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[December 31, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 31)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Intuitive Surgical Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Intuitive Surgical Operations, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,397) developed by Giuseppe Prisco, Mountain View, Calif., and Vincent Duindam, Oakland, Calif., for a "method and system for providing visual guidance to an operator for steering a tip of an endoscopic device toward one or more landmarks in a patient." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Landmark directional guidance is provided to an operator of an endoscopic device by displaying graphical representations of vectors adjacent a current image captured by an image capturing device disposed at a tip of the endoscopic device and being displayed at the time on a display screen, wherein the graphical representations of the vectors point in directions that the endoscope tip is to be steered in order to move towards associated landmarks such as anatomic structures in a patient." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/411,515). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,397&OS=8,337,397&RS=8,337,397 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Callaway Golf Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Callaway Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,327) developed by Patrick Dawson, San Diego, and Bradley C. Rice, Carlsbad, Calif., for a "fairway wood type golf club head." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fairway wood type golf club head and method for forming is disclosed herein. The golf club head preferably has a cast body, a compression molded crown, and weight pads. The weight pads can be manipulated to create different mass property configurations for the golf club head using the same body and crown." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2009 (12/628,939). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,327&OS=8,337,327&RS=8,337,327 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Transcend Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Transcend Medical, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,393) developed by Thomas A. Silverstrini, Alamo, Calif., and Richard S. Lilly, San Jose, Calif., for "ocular implant delivery systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are delivery devices and methods of using the devices for delivering an ocular implant into a suprachoroidal space without use of a goniolens. The delivery device includes a handle including a channel extending from a proximal end of the handle to a distal end of the handle, an applier coupled to the handle, the applier including a blunt distal tip and an elongate, flexible wire insertable through a fluid channel of an ocular implant, and a fiber optic image bundle reversibly inserted through the channel such that the fiber optic image bundle extends to a region proximal to the blunt distal tip of the applier." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2010 (12/753,494). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,393&OS=8,337,393&RS=8,337,393 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mattel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Mattel, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,271) developed by Fraser Campbell, Venice, Calif., and Dwayne Vance, Corona, Calif., for a reconfigurable toy.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reconfigurable toy including a body, a first leg coupled to the body, and a second leg coupled to the body is disclosed. The reconfigurable toy can be disposed in a first configuration in which the toy resembles a toy vehicle and in a second configuration in which the toy resembles a power-suit configuration." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,547). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,271&OS=8,337,271&RS=8,337,271 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intematix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Intematix, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,029) developed by Yi-Qun Li, Danville, Calif., for a "light emitting device with phosphor wavelength conversion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light emitting device comprises: an excitation source (LED) operable to generate excitation light of a first wavelength range and a phosphor (photo-luminescent) material configured to absorb at least a part of the excitation radiation and to emit light of a second wavelength range. Light emitted by the device comprises the combined light of the first and second wavelength ranges. The device is characterized by at least the light emitting surface of the excitation source being coated (encapsulated) with an encapsulating material which is transparent to light of the first and second wavelength ranges and which incorporates particles of a thermally conducting material (thermal conductivity .gtoreq.100 Wm.sup.-1K.sup.-1, e.g. silver, aluminum or carbon nano-particles) distributed throughout its volume. The phosphor material can be provided on a surface of the encapsulating material, incorporated in the encapsulating material and/or applied to the surface of, or incorporated, in an optical component such as a lens." The patent application was filed on Jan. 16, 2009 (12/355,555). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,029&OS=8,337,029&RS=8,337,029 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,337,096) developed by Xiao A. Shen, San Bruno, Calif., Hongbing Lei, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Yu Sheng Bai, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for "efficient thermoelectric cooling of photonic integrated circuits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprising a carrier comprising at least one heat-generating component and a thermoelectric cooler (TEC) coupled to a surface of the carrier, wherein the cross-sectional area of the TEC is less than the cross-sectional area of the carrier, and wherein the TEC is aligned with the heat-generating component. Included is an apparatus comprising a carrier comprising a plurality of optical transmitters and an active component, at least one TEC coupled to the surface of the carrier, and a support post coupled to the surface of the carrier, wherein the support post has a higher thermal resistivity than the TEC, wherein the cross-sectional area of the TEC is less than the cross-sectional area of the carrier, and wherein the TEC is aligned with the optical transmitters, the active component, or both." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,255). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,096&OS=8,337,096&RS=8,337,096 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MCM Portfolio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- MCM Portfolio, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,252) developed by Sreenath Mambakkam, San Jose, Calif., Arockiyaswamy Venkidu, Menlo Park, Calif., and Larry Lawson Jones, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "smartconnect flash card adapter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-memory media adapter to read a plurality of different types of memory media cards. Signals are mapped to the contact pins depending upon the type of memory media card. In one embodiment, a controller connected to an interconnection means maps at least one signal to the contact pins depending upon the type of memory card inserted." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2011 (13/225,330). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,252&OS=8,337,252&RS=8,337,252 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nspired Ideas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Nspired Ideas, Turlock, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,205) developed by Gary Reed, Turlock, Calif., for "dental implant with interlocking and centering threads." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dental implant device for insertion into a bore defined in bone for use with a prosthetic tooth or dental appliance includes an abutment with a plurality of male keys disposed about the distal end of the abutment capable of being affixed to the prosthetic tooth or dental appliance, an implantable anchor having a proximal and distal end, a plurality of female keyways defined into the proximal end of the anchor, the keyways capable of coupling to the male keys of the abutment and thereby preventing relative rotation of the abutment and anchor; an interlocking thread helically defined around a longitudinal axis of the anchor, the thread being adapted to couple to the bore defined in the bone and elements for coupling the abutment to the implant anchor." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2009 (12/489,274). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,205&OS=8,337,205&RS=8,337,205 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Touch Sensor Back Plane Ground Connection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,216) developed by Thayne M. Miller, San Jose, Calif., for a "touch sensor back plane ground connection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Touch sensor panels can use touch sensors to detect the presence and location of a touch event. In order for the touch sensors to function reliably, the back plane of the touch sensor panel should be grounded. Supplying this ground connection can provide a uniform electrical reference point from which changes in voltage and capacitance due to a touch event can be measured. Without this ground connection, touch sensors may misrepresent the touch event. Various embodiments of the present disclosure provide different means for providing a ground connection for the back plane of a touch sensor panel. These embodiments are designed to provide a reliable ground connection even in the presence of various failure conditions. " The patent application was filed on July 26, 2011 (13/191,368). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,216&OS=8,337,216&RS=8,337,216 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Align Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Align Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,199) developed by Huafeng Wen, Redwood City, Calif., for a "fluid permeable dental aligner." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shell-shaped dental aligner for producing predetermined movement in a patient's tooth includes a shell portion comprising a fluid-permeable material, an outer surface of the shell portion, and an inner surface of the shell portion, the inner surface to be in contact with the patient's tooth. The fluid-permeable material can allow fluid to communicate between the patient's tooth and the vicinity of the outer surface." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2005 (11/074,300). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,199&OS=8,337,199&RS=8,337,199 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent for Gas Turbine Engine Compressor Arrangement ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,148) developed by four co-inventors for a "gas turbine engine compressor arrangement." The co-inventors are Joseph B. Staubach, Colchester, Conn., Brian D. Merry, Andover, Conn., Gabriel L. Suciu, Glastonbury, Conn., and Christopher M. Dye, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gas turbine engine includes a low pressure compressor section and a high pressure compressor section. A low pressure turbine drives the low pressure compressor section. A gear arrangement is driven by the low pressure turbine to in turn drive a fan section. A pressure ratio across the low pressure compressor section is between about 4-8, and a pressure ratio across the high pressure compressor section is between about 8-15. In a separate feature, a compressor case includes a front compressor case portion and a rear compressor case portion, with the rear compressor case portion being axially further from an inlet case than the front compressor case portion. A support member extends between the fan section and the front compressor case portion." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2012 (13/483,426). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,148&OS=8,337,148&RS=8,337,148 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Midwest Industrial Supply Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Midwest Industrial Supply, Canton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,337,117) developed by Robert W. Vitale, Canton, Ohio, Frank D. Elswick, Santa Maria, Calif., and Gina M. Greenlee, Canton, Ohio, for a "method and composition for road construction and surfacing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and compositions for improving the strength and longevity of secondary roadways through environmentally sound practices are disclosed herein. A composition for road sealing includes an aqueous emulsion of acrylic and vinyl acetate polymer, water, and a resin-modified emulsion, wherein the resin-modified emulsion includes a mixture of pitch and rosin, an emulsifying agent, and water." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2012 (13/360,775). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8337117&OS=8337117&RS=8337117 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Norotos Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Norotos, Santa Ana, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,036) developed by Ronald R. Soto, Laguna Hills, Calif., Jonathon R. Prendergast, Newport Beach, Calif., and Charles Royston Patton III, Murrieta, Calif., for a "shroud plate with lighting system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light for headgear includes a shroud plate having a shell configured to receive a goggle mount, the shell having a periphery generally conforming to a contour of the headgear; and a lighting system on the shell having at least one light. The light further includes a power unit electrically coupled to the lighting system." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2010 (12/770,671). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,036&OS=8,337,036&RS=8,337,036 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Mini-sim Connector ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,223) developed by Zheng Gao, San Jose, Calif., Benjamin Rappoport, San Francisco, and Steve McClure, San Francisco, for a mini-sim connector.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Connectors that may allow SIM cards to be easily removed and replaced, may be resistant to damage by an improper insertion of a SIM card, and may provide reliable mechanical performance. One example may provide a plunger system where a user can push on a plunger rod and eject a SIM card. Another example may provide contacts that are not damaged by improper insertion of a SIM card. Another example may provide a plastic housing, the housing reinforced by a metallic shield and having a relatively uniform thickness." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/895,071). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,223&OS=8,337,223&RS=8,337,223 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent for Gas Turbine Engine Compressor Arrangement ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,147) developed by four co-inventors for a "gas turbine engine compressor arrangement." The co-inventors are Joseph B. Staubach, Colchester, Conn., Brian D. Merry, Andover, Conn., Gabriel L. Suciu, Glastonbury, Conn., and Christopher M. Dye, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gas turbine engine includes a low pressure compressor section and a high pressure compressor section. A low pressure turbine drives the low pressure compressor section. A gear arrangement is driven by the low pressure turbine to in turn drive a fan section. A pressure ratio across the low pressure compressor section is between about 4-8, and a pressure ratio across the high pressure compressor section is between about 8-15. In a separate feature, a compressor case includes a front compressor case portion and a rear compressor case portion, with the rear compressor case portion being axially further from an inlet case than the front compressor case portion. A support member extends between the fan section and the front compressor case portion." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2011 (13/337,354). 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=8,337,147&OS=8,337,147&RS=8,337,147 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stanford University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,387) developed by five co-inventors for "imaging and evaluating embryos, oocytes, and stem cells." The co-inventors are Connie C. Wong, Arlington, Mass., Kevin E. Loewke, Menlo Park, Calif., Thomas M. Baer, Mountain View, Calif., Renee A. Reijo-Pera, Los Altos, Calif., and Barry Behr, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, compositions and kits for determining the developmental potential of one or more embryos or pluripotent cells and/or the presence of chromosomal abnormalities in one or more embryos or pluripotent cells are provided. These methods, compositions and kits find use in identifying embryos and oocytes in vitro that are most useful in treating infertility in humans." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,914). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,387&OS=8,337,387&RS=8,337,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NASA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- NASA has been assigned a patent (8,337,208) developed by Rajkumar Thirumalainambi, Cupertino, Calif., and Charles C. Jorgensen, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "content analysis to detect high stress in oral interviews and text documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system of interrogation to estimate whether a subject of interrogation is likely experiencing high stress, emotional volatility and/or internal conflict in the subject's responses to an interviewer's questions. The system applies one or more of four procedures, a first statistical analysis, a second statistical analysis, a third analysis and a heat map analysis, to identify one or more documents containing the subject's responses for which further examination is recommended. Words in the documents are characterized in terms of dimensions representing different classes of emotions and states of mind, in which the subject's responses that manifest high stress, emotional volatility and/or internal conflict are identified. A heat map visually displays the dimensions manifested by the subject's responses in different colors, textures, geometric shapes or other visually distinguishable indicia." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2009 (12/622,374). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,208&OS=8,337,208&RS=8,337,208 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Taylor Made Golf Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Taylor Made Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,319) developed by Nathan Sargent, San Marcos, Calif., Todd P. Beach, San Diego, and Kraig A. Willett, Fallbrook, Calif., for a golf club.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf club comprises a shaft, a club head, and a connection assembly that allows the shaft to be easily disconnected from the club head. In particular embodiments, the connection assembly includes a removable hosel sleeve that allows a shaft to be supported a desired predetermined orientation relative to the club head. In this manner, the shaft loft and/or lie angle of the club can be adjusted without resorting to traditional bending of the shaft. In some embodiments, the club head has an adjustable sole piece that can be adjusted upwardly and downwardly relative to the sole of the club head, which is effective to adjust the face angle of the club head." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2009 (12/646,769). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,319&OS=8,337,319&RS=8,337,319 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Endure Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Endure Medical, Cumming, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,337,047) developed by four co-inventors for a "retractable beam splitter for microscope." The co-inventors are Jonathan Michael Butler, Gainesville, Ga., Robert Troy Hewlett, Cumming, Ga., Robert Jeffrey Hewlett, Dawsonville, Ga., and Hewlett Robert McCoy, Cumming, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for illuminating a surface to be observed microscopically using a retractable beamsplitter. The retractable beamsplitter allows the use of coaxial illumination when the beamsplitter is positioned in the operator's line of sight. The retractable beamsplitter allows the use of non-coaxial illumination without reducing the amount of illumination that reaches the operator when the beamsplitter is retracted from the operator's line of sight. As a result a single system can be used effectively to provide various types of illumination." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2011 (13/216,178). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,047&OS=8,337,047&RS=8,337,047 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MEI 3D Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- MEI 3D, Melville, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,337,012) developed by David A. Johnson, San Diego, and James Pritts, San Diego, for "curved lenses configured to decode three-dimensional content on television and computer screens." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Curved lenses configured to decode three dimensional content and method of fabricating the same. The lenses decode three-dimensional content displayed on televisions or computer monitors. Sheets from which the lenses are cut have either (i) a polarizing axis of 0 degrees relative to horizontal and one sheet has a retarder axis at -45 degrees relative to horizontal and the other sheet has a retarder axis of +45 degrees relative to horizontal; (ii) a polarizing axis of -45 degrees relative to horizontal and one sheet has a retarder axis at 0 degrees relative to horizontal and the other sheet has a retarder axis of 90 degrees relative to horizontal; or (iii) a polarizing axis of +45 degrees relative to horizontal and one sheet has a retarder axis at 0 degrees relative to horizontal and the other sheet has a retarder axis of 90 degrees relative to horizontal." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2011 (13/323,725). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,012&OS=8,337,012&RS=8,337,012 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for High Speed Hand Drill with Swiveling Pressure Foot and Integrated Vacuum Pickup and Coolant Delivery Duct ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,337,124) developed by Peter D. Nguyen, Irvine, Calif., for a "high speed hand drill with swiveling pressure foot and integrated vacuum pickup and coolant delivery duct." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high speed handheld power drill includes a housing with a motor, a chuck rotationally driven by the motor, and a drill bit clamped in the chuck. A pressure foot is mounted on the housing for coaxial rotation about the drill bit and lockable in a selectable angular position relative to the housing. A drill guide is slidably disposed within the pressure foot at an outer end thereof and biased for coaxial sliding movement between the drill bit and pressure foot. A vacuum cuttings pickup and coolant fluid delivery tool is coupled to the drill guide and arranged to deliver coolant fluid to the drill bit and to remove drill cuttings and coolant fluid and vapor therefrom during drilling. A coolant fluid reservoir is coupled to the drill motor housing and adapted to deliver selectably metered amounts of coolant fluid to the cuttings pickup and coolant delivery tool during drilling." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2008 (12/035,175). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,124&OS=8,337,124&RS=8,337,124 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,149) developed by five co-inventors for a "gas turbine engine compressor arrangement." The co-inventors are Karl L. Hasel, Manchester, Conn., Joseph B. Staubach, Colchester, Conn., Brian D. Merry, Andover, Conn., Gabriel L. Suciu, Glastonbury, Conn., and Christopher M. Dye, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gas turbine engine includes a fan section, a gear arrangement configured to drive the fan section, a compressor section and a turbine section. The compressor section includes a low pressure compressor section and a high pressure compressor section. The turbine section is configured to drive compressor section and the gear arrangement. An overall pressure ratio, which is provided by a combination of a pressure ratio across said low pressure compressor section and a pressure ratio across said high pressure compressor section, is greater than about 35. The pressure ratio across the high pressure compressor section is between about 7 and about 15, and a pressure ratio across the fan section is less than or equal to 1.45." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2012 (13/590,399). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,149&OS=8,337,149&RS=8,337,149 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- DigitalOptics Corporation MEMS, Arcadia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,103) developed by Roman C. Gutierrez, Arcadia, Calif., for a "long hinge actuator snubbing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device may comprise an upper module cover, a lower module cover, an outer frame, and an actuator having a movable frame. The movable frame may be at least partially disposed intermediate the upper module cover and the lower module cover. A hinge flexure may interconnect the outer frame and the movable frame such that the movable frame is rotatable with respect to the outer frame. The upper module cover and/or the lower module cover may be adapted to limit a movement of the movable frame." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2010 (12/946,557). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,103&OS=8,337,103&RS=8,337,103 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PixelOptics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- PixelOptics, Roanoke, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,337,014) developed by eight co-inventors for an electronic eyeglass frame. The co-inventors are William Kokonaski, Gig Harbor, Wash., Ronald Blum, Roanoke, Va., Tiziano Tabacchi, Pieve di Cadore, Italy, Martin Boch, Kieselbronn, Germany, Massimo Pinazza, Pieve di Cadore, Italy, Scott N. Richman, Irvine, Calif., Volkan Ozguz, Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Joshua N. Haddock, Roanoke, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention generally relates to integrating electronic components into an electro-active frame for driving electro-active focusing lenses. This is accomplished in a cosmetically pleasing manner that allows a platform of frame systems to be built from a single electronic module. Specifically, the present invention discloses controlling an electro-active lens in a deliberate, hands free manner that gives the user control of the electro-active lens." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2010 (12/834,526). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,014&OS=8,337,014&RS=8,337,014 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Super-thin USB Connector Receptacle Housings Having Reduced-wear Finger Contacts ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,253) developed by seven co-inventors for "super-thin USB connector receptacle housings having reduced-wear finger contacts." The co-inventors are Zheng Gao, San Jose, Calif., John Raff, Menlo Park, Calif., Bartley K. Andre, Menlo Park, Calif., Laura DeForest, Sunnyvale, Calif., Greg Springer, Sunnyvale, Calif., Min Chul Kim, Santa Clara, Calif., and Joshua Funamura, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Structures, methods, and apparatus that provide connector receptacles that have a reduced tendency to scratch and otherwise mar connector inserts, have an aesthetically-pleasing appearance, have an improved tactile response when inserts are inserted, or are very thin or have a low profile. Various examples reduce scratches and wear by utilizing domes, cylinders, balls, or other structures as finger contacts in a connector receptacle. Another example provides aesthetically-pleasing connector receptacle enclosures by forming receptacle enclosures using the same type of material, or material having the same or similar color or texture, as is used for enclosing the electronic device that includes the receptacle. Another example provides an aesthetically-pleasing receptacle enclosure by forming receptacle enclosures that are, in part or in whole, contiguous or formed with the housing. Another example provides a super-thin connector receptacle by removing fingers and portions of a shell along one or more sides." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/895,277). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,253&OS=8,337,253&RS=8,337,253 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SHURflo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- SHURflo, Cypress, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,166) developed by Humberto V. Meza, Tustin, Calif., Nikhil Jitendra Gandhi, Anaheim, Calif., and Quang Minh Truong, West Covina, Calif., for a "pump and pump control circuit apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for a pump and a pump control system. The apparatus includes a pressure sensor and a temperature sensor coupled to a pump control system. For the method of the invention, the microcontroller provides a pulse-width modulation control signal to an output power stage in order to selectively control the power provided to the pump." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2006 (11/355,662). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,166&OS=8,337,166&RS=8,337,166 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent for Closed-loop Control for Effective Pad Conditioning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,279) developed by 10 co-inventors for a "closed-loop control for effective pad conditioning." The co-inventors are Sivakumar Dhandapani, San Jose, Calif., Stan D. Tsai, Fremont, Calif., Daxin Mao, San Jose, Calif., Sameer Deshpande, Milpitas, Calif., Shou-Sung Chang, Stanford, Calif., Gregory E. Menk, Pleasanton, Calif., Charles C. Garretson, San Jose, Calif., Jason Garcheung Fung, Sunnyvale, Calif., Christopher D. Cocca, Fremont, Calif., and Hung Chih Chen, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for conditioning a polishing pad is provided. The conditioning element is held by a conditioning arm rotatably mounted to a base at a pivot point. An actuator pivots the arm about the pivot point. The conditioning element is urged against the surface of the polishing pad, and translated with respect to the polishing pad to remove material from the polishing pad and roughen its surface. The interaction of the abrasive conditioning surface with the polishing pad surface generates a frictional force. The frictional force may be monitored by monitoring the torque applied to the pivot point, and material removal controlled thereby. The conditioning time, down force, translation rate, or rotation of the conditioning pad may be adjusted based on the measured torque." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2009 (12/489,132). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,279&OS=8,337,279&RS=8,337,279 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CertainTeed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- CertainTeed, Valley Forge, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,337,188) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus for making a shingle, and shingle made thereby." The co-inventors are Thomas Kevin MacKinnon, Daniel Island, S.C., Robert E. Dodd, Parma, Mich., Joong Youn Kim, Newtown Square, Pa., and Douglas H. Wylie, Richmond Hill, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for making a shingle, together with the shingle made thereby, is provided, in which one or more thermoplastic materials are extruded or co-extruded to form an extrudate, with the extrudate being cut into a preliminary shingle shape, which is allowed to dissipate heat, and then is delivered to a compression mold, wherein the preliminary shingle shape is compression molded to substantially its final dimensions and is then discharged from the mold and allowed to cool." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2010 (12/718,351). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,188&OS=8,337,188&RS=8,337,188 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,317) developed by David W. Crawford, Long Beach, Calif., and Edward A. Nemeth, Hermosa Beach, Calif., for a "free swing Ferris wheel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Ferris wheel-type ride. A lever arm is mounted to the wheel rim to freely pivot between front and rear stops. Passenger gondolas, pivotally attached to the lever arms, travel through four zones experiencing differing ride dynamics. In the first zone, the lever arm abuts the front stop while, in the second, the lever arm is spaced apart from the stops and the lever arm is supported from above by the wheel via the lever arm causing the gondola to be vertically lifted and to rotate slower than the hub rotation rate. In the third zone, the lever arm abuts the rear stop and, in the fourth zone, the lever arm is spaced apart from the stops and is supported from below by the wheel as it falls toward the front stop at a rate greater than the hub rotation rate." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2010 (12/883,834). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,317&OS=8,337,317&RS=8,337,317 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Volt Boats Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Volt Boats, Friday Harbor, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,337,266) developed by Ryan Ellis, Los Angeles, Richard Brass, Friday Harbor, Wash., and William Poole, Bellevue, Wash., for an electrically powered watercraft.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improvements to electrically powered watercraft including kayaks are disclosed. The watercraft comprises a hull defining a cavity and a battery powered retractable propulsion unit. The retractable propulsion unit can be retracted into the cavity with powered or unpowered means. Various retractable propulsion units are disclosed, including propulsion units that are steerable wherein the thrust can be selectively directed. Specific embodiments to improve the steerability of electrically powered watercraft are disclosed. Mechanisms for disengaging the steering controls from the retractable propulsion units are also disclosed. Locking mechanisms for locking the retractable propulsion unit in an extended or fully retracted position are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2011 (12/987,829). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,266&OS=8,337,266&RS=8,337,266 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ancra International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ancra International, Azusa, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,127) developed by Edward Moradians, Woodland Hills, Calif., and Kon Shim, La Palma, Calif., for a "latch arrangement for cargo restraint." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved cargo restraint for installation on a preselected track mounted in or on the surface of a vehicle carrying the cargo and the restraint is mounted on a bracket which abuts the cargo to restrain the movement of the cargo and the restraint is slidingly movable on the track and has a locking position on the track wherein the bracket restrains the cargo and the restraint has no relative movement with respect to the track or the bracket or the vehicle so that there is no rattling of the restraint when in the locked position." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2011 (13/066,777). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,127&OS=8,337,127&RS=8,337,127 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Adler Jr., Schneider Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- John R. Adler Jr., Stanford, Calif., and M. Bret Schneider, Portola Valley, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,337,382) developed by four co-inventors for "radiosurgical neuromodulation devices, systems, and methods for treatment of behavioral disorders by external application of ionizing radiation." The co-inventors are M. Bret Schneider, John R. Adler Jr., Doyle John Borchers III, Palo Alto, Calif., and Michele Borchers legal representative, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Radiosurgical techniques and systems treat behavioral disorders (such as depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder ("OCD"), addiction, hyperphagia, and the like) by directing radiation from outside the patient toward a target tissue within the patient's brain, typically without imposing surgical trauma. The target will often be included in a neural circuit associated with the behavioral disorder. A cellularly sub-lethal dose of the radiation may be applied and the radiation can mitigate the behavioral disorder, obesity, or the like, by modulating the level of neural activity within the target and in associated tissues. Hypersensitive and/or hyperactive neuronal tissue may be targeted, with the radiation downwardly modulating hyperactive neuronal activity. By down-regulating the activity of a target that normally exerts negative feedback or a limiting effect on a relevant neural circuit, the activity of the circuit may be increased." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/261,347). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,382&OS=8,337,382&RS=8,337,382 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Callaway Golf Assigned Patent for Golf Club Head with Tungsten Alloy Sole Component ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Callaway Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,328) developed by five co-inventors for a "golf club head with tungsten alloy sole component." The co-inventors are Philip G. Foster, Carlsbad, Calif., Larry G. Tang, Carlsbad, Calif., Alan Hocknell, Carlsbad, Calif., Luke R. Williams, Carlsbad, Calif., and D. Clayton Evans, San Marcos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid wood-type golf club head (20) with a main body (22) and a minor body (24) is disclosed herein. The main body (26) has a front portion (30), a crown portion (25), a partial toe portion (27), a partial heel portion (26), a partial rear portion (28) and a partial sole portion (29). The minor body (24) preferably has a sole wall (31), a partial toe wall (33), a partial heel wall (32) and a partial rear wall (34). The minor body (24) is preferably welded to the main body (22). The minor body (24) preferably has a mass ranging from 80 grams to 130 grams. The minor body (24) is preferably from 55 weight percent to 35 weight percent of the total mass of the wood-type golf club head (20)." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2010 (12/760,317). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,328&OS=8,337,328&RS=8,337,328 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** IpVenture Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- IpVenture, Los Altos, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,013) developed by four co-inventors for "eyeglasses with RFID tags or with a strap." The co-inventors are Thomas A. Howell, Palo Alto, Calif., David Chao, Saratoga, Calif., Peter P. Tong, Mountain View, Calif., and C. Douglass Thomas, Campbell, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pair of glasses includes a clock that is at least partially embedded in the glasses. The clock can be in one of the temples of the glasses. In one implementation, the clock can be positioned at a region close to a hinge of the corresponding temple, with the clock facing inward towards the user. The clock can also be in a temple arrangement. Instead of or in addition to a clock, other types of electrical components can be at least partially embedded into a pair of glasses or a temple arrangement of a pair of glasses. For example, the other electrical components can pertain to a RFID tag, a temperature sensor or an eyewear finder." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2008 (12/152,480). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,013&OS=8,337,013&RS=8,337,013 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,278) developed by Ignasi Palou-Rivera, Flossmoor, Ill., Boguslaw A. Swedek, Cupertino, Calif., and Lakshmanan Karuppiah, San Jose, Calif., for "wafer edge characterization by successive radius measurements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for performing one or more measurements of a substrate at one or more radii along the substrate are described. Thickness measurements taken at various radii along the substrate can be averaged together to obtain an average value that reflects an overall substrate thickness. A more accurate measurement of the overall substrate thickness can be obtained by performing multiple measurements and averaging the measurements together. Using the average value, polishing can be adjusted to ensure that the substrate achieves a desired planarized thickness profile." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2008 (12/203,726). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,278&OS=8,337,278&RS=8,337,278 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Lathe Compound Multi-tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Peter B. Martin, San Diego, has developed a patent (8,336,430) for a lathe compound multi-tool.