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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 25)
[February 25, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 25)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** Checkpoint Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Checkpoint Systems, Thorofare, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,375,524) developed by Mitchell S. Goldstein, Rock Hill, S.C., Andrew W. Moock, Brecksville, Ohio, and Christopher J. Fawcett, Charlotte, N.C., for "tension reducer for cable wrap security device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A security device includes a housing containing a ratchet mechanism and a rotatable spool for storing a plurality of cable loops which extend outwardly from a plurality of openings formed in the housing and wrapped around the sides of a box-like object. A collar is mounted on the bottom of the housing and has openings adjacent each of the housing opening requiring the cable loops to abruptly change direction after exiting the housing and passing either beneath or above the collar before extending along the secured object. This abrupt change of direction reduces the amount of force which are exerted on the cable loops from being transmitted onto the ratchet mechanism. In alternate embodiments, adjacent cable loops pass through one or a pair of rings which cause a change of direction in the cable loops to reduce the transmission of forces onto the ratchet mechanism." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2011 (13/179,923). 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=8,375,524&OS=8,375,524&RS=8,375,524 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** BorgWarner Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,721) developed by Michael Thayer, Asheville, N.C., and Marc Ogle, Swannanoa, N.C., for a "turbine heat shield assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A turbocharger is provided having a bearing housing (100) and a heat shield (200) staked thereto. The staking process can be a compression staking process that deforms one or more portions of the bearing housing (100). The bearing housing (100) can have an annular channel (150) and the compression staking can be done to an outer edge (160) of the annular channel (150) to form one or more compression projections (400). The size and shape of the annular channel (150) can be substantially the same as the size and shape of an outer portion of the heat shield (200) to allow for a press-fit therebetween." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (12/444,742). 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=8,376,721&OS=8,376,721&RS=8,376,721 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** BorgWarner Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- BorgWarner, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,376,695) developed by Georg Scholz, Woellstein, Germany, and Richard Hall, Nebo, N.C., for a "variable geometry vane ring assembly with stepped spacer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vane ring assembly includes a lower vane ring (20), an upper vane ring (30), one or more guide vanes (80) positioned at least partially between the vane rings, and a spacer (50) positioned between the lower and upper vane rings (20, 30) for maintaining a distance between the lower and upper vane rings (20, 30). The spacer has a first end (52) with a first diameter, a second end (54) with a second diameter, and a middle section (56) with a third diameter. The third diameter is larger than the first and second diameters. The first and second ends (52, 54) of the spacer (50) are inserted at least partially into a first counter bore (22) and a second counter bore (32) formed in the lower and upper vane rings (20, 30). A nut (40) and a fastener (42) running through a central through hole (58) of the spacer (50) are used to connect the vane ring assembly to a turbocharger housing. A clearance (c) of greater than e.g. 5% of the fastener diameter is formed between an inside wall (51) of the spacer (50) an outside wall (43) of the metal fastener (42) to offset any thermal expansion or deformation." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2009 (12/495,845). 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=8,376,695&OS=8,376,695&RS=8,376,695 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Simpson Performance Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Simpson Performance Products, Mooresville, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,472) developed by Trevor P. Ashline, Mooresville, N.C., for "multi-point tethering system for head and neck restraint devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system of tethers for controlling a driver's head during operation of a vehicle, comprising: at least two frontal straps having first ends attached to a helmet and second ends attached to shoulder straps, torso strap and/or vehicle's seat belt; at least two rear straps having first ends attached to a helmet and second ends attached to shoulder straps or the support member; and wherein the frontal and rear straps are taut during normal operation." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2008 (12/082,966). 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=8,375,472&OS=8,375,472&RS=8,375,472 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Perdue Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Perdue Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,376,815) developed by Tim Parker, Lewistown, N.C., for a "method and apparatus for electrical stimulation of meat." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of tenderizing meat on a poultry carcass includes defeathering the poultry carcass, and subsequently applying a pulsed electrical voltage across the poultry carcass. The electrical voltage can be sufficient to impart an electrical current across the poultry carcass that is at least about 350 milliamps. An apparatus for tenderizing meat on a poultry carcass is also discussed." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,526). 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=8,376,815&OS=8,376,815&RS=8,376,815 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Axess Direct Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Axess Direct, Asheboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,482) developed by W. Neil Owens, Denton, N.C., for a "foldable mattress with removable pillow top." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A foldable mattress and removable pillow top with a means for releasable attachment is not damaged during excessive folding such as when used in a sofa bed. Fastening pairs comprising zippers affixed to the mattress and pillow top in opposing complementary fashion with a wide fold space defined therebetween allow the mattress and attached pillow top to be repeatedly folded and unfolded and avoid crimping and damage to the zipper halves, mattress and attached pillow top." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2010 (12/957,583). 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=8,375,482&OS=8,375,482&RS=8,375,482 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cook Medical Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Cook Medical Technologies, Bloomington, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,377,095) developed by Vihar C. Surti, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Richard W. Ducharme, Winston-Salem, N.C., for a "tissue anchors for purse-string closure of perforations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Medical devices for attaching suture to tissue and that provides reliable and complete closure of perforations and increases the versatility of the device for various other procedures. Embodiments of the medicals devices include a tissue anchor having a crossbar with opposing ends and structure for slidably receiving a suture. " The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2009 (12/630,395). 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=8,377,095&OS=8,377,095&RS=8,377,095 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Corning Cable Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Corning Cable Systems, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,376,632) developed by five co-inventors for a "strain-relief member and fiber optic drop cable assembly using same." The co-inventors are James D. Blackburn, Hickory, N.C., Mary C. Corpening, Hickory, N.C., Gregory A. Lochkovic, Conover, N.C., Allen M. Miller, Lenoir, N.C., and Thomas Theuerkorn, Hickory, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A strain-relief member having a body formed from a block copolymer and designed for use in a fiber optic drop cable assembly. The body has a central channel and a cylindrical connector-end portion sized to surround an end-portion of a connector. The body also has a tapered cable-end portion sized to surround an end portion of a fiber optic cable that connects to the connector and that has a preferential bend axis. The strain-relief member is configured to limit an amount of strain in the strength components to less than 0.041 when subjected to flex and proof testing. A fiber optic drop cable assembly that has a fiber optic cable with a preferential bend axis and that employs the strain-relief member is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/721,931). 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=8,376,632&OS=8,376,632&RS=8,376,632 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Kodiak Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Kodiak Innovations, Rock Hill, S.C., has been assigned a patent (8,376,450) developed by Jonathan C. Long, Matthews, N.C., and Alan C. Lesesky, Charlotte, N.C., for an "apparatus and method for mounting an aerodynamic add-on device onto a transport vehicle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to an apparatus for mounting an aerodynamic add-on device to a transport vehicle. decreasing aerodynamic drag, improving stability, and reducing road spray of a transport vehicle. The apparatus employs support posts and support cables to mount the aerodynamic add-on device, such as a trailer skirt, to a transport trailer. The apparatus and method facilitate the installation of the aerodynamic add-on device by one person and allow for the use of lighter, more cost-effective materials in the manufacture of the aerodynamic add-on device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2012 (13/350,409). 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=8,376,450&OS=8,376,450&RS=8,376,450 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mantissa Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Mantissa, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,376,663) developed by four co-inventors for a "segmented conveyor and air film chute." The co-inventors are David Patrick Erceg, Concord, N.C., Leroy A. Winkler III, Charlotte, N.C., Gonzalo Sotelo, Charlotte, N.C., and Richard D. Carwile, Waxhaw, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A package sorting system. The package sorting conveyor system includes a conveying track, at least one unloading station and an air-film lubricated entrance chute upstream of the unloading station to receive the package. In one embodiment, the entrance chute includes a plenum including a plurality of spaced apart apertures and an opening for communicating with an air supply; and a segmented conveying surface in communication with the apertures, wherein the segmented conveying surface includes at least one air-film lubricated bottom surface and at least one air-film lubricated side wall substantially perpendicular to the at least one bottom surface. In one embodiment, the apparatus further includes a positioner assembly for selectively positioning the outlet of the entrance chute." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2010 (12/721,041). 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=8,376,663&OS=8,376,663&RS=8,376,663 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Corning Cable Systems Assigned Patent for Fiber Optic Connector Assembly Employing Fiber Movement Support and Method of Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Corning Cable Systems, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,376,629) developed by Timothy S. Cline, Granite Falls, N.C., Tory A. Klavuhn, Newton, N.C., and Matthew W. Smith, Conover, N.C., for a "fiber optic connector assembly employing fiber movement support and method of assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fiber optic connector assembly and method employing one or more fiber movement supports. The one or more fiber movement supports are each disposed around one or more optical fibers and are configured to inhibit kinks or sharp bends from occurring in the one or more optical fibers. The fiber movement support is more rigid than an optical fiber. Thus, when a force is exerted on an optical fiber in a direction angled to the axis of the optical fiber, the force is directed to the fiber movement support. The fiber movement support translates the non-axial force in a direction toward the axis of the optical fiber. This causes the optical fiber to be pushed back towards the fiber optic cable instead of the kinking or bending the optical fiber, thus avoiding or reducing high insertion losses resulting from bending of the optical fiber." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,369). 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=8,376,629&OS=8,376,629&RS=8,376,629 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sealy Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Sealy Technology, Trinity, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,493) developed by four co-inventors for a "one piece foam mattress core encasement." The co-inventors are Larry K. DeMoss, Greensboro, N.C., Julian T. Young, Zebulon, N.C., Timothy M. Witherell, Gastonia, N.C., and Christopher D. Page, Nashville, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A one piece foam mattress core or innerspring encasement is a single contiguous piece of foam having a mattress core or base and four perimeter side supports and which fits with a mattress core or innerspring to provide an integrated mattress construction. The mattress core or base of the encasement is positioned below the mattress core or innerspring proximate to or against a bottom surface. The mattress core or base and the perimeter side supports are connected along fold lines or grooves in the single piece of foam so that the perimeter side walls can be folded to vertical positions about a perimeter of the mattress core or innerspring. The single piece of foam of the encasement is producible in different sizes to fit with different size mattress cores or innersprings." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2011 (13/167,061). 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=8,375,493&OS=8,375,493&RS=8,375,493 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ethicon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Ethicon, Somerville, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,376,642) developed by five co-inventors for "applicators, dispensers and methods for dispensing and applying adhesive material." The co-inventors are Julian A. Quintero, Raleigh, N.C., Jerry Y. Jonn, Raleigh, N.C., Jack Goodman, Ann Arbor, Mich., Daniel L. Hedgpeth, Raleigh, N.C., and William M. Cotter, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An applicator/dispenser assembly for dispensing and/or applying an adhesive material comprises: a first body portion and a second body portion, at least one of the first and second body portions being movable relative to the other of the first and second body portions; a cavity in at least one of the first and second body portions; and a piercing or breaking member arranged on one of the first and second body portions. Movement of one of the first and second body portions relative to the other of the first and second body portions moves the piercing or breaking member into the cavity. When a container of adhesive material is at least partially disposed within the cavity, movement of one of the first and second body portions relative to the other moves the piercing or breaking member to rupture the container for dispensing and/or applying the adhesive material." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/928,658). 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=8,376,642&OS=8,376,642&RS=8,376,642 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Empire Level Mfg. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Empire Level Mfg., Mukwonago, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,375,591) developed by John Christianson, Waukesha, Wis., and Charles D. Kim, Raleigh, N.C., for a box level.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A level including an elongate hollow frame with two sidewalls and a topwall extending therebetween. A topnotch is formed by removal of a topwall section and adjacent sections of sidewalls including notch-defining bottom and side edges. A central vial is within the topnotch. The frame includes an inner horizontal wall extending between the sidewalls at the notch-defining bottom edges. A central-vial reference surface is formed in the inner horizontal wall parallel to the top and bottom measuring surfaces and defining a notch-bottom. The central vial is supported against the central-vial reference surface in accurate orientation without calibration. The central vial is secured with respect to the inner horizontal wall by mechanical fasteners. The frame further preferably includes an integral inner vertical wall extending between the top and bottom walls thereby reinforcing the frame along the frame length." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2010 (12/913,086). 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=83,75,591.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,591&RS=PN/83,75,591 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AAA Louvers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- AAA Louvers, Wendell, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,664) developed by Larry Wayne Gower Sr., Youngsville, N.C., and Larry Wayne Gower Jr., Youngsville, N.C., for a flood vent.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A flood vent for mounting in a building structure subject to flooding includes a frame and a buoyant door. The frame has an external surface configured to be inserted into an opening in the building structure and has an upper wall and a lower wall longitudinally displaced from the upper wall and a pair of displaced sidewalls extending between the upper wall and lower wall on respective ends thereof. The buoyant door is pivotally mounted between the sidewalls proximate the upper wall of the frame. The door is mounted to be longitudinally movable a float distance between a first position and a second position, closer to the upper wall than the first position. When the door is in the first position it is not substantially rotatable and when the door is in the second position it is free to pivot." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2011 (13/086,975). 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=83,75,664.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,664&RS=PN/83,75,664 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Steel Network Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Steel Network, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,661) developed by Edward R. diGirolamo, Raleigh, N.C., and John C. Herrmann, Raleigh, N.C., for a "composite metal deck and concrete floor system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A deck pan assembly for receiving and supporting concrete that is utilized as a floor system in a building. The deck pan assembly comprises a plurality of deck pans with each deck pan including a bottom and an upturned edge. The deck pans are disposed in side-by-side relationship and spaced such that the turned up edges of two deck pans lie adjacent each other and form a connecting structure that permits the two deck pans to be connected together. Further the assembly includes an elongated stiffening connector extending along the connecting structure and at least partially covering the turned up edges that form the connecting structure. The elongated stiffening connector includes a pair of spaced apart sides, and the connecting structure, formed by the upturned edges of two deck pans, is inserted between the spaced apart sides such that the spaced apart sides extend downwardly adjacent outer surfaces of the connecting structure. Fasteners are employed to connect the stiffening connector to the connecting structure of the deck pan. The elongated stiffening connector and the deck pans are constructed of sheet metal and wherein the sheet metal that forms the elongated stiffening connector is of a heavier gauge metal than the sheet metal that forms the deck pans." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2011 (13/087,890). 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=83,75,661.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,661&RS=PN/83,75,661 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Duke University, Immunolight Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Duke University, Durham, N.C., and Immunolight, Detroit, have been assigned a patent (8,376,013) developed by Frederic Avery Bourke Jr., Greenwich, Conn., and Tuan Vo-Dinh, Chapel Hill, N.C., for a "plasmonic assisted systems and methods for interior energy-activation from an exterior source." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and a system for producing a change in a medium disposed in an artificial container. The method places in a vicinity of the medium at least one of a plasmonics agent and an energy modulation agent. The method applies an initiation energy through the artificial container to the medium. The initiation energy interacts with the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent to directly or indirectly produce the change in the medium. The system includes an initiation energy source configured to apply an initiation energy to the medium to activate the plasmonics agent or the energy modulation agent." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/401,478). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,376,013&OS=8,376,013&RS=8,376,013 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of North Carolina, Entegrion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Entegrion, Research Triangle Park, N.C., have been assigned a patent (8,377,467) developed by four co-inventors for a hemostatic textile. The co-inventors are Thomas H. Fischer, Hillsborough, N.C., E. Stan Eskridge Jr., Chapel Hill, N.C., William M. Malloy Jr., Cheraw, S.C., and Malloy Evans, Cheraw, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a hemostatic textile, comprising: a material comprising a combination of glass fibers and one or more secondary fibers selected from the group consisting of silk fibers; ceramic fibers; raw or regenerated bamboo fibers; cotton fibers; rayon fibers; linen fibers; ramie fibers; jute fibers; sisal fibers; flax fibers; soybean fibers; corn fibers; hemp fibers; lyocel fibers; wool; lactide and/or glycolide polymers; lactide/glycolide copolymers; silicate fibers; polyamide fibers; feldspar fibers; zeolite fibers, zeolite-containing fibers, acetate fibers; and combinations thereof; the hemostatic textile capable of activating hemostatic systems in the body when applied to a wound. Additional cofactors such as thrombin and hemostatic agents such as RL platelets, RL blood cells; fibrin, fibrinogen, and combinations thereof may also be incorporated into the textile. The invention is also directed to methods of producing the textile, and methods of using the textile to stop bleeding." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2012 (13/411,024). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,377,467.PN.&OS=PN/8,377,467&RS=PN/8,377,467 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oriel Therapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Oriel Therapeutics, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,941) developed by five co-inventors for "methods of operating dry powder inhalers having spiral travel paths with microcartridges of dry powder." The co-inventors are Michael King, Durham, N.C., Jeffrey Alan Warden, Raleigh, N.C., John Kim, Chelsea, Canada, Benjamin Finney, Cary, N.C., and Nicholas Oxley, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dry powder inhalers include: (a) a first generally planar spiral travel path in an inhaler body, wherein the first spiral travel path has a plurality of adjacent curvilinear channels forming lanes with upstanding sidewalls, including an inner lane and an outer lane; and (b) a plurality of discrete sealed microcartridges with substantially rigid bodies disposed in the first travel path, each comprising a pre-metered (typically dose) amount of dry powder, the microcartridges being configured to slidably advance along the first travel path toward an inhalation chamber that merges into an inhalation output port. In operation, at least one microcartridge is held in the inhalation chamber to release the dry powder therein during inhalation." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2011 (13/169,486). 