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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Jan. 15)

[January 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Jan. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** North Carolina Inventor Develops Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing a Runway Landing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Oscar Lewis, Cary, N.C., has developed a patent (8,352,103) for a "method and apparatus for providing a runway landing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One non-limiting but advantageous aspect of the present invention relates to improved airport efficiency and capacity through higher utilization of a primary runway. The improvements derive from the use of one or more high-speed exit ramps that interconnect the primary runway to a high-speed landing way running parallel to the primary runway. The high-speed exit ramp(s) enable a landing aircraft to negotiate a high-speed transition from the primary runway to the high-speed landing way, so that the aircraft completes its landing roll out and transition to taxiing speeds on the high-speed landing way rather than the primary runway. In at least one embodiment, a computerized landing controller indicates to pilots of landing aircraft whether their aircraft are permitted to take a high-speed exit ramp via control of an associated high-speed exit lighting system." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2010 (12/911,223). 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=8,352,103&OS=8,352,103&RS=8,352,103 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Sony Mobile Communications Assigned Patent for Method and System for Registration of Licensed Modules in Mobile Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Sony Mobile Communications, Lund, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,351,914) developed by Nadi S. Findikli, Cary, N.C., and Daniel Paul Homiller, Cary, N.C., for a "method and system for registration of licensed modules in mobile devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and system for registration of licensed modules in mobile devices. The present invention provides for a registration system to determine active use of licensed modules installed in mobile devices such as wireless cellular terminals and PDA's. The registration system can be made to operate in a manner that is substantially transparent to the user of the mobile device. In example embodiments, a module handler within the processor platform of the mobile device collects module parameters as necessary and causes registration messages to be assembled and sent. In some embodiments, encryption is provided. User interaction with the registration process can also optionally be accommodated. Additionally, the module handler can direct that use of the software module or package is restricted until an acknowledgement is returned from the module activation system, confirming the registration." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2003 (10/604,982). 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=8,351,914&OS=8,351,914&RS=8,351,914 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Lund, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,351,980) developed by Ivan Nelson Wakefield, Cary, N.C., for a "mobile device for detecting and indicating loss of proximity for associated support functions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of detecting proximity between a mobile terminal and a wireless accessory device having an associated support function for use with the mobile terminal include establishing a wireless communication connection between the wireless accessory device and the mobile terminal. The established wireless communication connection is utilized to provide the associated support function. In addition, a wireless signal having a limited range is communicated between the mobile terminal and the wireless accessory device. The wireless signal indicates a proximity between the mobile terminal and the wireless accessory device. An alert signal indicating that the proximity between the mobile terminal and the wireless accessory device has exceeded a predetermined range is provided responsive to the communicated wireless signal when the established wireless communication connection is not being utilized to provide the associated support function. Related devices are also provided." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/749,554). 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=8,351,980&OS=8,351,980&RS=8,351,980 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ericsson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,351,874) developed by Paul Wilkinson Dent, Pittsboro, N.C., and Sven Mattisson, Bjarred, Sweden, for a "system and method for adaptive antenna impedance matching." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are disclosed for automatically adjusting antenna impedance match in a wireless transceiver employing phase-amplitude modulation. According to some embodiments of the invention, a wireless transceiver comprises a transmitter circuit and a receiver circuit connected to the antenna by a transmit/receive duplexer. An electronically adjustable matching network is located between the transmitter output and the antenna. To control the adjustable matching network, a directional coupler is located between the transmitter output and the matching network to separate transmit signals reflected from the antenna system, including the antenna, the matching network and the T/R duplexer. The reflected transmit signals are routed to the receiver circuit, which digitizes the reflected signal and determines an antenna reflection coefficient based on the digitized reflected signal and the modulation signal used to create the transmit signal. The complex antenna reflection coefficient is used to determine any adjustment needed to the antenna matching network." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2008 (12/099,550). 