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

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

*** Boston Scientific Scimed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Boston Scientific Scimed, Maple Grove, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,386) developed by Jamie Li, Lexington, Mass., and Michael Madden, Princeton, Mass., for surgical slings.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates generally to surgical implants, and in various embodiments to surgical implants configured for promoting growth of well-organized collagenous tissue at an anatomical site." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2004 (10/918,123). 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=8,337,386&OS=8,337,386&RS=8,337,386 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DHKI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- DHKI, Bainbridge, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,337,365) developed by Hidong Kim, Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Daniel Kohn, Cambridge, Mass., for "devices, systems and methods for receiving, recording and displaying information relating to physical exercise." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices, systems and methods for receiving, recording, and/or displaying information related to physical exercise are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, an instrumented weight pin for use with a stacked weight exercise machine includes a shaft portion extending outwardly from a handle portion. In this embodiment, the shaft portion is configured to be removably positioned adjacent to one or more weights of the exercise machine to selectively engage the one or more weights during use of the exercise machine. The weight pin can further include a load sensor and/or an accelerometer. The load sensor and/or the accelerometer can provide information associated with an exercise set to a data storage device carried by the weight pin. The data storage device can be operably coupled to a user computer or other display device so that information relating to the exercise set can be displayed for viewing by the user." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2011 (13/028,955). 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=8,337,365&OS=8,337,365&RS=8,337,365 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Acushnet Assigned Patent for Multi-layer Core Golf Ball ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,332) developed by four co-inventors for a multi-layer core golf ball. The co-inventors are Michael J. Sullivan, Barrington, R.I., Derek A. Ladd, Acushnet, Mass., Brian Comeau, Berkley, Mass., and Douglas S. Goguen, New Bedford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Golf balls comprising a multi-layer core and a cover are disclosed. The multi-layer core comprises a thermoset rubber inner core, a thermoplastic first intermediate core layer, a thermoplastic second intermediate core layer, and a thermoset rubber outer core layer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2011 (13/279,668). 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=8,337,332&OS=8,337,332&RS=8,337,332 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stanford University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,387) developed by five co-inventors for "imaging and evaluating embryos, oocytes, and stem cells." The co-inventors are Connie C. Wong, Arlington, Mass., Kevin E. Loewke, Menlo Park, Calif., Thomas M. Baer, Mountain View, Calif., Renee A. Reijo-Pera, Los Altos, Calif., and Barry Behr, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, compositions and kits for determining the developmental potential of one or more embryos or pluripotent cells and/or the presence of chromosomal abnormalities in one or more embryos or pluripotent cells are provided. These methods, compositions and kits find use in identifying embryos and oocytes in vitro that are most useful in treating infertility in humans." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,914). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,387&OS=8,337,387&RS=8,337,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acushnet Assigned Patent for Multi-piece Golf Ball Comprising Low Hardness Gradient Core ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,330) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-piece golf ball comprising low hardness gradient core." The co-inventors are Brian Comeau, Berkley, Mass., Michael J. Sullivan, Barrington, R.I., Douglas E. Jones, Dartmouth, Mass., and Derek A. Ladd, Acushnet, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf ball includes a single core formed from a substantially homogenous rubber composition, an inner cover disposed about the core, and an outer cover. The inner cover includes an ionomeric material and has a hardness of about 60 Shore D or greater. The outer cover layer is disposed about the inner cover layer, is formed from a castable polyurea or polyurethane, and has a material hardness of about 60 Shore D or less. The outer surface of the core has a trans content of about 12% or less and a hardness of about 71 to 88 Shore C, the geometric center of the core has a trans content of about 10% or less and a hardness of about 70 to 80 Shore C, and the core surface hardness is greater than the geometric center hardness by about 1 to 10 Shore C to define a shallow positive hardness gradient." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2012 (13/438,947). 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=8,337,330&OS=8,337,330&RS=8,337,330 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.

