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

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

*** Terumo BCT Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Terumo BCT, Lakewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,337,380) developed by Bruce Ellingboe, Littleton, Colo., and Hong Duc Nguyen, Lafayette, Colo., for "multi-unit blood processor with rotating valves." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for separating at least two discrete volumes of a composite liquid into at least a first component and a second component, comprising a valve design that facilitates loading and unloading of blood bags and associated tubing and bag sets. The valves comprise a rotating head, mounted on a shaft, which assumes a "load" position. The head pivots to an "open" position, which secures the tube in its designated location, but which maintains an open lumen through the tube. When the head is in a "closed" position, blood components cannot flow through the tube. The valve apparatus comprises means for maintaining a constant pressure on the tube and contact with the tube as the tube is melted and sealed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2010 (12/941,538). 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=8,337,380&OS=8,337,380&RS=8,337,380 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Terumo BCT Assigned Patent for Blood Processing Apparatus with Robust Automated Process Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Terumo BCT, Lakewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,337,379) developed by five co-inventors for a "blood processing apparatus with robust automated process control." The co-inventors are Christopher Fletcher, Boulder, Colo., William Sweat, Lakewood, Colo., Jeremy Kolenbrander, Brighton, Colo., Aditya Dalvi, Golden, Colo., and John R. Linder, Morrison, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A centrifuge for separating blood having a camera observing fluid flow, and a controller controlling the flow. The location of an interface is detected by image processing steps, which may comprise the steps of "spoiling" the image, "diffusing" the image, "edge detection", "edge linking", "region-based confirmation", and "interface calculation". "Spoiling" reduces the number of pixels to be examined preferentially on orthogonal axis oriented with respect to the expected location of the interface or phase boundary. "Diffusing" smoothes out small oscillations in the interface boundary, making the location of the interface more distinct. "Edge detection" computes the rate of change in pixel intensity, or. "Edge linking" connects adjacent maxima. "Region-based confirmation" creates a pseudo image of the regions that qualify as distinct. "Final edge calculation" uses the points where the shade changes in the pseudo image, averages the radial displacement of these points for the interface position." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2007 (11/772,692). 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=8,337,379&OS=8,337,379&RS=8,337,379 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Ten Stix Gaming Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ten Stix Gaming, Lakewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,337,285) developed by Tony A. Cranford, Morrison, Colo., for a "bet the house blackjack." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A casino style card game, played in accordance with the standard rules of Blackjack, also known as "21," and including an auxiliary component allowing additional wagering on the outcome of the dealer's hand for each participating player. Participating players are able to wager on the dealer having a non-breaking hand (i.e., a hand having a value less than 21 in accordance with the rules of Blackjack) containing two, three, four, five, six, or seven cards. Wagers may also be made on the dealer having an even or odd count, or an all read or all black hand. A return is paid on wagers in the auxiliary game only if the dealer hand does not "bust" (i.e, exceed a value of 21). The game is also playable in electronic or other automated versions using, for example, terminals and networks, or slot machines." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2010 (12/843,310). 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=8,337,285&OS=8,337,285&RS=8,337,285 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Colorado Inventor Develops Patent for Pet Collar with Retractable Leash ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Jodi A. Geis, Iliff, Colo., has developed a patent (8,336,504) for a "pet collar with retractable leash." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pet collar with retractable leash provides a comfortable collar structure having a retractable leash selectively extendable from the collar. The assembly includes a collar having a first end portion, a second end portion, and a medial portion extending between the first end portion and the second end portion. A buckle is coupled to the first end portion of the collar. The buckle is selectively securable to the second end portion of the collar to secure the collar around a neck of an animal. A reel assembly is coupled to the medial portion of the collar. A line has a first end coupled to the reel assembly and a second end selectively extendable from the reel assembly." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2011 (13/084,196). 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=83,36,504.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,504&RS=PN/83,36,504 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Colorado Inventor Develops Patent for Flexible Heat Treatment and Storage Bag ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Richard H. Dumm, Windsor, Colo., has developed a patent (8,336,495) for a "flexible heat treatment and storage bag." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Flexible, collapsible, liquid-tight containers are described. The containers are formed of heat-conductive sheet material and having a pouring or dispensing spout with closure for same. The sheet material is preferably a laminate having at least three layers, including a central, heat-conductive layer, an outer layer of a polymer resistant to physical damage and an inner layer of a thermoplastic polymer which can be fused to another inner layer to seal the edges of the bag. Dispensing fixtures such as a nipple assembly and an esophageal feeder are described, and can be used in feeding calves and other young animals. Processes of heat treating liquids in the containers, including the pasteurizing of dairy products, are described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/584,552). 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=83,36,495.