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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 26)
[January 26, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 26)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** National Oilwell Varco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- National Oilwell Varco, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,356,674) developed by nine co-inventors for a "tubular running tool and methods of use." The co-inventors are Richard Lee Murray, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Pieter Dekker, Baarland, The Netherlands, Keith Mitchell Wien, Irvine, Calif., Neils De Keijzer, Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, Antonius Dimphena Maria Krijnen, Klundert, The Netherlands, Rene Mulder, Etten-Leur, The Netherlands, Johannes Wilhelmus Henricus Van Rijzingen, Oosterhout, The Netherlands, David Cardellini, Spring, Texas, and David Brian Mason, Anaheim, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Generally, the present disclosure is directed to wellbore tubular running systems and methods of their use. In one illustrative embodiment, a tubular running system is disclosed that includes, among other things, a torque frame, a main shaft extending through a top opening of the torque frame and rotatable by rotation apparatus, slip setting apparatus connected to the torque frame and including a levelling beam and a plurality of slip assemblies, each of the slip assemblies connected independently and pivotably to the levelling beam, and movement apparatus connected to the levelling beam for moving the slip assemblies in unison with respect to a tubular projecting into the torque frame." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2008 (12/595,724). 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=8,356,674&OS=8,356,674&RS=8,356,674 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medtronic MiniMed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Medtronic MiniMed, Northridge, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,645) developed by six co-inventors for a "transfer guard systems and methods." The co-inventors are Colin A. Chong, Burbank, Calif., Julian D. Kavazov, Arcadia, Calif., Rafael Bikovsky, Oak Park, Calif., Arsen Ibranyan, Glendale, Calif., Eric M. Lorenzen, Granada Hills, Calif., and Chad Srisathapat, Sun Valley, Calif.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transfer guard may provide a fluid path from a vial to a reservoir containing a plunger head connected to a plunger arm operatively engagable with a handle that at least partially covers a casing configured to allow the handle to operatively engage the plunger arm to move the plunger head to transfer fluidic media from the vial to the reservoir. A support structure may have a chamber, a first adapter for mating with a vial containing fluidic media, and a second adapter for mating with a reservoir containing a plunger head moveable within the reservoir. A first needle may provide a fluid path from the vial to the reservoir and a second needle may connect the vial and the chamber containing an air flow control mechanism for allowing air to flow in one direction." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2012 (13/530,446). 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=8,356,645&OS=8,356,645&RS=8,356,645 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Delafield Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Delafield, Duarte, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,660) developed by John P. Schiefelbein Jr., Huntington Beach, Calif., for an "apparatus having spaced apart and offset ladder rungs for interlocking and flexibly restraining service loops in an oil derrick to prevent entangling of the loops." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an oil derrick separate service loops which are power cables and/or hydraulic hoses are affixed at one end to a top drive and affixed at an opposite end to an oil derrick end, adding a series of polyurethane supports or rungs along the length of the separate service loops to provide a little lateral motion but to limit the overall amount of lateral motion. The rungs will also help insure that the cables and hoses do not wrap themselves around everything when the wind blows. In order to carry the weight of the cables, two parallel steel cables are affixed on either side of the copper cables, and two steel cables are affixed on either side of the hydraulic hoses. These steel cables will be terminated at the derrick and the top drive by being affixed to steel brackets received in steel mounting plates all designed to withstand the loads." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/803,511). 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=8,356,660&OS=8,356,660&RS=8,356,660 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Earth Renaissance Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Earth Renaissance Technologies, Salt Lake City, has been assigned a patent (8,357,305) developed by Marcus G. Theodore, Salt Lake City, and Terry R. Gong, Moraga, Calif., for an "acidification pre-treatment for UV water disinfection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pre-treatment method injecting sulfur dioxide into waters containing suspended solids to undergo ultra violet disinfection to form sulfurous acid (H.sub.2SO.sub.3) to self-agglomerate and precipitate solids from the wastewater for settling or filtration removal and provide acid to reduce bicarbonate and mineral scaling and microbial buildup on ultraviolet light tubes to improve their performance." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/798,089). 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=8,357,305&OS=8,357,305&RS=8,357,305 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medtronic MiniMed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Medtronic MiniMed, Northridge, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,644) developed by six co-inventors for a "transfer guard systems and methods." The co-inventors are Colin A. Chong, Burbank, Calif., Julian D. Kavazov, Arcadia, Calif., Rafael Bikovsky, Oak Park, Calif., Arsen Ibranyan, Glendale, Calif., Eric M. Lorenzen, Granada Hills, Calif., and Chad Srisathapat, Sun Valley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transfer guard may provide a fluid path from a vial to a reservoir containing a plunger head connected to a plunger arm operatively engagable with a handle that at least partially covers a casing configured to allow the handle to operatively engage the plunger arm to move the plunger head to transfer fluidic media from the vial to the reservoir. A support structure may have a chamber, a first adapter for mating with a vial containing fluidic media, and a second adapter for mating with a reservoir containing a plunger head moveable within the reservoir. A first needle may provide a fluid path from the vial to the reservoir and a second needle may connect the vial and the chamber containing an air flow control mechanism for allowing air to flow in one direction." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,579). 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=8,356,644&OS=8,356,644&RS=8,356,644 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,264) developed by five co-inventors for a "plasma reactor with plasma load impedance tuning for engineered transients by synchronized modulation of a source power or bias power RF generator." The co-inventors are Steven C. Shannon, Raleigh, N.C., Kartik Ramaswamy, San Jose, Calif., Daniel J. Hoffman, Saratoga, Calif., Matthew L. Miller, Fremont, Calif., and Kenneth S. Collins, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a plasma reactor employing source and bias RF power generators, plasma is stabilized against an engineered transient in the output of either the source or bias power generator by a compensating modulation in the other generator." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2008 (12/128,963). 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=8,357,264&OS=8,357,264&RS=8,357,264 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Concentric Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Concentric Medical, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,179) developed by four co-inventors for "vascular and bodily duct treatment devices and methods." The co-inventors are Ryan M. Grandfield, Livermore, Calif., Scott D. Wilson, Redwood City, Calif., John H. Miller, Redwood City, Calif., and Elliot H. Sanders, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices including a self-expandable member having a proximal end portion and a main body portion. The self-expandable member is movable from a first delivery position to a second placement position, in the first delivery position the expandable member being in an unexpanded position and having a nominal first diameter and in the second position the expandable member being in a radially expanded position and having a second nominal diameter greater than the first nominal diameter for deployment within a vessel or duct of a patient. The expandable member includes a plurality of cell structures with the cell structures in the main body portion extending circumferentially around a longitudinal axis of the expandable member and the cell structures in the proximal end portion extending less than circumferentially around the longitudinal axis of the expandable member to form first and second peripheral rails that vary in width along their lengths." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/021,364). 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=83,57,179.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,179&RS=PN/83,57,179 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Venetec International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Venetec International, Covington, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,357,124) developed by Steven F. Bierman, Del Mar, Calif., for a catheter securement device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A catheter securement device holds a medical article such as a catheter hub or a connector fitting in position upon the body of a patient and at least inhibits longitudinal movement of the medical article. The securement device includes a retainer and at least one anchor pad. The retainer forms a central channel into which at least a portion of the medical article is inserted. The retainer includes at least one abutment that can abut against a contact point or surface on the medical article. The abutment, in conjunction with a second abutment and/or a tapering shape of the central channel, inhibits motion of the medical article in proximal and distal directions through the central channel. For this purpose, the abutment surface(s) can lie either within or outside the channel." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2006 (11/378,770). 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=83,57,124.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,124&RS=PN/83,57,124 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Abbott Diabetes Care Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,276) developed by Yi Wang, San Ramon, Calif., Shridhara Alva Karinka, Pleasanton, Calif., and Benjamin J. Feldman, Oakland, Calif., for a "small volume test strips with large sample fill ports, supported test strips, and methods of making and using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides small volume analyte sensors having large sample fill ports, supported analyte sensors, analyte sensors having supported tip protrusions and methods of making and using same." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2009 (12/551,316). 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=8,357,276&OS=8,357,276&RS=8,357,276 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CoolTouch Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- CoolTouch, Roseville, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,146) developed by David R. Hennings, Roseville, Calif., and Mitchel P. Goldman, Roseville, Calif., for a "treatment of cellulite and adipose tissue with mid-infrared radiation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A handpiece and method of use for laser-assisted liposuction for melting, disrupting, and removing cellulite and adipose tissue. Electromagnetic energy is used to selectively melt or disrupt cellulite and adipose tissue and ablate the collagen in the constricting bands of connective tissue that causes the dimpled appearance of cellulite and adipose tissue, while avoiding damage to the surrounding fatty cells." The patent application was filed on April 10, 2008 (12/101,095). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,57,146.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,146&RS=PN/83,57,146 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ExxonMobil Upstream Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,357,291) developed by Ken N. Sury, Calgary, Canada, Joseph L. Feimer, Brights Grove, Canada, and Clay R. Sutton, Redondo Beach, Calif., for "upgrading bitumen in a paraffinic froth treatment process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to an improved bitumen recovery process. The process includes adding water to a bitumen-froth/solvent system containing asphaltenes and mineral solids. The addition of water in droplets increases the settling rate of asphaltenes and mineral solids to more effectively treat the bitumen for pipeline transport, further enhancement, refining, or any other application of reduced-solids bitumen." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/340,515). 