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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 31)
[December 31, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 31)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New York.

*** BorgWarner Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,337,345) developed by Anand Arun Barve, Ithaca, N.Y., for a "sliding rack ratchet tensioner." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The high-performance sliding rack ratchet tensioner is inexpensively manufactured. A rack having rack teeth is slidingly received in a rack slot on the side of the piston. The rack slot is preferably open-ended on the end facing the tensioner arm. The rack and piston are both received in a piston bore in the tensioner body. The rack length is preferably shorter than the rack slot length to provide backlash. A pawl mounted in a pawl bore perpendicular to the rack bore engages the rack. The open-ended rack slot allows the rack to be inserted after the piston during assembly. The rack and pawl preferably have shark fin-shaped teeth. The pawl preferably has dummy teeth to ensure that the load is shared by the center teeth." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2008 (12/523,362). 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=8,337,345&OS=8,337,345&RS=8,337,345 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sportsfield Specialties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Sportsfield Specialties, Delhi, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,340) developed by Burton Scott Clark, Delhi, N.Y., for "bases, home plates, and pitcher's rubbers for use on synthetic turf infill material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A base, a home plate, and a pitcher's rubber for use on synthetic turf infill material for playing baseball includes an upper portion in the shape of the at least one of base, home plate, and a pitcher's rubber, and a lower portion comprising a plurality of downwardly-depending projections extending about 1/2 inch to about 1 inch below a bottom surface of the upper portion. The plurality of downwardly-depending projections is engageable with the synthetic turf infill material for playing baseball." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2009 (12/371,848). 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=8,337,340&OS=8,337,340&RS=8,337,340 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for System and Method for Aligning Turbine Components ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,151) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for aligning turbine components." The co-inventors are Edward J. Cooper, Niskayuna, N.Y., Timothy Andrew Melsert, Ballston Lake, N.Y., James W. Clark, Schenectady, N.Y., Craig D. Ivancic, Gloversville, N.Y., Sean O'Meara, Bradenton, Fla., and Jean-francois Lavie, Belfort, France.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments include a system having a turbine support key having a set of key segments selectively stackable together in a plurality of combinations to adjust a thickness between turbine supports based solely on a selection of the key segments from the set." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/495,745). 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=8,337,151&OS=8,337,151&RS=8,337,151 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Segregating Wafer Carrier Types in Semiconductor Storage Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,133) developed by Clayton D. Menser Jr., Marlboro, N.Y., and Louise C. Courtois, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., for a "segregating wafer carrier types in semiconductor storage devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for managing the entry of a wafer carrier into a stocker in a semiconductor manufacturing operation is disclosed. The system comprises a stocker that accepts wafer carriers via one or more input ports. The present invention provides a means for detecting the presence of a wafer carrier at the input port, means for identifying the type of the wafer carrier, and means for executing an action sequence if the stocker is not compatible with those wafer carriers. Upon detecting an erroneous condition, an action sequence is executed which may include prevention entry of the wafer carrier, and notifying an operator." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2007 (11/767,796). 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=8,337,133&OS=8,337,133&RS=8,337,133 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Dispensing Liquid Using Curved Outlet Opening Dispenser ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,995) developed by Yonglin Xie, Pittsford, N.Y., and Joseph Jech Jr., Webster, N.Y., for a "dispensing liquid using curved outlet opening dispenser." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A liquid dispenser includes a liquid supply channel, a liquid dispensing channel, and a liquid return channel. The liquid dispensing channel includes a wall. The wall includes a surface. A portion of the wall defines an outlet opening that includes an upstream edge relative to a direction of liquid flow through the liquid dispensing channel. The upstream edge includes a radius of curvature when viewed from a direction perpendicular to the surface of the wall. A liquid is provided that flows from the liquid supply channel through the liquid dispensing channel to the liquid return channel. A liquid drop is caused to be ejected from the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel by selectively actuating a diverter member to divert a portion of the flowing liquid through the outlet opening of the liquid dispensing channel." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2010 (12/911,773). 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=8,336,995&OS=8,336,995&RS=8,336,995 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Carrier Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Carrier, Farmington, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,176) developed by Alexander Lifson, Manlius, N.Y., and Michael F. Taras, Fayetteville, N.Y., for "tandem compressors with common intermediate port." