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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Connecticut (Dec. 10)

[December 10, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Connecticut (Dec. 10)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Connecticut.

*** Abbott Point of Care Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Abbott Point of Care, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,326,008) developed by Niten V. Lalpuria, Hamden, Conn., and Stephen C. Wardlaw, Lyme, Conn., for a "method for measuring the area of a sample disposed within an analysis chamber." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for determining the area of an analysis chamber covered by a biologic fluid sample quiescently residing within the chamber is provided. The chamber has a first panel with an interior surface, and a second panel with an interior surface, both of which panels are transparent. The method includes the steps of: a) illuminating the sample residing within the analysis chamber at one or more wavelengths operable to highlight interfaces between the sample and air, and to highlight a constituent within the sample; b) imaging the sample along the one or more wavelengths, and producing image signals representative of the interaction of the one or more wavelengths with the sample; c) determining a location of at least one interface between the sample and air, using the image signals; d) determining a location of one or more constituents within the sample relative to the at least one sample-air interface using the image signals; and e) determining an area of the chamber containing the sample, using the location of the one or more constituents and the at least one sample-air interface." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2009 (12/421,293). 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=83,26,008.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,008&RS=PN/83,26,008 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Walker Digital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Walker Digital, Stamford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,325,907) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for call routing and enabling interaction between callers with calls positioned in a queue." The co-inventors are Jay S. Walker, Ridgefield, Conn., James A. Jorasch, Stamford, Conn., Thomas M. Sparico, Hoboken, N.J., and Robert C. Tedesco, Huntington, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and apparatus are provided for processing telephone calls from a plurality of customers directed to a call center. In some embodiments, the method includes receiving a telephone call at a call center from a first customer, determining that all agents of the call center are unavailable, placing the telephone call in a queue, obtaining first customer information, and matching the first customer information to second customer information associated with an ongoing communication between a second customer and an agent. The first customer is then offered an opportunity to monitor the ongoing communication, and in some embodiments is connected to the ongoing communication." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/210,424). 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=83,25,907.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,907&RS=PN/83,25,907 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,323,796) developed by five co-inventors for a "high temperature refractory coatings for ceramic substrates." The co-inventors are Wayde R. Schmidt, Pomfret Center, Conn., Tania Bhatia, Middletown, Conn., Xia Tang, West Hartford, Conn., David C. Jarmon, Kensington, Conn., and Owen B. Donahue, Mystic, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composite article includes a substrate and a protective layer on the substrate. The protective layer includes a non-oxide ceramic matrix and a refractory phase within the non-oxide ceramic matrix." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2007 (11/778,692). 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=8,323,796.PN.&OS=PN/8,323,796&RS=PN/8,323,796 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Stanley Black & Decker Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Stanley Black & Decker, New Britain, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,322,531) developed by Jonathan Miller, Burlington, Conn., and Gary Wainwright, Sheffield, United Kingdom, for a "twin blade knife package." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A knife package includes a card having a front side and a back side. The knife package further comprises a utility knife having a body and a plurality of blade holders movable within the body, and a plurality of slides on the body. Each slide is operatively connected with one of the blade holders, and the slides are arranged to move associated blade holders in the body. The knife package further comprises a securement structure that secures the utility knife to the card, wherein said utility knife is secured on the front side of said card by the securement structure such that the plurality of slides of the utility knife are visible when viewing the front side of the card from an angle normal to the front side of the card." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2010 (12/774,455). 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=83,22,531.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,531&RS=PN/83,22,531 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kulite Semiconductor Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Kulite Semiconductor Products, Leonia, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,322,973) developed by Tonghuo Shang, East Lyme, Conn., and Anthony D. Kurtz, Saddle River, N.J., for a "method and system for determining gas turbine tip clearance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for sensing at least one physical characteristic associated with an engine including a turbine having a plurality of blades turning inside a casing, the system including: a pressure sensor coupled substantially adjacent to the casing and including at least one output; a port in the turbine casing for communicating a pressure indicative of a clearance between the blades and casing to the pressure sensor; a cooling cavity substantially surrounding the pressure sensor; and, an inlet for receiving fluid from the engine and feeding the fluid to the cooling cavity to cool the pressure sensor; wherein, the pressure sensor output is indicative of the clearance between the blades and casing." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2012 (13/084,822). 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=8,322,973&OS=8,322,973&RS=8,322,973 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,323,708) developed by Gary F. Hartnell, St. Peters, Mo., and Virginia M. Ursin, Pawcatuck, Conn., for a "poultry meat and eggs comprising beneficial fatty acids." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides for improved poultry products and methods of producing such poultry products by incorporating healthy lipids containing stearidonic acid into animal feed products. Furthermore, the present disclosure provides methods for producing said products. In one embodiment of the disclosure, a poultry animal may be fed feed comprising a transgenic plant product. In other embodiments of the disclosure, poultry white meat and dark meat products comprising SDA, EPA, DPA, and DHA are disclosed. In further embodiments of the disclosure, poultry eggs comprising SDA, EPA, DHA, and DPA are disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2009 (12/404,665). 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=8,323,708.PN.&OS=PN/8,323,708&RS=PN/8,323,708 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Infiltrator Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Infiltrator Systems, Old Saybrook, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,322,948) developed by four co-inventors for "leaching chamber having pillars." The co-inventors are Roy E. Moore Jr., Killingworth, Conn., Bryan J. Coppes, Old Saybrook, Conn., Dennis Hallahan, Old Lyme, Conn., and Christopher Cardillo, Berlin, Conn The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A plastic leaching chamber has an arch shape cross section, corrugations, and one or more hollow pillars extending downwardly within the interior of the chamber, to support the top of the chamber when the chamber is under load during use. Chambers nest within one another to form a stack of chambers for transport or storage. Chambers have peak corrugations which are substantially wider than the intervening valley corrugations. Chambers having different widths and profiles have common size connectors." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2011 (13/073,953). 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=8,322,948&OS=8,322,948&RS=8,322,948 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Connecticut Inventor Develops Patent for Systems and Methods for Facilitating Enhancements to Search Engine Results ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Alan Mark Reznik, Woodbridge, Conn., has developed a patent (8,326,862) for "systems and methods for facilitating enhancements to search engine results." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with some embodiments, processes and interfaces for enhancing or modifying the output of search results are provided. For example, an interface may allow a user to indicate a particular search result returned for a search as being undesirable. In one embodiment, such an indication may cause a removal (e.g., by a search engine or by a third party software application with access to a listing of search results returned by the search engine) of the search result from the listing of the search results as well as review of the remainder of the search results to determine which additional search results should also be removed (e.g., additional search results may be determined, on behalf of the user, to be undesirable for the same reason as the search result(s) indicated by the user)." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2011 (13/326,461). 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=8,326,862&OS=8,326,862&RS=8,326,862 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Blonde Lab Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Blonde Lab, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,322,723) developed by Chris Bancel, Ridgefield, Conn., Rich Allen, Houston, and Jonathan Avery, Houston, for a "system and method for providing and managing a competitive puzzle-based game having at least one risk element." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A puzzle-based game system and method, having at least one risk element (e.g., wagering), is provided, enabling players to compete in a puzzle-based game of skill utilizing a system of risk-element-based rules, that are applied in a predetermined manner to: first partition a set of puzzles into a predefined plurality of puzzle elements, thereafter "dealing" the puzzle elements sequentially in a "round by round" sequence, and enabling, during at least a portion of the total game rounds, each player to selectively take one or more predefined risk-based actions (such as placing a wager), during a predefined time in each "risk" (e.g., wagering) round. The inventive system and method may also include an optional system and method enabling provision and management of dynamic online game environments and related infrastructures advantageously usable in plural multi-player online games having social interaction and competitive aspects, and utilizing virtual currency, with optional educational applications." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2012 (13/546,864). 