Softspikes LLC of Brentwood received five design patents, Nos. D630,691 through D630,695, entitled “Golf club grip.” All were invented by Joseph P. Zeller of Franklin, John T. Hohman of Brentwood and Luke W. Michas of Hendersonville.
Edgenet Inc. of Brentwood received U.S. Patent No. 7,869,981, entitled “Automated method and system for object configuration” invented by Chandra Pendyala and Robert Broadhead of Franklin, Rajan Rajbhandari of Brentwood and Roy Riggs of Franklin.
Vanderbilt University received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,497, entitled “Monoclonal antibodies to respiratory syncytial virus and uses therefor” invented by James E. Crowe Jr. of Nashville.
Mars Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,418, entitled “Tool and apparatus for forming a moldable material” invented by James M. Suttle of Franklin, Douglas Shouse of Shawnee, Kan., Ryan Brown of Kansas City, Mo., and Mark Harshman of St. Joseph, Mo.
Cummins Filtration IP Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,387, entitled “Standpipe with flow restriction valve, and filter cartridge” invented by Zemin Jiang, Wassem Abdalla, Jeffrey B. Sharp, Hendrik Amirkhanian, Jeff Husband and Abby True-Dahl, all of Cookeville.
Armor Concepts LLC of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,866,113, entitled “System and method for adjustable repair and reinforcement of non-standard doors and jambs” invented by Glenn I. Young of Richmond.
Universal Safety Response Inc. of Franklin U.S. Patent No. 7,866,912, entitled “Energy absorbing bollard system” invented by Matthew A. Gelfand of Rockville Centre, N.Y., and Joel F. Hugghins of Bryan, Texas.
Centrum Equities Acquisition LLC of Nashville received U.S. Patent No. 7,866,042, entitled “Method for producing a split louver heat exchanger fin” invented by John A. Kolb of Old Lyme, Conn.
David Gordon Bearden of Shelbyville is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,867,145, entitled “Hand exercise device.”
East Tennessee State University Research Foundation of Johnson City received U.S. Patent No. 7,866,983, entitled “Surgical simulator system” invented by William K. Hemphill of Johnson City, J. Paul Sims of Greeneville, Martin E. Olsen and Martin P. Eason of Johnson City and Sheldon R. Davis of Nashville.
Cedar Ridge Research LLC received U.S. Patent No. 7,868,721, entitled “Field emission system and method” invented by James L. Richards of Fayetteville, Larry W. Fullerton of New Hope, Ala., Mark D. Roberts of Huntsville, Ala.
UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge received two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,869,049, entitled “Determining biological tissue optical properties via integrating sphere spatial measurements” invented by Justin S. Baba of Knoxville and Brian S. Letzen of Coral Springs, Fla.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,869,031, entitled “Detection of latent prints by Raman imaging” invented by Linda Anne Lewis of Andersonville, Raynella Magdalene Connatser of Knoxville and Samuel Arthur Lewis Sr. of Andersonville.
Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport received four patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,868,130, entitled “Multi-level tubular reactor with vertically spaced segments” invented by Thomas Lloyd Yount, Michael Paul Ekart and Larry Cates Windes, all of Kingsport, David Allen Sliger of Gray and Bruce Roger DeBruin of Lexington, S.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,868,129, entitled “Sloped tubular reactor with spaced sequential trays” invented by Michael Paul Ekart and Larry Cates Windes of Kingsport, Bruce Roger DeBruin of Lexington, S.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,868,128, entitled “Skylights and windows comprising polyester compositions formed from 2,2,4,4,-tetramethyl-1,3-cyclobutanediol and 1,4-cyclohexanedimethanol” invented by Emmett Dudley Crawford and Douglas Stephens McWilliams of Kingsport, David Scott Porter of Blountville, Gary Wayne Connell of Church Hill.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,868,125, entitled “Production of non-solid-stated polyester particles having solid-stated properties” invented by Bruce Roger DeBruin of Lexington, S.C., Steven Lee Stafford of Gray, Stephen Weinhold, Robert Noah Estep, Mary Therese Jernigan and Steven Paul Bellner, all of Kingsport, John Guy Franjione of Johnson City, Tommy Ray Maddox II and John Alan Wabshall Jr. of Lexington, S.C., and Alan George Wonders of Longview.