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=8,357,291&OS=8,357,291&RS=8,357,291 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,145) developed by four co-inventors for implanting medical devices. The co-inventors are Brett Schleicher, Valencia, Calif., Rafael Carbunaru, Studio City, Calif., Kristen N. Jaax, Santa Clarita, Calif., and Todd K. Whitehurst, Valencia, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and techniques for implanting medical devices. In one aspect, an apparatus includes a flexible base member that can be flexed manually to conform to a contour of an anatomy, the base member including a radioscopic indicium that has a characteristic such that, under radioscopic imaging, passage of a skin-penetrating electromagnetic radiation is hindered to an extent that is distinguishable from a hindrance of the electromagnetic radiation by another portion of the base member." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2007 (11/938,740). 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=83,57,145.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,145&RS=PN/83,57,145 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Anti-reflux Mechanism for Urine Collection Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,105) developed by Chelsey Fontaine, Needham, Mass., Stephen Tully, Quincy, Mass., and Lawrence Salvadori, San Diego, for an "anti-reflux mechanism for urine collection systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A urine collection system includes an anti-flux mechanism to reduce the amount of urine that may flow from within the collection bag back into the urine meter. The urine collection system includes a urine meter, a collection member defining at least a first opening for receiving urine from the urine meter and a shield positioned adjacent the opening of the collection member. The shield is affixed to the collection member at predetermined connection points along a periphery of the shield whereby urine flows between the connection points from the urine meter to the collection member. The shield may be affixed to an internal surface of the bag. The shield may be spot welded to the collection member at the connection points. The shield may include at least a first slot configured to permit the passage of fluid therethrough." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2008 (12/187,620). 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=83,57,105.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,105&RS=PN/83,57,105 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ampac Fine Chemicals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Ampac Fine Chemicals, Ranch Cordova, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,302) developed by Olivier Dapremont, Cameron Park, Calif., and Aslam Malik, Cameron Park, Calif., for a "reaction systems with incorporated chromatography units for enhanced product recovery." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Product yields in chemical reactions that produce a solid product from a liquid reaction mixture are improved by chromatographically separating certain key impurities from the product mixture prior to crystallization, or from the filtrate after crystallization in which case further product is crystallized from the filtrate. The removal of key impurities either before the first crystallization or between the first and second crystallizations facilitates the crystallization of product to produce a higher yield of product." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2011 (13/190,781). 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=8,357,302&OS=8,357,302&RS=8,357,302 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NuVasive Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- NuVasive, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,184) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for performing spinal surgery." The co-inventors are Troy Woolley, San Diego, Nathan Lovell, Encinitas, Calif., Michael Serra, San Diego, and Mark Peterson, Central Point, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Implants, instruments, and methods for performing surgical procedures on the spine, including one or more of creating an operative corridor to the spine, delivering implants to the spine, fusing one or more segments of the spine, and fixing one or more segments of the spine." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/927,415). 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=83,57,184.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,184&RS=PN/83,57,184 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Family Health International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Family Health International, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,357,117) developed by six co-inventors for a "device and method for delivering an agent into breast milk while breastfeeding." The co-inventors are David C. Sokal, Durham, N.C., Stephen E. Gerrard, Altrincham, United Kingdom, Elizabeth Kneen, Ottumwa, Iowa, Ryan Hubbard, Kingsport, Tenn., Geoff Galgon, Pasadena, Calif., and Tombozgani Banda, Chichiri, Malawi.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for delivering an agent into breast milk while breastfeeding. In one embodiment, the device includes a breast shield modified to engage a non-woven material which has been impregnated with a milk soluble active agent such as sodium dodecyl sulphate (SDS). A lactating animal, e.g. a woman, uses this agent-delivering breast shield during breastfeeding to administer prophylactic or therapeutic agents to a suckling infant. The inventions are particularly well suited to preventing transmission of HIV virus from mother to child. Alternatively, the agent-laden material could be used with a baby bottle nipple or pacifier." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2009 (12/536,219). 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=83,57,117.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,117&RS=PN/83,57,117 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Skyworks Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Skyworks Solutions, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,263) developed by Daniel K. Berkoh, Woodland Hills, Calif., Elena B. Woodard, Fillmore, Calif., and Dean G. Scott, Mesa, Ariz., for an "apparatus and methods for electrical measurements in a plasma etcher." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for plasma etching are disclosed. In one embodiment, an apparatus for etching a plurality of features on a wafer comprises a chamber, a feature plate disposed in the chamber for holding the wafer, a gas channel configured to receive a plasma source gas, an anode disposed above the feature plate, a cathode disposed below the feature plate, a radio frequency power source configured to provide a radio frequency voltage between the anode and the cathode so as to generate plasma ions from the plasma source gas, a pump configured to remove gases and etch particulates from the chamber, and a clamp configured to clamp the wafer against the feature plate. The clamp includes at least one measurement hole for passing a portion of the plasma ions to measure a DC bias of the feature plate." The patent application was filed on Oct. 5, 2010 (12/898,615). 