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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Feb. 15)

[February 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Feb. 15)

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

*** Pen-One Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Pen-One, Greensboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,374,402) developed by Gerald R. Black, Southfield, Mich., for a data security system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data security system comprises a host processor, and a plurality of remote computers. Each remote computer provides biometric authentication of a user prior to responding to the user request for data access. The remote computers are handheld when in operational mode. A sensor in the handheld computer captures a biometric image while the remote computer is being used. The biometric sensor is positioned in such a way that the sensor enables the capture of the biometric image continually during computer usage with each request for access to secure data. The biometric authentication occurs in a seamless manner and is incidental to the data request enabling user identity authentication with each request to access secure data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/241,817). 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=8,374,402&OS=8,374,402&RS=8,374,402 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** General Motor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- General Motor, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,374,331) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and device for remotely routing a voice call." The co-inventors are Jasmin Jijina, West Bloomfield, Mich., John J. Correia, Livonia, Mich., Ronald W. Fraser, Lake Orion, Mich., William E. Mazzara, Drayton Plains, Mich., and Steven P. Schwinke, Plymouth, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for implementing a method of remotely routing a voice call forward to a telematic device is disclosed. The device first maintains a call state of the voice call in response to an answering of call forwarding rings by the telematic device. The device then forwards the calls to the next assigned device in response to a failure of a user of the telematic device to answer fake rings from the telematic device. Such a failure can be indicated by a monitoring of a prescribed number of back ring tones or a dropping of call within a prescribed timer window." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2005 (11/081,434). 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=8,374,331&OS=8,374,331&RS=8,374,331 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Process for Brominating Unsaturated Organic Compounds Using a Quaternary Phosphonium Tribromide as the Brominating Agent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,372,921) developed by John W. Hull Jr., Midland, Mich., for a "process for brominating unsaturated organic compounds using a quaternary phosphonium tribromide as the brominating agent." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compounds or polymers that contain carbon-carbon unsaturation are brominated using a quaternary phosphonium tribromide as the brominating agent. The bromination process proceeds easily under mild conditions. The process can be highly selective. When the substrate is a butadiene polymer or copolymer, the brominated product tends to have excellent thermal stability." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2009 (13/057,255). 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=83,72,921.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,921&RS=PN/83,72,921 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** DOW Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- DOW Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,372,927) developed by Ruth Figueroa, Midland, Mich., and Jerzy Klosin, Midland, Mich., for "metal-ligand complexes and catalysts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention generally relates to metal-ligand complexes, catalysts comprising or prepared from the metal-ligand complexes, processes of catalyzing olefin polymerization reactions with the catalysts to prepare polyolefins, polyolefins prepared thereby, processes of making the metal-ligand complexes and catalysts, and intermediate compounds useful therefore." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2009 (12/544,581). 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=83,72,927.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,927&RS=PN/83,72,927 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Visteon Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Visteon Global Technologies, Van Buren Township, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,373,331) developed by James Paul Farell, Canton, Mich., Jeffrey A. Turner, Canton, Mich., and Stacee Hamm, Wixom, Mich., for the "use of piezo motor to operate a ring pointer over display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A display system is disclosed. The display system includes a display for presenting a visual output to a user, a piezoelectric element overlaying the display, and a rotor disposed adjacent the piezoelectric element and in mechanical communication therewith, wherein a selective energizing of the piezoelectric element causes a rotational movement of the rotor." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2010 (12/882,489). 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=8,373,331&OS=8,373,331&RS=8,373,331 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Self Calibration of Extrinsic Camera Parameters for a Vehicle Camera ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,373,763) developed by Wende Zhang, Shelby Township, Mich., and Mark J. Wolski, Warren, Mich., for a "self calibration of extrinsic camera parameters for a vehicle camera." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for calibrating a camera on a vehicle as the vehicle is being driven. The method includes identifying at least two feature points in at least two camera images from a vehicle that has moved between taking the images. The method then determines a camera translation direction between two camera positions. Following this, the method determines a ground plane in camera coordinates based on the corresponding feature points from the images and the camera translation direction. The method then determines a height of the camera above the ground and a rotation of the camera in vehicle coordinates." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2008 (12/125,471). 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=8,373,763&OS=8,373,763&RS=8,373,763 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Crossbar Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Crossbar, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,018) developed by Wei Lu, Ann Arbor, Mich., for a "resistive memory using SiGe material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A resistive memory device includes a first electrode; a second electrode having a polycrystalline semiconductor layer that includes silicon; a non-crystalline silicon structure provided between the first electrode and the second electrode. The first electrode, second electrode and non-crystalline silicon structure define a two-terminal resistive memory cell." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2010 (12/833,898). 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=8,374,018&OS=8,374,018&RS=8,374,018 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Clear Path Energy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Clear Path Energy, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,373,299) developed by William G. Sharples, San Francisco, and Patrick J. McCleer, Jackson, Mich., for an "axial gap rotating electrical machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Direct drive rotating electrical machines with axial air gaps are disclosed. In these machines, a rotor ring and stator ring define an axial air gap between them. Sets of gap-maintaining rolling supports bear between the rotor ring and the stator ring at their peripheries to maintain the axial air gap. Also disclosed are wind turbines using these generators, and structures and methods for mounting direct drive rotating electrical generators to the hubs of wind turbines. In particular, the rotor ring of the generator may be carried directly by the hub of a wind turbine to rotate relative to a shaft without being mounted directly to the shaft." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2010 (12/968,670). 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=8,373,299&OS=8,373,299&RS=8,373,299 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Access Business Group International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Access Business Group International, Ada, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,373,310) developed by eight co-inventors for an inductive power supply. The co-inventors are David W. Baarman, Fennville, Mich., William T. Stoner Jr., Ada, Mich., Matthew J. Norconk, Grand Rapids, Mich., Colin J. Moore, Lowell, Mich., Joshua K. Schwannecke, Grand Rapids, Mich., Thomas Jay Leppien, Grand Haven, Mich., Richard J. Weber, Grand Haven, Mich., and Ryan D. Schamper, Grand Haven, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the present invention provides a wireless power supply having a plunger for mechanically interconnecting a remote device with the power supply. The plunger may be extendable/retractable to interfit with the remote device. In a second aspect, the present invention provides a wireless power supply with a movable primary that allows for close alignment between the primary and the secondary when the remote device is disposed within a range of different positions with respect to the charging surface. The movable primary may, for example, be coupled to the remote device by a peg, a plunger or a magnet. Alternatively, the position of the movable primary may be adjusted manually. In a third aspect, the present invention provides a charging bowl having a plurality of charging stations disposed about a common axis. Each charging station may include a movable primary that permits some freedom in positioning of the remote device on the charging surface. In a fourth aspect, the present invention provides a wireless power supply having a manually movable primary." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2010 (12/652,077). 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=8,373,310&OS=8,373,310&RS=8,373,310 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Magna Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Magna Electronics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,373,581) developed by Hasib Hassan, Belleville, Mich., Devendra Bajpai, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Uri Levy, Toronto, for a "mobile control node system and method for vehicles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a mobile control node system and method for a vehicle (630), the mobile control node (624) can interact, via a bi-directional radio link (642), with a transceiver processor unit (628) in the vehicle. The transceiver processor unit (628) is connected to a vehicle control system (120) and allows the mobile control node (624) to function as an input and output node on a vehicle control network (632), allowing remote control of the vehicle and providing functions such as remote or passive keyless entry. Additionally, the system provides a vehicle location function wherein the range and bearing between the mobile control node (624) and the vehicle (630) can be determined and displayed on the mobile control node (624). The range and bearing are calculated by determining the range between the mobile control node (624) and vehicle (630), preferably using a time of flight methodology, and by processing the travel distance of the mobile control node and compass data in order to triangulate the position of the vehicle (630) relative to the mobile control node (624)." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2008 (12/664,110). 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=8,373,581.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,581&RS=PN/8,373,581 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,373,381) developed by Stephen Raiser, Egelsbach, Germany, George R. Woody, Wiesbaden, Germany, and Mark W. Verbrugge, Troy, Mich., for a "DC/DC-less coupling of matched batteries to fuel cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fuel cell system that employs a matched battery that matches the battery voltage to a fuel cell power bus voltage so as to eliminate the need for a DC/DC converter. The internal characteristics and parameters of the matched battery allow it to operate over the large load dependent voltage swing of the fuel cell, and prevent the battery state of charge from going below a damaging value. The battery type, number of battery cells and the battery internal impedance are selected to provide the desired matching. In one embodiment, the battery is a lithium ion battery. The system also includes a diode electrically coupled to the power bus line and a by-pass switch electrically coupled to the power bus line in parallel with the diode. The by-pass switch is selectively opened or closed to allow the fuel cell stack to recharge the battery and prevent the battery from being overcharged." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2005 (11/112,103). 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=8,373,381.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,381&RS=PN/8,373,381 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lear Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Lear, Southfield, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,373,541) developed by Ehab Tarmoom, Allen Park, Mich., and Jeff Wisser, Allen Park, Mich., for a "vehicle remote control system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A remote control system for use with vehicles and other devices having remotely controllable features. The system may include a fob or other similar type of device to support wireless signal communications used to facilitate the remote control. The system may further include a portable device to support display dependent controls or other controls unsuited to the fob. The fob may support wireless communications between the portable device and the controlled device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2008 (12/211,398). 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=8,373,541.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,541&RS=PN/8,373,541 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Access Business Group International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Access Business Group International, Ada, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,373,386) developed by David W. Baarman, Fennville, Mich., and Scott A. Mollema, Rockford, Mich., for a "wireless charging system with device power compliance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of controlling an inductive charging system on those occasions in which the combined power requests of a plurality of secondary devices exceed the power capacity of the power supply. The method includes at least one of (a) powering each device at a level below its requested level, (b) powering each device sequentially, and/or (c) powering each device in a repetitive pattern (e.g. time multiplexing). Also disclosed is a method of controlling an inductive charging system at least partially as a function of information received from the power management unit (PMU) of each secondary device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2010 (12/652,053). 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=8,373,386.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,386&RS=PN/8,373,386 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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