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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 26)
[February 26, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 26)

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

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Shoe-attached Brush System for Cleaning Golf Clubs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Timothy Courcy, Plano, Texas, has developed a patent (8,375,501) for a "shoe-attached brush system for cleaning golf clubs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A brush system for attaching to a shoe having a base with a top surface, a bottom surface, and a side edge, a plurality of bristles extending upwardly from the top surface, a clip divided into an arced portion and a flat portion, the arced portion extends outwardly from the side edge of the base and curves around underneath the bottom surface of the base and the flat portion is positioned below and parallel to the bottom surface of the base, a gap exists between the clip and the bottom surface, the arced portion of the clip has a middle bar and a first and a second side bar, a gap exists both between the first side bar, the middle bar, and the second side bar, and a slit in the first side bar and the second side bar of the arced portion." The patent application was filed on Nov. 16, 2011 (13/297,545). 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=83,75,501.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,501&RS=PN/83,75,501 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,378,048) developed by four co-inventors for "copolymers, compositions thereof, and methods for making them." The co-inventors are Rainer Kolb, Kingwood, Texas, Jo Ann Marie Canich, Houston, Liehpao Oscar Farng, Lawrenceville, N.J., and Sudhin Datta, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are amorphous ethylene propylene copolymer, compositions thereof, and methods for making same, whereby the copolymer can include of from about 40 wt. % to about 60 wt. % ethylene derived units; and of from about 60 wt. % to about 40 wt. % propylene derived units. The copolymer can be characterized by having no discernable melting point as measured by DSC, an MFRR (MI (21.6 kg; 230.degree. C.)/MI (2.16 kg; 230.degree. C.)) (MI (2.16 kg; 230.degree. C.)) of about 38 or more, a molecular weight distribution (MWD) of from about 1.5 to about 2.5, and a shear viscosity .eta.* at 0.01 rad/sec measured at 70.degree. C. that satisfies the relation |.eta.*|.sub.(70.degree. C.; 0.01 rad/sec)>1.2*10.sup.6*|MFR|.sup.-0.77, wherein MFR is the melt flow rate." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2011 (13/004,703). 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=83,78,048.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,048&RS=PN/83,78,048 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Infant Lap Support ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Don E. Hinderliter II, Richardson, Texas, has developed a patent (8,375,491) for an infant lap support.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is an infant lap support comprising an infant support panel having a first edge and a second edge, a leg attachment member having two or more attachment points, wherein a first attachment point is attached to the first edge of the infant support panel and wherein a second attachment point is attached to a first fastener, and a second fastener attached to a second edge of the infant support panel, wherein the first fastener and the second fastener are configured to be selectively fastened to each other around the legs of a user." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2009 (12/651,218). 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=83,75,491.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,491&RS=PN/83,75,491 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Univation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Univation Technologies, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,378,040) developed by five co-inventors for "methods for cleaning the distributor plate in a fluidized bed reactor system." The co-inventors are Eric J. Markel, Kingwood, Texas, Robert O. Hagerty, Wyckoff, N.J., Ryan W. Impelman, Houston, Richard B. Pannell, Kingwood, Texas, and Cecile F. Saladino, Baytown, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for cleaning a distributor plate in a fluidized bed polymerization reactor system according to one embodiment includes, in a first mode, operating with about a normal, baseline value of superficial gas velocity in a fluidized bed polymerization reactor system having a reactor vessel, a recycle line, and a distributor plate in the reactor vessel near an inlet of the reactor vessel. In a second mode, the superficial gas velocity is increased above the baseline value of the first mode to a level sufficient to raise the temperature of the cycle gas at the inlet above an average temperature of the cycle gas at the inlet in the first mode, and to a level sufficient to dislodge foulant from holes in the distributor plate." The patent application was filed on July 23, 2009 (12/999,803). 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=83,78,040.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,040&RS=PN/83,78,040 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas, New Jersey Inventors Develop Patent for Key Retainer for Railway Car Coupler ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Charles T. Bomgardner, Burleson, Texas, Ike S. Sowden, Columbus, N.J., and Andres Paul Montoya Moncayo, North Plainfield, N.J., have developed a patent (8,376,160) for a "key retainer for railway car coupler." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A key retainer for retaining a draft key in the key slot of a railway car yoke is mounted on the outside of the sill of a railway car. Mounting the key retainer with a retainer key system on the outside of the sill, and aligned with the sill cutout, permits ease of visual inspection of the retainer from outside the railway car, and allows for repair of the key retainer without disassembling the coupler from the yoke, or the yoke from the railway car." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2011 (13/093,464). 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=83,76,160.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,160&RS=PN/83,76,160 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Shearing Tool and Methods of Use ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- James Edward Chambers II, Magnolia, Texas, and Gerald Robert Byrd, Spring, Texas, have developed a patent (8,376,055) for a "shearing tool and methods of use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shearing tool for shearing, trimming, or reducing objects being pulled through a drill string and methods for retrieving retrievable tools with fins from the drill string, where the retrievable tools must pass through restrictions in the drill string having interior diameters less than the outer diameters of the fins. The fins, affixed to the retrievable tools, provide stability to the tools, while within the drill string, and can be made of rubber, plastic, other shearable materials, or combinations thereof. The apparatuses and methods include inserting a shearing tool with a flange into a box end of a section of drill string, where the flange keeps the shearing tool in place. The shearing tool further comprising a cutting surface for cutting materials pulled through the shearing tool." