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[February 15, 2013]

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

*** Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,374,413) developed by Guang-Hong Chen, Madison, Wis., for a "method for prior image constrained image reconstruction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for reconstructing a high quality image from undersampled image data is provided. The image reconstruction method is applicable to a number of different imaging modalities. Specifically, the present invention provides an image reconstruction method that incorporates an appropriate prior image into the image reconstruction process. Thus, one aspect of the present invention is to provide an image reconstruction method that requires less number of data samples to reconstruct an accurate reconstruction of a desired image than previous methods, such as, compressed sensing. Another aspect of the invention is to provide an image reconstruction method that imparts the signal-to-noise ratio of a prior image to the desired image being reconstructed. Another aspect of the invention is to provide an image reconstruction method that, when practiced in the field of x-ray imaging, allows for exposing a subject to substantially less radiation dose than is required in conventional x-ray imaging techniques." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2008 (12/248,590). 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=8,374,413&OS=8,374,413&RS=8,374,413 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Queen's Medical Center, University of Hawaii, Medical College of Wisconsin, UWM Research Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Queen's Medical Center, Honolulu, the University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and UWM Research Foundation, Milwaukee, have been assigned a patent (8,374,411) developed by Thomas Michael Ernst, Honolulu, Thomas Edmund Prieto, Grafton, Wis., and Brian Stewart Randall Armstrong, Shorewood, Wis., for a "motion tracking system for real time adaptive imaging and spectroscopy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to a system that adaptively compensates for subject motion in real-time in an imaging system. An object orientation marker, preferably a retro-grate reflector (RGR), is placed on an organ of interest of a patient during a scan, such as an MRI scan. The marker allows measuring the six degrees of freedom or "pose" required to track motion of the organ of interest. A detector, preferably a camera, observes the marker and continuously extracts its pose. The pose from the camera is sent to the scanner via an RGR processing computer and a scanner control and processing computer, allowing for continuous correction of scan planes and position (in real-time) for motion of the patient. This invention also provides for internal calibration and for co-registration over time of the scanner's and tracking system's reference frames to compensate for drift and other inaccuracies that may arise over time." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2011 (13/338,166). 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=8,374,411&OS=8,374,411&RS=8,374,411 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Pioneer Hi Bred International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Pioneer Hi Bred International, Johnston, Iowa, has been assigned a patent (8,373,049) developed by four co-inventors for a "maize variety hybrid X8N319." The co-inventors are Matthew David Smalley, Noblesville, Ind., Edwin Michael Grote, Milton, Wis., Martin Arbelbide, North Mankato, Minn., and Joseph Kevin Gogerty, Algona, Iowa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel maize variety designated X8N319 and seed, plants and plant parts thereof, produced by crossing Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary inbred maize varieties. Methods for producing a maize plant that comprises crossing hybrid maize variety X8N319 with another maize plant. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X8N319 through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby. This invention relates to the maize variety X8N319, the seed, the plant produced from the seed, and variants, mutants, and minor modifications of maize variety X8N319. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from maize variety X8N319." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2010 (12/792,762). 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=83,73,049.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,049&RS=PN/83,73,049 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pioneer Hi Bred International Assigned Patent for Maize Variety Hybrid X08A166 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Pioneer Hi Bred International, Johnston, Iowa, has been assigned a patent (8,373,048) developed by Andrew Jon Ross, Lisbon, Iowa, Edwin Michael Grote, Milton, Wis., and Gary Edward Henke, Marshall, Mo., for a "maize variety hybrid X08A166." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel maize variety designated X08A166 and seed, plants and plant parts thereof, produced by crossing Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary inbred maize varieties. Methods for producing a maize plant that comprises crossing hybrid maize variety X08A166 with another maize plant. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X08A166 through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby. This invention relates to the maize variety X08A166, the seed, the plant produced from the seed, and variants, mutants, and minor modifications of maize variety X08A166. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from maize variety X08A166." The patent application was filed on May 25, 2010 (12/786,618). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,73,048.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,048&RS=PN/83,73,048 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rockwell Automation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rockwell Automation Technologies, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,373,952) developed by Behrooz Mirafzal, Grafton, Wis., and Craig Winterhalter, Cedarburg, Wis., for an "integrated DC link inductor and common mode current sensor winding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated DC link inductor and current sensor winding having a core that includes at least two primary legs and at least one secondary leg, two direct current (DC) link windings each wound around one of the two primary legs, and a common mode current sensor winding wound around the secondary leg. Resistors coupled to the common mode current sensor winding may damp the common mode current oscillations." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2006 (11/541,623). 