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compressor assembly includes at least two tandem compressors. Tandem compressors have at least one common suction manifold, communicating a source of working fluid to be compressed by each of at least two compressors, and at least one common discharge manifold communicating a compressed fluid downstream for further use. A common intermediate pressure manifold communicates with intermediate pressure ports in at least two compressors. The intermediate manifold may communicate fluid to or out of the at least two compressors. There is normally no direct communication between suction and discharge manifolds." The patent application was filed on Dec. 26, 2006 (12/444,758). 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=8,337,176&OS=8,337,176&RS=8,337,176 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xcelaero Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Xcelaero, San Luis Obispo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,154) developed by John Decker, Cypress, Texas, and Chellappa Balan, Niskayuna, N.Y., for a "high efficiency cooling fan." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cooling fan includes an impeller which comprises a plurality of radially extending blades, each of which includes a blade hub, a blade tip and a blade midspan approximately midway between the hub and the tip. In addition, each blade includes a camber of between about 60.degree. and 90.degree. at the blade hub, between about 15.degree. and 40.degree. at the blade midspan and between about 15.degree. and 40.degree. at the blade tip." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2008 (12/074,345). 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=8,337,154&OS=8,337,154&RS=8,337,154 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acrolite Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Acrolite, Elbridge, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,094) developed by Ronald E. Drake, Elbridge, N.Y., for a "fiber optic light source adapter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light source adapter to mechanically interconnect a light box and a fiber optic cable. The adapter engages the light box and defines an interior cavity to receive a ferruled fiber optic cable. The exterior surface of the ferrule comprises a circumferential ridge and groove that reversibly interacts with a spring inside the adapter cavity. The spring is biased to require sufficient force to insert or remove the ferrule. The geometry of the circumferential ridge or groove can optionally be modified to increase or decrease the amount of force required to effect insertion or removal of the ferrule inside the cavity." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2010 (12/896,505). 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=8,337,094&OS=8,337,094&RS=8,337,094 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Welch Allyn Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Welch Allyn, Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,017) developed by five co-inventors for "eye viewing device comprising video capture optics." The co-inventors are Ervin Goldfain, Syracuse, N.Y., Chris R. Roberts, Skaneateles, N.Y., Allan I. Krauter, Skaneateles, N.Y., Steven R. Slawson, Camillus, N.Y., and William H. Lagerway, Auburn, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is described in one embodiment an eye viewing device for viewing a structure of an eye such as a retina. The eye viewing device can include an image sensor. In one embodiment an eye viewing device can be adapted to facilitate both visual viewing of an eye structure and electronic image capture." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,694). 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=8,337,017&OS=8,337,017&RS=8,337,017 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Method for Skewing Printer Transfix Roll ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,009) developed by Bryan James Roof, Newark, N.Y., and Laurence Lynd, Macedon, N.Y., for a "method for skewing printer transfix roll." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of forming a nip with a skewed transfix roll includes positioning a first axis of rotation of a transfix roll at a skewed angle with respect to a second axis of rotation of an image drum, forming a nip with the skewed transfix roll and the image drum, and operating the printer with the nip formed with the skewed transfix roll." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2009 (12/406,351). 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=8,337,009&OS=8,337,009&RS=8,337,009 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** John Mezzalingua Associates Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- John Mezzalingua Associates, East Syracuse, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,229) developed by Noah Montena, Syracuse, N.Y., for a "connector having a nut-body continuity element and method of use thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connector having a nut-body continuity element is provided, wherein the nut-body continuity element electrically couples a nut and a connector body, thereby establishing electrical continuity between the nut and the connector body. Furthermore, the nut-body continuity element facilitates grounding through the connector, and renders an electromagnetic shield preventing ingress of unwanted environmental noise." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2011 (13/016,114). 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=8,337,229&OS=8,337,229&RS=8,337,229+ Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Method and System for Reducing the Impact on the Performance of a Turbomachine Operating an Extraction System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,139) developed by Nestor Hernandez Sanchez, Schenectady, N.Y., and David A. Stasenko, Albany, N.Y., for a "method and system for reducing the impact on the performance of a turbomachine operating an extraction system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for increasing the efficiency of a turbomachine having an extraction system is provided. The extraction system may have multiple extraction ports from which the working fluid of the turbomachine is extracted to meet extraction load requirements of an independent process. The method and system may enable a control system to optimally determine the which extraction ports to draw the working fluid from for meeting the extraction load requirement. The optimal location may be determined by utilizing the data on the load requirement, where the extraction load requirement may be operationally distinct from the turbomachine load." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2009 (12/615,306). 