Patent Patrol: 9 July 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a bottle, a guitar with a double carve sound board, and more…

Middle Tennessee

Vanderbilt University of Nashville had three patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,772,509, entitled “Indole compounds as positive allosteric modulators of the muscarinic receptor” invented by Craig W. Lindsley of Brentwood, P. Jeffrey Conn of Brentwood, Michael R. Wood of Brentwood, James C. Tarr of Nashville and Thomas M. Bridges of Nashville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,771,754, entitled “Use of GSK3 inhibitors in combination with radiation therapies” invented by Dennis E. Hallahan of Nashville.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,771,290, entitled “Microstereotactic table” invented by Jason E. Mitchell of Greenbrier, Robert F. Labadie of Bozeman and J. Michael Fitzpatrick of Nashville.

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D708,542, entitled “Jewelry” invented by James Dwight Smith of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,775,828, entitled “Power control system for mobile workstation and method” invented by Gary Coonan of Rockvale, Ary Inthaluxay of Murfreesboro and Dean A. Werthman of Murfreesboro.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,775,439, entitled “Identifying entities using search results” invented by Thomas A. Lasko of Nashville, Andrew Tomkins of San Jose, Cal., Michael Angelo of San Francisco, Cal., Matthew K. Gray of Reading, Mass., Russell Ryan of Cambridge, Mass., Namrata U. Godbole of Cambridge, Mass., and Roni F. Zeiger of Mountain View, Cal., and assigned to Google Inc. of Mountain View, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,774,832, entitled “System and method for wireless communications activity within a predetermined area and for generating messages to selected communication devices” invented by Winton Durrett Batson, Jr., of Brentwood and assigned to AT&T Mobility II LLC of Atlanta, Ga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,774,384, entitled “Disposable telephone numbers” invented by Terry R. Droke of Lyles, Randy McDonald, Sr. of Roswell, Ga., Odie Garrison of Alpharetta, Ga., and James Carlton Bedingfield of Lilburn, Ga., and assigned to AT&T Intellectual Property I, L.P. of Atlanta, Ga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,774,056, entitled “Automated device discovery on a network” invented by Bruce Arthur Lueckenhoff of Brentwood, Robert Clay Jennings of Smyrna, Aaron Michael Dudley of Rockvale and Michael William Pyle of Hermitage and assigned to Schneider Electric USA, Inc., of Palatine, Ill.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,772,613, entitled “Guitar with double carve sound board” invented by Richard Gembar of Mt. Juliet and assigned to Gibson Brands, Inc.,  of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,826, entitled “Mineral composition” invented by Richard Brann of Franklin, Randall P. Downing of Monteagle and Robert H. Whitaker of Cleveland, Ga., and assigned to L Hoist North America, Inc., of Fort Worth, Tex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,728, entitled “Stable lipid-comprising drug delivery complexes and methods for their production” invented by Xiang Gao of Nashville, Leaf Huang of Durham, N.C., and Frank L. Sorgi of Sonoma, Cal., and assigned to University of Pittsburgh – Of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education of Pittsburgh, Pa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,611, entitled “Adjustable wheelchair handrim with movable friction band” invented by W. Mark Richter of Antioch.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,433, entitled “Vibratory tray conveyor and method” invented by David Bone of Nashville, Gerald A. Sus of Frankfort, Ill., Glenn Schackmuth of Montgomery, Ill., Craig Conley of Oswego, Ill., Ron Dorsten of Oak Brook, Ill., Henry T. Ewald of Roselle, Ill., Jenny M. Hong of Palatine, Ill., and Brian Rudesill of Hudson, Wis., and assigned to Restaurant Technology, Inc., of Oak Brook, Ill.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,409, entitled “Dual pack container” invented by J. Michael Cude of College Grove and assigned to Coeur, Inc., of Lebanon.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,769,885, entitled “Awning brackets and panel” invented by Dennis Lamotte of Ashland City.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,769,751, entitled “Method of attaching a traction cleat to a shoe mounted receptacle” invented by Rand J. Krikorian of Brentwood, John Robert Burt of Chandler, Ariz., and Lee Paul Shuttleworth of Birmingham, Gr. Brit., and assigned to Pride Manufacturing Company, LLC, of Brentwood.


East Tennessee

Benny Marney of Rockwood had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. D708,538, entitled “Miniature buck grunt call.”

2. U.S. Patent No. D708,537, entitled “Miniature duck call.”

Radio Systems Corporation of Knoxville had three patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. D708,418, entitled “Dog bone chew consumable” invented by Brad Allen of Stillwell, Kan.

2. U.S. Patent No. D708,417, entitled “Dog bone chew consumable” invented by Brad Allen of Stillwell, Kan.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,770,147, entitled “Animal watering device” invented by Sean Rowe of Reno, Nev.

