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[December 31, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Ohio (Dec. 31)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Ohio.

*** Ethicon Endo-Surgery Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,337,394) developed by Omar J. Vakharia, Cincinnati, for an "overtube with expandable tip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An endoscopic overtube with articulating fingers extending from the distal end. The articulating fingers form an opening that may be expanded by a balloon. When positioned in a puncture site in a tissue wall, the articulating fingers dilate and enlarge the puncture site to allow for the body of the overtube to pass through the puncture site. In various embodiments, the fingers may further comprise cutting elements to assist in the dilation of the puncture site." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2008 (12/243,334). 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=8,337,394&OS=8,337,394&RS=8,337,394 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fram Group IP Assigned Patent for Method of Making Spark Plug Casing and Spark Plug Having the Spark Plug Casing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Fram Group IP, Lake Forest, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,337,268) developed by Matthew B. Below, Findlay, Ohio, and J. Braden Richards, Findlay, Ohio, for a "method of making spark plug casing and spark plug having the spark plug casing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spark plug casing includes a single-piece shell having a nut portion, first and second tubular portions and a converging shell portion, which are configured to be removed from a cylinder head as an integral device. The first tubular portion extends from the nut portion and has a first cross-sectional size. The second tubular portion has a second cross-sectional size less than the first cross-sectional size. The converging shell portion is coupled between the first and second tubular portions. The casing further includes a ground strap having a third cross-sectional size less than the second cross-sectional size. The ground strap is received within an end portion of the second tubular portion opposite the converging shell portion, such that the ground strap and the cylinder head are in a spaced relationship with respect to each other for preventing carbon buildup from binding the ground strap to the cylinder head." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2011 (13/270,642). 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=8,337,268&OS=8,337,268&RS=8,337,268 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Spectrum Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Spectrum Systems, Columbus, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,204) developed by James T. Lowder, Columbus, Ohio, Mitchell W. Haller Jr., York, Pa., and Alan R. Lipp, Westerville, Ohio, for a "rotary dental tool and method of manufacture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A rotary dental tool. The tool includes a blank having a shaft portion and a head portion. A single layer of diamond crystals extends from the blank at substantially uniform height, the diamond crystals covering a predetermined proportion of the surface area of the head portion. A bonding material substantially surrounds the diamond crystals, forming micro-channels between the diamond crystals. The diamond crystal size is substantially less than other rapid cutting tools yet out performs other tools in cutting speed, durability and smoothness of finish. The micro-channels are believed to both cool the dental tool and facilitate debris removal during use." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2005 (11/235,451). 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=8,337,204&OS=8,337,204&RS=8,337,204 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Midwest Industrial Supply Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Midwest Industrial Supply, Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,117) developed by Robert W. Vitale, Canton, Ohio, Frank D. Elswick, Santa Maria, Calif., and Gina M. Greenlee, Canton, Ohio, for a "method and composition for road construction and surfacing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and compositions for improving the strength and longevity of secondary roadways through environmentally sound practices are disclosed herein. A composition for road sealing includes an aqueous emulsion of acrylic and vinyl acetate polymer, water, and a resin-modified emulsion, wherein the resin-modified emulsion includes a mixture of pitch and rosin, an emulsifying agent, and water." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2012 (13/360,775). 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=8337117&OS=8337117&RS=8337117 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Procter & Gamble Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Incrementally Stretching a Web ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,337,190) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for incrementally stretching a web." The co-inventors are John Joseph Curro, Cincinnati, John Brian Strube, Okeana, Ohio, Timothy Ian Mullane, Union, Ky., and Jill Marlene Orr, Liberty Township, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus is provided which uses activation members for incrementally stretching a web at a low strain rate. The activation members include an activation belt and a single activation member wherein the activation belt and single activation member comprise a plurality of teeth and grooves that complement and engage one another at a depth of engagement in a deformation zone. The depth of engagement can be controlled to increase linearly over at least a portion of the deformation zone such that a web interposed between the activation belt and the single activation member in the deformation zone is incrementally stretched at a low rate of strain." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2011 (13/212,513). 