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

[November 19, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Ohio (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 Ohio.

*** Ohio State University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,309,931) developed by four co-inventors for a "rapid diagnosis of a disease condition using infrared spectroscopy." The co-inventors are Charles A. Buffington, Worthington, Ohio, Daniel Emilio Rubio-Diaz, Spring Lake, Mich., Luis E. Rodriguez-Saona, Dublin, Ohio, and Judi L. Stella, Carroll, Ohio.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Reliable and rapid diagnostic methods for many functional syndromes (FS) such as Bladder Pain Syndrome/Interstitial Cystitis (IC) are not available. Exemplary embodiments include rapid and accurate methods for diagnosing FS in humans and domestic cats using infrared microspectroscopy (IRMS). Exemplary methods utilize Soft Independent Modeling by Class Analogy (SIMCA) to create classification models. Exemplary methods utilize classification models to classify a test subject's condition (e.g., healthy/sick). Using these classification models, various embodiments enable diagnosis based on spectra data from a fluid biomedical specimen. Exemplary embodiments may be useful to rapidly diagnose IC and various other conditions in humans, cats, and/or other mammals." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2009 (12/933,960). 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=8,309,931.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,931&RS=PN/8,309,931 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Veyance Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Veyance Technologies, Fairlawn, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,592) developed by Peter E. Radding, Wake Forest, N.C., and Steven Wayne Mutch, Marysville, Ohio, for a "treadmill belt with foamed cushion layer and method of making." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a treadmill belt with foamed cushion layer and method of making same. In one embodiment, the treadmill belt includes a fabric base layer and a foamed cushion layer foamed on and integral with the fabric base layer. The foamed cushion layer includes a thermoplastic composition and has a Shore A hardness of about 20 to about 80. In one example, the first foamed cushion layer is from about 0.05 inches to about 0.35 inches thick. The thermoplastic composition, prior to being foamed, includes about 1 part to about 5 parts of a foaming agent, e.g., a chemical foaming agent, based on 100 parts thermoplastic material, e.g., polyvinyl chloride. An outer wear layer is securely adhered on the foamed cushion layer to sandwich the foamed cushion layer between the fabric base layer and outer wear layer thereby defining the treadmill belt." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2010 (12/833,891). 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=83,08,592.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,592&RS=PN/83,08,592 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rockwell Automation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Rockwell Automation Technologies, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,490) developed by Nathan J. Molnar, Shaker Heights, Ohio, and Douglas R. Bodmann, Shaker Heights, Ohio, for a "contact configuration for electronics to base connection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronics circuit board includes a periphery defined by a plurality of edges. At least one power contact is located adjacent a first one of said edges and a plurality of data contacts are located adjacent a second one of said edges. The first and second edges are arranged transversely relative to each other. The circuit board is operatively installed on a base that includes a power connector and a data connector. At least one power contact of the circuit board is operably engaged with the power connector and the plurality of data contacts of the circuit board are operably engaged with said data connector. The power connector is located adjacent said first edge of the circuit board and the data connector is located adjacent a second edge of the circuit board." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/894,573). 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=8,308,490&OS=8,308,490&RS=8,308,490 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Methods and System for Balancing Turbine Rotor Assemblies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,308,435) developed by Albert Frank Storace, Cincinnati, and Ian Francis Prentice, Cincinnati, for "methods and system for balancing turbine rotor assemblies." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A balancing system and method for reducing imbalance in a rotatable member of a machine is provided. The system includes a plurality of vibration sensors positioned about a stationary portion of the machine, a controller assembly communitively coupled to the plurality of vibration sensors, and a balancing assembly coupled to the rotatable member, said balancing assembly configured to wirelessly communicate with said controller assembly, said balancing assembly configured to modify the weight distribution of the rotatable member in response to a command wirelessly transmitted from the controller assembly. The controller assembly is configured to receive data from the plurality of vibration sensors and determine an imbalance in the rotatable member using the received data." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2007 (11/965,042). 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=8,308,435&OS=8,308,435&RS=8,308,435 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems, Elyria, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,441) developed by Marv M. Hamdan, North Olmsted, Ohio, and David J. Pfefferl, Broadview Heights, Ohio, for a "robust PID control for BLDC motor controller." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " When controlling an air compressor (13) for a pneumatic braking system on a large hybrid commercial vehicle (e.g., a bus, a package delivery truck, etc.), PID control of an air compressor motor (12) is employed during normal system operation such as when the motor shaft is spinning, and state machine control is employed during startup or upon a system disturbance such as a shaft seizure or stall. In this manner, stalling events that occurs due to PID control inability to correct for unexpected disturbances are mitigated by employing state machine control. " The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2005 (12/261,568). 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=8,308,441&OS=8,308,441&RS=8,308,441 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Emerson Climate Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Emerson Climate Technologies, Sidney, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,455) developed by Frank S. Wallis, Sidney, Ohio, and Ernest R. Bergman, Yorkshire, Ore., for an "unloader system and method for a compressor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus is provided and may include a compression mechanism, a valve plate including a plurality of ports in fluid communication with the compression mechanism, and a header disposed adjacent to the valve plate. A plurality of cylinders may be disposed within the header and a plurality of pistons may be respectively disposed in the plurality of cylinders and may be movable between a first position separated from the valve plate and a second position engaging the valve plate. A chamber may be disposed within each of the cylinders and may receive a pressurized fluid in a first mode to move the piston into the second position and may vent the pressurized fluid in a second mode to move the piston into the first position. One of the chambers may include a smaller volume than the other of the chambers." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2010 (12/694,488). 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=8,308,455&OS=8,308,455&RS=8,308,455 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ohio Taxidermy Supply Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ohio Taxidermy Supply, Millersburg, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,488) developed by Bryan L. Eppley, Millersburg, Ohio, for a "modular taxidermy mannequin ear assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a taxidermy mannequin which includes an optional ear engagement area formed on a head portion, a lock plate which is secured to the ear engagement area, and an ear liner which is connected to the lock plate. The connection between the lock plate and the ear liner is such that a taxidermist may work with the ear and animal skin before securing the ear liner to the lock plate. Furthermore, a multiple ear butt system is provided where the taxidermist may select from multiple ear butts, wherein different ear butts position the ear in different orientations relative the head." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2009 (12/581,206). 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=8,308,488&OS=8,308,488&RS=8,308,488 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eaton Industrial Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Eaton Industrial, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,308,366) developed by Martin A. Clements, North Royalton, Ohio, for a self-aligning journal bearing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A rotary machine includes a housing, and a rotating component received therein for rotation relative to the housing. A shaft imparts rotational movement to the rotating component around a first axis from an associated motive input. A bearing assembly is interposed between the rotating shaft and the housing and the bearing assembly includes a bearing member that is self-aligning. The self-aligning bearing assembly includes a bearing member having a recess extending substantially parallel to the first axis, and a journal sleeve received in the recess and interposed between the shaft and the bearing member. The journal sleeve is fixed to the shaft for rotation therewith and includes a flexible joint connection with the shaft to permit self-alignment of the shaft and bearing." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2009 (12/487,354). 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=8,308,366&OS=8,308,366&RS=8,308,366 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Premark FEG Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Premark FEG, Glenview, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,308,344) developed by Ellis G. Short, Troy, Ohio, Joseph C. Huang, Dayton, Ohio, and Janice Jones Schnipke, Springfield, Ohio, for a "mixing machine with associated bowl guard system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mixing machine includes a mixer body including a head portion that extends over a bowl receiving location. An output member extends downward from the head portion toward the bowl receiving location. A drive system is linked to the output member for effecting planetary rotation of the output member. A bowl guard support is at an underside of the head portion. The bowl guard support provides a circular support path in the form of a groove extending about a periphery of the bowl guard support. A bowl guard assembly includes a housing member and a catch member extending from a surface of the housing member. The catch member is received within the groove to maintain a vertical position of the bowl guard assembly while permitting rotation of the bowl guard assembly. The catch member is movable relative to the housing member and is biased into the groove to seat therein." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2008 (12/019,024). 