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=8,373,952&OS=8,373,952&RS=8,373,952 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent for Plants and Seeds of Hybrid Corn Variety CH972645 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has bbeen assigned a patent (8,373,043) developed by Richard G. Stelpflug, Cottage Grove, Wis., Allen C. Faue, Moorhead, Minn., and Fufa H. Birru, Willmar, Minn., for "plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH972645." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH972645. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH972645, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH972645 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH972645." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2010 (12/776,148). 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=83,73,043.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,043&RS=PN/83,73,043 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent for Plants and Seeds of Hybrid Corn Variety CH105845 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has bbeen assigned a patent (8,373,041) developed by Richard G. Stelpflug, Cottage Grove, Wis., for "plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH105845." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH105845. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH105845, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH105845 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH105845." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2010 (12/776,134). 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=83,73,041.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,041&RS=PN/83,73,041 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Magnetek Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Magnetek, Menomonee Falls, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,374,011) developed by William F. Wirth, Johnson Creek, Wis., for a "method and apparatus for boosting DC bus voltage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power converter includes at least two power conversion sections operating in parallel. The power converter receives a variable input power and generates an AC output voltage. When the power source is generating enough power to supply a DC voltage to the power converter greater than or equal to the peak magnitude of the desired AC voltage output, each power conversion section operates in parallel, converting the DC voltage to the desired AC voltage output. When the power generated by the variable power source results in a DC voltage having a magnitude less than the peak magnitude of the desired AC voltage output, the power conversion sections operate in series. One power conversion section operates as a boost converter to boost the DC voltage level to a suitable level for the second power conversion section, which generates the desired AC output voltage." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2010 (12/859,949). 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=8,374,011&OS=8,374,011&RS=8,374,011 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Eaton Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Eaton, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,373,373) developed by Ronald A. Vanweelden, Wauwatosa, Wis., and Mark A. Verheyen, Whitefish Bay, Wis., for an "input circuit for alternating current signal, and motor starter including the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An input circuit includes an interface structured to output a logic signal from an alternating current signal of a pair of elongated conductors. A load is switchable to the elongated conductors. A processor outputs a control signal to switch the load to the elongated conductors asynchronously with respect to the alternating current signal for a first predetermined time, inputs the logic signal, determines if the input logic signal is active a plurality of times during the first predetermined time and responsively sets a first state of the alternating current signal, and, otherwise, sets an opposite second state of the alternating current signal, and delays for a second predetermined time, which is longer than the first predetermined time, for the opposite second state before repeating the output, and, otherwise, delays for a third predetermined time, which is longer than the second predetermined time, for the first state before repeating the output." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/824,585). 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=8,373,373.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,373&RS=PN/8,373,373 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Pinpoint Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Pinpoint Technologies, Brookfield, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,373,562) developed by five co-inventors for an asset tracking system. The co-inventors are Eric T. Heinze, Pewaukee, Wis., Gregg J. Haensgen, Menomonee Falls, Wis., Feng Gao, Buffalo Grove, Ill., Brian Eckelman, Waukesha, Wis., and Wyndham F. Gary Jr., Whitefish Bay, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An asset tracking system includes a station, transmitting points, and tag units. The tag units can be used for communicating with the transmitting points. The station receives data associated with signal strengths between wireless access points and tag units. The station analyzes the data associated with a number of the transmitting points and determines the location of the tag units." The patent application was filed on July 23, 2008 (12/178,480). 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=8,373,562.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,562&RS=PN/8,373,562 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Briggs & Stratton Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Briggs & Stratton, Wauwatosa, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,373,569) developed by Richard J. Gilpatrick, Whitewater, Wis., for a "power line carrier (PLC) communication of standby generator status." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for remotely monitoring the status of a standby generator. The system includes a PLC transmitter in communication with the control unit for the generator. The PLC transmitter receives error codes from the control unit of the generator and transmits encoded error codes over the power distribution network in a home using a PLC frequency. A remote status display device can be connected to the power distribution network in the home at any convenient location. The remote status display device includes a PLC receiver that decodes the error codes. The decoded error codes are displayed on a display of the remote status display device for viewing by the home occupant at a location remote from the standby generator." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/788,471). 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=8,373,569.