Patent Patrol: 30 July 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a pillow, a pharmaceutical cap, and more…


Middle Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. D709,958, entitled “United states map dart board with scorepad” invented by Susan E. Cavey of McMinnville and assigned to Susan E. Cavey of McMinnville.

* U.S. Patent No. D709,766, entitled “Pharmaceutical cap” invented by David A. Miceli of Reno, Nev., and Joseph A. Miceli of Spencer, and assigned to Tri State Distribution, Inc. of Sparta.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,782, entitled “Method for making glass frit powders using aerosol decomposition” invented by Jay Scott Schickling of Hendersonville, Michael F. Barker of Tokyo, Japan, John James Barnes of Hockessin, F.R.G., Rob Cockerill of Cary, N.C., Howard David Glicksman of Durham, N.C., Warren Harrell of Raleigh, N.C., James J. Krajewski of Somerville, N.J., Michele L. Ostraat of Jamison, Pa., and Barry Edward Taylor of Wake Forest, N.C., and assigned to E I du Pont de Nemours and Company of Wilmington, Del.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,650, entitled “Methods of using an antibody to inhibit WNT-mediated cardiac remodeling” invented by Ethan Lee of Brentwood, Pampee P. Young of Brentwood and Josiane Eid of Nashville and assigned to Vanderbilt University of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,148, entitled “Device and method for securely and safely connecting a person and their flotation device to a surface” invented by Janis Ehrat of Hendersonville and Kenneth Rothlisberger of Hudson, Fla.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,715, entitled “Collapsible storage container” invented by Daniel Shea of Farmington Hills, Mich., Tomohito Hashikawa of Farmington Hills, Mich., Martin Petersen of Farmington Hills, Mich., Angelo Parisi of Farmington Hills, Mich., Hugh Francis of Farmington Hills, Mich., and Kelly Schlotterer of Farmington Hills, Mich., and assigned to Nissan North America, Inc. of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,330, entitled “Door with glass insert and method for assembling the same” invented by Danny Lee Fitts of Bon Aqua, Steven Lynch of St. Charles, Ill., Jason Caulk of St. Charles, Ill., Jason M. Walsh of Batavia, Ill., Mark A. Ruggie of Franklin Park, Ill., Timothy D. Gouge of Elgin, Ill., Gary Thomas Fagan of Huntersville, N.C., Eric Duane Bennett of Huntersville, N.C., and Haritha Wunnava of Charlotte, N.C., and assigned to Masonite Corporation of Tampa, Fla.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,297, entitled “Disposable shoe cover for bowling” invented by Sean Doyle of Brentwood and Jaime Settles of Brentwood.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,238, entitled “Rotatable coupling for steering vacuum cleaner” invented by Steven Wayne Myers of Buffalo Valley and assigned to Techtronic Floor Care Technology Limited of Tortola, Virgin Is.


East Tennessee

Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,791,278, entitled “Oxidation process to produce a crude and/or purified carboxylic acid product” invented by Ashfaq Shaikh of Kingsport, Mesfin Ejerssa Janka of Kingsport, David Milton Lange of Blountville, Michael C. Morrow of Kingsport, Bradford Russell Bowers of Chuckey, Kenny Randolph Parker of Afton, Lee Reynolds Partin of Kingsport, Jason Christopher Jenkins of Kingsport, Paula Moody of Johnson City, Thomas Elbert Shanks of Piney Flats and Charles Edwan Sumner, Jr. of Kingsport.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,791,277, entitled “Oxidation process to produce a crude and/or purified carboxylic acid product” invented by Ashfaq Shaikh of Kingsport, Mesfin Ejerssa Janka of Kingsport, David Milton Lange of Blountville, Michael C. Morrow of Kingsport, Bradford Russell Bowers of Chuckey, Kenny Randolph Parker of Afton, Lee Reynolds Partin of Kingsport, and Charles Edwan Sumner, Jr. of Kingsport.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D709,987, entitled “Cooling nozzle” invented by Michael Robinson of Powell.

