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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 19)

[November 19, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 19)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,089) developed by seven co-inventors for a "power sharing network communications device." The co-inventors are Frederick Roland Schindler, Sunnyvale, Calif., Rudolph B. Klecka III, Austin, Texas, Scott Lawrence Lennartz, Portland, Ore., John Alvin Herrmann, Round Rock, Texas, Yonghan Kang, Austin, Texas, Dylan Walker, Austin, Texas, and Johnston Reid McGaughey, Austin, Texas.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A set of network communications devices shares available power among themselves to meet overall system power loading. An individual device is configured to include a local power supply delivering power to a local power bus at a local supply voltage varied in response to a voltage control signal. A protection component is connected between the local power bus and an external power cable used to connect the device to another device for sharing power. The protection component provides an interruptible low-impedance DC path for carrying current based on direction and magnitude of a voltage difference between the local power bus and the external power cable. Control circuitry is used to: (a) drive a current-sharing bus connected among the devices to influence a value of a system current-sharing signal indicating a level of system power loading among the devices; (b) generate a difference signal indicating a difference between local power loading of the local power supply and the system power loading reflected by the system current-sharing signal; and (c) generate the voltage control signal based on the difference signal to achieve a predetermined sharing of the system power loading by the local power supply." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,700). 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=8,310,089.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,089&RS=PN/8,310,089 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Spansion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Spansion, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,008) developed by Burchell B. Baptiste, Austin, Texas, for an "electronic device including a gate electrode having portions with different conductivity types." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic device can include a gate electrode having different portions with different conductivity types. In an embodiment, a process of forming the electronic device can include forming a semiconductor layer over a substrate, wherein the semiconductor layer has a particular conductivity type. The process can also include selectively doping a region of the semiconductor layer to form a first doped region having an opposite conductivity type. The process can further include patterning the semiconductor layer to form a gate electrode that includes a first portion and a second portion, wherein the first portion includes a portion of the first doped region, and the second region includes a portion of the semiconductor layer outside of the first doped region. In a particular embodiment, the electronic device can have a gate electrode having edge portions of one conductivity type and a central portion having an opposite conductivity type." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (12/844,392). 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=8,310,008.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,008&RS=PN/8,310,008 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tympany Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tympany, The Woodlands, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,308,653) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated diagnostic hearing test." The co-inventors are Jeffrey S. Harrison, Palo Alto, Calif., Aaron Thornton, West Des Moines, Iowa, Christopher L. Wasden, Sugar Land, Texas, Barry Strasnick, Virginia Beach, Va., and Kenneth R. Stott, Sugar Land, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and system are disclosed for automated testing of a patient's hearing. The automated hearing test allows the patient to quickly and accurately test his own hearing with minimal or no assistance from an audiologist or other hearing health professionals. The test prompts and instructs the patient for inputs and responses as needed. The patient can select one or several tests to be performed, including air and bone conduction testing with masking, speech reception threshold, speech discrimination, tympanogram, acoustic reflex, and otoacoustic emissions testing. Multiple languages are supported. Data obtained from one test may be used for another test or another iteration of the same test to calculate masking levels. The automatic hearing test also detects ambient noise and can compensate for it in the test results. If a contingency occurs, the automated hearing test is configured to page the operator for assistance." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/714,188). 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=83,08,653.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,653&RS=PN/83,08,653 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Replacement of Scribeline Padframe with Saw-friendly Design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,957) developed by Basab Chatterjee, Allen, Texas, Jeffrey Alan West, Dallas, and Gregory Boyd Shinn, Dallas, for a "replacement of scribeline padframe with saw-friendly design." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit substrate containing an electrical probe pad structure over, and on both sides of, a dicing kerf lane. The electrical probe pad structure includes metal crack arresting strips adjacent to the dicing kerf lane. A metal density between the crack arresting strips is less than 70 percent. An electrical probe pad structure containing metal crack arresting strips, with a metal density between the crack arresting strips less than 70 percent. A process of forming an integrated circuit by forming an electrical probe pad structure over a dicing kerf lane adjacent to the integrated circuit, such that the electrical probe pad structure has metal crack arresting strips adjacent to the dicing kerf lane, and performing a dicing operation through the electrical probe pad structure." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2010 (12/759,005). 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=8,309,957.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,957&RS=PN/8,309,957 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Southwest Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,309,134) developed by five co-inventors for a "modified calcium phosphate nanoparticle formation." The co-inventors are Joseph A. McDonough, Helotes, Texas, Hong Dixon, Helotes, Texas, Maria Lucy Kimmel, San Antonio, Larry Allen Cabell, San Antonio, and Stephen T. Wellinghoff, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to non-aggregating nanoparticles and their associated methods of preparation. The nanoparticles may have a surface and a size range of 1 nm to 999 nm, along with a zeta potential of -50 to 50 millivolts. A polycation and/or polyanion may be disposed on the nanoparticle surface. In addition, an active ingredient may be encapsulated within the nanoparticles or associated with the polycation or polyanion on the nanoparticle surface." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2008 (12/245,450). 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=8,309,134.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,134&RS=PN/8,309,134 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,310,100) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for a redundant power solution." The co-inventors are Daniel Humphrey, Houston, Mohamed Amin Bemat, Cypress, Texas, David Paul Mohr, Spring, Texas, and Mark Isagani Bello Rivera, Cypress, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A redundant power solution system, including at least a first and second input module, each configured for receiving input power, an output converter, wherein a first output line from the first input module and a second output line from the second module both feed into the output converter, and a control mechanism associated with the first and second input modules, wherein the control mechanism monitors the input power received by the first and second input modules and dynamically selects at least one of the first and second input modules to feed power into the output converter." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2010 (12/762,035). 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=8,310,100.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,100&RS=PN/8,310,100 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Virginia Patent Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- The University of Virginia Patent Foundation, Charlottesville, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,309,930) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method of local electro-magnetic field enhancement of terahertz (THz) radiation in sub- wavelength regions and improved coupling of radiation to materials through the use of the discontinuity edge effect." The co-inventors are Boris Gelmont, harlottesville, Va., Tatiana Globus, Charlottesville, Va., Robert M. Weikle, Crozet, Va., Arthur Weston Linchtenberger, Charlottesville, Va., Nathan Swami, Charlottesville, Va., Ramakrishnan Parthasarthy, Houston, and Alexei Bykhovski, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for enhanced THz radiation coupling to molecules, includes the steps of depositing a test material near the discontinuity edges of a slotted member, and enhancing the THz radiation by transmitting THz radiation through the slots. The molecules of the test material are illuminated by the enhanced THz radiation that has been transmitted through the slots, thereby producing an increased coupling of EM radiation in the THz spectral range to said material. The molecules can be bio-molecules, explosive materials, or species of organisms. The slotted member can be a semiconductor film, a metallic film, in particular InSb, or layers thereof. THz detectors sense near field THz radiation that has been transmitted through said slots and the test material." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2008 (12/530,304). 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=8,309,930.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,930&RS=PN/8,309,930 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Performing Timing Synchronization in a Wireless Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,310,983) developed by Peter D. Novak, Keller, Texas, Thomas G. Perry, Fort Worth, Texas, and Dale E. Ray, Fort Worth, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for performing timing synchronization in a wireless communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for performing time synchronization is provided. The method/apparatus includes, at a radio subsystem: receiving, from a digital subsystem, a first signal via the link, where the link not dedicated to timing synchronization; determining a time difference between the first signal and a second signal; converting the time difference to a time error, sending, via the link, the time error or time difference to the digital subsystem. The method further includes, at the digital subsystem, inputting the time error, received from the radio subsystem, to a phased locked loop (PLL) in order to adjust an oscillator frequency so as to reduce the amount of the time error and thus synchronizing the radio access network with the second signal received at the radio subsystem, without the need for an additional connection between the digital and radio subsystems." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2010 (12/686,442). 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=83,10,983.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,983&RS=PN/83,10,983 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Enabling an Adapter in a Network Device to Discover the Name of another Adapter of another Network Device in a Network System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,953) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for enabling an adapter in a network device to discover the name of another adapter of another network device in a network system." The co-inventors are Aaron C. Brown, Austin, Texas, Scott M. Carlson, Tucson, Ariz., Kevin J. Gildea, Bloomington, N.Y., Roger G. Hathorn, Tucson, Ariz., Jeffrey W. Palm, Rochester, Minn., and Renato J. Recio, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network system supports multiple network communication protocols. In one embodiment, network device driver software provides a "Fiber Channel over Ethernet" communication capability and methodology. Device driver software manages a Fiber Channel to Ethernet and Ethernet to Fiber Channel address translation in real time for data packet communications in the network system. Different embodiments of the disclosed network system include multiple name servers and network device driver software that together provide multiple adapter name discovery methodologies. In one embodiment, the adapter name discovery methodologies include port name discovery and adapter attributes discovery." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2007 (11/842,473). 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=83,10,953.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,953&RS=PN/83,10,953 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,860) developed by Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, for a "SRAM strap row double well contact." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit containing an SRAM array having a strap row. The strap row has a well tap active area that partially overlaps adjacent first polarity wells and a second polarity well that is located between the adjacent first polarity wells. A well contact plug is disposed on a top surface of a tap layer located within the well tap active area." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2011 (13/301,287). 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=83,10,860.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,860&RS=PN/83,10,860 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Read Conditions for a Non-volatile Memory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,877) developed by four co-inventors for "read conditions for a non-volatile memory (NVM)." The co-inventors are Jeffrey C. Cunningham, Austin, Texas, Thomas D. Cook, Austin, Texas, Stephen F. McGinty, Austin, Texas, and Ronald J. Syzdek, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and memory are provided for determining a read reference level for a plurality of non-volatile memory cells. The method includes: performing a program operation of the plurality of non-volatile memory cells; determining a program level of a least programmed memory cell of the plurality of memory cells; performing an erase operation of the plurality of non-volatile memory cells; determining an erase level of a least erased memory cell of the plurality of memory cells; determining an operating window between the program level and the erase level; and setting the read reference level to be a predetermined offset from the erase level if the operating window is determined to compare favorably to a predetermined value. The memory includes registers for storing the program level and the erase level." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2011 (12/985,724). 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=83,10,877.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,877&RS=PN/83,10,877 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,311,032) developed by Bruce A. Smith, Austin, Texas, Edward S. Suffern, Chapel Hill, N.C., and James L. Wooldridge, Fall City, Wash., for "dynamically provisioning virtual machines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and computer program for managing the network response times experienced by virtual machines. Traffic is routed within an Ethernet network through a network switch according to IP addresses identified within Ethernet frames. A plurality of compute nodes are each coupled to the network switch via a separate Ethernet link. A response time is determined for each virtual machine running on the compute nodes, wherein the response time for a particular virtual machine is the difference between a time stamp in a TCP/IP Request message and a time stamp in a TCP/IP Response message for an IP address assigned to the particular virtual machine. The particular virtual machine may then be migrated to a target compute node in response to a particular one of the virtual machines on a particular one of the compute nodes having a response time that exceeds a response time setpoint." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2009 (12/630,626). 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=83,11,032.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,032&RS=PN/83,11,032 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fairfield Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Fairfield Industries, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,899) developed by Reagan Neil Woodard Jr., Sugar Land, Texas, and James N. Thompson, Sugar Land, Texas, for a "multiple receiver line deployment and recovery." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments described herein relate to an apparatus and method of transferring seismic equipment to and from a marine vessel and subsurface location. In one embodiment, the method includes deploying at least one remotely operated vehicle from a vessel operating in a first direction, and operating the at least one remotely operated vehicle in a pattern relative to the direction of the vessel to form at least two receiver lines." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/343,136). 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=83,10,899.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,899&RS=PN/83,10,899 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,936) developed by Jian Li, Austin, Texas, and Lixin Zhang, Austin, Texas, for "link services in a communication network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a communication network, links in a transmission path between source and destination terminals are sequentially switched to an operational state in response to a command or a group of commands for transmitting data prior to completion of assembling the data. Each node in the transmission path independently monitors transmission of data. After transmitting the data, the links are selectively switched to pre-determined power saving states." The patent application was filed on July 23, 2008 (12/178,048). 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=83,10,936.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,936&RS=PN/83,10,936 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Measuring SDRAM Control Signal Timing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,885) developed by five co-inventors for a "measuring SDRAM control signal timing." The co-inventors are Moises Cases, Austin, Texas, Vinh B. Lu, Austin, Texas, Bhyrav M. Mutnury, Austin, Texas, James J. Parsonese, Durham, N.C., and Nam H. Pham, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Measuring control signal timing for synchronous dynamic random access memory (`SDRAM`), including combining into a trigger signal for an oscilloscope display control signals of an SDRAM under test, the control signals derived only from a single type of memory operations; and driving, continually during both READ and WRITE operations to and from the SDRAM under test, the oscilloscope display with a memory bus data signal (`DQ`) and a memory bus clock signal (`DQS`) from the SDRAM under test." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2010 (12/768,998). 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=83,10,885.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,885&RS=PN/83,10,885 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ATP Oil & Gas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- ATP Oil & Gas, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,308,518) developed by Robert Magee Shivers III, Houston, William T. Bennett Jr., Houston, and David Trent, Houston, for a "method for processing and moving liquefied natural gas using a floating station and a soft yoke." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for receiving dry natural gas, cryogenically cooling the gas, then forming liquefied natural gas is disclosed herein. The method can include flowing the liquefied natural gas to a moveable floating transport vessel. The method can include using mooring arms that maintain a nominal distance between the station and the vessel while simultaneously forming an enclosed gangway and monitoring offloading and return of hydrocarbon vapor. The method can include providing quick connect/disconnect engagements to the transport vessel and storing the liquefied natural gas on the transport vessel at a cryogenic temperature. The method can include recycling hydrocarbon vapor formed during offloading to the floating station and maintaining a cryogenic temperature using a flow rate substantially the same as the floating station uses fuel. The method can include releasing the transport vessel from the floating station to transport the liquefied natural gas to another location." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,569). 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=8,308,518&OS=8,308,518&RS=8,308,518 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ATP Oil & Gas Assigned Patent for Method for Offshore Natural Gas Processing Using a Floating Station, a Soft Yoke, and a Transport Ship ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- ATP Oil & Gas, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,308,517) developed by Robert Magee Shivers III, Houston, William T. Bennett Jr., Houston, and David Trent, Houston, for a "method for offshore natural gas processing using a floating station, a soft yoke, and a transport ship." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for receiving dry gas and forming liquefied natural gas on a floating vessel, and offloading the liquefied natural gas using telescoping mooring arms to a floating transport vessel is disclosed herein. The method can include mooring the floating vessel to a seabed with a mooring spread, using a soft yoke to moor the transport vessel to the floating vessel, receiving a dry gas, cooling the dry gas forming a liquefied nature gas, transferring the liquefied natural gas to the transport vessel, transferring personnel and equipment over a gangway, returning hydrocarbon vapor to the floating vessel, cooling the hydrocarbon vapor, and using the hydrocarbon vapor as a fuel for the floating vessel." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,524). 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=8,308,517&OS=8,308,517&RS=8,308,517 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lava Two Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lava Two, Vail, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,308,573) developed by Daniel Bernard McKenna, Vail, Colo., James Michael Graziano, Hotchkiss, Colo., and George Kauss, San Antonio, for a "gaming device for multi-player games." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present Gaming Device For Multi-Player Games provides the end user with a private bidirectional link to the gaming site to enter their moves, to optionally receive private data from the gaming site to enable the end user's device to display private data that is hidden from the other players, and to communicate privately with another member or members of a sub-group. The Gaming Device For Multi-Player Games comprises a content display for displaying content that is transmitted to the plurality of end users on the unidirectional forward path, a plurality of controls for enabling an end user to generate data for transmission to at least one of the multicasting system and the plurality of end users, and a message display for displaying end user private communications received at the end user device." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2007 (12/675,369). 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=8,308,573&OS=8,308,573&RS=8,308,573 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dental Imaging Consultants Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Dental Imaging Consultants, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,362) developed by S. Brent Dove, San Antonio, Peter Mah, San Antonio, and W. Doss McDavid, San Antonio, for a "quality assurance phantom for digital dental imaging and related method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A quality assurance phantom for intraoral digital dental imaging and related method. The quality assurance phantom measures three different physical properties of an imaging system: dynamic range, contrast detectability, and spatial resolution. The phantom comprises a dynamic range portion having a plurality of steps, each step of the plurality of steps having a different thickness from the other steps; a contrast detail portion having a uniform thickness and a plurality of wells formed therein; a spatial resolution portion having a plurality of line sets, each line set of the plurality of line sets having different line spacing from the other line sets; an attenuating body having uniform thickness positioned between the source and the contrast detail portion and the spatial resolution portion; and a lead mass adjacent to the dynamic range portion. According to the method of the present invention, a series of images is created and analyzed, either manually or automatically with a computer, to determine a baseline quality assurance exposure (BQAE). At subsequent monitoring intervals therefrom, an image is created using the same exposure parameters as the BQAE and compared to the baseline image to ascertain changes." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2010 (12/913,752). 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=8,308,362&OS=8,308,362&RS=8,308,362 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ELC Management Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- ELC Management, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,308,383) developed by five co-inventors for a "heated mascara applicator and suitable compositions." The co-inventors are Herve F. Bouix, New York, Stephen van Beek Faletti, Brooklyn, N.Y., Christophe Jacob, Rouen, France, Rodney J. Duffin, Cedar Creek, Texas, and Peter Murphy, Hunt Valley, Md.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A handheld mascara applicator comprising an applicator head, a source of electric current, and a heat generating portion that is effective to heat a quantity of mascara located on the applicator head, from an ambient temperature to a product application temperature, in 25 seconds or less, or that is effective to raise the temperature of the outer surface of the applicator head from an ambient temperature to about 55.degree. C. or more, in 25 seconds or less. Systems for applying various types of mascara compositions are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/732,835). 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=8,308,383&OS=8,308,383&RS=8,308,383 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,308,375) developed by Tiejun J. Xia, Richardson, Texas, Glenn A. Wellbrock, Wylie, Texas, and Nee-Ben Gee, Needham, Mass., for "optical signal measurement devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device includes a female connector to receive a male network connector of a network conduit, and a first male connector optically communicating with the female connector, where the first male connector includes a first indicator that identifies a first wavelength optical signal. The device also includes a second male connector optically communicating with the female connector, where the second male connector includes a second indicator that identifies a second wavelength optical signal. The device further includes a wavelength splitter to receive an optical signal from the network conduit via the female connector, provide the optical signal to the first male connector when the optical signal corresponds to the first wavelength optical signal, and provide the optical signal to the second male connector when the optical signal corresponds to the second wavelength optical signal." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2010 (12/917,757). 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=8,308,375&OS=8,308,375&RS=8,308,375 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Genessee Stamping and Fabricating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Genessee Stamping and Fabricating, Grand Prairie, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,308,324) developed by John D. Van Horn, Bedford, Texas, Richard I. Grant Jr., Irving, Texas, and Christopher M. LePage, Richland Hills, Texas, for a high bay light.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high bay light including a mounting plate which may be secured to either a vertically disposed support or a horizontally disposed support. One to four LED light modules are secured to the mounting plate and are mounted thereon in such a way to achieve various lighting patterns." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/800,834). 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=8,308,324&OS=8,308,324&RS=8,308,324 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Open Text Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Open Text, Luxembourg, has been assigned a patent (8,312,480) developed by Conleth S. O'Connell Jr., Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for incorporating web services in a web site." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To facilitate client access to web services, a server may be configured to package or bundle a function call for a web service with associated information. This information may include parameters for the function call and/or software code that can facilitate the function call. The software code may be configured to format user input for use as parameters of the function call, to prompt the user for parameters, to control the display of the web services received in response to execution of the function call, or to otherwise facilitate use of the function call. The resulting function call package may be distributed to multiple clients." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2010 (12/858,054). 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=8,312,480&OS=8,312,480&RS=8,312,480 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MediGlider Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- MediGlider, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,307,478) developed by Richard A. Patterson, Georgetown, Texas, and Bryan D. Blackford, Cedar Park, Texas, for a disposable comfort sheet.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disposable comfort sheet has a waterproof layer and an absorbent layer, with adhesive strips applied to the waterproof layer along side edges. The sheet is adapted for use with a patient transfer device having upper and lower counter-rotating belts, and protects the upper belt against contamination. The patient transfer device may have registration marks for installation of the sheet, and indicator marks can be printed at predetermined locations on the waterproof layer for alignment with the registration marks. The sheet may include various means for indicating prior use by a patient, such as an ink pattern made of a heat-sensitive or moisture-sensitive ink. The sheet may further include a peel-away layer releasably bonded to the absorbent layer, with additional longitudinal adhesive strips applied to the side edges of the peel-away layer. The peel-away layer protects the lower belt against contamination from the sheet after a patient is delivered." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,352). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,478&OS=8,307,478&RS=8,307,478 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,307,703) developed by Gordon L. Moake, Houston, for interchangeable measurement housings.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, methods for forming the apparatus, and methods for operating the apparatus provide a modular unit of hardware to make measurements in a well. The modular unit may include a housing arranged for placement in a drill-string element, where the housing includes a sensor and is structured such that the housing is transferable to another drill-string element without a calibration of the sensor during or after the transfer. The drill-string elements associated with the transfer may be of different sizes." The patent application was filed on April 10, 2007 (12/445,552). 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=83,07,703.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,703&RS=PN/83,07,703 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dollamur Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Dollamur, Nashville, Tenn., has been assigned a patent (8,307,600) developed by Gary Lynn Heartsfield, Bedford, Texas, for a mat connecting system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fastening system for connecting mats is provided. The fastening system may include one or more features such as a hook and loop fastening system, a projection and trench fastening system, retainer and a tension strip securing system, and/or magnets to secure mats in place." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2009 (12/458,193). 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=83,07,600.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,600&RS=PN/83,07,600 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Invocon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Invocon, Conroe, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,307,694) developed by four co-inventors for a "hypervelocity impact detection method and system for determining impact location in a detection surface." The co-inventors are Karl F. Kiefer, Conroe, Texas, Doug Heermann, Conroe, Texas, Eric Krug, Conroe, Texas, and Guinara Ajupova, Conroe, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hypervelocity impact detection method and system for determining the precise impact location in a detection surface, of impacts such as ballistic missile intercepts, micrometeoroids and orbital debris (MMOD) or other shock events, utilizes a gridless detection surface capable of propagating radio frequency (RF) impact detection signals responsive to receiving hypervelocity impacts from objects, and multiple sensors on the detection surface that directly measure radio frequency RF emissions generated by the hypervelocity impacts on the surface, and a time of arrival (TOA) position measurement technique for determining the precise impact location in the detection surface." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2009 (12/614,413). 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=83,07,694.