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,775,428, entitled “Method and apparatus for predicting object properties and events using similarity-based information retrieval and modeling” invented by J. Douglas Birdwell of Oak Ridge, Tse-Wei Wang of Oak Ridge, David J. Icove of Knoxville, Sally P. Horn of Knoxville, Roger Horn of Knoxville, Dale V. Stansberry of Oak Ridge and Mark S. Rader of Huntsville, Ala., (and also assigned to The United States of America as Represented by the Secretary of the Army of Washington, D.C.).

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,775,427, entitled “Method and apparatus for predicting object properties and events using similarity-based information retrieval and modeling” invented by J. Douglas Birdwell of Oak Ridge, Tse-Wei Wang of Oak Ridge, David J. Icove of Knoxville and Sally P. Horn of Knoxville.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,775,097, entitled “Automated decision support for 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.

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,771,439, entitled “Titanium aluminide intermetallic alloys with improved wear resistance” invented by Jun Qu of Knoxville, Hua-Tay Lin of Oak Ridge, Peter J. Blau of Knoxville and Vinod K. Sikka of Oak Ridge.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,771,402 entitled “Membrane based apparatus for measurement of volatile particles” invented by Meng-Dawn Cheng of Oak Ridge and Steve L. Allman of Knoxville.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,774,407, entitled “System and method for executing encrypted binaries in a cryptographic processor” invented by Mark W. Eklund of Knoxville, Jared B. Pendleton of Knoxville, Richard Brian Livingston of Knoxville, Steve Joseph Rich of Maryville, and Robert T. Bell of Bountiful, Utah and assigned to Cisco Technology, Inc., of San Jose, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,772,513, entitled “Oxidation process to produce a crude dry carboxylic acid product” invented by Mesfin Ejerssa Janka of Kingsport, Kenny Randolph Parker of Afton, Ashfaq Shahanawaz Shaikh of Kingsport and Lee Reynolds Partin of Kingsport and assigned to Eastman Chemical Company of Kingsport.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,544, entitled “Stair tower module” invented by Larry James Hopper of Soddy Daisy.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,621, entitled “Variable orifice construction” invented by Douglas Earl Overton of Knoxville, James Michael Rose of Knoxville and Rebekah Lyn Locke Reid of Lenoir City and assigned to ARC Automotive Inc. of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,530, entitled “Adjustable accessory bracket assembly” invented by Jeff Bohanan of Powell and Charles Reeves of Knoxville and assigned to Protomet Corporation of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,769,887, entitled “Hold down clip and wall system” invented by Ray A. Proffitt, Jr., of Clinton.


West Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. D708,523, entitled “Bottle” invented by Matthew Allen Topinka of Collierville, Michael P. Tune of Arlington, John Biscoff of Austintown, Ohio, and Christopher S. Vowells of Chatham, N.J., and assigned to MSD Consumer Care, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,775,279, entitled “Payroll receipt using a trustee account systems and methods” invented by Richard Jackman of Collierville, Mark Herrington of Memphis and Mark V. Putman of Memphis and assigned to Money Network Financial, LLC, of Cordova.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,774,972, entitled “Intelligent pump system” invented by Jason Ballard of Burlison, Dennis M. Rusnak of Miamisburg, Ohio, and Roger S. Turley of Springboro, Ohio, and assigned to Flowserve Management Company of Irving, Tex.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,772,957, entitled “Power generating floating vessel” invented by John Herman Willingham of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,608, entitled “Substance detecting apparatus” invented by Timothy Lee Nowlin of Savannah.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,368, entitled “Interspinous bone implant device” invented by William F. McKay of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,317, entitled “Interspinous process implant and method of implantation” invented by Jeffrey Zhang of Collierville, Mingyan Liu of Bourg-la Reine, France and Loic Josse of Denens, P.R.C., and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,771,283, entitled “Guide assembly for intramedullary fixation and method of using the same” invented by Scott Larsen of Devon, Pa, Virak Tan of New Providence, N.J., and Mark J. Warburton of High Point, N.C., and assigned to Wright Medical Technology, Inc., of Arlington.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,431, entitled “Sauce tray and lid system for food container” invented by Chris Roeder of Collierville, Paul Glaser of Floyds Knobs, Ind., Susan E. Miles of Georgetown, Ind., and Rodney T. Stephenson of Leesburg, Fla., and assigned to KFC Corporation of Louisville, Ky.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,770,341, entitled “Compressor intake muffler and filter” invented by Mark W. Wood of Cedar Grove, Stephen J. Vos of Jackson and Scott D. Craig of Jackson and assigned to Black & Decker, Inc., of Newark, Del.


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