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[November 26, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 26)

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

*** Advanced Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,838) developed by Yung Ming Chen, Cupertino, Calif., Jeff H. Smith, Newark, Calif., and Celenia Gutierrez, San Jose, Calif., for "coating abluminal surfaces of stents and other implantable medical devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sleeve is positioned over a radially-expandable rod assembly and a stent is positioned over the sleeve. A mandrel is inserted into the rod assembly to thereby press the sleeve against the inner surface of the stent and expand the stent. A coating (such as a solvent, a polymer and/or a therapeutic substance) is then applied to the outer (abluminal) surfaces of the stent, by spraying, for example. The sleeve advantageously prevents the coating material from being applied to inner (luminal) surfaces of the stent and also allows the coating material to be efficiently applied to the abluminal surfaces." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2010 (12/832,877). 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=8,312,838&OS=8,312,838&RS=8,312,838 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent for Mixing Frequency at Multiple Feeding Points ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,839) developed by Jonghoon Baek, San Jose, Calif., for "mixing frequency at multiple feeding points." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments disclosed herein generally relate to obtaining a substantially uniform plasma distribution within a large area processing chamber. For large area processing chambers that utilize RF voltages, standing waves can lead to deposition and/or etching non-uniformities. By applying RF voltage in at least two separate locations at two separate, but close frequencies with or without phase modulation, the wave interference pattern moves across the electrode. By moving the standing wave across the electrode, the plasma generated in the chamber can, over time, be substantially uniform." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,886). 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=8,312,839&OS=8,312,839&RS=8,312,839 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Control Components Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Control Components, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,893) developed by four co-inventors for an "axial drag valve with internal hub actuator." The co-inventors are Roger Bey, Rossignols, France, Samuel C. Sturtevant, Mission Viejo, Calif., Sina Alikhani, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Daniel McMillen, Fullerton, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with the present invention, there is provided an axial drag control valve which includes an internal disk stack trim and an internal actuator. The fluid inlet and outlet of the valve are disclosed along a common axis, which is further shared with both the plug and the actuator. The plug and actuator move along this particular axis to control the fluid flow rate, pressure, or temperature of the system. The valve actuator may be powered by an operating fluid such as air supplied from an external source. A special, two-part packing with a lantern ring and leak-off port provides protection and safety for the actuator." The patent application was filed on May 2, 2008 (12/114,176). 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=8,312,893&OS=8,312,893&RS=8,312,893 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Munchkin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Munchkin, North Hills, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,887) developed by Steven B. Dunn, Beverly Hills, Calif., Mark A. Hatherill, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Kevin D. Johnson, Tarzana, Calif., for a "dishwasher basket infant feeding accessory holders." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dishwasher basket for use with baby bottle nipples includes a specially designed rack that maintains baby bottle nipples in an upright position during the washing and drying. The base of the nipple is also prevented from resting upon the surface of the rack. Feeding straw and valve holders are also provided that can be attached to the dishwasher basket. The dishwasher basket is able to be opened using only one hand." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2010 (12/762,548). 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=8,312,887&OS=8,312,887&RS=8,312,887 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent for Support Assembly for Stent Coating ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,837) developed by Domingo S. Madriaga, San Jose, Calif., Anh Tran, San Jose, Calif., and Arthur J. Wen, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "support assembly for stent coating." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A support assembly for a stent and a method of using the same to coat a stent are provided. The support assembly provides for minimum contact between the stent and the support assembly so as to reduce or eliminate coating defects." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2008 (12/181,267). 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=8,312,837&OS=8,312,837&RS=8,312,837 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Allergan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Allergan, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,527) developed by Thomas E. Powell, Santa Barbara, Calif., and Loantrang Dang, Ventura, Calif., for a "soft prosthesis shell texturing method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of texturing a soft prosthetic implant shell, such as a silicone breast implant shell. A soft prosthetic implant with a textured external surface layer of silicone elastomer and having an open-cell structure is made by adhering and then dissolving round salt crystals. The resulting roughened surface has enhanced physical properties relative to surfaces formed with angular salt crystals. An implant having such a textured external surface layer is expected to help prevent capsular contraction, to help prevent scar formation, and to help in anchoring the implant within the body." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/261,939). 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=8,313,527&OS=8,313,527&RS=8,313,527 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Biosystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Applied Biosystems, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,890) developed by Aldrich N.K. Lau, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "dissolvable valve in a fluid processing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fluid processing device, system, and method for processing a fluid, are provided. The device includes a substrate, a plurality of fluid retainment regions formed in or on the substrate, and a barrier at least partially separating two or more of the fluid retainment regions, wherein the barrier can include a solvent-dissolvable, LCST-free material." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2005 (11/252,914). 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=8,312,890&OS=8,312,890&RS=8,312,890 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Scimed Life Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Scimed Life Systems, Maple Grove, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,313,438) developed by Jon M. Knight, Pleasanton, Calif., for an "integrated bias circuitry for ultrasound imaging devices configured to image the interior of a living being." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The systems and methods described herein allow for the application of a bias voltage to one or more transducers implemented within a medical ultrasound imaging system. Bias circuitry is placed within an imaging device and used to apply a DC bias to one or more transducers requiring a DC bias to operate. The one or more transducers can be fabricated in a semiconductor manufacturing process and integrated with the bias circuitry on a common semiconductor substrate. Also provided is a method for operating the one or more transducers and bias circuitry using a communication channel having two signal lines." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,661). 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=8,313,438&OS=8,313,438&RS=8,313,438 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,619) developed by four co-inventors for a micro-assembler. The co-inventors are Eugene M. Chow, Fremont, Calif., Jeng Ping Lu, Fremont, Calif., Meng H. Lean, Santa Clara, Calif., and David K. Biegelsen, Portola Valley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A xerographic micro-assembler system, method and apparatus that includes a sorting unit that is adapted to receive a plurality of micro-objects. The micro-objects can also be sorted and oriented on the sorting unit and then transferred to a substrate. The system, method and apparatus can also include a device for detecting errors in at least one of the micro-objects on the sorting unit and a protection means for preventing an improper micro-object from being transferred to the substrate. The system, method and apparatus can also include an organized micro-object feeder assembly that can transfer at least one of a plurality of micro-objects to the sorting unit or directly to the substrate." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2010 (12/754,254). 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=8,312,619&OS=8,312,619&RS=8,312,619 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,313,278) developed by John B. Simmons, Corona, Calif., Anibal J. Garcia, Chino, Calif., and Michael Patterson Johnson, Huntington Beach, Calif., for a "modular interchangeable cargo deck." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A removable, modular, cargo deck trailer system may include different types of modular, interchangeable, removable deck units which are configured to be removably and interchangeably attached to a trailer. The different types of modular, interchangeable, removable deck units may collectively include a plurality of moving apparatus for moving cargo in a lengthwise direction relative to the deck units, for moving cargo in a vertical direction relative to the deck units, and for moving cargo in at least one of a widthwise direction relative to the deck units, and in a rotating direction relative to the deck units." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2008 (12/101,422). 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=8,313,278&OS=8,313,278&RS=8,313,278 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SurgMatix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- SurgMatix, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,432) developed by John C. Chiu, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Han K. Huang, Agoura Hills, Calif., for a "surgical data monitoring and display system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical data monitoring and display system is described. In some embodiments, the system includes a data storage module that stores retrospective data and real-time surgical data concerning a patient, a first processing module that receives and processes the retrospective data into processed retrospective data, and a second processing module that receives and processes the real-time data into processed real-time data. Each of the first processing module and the second processing module transmits their processed data to first and second display modules, respectively, before or during performance by a healthcare provider of a medical or surgical procedure on the patient." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2008 (12/143,711). 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=8,313,432&OS=8,313,432&RS=8,313,432 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CNH America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- CNH America, New Holland, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,313,362) developed by Martin J. Roberge, Saskatchewan, Calif., and John H. Posselius, Ephrata, Pa., for an "agricultural combine with on-board baler and dust suppression capability." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A self-propelled agricultural combine having a capability for baling crop residue produced by operation of the combine, including chaff from the cleaning system. The combine can also incorporate a dust suppression capability. The crop residue produced by threshing is in a compressed state, and is routed directly to a baler of the combine is essentially a continuous, compressed stream, while still in that state, and the chaff is mixed in before compaction into the bales. The dust suppression apparatus uses air flow of a cleaning system of the combine, to carry the dust and separates the air such that the dust will fall from the combine." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2010 (12/652,389). 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=8,313,362&OS=8,313,362&RS=8,313,362 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,236) developed by Phillip W. Barth, Portola Valley, Calif., for a thermal conductivity detector.