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=8,351,874&OS=8,351,874&RS=8,351,874 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** McKesson Financial Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- McKesson Financial Holdings, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,352,568) developed by Kelly Walker, Raleigh, N.C., and Charles Ashley Leonard, Morrisville, N.C., for a "system, apparatus, method and computer program product for configuring disparate workstations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, apparatus, method and computer program product are provided for configuring disparate workstations. In particular, an administrative utility is provided that may allow users to upload to a configuration server individual configuration files for applications executing on workstations associated with physiological devices. Once uploaded, a user may group the configuration files into configuration groups based, for example, on similarities in configurations utilized. Once a configuration group has been created, the user may assign one or more workstations to each configuration group. Upon startup of a workstation, an application executing on the workstation may automatically transmit a request to the configuration server to load the configurations for that workstation. In response, the configuration server may determine to which configuration group the workstation has been assigned, and then download the configuration files of that configuration group to the workstation. The downloaded configuration files may then control the behavior of the application." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2008 (12/119,098). 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=8,352,568&OS=8,352,568&RS=8,352,568 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** HTC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- HTC, Taoyuan, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,351,321) developed by 29 co-inventors for "systems and method for orthogonal frequency divisional multiplexing." The co-inventors are Mark J. Dapper, Cincinnati, Michael J. Geile, Loveland, Ohio, Terrance J. Hill, Fairfield, Ohio, Harold A. Roberts, Eden Prairie, Minn., Brian D. Anderson, Plymouth, Minn., Jeffrey Brede, Eden Prairie, Minn., Mark S. Wadman, Plano, Texas, Robert J. Kirscht, Savage, Minn., James J. Herrmann, Eagan, Minn., Michael J. Fort, Eagan, Minn., Steven P Buska, Minnetonka, Jeff Solum, Bloomington, Minn., Debra Lea Enfield, Chaska, Minn., Darrell Berg, Bloomington, Minn., Thomas Smigelski, Lake Zurich, Ill., Thomas C. Tucker, Chapel Hill, N.C., Joe Hall, Bloomington, Minn., John M. Logajan, Arden Hills, Minn., Somvay Boualouang, Bloomington, Minn., Heng Lou, Bloomington, Minn., Mark Elpers, Elk River, Minn., Matt Downs, Bloomington, Minn., Tammy Ferris, Bloomington, Minn., Adam Opoczynski, Plano, Texas, David S Russell, Minneapolis, Calvin G. Nelson, Shorewood, Minn., Niranjan R Samant, Midletown, Conn., Joseph F. Chiapetta, Trumbull, Conn., and Scott Sarnikowski, Plymouth, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for orthogonal frequency division multiplexing are provided. In one embodiment, a multi-carrier modem comprises: a receiver configured to de-modulate symbols from at least one of a plurality of spectrally overlapping carrier signals to produce a receiver output; a transmitter configured to modulate symbols onto at least one of a plurality of the spectrally overlapping carrier signals; a processor coupled to the transmitter, wherein the processor outputs data for transmission by the transmitter, wherein the processor applies an inverse Fourier transform to the data transmitted by the transmitter; the processor coupled to the receiver, wherein the processor applies a Fourier transform to the receiver output; and a controller programmed to instruct the transmitter to transmit at least one symbol representing a request for bandwidth allocation on a first carrier; wherein the controller is further programmed to determine when a collision has occurred on the first carrier." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2007 (11/927,405). 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=8,351,321&OS=8,351,321&RS=8,351,321 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Powderject Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Powderject Research, Oxford, United Kingdom, has been assigned a patent (8,349,364) developed by Chris Robert Lively, Madison, Wis., and Robert DeLong, Chapel Hill, N.C., for a "nucleic acid coated particles suitable for temporary storage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Particles are provided which are suitable for delivery from a particle-mediated delivery device. The particles are obtained by precipitating a nucleic acid on inert metal carrier particles in the presence of a nucleic acid condensing agent and a metal ion chelating agent. Also described are processes for preparing the particles, and therapeutic methods using the particles including methods of nucleic acid immunization and gene therapy." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2003 (10/529,010). 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=8,349,364.PN.&OS=PN/8,349,364&RS=PN/8,349,364 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New York, North Carolina Inventors Develop Patent for Self-retaining and Fluid Delivery Catheter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Arash Salemi, New York, and Curtis Anderson, Greenville, N.C., have developed a patent (8,348,889) for a "self-retaining and fluid delivery catheter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A medical device for performing a surgical procedure on a patient including an elongate tubular shaft having an outer surface extending from a proximal end to a distal end and an inner passage in fluid communication with a fluid source during use of the device. The shaft further has a lateral hole in the outer surface in fluid communication with the inner passage for delivering fluid from the device in a lateral direction during surgery. The device further includes a distal balloon having an exterior surface connected to the shaft and a projection extending from the exterior surface. The device also includes a proximal balloon connected to the shaft between the distal end and the proximal end of the shaft and a locating structure connected to the shaft. The hole is positioned in the outer surface between the distal balloon and the proximal balloon." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2006 (11/445,015). 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=8,348,889.PN.&OS=PN/8,348,889&RS=PN/8,348,889 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** North Carolina Inventor Develops Patent for Anti-dementia Regimen ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Mark S. Bezzek, Mill Spring, N.C., has developed a patent (8,349,376) for an anti-dementia regimen.