*** Smith & Nephew Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Smith & Nephew, Memphis, Tenn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,175) developed by five co-inventors for a "disposable pumping system and coupler." The co-inventors are Ernest A. Dion, Danvers, Mass., Ed D. McLean, Billerica, Mass., Fred W. Boussu, West Newbury, Mass., Manny J. Salinas, North Andover, Mass., and Sean J. Albert, Barrington, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A coupling system for receiving a push rod includes a housing defining an internal channel having a sloped wall, and a piston received within the internal channel. The piston includes at least one flexible member arranged within the channel to be acted upon by the sloped wall to engage the push rod. The only external force required to couple the push rod is an axial force on the piston in a direction. The only external force required to de-couple the push rod is an axial force on the piston in an opposite direction." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/644,391). 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=8,337,175&OS=8,337,175&RS=8,337,175 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Cambridge, Mass., and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,337,141) developed by five co-inventors for a "rotary nanotube bearing structure and methods for manufacturing and using the same." The co-inventors are David J. Carter, Concord, Mass., Marc S. Weinberg, Needham, Mass., Eugene Cook, Everett, Mass., Peter Miraglia, Weymouth, Mass., and Zoltan S. Spakovszky, Arlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a rotary device includes a multiwall nanotube that extends substantially perpendicularly from a substrate. A rotor may be coupled to an outer wall of the multiwall nanotube, be spaced apart from the substrate, and be free to rotate around an elongate axis of the multiwall nanotube." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2009 (12/370,565). 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=8,337,141&OS=8,337,141&RS=8,337,141 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acushnet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,333) developed by four co-inventors for a "golf ball with a non-ionomeric inner cover, stiff TPU intermediate cover, and cast thermoset outer cover." The co-inventors are Michael J. Sullivan, Barrington, R.I., Brian Comeau, Berkley, Mass., Mark L. Binette, Mattapoisett, Mass., and David A. Bulpett, Boston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf ball including a core and a cover disposed about the core. The cover includes a thermoplastic inner cover layer having a hardness between 55 and 60 Shore D; an outer cover layer having a hardness between 55 and 60 Shore D; and a stiff intermediate cover layer disposed between the inner and outer cover layers and having a hardness greater than the inner cover layer and the outer cover layer. The inner cover layer is formed from a non-ionomeric composition including a non-ionomeric stiffening polymer and at least one E/Y copolymer or E/X/Y terpolymer, where E is an olefin, Y is a carboxylic acid, and X is a softening comonomer. The intermediate cover layer is formed from a stiff thermoplastic polyurethane or polyurea composition and the cover outer cover layer is formed from a thermoset polyurethane, a polyurea, or a urethane-urea blend." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2012 (13/487,480). 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=8,337,333&OS=8,337,333&RS=8,337,333 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acushnet Assigned Patent for Very-low Melt Flow Thermoplastic Composition for Golf Ball Core Layers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,331) developed by five co-inventors for a "very-low melt flow thermoplastic composition for golf ball core layers." The co-inventors are David A. Bulpett, Boston, P. Robert Blink, Newport, R.I., Mark L. Binette, Mattapoisett, Mass., Brian Comeau, Berkley, Mass., and Michael J. Sullivan, Barrington, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf ball including an inner core layer formed from a first thermoset rubber composition and having a diameter of about 1.25 to 1.58 inches; an outer core layer formed from a second thermoset rubber composition; and an intermediate core layer disposed between the inner core layer and outer core layer. The intermediate core layer is formed from a thermoplastic composition having a first melt flow index at 280.degree. C. under a 10-kg load of less than about 35 g/10 min and has a thickness of about 0.005 inches to 0.10 inches and a surface hardness of greater than about 60 Shore D. A cover layer having a thickness of about 0.01 to 0.05 inches and a surface hardness of about 60 Shore D or less is formed around the core." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,381). 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=8,337,331&OS=8,337,331&RS=8,337,331 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Massachusetts Inventor Develops Patent for Safety System for Machine Tools ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- David J. Butler, Cotuit, Mass., has developed a patent (8,336,432) for a "safety system for machine tools." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A safety system for a rotary saw or other dangerous machine tools features a flesh-sensing circuit (14, 19), located on a safety guard (16) surrounding a dangerous machine part, which generates an electronic signal to trigger emergency stopping of the machine before the operator can contact the dangerous machine part. The stopping means preferably employs DC injection, winding current direction reversal and/or electromagnetic motor braking, in the event of detection of operator contact with the safety guarding device. The system is adapted to be used both with newly-manufactured machine tools and by retrofitting onto previously-manufactured machine tools, by in-the-field modifications." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2011 (13/244,376). 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=83,36,432.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,432&RS=PN/83,36,432 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Immunogen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Immunogen, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,856) developed by Walter Blattler, Brookline, Mass., and Ravi V.J. Chari, Newton, Mass., for "methods of treatment using anti-ERBB antibody-maytansinoid conjugates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The application concerns methods of treatment using anti-ErbB receptor antibody-maytansinoid conjugates, and articles of manufacture suitable for use in such methods. In particular, the invention concerns ErbB receptor-directed cancer therapies, using anri-ErbB receptor antibody-maytansinoid conjugates." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2007 (11/949,351). 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=8,337,856&OS=8,337,856&RS=8,337,856 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Immunogen Assigned Patent for Anti-CD33 Antibodies and Methods for Treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Using the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Immunogen, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,855) developed by Mary G. Hoffee, Brookline, Mass., Daniel Tavares, Natick, Mass., and Robert J. Lutz, Wayland, Mass., for an "anti-CD33 antibodies and methods for treatment of acute myeloid leukemia using the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to antibodies that bind CD33. More particularly, the invention relates to anti-CD33 antibodies, fragments and homologues of these antibodies, humanized and resurfaced versions of these antibodies, functional equivalents and improved versions of these antibodies, immunoconjugates and compositions comprising these antibodies, and the uses of same in diagnostic, research and therapeutic applications. The invention also relates to a polynucleotide encoding these antibodies, vectors comprising the polynucleotides, host cells transformed with polynucleotides and methods of producing these antibodies." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2011 (13/019,478). 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=8,337,855&OS=8,337,855&RS=8,337,855 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** William Marsh Rice University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- William Marsh Rice University, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,337,809) developed by four co-inventors for a "charge-assembled capsules for phototherapy." The co-inventors are Jie Yu, Houston, Michael Sha-nang Wong, Houston, Bahman Anvari, Tustin, Calif., and Mohammad Abbas Yaseen, Somerville, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel phototherapeutic methods and compositions are described herein. Nanoparticle-assembled microcapsules as a new type of delivery vehicle for photosensitive compounds may be synthesized through a two-step assembly process. Charged polymer chains and counterions may be combined with a photosensitive compound to form photosensitive aggregates, and then nanoparticles may be combined with the aggregates to form the microcapsules. The shell may be composed of nanoparticles and/or polymer, and the core interior may contain the photosensitive compound. Formation occurs rapidly (on the order of seconds) and the conditions are very mild (at room temperature, in aqueous solution, and at neutral pH). The microcapsule synthesis is highly suitable as an encapsulation method, particularly for a charged photosensitive molecule like ICG." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2007 (12/440,715). 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=8,337,809&OS=8,337,809&RS=8,337,809 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Hospital, ViaCord Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- General Hospital, Boston, and ViaCord, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,337,833) developed by Morey Kraus, Jefferson, Mass., Seth Finklestein, Needham, Mass., and Paul Clark, Wellesley, Mass., for "methods of improving central nervous system functioning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of causing an improvement in central nervous system function are provided. The methods include administering an aliquot of stem cells to the patient, the cells being derived from blood, e.g., umbilical cord blood. In some cases a growth factor is administered with the cells." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2010 (12/778,006). 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=8,337,833&OS=8,337,833&RS=8,337,833 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,336,123) developed by Wayne Gleason, West Greenwich, R.I., Raymond Curci, Smithfield, R.I., and Brett Pulito, Blackstone, Mass., for a "latching mechanism for retention of face shield lens." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A face shield includes a crown, a head gear, and a lens removably secured to the crown with a latch lever having a wide paddle-shaped actuator that is easily manipulated from the rearward edge of the crown. The crown has an opposing pair of studs extending inwardly from the lower edge. The upper edge of the lens includes an opposing pair of keyhole-shaped slots adjacent its opposing side edges which receive and rotatably engage the studs. The engagement end of the latch includes a spaced pair of detents. The fulcrum is secured to an inner surface of the crown so that the engagement end of the latch extends toward the front edge of the crown and the upper actuator end extends toward the rearward edge of the crown. The upper edge of the lens includes a pair of spaced openings that releasably engage the detents on the latch lever." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/113,019). 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=8,336,123&OS=8,336,123&RS=8,336,123 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Olympus NDT Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Olympus NDT, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,336,365) developed by Paul Joseph Deangelo, West Bridgewater, Mass., and Steven Abe Labreck, Boston, for an "automatic calibration error detection for ultrasonic inspection devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method and an NDT/NDI calibration process that automatically detects erroneous TOF readings by providing a predetermined time acceptance window. During the calibration process, TOF readings acquired by a UT device are validated to determine whether the TOF reading for the thin test block falls within the range of the predetermined time acceptance window. If the TOF reading for the thin block (T2) falls out of the predetermined time acceptance window, the operator is alerted of an error and to repeat the TOF test for the thin block." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2011 (13/053,420). 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=83,36,365.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,365&RS=PN/83,36,365 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CiDRA Corporate Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- CiDRA Corporate Services, Wallingford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,336,393) developed by Michael A. Davis, Glastonbury, Conn., Mark R. Fernald, Enfield, Conn., and Timothy J. Bailey, Longmeadow, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for measuring parameters of a fluid flowing within a pipe using a configurable array of sensors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for measuring at least one parameter associated with a fluid flowing within a pipe includes a single sheet of piezoelectric film material wrapped around at least a portion of the pipe and an array of sensors disposed at different locations on the film material. Each of the sensors provides a signal indicative of pressure within the pipe at a corresponding axial and/or circumferential location of the pipe. The sensors are selectively configurable to provide the pressure signals. The signals are processed to determine the parameter. The array of sensors is configurable in response to different criteria. The criteria includes at least one of the parameter of the fluid to be output, an input signal specifying sensors to be selected, a predetermined configuration based on the parameter to be determined, and in response to a previously determined parameter of the fluid." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2011 (12/986,366). 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=83,36,393.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,393&RS=PN/83,36,393 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hemerus Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Hemerus Medical, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,700) developed by Peter Zuk Jr., Harvard, Mass., for a "high capacity biological fluid filtration apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A biological fluid filtration device, system, and method, for filtering a biological fluid, the device comprising a housing having an inlet, a first outlet and a second outlet, with a first fluid flow path defined between the inlet and the first outlet, with a second fluid flow path defined between the inlet and the second outlet, with a first biological fluid filtration media interposed between the inlet and the first outlet and across the first fluid flow path, with a second biological fluid filtration media interposed between the inlet and the second outlet and across the second fluid flow path, the housing essentially lacking a solid partition wall between the first biological fluid filtration media and the second biological fluid filtration media, a first flow restriction may be added downstream of the first biological fluid filtration media, and a second flow restriction may be added downstream of the second biological fluid filtration media, in another embodiment, the device comprises a housing having an inlet an outlet with a flow path defined between the inlet and the outlet, with a biological fluid filtration media interposed between the inlet and the outlet and across the fluid flow path, the device further including a flow restriction downstream of the biological fluid filtration media." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2006 (11/360,129). 