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[December 03, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 3)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Battenfeld Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Battenfeld Technologies, Columbia, Mo., has been assigned a patent (8,316,570) developed by seven co-inventors for "bipod device for use with a firearm." The co-inventors are Russell A. Potterfield, Columbia, Mo., Tim Morrow, Jefferson City, Mo., Yan-Jiang Zhou, Columbia, Mo., Tim Kinney, Columbia, Mo., Dennis Cauley, Boonville, Mo., David Yale, Santa Clara, Calif., and Robert Joseph Zara, Rocheport, Mo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Bipods and mounting devices for attaching to and supporting firearms, more specifically, bipods which allow independent tension-adjustable movement around two axes. For example, the bipod assembly can be tension-adjusted with a first cam lock for cant movement and can be tension-adjusted with a second cam lock for pivotal movement. Accordingly, independently tension-adjustable and lockable pivot and cam adjustments are provided by this bipod assembly." The patent application was filed on Aug. 2, 2010 (12/848,649). 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=8,316,570&OS=8,316,570&RS=8,316,570 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** S3C Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- S3C, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,533) developed by James Tjanmeng Suminto, West Covina, Calif., and Mohammad Yunus, Castro Valley, Calif., for "media-compatible electrically isolated pressure sensor for high temperature applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for manufacturing a Micro-Electro-Mechanical System pressure sensor. The method includes forming a gauge wafer including a diaphragm and a pedestal region. The method includes forming an electrical insulation layer disposed on a second surface of the diaphragm region and forming a plurality of sensing elements patterned on the electrical insulation layer disposed on the second surface in the diaphragm region. The method includes forming a cap wafer with a central recess in an inner surface and a plurality of through-wafer embedded vias made of an electrically conductive material in the cap wafer. The method includes creating a sealed cavity by coupling the inner recessed surface of the cap wafer to the gauge wafer, such that electrical connections from the sensing elements come out to an outer surface of the cap wafer through the vias. The method includes attaching a spacer wafer with a central aperture to the pedestal region with the central aperture aligned to the diaphragm region." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2010 (12/855,528). 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=8,316,533&OS=8,316,533&RS=8,316,533 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SRI International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,526) developed by Qibing Pei, Temecula, Calif., Ronald E. Pelrine, Longmont, Colo., and Marcus Rosenthal, Pacifica, Calif., for a "method for forming an electroactive polymer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides electroactive polymers, transducers and devices that maintain pre-strain in one or more portions of an electroactive polymer. Electroactive polymers described herein may include a pre-strained portion and a stiffened portion configured to maintain pre-strain in the pre-strained portion. One fabrication technique applies pre-strain to a partially cured electroactive polymer. The partially cured polymer is then further cured to stiffen and maintain the pre-strain. In another fabrication technique, a support layer is coupled to the polymer that maintains pre-strain in a portion of an electroactive polymer. Another embodiment of the invention cures a polymer precursor to maintain pre-strain in an electroactive polymer." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2011 (13/043,874). 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=8,316,526&OS=8,316,526&RS=8,316,526 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Western Digital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Western Digital, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,527) developed by Liubo Hong, San Jose, Calif., and Honglin Zhu, Fremont, Calif., for a "method for providing at least one magnetoresistive device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The method provides a magnetoresistive device. The magnetoresistive device is formed from a plurality of magnetoresistive layers. The method includes providing a mask. The mask covers a first portion of the magnetoresistive element layers in at least one device area. The magnetoresistive element(s) are defined using the mask. The method includes depositing hard bias layer(s). The method also includes providing a hard bias capping structure on the hard bias layer(s). The hard bias capping structure includes a first protective layer and a planarization stop layer. The first protective layer resides between the planarization stop layer and the hard bias layer(s). The method also includes performing a planarization. The planarization stop layer is configured for the planarization." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2008 (12/060,724). 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=8,316,527&OS=8,316,527&RS=8,316,527 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Three-axis Sensor Chip Packages ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,316,552) developed by Lakshman Withanawasam, Maple Grove, Minn., Ryan W. Rieger, San Jose, Calif., and Bharat B. Pant, Minneapolis, for "systems and methods for three-axis sensor chip packages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for three-axis sensor chip packages are provided. In one embodiment, a directional sensor package comprises: a base; a first sensor die mounted to the base, the first sensor die having a first active sensor circuit and a first plurality of metal pads electrically coupled to the first active sensor circuit; a second sensor die mounted to the base, the second sensor die having a second active sensor circuit located on a first surface, and a second plurality of metal pads electrically coupled to the second active sensor circuit located on a second surface. The second sensor die is positioned such that the second active sensor circuit is oriented orthogonally with respect to the first active sensor circuit region and is perpendicular to the base. The second surface is adjacent to the first surface and angled with respect to a plane of the first surface." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2011 (13/101,492). 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=8,316,552&OS=8,316,552&RS=8,316,552 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Geo Fossil Fuels Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Geo Fossil Fuels, Golden, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,316,933) developed by William J. Kohr, Davis, Calif., for "microbial enhanced oil recovery methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Efficient, economical and environmentally safe microbial methods to enhance oil recovery in existing oil reservoirs, as well as microorganisms useful in such methods. The microorganisms are capable of growing in an environment of high salinity, and are deficient in their ability to degrade short chain hydrocarbons of about 12 carbons or less." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2010 (12/869,647). 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=83,16,933.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,933&RS=PN/83,16,933 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lam Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Lam Research, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,866) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for cleaning a semiconductor substrate." The co-inventors are Erik M. Freer, Campbell, Calif., John M. De Larios, Palo Alto, Calif., Katrina Mikhaylichenko, San Jose, Calif., Michael Ravkin, Sunnyvale, Calif., Mikhail Korolik, San Jose, Calif., and Fred C. Redeker, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for cleaning a substrate is provided. The method initiates with applying an activation solution to a surface of the substrate. The activation solution and the surface of the substrate are contacted with a surface of a solid cleaning surface. The activation solution is absorbed into a portion of the solid cleaning element and then the substrate or the solid cleaning surface is moved relative to each other to clean the surface of the substrate. A method for cleaning the surface of the substrate with a solid cleaning element that experiences plastic deformation is also provided. Corresponding cleaning apparatuses are also provided." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2006 (11/612,352). 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=83,16,866.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,866&RS=PN/83,16,866 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Innovative Survivability Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Innovative Survivability Technologies, Goleta, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,753) developed by Rodney B. Beach, Goleta, Calif., Sam Christ Petronakis, Santa Ynez, Calif., and William Gulley, Goleta, Calif., for an "explosive round countermeasure system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An explosive round countermeasure system incorporates a plurality of linear shaped charges with standoffs for holding the linear shaped charges in parallel spaced relation distal from the structure to be protected, each shaped charge creating a substantially planar jet when detonated. Means for sensing an incoming explosive round having a nose mounted fuse structure is provided and means for detonating at least one of the charges in the array responsive to the sensing means such that the detonation is timed for placement of the fuse structure adjacent the at least one charge." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2011 (13/290,974). 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=83,16,753.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,753&RS=PN/83,16,753 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Stanford University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,861) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for guiding a medical instrument with magnetic force control." The co-inventors are Reuben Brewer, Millbrae, Calif., J. Kenneth Salisbury Jr., Mountain View, Calif., Kevin E. Loewke, Menlo Park, Calif., and David B. Camarillo, Aptos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetic force control system for guiding a medical instrument within a body includes: a controlled magnet coupled to the medical instrument; a controller magnet that exerts a magnetic force on the controlled magnet; a magnetically permeable shield, placed between the controlled magnet and the controller magnet, that selectively modulates the magnetic force by rerouting magnetic field lines; and a control system. A method for guiding a medical instrument within a body with magnetic force control includes: providing a controlled magnet coupled to the medical instrument, inserting the controlled magnet and medical instrument into the body, providing a controller magnet outside the body, placing a magnetically permeable shield between the controlled magnet and the controller magnet, applying magnetic force, and selectively modulating the magnetic force with the shield to vary at least one of amplitude and orientation of the magnetic force, thereby guiding the controlled magnet within the body." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2009 (12/603,387). 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=83,16,861.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,861&RS=PN/83,16,861 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Calisolar Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Calisolar, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,745) developed by four co-inventors for a "semiconductor wafer pre-process annealing and gettering method and system for solar cell formation." The co-inventors are Fritz G. Kirscht, Berlin, Kamel Ounadjela, Belmont, Calif., Jean Patrice Rakotoniaina, Cupertino, Calif., and Dieter Linke, Berlin.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are here disclosed for a solar cell pre-processing method and system for annealing and gettering a solar cell semiconductor wafer having an undesirably high dispersion of transition metals, impurities and other defects. The process forms a surface contaminant layer on the solar cell semiconductor (e.g., silicon) wafer. A surface of the semiconductor wafer receives and holds impurities, as does the surface contaminant layer. The lower-quality semiconductor wafer includes dispersed defects that in an annealing process getter from the semiconductor bulk to form impurity cluster toward the surface contaminant layer. The impurity clusters form within the surface contaminant layer while increasing the purity level in wafer regions from which the dispersed defects gettered. Cooling follows annealing for retaining the impurity clusters and, thereby, maintaining the increased purity level of the semiconductor wafer in regions from which the impurities gettered. Multicrystalline semiconductor wafers having grain boundaries with impurities may also undergo the annealing and gettering of dispersed defects to the grain boundaries, further increasing the semiconductor substrate purity levels." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2011 (13/218,632). 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=83,16,745.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,745&RS=PN/83,16,745 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,867) developed by Dean C. Jennings, Beverly, Mass., Majeed Foad, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jonathan Simmons, San Jose, Calif., for an "electrostatic chuck cleaning during semiconductor substrate processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for cleaning electrostatic chucks in processing chambers are provided. The process comprises flowing a backside gas comprising a reactive agent into a zone in a process chamber, the zone defined by a space between a surface of an electrostatic chuck or of a cleaning station and a surface of a substrate. The surface of the electrostatic chuck is etched with the reactive agent to remove debris. An apparatus for cleaning an electrostatic chuck is also provided, the apparatus comprising: a process chamber; an elongate arm having a reach disposed through a wall of the process chamber; an electrostatic chuck attached to the elongate arm; a cleaning station located within the reach of the elongate arm; and a reactive gas source that is operatively connected to the cleaning station." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2011 (13/189,811). 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=83,16,867.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,867&RS=PN/83,16,867 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Erlanger, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,316,882) developed by Andrea Leigh Lubawy, Sacramento, Calif., for a "mechanical fuse to seal pipes upon unintended rupture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a mechanical fuse to seal pipes upon unintended rupture. When a pressure difference between a first pressure and a second pressure in a pipe is below a pressure threshold, a first spring retains a flap in a first position allowing gaseous fuel to flow from a first portion to a second portion and when the pressure difference between the first pressure and the second pressure is not below the pressure threshold the flap moves to a second position preventing the gaseous fuel from flowing from the first portion to the second portion." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2011 (13/234,048). 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=83,16,882.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,882&RS=PN/83,16,882 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Stanford University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,093) developed by four co-inventors for a "magnetic nanoparticles, magnetic detector arrays, and methods for their use in detecting biological molecules." The co-inventors are Shan X. Wang, Portola Valley, Calif., Robert L. White, Stanford, Calif., Chris D. Webb, Scotts Valley, Calif., and Guanxiong Li, Stanford, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Magnetic nanoparticles and methods for their use in detecting biological molecules are disclosed. The magnetic nanoparticles can be attached to nucleic acid molecules, which are then captured by a complementary sequence attached to a detector, such as a spin valve detector or a magnetic tunnel junction detector. The detection of the bound magnetic nanoparticle can be achieved with high specificity and sensitivity." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2007 (11/804,583). 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=8,318,093.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,093&RS=PN/8,318,093 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** 3D Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- 3D Systems, Rock Hill, S.C., has been assigned a patent (8,318,076) developed by five co-inventors for a "selective deposition modeling methods for improved support-object interface." The co-inventors are Hongqing Vincent Wang, Fort Mill, S.C., Pavan Kumar, Rock Hill, S.C., John Stockwell, Sylmar, Calif., Khalil Moussa, Charlotte, N.C., and Rajeev Kulkami, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There are provided method and apparatus for the forming of three-dimensional objects in a layered fashion, wherein improvements are made to the support structure to improve the quality of the resulting three-dimensional objects. The support structure may include encapsulation along the interface boundary of the support-object interface to prevent or reduce the likelihood of separation of the build material, that forms the three-dimensional object, from the support material, that forms the support structure, or vice versa. The support structure may also or alternatively include both a porous support structure and a solid support structure to prevent or reduce the likelihood of separation of the support structure from the build platform and to improve the quality of the down-facing surfaces of the three-dimensional object. Methods are also provided for selectively depositing the support material and build material and for encapsulating the interface boundary with support material." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2010 (12/815,890). 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=8,318,076.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,076&RS=PN/8,318,076 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Precursor Energetics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Precursor Energetics, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,050) developed by four co-inventors for "processes for polymeric precursors for caigas aluminum-containing photovoltaics." The co-inventors are Kyle L. Fujdala, San Jose, Calif., Wayne A. Chomitz, Oakland, Calif., Zhongliang Zhu, San Jose, Calif., and Matthew C. Kuchta, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to processes for compounds, polymeric compounds, and compositions used to prepare semiconductor and optoelectronic materials and devices including thin film and band gap materials. This invention provides a range of compounds, polymeric compounds, compositions, materials and methods directed ultimately toward photovoltaic applications, transparent conductive materials, as well as devices and systems for energy conversion, including solar cells. In particular, this invention relates to polymeric precursor compounds and precursor materials for preparing photovoltaic layers. In particular, this invention relates to molecular precursor compounds and precursor materials for preparing photovoltaic layers including CAIGAS." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2010 (12/859,132). 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=8,318,050.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,050&RS=PN/8,318,050 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AXT Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- AXT, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,042) developed by Tan Kaixie, San Francisco, Gu Yan, Beijang, and Wang Yuanli, Beijing, for "systems, methods and solutions for chemical polishing of GaAs wafers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Chemical polishing solutions and methods are disclosed for the chemical polishing of GaAs wafers. An exemplary chemical polishing solution consistent with the innovations herein may comprise dichloroisocyanurate, sulfonate, acid pyrophosphate, bicarbonate and carbonate. An exemplary chemical polishing method may comprise polishing a wafer in a chemical polishing apparatus in the presence of such a chemical polishing solution. Chemical polishing solutions and methods herein make it possible, for example, to improve wafer quality, decrease costs, and/or reduce environmental pollution." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,870). 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=8,318,042.