Patent Patrol: 23 July 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a bottle, a medical screwdriver, and more…

Middle Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. 8,788,452, entitled “Computer assisted benchmarking system and method using induction based artificial intelligence” invented by Michael D. Stoneking of Akron, Ohio, and Olivier L. Curet of Cleveland, Ohio, and assigned to Deloitte Development LLC of Hermitage.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,698, entitled “Surface structures for enhancement of quantum yield in broad spectrum emission nanocrystals” invented by James R. McBride of Nashville, Sandra J. Rosenthal of Nashville and Michael A. Schreuder of Burnsville, Minn., and assigned to Vanderbilt University of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,453, entitled “Dynamic spinal stabilization system” invented by Melvin Law of Brentwood.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,012, entitled “Systems and methods for particle focusing in microchannels” invented by Jon F. Edd of Franklin, Mehmet Toner of Wellesley, Mass., Dino DiCarlo of Los Angeles, Cal., and Daniel Irimia of Charlestown, Mass., and assigned to The General Hospital Corporation of Boston, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,783,921, entitled “Light housing for vehicle glove box” invented by Chad Kwolek of Hartland, Mich., and assigned to Nissan North America, Inc., of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,782,973, entitled “Skylight guard” invented by Kristina M. Everingham of Murfreesboro and Thomas G. Coop of Goodlettsville and assigned to EverCo, LLC, of Murfreesboro.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,782,812, entitled “Waterproof breathable garment with tape-free seams” invented by James P. Lenox of Kansas City, Mo., and Vishal Bansai of Overland Park, Kan., and assigned to BHA Altair, LLC, of Franklin.


East Tennessee

University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,789,211 entitled “Mode-synthesizing atomic force microscopy and mode-synthesizing sensing” invented by Ali Passian of Knoxville, Thomas George Thundat of Knoxville and Laurene Tetard of Knoxville (and also assigned to UT-Battelle, LLC, of Oak Ridge.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,788,215, entitled “Methods of associating an unknown biological specimen with a family” invented by John Douglas Birdwell of Oak Ridge, Tse-Wei Wang of Oak Ridge, Dale V. Stansberry of Oak Ridge and Ranajit Chakraborty of Fort Worth, Tex.

Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport had three patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,785,697, entitled “Nickel modified catalyst for the production of hydroxy ether hydrocarbons by vapor phase hydrogenolysis of cyclic acetals and ketals” invented by Brent Alan Tennant of Kingsport, Charles Edwan Sumner, Jr. of Kingsport, Damon Ray Billodeaux of Longview, Tex., and Thomas James Devon of Longview, Tex.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,785,686, entitled “Process for recovering and recycling an acid catalyst” invented by Scott Donald Barnicki of Kingsport, Stephen Neal Falling of Kingsport, Jeffrey Scott Kanel of Kingsport, Robert Sterling Kline of Kingsport, Peter Borden Mackenzie of Kingsport and Andrew James Vetter of Kingsport.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,784,989, entitled “Sealant compositions having a novel plasticizer” invented by Mark R. Kettner of Kingsport, Russell Lynn Whitson of Kingsport, James Duncan Pont of Jonesborough, Mark Stephen Holt of Huntersville, N.C., and Martin James Stimpson of Malborough, Gr. Brit.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,788,496, entitled “Visual organization of information via associated geospatial data” invented by William Quintrell of Chattanooga, George Derrick Darby, Jr. of Dunwoody, Ga., and Mark Smith of Ringgold, Ga., and assigned to Trimble Navigation Limited of Sunnyvale, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,787,970, entitled “Eyeglasses with electronic components” invented by Peter Warren of Chattanooga and assigned to Oakley, Inc., of Foothill Ranch, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,787,738, entitled “In-line duct supplemental heating and cooling device and method” invented by Eric P. Mulder of Caledonia, Mich., and assigned to TPI Corporation of Gray.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,786,364, entitled “Gain enhancement for cascode structure” invented by Franklin Murden of Roan Mountain, and assigned to Analog Devices, Inc. of Norwood, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,785,627, 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. 8,785,526, entitled “Polyoxymethylene fibers in concrete” invented by Arvind Karandikar of Morristown, Steven Bassetti of Cincinnati, Ohio, Robert M. Gronner of Erlanger, Ky, Thomas Heyer of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Hanno Hueckstaedt of Kelkheim, F.R.G., and assigned to Ticona LLC of Florence, KY.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,761, entitled “Single absorber vessel to capture CO.sub.2” invented by Sanjay K. Dube of Knoxville, Rameshawar S. Hiwale of Knoxville, David J. Muraskin of Knoxville, and Peter U. Koss of Zollikon, P.R.C., and assigned to ALSTOM Technology Ltd. of Baden, P.R.C.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,559, entitled “Method and apparatus for continuous crystal growth” invented by James L. Corbeil of Knoxville, Troy Marlar of Knoxville and Piotr Szupryczynski of Knoxville and assigned to Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., of Malvern, Pa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,514, entitled “Carpet fuel processing boiler” invented by Reese Edward Graves, Jr. of Cleveland, John Daniel Hall of Trion, Ga., Garrett Townsend Hicks, Jr. of Cohutta, Ga., and Gregory Glenn Wimpy of Cartersville, Ga., and assigned to Columbia Insurance Company of Omaha, Neb.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,431, entitled “Medical screwdriver” invented by Benjamin G. Harder of Knoxville and Michael J. Brow of Knoxville and assigned to Choice Spine, LP, of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,253, entitled “Transmission ratio variable device” invented by Satoshi Motoyama of Knoxville, Hitoshi Sasaki of Chiryu, Japan, Tomonari Yamakawa of Aichi, Japan, and Masanori Natsume of Toyokawa, Japan and assigned to JTEKT Corporation of Osaka-shi, Japan.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,783,593, entitled “Material reduction machine” invented by Arnold Neil Peterson of Eugene, Ore., and Bradley Simon Harness of Springfield, Ore., and assigned to Astec Industries, Inc., of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,783,180, entitled “Portable manually operable printing proofer” invented by Timothy Darren Livingston of Corryton and Anthony Gene Donato of Fort Mill, S.C., and assigned to Harper Corporation of America of Charlotte, N.C.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,783,017, entitled “System, method, and apparatus to engage alternate reductant in a NO.sub.x reduction system” invented by Zheng Liu of Knoxville, Aleksey Yezerets of Columbus, Ind., Neal W. Currier of Columbus, Ind., and J. Stephen Wills of Columbus, Ind., and assigned to Cummins Inc. of Columbus, Ind.

West Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,784,427, entitled “Orthopedic guide and method” invented by Thomas Wade Fallin of Hyde Park, Utah, M. Mary Sinnott of Logan, Utah, and Patrick Michel White of West Chester, Pa.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,784,426, entitled “Double-loop endobutton, ovoid tunnel guide, and method of ACL re-construction using the ovoid tunnel guide and the double-loop endobutton” invented by Graham Smith of Newburyport, Mass., and Anastasios Dimitrios Georgoulis of Loannina, Greece.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,784,425, entitled “Systems and methods for identifying landmarks on orthopedic implants” invented by Nicholas S. Ritchey of Collierville, Henry B. Faber of Memphis, Nathaniel Kelley Grusin of Germantown, James K. Rains of Cordova, Gene Edward Austin of Bartlett, Tobias Schwagli of Solothurn, P.R.C., and William M. Ricci of Richmond Heights, Mo.

4. U.S. Patent No. 8,784,392, entitled “System for providing continual drainage in negative pressure wound therapy” invented by Mark A. Vess of Hanson, Mass., Chirag B. Shah of North Attleboro, Mass., Richard M. Braga of North Easton, Mass., and David R. Swisher of St. Charles, Mo.

International Paper Co. of Memphis had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,783,551, entitled “Hammer-lock container” invented by Jack A. McClure of Omaha, Neb.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,783,461, entitled “Collapsible bulk bin container” invented by John Benjamin Hill of Chicago, Ill., and David Fred Kari of Bloomingdale, Ill.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. RE45,022, entitled “Bottle” invented by Heidi N. Graham of Cordova, Kimberly Lyn McCormack of Maplewood, N.J., and Laura Ann Flanagan-Kent of Decatur, Ga., and assigned to MSD Consumer Care, Inc. of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,785,776, entitled “Methods and systems for coupling busway components” invented by Steven English Richard of Selmer, and Mariusz Duda of Windsor Locks, Conn., and assigned to General Electric Company of Schenectady, N.Y.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,807, entitled “Method of inhibiting regulatory T-cell activity by administering an antibody that inhibits interleukin 35” invented by Dario Vignali of Germantown, Creg Workman of Memphis, Lauren Collison of Memphis and Kate Vignali of Germantown and assigned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,628, entitled “E-coating method for archery bow components” invented by Louis Grace, Jr. of North Street, Mich., and Nathaniel E. Grace of Port Huron, Mich., and assigned to Grace Engineering Corp. of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,613, entitled “Method and composition for enzymatic treatment of fiber for papermaking, and paper products made therewith” invented by Stephen D. Bryant of Memphis, Kevin J. MacDonald of Memphis, Bernard Janse of Memphis, Xiangdong Zhou of Memphis, Philip Hoekstra of Memphis and Daniel E. Glover of Memphis and assigned to Buckman Laboratories International, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,420, entitled “Surgical instruments for cutting elongated elements and methods of use” invented by Bradley Steele of Germantown and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,784,393, entitled “Dressing” invented by Richard Scott Weston of Encinitas, Cal., Tim DeMuro of Tulsa, Okla., Tianning Xu of Duluth, Ga., Farhad Bybordi of Pompano Beach, Fla., Edward Yerbury Hartwell of Hull, Gr. Brit., Derek Nicolini of Brough, Gr. Brit., and Kristian David Hall of Hull, Gr. Brit., and assigned to BlueSky Medical Group, Inc., of Memphis and Smith & Nephew PLC of London, Gr. Brit.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,783,908, entitled “Multimode flashlight having light emitting diodes” invented by Barbara R. Gross of Memphis and Danny Joe Holmes of Collierville and assigned to PowerTech, Inc., of Collierville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,783,244, 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 Rey, Cal.


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