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

[November 19, 2012]

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

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Method and System for Generating Electricity ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,070) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method and system for generating electricity." The co-inventors are John William Brand, Melbourne, Fla., Daniel Joseph Rush, Palm Bay, Fla., Mark Bradshaw Kraeling, Melbourne, Fla., Steven Andrew Kellner, Melbourne, Fla., Christopher Louis Rekucki, Rockledge, Fla., Armin H. Pfoh, Starnberg, Germany, and Brian William Schroeck, Rockledge, Fla.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for generating electricity along a roadway is provided. The method includes actuating an energy transfer assembly coupled to the roadway, wherein the energy transfer assembly is actuated by a force acting upon the roadway. The method also includes generating electricity at a generator coupled to the energy transfer assembly, the generator being driven by actuation of the energy transfer assembly." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2008 (12/139,967). 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=8,310,070.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,070&RS=PN/8,310,070 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Watson Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Corona, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,309,125) developed by four co-inventors for a "pharmaceutical formulation containing a biguanide and a thiazolidinedione derivative." The co-inventors are Unchalee Kositprapa, Davie, Fla., Avinash Nangia, Weston, Fla., John Cardinal, Tamarac, Fla., and Robert I. Goldfarb, Golden Beach, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pharmaceutical dosage form comprising a controlled release component comprising an antihyperglycemic drug in combination with a second component comprising a thiazolidinedione derivative is herein disclosed and described." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2010 (12/835,945). 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=8,309,125.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,125&RS=PN/8,309,125 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,308,660) developed by seven co-inventors for a "guidewire having linear change in stiffness." The co-inventors are Wayne E. Cornish, Fallbrook, Calif., John F. Schreiner, Weston, Fla., James M. Jacobs, Mountain View, Calif., Marc M. Jalisi, North Miami, Fla., Mark T. Richardson, Escondido, Calif., Kent C. B. Stalker, San Marcos, Calif., and Olin J. Palmer, Redwood City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is directed to a guidewire having a distal section with multiple distally tapered core segments with at least two contiguous distally tapering core segments in which the most distal tapered core segment preferably has a greater degree of taper than the proximally contiguous tapered core segment. The invention is also directed to an elongated intracorporeal device, preferably a guidewire or section thereof, that has a core member or the like with a plurality of contiguous tapered segments having taper angles that are configured to produce a linear change in stiffness over a longitudinal section of the device. The device may also have a core section with a continuously changing taper angle to produce a curvilinear profile that preferably is configured to produce a linear change in stiffness of the core over a longitudinal section of the device." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2011 (13/150,973). 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=83,08,660.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,660&RS=PN/83,08,660 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 (8,308,647) developed by Sai Kolluri, Mequon, Wis., Lawrence Hersh, Milwaukee, and Richard Medero, Tampa, Fla., for a "system and method for a non-invasive blood pressure measurement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of measuring blood pressure of a patient is provided. The method comprises inflating a blood pressure cuff to a user selectable target pressure and subsequently further inflating or deflating the blood pressure cuff in a stepwise manner by a predetermined pressure amount. At each pressure step in a first sequence of alternate steps of cuff pressure variation, the occurrence of at least two successive oscillometric pulses with matching pulse amplitude and other possible matching criteria is identified. The blood pressure cuff is inflated following the identification. Further a single oscillometric pulse is obtained at each pressure step in a second sequence of alternate steps of cuff pressure variation. The pattern of inflating, obtaining two matching oscillometric pulses, inflating, and obtaining a single oscillometric pulse is repeated until sufficient oscillometric envelope information is obtained for determining one or more blood pressure parameters of the patient." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/415,575). 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=83,08,647.PN.&OS=PN/83,08,647&RS=PN/83,08,647 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Banner Pharmacaps Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Banner Pharmacaps, High Point, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,309,107) developed by Zhi Liu, Jamestown, N.C., Dana S. Toops, Parkland, Fla., and Aqeel A. Fatmi, Greensboro, N.C., for a "stable solutions of orlistat for pharmaceutical dosage forms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Liquid orlistat-containing fill materials suitable for encapsulating in hard or soft capsules are described herein. The fill material contains orlistat dissolved in one or more medium chain triglycerides or medium chain partial triglycerides, one or more citrate esters, and combinations thereof. The fill material can also contain one or more pharmaceutically acceptable excipients. In one embodiment, the fill material is substantially free of surfactants. The fill material can be encapsulated in hard or soft, gelatin or non-gelatin capsules. The capsules may be coated to modify release of orlistat from the capsule. Alternatively, the fill material can be encapsulated in an enteric capsule, wherein the enteric polymer is a component of the capsule shell, rather than a coating over the capsule shell. The fill materials are stable at elevated temperatures over an extended period of time and allow for high loadings of orlistat (e.g., 20% w/w or higher)." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2009 (12/574,215). 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=8,309,107.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,107&RS=PN/8,309,107 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Watson Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Watson Pharmaceuticals, Corona, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,309,104) developed by Xiu Xiu Cheng, Weston, Fla., and Dacheng Tian, Miramar, Fla., for an "oral controlled release formulation for sedative and hypnotic agents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a novel controlled release dosage form that releases therapeutic amounts of a sedative or hypnotic agent rapidly after administration and maintains therapeutic levels for about eight hours after administration." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (11/712,133). 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=8,309,104.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,104&RS=PN/8,309,104 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Biomet 3i Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Biomet 3i, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,309,162) developed by Jacqueline K. Charlton, Jupiter, Fla., Robert L. Mayfield, Jupiter, Fla., and Ross W. Towse, Palm City, Fla., for an "implant surface with increased hydrophilicity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of increasing the hydrophilicity of an implant to be implanted into living bone. The method comprises the act of depositing non-toxic salt residuals on the surface of the implant by exposing the surface to a solution including the non-toxic salts. The method further comprises the act of drying the implant." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2009 (12/359,780). 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=8,309,162.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,162&RS=PN/8,309,162 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Message Repeater and Method of Operation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,979) developed by Gary W. Mason, Melbourne, Fla., and Mark E. Smith, Temecula, Calif., for a "message repeater and method of operation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for operating a distributed power repeater for a train system. The method includes: (a) monitoring all radio traffic on a wireless communications channel used by the repeater to relay distributed power commands between a plurality of transmitters and receivers disposed on a plurality of trains for distributed power control of the trains; (b) determining the level of channel loading on the communications channel; (c) comparing the channel loading to a predetermined limit; (d) if the channel loading is less than the predetermined limit, relaying messages over the wireless communications channel at a first activity level; and (e) if the channel loading exceeds the predetermined limit, relaying messages over the wireless communications channel at a second activity level less than the first activity level." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2008 (12/234,664). 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=83,10,979.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,979&RS=PN/83,10,979 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CFPH Assigned Patent for Time and Location Based Gaming ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- CFPH, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,308,568) developed by five co-inventors for a "time and location based gaming." The co-inventors are Lee M. Amaitis, London, Joseph M. Asher, New York, Howard W. Lutnick, New York, Darrin M. Mylet, Tampa, Fla., and Alan B. Wilkins, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user engaged in at least one activity via a gaming device is not permitted to engage in the at least one activity if the user leaves a particular area for at least a predetermined amount of time and/or enters a particular area for at least a predetermined amount of time." The patent application was filed on Aug. 15, 2007 (11/839,418). 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=8,308,568&OS=8,308,568&RS=8,308,568 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DENTSPLY International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- DENTSPLY International, York, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,308,478) developed by Carolyn M. Primus, Bradenton, Fla., Michael C. Alpern, Port Charlotte, Fla., and Michael Anderson, Palmetto, Fla., for "methods for indirect bonding of orthodontic appliances." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved methods for indirect bonding of orthodontic appliances, such as brackets, to the tooth surfaces of dental patients are provided. The methods use a transfer tray to accurately position the brackets on the tooth surfaces. Preferably, the tray is made of an ethylene vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA)/siloxane material. The brackets are coated with a protective coating to prevent them from becoming embedded in the tray. Preferably, a translucent, blue-tinted coating is used to cover the brackets. Dental restorative materials are used to bond the brackets to the teeth. The transfer tray is then removed from the mouth, while the appliances remain firmly bonded to the tooth surfaces." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2008 (12/291,363). 