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=8,357,263&OS=8,357,263&RS=8,357,263 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Laboratory Corp. of America Holdings, Burlington, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,357,277) developed by four co-inventors for an "enhanced method for detecting and/or quantifying an analyte in a sample." The co-inventors are Youssouf Badal, Fremont, Calif., Ahmed Chenna, Sunnyvale, Calif., Syed Hasan Tahir, Foster City, Calif., and Yuping Tan, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to an enhanced method of detecting and/or quantifying at least one analyte in a sample. ##STR00001##" The patent application was filed on Nov. 26, 2008 (12/744,749). 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=8,357,277&OS=8,357,277&RS=8,357,277 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Biosystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Applied Biosystems, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,282) developed by Aldrich N.K. Lau, Palo Alto, Calif., for an "optoelectronic separation of biomolecules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present teachings relate to systems and methods for separation of substances such as cells, nucleic acids, and carbon nanotubes. The substances are combined with a separation medium in a liquid sample cavity, for example a microchannel, and transit through the separation by optically activated dielectrophoretic forces. The substances are advantageously labeled and visualized using a microscope and camera." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2009 (12/623,201). 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=8,357,282&OS=8,357,282&RS=8,357,282 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,357,258) developed by four co-inventors for a "thermal insulation assemblies and methods for fabricating the same." The co-inventors are Vann Heng, Buena Park, Calif., Robert A. DiChiara Jr., Carlsbad, Calif., Elizabeth Chu, Mountain View, Calif., and Dave Zorger, Sun City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Thermal insulation assemblies, methods for fabricating thermal insulation assemblies, and thermally insulated structures are provided. In an exemplary embodiment, a thermally insulated structure is disclosed that includes a thermal insulation assembly comprises a ceramic tile having a surface coated with an alumina-mullite slurry. A ceramic matrix composite is disposed on the coated surface. The ceramic matrix composite comprises a first ply of a ceramic fiber impregnated with a ceramic matrix." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2011 (12/983,918). 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=8,357,258&OS=8,357,258&RS=8,357,258 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hydranautics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Hydranautics, Oceanside, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,300) developed by Il Juhn Roh, San Ramon, Calif., Mark Wilf, San Diego, and Craig R. Bartels, San Diego, for "methods and materials for selective boron adsorption from aqueous solution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for reducing a boron concentration in a boron-containing aqueous liquid involves administering micelle(s) for selective boron adsorption to the boron-containing aqueous liquid to produce boron-bonded micelle(s), wherein the micelle(s) comprise a reaction product of an N-substituted-glucamine and a glycidyl ether; passing the micelle-containing aqueous liquid through a membrane to separate the boron-bonded micelle(s) from the aqueous liquid; and recovering a permeate having a reduced boron concentration from the membrane. A material capable of selectively adsorbing boron from a boron-containing aqueous liquid contains at least one micelle having a hydrophobic tail and a head comprising a hydrophilic functional group having formula (I): R.sub.1--O-A (I) R.sub.1 represents a hydrocarbon group selected from the group consisting of substituted and unsubstituted aromatic, linear aliphatic, and branched aliphatic hydrocarbon groups and mixtures thereof, and A contains hydroxyl and amine groups." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2010 (12/856,755). 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=8,357,300&OS=8,357,300&RS=8,357,300 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Calera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Calera, Los Gatos, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,270) developed by nine co-inventors for a "CO.sub.2 utilization in electrochemical systems." The co-inventors are Ryan J. Gilliam, Campbell, Calif., Thomas A. Albrecht, Mountain View, Calif., Nikhil Jalani, Campbell, Calif., Nigel Antony Knott, Campbell, Calif., Valentin Decker, Menlo Park, Calif., Michael Kostowskyj, Campbell, Calif., Bryan Boggs, Campbell, Calif., Alexander Gorer, Los Gatos, Calif., and Kasra Farsad, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A low-voltage, low-energy electrochemical system and method of removing protons and/or producing a base solution comprising hydroxide and carbonate/bicarbonate ions, utilizing carbon dioxide in a cathode compartment that is partitioned into a first cathode electrolyte compartment and a second cathode electrolyte compartment such that liquid flow between the cathode electrolyte compartments is possible, but wherein gaseous communication between the cathode electrolyte compartments is restricted. Carbon dioxide gas in one cathode electrolyte compartment is utilized with the cathode electrolyte in both compartments to produce the base solution with less that 3V applied across the electrodes." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/503,557). 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=8,357,270&OS=8,357,270&RS=8,357,270 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Coagulating and/or Constricting Hollow Anatomical Structures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,157) developed by Michael S. Mirizzi, San Jose, Calif., Christopher Scott Jones, Menlo Park, Calif., and Arthur W. Zikorus, San Jose, Calif., for "methods and apparatus for coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A jaw angle detection system for an end effector assembly includes a first electrical contact that connects to a first jaw member and connects to a generator. A sensor connects to a second jaw member (or an actuator) and connects to the generator, and configured to move relative to the first electrical contact upon movement of the second jaw member (or the actuator) when the first and second jaw members are moved to close about tissue disposed therebetween. Information relating to the position of the sensor relative to the first electrical contact is relayed back to the generator to determine an angle between the first and second jaw mem An energy delivering probe is used for thermally coagulating and/or constricting hollow anatomical structures (HAS) including, but not limited to, blood vessels such as perforator veins. The probe includes a shaft and at least two electrodes where at least one of the electrodes has a generally spherical or toroidal geometry.bers." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2011 (13/313,562). 