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[November 13, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 13)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Zimmer Spine Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Zimmer Spine, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,303,662) developed by four co-inventors for an "instrumentation and procedure for implanting spinal implant devices." The co-inventors are Michael E. Landry, Austin, Texas, Ronald C. Todd, Austin, Texas, Erik J. Wagner, Austin, Texas, and Stephen H. Hochschuler, Scottsdale, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An instrumentation set may include insertion instruments for forming an implant between bone structures. The insertion instruments may include a spreader and a separator. The bone structures may be vertebrae. Implant members may be attached to the spreader and positioned between the bone structures. The separator may be inserted into the spreader to establish a desired separation distance between the implant members. Connectors may be inserted into the implant members to join the implant members together and form the implant. The insertion instruments may be removed. A seater may be used to set the position of the connectors relative to the implant members to inhibit disassembly of the implant." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2009 (12/632,577). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,303,662&OS=8,303,662&RS=8,303,662 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** On-X Life Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- On-X Life Technologies, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,303,652) developed by Jack C. Bokros, Austin, Texas, Jonathan C. Stupka, Austin, Texas, and C. Thomas Waits, Pflugerville, Texas, for a heart valve inserter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A heart valve holder-inserter (21, 121) is designed to facilitate easy implantation of a mechanical heart valve prosthesis (23, 123). This holder-inserter, at its distal end, incorporates a pair of diametrically opposed guide members (47, 49, 81, 147, 149) which extend well beyond the leading edge of the prosthesis and which have exterior surfaces (53, 83, 153) of substantial dimension that are smoothly curved and proportioned so as to slowly spread the tissue annulus in order to facilitate easy entrance thereinto of the leading edge portion of the mechanical valve body." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2006 (11/568,259). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,303,652&OS=8,303,652&RS=8,303,652 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Method and Apparatus for Protecting a Musical Instrument ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Gary D. Barnfield, Flower Mound, Texas, and Cathy Barnfield, Flower Mound, Texas, have developed a patent (8,304,640) for a "method and apparatus for protecting a musical instrument." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for protecting a musical instrument includes a ring formed of an impact-absorbing material. A continuous notch on the inner circumference of the ring tightly receives the tubular rim of a particular instrument to anchor the ring thereto. The ring may include lights randomly positioned on the outer circumference to aesthetically enhance the instrument." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2011 (13/170,268). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,304,640.PN.&OS=PN/8,304,640&RS=PN/8,304,640 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tokyo Electron Assigned Patent for Liquid Processing Apparatus, Liquid Processing Method, and Storage Medium ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Tokyo Electron, Minato-Ku, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,303,723) developed by four co-inventors for a "liquid processing apparatus, liquid processing method, and storage medium." The co-inventors are Teruomi Minami, Koshi, Japan, Fumihiro Kamimura, Tosu, Japan, Kazuki Kosai, Beaverton, Ore., Takashi Yabuta, Tosu, Japan, Kenji Yokomizo, Austin, Texas, and Shogo Mizota, Koshi, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a liquid processing apparatus configured to remove, from a substrate including a first film and a second film formed above the first film, the first film and the second film, a first chemical-liquid supply part supplies, to a substrate W, a first liquid for dissolving the first film, a second chemical-liquid supply part supplies a second chemical liquid for weakening the second film, and a fluid supply part serving also as an impact giving part gives a physical impact to the second film so as to break the second film and supplies a fluid for washing away debris of the broken second film. A control device controls the respective parts such that, after the second liquid has been supplied and then the fluid has been supplied from the fluid supply part, the first chemical liquid is supplied." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2009 (12/634,942). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,303,723.PN.&OS=PN/8,303,723&RS=PN/8,303,723 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,305,246) developed by Martin Kinyua, Austin, Taiwan, and Eric Soenen, Austin, Texas, for an "amplifier with digital input and digital PWM control loop." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A class D amplifier is configured to accept a digital input signal wherein the control loop of the class D amplifier employs a hybrid filter merged with the front-end of a sigma-delta ADC converter. The term hybrid refers to the filter using both digital and analog components in which the digital delay elements serve as shift registers while the filter coefficients are analog. The filter converts the digital PDM data into a step-wise sinusoidal signal. The sigma-delta ADC receiving a feedback signal subtracts the step-wise sinusoidal signal from the continuous sinusoidal signal and converts the result to a digital PDM signal, without decimation, which passes through a digital filter, a PWM generator, and a pre-driver, to provide power to the load." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2010 (12/892,487). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,305,246.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,246&RS=PN/8,305,246 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Kit for high throughput mutation screening methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Ming-Sheng Lee, Sugar Land, Texas, Chung-Han Lee, Sugar Land, Texas, and Jeffery Lee, Sugar Land, Texas, have developed a patent (8,304,527) for a "kit for high throughput mutation screening methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One example embodiment includes a kit to execute a method of simultaneously screening for genetic mutations in different genes in a multitude of samples. The kit includes an antisense deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) probe, where the antisense DNA probe will be mixed with a strand of a ribonucleic acid (RNA) to be tested to form a heteroduplex molecule within a sample. The kit also includes a ribonuclease enzyme, an RNA-primed DNA polymerase, a single strand-specific nuclease, DNA-dependent DNA polymerase, a blocking adapter and a tagged reporter adapter. Through ribonuclease digestion, differential sequence fill-in (DSF) and full-length sequence extension, tagged mutant-dual adapter hybrids are formed for detection, quantification or amplification. The sequence ubiquity of said mutant-dual adapter hybrids enables the use of universalized primers for sequence amplification regardless of the numbers or the origins of the mutations involved." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2011 (13/078,800). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,304,527.PN.&OS=PN/8,304,527&RS=PN/8,304,527 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Auxiliary Trimmer for a Lawnmower ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Jay Eubanks, Sanger, Texas, has developed a patent (8,302,372) for an "auxiliary trimmer for a lawnmower." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An auxiliary trimmer for a lawnmower includes a mounting plate removably fastened to a lawnmower deck. Attached to the mounting plate is a trimmer housing having a shaft extending therefrom. At a distal end of the shaft is a trimmer spool that is driven by the lawnmower blade with a series of belts and pulleys. On the rear surface of the trimmer housing is an adjustment ring having a plurality of notches thereon. A spring-biased latch on an end of the shaft releasably fits within any one of the notches on the adjustment ring to position the trimmer spool at a select angular orientation. A pivotal handle raises and lowers the trimmer spool to a desired elevation." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/943,074). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,372.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,372&RS=PN/83,02,372 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Unisem (Mauritius) Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Unisem (Mauritius) Holdings, Port Louis, Mauritius, has been assigned a patent (8,304,864) developed by Romarico Santos San Antonio, Batam Island, Indonesia, Anang Subagio, Batam Island, Indonesia, and Shafidul Islam, Plano, Texas, for a "lead frame routed chip pads for semiconductor packages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A redistributed lead frame for use in a molded plastic semiconductor package is formed from an electrically conductive substrate by a sequential metal removal process. The process includes patterning a first side of the substrate to form an array of lands separated by channels; disposing a first molding compound within those channels; patterning a second side of the substrate to form an array of chip attach sites and routing circuits electrically interconnecting the array of lands and the array of chip attach sites; directly electrically interconnecting input/output pads on a semiconductor device to the chip attach sites; and encapsulating the semiconductor device, the array of chip attach sites and the routing circuits with a second molding compound. This process is particularly suited for the manufacture of chip scale packages and very thin packages." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2010 (12/843,183). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,304,864.PN.&OS=PN/8,304,864&RS=PN/8,304,864 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Germ Eliminator System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Rebecca Brents, Kingsland, Texas, and Steve Brents, Kingsland, Texas, have developed a patent (8,303,905) for a germ eliminator system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A germ eliminator system is for disinfecting an enclosure which includes a green disinfectant liquid. A mechanism is for distributing the disinfectant liquid in a timely and sequentially manner throughout the enclosure, to kill germs, bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms within the enclosure, thereby the enclosure will become safe for people to use when entering the enclosure such as building, hotel, school, bus, train, or ship. The germ eliminator system can be stationary or mobile on a service cart." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2010 (12/780,897). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,303,905.PN.