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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 8)

[January 08, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 8)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Innomedia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Innomedia, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,346,947) developed by Don Philip Ajero, American Canyon, Calif., Chih-Ping Lee, Cupertino, Calif., and Nan-Sheng Lin, Fremont, Calif., for "device initiated multiple grants per interval system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cable modem integrated session border controller operates as a point of demarcation between a local area network (LAN) and a DOCSIS network and, in response to receiving a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) message, which includes Session Description Protocol (SDP), from a VoIP device coupled to the LAN, communicates with a Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) to take advantage of DOCSIS Dynamic Quality of Service (DQoS). If required service flow attributes, as determined from the SDP of the SIP message, matches service flow attributes of an existing UGS service flow with a CMTS, a DOCSIS Dynamic Service Change (DSC) request is used to add an additional sub flow to the existing UGS service flow. If attributes fail to match attributes of all existing UGS service flows, a DOCSIS Dynamic Service Change (DSC) request is used to initiate an additional UGS service flow with the required service flow attributes." The patent application was filed on Jan. 21, 2011 (12/930,984). 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=8,346,947&OS=8,346,947&RS=8,346,947 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Website, User Interfaces, and Applications Facilitating Improved Media Search Capability ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Joshua Beroukhim, Los Angeles, and Joseph Michael, Los Angeles, have developed a patent (8,346,629) for "website, user interfaces, and applications facilitating improved media search capability." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for improving media search capability includes providing a user with access to an interface that allows the user to provide one or more inputs relating to an item of media (such as an audio or video recording of a song or a cover song), performing a media search in response to the one or more inputs, and presenting search results via an interactive display generated depending upon media ratings, wherein one or more of the media ratings is determined from media ratings inputs depending upon one or more metrics associated with sources or providers of the media ratings inputs." The patent application was filed on Jan. 3, 2012 (13/342,812). 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=8,346,629&OS=8,346,629&RS=8,346,629 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Via Design for Use in Displays ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Shih Chang Chang, Cupertino, Calif., Shawn Robert Gettemy, San Jose, Calif., Ming Xu, Cupertino, Calif., Cheng Chen, Cupertino, Calif., Mingxia Gu, Santa Clara, Calif., and John Z. Zhong, Cupertino, Calif., have developed a patent (8,345,177) for a "via design for use in displays." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A liquid crystal display (LCD) is provided having transistors disposed within via holes having elongated (e.g., rectangular or oval) contact areas. The use of via holes having elongated contact areas allows an opaque mask defining an aperture for light transmission to be lengthened, thereby increasing the overall area of the aperture. The increase in the area of the aperture may increase the amount of light that can pass through the aperture." The patent application was filed on Feb. 13, 2009 (12/371,284). 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=8,345,177&OS=8,345,177&RS=8,345,177 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent for Push-pull Low-noise Amplifier with Area-efficient Implementation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Marvell World Trade, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,346,179) developed by four co-inventors for a "push-pull low-noise amplifier with area-efficient implementation." The co-inventors are Brian Brunn, Austin, Texas, Sehat Sutardja, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Xiaohua Fan, Austin, Texas, and Gregory Uehara, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An amplifier integrated circuit (IC) includes a push-pull configuration including a push stage and a pull stage. A first loop of wire is configured to form a first degeneration inductance of the push stage. A second loop of wire is configured to form a first degeneration inductance of the pull stage. The first and second loops are concentric." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,654). 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=8,346,179&OS=8,346,179&RS=8,346,179 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Massachusetts, California Inventors Develop Patent for Remote Verification of File Protections for Cloud Data Storage ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Ari Juels, Brookline, Mass., Marten Erik van Dijk, Somerville, Mass., Alina Oprea, Waltham, Mass., Ronald L. Rivest, Arlington, Mass., and Emil P. Stefanov, Berkeley, Calif., have developed a patent (8,346,742) for "remote verification of file protections for cloud data storage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A client device or other processing device comprises a file processing module, with the file processing module being operative to request proof from a file system that a file having a first format is stored by the file system in a second format different than the first format, to receive the proof from the file system, and to verify that the file is stored in the second format using the proof provided by the file system responsive to the request. The proof is based at least in part on application of a function to the file in the second format, and the function imposes a minimum resource requirement on generation of the proof. The file system may comprise one or more servers associated with a cloud storage provider. Advantageously, one or more illustrative embodiments allow a client device to verify that its files are stored by a cloud storage provider in encrypted form or with other appropriate protections." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2011 (13/075,848). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,346,742&OS=8,346,742&RS=8,346,742 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pulmonx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Pulmonx, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,342,182) developed by four co-inventors for a "functional assessment and treatment catheters and methods for their use in the lung." The co-inventors are Ajit Nair, Milpitas, Calif., Son Gia, San Jose, Calif., Roger Farhnoltz, Fremont, Calif., and Nikolai Aljuri, Revere, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Lung conditions are diagnosed and optionally treated using a functional assessment catheter or a functional lung assessment and treatment catheter. A flow restrictive component is initially placed in a bronchus or lung passageway upstream from a diseased lung region. The isolated lung region is then functionally assessed through the catheter, while the flow restrictive component remains in place. If the patient is a good candidate for treatment by occlusive or restrictive treatment techniques, the flow resistive component may be left in place. If the patient is not suitable for such treatment, the flow resistive component may be removed." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2007 (11/845,296). 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=8,342,182&OS=8,342,182&RS=8,342,182 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Huawei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen, Guangdong, China, has been assigned a patent (8,346,092) developed by four co-inventors for an antenna device. The co-inventors are Ming Zhao, Milan, Italy, Jianjun Chen, Santa Clara, Calif., Xueru Liu, Shenzhen, China, and Pinghua He, Shenzhen, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An antenna device is provided, which includes a first antenna unit and a second antenna unit. The first antenna unit includes a first radiation module, a power divider/combiner network connected to the first radiation module, and a feeder interface connected to the power divider/combiner network. The feeder interface is connected to a radio remote unit (RRU) or a macro base station through a feeder. The second antenna unit includes a second radiation module, a transceiver array connected to the second radiation module, a baseband processing unit (BPU) connected to the transceiver array, and an optical fiber interface connected to the BPU. The optical fiber interface is connected to a baseband unit (BBU) through an optical fiber. Therefore, after the existing passive antenna is replaced by the provided antenna device, the RRU or macro base station in the original network can still be used, which reduces waste of resources." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2011 (13/240,910). 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=8,346,092&OS=8,346,092&RS=8,346,092 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Method and System for Wireless Communication of Audio in Wireless Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,345,681) developed by Huai-Rong Shao, San Jose, Calif., Ju-Lan Hsu, Saratoga, Calif., and Chiu Ngo, San Francisco, for a "method and system for wireless communication of audio in wireless networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for audio transmission in a wireless communication system which transmits digital video and digital audio in High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) format. Position information of audio packets within the HDMI frame is obtained. Digital audio information including the position information is transmitted from a data source device to a data sink device via a wireless communication medium. At the data sink device, an HDMI frame is reconstructed by inserting received audio packets into horizontal and vertical blanking periods of the HDMI frame." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2010 (12/822,107). 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=8,345,681&OS=8,345,681&RS=8,345,681 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Computer Entertainment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Sony Computer Entertainment, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,345,750) developed by Hung-Ju Lee, Pleasanton, Calif., for a scene change detection.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Scene change detection in encoding digital pictures is disclosed. A statistical quantity .mu..sub.M is calculated for a given section in a current picture. A window of one or more sections is defined around a co-located section in a previous picture. A statistical sum E is calculated over the sections in the window. A difference between the statistical sum E and the statistical quantity .mu..sub.M is calculated. The difference between E and .mu..sub.M is used to determine whether the given section is a scene-change section. Whether the current picture is a scene-change picture may be determined from the number of scene change sections. Information indicating whether or not the current picture is a scene-change picture may be stored or transferred." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2009 (12/553,069). 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=8,345,750&OS=8,345,750&RS=8,345,750 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Coexistence System and Method for Wireless Network Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Marvell International, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,345,652) developed by Raja Banerjea, Sunnyvale, Calif., Sandesh Goel, Fremont, Calif., and Milind Kopikare, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "coexistence system and method for wireless network devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network interface includes a radio frequency system and a media access controller. The media access controller includes first and second client modules and a control module. Each of the client modules wirelessly communicates with a network via the radio frequency system and the antenna. Each of the client modules is controllable to be in an active state or a sleep state. The control module determines priority levels of the first client module and the second client module. The control module also, based on the priority levels, (i) controls the first client module to be in the active state to permit communication between the first client module and the radio frequency system, and (ii) controls the second client module to be in the sleep state to prevent communication between the second client module and the radio frequency system." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (13/346,283). 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=8,345,652&OS=8,345,652&RS=8,345,652 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nanda Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Nanda Technologies, Unterschleissheim, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,345,232) developed by four co-inventors for an "optical inspection system and method." The co-inventors are Lars Markwort, Haimhausen, Germany, Rajeshwar Chhibber, San Jose, Calif., Klaus Eckerl, Hutthurm, Germany, and Norbert Harendt, Hutthurm, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An inspection system includes imaging optics for imaging an object plane into an image plane. The imaging optics include an objective lens having positive optical power, a first lens group having negative optical power, and a second lens group having positive optical power. The optical elements are arranged along a common unfolded optical axis with a pupil plane of the imaging optics located between the first lens group and the second lens group." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2010 (12/916,315). 