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,042&RS=PN/8,318,042 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SOLON Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- SOLON, Tucson, Ariz., has been assigned a patent (8,316,619) developed by David Rego, Marana, Ariz., Jerrod Quinton Rodowca, Tucson, Ariz., and John W. Rethans, San Carlos, Calif., for "integrated photovoltaic rooftop modules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Photovoltaic modules including a solar panel integrated with a supporting frame, and which are configured to be installed on a building rooftop. Modules according to the present teachings may be at least partially pre-assembled, with a solar panel oriented at a predetermined angle relative to the rooftop mounting surface of the supporting frame." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2012 (13/480,248). 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=83,16,619.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,619&RS=PN/83,16,619 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rojas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Ana C. Rojas, Ventura, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,488) developed by Ana C. Rojas, for a "contoured body support pillow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is disclosed a support pillow. The support pillow includes a body with a head rest and a neck rest along with a pair of arms extending outward and forward from the body to thereby surround the sides of the head and neck of a user. The support pillow may also incorporate a storage bag for compressing and storing the body and arms of the support pillow." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,131). 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=8,316,488&OS=8,316,488&RS=8,316,488 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,088) developed by four co-inventors for a "radiation sterilization of medical devices." The co-inventors are Abigail Freeman, Fremont, Calif., Brian Riggs, Temecula, Calif., Robert Harrison, Perris, Calif., and Greg Simmons, Temecula, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of radiation sterilizing a plurality of stent-catheter assemblies includes positioning a plurality of stent-catheter assemblies on a fixture, each of the stent catheter assemblies being arranged in a planar configuration and disposed in corresponding planar packages supported on the fixture, wherein the packages are stacked horizontally on the fixture, and wherein the stents of the assemblies are positioned at a position in each package such that the stents are exposed to the same or substantially the same radiation; and exposing the packages to an incoming radiation beam, the radiation beam being at an acute angle to the planes of the planar configuration of the assemblies, wherein the packages are arranged such that a front end of the stack faces the radiation beam and a back end of the stack faces away from the radiation beam." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2011 (13/096,892). 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=8,318,088.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,088&RS=PN/8,318,088 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E.I. du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,318,046) developed by Che-Hsiung Hsu, Wilmington, Del., and Frank P. Uckert, Buellton, Calif., for a "water dispersible polyanilines made with polymeric acid colloids for electronics applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are provided to producing stable, aqueous dispersions of polyaniline and colloid-forming polymeric acids. Films from the disclosed compositions are useful as buffer layers, in organic electronic devices including electroluminescent devices, such as organic light emitting diodes (OLED) displays. Films cast from the compositions are also useful in combination with nanometal wires or carbon nanotubes in applications such as drain, source, or gate electrodes in thin film field effect transistors." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2008 (12/275,413). 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=8,318,046.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,046&RS=PN/8,318,046 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Allergan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Allergan, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,070) developed by seven co-inventors for an "ocular implant made by a double extrusion process." The co-inventors are Jane-Guo Shiah, Irvine, Calif., Rahul Bhagat, Irvine, Calif., Wendy M. Blanda, Tustin, Calif., Thierry Nivaggioli, Atherton, Calif., Lin Peng, South San Francisco, Calif., David Chou, Palo Alto, Calif., and David A. Weber, Danville, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides biodegradable implants sized for implantation in an ocular region and methods for treating medical conditions of the eye. The implants are formed from a mixture of hydrophilic end and hydrophobic end PLGA, and deliver active agents into an ocular region without a high burst release." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2011 (13/224,041). 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=8,318,070.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,070&RS=PN/8,318,070 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Cybernation Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- General Cybernation Group, Rancho Cordova, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,926) developed by George Shu-Xing Cheng, Folsom, Calif., Osman Ahmed, Hawthorn Woods, Ill., and William Thomas Pienta, Prospect Heights, Ill., for an "arrangement and method for automatically determined time constant for a control device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arrangement for use in connection with an air handling unit includes a controller and a processing circuit. The controller is configured to control a device within an air handler unit, which includes at least a first coil. The processing circuit is configured to receive first information representative of a maximum liquid flow rate through the first coil and second information representative of a maximum air flow rate of the first coil. The processing circuit is further configured to generate a time constant estimate, based on the first information and second information, for use in the controller in performing control of the device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2006 (11/590,691). 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=83,16,926.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,926&RS=PN/83,16,926 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SOLON Assigned Patent for Integrated Photovoltaic Rooftop Modules ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- SOLON, Tucson, Ariz., has been assigned a patent (8,316,618) developed by seven co-inventors for "integrated photovoltaic rooftop modules." The co-inventors are Jerrod Quinton Rodowca, Tucson, Ariz., Ronald L. Starjnski, Tucson, Ariz., David Rego, Marana, Ariz., Ben Michael Striner, Tucson, Ariz., Benjamin William Schams, Tucson, Ariz., John W. Rethans, San Carlos, Calif., and William Richardson, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Photovoltaic modules including a solar panel integrated with a supporting frame, and which are configured to be installed on a building rooftop. Modules according to the present teachings may be at least partially pre-assembled, with a solar panel oriented at a predetermined angle relative to the rooftop mounting surface of the supporting frame." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2012 (13/480,237). 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=83,16,618.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,618&RS=PN/83,16,618 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pacific Biosciences of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Pacific Biosciences of California, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,094) developed by ten co-inventors for a substrate analysis systems. The co-inventors are Hovig Bayandorian, Berkeley, Calif., Yujuan Cheng, Foster City, Calif., John Dixon, Moss Beach, Calif., Kevin Hester, Belmont, Calif., Yanqiao Huang, San Mateo, Calif., Paul Lundquist, San Francisco, Joy Roy, San Jose, Calif., Stephen Turner, Menlo Park, Calif., Peiqian Zhao, Mountain View, Calif., and Cheng Frank Zhong, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides systems for analyzing substrates. Also provided by the invention are improved optical systems for enhanced multiplex illumination, optical systems with compact multi-wavelength illumination architectures, optical systems for enhanced detection of optical signals, and optical systems for reduced autofluorescence background noise." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2011 (13/162,433). 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=8,318,094.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,094&RS=PN/8,318,094 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Paragon Airheater Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Paragon Airheater Technologies, Corona, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,924) developed by Jack Kaser, Homeland, Calif., and Deborah Kaser, Homeland, Calif., for a "heat exchanger having powder coated elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Powder coated heat exchange elements for a heat exchanger. Powder coating provides improved protective coating on surfaces of heat exchange elements. In many applications, the heat exchange elements are subjected to harsh operating conditions that promote corrosion. Traditional enamel coating tends to fracture when subjected to mechanical stresses thereby allowing corrosion inducing agents to penetrate and corrode the underlying surfaces. Powder coating reduces breaches in the protective layer. Powder coating may be adapted to withstand high temperatures so as to make them suitable for use in harsh operating environments. One such environment can be found in the processing of flue gas from fossil burning power generators, where the flue gas has a relatively high temperature and high sulfur content." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2010 (12/911,346). 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=83,16,924.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,924&RS=PN/83,16,924 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,077) developed by Jane Emerson, Irvine, Calif., for a "collection tubes apparatus, systems, and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of producing collection tubes are presented. The methods include providing a separator substance that can rapidly polymerize in a short time to a desired hardness and disposing the separator substance within the lumen of the tube. The separator substance is formulated to have a density between an average density of a serum fraction of whole blood and a cell-containing fraction of whole blood, and to be flowable with whole blood. Upon centrifugation of a tube having blood, the separator substance forms a barrier between the whole blood fractions. The barrier rapidly hardens forming a solid barrier when triggered by a suitable energy source." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2012 (13/482,234). 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=8,318,077.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,077&RS=PN/8,318,077 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Molecular Imprints Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Molecular Imprints, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,318,066) developed by six co-inventors for a "step and repeat imprint lithography process." The co-inventors are Sidlgata V. Sreenivasan, Austin, Texas, Byung-Jin Choi, Austin, Texas, Norman E. Schumaker, Austin, Texas, Ronald D. Voisin, Fremont, Calif., Michael P.C. Watts, Austin, Texas, and Mario Johannes Meissl, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to methods for patterning a substrate by imprint lithography. Imprint lithography is a process in which a liquid is dispensed onto a substrate. A template is brought into contact with the liquid and the liquid is cured. The cured liquid includes an imprint of any patterns formed in the template. In one embodiment, the imprint process is designed to imprint only a portion of the substrate. The remainder of the substrate is imprinted by moving the template to a different portion of the template and repeating the imprint lithography process." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,614). 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=8,318,066.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,066&RS=PN/8,318,066 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Evolution Robotics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Evolution Robotics, Pasadena, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,499) developed by Michael Dooley, Pasadena, Calif., and Nikolai Romanov, Oak Park, Calif., for an "apparatus for holding a cleaning sheet in a cleaning implement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Cleaning devices which use cleaning sheets affixed in traps are disclosed. The traps comprise first and second jaws, each comprising base and forward portions, each forward position having a forward surface. The forward portion of the second jaw is flexible in at least a first direction, such as towards a surface over which the device is configured to move. When the second jaw is relaxed, the forward portion of the second jaw is substantially coplanar with the forward portion of the first jaw and the forward surfaces are proximate or touching. When the second jaw is flexed in the first direction (e.g., by the application of a force from a user), the forward surface of the forward portion of the second jaw moves in the first direction, away from the forward surface of the first jaw. This opens a gap through which a portion of a sheet may be inserted." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2011 (12/985,257). 