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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Feb. 25)

[February 25, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Feb. 25)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Michigan.

*** Newfrey Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Newfrey, Newark, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,375,523) developed by Roger E. Pilon, Avoca, Mich., and Jason A. Meyers, Shelby Township, Mich., for a break-away bundling device.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bundling device includes a molding of a polymeric material. A flexible strap includes multiple teeth each including a notch. The strap is frangible at the notch of any one of the teeth. A strap engagement portion connected to the strap includes first and second flexible wings defining a strap receiving aperture therebetween receiving the flexible strap in a first direction. The flexible wings engage successive ones of the teeth to oppose removal of the strap in an opposite second direction. The first and second flexible wings each include a first arm having a first raised portion extending into the strap receiving portion; and a second arm having a second raised portion axially displaced with respect to the first raised portion and oriented out of plane with respect to the first raised portion." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2010 (12/797,805). 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=8,375,523&OS=8,375,523&RS=8,375,523 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Outer Ring Driven Gerotor Pump ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,376,720) developed by Martin E. Rosalik Jr., Oakland, Mich., for an "outer ring driven gerotor pump." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gerotor pump includes an inner ring and an outer ring. The inner ring is rotateable about an axis, where the inner ring has an outer diameter contact surface. The outer ring has an inner diameter contact surface that defines a central opening. The central opening receives the inner ring, and a portion of the inner diameter contact surface engages a portion of the outer diameter contact surface of the inner ring. A motor including a rotor and a stator that surrounds the rotor is included. The rotor surrounds the outer ring and exerts a driving force on the outer ring such that the outer ring rotates about the inner ring. The inner diameter contact surface of the outer ring and the outer diameter contact surface of the inner ring create a plurality of chambers. Rotation between the inner ring and the outer ring expand and contract the chambers to expel fluid from the gerotor pump." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2010 (12/718,250). 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=8,376,720&OS=8,376,720&RS=8,376,720 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ethicon Endo-Surgery Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,377,079) developed by six co-inventors for a "constant force mechanisms for regulating restriction devices." The co-inventors are Jonathan A. Coe, Cincinnati, Mark S. Ortiz, Milford, Ohio, Kyle P. Moore, Mason, Ohio, Mark D. Overmyer, Grandville, Mich., Thomas E. Adams, Maineville, Ohio, and Andrew M. Zwolinski, Cincinnati.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices are provided for regulating a restriction system. In one exemplary embodiment, a restriction system is provided having a restriction device coupled to a port with a fluid disposed in the device, such that the restriction device is adapted to form a restriction in a pathway corresponding to an amount of fluid contained in the device, and a pressure adjustment unit in communication with the port and effective to maintain a substantially constant equilibrium pressure between the pressure adjustment unit and the restriction device. The pressure adjustment unit is configured to regulate an amount of fluid in the restriction device in response to a fluid pressure acting on the device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2007 (11/965,322). 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=8,377,079&OS=8,377,079&RS=8,377,079 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TK Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- TK Holdings, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,530) developed by four co-inventors for a "remotely-actuated seat belt buckle." The co-inventors are Frank Glenn Walega, Dearborn, Mich., Thomas Grzybowski, Fraser, Mich., Brandon Scott Marriott, Waterford, Mich., and Nicklaus John Pelliccia, Troy, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A buckle assembly for a vehicle includes a seat belt tongue and a seat belt buckle with a blocking mechanism and a manual release button. The blocking mechanism is configured to latch the tongue in the buckle. The buckle assembly further includes a remote buckle release mechanism, including a buckle release cable and a module operably connected to the cable. The module is configured to pull the cable to release the blocking mechanism to thereby release the seat belt tongue from the buckle. The buckle assembly is also configured to be actuated by an occupant via the manual release button on the buckle. The remote buckle release mechanism does not interfere with operation of the manual release button. The remote buckle release mechanism may also be configured to automatically release the buckles a predetermined time after an airbag deployment." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2012 (13/550,002). 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=8,375,530&OS=8,375,530&RS=8,375,530 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Induction Forming of Metal Components with Slotted Susceptors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,375,758) developed by Marc R. Matsen, Seattle, and William Dykstra, Rockford, Mich., for an "induction forming of metal components with slotted susceptors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A laminated tooling apparatus includes a first tooling die, a first susceptor carried by the first tooling die and having at least one straight susceptor portion and at least one angled susceptor portion adjacent to the straight susceptor portion, a first plurality of susceptor slots extending through the at least one angled susceptor portion of the first tooling die, a second tooling die adjacent to the first tooling die, a second susceptor carried by the second tooling die and having at least one straight susceptor portion and at least one angled susceptor portion adjacent to the straight susceptor portion; and a second plurality of susceptor slots extending through the at least one angled susceptor portion of the second tooling die." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2010 (12/835,207). 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=83,75,758.