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=8,345,232&OS=8,345,232&RS=8,345,232 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cypress Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,003) developed by four co-inventors for an "optical positioning device using telecentric imaging." The co-inventors are Jahja Trisnadi, San Jose, Calif., Clinton Carlisle, San Jose, Calif., Charles Roxlo, San Jose, Calif., and David A. Lehoty, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment relates to an optical displacement sensor for sensing movement of a data input device across a surface by determining displacement of optical features in a succession of frames. The sensor includes at least an illuminator, telecentric imaging optics on the object (scattering surface) side, and an array of photosensitive elements. The illuminator is configured to illuminate a portion of the surface. The telecentric imaging optics is configured to image the optical features emanating from the illuminated portion of the surface, and the array of photosensitive elements is configured to detect intensity data relating to the optical features imaged by the telecentric imaging optics. Other embodiments are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2010 (12/843,864). 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=8,345,003&OS=8,345,003&RS=8,345,003 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Sony, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,345,976) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for segmenting digital images." The co-inventors are Su Wang, San Jose, Calif., Shengyang Dai, San Jose, Calif., Akira Nakamura, Cupertino, Calif., Takeshi Ohashi, Kanagawa, Japan, and Jun Yokono, Tokyo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems disclosed herein provide the capability to automatically process digital pathology images quickly and accurately. According to one embodiment, an digital pathology image segmentation task may be divided into at least two parts. An image segmentation task may be carried out utilizing both bottom-up analysis to capture local definition of features and top-down analysis to use global information to eliminate false positives. In some embodiments, an image segmentation task is carried out using a "pseudo-bootstrapping" iterative technique to produce superior segmentation results. In some embodiments, the superior segmentation results produced by the pseudo-bootstrapping method are used as input in a second segmentation task that uses a combination of bottom-up and top-down analysis." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2010 (12/852,096). 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=8,345,976&OS=8,345,976&RS=8,345,976 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent for Coexistence and Collocation of Remote Network and Local Network Radios ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Marvell World Trade, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,345,607) developed by Raja Banerjea, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "coexistence and collocation of remote network and local network radios." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A coexistent communication system of a first network device includes a remote network radio. The remote network radio has a remote transmission distance, operates based on remote network protocols, and communicates with a base station using a first communication link corresponding to a first frequency band. A local network radio has a local transmission distance and is collocated with the remote network radio. The local network radio operates based on local network protocols that are different than the remote network protocols and communicates with a second network device using a second communication link corresponding to a second frequency band. A control module at least one of schedules communication on the first communication link and the second communication link and adjusts a transmission parameter of one of the remote network radio and the local network radio. Transmission distance of the remote network radio is greater than transmission distance of the local network radio." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2009 (12/396,844). 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=8,345,607&OS=8,345,607&RS=8,345,607 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hon Hai Precision Industry Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Hon Hai Precision Industry, New Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,342,886) developed by George Huanyi Zhang, Irvine, Calif., Yu Luo, Shenzhen, China, and Xing-Liang Liu, Shenzhen, China, for an "electrical connector with connecting bars therein to reduce cross talking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical connector includes an insulating housing defining an uninterrupted tongue portion with opposite first surface and second surface and a plurality of contacts loaded in the tongue portion. The first surface defines at least one rib. The plurality of contacts includes a first group of contacts with contacting portions loaded in the first surface at one side of the at least one rib, a second group of contacts with contacting portions loaded in the first surface at another side of the rib and a third group of contacts with contacting portions loaded in the second surface opposite to the at least one rib. Each of the second and third group of contacts is composed of signal contacts and grounding contacts. The grounding contacts of each group unitarily connect with each other by a connecting bar at front distal ends thereof." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2011 (13/046,804). 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=8,342,886&OS=8,342,886&RS=8,342,886 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Flotation Device with Hand-operated Propulsion Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Zuhdi A. Sardar, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,896) for a "flotation device with hand-operated propulsion structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The flotation device with hand-operated propulsion structure comprises a hull with right and left hand cranks. The hand cranks are each connected to rotate its own propeller so that steering is achieved by different cranking and propulsion is achieved by cranking on both manual cranks. In addition to the hull with cranks and propellers, a survival suit is provided with corresponding attachment for the securement of flotation and propulsion devices thereto." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2010 (12/925,228). 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=8,342,896&OS=8,342,896&RS=8,342,896 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Expendable Ink Cartridge for Hand Held Printing Mechanism ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- William Bourgeois, San Diego, has developed a patent (8,342,091) for an "expendable ink cartridge for hand held printing mechanism." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable cable marking mechanism includes a gun-like housing with a pivotally mounted trigger assembly for moving a stamping unit along a predetermined inking path to engage in sequence an inking pad of a replaceable ink cartridge for inking the stamping unit and then a cable sleeve for providing the cable sleeve with customized indicia markings." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2010 (12/755,323). 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=83,42,091.PN.&OS=PN/83,42,091&RS=PN/83,42,091 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Cremated Remains Memorial Container with Picture Frame ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Marc L. Kocir, Saratoga, Calif., has developed a patent (8,341,812) for a "cremated remains memorial container with picture frame." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cremated remains memorial container including a box defining an upper box opening, a picture frame panel attached to the box such that a picture slot is defined between the picture frame panel, and a cover panel that is disposed in the picture slot and has an indented portion extending into the upper box opening. The cover panel is formed from an opaque material, and is slid into the picture slot after the cremated remains are inserted into the box, thereby obscuring the remains. A picture is then inserted in the remaining (residual) space between the cover panel and the picture frame through the picture slot opening. The indented portion of the cover panel engages with the inner edge of the upper box opening, whereby subsequent removal of the cover panel from the picture slot is resisted during removal/replacement of the picture." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2012 (13/349,478). 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=83,41,812.PN.&OS=PN/83,41,812&RS=PN/83,41,812 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nordson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Nordson, Westlake, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,343,132) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus and methods for injecting high viscosity dermal fillers." The co-inventors are Scott Heneveld, Whitmore, Calif., John R. Krumme, Woodside, Calif., Stacy R. Smith, Del Mar, Calif., and Christian Walton, Belmont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes inserting a distal end portion of a needle of a medical injector into a skin of a body. An energy source operatively coupled to the medical injector is actuated such that a dermal filler is conveyed from the medical injector into the skin through the distal end portion of the needle. The distal end portion of the needle is moved within the skin during the actuating." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,405). 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=83,43,132.PN.&OS=PN/83,43,132&RS=PN/83,43,132 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Adaptive Small Animal Feeder ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Judith A. Harper, Sacramento, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,129) for an "adaptive small animal feeder." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A drawer-mounted feed bowl shelf to hold an animal's food or water bowl, adapted for mounting on the edges of the sidewalls of a cabinet drawer, or for mounting between the sidewalls of a drawer is disclosed. The first embodiment includes expandable mount means to permit mounting on or in drawers of various widths. The expandable mount means include two sections one above the other, the upper one moving laterally relative to the lower section. The second fixed-width embodiment can be either mounted permanently or removably on or fixedly in a cabinet drawer. A gasket that fits over and within the opening for the bowl adds friction to prevent bowl movement when present. This invention permits the feed bowl to be out of sight when not in use." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2010 (12/660,089). 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=83,42,129.PN.&OS=PN/83,42,129&RS=PN/83,42,129 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Drink Container Straw ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Dominique Claessens, Rolling Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,422) for a drink container straw.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A drink straw container includes a hollow, elongated body that has a first end, a second end, an inner wall and an outer wall. The body has a frangible seal at the first end and a one-way valve located adjacent the second end that permits passage of fluids only from the second end toward the first end. The elongated body securely encloses a predetermined quantity of a consumable liquid. The inner and outer walls extend below the one-way valve to protect the valve from contacting a container surface. The lower end of the body may have a sealing membrane and a sliding puncture device to pierce the membrane. The straw may have an inner tube with a series of penetrating apertures for combining the consumable liquid with a mixing beverage. The straw may have a manually operated valve and a diameter reducing choke at the lower end of the straw." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2010 (12/875,922). 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=8,342,422&OS=8,342,422&RS=8,342,422 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Apparatus for Measuring Anatomic Angles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Alan Craig Merchant, Los Altos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,341,850) for an "apparatus for measuring anatomic angles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for measuring anatomic angles with two arms and a fastener for securing them together at one end providing a pivot. One arm has degree markings around the pivot and the other has a marker to indicate the angle between the two. One or both arms have a method for extending and contracting their length. The device is sufficiently small and light to allow ease of portability in a clothing pocket. In a preferred embodiment the arms are made of thin, clear, light plastic to allow ease of portability as well as inexpensive manufacture. In another preferred embodiment the arms are made of metal, or other heat-resistant material, to allow autoclave sterilization for use during surgery. In a further preferred embodiment the method to allow extension and contraction of one or both arms is by affixing thin, tubular, telescoping metal sleeves to one or both arms." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2010 (12/807,841). 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=83,41,850.PN.&OS=PN/83,41,850&RS=PN/83,41,850 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Abbott Diabetes Care Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,343,093) developed by Benjamin M. Rush, Oakland, Calif., for a "fluid delivery device with autocalibration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A micro fluid delivery device is particularly useful in medical applications. The device may be worn or carried by the user and may deliver drugs or other medicaments to the user or patient. The device has a control system that accepts input from the user and controls all aspects of operation of the device. The control system measures the output of the pump and adjusts the output of the pump to achieve the desired dosage rate and size. This eliminates differences from pump to pump that result from inevitable variations in the manufacturing of such small scale affordable devices." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/790,733). 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=83,43,093.PN.&OS=PN/83,43,093&RS=PN/83,43,093 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Immerse Resistant Rust Inhibiting Water Heater Support with or without Leveling Capabilities ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Christopher L. Rockwell, Idyllwild, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,139) for an "immerse resistant rust inhibiting water heater support with or without leveling capabilities." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improvements in a catch and drain pan for a water heater is disclosed. The improvement includes an immersion resistant water heater support having a fixed or an adjustable leveling capability. The water heater Lifesaver support fits on the water heater support stand/area or inside a catch drain basing to elevate the water heater weight supporting base or metal legs above any standing water. The water heater Lifesaver support is also fabricated to level an uneven water heater to bring the water heater to a vertical orientation. The adjustable water heater support uses a sandwich of two supports in a cam configuration that are indexable in a plurality of finite engagement positions to slightly alter the vertical orientation of the water heater to account for variations and or horizontal orientation of the water heater mounting surface." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2009 (12/349,036). 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=83,42,139.PN.&OS=PN/83,42,139&RS=PN/83,42,139 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California, Pennsylvania Inventors Develop Patent for Apparatus for Hand Control, Pressure Amplification, and Stabilization of Medical and Industrial Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Eric Ronald Stachowski, Sebastopol, Calif., and Garrett W. Brown, Philadelphia, have developed a patent (8,342,467) for an "apparatus for hand control, pressure amplification, and stabilization of medical and industrial devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An equipoising arm structure that can selectively exert force in any direction--lifting, pressing down, or applying lateral bias--with consistent force throughout its range of articulation, comprises a force exerting device having a force exerting structure including a load arm as a first side pivotable about a load pivot, a resilient member attached to the load arm and to a termination point and forming a second side of the force exerting structure. The third side of the structure is formed by a line from the termination point to the load pivot. A first adjustment mechanism moves the termination point to change the length and disposition of the third side of the structure to positions above or below the load pivot. Additional adjustment mechanisms may alter the mounting angle of the entire force exerting structure, and/or the angular relationship between a plurality its force-exerting component devices." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2006 (11/538,298). 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=8,342,467&OS=8,342,467&RS=8,342,467 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intuitive Surgical Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Intuitive Surgical Operations, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,343,141) developed by Akhil J. Madhani, Glendale, Calif., and J. Kenneth Salisbury, Mountain View, Calif., for an "articulated surgical instrument for performing minimally invasive surgery with enhanced dexterity and sensitivity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An articulated surgical instrument for enhancing the performance of minimally invasive surgical procedures. The instrument has a high degree of dexterity, low friction, low inertia and good force reflection. A unique cable and pulley drive system operates to reduce friction and enhance force reflection. A unique wrist mechanism operates to enhance surgical dexterity compared to standard laparoscopic instruments. The system is optimized to reduce the number of actuators required and thus produce a fully functional articulated surgical instrument of minimum size." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2010 (12/833,766). 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=83,43,141.PN.&OS=PN/83,43,141&RS=PN/83,43,141 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Stencils and Gauging Device for Aesthetically Pleasing Eyebrow Shaping ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Anastasia Soare, Beverly Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,190) for "stencils and gauging device for aesthetically pleasing eyebrow shaping." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel gauging device and associated stencils facilitate the shaping of eyebrows according to a Golden Ratio standard. The gauging device is adapted to be placed over a woman's face and maintained in a fixed position relative to her eyes and nose. A nosepiece and knobs are adjusted such that a lower end of a guide rod may be rotated about various points relative to the nose and held in predetermined angles relative to the nose and eyes, possibly supported magnetically on a lower track adjacent the nostrils and an upper track above the eyebrows. An eyebrow stencil is held in a desired position relative to the previously positioned guide rod, which facilitates convenient application and symmetrical shaping, preferably with frictional clamps for permitting the stencil to be shifted in place so that a particular portion of the stencil is properly aligned with the guide rod after the guide rod has been aligned with an appropriate Golden Ratio marking on the stencil. Each stencil may be provided with more than one set of such markings to accommodate not only different eyebrows of different sizes, but also to adjust the eyebrow's ideal Golden Ratio "High Point" to complement facial proportions (preferably represented by a single Facial Ratio Value or "FRV" that takes into account several different measured ratios) that deviate substantially from an ideal Golden Ratio. A slim tab between the upper and the lower edges of the stencil cut-out preferably provides a convenient reference mark for the "High Point" of the unadjusted cut-out." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2011 (13/118,344). 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=83,42,190.PN.