Patent Patrol: 20 August 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: an armrest cover, a hearing assistance apparatus, and more…

Middle Tennessee

MSS, Inc., of Nashville had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,812,149, entitled “Sequential scanning of multiple wavelengths” invented by Arthur G. Doak of Nashville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,718, entitled “Optical wire sorting” invented by Arthur G. Doak of Nashville and Mitchell Gregg Roe of Franklin.

Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D711,362, entitled “Case for a phone” invented by Daniel Poon of Nashville and assigned to Griffin Technology, Inc., of Nashville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,813,228, entitled “Collective threat intelligence gathering system” invented by Joseph C. Magee of Prospect Park, Pa., Alison M. Andrews of New York, N.Y., Mark W. Nicholson of Colts Neck, N.J., Jonathon Lance James of Jersey City, N.J., Henry C. Li of New York, N.Y., Christopher L. Stevenson of Westfield, N.J., and Joel Lathrop of Jersey City, N.J., and assigned to Deloitte Development LLC of Hermitage.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,812,068, entitled “Method of nitriding niobium to form a superconducting surface” invented by Senthilaraja Singaravelu of Nashville, Michael J. Kelley of Newport News, Va., and John Michael Klopf of Hampton, Va., and assigned to Jefferson Science Associates, LLC, of Newport News, Va.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,810,146, entitled “Lighting device with circuit and method for detecting power converter activity” invented by Philip Walker of Manchester and Stephen D. Mays, II, of Madison, Ala., and assigned to Universal Lighting Technologies, Inc., of Madison, Ala.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,809,704, entitled “Cable termination systems and isolating apparatus for electrical power transmission conductors and methods using the same” invented by Steven Mitchell of Thompson Station, Owen Gregory of Apex, N.C., Edward O’Sullivan of Cary, N.C., and Sherif Kamel of Cary, N.C., and assigned to Tyco Electronics Corp. of Berwyn, Pa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,715, entitled “Methods and compositions for modulating keratinocyte function” invented by Xiangjian Zheng of Nashville, Wendy Bollinger Bollag of Martinez, Ga., and Xiaofeng Zhong of Augusta, Ga., and assigned to Georgia Regents Research Institute, Inc. of Atlanta, Ga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,591 entitled “Coextrusion fabrication method” invented by David J. Wills of Franklin, Prakash K. Mirchandani of Houston, Tex., Michale E. Waller of Huntsville, Ala., Jeffrey L. Weigold of Huntsville, Ala., and Billy D. Swearengin of New Hope, Ala., and assigned to Kennametal Inc. of Latrobe, Pa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,416, entitled “Filtration system and method of design” invented by Steve David Hiner of Salisbury, Gr. Brit., Paul Richardson of Waterlooville, Gr. Brit., and Paul Bryant of Amesbury, Gr. Brit., and assigned to BHA Altair, LLC, of Franklin.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,081, entitled “Multiplayer bingo with twin win intermediate award” invented by Noah Patrick Healy of Charlottesville, Va., and assigned to Video Gaming Technologies, Inc., of Brentwood.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,807,884, entitled “Tool holder for multiple differently-shaped cutting inserts” invented by X. Daniel Fang of Brentwood, Jean-Luc Dufour of Franklin and David J. Wills of Franklin and assigned to Kennametal Inc. of Latrobe, Pa.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,807,879, 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. 8,807,141, entitled “Conditioning process for tobacco and/or snuff compositions” invented by Scott A. Williams of Greenbrier, Jerry B. Elliott of Nashville, James C. Breslin of Zeeland, Mich., Frank Scott Atchley of Midlothian, Va., and Vernie A. Due of Kansas City, Mo., and assigned to U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company LLC of Richmond, Va.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,807,092, entitled “Gas fired modulating water heating appliance with dual combustion air premix blowers” invented by Jim C. Smelcer of Hermitage and assigned to Lochinvar, LLC, of Lebanon.


East Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,812,239, entitled “Method and system for real-time analysis of biosensor data” invented by Elias Greenbaum of Knoxville and Miguel Rodriguez, Jr., of Oak Ridge.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,810,640, entitled “Intrinsic feature-based pose measurement for imaging motion compensation” invented by Justin S. Baba of Knoxville and James Samuel Goddard, Jr., of Knoxville.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,110, entitled “High throughput parallel backside contacting and periodic texturing for high-efficiency solar cells” invented by Claus Daniel of Knoxville, Craig A. Blue of Knoxville and Ronald D. Ott of Knoxville.

Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport had four patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,594, entitled “Dual catalyst system for the self-condensation of alcohols” invented by David William Norman of Kingsport, Damon Ray Billodeaux of Longview, Tex., and Melissa Dawn Page of Gate City, Va.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,556, entitled “Oxidation process to produce a purified carboxylic acid product via solvent displacement and post oxidation” invented by Mesfin Ejerssa Janka of Kingsport, Kenny Randolph Parker of Afton, Paula Moody of Johnson City, Ashfaq Shaikh of Kingsport, Lee Reynolds Partin of Kingsport, Bradford Russell Bowers of Chuckey and Michael Charles Morrow of Kingsport.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,447, entitled “Acetoacetate-functional monomers and their uses in coating compositions” invented by John Thorton Maddox of Jonesborough and Stacey James Marsh of Church Hill.

4. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,446, entitled “Substituted 3-oxopentanoates and their uses in coating compositions” invented by John Thorton Maddox of Jonesborough and Robert Lee Eagan of Kingsport.

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,809,373, entitled “Pyridine non-classical cannabinoid compounds and related methods of use” invented by Steven Gurley of Memphis, Suni Mustafa of Memphis and Bob M. Moore, II of Nesbit, Miss.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,808,666 entitled “Peptides that specifically target amyloid deposits” invented by Jonathan Wall of Knoxville and Stephen J. Kennel of Kingston.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D711,229, entitled “Flow rate enhancement device” invented by Dillon D. George of Ooltewah.

* U.S. Patent No. D711,162, entitled “Cap and armrest cover” invented by Jack Wilson of Dayton and Brian Hall of Dayton.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,812,100, entitled “Device and method for self-positioning of a stimulation device to activate brown adipose tissue depot in a supraclavicular fossa region” invented by Jacob Crabtree of Hixson, James W. Voegele of Cincinnati, Ohio, Thoms E. Albrecht of Campbell, Cal., Tamara C. Baynham of Liberty Township, Ohio, David Cagle of East Hampton, Conn., Anthony R. DiUbaldi of Jackson, N.J., Jason L. Harris of Mason, Ohio, Michael A. Murray of Bellevue, Ky., and Mark S. Zeiner of Mason, Ohio, and assigned to Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., of Cincinnati, Ohio.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,811,642, entitled “Hearing assistance apparatus having single multipurpose control device and method of operation” invented by Daniel R. Schumaier of Johnson City.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,810,283, entitled “CMOS transistor linearization method” invented by Franklin M. Murden of Roan Mountain and Joseph M. Hensley of Lexington, N.C., and assigned to Analog Devices, Inc., of Norwood, Mass.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,809,614, entitled “Dental wound dressing” invented by Jerry M. Wilhoit of Greeneville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,759, entitled “Stabilized colloidal preparations, pre-mix and process for preparing skin care compositions, improved skin care composition, method for treating the skin” invented by Lisa Barnes of Ooltewah, Jason Sondgeroth of Ooltewah and Brittany Hale of Chattanooga and assigned to Chattem, Inc., of Chattanooga.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,512, entitled “Electrolyzer apparatus and method of making it” invented by Elias Greenbaum of Knoxville and Hydrogen Production Associates, Inc., of Knoxville and assigned to GTA, Inc., of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,807,941, entitled “Cross-over purge flow system for a turbomachine wheel member” invented by Matthew Ryan Ferslew of Johnston City, Narendra Are of Greenville, S.C., and Matthew Paul Forcier of Manchester, Conn., and assigned to General Electric Company of Schenectady, N.Y.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,807,089, entitled “Remotely activated reward dispenser” invented by Jeffrey Brown of Knoxville, Steven Schrick of Lenior City, Matthew Strong of Knoxville and John Rowlands of Powell and assigned to Radio Systems Corporation of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,806,967, entitled “Immersible oxygen sensor for molten metals” invented by Ascension Z. Villarreal, V. of Neuvo Leon, Mex., Paul A. Turner of Wauwatosa, Wis., and Richard A. Falk of Pompano Beach, Fla., and assigned to Keystone Sensors, LLC, of Johnson City.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,806,952, entitled “Measuring sports net tension” invented by David Ewing Glass of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,806,919, entitled “Leak detection apparatus and method” invented by George M. Solomon of Oak Ridge and Mark D. Boeckmann of Oak Ridge and assigned to Vacuum Technology Inc. of Oak Ridge.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,806,914 entitled “Target odor detection and security apparatus” invented by Freddie R. Brasfield of Oak Ridge.


West Tennessee

* U.S. Patent No. 8,809,616, entitled “Cellulosic fiber compositions having odor control and methods of making and using the same” invented by Zheng Tan of Mason, Ohio, Gopal C. Goyal of Mason, Ohio, and Linnea J. Shaver of Maineville, Ohio, and assigned to International Paper Company of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,501entitled “Methods for individualizing trichomes” invented by Kenneth Douglas Vinson of Toone and Teresa Jean Franklin of Saline, Mich., and assigned to The Proctor & Gamble Company of Cincinnati, Ohio.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,388, entitled “Constrained knee prosthesis” invented by Brian William McKinnon of Bartlett, Nathaniel Milton Lenz of Germantown, Scott Kennedy Laster of Memphis, Michael D. Ries of Tiburon, Cal., and Steven B. Haas of New York, N.Y., and assigned to Smith & Nephew, Inc., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,303, entitled “Orthopedic surgical guide” invented by Paul Stemniski of Arlington, Richard Obert of Germantown and Sarah Lancianese of Orlando, Fla., and assigned to Microport Orthopedics Holdings Inc. of Tiel, Neth.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,297, entitled “Orthopedic surgical guide” invented by Paul Stemniski of Arlington, Richard Obert of Germantown and Sarah Lancianese of Orlando, Fla., and assigned to Microport Orthopedics Holdings Inc. of Tiel, Neth.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,808,291, entitled “External fixator” invented by Shane M. Hollawell of Wall, N.J., and assigned to Wright Medical Technology, Inc., of Arlington.


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