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=8,337,190&OS=8,337,190&RS=8,337,190 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Control-surface-mounted Landing and Taxi Lights ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,337,059) developed by David Barnett, Urbana, Ohio, Jeffrey M. Singer, Springfield, Ohio, and Timothy C. Martin, Urbana, Ohio, for "control-surface-mounted landing and taxi lights." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lighting assembly for movable control surfaces of a vehicle. The light assembly includes a lens, a plurality of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) and a housing that receives the plurality of LEDs and the lens. The housing of the light assembly is received within the movable control surface, such that the lens is flush with a surface of the movable control surface. The light assembly includes a plurality of reflectors. The plurality of LEDs is rotatably mounted within the housing. The light assembly includes a controller that controls the position of the LEDs relative to the housing, based on a received control signal." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2011 (13/090,013). 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=8,337,059&OS=8,337,059&RS=8,337,059 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,003) developed by Chang-Fang Hsu, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Shan Guan, Dublin, Ohio, for a "catcher including drag reducing drop contact surface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A catcher and a method of printing are provided. The catcher includes a liquid drop contact face. The liquid drop contact face includes an opening that creates an air cushion upon which liquid flows after a liquid drop contacts the drop contact face." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2009 (12/504,050). 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=8,337,003&OS=8,337,003&RS=8,337,003 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ethicon Endo-Surgery Assigned Patent for Methods and Devices for Diagnosing Performance of a Gastric Restriction System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,337,389) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods and devices for diagnosing performance of a gastric restriction system." The co-inventors are Daniel F. Dlugos Jr., Middletown, Ohio, Mark S. Ortiz, Milford, Ohio, Amy L. Marcotte, Mason, Ohio, Randal T. Byrum, South Lebanon, Ohio, David N. Plescia, Cincinnati, Ohio, Jason L. Harris, Mason, Ohio, and Mark S. Zeiner, Mason, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices are provided for diagnosing performance of a gastric restriction system. In general, the methods and devices can enable patients, health care providers, and others to use pressure data as a feedback mechanism to monitor efficacy of an implantable restriction device and to identify, train, and/or prescribe treatment plan options. Pressure data monitoring can be used locally and/or remotely to monitor a restriction in a patient and compare gathered pressure data with a typical pressure of the restriction. Based on the results of the comparison, possible problems related to the patient and the restriction can be identified and diagnosed with possible cause(s) and solution(s). Notice of any detected possible problems, causes, and/or solutions can be provided to a user." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2008 (12/020,880). 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=8,337,389&OS=8,337,389&RS=8,337,389 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Strandex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Strandex, Madison, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,337,191) developed by Brian David Keller, Oregon, Wis., David Frank Dostal, Cambridge, Wis., and Alfred Bruce England, Cincinnati, "dies for making extruded synthetic wood and methods relating thereto." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to extrusion dies for making extruded synthetic wood and methods relating thereto. The dies include adapter dies, transition dies, stranding dies, and molding dies. The adapter dies include a channel with a restricted cross-sectional area. The stranding dies include a plurality of non-uniform channels that differ in length, cross-sectional area, cross-sectional shape, or combinations thereof. The transition dies are coordinately configured with the stranding die to adjust the flow rate of the extrudate. Particular configurations of dies upstream of the molding die allow for higher compression ratios in the molding die than previously feasible. Each of the dies described herein may be used individually with standard dies known in the art. Alternatively, the dies may be used in combination to form integrated units. The dies described herein allow for making stronger, more consistent synthetic wood at greater output rates than previously possible." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,629). 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=8,337,191&OS=8,337,191&RS=8,337,191 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Owens Corning Intellectual Capital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Owens Corning Intellectual Capital, Toledo, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,056) developed by Harry A. Alter, Granville, Ohio, and Anthony L. Rockwell, Pickerington, Ohio, for an "enclosure for a recessed light in an attic." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An enclosure for a recessed light in an attic is transformable between a first configuration in which the enclosure is flat and a second configuration in which the enclosure defines a housing. The housing has an opening at a bottom end for receiving the recessed light and an upwardly-facing surface opposite the opening. The upwardly-facing surface has a variable height relative to the bottom end." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2010 (12/699,339). 