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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (April 9)
[April 09, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (April 9)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Illinois.

*** Pyrophase Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Pyrophase, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,408,294) developed by Jack E. Bridges, Arlington Heights, Ill., for a "radio frequency technology heater for unconventional resources." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for heating at least a part of a subsurface hydro carbonaceous earth formation forms a borehole into or adjacent to the formation, places elongated coaxial inner and outer conductors into the borehole with the inner and outer conductors electrically connected to each other at a depth below the top of the formation, and connects an AC power source to at least the outer conductor to produce heat in at least one of the conductors. The AC output has a controlled frequency, and the outer conductor comprises a standard oil well component made of a ferromagnetic material that conducts current from the AC power source in only a surface region of the conductor due to the skin effect phenomenon. More heat is dissipated from portions of the conductor that is within the depth range of the formation than from other portions of the conductor." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2012 (13/540,187). 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=8,408,294&OS=8,408,294&RS=8,408,294 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Parker Hannifin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Parker Hannifin, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,408,232) developed by Eric Ray Schisler, Saint Charles, Ill., and J. Eric Haggard, South Elgin, Ill., for a sequence valve.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sequence valve for a hydraulic circuit provides a control signal through a control signal port to a pressure responsive flow source to maintain pressure in an accumulator between a low pressure setting and a high pressure setting. The valve includes accumulator, flow source and drain ports, in addition to the control signal port. A spool controls communication between the control signal port and the drain port. A piston is moved by pressure in the accumulator port against a control spring to close communication between the control signal port and the flow source port, and to move the valve spool to close communication between control signal port and the drain port. A differential between the net cross sectional area of the spool establishes the differential between the high and low pressure settings of the accumulator." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2009 (12/580,301). 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=8,408,232&OS=8,408,232&RS=8,408,232 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** International Engine Intellectual Property Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- International Engine Intellectual Property, Lisle, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,408,178) developed by Xinmin Xu, Naperville, Ill., Antoun Y. Calash, Elk Grove, Ill., and Naiqiang Wu, Aurora, Ill., for an "engine crankcase firing deck having anti-distortion projections." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A firing deck (16) for an engine crankcase includes a firing side surface (35) and a coolant side surface (34). A plurality of cylinder bores (18) are disposed through the firing deck (16) from the firing side surface (35) to the coolant side surface (34). The cylinder bores (18) form a centerline defining an intake side (26) of the firing deck (16) and an exhaust side (28) of the firing deck. A plurality of bosses (30) through the deck (16) from the firing side surface (35) to the coolant side surface (34) are disposed around each cylinder bore (18). A plurality of anti-distortion projections (36, 136) are disposed on the coolant side surface (34) of the firing deck (16) and provide the firing deck with a varied thickness. The anti-distortion projections (36, 136) are disposed on both the intake side (26) and the exhaust side (28) of the firing deck (16)." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/534,943). 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=8,408,178&OS=8,408,178&RS=8,408,178 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Deere & Co. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,408,149) developed by David J. Rylander, Victoria, Ill., for a "ground working machine with a blockage clearing system and method of operation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A ground working machine having a frame, a ground engaging wheel mounted to the frame and movable between a raised position not engaging the ground and a working position engaging the ground. The ground engaging wheel, when in the working position, rotating about a wheel axis as the machine is moved over the ground. An actuator raises and lowers the ground engaging wheels. A control system includes a sensor to detect rotation of the ground engaging wheel and a controller that receives an input from the sensor. The controller commands the actuator to raise the ground engaging wheel when the sensor detects that the ground engaging wheel is not rotating." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,262). 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=8,408,149&OS=8,408,149&RS=8,408,149 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adept Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Adept Industries, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong, has been assigned a patent (8,408,562) developed by Yuet Keung Tse, Hong Kong, Chi Bun Tse, Hong Kong, and Michael Potempa, Freeport, Ill., for a golf bag cart.