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=8,308,478&OS=8,308,478&RS=8,308,478 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dentovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Dentovations, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,308,479) developed by Graham K. Philp Jr., Naples, Fla., Damon J. Brown, Boston, and Tim Diasti, Clearwater, Fla., for a "method and apparatus for tooth whitening." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preconditioning mouth rinse, which pre-treats the teeth to better receive a whitening formula containing a photosensitive compound, and a hand-held consumer light source for tooth whitening, which provides rapid tooth whitening, are disclosed. The light source may use a specific range of visible light and also emit heat sufficient to raise the temperature of the teeth a desired amount at a depth up to about 2 mm in the range of about from 1-5.degree. Celsius over a predetermined period of time. The specified wavelengths of the hand-held consumer operable light will activate the photosensitive substance in the whitening formula. The oxidizing compounds may be transparent to light enabling light energy to activate the oxidizing compounds directly on the tooth surface, or to activate a photosensitizing or photosensitive compound added to produce the desired temperature increase." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2009 (12/379,051). 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=8,308,479&OS=8,308,479&RS=8,308,479 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lighting Science Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Lighting Science Group, Westampton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,308,318) developed by Fredric S. Maxik, Indialantic, Fla., for a "sustainable outdoor lighting system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of generating light involves energizing one or more first light emitting elements thereby generating primary illumination of a first wavelength range over a target area, and energizing one or more second light emitting elements thereby generating secondary illumination of a second wavelength range toward the target area during a critical period. Both the primary illumination and the secondary illumination are combined within at least a portion of the target area thereby enhancing at least one visual property within the at least a portion of the target area." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2009 (12/434,417). 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=8,308,318&OS=8,308,318&RS=8,308,318 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,309,852) developed by Kevin Schrock, Sarasota, Fla., for a "dual acting strain relief apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for dual acting strain relief is provided. In one embodiment, a strain relief apparatus comprises: a main body having a base member including a first surface and a second surface, and a cone member extending from the first surface of the base member, the cone member including an orifice that penetrates through the main body to the second surface; a primary clamp that secures to the main body and shaped to interface with the base member to form a first set of clamping surfaces where the orifice penetrates the second surface; and a secondary clamp having a tapered cavity therein that penetrates through the secondary clamp and is shaped to receive the cone member. A surface of the tapered cavity and a surface of the cone member form a second set of clamping surfaces. The second set of clamping surfaces provide an electrical path to the chassis." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,459). 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=8,309,852&OS=8,309,852&RS=8,309,852 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Florida Turbine Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Florida Turbine Technologies, Jupiter, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,661) developed by Mark M. Harris, Jupiter, Fla., Wesley D. Brown, Jupiter, Fla., and Angel M. Garcie, Jupiter, Fla., for a "small gas turbine engine with multiple burn zones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A small gas turbine engine for use in an UAV such as a cruise missile, the gas turbine having a combustor forming a primary burn zone and a secondary burn zone, and in which fuel is injected into both the primary and the secondary burn zones by either a rotary cup injector or a plurality of fuel injector nozzles. The secondary burn zone with separate fuel injection allows for the diameter of the engine to be reduced in size but still allow for adequate power and efficiency to be reached for powering the vehicle. Air flow from the compressor is used to cool the combustor walls before being injected into the combustor, and to pass through and cool the guide nozzles and a main bearing located near the hot section of the combustor prior to being introduced into the combustor." The patent application was filed on May 25, 2012 (13/481,089). 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=83,07,661.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,661&RS=PN/83,07,661 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Florida Inventor Develops Patent for Global Network Computers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Frampton E. Ellis, Jasper, Fla., has developed a patent (8,312,529) for global network computers.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microchip for a computer configured to connect to a one network of computers, the microchip comprising: a first internal hardware-based firewall, the first internal hardware-based firewall configured to deny access to a portion of the microchip from the network; a general purpose microprocessor including at least two general purpose cores or general purpose processing units; a first core or processing unit is located inside of the first internal hardware-based firewall; a second core or processing unit is located outside of at the first internal hardware-based firewall; the second core or processing unit is separate from the first internal hardware-based firewall; and a memory component located inside of a second internal hardware-based firewall that is located between said memory component and a core or processing unit with which said memory component is associated. The microchip can also include a plurality of dies." The patent application was filed on October 27, 2011 (13/283,274). 