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=8,337,139&OS=8,337,139&RS=8,337,139 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Saint-Gobain Abrasives Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Worcester, Mass., and Saint-Gobain Abrasifs, Conflans-Sainte-Honorine, have been assigned a patent (8,337,276) developed by Lionel Rossignol, Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and Christophe C. Oliver, Dover, Mass., for "automated detection of characteristics of abrasive products during use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of processing an article with a coated abrasive product, including a repeat of a single marking, comprises detecting at least two characteristics of the repeat of a single marking. The repeat is placed along the length of the abrasive product at a first major surface, wherein each of the detected characteristics conveys independent information regarding the abrasive product. The method further includes comparing the information to a database. A method of acquiring information of the coated abrasive product includes detection and comparing steps." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2008 (12/220,309). 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=8,337,276&OS=8,337,276&RS=8,337,276 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sportsfield Specialties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Sportsfield Specialties, Delhi, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,318) developed by Wayne P. Oliver, Delhi, N.Y., for "triple/long jump take-off board systems and methods for forming the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A take-off board system for a triple or long jump generally includes an elongated frame, an elongated take-off board, and a track material member. The frame includes inwardly-extending flanges defining a chamber therein. The take-off board includes a first portion slidably receivable in the chamber of the frame, and a second portion defining an outer take-off surface. The track material member is disposed on an outer surface of the frame. The take-off board system is disposable in a first position in a cavity in the ground with the outer take-off surface of the take-off board disposed even with a track surface, and the take-off board assembly is disposable in a second position in the cavity in the ground with an outer surface of the track material member disposed even with the track surface." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2010 (12/868,001). 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=8,337,318&OS=8,337,318&RS=8,337,318 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ELC Management Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- ELC Management, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,337,108) developed by Herve F. Bouix, New York, and Christophe Jacob, Rouen, France, for a single-use cosmetic sampler.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A rigid single-use cosmetic container is provided wherein the basic elements, a tubular container and an applicator wand, are integrally formed as a unitary body. The wand extends inwardly from the top of the container into a product reservoir to form of an applicator end. The wand extends upwardly from the top end of the container to form a handle which may be provided in dimensions approximating the cap on a saleable package. An applicator, e.g., a brush, may be mounted on the applicator end of the wand. The container and wand are separated by a frangible connection in the top end of the container. When the frangible connection is broken, an opening is created in the top end of the container. The opening is sized to act as a wiper to remove excess product from the applicator when the wand is drawn from the container. The bottom margin of the container sidewall is provided with a substantially reduced thickness to permit the container to be pinched and hermetically sealed after the product reservoir is filled with a quantity of product." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2009 (12/489,610). 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=8,337,108&OS=8,337,108&RS=8,337,108 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** John Mezzalingua Associates Assigned Patent for Sealing Member for Sealing a Connection Between a Coaxial Cable Connector and a Port ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- John Mezzalingua Associates, E. Syracuse, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,228) developed by Noah Montena, Syracuse, N.Y., for a "sealing member for sealing a connection between a coaxial cable connector and a port." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A female equipment port a first portion having a first diameter, a second portion having a second diameter and a threaded portion, a base portion structurally integral with the first portion and the second portion, wherein the first portion axially extends from the base portion, a transition portion axially separating the first portion and the second portion, wherein the first diameter is greater than the second diameter, wherein the first portion, the second portion, and the transition portion are configured to engage portions of a seal member of a cable connector to form a plurality of environmental seals is provided. Associated methods are also provided." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2011 (13/156,983). 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=8,337,228&OS=8,337,228&RS=8,337,228 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Encoder for Inkjet Printers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,984) developed by Mark C. Rzadca, Fairport, N.Y., and Thomas D. Pawlik, Rochester, N.Y., for an "encoder for inkjet printers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An inkjet printer includes a paper tray for holding print media; a pick roller for moving the print media through a paper transport path; and an encoder disk, which senses motion of the print media, disposed in the paper transport path and in direct contact with the print media as the print media passes through the paper transport path." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,068). 