corp. of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,670, entitled “Piston assembly” invented by Mike L. Wilder of Morristown, Michael T. Lapp of Bloomfield, Mich., Grace Zhao of Novi, Mich., and Dieter Gabriel of Highland, Mich., and assigned to Mahle International Gmbh of Gr. Brit.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,443, entitled “Refrigerated display case door” invented by Craig Bienick of Jenison, Mich., and assigned to Gemtron Corporation of Sweetwater.

West Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,777,947, entitled “Telescoping IM nail and actuating mechanism” invented by Daniel C. Zahrly of Germantown, David L. Evans of Bartlett and Sied W. Janna of Memphis.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,777,911, entitled “Wound dressing of continuous fibers” invented by David G. Heagle of Taunton, Mass., Kevin Corley of Reading, Mass., and Kristin L. Watson of North Attleboro, Mass.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,777,017, entitled “Apparatus and method for filter cleaning by ultrasound, backwashing and filter movement during the filtration of biological samples” invented by Stephen Curran of York, Gr. Brit.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,781,858, entitled “System and method for scheduling travel on a charter transport” invented by Bryan M. Eagle, III of Memphis, and assigned to Fly Vector Ltd of London, Gr. Brit.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,780,345, entitled “Spatially-selective disks, submillimeter imaging devices, methods of submillimeter imaging, profiling scanners, spectrometry devices, and methods of spectrometry” invented by Orges Furxhi of Memphis and Eddie L. Jacobs of Memphis and assigned to The University of Memphis Research Foundation of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,779,279, entitled “Integrated wiring member for solar cell module, solar cell module using the same and manufacturing methods thereof” invented by Moritaka Nakamura of Memphis and assigned to Sharp Kabushiki Kaisha of Osaka, Japan.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,779,244, entitled “Soybean variety XBP55002” invented by Mark J. Hood of Memphis and assigned to Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc., of Johnston, Iowa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,778,024, entitled “Tensioned meniscus prosthetic devices and associated methods” invented by Avraham Shterling of Yarkona, Israel, Eran Linder-Ganz of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Amir Danino of Tel Aviv, Israel, and assigned to Active Implants Corporation of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,777,305, entitled “Multifunction chair convertible from office chair to floor rocker and stool” invented by James N. Jannetides of Fishers, Ind., and Adam Anderson of Indianapolis, Ind., and assigned to J Squared, Inc., of Greenfield.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,777,064, entitled “Hand sanitizing door opener” invented by Keith Dawson Williams of Germantown and Dawson Allen Williams of Austin, Tex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,846, entitled “Wallet card retrieval slip” invented by Melanie Thompson of Germantown and Susan Black of Germantown.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,453, entitled “Easy-to-build modular steel storm shelter” invented by Phil Fain of Jackson.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,776,368, entitled “Integrated hydraulic hybrid drive module and method of installing same” invented by Clive R. Hindle of Memphis and assigned to Parker-Hannifin Corp. of Cleveland, Ohio.


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