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=8,337,700&OS=8,337,700&RS=8,337,700 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kadant Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Kadant, Westford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,666) developed by Robert P. Johnson, Sutton, Mass., David Leeman, Worcester, Mass., and Allen J. Brauns, Sturbridge, Mass., for "systems and methods for providing improved dewatering performance in a papermaking machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A doctoring system is disclosed for a papermaking machine wherein the doctoring system includes a doctor blade and a fluid assist means. The doctor blade is coupled to a doctor blade holder, and is for cleaning a moving surface. The doctor blade holder is coupled to a doctor-back. The fluid assist means is for providing a fluid under positive pressure that is higher than atmospheric pressure and is directed in a direction generally along a direction of movement of the moving surface such that a negative pressure that is lower than atmospheric pressure develops in a negative pressure zone adjacent the moving surface and a following surface of the doctor blade during movement of the moving surface." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 (12/692,968). 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=8,337,666&OS=8,337,666&RS=8,337,666 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Whirlpool Assigned Patent for Dishwasher with Separate Sump for Concentrated Fluid Supply ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Whirlpool, Benton Harbor, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,337,631) developed by six co-inventors for a "dishwasher with separate sump for concentrated fluid supply." The co-inventors are Boma M. Brown-West, Somerville, Mass., Kristopher L. Delgado, Stevensville, Mich., Janice M. Kaeding, Lawrence, Mich., Jamie M. McQueen, Overland Park, Kan., Sathish A. Sundaram, Benton Harbor, Mich., and Tremitchel Wright, Elkhart, Ind.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dishwasher includes a main sump that holds the main wash fluid supply, and a separate sump formed in the bottom wall of the tub away from the main sump. The separate sump holds a concentrated wash fluid supply. The separate sump supplies wash fluid for washing periods in which a highly concentrated chemistry mixture is desired." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2010 (12/719,141). 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=8,337,631&OS=8,337,631&RS=8,337,631 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nordson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Nordson, Westlake, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,737) developed by Steven G. Costa, Rumford, R.I., and David J. Dunlap, Rehoboth, Mass., for a "method of making a piston for a dispenser." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dispenser for dispensing a liquid onto a substrate includes a dispenser body having an output and a reservoir in fluid communication with the output, the reservoir being defined by a wall and adapted to hold a supply of liquid to be dispensed. A piston is disposed in the reservoir and adapted to pressurize the liquid so that an amount of liquid is dispensed from the output of the dispenser. The piston includes a base portion having an outer periphery and having a first hardness, and a skirt portion integrally molded to the outer periphery of the base portion and having a second hardness lower than the first hardness. A two-shot molding operation may be used to form the piston with the base portion being, for example, formed in the first shot of the molding operation and the skirt portion being formed in the second shot of the molding operation." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2011 (13/005,689). 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=8,337,737&OS=8,337,737&RS=8,337,737 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kadant Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Kadant, Westford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,667) developed by Robert P. Johnson, Sutton, Mass., David Leeman, Worcester, Mass., and Allen J. Brauns, Sturbridge, Mass., for "systems and methods for providing improved dewatering performance in a papermaking machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A doctoring system is disclosed for cleaning a moving surface in a papermaking machine, and the doctoring system includes a doctor blade and fluid assist system. The doctor blade is coupled to a doctor blade holder, and the doctor blade holder is coupled to a doctor-back. The fluid assist system is for providing a fluid under positive pressure that is higher than atmospheric pressure. The fluid is directed in a direction generally opposite a direction of movement of the moving surface such that fluid of high momentum is provided to impinge on water resident within the moving surface and adjacent a leading edge of the doctor blade during movement of the moving surface." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 (12/693,033). 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=8,337,667&OS=8,337,667&RS=8,337,667 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** U.S. Army Assigned Patent for Process for Producing Aqueous Chlorine Dioxide for Surface Disinfection and Decontamination ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- The U.S. Army has been assigned a patent (8,337,717) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for producing aqueous chlorine dioxide for surface disinfection and decontamination." The co-inventors are Christopher J. Doona, Marlboro, Mass., Florence E. Feeherry, Wellesley, Mass., Kenneth Kustin, San Diego, and Maria Curtin, Easton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides for a method of generating an aqueous solution comprising chlorine dioxide using a chlorine-containing chemical oxidant; an effector having the capacity to reduce said chlorine-containing chemical oxidant; a chemical reductant; and water, and operating in either batch or continuous-flow modes. In batch mode, the aqueous chlorine dioxide solution can be generated in a sprayer device, a bottle, or a bucket to disinfect objects by spraying and wiping, by pouring, or by immersion, respectively. In continuous-flow mode, the aqueous chlorine dioxide solution can be generated in flow tubes or continuous-stirred tank reactors, then placed inside a suitable sprayer device, bottle, or bucket." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2008 (12/008,035). 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=8,337,717&OS=8,337,717&RS=8,337,717 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vertex Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,754) developed by six co-inventors for an "automated developer for immuno-stained biological samples." The co-inventors are Michael P. Emery, Santee, Calif., Matthew C. Wallace, Carlsbad, Calif., James E. Sinclair, Carlsbad, Calif., Raymond J. Gonzales, Chula Vista, Calif., Brian Grot, San Diego, and Sanjay S. Magavi, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are systems and methods for the developing of immuno-stained biological samples. The systems disclosed herein are automated and are configured to control one or more steps of the developing procedure. Reagents may be added using automatic syringe dispensing. Reagent temperature, reagent stirring, and wash procedures are programmable and can be separately controlled for separate immuno-staining procedures that are performed at the same time." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/644,839). 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=8,337,754&OS=8,337,754&RS=8,337,754 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,688) developed by five co-inventors for a metal plating compositions. The co-inventors are Erik Reddington, Ashland, Mass., Gonzalo U. Desmaison, Berlin, Zukra I. Niazimbetova, Westborough, Mass., Donald E. Cleary, Littleton, Mass., and Mark Lefebvre, Hudson, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are metal plating compositions for plating a metal on a substrate. The metal plating compositions include compounds which influence the leveling and throwing performance of the metal plating compositions. Also disclosed are methods of depositing metals on a substrate." The patent application was filed on Aug. 15, 2011 (13/209,592). 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=8,337,688&OS=8,337,688&RS=8,337,688 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,336,773) developed by John Trimper, Groton, Mass., and Michael Alan Weintraub, Medfield, Mass., for "systems and methods for accessing media content using multiple user input devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a media content processing subsystem and a plurality of user input devices each configured to transmit at least one command to the media content processing subsystem. Each of the user input devices also corresponds to a distinct user profile. When the media content processing subsystem receives a command from one of the user input devices, the media content processing subsystem is configured to identify the particular user input device that transmitted the command and execute the command in accordance with a user profile that corresponds to that particular user input device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2006 (11/603,561). 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=8,336,773.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,773&RS=PN/8,336,773 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Assigned Patent for Compositions and Methods for Forming Electronic Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,338,079) developed by Young Cheol Bae, Weston, Mass., Thomas Cardolaccia, Newton, Mass., and Yi Liu, Shrewsbury, Mass., for "compositions and methods for forming electronic devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compositions are provided which can be used for treating photoresist patterns in the manufacture of electronic devices. The compositions allow for the formation of fine lithographic patterns and find particular applicability in semiconductor device manufacture." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/825,124). 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=8,338,079.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,079&RS=PN/8,338,079 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar *** Momenta Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,338,088) developed by nine co-inventors for "methods related to cell surface glycosylation." The co-inventors are Brian Edward Collins, Arlington, Mass., Carlos J. Bosques, Arlington, Mass., Xiangping Zhu, North Grafton, Mass., Dorota A. Bulik, Malden, Mass., Lakshmanan Thiruneelakantapillai, Boston, Ian Christopher Parsons, Belmont, Mass., Zachary Shriver, Cambridge, Mass., Rajeev Chillakuru, Cambridge, Mass., and Ganesh Venkataraman, Bedford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides methods for assessing the glycosylation of a target glycoprotein produced by a cell through analysis of cell-surface glycans on the cell. The present disclosure therefore teaches that glycosylation of cell surface proteins can serve as a proxy for glycosylation of other proteins." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2008 (12/595,902). 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=8,338,088.