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2011 (13/136,035). 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=83,76,055.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,055&RS=PN/83,76,055 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ExxonMobil Chemical Patents Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- ExxonMobil Chemical Patents, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,378,042) developed by Richard Cheng-Ming Yeh, Bellaire, Texas, and Rainer Kolb, Kingwood, Texas, for a "finishing process for amorphous polymers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Extruded, copolymer pellet compositions and methods for making the same. A copolymer pellet composition can have an ethylene content of about 40 wt % to about 50 wt % and a propylene content of about 50 wt % to about 60 wt %, based on total weight of the copolymer, wherein the copolymer has a MFR (230.degree. C./2.16 kg) of from about 3.0 g/10 min and about 25 g/10 min; a MWD (Mw/Mn) of about 2.3 or less; and no measurable melting peak, as measured by DSC." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,009). 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=83,78,042.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,042&RS=PN/83,78,042 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Apparatus for Recovering Hose ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Clinton D. Baker, Lorena, Texas, has developed a patent (8,376,202) for an "apparatus for recovering hose." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for recovering hose, particularly coupled fire hose, comprises a lifting frame assembly, a lifting arm attached to the lifting frame assembly, a plurality of guide rollers, a motor mounted on the lifting frame assembly, an electric switch, a powered rotational drive roller, a plurality of lower rollers, and a detachable support assembly. A biasing means biases the lifting frame assembly to a plurality of guide roller mounts to allow lifting and lowering of the lifting frame assembly to and from at first and second position to allow passage of hose fitted with hose couplings. When using the relatively simple apparatus, a single operator can efficiently collect infinite quantities of hose fitted with hose couplings." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2007 (11/854,763). 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=83,76,202.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,202&RS=PN/83,76,202 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,378,045) developed by John Kaarto, Missouri City, Texas, Linfeng Chen, Missouri City, Texas, and Tak W. Leung, Houston, for a "thermoformed article with high stiffness and good optics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are thermoformed articles composed of propylene homopolymer containing a substituted phenylene aromatic diester. The thermoformed articles have high stiffness, good compression strength, excellent processability, and excellent optics." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2010 (12/819,489). 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=83,78,045.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,045&RS=PN/83,78,045 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Univation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Univation Technologies, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,378,043) developed by four co-inventors for "ethylene alpha olefin copolymers and polymerization processes for making the same." The co-inventors are Blair Alfred Graham, Bright's Grove, Canada, Mark P. Ossowski, Bridgewater, N.J., James M. Farley, League City, Texas, and Rainer Kolb, Kingwood, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for the production of an ethylene alpha-olefin copolymer is disclosed. The process includes polymerizing ethylene and at least one alpha-olefin by contacting the ethylene and the at least one alpha-olefin with a metallocene catalyst in at least one gas phase reactor at a reactor pressure of from 0.7 to 70 bar and a reactor temperature of from 20.degree. C. to 150.degree. C. to form an ethylene alpha-olefin copolymer. The resulting ethylene alpha-olefin copolymer may have a density of 0.927 g/cc or greater and environmental stress crack resistance (ESCR) of 500 hr or more when measured according to ASTM 1693/B in 10% Igepal." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2010 (12/968,996). 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=83,78,043.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,043&RS=PN/83,78,043 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Post-puller and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Thomas Ford, Lake Kiowa, Texas, has developed a patent (8,375,606) for a post-puller and method.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of removing a T-type fence post from the earth with a powered, mobile piece of equipment controlled by a human operator includes attaching a substantially flat plate to a lift arm of the powered, mobile piece of equipment such that the plate hangs substantially vertically from the lift arm and can move in an arc, the plate having an opening with a top wall and a bottom wall, moving the powered, mobile piece of equipment in a first direction to pull the plate over the fence post such that an upper portion of the post enters the opening with the bottom and upper walls of the opening engaging the post with sufficient force to retain the post in the opening when the post is pulled from the earth and raising the lift arm to pull the post from the earth in a substantially vertical direction." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2012 (13/461,413). 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=83,75,606.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,606&RS=PN/83,75,606 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Collapsible Mobile Hunting Stand and Associated Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Brent Dawes, Aurther City, Texas, and Shelby Dawes, Aurther City, Texas, have developed a patent (8,376,083) for a "collapsible mobile hunting stand and associated method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A collapsible hunting stand includes an observation platform preferably having a seat rotatably attached thereto. A first auxiliary support structure may be pivotally connected to the observation platform. A second auxiliary support structure may further be pivotally connected to the first auxiliary support structure and adapted to be statically affixed to the vehicle respectively. A first pair of support leg members may be pivotally mated to the observation platform and adapted to be removably attached to the vehicle respectively. A second pair of support leg members may be pivotally mated to the observation platform and removably attached to the first auxiliary support structure respectively. The first and second auxiliary support structures may be vertically aligned along a vertical axis while the first and second pairs of support leg members are obliquely offset relative to the vertical axis when the observation platform is biased to the associated raised erect position respectively." