Patent Patrol: 6 August 2014

In this week’s batch of IP awarded to Tennessee residents and companies: a swim platform, an underground utility box assembly, and more…

Middle Tennessee

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,799,065, entitled “Methods for providing digital incentives including a digital incentives switch for matching transactions and incentives” invented by Eric Reuthe of Franklin, and Jonathan Dyke of Washington, D.C., and assigned to edo Interactive, Inc., of Nashville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,798,913, entitled “System for monitoring propane or other consumable liquid in remotely located storage tanks” invented by Richard L. Humphrey of Goodlettsville.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,797,603, entitled “Method and system for document version management” invented by Paul D. Dougherty of Old Hickory, Kevin Huffman of Hermitage and T. Philip Lutz, II of Mt. Juliet, and assigned to Montcastle Development, LLC, of Old Hickory.

4. U.S. Patent No. 8,797,164, entitled “Hard cover product with concealed printed security device” invented by Dale Hunt Nichols, Sr., of Nashville and assigned to SmartGuard, LLC, of Nashville.

5. U.S. Patent No. 8,796,548, entitled “Underground utility box assembly” invented by Hardy L. Rost of Cookeville, and Kevin L. Rost of Oak Glen, Cal., and assigned to Seahorse Industries, Ltd. of Las Vegas, Nev.

6. U.S. Patent No. 8,796,529, entitled “Ergonomic electronic musical instrument with pseudo-strings” invented by Michael V. Butera of Nashville and Jack Jenkins of Antioch and assigned to Artiphon, Inc., of Nashville.

7. U.S. Patent No. 8,796,295, entitled “Substituted benzamide analogs as mGluR5 negative allosteric modulators and methods of making and using the same” invented by P. Jeffrey Conn of Brentwood, Craig W. Lindsley of Brentwood, Kyle A. Emmitte of Spring Hill, Charles David Weaver of Franklin, Alice L. Rodriguez of Nashville, Andrew S. Felts of Nashville, Carrie K. Jones of Nashville and Brittney S. Bates of Nashville and assigned to Vanderbilt University of Nashville.

8. U.S. Patent No. 8,795,204, entitled “Anatomical recognition and dimensional analysis of breast volume to assist breast surgery” invented by G. Patrick Maxwell of Nashville and David H. Mordaunt of Los Gatos, Cal., and assigned to Allergan, Inc., of Irvine, Cal.


East Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,796,634, entitled “High efficiency proportional neutron detector with solid liner internal structures” invented by Roger Allen Kisner of Knoxville, David Eugene Holcomb of Oak Ridge and Gilbert M. Brown of Knoxville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,795,444, entitled “Method of and apparatus for thermomagnetically processing a workpiece” invented by Roger A. Kisner of Knoxville, Orlando Rios of Knoxville, John B. Wilgen of Oak Ridge, Gerard M. Ludtka of Oak Ridge and Gail M. Ludtka of Oak Ridge.

Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport had two patents issued:

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,796,477, entitled “Oxidation process to produce a crude and/or purified carboxylic acid product” invented by 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, Ashfaq Shaikh of Kingsport, Lee Reynolds Parton 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. 8,796,395, entitled “Polyesters containing particular phosphorus compounds blended with other polymers” invented by Jason Christopher Jenkins of Kingsport, Dennis Edward Brickey of Blountville and Michael Eugene Donelson of Kingsport.

Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D710,288, entitled “Swim platform” invented by Benjamin Parker Dorton of Knoxville and John R. Dorton of Knoxville and assigned to Bryant Boats, Inc., of Sweetwater.