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=8,312,529&OS=8,312,529&RS=8,312,529 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Global Engineering Marketing Assigned Patent for Central Tire Inflation Wheel Assembly and Valve ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Global Engineering Marketing, Bradenton, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,868) developed by four co-inventors for a "central tire inflation wheel assembly and valve." The co-inventors are Martin A. Medley, Bradenton, Fla., Douglas P. Miller, New Berlin, Wis., Donald E. Blackman, Bradenton, Fla., and Thomas Varghese, Pewaukee, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a valve for use in a central tire inflation system including a casing securable to the rim of a vehicle in communication with the tire that houses a main body connectable to a pressurized fluid supply of the central tire inflation system, and a valve member moveable within the main body to control the flow of air through the valve. The valve can be mounted flush on the exterior surface of the rim or in a recessed position within the rim, and can be connected to a manifold that is able to control the flow of pressurized fluid from the central tire inflation system to each valve and tire connected to the valve. The operation of the manifold and pressurized fluid supply can be controlled utilizing a controller operably connected to the manifold and fluid supply." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/568,805). 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=8,307,868&OS=8,307,868&RS=8,307,868 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Aqua Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Aqua Products, Cedar Grove, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,307,484) developed by Joseph Porat, Delray Beach, Fla., for a "method and apparatus for operation of pool cleaner with integral chlorine generator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated self-propelled pool cleaner having a housing, a water pump for moving water through the housing, drive means for moving the pool cleaner over the surface of the salt water pool to be cleaned, and an integral electrochemical chlorine generator mounted in the housing, includes a processor/controller that is programmed to activate the chlorine generator, the pump and drive means in predetermined operational sequences that minimize wear and tear on the water pump and drive means, while at the same time distribute and maintain a safe level of sanitizing chlorine in the pool, to thereby obviate the need for an in-line chlorinator or other chemical additive treatments; an optional automated sensor device can be provided to activate a secondary maintenance program which enables the pool cleaner to operate over prolonged periods of time as the sole means for filtering and sanitizing the pool water. An electrochemical cell manual mounting system permits the cell to be secured in place for operation and manually removed for maintenance, repair or replacement by the user without special tools or training." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2011 (13/207,132). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,07,484.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,484&RS=PN/83,07,484 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** 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.

*** Siemens Energy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Siemens Energy, Orlando, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,653) developed by Elvira V. Anoshkina, Winter Springs, Fla., and Walter R. Laster, Oviedo, Fla., for "combined catalysts for the combustion of fuel in gas turbines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A catalytic oxidation module for a catalytic combustor of a gas turbine engine is provided. The catalytic oxidation module comprises a plurality of spaced apart catalytic elements for receiving a fuel-air mixture over a surface of the catalytic elements. The plurality of catalytic elements includes at least one primary catalytic element comprising a monometallic catalyst and secondary catalytic elements adjacent the primary catalytic element comprising a multi-component catalyst. Ignition of the monometallic catalyst of the primary catalytic element is effective to rapidly increase a temperature within the catalytic oxidation module to a degree sufficient to ignite the multi-component catalyst." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2009 (12/363,923). 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=83,07,653.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,653&RS=PN/83,07,653 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Florida Turbine Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Florida Turbine Technologies, Jupiter, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,654) developed by George Liang, Palm City, Fla., for a "transition duct with spiral finned cooling passage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transition duct for a gas turbine engine of the kind with can combustors, the transition duct is formed from an inner section and an outer section that form a spiral shaped cooling channel from an inlet end to an outlet end. The spiral channel includes a number of fins that extend into the cooling air passage. an annular plate with an annular arrangement of exit holes closes an aft end of the spiral cooling channel and forms an expansion chamber for the exit holes." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2009 (12/563,618). 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=83,07,654.