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,758&RS=PN/83,75,758 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** S.C. Johnson & Son Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- S.C. Johnson & Son, Racine, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,376,614) developed by James C. Pawloski, Bay City, Mich., Bryan L. Ackerman, Freeland, Mich., and Michael J. Colucci, Saginaw, Mich., for "venting double zipper and reclosable storage bag using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reclosable storage bag and zipper tape for use in conjunction with same is disclosed. The reclosable bag includes first and second panels which are sealed about bottom, left, and right edges leaving an open top. The closure system further includes first and second closure assemblies or zippers which can be individually or simultaneously closed to seal the contents within the bag. Even after the first and second zippers are engaged thereby closing the bag, excess air within the bag can be removed simply be manually compressing the bag and thereby forcing the air through the vent apertures provided between the zippers. A valve internal to the closure system may be provided proximate the vent apertures and open upon sufficient application of pressure thereby allowing for air to be evacuated from the bag." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2007 (11/688,431). 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=8,376,614&OS=8,376,614&RS=8,376,614 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Inteva Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Inteva Products, Troy, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,444) developed by Charles Scheib, Grand Rapids, Mich., Richard Allen Merrifield, Spring Valley, Ohio, and Ronald F. Widin, Beavercreek, Ohio, for an "integrated structural system for a vehicle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated structural system for a vehicle is provided. The integrated structural system having a molded duct system configured to guide airflow, the molded duct system having a first section and a second section, the molded duct system configured to provide a supporting surface; and a metal structure, the metal structure integrated with the molded duct system by a means for integrating the metal structure with the molded duct system forming an integrated structural load path assembly, the integrated structural load path assembly being configured as a load bearing area to distribute a load on the supporting surface over the integrated structural load path assembly, wherein the means for integrating the metal structure with the molded duct system includes one of sonic welding, heat staking, insert molding, and gluing." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,535). 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=8,376,444&OS=8,376,444&RS=8,376,444 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Whirlpool Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Whirlpool, Benton Harbor, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,750) developed by five co-inventors for a "modular laundry system with vertical laundry module." The co-inventors are James W. Kendall, Mount Prospect, Ill., Lorraine L. Achterberg, St. Joseph, Mich., Ameresh Babu Viswanathan, St. Joseph, Mich., Colleen M. Doyle, Stevensville, Mich., and Richard A. Sunshine, Granger, Ind.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A laundry system comprises a first laundry appliance, a second laundry appliance, and a vertical laundry module. The vertical laundry module can have a housing with a width less than the width of each of the first and second laundry appliances. The vertical laundry module can have a drawer that slidably opens from a face of the housing and a hanging rod positioned in drawer. The vertical laundry module can further have a functional element that performing drying, refreshing, and/or sanitizing, and a control panel for controlling the operation of the functional element." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2009 (12/496,112). 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=83,75,750.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,750&RS=PN/83,75,750 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nissan North America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Nissan North America, Franklin, Tenn., has been assigned a patent (8,376,073) developed by Jason Nantais, Royal Oak, Mich., and Takayoshi Harada, Commerce, Mich., for a vehicle radiator structure.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle radiator structure includes a radiator core, a first fluid tank, a second fluid tank, a first lift assist contact member and a second lift assist contact member. The radiator core has a cooling fin portion. The first and second fluid tanks are fluidly coupled to the radiator core. The first lift assist contact member extends from the first fluid tank with at least a portion of the first lift assist contact member being disposed directly vertically beneath the first fluid tank in a vehicle installed position of the vehicle radiator structure. The second lift assist contact member is separate and spaced apart from the first lift assist contact member, and extends from the second fluid tank with at least a portion of the second lift assist contact member being in lateral alignment with the first lift assist contact member and the radiator core." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,914). 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=8,376,073&OS=8,376,073&RS=8,376,073 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Clarion Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Clarion Technologies, Holland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,746) developed by Alan D. Picken, Manitou Beach, Mich., and Ye Cailin, Shanghai, China, for a frameless spill-safe shelf.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A formed glass shelf is provided having a central region with an upper planar surface and a curved perimeter region surrounding the central region, which has an edge. The curved perimeter region is non-coplanar with the central region, and the edge is offset in a range of about 2 mm to 6 mm from the upper planar surface of the central region to contain spills on the shelf. A method is provided for slump-forming the shelf, including slump-forming an oversized blank and removing an outermost portion to achieve the finished size." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2008 (12/173,207). 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=83,75,746.