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=8,316,499&OS=8,316,499&RS=8,316,499 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Universal Convergent Nozzle and Distinct Nozzle Aperture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Boeing, Chicago, ha been assigned a patent (8,317,129) developed by Edward Lawson, Long Beach, Calif., and Aaron J. Kutzmann, Long Beach, Calif., for a "universal convergent nozzle and distinct nozzle aperture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods provide for an engine nozzle having a universal convergent nozzle and a distinct nozzle aperture. Aspects of the disclosure provide a universal convergent nozzle that includes a nozzle throat and is attachable at a first end to an aircraft engine and at a second end to a distinct nozzle aperture. While the distinct nozzle aperture may include features that are specific to the corresponding engine mounting location, the universal convergent nozzle may be interchangeably used with any engine and distinct nozzle aperture at any engine mounting location. The configuration of the universal convergent nozzle ensures consistent engine performance and engine exhaust plume conditioning across all engine mounting locations, irrespective of the distinct nozzle aperture features downstream of the universal convergent nozzle." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2009 (12/410,828). 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=8,317,129.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,129&RS=PN/8,317,129 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Tool Works Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Illinois Tool Works, Glenview, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,317,148) developed by Richard J. Ernst, San Diego, John P. Grimm, Santee, Calif., Mark E. Gonciarz, South Elgin, Ill., for a "wall mountable holder system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A substrate-mountable holder system comprising: a first portion, a cover, an anchor and at least one fastener, the first portion having a hook extending therefrom and at least one opening for receiving the fastener(s), a cover configured to engage the first portion and hide the fastener(s). The first portion may include a lobe proximate the top of the rear surface to bias the bottom of the first portion toward the substrate to aid in more stable mounting of the first portion and further may include a tang projecting rearwardly from proximate the bottom for engagement with the substrate or a second fastener spaced proximate the first fastener to inhibit rotation of the system when installed. In addition, the first portion and the cover may have various features to fasten the cover securely to the first portion and provide the appearance of a unitary structure." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/395,286). 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=8,317,148.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,148&RS=PN/8,317,148 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Accuride International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Accuride International, Santa Fe Springs, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,317,277) developed by Thomas Sheng-Shyong Hu, Corona, Calif., and Saul Gutnik, Irvine, Calif., for a "dampened assisted-motion systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for assisting the linear movement of a pull-out component relative to a housing includes a first bracket coupled to a slide member of the housing, a second bracket coupled to the pull-out component, and a strut that is pivotally coupled to the first and second brackets at its respective ends. The strut includes an outer hollow member that houses a primary spring, a cylindrical piston that translates through one end of the outer hollow member, and a reverse damping mechanism. A free end of the primary spring is held inside the outer hollow member by a clevis for the first bracket, and its opposite end rests on the piston. The piston's free end includes a clevis for the second bracket. An inner hollow member houses a second spring which regulates movement of a damper shaft such that damping occurs when the shaft is pulled out of the damper." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2010 (12/763,097). 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=8,317,277.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,277&RS=PN/8,317,277 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,316,701) developed by Wink M. Baker, Fort Worth, Texas, Mark R. Melanson, Aledo, Texas, and Ming Chang, Palmdale, Calif., for an "aerodynamic testing method and apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aerodynamic testing apparatus includes a test object carrier that carries a test object along an orbital test path through a fluid test medium. The apparatus may be configured to carry a test object along a generally spiraling orbital test path through the fluid test medium." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2010 (12/950,250). 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=83,16,701.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,701&RS=PN/83,16,701 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mission Motor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Mission Motor, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,316,976) developed by Karl Johnson, San Francisco, and Paul Durkee, San Francisco, for a "frame for a ride-on vehicle having a plurality of battery packs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the invention is a frame for a ride-on vehicle having at least one front wheel, at least one rear wheel, and a plurality of substantially similar battery packs. The frame defines a central plane and includes a front end located adjacent to the front wheel(s), a rear end located adjacent to the rear wheel(s), and a lattice structure that extends substantially between the front end and the rear end. The lattice structure includes a first portion that includes battery pack mounts that secure a first subset of the battery packs arranged in two layers, and includes a second portion that includes battery pack mounts that secure a second subset of the batter packs arranged in a single layer. The lattice structure also defines a truss that mechanically couples the front wheel(s) to the rear wheel(s)." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2009 (12/623,348). 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=8,316,976.PN.&OS=PN/8,316,976&RS=PN/8,316,976 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lam Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Lam Research, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,035) developed by Mark W. Kiehlbauch, Hayward, Calif., and John E. Daugherty, Newark, Calif., for "methods of finishing quartz glass surfaces and components made by the methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of surface finishing a component useful for a plasma processing apparatus are provided. The component includes at least one plasma-exposed quartz glass surface. The method includes mechanically polishing, chemically etching and cleaning the plasma-exposed surface to achieve a desired surface morphology. Quartz glass sealing surfaces of the component also can be finished by the methods. Plasma-exposed surface and sealing surfaces of the same component can be finished to different surface morphologies from each other." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2007 (11/812,902). 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=8,318,035.