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,569&RS=PN/8,373,569 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Structure for a Frequency Adaptive Level Shifter Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,373,486) developed by five co-inventors for a "structure for a frequency adaptive level shifter circuit." The co-inventors are Joel Thomas Ficke, Madison, Wis., David Michael Friend, Rochester, Minn., Grant Paul Kesselring, Rochester, Minn., James David Strom, Rochester, Minn., and Jianguo Yao, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an apparatus and method for a frequency adaptive level shifter circuit. The frequency adaptive level shifter circuit includes a first inverter, a second inverter coupled to the output of the first inverter, a capacitor coupled to the output of the second inverter, and a resistor coupled to the output of the capacitor. The frequency adaptive level shifter circuit further includes a transistor coupled to the output of the resistor, wherein the transistor has a gate connected to a reference voltage, a third inverter coupled to the output of the capacitor, and a fourth inverter coupled to the output of the third inverter and the transistor and outputting the signal." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2012 (13/431,599). 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=8,373,486.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,486&RS=PN/8,373,486 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rockwell Automation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rockwell Automation Technologies, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,373,406) developed by Ahmed Mohamed Sayed Ahmed, Mequon, Wis., Gary L. Skibinski, Milwaukee, and Richard A. Lukaszewski, New Berlin, Wis., for an "electrical power quality test circuitry and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " Electrical power quality test circuitry for testing response of an electrical device to input power disturbances is provided. The test circuitry includes a power structure having a rectifier configured to convert incoming AC voltage to DC voltage on a DC bus, and a power inverter configured to convert DC voltage from the bus to three-phase output AC voltage applied to the electrical device. The test circuitry also includes a control circuit configured to apply control signals to at least the power inverter to emulate at least one of a change in the amplitude of at least one phase of the output AC voltage at least one phase angle of at least one phase of the output AC voltage, and a frequency change for all phases of the output AC voltage." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,205). 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=8,373,406.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,406&RS=PN/8,373,406 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Service Dependency Notification System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,373,575) developed by Fred Henry Boettner, Roanoke, Va., and Lawrence Elwood Murphy, Shorewood, Wis., for a "service dependency notification system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems for monitoring consumer dependency on services are disclosed. In one embodiment, a service dependency notification system includes: at least one computing device adapted to identify a dependency aware device by performing actions comprising: determining whether a service dependency exists; and providing a service dependency status indicator configured to be communicated via a utility network, the service dependency status indicator indicating whether the service dependency exists." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2011 (13/023,712). 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=8,373,575.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,575&RS=PN/8,373,575 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, Madison, Mich., and General Electric, Brookfield, Wis., have been assigned a patent (8,373,415) developed by Scott B. Reeder, Middleton, Wis., and Huanzhou Yu, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "method for separating magnetic resonance imaging signals using spectral distinction of species." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for producing an image of a subject with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system in which a signal contribution of a chemical species is depicted and a signal contribution of another chemical species is substantially separated is provided. For example, the provided method is applicable for water-fat separation. Spectral differences between at least two different chemical species are exploited to produce a weighting map that depicts the likelihood that one chemical species being depicted as another. A weighting map that characterizes the smoothness of a field map variation is also produced. These weighting maps are utilized to produce a correct field map estimate, such that a robust separation of the signal contributions of the at least two chemical species can be performed." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2010 (12/761,231). 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=8,373,415.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,415&RS=PN/8,373,415 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Smiths Medical ASD Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Smiths Medical ASD, Rockland, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,557) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for establishing a telecommunications network for patient monitoring." The co-inventors are Guy Smith, Waukesha, Wis., Matthew T. Oswald, Wauwatosa, Wis., Matthew L. Brown, Waukesha, Wis., and Matthew E. Ellis, Waukesha, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless network having an architecture that resembles a peer-to-peer network has two types of nodes, a first sender type node and a second receiver/relay type node. The network may be used in a medical instrumentation environment whereby the first type node may be wireless devices that could monitor physical parameters of a patient such as for example wireless oximeters. The second type node are mobile wireless communicators that are adapted to receive the data from the wireless devices if they are within the transmission range of the wireless devices. After an aggregation process involving the received data, each of the node communicators broadcasts or disseminates its most up to date data onto the network. Any other relay communicator node in the network that is within the broadcast range of a broadcasting communicator node would receive the up to date data. This makes it possible for communicators that are out of the transmitting range of a wireless device to be apprized of the condition of the patient being monitored by the wireless device. Each communicator in the network is capable of receiving and displaying data from a plurality of wireless devices." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2007 (11/907,980). 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=8,373,557.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,557&RS=PN/8,373,557 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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