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,746&RS=PN/83,75,746 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ethicon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ethicon, Somerville, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,376,642) developed by five co-inventors for "applicators, dispensers and methods for dispensing and applying adhesive material." The co-inventors are Julian A. Quintero, Raleigh, N.C., Jerry Y. Jonn, Raleigh, N.C., Jack Goodman, Ann Arbor, Mich., Daniel L. Hedgpeth, Raleigh, N.C., and William M. Cotter, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An applicator/dispenser assembly for dispensing and/or applying an adhesive material comprises: a first body portion and a second body portion, at least one of the first and second body portions being movable relative to the other of the first and second body portions; a cavity in at least one of the first and second body portions; and a piercing or breaking member arranged on one of the first and second body portions. Movement of one of the first and second body portions relative to the other of the first and second body portions moves the piercing or breaking member into the cavity. When a container of adhesive material is at least partially disposed within the cavity, movement of one of the first and second body portions relative to the other moves the piercing or breaking member to rupture the container for dispensing and/or applying the adhesive material." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/928,658). 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=8,376,642&OS=8,376,642&RS=8,376,642 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Magna Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Magna Electronics, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,595) developed by Michael J. Higgins-Luthman, Livonia, Mich., for an automatic headlamp control.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automatic headlamp control system for a vehicle which has an image sensor having a forward field of view that captures image data of a scene forward of the vehicle. The image processor processes the image data and detects objects of interest. A controller is responsive to the image processing to control a beam illumination state of the headlamps of the equipped vehicle. The controller is operable to detect at least a partial blocking condition at the image sensor and is operable to limit switching to a different beam illumination state in response to a signal indicative of an outside temperature at the equipped vehicle being below a threshold temperature level." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2010 (12/781,119). 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=8,376,595&OS=8,376,595&RS=8,376,595 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Viking Assigned Patent for Adjustable Escutcheon Assembly for a Sprinkler ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Viking, Hastings, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,060) developed by Shawn G. Orr, Grand Rapids, Mich., and David VanEerden, Middleville, Mich., for an "adjustable escutcheon assembly for a sprinkler." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adjustable escutcheon assembly as provided for mounting a sprinkler in a sloped ceiling so that the sprinkler can be mounted parallel to the ceiling and with a refined appearance." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2007 (11/948,487). 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=8,376,060&OS=8,376,060&RS=8,376,060 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** BAE Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- BAE Industries, Warren, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,442) developed by Harry Keith Brantley, Auburn Hills, Mich., for a "latch assembly for a rear row stadium style jump seat." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A latch assembly with a first leg securing to a seat bottom and a second leg pivotally engaged to an upper end of a stanchion mount. A sector is pivotally slaved to the second leg opposing the stanchion and exhibits a bottom shoulder projection separating into first and second surface locations. A pendulum pivotally secures to the stanchion and seats against a first sector location with the seat bottom in a downward position. The seat bottom is rotated in an upward direction, causing a detent lever to pivot out of engagement with a notch location of a supporting frame and travel along an edge extending profile thereof, simultaneous with the sector displacing relative to the pendulum. The detent lever reestablishes seating engagement with a second notch location concurrent with the pendulum pivoting into engagement with a second sector location corresponding to an upwardly rotated position of the seat." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2011 (13/246,791). 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=8,376,442&OS=8,376,442&RS=8,376,442 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sno-Way International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Sno-Way International, Hartford, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,375,607) developed by William F. Menze, Escanaba, Mich., for a "system for controlling actuation of a snow plow blade using the turn signal/high beam control stalk." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for controlling the operation of a snow plow blade mounted on a vehicle that uses the turn signal/high beam control stalk mounted on the steering wheel of the vehicle to control a actuation of the snow plow blade mounted on the vehicle. The control system operates in two alternately selectable modes, one of which allows the turn signal/high beam control stalk to be used to operate the turn signals and high beams of the vehicle, and the other of which allows the turn signal/high beam control stalk to be used to raise, lower, and pivot the snow plow blade. The control system may be switched between the two modes by initiating one of two respective sequences of actuation of one or more electrical switches in the vehicle." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2010 (12/683,481). 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=83,75,607.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,607&RS=PN/83,75,607 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tenneco Automotive Operating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Tenneco Automotive Operating, Lake Forest, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,375,709) developed by Gabriel Salanta, Ann Arbor, Mich., Daniel Salanta, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Guanyu Zheng, Farmington, Mich., for an "exhaust gas additive/treatment system and mixer for use therein." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exhaust mixer (16) is provided for use in an engine exhaust system (10) downstream from an additive injector (14). The mixer (16) includes eight vanes (20), with four of the vanes (20A) extending from a first side (22) of the mixer (16) and arranged in an equally spaced circumferential array around a central axis (24), and the other four of the vanes (20B) extending from an opposite side (26) of the mixer (16) and arranged opposite from the other four vanes (20A) in an equally spaced circumferential array. The vanes (20) include embossed ribs (60) and mount flanges (64)." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2009 (12/620,302). 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=83,75,709.