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[December 31, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Connecticut (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 Connecticut.

*** 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.

*** 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.

*** Infiltrator Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Infiltrator Systems, Old Saybrook, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,119) developed by five co-inventors for a "leaching chamber having a dome shaped end portion for pivotably connecting with a second chamber end portion." The co-inventors are James J. Burnes, Deep River, Conn., Ronald Brochu, Westbrook, Conn., Bryan A. Coppes, Old Saybrook, Conn., Donald Crescenzi, Killingworth, Conn., and Michael J. Ambrosino, Cape Neddick, Maine.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Arch shape cross-section leaching and stormwater chambers are connected together so that swiveled angling is obtained at the joint. Angling is accomplished by means of an integral or detachable dome end comprising a conical section. A like chamber with an ordinary end mates by overlapping the dome. Or a like chamber may have an opposing and overlapping end, which also comprises a dome. A coupling for connecting two ordinary end chambers is comprised of two spaced apart conical domes spaced apart by a connector. The connector between the domes is optionally straight or angled. The couplings enable chambers to be connected at diverse angles to each other, as well as to be connected parallel with offset, i.e., with zigzag path." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2008 (12/012,396). 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=8,337,119&OS=8,337,119&RS=8,337,119 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.

*** Connecticut Inventor Develops Patent for Systems and Apparatus for Expressing Multimedia Presentations Corresponding to Print Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Sean Elwell, Woodbury, Conn., has developed a patent (8,336,787) for "systems and apparatus for expressing multimedia presentations corresponding to print media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A media asset system and method is provided comprising a portable reader having a sensor enabled to detect a part of a surface, with the reader having means for selecting an output action by correlating said detected part with a preselected outcome. Output also provided for presenting audio and video presentation. Output is responsive to the reader's selection of output action." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,541). 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=83,36,787.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,787&RS=PN/83,36,787 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Thule Sweden Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Thule Sweden, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,336,747) developed by Kevin Bogoslofski, Southington, Conn., and John R. Laverack, Southbury, Conn., for a "bicycle rack with cross oriented bicycle cradle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bicycle rack includes at least one arm and a cradle installed on the arm for receiving a bicycle thereon. The cradle has a body including a through-hole extending through the longitudinal length of the body. The through-hole is sized to be received by the arm of a bicycle rack. A saddle extending along a length of the longitudinal body is positioned above the through-hole and has a top surface for receiving a tube of a bicycle. The saddle is oriented cross-ways to the longitudinal axis of the through-hole. The top surface of the saddle can increase in dimension on one side of a vertical axis of the through-hole and decreases in dimension on the other side of the vertical axis as the saddle extends toward each end of the longitudinal body. A latch is positioned on opposite sides of the vertical axis at either end of the saddle." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2011 (13/028,009). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,36,747.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,747&RS=PN/83,36,747 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Connecticut Inventor Develops Patent for Detachable Gutter System for Use with an Umbrella ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Glen Oliver Jarrett, Hartford, Conn., has developed a patent (8,336,566) for a "detachable gutter system for use with an umbrella." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The "Umbrella Water Control" is a gutter with tubes, affixed to the circumference of the umbrella. It is snapped onto the circumference of the umbrella, which is supported by a retractable frame. The gutter channels the water flowing off the umbrella's surface through the tubes. The gutter is made of plastic and nylon (or material used to make the umbrella covering). All tubes are made of plastic and act like a straw to funnel the water. They are joined into one main tube that extends along the stick of the umbrella. At the end of the main tube is an added extension that is made to open like an antenna where the water continues. This allows the user to direct where the water flow is deposited. This prevents the excess dripping of water on by-standers as the umbrella user walk, sits or stands in an arena, stadium or crowded area." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2004 (10/756,520). 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=83,36,566.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,566&RS=PN/83,36,566 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Young Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Young Pharmaceuticals, Wethersfield, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,870) developed by John E. Kulesza, Berlin, Conn., for a "low toxicity topical active agent delivery system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An active agent delivery composition is provided that allows topical delivery of active agents including vitamin A and its derivatives. A polyhalogenic vehicle such as methoxyonafluorobutane or ethoxyonafluorobutane serves as a coupler for an active agent and a silicone carrier so as to allow solubilization of active agents not normally miscible in silicones and providing a moisture maintaining composition." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,381). 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=8,337,870&OS=8,337,870&RS=8,337,870 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CiDRA Corporate Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- CiDRA Corporate Services, Wallingford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,336,393) developed by Michael A. Davis, Glastonbury, Conn., Mark R. Fernald, Enfield, Conn., and Timothy J. Bailey, Longmeadow, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for measuring parameters of a fluid flowing within a pipe using a configurable array of sensors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for measuring at least one parameter associated with a fluid flowing within a pipe includes a single sheet of piezoelectric film material wrapped around at least a portion of the pipe and an array of sensors disposed at different locations on the film material. Each of the sensors provides a signal indicative of pressure within the pipe at a corresponding axial and/or circumferential location of the pipe. The sensors are selectively configurable to provide the pressure signals. The signals are processed to determine the parameter. The array of sensors is configurable in response to different criteria. The criteria includes at least one of the parameter of the fluid to be output, an input signal specifying sensors to be selected, a predetermined configuration based on the parameter to be determined, and in response to a previously determined parameter of the fluid." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2011 (12/986,366). 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=83,36,393.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,393&RS=PN/83,36,393 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,336,289) developed by Gary D. Roberge, Tolland, Conn., for "gas turbine engine systems and related methods involving multiple gas turbine cores." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Gas turbine engine systems and related methods involving multiple gas turbine cores are provided. In this regard, a representative gas turbine engine includes: an inlet; a blade assembly mounted to receive intake air via the inlet; and multiple gas turbine cores located downstream of the blade assembly, each of the multiple gas turbine cores being independently operative in a first state, in which rotational energy is provided to rotate the blade assembly, and a second state, in which rotational energy is not provided to rotate the blade assembly." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2007 (11/847,640). 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=83,36,289.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,289&RS=PN/83,36,289 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Colt Defense Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Colt Defense, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,336,243) developed by Kevin Langevin, Berlin, Conn., Paul Hochstrate, Plantsville, Conn., and Grzegorz Kuczynko, Unionville, Conn., for a "firearm having a removable hand guard." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semi-automatic or automatic rifle is provided. The rifle has a receiver having a receiver frame, a barrel removably connected to the receiver frame, and an end cap coupled to the barrel. A removable hand guard section is provided extending over and generally surrounding the barrel, the removable hand guard section removably connected to the receiver. The removable hand guard section has a locating feature adapted to engage with the end cap and locate the hand guard relative to the end cap. The removable hand guard section has a mounting rail portion and a body portion, the mounting rail portion molded into the body portion. The barrel has a locking collar adapted to removably position and lock the removable hand guard section relative to the receiver frame and the barrel. The removable hand guard floats in position relative to the barrel." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2008 (12/100,268). 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=83,36,243.PN.&OS=PN/83,36,243&RS=PN/83,36,243 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Precision Combustion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Precision Combustion, North Haven, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,757) developed by six co-inventors for a reactor control method. The co-inventors are Subir Roychoudhury, Madison, Conn., Joel M. Desjardins, Vernon, Conn., David Spence, Beacon Falls, Conn., Richard Mastanduno, Milford, Conn., Dennis E. Walsh, Richboro, Pa., and William C. Pfefferle, Madison, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for controlling the operating temperature of a catalytic reactor using a closed-loop system that provides for varying the reactor input and other operating parameters in order to maintain the operating temperature of the reactor at or near the initial setpoint temperature for operation of the reactor. In one example, maximum and minimum operating temperatures with a catalytic partial oxidation reactor are controlled, as well as maintaining control over the corresponding minimum required ratio of oxygen atoms to carbon atoms, such that the operating temperature within the reactor is maintained below the material limits but above threshold temperatures for coking." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2009 (12/322,970). 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=8,337,757&OS=8,337,757&RS=8,337,757 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Energy Stored in Spring with Controlled Release ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,336,752) developed by Frank J. Viola, Sandy Hook, Conn., for an "energy stored in spring with controlled release." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a surgical instrument including a handle having an elongated tubular member extending distally from the handle and one or more end effectors mounted on the distal end of the elongate tubular member. A driver is movably mounted within the handle and elongate tubular member in order to operate the end effectors. The surgical instrument includes an energy storage mechanism for storing and providing energy to move the driver and thereby actuate the surgical instrument. Various actuation mechanisms are disclosed which are operable on the energy storage mechanism to control the rate of release of the energy stored in the energy storage mechanism." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2008 (12/172,287). 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=8,336,752.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,752&RS=PN/8,336,752 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Purdue Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Purdue Pharma, Stamford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,888) developed by Curtis Wright, Norwalk, Conn., Benjamin Oshlack, New York, and Christopher Breder, Greenwich, Conn., for a "pharmaceutical formulation containing gelling agent." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed in certain embodiments is a controlled release oral dosage form comprising a therapeutically effective amount of a drug susceptible to abuse together with one or more pharmaceutically acceptable excipients; the dosage form further including a gelling agent in an effective amount to impart a viscosity unsuitable for administration selected from the group consisting of parenteral and nasal administration to a solubilized mixture formed when the dosage form is crushed and mixed with from about 0.5 to about 10 ml of an aqueous liquid; the dosage form providing a therapeutic effect for at least about 12 hours when orally administered to a human patient." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2012 (13/349,449). 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=8,337,888.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,888&RS=PN/8,337,888 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,336,885) developed by Melvin Freling, West Hartford, Conn., for a wear-resistant coating.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A seal assembly for a gas turbine engine includes a first seal member having a first surface, a second seal member having a second surface, with the second surface configured to generally abut at least a part of the first surface. At least a portion of at least one of the first surface and the second surface includes a coating that includes about 30 to about 80 weight percent of a hard carbide material, and about 20 to about 70 weight percent of lubricating material incorporated with the hard carbide material. The coating defines overlapping lenticular particles." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2012 (13/456,658). 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=8,336,885.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,885&RS=PN/8,336,885 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ZeeBaas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- ZeeBaas, Stratford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,336,799) developed by Robert W. Koelewyn, Stratford, Conn., for a "bail for spinning reel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bail assembly is provided for a spinning reel of the type having a spool mounted for reciprocal and rotational movement with respect to a body, a drag system, a rotor with a line pickup generally surrounding the spool, and a handle drive mechanism for reciprocating the spool and rotating the rotor thereabout to wind line onto the spool. The bail assembly has a bail wire formed of spring tempered stainless steel wire stock and is bent in an arc with first and second ends respectively attached to the rotor by generally diametrically opposed first and second end mounts. The arcuate bail wire exerts spring tension and the end mounts are cooperatively configured so that the bail wire is manipulable in spring toggle motion from an open position permitting line to play freely off the spool to a closed position directing line to the line pickup for collecting line on the spool. The arcuate bail wire also biases the bail assembly to remain in one of the open and closed positions until manipulated to the other position." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/066,352). 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=8,336,799.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,799&RS=PN/8,336,799 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Technology Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Advanced Technology Materials, Danbury, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,338,087) developed by five co-inventors for a "composition and process for post-etch removal of photoresist and/or sacrificial anti-reflective material deposited on a substrate." The co-inventors are Melissa K. Rath, Danbury, Conn., David D. Bernhard, Newtown, Conn., David Minsek, New Milford, Conn., Michael B. Korzenski, Danbury, Conn., and Thomas H. Baum, New Fairfield, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composition and process for removing photoresist and/or sacrificial anti-reflective coating (SARC) materials from a substrate having such material(s) thereon. The composition includes a base component, such as a quaternary ammonium base in combination with an alkali or alkaline earth base, or alternatively a strong base in combination with an oxidant. The composition may be utilized in aqueous medium, e.g., with chelator, surfactant, and/or co-solvent species, to achieve high-efficiency removal of photoresist and/or SARC materials in the manufacture of integrated circuitry, without adverse effect on metal species on the substrate, such as copper, aluminum and/or cobalt alloys, and without damage to SiOC-based dielectric materials employed in the semiconductor architecture." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2004 (10/792,038). 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=8,338,087.PN.&OS=PN/8,338,087&RS=PN/8,338,087 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,337,989) developed by Peter F. Gero, Portland, Conn., Kevin W. Schlichting, South Glastonbury, Conn., and James W. Neal, Ellington, Conn., for a "layered thermal barrier coating with blended transition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multilayer coating includes a bond coat layer and a first barrier layer applied on the bond coat layer. The first barrier layer has a compositional gradient comprising a majority of a first rare earth stabilized zirconia material proximate the bond coat layer to a majority of a second rare earth stabilized zirconia material away from the bond coat layer. The first and second rare earth stabilized zirconia materials are different." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2010 (12/781,485). 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=8,337,989.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,989&RS=PN/8,337,989 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,336,754) developed by four co-inventors for a "locking articulation mechanism for surgical stapler." The co-inventors are Kenneth M. Cappola, Monroe, Conn., Paul Scirica, Huntington, Conn., Patrick Mozdzierz, Glastonbury, Conn., Frank Marini, Monroe, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical stapler is provided and comprises a handle assembly, an elongated body, an articulable tool assembly, and an articulation mechanism. The articulation mechanism has: a main shaft member connected to an articulation linkage; a retainer having an opening for receiving a shaft portion of the main shaft member; a cam lock having cam locking surfaces and a locking tab; a locking cover defining recesses for receiving the locking tab; an articulation handle having cam surfaces configured to engage the cam locking surfaces of the cam lock." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2011 (13/021,023). 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=8,336,754.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,754&RS=PN/8,336,754 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bend Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Bend Research, Bend, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,337,899) developed by William J. Curatolo, Niantic, Conn., Scott M. Herbig, East Lyme, Conn., and James A.S. Nightingale, Bend, Ore., for a "solid pharmaceutical dispersions with enhanced bioavailability." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Spray dried solid dispersions comprising a sparingly soluble drug and hydroxypropylmethylcellulose acetate succinate (HPMCAS) provide increased aqueous solubility and/or biavailability in a use environment." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2012 (13/554,894). 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=8,337,899.PN.&OS=PN/8,337,899&RS=PN/8,337,899 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Staple Drive Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,336,753) developed by Lee Ann Olson, Wallingford, Conn., and Ralph Stearns, Bozrah, Conn., for a staple drive assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A staple drive assembly includes an actuation sled and at least one staple pusher. The staple drive assembly is adapted to fit within a staple cartridge having a plurality of staples and a corresponding number of retention slots. The at least one staple pusher includes at least one pusher plate for releasably engaging a backspan of a staple. The staple pusher may include a plurality of pusher plates that may be laterally and longitudinally spaced apart. An actuation member has at least one angled camming surface for engaging a complimentary angled surface of the at least one staple pusher. Camming engagement between the actuation member and the at least one staple pusher causes vertical movement of the at least one staple pusher. Lateral and longitudinal offset of the actuation member camming surfaces and the corresponding staple pusher following surfaces improves stability and control of the staple pusher during firing." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2011 (13/047,252). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,336,753.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,753&RS=PN/8,336,753 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Grasping Jaw Mechanism ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 31 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,336,751) developed by Paul A. Scirica, Huntington, Conn., for a grasping jaw mechanism.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical device is disclosed which includes a handle assembly, an elongated member and a disposable loading unit. The handle assembly includes a mode selection mechanism configured to alternate the surgical device between a first grasping mode of operation and a second clamping mode of operation. The handle assembly includes a rotation control member and an articulation lever. The rotation control member is configured to facilitate rotation of the elongated member with respect to the handle assembly. The articulation lever is configured to facilitate articulation of the tool assembly about an axis substantially perpendicular to the longitudinal axis of elongated member. In one embodiment, the tool assembly includes a cartridge assembly having a plurality of staples and an anvil assembly configured to clamp and staple tissue in the second clamping mode of operation of the device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2006 (11/544,061). 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=8,336,751.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,751&RS=PN/8,336,751 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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