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

[January 15, 2013]

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

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Device, Method and System for Wireless Communication and Uses ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Michel Ghosn, Sugar Land, Texas, has developed a patent (8,351,446) for a "device, method and system for wireless communication and uses thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided herein are an electronic device, method and system for wireless communication over a wireless network. The device comprises an addressable point in network (Pin) which listens for all available wireless signals and creates and relays wireless signals containing destination address(es) for message(s) to other Pin(s). Wireless signal(s) are relayed from the Pin device(s) to other Pins over the network. Destination, receiving and originator Pin addresses and message flags within received messages are compared with message flags in a device memory trace queue to determine if the receiving Pin is the destination and/or origin of the message and whether the received message is retained and/or relayed or dropped. The system includes the Pin(s), a wireless communication network over which the message(s) are relayed to and from the Pin(s) and an enterprise provider information system (PIS) with an application stack configured to wirelessly transmit product and services information to the Pin(s)." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2010 (12/660,009). 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=8,351,446&OS=8,351,446&RS=8,351,446 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Rockwell Automation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Rockwell Automation, Maldon, Essex, United Kingdom, has been assigned a patent (8,352,051) developed by Thomas Bruce Meagher, Houston, for a "method and apparatus for driving a load." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An output module for an Industrial Process Control System that drives a load in a failsafe manner. The output module drives a load in response to a driving signal and includes a controller that generates a command signal and a drive enable signal in response to said driving signal. A keep alive circuit generates an active keep alive signal unless the drive enable signal is inactive. The output module includes a driver circuit that generates a drive signal in accordance with the command signal when the keep alive signal is active such that the load can be driven with a channel failsafe switch in response to the drive signal. The output module can be integrated into any of a number of industrial process control systems to enhance the operability of such systems." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2009 (12/403,581). 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=8,352,051&OS=8,352,051&RS=8,352,051 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Communication Methods for Ccfi/pcfich in a Wireless Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,351,527) developed by four co-inventors for a "communication methods for CCFI/PCFICH in a wireless communication system." The co-inventors are Jianzhong Zhang, Irving, Texas, Joonyoung Cho, Suwon-si, South Korea, Zhouyue Pi, Richardson, Texas, and Farooq Khan, Allen, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of transmitting a control channel format indicator (CCFI), also known as PCFICH (Physical Control Format Indicator Channel), in case where the length of a coded CCFI is not an integer multiple of three, including mapping a plurality of two-bit CCFI into a codebook with each component codeword having three bits; generating a sequence of codewords selected from the codebook by repeating the selected component codeword for predetermined times; generating a codeword by concatenating the sequence of the selected component codewords with the original CCFI bits; and transmitting the codeword carrying information of CCFI. The method further includes a step of generating a permutation of each of the four codewords by assigning K repetitions of the three-bit component codeword to the number of K resource units respectively and mapping remaining K bits of each of the four codewords separately to the number of K resource units." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2011 (13/310,412). 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=8,351,527&OS=8,351,527&RS=8,351,527 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Logical Paging Areas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,351,962) developed by Lu Tian, Plano, Texas, Rene Raynaud, Jouy en Josas, France, and Yong Zhao, Plano, Texas, for logical paging areas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Paging of a mobile device within a mobile pool area serviced by two or more mobile switching nodes is reduced using logical paging areas. The mobile pool area includes a plurality of location areas, each serviced by the two or more switching nodes. In addition, the mobile pool area is divided into multiple logical paging areas, in which each logical paging area includes at least two location areas. Upon receiving a mobile terminated call for the mobile device, if the location area of the mobile device is unknown, the logical paging area within which the mobile device is located is determined in order to page the mobile device and deliver the mobile terminated call to the mobile device." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2008 (12/101,679). 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=8,351,962&OS=8,351,962&RS=8,351,962 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Power Management Module and Method of Manufacture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- L. Pierre deRochemont, Austin, Texas, has developed a patent (8,350,657) for a "power management module and method of manufacture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power management module, provides an inductor including one or more electrical conductors disposed around a ferromagnetic ceramic element including one or more metal oxides having fluctuations in metal-oxide compositional uniformity less than or equal to 1.50 mol % throughout the ceramic element." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2007 (11/620,042). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,350,657&OS=8,350,657&RS=8,350,657 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Prompting Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Richard William DeOtte, Southlake, Texas, has developed a patent (8,350,960) for a prompting device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The prompting device has a frame, a plurality of reflective panes, and support members and may be used on a desktop by a home or small business user to read a script in a natural manner while speaking to a camera or other video capturing device. In the preferred embodiment, the frame has a user side and a camera side, and is lightweight and readily collapsible such that it may be easily stored when not in use. A collecting pane reflects an image onto a viewing pane, so as to create a displayed image which may be viewed by a user. The viewing pane is generally transparent allowing a user to be recorded or photographed through the viewing pane. In another embodiment the prompting device has an opaque cover. The support assemblies are adjustable in height and the panes have an adjustable angle. In another embodiment the support assemblies are hangers. In another embodiment the image is an image reflected from a computer monitor and may be scrolling text." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2009 (12/558,120). 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=8,350,960&OS=8,350,960&RS=8,350,960 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Method to Support Emergency Call Through Mesh Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,351,896) developed by Rene Waraputra Purnadi, Irving, Texas, and Stephen McCann, Southampton, United Kingdom, for a "method to support emergency call through mesh network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for managing an emergency call in a mesh network. The method comprises a mesh station receiving an emergency indicator indicating that a call is an emergency call." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2010 (12/688,585). 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=8,351,896&OS=8,351,896&RS=8,351,896 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Active Antennas for Multiple Bands in Wireless Portable Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Theodore S. Rappaport, Austin, Texas, has developed a patent (8,350,763) for "active antennas for multiple bands in wireless portable devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Wireless devices, and particularly mobile devices such as cellphones, PDAs, computers, navigation devices, etc., as well as other devices which transmit or receive data or other signals at multiple frequency bands utilize at least one antenna to transmit and receive and a plurality of different bands (e.g., GSM cellular communication band; Bluetooth short range communication band; ultrawideband (UWB) communications, etc.). These wireless devices can simultaneously transmit or receive at a plurality of different bands, or simultaneously transmit and receive at different bands. The wireless devices have the ability to use a single physical structure (e.g., an antenna) for transmission and reception of many different bands. The antenna can be either actively tuned or passively tuned using one or more elements." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2009 (12/541,764). 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=8,350,763&OS=8,350,763&RS=8,350,763 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for System and Method for Communicating Using An in-vehicle System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,351,872) developed by Sean Simmons, Waterloo, Canada, Stefan E. Janhunen, Waterloo, Canada, and David S. Furbeck, Irving, Texas, for a "system and method for communicating using an in-vehicle system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method to be used with first and second devices where the first and second devices are capable of communicating using a subset of different modulation schemes wherein the subset includes at least first and second different modulation schemes, the method for optimizing transmission of data from the first device to the second device, the method comprising the acts of at the first device, when data is to be transmitted from the first device to the second device, receiving at least a portion of a trigger signal from the second device wherein the transmitted trigger signal includes data transmitted using a sequence of at least two of the modulation schemes from the subset, the portion of the trigger signal received being a received trigger signal, analyzing the received trigger signal to identify one of the modulation schemes from the subset as a function of the received trigger signal as an initial modulation scheme to be used to transmit data to the second device and transmitting the data from the first device to the second device using the initial modulation scheme." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,928). 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=8,351,872&OS=8,351,872&RS=8,351,872 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Multithreaded Descriptor Based Motion Estimation/compensation Video Encoding/decoding ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,351,508) developed by four co-inventors for a "multithreaded descriptor based motion estimation/compensation video encoding/decoding." The co-inventors are Christopher T. Foulds, Austin, Texas, Timothy R. Cahalan, Austin, Texas, Moinul H. Khan, Austin, Texas, and Anitha Kona, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for calculating a motion vector for a macroblock between a reference frame and a current frame. The system includes a main processor. The system further includes a programmable video accelerator configured to receive a linked list of variable length descriptor inputs at the direction of the main processor. The descriptor inputs include the macroblock for which the motion vector is to be calculated. The video accelerator is further configured to calculate a motion vector identifying motion of the identified macroblock from the reference frame to the current frame." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2008 (12/331,866). 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=8,351,508&OS=8,351,508&RS=8,351,508 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Reporting Power Headroom for Aggregated Carriers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,351,359) developed by four co-inventors for a "reporting power headroom for aggregated carriers." The co-inventors are Youn Hyoung Heo, Kitchener, Canada, Zhijun Cai, Euless, Texas, Andrew Mark Earnshaw, Kanata, Canada, Sean McBeath, Keller, Texas, and Mo-Han Fong, Kanata, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for reporting power headroom-related information for a plurality of aggregated carriers. The method includes reporting in a bitmap the power headroom-related information for a number of the aggregated carriers that is less than or equal to the total number of aggregated carriers, wherein the power headroom-related information is one of a power headroom for at least one of the aggregated carriers and a path loss for at least one of the aggregated carriers." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/785,323). 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=8,351,359&OS=8,351,359&RS=8,351,359 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Tools That Facilitate Diagnostics for Mobile Backhaul Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,351,337) developed by Hakki Cankaya, Dallas, Kamakshi Sridhar, Plano, Texas, and Peter Roberts, Stittsville, Calif., for "tools that facilitate diagnostics for mobile backhaul networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A diagnostic tool is provided for calculating the availability of multi-segment pseudowires within an internet protocol (IP)-based mobile backhaul network. A control message is transmitted from an originating node towards a destination node within the IP-based mobile backhaul network over a primary multi-segment pseudowire and a secondary multi-segment pseudowire. From the response messages received from intermediate nodes positioned between the network node and the destination node along the primary multi-segment pseudowire and the secondary multi-segment psuedowire, the originating node determines the identities of each of the intermediate nodes, and calculates a respective individual availability of the primary multi-segment pseudowire and the secondary multi-segment pseudowire." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2008 (12/266,705). 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=8,351,337&OS=8,351,337&RS=8,351,337 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ATI Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- ATI Technologies, Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,350,867) developed by Raymond F. Dumbeck, Austin, Texas, Andrew W. Dodd, Toronto, and Michael Casey Gotcher, Lakeway, Texas, for an "image quality configuration apparatus, system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes detecting one of an application access or a file type access, and configuring, in response to detecting the application or file type access, automatically without user interaction, a display system in an image quality configuration for the application or the file type where the image quality configuration is based on providing best image quality with respect to the application or the file type. Configuring the display system in an image quality configuration, may involve determining that a profile associated with the application or associated with the file type is stored in memory, and configuring the display system according to the profile. The method may adjust at least one anti-aliasing parameter or at least one anisotropic filter parameter. The method may monitor an operating system to obtain an indication that an application has been accessed or that a file type has been accessed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/644,300). 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=8,350,867&OS=8,350,867&RS=8,350,867 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.

*** Welker Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Welker, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,347,694) developed by five co-inventors for an "LNG collection system and method." The co-inventors are Brian H. Welker, Fulshear, Texas, Tracy Dean Peebles, Houston, Dennis M. McKay, Richmond, Texas, Margie McKay, Richmond, Texas, and Thomas S. Green, Richmond, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An LNG sampling system is provided which includes a sampling probe. The sampling probe includes a backflow prevention check valve positioned within the probe adjacent the inlet end. The probe is inserted into a source of LNG to extract samples of LNG by providing a pressure differential between the probe piping system and the pressure of the LNG within the source. In the event the pressure in the piping system increases above a predetermined amount, the check valve will close preventing backflow of LNG from the sampling system back into the source." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2008 (12/173,800). 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=8,347,694&OS=8,347,694&RS=8,347,694 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Varel International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Varel International, Carrollton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,347,683) developed by Xiaobin Lu, Coppell, Texas, for "texturing of the seal surface for a roller cone rock bit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Surface texturing is employed to modify the topography of one or more surfaces (radial or cylindrical) of the sealing system for a roller cone rock bit. The surface texturing results in a dimpled surface which retains additional lubricant helpful in reducing friction in the boundary and mixed lubrication regimes. Shot peening is disclosed as one method for texturing the desired surface." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2009 (12/399,171). 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=8,347,683&OS=8,347,683&RS=8,347,683 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Electromagnetic Motor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Clifford R. Rabal, Wills Point, Texas, has developed a patent (8,350,502) for an electromagnetic motor.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electromagnetic motor having a frame, and at least one disc rotatably mounted to the frame. At least one permanent magnet is mounted on the disc, and at least one electromagnet is mounted to the frame in magnetic proximity to the at least one permanent magnet. A battery is electrically coupled to the motor for powering the at least one electromagnet. A switch controls electrical power between the battery and the at least one electromagnet, and a sensing means is provided for controlling the switch to activate the at least one electromagnet with respect to the at least one permanent magnet to cause the at least one disc to rotate. Preferably, a generator is mechanically coupled to the motor and electrically coupled to the battery for generating electrical power to the battery, and a renewable energy source such as a photovoltaic cell is electrically coupled to the motor to supplement any net electrical loss." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2009 (12/500,455). 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=8,350,502.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,502&RS=PN/8,350,502 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eisai R&D Management Assigned Patent for Intermediates and Methods for Making Zearalenone Macrolide Analogs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Eisai R&D Management, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,350,059) developed by twelve co-inventors for "intermediates and methods for making zearalenone macrolide analogs." The co-inventors are Roch Boivin, North Chelmsford, Mass., Silvio A. Campagna, Candia, N.H., Hong Du, North Andover, Mass., Francis G. Fang, Andover, Mass., Thomas Horstmann, Boston, Charles-Andre Lemelin, North Chelmsford, Mass., Jing Li, College Station, Texas, Pamela McGuinness, Methuen, Mass., Xiang Niu, Watertown, Mass., Matthew J. Schnaderbeck, Methuen, Mass., Kevin (kuo-ming) Wu, Acton, Mass., and Xiaojie (jeff) Zhu,(Andover, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are methods and intermediates useful in the preparation of macrolides, e.g., compounds of formula (IV) wherein R.sub.1-R.sub.12 are as defined herein. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2008 (12/746,672). 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=8,350,059.PN.&OS=PN/8,350,059&RS=PN/8,350,059 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Adjustable Knee Orthosis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Robert A. Schiff, Humble, Texas, has developed a patent (8,348,874) for an adjustable knee orthosis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A knee orthosis comprises an upper leg attachment and a lower leg attachment. In addition, the knee orthosis includes a hinge joint extending between the upper leg attachment and the lower leg attachment. The hinge joint includes an upper arm having a first end fixed to the upper leg attachment and a second end opposite the first end. The second end including a semi-spherical surface. Further, the hinge joint includes a lower arm having a first end fixed to the lower leg attachment and a second end opposite the first end. The second end including a semi-spherical surface that mates with the semi-spherical surface of the second end of the upper arm." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/943,124). 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=8,348,874.PN.&OS=PN/8,348,874&RS=PN/8,348,874 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Evaporative Cooling Composition ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Kerri Lynn Tate, Sachse, Texas, Carl Patrick Tate, Sachse, Texas, and Albert Scott Adamson Jr., Plano, Texas, have developed a patent (8,349,304) for an evaporative cooling composition.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A liquid evaporative cooling composition, for providing relief from heat-related discomfort in humans and animals, is generated by means of a concentrate, dissolved in water, which preferably consists essentially of: (a) about forty-three percent by weight of an alcohol; (b) about twelve percent by weight of a surfactant; (c) about four percent by weight of an aromatic oil; (d) about one percent by weight of a cooling agent; and (e) about forty percent by weight of water." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2006 (11/482,289). 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=8,349,304.PN.&OS=PN/8,349,304&RS=PN/8,349,304 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Assigned Patent for Implanted Metal Silicide for Semiconductor Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,349,732) developed by five co-inventors for an "implanted metal silicide for semiconductor device." The co-inventors are Harry Chuang, Austin, Texas, Hung-Chih Tsai, Daliao, Taiwan, Keh-Chiang Ku, Sindan, Taiwan, Kong-Beng Thei, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, and Mong Song Liang, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device and a method for forming a metal silicide is presented. A device, which includes a gate region, a source region, and a drain region, is formed on a substrate. A metal is disposed on the substrate, followed by a first anneal, forming a metal silicide on at least one of the gate region, the source region, and the drain region. The unreacted metal is removed from the substrate. The metal silicide is implanted with atoms. The implant is followed by a super anneal of the substrate." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2008 (12/176,133). 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=8,349,732.PN.&OS=PN/8,349,732&RS=PN/8,349,732 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Glad Hand Wrench ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Kenneth E. Jones, Baytown, Texas, has developed a patent (8,347,762) for a glad hand wrench.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for engaging and rotating a glad hand. The featuring of a device is a receptacle and an adaptor flange. The receptacle shaped to allow a glad hand to be seated therein. The receptacle formed by a base and at least one side wall extending from the base. The adaptor flange axially extending from an exterior surface of the base of the receptacle opposite the at least one side wall, the adaptor flange having a body, a central cavity and an open end opposite the base, the central cavity of the adaptor flange extending longitudinally within at least part of the body from the open end." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2010 (12/792,453). 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=83,47,762.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,762&RS=PN/83,47,762 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Wrench for Jar-top Valve Covers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Mark Whitaker, McKinney, Texas, and Ruth Clifton, McKinney, Texas, have developed a patent (8,347,767) for a "wrench for jar-top valve covers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wrench for a valve includes an elongated member having a first end portion and a second end portion. A first leg and a second leg are attached to the first end portion. The first leg and the second leg extend at an angle with respect to each other to form a gap therebetween. The first leg and second leg both having an inner surface for engaging with an outer surface of a bonnet and both legs having a front surface for engaging with a side surface of a rib attached to the outer surface of the bonnet. The wrench also including a handle attached to the second end portion." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2010 (13/055,483). 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=83,47,767.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,767&RS=PN/83,47,767 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Body Armour Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Body Armour Technology, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,347,421) developed by Wesley W. O. Krueger, San Antonio, for an impact reduction system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An impact reduction device including a pad having a first layer and a second layer. At least one of the first and second layers defines at least one impression. The impact reduction device is arranged and configured to at least partially collapse upon application of a force and to regain its shape after removal of the force." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2010 (12/728,073). 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=83,47,421.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,421&RS=PN/83,47,421 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TurnPro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- TurnPro, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,347,414) developed by Casper M. Terpinski, San Antonio, for a magnetic finger glove.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetic finger glove helps persons hold, install, and retrieve small metallic objects, such as nuts or screws, in hard-to-reach places. The finger glove is sized and shaped to sheathe and conform to an adult human index finger. A small round disc neodymium magnet is affixed to a fabric assembly in the region corresponding to the fingertip. The magnet weighs less than 0.002 pounds and is small enough to be confined within an area on the fabric assembly of less than 0.5 square inches. Yet, the magnet has a holding force of at least 1 pound." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2006 (11/346,474). 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=83,47,414.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,414&RS=PN/83,47,414 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Automatic Valve Calibration of a Blown-film Extrusion Apparatus ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Daniel R. Joseph, Grand Prairie, Texas, has developed a patent (8,347,686) for an "automatic valve calibration of a blown-film extrusion apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a method of automatically calibrating a valve in a fluid flow path of a blown-film extrusion apparatus. The calibration process detects and measures a first and second pressure drop in the flow characteristic, as well as the valve position and time. The process further detects time required to achieve a steady-state in the flow characteristics. These measurements are recorded and used in calculating appropriate valve positions." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2010 (12/816,243). 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=83,47,686.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,686&RS=PN/83,47,686 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Arkansas, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Welding Blanket ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Doyle J. Crenshaw, Booneville, Ark., and David L. Mixon, Amarillo, Texas, have developed a patent (8,347,481) for a welding blanket.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides an improved protective mat that includes a magnet at each end for temporally securing the mat to a pipe so that the mat remains in position during a welding process. The mat is flexible so as to conform to the curvature of the pipe and may be placed in any position preferable on the surface of the pipe. The positioned and secured mat prevents spatter from coming into contact with the external surface of the pipe lying under the positioned protective mat. The mat is preferably heat and fire resistant up to temperatures of about 1500.degree. F. and may be a silicone-coated fiberglass mat. When the mat is not in use, the mat may be folded and the magnets may be used to secure the ends of the mat to one another." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2010 (12/706,531). 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=83,47,481.PN.&OS=PN/83,47,481&RS=PN/83,47,481 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ROTO Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- ROTO Engineering, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,348,090) developed by David L. Crager, Auburn, Ind., and Douglas J. Murphy, Marshall, Texas, for a "metal insert fitting for material storage tanks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bulk storage container includes a tank with a "full drain" outlet, and a coupler attached to the outlet, in which the full drain outlet and coupler utilize a metal-on-metal threaded connection to create a fluid-tight seal therebetween. The polymer coupler includes a metal insert with internal threads, and the tank includes a metal insert with external threads corresponding to the internal threads of the coupler insert. The metal inserts are integrally molded within the walls of the tank and coupler, respectively. Advantageously, the threaded metal inserts provide a rigid structural connection between the tank and coupler that is highly durable and leak resistant. In addition to the threaded fluid-tight seal, a shoulder of the coupler abuts a corresponding face formed on the tank, with a gasket between the shoulder and face to provide a secondary seal." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2011 (13/083,888). 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=8,348,090&OS=8,348,090&RS=8,348,090 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Louisiana, Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Load Ring for Lifting by Elevator, of Casing having no Upset ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Burney J. Latiolais Jr., Lafayette, La., Keith T. Lutgring, Lafayette, La., Braxton I. Moody V, Tomball, Texas, John K.M. Saichuk, Lafayette, La., and Samuel P. Hawkins III, Lafayette, La., have developed a patent (8,348,320) for a "load ring for lifting by elevator, of casing having no upset." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for gripping an oilfield tubular include engaging a band with a ring member to form a load ring. The band has an arcuate component with a gap separating first and second ends, an interior surface, and an inclined exterior surface. The ring member has an interior surface with a groove therein. The inclined exterior surface of the band is associated with the groove of the interior surface to form the load ring. The load ring can be engaged with an oilfield tubular, and a force can be applied such that the groove of the ring member engages the inclined exterior surface of the band for securing the load ring to the oilfield tubular." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2008 (12/082,736). 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=8,348,320&OS=8,348,320&RS=8,348,320 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Helen of Troy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Helen of Troy, Belleville, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,348,072) developed by Richard Whitehall, New York, Jonathan Cedar, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Alec Drummond, Austin, Texas, for a tension-mounted pole caddy.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tension-mounted pole caddy for mounting between two substantially parallel surfaces is disclosed. The pole device generally includes a first tubular body, a second tubular body, a toothed rack, a locking pawl, and a base-mounted lever for operation of the locking pawl. Preferably, the first tubular body includes a base end for contacting a surface and a telescoping end, while the second tubular body has a base end for contacting a second surface and a telescoping end coupled with the telescoping end of the first body. The toothed rack is affixed within the first body portion proximate the telescoping end, with the locking pawl within the second body and capable of movement to engage and disengage the toothed rack. The lever is coupled to the locking pawl via linkage, such that operation of the lever between a first and second position actuates the locking pawl to engage and disengage, respectively, from the toothed rack, wherein the lever is positioned at the base end of the second tubular body." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/383,137). 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=8,348,072&OS=8,348,072&RS=8,348,072 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for System for Raising and Lowering Ceiling Fans and Light Fixtures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Christopher A. Smith, Garland, Texas, has developed a patent (8,348,215) for a "system for raising and lowering ceiling fans and light fixtures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for raising and lowering a ceiling fixture featuring a reel box with a cable reel and cable, and a motor connected to the cable reel. The cable extends out of the reel box and attaches to a ceiling fixture. The motor rotates the cable reel to wind and unwind the cable. A hollow female cone is connected below the reel box. The cable passes through the female cone. A male cone is attached to the cable below the female cone. The male cone has is adapted to fit inside the female cone. Electrical contact rings are disposed on the inner surface of the female cone for house wiring and the outer surface of the male cone for fixture wiring. When the male cone is in the female cone, the electrical contact rings operatively connect." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,744). 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=8,348,215&OS=8,348,215&RS=8,348,215 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Interactive Boxing Training Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- John Signorino, Cedar Park, Texas, has developed a patent (8,348,815) for an "interactive boxing training device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interactive boxing training device is made up of an inner tube, an outer tube and a fluid propulsion system for propelling the outer tube outwardly along a generally horizontal axis in a stroke defined between a retracted position and an extended position, upon demand. A retraction system returns the outer tube to the retracted position after each stroke. The inner tube is mounted in a housing at a pivot point which allows 360 degrees of freedom of movement. The housing is itself mounted on an upright rail which allows the housing to have a vertically adjustable height. The retraction system is made up of one or more elastomeric elements which are stretched as the outer tube moves to the extended position and which are relaxed as the outer tube moves back to the retracted position. The housing is also removable from the upright rail so that the device can be pointed at a boxing trainee in order to simulate punches thrown at the boxing trainee." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2010 (12/880,596). 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=8,348,815&OS=8,348,815&RS=8,348,815 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Lighting Apparatus and System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 15 -- Andrew Leon Jefferson III, Houston, has developed a patent (8,348,442) for a "lighting apparatus and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A flash apparatus and related systems and methods of use are disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a housing having a generally concave reflector, and a light source disposed within the reflector. A handle can be engaged with the housing and/or the light source to facilitate manual positioning and repositioning of the light source relative to a photographic apparatus remote from the housing and/or an object to be photographed. A synchronization device is in communication with the light source and the photographic apparatus for causing the light source to emit a flash of light when the photographic device is actuated. A modifier can also be engaged with the reflector for modifying the emitted flash of light. In a portable system, various interchangeable reflectors, modifiers, and light sources can be provided. Power sources for the light sources and a stand engageable with the handle can also be included." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2009 (12/590,780). 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=8,348,442&OS=8,348,442&RS=8,348,442 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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