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,035&RS=PN/8,318,035 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,316,714) developed by Ismayil M. Guracar, Redwood City, Calif., for "scan patterns for electronically positioned apertures on an array." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A plane or volume is scanned with ultrasound. Electronic movement of apertures is used during the scanning. Scanning with the apertures is interleaved. The apertures move along the array in opposite directions, preventing or limiting large temporal discontinuity. For example, two apertures begin at similar angles on a two-dimensional array. Planar scans are performed for each aperture location. The apertures are counter rotated (i.e., one clockwise and the other counter clockwise)." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2010 (12/780,688). 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=83,16,714.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,714&RS=PN/83,16,714 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Socket Mobile Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Socket Mobile, Newark, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,317,102) developed by seven co-inventors for a multi-mode ring scanner. The co-inventors are Robert John Miller, Fremont, Calif., Allan Leafblad, Livermore, Calif., Thomas J. Newman, Discovery Bay, Calif., Leonard Ott, Livermore, Calif., John E. Brandon, San Rafael, Calif., Charles E. Ader, Livermore, Calif., and Timothy Miller, Scotts Valley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-mode ring scanner (MMRS) has a ring unit for wearing on a finger. The MMRS optionally has a wrist unit coupled to the ring unit, such as via a cable. The MMRS optionally communicates wirelessly with a computing device. The ring unit has one or more scanners (such as an optical scanner or an RFID tag reader). The ring unit optionally has two paddle switches for activation by inward pressure from fingers adjacent to the finger. The two switches enable specifying operation of the MMRS in a plurality of modes and/or to communicate a plurality of information codes to the computing device. The computing device is optionally enabled to assign a function to each combination of activation of the two switches. A scanning system including the MMRS optionally provides feedback to a user based on feedback from a host processor." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,684). 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=8,317,102.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,102&RS=PN/8,317,102 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Contech Engineered Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Contech Engineered Solutions, West Chester, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,318,015) developed by six co-inventors for a stormwater filtration systems. The co-inventors are Vaikko P. Allen II, Oxnard, Calif., Jeremiah M. Lehman, Vancouver, Wash., James H. Lenhart Jr., Portland, Ore., Hong Lin, Elk Grove, Calif., Daniel P. Cobb, Portland, Maine, and Gregory W. Byrne, West Linn, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stormwater filtration system suitable for treatment of stormwater runoff in a developed environment uses a primary treatment bay that includes a filtration bed with live plant matter. A second treatment bay treats water that exceeds the maximum throughput of the primary bay. A reservoir stores treated runoff to water the plants during dry weather. Removable trays on the surface of the primary filtration bed provide plants suitable for ground cover. Additional bays expand the filtration bed throughput and accommodate extended root systems. A flow control may be provided for the primary treatment bay." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2012 (13/352,977). 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=8,318,015.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,015&RS=PN/8,318,015 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,317,300) developed by Richard A. Murray, San Diego, for an inkjet printer.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An inkjet printer includes a carriage guide including a carriage guide direction; an inkjet nozzle array that is movable back and forth along the carriage guide direction; an ink tank for providing ink to the inkjet nozzle array; and a holding receptacle for the ink tank, the holding receptacle includes a base surface for supporting the ink supply, the base surface including a first end and a second end that is opposite the first end; a latch including a latching member proximate the first end of the base surface for retaining the ink tank in the holding receptacle; and a wall that includes an ink inlet port configured to receive ink from the ink tank, wherein the wall is proximate the second end of the base surface." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/750,738). 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=8,317,300.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,300&RS=PN/8,317,300 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FiTeq Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- FiTeq, Tiburon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,317,103) developed by Eric Foo, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Wong Chee Weng, Singapore, and Liu Chang, Singapore, for a "method for broadcasting a magnetic stripe data packet from an electronic smart card." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method for broadcasting a magnetic stripe data packet from an electronic card by measuring a swipe speed of the electronic card past a magnetic reader head during a swipe of the electronic card past the magnetic reader head and then adjusting a broadcast signal containing the magnetic stripe data packet according to the measured swipe speed so that the magnetic stripe data packet in the broadcast signal is read by the magnetic reader head during said swipe. The swipe speed is measured by either an active speed sensor or a passive pressure/force speed sensor such as a quantum tunneling composite." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2010 (12/944,504). 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=8,317,103.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,103&RS=PN/8,317,103 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TCP Reliable Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- TCP Reliable, Edison, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,316,662) developed by Benjamin Romero, San Mateo, Calif., for a thermal packaging system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is an apparatus, method and system to thermally package an item having at least one container (100) substantially filled with an alcohol, wherein said alcohol undergoes a phase change." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2012 (13/401,321). 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=83,16,662.