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is an apparatus and related methods for facilitating the application of a cutting tool to a work-piece rotating on the axis of a lathe." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2010 (12/707,289). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,430.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,430&RS=PN/83,36,430 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Georg Fischer Signet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Georg Fischer Signet, El Monte, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,336,375) developed by Anthony Thai, Orange, Calif., Steven Wells, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Gert Burkhardt, Pasadena, Calif., for a "flow cell assembly for fluid sensors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A flow cell assembly for fluid sensors is provided. The assembly includes a housing configured to couple to an external source of fluid for measurement. The assembly further includes a flow regulator and a flow meter disposed within the housing to facilitate controlled fluid. The housing defines one or more measuring chambers each configured to receive a fluid sensor. Each measuring chamber includes an inlet aperture and a gravity overflow spaced apart from the inlet aperture. Each measuring chamber is configured to receive a fluid sensor such that a sensing end of the fluid sensor is disposed proximate to an inlet aperture of the measuring chamber, thereby ensuring controlled fluid pressure proximate to the sensing end." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2010 (12/819,076). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,375.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,375&RS=PN/83,36,375 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for System for Automatically Reading a Response form Using a Digital Camera ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Robert Austin Porter, Livermore, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,779) for a "system for automatically reading a response form using a digital camera." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for automatically reading a response form marked by a user, including the response form containing a structured set of markers and a structured set of response areas, a camera for obtaining a digital image which contains the response form, programming for identifying positions of a majority of the markers within the digital image, programming for using a set of structuring rules in conjunction with the positions of the markers to obtain a structured set of response areas, programming for reading responses located at the response areas, and programming for generating an output of user responses." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2008 (12/231,958). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,779.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,779&RS=PN/83,36,779 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Combination Stored Value Card Holder ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Timothy Clegg, Manhattan Beach, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,782) for a "combination stored value card holder." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A combination stored value card holder has a card backer having a planar shape. A primary stored value card container includes a sealed package having a front sheet and a rear sheet. The front sheet is laminated to the rear sheet. A stored value card is retained between the front sheet and the rear sheet of the sealed package. The sealed package is attached to the backer. A secondary stored value card container for the stored value card can be included and the secondary stored value card container can be attached to the backer. An account identifier is disposed on the stored value card. A card window is formed on the rear sheet of the sealed package, and the card window opening exposes the account identifier." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2011 (13/070,760). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,782.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,782&RS=PN/83,36,782 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Power Device for Pallet Trucks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Robert C. Licon, Covina, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,654) for a "power device for pallet trucks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power device for a pallet truck comprising a main housing comprising friction wheels disposed on sides of the main housing, wherein the main housing is attached to the pallet truck so that the friction wheels contact front wheels of the pallet truck; a motor housing comprising a motor operatively connected to the friction wheels and to a power source, wherein the motor is for rotating the friction wheels; a power switch for turning on and off the device operatively connected to the motor; wherein rotation of the friction wheels translates into movement of the front wheels of the pallet truck, wherein lack of rotation of the friction wheel translates into reduction of rotation of the front wheels of the pallet truck." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/580,135). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,654.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,654&RS=PN/83,36,654 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Applied Biosystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Applied Biosystems, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,337,777) developed by James C. Nurse, Pleasanton, Calif., Douglas P. Greiner, Fremont, Calif., and Nigel P. Beard, Redwood City, Calif., for a "sample distribution devices and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device and methods for sample distribution through a channel in which an expandable valve provides a mechanism to regulate flow through the channel. The valve may be configured to exert a force on a membrane layer so as to substantially block a portion of the channel to retain the sample in a desired location and prevent flow past the valve mechanism between the channel and a chamber." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2007 (11/768,138). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,777&OS=8,337,777&RS=8,337,777 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FAR-TECH Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- FAR-TECH, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,337,807) developed by Ioan-Niculae Bogatu, San Diego, for a "fullerene/titanium hydride gas source." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A solid mixture of fullerene and titanium hydride, a method of its formation, and a method of its use to rapidly produce a gaseous mixture of molecular hydrogen and fullerene on demand. The solid mixture may be resistively heated by discharge of a high power electrical current from a capacitor bank through the mixture to produce the mixture of hydrogen and fullerene within a few tens of microseconds. The resulting gaseous mixture of hydrogen and fullerene may be ionized and accelerated for the purpose of mitigating electromagnetic disruptions in a magnetically confined plasma." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2007 (12/002,420). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,807&OS=8,337,807&RS=8,337,807 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hexagon Metrology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Hexagon Metrology, Nacka Strand, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,336,220) developed by Homer L. Eaton, Carlsbad, Calif., and Paul A. Ferrari, Carlsbad, Calif., for a "coordinate measurement machine with improved joint." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a coordinate measurement apparatus includes an articulated arm having a first end and a second end with at least a first arm segment and a second arm segment therebetween. Further, the apparatus can comprise at least one ball and socket joint connecting the first arm segment to the second arm segment, with the ball and socket joint including a ball member and a socket member, and a measurement probe attached to the first end of said articulated arm." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2011 (13/215,560). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,220.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,220&RS=PN/83,36,220 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method of Stabilizing a Closet Ring and Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Ronald I. Butcher, Santee, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,127) for a "method of stabilizing a closet ring and tool therefore." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of stabilizing a closet ring to a floor by first attaching to the bottom of the floor, with fasteners driven from above the floor, a stabilizing device having a support panel with a length and a width greater than a width of a toilet to be attached to the closet ring. A sewer pipe or extension therefrom is inserted through an opening in the stabilizing device and bonded to the stabilizing device. A closet ring is then fastened to the floor followed by conventional application of a wax ring and a toilet. An elongated anchor tool having wide gap in one edge with teeth-like projections may be used to hold the stabilizing device in place from below for a user to drive fasteners from above into and through the floor and into the stabilizing device." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2007 (11/844,802). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,127.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,127&RS=PN/83,36,127 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Process for Producing a Cast, Coated Vehicle Wheel ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Brock Weld, Orange, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,208) for a "process for producing a cast, coated vehicle wheel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for producing a cast, coated vehicle wheel utilizing a multi-axis computer numerical control (CNC) machine. The CNC machine allows unique draft angles and unique design elements to be cast from a single metal ingot. The process utilizes a plurality of steps to achieve the desired aesthetic qualities in the wheel including design elements such as colored portions, rivets, logos and the like." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2010 (12/804,114). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,208.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,208&RS=PN/83,36,208 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cytori Therapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Cytori Therapeutics, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,337,834) developed by John K. Fraser, San Diego, and Marc H. Hedrick, Encinitas, Calif., for "methods of making enhanced, autologous fat grafts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Cells present in processed lipoaspirate tissue are used to treat patients. Methods of treating patients include processing adipose tissue to deliver a concentrated amount of stem cells obtained from the adipose tissue to a patient. The methods may be practiced in a closed system so that the stem cells are not exposed to an external environment prior to being administered to a patient. Compositions that are administered to a patient include a mixture of adipose tissue and stem cells so that the composition has a higher concentration of stem cells than when the adipose tissue was removed from the patient." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,334). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,834&OS=8,337,834&RS=8,337,834 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Discovery Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Discovery Laboratories, Warrington, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,337,815) developed by four co-inventors for a pulmonary surfactant formulations. The co-inventors are Maithili Rairkar, San Jose, Calif., Rom E. Eliaz, Sunnyvale, Calif., Ralph Niven, Half Moon Bay, Calif., and Mark E. Johnson, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Synthetic pulmonary surfactant compositions comprising dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylglycerol, and essentially neutral lipid, and having essentially no 1-palmitoyl 2-oleoyl phosphatidylglycerol and essentially no palmitic acid are provided. Methods for treating respiratory disease are also provided comprising administering a therapeutically effective amount of a synthetic pulmonary surfactant comprising dipalmitoyl phosphatidylcholine, phosphatidylglycerol, and essentially neutral lipid, and having essentially no 1-palmitoyl 2-oleoyl phosphatidylglycerol and essentially no palmitic acid." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2005 (11/316,308). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,337,815&OS=8,337,815&RS=8,337,815 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** William Marsh Rice University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- William Marsh Rice University, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,337,809) developed by four co-inventors for a "charge-assembled capsules for phototherapy." The co-inventors are Jie Yu, Houston, Michael Sha-nang Wong, Houston, Bahman Anvari, Tustin, Calif., and Mohammad Abbas Yaseen, Somerville, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel phototherapeutic methods and compositions are described herein. Nanoparticle-assembled microcapsules as a new type of delivery vehicle for photosensitive compounds may be synthesized through a two- 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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