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=8,336,984&OS=8,336,984&RS=8,336,984 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Redcats USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Redcats USA, Indianapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,337,275) developed by five co-inventors for an adjustable bra. The co-inventors are Michele Martins-Crawbuck, River Vale, N.J., Jack Thekkekara, Alpine, N.J., Diana Baradarian, Old Westbury, N.Y., Laura Davidson, Lebanon, N.J., and Yefim Malakhov, English Town, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The adjustable bra of the present invention includes an adjustment element that permits adjustment of the length of the front, adjustment of the length of the side, and/or adjustment of the length of the back, and/or adjustment of the cup size. The bra comprises a pair of bra cups and a band, the band comprising a front underbust band attached to and underlying the bra cups, a back band, and a pair of length adjustment elements for independently adjusting the length of the band." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2011 (13/087,437). 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=8,337,275&OS=8,337,275&RS=8,337,275 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** New York Inventor Develops Patent for Dropper for Use at Night or in Other Low-light Conditions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Melissa Helen Kroub, Brooklyn, N.Y., has developed a patent (8,336,735) for a "dropper for use at night or in other low-light conditions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to droppers that can be used at nighttime or in low-light conditions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2010 (12/904,491). 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=83,36,735.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,735&RS=PN/83,36,735 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Novelis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Novelis, Toronto, has been assigned a patent (8,336,603) developed by five co-inventors for an "oxide restraint during co-casting of metals." The co-inventors are Todd F. Bischoff, Spokane Valley, Wash., Randy Womack, Spokane Valley, Wash., Wayne J. Fenton, Spokane Valley, Wash., Robert Bruce Wagstaff, Spokane Valley, Wash., and Lawrence G. Hudson, Pulaski, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus is disclosed for casting a composite ingot made of metals that are susceptible to surface oxide formation when molten. The method involves co-casting at least two metal layers from at least two molten metal pools formed within a direct chill casting apparatus. During the casting operation, movement of metal oxide formed on the upper surface of at least one of the pools towards an edge of the pool is restrained by an oxide skimmer positioned close to an edge of the pool above an external surface or metal-metal interface of the ingot. The apparatus provides a DC caster with at least one oxide skimmer that operates in this manner." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2009 (12/454,655). 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=83,36,603.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,603&RS=PN/83,36,603 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** New York Inventor Develops Patent for Waistless Underwear Alternative Secret Pants Shield ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Christine Martz, North Bellmore, N.Y., has developed a patent (8,336,121) for a "waistless underwear alternative secret pants shield." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A women's waistless and seamless clothing adherable underwear includes an oval pad made of a soft absorbent material, wherein the pad has double sided strips of adhesive tape with removable peel-off cover strips to attach to the inside crotch area of low slung clothing pants, such as tight pants, leotards or dungaree jeans facing upward to the skin and crotch of the wearer. The material is preferably a soft, non-woven, absorbent material. The underwear is particularly suited for women who wear tight pants, or low waist hip hugger pants, which widely reveal waist bands and seams of panty underwear, or expose underwear waist bands. The underwear is minimally intrusive and is attractive for women who like to wear jeans without underwear but who fear bacterial infection or exposure to clothing dyes or irritating stitching." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/068,602). 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=83,36,121.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,121&RS=PN/83,36,121 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Regeneron Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Tarrytown, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,839) developed by four co-inventors for a "high affinity human antibodies to human IL-4 receptor." The co-inventors are Joel H. Martin, Putnam Valley, N.Y., Tammy T. Huang, Goldens Bridge, N.Y., Jeanette L. Fairhurst, White Plains, N.Y., and Nicholas J. Papadopoulos, LaGrangeville, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods for treating one or more diseases or disorders which are improved, inhibited or ameliorated by reducing interleukin-4 (IL-4) activity. The methods of the invention comprise administering to a patient an antibody, or antigen-binding fragment thereof, which specifically binds to a human IL-4 receptor." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2011 (13/287,151). 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=8,337,839&OS=8,337,839&RS=8,337,839 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New York Inventor Develops Patent for Solar Heat Collector Module ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Fernando A. Peguero, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., has developed a patent (8,336,538) for a "solar heat collector module." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A solar cell collector unit that materially contributes to a more efficient use and conservation of green energy includes a first metal sheet having alternating corrugated crest and valley portions on an upper surface and alternating open channels on an under surface and having a first dimension with a first peripheral edge about its entire perimeter. A second substantially flat metal sheet having a second dimension with a second peripheral edge about its entire perimeter and less than the first dimension. The first and second metal sheets overlie one another with flattened copper tubing disposed within the open channels and sandwiched there between, while crimping and folding the first peripheral edge over the second peripheral edge to form nested protuberances about its perimeter to provide stiffness and rigidity there about and forming a low cost single solar cell unit. Then deformation along the valley portions and a portion of the second metal sheet forms plural pin-less rivets thereon to provide additional stiffness and rigidity." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2011 (13/187,921). 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=83,36,538.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,538&RS=PN/83,36,538 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Aquattica Pools & Water Parks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Aquattica Pools & Water Parks, Voorheesville, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,263) developed by Gary R. Schultz, Voorheesville, N.Y., and Andrew S. Bell, Slingerlands, N.Y., for a "moment connection for concrete container wall and footing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A concrete container including a concrete footing including a shear key; a concrete wall inserted in the shear key; a plurality of footing reinforcing members inserted in the concrete footing on a support side of the shear key and extending above the concrete footing; a plurality of wall reinforcing members inserted in the concrete wall on a support side of the concrete wall and extending diagonally towards the concrete footing; a poured concrete moment connection substantially covering the plurality of footing reinforcing members extending from the pre-cast concrete footing and the plurality of wall reinforcing members extending from the wall." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2010 (12/912,097). 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=83,36,263.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,263&RS=PN/83,36,263 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,204) developed by Chih-Chao Yang, Albany, N.Y., Daniel C. Edelstein, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Takeshi Nogami, Albany, N.Y., for a "formation of alloy liner by reaction of diffusion barrier and seed layer for interconnect application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interconnect structure including an alloy liner positioned directly between a diffusion barrier and a Cu alloy seed layer as well as methods for forming such an interconnect structure are provided. The alloy liner of the present invention is formed by thermally reacting a previously deposited diffusion barrier metal alloy layer with an overlying Cu alloy seed layer. During the thermal reaction, the metal alloys from both the diffusion barrier and the Cu alloys seed layer react forming a metal alloy reaction product between the diffusion barrier and the Cu seed layer." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/509,885). 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=83,36,204.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,204&RS=PN/83,36,204 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** STMicroelectronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- STMicroelectronics, Coppell, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,336,148) developed by John H. Zhang, Fishkill, N.Y., for a "system and method for cleaning a charging wafer surface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for processing a wafer includes a charge neutralization system. The wafer processing system includes a wafer measuring device that can measure characteristics of a surface of the semiconductor wafer. One or more wafer processing stations perform a chemical mechanical polish (CMP) process on the wafer surface. A desica cleaning station can clean and dry the semiconductor wafer. The wafer processing system further includes a charge neutralizing device that can alter a surface charge of the wafer surface." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2010 (12/803,974). 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=83,36,148.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,148&RS=PN/83,36,148 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tracer Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Tracer Imaging, White Plains, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,336,234) developed by Steven M. Spiro, Chappaqua, N.Y., for a promotional luggage tag.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one embodiment, a perforated card includes a plurality of separable components that includes a tag suitable for the inclusion of personal data such as an address. The tag includes an opening. The card also includes a strap that is separably attached to at least a portion of the tag. The strap is insertable through the opening of the tag and is configured to be fixedly attached about a handle of a piece of luggage." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2010 (12/940,720). 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=83,36,234.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,234&RS=PN/83,36,234 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ultratech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ultratech, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,735) developed by Lewis S. Goldmann, Bedford, N.Y., for a "solder mold plates used in packaging process and method of manufacturing solder mold plates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Solder mold plates and methods of manufacturing the solder mold plates are provided herein. The solder mold plates are used in controlled collapse chip connection processes. The solder mold plate includes a plurality of cavities. At least one cavity of the plurality of cavities has a different volume than another of the cavities in a particular chip set site. The method of manufacturing the solder mold plate includes determining susceptible white bump locations on a chip set. The method further includes forming lower volume cavities on the solder mold plate which coincide with the susceptible white bump locations, and forming higher volume cavities on the solder mold plate which coincide with less susceptible white bump locations." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2012 (13/365,519). 