Vanderbilt University of Nashville was assigned two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,649, entitled “Device and methods for monitoring the status of at least one cell” and invented by John P. Wikswo of Brentwood, Franz J. Baudenbacher of Franklin and Owen McGuiness of Brentwood.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,122, entitled “Adjustable surgical platform and surgical instrument using same” and invented by Robert F. Labadie, J. Michael Fitzpatrick and Jason E. Mitchell, all of Nashville.
Nissan North America Inc. of Franklin was assigned two patents:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,614, entitled “Interior vehicle body structure” and invented by Brenna Denton of Farmington, Mich. and Tomohito Hashikawa of West Bloomfield, Mich.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,409, entitled “Console lid dual latch differentiation” and invented by Melaina Vasko, Doug Dawe, Debbie Pixley and Thomas Matthews, all of Farmington Hills, Mich.
Other patents naming inventors from Middle Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. D641,629, entitled “Bottle with ridges” and invented by Joseph A. Miceli of Spencer and David A. Miceli of Reno, Nev., and assigned to ZTRI State Distribution Inc. of Sparta.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,984,171, entitled “Method of monitoring network and internet connections in a real-time environment to detect unauthorized network connections and unauthorized network activity within a 32/64-bit PC or server operating system” and invented by Robert F. Terry of Old Hickory and assigned to CW International LLC of Ellwood City, Pa.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,983,464, entitled “System and method for corpus callosum segmentation in magnetic resonance images” and invented by Qing Xu of Nashville, Hong Chen of Plainsboro, N.J., and Li Zhang of Skillman, N.J., and assigned to Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. of Malvern, Pa.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,871, entitled “Modified macromolecules and associated methods of synthesis and use” and invented by Yanchun Liu of Franklin, Glenn D. Prestwich and Xiao Zheng Shu of Salt Lake City, Utah, and assigned to the University of Utah Research Foundation of Salt Lake City, Utah.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,455, entitled “Automated food processing system and method” and invented by Tiffany Curry and Eddie R. Mann of Fayetteville, Gerald A. Sus of Frankfort, Ill., Ron Dorsten of Glenview, Ill, Henry T. Ewald of Roselle, Ill., Jenny Hong of Palatine, Ill., Glenn Schackmuth of Oswego, Ill, Christopher Juneau of Hayward, Calif., Steven Konold of San Ramon, Calif., Richard Montafi of Daly City, Calif., Benny Nunley of Half Moon Bay, Calif., Charles E. Rose of Hayward, Calif., David Bone of Philadelphia, Mario G. Ceste of Wallingford, Conn., Curtis Clarence Pinnow of Antioch, Ill., Ly Nguyen of Plano, Texas, Mitchell Strew of Richardson, Texas, Andrew Courier of Mansfield, Mass., Kevin Keough of Canton, Mass., Richard Terrazzano of Salem, N.H., Douglas Christian Greening of Calgary, John Meisner of New Richmond, Wis., John A. J. Wedel of Stillwater, Minn., John M. Corliss of Lynn, Mass., Joseph Gerstmann of Boston, James Lozouski of Marlborough, Mass., William Day of Holly Springs, N.C., Doug Jones of New Port Richey, Fla., Roberto Nevarez of Hudson, Fla., Keith Stanger of New Port Richey, Fla., and Jerry Sank of Palm Harbor, Fla., and assigned to Restaurant Technology Inc. of Oak Brook, Ill.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,433, entitled “Ball cap stretching and blocking system, kit, and method” and invented by Vincent D. Wynn of Gallatin.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,233, entitled “Crankcase filtration assembly with additive for treating condensate material” and invented by Harold R. Martin of Cookeville, Brian Wagner of Stoughton, Wis., Roger Zoch of McFarland, Wis., Barry Verdegan and Jeff Morgan of Stoughton, Wis., and Stephen L. Fallon of Oregon, Wis., and assigned to Cummins Filtration IP Inc. of Minneapolis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,087, entitled “Refrigerant reheat circuit and charge control with target subcooling” and invented by Justin M. Anderson, Robert F. Schult and Roger J. Voorhis, all of Clarksville, and James P. Crolius of La Crosse, Wis., and assigned to Trane International Inc. of Piscataway, N.J.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,020, entitled “Artificial fish lure” and invented by Charles Marion Ingram of Santa Fe.