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2010 (12/712,847). 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=83,76,083.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,083&RS=PN/83,76,083 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for System and Method for Providing Additional Blowout Preventer Control Redundancy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Scott P. McGrath, Sugar Land, Texas, and Brian K. Williams, Cypress, Texas, have developed a patent (8,376,051) for a "system and method for providing additional blowout preventer control redundancy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus to allow backup or alternate fluid flow routes around malfunctioning BOP control components using a remotely installed removable hydraulic hose connection. The backup fluid flow route sends pressure-regulated hydraulic fluid to a BOP operation via an isolation valve rigidly attached to the BOP, then to a hose connected to an intervention panel on the BOP and finally through a valve that isolates the primary flow route and establishes a secondary flow route to allow continued operation. To increase reliability, the backup components route from a spare BOP function and are rigidly fixed to the BOP." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2008 (12/234,005). 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=83,76,051.PN.&OS=PN/83,76,051&RS=PN/83,76,051 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Viscometer for Testing Cement Rheology ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Hongfeng Bi, Houston, has developed a patent (8,375,771) for a "viscometer for testing cement rheology." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Viscometer (80) with a closed bottom rotor assembly (51) rotatable by a coupling magnet (34) and a driving magnet (38) to shear a tested fluid thus imparting torque to a bob (30) mounted on a bob shaft (24) supported via bearings (22 and 18) inside rotor assembly (51). An upper chamber (96) located in the upper portion of rotor assembly (51) is at least partially filled with sample and communicates pressure with lower portion of rotor assembly (51) and rotor top via small gap (106) and small gap (110). A spiral spring (70) restricts the rotation of bob shaft (24). Magnetometer (10) measures the angular position of a top magnet (72) connected to the top of bob shaft (24). This angular position information is further converted to the viscosity of the tested fluid." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/800,719). 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=83,75,771.PN.&OS=PN/83,75,771&RS=PN/83,75,771 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Horiba Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Horiba, Kyoto, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,376,312) developed by six co-inventors for a flow restrictor. The co-inventors are Daniel T. Mudd, Sparks, Nev., William W. White, Sparks, Nev., Virginia Miller, Sparks, Nev., Christopher Davis, Richardson, Texas, Kimura Miyoshi, Koyoto, Japan, and Tadahiro Yasuda, Koyoto, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A flow restrictor with a first disk having at least one inlet and at least one outlet and a flow path and a second disk having no flow path. The first disk and the second disk being stacked together. A mass flow controller comprising with an input, an output, a flow path, a pressure transducer and the above flow restrictor." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/932,429). 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=8,376,312&OS=8,376,312&RS=8,376,312 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Increased Sensor Die Adhesion ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,375,799) developed by Alistair David Bradley, Hilliard, Ohio, Lamar Floyd Ricks, Lewis Center, Ohio, and Richard Alan Davis, Plano, Texas, for an "increased sensor die adhesion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices for adhesively bonding a sensor die to a substrate are described. In some cases, a sensor assembly may include a pressure sensor die mounted to a substrate with an adhesive. The pressure sensor die may be fabricated to include a back-side having one or more adhesion features (e.g. recesses or indentations), which increase the surface area of the pressure sensor die that is in contact with the adhesive, to thereby increase the adhesion force therebetween. In some cases, the one or more adhesion features may define a non-planar interface between the pressure sensor die and the adhesive which, in some instances, may reduce the formation and/or propagation of cracks in the adhesive, which also may help increase the adhesion force therebetween." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2010 (12/965,469). 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=8,375,799&OS=8,375,799&RS=8,375,799 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Southwest Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,375,859) developed by Erick J. Sagebiel, San Antonio, for a shaped explosive charge.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shaped charge explosive device is provided having a front, a rear and an axis of symmetry with the device comprising an explosive charge, a liner lining a front of the explosive charge, the liner having a recess in the form of a groove encircling the axis of symmetry; and the groove arranged to provide an axis of projection for the liner at an angle A relative to the axis of symmetry. A method of cutting a structure is provided comprising the steps of providing the foregoing device, detonating the explosive charge to create a detonation wave; forming the liner into an formed projectile in the shape of an annular ring with the detonation wave; directing the formed projectile towards the structure; and forming an annular ring cut pattern in the structure with the formed projectile." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,879). 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=8,375,859&OS=8,375,859&RS=8,375,859 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Novartis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,377,124) developed by Xin Hong, Arlington, Texas, and Xiaoxiao Zhang, Fort Worth, Texas, for a "two-element system to provide an ease of accommodation with variable-spherical aberration control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the present invention provides a two-element ophthalmic lens in which a lateral shift of the elements relative to one another can cause a variation not only in a spherical power provided by the lens but also in spherical aberration exhibited by that lens. In some implementations, the thickness profiles of the two elements are designed such that the variation in spherical aberration is positively correlated with that of the spherical power of the lens." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/242,270). 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=8,377,124&OS=8,377,124&RS=8,377,124 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas, Arizona Inventors Develop Patent for Cellular Device Identification and Location with Emergency Number Selectivity Enforcement (CILENSE) ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Kristine A. Wilson, Murphy, Texas, Kelce S. Wilson, Murphy, Texas, and Edward A. Wilson, Prescott, Ariz., have developed a patent (8,380,170) for a "cellular device identification and location with emergency number selectivity enforcement (CILENSE)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for restricting operation of wireless devices, for example cell phones, comprises a controller and a plurality of sensors. The system restricts device usage, while permitting emergency phone calls, for example 911 calls. The sensors receive transmissions from devices, and use the transmissions for identification and determining whether a device is within a restricted zone. One disclosed method is triangulation, using time of arrival of transmissions at the sensors. If the device is within the zone, the controller sends device identification, and possibly a customized restriction request, to a remote node, for example a control node of a cell phone network operator. The operator then uses its network resources to implement the requested restrictions. Communication between the controller and the remote node is secure, possibly encrypted, to minimize malicious interference. A wireless control can define vertices of the zone and exempt certain devices from restrictions. Jamming is not required." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2010 (12/692,601). 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=8,380,170&OS=8,380,170&RS=8,380,170 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Apparatus, and Associated Method, for Decoding Convolutionally Encoded Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,381,084) developed by David Furbeck, Keller, Texas, for an "apparatus, and associated method, for decoding convolutionally encoded data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, and an associated method, for correcting errors in decoded data, decoded by a convolutional decoder, such as an SOVA (Soft Output Viterbi Algorithm). A CRC check is performed upon the decoded data. If the CRC check fails, a conclusion is made that the decoded data contains errors. Portions of the decoded data indicated to exhibit low levels of reliability are toggled with values of most-likely error events. A corrected sequence of the decoded data is formed that corrects for the errors in the decoded data." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2008 (12/256,358). 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=8,381,084&OS=8,381,084&RS=8,381,084 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Logging System Characteristic Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,381,042) developed by Martin Bouda, Plano, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for logging system characteristic data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for logging system characteristic data of a system is provided. The method includes receiving a plurality of system characteristic data points associated with a first time period of predetermined length, and generating a one or more first power sums from the plurality of system characteristic data points." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2010 (12/716,697). 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=8,381,042&OS=8,381,042&RS=8,381,042 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Arctic Platform Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Benton F. Baugh, Houston, has developed a patent (8,376,659) for an arctic platform method.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of supporting a double hull platform section above the surface of the earth for the exploration of oil, gas, or hydrate reserves comprising lowering a platform to a distance above the surface of the earth, engaging a first set of supports with the surface of the earth, drilling holes in the earth, inserting a second set of supports in the drilled holes, adding a slurry in to the drilled holes, allowing the slurry to freeze to support the platform, and disengaging said first set of supports from the earth." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2004 (10/899,361). 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=8,376,659&OS=8,376,659&RS=8,376,659 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Shelf and Storage Unit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Daniel Lee Schinzing, Keene, Texas, has developed a patent (8,376,477) for a "shelf and storage unit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A storage unit is provided for placement between upright studs of a wall. The unit may be unitary or be made into two telescoping box portions. Storage shelves are removably positioned in the interior area of the unit. For the two-piece unit, the storage shelves are made of two half shelves, with each half shelf having a terminal loop portion through which the other half shelf slides." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2010 (12/925,552). 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=8,376,477&OS=8,376,477&RS=8,376,477 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Radio Controlled Aircraft, Remote Controller and Methods for Use Therewith ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Katherine C. Stuckman, Austin, Texas, and Michael D. Reynolds, Cedar Park, Texas, have developed a patent (8,380,368) for "radio controlled aircraft, remote controller and methods for use therewith." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radio controlled (RC) aircraft includes a receiver that is coupled to receive an RF signal from a remote control device, the RF signal containing command data in accordance with a first coordinate system, wherein the first coordinate system is from a perspective of the remote control device. A motion sensing module generates motion data based on the motion of the RC aircraft. A processing module transforms the command data into control data in accordance with a second coordinate system, wherein the second coordinate system is from a perspective of the RC aircraft. A plurality of control devices control the motion of the RC aircraft based on the control data. In an embodiment, a remote control device commands the RC helicopter to substantially a hovering state when no force is applied to each of a plurality of spring-loaded interface devices." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2012 (13/471,642). 