Patent Patrol: 13 August 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a fireplace screen, an air compressor, and more…

Middle Tennessee

Gibson Brands, Inc., of Nashville had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,802,961, entitled “Wireless foot-operated effects pedal for electric stringed musical instrument” invented by Henry E. Juszkiewicz of Nashville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,802,959, entitled “Variable resonant bifilar single coil magnetic pickup” invented by Stephen Eric Mills of Granger, Ind.

BHA Altair, LLC, of Franklin had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,801,933, entitled “Membrane distillation modules using oleophobically and antimicrobially treated microporous membranes” invented by Vishal Bansal of Overland Park, Kan., and Christopher Keller of Overland Park, Kan.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,801,826, entitled “Pre-filter or coalescer mounted on pulse cartridge tripod” invented by Etienne Rene Pascal Jarrier of Basingstoke, Gr. Brit.

Innovative Hearth Products LLC of Nashville had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,800,547, entitled “Refractory panel for a fireplace” invented by Joseph A. Benedetti of Nashville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,800,546, entitled “Fireplace screen” invented by Brian Fowler of Christiana and Paul Dusky of Greenbrier.

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,805,764, entitled “Battery drain analysis and prediction for wireless devices” invented by Christopher Morgan of Nashville, Jeffrey Rhines of San Antonio, Tex., Cory Adams of San Antonio, Tex., Glen Tregoning of San Francisco, Cal., Heather Lee Wilson of San Francisco, Cal., Michael Ballou of Irvine, Cal., Nathanial Beck of San Mateo, Cal., Richard Reybok of San Mateo, Cal., Shawn O’Donnell of Long Beach, Cal., and Lindsay Thompson of San Mateo, Cal., and assigned to Asurion, LLC of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,803,683, entitled “System, method, and device for measuring and reporting changing levels of liquids in storage tanks” invented by Benjamin A. Schnitz of Nashville, Claude T. Masters of Jupiter, Fla., and George D. Survant of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., and assigned to TrackPoint Systems, LLC, of Nashville and Florida Power & Light Company of Juno Beach, Fla.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,801,860, entitled “Method and kit for restoring a vehicle headlight lens” invented by Thomas M. Wall of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,801,031, entitled “Inflatable restraint deployment ramp” invented by James Zucal of Novi, Mich., and assigned to Nissan North America, Inc., of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,834, entitled “Fastener driving apparatus” invented by Christopher Pedicini of Nashville and John Witzigreuter of Canton, Ga., and assigned to Tricord Solutions, Inc., of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,766 entitled “Sharps container for removing and containing blades from round scalpel handles” invented by Tonya Fambrough of Dickson and Dan Sandel of Malibu, Cal., and assigned to Ansell Limited of Victoria, Austl.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,496 entitled “Self-cleaning pre-filter for a water circulation pump” invented by Stephen D. Roche of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,309, entitled “Method of automatically detecting an anomalous condition relative to a nominal operating condition in a vapor compression system” invented by Scott Robert Littler of Nashville, Paul Robert Buda of Raleigh, N.C., and Roy Stephen Colby of Raleigh, N.C., and assigned to Schneider Electric USA, Inc., of Palatine, Ill.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,233, entitled “Mat connecting system” invented by Conrad Jay Thompson of Nashville, Gary Donald MacDowell of Nashville, Chad Alan Lind of Nashville, Mejia Jose Guadalupe of Nashville and Gary Lynn Heartsfield of Bedford, Tex., and assigned to Dollamur LP of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. D710,980, entitled “Portable storage shelf” invented by Bernard Pollard, Jr., of Overland Park, Kan., and assigned to BJMP, LLC, of Nashville.

East Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. 8,804,898, entitled “Special nuclear material simulation device” invented by John H. Leckey of Knoxville, Amy DeMint of Kingston, Jack Gooch of Seymour, Todd Hawk of Knoxville, Chris A. Pickett of Clinton, Chris Blessinger of Knoxville and Robbie L. York of Kingston and assigned to Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12, LLC of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,804,488, entitled “Endpoint-based parallel data processing in a parallel active messaging interface of a parallel computer” invented by Brian E. Smith of Knoxville, Charles J. Archer of Rochester, Minn., Michael A. Blocksome of Rochester, Minn., and Joseph D. Ratterman of Seattle, Wash., and assigned to International Business Machines Corporation of Armonk, N.Y.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,803,692, entitled “Docking system and apparatus to track and stimulate an animal” invented by Aaron Russell of Knoxville and Brent Andrew Goetzl of Orinda, Cal., and assigned to Radio Systems Corporation of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,802,597, entitled “Herbicidal pyrimidines” invented by Gregory Russell Armel of Knoxville, David Alan Clark of Landenberg, Pa., Bruce Lawrence Finkelstein of Newark, Del., and Vernon Arie Wittenbach of Wilmington, Del., and assigned to E I du Pont de Nemours and Company of Wilmington, Del.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,802,238, entitled “Optical compensation films based on fluoropolymers” invented by Brian King of Jonesborough, Ted Germroth of Kingsport, Thauming Kuo of Kingsport, Xiaoliang Zheng of Hudson, Ohio, Dong Zhang of Uniontown, Ohio, Jiaokai Jing of Uniontown, Ohio, and Frank Harris of Boca Raton, Fla., and assigned to Akron Polymer Systems, Inc., of Akron, Ohio.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,802,041, entitled “Decontamination of radioactive metals” invented by David S. Eaker of Lenoir City and W. Novis Smith of Philadelphia, Pa., and assigned to Toxco, Inc., of Anaheim, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,801,718, entitled “Method of using a tendon tension device” invented by James Woodfin Kennedy of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,543, entitled “Diffusion cap burner for gas cooking appliance” invented by Russell L. Simms of Cleveland and Siu Hun P. Yam of Ooltewah and assigned to Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Mich.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,144, entitled “Method of assembling a two-piece twist lock piston” invented by Steve Walker of Talbott and Philip Vaden of Strawberry Plains and assigned to Mahle International GmbH of Germany.


West Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,801,727, entitled “Orthopedic suture passer and method” invented by Kwan-Ho Chan of Singapore, Singapore, M. Mary Sinnott of Logan, Utah, and Patrick Michel White of West Chester, Pa.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,801,685, entitled “Apparatuses and methods for negative pressure wound therapy” invented by Ed Armstrong of Palm Harbor, Fla., Iain Michael Blackburn of Cottingham, Gr. Brit., Robert Emmerson of Beverly, Gr. Brit., Steven Gianelis of Abington, Mass., Joseph Gordon of Mansfield, Mass., Mark Guarraia of Providence, R.I., Andrew Linton of Woodthorpe, Gr. Brit., Dan Nelsen of Warwick, R.I., Michael Salame of Norwich, Conn., Tim Stern of Belper, Gr. Brit., and Mark White of Norton, Gr. Brit.

International Paper Company of Memphis had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,801,899, entitled “Paperboards having improved bending stiffness and method for making same” invented by David V. Reed of Cincinnati, Ohio, and David A. Dyer of Mason, Ohio.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,800,850, entitled “Article-transport container” invented by Michael B. MacLeod of Romeoville, Ill.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. 8,805,745, entitled “Printing of computer-based value-bearing items” invented by John Michael Boswell of Collierville, Kyle Huebner of Manhattan Beach, Cal., Kenneth Thomas McBride of Hermosa Beach, Cal., John Roland Clem of Hermosa Beach, Cal., and J.P. Leon of Marina del Rey, Cal., and assigned to Inc. of El Segundo, Cal.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,801,793, entitled “Interbody containment implant” invented by William F. McKay of Memphis and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,801,790, entitled “Intervertebral disc augmentation and rehydration with superabsorbent polymers” invented by Hai H. Trieu of Cordova and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,801,788, entitled “Expandable medical implant” invented by Michael Merves of Memphis and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,802, entitled “Stackable container with selectable partitions” invented by Scott Martin of Germantown.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,752, entitled “Portable continuous feed delivery system and method of use” invented by David W. Sammons of Union City and Donald G. Bruce of Whiteville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,800,169, entitled “Cushioned orthotic” invented by Harold A. Howlett of Horn Lake, Bin Xia of Germantown and Phillip C. Yang of Memphis and assigned to MSD Consumer Care, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. D710,903, entitled “Air Compressor” invented by James Vintzel of Jackson and Stephen J. Vos of Jackson and assigned to Black & Decker Inc. of Newark, Del.

• U.S. Patent No. D710,902, entitled “Air Compressor” invented by James Vintzel of Jackson and Stephen J. Vos of Jackson and assigned to Black & Decker Inc. of Newark, Del.

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