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,662&RS=PN/83,16,662 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ceilings Plus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Ceilings Plus, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,316,607) developed by four co-inventors for a "metal ceiling system having locking panels without visible access holes." The co-inventors are Lester Eisner, Lakewood, Calif., Tom Peterson, Ontario, Calif., Albert Kiechle, Downey, Calif., and James Langan, Sequim, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A suspended metal ceiling system having a grid of support members suspended from a structural ceiling and a plurality of ceiling panels positioned on the grid of the support members having a locking mechanism for connecting the ceiling panels to the grid actuatable from a side wall of the ceiling panels." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/085,408). 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=83,16,607.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,607&RS=PN/83,16,607 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of California Assigned Patent for System of Smart Colloidal Dampers with Controllable Damping Curves Using Magnetic Field and Method of Using the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,317,002) developed by Gangyi Zhou, Irvine, Calif., and Lizhi Sun, Irvine, Calif., for a "system of smart colloidal dampers with controllable damping curves using magnetic field and method of using the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus includes a damper, a source of magnetic field coupled to the damper, a colloidal ferro-fluidic damping medium disposed in the damper, a sensor installed on the host structure to measure vibrations, and a vibration control circuit. The output of the sensor is fed back to the control circuit, which outputs a command signal to the source of the magnetic field applied to the damper to change the magnetic field in the damper as well as its damping curve so that the dynamic performance of the host structure installed with the damper is changed automatically to yield maximum vibration mitigation." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2007 (11/948,606). 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=8,317,002.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,002&RS=PN/8,317,002 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,318,030) developed by eight co-inventors for a "magnetic device definition with uniform biasing control." The co-inventors are Xilin Peng, Bloomington, Minn., Stacey C. Wakeham, Bloomington, Minn., Yifan Zhang, Eden Prairie, Minn., Zhongyan Wang, San Ramon, Calif., Konstantin R. Nikolaev, Edina, Minn., Mark Henry Ostrowski, Lakeville, Minn., Yonghua Chen, Edina, Minn., and Juren Ding, Eden Prairie, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of fabricating a magnetic device is described. A mask removing layer is formed on a layered sensing stack and a hard mask layer is formed on the mask removing layer. A first reactive ion etch is performed with a non-oxygen-based chemistry to define the hard mask layer using an imaged layer formed on the hard mask layer as a mask. A second reactive ion etch is performed with an oxygen-based chemistry to define the mask removing stop layer using the defined hard mask layer as a mask. A third reactive ion etch is performed to define the layered sensing stack using the hard mask layer as a mask. The third reactive ion etch includes an etching chemistry that performs at a lower etching rate on the hard mask layer than on the layered sensing stack." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2009 (12/502,180). 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=8,318,030.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,030&RS=PN/8,318,030 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dye Precision Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Dye Precision, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,316,835) developed by Eero Kaakkola, Helsinki, Finland, and Adam Harrison Thorp, San Diego, for "anti-chop eyes for a paintball marker." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An anti-chop system for a pneumatic paintball marker that is automatically cleaned. The anti-chop eye system includes a transmitter and receiver arranged so as to sense the presence of a paintball within a breech using a beam of light. A moving member of the paintball marker automatically wipes at least one surface of the transmitter and/or receiver to remove contaminants such as paint, grease, dirt and the like. By automatically cleaning the anti-chop eye system, the reliability of the system is improved." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2010 (12/836,124). 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=83,16,835.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,835&RS=PN/83,16,835 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Terraspan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Terraspan, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,318,029) developed by Victor B. Kley, Berkeley, Calif., for "methods of manufacturing diamond capsules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Capsules and similar objects are made from materials having diamond (sp.sup.3) lattice structures, including diamond materials in synthetic crystalline, polycrystalline (ordered or disordered), nanocrystalline and amorphous forms. The capsules generally include a hollow shell made of a diamond material that defines an interior region that may be empty or that may contain a fluid or solid material. Some of the capsules include access ports that can be used to fill the capsule with a fluid. Capsules and similar structures can be manufactured by growing diamond on suitably shaped substrates. In some of these methods, diamond shell sections are grown on substrates, then joined together. In other methods, a nearly complete diamond shell is grown around a form substrate, and the substrate can be removed through a relatively small opening in the shell." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/933,134). 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=8,318,029.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,029&RS=PN/8,318,029 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cardica Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Cardica, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,317,072) developed by Bryan D. Knodel, Flagstaff, Ariz., and Philipe R. Manoux, Oakland, Calif., for a "feeder belt for true multi-fire surgical stapler." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary surgical apparatus may include a feeder belt configured as a continuous loop; staples fixed to and shearable from the continuous feeder belt; apertures defined in the continuous feeder belt; and a gear positioned at the distal end of the feeder belt within the continuous loop, where the gear engages at least one of the apertures to move the continuous feeder belt around the gear. Another exemplary surgical apparatus may include a feeder belt; a plurality of staples fixed to and shearable from the continuous feeder belt; and a plurality of teeth defined on the continuous feeder belt. Another exemplary surgical apparatus may include a continuous belt assembly that has a flexible rack with two ends, and a feeder belt with two ends, each end of For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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