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf bag cart includes a body for engaging a golf bag. The body has a first longitudinal end and an opposite second longitudinal end. A first pair of wheels is rotatable about a first axis of rotation at or adjacent the second longitudinal end, a second pair of wheels rotatable about a second axis of rotation which is pivotable relative to the body between a folded position and an outstretched position. When the second axis of rotation is in the outstretched position, the first and second wheel pairs support the body in a slanted orientation. When the second axis of rotation is in the folded position, the first and second wheel pairs support the body in a generally horizontal orientation. When the second axis of rotation moves from the outstretched position to the folded position, the second axis of rotation moves away from the first axis of rotation." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2011 (13/272,012). 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=84,08,562.PN.&OS=PN/84,08,562&RS=PN/84,08,562 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Method of Facilitating Inhalation of Controlled Quantities of Exhaled Air ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Ruthanna DeJule, Chicago, has developed a patent (8,408,211) for a "method of facilitating inhalation of controlled quantities of exhaled air." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of intercepting controlled quantities of air exhaled from at least one of two nostrils on an individual's nose to permit inhalation of the intercepted air, including the steps of: providing an air flow intercepting apparatus; and placing the air flow intercepting apparatus in an operative position relative to the individual's nostrils so that as the individual inhales and exhales during repeating breathing cycles: a) a first quantity of exhaled air flows past the air flow intercepting apparatus; and b) a second quantity of exhaled air impinges upon the air flow intercepting apparatus so as to at least one of: i) stagnate; and ii) be redirected by the air flow intercepting apparatus so that at least a portion of the second quantity of exhaled air is drawn into the individual's nostrils as the individual inhales." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2009 (12/653,314). 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=84,08,211.PN.&OS=PN/84,08,211&RS=PN/84,08,211 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Robert Bosch Assigned Patent for Drive Mechanism for a Reciprocating Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Robert Bosch, Stuttgart, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,407,901) developed by Stephen C. Oberheim, Des Plaines, Ill., for a "drive mechanism for a reciprocating tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A drive apparatus for a reciprocating tool includes a plunger and a wobble plate interface operatively connected to a drive shaft assembly. The wobble plate interface includes a lower portion having an effective lower pivot connection, and an upper pivot connection to a rear portion of the plunger. The wobble plate interface is configured to reciprocate the plunger generally in its lengthwise direction during alternating cutting and return strokes. The distances between the upper and lower pivot connections of both the rocker and wobble plate interface together with the distance between the upper pivot connections thereof to the plunger define a four bar mechanism that produces a path of movement of an attached cutting blade that is effective to apply a progressive non-linear cutting force to a work piece during the cutting stroke." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2010 (12/694,858). 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=84,07,901.PN.&OS=PN/84,07,901&RS=PN/84,07,901 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Robert Bosch Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Robert Bosch, Stuttgart, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,408,259) developed by ten co-inventors for a "modular router with base power switch." The co-inventors are David Pozgay, Evanston, Ill., James B. Stevens, Oak Park, Ill., Harald Krondorfer, Aurora, Ohio, Jeff Schreiner, Milwaukee, Martin Feldman, Mundelein, Ill., Tim Truesdale, Lindenhurst, Ill., Arturo Gonzalez, Mexicali, Mexico, Deborah Brown, Evanston, Ill., Erick Higashi, Mexicali, Mexico, and Charlie Ren, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A routing machine comprises a base unit and a motor unit releasably connected to the base unit. The base unit includes a handle and a first electrical connector. The motor unit includes an electric motor, motor control circuitry configured to energize or de-energize the electric motor, and a second electrical connector connected to the motor control circuitry. The second electrical connector is configured to engage the first electrical connector when the motor unit is properly seated on the base unit. An electric switch is positioned on the base unit. The motor control circuitry is configured to deliver electric power to the electric motor when the switch is in an on position. The motor control circuitry is configured to not provide electric power to the electric motor when the switch is in an off position." The patent application was filed on Oct. 10, 2011 (13/270,057). 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=84,08,259.PN.&OS=PN/84,08,259&RS=PN/84,08,259 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Magnetic Tire Guard ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Ramon Miranda, Chicago, has developed a patent (8,408,601) for a magnetic tire guard.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetic tire guard for picking up metal objects before they come in contact with a tire of a vehicle featuring a flap. A curved indentation is disposed at the intersection of the first side edge and the top edge of the flap. A plurality of mounting holes is disposed in the flap along the curved indentation, allowing for attachment of the flap to a wheel well of a vehicle. A magnet is disposed at the bottom edge of the flap. The magnet functions to attract metal objects. The magnet is attached to the flap via a magnet attachment means." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2011 (13/106,617). 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=84,08,601.PN.