Nissan North America Inc. of Franklin has been issued two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,228 entitled “Vehicle interior trim assembly” and invented by Nicholas Spitler of and Sumedh Mokashi of Farmington Hills, Mich.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,189, entitled “Vehicle grip assist handle” and invented by Craig B. Dillon of Madison, Miss., Wes Roy of Oakland, Mich. and Ron Morrow and Lauren Parkins of Novi, Mich.
Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,925,219, entitled “Wireless video surveillance jamming and interference prevention” and invented by Martin A. Renkis of Nashville and assigned to Smartvue Corp. of Nashville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,925,039, entitled “Cylindrical controller for an electronic device” and invented by Paul Griffin of Nashville and assigned to Griffin Technology Inc. of Nashville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,400, entitled “Multi-electrode system” and invented by Brett Clark of Whites Creek, Robert G. Wiley of Franklin, Jared C. Meitzler of Spring Hill, Clyde J. Troutman of Spring Hill, and assigned to 3SAE Technologies Inc. of Franklin.
UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge had three patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,924,423, entitled “Reverse photoacoustic standoff spectroscopy” and invented by Charles W. Van Neste of Kingston and Lawrence R. Senesac and Thomas G. Thundat of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,922, entitled “Transparent conductive nano-composites” and invented by David Bruce Geohegan, Ilia N. Ivanov, Alexander A. Puretzky, Stephen Jessee, Bin Hu and Matthew Garrett of Knoxville, and Bin Zhao of Easley, S.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,698, entitled “Neutron detector” invented by Andrew C. Stephan of Knoxville, Vincent D. Jardret of Powell, and Roger A. Kisner of Knoxville, and co-assigned to Material Innovations Inc.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,925,326 entitled “Solid fiduciary marker for multimodality imaging” and invented by Stefan Siegel, Eric Arnsdorff and Xinli Liu, all of Knoxville, and assigned to Siemens Molecular Imaging Inc. of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,924,079, entitled “Baseline restore based on diode star configuration and transformer coupling” and invented by Matthias J. Schmand of Lenoir City and Nan Zhang of Knoxville and assigned to Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. of Malvern, Pa.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,526, entitled “Sulfopolyesters having improved clarity in water-dispersible formulations and products made therefrom” and invented by Terry Ann Oldfield, Suzanne Winegar Dobbs, Scott Ellery George, Ricky Thompson and Edward Enns McEntire, all of Kingsport, and George William Tindall of Church Hill, and assigned to Eastman Chemical Co. of Kingsport.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,873, entitled “Method and apparatus for desalinating water combined with power generation” and invented by Richard N. Barnett of Moshem and Girard Charles St. Germain of Dallas, Ga.
•U.S. Patent No. 7,921,954, entitled “Stabilized mobile unit or wheelchair” and invented by Charles E. Johnson, Phillip N. Brown and Jim Penson, all of Rogersville, and assigned to Life Changing Chair LLC of Rogersville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,921,811, entitled “Selective access electronics pet door” and invented by James R. Bosserdet Jr. of Old Fort, Thomas P. Bjorholm and George M. Smart IV of Knoxville, Andrew S. Grimmett of Athens, and Lane Whiteside of Knoxville, and assigned to Radio Systems Corp. of Knoxville.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,921,778, entitled “Single phase tungsten alloy for shaped charge liner” and invented by Michael T. Stawovy of Limestone, and assigned to Aerojet – General Corp. of Jonesborough.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,921,643, entitled “Hydrostatic transaxle” and invented by Zachary D. Kline and Katsumoto Mizukawa of Morristown, and assigned to Kanzaki Kokyukoki Mfg. Co. Ltd. Of Hyogo, Japan.
Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. had two patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,612, entitled “Maize variety hybrid X6F640” and invented by Joseph David Anderson of Union City, Terry R. Colbert of Fort Branch, Ind., and Khusi Ram Tiwari of Tallahassee, Fla.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,604, entitled “Soybean variety XB51E08” and invented by Mark J. Hood of Memphis.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. had five patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,432, entitled “Implant depots to deliver growth factors to treat avascular necrosis” and invented by William F. McKay of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,250, entitled “Methods of expressing LIM mineralization protein in non-osseous cells” and invented by William F. McKay of Memphis, Scott Boden of Atlanta, and Sangwook T. Yoon of Decatur, Ga.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,749, entitled “Reducing device” and invented by Jonathan Dewey of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,746, entitled “Spinal rod extenders and methods of use” and invented by Keith Miller of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,724, entitled “Rod reducer” and invented by Roy K. Lim of Memphis.
Smith & Nephew Inc. had three patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,203, entitled “Method of use of a platelet/nucleated cell concentrate from bone marrow or blood to treat a bone defect” and invented by Marcus Lee Scott and Marc Long of Memphis, Ed Margerrison of Germantown, Samuel O. Sowemimo-Coker of Dix Hills, N.Y., and Michael B. Cooper of Nesbit, Miss., and co-assigned to Pall Corp. of East Hills, N.Y.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,771, entitled “High performance knee prostheses” and invented by Brian McKinnon of Bartlett, Michael Dean Hughes of Memphis, Jason K. Otto of Plantation, Fla., Michael Ries of Tiburon, Cal., Jan Victor and Johan Bellemans of Belgium, Johnathan Garino of Villanova, Pa., and Timothy Wilton of Duffield, England, and co-assigned to The Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,737, entitled “Reciprocating rotary arthroscopic surgical instrument” and invented by Peter M. Cesarini, Karen Drucker and Rafal Jezierski of Londonderry, N.H., and Roger R. Cassidy of Methuen, Mass.
The University of Memphis Research Foundation of Memphis had two patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,618, entitled “"Eclipse ligature" for single reed musical instruments” and invented by General James Gholson Jr. of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,923,021 entitled “Local delivery method and composition” and invented by Warren O. Haggard of Bartlett and Kelly C. Richelsoph of Belmont, N.C.
Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,922,069, entitled “Reinforced container” and invented by Jeffrey M. Gardner of W. Chicago, Ill., and assigned to International Paper Co. of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,921,888, entitled “Router table” and invented by Anthony Smith of Jackson, Thomas Sommerville of Port Perry, Calif., and Sean Hill of Towson, Md., and assigned to Black & Decker Inc. of Newark, Del.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,921,755, entitled “Guard assembly for table saw” and invented by Jeffrey D. Weston of Jackson and Craig Carroll of Milan, and assigned to Black & Decker Inc. of Newark, Del.
— Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.