&OS=PN/8,303,905&RS=PN/8,303,905 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Quality of Life of Hepatitis C Patients with a Formulation for Administration to the Oral Mucosa Including Freeze Dried Lysate of Selected Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium Species and N-acetyl D-glucosamine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Carl Miller, Houston, has developed a patent (8,304,226) for a "quality of life of hepatitis C patients with a formulation for administration to the oral mucosa including freeze dried lysate of selected Lactobacillus or Bifidobacterium species and N-acetyl D-glucosamine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are quick dissolve tablets, each including freeze dried lysate of Lactobacillus reuteri, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus plantarum, Llactobacillus rhamnosus GG, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium bifidium, Bifidobacterium longum, Bifidobacterium infantis or Bifidobacterium breve and N-acetyl-glucosamine (NAG), as well as excipients, for oral mucosal administration, for improving the quality of life of Hepatitis C patients. Any formulation suitable for oral mucosal administration can be employed for administering the active ingredients in a sufficient dosage for therapeutic effect, one such formulation being: four parts of bacterial lysate and one part of N-acetyl D-glucosamine. Excipients can include one or more of, maltodextrin; xanthan gum; acesulfam K; lemon powder and a flavoring, e.g., juice; Mannitol TL-32-04, Microcrystalline Cellulose and Carrageenan, Fructose, PVP-XL TL-11-04, Gellan Gum, Citrus TL 1-04, Orange TL 19-04, Sucrolose TL-13-04, and Mg ST TL-13-04." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2012 (13/449,905). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,304,226.PN.&OS=PN/8,304,226&RS=PN/8,304,226 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Institut Pasteur Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Institut Pasteur, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,303,957) developed by six co-inventors for a "mutated immunogenic peptides derived from R9M, polynucleotides coding for same and therapeutic uses thereof." The co-inventors are Huseyin Firat, Paris, Pierre Langlade-Demoyan, Paris, Etienne Vilmer, Paris, Francois Lemonnier, Bourg la Reine, France, Pierre Rohrlich, Saint Mande, France, and Patricia Yotnda, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention concerns the optimization of the wild R9M peptide and the use of the resulting peptides for therapeutic vaccination and/or preventive vaccination against leukaemia in humans. More particularly, the invention concerns mutated immunogenic peptides derived from the human TEL/AML1 fusion protein comprising the wild R9M peptide sequence Arg-Ile-Ala-Glu-Czs-Ile-Leu-Gly-Met. The invention also concerns polynucleotides coding for the mutated R9M immunogenic peptides, cellular expression vectors comprising nucleic acid sequences expressing the mutated R9M immunogenic peptides and polyclonal or monoclonal antibodies capable of being fixed on at least one of said peptides/polynucleotides. The invention further concerns the use of said peptides, polynucleotides and/or antibodies for preparing vaccines, anti-tumoral medicines and compositions and for in vitro and in vivo stimulation of the immune response in humans." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2008 (12/314,218). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,303,957.PN.&OS=PN/8,303,957&RS=PN/8,303,957 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,305,210) developed by Jan Hendrik Lucas Bakker, Keller, Texas, Adrian Buckley, Tracy, Calif., and Andrew Allen, Mundelein, Ill., for a "coding and behavior when receiving an IMS emergency session indicator from authorized source." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for a user equipment (UE) 110 to respond to an emergency-related message sent to the UE 110. The method comprises the UE 110 receiving a first message 150 containing an indicator 160 indicating that an emergency-related request has been made, the UE 110 recognizing the indicator 160 as an indication that the emergency-related request is related to an emergency, and the UE 110 sending a second message 170 containing emergency-related information 180 about itself." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2009 (12/935,826). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,305,210.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,210&RS=PN/8,305,210 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Sheet Material Hanger ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Kimberley Lanio, Dallas, has developed a patent (8,302,929) for a sheet material hanger.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hanger for sheet material and method of hanging sheet material. An embodiment of the hanger for sheet material includes a base, a magnet assembly support member adjacent the base, and a magnet assembly. The magnet assembly may include one or more holding members and one or more magnets. Each magnet may be attached to a holding member. Each holding member may be hinged to the magnet assembly support member." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/572,006). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,929.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,929&RS=PN/83,02,929 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sandvik Intellectual Property Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Sandvik Intellectual Property, Sandviken, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,302,709) developed by Amol Bhome, Spring, Texas, and Robert H. Slaughter Jr., Spring, Texas, for "downhole tool leg retention methods and apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A back reamer includes a drive stem configured to support a main reamer body, the main reamer body including a plurality of receptacles, and a plurality of cutting leg assemblies in positive locking engagement with the plurality of receptacles to restrict radial movement of the cutting leg assemblies." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2009 (12/489,282). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,709.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,709&RS=PN/83,02,709 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Explosive Well Tool Firing Head ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- William T. Bell, Huntsville, Texas, has developed a patent (8,302,523) for an "explosive well tool firing head." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A firing head embodiment of the invention confines a connected capacitance cartridge, explosive detonator, and wireline connection switch within an independent, cylindrical housing tube that is environmentally capped at both ends by threaded closures for secure transport to a well site." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2011 (13/317,657). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,523.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,523&RS=PN/83,02,523 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,302,534) developed by Wenbo Yang, Sugar Land, Texas, and William T. Bell, Hunstville, Texas, for a "radial-linear shaped charge pipe cutter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radial-linear shaped charge pipe cutter is constructed with the booster explosive packed intimately into a booster aperture that is bored axially through the charge upper end plate. The cutter explosive is initiated at the interface between the upper margin of the cutter explosive and the contiguous inside surface of the upper end plate. This interface is within a critical initiation distance from the half charge juncture plane. In one embodiment, a half charge liner is configured as the assembly of two, coaxial, frusto-cones with the smaller cone diverging from the half charge juncture plane at a smaller angle than the outer cone. In another embodiment, the liner thickness increases from the juncture plane out to the liner perimeter." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2010 (12/698,631). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,534.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,534&RS=PN/83,02,534 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Louisiana, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Wireless Downhole Tool Positioning System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Don Umphries, New Iberia, La., and Gabe Williger, Dallas, have developed a patent (8,302,693) for a "wireless downhole tool positioning system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A free falling drop sub carries an explosive tool such as a shaped charge pipe cutter or well perforator. The drop sub includes an aperture plugging element to isolate an upper pipe string from a lower pipe string. An upper pipe string fluid pressure actuated valve element retained by shear pins is released to admit the upper string pressure against a pressure displaced firing pin. Displacement of the firing pin initiates detonation of the explosive tool." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2012 (13/506,213). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,693.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,693&RS=PN/83,02,693 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Fishing Lure Retriever ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Frank D. Pickens, Montgomery, Texas, has developed a patent (8,302,344) for a fishing lure retriever.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lure retriever for retrieving a snagged fishing lure attached to a fishing line includes a hollow central body member having a first threaded end and a second end, and a longitudinal slot extending through part of the central body member, at least one chain member connected to the central body member, and a first end cap having a complementary threaded surface to enable threaded connection to said first threaded end and having a longitudinal slot extending at least through part of the first end cap and wherein when the first cap is connected to the first threaded end the slots can be both positioned in alignment to permit line passage therethrough and nonalignment to prevent line passage therethrough." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2010 (12/874,582). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,344.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,344&RS=PN/83,02,344 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Oscillating Hair Dryer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Stella Sharon Connelly, Fort Worth, Texas, has developed a patent (8,302,324) for an oscillating hair dryer.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hair dryer includes a housing, a fan unit, a heating element, a motor and a handle. The housing is the body of the hair dryer and has an inlet end and an outlet end. The motor rotates the housing relative to the handle in an oscillating manner. The fan unit is mounted in the housing so that air from vents at the inlet end pass through the fan unit to be blown out through the outlet end of the housing. As such, the housing moves without requiring any movement of the user's hand, wrist, or arm. The handle also has a controller for activating operation, adjusting speed, and setting temperature." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2009 (12/544,343). The full-text of the patent can be found at patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,324.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,324&RS=PN/83,02,324 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Black Cat Blades Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Black Cat Blades, Alberta, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,302,333) developed by John A. Ruvang, Bartonville, Texas, for an "excavation tooth lip adapter and fastening system therefore." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fastening method and adapter configuration for mounting an excavation tooth to an excavation implement lip. A fastening system for the adapter can include a retainer which is receivable in an opening formed through the implement lip. The retainer cannot be removed from the opening while the adapter remains fully engaged with the lip. A method of fastening an adapter to an excavation implement lip can include: installing a retainer in an opening formed through the lip; then engaging the adapter with the retainer and the lip; and then securing the adapter to the lip by biasing the retainer forward. Another fastening system can include a retainer which is receivable in an opening formed through an excavation implement lip, with the retainer including one or more movable teeth and one or more stationary serrations. A wedge biases the retainer forward when the retainer teeth displace relative to the retainer serrations." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/768,369). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,333.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,333&RS=PN/83,02,333 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Remote Monitoring and Control of Sedation and Analgesia Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Randall S. Hickle, Lubbock, Texas, Nicholas E. Cobb, Lubbock, Texas, and William Patrick Adair, Lubbock, Texas, have developed a patent (8,303,534) for a "remote monitoring and control of sedation and analgesia systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention comprises a sedation and analgesia system having integrated patient monitoring and drug delivery, where information related to monitored patient parameters and drug delivery is accessible and controllable from a remote location. Information relative to monitored patient parameters and drug delivery may be provided in real-time or near real-time, to an attending nurse, physician, insurance company, billing department, or other suitable party according to the present invention via a computing device, video monitor, over the Internet, over an intranet, or by any other suitable means of transmitting and displaying critical data. The present invention further comprises an integrated in-room monitor, where data related to critical patient parameters and drug delivery may be integrated with other means of communicating data related to a patient, a procedure, or a medical device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2003 (10/372,666). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,303,534.PN.&OS=PN/8,303,534&RS=PN/8,303,534 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Graphic Display System for Assisting Vehicle Operators ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Robert S. Prus, Houston, and Konrad Robert Sliwowski, Houston, have developed a patent (8,306,675) for a "graphic display system for assisting vehicle operators." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for converting audible air traffic control instructions for pilots operating from an air facility to textual format. The system may comprise a processor connected to a jack of the standard pilot headset and a separate portable display screen connected to the processor. The processor may have a language converting functionality which can recognize traffic control nomenclature and display messages accordingly. Displayed text may be limited to information intended for a specific aircraft. The display may show hazardous discrepancies between authorized altitudes and headings and actual altitudes and headings. The display may be capable of correction by the user, and may utilize Global Positioning System (GPS) to obtain appropriate corrections. The system may date and time stamp communications and hold the same in memory. The system may have computer style user functions such as scrollability and operating prompts." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2010 (12/779,465). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,675&OS=8,306,675&RS=8,306,675 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,306,861) developed by Rodney Charles Dunsmore, Austin, Texas, Steven Lee Harrington, Austin, Texas, and Mark Christan Speich, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "pay at the table system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Patrons at a restaurant or bar can pay at their table using credit cards, without involving the restaurant or bar cashier and/or wait staff. Patrons are assisted using this system in dividing the bill by displaying the amount due (including tax) and allowing each patron to enter the amount they wish to pay. When the initial bill is presented, a balance due will be displayed and the indication will be provided that the bill has yet to be paid in full. As each transaction is entered, a running total will be displayed indicating the remaining balance due. When the running total reaches zero, the bill is paid in full, and an indication will be provided, such as by illuminating a green indicator light or by displaying a balance due of $0.00." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2008 (12/259,952). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,861&OS=8,306,861&RS=8,306,861 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Gemalto Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Gemalto, Meudon, France, has been assigned a patent (8,307,131) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for drive resizing and partition size exchange between a flash memory controller and a smart card." The co-inventors are Sylvain Prevost, Austin, Texas, Ksheerabdhi Krishna, Cedar Park, Texas, Ruchirkumar D. Shah, San Jose, Calif., and Mehdi Asnaashari, Danville, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method to control a device having at least one configurable parameter. Enumerating the device as a first peripheral device and as a second peripheral device wherein the first peripheral device corresponds to a first microcontroller connected to a storage medium and the second peripheral device corresponds to a second microcontroller. Controlling the at least one configurable parameter of the first microcontroller with respect to the storage medium by the second microcontroller. On initialization of the device, transmitting the at least one configurable parameter from the second microcontroller to the first microcontroller. Other systems and methods are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2007 (11/938,775). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,131&OS=8,307,131&RS=8,307,131 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Differentiated Message Delivery Notification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,306,507) developed by Youngae Kim, Mississauga, Canada, Andrew Allen, Mundelein, Israel, and John-Luc Bakker, Keller, Texas, for a "differentiated message delivery notification." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user equipment (UE) is disclosed. The UE comprises a processor configured to transmit a session initiation protocol (SIP) SUBSCRIBE method request that comprises at least one filter criteria used for selecting specific messages and selecting the information about the messages, where each of the messages is directed to a user identity associated with the UE." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2008 (12/112,822). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,507&OS=8,306,507&RS=8,306,507 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions Holdings, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,306,860) developed by Rodney Charles Dunsmore, Austin, Texas, Steven Lee Harrington, Austin, Texas, and Mark Christan Speich, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "pay at the table system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Patrons at a restaurant or bar can pay at their table using credit cards, without involving the restaurant or bar cashier and/or wait staff. Patrons are assisted using this system in dividing the bill by displaying the amount due (including tax) and allowing each patron to enter the amount they wish to pay. When the initial bill is presented, a balance due will be displayed and the indication will be provided that the bill has yet to be paid in full. As each transaction is entered, a running total will be displayed indicating the remaining balance due. When the running total reaches zero, the bill is paid in full, and an indication will be provided, such as by illuminating a green indicator light or by displaying a balance due of $0.00." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2008 (12/259,868). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,860&OS=8,306,860&RS=8,306,860 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Network Coding in a Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,306,095) developed by Kaushik Morapakkam Josiam, Dallas, Zhouyue Pi, Richardson, Texas, and Farooq Khan, Allen, Texas, for "methods and apparatus for network coding in a communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for relaying communications in a wireless communication network. A relay station capable of relaying wireless communications includes a plurality of receiver antennas and a plurality of transmitter antennas. The plurality of receiver antennas is operable to receive, in a first time interval, a first communication from a base station and a second communication from a subscriber station. The plurality of transmitter antennas is operable transmit a third communication to the base station and the subscriber station in a second time interval. The relay station also includes a network encoder. The network encoder is configured to generate a combined symbol constellation. The combined symbol constellation is generated by combining a first symbol constellation transmitted in said first communication with a second symbol constellation transmitted in said second communication. Further, the third communication comprises said combined symbol constellation." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2009 (12/378,004). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,095&OS=8,306,095&RS=8,306,095 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Reference Signal for a Coordinated Multi-point Network Implementation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,305,987) developed by seven co-inventors for a "reference signal for a coordinated multi-point network implementation." The co-inventors are Mo-Han Fong, Kanata, Canada, Dongsheng Yu, Kanata, Canada, Hua Xu, Kanata, Canada, Robert Novak, Kanata, Canada, Shiguang Guo, Ottawa, Zhijun Cai, Irving, Texas, and Youn Hyoung Heo, Waterloo, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of decoding a channel state information reference signal (CSI-RS) is presented. An indication of a resource element (RE) configuration allocated for transmission of CSI-RSs by a first cell is received from a second cell. The method includes at least one of using the indication of the RE configuration to decode a first CSI-RS received from the first cell, and using the indication of the RE configuration to mute one or more REs within a data channel transmission received from a third cell. The first cell, second cell and third cell may be associated within a CSI-RS group. In some cases, at least two of the first cell, the second cell, and the third cell are mutually interfering cells. The indication of the RE configuration may include a plurality of logical indices having incremental values, the plurality of logical indices identifying REs used to transmit CSI-RS." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2010 (12/705,491). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,305,987&OS=8,305,987&RS=8,305,987 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Uplink Transmissions and CQI Reports with Carrier Aggregation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 13 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,305,986) developed by four co-inventors for "method and apparatus for uplink transmissions and CQI reports with carrier aggregation." The co-inventors are Jianzhong Zhang, Irving, Texas, Lingjia Liu, Plano, Texas, Juho Lee, Suwon-si, South Korea, and Young-Han Nam, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile station capable of communicating via an uplink transmission to at least one base station in a Multiple Input Multiple Output wireless network is configured to transmit multiple channel quality index (CQI) reports corresponding to multiple downlink component carriers. The mobile station includes at least one transmit antenna and a transmitter. The transmitter can communicate with a base station over the multiple downlink component carriers and at least one uplink component carrier. The transmitter can transmit the CQI report over the at least one uplink component carrier using at least one of a number of CQI reporting modes." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2010 (12/686,158). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,305,986&OS=8,305,986&RS=8,305,986 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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