&OS=PN/84,08,601&RS=PN/84,08,601 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, Melbourne, Australia, has been assigned a patent (8,409,818) developed by five co-inventors for a "method of diagnosis and kit therefor." The co-inventors are David Andrew Anderson, Brunswick, Australia, Robyn Elizabeth Lloyd, New Farm, Australia, Suzanne Mary Crowe, Melbourne, Australia , Mary Louise Garcia, North Fitzroy, Australia, and Alan Lee Landay, River Forest, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides kits and methods for detecting or monitoring the number of cells in sample. The cell comprises a cell surface associated protein (CSAP) comprising a cytoplasmic (cytosolic) and an extracellular (ecto) domain. The kit comprises: (i) a chromatographic device; and (ii) a CSAP-binding agent. The method comprises: (i) optionally contacting the sample with an agent capable of lysing or permeabilizing CSAP bearing cells; (ii) contacting the sample with a CSAP-binding agent that binds to the cytoplasmic domain of the CSAP; and (iii) directly or indirectly evaluating the level or presence of bound CSAP in the sample." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (12/443,306). 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=8,409,818&OS=8,409,818&RS=8,409,818 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for PSA Filter ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Donald John Tieri Jr., Medinah, Ill., has developed a patent (8,409,314) for a PSA filter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The PSA Filter is a non-electronic air filter utilized in the interior or exterior of any device which uses air movement as a means of ventilation or circulation including, but not limited to a computer, printer or any other type of electronic or non-electronic devices. This invention consists of a base substrate which is covered with a PSA (pressure sensitive adhesive); such that the PSA material applied to the substrate is the active filtering element, this PSA coated substrate is inserted into or on a device for the purpose of trapping dirt, dust, pollen, fibers, and any additional types of air borne contaminants, that may inadvertently enter from the outside environment through factory installed vents, or that may be created inside of the device from its normal operations, thus said contaminants become trapped onto the PSA filter surface through air-circulation." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/021,650). 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=8,409,314&OS=8,409,314&RS=8,409,314 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Polyvalor, Valorisation HSJ Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Polyvalor, Canada, and Valorisation HSJ, Canada, have been assigned a patent (8,409,258) developed by four co-inventors for a "fusionless vertebral physeal device and method." The co-inventors are Carl-Eric Aubin, Saint-Lambert, Canada, John F. Sarwark, Glenview, Ill., Eliane Schmid, Marin, Switzerland, and Stefan Parent, Saint-Lambert, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An intravertebral device for modulating vertebral growth without changing spinal mobility or compressing the intervertebral disc. By implanting the device around the vertebral growth plate, on the convex side of the curvature, a compression is induced on one side of the growth plate during the vertebral growth. This local growth modulation decreases significantly the vertebral wedging and corrects the global deformity of the spine. The device provides a minimally invasive and fusionless way of correcting spinal curvatures while preserving the intervertebral disc." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2008 (12/131,699). 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=8,409,258&OS=8,409,258&RS=8,409,258 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Illinois, Connecticut Inventors Develop Patent for System, Method and Device for Managing Messages ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- James D. Logan, Candia, N.H., Michael Form, Southborough, Mass., Charles Call, Chicago, Jeffrey Logan, Windham, N.H., and Daniel Opalacz, Glastonbury, Conn., have developed a patent (8,411,829) for a "system, method and device for managing messages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method and device for managing messages. A caller dialing a particular line has a message managing device operatively connected to the line, that records a copy of the message to be recorded on the line, such as on a conventional answering machine. The MMD includes ring detection circuitry to detect an incoming call. The copy of the message recorded on the line can be communicated to the appropriate user by correlating the incoming call data with a contact list or other preferences selected by a user. The user/recipient of the message can also be manually selected by the caller. The MMD can also implement a virtual phone application for creating a plurality of distinct, unique rings for one line, based upon the caller information." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2009 (12/639,993). 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=8,411,829&OS=8,411,829&RS=8,411,829 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Joy Medical Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Joy Medical Devices, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,409,212) developed by Pong-Jeu Lu, Tainan, Taiwan, Jlin-Huey Chern Lin, Winnetka, Ill., and Chien-Ping Ju, Carbondale, Ill., for a "perforated balloon and method for forming a hardened orthopaedic paste in a bone using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention discloses a technique for forming a hardened orthopaedic paste in a bone cavity, which involves a forced-feeding balloon rupture mechanism. This mechanism includes continuously or intermittently injecting a liquid or gas into a perforated balloon containing a hardened orthopaedic paste therein in a bone cavity until the perforated balloon is dilated to exceed a critical size, and thus ruptures." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2011 (13/165,035). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,409,212&OS=8,409,212&RS=8,409,212 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Toshiba, Toshiba Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Toshiba, Tokyo, and Toshiba Medical Systems, Otawara-shi, Japan, have been assigned a patent (8,409,092) developed by Michelle Canzolino, Evanston, Ill., for a "medical imaging system that redirects heat waste for patient pallet heating." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to certain embodiments, a medical imaging system includes an imager, a patient pallet, and a heating subsystem. The imager obtains measurement data of a patient. Further, the imager includes at least one electrical component that generates heat. The patient pallet supports the patient to be scanned by the imager. Further, the heating subsystem heats the patient pallet using the heat generated by the at least one electrical component of the imager." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2010 (12/946,498). 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=8,409,092&OS=8,409,092&RS=8,409,092 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Accenture Global Services Assigned Patent for Data Quality Enhancement for Smart Grid Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Accenture Global Services, Dublin, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,412,735) developed by six co-inventors for a "data quality enhancement for smart grid applications." The co-inventors are Peter Zei-Chan Yeh, San Jose, Calif., Sanjay Mathur, Sunnyvale, Calif., Scott W. Kurth, Arlington Heights, Ill., John Mills Akred, San Jose, Calif., Erin Jennifer Maneri, San Jose, Calif., and John Y. Miller, Toronto.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, in one embodiment, can include encoding knowledge about a topic domain into a data modeling technique. Additionally, a set of candidate conditional functional dependencies can be generated based on a data set of the topic domain. Moreover, the set of candidate conditional functional dependencies and the data modeling technique encoded with the topic domain knowledge can be applied to the data set to obtain a plurality of data quality rules for the data set." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2010 (12/767,354). 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=8,412,735&OS=8,412,735&RS=8,412,735 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Direct SMS Message Delivery Over Broadband Data Networks Through an SMS-C ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,412,240) developed by Jay Bhatt, Naperville, Ill., Yigang Cai, Naperville, Ill., and Gyan Shanker, Naperville, Ill., for "direct SMS message delivery over broadband data networks through an SMS-C." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "SMS-C's and associated methods are disclosed that attempt to deliver SMS messages over a broadband data network as opposed to a voice network. An SMS-C described herein stores session information for a mobile device that has established a data session over the broadband data network. When the SMS-C receives a Mobile Terminated (MT) SMS message destined for the mobile device, the SMS-C stores the SMS message for delivery. The SMS-C then identifies a routing address for the mobile device over the broadband data network based on the stored session information, and forwards the SMS message to the mobile device directly over the broadband data network based on the routing address." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2009 (12/536,947). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,412,240&OS=8,412,240&RS=8,412,240 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Voice Group Sessions Over Telecommunication Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,412,171) developed by Anjana Agarwal, Wheaton, Ill., David S. Benco, Winfield, Ill., and Byron J. Williams, Chicago, for "voice group sessions over telecommunication networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Telecommunication networks and methods are disclosed for providing a group session service for a plurality of participants. An application server in the telecommunication network receives a plurality of real-time media streams from the participants of the group session, and identifies voice media in the individual media streams. The voice media represents the spoken voice of the participants, and includes talking intervals separated by idle intervals (i.e., pauses in the spoken voice). The application server inputs the talking intervals as audio media elements into an audio media queue in the order received, and also outputs the audio media elements from the audio media queue in the order in which the audio media elements were inputted (i.e., in a first-in-first-out (FIFO) fashion) to generate a collective media stream for the group session. The collected audio stream is then provided to the participants of the group session." The patent application was filed on Jan. 21, 2008 (12/017,203). 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=8,412,171&OS=8,412,171&RS=8,412,171 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Travel Caddy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Travel Caddy, Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,407,812) developed by four co-inventors for knee pad constructions. The co-inventors are Donald E. Godshaw, Evanston, Ill., Andrezj M. Redzisz, Wheeling, Ill., Du Hai, Quan Zhou, China, and Brad L. Schantz, Evanston, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Protective knee pads are comprised of a first shell member which fits over the patella and knee joint and a second member which is attached to the lower thigh and pivotally engaged with the knee pad shell so that they may articulate one with respect to the other while providing additional support and protection for the user of the knee pad. An additional shin pad may also be attached to the lower end of the shell which covers the knee." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2010 (12/962,456). 