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,709&RS=PN/83,75,709 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Argonics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Argonics, Marquette, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,551) developed by Robert Flood Jr., Marquette, Mich., and Jeremy Nylund, Marquette, Mich., for a "method for covering an above ground access opening to a conduit assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of covering an opening through an exposed upwardly facing surface that defines an access opening to a conduit assembly defining a communication passage to a below surface location. The method includes the steps of: providing a cover assembly with a non-metallic component; and operatively joining the cover assembly with the conduit assembly so that the non-metallic component is placed against a metal component on the conduit assembly and transmits weight forces applied to at least one of: a) the exposed upwardly facing surface; and b) a surface defined by a cover component on the cover assembly that blocks the access opening and is substantially flush with the exposed upwardly facing surface, to the metal component on the conduit assembly." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/586,881). 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=83,75,551.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,551&RS=PN/83,75,551 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Viking Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Viking, Hastings, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,061) developed by Shawn J. Feenstra, Caledonia, Mich., for a fire protection sprinkler.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fire protection sprinkler is provided with a sprinkler body having a fluid passage defining an inlet end and an outlet end. A plug member is disposed in the fluid passage and a heat responsive unit releasable secures the plug member and the passage. A deflector is mounted to frame arms extending from the sprinkler body and the deflector includes a peripheral edge including a plurality of slots extending radially inward from the peripheral edge. At least two of the plurality of slots have a first outer portion having a first diameter and a second intermediate portion adjacent the first outer portion and having a second diameter less than the first diameter. A third inner portion extends radially inward from the second intermediate portion and has a third diameter greater than the second diameter. The deflector design is utilized for providing a desired water distribution pattern." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2009 (12/431,990). 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=8,376,061&OS=8,376,061&RS=8,376,061 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Gevo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Gevo, Englewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,378,160) developed by seven co-inventors for renewable compositions. The co-inventors are Patrick R. Gruber, Longmont, Colo., Matthew W. Peters, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Josefa M. Griffith, Englewood, Colo., Yassin Al Obaidi, Somerset, Ky., Leo E. Manzer, Wilmington, Del., Joshua D. Taylor, Evergreen, Colo., and David E. Henton, Midland, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to renewable compositions derived from fermentation of biomass, and integrated methods of preparing such compositions." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2012 (13/441,459). 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=83,78,160.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,160&RS=PN/83,78,160 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Detroit Diesel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Detroit Diesel, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,375,700) developed by Kevin Dean Sisken, Saline, Mich., and Yi Liu, Northville, Mich., for an "apparatus and method for monitoring oxidation catalyst functionality." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and apparatus for evaluating an ammonia conversion efficiency of an ammonia oxidation (AMOX) catalyst for reducing ammonia and hydrocarbons present in an exhaust gas stream. The AMOX associated with an exhaust gas after-treatment system has a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) catalyst for reducing nitrogen oxides (NO.sub.X) present in the exhaust gas stream and a dosing system for introducing a reductant into the exhaust gas stream for reacting with the nitrogen oxides in the presence of the SCR catalyst. The AMOX catalyst is arranged downstream of the SCR catalyst." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/750,088). 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=83,75,700.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,700&RS=PN/83,75,700 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,701) developed by five co-inventors for a "hydrocarbon retaining and purging system." The co-inventors are Jason Aaron Lupescu, Ypsilanti, Mich., Shane Elwart, Ypsilanti, Mich., James Michael Kerns, Trenton, Mich., Michael James Uhrich, West Bloomfield, Mich., and Harendra S. Gandhi, West Bloomfield, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and systems are provided for operating an engine having a hydrocarbon retaining system coupled to an engine exhaust and an engine intake. During an engine cold start, routing exhaust gas to the hydrocarbon retaining system to store hydrocarbons in the hydrocarbon retaining system. Then, depending on temperature, the hydrocarbons are purged with varying amounts of exhaust gas and fresh air in order to maintain proper temperature control." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2008 (12/182,777). 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=83,75,701.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,701&RS=PN/83,75,701 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Transmission Hydraulic Control System having an Accumulator for Priming a Pump ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,375,710) developed by Edward W. Mellet, Rochester Hills, Mich., Carlos E. Marin, Oxford, Mich., and James B. Borgerson, Clarkston, Mich., for a "transmission hydraulic control system having an accumulator for priming a pump." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hydraulic control system for a powertrain includes a sump for storing a hydraulic fluid and a pump having an inlet in communication with the sump and an outlet. A valve system is in communication with the outlet of the pump. An accumulator for storing and releasing the hydraulic fluid is in communication with the inlet of the pump and with the valve system. A first control device is disposed between the accumulator and the valve system. A second control device is disposed between the accumulator and the inlet of the pump. The accumulator is charged with the hydraulic fluid when the pump is powered, the accumulator stores the hydraulic fluid when the first control device and the second control device are in the closed condition, and the accumulator releases the hydraulic fluid and primes the pump when the second control device is in the open condition." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2009 (12/505,993). 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=83,75,710.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,710&RS=PN/83,75,710 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Automated Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Automated Solutions, Shelby Township, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,547) developed by Raymond Ormachea, Fraser, Mich., and Robert Bailey, Waterford, Mich., for a "device for securing trim to a seat." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A seat assembly machine includes a plurality of grippers useful for securing a piece of trim to a seat cushion. In a disclosed example, each gripper includes a plurality of prongs that are moved between neutral, closed and released positions that each facilitate a different portion of the assembly process. In one example, each gripper includes a sleeve within which the prongs are moveable so that the prongs are manipulated between the neutral, closed and released positions. A disclosed example sleeve includes an interior channel having a contour that manipulates the prongs between the different positions based on the location of the prongs within the sleeve." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2012 (13/537,550). 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=83,75,547.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,547&RS=PN/83,75,547 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MAC Engineering and Equipment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- MAC Engineering and Equipment, Benton Harbor, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,997) developed by Roy A. Fredrickson, Bridgman, Mich., for "pasting apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method operations are provided for battery plate fabrication, in particular for applying paste to battery plate grids. A conveyer-type pasting machine includes a conveyer belt for moving battery plate grids under a new type of paste dispensing hopper, which includes closely spaced knurled rollers and an angled paste deflector member, which cooperate to generate a pressurized stream of paste for extrusion thru the battery plate grid. The apparatus also includes a specialized grid support sheet that also enables a consistent layer of paste to be applied to both exterior sides of a manufactured battery plate grid by enabling application of paste to one side of the grid and facilitating transmission of the paste through to and past the opposite, exterior side of the grid." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2012 (13/544,499). 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=8,375,997&OS=8,375,997&RS=8,375,997 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Access Business Group International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Access Business Group International, Ada, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,970) developed by five co-inventors for a valve system. The co-inventors are Terry L. Lautzenheiser, Nunica, Mich., David O. Godfrey, Lowell, Mich., Michael E. Miles, Grand Rapids, Mich., Steve O. Mork, Lowell, Mich., and Richard B. Bylsma, Ada, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A valve system enables use of a standard single line faucet with a water treatment system, protects water treatment systems and other fluid flow devices from unnecessary fluid pressure, and regulates or prevents fluid flow to a dispenser or outlet in response to a particular event, such as a leak. The valve system includes a housing having ports for: (1) receiving a supply fluid, (2) supplying the fluid to a device, such as a water treatment system, (3) receiving the fluid from the device and (4) supplying fluid to a dispenser. The valve system also includes an automatic shutoff device within the housing that prevents water from flowing into the housing and the water treatment system when the dispensing outlet is closed and that allows water to flow through the housing and into the water treatment system when the outlet is open. The valve system may also include a second actuator connected to the automatic shutoff that is capable of moving the automatic shutoff to a partially or fully closed position." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2010 (12/706,181). 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=8,375,970&OS=8,375,970&RS=8,375,970 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,375,999) developed by Gregory P. Meisner, Ann Arbor, Mich., for an "offboard heat management during compressed gas filling of vehicular hydrogen storage tanks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of filling a hydrogen gas storage tank with hydrogen gas includes filling an onboard hydrogen gas storage tank with hydrogen gas at substantially constant temperature and pressure while transferring a liquid from the hydrogen gas storage tank to a reservoir tank, compressing a gas in the reservoir tank by the flow of liquid into the reservoir tank, and managing the heat produced by the compression of gas in the reservoir tank off board the vehicle. A hydrogen gas delivery system includes an onboard hydrogen gas storage tank, a hydrogen gas supply line, a reservoir tank, and a liquid that transfers the heat of filling the hydrogen gas storage tank to the reservoir by effecting a compression of gas in the reservoir." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2009 (12/551,017). 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=8,375,999&OS=8,375,999&RS=8,375,999 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,923) developed by Ross Dykstra Pursifull, Dearborn, Mich., for a "fuel injector interface and diagnostics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method comprising receiving a fuel injection signal from a first driver circuit via a control line, feeding the fuel injection signal to a second fuel injector driver circuit, sending a control signal output from the second fuel injector driver circuit to a fuel injector, monitoring the fuel injector for degradation based on operation according to the control signal, and in response to degradation of the fuel injector, changing a state of the control line." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2012 (13/449,209). 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=8,375,923&OS=8,375,923&RS=8,375,923 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Vehicle having Remote Start and Carbon Monoxide Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,913) developed by four co-inventors for a "vehicle having remote start and carbon monoxide detection." The co-inventors are Robert Kwiecinski, Saline, Mich., Brian Bennie, Sterling Heights, Mich., Thomas M. McQuade, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Daniel J. Bartz, Rochester Hills, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject of the present invention is a method for remote starting an internal combustion engine of a vehicle that may include: detecting a wireless remote start signal; after detecting the wireless remote start signal, activating a carbon monoxide detector to detect a level of carbon monoxide adjacent to the vehicle; remote starting the internal combustion engine if the detected level of carbon monoxide is less than a predetermined first CO limit; disabling remote start of the internal combustion engine if the level of carbon monoxide is not less than the predetermined first CO limit; and automatically transmitting an emergency aid signal if the level of carbon monoxide is not less than the predetermined first CO limit." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/535,369). 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=8,375,913&OS=8,375,913&RS=8,375,913 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for On-board Water Addition for Fuel Separation System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,899) developed by Thomas G. Leone, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Mark Allen Dearth, Dearborn, Mich., for a "on-board water addition for fuel separation system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fuel delivery system for an internal combustion engine including a fuel tank, a membrane dividing the fuel tank into at least a first and second portion, the membrane preferentially diffusing a substance from a mixture, the substance having an increased knock suppression relative to the mixture, and a controller adjusting delivery of condensed water to the tank responsive to an operating condition." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,280). 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=8,375,899&OS=8,375,899&RS=8,375,899 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eaton Assigned Patent for Rocker Arm Retention ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Eaton, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,375,909) developed by Andrei D. Radulescu, Marshall, Mich., James R. Sheren, Grand Ledge, Mich., and Brian K. Vandeusen, Augusta, Mich., for a rocker arm retention.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reciprocating lever for a valve train assembly is provided, including a receiving portion and at least one retaining feature. The receiving portion is for selectively receiving a member that is actuated by the reciprocating lever. An actuation direction is also included and is defined by an actuation axis, wherein the reciprocating lever selectively actuates the member. The at least one retaining feature is located at the receiving portion of the reciprocating lever. The at least one retaining feature is configured to selectively engage with and limit relative movement of the member with respect to the reciprocating lever along the actuation axis." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/363,153). 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=8,375,909&OS=8,375,909&RS=8,375,909 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TK Holdings Assigned Patent for Gas Generating System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- TK Holdings, Armada, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,400) developed by four co-inventors for a gas generating system. The co-inventors are Scott A. Mason, Saint Clair, Mich., David M. McCormick, Saint Clair Shores, Mich., Richard W. Morgan, Lake Orion, Mich., and Jeffrey Anderson, Clinton Township, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gas generating system is provided including a first housing formed from a polymeric material, and a pyrotechnic gas generant material contained in the first housing. The first housing forms a combustion chamber for the gas generant. An airbag system and a vehicle occupant protection system, each incorporating a gas generating system as described herein, are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2007 (11/788,813). 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=83,76,400.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,400&RS=PN/83,76,400 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,377,358) developed by James R. Keenihan, Midland, Mich., and Todd M. Clarey, Bay City, Mich., for a "method for encapsulating the edge of a flexible sheet." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is premised upon an inventive method of producing an over-molded edge portion on a flexible substrate, wherein the edge portion is void of open areas due to support devices in the mold cavity." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2009 (12/989,747). 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=83,77,358.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,358&RS=PN/83,77,358 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TK Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- TK Holdings, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,401) developed by six co-inventors for an airbag. The co-inventors are Pongdet Paul Wipasuramonton, Rochester, Mich., Mark Andrew Steinbach, Clawson, Mich., James Peter Karlow, Commerce Township, Mich., David Lloyd Danielson, Midland, Mich., Todd Matthew Starke, Saint Charles, Mich., and Chad Michael Dinninger, Saint Charles, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An airbag is provided which includes at least one fabric panel and a structural seam. The structural seam includes an adhesive but does not include stitching. Such stitching tends to weaken the fabric of airbags and causes a higher denier fabric with higher strength to be used to offset the loss in strength, but this in turn produces an airbag of greater weight due to the high denier fabric. By providing an airbag with a structural seam provided by an adhesive without stitching, an airbag may be lighter and may be inflated in less time." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2011 (13/013,682). 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=83,76,401.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,401&RS=PN/83,76,401 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Steering Solutions IP Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Steering Solutions IP Holding, Saginaw, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,404) developed by Melvin Lee Tinnin, Clio, Mich., and Kevin M. Burns, Flushing, Mich., for an "integrated tooth rake lock for steering column." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A steering column assembly includes a rake bracket, a steering column pivotably attached to the rake bracket and a rake lock mechanism. The rake lock mechanism includes a plurality of rake teeth located at the rake bracket and a plurality of jacket teeth engageable with the plurality of rake teeth and located at the steering column at a teeth distance from the plurality of rake teeth. A retainer is insertable through the rake bracket and into the steering column to maintain the teeth distance. When a predetermined force is applied to the steering column, a portion of the retainer is detached to allow the plurality of jacket teeth to approach the plurality of rake teeth and engage therewith." The patent application was filed on Nov. 23, 2010 (12/952,917). 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=83,76,404.