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=8,380,368&OS=8,380,368&RS=8,380,368 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Rotary Gingival Cord Packer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Lon Jude Latiolais, Georgetown, Texas, has developed a patent (8,376,744) for a "rotary gingival cord packer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dental apparatus usable to place cord beneath a gum line and related methods of use are disclosed herein. The apparatus includes a handle having one or more rotary members attached thereto. In operation, the edge of a rotary member is placed in contact with a cord surrounding a tooth, and the edge is rolled along the length of the cord, such that contact between the edge and the cord causes the rotary member to rotate, while the other portions of the apparatus are moved laterally during use. The cord is thereby placed beneath the gum line while contact between the apparatus and surrounding teeth and gums is minimized." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/589,962). 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=8,376,744&OS=8,376,744&RS=8,376,744 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for Trim-to-fit Therapeutic Compression Garment System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Wade P. Farrow, College Station, Texas, and Barry L. Creighton, College Station, Texas, have developed a patent (8,376,977) for a "trim-to-fit therapeutic compression garment system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of treating a condition of a patient's limb is disclosed. The method may use a compression garment wrappable about the limb and a template comprising markings showing where to trim the compression garment to fit a smaller size limb. Measurements may be taken of a circumference of the limb of the patient. Next, the template may be positioned to overlay at least a portion of the compression garment. The compression garment may then be cut or trimmed proximate a marking of the markings matching the measurement. " The patent application was filed on June 27, 2011 (13/169,240). 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=8,376,977&OS=8,376,977&RS=8,376,977 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Traction Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Kim H. Smith, Cedar Hill, Texas, has developed a patent (8,376,380) for a traction device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved traction device for a motor vehicle provides a rear support assembly positioned proximate to a rear axle and an adjacent portion of a leaf spring and a front rocker support assembly. The front rocker support assembly includes a front leaf spring bracket assembly attached to a selected portion of the leaf spring between the axle and the front leaf spring mount, a rocker pivotally attached to the front leaf spring bracket assembly, and a rocker head connected to an end of the rocker for engaging a lower surface of the leaf spring to limit pivotal movement of the front rocker support assembly relative to the front end of the leaf spring, and. An adjustable rigid link extends between the rear support assembly and the front rocker support assembly." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2010 (12/969,553). 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=8,376,380&OS=8,376,380&RS=8,376,380 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Composition for Increasing Soil Fertility ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Larry Lancaster, Comfort, Texas, has developed a patent (8,377,164) for a "composition for increasing soil fertility." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composition, and its manufacture, used to add supplemental materials to plants for the purpose of increasing or modifying growth or the composition of the plant. The composition comprises silicon, sodium hydroxide, water, and a humic acid and fulvic acid blend." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2007 (11/900,581). 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=8,377,164&OS=8,377,164&RS=8,377,164 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent for Methods for Contacting a Surface with a Fluid Containing a Marker to Determine the Wettability of the Surface ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,375,773) developed by four co-inventors for "methods for contacting a surface with a fluid containing a marker to determine the wettability of the surface." The co-inventors are Siddhartha F. Lunkad, Pune, India, Balasundaram Balaraman, Pune, India, Abhimanyu Deshpande, Pune, India, and Christopher L. Gordon, Roanoke, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of determining the wettability of a surface under predetermined conditions, wherein the surface simulates or is a downhole surface for use in an oil or gas operation. The methods include the steps of: (A) contacting the surface with at least a first fluid; and then (B) observing the surface for the presence or absence of a marker to determine the wettability of the surface. According to a first aspect of the inventions, the first fluid comprises a first marker, and the step of contacting is under first predetermined conditions. This aspect also includes the additional step of contacting the surface with a second fluid comprising a second marker. According to a second aspect of the inventions, the step of contacting the surface with the first fluid is under predetermined conditions, and the surface is contacted with a second fluid comprising a second marker. According to a third aspect of the inventions, the first fluid comprises a first marker, the surface is contacted with a second fluid comprising a second marker, and both steps of contacting are performed under predetermined conditions." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2009 (12/502,062). 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=8,375,773&OS=8,375,773&RS=8,375,773 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Multi-contact Universally Jointed Power and/or Signal Connector Devices Constructed Utilizing Deformed Printed Circuit Boards ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- John R. Robb, Stafford, Texas, has developed a patent (8,376,756) for a "multi-contact universally jointed power and/or signal connector devices constructed utilizing deformed printed circuit boards." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adjustable at least three-way electrical connector device for signal, power, voice and/or data communication, comprising at least three adjustable electrical connections utilizing a ball and socket type physical connection device, preferably including a weatherproofing gasket, and further including being constructed utilizing deformable printed circuit boards, deformed and embedded in thermosetting plastic material with elastomeric properties, and including methods of construction." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2010 (12/924,390). 