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,088&RS=PN/8,338,088 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Assigned Paten ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,338,083) developed by Young Cheol Bae, Weston, Mass., Thomas Cardolaccia, Newton, Mass., and Yi Liu, Wayland, Mass., for "methods of forming electronic devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of forming electronic devices are provided. The methods involve alkaline treatment of photoresist patterns and allow for the formation of high density resist patterns. The methods find particular applicability in semiconductor device manufacture." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/825,157). 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=8,338,083.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,083&RS=PN/8,338,083 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bio2 Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Bio2 Technologies, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,876) developed by James Jenq Liu, Mason, Ohio, Adam Wallen, Swampscott, Mass., and Juha-Pekka Nuutinen, Tampere, Finland, for "devices and methods for tissue engineering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A resorbable tissue scaffold fabricated from bioactive glass fiber forms a rigid three-dimensional porous matrix having a bioactive composition. Porosity in the form of interconnected pore space is provided by the space between the bioactive glass fiber in the porous matrix. Strength of the bioresorbable matrix is provided by bioactive glass that fuses and bonds the bioactive glass fiber into the rigid three-dimensional matrix. The resorbable tissue scaffold supports tissue in-growth to provide osteoconductivity as a resorbable tissue scaffold, used for the repair of damaged and/or diseased bone tissue." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2010 (12/832,391). 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=8,337,876.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,876&RS=PN/8,337,876 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,338,061) developed by four co-inventors for a "fluorine-passivated reticles for use in lithography and methods for fabricating the same." The co-inventors are Harry J. Levinson, Saratoga, Calif., Uzodinma Okoroanyanwu, Northampton, Mass., Anna Tchikoulaeva, Dresden, Germany, and Rene Wirtz, Dresden, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Fluorine-passivated reticles for use in lithography and methods for fabricating and using such reticles are provided. According to one embodiment, a method for performing photolithography comprises placing a fluorine-passivated reticle between an illumination source and a target semiconductor wafer and causing electromagnetic radiation to pass from the illumination source through the fluorine-passivated reticle to the target semiconductor wafer. In another embodiment, a fluorine-passivated reticle comprises a substrate and a patterned fluorine-passivated absorber material layer overlying the substrate. According to another embodiment, a method for fabricating a reticle for use in photolithography comprises providing a substrate and forming a fluorine-passivated absorber material layer overlying the substrate." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2011 (13/158,234). 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=8,338,061.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,061&RS=PN/8,338,061 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Assigned Patent for Photoacid Generators and Photoresists Comprising Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,338,077) developed by four co-inventors for a "photoacid generators and photoresists comprising same." The co-inventors are Mingqi Li, Shrewsbury, Mass., Cheng-Bai Xu, Southborough, Mass., Emad Aqad, Shrewsbury, Mass., and Cong Liu, Shrewsbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to new photoacid generator compounds and photoresist compositions that comprise such compounds. In particular, the invention relates to photoacid generator compounds that comprise a multi cyclic lactone moiety." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2010 (12/820,331). 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=8,338,077.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,077&RS=PN/8,338,077 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,337,979) developed by four co-inventors for a "nanostructure-reinforced composite articles and methods." The co-inventors are Brian L. Wardle, Lexington, Mass., Anastasios John Hart, Somerville, Mass., Enrique J. Garcia, Cambridge, Mass., and Alexander Henry Slocum, Bow, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods for uniform growth of nanostructures such as nanotubes (e.g., carbon nanotubes) on the surface of a substrate, wherein the long axes of the nanostructures may be substantially aligned. The nanostructures may be further processed for use in various applications, such as composite materials. For example, a set of aligned nanostructures may be formed and transferred, either in bulk or to another surface, to another material to enhance the properties of the material. In some cases, the nanostructures may enhance the mechanical properties of a material, for example, providing mechanical reinforcement at an interface between two materials or plies. In some cases, the nanostructures may enhance thermal and/or electronic properties of a material. The present invention also provides systems and methods for growth of nanostructures, including batch processes and continuous processes." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2007 (11/895,621). 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=8,337,979.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,979&RS=PN/8,337,979 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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