TAG Manufacturing Inc. of Chattanooga received U.S. Patent No. 7,866,935, entitled “Manually operated coupler” invented by Albert T. Wilt of Ooltewah, Trace Errera of Chattanooga, Alan Graham of Ooltewah, and Al Kimble of Rock Spring, Ga.
Peter Hamann of Del Rio is the sole named inventor on U.S. Patent No. 7,866,351, entitled “Tool for clamping and twisting of wires.”
Other patents naming East Tennessee inventors:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,866,962, entitled “Two-stage rotary compressor” invented by Joseph A. Newland of Greeneville and assigned to Tecumseh Products Co. of Ann Arbor, Mich.
• U.S. Patent No. D630,728, entitled “Suction handle” invented by Clark F. Bow of Dandridge and Alan R. Dombrowski of Woodbury, Minn., and assigned to 3M Innovative Properties Co. of St. Paul, Minn.
• U.S. Patent No. D630,698, entitled “Modular carbon fore end system for tactical firearms” invented by William McCormick of Bluff City, Morris Peterson of Earlysville, Va., Matthew Peterson of Crozet, Va., Gary Vance of Bristol, Va., and Charles Robert Overbey Jr. of Deland, Fla., and assigned to Ashbury International Group Inc. of Ruckersville, Va.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,868,219, entitled “Production of high purity ethylbenzene from non-extracted feed and non-extracted reformate useful therein” invented by Nick A. Collins of Fall Branch and Stephen H. Brown of Bernardsville, N.J., and assigned to ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Inc. of Houston.
Cadna Rubber Co. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. D630,487, entitled “Automotive service tool” invented by Chad P. Davis of Germantown.
ACH Food Companies Inc. of Cordova received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,542, entitled “Non-flammable release composition” invented by Robert Gebhardt of Bartlett, Paul Friedman of Germantown and Melissa Riddell of Brunswick, Ga.
Depuy Products Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,282, entitled “Modular implant system and method with diaphyseal implant and adapter” invented by Robert K. Heck of Memphis and Stephen A. Hazebrouck of Winona Lake, Ind.
Wright Medical Technology Inc. of Arlington received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,281, entitled “Metallic bearings for joint replacement” invented by Michael E. Carroll of Memphis.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. received three patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,867,259, entitled “Instruments and methods for stabilization of bony structures” invented by Kevin T. Foley of Germantown, Michael C. Sherman of Memphis and Jeff R. Justis of Gulf Breeze, Fla.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,867,258, entitled “Multi-axial bone attachment member” invented by Troy D. Drewry and Marc T. Paul of Memphis, and William B. Null of Olive Branch, Miss.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,867,255, entitled “Spinal rod connector system and method for a bone anchor” invented by Keith E. Miller of Germantown and William Alan Rezach of Atoka.
Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis received U.S. Patent No. 7,867,251, entitled “Reattachment of tissue to base tissue” invented by Dennis Colleran of North Attleborough, Mass., and Stefan Gabriel of Mattapoisett, Mass.
James W. Welch of Germantown received U.S. Patent No. 7,866,933, entitled “Container trailer” invented by James W. Welch of Germantown and Claude D. White Jr. of Cordova.
Thomas & Betts International Inc. received U.S. Patent No. 7,866,006, entitled “Cable tie having detachable tail” invented by Richard Laporte of Collierville.
Other patents naming West Tennessee inventors:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,866,861, entitled “Laminated device for selective presentations from the exterior of a mobile vehicle and method of use thereof” invented by Jerry Dewanye Alexander of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,868,531, entitled “Carbon nanotube arrays for field electron emission” invented by Kangning Liang of Bartlett and assigned to Brother International Corp. of Bridgewater, N.J.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,866,128, entitled “Container bottom and methods” invented by Douglas David Sena and Brian Adrian Miller of Jackson, Gerard Laurent Buisson of Cincinnati, James Calvin McIntyre of Arlington Heights, Ill., Elizabeth Dominique Maczek of Mount Prospect, Ill., James Wagner Settelmayer of West Chester, Ohio, and Benito Alberto Romanach of Mason, Ohio, and assigned to The Procter & Gamble Co. of Cincinnati.
— Compiled by R. Parrish Freeman Jr. of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.