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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Dec. 15)
[December 15, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Dec. 15)

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

*** Lion Copolymer Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Lion Copolymer, Baton Rouge, La., has been assigned a patent (8,329,794) developed by five co-inventors for "compatibilized silica in nitrile rubber and blends of nitrile rubber and styrene butadiene rubber compositions." The co-inventors are Lawrence Douglas Harris, Baton Rouge, La., Harold William Young, Baton Rouge, La., Deepak Rasiklal Parikh, Beaumont, Texas, Daniel Courtney Patton, Jackson, La., and Vernon Vincent Vanis, Spring, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A polymer composition of a compatibilized silica in blends of acrylonitrile butadiene polymer and styrene butadiene polymer comprising six to ninety percent by weight of a compatibilized silica, at least one percent by weight of a coupling agent, at least one percent by weight of a styrene butadiene polymer, and at least one percent by weight of an acrylonitrile butadiene polymer is described herein. The polymer composition can have a minimum amount of at least ten percent by weight of 15:50 ratio, acrylonitrile to butadiene polymer, with the remainder being compatibilized silica." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2011 (12/984,280). 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=8,329,794&OS=8,329,794&RS=8,329,794 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,449) developed by Martin Poenie, Austin, Texas, Jessica Jones, Austin, Texas, and James Beach, Austin, Texas, for "immobilized resins for algal oil extraction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reverse phase extraction method for the recovery of triglycerides from aqueous slurries of algae is described herein. The present invention discloses the use of immobilized anion exchange and lipid binding resins. As the algae flows past the resin, triglycerides adhere while the bulk of the algae flows through. The lipids, useful for generating biofuels are then are eluted off the resin. The method of the present invention does not require prior drying of the algae, is inexpensive, and does not destroy the algal biomass which can be used for other purposes." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2010 (12/903,996). 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=8,329,449&OS=8,329,449&RS=8,329,449 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,745) developed by five co-inventors for "small molecule inhibitors of ghrelin O-acyltransferase." The co-inventors are Patrcik G. Harran, Los Angeles, Michael S. Brown, Dallas, Joseph L. Goldstein, Dallas, Jing Yang, Dallas, and Tong-Jin Zhao, Dallas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Ghrelin O-acyltransferase (GOAT) is inhibited with designed small molecules of the general formula: ##STR00001## Methods comprise contacting the GOAT with an inhibitor and detecting a resultant inhibition." The patent application was filed on Sept. 6, 2011 (13/226,471). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,329,745&OS=8,329,745&RS=8,329,745 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,329,795) developed by five co-inventors for "oil based polyols or diacids esterified with oxo-acids or oxo-alcohols for producing plasticizers." The co-inventors are Jihad Mohammed Dakka, Whitehouse Station, N.J., Edmund John Mozeleski, Califon, N.J., Lisa Saunders Baugh, Ringoes, N.J., Allen David Godwin, Seabrook, Texas, and Diana S. Smirnova, High Bridge, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Oxo-diesters of cyclic olefins, methods of making them and their use as plasticizers in polymer compositions are disclosed." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2010 (12/830,606). 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=8,329,795&OS=8,329,795&RS=8,329,795 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chevron Phillips Chemical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Chevron Phillips Chemical, The Woodlands, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,608) developed by five co-inventors for "methods of preparation of an olefin oligomerization catalyst." The co-inventors are Ronald D. Knudsen, Bartlesville, Okla., Bruce E. Kreischer, Humble, Texas, Ronald G. Abbott, Kingwood, Texas, Steven D. Bridges, Bartlesville, Okla., and Brooke L. Small, Kingwood, Texas The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of making a catalyst for use in oligomerizing an olefin, comprising a chromium-containing compound, a pyrrole-containing compound, a metal alkyl, a halide-containing compound, and optionally a solvent, the method comprising abating all or a portion of water, acidic protons, or both from a composition comprising the chromium-containing compound, a composition comprising the pyrrole-containing compound, a composition comprising a non-metal halide-containing compound, a composition comprising the solvent, or combinations thereof prior to contact thereof with a composition comprising a metal halide-containing compound." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2008 (12/057,853). 