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thermal conductivity detector includes a structure defining a cavity, the structure principally comprising a material having a first coefficient of thermal expansion; a sensing element for sensing a thermal conductivity of a gas flowing within the cavity, the sensing element having a second coefficient of thermal expansion different from the third first coefficient of thermal expansion, the sensing element being disposed at least in part within the cavity; and a compensation structure having a third coefficient of thermal expansion different from the first and second thermal coefficients of expansion. Over a selected temperature range, a stress within the sensing element is less than a yield stress of any component of the sensing element, and a stress within the compensation structure is less than a yield stress of any component of the compensation structure." The patent application was filed on Nov. 6, 2009 (12/613,670). 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=8,313,236&OS=8,313,236&RS=8,313,236 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Medical Resources Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Applied Medical Resources, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,431) developed by four co-inventors for a "split hoop wound retractor." The co-inventors are Jeremy J. Albrecht, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Charles C. Hart, Summerville, S.C., John R. Brustad, Dana Point, Calif., and Gary M. Johnson, Mission Viejo, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An incrementally adjustable wound retractor, which provides access to a body cavity, includes an inner ring having a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision, an outer ring having an annular axis and a diameter greater than the desired diameter of the wound incision, and a flexible sleeve disposed in a generally cylindrical form between the inner and outer rings. The outer ring includes first and second circular tubes spaced apart axially with each including a lumen having a rigid, noncompliant split hoop placed therein. The outer ring may be rolled over itself and around the annular axis to retract the sleeve with sufficient force to stretch the incision to the desired diameter. A gel cap seal may be coupled to the outer ring outside of the biological body to seal the opening produced by the wound retractor between the body cavity and outside the body cavity." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2010 (12/905,932). 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=8,313,431&OS=8,313,431&RS=8,313,431 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent for System and Method for Personalized Location-based Game System Including Optical Pattern Recognition ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,381) developed by Jonathan Ackley, Glendale, Calif., Chris J. Purvis, La Crescenta, Calif., and Christopher R. Antimary, Los Angeles, for a "system and method for personalized location-based game system including optical pattern recognition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a personalized game system comprising a user account database containing user accounts for a plurality of users, a pattern database containing recognition data for a plurality of patterns, a controller in communication with the user account database and the pattern database, and a game installation. The game installation comprises an audiovisual presentation system, an identification interface in communication with the controller to read a user identifier to identify a user account of a user from the user account database, and an optical interface in communication with the controller to optically read a card pattern on a game card to match the card pattern with a pattern in the pattern database, the game card having no physical contact with the game installation. The controller is configured to change a state of the game system based on the matched pattern." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2008 (12/313,925). 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=8,313,381&OS=8,313,381&RS=8,313,381 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Heffner Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Robert Scott Heffner, Vista, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,572) developed by Robert Scott Heffner, for a "telescoping plumbing device and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A telescoping plumbing device and method is provided. The telescoping plumbing device and method may employ a flexible cable at least partially disposed within a plurality of nested pipes or tubes capable of being extended and retracted telescopically, so that the cable may be pushed down a toilet or drain by collapsing the plurality of pipes abruptly and forcibly from the extended position to the retracted position." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2007 (11/867,664). 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=8,312,572&OS=8,312,572&RS=8,312,572 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** DexCom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- DexCom, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,313,434) developed by four co-inventors for an "analyte sensor inserter system." The co-inventors are Mark Brister, San Diego, Daniel S. Kline, San Diego, Steve Masterson, San Diego, and Sean Saint, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates generally to systems and methods for measuring an analyte in a host and associated methods of manufacture. More particularly, the present invention relates to systems and methods for transcutaneous measurement of glucose in a host and associated methods of manufacture." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2007 (11/681,145). 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=8,313,434&OS=8,313,434&RS=8,313,434 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pakhchyan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Edward Pakhchyan, Glendale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,226) developed by Edward Pakhchyan, Glendale, Calif., Haik Mesropian, Glendale, Calif., and Syuzi Pakhchyan, Glendale, Calif., for "display including waveguide, micro-prisms and micro-shutters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A display including a light source for generating light, an optical waveguide for receiving and evenly distributing light in a light propagation direction by total internal reflections and a matrix of electromechanical picture elements for modulating light to produce an image." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/802,037). 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=8,313,226&OS=8,313,226&RS=8,313,226 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Joslyn Sunbank Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Joslyn Sunbank, Paso Robles, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,340) developed by Gordon Krueger, Nipomo, Calif., and Ezra Phillips, Cambria, Calif., for "connector back shells having a plurality of cable exit angles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wiring connector back shell having a plurality of cable exit angles is disclosed. The back shell has a single transition element with a number of holes fashioned therein, which allow a cable retaining device to be fastened thereto. The cable retaining device provides strain relief for the cable exiting the back shell, as well as determining the exit angle of the cable. The cable retaining device has integral pins which mate with hole patterns in the transition element, and are locked in place with a retaining collar. Alternatively, cable ties or tie wraps may be utilized to fasten the cable to the transition element. The system provides a high reliability, low mass method for cable back shells wherein cable exit angles are easily changed or chosen in the field." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2011 (13/199,214). 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=8,313,340&OS=8,313,340&RS=8,313,340 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** T.B. Penick & Sons Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- T.B. Penick & Sons, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,312,690) developed by four co-inventors for a "pervious concrete system and method of forming pervious concrete." The co-inventors are Byron A. Klemaske II, San Diego, Victor Alvin Klemaske, San Diego, Christina Palpal-Latoc, San Diego, and Andrew Weber, Chula Vista, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of a system and method of forming a decorative pervious concrete system are generally described. In some embodiments, the pervious concrete system comprises a coarse pervious layer, a binder layer, a decorative pervious layer and a decorative layer sealer. In some embodiments, the decorative pervious layer comprises a decorative aggregate which may be at least partially exposed." The patent application was filed on April 10, 2012 (13/443,799). 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=83,12,690.PN.&OS=PN/83,12,690&RS=PN/83,12,690 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** American Greetings Assigned Patent for Electronic Greeting Cards ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- American Greetings, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,312,651) developed by twelve co-inventors for electronic greeting cards. The co-inventors are Josef A. Mandelbaum, Beachwood, Ohio, Rajiv Jain, Monte Sereno, Calif., Allison Marsh, Ravenna, Ohio, Kimberly Bikowski, Avon, Ohio, Cathy Tasse, Westlake, Ohio, David Mayer, Bay Village, Ohio, Eliza DeVogel, Lakewood, Ohio, Katalina Speck, Westlake, Ohio, Mary McClain, Shaker Heights, Ohio, Sharon Bogdanski, Westlake, Ohio, Mindy Leeders, Canton, Ohio, and Catherine Gruntman, Dearborn, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Electronic greeting cards include a greeting card with two or more interconnected panels in combination with a digital multimedia player device which includes an electronic display and an audio output, and circuitry which is operative to receive, store and play digital multimedia files and content. The various greeting card structures cover and encapsulate or otherwise house and adorn the digital multimedia player. Digital files are loaded on to the digital multimedia player by a connection to a network, or directly from a data storage device such as an SD card or USB connection or compact flash which interfaces with a port in the digital multimedia player. Pre-recorded digital multimedia greeting card content is either pre-loaded on a portable data storage device, or selected for purchase and downloaded or transferred for replay by the digital multimedia player of the electronic greeting card." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2010 (12/774,836). 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=83,12,651.PN.&OS=PN/83,12,651&RS=PN/83,12,651 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Computer Entertainment America Assigned Patent for Playing Browser Based Games with Alternative Controls and Interfaces ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,377) developed by Gary M. Zalewski, Oakland, Calif., for "playing browser based games with alternative controls and interfaces." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer programs for playing browser based game with alternative controls and interfaces are presented. In one method, a definition of native inputs defined for the game is received. The native inputs are originated in a native device and are capable of causing actions in the game. Further, the method detects an alternate device that does not have all the native inputs. The native inputs are mapped from the native device to alternate inputs from the alternate device. The inputs generated with the alternate device are translated to corresponding native inputs according to the mapping and causing the corresponding actions in the game. In another method, a game area inside a web page is identified for playing the game. The game area is expanded by increasing the size of the game area while decreasing the size of other elements in the web page." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2009 (12/579,343). 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=8,313,377&OS=8,313,377&RS=8,313,377 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Score Gaming Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Score Gaming, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,313,366) developed by Merrill Sparago, Los Angeles, for a card game.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A card game played on an electronic gaming machine between a game machine/dealer and one or more players. Each player is dealt one card. Three community cards (Flop cards) are dealt and, in succession, compared to each player's card according to the rules of War. A fourth community card (Turn card) is revealed, along with a single dealer card. The player's final hand must outrank the dealer's final hand and achieve at least a preset Poker ranking in order to win a mandatory wager. A second Raise portion of the player's wager is won if the player's card combined with the four community cards form a predetermined poker hand ranking. In a variation of the game method, one Bet the Hole wager is resolved according to the rules of War." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2012 (13/433,466). 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=8,313,366&OS=8,313,366&RS=8,313,366 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cook Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Karl Cook, Woodside, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,699) developed by Karl Cook, for a "horseback riding spur mechanism." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spur attachable to a boot. The spur includes a body having a first arm, a second arm, and a neck. A first bar having eyelets is attached to a distal end of the first arm and a second bar having eyelets is attached to a distal end of the second arm. The first arm and the second arm are configured to be forward relative to a heel of the boot and the neck is configured to be rearward relative to the heel of the boot." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2010 (12/910,545). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,12,699.PN.&OS=PN/83,12,699&RS=PN/83,12,699 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,585) developed by Dean Albert Tarrant, San Jose, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for cleaning a driver used in disk drive manufacturing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a cleaning device for cleaning a driver used in a disk drive manufacturing process. The cleaning device includes: a body; a replaceable cleaning pad mounted in the body; and a cover mounted to the body over the cleaning pad, in which, the cover includes an opening to receive the driver and to expose a portion of the cleaning pad to receive and clean the driver. The cleaning device further includes a cleaning pad rotation mechanism mounted in the body that connects to the cleaning pad and rotates the cleaning pad. The cleaning pad rotation mechanism is configured to rotate the cleaning pad such that an unused portion of the cleaning pad is exposed to the opening for receipt of the driver and the cleaning pad rotation mechanism may be activated to rotate the cleaning pad." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2011 (13/315,533). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,312,585&OS=8,312,585&RS=8,312,585 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lifescan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Lifescan, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,237) developed by four co-inventors for a "multiple temperature measurements coupled with modeling." The co-inventors are Thomas Jetter, Mainz, Germany, Klaus Neubert, Esthal, Germany, Thomas M. Weber, Muhital, Germany, and Mahyar Z. Kermani, Pleasanton, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to, inter alia, systems and methods for calculating a temperature associated with an analyte measurement component of a biosensing instrument (such as a blood glucose monitor), with a test strip that is inserted in a biosensing instrument, or both. The present systems and methods may employ at least two temperature sensors, and the acquired temperature information may be used to modulate data regarding an analyte in a biological sample, thereby providing a more accurate measurement of the analyte." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2009 (12/603,137). 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=8,313,237&OS=8,313,237&RS=8,313,237 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Parker-Hannifin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Parker-Hannifin, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,312,783) developed by Ted Alexander McKay, Foothill Ranch, Calif., for an "aircraft flight control actuation system with direct acting, force limiting, actuator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A direct acting force limiting actuator wherein the actuator output force either directly or indirectly causes significant drag on a rotary input shaft rather than on the translating output member. Consequently, input energy is dissipated before the actuator gear train mechanical advantage amplifies the reaction forces." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2008 (12/527,334). 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=83,12,783.PN.&OS=PN/83,12,783&RS=PN/83,12,783 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,389) developed by David W. Crawford, Long Beach, Calif., and Edward A. Nemeth, Hermosa Beach, Calif., for a ring carousel ride.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A carousel ride in which vehicles may move at differing speeds, in differing directions, and each be independently positioned relative to a load/unload platform. In one embodiment, a carousel ride is provided that includes: (1) an inner ring assembly including a first ring supporting vehicles and a drive system operable to rotate the first ring about a center axis of the carousel ride; and (2) an outer ring assembly including a second ring, concentric to the first ring, supporting vehicles and a drive system operable to rotate the second ring about a center axis of the carousel ride. During a portion of a ride; the drive system of the inner ring assembly operates to rotate the first ring at a first rotation rate, and the drive system of the outer ring assembly operates to rotate the second ring at a second rotation rate differing from the first rotation rate." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,030). 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=8,313,389&OS=8,313,389&RS=8,313,389 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Humana Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Humana, Louisville, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,313,378) developed by Seth Snyder, Providence, R.I., and Jasper Speicher, Oakland, Calif., for a "yoga ball game controller system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A yoga ball controller communicates motion signals to a game console and a video game executing on the game console to progress play of a game in response to the motion signals. An individual positions himself on the yoga ball and begins to move his body. The controller detects the motion of the individual and communicates signals to the console. The game console recognizes the motion and advances the game play. Motion may be detected using various devices such as a stress ball, a motion sensing mat, and a controller attached to the yoga ball using a harness. The video game may be a well-known, entertaining video game such as one involving car racing, combat, exploration, or puzzle solving. By using a subject other than exercise, game play may be seen as more fun by participants thereby encouraging physical activity." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2010 (12/841,630). 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=8,313,378&OS=8,313,378&RS=8,313,378 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Interconnect Portfolio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Interconnect Portfolio, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,333) developed by five co-inventors for a "connector having a housing with a conductor with a ramp section and a curved surface section." The co-inventors are Gary Yasumura, Santa Clara, Calif., Kevin P. Grundy, Fremont, Calif., William F. Wiedermann, Campbell, Calif., Joseph C. Fjelstad, Maple Valley, Wash., and Para K. Segaram, Brookfield, Australia.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical connector. An electrical connector a pair of cylindrical housings, one having a plurality of torsion bar conductors and a second having a plurality of ramps. Rotating the pair of housings relative to one another causes an angled tip on the torsion bar to rotate as it moves up the ramp. A land is provided to discontinue further rotation of the torsion bar tip as the housings continue to rotate." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2011 (13/328,930). 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=8,313,333&OS=8,313,333&RS=8,313,333 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic MiniMed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Medtronic MiniMed, Northridge, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,433) developed by seven co-inventors for a "medical data management system and process." The co-inventors are Gary Cohen, Sherman Oaks, Calif., Joel Goldsmith, Studio City, Calif., Pam S. Roller, Valencia, Calif., Sanford Widran, Sherman Oaks, Calif., George W. Patterson, Westlake Village, Calif., James R. Daugherty, Northridge, Calif., and William P. Van Antwerp, Valencia, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and processes for managing data relating to one or more medical or biological conditions of a plurality of subjects (such as patients) over a wide area network, such as the Internet, may be employed for diabetes subjects or subjects with other medical conditions requiring monitoring and/or treatment over time. Such systems and processes provide various functions for several types of users, including patients or subject-users, healthcare provider-users and payor entity-users and combinations thereof, which allow for improved treatment and medical data management of individual subjects and groups of subjects and which allow collection and analysis of aggregate data from many subject sources, for improving overall healthcare practices of providers and subjects (e.g., patients)." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2004 (10/913,149). 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=8,313,433&OS=8,313,433&RS=8,313,433 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Computer Entertainment America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,380) developed by Gary M. Zalewski, Oakland, Calif., Richard Marks, Foster City, Calif., and Xiadong Mao, Foster City, Calif., for a "scheme for translating movements of a hand-held controller into inputs for a system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment provides a method for use in providing input to a system that includes the steps of determining position information for a controller for the system, comparing the determined position information for the controller with predetermined position information associated with commands, and providing a command to the system if the determined position information matches predetermined position information for the command." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2006 (11/382,037). 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=8,313,380&OS=8,313,380&RS=8,313,380 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,332) developed by Jurgen Daniel, Mountain View, Calif., David K. Fork, Los Altos, Calif., and Armin R. Volkel, Mountain View, Calif., for "oblique parts or surfaces." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various structures, such as microstructures and wall-like structures, can include parts or surfaces that are oblique. In some implementations, a cantilevered element includes a spring-like portion with a uniformly oblique surface or with another artifact of an oblique radiation technique. In some implementations, when a deflecting force is applied, a spring-like portion can provide deflection and spring force within required ranges. Various oblique radiation techniques can be used, such as radiation of a layer through a prism, and structures having spring-like portions with oblique radiation artifacts can be used in various applications, such as with downward or upward deflecting forces." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2010 (12/704,604). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,313,332&OS=8,313,332&RS=8,313,332 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hospira Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Hospira, Lake Forest, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,313,308) developed by eight co-inventors for a "medical infusion pump with closed loop stroke feedback system and method." The co-inventors are Michael W. Lawless, Ramona, Calif., Marwan A. Fathallah, Mundelein, Israel, Mansour A. Saleki, San Jose, Calif., Brian A. Kidd, San Francisco, Kent D. Abrahamson, Morgan Hill, Canada, Robert P. Cousineau, San Jose, Calif., Robert R. Boyd, Jacksonville, Fla., and Howard L. Greene, Worthington, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A medical pump with a closed loop stroke feedback system and method, for use with a pumping chamber, for example in a cassette, is disclosed. The pump includes a pumping element that intermittently pressurizes a pumping chamber during a pumping cycle. A pressure sensor detects the pressure exerted by the pumping element on the pumping chamber. A position sensor detects the position of the pumping element. A processing unit processes pressure data from the pressure sensor and position data from the position sensor to determine a calculated stroke volume of the pump for a pump cycle, and to adjust a stroke frequency of the pump to compensate for variation in the stroke volume." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2004 (10/810,123). 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=8,313,308&OS=8,313,308&RS=8,313,308 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dole Fresh Vegetables Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Dole Fresh Vegetables, Salinas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,701) developed by fifteen co-inventors for a "decoring mechanism with mechanized harvester." The co-inventors are Serafin Albarran, Salinas, Calif., Daniel Albarran, Greenfield, Calif., Jorge Alejo, Salinas, Calif., Ignacio Barajas, Salinas, Calif., Richard Bascou, Monterey, Calif., Dennis Castillo, Salinas, Calif., Maximino Corral, Mexicali BC, Mexico, Whit Frans, Yuma, Ariz., Frank E. Davis, Chicago, Stephen C. Jens, Winchester, Mass., Raul Machuca, Prunedale, Calif., Manuel Magana, Salinas, Calif., Carlos Meza, Salinas, Calif., Gabriel Villasenor, Somerton, Ariz., and Terry Young, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanical harvester for harvesting produce with a core planted in a field is provided. The mechanical harvester includes a chassis, a positioning apparatus, a decoring device, and a transport assembly. The positioning apparatus is connected to the chassis and configured to position the produce in the ground for harvesting and decoring. The decoring device is connected to the positioning apparatus and configured to sever the core of the produce while the produce is in the ground. The transport assembly is connected to the chassis and configured to lift the cut produce from the ground and transport the cut produce to a processing unit or a storage container." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2011 (13/158,276). 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=83,12,701.PN.&OS=PN/83,12,701&RS=PN/83,12,701 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Inkjet Ink Tank ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,313,180) developed by Richard A. Murray, San Diego, for an inkjet ink tank.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ink tank for an inkjet printer includes a first end wall having an ink outlet port; a second end wall opposite the first end wall; a first sidewall that extends a first length from the first end wall to the second end wall; a second sidewall that extends a second length from the first end wall, wherein the second length is less than the first length; and a connecting wall that forms a recess and that connects the second end wall and the second sidewall." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/750,732). 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=8,313,180&OS=8,313,180&RS=8,313,180 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Air Extraction Method for Inkjet Printer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,313,181) developed by Richard A. Murray, San Diego, Calif., for an "air extraction method for inkjet printer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of extracting air from an inkjet printhead includes using an air extraction chamber connected to the printhead. The air extraction chamber comprises an air chamber, a one-way relief valve having open and closed positions used in venting of the air chamber. A compressible member is provided to vent a quantity of air from the air chamber through the one-way relief valve when it's compressed. The compressible member also expands so that a reduced air pressure is applied to the printhead when the one-way relief valve is in its closed position." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2009 (12/614,483). 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=8,313,181&OS=8,313,181&RS=8,313,181 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ABL IP Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- ABL IP Holding, Conyers, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,313,208) developed by Glenn M. Tyson, La Crescenta, Calif., Richard M. Schuler, Long Beach, Calif., and Michael P. Leonhardt, Castaic, Calif., for an in-grade lighting system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lighting system has a sealable housing with a lamp cavity, a junction box and a partition wall there between with the junction box being laterally from beneath a lens opening. The system further includes a closure to close an access port in the partition wall which includes a conical wall with a circular plate truncating the wall. The plate extends across the bottom of the housing and a vertically extending sealing flange receives the closure. A ballast assembly is also located from beneath the lens opening. A formed seal is positioned about a lens which extends inwardly to capture optic components beneath the lens. A locking ring is restrained from compressing against the mounting flange of the lens. A lighting system employing an LED board array and LED power control includes a heat sink beneath the board array extending downwardly to a radiator for transfer of heat from the array downwardly to the lamp cavity for dissipation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2010 (12/892,063). 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=8,313,208&OS=8,313,208&RS=8,313,208 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Life+Gear Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Life+Gear, Solana Beach, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,209) developed by Nicholas Connor, Solana Beach, Calif., and Dennis Bertken, Solana Beach, Calif., for a "four-way power source for multifunction tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-power source is described that provides power through a single source--e.g. rechargeable batteries--whose charge is maintained through four or more different power sources. Examples of such power sources are taken from a group consisting of disposable batteries, mechanical energy as developed through a crank, solar power, an external DC source such as provided through a car battery connection, and an external AC input as from an in-wall outlet. The power source is used to power an emergency multifunction tool, such as a modular light source having a flashlight, lantern, siren, flasher, and radio functions powered from the multi-power source." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,330). 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=8,313,209&OS=8,313,209&RS=8,313,209 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Wavetec Vision Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Wavetec Vision Systems, Aliso Viejo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,196) developed by Tsontcho Ianchulev, Los Angeles, for an "intraoperative estimation of intraocular lens power." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus for performing intraocular implant surgery, including surgical apparatus for performing intraocular implant surgery, an autorefraction device associated with the surgical apparatus, wherein the autorefraction device is configured to perform autorefraction on the aphakic eye to provide one or more aphakic refraction measurements, and a processor connected to the autorefraction device, wherein the processor is configured to process the aphakic refraction measurements and provide the user of the apparatus with information regarding the power of the intraocular lens." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2009 (12/581,061). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,313,196&OS=8,313,196&RS=8,313,196 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,609) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of manufacturing a patterned media stamper." The co-inventors are Gennady Gauzner, Livermore, Calif., Nobuo Kurataka, Campbell, Calif., Dieter Klaus Weller, San Jose, Calif., and Christopher Joseph Formato, Brentwood, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a method of manufacturing a patterned media Ni stamper comprising depositing a perfluorodecyltrichlorosilane release layer. The release layer eliminates bonding at the master-stamper interface. A permanent master for manufacturing a patterned media stamper is also provided." The patent application was filed on July 23, 2008 (12/178,416). 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=8,312,609&OS=8,312,609&RS=8,312,609 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** U.S. Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- U.S. Innovations, San Rafael, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,085) developed by Brian Dempsey, San Rafael, Calif., and Brian Arellanes, San Rafael, Calif., for a "fluid flow control apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for controlling a fluid flow rate includes a main body having a fluid flow passage and a cavity adapted to receive a flow control body having two or more flow channels therethrough. The flow control body may be moved within the cavity to two or more positions, each position corresponding to fluid communication between the flow passage of the main body and a different one of the flow channels of the flow control body. The flow control body may be held in each position by a detent feature that resists movement of the flow control body until a movement force acting upon the flow control body exceeds a threshold." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2009 (12/637,515). 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=8,313,085.PN.&OS=PN/8,313,085&RS=PN/8,313,085 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,313,179) developed by Spencer R. Hanson, Escondido, Calif., for a "liquid delivery for a printhead." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a system for delivering liquid to a printhead at a first elevation. The system includes a reservoir to hold liquid at a second elevation, which is below the first elevation. A pump delivers liquid from the reservoir to the printhead through a first line. A bypass valve diverts liquid from the first line when a pressure in the first line exceeds a predefined pressure. A vent coupled to the printhead at or above the first elevation vents the printhead to atmospheric pressure when the pump is off." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2010 (12/769,863). 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=8,313,179.PN.&OS=PN/8,313,179&RS=PN/8,313,179 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MGA Entertainment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- MGA Entertainment, Van Nuys, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,117) developed by Samir Khare, Los Angeles, and Yuval Caspi, Granada Hills, Calif., for a "parent steerable tricycle with internal steering limiter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A child's riding vehicle such as a tricycle has a secondary steering column through which the parent walking behind the tricycle may steer the tricycle. The secondary steering column is coupled to the first steering column by a pair of rods that are attached at their respective ends to a first flange around the primary steering column and a second flange around the secondary steering column. The steering rods also act as steering limiters by contacting the wheel fork tube at a predetermined maximum steering angle and resisting further rotation of the flange. The mechanism lies entirely within the hollow frame of the tricycle for safety. The child's steering handle can be disengaged from the fork tube to allow the parent to completely control the steering without interference from the child." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2011 (13/106,258). 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=8,313,117.PN.&OS=PN/8,313,117&RS=PN/8,313,117 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,313,660) developed by Thomas K. Tsotsis, Orange, Calif., for a "thermoplastic-based, carbon nanotube-enhanced, high-conductivity layered wire." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A conductive wire includes a thermoplastic filament having a circumference and a plurality of coating layers dispersed about the circumference of the thermoplastic filament. The coating layers include a plurality of conductive layers comprising aligned carbon nanotubes dispersed therein and at least one thermoplastic layer between each pair of conductive layers." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2010 (12/975,551). 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=8,313,660.PN.&OS=PN/8,313,660&RS=PN/8,313,660 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Innovative Molding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Innovative Molding, Rohnert Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,001) developed by Grahame W. Reid, Novato, Calif., Donald Waring, Rohnert Park, Calif., and David Lloyd, Santa Rosa, Calif., for a "container closure with stored scoop." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A container with a granulated or powdered product stores a scoop in or on a threaded closure for the container, in such a way that the scoop will not sink down into the product. Several embodiments are disclosed, including different ways for retaining the scoop on the closure." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2009 (12/322,175). 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=8,313,001.PN.&OS=PN/8,313,001&RS=PN/8,313,001 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,662) developed by eight co-inventors for "methods for globally treating silica optics to reduce optical damage." The co-inventors are Philip Edward Miller, Livermore, Calif., Tayyab Ishaq Suratwala, Pleasanton, Calif., Jeffrey Devin Bude, Danville, Calif., Nan Shen, Fremont, Calif., William Augustus Steele, Tracy, Calif., Ted Alfred Laurence, Livermore, Calif., Michael Dennis Feit, Livermore, Calif., and Lana Louie Wong, Pleasanton, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for preventing damage caused by high intensity light sources to optical components includes annealing the optical component for a predetermined period. Another method includes etching the optical component in an etchant including fluoride and bi-fluoride ions. The method also includes ultrasonically agitating the etching solution during the process followed by rinsing of the optical component in a rinse bath." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/572,220). 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=8,313,662.PN.&OS=PN/8,313,662&RS=PN/8,313,662 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hydropressure Cleaning Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 26 -- Hydropressure Cleaning, Camarillo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,930) developed by Jeffrey Glass, Camarillo, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for water well cleaning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for cleaning a water well is presented. The apparatus utilizes a tool body having a plurality of discharge nozzles for jetting streams of filtered water at high pressure on to the inside wall surface of a casing across a water zone having slots or perforations. The nozzle streams are offset from the tool body imparting a rotational force. A rotary coupling is also utilized to limit the maximum rotation. The apparatus is lowered by a pre-determined length of coiled tubing to cleaning depth after which it is raised at a slow rate across the water zone." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2012 (13/404,525). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.

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