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=8,337,056&OS=8,337,056&RS=8,337,056 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fram Group IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Fram Group IP, Lake Forest, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,337,269) developed by Jeffrey T. Boehler, Holland, Ohio, and Eric P. Passman, Piscataway, N.J., for a "method of manufacturing a spark plug having a platinum alloy electrode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of manufacturing a spark plug, the method including the step of: securing an electrode tip to at least one of a side ground electrode or a center electrode of the spark plug, the electrode tip comprising a platinum-based alloy comprising 20 to 35% by weight of palladium, from greater than 0 to 15% by weight iridium, and the balance of the alloy being platinum, all % by weight being based on the total weight of the alloy." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2012 (13/361,885). 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=8,337,269&OS=8,337,269&RS=8,337,269 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honda Motor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Honda Motor, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,336,682) developed by Joseph Aaron Mears, Zanesfield, Ohio, and Hiroki Ishikawa, Dublin, Ohio, for a "ventilated brake disk and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle brake disk is disclosed that can include an outer friction member having a first thickness in cross-section, and an inner friction member having a second thickness in cross-section that is thicker than the first thickness in cross-section of the outer friction member. A plurality of vanes can connect the outer friction member to the inner friction member, and a connection cylinder portion can connect the outer friction member to a hub member for connection to a wheel of the vehicle. The vanes can be configured to have different lengths. The vanes can alternate in length about the periphery of the brake disk, with a uniform location of the end portions at an outer periphery of the brake disk and alternating locations of other end portions at an inner periphery of the brake disk." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2007 (11/849,183). 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=83,36,682.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,682&RS=PN/83,36,682 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Honda Motor Assigned Patent for Hood Hinge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Honda Motor, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,336,666) developed by Dylan Neil Thomas, Columbus, Ohio, for a hood hinge.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hinge for a hood of a motor vehicle is disclosed. The hinge is configured to bend towards a frame of the motor vehicle during a collision. The hinge includes upwards turned flanges to help prevent upwards buckling." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2008 (12/257,492). 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=83,36,666.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,666&RS=PN/83,36,666 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Honda Motor Assigned Patent for Brake System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Honda Motor, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,336,679) developed by Joseph Aaron Mears, Takanezawa, Japan, Hiroki Ishikawa, Dublin, Ohio, and Kevin Scott Katerberg, Dublin, Ohio, for a "brake system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A brake system for a vehicle can include a brake actuator, an equalizer operably connected to the actuator, and two brake wires that are each connected to the equalizer and extend to first and second brake assemblies. The first and second brake wires can extend in a first direction extending from a front of the vehicle toward a rear of the vehicle. The first brake wire can cross over the second brake wire at least once and possibly twice, each time in a direction transverse to the first direction. Additionally, the first and second brake wires can each include a cover that protects a respective wire. The covers can be in contact with each other at the crossover point for the wires to minimize noise, friction and to improve operating ability and durability of the brake wires. The various features, such as the cross-over configuration, the contacting wires, and/or the covers, also make it possible to minimize the space requirements for the wires in the vehicle." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2006 (11/530,956). 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=83,36,679.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,679&RS=PN/83,36,679 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Delphi Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Delphi Technologies, Troy, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,336,351) developed by Jeffrey M. Handel, Warren, Ohio, and John Raymond Metzger, Cortland, Ohio, for an "apparatus and methods that apply a press force including a separately applied core crimp force." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A crimping apparatus and methods are provided that apply a press force and a part of the press force is separately applied as a core crimp force for crimping a terminal to a wire conductor. A die assembly includes a die defining a cavity that includes an independently moveable core plate and a ram assembly includes a ram in force connection with a load pin and a core plate. When the ram applies the press force, the core crimp force will be separately applied from the ram through the load pin and core plate to produce a core crimp portion that connects the wire conductor to the terminal. The applied core crimp force is subsequently transferred from the core crimp portion to the core plate to the load pin and into the ram." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2009 (12/477,237). 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=83,36,351.