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,404&RS=PN/83,76,404 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Akebono Brake Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Akebono Brake, Farmington Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,092) developed by Brad Robert Lethorn, Northville, Mich., for a pad retraction device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device comprising: a pair of opposing legs; a bridge between and connecting the pair of legs; a pair of retraction spring arms attached to the outside of each of the legs; the retraction spring arms each comprising: a guide support tab connected to each of the pair of opposing legs wherein the retraction spring arms assist in retracting a pair of brake pads, and the guide support tabs guide the retraction spring arms during movement." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2011 (13/024,357). 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=8,376,092.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,092&RS=PN/8,376,092 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,376,229) developed by Jerald Robert Howcroft, Beverly Hills, Mich., and Kathy Goode Piatt, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "system and method of voting via an interactive television system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method includes determining, at a first computing device associated with a network, a voting status associated with a second computing device that is coupled to the network to receive video content. The voting status is based on whether voting for the video content via the second computing device is prohibited. The method includes, in response to determining that the voting status indicates that voting is not prohibited, sending data related to a voting interface to the second computing device. The method includes receiving voting input (associated with the video content) from the second computing device via the voting interface and updating a voting record of the second computing device based on the voting input to indicate that the voting input has been received. The method includes sending a message to the second computing device indicating that the voting input was received from the second computing device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2012 (13/609,413). 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=8,376,229.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,229&RS=PN/8,376,229 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Torque Transmitting Device with Apply Plate Drain ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,376,111) developed by Scott William Heitzenrater, Orion, Mich., for a "torque transmitting device with apply plate drain." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A torque transmitting device having an apply/return plate or member is provided. The torque transmitting device includes a hydraulically actuated piston and a clutch pack. The plate includes an annular disc having an inner edge and an outer edge and having a first side and a second side. A plurality of tabs extend radially out from the outer edge. A plurality of drain holes are disposed through the annular disc extending between the first side and the second side and located between the outer edge and the inner edge. The plate contacts the clutch pack to engage the clutch pack when translated by the piston and hydraulic or lubrication fluid communicates through the drain holes." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2010 (12/817,324). 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=8,376,111.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,111&RS=PN/8,376,111 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Automatic Handling International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Automatic Handling International, Erie, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,259) developed by Daniel J. Pienta, Lambertville , Mich., and David M. Pienta, Lambertville, Mich., for a "process and apparatus for loading and unloading an unwinding machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This core plugging station relates generally to preparing rolls of previously wound material for an unwinding machine. The core plugging station improves the automation of moving rolls of sheet form material and the like to be loaded in preparation for unwinding. When a previously loaded roll has been unwound a spent core station disposes of the remaining core. The process sequentially moves rolls of material having cores from a core plugging station to an unwinding station and sequentially moves spent rolls of material from the unwinding station back to a spent core station." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2011 (13/134,034). 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=8,376,259.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,259&RS=PN/8,376,259 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,377,400) developed by five co-inventors for "methods and systems for oxidizing nitric oxide in a gas stream." The co-inventors are Steven J. Schmieg, Troy, Mich., Chang H. Kim, Rochester, Mich., Gongshin Qi, Troy, Mich., Wei Li, Troy, Mich., and David B. Brown, Brighton, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An after-treatment system architecture and method for oxidizing the nitric oxide component of a gas stream are disclosed. One embodiment may include treatment of a gas stream that includes NO.sub.x with a perovskite catalyst of the general formula ABO.sub.3 or a modified formula of ABO.sub.3 wherein a small amount of a promoter material is substituted for a portion of at least one of element A or element B in a catalytic oxidation reaction to oxidize nitric oxide in the gas stream." The patent application was filed on Nov.30, 2010 (12/956,979). 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=83,77,400.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,400&RS=PN/83,77,400 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AGS I-Prop Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- AGS I-Prop, Muskegon, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,183) developed by Ian K. Rosen, North Muskegon, Mich., for a "fluid dispenser having multiple chambers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fluid dispenser for containing multiple portions of flowable material in multiple chambers separated by dividers includes a dispensing passageway at one of the chambers, with each divider having an openable region to permit flow of fluid from an adjacent chamber into the chamber having the dispensing passageway so that only a selected portion of flowable material may be expunged from the container at a time, without all of the contents reaching the dispensing passageway until such time as it is desired. The user may select the quantity of material to be dispensed and may squeeze the chamber or chambers to break or open the desired or appropriate number of dividers to dispense the desired or appropriate quantity of flowable material through the dispensing passageway of the container. Optionally, each chamber may have a respective dispensing passageway that is openable to dispense the contents of the respective chamber." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2009 (12/468,521). 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=8,376,183.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,183&RS=PN/8,376,183 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TK Holdings Assigned Patent for Airbag and Horn Switch Module and Method of Assembly of the Module ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- TK Holdings, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,398) developed by five co-inventors for an "airbag and horn switch module and method of assembly of the module." The co-inventors are Timothy Michael Ullrey, Farmington Hills, Mich., James Ryan Fletcher, Bloomfield, Mich., Sara Roberson, Leonard, Mich., Patrick O'Leary, Clinton Township, Mich., and Joshua Thompson, Livonia, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An airbag and horn switch module, for use in a vehicle, is provided and includes an inflatable airbag cushion configured to provide restraint to the occupant, an inflator configured to inflate the airbag cushion, and a housing having a base and a plurality of walls extending from the base thereby forming a cavity configured to house the airbag cushion. At least one wall of the housing has at least one tab protruding therefrom. The module also includes a switch assembly including an electronic switch and an actuator, and a cover having a wall with at least one opening configured to receive the tab of the housing to thereby slideably couple the cover to the housing. The cover is configured to slideably couple to the housing prior to installation of the electronic switch by aligning the tab of the housing with the opening in the cover. The cover is configured to slide relative to the housing when the cover is depressed by the occupant, whereby the cover displaces the actuator into engagement with the electronic switch thereby activating the horn assembly of the vehicle." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2011 (13/181,095). 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=8,376,398.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,398&RS=PN/8,376,398 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,376,326) developed by Oleg G. Basin, Franklin, Mich., for a "rotationally restrained leaf spring clinch clip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A clinch clip for a leaf spring which is rotationally restrained in to mutually orthogonal axes. An upper clip member and a lower clip member are provided. A non-circular rivet connects a leaf of a leaf spring to the lower clip member so as to preclude mutual rotation around a rivet axis. A non-circular bolt connects together the upper and lower clip members so as to preclude rotation around a bolt axis perpendicular to the rivet axis." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/748,631). 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=8,376,326.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,326&RS=PN/8,376,326 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LECO Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- LECO, Saint Joseph, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,377,397) developed by Gordon C. Ford, Saint Joseph, Mich., for a combustion tube.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A combustion tube comprises a generally cylindrical body with an outwardly extending annular tube stop spaced from one end of the combustion tube for engaging a combustion tube mounting assembly and fixing the tube in a precise position. Near the opposite end of the tube is an enlarged opening for receiving an upper seal assembly of a combustion furnace with the outer annular shoulder of the upper end of the tube having a rolled edge to facilitate the insertion of the tube through the seal in the upper seal assembly of the furnace. The combustion tube is made of quartz glass to withstand the temperatures encountered in the furnace. The combustion tube is specifically designed and adapted to be precisely positioned in an induction furnace with an easy tube removal system for the furnace." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2011 (13/223,589). 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=83,77,397.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,397&RS=PN/83,77,397 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Masco Corp. of Indiana Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Masco Corp. of Indiana, Indianapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,376,313) developed by David M. Burke, Taylor, Mich., and Fabio Pandini, Pavia, Italy, for a capacitive touch sensor.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fluid delivery apparatus comprises a spout, a fluid supply conduit supported by the spout, a valve assembly to supply fluid through the fluid supply conduit, and a capacitive touch sensor. The capacitive touch sensor is coupled to a controller. The controller is also coupled to the valve assembly. The controller is configured to detect a user touching the sensor and to control flow of fluid through the fluid supply conduit." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2008 (12/523,013). 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=8,376,313.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,313&RS=PN/8,376,313 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Lever Applied Dry Clutch ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,376,109) developed by five co-inventors for a "lever applied dry clutch." The co-inventors are Shushan Bai, Ann Arbor, Mich., Clinton E. Carey, Highland, Mich., Vijay A. Neelakantan, Rochester Hills, Mich., James M. Hart, Belleville, Mich., and Leonid Basin, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dual clutch assembly includes a housing, an actuation member rotationally coupled with the housing, a first member coaxial with the housing, and a second member coaxial with the first member. A first clutch includes a first plate connected with the actuation member and a second plate connected for common rotation with the first member. A second clutch includes a first plate connected with the housing and a second plate connected for common rotation with the second member. At least one first lever is pivotally coupled to the housing. The first lever is pivotable to contact the actuation member thereby translating the actuation member and the first plate towards the second plate in order to engage the first clutch. The second lever is pivotable to contact the first plate of the second clutch and translate the first plate towards the second plate in order to engage the second clutch." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2010 (12/696,822). 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=8,376,109.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,109&RS=PN/8,376,109 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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