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=8,308,344&OS=8,308,344&RS=8,308,344 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Premark FEG Assigned Patent for Beater for Mixing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Premark FEG, Glenview, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,308,343) developed by Joseph C. Huang, Dayton, Ohio, Dana D. Herbst, Vandalia, Ohio, and David S. Dickey, Dayton, Ohio, for a beater for mixing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A beater for a mixer includes a shaft (14) including a mixer attachment portion (16), the shaft defining a rotational axis (A) of the beater. A first stabilizing arm (18) extends outwardly from the shaft and a second stabilizing arm (20) extends outwardly from the shaft and spaced circumferentially from the first stabilizing arm. A first blade (22) has an upper end connected to the first stabilizing arm at a location spaced from the shaft, a lower end located proximate the rotational axis of the beater and a leading face (40) that transitions from a substantially vertical orientation at the lower end to a downwardly angled orientation at the upper end. A second blade (24) has an upper end connected to the second stabilizing arm at a location spaced from the shaft, a lower end located proximate the rotational axis of the beater and a leading face (42) that transitions from a substantially vertical orientation at the lower end to a downwardly angled orientation at the upper end." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2007 (12/307,932). 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=8,308,343&OS=8,308,343&RS=8,308,343 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sunpower Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Sunpower, Athens, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,307,700) developed by Ezekiel S. Holliday, Belpre, Ohio, and James Gary Wood, Albany, Ohio, for an "internal position and limit sensor for free piston machines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sensor for sensing the position of a reciprocating free piston in a free piston Stirling machine. The sensor has a disk mounted to an end face of the power piston coaxially with its cylinder and reciprocating with the piston The disk includes a rim around its outer perimeter formed of an electrically conductive material A coil is wound coaxially with the cylinder, spaced outwardly from the outer perimeter of the disk and mounted in fixed position relative to the pressure vessel, preferably on the exterior of the pressure vessel wall." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2010 (12/845,998). 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=83,07,700.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,700&RS=PN/83,07,700 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,307,662) developed by John Biagio Turco, West Chester, Ohio, for a "gas turbine engine temperature modulated cooling flow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gas turbine engine cooling system includes a heat exchanger in fluid communication with a source of cooling air, a first cooling circuit including a first heat exchanger circuit in the heat exchanger and a first bypass circuit with a first bypass valve for selectively bypassing at least a portion of first airflow around the first heat exchanger circuit. A second cooling circuit may be used having a second heat exchanger circuit in the heat exchanger and a shutoff control valve operably disposed in the second cooling circuit upstream of the second heat exchanger circuit and the heat exchanger. A circuit inlet of the first cooling circuit may be used to bleed a portion of compressor discharge bleed air for the first airflow to cool turbine blades mounted on a rotor disk using an annular flow inducer downstream of the first bypass valve and the heat exchanger." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/579,674). 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=83,07,662.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,662&RS=PN/83,07,662 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ferro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ferro, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,307,674) developed by four co-inventors for "hot-melt sealing glass compositions and methods of making and using the same." The co-inventors are Robert D. Gardner, Temecula, Calif., Keith M. Mason, Fallbrook, Calif., Srinivasan Sridharan, Strongsville, Ohio, and Aziz S. Shaikh, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Hot-melt sealing glass compositions that include one or more glass frits dispersed in a polymeric binder system. The polymeric binder system is a solid at room temperature, but melts at a temperature of from about 35.degree. C. to about 90.degree. C., thereby forming a flowable liquid dispersion that can be applied to a substrate (e.g., a cap wafer and/or a device wafer of a MEMS device) by screen printing. Hot-melt sealing glass compositions according to the invention rapidly re-solidify and adhere to the substrate after being deposited by screen printing. Thus, they do not tend to spread out as much as conventional solvent-based glass frit bonding pastes after screen printing. And, because hot-melt sealing glass compositions according to the invention are not solvent-based systems, they do not need to be force dried after deposition." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/532,424). 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=83,07,674.