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=83,57,157.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,157&RS=PN/83,57,157 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Physicans Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Physicans Products, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,129) developed by Janet R. Graham, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Douglas A. Ginter, Morgan Hill, Calif., for a "skin rejuvenation system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Skin rejuvenation system and method in which a pure plant collagen carrier is saturated with a solution of collagen, allantoin, amino acid, propanediol, glycerin, algae, plant DNA living cells, epidermal growth factor, Vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, rose essential, water, and peptide, and the saturated carrier is applied to the skin to be rejuvenated." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/943,552). 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=83,57,129.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,129&RS=PN/83,57,129 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** DePuy Products Assigned Patent for Method and System for Designing Patient-specific Orthopaedic Surgical Instruments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- DePuy Products, Warsaw, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,357,111) developed by James Caillouette, Newport Beach, Calif., Jose F. Guzman, Fort Wayne, Ind., and Jason T. Sherman, Warsaw, Ind., for a "method and system for designing patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instruments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for designing a patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrument includes coupling a knee sleeve to a leg of the patient. The knee sleeve includes sensors configured to generate sensor data indicate of the position of the respective sensor. The method also include determining angulation data indicative of the angulation of the knee based on the sensor data. The angulation data may be indicative of, for example, the ligament laxity of the knee. The method may also include generating a medical image(s) of the knee. The design of the patient-specific orthopaedic surgical instrument is determined based on the angulation data and the medical image(s)." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2007 (11/865,013). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,57,111.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,111&RS=PN/83,57,111 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pulmonx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Pulmonx, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,139) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and devices for use in performing pulmonary procedures." The co-inventors are Mark E. Deem, Mountain View, Calif., Hanson S. Gifford III, Woodside, Calif., Ronald French, San Jose, Calif., and Douglas Sutton, Pacifica, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and devices for performing pulmonary procedures, and in particular treating lung disease. A flow control element includes a valve that prevents airflow in the inhalation direction but permits airflow in the exhalation direction. The flow control element is guided to and positioned at the site by a bronchoscope that is introduced into the patient's trachea and used to view the lungs during delivery of the flow control element. The valve may include one, two or more valve elements, and it may be collapsible for easier delivery. A source of vacuum or suction may be used to increase the amount of fluid withdrawn from the lung tissue. A device for measuring hollow structures, such as bronchioles, and a device for removing a previously-placed flow control element are disclosed as well." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2008 (12/264,849). 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=83,57,139.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,139&RS=PN/83,57,139 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cannuflow Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Cannuflow, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,126) developed by Theodore R. Kucklick, Los Gatos, Calif., for an anti-extravasation catheter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosed devices and methods provide for the minimization of fluid extravasation during use of infusion catheters such as peripherally inserted central catheters and central venous catheters. The anti-extravasation catheter allows a surgeon to drain fluids from soft tissue surrounding an infusion site while also providing fluid inflow to a patient." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2006 (11/585,716). 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=83,57,126.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,126&RS=PN/83,57,126 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AcelRx Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,114) developed by five co-inventors for a "drug dispensing device with flexible push rod." The co-inventors are Andrew I. Poutiatine, San Anselmo, Calif., Charles Rampersaud, San Francisco, Thomas Schreck, Portola Valley, Calif., William Kolosi, San Francisco, and Sascha Retailleau, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Drug storage and dispensing devices for dispensing a drug dosage form are disclosed. Devices having a housing defining a nonlinear passageway and a flexible push rod to move within the nonlinear passageway are disclosed. Devices having a flexible push rod coupled to a rotation actuating member at at an end portion thereof are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2007 (11/650,230). 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=83,57,114.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,114&RS=PN/83,57,114 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Concentric Medical Assigned Patent for Vascular and Bodily Duct Treatment Devices and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Concentric Medical, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,178) developed by seven co-inventors for "vascular and bodily duct treatment devices and methods." The co-inventors are Ryan M. Grandfield, Livermore, Calif., Scott D. Wilson, Redwood City, Calif., John H. Miller, Redwood City, Calif., Emily Vu, San Jose, Calif., Kirk L. Pedersen, San Francisco, Craig L. Bonsignore, Pleasanton, Calif., and Elliot H. Sanders, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A clot retrieval device including a self-expandable member having a proximal end portion and a main body portion. The self-expandable member is expandable from a first delivery position to a second placement position. In the first delivery position the expandable member has a first overall diameter In one implementation the cell structures that form the self-expandable member have dimensional and material characteristics that result in about a -1.0N to about a -1.7N overall reduction in radial force along the length of the expandable member per millimeter of expansion during about an initial 0.50 mm diametric range of expansion from the first overall diameter and that results in about a -0.10N to about a -0.35N overall reduction in radial force along the length of the expandable member per millimeter of expansion during subsequent diametric ranges of expansion." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2010 (12/832,857). 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=83,57,178.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,178&RS=PN/83,57,178 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bio-Rad Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,278) developed by Matthew Latham, Dixon, Calif., for an "electrotransfer cassette with integrated electrical contacts and locking mechanism." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrotransfer cassette is formed in two parts that are releasably joined by a manually operated locking mechanism. The joined parts have electrical contact areas extending from the electrodes in the two parts of the cassette, the contact areas being exposed on an outer edge of the resulting cassette to form electrical connections to a power supply upon the simple insertion of the cassette into an instrument." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2010 (12/963,417). 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=8,357,278&OS=8,357,278&RS=8,357,278 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Receptos Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Receptos, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,706) developed by seven co-inventors for a "sphingosine 1 phosphate receptor modulators and methods of chiral synthesis." The co-inventors are Esther Martinborough, San Diego, Marcus F. Boehm, San Diego, Adam Richard Yeager, San Diego, Junko Tamiya, Carlsbad, Calif., Liming Huang, San Diego, Enugurthi Brahmachary, San Diego, and Manisha Moorjani, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compounds that selectively modulate the sphingosine 1 phosphate receptor are provided including compounds which modulate subtype 1 of the S1P receptor. Methods of chiral synthesis of such compounds is provided. Uses, methods of treatment or prevention and methods of preparing inventive compositions including inventive compounds are provided in connection with the treatment or prevention of diseases, malconditions, and disorders for which modulation of the sphingosine 1 phosphate receptor is medically indicated." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2010 (12/946,800). 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=8,357,706&OS=8,357,706&RS=8,357,706 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AVI BioPharma, MIT Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- AVI BioPharma, Corvallis, Ore., and MIT, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,357,664) developed by five co-inventors for an "antisense antiviral compound and method for treating influenza viral infection." The co-inventors are David A. Stein, Corvallis, Ore., Qing Ge, Santa Cruz, Calif., Jianzhu Chen, Lexington, Mass., Patrick L. Iversen, Corvallis, Ore., and Hong M. Moulton, Corvallis, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides antisense antiviral compounds and methods of their use and production in inhibition of growth of viruses of the Orthomyxoviridae family and in the treatment of a viral infection. The compounds are particularly useful in the treatment of influenza virus infection in a mammal. The antisense antiviral compounds are substantially uncharged morpholino oligonucleotides having 1) a nuclease resistant backbone, 2) 12-40 nucleotide bases, and 3) a targeting sequence of at least 12 bases in length that hybridizes to a target region selected from the following: a) the 5' or 3' terminal 25 bases of the negative sense viral RNA segment of Influenzavirus A, Influenzavirus B and Influenzavirus C; b) the terminal 25 bases of the 3' terminus of the positive sense cRNA and; and c) the 50 bases surrounding the AUG start codon of an influenza viral mRNA." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2005 (11/259,434). 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=8,357,664&OS=8,357,664&RS=8,357,664 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Vertex Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,702) developed by five co-inventors for "bicyclic derivatives as modulators of voltage gated ion channels." The co-inventors are Timothy Donald Neubert, San Diego, Aarti Sameer Kawatkar, Newton, Mass., Esther Ann Martinborough, San Diego, Andreas P. Termin, Encinitas, Calif., and Nicole Hilgraf, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Bicyclic derivatives useful as ion channel antagonists are disclosed herein. The compositions thereof are useful for treating or relieving pain-related conditions." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2012 (13/537,903). 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=8,357,702&OS=8,357,702&RS=8,357,702 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ambit Biosciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Ambit Biosciences, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,690) developed by Robert C. Armstrong, San Diego, and Barbara A. Belli, San Diego, for "methods of treatment using combination therapy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided herein are methods of treating a proliferative disease in a subject, comprising administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of AC220 and a nucleoside analog, a topoisomerase inhibitor or an anthracycline, or a combination thereof." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2010 (12/730,097). 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=8,357,690&OS=8,357,690&RS=8,357,690 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bio-Rad Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Bio-Rad Laboratories, Hercules, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,672) developed by Camille M. Diges, Oakland, Calif., and Luis Ugozzoli, San Rafael, Calif., for a "cell lysis reagent for isolation of RNA." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "RNA is extracted from cellular material with a reagent that includes heparin, a reducing agent to reduce disulfide bonds, a chelating agent, a buffer, and an alkali metal halide. The reagent does not require the use of organic solvents, and the reagent allows extraction to be performed in a relatively short period of time in comparison to the prior art." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2009 (12/479,484). 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=8,357,672&OS=8,357,672&RS=8,357,672 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ramaekers Family Trust Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Ramaekers Family Trust, Santa Cruz, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,663) developed by Joseph C. Ramaekers, Aptos, Calif., for "methods for enhancing fertility comprising administration of transfer factor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of promoting reproductive health in an animal by administering an effective amount of a composition containing at least one transfer factor are provided." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2008 (12/325,199). 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=8,357,663&OS=8,357,663&RS=8,357,663 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Valent BioSciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Valent BioSciences, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,357,630) developed by nine co-inventors for "use of adjuvants to improve abscisic acid performance." The co-inventors are Xiaozhong Liu, Vernon Hills, Ill., Daniel F. Heiman, Libertyville, Ill., Derek D. Woolard, Zion, Ill., Rick Hopkins, Fresno, Calif., Yueh Wang, Arlington Heights, Ill., Benjamin Belkind, Wilmette, Ill., Prem Warrior, Chicago, Gregory D. Venburg, Deerfield, Ill., and Peter D. Petracek, Grayslake, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to the use of selected adjuvants to improve the performance of S-(+)-abscisic acid (S-ABA, ABA) or ABA salts on plants." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2012 (13/472,115). 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=8,357,630&OS=8,357,630&RS=8,357,630 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Onyx Therapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Onyx Therapeutics, South San Francisco, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,683) developed by seven co-inventors for "compounds for enzyme inhibition." The co-inventors are Kevin D. Shenk, Palo Alto, Calif., Francesco Parlati, San Francesco, Han-jie Zhou, Foster City, Calif., Catherine Sylvain, San Mateo, Calif., Mark S. Smyth, Foster City, Calif., Mark K. Bennett, Moraga, Calif., and Guy J. Laidig, Menlo Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One aspect of the invention relates to inhibitors that preferentially inhibit immunoproteasome activity over constitutive proteasome activity. In certain embodiments, the invention relates to the treatment of immune related diseases, comprising administering a compound of the invention. In certain embodiments, the invention relates to the treatment of cancer, comprising administering a compound of the invention." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2011 (13/328,909). 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=8,357,683&OS=8,357,683&RS=8,357,683 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Voom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Voom, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,714) developed by Mark Silverberg, Santa Barbara, Calif., for "compositions and methods for non-surgical treatment of ptosis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are pharmaceutical compositions, and methods of use of the compositions, for the non-surgical treatment of ptosis (eyelid droop). In one embodiment the composition includes oxymetazoline 0.1% formulated for topical administration to an eye. In one embodiment the composition includes a synergistic combination of oxymetazoline and phenylephrine, formulated for topical administration to an eye. Oxymetazoline alone causes no pupillary dilation (mydriasis), and a synergistic combination of oxymetazoline and phenylephrine induces no clinically significant mydriasis. In addition to providing desirable cosmetic effects, the compositions and methods of the invention can improve visual fields otherwise compromised by ptosis." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2011 (13/270,577). 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=8,357,714&OS=8,357,714&RS=8,357,714 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ardea Biosciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Ardea Biosciences, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,713) developed by four co-inventors for "compounds and compositions and methods of use." The co-inventors are Barry D. Quart, Encinitas, Calif., Jean-Luc Girardet, San Diego, Esmir Gunic, San Diego, Calif., and Li-Tain Yeh, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are compounds useful in the modulation of blood uric acid levels, formulations containing them and methods of using them. In some embodiments, the compounds described herein are used in the treatment or prevention of disorders related to aberrant levels of uric acid." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2011 (13/174,568). 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=8,357,713&OS=8,357,713&RS=8,357,713 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Paulson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- James Paulson, Del Mar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,671) developed by James Paulson, Del Mar, Calif., Brian Collins, Encinitas, Calif., and Shoufa Han, San Diego, for high affinity Siglec ligands.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to high affinity Siglec ligands that are useful for isolating cells that express Siglecs and for delivering agents to cells that express Siglecs. In one embodiment, the invention provides a method for treating cancer in a mammal that involves administering a Siglec ligand of the invention to the mammal, where the Siglec ligand is linked to a therapeutic agent." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2006 (12/084,723). 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=8,357,671&OS=8,357,671&RS=8,357,671 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,618) developed by four co-inventors for a "frequency doubling using a photo-resist template mask." The co-inventors are Christopher Dennis Bencher, San Jose, Calif., Huixiong Dai, San Jose, Calif., Li Yan Miao, San Francisco, and Hao Chen, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for doubling the frequency of a lithographic process using a photo-resist template mask is described. A device layer having a photo-resist layer formed thereon is first provided. The photo-resist layer is patterned to form a photo-resist template mask. A spacer-forming material layer is deposited over the photo-resist template mask. The spacer-forming material layer is etched to form a spacer mask and to expose the photo-resist template mask. The photo-resist template mask is then removed and an image of the spacer mask is finally transferred to the device layer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2008 (12/257,953). 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=8,357,618&OS=8,357,618&RS=8,357,618 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** USDA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture has been assigned a patent (8,357,645) developed by five co-inventors for a "semi-rigid gel cleansing article and uses thereof." The co-inventors are Gregory M. Glenn, American Canyon, Calif., Serena Stephenson, El Cerrito, Calif., Nikita R. Manalo, Santa Clara, Calif., David Lestage, Livermore, Calif., and Marc Privitera, Walnut Creek, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to semi-rigid gels, methods of manufacture and uses thereof." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/055,667). 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=8,357,645&OS=8,357,645&RS=8,357,645 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SanDisk 3D Assigned Patent for Resist Feature and Removable Spacer Pitch Doubling Patterning Method for Pillar Structures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- SanDisk 3D, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,606) developed by Yung-Tin Chen, Santa Clara, Calif., and Steven J. Radigan, Fremont, Calif., for a "resist feature and removable spacer pitch doubling patterning method for pillar structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of making a semiconductor device includes forming a layer over a substrate, forming a plurality of spaced apart features of imagable material over the layer, forming sidewall spacers on the plurality of features and filling a space between a first sidewall spacer on a first feature and a second sidewall spacer on a second feature with a filler feature. The method also includes removing the sidewall spacers to leave the first feature, the filler feature and the second feature spaced apart from each other, and etching the layer using the first feature, the filler feature and the second feature as a mask." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2011 (13/331,267). 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=8,357,606&OS=8,357,606&RS=8,357,606 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mpex Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Mpex Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,696) developed by five co-inventors for "aerosolized fluoroquinolones and uses thereof." The co-inventors are Mark W. Surber, San Diego, Keith A. Bostian, Atherton, Calif., Michael N. Dudley, San Diego, Olga Rodny, Mountain View, Calif., and David C. Griffith, San Marcos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are formulations of fluoroquinolones suitable for aerosolization and use of such formulations for aerosol administration of fluoroquinolone antimicrobials for the treatment of pulmonary bacterial infections. In particular, inhaled levofloxacin specifically formulated and delivered for bacterial infections of the lungs is described. Methods include inhalation protocols and manufacturing procedures for production and use of the compositions described." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2010 (12/695,981). 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=8,357,696&OS=8,357,696&RS=8,357,696 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent for Seed Layer Passivation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,599) developed by Callie A. Schieffer, Kalispell, Mont., and Ismail T. Emesh, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a seed layer passivation.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of processing a microfeature workpiece generally includes depositing a first conducting layer, at least partially reducing oxides on the first conducting layer to provide a reduced first conducting layer, and exposing the reduced first conducting layer to a substantially oxygen-free environment to provide a passivated first conducting layer. A microfeature workpiece generally includes a first conducting layer, a monolayer directly on the first conducting layer, and a second conducting layer." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2011 (13/025,098). 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=8,357,599&OS=8,357,599&RS=8,357,599 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Neurocrine Biosciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Neurocrine Biosciences, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,697) developed by Kyle W. Gano, San Diego, for a "substituted 3-isobutyl-9,10-dimethoxy-1,3,4,6,7,11b-hexahydro-2H-pyrido[2,1-A]isoquin- olin-2-ol compounds and methods relating thereto." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Substituted 3-isobutyl-9,10-dimethoxy-1,3,4,6,7,11b-hexahydro-2H-pyrido[2,1-a]isoquin- olin-2-ol compounds are disclosed that are inhibitors of the vesicular monoamine transporter 2 (VMAT2). The compounds of this invention have the structure: ##STR00001## wherein R.sub.1 is as defined herein, including stereoisomers and pharmaceutically acceptable salts and solvates thereof. Also disclosed are compositions containing a compound of this invention in combination with a pharmaceutically acceptable carrier, as well as methods relating to the use in a subject in need thereof." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2011 (13/237,709). 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=8,357,697&OS=8,357,697&RS=8,357,697 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nantero Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Nantero, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,559) developed by six co-inventors for a "method of making sensor platform using a non-horizontally oriented nanotube element." The co-inventors are Brent M. Segal, Woburn, Mass., Thomas Rueckes, Rockport, Mass., Bernhard Vogeli, Zollikon, Switzerland, Darren K. Brock, Woburn, Mass., Venkatachalam C. Jaiprakash, Fremont, Calif., and Claude L. Bertin, Venice, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Sensor platforms and methods of making them are described. A platform having a non-horizontally oriented sensor element comprising one or more nanostructures such as nanotubes is described. Under certain embodiments, a sensor element has or is made to have an affinity for an analyte. Under certain embodiments, such a sensor element comprises one or more pristine nanotubes. Under certain embodiments, the sensor element comprises derivatized or functionalized nanotubes. Under certain embodiments, a sensor is made by providing a support structure; providing one or more nanotubes on the structure to provide material for a sensor element; and providing circuitry to electrically sense the sensor element's electrical characterization. Under certain embodiments, the sensor element comprises pre-derivatized or pre-functionalized nanotubes. Under other embodiments, sensor material is derivatized or functionalized after provision on the structure or after patterning. Under certain embodiments, a large-scale array of sensor platforms includes a plurality of sensor elements." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,402). 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=8,357,559&OS=8,357,559&RS=8,357,559 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Genomatica Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Genomatica, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,520) developed by four co-inventors for "compositions and methods for the biosynthesis of 1,4-butanediol and its precursors." The co-inventors are Mark J. Burk, San Diego, Stephen J. Van Dien, San Diego, Anthony P. Burgard For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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