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,351&RS=PN/83,36,351 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hill-Rom Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Hill-Rom Services, Batesville, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,336,138) developed by five co-inventors for a "radial arm system for patient care equipment." The co-inventors are David C. Newkirk, Lawrenceburg, Ind., Michael E. Cerimele, Chardon, Ohio, Mark A. Graham, Springboro, Ohio, Christian H. Reinke, York, S.C., and Jonathan D. Turner, Dillsboro, Ind.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A patient care equipment support system includes an arm having a first arm portion and a second arm portion that telescopically extends and retracts relative to the first arm portion along a substantially horizontal axis. The first arm portion includes a first end of the arm that is supported for pivoting movement about a substantially vertical first axis. The second arm portion includes a second end of the arm. A column is situated beneath the second end of the arm. The column includes a first column portion and a second column portion that telescopically extends and retracts relative to the first column portion along a substantially vertical second axis." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2011 (13/050,985). 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=83,36,138.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,138&RS=PN/83,36,138 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Exterior Portfolio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Exterior Portfolio, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,336,269) developed by Paul J. Mollinger, Blacklick, Ohio, Paul R. Pelfrey, Wheelersburg, Ohio, and Larry R. Fairbanks, Columbus, Ohio, for a "siding having facing and backing portion with grooved and ribbed backing portion surface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A backed paneling unit comprised of a backing portion that includes at least one rib. In an exemplary embodiment, a rib may be adjacent to a drainage groove or between adjacent drainage grooves. A rib may enable ventilation behind the backing portion. In addition, a rib may also assist with liquid drainage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2005 (11/234,073). 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=83,36,269.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,269&RS=PN/83,36,269 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,313) developed by Marie Ann McMasters, Mason, Ohio, Michael A. Benjamin, Cincinnati, and Alfred Mancini, Cincinnati, for a fuel distributor.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A unitary distributor is disclosed, comprising at least one main flow passage located within a distributor ring body, the main flow passage having an arcuate portion oriented in a circumferential direction around a distributor axis. Exemplary embodiments of a unitary distributor having an annular ring located at the axially forward end of the distributor ring body are disclosed. A fuel distributor is disclosed, comprising a fuel conduit and a distributor wherein the fuel distributor has a unitary construction." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2008 (12/182,500). 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=83,36,313.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,313&RS=PN/83,36,313 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Imaginethis Renovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Imaginethis Renovations, Navarre, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,336,236) developed by Eric S. Boltz, Akron, Ohio, Scott A. Miller, Navarre, Ohio, and Erik M. Baker, Massillon, Ohio, for a "bleacher advertising display system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bleacher advertising display system including a bleacher having a seating surface and a plurality of support beams that define an external vertical surface along one or more of the left side, rear side and right side of the bleacher. An advertising panel having advertising indicia thereon is engaged with a carrier and secured by way of a frame member to the support beams in such a way that the advertising panel is displayed along the external vertical surface. The frame member is adjustable to maintain the tension in the advertising panel so that the indicia are clearly displayed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2010 (12/892,129). 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=83,36,236.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,236&RS=PN/83,36,236 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Pitch Change Apparatus for Counter-rotating Propellers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,290) developed by six co-inventors for a "pitch change apparatus for counter-rotating propellers." The co-inventors are Christopher Charles Glynn, Lawrenceburg, Ind., Darek Tomasz Zatorski, Ft. Wright, Ky., Donald Scott Yeager, Hamilton, Ohio, Nicholas Rowe Dinsmore, Cincinnati, Jeffrey Raymond Menard, Reading, Ohio, and Brandon Wayne Miller, Cincinnati.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Axially spaced apart counter-rotatable forward and aft rows of forward and aft propellers mounted on forward and aft rotatable frames includes a flowpath passing through the forward and aft rotatable frames. Hydraulic rotary forward and aft pitch change actuators mounted on the aft rotatable frames are connected to and operable for controlling and setting pitch of the aft propellers. The pitch change actuators are mounted radially inwardly of the flowpath in a one to one ratio with forward and aft rotatable struts extending radially across the flowpath. One or more rotatable shafts extend through one or more of the rotatable struts and connect one or more of the pitch change actuators to one or more of the propellers. The pitch change actuators may be ganged together by unison rings having ring teeth engaging gear teeth on gears connected to the pitch change actuators or connected to the rotatable shafts." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/894,600). 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=83,36,290.