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=8,329,608&OS=8,329,608&RS=8,329,608 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Semiconductor Device with Gate-undercutting Recessed Region ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,589) developed by Pacheco Antonio Luis Rotondaro, Dallas, Tracy Q. Hurd, Plano, Texas, and Elizabeth Marley Koontz, Dallas, for a "semiconductor device with gate-undercutting recessed region." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semiconductor device comprises a gate structure on a semiconductor substrate and a recessed region in the semiconductor substrate. The recessed region has a widest lateral opening that is near a top surface of the Semiconductor substrate. The widest lateral opening undercuts the gate structure." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2011 (13/229,262). 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=8,329,589&OS=8,329,589&RS=8,329,589 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nalco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Nalco, Naperville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,329,620) developed by Erick J. Acosta, Sugar Land, Texas, for "compositions and methods for inhibiting the agglomeration of hydrates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One or more compositions and methods for inhibiting the formation of hydrate agglomerates in an aqueous medium that contain a specified generic formula are disclosed. The aqueous medium can be contained in an oil or gas pipeline or refinery." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2008 (12/245,849). 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=8,329,620&OS=8,329,620&RS=8,329,620 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,588) developed by Scott R. Summerfelt, Garland, Texas, Ted S. Moise, Dallas, and Gul B. Basim, Plano, Texas, for a "passivation of integrated circuits containing ferroelectric capacitors and hydrogen barriers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for forming a hydrogen barrier layer that overlies ferroelectric capacitors and a buffer region but is removed from a portion of the logic region." The patent application was filed on Nov. 23, 2011 (13/303,541). 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=8,329,588&OS=8,329,588&RS=8,329,588 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sasol North America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Sasol North America, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,329,609) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for preparing alkoxylation catalyst and alkoxylation process." The co-inventors are Kenneth Lee Matheson, Lake Charles, La., Masikana Millan Mdleleni, Lake Charles, La., Tad Curtis Hebdon, Lake Charles, La., and Herbert Olin Perkins, Orange, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for preparing an alkoxylation catalyst wherein a catalyst precursor which is formed from an alkoxylated alcohol and an alkaline earth metal compound to form a dispersion of an alkaline earth metal species is reacted with propylene oxide to propoxylate at least a portion of the ethoxylated alcohol." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2011 (13/311,273). 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=8,329,609&OS=8,329,609&RS=8,329,609 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Method for Forming a Semiconductor Device Having Nanocrystals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,544) developed by Sung-Taeg Kang, Austin, Texas, and Jane A. Yater, Austin, Texas, for a "method for forming a semiconductor device having nanocrystals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for forming a semiconductor device having nanocrystals. The method includes: forming a first insulating layer over a surface of a substrate; forming a first plurality of nanocrystals on the first insulating layer; implanting a first material into the first insulating layer; and annealing the first material to form a second plurality of nanocrystals in the first insulating layer. The method may be used to provide a charge storage layer for a non-volatile memory having a greater nanocrystal density." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/085,238). 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=8,329,544&OS=8,329,544&RS=8,329,544 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Method for Forming a Semiconductor Device Having Nanocrystals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,543) developed by Sung-Taeg Kang, Austin, Texas, and Jane A. Yater, Austin, Texas, for a "method for forming a semiconductor device having nanocrystals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for forming a semiconductor device having nanocrystals. The method includes: providing a substrate; forming a first insulating layer over a surface of the substrate; forming a first plurality of nanocrystals on the first insulating layer; forming a second insulating layer over the first plurality of nanocrystals; implanting a first material into the second insulating layer; and annealing the first material to form a second plurality of nanocrystals in the second insulating layer. The method may be used to provide a charge storage layer for a non-volatile memory having a greater nanocrystal density." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/085,230). 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=8,329,543&OS=8,329,543&RS=8,329,543 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tessera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Tessera, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,329,581) developed by seven co-inventors for "microelectronic packages and methods therefor." The co-inventors are Belgacem Haba, Saratoga, Calif., Masud Beroz, Cary, N.C., Teck-Gyu Kang, San Jose, Calif., Yoichi Kubota, Pleasanton, Calif., Sridhar Krishnan, San Francisco, John B. Riley III, Dallas, and Ilyas Mohammed, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microelectronic package includes a microelectronic element having faces and contacts, the microelectronic element having an outer perimeter, and a substrate overlying and spaced from a first face of the microelectronic element, whereby an outer region of the substrate extends beyond the outer perimeter of the microelectronic element. The microelectronic package includes a plurality of etched conductive posts exposed at a surface of the substrate and being electrically interconnected with the microelectronic element, whereby at least one of the etched conductive posts is disposed in the outer region of the substrate. The package includes an encapsulating mold material in contact with the microelectronic element and overlying the outer region of the substrate, the encapsulating mold material extending outside of the etched conductive posts for defining an outermost edge of the microelectronic package." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2011 (13/183,122). 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=8,329,581&OS=8,329,581&RS=8,329,581 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,329,559) developed by four co-inventors for a "damascene process for use in fabricating semiconductor structures having micro/nano gaps." The co-inventors are Hideki Takeuchi, Austin, Texas, Emmanuel P. Quevy, El Cerrito, Calif., Tsu-Jae King, Fremont, Calif., and Roger T. Howe, Los Gatos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In fabricating a microelectromechanical structure (MEMS), a method of forming a narrow gap in the MEMS includes a) depositing a layer of sacrificial material on the surface of a supporting substrate, b) photoresist masking and at least partially etching the sacrificial material to form at least one blade of sacrificial material, c) depositing a structural layer over the sacrificial layer, and d) removing the sacrificial layer including the blade of the sacrificial material with a narrow gap remaining in the structural layer where the blade of sacrificial material was removed." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2007 (11/737,545). 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=8,329,559&OS=8,329,559&RS=8,329,559 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Univation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Univation Technologies, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,329,835) developed by eight co-inventors for "polyethylene compositions having improved properties." The co-inventors are Mark G. Goode, Hurricane, W.Va., Rainer Kolb, Kingwood, Texas, Chi-I Kuo, Humble, Texas, Tae Hoon Kwalk, Belle Mead, N.J., Dongming Li, Houston, Ching-Tai Lue, Sugar Land, Texas, Francis C. Rix, League City, Texas, and Daniel P. Zilker Jr., Charleston, W.Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Polyethylene compositions having improved properties are provided. In one aspect, a polyethylene composition having a long chain branching index (g'.sub.avg) of 0.5 to 0.9; a Melt Flow Rate (MFR) of greater than (49.011.times.MI.sup.(-0.4304)), where MI is Melt Index; and a weight average molecular weight to number average molecular weight (M.sub.w/M.sub.n) of less than or equal to 4.6 is provided." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2008 (12/739,313). 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=8,329,835&OS=8,329,835&RS=8,329,835 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Chevron Phillips Chemical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Chevron Phillips Chemical, The Woodlands, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,834) developed by ten co-inventors for "dual metallocene catalyst systems for decreasing melt index and increasing polymer production rates." The co-inventors are Albert P. Masino, Tulsa, Okla., Rex E. Murray, Peoria, Ill., Qing Yang, Bartlesville, Okla., Steve J. Secora, Bartlesville, Okla., Kumudini C. Jayaratne, Helsinki, Finland, William B. Beaulieu, Tulsa, Okla., Errun Ding, Bartlesville, Okla., Gary L. Glass, Dewey, Okla., Alan L. Solenberger, Bartlesville, Okla., and Ted H. Cymbaluk, Kemah, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides dual catalyst systems and polymerization processes employing these dual catalyst systems. The disclosed polymerization processes can produce olefin polymers at higher production rates, and these olefin polymers may have a higher molecular weight and/or a lower melt index." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/824,363). 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=8,329,834&OS=8,329,834&RS=8,329,834 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kraton Polymers U.S. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Kraton Polymers U.S., Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,329,827) developed by four co-inventors for a "sulfonated block copolymers having ethylene and diene interior blocks, and various uses for such block copolymers." The co-inventors are Carl Lesley Willis, Houston, Dale Lee Handlin Jr., Houston, Texas, Scott Russell Trenor, Houston, and Brian Douglas Mather, Blacksburg, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sulfonated block copolymer which is solid and non-dispersible in water having at least two polymer end blocks A and at least one interior block B wherein each A block is a polymer block resistant to sulfonation and each B block is a polymer block susceptible to sulfonation, wherein the A and B blocks do not contain any significant levels of olefinic unsaturation. Each A block includes one or more segments selected from polymerized (i) ethylene, (ii) monomers of conjugated dienes having a vinyl content less than 35 mol percent prior to hydrogenation, and (iii) mixtures thereof; and each B block comprising segments of one or more polymerized vinyl aromatic monomers selected from (i) unsubstituted styrene monomers, (ii) ortho-substituted styrene monomers, (iii) meta-substituted styrene monomers, (iv) alpha-methylstyrene, (v) 1,1-diphenylethylene, (vi) 1,2-diphenylethylene and (vii) mixtures thereof." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2010 (12/763,979). 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=8,329,827&OS=8,329,827&RS=8,329,827 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** STMicroelectronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- STMicroelectronics, Coppell, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,330,258) developed by Anthony M. Chiu, Richardson, Texas, and Tong Yan Tee, Singapore, for a "system and method for improving solder joint reliability in an integrated circuit package." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for improving solder joint reliability in an integrated circuit package. Each terminal of a quad, flat, non-leaded integrated circuit package is formed having portions that define a solder slot in the bottom surface of the terminal. An external surface of the die pad of the integrated circuit package is also formed having portions that define a plurality of solder slots on the periphery of the die pad. When solder is applied to the die pad and to the terminals, the solder that fills the solder slots increases the solder joint reliability of the integrated circuit package." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2003 (10/746,745). 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=8,330,258.PN.&OS=PN/8,330,258&RS=PN/8,330,258 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LDARtools Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- LDARtools, League City, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,099) developed by seven co-inventors for a "reigniting flame in volatile organic compound device." The co-inventors are Leo Skiba, Nassau Bay, Texas, Rex Moses, Nassau Bay, Texas, Keith Adams, Galveston, Texas, Jack Clark, Houston, Bradley O'Keefe, Houston, Kevin Moses, League City, Texas, and Andrew Reiter, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Reigniting a flame in a volatile organic compound (VOC) detector in the event that the flame has gone out. In one implementation, a signal is received at a handheld personal computer indicating that a flame in the VOC detector has gone out. The flame in the VOC detector may then be reignited using the handheld personal computer and a Bluetooth enabled device facilitating communication between the handheld personal computer and the VOC detector." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/245,493). 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=83,29,099.PN.&OS=PN/83,29,099&RS=PN/83,29,099 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Transistor having Gate Dielectric Protection and Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,330,231) developed by Da Zhang, Austin, Texas, Ning Liu, Austin, Texas, and Mohamed S. Moosa, Round Rock, Texas, for a "transistor having gate dielectric protection and structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transistor structure is formed by providing a semiconductor substrate and providing a gate above the semiconductor substrate. The gate is separated from the semiconductor substrate by a gate insulating layer. A source and a drain are provided adjacent the gate to define a transistor channel underlying the gate and separated from the gate by the gate insulating layer. A barrier layer is formed by applying nitrogen or carbon on opposing outer vertical sides of the transistor channel between the transistor channel and each of the source and the drain. In each of the nitrogen and the carbon embodiments, the vertical channel barrier retards diffusion of the source/drain dopant species into the transistor channel. There are methods for forming the transistor structure." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2011 (13/048,976). 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=8330231.PN.