&OS=PN/83,42,190&RS=PN/83,42,190 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Modular Power Distribution and Control System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Zachary L. Braunstein, San Marcos, Calif., and Frederick Y. Mah, San Diego, have developed a patent (8,341,837) for a "modular power distribution and control system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention describes apparatus for designing and installing power distribution systems for: residential, commercial and industrial applications, as well as for power distribution within electro-mechanical devices. The invention transforms existing labor-intense installations into practically plug-and-power type modular systems. For a specific project, pre-designed, fabricated and tested kit, including factory assembled and tested: power and control enclosures, power outlets and junction boxes, interface cables, as specified by the invention, will be delivered directly to the installation site. No labor intense operations: wire crimping, outlet/switch wiring, junction box wiring, load wiring. No exposed hot wires or leads at any point outside enclosure. The invention will: significantly lower labor costs, reduce installation time, improve safety, reliability and quality. Utilization of shielded cables and shielding of other components within a system, will significantly lower electrical power emissions, benefiting the environment for all--the end users and other technologies." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2008 (12/148,771). 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=83,41,837.PN.&OS=PN/83,41,837&RS=PN/83,41,837 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intarcia Therapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Intarcia Therapeutics, Hayward, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,343,140) developed by six co-inventors for "devices, formulations, and methods for delivery of multiple beneficial agents." The co-inventors are Thomas R. Alessi, Hayward, Calif., Karling Alice Leung, Oakland, Calif., Ryan D. Mercer, Dublin, Calif., Cristina G. Negulescu, Santa Clara, Calif., Catherine M. Rohloff, Los Altos, Calif., and Bing Yang, Redwood City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to osmotic delivery devices, formulations, and methods for delivery of two or more beneficial agents. In one aspect, the present invention provides osmotic delivery devices useful for substantially concurrent administration of two or more beneficial agents. In another aspect, the present invention provides beneficial agent formulations for use in the osmotic delivery devices. The formulations include formulations wherein beneficial agents are soluble in the vehicle, suspension formulations comprising particle formulations of one or more beneficial agent, and combinations thereof. Further, methods for treatment of a variety of diseases or conditions using two or more beneficial agents are disclosed, wherein the methods are preferably practiced using the osmotic delivery devices and/or formulations of the invention." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2009 (12/378,341). 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=83,43,140.PN.&OS=PN/83,43,140&RS=PN/83,43,140 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Durable Steam Injector Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Robert S. Smith, Seal Beach, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,486) for a "durable steam injector device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for the injection and mixing of steam into a fluid stream. The device is intended to be used in a substantially cylindrically-shaped primary conduit having a longitudinal axis and circular cross-section for carrying the fluid stream. The primary conduit is provided with an inlet for accepting the fluid stream and an outlet for discharging the fluid stream along the longitudinal axis. A secondary conduit is joined to the primary conduit for discharging steam within the fluid stream along the longitudinal axis. A biscuit element is provided of sintered tungsten having upstream and downstream circular faces sized to fit within the primary conduit along its interior wall having a geometric center coincident with the longitudinal axis and having a plurality of openings, each having a longitudinal axis parallel to the longitudinal axis of the primary conduit. Each opening is provided with a mixing element that induces a rotational angular velocity to the fluid stream passing therethrough. Conically-shaped features extend from the circular faces and are centered along the longitudinal axis at the geometric centers thereof." The patent application was filed on Aug. 9, 2010 (12/852,667). 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=8,342,486&OS=8,342,486&RS=8,342,486 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Floating Solar Heater with Stabilizing Band ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Richard C. Rosene, Murrieta, Calif., and Lora J. Rosene, Murrieta, Calif., have developed a patent (8,342,167) for a "floating solar heater with stabilizing band." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A soft, flexible, floating solar heater for floating on liquid generally comprises an inflatable central portion and an inflatable outer ring. The central portion is constructed of upper and lower film bonded together at a central peripheral bond such that, upon inflation, the central portion contracts. A vertical band in the outer ring prevents buckling of the ring from inward contraction of the central portion upon inflation of the central portion. A non-inflated spacer ring may be positioned between the central portion and outer ring to disperse contraction forces and reduce the tendency for the outer ring to buckle." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2011 (12/932,531). 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=83,42,167.PN.&OS=PN/83,42,167&RS=PN/83,42,167 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Neenah, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,343,135) developed by seven co-inventors for an anti-microbial catheter. The co-inventors are James Dal Porto, Coto de Caza, Calif., Jose Castillo Deniega, Lake Forest, Calif., Roger Massengale, Mission Viejo, Calif., Kenneth W. Rake, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Lois Rake, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Kevin Forest, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., and Mark Siminuk, Lake Forest, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A catheter having features configured to provide a substantially uniform flow rate of a fluid exiting the catheter and also exhibits anti-microbial properties. The uniform flow rate features may include one or more of a flow restricting membrane or flow restricting component within an infusion section of the catheter. In other arrangements, exit holes defining the infusion section of the catheter may be configured to provide the desired uniform flow rate over the length of the infusion section. Furthermore, the catheter also includes anti-microbial properties to inhibit the growth of microbes on or within the catheter and, preferably, to inhibit microbe growth in an anatomical region surrounding the catheter. The desired anti-microbial properties may be provided by an anti-microbial layer, anti-microbial materials dispersed within the material from which components of the catheters are constructed, or a combination of anti-microbial layers and embedded anti-microbial materials. In some arrangements, one or more portions of the catheter may be bio-absorbable." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/415,304). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,43,135.PN.