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=8,337,735&OS=8,337,735&RS=8,337,735 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Greensheet via Repair/Fill Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,646) developed by Mark J. LaPlante, Montgomery, N.Y., and Thomas Weiss, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., for a "greensheet via repair/fill tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are provided for filling vias in a product greensheet and/or repairing vias in a product greensheet. The method and apparatus utilize a transfer greensheet having filled vias in a fixed array, which vias are punched into the product greensheet to either repair or fill the via of the product greensheet. The method and apparatus employ position determining means such as a camera, a punch head and a corresponding punch die and an activating means to activate the punch head to punch the transfer greensheet via to fill the product greensheet via. The transfer greensheet has a fixed array of filled vias and a transfer greensheet station employs a fixed plate having a plurality of vacuum ports positioned in the non-via areas of the transfer greensheet which secures the transfer greensheet during the method. The product greensheet is held by a vacuum plate." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2008 (12/197,366). 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=8,337,646&OS=8,337,646&RS=8,337,646 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Cleaning Exhaust Screens in a Manufacturing Process ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,627) developed by John A. Fitzsimmons, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Richard O. Henry, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., for "cleaning exhaust screens in a manufacturing process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of cleaning an screen in a manufacturing process step that employs a chamber including a drain line having a screen configured and disposed in the chamber above the drain line to trap soluble materials includes detecting a build-up of soluble material on the screen, ceasing a work operation in the chamber, and initiating a screen cleaning operation. The screen cleaning operation includes closing a computer operated valve fluidly connected to the drain line to fluidly isolate a portion of the chamber, automatically introducing an amount of solvent into the chamber once the computer operated valve is closed with the amount of solvent filling the chamber and/or the drain line to fully immerse the screen, and opening the operated valve after a predetermined amount of time to empty the chamber and the drain line of solvent once the soluble materials trapped on the screen are dissolved." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/571,477). 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=8,337,627&OS=8,337,627&RS=8,337,627 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Environmental Luchbox Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Environmental Luchbox Technology, Altamont, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,695) developed by Thomas J. Kryzak, Altamont, N.Y., for an environmental remediation system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, system and method for removing and treating contaminated materials on a bottom of a body of water and introducing growth packets to revitalize the treated bottom of the body of water. The structure may comprise a vessel with an open face. The vessel may be lowered down to the bottom of the body of water with the face facing down. As a result, the vessel and the bottom form an isolated space. The structure may comprise at least one agitating device(s) for stirring up the materials inside the vessel so as to form a mixture containing the sediment materials which in turn contain the contaminants. Multiple at least one pipe(s) may be coupled to the vessel for transporting the mixture out of the vessel for processing (filtering, treating with chemicals, etc.) so as to neutralize or eliminate the contaminants in the mixture. Then, the treated mixture can be returned to the inside of the vessel via the at least one pipe(s)." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2010 (12/716,017). 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=8,337,695&OS=8,337,695&RS=8,337,695 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Method of Processing a Ceramic Layer and Related Articles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,939) developed by Todd-Michael Striker, Guilderland, N.Y., Venkat Subramaniam Venkataramani, Clifton Park, N.Y., and James Anthony Ruud, Delmar, N.Y., for a "method of processing a ceramic layer and related articles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of processing a ceramic layer is provided. The method comprises the steps of providing a ceramic layer comprising a plurality of microcracks; infiltrating at least some of the plurality of microcracks with a liquid precursor comprising at least one oxidizable metal ion; and exposing the ceramic layer to a base having a pH value of at least about 9, so as to chemically convert the oxidizable metal ion into an oxide, thereby decreasing the porosity of the ceramic layer. A solid oxide fuel cell is provided. The solid oxide fuel cell comprises an anode; a cathode; and a ceramic electrolyte disposed between the anode and the cathode. The ceramic electrolyte is processed by the method comprising the steps of providing a ceramic electrolyte comprising a plurality of microcracks; infiltrating at least some of the plurality of microcracks with a liquid precursor comprising at least one oxidizable metal ion; and exposing the ceramic electrolyte to a base having a pH value of at least about 9, so as to chemically convert the oxidizable metal ion into an oxide, thereby decreasing the porosity of the ceramic electrolyte." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2007 (11/854,702). 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=8,337,939.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,939&RS=PN/8,337,939 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,071) developed by Shigang S. Qiu, Toronto, David R. Kurceba, Hamilton, Canada, and Zhaoyang Ou, Webster, N.Y., for "processes for producing polyester latexes via single-solvent-based emulsification." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for making a latex emulsion suitable for use in a toner composition includes contacting at least one crystalline polyester resin with an organic solvent to form a resin mixture, adding a neutralizing agent, and deionized water to the resin mixture, removing the solvent from the formed latex, and continuously recovering latex particles." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/784,802). 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=8,338,071.