Tennessee Watercraft Inc. of Vonore was assigned U.S. Patent No. D641,682, entitled “Boat bow” and invented by Scott Watkins of Canton, Ga., and Michael J. Ricciardi of Marietta.
UT-Battelle LLC of Oak Ridge was assigned U.S. Patent No. 7,983,887, entitled “Fast computational methods for predicting protein structure from primary amino acid sequence” and invented by Pratul Kumar Agarwal of Knoxville.
Graceway Pharmaceuticals LLC of Bristol was assigned U.S. Patent No. 7,981,936, entitled “Crystalline ACAT inhibitor” and invented by Rita Mayur Lodaya of Northville, Mich.
Other patents naming inventors from East Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,983,553, entitled “Applied camera composition guide” and invented by James B. Lakey of Cleveland.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,983,186, entitled “Defining lost event talley tag packets when PET count rates exceed available acquisition bandwidth” and invented by John E. Breeding of Knoxville, Michael E. Casey of Louisville, Jimmy Everman of Maryville, William F. Jones of Knoxville, Wing K. Luk of Knoxville, and Johnny H. Reed of Clinton, and assigned to Siemens Medical Solutions USA Inc. of Malvern, Pa.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,822, entitled “Hook and loop fastener device” and invented by David L. Lunceford of Kingsport and Donald H. Lester Jr. of Waxhaw, N.C., and assigned to Aplix S.A. of Paris, France.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,980,755, entitled “Method for mixing additive into viscous material” and invented by Charles K. Renfro of Elizabethton.
Warsaw Orthopedic Inc. of Warsaw, Ind., had six patents issued:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,157, entitled “Self-contained expandable implant and method” and invented by David W. Castleman of Germantown and Eric S. Heinz of Memphis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,156, entitled “Bone grafts” and invented by John Pafford of Germantown, Lawrence M. Boyd and William F. McKay of Memphis, Eddie F. Ray III and James E. Van Hoeck of Cordova.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,141, entitled “Variable angle adaptive plate” and invented by Matthew M. Morrison of Cordova and Michael S. Veldman of Olive Branch, Miss.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,115, entitled “Instruments and methods for sizing a connecting element for positioning along a bony segment” and invented by Jeff R. Justis of Collierville, and John D. Pond Jr. of Germantown.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,030, entitled “Devices and methods for percutaneous tissue retraction and surgery” and invented by Maurice M. Smith of Cordova, Kevin T. Foley of Germantown, Roy Lim of Cordova, and Thomas E. Roehm III of Braden.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,981,029, entitled “Instruments and methods for minimally invasive tissue retraction and surgery” and invented by Kevin T. Foley of Germantown, Thomas E. Roehm III of Braden, Anthony J. Melkent of Germantown, and Charles L. Branch of Advance, N.C.
Other patents naming inventors from West Tennessee:
• U.S. Patent No. 7,984,289, entitled “Methods and systems for establishing an electronic account for a customer” and invented by Wayne H. Orbke of Germantown and Samuel R. Tremaine of Memphis and assigned to the U.S. Postal Service of Washington, D.C.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,983,821, entitled “System and method for indicating to a remote location operation of an auger or the like” and invented by Barry H. Reeves of Union City.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,983,777, entitled “System for biomedical implant creation and procurement” and invented by Anthony James of Bartlett, Mark Melton of Carlsbad, Calif., Steve Bruneau of Edgewater Park, N.J., Thomas W. Rassmann of Marlton, N.J., and Jonathan D. Langlois of Wilton, N.Y.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,982,359, entitled “High efficiency salient pole machine and method of forming the same” and invented by Joseph B. McCabe of Jackson, Brian N. Cox of Lexington, Louis R. Myers of Mankato, Minn., Jacques Andre Saint-Michel of Angouleme, France, John T. Fowler of Wisconsin Dells, Wis., and Jerhod T. Smithback and Joshua A. Lorenz of North Mankato, Minn., and assigned to Emerson Electric Co. of St. Louis.
• U.S. Patent No. 7,982,087, entitled “Wound dressing” and invented by Bryan Greener of York, England, and Allan Freedline of Miami Beach, Fla., and assigned to Smith & Nephew Inc. of Memphis.
— Compiled by Matthew C. Cox of intellectual property law firm Waddey & Patterson P.C.