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=8,376,756&OS=8,376,756&RS=8,376,756 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ATP Oil & Gas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- ATP Oil & Gas, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,375,878) developed by Robert Magee Shivers III, Houston, William T. Bennett Jr., Houston, and David Trent, Houston, for a "method for offloading a fluid that forms a hydrocarbon vapor using a soft yoke." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for use in deep water, for dynamically connecting a fixed for floating vessel to a floating transport vessel using at least one telescoping mooring arm, and for flowing a fluid that forms a hydrocarbon vapor to the moveable floating transport vessel with offload flexible conduits that adjust to accommodate vessel motion, wave motion, current motion, and other weather motion without disengaging is disclosed herein. The method can include using telescoping mooring arms to maintain a nominal distance between the fixed or floating vessel and the transport vessel while forming an enclosed gangway. The method can include monitoring offloading and return of hydrocarbon vapor, providing quick connect/disconnect engagements to the transport vessel, and using an adjustable vapor return flexible conduit. The method can include releasing the transport vessel from the fixed for floating vessel to transport the fluid to another location." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,604). 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=8,375,878&OS=8,375,878&RS=8,375,878 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (RE44,021) developed by Zhijun Cai, Irving, Texas, for an "apparatus, and associated method, for providing open loop diversity in a radio communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, and an associated method, for providing transmit diversity to an open-loop MIMO communication scheme, such as a point to multipoint broadcast service in a cellular system. Multiple data streams of the broadcast data are broadcast by way of transmit diversity antennas of a sending station. The data symbols of the separate data streams are phase-shifted to be offset in phase from one another. The data streams, once the data symbols thereof are selectably phase-shifted by a phase shifter, are applied by an applier to sending nodes of the respective cells." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2011 (13/314,808). 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=RE44,021&OS=RE44,021&RS=RE44,021 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Open Text Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Open Text, Luxembourg, has been assigned a patent (8,380,932) developed by John H. Martin, Austin, Texas, and Mark R. Scheevel, Austin, Texas, for "contextual regeneration of pages for web-based applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for invalidating and regenerating pages. In one embodiment, a method can include detecting content changes in a content database including various objects. The method can include causing an invalidation generator to generate an invalidation based on the modification and communicating the invalidation to a dependency manager. A cache manager can be notified that pages in a cache might be invalidated based on the modification via a page invalidation notice. In some embodiments, the content change can affect a set of objects which can be defined by an attribute of the objects. The content change can be the creation or deletion of some object(s) in the content database. The cached page can be regenerated during which various dependencies of the regenerated page can be discovered." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2008 (12/212,414). 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=8,380,932&OS=8,380,932&RS=8,380,932 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Novartis Assigned Patent for Lens Delivery System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,377,076) developed by six co-inventors for a lens delivery system. The co-inventors are David Anthony Downer, Fort Worth, Texas, Kyle Brown, Fort Worth, Texas, Dengzhu Yan, Arlington, Texas, Marshall Keith Proulx, Keller, Texas, Sushant Muchhala, Kennedale, Texas, and Tu Cam Tran, Grapevine, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An intraocular lens delivery system includes an injector body having a bore surrounded by an inner wall. The system further includes a plunger configured to fit within the bore. The system also includes a plurality of deflectable members connected to the plunger and configured to contact the inner wall and to be deflected when the plunger is inserted within the bore. The deflectable members center the shaft and, when inserted within the injector body, contribute to producing a predetermined force resisting advancement of the plunger when deflected in the bore." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2010 (12/792,898). 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=8,377,076&OS=8,377,076&RS=8,377,076 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Mobile Electronic Device AC Charger Mount ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- James Robert Gourley, Dallas, has developed a patent (8,378,625) for a "mobile electronic device AC charger mount." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for mounting a mobile electronic device to an alternating current charger is provided. The mount allows the user to charge a mobile electronic device with the alternating current charger provided by the original equipment manufacturer of the mobile electronic device. The mount also protects the mobile electronic device from damage." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2010 (12/699,556). 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=83,78,625.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,625&RS=PN/83,78,625 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sondex Wireline Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Sondex Wireline, Farnborough, Hampshire, United Kingdom, has been assigned a patent (8,378,292) developed by Helene Claire Climent, Sugar Land, Texas, and Jason MacInnis, Sugar Land, Texas, for a "neutron porosity measurement devices with semiconductor neutron detection cells and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A neutron porosity measurement device adapted to receive a neutron source configured to emit neutrons having a first energy includes a segmented semiconductor detector located at a predetermined distance from the neutron source. The segmented semiconductor detector includes a plurality of semiconductor neutron detection cells configured to detect neutrons having a second energy smaller than the first energy. The cells are arranged in subsets located between a first distance and a second distance from the neutron source, each subset including semiconductor neutron detection cells surrounding an axis and being disposed in opposite sectors defined relative to the axis at substantially same distance from the neutron source. One or more of the neutron detection cells are configured to acquire data related to detected neutrons independently from one or more other of the neutron detected cells. A method of manufacturing the neutron porosity measurement device is also provided." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2011 (13/193,252). 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=83,78,292.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,292&RS=PN/83,78,292 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LHR Services and Equipment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- LHR Services and Equipment, Pearland, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,376,430) developed by Christopher Ryan Lee, Missouri City, Texas, for a hand tool.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hand tool including a handle and a tool head. The tool head is a V-shaped or modified V-shaped tool head." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2012 (13/450,839). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,376,430&OS=8,376,430&RS=8,376,430 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventors Develop Patent for High Temperature and High Pressure Reference Electrode and Method to Eliminate the Formation of Gas Bubbles In Liquid-filled Tubes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Lietai Yang, San Antonio, and Xiaodong Sun Yang, San Antonio, have developed a patent (8,377,276) for a "high temperature and high pressure reference electrode and method to eliminate the formation of gas bubbles in liquid-filled tubes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A long-term, reliable high pressure reference electrode for high temperature applications was disclosed. This reference electrode has inner and an outer liquid junction plugs. The inner plug provides the function of restraining the outflow of the internal reference electrolyte. The outer plug is chemically and mechanically robust in the external fluid where the reference electrode is used and protects the inner plug from the mechanical and chemical attacks by the harsh external fluid. Therefore, the inner plug can be selected from many of the well-characterized liquid junction plugs used in regular low temperature reference electrodes, without the need for the inner plug to be chemically and mechanically stable in the external fluid, as long as it has the thermal stability. A method for preventing the formation of gas bubbles inside a high pressure reference electrode in the electrolyte-filled section, and thus eliminating the gas bobble effect on the electrical continuity, was also disclosed. One or more thin solid rods or tubes are inserted into the internal electrolyte-housing tube and the thin rods or tubes alter the surface tension of the gas bubbles so that the bubbles are unstable in the middle of the liquid electrolyte. Compared with the fiber wicks or porous powder used by previous researchers to ensure the electrical continuity, the thin tubes or rods are easier to handle and easier to clean. This method may also be used in other systems that contain a liquid-filled tube (e.g., a pH electrode) to prevent the formation of gas bubbles in the liquid-filled section of the tube." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/290,388). 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=8,377,276.PN.&OS=PN/8,377,276&RS=PN/8,377,276 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Location Based Femtocell Device Configuration and Handoff ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,379,550) developed by William Joseph Semper, Richardson, Texas, for a "location based femtocell device configuration and handoff." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for configuring femtocell devices for performing handoffs in a communication system. The communication system is provided with a plurality of macrocell base stations, a femtocell device, a wireless softswitch and a mobile node. In the communication system, each macrocell base station serves a macro cell, and the femtocell device serves a femto cell and is disposed in one of the plurality of macro cells. The wireless softswitch is communicatively connected with the plurality of macrocell base stations and the femtocell device, and stores geographic coverage area information for each of the plurality of macrocell base stations. The mobile node is originally disposed within the femto cell and moves out of the femto cell. The mobile node transmits a registration message to the femtocell device. The femtocell device forwards the registration message and geographical location information for the femtocell device to the wireless softswitch. The wireless softswitch determines which one of the plurality of macrocell base stations covers the macro cell where the femtocell device is disposed, in dependence upon the received geographical location information for the femtocell device and the stored geographic coverage area information for each of the plurality of macrocell base stations. Then, the wireless softswitch forwards the registration message to the macrocell base station determined." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2008 (12/213,786). 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=8,379,550&OS=8,379,550&RS=8,379,550 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for RF Transmitter with Adaptive Digital Filtering ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,379,755) developed by Joseph R. Cleveland, Murphy, Texas, for a "RF transmitter with adaptive digital filtering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An RF transmitter filter for use in a wireless communication system is disclosed. The filter includes a waveform detector to detect a power level of a transmitted data stream on a symbol-by-symbol basis. The filter also includes a processor to select a combination of filter parameter values according to the power level. The RF transmitter filter selects and adjusts filter parameters (i.e., number of taps or filter length, word length, coefficient quantization, sampling rate, tap delay, sampling bits, etc.) based on signal waveform characteristics. The adjustments limit the transmitted bandwidth and allow transmitted signals to meet an emission mask, while still enabling a receiver to recover the correct sample values of transmitted symbols. The filter further includes a reconfigurable digital filter to filter the transmitted data stream according to the combination of filter parameters." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2006 (11/590,398). 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=8,379,755&OS=8,379,755&RS=8,379,755 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus to Improve Performance and Enable Fast Decoding of Transmissions with Multiple Code Blocks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,379,738) developed by Zhouyue Pi, Richardson, Texas, and Farooq Khan, Allen, Texas, for "methods and apparatus to improve performance and enable fast decoding of transmissions with multiple code blocks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes separating resource elements from multiple code blocks into different groups, and decoding the code bits of the resource elements within each group without waiting for a completed reception of a transport block to start decoding. A method includes separating coded bits from multiple code blocks into different groups, and decoding the code blocks containing coded bits within each group. A first CRC is attached to the transport block and a second CRC is attached to at least one code block from the transport block. An improved channel interleaver design method including mapping from coded bits of different code blocks to modulation symbols, and mapping from modulation symbols to time, frequency, and spatial resources, to make sure each code block to get roughly the same level of protection." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2008 (12/039,645). 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=8,379,738&OS=8,379,738&RS=8,379,738 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Gemalto Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Gemalto, Meudon, France, has been assigned a patent (8,378,815) developed by John E. McNulty, Dallas, and Gregory M. Jones, Plano, Texas, for an "asset tracking with error adaptive boundary." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for tracking assets from central stations using tracking devices enabled to receive GPS coordinates or site identities broadcast from transmitters at fixed locations within a wireless network. Plural position fixes are taken over time and forwarded to the central station. The position fixes are compared to establish a likelihood that apparent excursions from a predetermined boundary area are valid or not, prior to generating an alert signal that the asset has moved from the boundary area." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,774). 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=83,78,815.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,815&RS=PN/83,78,815 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ViXS Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- ViXS Systems, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,379,609) developed by SuiWu Dong, Markham, Canada, and James Ward Girardeau Jr., Austin, Texas, for a "multimedia client/server system with adjustable data link rate and range and methods for use therewith." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit for use in a multimedia server module that is coupleable to a plurality of multimedia sources that produce at least one multimedia signal and that can transmit over a wireless communication path to at least one client module, the circuit includes an encoder module that encodes the at least one multimedia signal to produce an encoded signal. An RF server transceiver module produces a channel signal that includes the encoded signal, and that wirelessly transmits the channel signal at a link data rate over the wireless communication path, the RF server transceiver module including a first monitor module that generates first RF performance signals that are based on the performance of the wireless communication path, and a quality of service module that receives the first RF performance signals and adjusts both a range of the link data rate and the link data rate." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2007 (11/731,319). 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=8,379,609&OS=8,379,609&RS=8,379,609 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Pittsburgh Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- The University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, has been assigned a patent (8,376,463) developed by seven co-inventors for an "user adjustable wheelchair backrest mounting hardware." The co-inventors are Rory Alan Cooper, Gibsonia, Pa., Jonathan Lee Pearlman, Pittsburgh, Todd Hargroder, San Antonio, Eun-Kyoung Hong, Pittsburgh, Hsin-Yi Llu, Pittsburgh, Hongwu Wang, Pittsburgh, and Benjamin Arthur Salatin, Pittsburgh.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Angle adjustable backrest made of a lightweight, durable, adjustable, backrest for ultralight manual wheelchairs. Light-weight material can include composites for a rigid backrest for promotion of healthier and functional interface. Angle adjustment can be any desired range such as a range from -5 degree to 55 degrees (i.e. 85 degrees to 145 degree with respect to horizontal with the seat). No tools are necessary for any of the angle adjustments. The backrest has a horizontal adjustment (fore-aft) that can be any desired range such as 1 inch. The height selection depends on the length of the wheelchair frame tubes. The present invention improves the ease and simplicity of adjusting the backrest by or for the user, as well as enhances the aesthetic appearance and adds features necessary for achieving commercial readiness. The present invention can be retro fit onto a wide range for ultralight wheelchairs." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,533). 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=8,376,463&OS=8,376,463&RS=8,376,463 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SOLVAY Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- SOLVAY (Societe Anonyme), Brussels, Belgium, has been assigned a patent (8,378,130) developed by four co-inventors for a "product containing epichlorohydrin, its preparation and its use in various applications." The co-inventors are Noel Boulos, Houston, Philippe Krafft, Sint-Genesius-Rode, Belgium, Patrick Gilbeau, Braine-le-Comte, Belgium, and Dominique Balthasart, Brussels, Belgium.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Product containing epichlorohydrin and at least one alkyl glycidyl ether in an amount of less than 0.1 g/kg of product. Use of the product containing epichlorohydrin in the manufacture of epoxy resins, of glycidyl ethers, of glycidyl esters, of glycidyl amides, of glycidyl imides, of products that will be used in food and drink applications, of cationization agents, and of flame retardants, of products which will be used as detergent ingredient and of epichlorohydrin oligomers." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2008 (12/663,744). 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=8,378,130.PN.&OS=PN/8,378,130&RS=PN/8,378,130 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GLOBALFOUNDRIES Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been assigned a patent (8,377,781) developed by Jian Chen, Austin, Texas, James F. Buller, Austin, Texas, and Akif Sultan, Austin, Texas, for a "transistor with asymmetric silicon germanium source region." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a transistor with an asymmetric silicon germanium source region, and various methods of making same. In one illustrative embodiment, the transistor includes a gate electrode formed above a semiconducting substrate comprised of silicon, a doped source region comprising a region of epitaxially grown silicon that is doped with germanium formed in the semiconducting substrate and a doped drain region formed in the semiconducting substrate." The patent application wa 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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