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,694&RS=PN/83,07,694 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,307,704) developed by Daniel T. Georgi, Houston, Larry M. Hall, Kingwood, Texas, and Baoyan Li, Spring, Texas, for an "apparatus and methods for gas volume retained coring." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for use in a wellbore may include a tool having a first section configured to receive a core and a second section configured to collect a gas escaping from the core. The apparatus may also include a sensor associated to provide signals relating to a property of gas. In one aspect, the second section may be removable and may be pressurized. The apparatus may also include a recorder that records data representative of the signals received from the sensor. The recorder may record data while the tool is retrieved from the wellbore. A method for estimating a parameter of interest of a formation includes retrieving a core from the formation, collecting a gas escaping from the core as the core is retrieved to the surface, and measuring at least one property of gas while the core is retrieved to the surface." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/641,692). 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=83,07,704.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,704&RS=PN/83,07,704 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Weatherford / Lamb Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Weatherford / Lamb, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,307,903) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for subsea well intervention and subsea wellhead retrieval." The co-inventors are Thomas M. Redlinger, Houston, Andrew Antoine, Houston, My Le, Sugar Land, Texas, and Richard J. Segura, Cypress, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention generally relates to methods and apparatus for subsea well intervention operations, including retrieval of a wellhead from a subsea well. In one aspect, a method of performing an operation in a subsea well is provided. The method comprising the step of positioning a tool proximate a subsea wellhead. The tool has at least one grip member and the tool is attached to a downhole assembly. The method also comprising the step of clamping the tool to the subsea wellhead by moving the at least one grip member into engagement with a profile on the subsea wellhead. The method further comprising the step of applying an upward force to the tool thereby enhancing the grip between the grip member and the profile on the subsea wellhead. Additionally, the method comprising the step of performing the operation in the subsea well by utilizing the downhole assembly. In another aspect, an apparatus for use in a subsea well is provided. In a further aspect, a method of cutting a casing string in a subsea well is provided." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2009 (12/490,508). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,903&OS=8,307,903&RS=8,307,903 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent for Retractable Downhole Backup Assembly for Circumferential Seal Support ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,307,891) developed by David S. Bishop, Houston, James C. Doane, Friendswood, Texas, and Dennis E. Kroll, League City, Texas, for a "retractable downhole backup assembly for circumferential seal support." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Wedge shaped elements form a ring structure that can increase in diameter for a grip using relative axial motion of adjacent segments. The adjacent seal is further separated from access to the edges of the adjacent segments that move relatively by ring segments attached to the wide dimension of the segments that face the seal. The ring segments move out with the wedge elements to which they are attached so that in the set position of the seal there is an enhanced barrier against the surrounding tubular with the ring segments. The ring segments further block access of the seal under compressive loading to the interface locations between the wedge shaped elements so that their relative axial movement does not trap a portion of the seal and initiate cracks in the seal that can lead to leakage past the seal." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2010 (12/857,745). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,891&OS=8,307,891&RS=8,307,891 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dow Technology Investments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Dow Technology Investments, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,309,771) developed by seven co-inventors for a "two-stage, gas phase process for the manufacture of alkylene glycol." The co-inventors are Joseph C. Noronha, Charleston, W.Va., Elbert J. Campbell, Missouri City, Texas, Brian T. Keen, Pinch, W.Va., Dick A. Nagaki, Sun Prairie, Wis., Hwaili Soo, Charleston, W.Va., David A. Spears, Midland, Mich., and John F. Szul, Hurricane, W.Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A two-stage, gas phase process for manufacturing alkylene glycol (e.g., ethylene glycol) from an alkene (e.g., ethylene), oxygen and water, the process comprising the steps of: (A) Contacting under gas phase, oxidation conditions gaseous alkene and oxygen over a heterogeneous oxidation catalyst to produce a gaseous oxidation product comprising alkylene oxide, water and unreacted alkene; (B) Contacting under gas phase, hydrolysis conditions the gaseous oxidation product of (A) with added water over a heterogeneous hydrolysis catalyst to produce a gaseous alkylene glycol and unreacted alkene; and (C) Recycling the unreacted alkene of (B) to (A). The hydrolysis catalyst is selected from the group consisting of hydrotalcites, metal-loaded zeolites, phosphates, and metal-loaded ion-exchanged molecular sieves. The process improves over the conventional two-stage process by the elimination of steps and equipment to recover and refine alkylene oxide, the use of less water in the hydrolysis reaction, and the elimination of the entire evaporation train used in the recovery of alkylene glycol." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,753). 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=8,309,771&OS=8,309,771&RS=8,309,771 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent for Method of Improving Waterflood Performance Using Barrier Fractures and Inflow Control Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Duncan, Okla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,893) developed by Leopoldo Sierra, Kissimmee, Fla., Loyd E. East Jr., Tomball, Texas, and Mohamed Y. Soliman, Cypress, Texas, for a "method of improving waterflood performance using barrier fractures and inflow control devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a method of hydrocarbon production from a hydrocarbon reservoir. The method includes providing a substantially horizontal wellbore having at least one productive interval within a hydrocarbon reservoir and forming at least one non-conductive transverse fracture in the reservoir along the substantially horizontal wellbore. An injection well is also provided. A fluid is injected into the reservoir through the injection well to displace hydrocarbons within the reservoir toward a production portion of the substantially horizontal wellbore. Fluid production from the at least one production interval into the substantially horizontal wellbore flows through an inflow control device that can restrict the fluid flow. A non-conductive transverse fracture can form a barrier within the reservoir to divert injected fluids to increase sweep efficiency and reduce the influx of injected fluids into the production interval." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2011 (13/337,072). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,893&OS=8,307,893&RS=8,307,893 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Stone & Webster Process Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Stone & Webster Process Technology, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,776) developed by Cornelis F. van Egmond, Pasadena, Texas, and David J. Wilson, Rushden, United Kingdom, for a "method for contaminants removal in the olefin production process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method and reactor system for hydrogenating acetylenes present in the olefin stream derived from the following streams, alone or in combination: petroleum catalytic cracking process and/or oxygenate-to-olefin reactor, such as methanol-to-olefin (MTO) reactor, in an olefin production plant before the distillation steps, wherein the acetylene hydrogenation occurs before or just after the acid gas removal step." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,170). 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=8,309,776&OS=8,309,776&RS=8,309,776 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,307,900) developed by Gerald D. Lynde, Houston, and Joseph P. DeGeare, Houston, for a "method and apparatus for performing laser operations downhole." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure, in on aspect, provides a method for performing a laser operation in a wellbore that includes displacing a wellbore fluid with a laser-compatible medium proximate a location in the wellbore where a work is desired to be performed; positioning a laser head proximate the laser-compatible medium; and passing a laser beam via the laser-compatible medium to the location for performing the laser operation. In another aspect, the disclosure provides a laser apparatus for performing a laser operation at a worksite having a fluid that includes a laser power unit that supplies laser energy to a laser head placed proximate the worksite; a fluid displacement unit that displaces at least a portion of the fluid adjacent the worksite with a laser-compatible medium; and a controller that operates the laser head to pass the laser beam to the worksite through the laser-compatible medium. In another aspect, the disclosure provides an imager associated with the laser apparatus that provides images of the worksite." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2007 (11/621,878). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,900&OS=8,307,900&RS=8,307,900 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hisco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Hisco, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,308,888) developed by Robert Scott Stover, Tempe, Ariz., and Paul Mark Merriman, Houston, for a "system to make a ballistic material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for making a ballistic material resistant to penetration from bullets, shrapnel, debris, and other lethal missiles, comprising: means for dyeing a flexible conformable low surface energy fabric; a roll coating device for continuously coating a top surface of the dyed fabric with an acrylic based adhesive; an extruder for applying a liner; at least one nip roller for receiving the liner and the coated fabric and applying the liner to the coated fabric; at least one displacement slitter for cutting the coated lined fabric; a fabric printer for printing the cut lined fabric with a fast drying acrylic ink forming a ballistic material up to 300% thicker than the flexible conformable low surface energy fabric; and a continuous cutter for cutting the ballistic material into a desired shape." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2007 (11/737,590). 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=8,308,888&OS=8,308,888&RS=8,308,888 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas A&M University System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,793) developed by six co-inventors for a "discovery and utilization of sorghum genes (Ma5/Ma6)." The co-inventors are John E. Mullet, College Station, Texas, William L. Rooney, College Station, Texas, Patricia E. Klein, College Station, Texas, Daryl Morishige, Bryan, Texas, Rebecca Murphy, Bryan, Texas, and Jeff A. Brady, Stephenville, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and composition for the production of non-flowering or late flowering sorghum hybrid. For example, in certain aspects methods for use of molecular markers that constitute the Ma5/Ma6 pathway to modulate photoperiod sensitivity are described. The invention allows the production of plants having improved productivity and biomass generation." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2009 (12/507,053). 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=8,309,793&OS=8,309,793&RS=8,309,793 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Celanese International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Celanese International, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,772) developed by four co-inventors for a "tunable catalyst gas phase hydrogenation of carboxylic acids." The co-inventors are Heiko Weiner, Pasadena, Texas, Victor J. Johnston, Houston, John L. Potts, Angleton, Texas, and Radmila Jevtic, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for selective formation of ethanol from acetic acid includes contacting a feed stream containing acetic acid and hydrogen at an elevated temperature with catalyst comprising platinum and tin on a high surface area silica promoted with calcium metasilicate. Selectivities to ethanol of over 85% are achieved at 280.degree. C. with catalyst life in the hundreds of hours." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/588,727). 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=8,309,772&OS=8,309,772&RS=8,309,772 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,307,529) developed by Curtis M. Chapin, Fort Worth, Texas, and John T. Schueler, Fort Worth, Texas, for a "plug removal method and apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tool for removing plugs from recesses obviates the need for a twist of the wrist in engaging a plug for removal. A plunger is carried by a housing and is supported for reciprocal axial motion between extended and retracted positions relative to the housing. A shaft of the plunger includes a first threaded section that is engaged in a nut carried by the housing and has threads pitched to allow relative axial motion to be converted to relative rotation between shaft and housing. A second threaded section of the plunger shaft is configured to tap into a plug in response to shaft rotation in a tapping direction, and has a shallower thread pitch than the first threaded section." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2010 (12/652,354). 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=83,07,529.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,529&RS=PN/83,07,529 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Thermo Finnigan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Thermo Finnigan, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,308,854) developed by Edward B. McCauley, Cedar Park, Texas, and Matt A. Lasater, Pflugerville, Texas, for a "helium reclamation systems and methods for a gas chromatograph." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for recycling helium carrier gas comprises: a bladder, the bladder interior fluidically configured so as to receive helium-bearing gas output from at least one of a split vent and a septum purge vent of a gas chromatograph; a compartment containing the bladder; a source of pressurized air or gas operable so as to supply pressurized air or gas into the compartment interior so as to compress the bladder containing the helium-bearing gas; a gas reservoir fluidically coupled to the bladder interior so as to receive the helium bearing gas from the compressed bladder interior; and at least one gas purification module configured so as to receive the helium-bearing gas from the gas reservoir and operable to remove contaminants from the helium-bearing gas, an output of the at least one gas purification module being fluidically coupled to a carrier gas inlet of the gas chromatograph." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,274). 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=8,308,854&OS=8,308,854&RS=8,308,854 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Calanese International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Calanese International, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,773) developed by ten co-inventors for a "process for recovering ethanol." The co-inventors are Radmila Jevtic, Houston, Victor J. Johnston, Houston, Tianshu Pan, Houston, Lincoln Sarager, Houston, R. Jay Warner, Houston, Heiko Weiner, Pasadena, Texas, Josefina Chapman, Houston, Robert Cunningham, Plainfield, Ind., Gerald Grusendorf, Rosharon, Texas, and Trinity Horton, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Recovery of ethanol from a crude ethanol product obtained from the hydrogenation of acetic acid. Separation and purification processes of the crude ethanol products are employed to allow recovery of ethanol and remove impurities." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2010 (12/852,227). 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=8,309,773&OS=8,309,773&RS=8,309,773 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** DePuy Spine Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- DePuy Spine, Raynham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,308,770) developed by Missoum Moumene, Newton, Mass., and Martin Masson, Keller, Texas, for a dynamic stabilization system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a dynamic stabilization system (DSS) having at least one rod having a ring formed therein ("the spring") and a pair of pedicle screws adapted for fixation to separate vertebrae." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2006 (11/534,391). 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=8,308,770&OS=8,308,770&RS=8,308,770 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ADCO Industries-Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- ADCO Industries-Technologies, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,307,556) developed by Raymond E. Davis, Heath, Texas, and Clifton Glenn Hampton, Burleson, Texas, for a utility cutter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A knife according to the present disclosure includes a housing and a blade. The blade includes a blade edge adapted to engage a material, and the blade is coupled to a blade shuttle. The blade and blade shuttle are substantially enclosed within the housing when the blade shuttle is in a retracted position, and the blade is extended from the housing when the blade shuttle is in an extended position. The blade shuttle is adapted to be conveyed to the retracted position based on the blade receiving a force directed substantially perpendicular to the blade edge." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2009 (12/488,229). 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=83,07,556.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,556&RS=PN/83,07,556 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Shell Oil Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Shell Oil, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,777) developed by John Anthony Smegal, Houston, and Johannes Anthonius Robert Van Veen, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, for a "sulfur tolerant noble metal containing aromatics hydrogenation catalyst and a method of making and using such catalyst." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aromatics hydrogenation catalyst composition which comprises a noble metal component and a support comprising zirconia, silica, and, optionally, alumina. The catalyst composition is manufactured by co-mulling silica, a zirconium compound, and, optionally, alumina to form a mixture that is formed into a shape, such as by extrusion to form an extrudate, with the shape being calcined and noble metal being incorporated into the shape. The catalyst composition may be used in the saturation of aromatic compounds." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,756). 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=8,309,777&OS=8,309,777&RS=8,309,777 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Aquilex Hydrochem Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Aquilex Hydrochem, Deer Park, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,308,869) developed by four co-inventors for an "automated heat exchanger tube cleaning assembly and system." The co-inventors are John E. Gardner, Galveston, Texas, Pedro E. Amador, Lawrenceville, Ga., William Stamps Howard, Buford, Ga., and James A. Stoner, Lawrenceville, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated heat exchanger tube cleaning assembly and system are provided. The present system can automatically (without ongoing human intervention) survey the tube sheet of a heat exchanger in three-dimensions, convert and record the survey results as a digital file in three-dimensions, and then, according to sequential parameters input via custom software, automatically coordinate via computer one or more cleaning devices to effect the cleaning of each desired tube of the heat exchanger." The patent application was filed on Nov.

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