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=8,407,812&OS=8,407,812&RS=8,407,812 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Apparatus, and Associated Method, for Providing an Instance Identifier to a Network Database Node of a Mobile Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,412,192) developed by Adrian Buckley, Tracy, Calif., and Andrew Allen, Mundelein, Ill., for an "apparatus, and associated method, for providing an instance identifier to a network database node of a mobile network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, and an associated method, for an IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) mobile network to transfer an IMEI or IMEISV to an equipment ID register. A SIP, or other IP-based, message including the IMEI or IMEISV of a user equipment is converted by a protocol converter embodied at an application server into a MAP or DIAMETER message. A forwarder forwards on the MAP or DIAMETER message to EIR." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2007 (11/621,023). 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=8,412,192&OS=8,412,192&RS=8,412,192 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for System and Method Using Rate Split Scheme Based on Cooperation Between Receivers ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,412,252) developed by five co-inventors for "system and method using rate split scheme based on cooperation between receivers." The co-inventors are Hyun Ho Choi, Suwon-si, South Korea, Pramod Viswanath, Urbana, Ill., Chang Yong Shin, Seoul, South Korea, Won Jong Noh, Yongin-si, South Korea, and Won-Jae Shin, Yongin-si, South Korea.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Each of a first transmitter and a second transmitter uses a rate split scheme. Each of the first transmitter and the second transmitter may transmit at least four sub-messages, and different transmission powers may be allocated to the at least four sub-messages. Also, each of receivers may cooperate with each other, may share sub-messages that act as interferences, and may extract desired messages using the shared sub-messages." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/830,261). 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=8,412,252&OS=8,412,252&RS=8,412,252 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Illinois, Maryland Inventors Develop Patent for Muscular Memory Training Apparatus and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Vladimir Khananayev, Wheeling, Ill., Grigory Khananayev, Bethesda, Md., Roman Borochin, Glenview, Ill., and Marina Borochin, Glenview, Ill., have developed a patent (8,409,036) for a "muscular memory training apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A muscular memory training apparatus and method of the present invention is used for training basketball players to shoot a ball to a ring from fixed distances. The apparatus provides numerous advantages including improved training aid and method that teaches the players in a correct manner of making a shot with a basketball, develops muscular memory of the body joints and muscles for proper execution of a basketball shot and makes higher percentage of hitting the goal." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2012 (13/531,521). 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=8,409,036&OS=8,409,036&RS=8,409,036 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Seat Net Apparatus ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Bryan L. Reidy, Chicago, has developed a patent (8,408,642) for a seat net apparatus.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A retaining apparatus for retaining goods stored upon a vehicle seat in a vehicle is provided. The vehicle seat has a seat portion and a back portion with the seat portion having a front and a back and the back portion having a head rest. The retaining apparatus comprises a pouch having a first end, a second end, and an opening between the first end and the second end. A pouch securing mechanism secures the pouch to the front of the seat portion. A seat net is connected to the pouch within the opening. A seat net securing mechanism secures the other end of the seat net to the head rest wherein the seat net is alternatingly completely receivable within the pouch and extendable from the pouch to the head rest of the vehicle seat thereby creating a compartment between the seat net and the vehicle seat." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2011 (13/134,973). 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=8,408,642&OS=8,408,642&RS=8,408,642 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Goliath Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Goliath Solutions, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,408,457) developed by Gary L. Overhultz, River Forest, Ill., Edward J. Franczek, Glencoe, Ill., and Robert N. Michelson, Glencoe, Ill., for "systems and methods for coordinating an advertising message with a product display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with the teachings described herein, retail advertising systems and methods are provided for coordinating an advertising message with a product display. An advertising media device may be used for broadcasting recorded advertising messages about products in a retail environment. A product display may be used that is associated with a product on sale in the retail environment and that includes an associated wireless identification tag. A wireless identification system may be used that includes at least one antenna in the retail environment and that is configured to detect the wireless identification tag in the retail environment. An advertisement coordination system may be used that determines from the wireless identification system that the product display is located in the retail environment and in response causes the advertising media device to broadcast an advertising message related to the product display." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2007 (11/756,809). 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=8,408,457.