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,495&RS=PN/83,36,495 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Colorado Inventor Develops Patent for Hip Lift Harness ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Cary D. Zimmerman, Aurora, Colo., has developed a patent (8,336,506) for a hip lift harness.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices and methods for aiding in the lifting and transporting of an animal are disclosed. More specifically, devices and methods are provided that may be applied to an animal in need of mobility assistance, such as a dog, the devices further being adapted for human interaction. In particular, a hip member and a chest member are provided that have handles designed for interaction with human hands. The chest member and the hip member may be selectively interconnected to each other with an interconnection member. The chest member may include an upper portion, shoulder pads, a chest pad, a center cross member, and an adjustable strap. The hip member may include an upper portion, an adjustable sling, and adjustable straps. Methods are provided for assisting an animal with ingress into a vehicle." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2006 (11/467,460). 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=83,36,506.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,506&RS=PN/83,36,506 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GlobeImmune, University of Colorado Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- GlobeImmune, Louisville, Colo., and the University of Colorado, Denver, have been assigned a patent (8,337,830) developed by Alex Franzusoff, Denver, and Donald Bellgrau, Highlands Ranch, Colo., for a "yeast-based vaccines as immunotherapy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compositions and methods for treating and/or preventing a variety of diseases and conditions that are amenable to immunotherapy and, in one particular embodiment, compositions and methods for treating and/or preventing cancer in an animal are described. Specifically improvements related to the use of a yeast-based vaccine comprising a yeast vehicle and an antigen that is selected to elicit an antigen-specific cellular and humoral immune response in an animal, for use in prophylactic and/or therapeutic vaccination and the prevention and/or treatment of a variety of diseases and conditions are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/334,775). 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=8,337,830&OS=8,337,830&RS=8,337,830 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Colorado Inventors Develop Patent for Impact Load Deflector Sleeve and Removable Collar Assembly for Cable and Post Protection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Charles Russel Cox, Lakewood, Colo., and Nien-Yin Chang, Englewood, Colo., have developed a patent (8,336,262) for an "impact load deflector sleeve and removable collar assembly for cable and post protection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for protecting cables and posts from damage by providing at least one first sleeve cut to a desired length, positioning each first sleeve over the cable, inserting a screw through an aperture on a last first sleeve positioned on the cable until the screw contacts the cable, providing a second sleeve having an inside diameter greater than an outside diameter of the first sleeve, positioning the second sleeve over the first sleeves, tensioning the cable, securing an end of the cable, sliding the second sleeve over the end, positioning a removable collar assembly between the first and second sleeves, maintaining the first and second sleeves from overlapping the removable collar and each other, maintaining the first and second sleeves from connection with each other, removing the holding screws from the last first sleeve, and rotating the sleeves and the removable collar assembly independently from each other." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2011 (13/199,757). 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=83,36,262.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,262&RS=PN/83,36,262 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** WCM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 - WCM, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,336,131) developed by five co-inventors for a cable actuated drain. The co-inventors are William T. Ball, Colorado Springs, Colo., Eric Pilarczyk, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kevin Hogan, Prairie Village, Kan., Carl Riesco, Independence, Mo., and William L. Carlson, Elbert, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved drain actuates system that includes a cable to actuate a head or stopper of a drain. More specifically, one end of the cable is associated with the drain without additional moving parts and another end of the cable associated with an overflow cap of an overflow system wherein rotation of the overflow cap selectively moves the cable to move the head of the drain. The internal components associated with the overflow end of the cable that allow it to actuate the drain are fully accessible through the overflow port of the plumbing system." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2009 (12/542,205). 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=8,336,131&OS=8,336,131&RS=8,336,131 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Schlage Lock Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Schlage Lock, Carmel, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,336,349) developed by six co-inventors for a lock assembly. The co-inventors are Lohithaswa Thimmappa, Colorado Springs, Colo., Evan E. Evans, Colorado Springs, Colo., Vinod Kumar Rajan, Colorado Springs, Colo., Aravinda Mahabaleshwara, Colorado Springs, Colo., Ravindra K. Pandey, Oviedo, Fla., and Roger Kanaan, Williamston, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of manufacturing a lock assembly for enabling use of a key-in-knob lock cylinder assembly in different types of lock assemblies. The method includes providing a key-in-knob lock assembly having a key-in-knob housing and a plug rotatably engaged within the key-in-knob housing, providing an interchangeable core lock assembly having an interchangeable core housing, and inserting the key-in-knob housing into the interchangeable core housing such that the key-in-knob housing is universally exchangeable between the key-in-knob lock assembly and the interchangeable core lock assembly." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2009 (12/424,224). 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=83,36,349.