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel dietary supplement is featured which can benefit individuals suffering from various conditions such as nutritional deficiencies, vitamin deficiencies, aging, dementia/Alzheimer's disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, stroke and mental cognition." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2011 (13/043,216). 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=8,349,376.PN.&OS=PN/8,349,376&RS=PN/8,349,376 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** North Carolina Inventors Develop Patent for Systems, Methods, and Apparatus for Pet Waste Disposal ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Sammy Lopez, Charlotte, N.C., and Nicole Lopez, Charlotte, N.C., have developed a patent (8,347,825) for "systems, methods, and apparatus for pet waste disposal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A leash module including a retention opening configured to receive and retain a used pet waste bag that has been closed via a tied knot, and a bowl portion configured to receive and retain water for drinking by a pet. The leash module is configured to be removably coupled to a leash assembly. The retention opening includes a bag receipt opening sized and dimensioned to allow for insertion of the tied knot of the used pet waste bag, and a bag retention opening extending from the bag receipt opening, the bag retention opening being narrower than the bag receipt opening and being sized and dimensioned to prevent passage of the tied knot of the used pet waste bag." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2010 (12/880,620). 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=83,47,825.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,825&RS=PN/83,47,825 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** North Carolina Inventor Develops Patent for Meat Tenderness Tester ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- John R. Dykers, Siler City, N.C., has developed a patent (8,347,695) for a meat tenderness tester.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The meat tenderness tester is a hand held tool that includes a rotatable elongate shaft, which can be stuck into meat at a precise depth and rotated by a motor disposed in the tool. The shaft has various configurations that allow it to be inserted into the meat and withdrawn without destroying the meat being tested. Fin-like members disposed on the shaft create a measurable resistance to rotation that is measured by a torque sensing part of the motor. A digital display on the housing body reads out this mechanical resistance (torque) in a calibrated measurement of the shear forces encountered by the rotating shaft; the measurement indicating a degree of tenderness of the meat cut being tested. The shaft has a tapered, pointed end that allows it to be inserted and withdrawn without damaging the meat product under test." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2011 (13/309,368). 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=83,47,695.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,695&RS=PN/83,47,695 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** North Carolina Inventor Develops Patent for Method and System for Replacing the Water Cooled Laser in a Microplate Reader ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Thomas Leen, Raleigh, N.C., has developed a patent (8,347,478) for a "method and system for replacing the water cooled laser in a microplate reader." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a method of refurbishing a microplate reader such as a FLIPR type microplate reader by the replacement of the water cooled laser with an LED source which provides a relatively homogeneous light and operating performance comparable to the laser light source." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 (12/693,091). 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=83,47,478.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,478&RS=PN/83,47,478 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** North Carolina Inventor Develops Patent for Gibbs' Bumper Guard ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Garfield Gibbs, Fayetteville, N.C., has developed a patent (8,348,314) for a gibbs' bumper guard.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is disclosed a bumper guard device for a vehicle having a hitch mount, the device includes--a bumper guard bar, --a support member having a first and second ends, the first end is fixedly attached to the bumper guard bar, --a housing including a rear movable wall and a front wall attached to the hitch mount, --a plurality of bolts attached to the front wall, and--a plurality of springs. Each spring has an immovable end, put on the corresponding bolt, and a movable end, attached to the rear wall, while the rear wall is fixedly attached to the second end of the support member. The rear wall can preferably move within 1 inch. The plurality of bolts and springs preferably constitutes four elements. The bumper guard device efficiently cushions the external impacts caused by other vehicles or obstacles." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2011 (12/931,132). 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=8,348,314&OS=8,348,314&RS=8,348,314 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** North Carolina Inventors Develop Patent for Poker Game Including Pot Equity Sharing and Optional Wager Insurance ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Chris Bell, Raleigh, N.C., and Matt Flynn, Raleigh, N.C., have developed a patent (8,348,739) for a "poker game including pot equity sharing and optional wager insurance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to various methods for a poker player to limit his losses or protect his potential winnings on a given hand prior to completion of the dealing of cards on such hand, based upon his calculated pot equity, or percentage chance of winning the hand." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2011 (13/090,666). 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=8,348,739&OS=8,348,739&RS=8,348,739 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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