* U.S. Patent No. D709,715, entitled “Pillow” invented by Lauren Christi Gatto of Johnson City and assigned to Tempur-Pedic Management, LLC of Lexington, Ky.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,793,488, entitled “Detection of embedded resource location data” invented by Jeff Forristal of Elizabethton, and assigned to Zscaler, Inc., of San Jose, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,791,514, entitled “Providing variable cell density and sizes in a radiation detector” invented by Ronald Grazioso of Knoxville, Nan Zhang of Knoxville and Debora Henseler of Erlangen, F.R.G., and assigned to Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Inc., of Malvern, Pa., and Siemens Aktiengesellschaft of Munich, F.R.G.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,791,243, entitled “Treatment and prophylaxis of amyloidosis” invented by Jonathan Wall of Knoxville, Dale B. Schenk of Burlingame, Cal., Peter A. Seubert of San Francisco, Cal., and Jose Saldanha of Middlesex, Gr. Brit., and assigned to Onclave Therapeutics Limited of Dublin, Ir.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,791,187, entitled “Aluminum/alkyline or alkali/titanium containing polyesters having improved reheat, color and clarity” invented by Donna Rice Quillen of Kingsport, Rodney Scott Armentrout of Kingsport, Mary Therese Jernigan of Kingsport, Steven Lee Stafford of Gray and Zhiyong Xia of Gaithersburg, Md., and assigned to Grupo Petrotemex, S.A. de C.V. of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,902, entitled “Microorganisms having enhanced tolerance to inhibitors and stress” invented by Steven D. Brown of Knoxville and Shihui Yang of Knoxville and assigned to UT-Battelle, LLC, of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,899, entitled “Real-time PCR assays for rapid detection and differentiation of the Clostridium botulinum toxin genes A, B, E, and F” invented by David O. Pickett of Knoxville, Richard A. Robison of Provo, Utah, and Ben Satterfield of Webster, Tex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,605, entitled “Method for removal of carbon dioxide from a process gas” invented by Arlyn V. Petig of Knoxville and Frederic Z. Kozak of Knoxville and assigned to ALSTOM Technology Ltd of Baden, P.R.C.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,601, entitled “Oxidation system with sidedraw secondary reactor” invented by Ashfaq Shaikh of Kingsport and David Lange of Blountville and assigned to Grupo Petrotemex, S.A. de C.V. of San Pedro Garza Garcia, Mex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,453, entitled “Advanced intercooling and recycling in CO.sub.2 absorption” invented by Barath Baburao of Knoxville and Craig Norman Schubert of Lake Jackson, Tex., and assigned to Alstom Technology Ltd. of Baden, P.R.C., and Dow Global Technologies LLC of Midland, Mich.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,089, entitled “Compressor speed control system for bearing reliability” invented by Bruce A. Moody of Kingsport, Jerry D. Edwards of Bristol, Tim M. Wampler of Bluff City, John W. Tolbert, Jr., of Bristol, and Eugene K. Chumley of Abingdon, Va., and assigned to Bristol Compressors International, Inc., of Bristol, Va.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,034, entitled “Golf tee insertion depth marker” invented by Daniel R. Schumaier of Elizabethton.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,710, entitled “Glass sheet transport rack” invented by Daniel R. Moore of Knoxville and Steve Sparks of Knoxville and assigned to Moore Freight Service, Inc., of Mascot.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,349, entitled “Bitless Bridle with double cross under reinstraps” invented by Jefferson Aaron Drumm of Signal Mountain and assigned to Jefferson Aaron Drumm of Signal Mountain.


West Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,791,315, entitled “Systems and methods for using negative pressure wound therapy to manage open abdominal wounds” invented by James D. Lattimore of Safety Harbor, Fla., and Michael B. Mosholder of Palm Harbor, Fla.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,790,412, entitled “Containment system for constraining a prosthetic component” invented by Terry McLean of Cordova.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,790,368, entitled “Tenodesis implant” invented by James J. Sullivan of Shrewsbury, Mass., and Richard M. Lunn of Kingston, Mass.

4. U.S. Patent No. 8,790,352 entitled “Ovoid tunnel guide and method of ACL reconstruction” invented by Graham Smith of Newburyport, Mass., Daniel B. Ellis of Holliston, Mass., Alexander John Gutteridge of Hemingford Abbots, Gr. Brit., and James Richard Robinson of Chippenham, Gr. Brit.

International Paper Company of Memphis had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,790,494, entitled “Paper with improved stiffness and bulk and method for making same” invented by Agne Swerin of Bandhagen, Sweden, Jay C. Song of Highland Mills, New York, Ladislav Bednarik of Loveland, Ohio, Peter F. Lee of Auckland, N.Z., Michael C. Herman of Monroe, N.Y., and Sen Yang of Highland Mills, N.Y.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,789,704, entitled “Shipping and display container” invented by James Walter Nowak of Elk Grove Village, Ill.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D709,929, entitled “Transparent chuted ice container” invented by Greg M. Corlew of Pinson and Robert G. Evans of Jackson.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,791,158, entitled “Methods of treating meibomian gland dysfunction” invented by James T. Dalton of Lakeland and Jeetendra Eswaraka of Carlsbad, Cal., and assigned to GTX, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,677, entitled “Device and method for the vacuum infusion of a porous medical implant” invented by William F. McKay of Memphis and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,790,350, entitled “Instrument for preparing an implant support surface and associated method” invented by Jared R. Shoup of Cordova, Daren L. Deffenbaugh of Winona Lake, Ind., and Joseph P. Iannotti of Solon, Ohio, and assigned to Depuy Synthes Products, LLC, of Raynham, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,789,577, entitled “Portable collapsible modular background set and method of use” invented by Ellen Caldwell of Memphis.

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