&OS=PN/8330231&RS=PN/8330231 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cirrus Logic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Cirrus Logic, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,330,434) developed by John L. Melanson, Austin, Texas, for a "power supply that determines energy consumption and outputs a signal indicative of energy consumption." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power supply includes a rectifier having an AC input and a DC output and a power factor correction (PFC) preregulator, coupled to the rectifier, that increases a power factor of the power supply. The PFC preregulator includes a controller that integrates an input power to determine energy consumption and outputs a signal indicative of the energy consumption." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/242,024). 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=8,330,434.PN.&OS=PN/8,330,434&RS=PN/8,330,434 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Parah Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Parah, Angleton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,096) developed by Scott A. Elrod, Angleton, Texas, and Peter C. Rooney, Lake Jackson, Texas, for "systems and methods for detecting descented material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for detecting presence of a thing, the thing treated with a descenter, one method including in an area in which it is possible that a thing treated with a descenter is present, using a detector to detect a descenter level in the area, producing a detected descenter level, comparing the detected descenter level to a normal descenter level for the area, determining that the detected descenter level is different from the normal descenter level, said determining indicating the possible presence of a thing treated with a descenter; and using a trained service animal to facilitate such a method." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2009 (12/456,944). 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=83,29,096.PN.&OS=PN/83,29,096&RS=PN/83,29,096 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Garfield Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Garfield Industries, Addison, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,328,917) developed by Kirk Garfield, Irving, Texas, and John Potter, Plano, Texas, for a "system and method for photocatalytic oxidation air filtration using a substrate with photocatalyst particles powder coated thereon." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to an air filtration system and a method for making a photocatalytic oxidation substrate by powder coating a photocatalyst onto a metal substrate." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2010 (12/910,366). 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=83,28,917.PN.&OS=PN/83,28,917&RS=PN/83,28,917 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kellogg Brown & Root Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Kellogg Brown & Root, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,328,889) developed by Ravindra K. Agrawal, Houston, for an "efficiency of gasification processes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and processes for producing syngas and power therefrom are provided. One or more feedstocks and one or more oxidants can be combined in a fluidized reaction zone operated at a temperature from 550.degree. C. to 1,050.degree. C. to provide a syngas. Heat can be indirectly exchanged in a first zone from the syngas to a condensate to provide steam. Heat can also be indirectly exchanged in a second zone from the syngas to the steam to provide superheated steam. Heat can then be indirectly exchanged in a third zone from the syngas to provide a cooled syngas and the condensate for the first zone. At least a portion of the superheated steam can be directly supplied to one or more steam turbines to produce power." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2007 (11/954,455). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,28,889.PN.&OS=PN/83,28,889&RS=PN/83,28,889 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Mask Design Elements to Aid Circuit Editing and Mask Redesign ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,330,159) developed by eight co-inventors for a "mask design elements to aid circuit editing and mask redesign." The co-inventors are Jeffrey Lee Large, Dallas, Henry Litzmann Edwards, Garland, Texas, Ayman A. Fayed, Wylie, Texas, Patrick Cruise, Dallas, Kah Mun Low, Richardson, Texas, Neeraj Nayak, Richardson, Texas, and Oguz Altun, Plano, Texas, and Chris Barr, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit (IC) includes a substrate having a device layer and a plurality of metal layers formed thereon. The plurality of metal layers include patterned upper metal layers and lower metal layers, a multi-level metal interconnect structure formed using the plurality of metal layers, where the interconnect structure is in electrical contact with a first portion and second portion of the device layer. At least one circuit editing structure including a first and second columns are formed using at least a portion of the plurality of metal layers, the first column being in electrical contact with the first portion of the device layer and the second column being in electrical contact with second portion of the device layer, where a portion of the first and second columns define a circuit editing feature operable to electrically couple or decouple the columns using focused ion beam (FIB) processing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2007 (11/933,841). 