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,654&RS=PN/83,07,654 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bolton Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Bolton Medical, Sunrise, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,308,790) developed by Samuel Arbefeuille, Hollywood, Fla., Humberto A. Berra, Cooper City, Fla., and Gerry Ouellette, Coral Springs, Fla., for a "two-part expanding stent graft delivery system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A delivery system for endovascularly delivering a prosthesis along a guidewire to a curved implantation site includes a delivery device having control handle and an inner lumen slidably disposed in the handle between a retracted position and an extended position. The inner lumen has a distal end and a tip at the distal end of the inner lumen. An intermediate lumen is slidably disposed about the inner lumen and has a distal end. A relatively flexible prosthesis sheath is connected to the distal end of the intermediate lumen and a relatively stiff outer lumen is axially fixedly connected to the handle about the intermediate lumen. The outer lumen has a length only long enough to be inserted in a patient's aorta no further than the patient's celiac axis." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2006 (11/348,176). 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=8,308,790&OS=8,308,790&RS=8,308,790 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tile Redi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Tile Redi, Coral Springs, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,582) developed by Joseph R. Cook, Parkland, Fla., for a "shower enclosure design and assembly methods using prefabricated shower benches." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for creating a shower or bath enclosure, in which, given a predetermined area in which to create the shower or bath, a given prefabricated water proof bath or shower floor module is too small to occupy the entire available enclosure space. The apparatus includes the use of one or more additional enclosure components, such as one or more shower benches, to occupy a space between an edge or edges of the floor module and the exterior boundary(ies) of the enclosure space." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2010 (12/706,792). 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=83,07,582.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,582&RS=PN/83,07,582 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Global Engineering Marketing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Global Engineering Marketing, Bradenton, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,307,869) developed by Martin A. Medley, Bradenton, Fla., Douglas P. Miller, New Berlin, Wis., and Donald E. Blackman, Tinley Park, Ill., for a "central tire inflation wheel assembly and valve." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a wheel assembly having a rim with a valve aperture extending therethrough that is designed to receive a valve having a simplified a construction that can be seated directly within a tire wheel assembly to minimize the number and type of components necessary for the valve. The valve includes a main body that is positionable in a sealed and recessed or embedded configuration within the aperture in the wheel rim in communication with the interior of the tire and with a pressurized air source that is used to inflate or deflate the tire. The main body encloses a valve mechanism that includes a components situated within the main body in a manner that enables the parts to be easily removed, cleaned and/or replaced if necessary without having to remove the entire valve assembly from the wheel." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2010 (12/723,124). 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=8,307,869&OS=8,307,869&RS=8,307,869 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hayward Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Hayward Industries, Elizabeth, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,307,485) developed by Jirawat Sumonthee, West Palm Beach, Fla., for an "apparatus for facilitating maintenance of a pool cleaning device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Advantageous apparatus, are provided for facilitating maintenance of a automated pool cleaning device. More particularly, an improved automated pool cleaning device is provided, according to the present disclosure. The device, generally, includes a facially accessible quick-release roller assembly, a bucket-type filter assembly, and a windowed top access lid assembly. The improved roller assembly and filter assembly are easily accessible for maintenance purposes. Furthermore, the windowed lid assembly provides visual feedback as to when the filter assembly needs to be cleaned." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2011 (13/213,514). 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=83,07,485.PN.&OS=PN/83,07,485&RS=PN/83,07,485 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Enerize Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Enerize, Coral Springs, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,309,024) developed by nine co-inventors for "methods and systems for non-destructive determination of fluorination of carbon powders." The co-inventors are Volodymyr I. Redko, Coral Springs, Fla., Elena M. Shembel, Coral Springs, Fla., Volodymyr S. Khandetskyy, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, Dayal T. Meshri, Tulsa, Okla., Isaac A. Angres, Gaitherburg, Md., Robert Adams, Owasso, Okla., Dmytro Sivtsov, Dnipropetrovs, Ukraine, Oxana V. Redko, Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine, and Tymofiy V. Pastushkin, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for non-destructive determination of the degree of fluorination in carbon monofluoride (CFx) during the process of CFx synthesis is described. The system includes a measuring generator containing a capacitive sensor for measuring a respective capacitance, a base generator containing a capacitive sensor for measuring a base capacitance, and a processor for determining a difference between the respective capacitance and the base capacitance. The system is configured to determine the degree of fluorination based on the difference between the respective capacitance and the base capacitance." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2009 (12/386,823). 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=8,309,024.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,024&RS=PN/8,309,024 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for System and Method for Controlling Emissions in a Combustion System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,309,045) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for controlling emissions in a combustion system." The co-inventors are Tian Xuan Zhang, Overland Park, Kan., David Michael Chapin, Overland Park, Kan., Robert Warren Taylor, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., David Kelly Moyeda, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Peter Martin Maly, Lake Forest, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes an emissions control system. The emissions control system includes a chemical injection conduit. The emissions control system also includes a chemical injector coupled to the chemical injection conduit, wherein the chemical injector is configured to output an emissions control chemical into the chemical injection conduit. The emissions control system further includes a wave generator coupled to the chemical injection conduit, wherein the wave generator is configured to output multiple waves that propagate through the chemical injection conduit into a flow path of combustion products to drive improved mixing of the emissions control chemical with the combustion products." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/026,166). 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=8,309,045.PN.&OS=PN/8,309,045&RS=PN/8,309,045 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Puradyn Filter Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Puradyn Filter Technologies, Boynton Beach, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,308,941) developed by William A. Jacobs, Lake Worth, Fla., Brian A. Jacobs, Lake Worth, Fla., and Neil Graham, Boynton Beach, Fla., for an "oil soluble additive injection apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lubricant additive dispensing apparatus comprising a base providing a manifold distribution to present lubricant to a series of dispensing chambers. The dispensing chambers are fabricated having a porous sidewall formed in a tubular shape. Additive is stored within a reservoir formed by the tubular shape. A delivery piston is provided proximate and in fluid communication with the manifold. The lubricant applies pressure to the delivery piston. The delivery piston applies pressure to the stored additive. The pressure forces a small volume of additive to pass through the porous sidewall, blending the additive with the flowing lubricant. The reservoir can be formed between an outer tubular member and an inner tubular member. Lubricant can pass through an interior of the inner tubular member, existing a flow discharge port located proximate an end cap assembled to a distal end of the reservoir." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2010 (12/796,652). 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=8,308,941.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,941&RS=PN/8,308,941 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Paragon Water Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Paragon Water Systems, Clearwater, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,308,942) developed by David Swain, Palm Harbor, Fla., for a "filter system with removable enhancement media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A water filter system including a base configured for receiving water from a faucet and a filter cartridge seated in the base. The filter cartridge defines a first chamber having at least one filter element, and a second chamber in fluid communication with the first chamber. An enhancement cartridge is removably inserted in the second chamber and includes an enhancement material for adding minerals to the water. The enhancement cartridge is removable from the system separate from the filter cartridge." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2010 (12/780,416). 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=8,308,942.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,942&RS=PN/8,308,942 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Naztec International Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 19 -- Naztec International Group, West Palm Beach, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,308,173) developed by Mohamed Pazhoor, West Palm Beach, Fla., for a "portable multi-station voting booth cart." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable voting booth having multiple voting stations or trays combined with a single voting cart. The voting cart includes portable voting booth trays that can be deployed from the voting cart with privacy shields that are formed integral and can be erected for privacy. Voting trays are placed at various levels to accommodate individuals of various heights, including individuals utilizing wheelchairs while also providing a compact storage configuration. Beneath the retractable voting stations is an area for storage of voting materials, allowing the materials to be assembled in a remote location and sealed within the utility cart for storage. The cart then can be moved to the particular locations for the voting procedure. Upon completion of the voting process the cart can be resealed with the cast ballots. Tracking systems are optionally employed to track the cart and/or contents of the cart." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2011 (13/192,232). 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=8,308,173.PN.&OS=PN/8,308,173&RS=PN/8,308,173 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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