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,071&RS=PN/8,338,071 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** American Express Travel Related Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- American Express Travel Related Services, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,336,764) developed by five co-inventors for a "fraud control when granting instant credit." The co-inventors are Stacey J. Crawford, Murray, Utah, Danielle M. Crop, Phoenix, Glade R. Erikson, Glendale, Ariz., Kristin H. Gomes, State College, Pa., and Sejal D. Vora, Scarsdale, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Credit applicants may apply for instant credit, and use an instant account number ("IAN") to make purchases after the instant credit has been granted. Fraud control methods may be used in authorizing the instant credit. When the IAN is issued to purchase airline tickets, it can be ensured that the applicant's last name matches the passenger's last name for the airline ticket being purchased, and that the ticket will not be renamed or sold. When the IAN is issued in conjunction with a partner's loyalty or rewards program, the applicant's account information with the rewards program is captured. It is ensured that the applicant has some tenure with the partner and that data submitted by the applicant is consistent with data on file with the partner." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2006 (11/618,423). 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=8,336,764.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,764&RS=PN/8,336,764 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Vanadium Resistant Coating System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,996) developed by five co-inventors for a "vanadium resistant coating system." The co-inventors are Surinder Singh Pabla, Greenville, S.C., Vinod Kumar Pareek, Schenectady, N.Y., Suchismita Sanyal, Karnataka, India, Krishnamurthy Anand, Karnataka, India, and Prajina Bhattacharya, Karnataka, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vanadium resistant coating system resistant to high temperature vanadium attack. The system comprises a high temperature superalloy substrate. A bond coat overlies the superalloy substrate. The bond coat may be applied in multiple layers. A ceramic coating overlies the bond coat. The ceramic coating further comprises a zirconium oxide stabilized by at least one cation selected from the group consisting of Yb.sup.3+, Lu.sup.3+, Sc.sup.3+ and Ce.sup.4+, in the amounts of about 5-10 weight percent. An overcoat may overlie the ceramic coating. The overcoat may be a sacrificial layer of YSZ infiltrated with cations having an atomic radius larger than Y.sup.3+. Alternatively, the overcoat may comprise zirconium oxide stabilized by Ce.sup.4+." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2010 (12/951,350). 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=8,337,996.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,996&RS=PN/8,337,996 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,338,055) developed by Grigorii Lev Soloveichik, Latham, N.Y., for a "system and method for electrochemical energy conversion and storage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrochemical energy conversion and storage system comprises an electrochemical energy conversion device, in fluid communication with a source of an organic liquid carrier of hydrogen and an oxidant, for receiving, catalyzing and electrochemically oxidizing at least a portion of the hydrogen to generate electricity, a hydrogen depleted liquid, and water; and a vessel for receiving the hydrogen depleted liquid; wherein the organic liquid carrier of hydrogen comprises at least two secondary hydroxy groups is provided." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2009 (12/617,986). 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=8,338,055.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,055&RS=PN/8,338,055 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Corning Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Corning, Corning, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,943) developed by Curtis Robert Fekety, Corning, N.Y., and Zhen Song, Painted Post, N.Y., for a "nano-whisker growth and films." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for making tin oxide films comprising nano-whiskers comprises providing a solution comprising a tin precursor and a solvent; preparing aerosol droplets of the solution; and applying the aerosol droplets to a heated glass substrate, converting the tin chloride to tin oxide to form a tin oxide film on the glass substrate, wherein the tin oxide film comprises nano-whiskers." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2010 (12/862,225). 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=8,337,943.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,943&RS=PN/8,337,943 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Purdue Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Purdue Pharma, Stamford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,888) developed by Curtis Wright, Norwalk, Conn., Benjamin Oshlack, New York, and Christopher Breder, Greenwich, Conn., for a "pharmaceutical formulation containing gelling agent." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed in certain embodiments is a controlled release oral dosage form comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a drug susceptible to abuse together with one or more pharmaceutically acceptable excipients; the dosage form further including a gelling agent in an effective amount to impart a viscosity unsuitable for administration selected from the group consisting of parenteral and nasal administration to a solubilized mixture formed when the dosage form is crushed and mixed with from about 0.5 to about 10 ml of an aqueous liquid; the dosage form providing a therapeutic effect for at least about 12 hours when orally administered to a human patient." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2012 (13/349,449). 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=8,337,888.