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,674&RS=PN/83,07,674 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Emerson Climate Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Emerson Climate Technologies, Sidney, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,307,663) developed by five co-inventors for a "vapor compression circuit and method including a thermoelectric device." The co-inventors are Masao Akei, Miamisburg, Ohio, Kirill Ignatiev, Sidney, Ohio, Nagaraj Jayanth, Sidney, Ohio, Hung M. Pham, Dayton, Ohio, and Jean-Luc M. Caillat, Dayton, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fluid compression circuit may include a compression mechanism, a volume, a heat exchanger, a fluid conduit, a thermoelectric device, and a heat-transfer device. The compression mechanism includes first and second members cooperating to form a fluid pocket. The volume receives discharge fluid from the fluid pocket. The heat exchanger is in communication with the volume. The fluid conduit is connected to at least one of the volume and the heat exchanger. The thermoelectric device may include a first side in heat-transfer relation with a member at least partially defining the volume and a second side in heat-transfer relation with ambient air and cooperating with the first side to define a temperature gradient generating electrical current in the thermoelectric device. The heat-transfer device may receive electrical current generated by the thermoelectric device and may be in heat-transfer relation with at least one of the heat exchanger and the fluid conduit." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2010 (12/813,149). 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=83,07,663.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,663&RS=PN/83,07,663 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ferro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ferro, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,309,844) developed by Nazarali Merchant, San Diego, Aziz S. Shaikh, San Diego, and Srinivasan Sridharan, Strongsville, Ohio, for a "thick film pastes for fire through applications in solar cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Formulations and methods of making solar cell contacts and cells therewith are disclosed. The invention provides a photovoltaic cell comprising a front contact, a back contact, and a rear contact. The back contact comprises, prior to firing, a passivating layer onto which is applied a paste, comprising aluminum, a glass component, wherein the aluminum paste comprises, aluminum, another optional metal, a glass component, and a vehicle. The back contact comprises, prior to firing, a passivating layer onto which is applied an aluminum paste, wherein the aluminum paste comprises aluminum, a glass component, and a vehicle." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2007 (11/846,552). 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=8,309,844&OS=8,309,844&RS=8,309,844 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cook Medical Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Cook Medical Technologies, Bloomington, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,308,791) developed by David Ernest Hartley, Subiaco, Australia, Krasnodar Ivancev, Lund, Sweden, and Roy K. Greenberg, Bratenahl, Ohio, for a stent graft introducer.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stent graft introducer has a pusher, a nose cone, a region between the pusher and the nose cone for a stent graft, a sleeve extending over the pusher and proximally to the nose cone to cover the stent graft when retained in the region. An indwelling auxiliary catheter with a pre-curved proximal end is fitted into the introducer. The nose cone has an elongate groove and the auxiliary catheter has its proximal end in the elongate groove. In a partially retracted position of the sleeve the curved proximal end of the indwelling auxiliary catheter is exposed and uncovered by the sleeve and in an advanced position of the sleeve the curved proximal end of the indwelling auxiliary catheter is straightened, extends along the length of the groove in the nose cone and is covered by the sleeve." The patent application was filed on Nov. 16, 2006 (11/600,655). 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=8,308,791&OS=8,308,791&RS=8,308,791 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Packaging Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- International Packaging Solutions, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,307,616) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for filling a collapsible container." The co-inventors are John Nottingham, Bratenahl, Ohio, John Spirk, Gates Mills, Ohio, Nick E. Stanca, Westlake, Ohio, and Jeff Kalman, Cleveland Heights, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for filling a collapsible container are provided. Such a collapsible container may be made of a relatively rigid portion and a collapsible portion, with the collapsible portion having a collapsed condition and an expanded condition. An obstruction maintains the collapsible portion in the collapsed condition while the container is filled with contents. The obstruction may remain in place until the container is capped and sealed with the contents stored inside the container." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2011 (13/157,877). 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=83,07,616.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,616&RS=PN/83,07,616 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mansfield Assemblies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Mansfield Assemblies, Mansfield, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,307,504) developed by James J. Collene, Nevada, Ohio, for a breakaway hinge receptacle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A breakaway hinge receptacle includes a base including first and second hinge arm mounting structures. The second hinge arm mounting structure is movable between an operative position and a breakaway position. A breakaway lever is connected to the base and includes inner and outer ends, wherein the inner end is operatively engaged with the second hinge arm mounting structure. A spring is operatively engaged between the breakaway lever and the base. The spring biases the breakaway lever to a first position in which the inner end of the breakaway lever biases the second mounting structure to its operative position. The second hinge arm mounting structure is selectively movable from its operative position to its breakaway position against the biasing force exerted by the inner end of said breakaway lever and the spring. Alternatively, the second hinge arm mounting structure is defined by or is connected to or is otherwise included on the inner end of the breakaway lever." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,371). 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=83,07,504.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,504&RS=PN/83,07,504 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Intec, Cliffwood Beach, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,307,619) developed by Isidore Strauss, Bridgewater, N.J., and Tim Rafeld, Delaware, Ohio, for a stirrup pad.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stirrup pad for equitation includes a top member defining a surface for contacting at least a portion of a sole of a rider's foot or footwear and at least one side edge, and a rear member defining a surface for contacting at least a portion of a heel of the rider's foot or footwear. The rear member extends downwardly from the top member side edge. The top member is oriented along a first plane, and the rear member is oriented along a second plane which is substantially perpendicular to the first plane. A front member may be included, extending downwardly from the top member side edge. At least the front member and the rear member include flange elements for removably attaching the stirrup pad to a stirrup." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,395). 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=83,07,619.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,619&RS=PN/83,07,619 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ohio State University Research Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ohio State University Research Foundation, Columbus, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,309,768) developed by five co-inventors for a FTY720-derived anticancer agents. The co-inventors are Ching-Shih Chen, Upper Arlington, Ohio, Samuel K. Kulp, Hillard, Ohio, Dasheng Wang, Dublin, Ohio, John C. Byrd, Columbus, Ohio, and Natarajan Muthusamy, Galloway, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A number of FTY720-derived compounds with antitumor activity are described. These compounds include the compounds of formula I: ##STR00001## wherein R.sup.1 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, methyl. methoxy, and hydroxyl; R.sup.2 is independently selected from the group consisting of hydrogen, methoxy, and hydroxyl; R.sup.3 is independently selected from the group consisting of alkyl and cyclo-alkyl; and n is independently selected from 0 to 6. The compounds have lower immunosuppressive side effects as a result of not being phosphorylated by sphingosine kinase 2." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/305,927). 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=8,309,768&OS=8,309,768&RS=8,309,768 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Pioneer Hi-Bred International Assigned Patent for Soybean Variety XB33B10 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Johnston, Iowa, has been assigned a patent (8,309,807) developed by Debra K. Steiger, Wauseon, Ohio, for a soybean variety XB33B10.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel soybean variety, designated XB33B10 is provided. Also provided are the seeds of soybean variety XB33B10, cells from soybean variety XB33B10, plants of soybean XB33B10, and plant parts of soybean variety XB33B10. Methods provided include producing a soybean plant by crossing soybean variety XB33B10 with another soybean plant, methods for introgressing a transgenic, mutant trait, and/or native trait into soybean variety XB33B10, methods for producing other soybean varieties or plant parts derived from soybean variety XB33B10. Soybean seed, cells, plants, germplasm, breeding lines, varieties, and plant parts produced by these methods and/or derived from soybean variety XB33B10 are further provided." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2010 (12/773,985). 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=8,309,807&OS=8,309,807&RS=8,309,807 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Prosthetic Design Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Prosthetic Design, Clayton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,816) developed by Tracy C. Slemker, Clayton, Ohio, Robert Hoskins, Springboro, Ohio, and Paul L. Galloway, Clayton, Ohio, for "sealing liner and lock for prosthetic limb." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Locking systems for prosthetic sockets utilizing integrated vacuum and mechanical coupling are disclosed. Some example embodiments may include a flexible liner shaped to accept a portion of a patient's residual limb, the flexible liner including a liner distal end including at least one surface feature; a plunger pin extending distally from the liner distal end; and a locking mechanism for mounting within a prosthetic limb socket approximate a socket distal end, the locking mechanism including a central opening sized to receive the plunger pin, the locking mechanism releasably engaging the plunger pin when the residual limb and the liner are inserted into the socket, wherein a proximal end of the locking mechanism includes at least one surface feature for releasably and sealingly engaging the at least one surface feature of the distal end of the flexible liner." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2010 (12/841,639). 