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=8,330,159.PN.&OS=PN/8,330,159&RS=PN/8,330,159 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GreatPoint Energy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- GreatPoint Energy, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,328,890) developed by five co-inventors for "processes for gasification of a carbonaceous feedstock." The co-inventors are Vincent G. Reiling, Wheaton, Ill., Earl T. Robinson, Lakeland, Fla., Nicholas Charles Nahas, Chatham, N.J., Jeffery Smith, Texas City, Texas, and Charles Mims, Toronto.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to processes for preparing gaseous products, and in particular, methane via the catalytic gasification of carbonaceous feedstocks in the presence of steam and an oxygen-rich gas stream. The processes comprise using at least one catalytic methanator to convert carbon monoxide and hydrogen in the gaseous products to methane and do not recycle carbon monoxide or hydrogen to the catalytic gasifier." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2009 (12/562,925). 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=83,28,890.PN.&OS=PN/83,28,890&RS=PN/83,28,890 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AEP & T Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- AEP & T, Benbrook, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,329,004) developed by Michael Steven Georgia, Rhome, Texas, for a "polymeric, non-corrosive cathodic protection anode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for protection of metallic materials from corrosion comprising an electrical power source (5) and a conductor (7) coupled to the power source. An anode (11) is electrically coupled to the conductor. The anode is configured to be secured proximal to the metallic materials to be protected from corrosion and has an exterior surface (13) formed predominantly of electrically conductive polymer and an interior filled with particulate carbonaceous material. The anode comprises a hollow cylinder (13) formed of electrically conductive polymer, the cylinder having an interior. A metallic tube (15) is secured to and in electrical communication with the interior of the cylinder. An anode conductor (17) is electrically coupled to the metallic tube and extends from the interior of the cylinder to the exterior of the cylinder for connection to the conductor coupled to the power source." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/935,879). 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=83,29,004.PN.&OS=PN/83,29,004&RS=PN/83,29,004 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Smith International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Smith International, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,328,891) developed by Youhe Zhang, Spring, Texas, and Yuelin Shen, Houston, for "methods of forming thermally stable polycrystalline diamond cutters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for forming a thermally stable cutting element that includes forming at least one acid infusion pathway in a polycrystalline abrasive body containing a catalyzing material to be leached; and contacting at least a portion of the at least one acid infusion pathway in the polycrystalline abrasive body with a leaching agent is disclosed." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2009 (12/505,316). 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=83,28,891.PN.&OS=PN/83,28,891&RS=PN/83,28,891 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lam Research Assigned Patent for Wafer Heating and Temperature Control by Backside Fluid Injection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 15 -- Lam Research, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,328,942) developed by Ben Mooring, Austin, Texas, John Parks, Hercules, Calif., and Diane J. Hymes, San Jose, Calif., for a "wafer heating and temperature control by backside fluid injection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one of the many embodiments, an apparatus for processing a substrate is provided which includes a substrate processing chamber where the substrate is positioned within the substrate processing chamber so the substrate at least partially separates the substrate processing chamber into a first chamber and a second chamber. The apparatus further includes a first chamber inlet configured to input a first fluid of a first temperature into the first chamber at a first pressure and a second chamber inlet configured to input a second fluid of a second temperature into the second chamber at a second pressure wherein the first pressure and the second pressure are substantially equal. The second temperature is capable of being utilized to manage substrate temperature." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2004 (11/015,968). 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=83,28,942.PN.&OS=PN/83,28,942&RS=PN/83,28,942 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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