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,290&RS=PN/83,36,290 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mercury Plastics, Masco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Mercury Plastics, Middlefield, Ohio, and Masco, Taylor, Mich., have been assigned a patent (8,337,738) developed by Richard F. Seman Sr., Middlefield, Ohio, and Earl Christian Jr., Warren, Ohio, for a "process to make a waterway connector." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process is described which uses overmolding to create an all plastic waterway within a faucet leading up to an inlet port for a spout. The waterway connector has at least two arms and a central connector and wherein the process includes the steps of: at least partially inserting one end of a tube into a first split mold; inserting at least two pins at least partially into the mold, a first pin inserted into the at least one end of the tube and a second pin inserted essentially normal to the direction of insertion of the first pin; injection overmolding a first geometry onto the one end of said tube and forming a profile for fluid transfer with the second pin and associated mold surfaces, the profile having a terminal lip; at least partially inserting two of the profiles with terminal lips into a second split mold, each of the profiles being a mirror image of the other, onto a core having a mating profile for each lip, the mating profile on said core comprising opposing grooves; and injection overmolding a second geometry about the lips to form a leak-proof upwardly extending connector. The process optionally contains the step of crosslinking the waterway connector." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2011 (13/088,992). 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=8,337,738&OS=8,337,738&RS=8,337,738 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kinetico Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Kinetico, Newbury, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,686) developed by five co-inventors for an "electroregeneration apparatus and water treatment method." The co-inventors are David F. Rath, Dundas, Canada, Christopher L. Hansen, Newbury, Ohio, Lyle Edward Kirman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Christopher S. Putka, Cleveland, Ohio, and James E. Bolton, Burlington, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A water treatment apparatus that includes a cation exchange chamber containing a cation exchange resin and an anion exchange chamber containing an anion exchange resin. A bipolar interface is located between the resin chambers and defines a zone of water disassociation. A cathode communicates with the cation exchange chamber through a cation exchange membrane. An anode communicates with the anion exchange chamber through an anion exchange membrane. Dilution or flushing water flows through cathode and anode chambers and conveys captured ions to a drain or other waste connection. A baffle may be used in some configurations to divide a resin chamber into an exhausted resin region and a regenerated resin region and causes incoming water to flow through the exhausted resin region first. The exhausted resin region is located near its associated electrode, thus improving the electrical efficiency of the cell. In an alternate design, the apparatus includes a cathode/anode chamber, an anode chamber and an auxiliary electrode chamber disposed between the cathode/anode chamber and a cation exchange media chamber. An anion exchange membrane separates the cathode/anode chamber from the auxiliary electrode chamber. The anode chamber, cathode/anode chamber and auxiliary electrode chamber are energized in predetermined sequences to create both service cycles which produce softened water with reduced ionic content and cleaning cycles to de-scale the auxiliary electrode chamber and/or anion exchange membrane located between the cathode/anode chamber and the auxiliary electrode chamber." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2008 (12/445,848). 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=8,337,686&OS=8,337,686&RS=8,337,686 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Veridex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Veridex, Raritan, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,337,755) developed by ten co-inventors for an "operator independent programmable sample preparation and analysis system." The co-inventors are Teresa Bendele, Doylestown, Pa., Thomas Harbart, North Royalton, Ohio, Dave Howard, North Ridgeville, Ohio, Michael Kagan, Doylestown, Pa., Douglas Keene, North Wales, Pa., Dave Lapeus, Medina, Ohio, Jared Mayes, Ambler, Pa., Douglas Paynter, Doylestown, Pa., Jerry Prohaska, Huntingdon Valley, Pa., and Herman Rutner, Hatboro, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a protocol and apparatus for enriching circulating tumor cells and other rare cells from blood, including debris and other components, from samples with high precision and at high throughput rates. This invention discloses an improved processing system from previously described semi-automated sample processing. The system further reduces operator intervention and hands-on time from prior systems. While this system has general utility in processing diverse materials, the system is configured for sample processing of biological specimens to provide an enriched fraction suitable for detection, enumeration and identification of target cells by appropriate analytical methodologies. The presence and quantities of such target cells in a sample specimen can utilized for screening and detection in disease such as cancer, assessing early stage pre-metastatic cancer, monitoring for disease remission in response to therapy and selection of more effective dose regimens or alternative therapies in case of relapse." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2006 (11/374,623). 