* U.S. Patent No. D710,273, entitled “Heel-toe shifter assembly for a three-wheeled vehicle” invented by Maurice LeBlanc of Thorn Hill.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,799,917, entitled “Balancing a data processing load among a plurality of compute nodes in a parallel computer” invented by Brian E. Smith of Knoxville, Charles J. Archer of Rochester, Minn., and Amanda E. Randles of Cambridge, Mass., and assigned to International Business Machines Corp. of Armonk, N.Y.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,798,682, entitled “Systems and methods for configuring subscriber systems in wireless mesh networks” invented by Gilbert G. Weigand of Hartford and assigned to Microsoft Corporation of Redmond, Wash.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,796,631, entitled “Polymer composite based thermal neutron detectors” invented by Dayakar Penumadu of Knoxville, Rohit Uppal of Knoxville and Indraneel Sen of Kolkata, India, and assigned to University of Tennessee Research Foundation of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,796,590, entitled “Oven with low-temperature self-cleaning mode” invented by Mark A. Boyer, III of Harrison, Sky W. Carman of Cleveland and James C. Johncock of Shelbyville, Mich., and assigned to Whirlpool Corporation of Benton Harbor, Mich.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,854, entitled “Semiconductor-based, large-area, flexible, electronic devices on {110}<100> oriented substrates” invented by Amit Goyal of Knoxville.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,639, entitled “Ingestible oral care composition and method therefor” invented by Barry L. Hopper of Bristol and assigned to Barry L. Hopper of Bristol.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,405, entitled “Beneficial use of carbon” invented by Michael L. Aident of Knoxville, Randall Paul Moore of Powell, Kevin Brent Jackson of Knoxville and Bobby I. T. Chen of Bowling Green, Ky., and assigned to Shaw Intellectual Property Holdings, LLC, of Baton Rouge, La.

West Tennessee

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

1. U.S. Patent No. 8,795,441, entitled “Reworking of surface oxidized and nitrided components” invented by Vivek Pawar of Germantown, Shilesh C. Jani of Germantown and Carolyn Weaver of Collierville.

2. U.S. Patent No. 8,795,312, entitled “Inflatable, steerable balloon for elevation of tissue within a body” invented by Wei Li Fan of Malden, Mass., Marc Joseph Philippon of Edwards, Colo., Paul Alexander Torrie of Marblehead, Mass., and David Leo Bombard of Edwards, Colo.

3. U.S. Patent No. 8,795,194, entitled “Tissue harvesting” invented by Mark Howard of East Riding, Gr. Brit., and Mark Smith of Huby, Gr. Brit.

Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:

* U.S. Patent No. D710,492, entitled “Single screw blade arm” invented by Brendan Byrne of Germantown and James Burns of Memphis and assigned to Palm Coast Imports, LLC, of Germantown.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,798,769, entitled “Deployable stimulator array” invented by Autry J. Parker, Jr., of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,797,183, entitled “Integrated signal light head” invented by Thomas R. Burton of Germantown, John H. Vines of Toms River, N.J., Richard Liskoff of Manasquan, N.J., and John Patrick Peck of Manasquan, N.J., and assigned to Dialight Corporation of Farmingdale, N.J.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,796, entitled “Coated printable substrates providing higher print quality and resolution at lower ink usage” invented by Michael F. Koenig of Paducah, Ky., and assigned to International Paper Company of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,368, entitled “Expandable implant system and methods of use” invented by Hai H. Trieu of Cordova and Sachin P. Budhabhatti of Collierville and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,361, entitled “Osteochondral plug graft, kit and method” invented by Jeffrey H. Nycz of Collierville, Keith M. Kinnane of Bartlett, Susan J. Drapeau of Cordova, Daniel A. Shimko of Germantown and Jeetendra S. Bharadwaj of Memphis, and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,338, entitled “Anti-splay member for bone fastener” invented by Charles Dickinson of Bartlett and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,337, entitled “Apparatus for implementing a spinal fixation system with supplemental fixation” invented by Bryan S. Wilcox of Collierville, Benjamin D. Cowan of Memphis, Rodney R. Ballard of Lakeland and Heather Lindenman of Otterbein, Ind., and assigned to Warsaw Orthopedic, Inc., of Warsaw, Ind.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,795,243, entitled “Flexible reduced pressure treatment appliance” invented by Richard Scott Weston of Encinitas, Cal., and assigned to BlueSky Medical Group Incorporated of Memphis.

* U.S. Patent No. 8,794,796 entitled “Configurable multi-socket with thermal relief for light emitting diodes” invented by Jershyang Jerry Lee of Memphis and assigned to Crestview Collection.


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