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,349&RS=PN/83,36,349 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** WCM Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- WCM Industries, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,336,132) developed by five co-inventors for a cable actuated drain. The co-inventors are William T. Ball, Colorado Springs, Colo., Eric Pilarczyk, Colorado Springs, Colo., Kevin Hogan, Prairie Village, Kan., Carl Riesco, Independence, Mo., and William L. Carlson, Elbert, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved drain actuates system that includes a cable to actuate a head or stopper of a drain. More specifically, one end of the cable is associated with the drain without additional moving parts and another end of the cable associated with an overflow cap of an overflow system wherein rotation of the overflow cap selectively moves the cable to move the head of the drain. The internal components associated with the overflow end of the cable that allow it to actuate the drain are fully accessible through the overflow port of the plumbing system." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/830,131). 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=83,36,132.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,132&RS=PN/83,36,132 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raye's Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Raye's, Ellis, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,336,140) developed by four co-inventors for an "automated multi-functional support apparatus." The co-inventors are Troy D. Parson, Ellis, Kan., John L. Fitzsimmons, Albert, Kan., Don Peach, Elbert, Colo., and Eric D. Boss, Ellis, Kan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A support apparatus (10) for use in supporting a person, particularly a bariatric patient. The apparatus (10) is selectively convertible between a seat configuration for supporting the person in a substantially seated position and a table configuration for supporting the person in a substantially prostrate position. The apparatus (10) is both vertically and angularly adjustable in either configuration. The apparatus (10) includes enhanced lateral support provided by telescoping support cylinders (74,76), and substantially automatically retracting foot support portions (50)." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2006 (11/397,085). 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=83,36,140.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,140&RS=PN/83,36,140 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Gen-Probe Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Gen-Probe, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,337,753) developed by Kelly G. Ammann, Longmont, Colo., Robert E. Schneider, Erie, Colo., and Robert J. Smith, Louisville, Colo., for a "temperature-controlled incubator having a receptacle mixing mechanism." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated analyzer for performing multiple diagnostic assays simultaneously includes multiple stations, or modules, in which discrete aspects of the assay are performed on fluid samples contained in reaction receptacles. The analyzer includes stations for automatically preparing a specimen sample, incubating the sample at prescribed temperatures for prescribed periods, performing an analyte isolation procedure, and ascertaining the presence of a target analyte. An automated receptacle transporting system moves the reaction receptacles from one station to the next. The analyzer further includes devices for carrying a plurality of specimen tubes and disposable pipette tips in a machine-accessible manner, a device for agitating containers of target capture reagents comprising suspensions of solid support material and for presenting the containers for machine access thereto, and a device for holding containers of reagents in a temperature controlled environment and presenting the containers for machine access thereto. A method for performing an automated diagnostic assay includes an automated process for isolating and amplifying a target analyte. The process is performed by automatically moving each of a plurality of reaction receptacles containing a solid support material and a fluid sample between stations for incubating the contents of the reaction receptacle and for separating the target analyte bound to the solid support from the fluid sample. An amplification reagent is added to the separated analyte after the analyte separation step and before a final incubation step." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2007 (11/875,285). 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=8,337,753&OS=8,337,753&RS=8,337,753 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Air Methods Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Air Methods, Englewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,336,939) developed by Lowell A. Green, Littleton, Colo., Ryan N. Mecklem, Parker, Colo., and Tyler Frederick LeMarinel, Denver, for a "roll-on, foldable litter and patient handling system for emergency transport vehicles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A patient transport litter and system includes a patient support platform interconnected to a foldable frame that may be supported by and rolled upon a first plurality of wheels in an unfolded state. In a folded state, a second plurality of wheels may be provided to support and allow for rollable movement of the patient transport litter. A leading plurality of wheels may be provided at one end of the patient support platform for initially and rolling upon engaging the floor of an emergency transport vehicle during loading of the patient transport litter thereupon. One or more of the plurality of wheels may comprise multi-directional wheels, e.g., to allow for omnidirectional rolling movement. The litter may be selectively lockable in and unlockable from the unfolded state, the fully-folded state, and optionally, one or more partially-folded state(s). In a system implementation, the patient transport litter and an emergency transport vehicle may include complimentary interconnection members to secure the patient transport litter to the emergency transport vehicle during transport." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2010 (12/897,554). 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=8,336,939.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,939&RS=PN/8,336,939 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rutgers State University, Ethicon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Rutgers State University, Brunswick, N.J., and Ethicon, Somerville, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,337,904) developed by five co-inventors for a "magnesium-substituted hydroxyapatites." The co-inventors are Richard E. Riman, Belle Mead, N.J., Wojciech Suchanek, Solon, Ohio, Pavel Shuk, Copley, Ohio, Kevor S. TenHuisen, Boulder, Colo., and Chun-Wei Chen, East Brunswick, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stable, phase-pure magnesium-substituted crystalline hydroxyapatite containing from about 2.0 to about 29 wt % magnesium, wherein at least 75 wt % of the magnesium content is substituted for calcium ions in the hydroxyapatite lattice structure." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/768,715). 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=8,337,904.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,904&RS=PN/8,337,904 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Neumann Systems Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Neumann Systems Group, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,336,863) developed by nine co-inventors for a "gas liquid contactor and effluent cleaning system and method." The co-inventors are David Kurt Neumann, Colorado Springs, Colo., Nicholas J. Miller, Colorado Springs, Colo., Boris R. Nizamov, Colorado Springs, Colo., Thomas Lee Henshaw, Monument, Colo., Andrew R. Awtry, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason K. Brasseur, Colorado Springs, Colo., Keith R. Hobbs, Colorado Springs, Colo., Jason A. Tobias, Colorado Springs, Colo., and William E. McDermott, Littleton, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a gas liquid contactor and effluent cleaning system and method and more particularly to an array of nozzles configured to produce uniformly spaced flat liquid jets shaped to minimize disruption from a gas. An embodiment of the invention is directed towards a gas liquid contactor module including a liquid inlet and outlet and a gas inlet and outlet. An array of nozzles is in communication with the liquid inlet and the gas inlet. The array of nozzles is configured to produce uniformly spaced flat liquid jets shaped to minimize disruption from a gas flow and maximize gas flow and liquid flow interactions while rapidly replenishing the liquid." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2010 (12/869,619). 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=8,336,863.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,863&RS=PN/8,336,863 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ceramatec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ceramatec, Salt Lake City, has been assigned a patent (8,338,038) developed by W. Grover Coors, San Diego, John Howard Gordon, Salt Lake City, and Sophie Gisele Menzer, Lakewood, Colo., for an "electrochemical cell comprising ionically conductive membrane and porous multiphase electrode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrochemical cell in accordance with one embodiment of the invention includes a first electrode containing a first phase intermixed with a second phase and a network of interconnected pores. The first phase contains a ceramic material and the second phase contains an electrically conductive material providing an electrically contiguous path through the first electrode. The electrochemical cell further includes a second electrode containing an alkali metal. A substantially non-porous alkali-metal-ion-selective ceramic membrane, such as a dense Nasicon, Lisicon, Li .beta.''-alumina, or Na .beta.''-alumina membrane, is interposed between the first and second electrodes." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2010 (12/699,396). 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=8,338,038.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,038&RS=PN/8,338,038 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Webscan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Webscan, Longmont, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,336,780) developed by Glenn S. Spitz, Boulder, Colo., for a "windowed housing with rotatable imaging device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " A verifier imaging unit structured with a movably mounted imaging device, housed within a housing of the imaging unit, such that the orientation of the imaging device may be altered so that the imaging device may be placed in one of a number of available and pre-established imaging orientations. Each available imaging orientation has an associated imaging window, and a support surface provided about or proximate to the imaging window. The imaging window and support surface enable the placing, distancing, and generally proper locating of a data carrying graphical symbol for subsequent imaging and data collection activities. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring abstracts, and is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope and meaning of the claims." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2010 (12/815,438). 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=8,336,780.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,780&RS=PN/8,336,780 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Trijicon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Trijicon, Wixom, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,336,776) developed by four co-inventors for "aiming system for weapon." The co-inventors are Anthony Horvath, Temperance, Mich., Aaron Adkins, White Lake, Mich., Richard Willard, San Diego, and Paul Stoltz, Boulder, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aiming system for use with a weapon is provided and may include a processor, at least one sensor in communication with the processor, and a memory in communication with the processor. The aiming system may also include a display in communication with the processor that displays a corrected-aiming point based on at least one simulated bullet trajectory and at least one simulated bullet impact location determined by the processor." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,365). 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=8,336,776.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,776&RS=PN/8,336,776 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Western Union Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Western Union, Englewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,336,768) developed by six co-inventors for a "money transfer systems and methods." The co-inventors are Kurt Bulawa, Parker, Colo., Corey Allen Bohler, Castle Rock, Colo., Dean A. Seifert, Parker, Colo., Thomas B. Sayor, Larkspur, Colo., Mark Baumgart, Larkspur, Colo., and Erik S. Crawford, Parker, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides systems and methods of facilitating money transfers. The method includes receiving, at a money transfer system, access to a customer's account, establishing, at the money transfer system, a money transfer record including a recipient and an amount, and receiving, at the money transfer system, an identifier for the money transfer record. The method further includes receiving presentation of the identifier at an input device of the money transfer system and authorizing a money transfer associated with the money transfer record." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2012 (13/416,826). 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=8,336,768.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,768&RS=PN/8,336,768 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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