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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Feb. 22)

[February 22, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Feb. 22)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Michigan.

*** Ovonyx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Ovonyx, Sterling Heights, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,379,439) developed by Tyler Lowrey, San Jose, Calif., Ward Parkinson, Boise, Idaho, and Guy Wicker, Southfield, Mich., for a "programmable matrix array with chalcogenide material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A memory element, a threshold switching element, or the series combination of a memory element and a threshold switching element may be used for coupling conductive lines in an electrically programmable matrix array. Leakage may be reduced by optionally placing a breakdown layer in series with the phase-change material and/or threshold switching material between the conductive lines. The matrix array may be used in a programmable logic device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,723). 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=8,379,439&OS=8,379,439&RS=8,379,439 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Donnelly Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Donnelly, Holland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,379,289) developed by Kenneth Schofield, Holland, Mich., David C. Wight, Goodrich, Mich., and Mark E. Kramer, Zeeland, Mich., for a "rearview mirror assembly for vehicle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrochromic interior reflective element for an interior rearview mirror assembly of a vehicle includes front and rear substrates and an electrochromic medium sandwiched between the front and rear substrates. The electrochromic medium is disposed in an interpane cavity established between a third surface of the rear substrate and a second surface of said the substrate, and the electrochromic medium is bounded by a perimeter seal. A conductive layer is disposed at a fourth surface of the rear substrate. A non-conductive layer covers a covered portion of the conductive layer and leaves an exposed portion of the conductive layer exposed. An electronic circuitry component is disposed at the fourth surface of the rear substrate. The electronic circuitry component is electrically connected to the exposed portion of the conductive layer." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2012 (13/470,864). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,379,289&OS=8,379,289&RS=8,379,289 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Delphi Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Delphi Technologies, Troy, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,379,302) developed by Frederick F. Kuhlman, Kokomo, India, Dwadasi H.R. Sarma, Kokomo, India, and Nasser Lukmani, West Bloomfield, Mich., for "infrared light distribution pattern control using object detection and electrowetting devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for controlling an infrared light distribution pattern that includes an electrowetting lens arranged proximate to an infrared light source, and operable to vary a distribution pattern of infrared light from the infrared light source into an area; an electrowetting shutter overlaying the electrowetting lens, and operable to an opaque state where infrared light from the infrared light source is blocked from projecting into at least a portion of the area, and operable to a transparent state where infrared light passes through the electrowetting shutter; an object detector configured to detect an object in the area; and a controller configured to receive a detection signal from the object detector, and operate the electrowetting lens and the electrowetting shutter in order to control the infrared light distribution pattern based on a location of the object. The pattern may be uniform or may be customized for the object being heated." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2011 (13/163,993). 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=8,379,302&OS=8,379,302&RS=8,379,302 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Gopala Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Gopala Solutions, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,379,061) developed by Mohammed N. Islam, Ann Arbor, Mich., for a "packet-based digital display system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An all-digital display system includes an electronic processor that is operable to receive an internet protocol video packet and to generate a control signal based at least in part on the internet protocol video packet. In one particular embodiment, the electronic processor includes at least a header processor, a CPU electronic processor, and a display processor unit. The all-digital display system also includes one or more light sources capable of generating one or more optical signals and one or more light modulating chips. The one or more light modulating chips are operable to receive the one or more optical signals and to modulate the one or more optical signals based at least in part on the control signal. The all-digital display system further comprises one or more display screens operable to receive the modulated signals communicated from the light modulating chips." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2008 (12/206,855). 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=8,379,061&OS=8,379,061&RS=8,379,061 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Michigan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,378,385) developed by four co-inventors for "methods of preparing flexible photovoltaic devices using epitaxial liftoff, and preserving the integrity of growth substrates used in epitaxial growth." The co-inventors are Stephen R. Forrest, Ann Arbor, Mich., Jeramy Zimmerman, Ann Arbor, Mich., Kyusang Lee, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Kuen-Ting Shiu, White Plains, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is disclosed methods of making photosensitive devices, such as flexible photovoltaic (PV) devices, through the use of epitaxial liftoff. Also described herein are methods of preparing flexible PV devices comprising a structure having a growth substrate, wherein the selective etching of protective layers yields a smooth growth substrate that us suitable for reuse." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2010 (12/878,261). 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=8,378,385&OS=8,378,385&RS=8,378,385 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,378,605) developed by Wei D. Wang, Troy, Mich., Nitinkumar R. Patel, Cypress, Calif., and Yo Chan Son, Torrance, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for monitoring a system including a sensorless electric motor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multiphase alternating current permanent magnet synchronous electric motor is coupled to an actuator. A sensorless electric motor drive control system controls operation of the electric motor. An initial phase angle and a rotational speed of a rotor of the electric motor are estimated. Operation of the sensorless electric motor drive control system and the electric motor are monitored using the estimated initial phase angle and the estimated rotational speed of the rotor of the electric motor. A fault in one of the sensorless electric motor drive control system and the electric motor is detected based upon the monitored operation." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2010 (12/652,931). 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=8,378,605&OS=8,378,605&RS=8,378,605 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Terra Telesis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Terra Telesis, Okemos, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,378,518) developed by Abolfazl Khavari, Harrison Township, Mich., and Robert Lee Grinstead III, Charlotte, Mich., for a "wind power generator system, apparatus, and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wind generator turbine apparatus includes a base for supporting the apparatus. A base mount is mounted on the base and a permanent magnet generator (PMG) is seated on the base mount. The PMG has an aligned shaft extending along an elongated axis defined by the shaft and is adapted to generate electricity when caused to spin circularly. The apparatus includes a wind turbine having a housing mounted over and around the shaft of the PMG about the axis. A plurality of blades is circumferentially arranged about the axis defined by the shaft of the housing between a first linkage member mounted on a first end of the housing and a second linkage member mounted on a second end of the housing. A linkage cap is mounted on the first linkage member and the first end of the housing. The shaft is caused to spin about the axis when wind force is applied to the blades to generate electricity. The apparatus can be used in airports, roadways, or rail systems to generate electricity in the presence of man made air. Systems and methods for harnessing aircraft wind energy also are disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/661,858). 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=8,378,518&OS=8,378,518&RS=8,378,518 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Method and System for Controlling an Electric Motor Using Zero Current Offset Value Cancellation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,378,603) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for controlling an electric motor using zero current offset value cancellation." The co-inventors are S.M.N. Hasan, Novi, Mich., Brian A. Welchko, Torrance, Calif., David P. Tasky, Farmington Hills, Mich., Justin O. Nielsen, Redondo Beach, Calif., and Silva Hiti, Redondo Beach, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for controlling an electric motor are provided. The electric motor includes at least one winding. A winding current flowing through the at least one winding is monitored. The winding current has an oscillating component and an offset component. The offset component of the winding current is isolated from the oscillating component of the winding current. The electric motor is controlled based on the offset component of the winding current." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,496). 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=8,378,603&OS=8,378,603&RS=8,378,603 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,378,850) developed by Salvador Toledo, Ypsilanti, Mich., Dirk Gunia, Pulheim, Germany, and Janet Meise, Koln, Germany, for a "vehicle park assist system and method for parking a vehicle using such system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A park assist system for parking a vehicle in a target parking space includes a first sensing system which determines whether there is a sufficient slot length in a target parking space in which to park the vehicle. A second sensing system determines whether an obstacle is located in a predetermined clearance zone on a side of the vehicle opposite the target parking space. A decision regarding whether to recommend parking the vehicle in the target parking space sensed by the first sensing system is dependent upon a determination that an obstacle located in the clearance zone may be avoided by executing a first steering trajectory provided by the park assist system in order to avoid the obstacle before executing a second steering trajectory provided by the park assist system in order to park the vehicle into the target parking space." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2009 (12/557,604). 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=8,378,850.PN.&OS=PN/8,378,850&RS=PN/8,378,850 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Gentex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Gentex, Zeeland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,378,284) developed by four co-inventors for imaging device. The co-inventors are Daniel Van Blerkom, Altadena, Calif., Rami Yassine, Arcadia, Calif., Jon H. Bechtel, Holland, Mich., and Jeremy C. Andrus, Zeeland, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to improved imaging devices having high dynamic range and to monitoring and automatic control systems incorporating the improved imaging devices." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2009 (12/360,867). 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=8,378,284&OS=8,378,284&RS=8,378,284 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AFrame Digital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- AFrame Digital, Lovettsville, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,378,811) developed by Cindy A. Crump, Lovettsville, Va., Bruce G. Wilson, Williamsburg, Va., and John Videtich, Holland, Mich., for a "mobile wireless customizable health and condition monitor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wearable sensor may be provided. The wearable sensor may include a timing mechanism; a plurality of sensor pairs coupled to the timing mechanism wherein each sensor pair comprises an emitter and a detector; and a microcontroller coupled in communication to the timing mechanism and the plurality of sensor pairs." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2009 (12/568,116). 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=83,78,811.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,811&RS=PN/83,78,811 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fluid Equipment Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Fluid Equipment Development, Monroe, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,377,302) developed by Eli Oklejas Jr., Newport, Mich., for a "continuous process batch-operated reverse osmosis system with in-tank membranes and circulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reverse osmosis system and method for operating the same includes a pressure tank having a first end and a second end, the pressure tank has a first volume adjacent to the first end and a second volume adjacent to the second end and a third volume between the first volume and the second volume and a fluid passage fluidically coupling the second volume to the first volume. The reverse osmosis system also includes a plurality of membranes disposed within the third volume generating permeate and a permeate manifold receiving permeate from the membranes and fluidically communicating permeate out of the pressure tank. A feed line couples feed fluid into the pressure tank. A first pump pressurizes the feed line. A second pump is disposed within the tank and circulates brine fluid from the second volume through the fluid passage." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2012 (13/548,547). 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=8,377,302&OS=8,377,302&RS=8,377,302 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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