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,457&RS=PN/8,408,457 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bedloe Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Bedloe Industries, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,408,407) developed by F. Andrew Nibouar, Chicago, Douglas Smith, Elridge, Iowa, and Jerry R. Smerecky, Roselle, Ill., for a "knuckle formed through the use of improved external and internal sand cores and method of manufacture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for manufacturing a railcar coupler knuckle, said method includes providing a cope mold portion and a drag mold portion. The cope and drag mold portions have internal walls that define at least in part perimeter boundaries of a coupler knuckle mold cavity. At least one chill core is positioned within one of the cope mold portion and the drag mold portion. The cope and drag mold portions are closed, with the at least one core therebetween, and the closed cope and drag mold portions and the chill core define a parting line. The mold cavity is filled with a molten metal, which solidifies after filling to form a casting. The casting includes a pulling face portion defined by the chill core, and a central section of the pulling face portion does not contain the parting line and requires no finish grinding upon its formation." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2010 (12/979,967). 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=8,408,407.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,407&RS=PN/8,408,407 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Stolzman Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Michael D. Stolzman, Lake Forest, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,408,418) developed by Kenneth J. Kuzelka, Island Lake, Ill., for a "drum cover with center support." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A unitary cover is adapted for use with a tubular container having an open end with a cylindrical connecting bead at the open end. The unitary cover comprises a central circular wall. An annular flange is at a periphery of the central circular wall comprising a downwardly opening U-shaped channel receivable on the cylindrical connecting bead. A bung opening is provided through the central circular wall. A rib network depends downwardly from the central circular wall surrounding the bung opening." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2010 (12/940,557). 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=8,408,418.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,418&RS=PN/8,408,418 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bedloe Industries Assigned Patent for Central Datum Feature on Railroad Coupler Body and Corresponding Gauges ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Bedloe Industries, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,408,406) developed by six co-inventors for a "central datum feature on railroad coupler body and corresponding gauges." The co-inventors are Jerry R. Smerecky, Roselle, Ill., F. Andrew Nibouar, Chicago, Edward T. Eaton, Eola, Ill., Thomas A. Marchese, Schaumburg, Ill., Eric W. Larson, Pecatonica, Ill., and Ronald P. Sellberg, Naperville, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A coupler body for a railcar coupler, said coupler body comprising at least one central datum feature that does not wear during coupler use." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2009 (12/471,136). 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=8,408,406.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,406&RS=PN/8,408,406 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Perfect Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Perfect Systems, Foristell, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,408,545) developed by Jeffrey D. Marsh, Foristell, Mo., Lynn W. Swenson, Johnsburg, Ill., and Michael A. Vickers, Lebanon, Mo., for an auxiliary feed conveyor.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus for feeding sheets of paper printed by a printer to a sheet processing device is disclosed where the printer has a sheet discharge outlet and the processing device has a sheet inlet at a different location (e.g., a different height) than the discharge outlet. A sheet conveyor is provided for conveying the sheets from the sheet discharge outlet to the sheet inlet. The apparatus blows air to cool on each sheet as it is conveyed from the discharge outlet to the sheet inlet, and the apparatus at least partially eliminates static electricity from the sheets as they are conveyed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2010 (12/953,648). 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=8,408,545.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,545&RS=PN/8,408,545 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fuji Xerox Assigned Patent for Model Creation using Visual Markup Languages ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Fuji Xerox, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,411,086) developed by six co-inventors for a "model creation using visual markup languages." The co-inventors are Eleanor Rieffel, Mountain View, Calif., Donald Kimber, Foster City, Calif., Jun Shingu, San Jose, Calif., Chong Chen, Chicago, James Vaughan, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Sagar Gattepally, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for defining a model by analyzing images of a physical space. In some embodiments the images of a physical space contain distinctive visual features with associated semantic information, and the model is defined using image feature detection techniques to identify distinctive visual features and a rich marker-based markup language to give meaning to the distinctive visual features. In some embodiments the distinctive visual features are predefined markers, and the markup language specifies model aspects and rules for combining semantic information from a plurality of markers to define the model." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2009 (12/392,056). 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=8,411,086.PN.&OS=PN/8,411,086&RS=PN/8,411,086 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Deere & Co. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,408,478) developed by Grant J. Wonderlich, Rock Island, Ill., for a "product distribution apparatus with system and method of automatic meter calibration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A product distributing apparatus is described as well as a system and method of automatically calibrating the meter of the apparatus which does not require the operator to leave the operator station of the towing vehicle. One application of such an apparatus and method is in an agricultural air seeder and it is in this context that the apparatus is described." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2010 (12/860,478). 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=8,408,478.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,478&RS=PN/8,408,478 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Aerofficient Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Aerofficient, Livonia, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,408,570) developed by six co-inventors for a "vehicle side fairing system." The co-inventors are Peter Heppel, Paris, Herbert Golding, Lincolnshire, Ill., Doug Memering, Columbus, Ind., James Reiman, Winnetka, Ill., Daniel Peterson, Chicago, and William Bowman, Hamilton, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle side fairing having a first fairing panel fixedly secured to the underside of a trailer box, and a second fairing panel slidable mounted to plural cylindrical bars mounted on the underside of the trailer box in a fore and aft orientation. The second fairing panel is secured to the wheel set with a mechanical fastener that selectively joins and releases the second fairing panel and the wheel set." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2008 (12/185,468). 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=8,408,570.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,570&RS=PN/8,408,570 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Suzo-Happ Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Suzo-Happ Group, Mount Prospect, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,408,547) developed by five co-inventors for an adjustable gaming reel. The co-inventors are Colin Crossman, Rhiwbina, United Kingdom, Adrian McIlraith, Colchester, United Kingdom, Anthony Jeffs, Crawley, United Kingdom, Kevin J. Schechtel, Algonquin, Ill., and Adrien Covington, Elgin, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reel assembly for a gaming machine is disclosed. In accordance with an important aspect of the invention, alignment of the center lines of the symbols can be accomplished without the need to remove the reel assemblies from the gaming machine. The reel assembly includes a two piece motor mount assembly that carries a stepper motor and a lamp assembly. The two piece motor mount assembly includes a fixed mounting ring that is rigidly secured to a fixed reel assembly support and a rotatable mounting ring that is rotatable with respect to the fixed mounting ring. The rotatable mounting ring is interlocked with fixed mounting ring to enable rotation of the rotatable mounting ring, for example, by way of a tongue and groove arrangement with respect to the fixed mounting ring. The lamp assembly is also mounted to the rotatable mounting ring. An adjustment screw for locking the angular position of the fixed mounting ring with respect to the rotatable locking ring is accessible along a direction generally accessible while the reel assemblies are installed in the gaming machines. As such, alignment of the symbol center lines can be accomplished without removing the reel assemblies from the gaming machine." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2009 (12/643,230). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,408,547.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,547&RS=PN/8,408,547 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Tool Works Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Illinois Tool Works, Glenview, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,408,438) developed by Walter J. Taylor, McHenry, Ill., for an "easy grip tool-free depth-of-drive adjustment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adjustable depth-of-drive assembly for use with a fastener-driving tool upper probe includes a workpiece contact element carried on the upper probe and having a contact end and an adjustment end, a stop configured for being secured to the upper probe and being moveable between an adjusting position in which the workpiece contact element is movable relative to the upper probe, and a locked position wherein the adjustment end is secured against movement relative to the upper probe, a biasing element associated with the stop and configured for urging the stop and the adjustment end into a selected locked position relative to the upper probe with a biasing force, and at least one camming element carried on the stop for selective camming engagement between the upper probe and the stop by means of a user's manual force to urge the stop into the adjusting position against the biasing element force." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2011 (13/030,608). 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=8,408,438.PN.&OS=PN/8,408,438&RS=PN/8,408,438 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventors Develop Patent for Device for Electrically Discharging Samples of an Electrically Nonconductive Liquid ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 9 -- Michael J. Blackburn, Morris, Ill., and Donald G. Flaynik Jr., Channahon, Ill., have developed a patent (8,411,405) for a "device for electrically discharging samples of an electrically nonconductive liquid." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device 10 for electrically discharging samples of an electrically non-conductive liquid includes an electrically conductive outer member 12, an electrically conductive inner member 14 disposed within the outer member 12, an electrically conductive rod 16 with upper and lower plugs 18 and 19 secured thereto to maintain a non-conductive fluid in the device 10, non-conductive handles 20 and 22 secured to the outer and inner members 12 and 14, and an electrically conductive ground cable 26 detachably secured to the rod 16 to ultimately remove or reduce static charge in the electrically non-conductive liquid via the liquid engaging the outer member 12, inner member 14 and rod 16, which are electrically grounded via the cable 26." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2011 (13/374,397). 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=8,411,405.PN.&OS=PN/8,411,405&RS=PN/8,411,405 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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