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,888&RS=PN/8,337,888 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ames Rubber Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ames Rubber, Hamburg, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,337,944) developed by Ronald W. Brush, Ringwood, N.J., John Carmelo Basta, Victor, N.Y., and Crisanto F. del Rosario, Demarest, N.J., for a "composite multilayer seal for PEM fuel cell applications and method for constructing the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composite seal having a multilayer elastomeric construction and method for constructing the same is provided. More specifically, the present invention provides a composite seal comprised of a low-durometer elastomer compliant layer coated with, or alternatively encapsulated by, a thin protective layer for securely sealing a bipolar plate and a membrane electrode assembly of a fuel cell. The elastomer compliant layer is preferably a silicone constituent and the thin coat protective layer is preferably a fluoroelastomer or fluoropolymer constituent suitable for bonding to the elastomer compliant layer. The foregoing layers constructing the composite seal are preferably deposited directly onto the aforementioned fuel cell components along a predetermined periphery. The resulting composite seal is thin in construction, resistive to undesired chemical and thermal reactions and provides the necessary compressive compliance without undue stress on the fuel cell assembly." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2008 (12/248,038). 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=8,337,944.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,944&RS=PN/8,337,944 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Columbia University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Columbia University, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,337,941) developed by four co-inventors for a "fluorescent substrates for monoamine transporters as optical false neurotransmitters." The co-inventors are Niko Gert Gubernator, New York, Dalibor Sames, New York, David Sulzer, New York, and Paul Vadola, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to compounds of the general structure: wherein Y is O, X is O, bond .alpha. is absent and bond .beta. is present, or Y is H, X is CH, bond .alpha. is present, and bond .beta. is absent; atom Z is a carbon and bonds .chi., .delta. and .gamma. are present, or is a nitrogen and bonds .chi., .delta. and .gamma. are absent; R.sub.1 is --H, --OH, --O--R.sub.7, --N(H)--R.sub.8, --N(H)--(CH.sub.2).sub.n--NH.sub.2, --N(R.sub.9)(R.sub.10), or a piperazine cation; R.sub.2 is either covalently bound to R.sub.9, or is --H, or is covalently bound to R.sub.3 so as to form a substituted or unsubstituted pyrrole or R.sub.2 is covalently bound to R.sub.9 or R.sub.8 or R.sub.7; or R.sub.1 and R.sub.2 are covalently joined to form an aromatic ring; R.sub.3 is either covalently bound to R.sub.2 so as to form a pyrrole, or is, inter alia, --H, --OH, alkyl, or when Z is nitrogen R.sub.3 is .dbd.O; R.sub.4 is, inter alia, --H, --OH, or --R.sub.11NH.sub.2; R.sub.5 is, inter alia, --H, --OH, or --R.sub.12NH.sub.2, and R.sub.6 is either is covalently bound to R.sub.10 or is --H, or R.sub.6 is covalently bound to R.sub.10 or R.sub.8 or R.sub.7. This invention also provides processes for making the compounds as well as methods for monitoring activity of monoamine transporters or treating monoamine transporter-associated diseases by employing the compounds. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2007 (12/309,724). 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=8,337,941.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,941&RS=PN/8,337,941 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Continuous Process for Producing Toner Using an Oscillatory Flow Continuous Reactor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,070) developed by four co-inventors for a "continuous process for producing toner using an oscillatory flow continuous reactor." The co-inventors are Mark E. Mang, Rochester, N.Y., Grazyna Kmiecik-Lawrynowicz, Fairport, N.Y., Eugene F. Young, Rochester, N.Y., and Maura A. Sweeney, Irondequoit, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides for oscillatory flow continuous reactors suitable for use in forming emulsion aggregation toners. The reactor may include at least one receptacle being a flexible, tubular member. The reactor may also include a plurality of baffles disposed, at spaced apart intervals, along an interior space of the tubular member, each of the plurality of baffles including one or more orifices. Additionally, one or more fluids may flow through the tubular member. The oscillatory flow continuous reactor may be used in an emulsion aggregation process to produce toner particles." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2010 (12/839,698). 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=8,338,070.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,070&RS=PN/8,338,070 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Toner Compositions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,069) developed by five co-inventors for a toner compositions. The co-inventors are Brian J. Andaya, Ontario, N.Y., Timothy L. Lincoln, Rochester, N.Y., D. Paul Casalmir, Sodus, N.Y., Joseph L. Leonardo, Penfield, N.Y., and Anthony Uttaro Jr., Webster, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides processes for producing toner particles, and toner particles produced by such processes. The processes of the present disclosure combine melt-mixing and grinding of toner components to produce toner particles, followed by a coalescing treatment which provides toner particles having desirable spherical properties." The patent application was filed on July 19, 2010 (12/838,693). 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=8,338,069.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,069&RS=PN/8,338,069 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ELC Management Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- ELC Management, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,336,738) developed by Herve F. Bouix, New York, and Christophe Jacob, Rouen, France, for a "reusable pump dispenser for heated personal care compositions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A handheld, reusable product dispenser that heats a portion of flowable product as it is being dispensed from a reservoir. The reusable heating dispenser that is able to heat at least 50 .mu.L of a flowable product, from an ambient temperature to a product application temperature, immediately prior to dispensing. By heating the product, some characteristic of the product may be enhanced or improved. The reservoir is removable from the reusable housing. Preferably, the heating circuit is battery powered." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2010 (12/948,840). 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=8,336,738.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,738&RS=PN/8,336,738 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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