&OS=PN/83,43,135&RS=PN/83,43,135 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Drink Container Holding Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Mark B. Strickland, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has developed a patent (8,342,468) for a "drink container holding device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A drink container holding device for permitting articles and a beverage to be stored on a music stand includes a frame. At least one mounting assembly is coupled to the frame. The mounting assembly engages the stand to mount the frame to a stand. A sleeve is coupled to the frame. The sleeve has a beverage aperture extending therein through an upper end of the sleeve. The beverage aperture receives a drink container to allow the sleeve to support the drink container adjacent to the stand when the frame is mounted on the stand." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2006 (11/533,566). 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=8,342,468&OS=8,342,468&RS=8,342,468 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CNH Canada Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- CNH Canada, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,342,108) developed by Robin B. Schilling, Darfield, Canada, Matthew S. Naylor, Saskatoon, Calif., and Terrance A. Friggstad, Grasswood, Calif., for a "depth adjustment assembly for a disc opener of an agricultural implement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disc hub assembly includes a shouldered spindle that is secured to a disc opener frame and to which a depth adjustment arm and a gauge wheel arm are connected. The disc hub, to which a ground opener disc is mounted, is disposed on the spindle in a manner that allows the disc to rotate around the spindle. A gauge wheel is connected to the gauge wheel arm. When the depth adjustment arm is rotated between depth setting positions the gauge wheel arm is also rotated. As the gauge wheel is connected to the gauge wheel arm, rotation of the gauge wheel arm causes rotation of the gauge wheel. The depth adjustment arm is spring biased into engagement with an arc of notches on the disc opener frame. The notches define a range of positions at which the depth adjustment arm may be positioned." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2012 (13/461,489). 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=83,42,108.PN.&OS=PN/83,42,108&RS=PN/83,42,108 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Railroad Switch Signaling Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Jim Arnold, Grass Valley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,341,851) for a "railroad switch signaling device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for indicating the position of a point detector bar having an outer surface and linked to a moveable point associated with a fixed rail utilizing a probe. The probe is moveable to contact and ride on the outer surface of the point detector bar. A housing is connected to the probe and is moveable toward point detector bar also. A leg is positioned relative to the housing to form a unit. The leg is moveable within and relative to the housing when the probe contacts a certain portion of the outer surface of the point detector bar. A driver is linked to the leg and the housing unit and moves the housing and connected probe toward the point detector bar. A signal generator alerts the relative movement between the housing and leg within the housing and the probe contacts a certain portion of the outer surface of the point detector bar which may take the form of an enlarged diameter area." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2011 (13/067,684). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,41,851.PN.&OS=PN/83,41,851&RS=PN/83,41,851 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Overtouch Remote Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Overtouch Remote, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,342,392) developed by Han Kiliccote, Los Altos, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for providing secure document distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for providing secure document distribution is disclosed. The system includes an application configured to: allow an author to create a document, allow the author to secure the document using an access code, wherein the access code is needed to gain access to the document, encrypt the access code, and forward a message to a recipient, wherein the message includes the document and the encrypted access code, a terminal configured to: allow the recipient to open the message, and generate an image, the image having information embedded therein, the embedded information including the encrypted access code, and a portable device configured to: allow the recipient to capture the image, store predetermined information, wherein the predetermined information is usable to decrypt the encrypted access code, capture input information from the recipient, the input information to be used to ensure that the recipient is authorized to use the portable device, extract the information embedded in the image, decrypt the encrypted access code using the predetermined information, and generate an output, the output including the access code. The terminal is further configured to receive the output generated by the portable device and evaluate the output to determine if the correct access code needed for access to the document is provided." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2009 (12/546,596). 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=8,342,392.PN.&OS=PN/8,342,392&RS=PN/8,342,392 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for 4-amino-3-(imidazolyl)-pyrazolo[3,4-D]pyrimidines ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Penglie Zhang, Foster City, Calif., and Yibin Zeng, Foster City, Calif., have developed a patent (8,343,975) for a "4-amino-3-(imidazolyl)-pyrazolo[3,4-D]pyrimidines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compounds are provided that act as potent antagonists of the CCR1 receptor, and have in vivo anti-inflammatory activity. The compounds are 4-amino-3-imidazoyl-pyrazolo[3,4-d]pyrimidine derivatives and are useful in pharmaceutical compositions, methods for the treatment of CCR1-mediated disease, and as controls in assays for the identification of competitive CCR1 antagonists." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2009 (12/557,428). 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=8,343,975.PN.