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=8,375,941&OS=8,375,941&RS=8,375,941 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Winston-Salem, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,375,958) developed by Ronald Keith Hutchens, East Bend, N.C., for a "cigarette filter comprising a carbonaceous fiber." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a cigarette filter including at least one filter segment having one or more composite fiber structures imbedded therein, the composite fiber structure including a carrier fiber and an adsorbent fiber, the adsorbent fiber including an adsorbent material. The filter can include one or more segments of fibrous tow material, with the one or more composite fiber structures imbedded within the fibrous tow, the composite fiber structure including a carrier fiber and a carbonaceous fiber." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2008 (12/124,874). 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=8,375,958&OS=8,375,958&RS=8,375,958 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Midrex Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Midrex Technologies, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,377,417) developed by Gary E. Metius, Charlotte, N.C., and James M. McClelland Jr., Cornelius, N.C., for a "method and apparatus for sequestering carbon dioxide from a spent gas." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for sequestering carbon dioxide from a waste gas and reusing it as a recycled gas without emissions concerns, including: given a gas source divided into a process gas and a waste gas: mixing the process gas with a hydrocarbon and feeding a resulting feed gas into a reformer for reforming the feed gas and forming a reducing gas; and feeding at least a portion of the waste gas into a carbon dioxide scrubber for removing at least some carbon dioxide from the waste gas and forming a carbon dioxide lean gas that is mixed with the reducing gas. Optionally, the method also includes feeding at least a portion of the waste gas into the carbon dioxide scrubber for removing at least some carbon dioxide from the waste gas and forming a fuel gas after the addition of a hydrocarbon that is fed into the reformer. Optionally, the gas source and the reducing gas are associated with a direct reduction process for converting iron oxide to metallic iron in a reduction furnace that utilizes the reducing gas, optionally after some modification, and produces the gas source." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2010 (12/762,618). 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=83,77,417.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,417&RS=PN/83,77,417 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Gilbarco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Gilbarco, Greensboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,376,185) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for fraud detection and shut-off at a fuel dispenser." The co-inventors are Michael Liebal, Greensboro, N.C., Paul Kaper, Bermuda Run, N.C., Chris Scott, High Point, N.C., and Brent K. Price, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of detecting fuel theft at a fuel dispenser. The dispenser has a primary flow meter, an auxiliary flow detection device positioned at an entrance of a dispenser, and an auxiliary dispenser shutoff system. A rate of flow through the primary flow meter and a rate of flow through the auxiliary flow detection device are calculated. The primary flow meter rate of flow and the auxiliary flow detection device rate of flow are compared. If the difference exceeds a threshold, a shutoff signal is provided to the auxiliary dispenser shutoff system to stop fuel flow through the dispenser." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2009 (12/536,187). 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=8,376,185.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,185&RS=PN/8,376,185 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kimberly-Clark Worldwide Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Neenah, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,377,379) developed by eight co-inventors for a "lateral flow assay device." The co-inventors are Shawn R. Feaster, Duluth, Ga., Kaiyuan Yang, Cumming, Ga., Ning Wei, Roswell, Ga., Chibueze O. Chidebelu-Eze, Atlanta, James M. Takeuchi, Roswell, Ga., Rosann M. Kaylor, Cumming, Ga., Enrico L. DiGiammarino, Lindenhurst, Ill., and Jeffrey E. Fish, Winston-Salem, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lateral flow assay device includes a housing, and a test strip disposed within the housing having a membrane with a detection region and a collection region. A sample meter includes a first end for absorption of a test sample, and a storage section that receives and stores at least a component of the test sample. An opening in the housing is sized for insertion of the sample meter into the housing such that the storage section of the sample meter is disposed adjacent the collection region of the membrane. The test sample component is transferable from the storage section to the collection region for subsequent migration to the detection region. An activatable isolation mechanism is provided within the housing and is disposed so as to isolate portions of the sample meter storage section upon activation thereof such that a defined length of the storage section is presented to the collection region of the membrane." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2006 (11/640,435). 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=83,77,379.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,379&RS=PN/83,77,379 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hockmeyer Equipment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Hockmeyer Equipment, Harrison, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,376,252) developed by four co-inventors for "producing nanometer-range particle dispersions." The co-inventors are Herman H. Hockmeyer, Saddle River, N.J., Barry W. Cullens, Elizabeth City, N.C., Benjamin G. Roberts, Elizabeth City, N.C., and Michael William Turner, Elizabeth City, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and method are disclosed for producing nanometer-range particle dispersions utilizing an immersion mill having a rotor for processing feedstock within a bed of media contained within a containment wall. An auxiliary chamber provides a chamber wall surrounding the containment wall and feedstock is passed from the bed of media, through the containment wall and into the auxiliary chamber while the media is contained within the bed of media. The feedstock is drawn from the bed of media, through the containment wall, and out of the auxiliary chamber, with an external pumping mechanism arranged for operation independent ofrotation of the rotor, whereby the containment wall is maintained unbroken by any direct connection between the rotor and the external pumping mechanism and remains effective in containing the media within the bed of media." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2012 (13/613,078). 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=8,376,252.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,252&RS=PN/8,376,252 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NatureWorks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- NatureWorks, Minnetonka, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,377,353) developed by four co-inventors for a "process of making conjugate fibers." The co-inventors are Robert A. Green, Cary, N.C., Chad Henry Kamann, Carver, Minn., Jeffrey John Kolstad, Wayzata, Minn., and Christopher M. Ryan, Maple Grove, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Conjugate fibers are prepared in which at least one segment is a mixture of a high-D PLA resin and a high-L PLA resin. These segments have crystallites having a crystalline melting temperature of at least 200.degree. C. At least one other segment is a high-D PLA resin or a high-L PLA resin. The conjugate fibers may be, for example, bicomponent, multi-component, islands-in-the-sea or sheath-and-core types. Specialty fibers of various types can be made through further downstream processing of these conjugate fibers." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2008 (12/679,373). 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=83,77,353.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,353&RS=PN/83,77,353 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nu-Iron Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- Nu-Iron Technology, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,377,371) developed by Narayan Govindaswami, Charlotte, N.C., for a "system and method for producing metallic iron." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A battery of stationary hearth furnaces, and method for using, for producing metallic iron nodules having a furnace having a stationary hearth, an inlet and an outlet; a heating chamber beneath the stationary hearth having heated fluids circulated thereto and heating reducible material on the stationary hearth; passageways circulating fluids, through ports from the furnace housing above the reducible material to the heating chamber beneath; burners and air inlets in the furnace and optionally in at least one passageway and a heating chamber for drying and heating the reducible material, driving off and burning volatile material, and forming metallic iron nodules; a loading device for loading reducible material and optionally hearth material onto the stationary hearth through the inlet; and a discharging device capable of discharging metallic iron nodules and optionally related material from the stationary hearth through the outlet." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/245,653). 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=83,77,371.PN.&OS=PN/83,77,371&RS=PN/83,77,371 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** BE Aerospace Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- BE Aerospace, Wellington, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,376,306) developed by Mark Brian Dowty, Rural Hall, N.C., for an "anti-rattle track fastener." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An anti-rattle track fastener assembly for attaching a fixture to a vehicle that has a track formed therein. The track includes upper walls that form a longitudinally-extending slot. Spaced-apart segments extend from the upper walls into the slot to provide undercut areas in the slot positioned under the segments. Spaced-apart openings are positioned between the segments. The fastener assembly includes a stud that extends from the fixture and is dimensioned to be received within the slot for engaging the spaced-apart segments. The fastener also includes an eccentrically-mounted cam movable between a first position and a second position. When the cam is in the first position, the stud can engage the spaced-apart segments with clearance, and when the cam is in the second position, the stud can tightly engage the spaced-apart segments." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2007 (12/162,043). 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=8,376,306.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,306&RS=PN/8,376,306 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 25 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,376,293) developed by William J. Grady IV, Cary, N.C., and Jason E. Minyard, Phoenix, for a "self-supporting cantilevered mounting system and methods of installation thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mounting system, in one embodiment, includes two support ears, each support ear adapted for securing an electronic component to a rack. Each support ear includes a planar portion which includes at least one hole for receiving one or more fasteners for coupling to a side of the electronic component and a portion extending perpendicular to the planar portion having a frontal area. The perpendicular portion includes at least one pin positioned on a side opposite the frontal area for engaging with at least one hole in the rack, the at least one pin extending normal to the perpendicular portion in a direction about parallel to a plane of the planar portion, and a first fastener positioned on the side opposite the frontal area for coupling to the rack, the first fastener extending normal to the perpendicular portion in the direction about parallel to the plane of the planar portion." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2010 (12/916,251). 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=8,376,293.PN.&OS=PN/8,376,293&RS=PN/8,376,293 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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