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=8,308,816&OS=8,308,816&RS=8,308,816 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Geothermal Professionals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Geothermal Professionals, South Russell, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,307,530) developed by Kevin E. Neff, Ravenna, Ohio, and Robert G. Silvers, Mogadore, Ohio, for a "geothermal drilling device and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for introducing a geothermal system having a geothermal line and a releasable grout line into a bore in the earth is described. The grout line is withdrawn at a point where it is desired to introduce grout into the bore in the earth." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2010 (12/814,462). 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=83,07,530.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,530&RS=PN/83,07,530 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent for Plants and Seeds of Hybrid Corn Variety CH116894 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,309,823) developed by thirteen co-inventors for "plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH116894." The co-inventors are Kevin D. Eichelberger, Taylorville, Ill., Christopher S. Eichhorn, Williamsburg, Iowa, Charles T. Foresman, St. Louis, Robert J. Getschman, Boone, Iowa, Gregory J. Holland, Troy, Ohio, Roderick D. Lee, Huxley, Iowa, Daniel J. Lubich, Marshall, Mo., W. Richard Peterson, Saint Charles, Mo., Duane A. Potrzeba, Hastings, Neb., Laron L. Peters, Gothenburg, Neb., Hector Ramirez De Leon, O'Fallon, Mo., Gary R. Stangland, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Walter L. Trevisan, Dekalb, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH116894. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH116894, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH116894 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH116894." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2010 (12/773,713). 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=8,309,823&OS=8,309,823&RS=8,309,823 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lyondell Chemical Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lyondell Chemical Technology, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,761) developed by Noel C. Hallinan, Loveland, Ohio, and Brian A. Salisbury, Oxford, Pa., for "removing hydrocarbon impurities from acetic acid by ionic liquid extraction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for removing hydrocarbon impurities from acetic acid is disclosed. The method comprises extracting acetic acid with a hydrophilic imidazolium salt. The imidazolium salt preferably has the general structure of ##STR00001## wherein X.sup..crclbar. is a counter ion and R.sub.1, R.sub.2, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, and R.sub.5 are independently selected from the group consisting of C.sub.1-C.sub.6 hydrocarbon substitutes. The method is useful for removing hydrocarbon impurities from the alkane distillation bottoms stream of a methanol carbonylation process." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2010 (12/807,110). 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=8,309,761&OS=8,309,761&RS=8,309,761 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Procter and Gamble Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Procter and Gamble, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,309,788) developed by six co-inventors for a "protease inhibitors in absorbent articles." The co-inventors are Francis James Rourke, Sharonville, Ohio, Scott Edward Osborne, Middletown, Ohio, Donald Carroll Roe, West Chester, Ohio, Todd Laurence Underiner, Cincinnati, John McMillan McIver, Cincinnati, and Timothy Bates, Cincinnati.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides an absorbent article, at least a portion of which has a protease inhibitor incorporated therein to decrease the activity of proteases that may otherwise initiate or contribute to inflammation of the skin of a wearer of the article resulting in skin irritation or dermatitis. The article can further comprise a delivery system for releasably containing and delivering the protease inhibitor to at least a portion of the skin of the wearer. The delivery system can comprise a skin care composition and at least a portion of the composition, including the protease inhibitor, is automatically transferred from the article to the wearer's skin without manual intervention during normal usage of the article to form a defense against protease activity. Most preferably, repeated application of similarly treated articles to the wearer's skin provides an available source from which the protease inhibitor continuously transfers onto the skin over time and accumulates to provide a proactive defense against protease activity for the reduction or prevention of skin irritation or dermatitis due to proteolytic enzymes." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2009 (12/358,697). 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=8,309,788&OS=8,309,788&RS=8,309,788 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Automated Packaging Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Automated Packaging Systems, Streetsboro, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,307,617) developed by Michael Riccardi, Wickliffe, Ohio, and Bernard Lerner, Aurora, Ohio, for a packaging machine.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for forming packages from a web of preformed bags. In one exemplary method of forming packages from a web of preformed bags, a first bag is held open with air. A product is loaded into the first bag that is held open with air. An opening of the first bag is sealed. A next bag is indexed such that an opening of the next bag is proximate to an engagement member. The web is engaged with the engagement member to pre-open the next bag. The web is disengaged by the engagement member. The next bag is opened with air for loading." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2011 (13/311,108). 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=83,07,617.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,617&RS=PN/83,07,617 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Northern Technologies International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Northern Technologies International, Beachwood, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,309,021) developed by Efim Ya Lyublinski, Solon, Ohio, and Yefim Vaks, South Euclid, Ohio, for a "corrosion management systems for controlling, eliminating and/or managing corrosion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention generally relates to corrosion management systems designed to deliver corrosion protection and/or the management of corrosion to a top portion of an enclosure (e.g., storage tanks, cisterns, containers, etc.). In one embodiment, the present invention relates to corrosion management systems designed to deliver corrosion protection and/or the management of corrosion to a top portion, or roof portion, of an enclosure where such a system includes one or more dispensers designed to deliver at least one corrosion inhibitor to a system designed to protect a top portion of an enclosure (e.g., storage tanks, cisterns, containers, etc.)." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2008 (12/597,430). 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=8,309,021.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,021&RS=PN/8,309,021 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ferno-Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ferno-Washington, Wilmington, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,212) developed by Steve Schrand, Cincinnati, for a cot fastening system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and cot fastening system for a patient transport vehicle having a rearwardly located patient access which meet the pull requirements for vertical and lateral movement are disclosed. The system comprises a rear mounting part, which mounts on the floor of the transport vehicle adjacent the patient access; a forward mounting part which mounts on the floor forward of the access, rails connecting the rear mounting part to the forward mounting part, and a release mechanism. The rails of the cot fastening system help guide the cot into the vehicle and to the forward mounting part. When the cot has reached the forward mounting part, a cross-member which forms part of the cot undercarriage, is urged against a pair of automatically locking securing mechanisms of the forward mounting part which secures the cot thereto as well as to the rear mounting part via catches." The patent application was filed on July 3, 2008 (12/667,749). 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=8,308,212.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,212&RS=PN/8,308,212 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nanotek Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Nanotek Instruments, Dayton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,984) developed by Aruna Zhamu, Centerville, Ohio, and Bor Z. Jang, Centerville, Ohio, for a "method of producing nano-scaled inorganic platelets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method of exfoliating a layered material (e.g., transition metal dichalcogenide) to produce nano-scaled platelets having a thickness smaller than 100 nm, typically smaller than 10 nm. The method comprises (a) dispersing particles of a non-graphite laminar compound in a liquid medium containing therein a surfactant or dispersing agent to obtain a stable suspension or slurry; and (b) exposing the suspension or slurry to ultrasonic waves at an energy level for a sufficient length of time to produce separated nano-scaled platelets. The nano-scaled platelets are candidate reinforcement fillers for polymer nanocomposites." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/200,307). 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=8,308,984.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,984&RS=PN/8,308,984 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Cincinnati Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- The University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,308,927) developed by Jason C. Heikenfeld, New Richmond, Ohio, for an "electrofluidic textiles and cleaning implements using such electrofluidic textiles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to textiles, reservoirs, or films which may be switchably rendered hydrophilic or hydrophobic for liquid wicking, repelling, moving, holding, absorbing, drying, wetting, dispensing, and other means of electrically manipulation of liquids." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2006 (11/464,988). 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=8,308,927.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,927&RS=PN/8,308,927 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Express Energy Operating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Express Energy Operating, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,308,959) developed by Jerry W. Noles Jr., Newcastle, Okla., for a material separator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A material separator removes material such as sand from a fluid utilizing an inclined housing having a fluid flow inlet in a lower portion of the housing. Higher density material descends by gravity to a lower wall of the inclined housing and continues to travel down the lower wall portion to a lower section of the housing where it is removed. The remaining fluid which may contain a liquid and a gas is removed from the housing via an outlet at the upper portion of the housing." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/766,079). 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=8,308,959.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,959&RS=PN/8,308,959 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Diebold Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Diebold, North Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,057) developed by four co-inventors for a "banking apparatus controlled responsive to data bearing records." The co-inventors are Ray Schuster, Lowellville, Ohio, Dolar Harshadrai Vaishnav, Brewster, Ohio, Bill A. Cole, Massillon, Ohio, and Pedro Tula, North Canton, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated banking machine operates to cause financial transfers responsive to data read from data bearing records. The automated banking machine includes a card reader operative to read card data from user cards corresponding to financial accounts. The automated banking machine includes a display and a printer to produce records of financial transactions carried out with the machine. The automated banking machine is operative to output a visual and audible user interface which enables a consumer to operate the machine. The exemplary machine may output secure verbal instructions through a wireless headphone placed in operative connection with the machine." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2011 (13/066,867). 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=83,08,057.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,057&RS=PN/83,08,057 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GKN Sinter Metals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- GKN Sinter Metals, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,309,019) developed by Alfred J. Chiesa, Farmington Hills, Mich., and David E. Lenhart Jr., Pomeroy, Ohio, for a "powder metal forging and method and apparatus of manufacture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of forming a powder metal forging, including the steps of: forming a preform including a sintered powder metal composition; inserting the preform in a die set having a bottom die and a top die, the die set defining a forge form therewithin, the die set being in a closed position wherein the top die is contacting the bottom die; and compressing the preform in the forge form using an upper punch and a lower punch, the compressing step resulting in a formed part. The closed die set minimizes or eliminates flash in the formed part, particularly in the contoured surfaces, which allows the forging to be through hardened by direct quenching after the forging operation, without the need to remove hardened flash from these surfaces." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2008 (12/526,888). 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=8,309,019.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,019&RS=PN/8,309,019 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ethicon Endo-Surgery Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,308,040) developed by nine co-inventors for a "surgical stapling instrument with an articulatable end effector." The co-inventors are Zhifan F. Huang, Mason, Ohio, Chad P. Boudreaux, Cincinnati, Joseph C. Hueil, Loveland, Ohio, Dean B. Bruewer, Fairfield, Ohio, Aron O. Zingman, Cincinnati, David B. Smith, Mason, Ohio, Geoffrey C. Hueil, Mason, Ohio, Hector Chow, Cincinnati, and Mark R. Shaw, Mason, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical instrument can comprise a channel configured to support a staple cartridge and, in addition, an anvil pivotable between open and closed positions relative to the channel. The surgical instrument can further comprise a cutting member configured to incise tissue positioned captured between the staple cartridge and the anvil and, in addition, means for stopping the cutting member prior to a distal end datum, wherein the distal end datum can be defined by the distal-most staple cavity in the staple cartridge. In such embodiments, the incision within the tissue may not extend beyond the portion of the tissue that has been stapled." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2010 (12/765,330). 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=83,08,040.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,040&RS=PN/83,08,040 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kent State University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,308,977) developed by Ke Zhang, Stow, Ohio, Hari Mukunda Atkuri, Kent, Ohio, and John L. West, Hartville, Ohio, for "methods and systems for monitoring and controlling surfactant concentration in liquid crystal colloidal dispersions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There are provided methods and systems for precisely controlling the surfactant concentration and character of ferroelectric nanoparticles in a ferroelectric liquid crystal dispersion. In an aspect, the invention provides an efficient FTIR technique to characterize the status and measure the distribution of the surfactant in ferroelectric particle dispersion. This allows for establishing a reproducible fabrication process for ferroelectric nanoparticle liquid crystal dispersions. The methods also maintain the nanoparticles ferroelectricity, which is provided by the addition of surfactant during a comminution process. The invention therefore optimizes both the milling time (to achieve small particle size and narrow size distribution) and surfactant concentration (to maintain the ferroelectricity during milling)." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/579,518). 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=8,308,977.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,977&RS=PN/8,308,977 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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