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=8,322,723&OS=8,322,723&RS=8,322,723 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GCI Outdoor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- GCI Outdoor, Higganum, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,322,785) developed by Daniel R. Grace, Old Saybrook, Conn., and Scott J. Kasper, Killingworth, Conn., for "collapsible articles of furniture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Collapsible articles of furniture comprise at least one leg assembly including a first leg and a second leg, each with an upper leg segment and a lower leg segment coupled together by a link. The two links are pivotally connected to each other for movement between an open position wherein the first and second legs cross each other to form a generally X-shaped configuration and a closed position wherein the upper and lower leg segments are aligned, the upper leg section of the first leg receivable within the lower leg section of the second leg and the upper leg section of the second leg is receivable within the lower leg section of the first leg." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2011 (13/248,164). 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=8,322,785&OS=8,322,785&RS=8,322,785 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Surgical Stapling Instrument ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,322,590) developed by six co-inventors for a surgical stapling instrument. The co-inventors are Nihir Patel, Stamford, Conn., Guido Pedros, Seymour, Conn., Stephen R. Paul, Hartford, Conn., Keith L. Milliman, Bethel, Conn., Ryan Williams, Southbury, Conn., and Michael J. Havrilko, Shelton, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical stapling instrument comprising a handle assembly having a proximal end, an elongated body portion extending distally from the handle assembly, a head portion disposed adjacent a distal portion of the elongated body portion and including an anvil assembly and a shell assembly. The shell assembly includes a shell and a staple guide housing a plurality of staples. A flexible engagement structure attaches the staple guide to the shell." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2010 (12/899,113). 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=8,322,590&OS=8,322,590&RS=8,322,590 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- United Technologies, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,322,127) developed by four co-inventors for a "nozzle assembly with flow conduits." The co-inventors are Sean P. Zamora, Coventry, Conn., Michael J. Murphy, Vernon, Conn., Gary J. Dillard, Wellington, Fla., and Glenn R. Estes, Winnetka, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A nozzle assembly for a turbine engine has a convergent portion for converging fluid flow from a turbine engine core. A divergent portion for diverging fluid flow from the turbine engine core is in fluid communication with the convergent portion. A conduit is in communication with a bypass fluid flow. The conduit has a thrust vectoring port located near the divergent portion." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2007 (11/933,537). 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=83,22,127.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,127&RS=PN/83,22,127 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Stanley Black & Decker Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Stanley Black & Decker, New Britain, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,321,981) developed by five co-inventors for hammer tacker. The co-inventors are John Delneo, Plantsville, Conn., Robert Jennings, Waterbury, Conn., Stephen Crosby, Broad Brook, Conn., Thomas Pelletier, Wallingford, Conn., and Robert St. John, Cheshire, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stapler capable of dispensing staples therefrom and comprising a head and a handle. The head comprises a staple dispenser configured to dispense a staple from the stapler when a compressive force is applied to the staple dispenser, and a blade carriage that carries a blade and is configured such that the blade is extendable from the head of the stapler and is retractable into the head of the stapler. The handle is attached to the head, and permits the stapler to be swung like a hammer to drive staples dispensed from the staple dispenser." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2006 (11/476,737). 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=83,21,981.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,981&RS=PN/83,21,981 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Flodesign Assigned Paten ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Flodesign, Wilbraham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,322,266) developed by Walter M. Presz Jr., Wilbraham, Mass., Michael J. Werle, West Hartford, Conn., and Bart Lipkens, Hampden, Mass., for a "controlled-unaided surge and purge suppressors for firearm muzzles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Controlled Unaided Surge and Purge (CUSPS) suppressor for firearms uses the blast and plume characteristics inherent to the ballistic discharge process to develop a new two-step controlled surge and purge system centered around advanced mixer-ejector concepts. The blast surge noise is reduced by controlling the flow expansion, and the flash effects are reduced by controlling inflow and outflow gas purges. In the preferred embodiment, suppressor vent holes are convergently contoured to better reduce the blast surge. Preferably a two-stage supersonic mixer/ejector system, in combination with adjacent vent holes in the suppressor housing and a divergent entrance nozzle, is used to control or eliminate the external Mach disk, while rapidly mixing and diluting the propellant with purged gases. A diffuser downstream of the mixer/ejector system further increases ejector performance and pumping. The pumped gases are used to self-clean and cool the CUSPS suppressor." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2008 (12/212,166). 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=8,322,266.PN.&OS=PN/8,322,266&RS=PN/8,322,266 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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