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=8,337,755&OS=8,337,755&RS=8,337,755 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Akron Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,742) developed by Jakapon Sunthornvarabhas, Akron, Ohio, Darrell H. Reneker, Akron, Ohio, and George G. Chase, Wadsworth, Ohio, for a "bubble launched electrospinning jets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a novel method for electrospinning fibers wherein the fiber-spinning solution is infused with gas bubbles which travel through the electrospinning fluid, causing the bubbles to be coated with electrospinning solution. The coated bubbles, in turn, in response to an applied electrical force, generate jets of the electrospinning fluid that travel away from the bubble surface. The invention further relates to the fibers formed by this bubble-jet process and to products made therefrom." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2008 (12/679,694). 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=8,337,742&OS=8,337,742&RS=8,337,742 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Delaware Capital Formation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Delaware Capital Formation, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,336,853) developed by Mark J. Tausch, West Chester, Ohio, and Jeffrey W. Reichert, Liberty Township, Ohio, for a "recock handle assemblies for coupler devices and coupler devices comprising the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Recock handle assemblies for bottom loading couplers and bottom loading couplers comprising the same are disclosed. The recock handle assemblies for bottom loading couplers may include a lever portion comprising a first lever arm, a second lever arm and a lever bar oriented in a substantially u-shaped configuration. A handle portion may be joined to the lever portion with a first pivot block and a second pivot block, the handle portion comprising a first connecting leg, a second connecting leg, and a bail. The first connecting leg and the second connecting leg may be positioned in a first plane and the bail is non-coplanar with the first plane. A first base plate may be pivotally coupled to the first pivot block. The first base plate may include a first body guide member and a first sleeve guide member. A second base plate may be pivotally coupled to the second pivot block, the second base plate comprising a second body guide member and a second sleeve guide member." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2010 (12/838,122). 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=8,336,853.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,853&RS=PN/8,336,853 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Diebold Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Diebold, North Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,336,769) developed by six co-inventors for a "banking system operated responsive to data read from data bearing records." The co-inventors are James Meek, North Canton, Ohio, Allan R. Bakerink, Latrobe, Pa., Bartholomew J. Frazzitta, Akron, Ohio, Randolph C. Benore, North Canton, Ohio, Daniel S. McIntyre, Uniontown, Ohio, and Mark DePietro, Canton, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A banking system includes automated banking machines that operate responsive to data read from data bearing records. Transactions may also be carried out through communication with local and remote service providers. An automated banking machine is operative to conduct transactions including cash dispensing for users, responsive to data read from user cards and communication with a transaction host. The machine is also operative to provide output signals which drive external displays. A machine processor is operative to cause the machine to receive visual and/or audio content from content sources and to store data corresponding to the content. The content is then output through the external displays." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2012 (13/450,957). 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=8,336,769.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,769&RS=PN/8,336,769 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rutgers State University, Ethicon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Rutgers State University, Brunswick, N.J., and Ethicon, Somerville, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,337,904) developed by five co-inventors for a "magnesium-substituted hydroxyapatites." The co-inventors are Richard E. Riman, Belle Mead, N.J., Wojciech Suchanek, Solon, Ohio, Pavel Shuk, Copley, Ohio, Kevor S. TenHuisen, Boulder, Colo., and Chun-Wei Chen, East Brunswick, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stable, phase-pure magnesium-substituted crystalline hydroxyapatite containing from about 2.0 to about 29 wt % magnesium, wherein at least 75 wt % of the magnesium content is substituted for calcium ions in the hydroxyapatite lattice structure." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/768,715). 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=8,337,904.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,904&RS=PN/8,337,904 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** J.M. Parish Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- J.M. Parish Enterprises, Akron, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,336,791) developed by James M. Parish, Akron, Ohio, for an "insert assembly for a nozzle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An insert assembly for use in a nozzle, the insert assembly including a sleeve and a fitting. The sleeve includes a first end and a second end, a tapered opening in the first end, and a bore extending from the second end. The fitting is positioned within the bore and includes an orifice therethrough. The tapered opening terminates at an inner opening that is in fluid communication with the orifice to allow fluid to flow through the nozzle insert. The sleeve may be made of stainless steel." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/807,440). 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=8,336,791.