&OS=PN/8,343,975&RS=PN/8,343,975 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Fuel Cell Device and System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Alan Devoe, La Jolla, Calif., and Lambert Devoe, San Diego, have developed a patent (8,343,684) for a "fuel cell device and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Fuel cell devices and systems are provided. In certain embodiments, the devices include a ceramic support structure having a length, a width, and a thickness. A reaction zone positioned along a portion of the length is configured to be heated to an operating reaction temperature, and has at least one active layer therein comprising an electrolyte separating first and second opposing electrodes, and active first and second gas passages adjacent the respective first and second electrodes. At least one cold zone positioned from the first end along another portion of the length is configured to remain below the operating reaction temperature. An artery flow passage extends from the first end along the length through the cold zone and into the reaction zone and is fluidicly coupled to the active first gas passage, which extends from the artery flow passage toward at least one side. The thickness of the artery flow passage is greater than the thickness of the active first gas passage. In other embodiments, fuel cell devices include an electrolyte having at least a portion thereof comprising a ceramic material sintered from a nano-sized powder. In yet other embodiments, cold zones are provided at each end of the device with the reaction zone therebetween having at least two discrete power sections, each having one or more active layers, the power sections fed by discrete fuel passages to provide a device and system capable of operating at more than one power level." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2009 (12/399,732). 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=8,343,684.PN.&OS=PN/8,343,684&RS=PN/8,343,684 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Valorisation-Recherche Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Valorisation-Recherche, Montreal, has been assigned a patent (8,343,751) developed by Eric Nadeau, Otterburn Park, Calif., and John Morris Fairbrother, Saint Hyacinthe, Calif., for a "use of live bacteria for growth promotion in animals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to the use of F4.sup.+ non-pathogenic Escherichia coli strains to promote growth in an animal. The present invention also relates to the use of such strains to homogenize growth among a herd of animals. More specifically, the animal(s) of interest in the present invention are those wherein growth promotion or growth homogenization are desired goals, such as animals reared for meat production. The present invention further relates to a method for promoting growth of an animal as well as a method for homogenizing growth among a herd of animals." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2011 (13/179,027). 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=8,343,751.PN.&OS=PN/8,343,751&RS=PN/8,343,751 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Essential Element Extractor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Andrew D. Hospodor, Santa Cruz, Calif., has developed a patent (8,343,553) for an essential element extractor.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Mobile Extractor for extracting essential elements from plant material and for transporting low concentrations of essential elements in a solution of solvent includes a clean tank, a hopper, one or more pumps, a plurality of valves, and a dirty tank. Plant material may be soaked or rinsed with a solvent that extracts essential elements from the plant material where the solvent washes the essential elements from the plant material into a dirty tank. When the operation is complete the dirty tank will contain a solution of solvent infused with essential elements from the plant material. The best mode of the invention extracts cannabinoid or cannabis related essential elements from raw cannabis plant material and stores it in a solvent bath. The best mode pump or pumps used is one or more vacuum pumps." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2011 (13/066,585). 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=8,343,553.PN.&OS=PN/8,343,553&RS=PN/8,343,553 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nuvo Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Nuvo Research, Mississagua, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,343,962) developed by five co-inventors for a topical formulation. The co-inventors are Edward T. Kisak, San Diego, John M. Newsam, La Jolla, Calif., Dominic King-Smith, San Diego, Pankaj Karande, Troy, N.Y., and Samir Mitragotri, Goleta, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "It has been discovered that certain combinations compounds are excellent penetration enhancers and, as such, can be incorporated in a topical formulation to facilitate administration of active agents. The increased penetration enhancement can also lead to a reduction in the total concentration of skin irritants in the formulation. There is described herein a topical formulation comprising (i) at least one active agent; (ii) a first compound, and (iii) a second compound, wherein the first compound and second compound are different, and each is selected from the group consisting of N-lauroyl sarcosine, sodium octyl sulfate, methyl laurate, isopropyl myristate, oleic acid, glyceryl oleate and sodium lauryl sulfoacetate." The patent application was filed on Aug. 2, 2010 (12/848,792). 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=8,343,962.PN.&OS=PN/8,343,962&RS=PN/8,343,962 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Nasal Rinse Tip ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Ketan C. Mehta, Santa Rosa, Calif., has developed a patent (8,343,114) for a nasal rinse tip.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for nasal lavage is described. The device ejects a gentle flow of fluid under pressure. The fluid stream provides a high quantity of fluid at low pressure. The low pressure fluid stream is more comfortable for a user than a high pressure fluid stream that are delivered by some types of pressurized cans of solution." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2009 (12/567,518). 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=8,343,114&OS=8,343,114&RS=8,343,114 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Robert Bosch Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 8 -- Robert Bosch, Stuttgart, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,343,790) developed by Markus Lutz, Los Altos, Calif., Aaron Partridge, Cupertino, Calif., and Brian H. Stark, San Francisco, for "methods for trapping charge in a microelectromechanical system and microelectromechanical system employing same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Many inventions are disclosed. Some aspects are directed to MEMS, and/or methods for use with and/or for fabricating MEMS, that supply, store, and/or trap charge on a mechanical structure disposed in a chamber. Various structures may be disposed in the chamber and employed in supplying, storing and/or trapping charge on the mechanical structure. In some aspects, a breakable link, a thermionic electron source and/or a movable mechanical structure are employed. The breakable link may comprise a fuse. In one embodiment, the movable mechanical structure is driven to resonate. In some aspects, the electrical charge enables a transducer to convert vibrational energy to electrical energy, which may be used to power circuit(s), device(s) and/or other purpose(s). In some aspects, the electrical charge is employed in changing the resonant frequency of a mechanical structure and/or generating an electrostatic force, which may be repulsive." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2010 (12/908,506). The full-text of the patent For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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