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,791&RS=PN/8,336,791 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Diebold Self-Service Systems Assigned Patent for Banking System Controlled Responsive to Data Read from Data Bearing Records ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Diebold Self-Service Systems, North Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,336,766) developed by ten co-inventors for a "banking system controlled responsive to data read from data bearing records." The co-inventors are Willis Miller, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Matthew R. Zaugg, Munroe Falls, Ohio, James Block, North Lawrence, Ohio, H. Thomas Graef, Bolivar, Ohio, Natarajan Ramachandran, Uniontown, Ohio, Jeffery M. Enright, Akron, Ohio, Mark A. Douglass, North Canton, Ohio, Michael Scanlon, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Dale H. Blackson, Highland Heights, Ohio, Caren R. Blackson legal representative, Highland Heights, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated banking machine is part of a banking system that operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records. The machine includes a card reader that operates to read data from user cards corresponding to financial accounts. A card account's status is listed in a data store as either blocked or unblocked for use in approving transactions on the account. A requested transaction on an account cannot be carried out by the machine unless the account has an unblocked status. Read card data is sent from the machine to a remote card security computer which can determine the card account status from the data store. If the account is unblocked, then the machine can continue with the requested transaction and seek transaction approval from a transaction host computer associated with the machine." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2011 (13/068,461). 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=8,336,766.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,766&RS=PN/8,336,766 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bio2 Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Bio2 Technologies, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,876) developed by James Jenq Liu, Mason, Ohio, Adam Wallen, Swampscott, Mass., and Juha-Pekka Nuutinen, Tampere, Finland, for "devices and methods for tissue engineering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A resorbable tissue scaffold fabricated from bioactive glass fiber forms a rigid three-dimensional porous matrix having a bioactive composition. Porosity in the form of interconnected pore space is provided by the space between the bioactive glass fiber in the porous matrix. Strength of the bioresorbable matrix is provided by bioactive glass that fuses and bonds the bioactive glass fiber into the rigid three-dimensional matrix. The resorbable tissue scaffold supports tissue in-growth to provide osteoconductivity as a resorbable tissue scaffold, used for the repair of damaged and/or diseased bone tissue." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2010 (12/832,391). 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=8,337,876.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,876&RS=PN/8,337,876 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Diebold Self-Service Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Diebold Self-Service Systems, North Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,336,767) developed by seven co-inventors for a "banking apparatus controlled responsive to data bearing records." The co-inventors are H. Thomas Graef, Bolivar, Ohio, Damon J. Blackford, Akron, Ohio, Mike R. Ryan, Canton, Ohio, William D. Beskitt, Canton, Ohio, Thomas A. VanKirk, Wooster, Ohio, Stephen Stone, Streetsboro, Ohio, and David A. Peters, Tallmadge, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A banking system is controlled responsive to data read from data bearing records. The banking system includes an automated banking machine. The machine is operable to carry out a financial transaction for a person responsive to a determination that the person is an authorized user of the machine based on correspondence between identifying data read by a reader of the machine and data store information. The machine includes a check acceptor that is operative to receive checks from authorized machine users. The check acceptor is operable to continuously move a received check along its transport path while simultaneously rotationally orienting the check into alignment with the transport path. A check determined not to have at least one property of an acceptable check is returned to the machine user. Acceptable checks are processed and stored in the machine." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2011 (13/135,663). 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=8,336,767.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,767&RS=PN/8,336,767 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Diebold Self-Service Systems Assigned Patent for Automated Banking System Controlled Responsive to Data Bearing Records ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Diebold Self-Service Systems, North Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,336,765) developed by Tim Crews, Alliance, Ohio, and Natarajan Ramachandran, Uniontown, Ohio, for an "automated banking system controlled responsive to data bearing records." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automatic banking machine includes a card reader for reading user cards, and a cash dispenser. The automated banking machine carries out banking transactions related to user accounts based on information read from cards. The automated banking machine provides a printed receipt for transactions conducted. The machine carries out transactions when operatively connected to a source of AC power and a transaction network. The machine also carries out certain exception instructions when disconnected from its power source and/or network connection." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2008 (12/075,459). 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=8,336,765.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,765&RS=PN/8,336,765 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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