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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Dec. 24)

[December 24, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Dec. 24)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Globalfoundries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Globalfoundries, Grand Cayman, Cayman Island, has been assigned a patent (8,335,581) developed by Raymond G. Goss, Austin, Texas, and Diwas Adhikari, Austin, Texas, for a "flexible job preparation and control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preparation of a wafer processing or measuring tool for a job can be initiated prior to assigning a wafer carrier to deliver wafers to the tool. The automated process may include transfer of wafers from a container, such as a bare wafer stocker, or between two tools." The patent application was filed on June 12, 2009 (12/483,891). 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=83,35,581.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,581&RS=PN/83,35,581 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent for Method and System for Introducing Frequency Selectivity into Transmissions in an Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,335,159) developed by Farooq Khan, Allen, Texas, and Jiann-An Tsai, Richardson, Texas, for a "method and system for introducing frequency selectivity into transmissions in an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of introducing frequency selectivity into transmissions in an orthogonal frequency division multiplexing network is provided. The method includes generating a symbol. A plurality of delayed symbols are generated based on the symbol. The delayed symbols are transmitted from multiple transmit antennas. The symbol delay values may be different for different users depending upon the users' channel characteristic0073." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2006 (11/327,799). 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=83,35,159.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,159&RS=PN/83,35,159 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Accenture Global Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Accenture Global Services, Dublin, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,335,730) developed by David A. Davidson, Cumming, Ga., Scott P. Elsky, Brooklyn, N.Y., and William A. Parkan, Pearland, Texas, for a scorecard reporting system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data processing system generates a scorecard analysis that displays multiple scorecard windows, each directed to a specific different perspective on a particular business function. Each perspective may have at least one corresponding objective, and each objective may have at least one corresponding key performance indicator. Each scorecard may include drill down capability from a top level analysis to more detailed information on a perspective, objective, or key performance indicator." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/830,171). 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=83,35,730.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,730&RS=PN/83,35,730 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas, California Inventors Develop Patent for "I am driving/busy" Automatic Response System for Mobile Phones ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Julia Olincy, Dallas, and Ronald C. Fish, Los Gatos, Calif., have developed a patent (8,335,497) for an "automatic response system for mobile phones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cell phone which has been modified by the addition of software which responds to the press of one or more Busy keys by automatically sending a pre-typed text message to the sender of the latest text message just received or automatically answering an incoming call immediately upon pressing the Busy key and playing a pre-recorded audio message. The outgoing text or audio message can inform the sender of the incoming text or the caller that the user is driving or otherwise engaged and cannot respond immediately. In some embodiments, one or more Busy keys can be added keys or one or more existing keys on the cell phone or on the keypad of the cell phone or on a touchscreen or a visual depiction of a keypad on a touchscreen of the cell phone." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2011 (13/373,326). 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=83,35,497.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,497&RS=PN/83,35,497 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Inova Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Inova, Grand Cayman, Cayman Island, has been assigned a patent (8,335,128) developed by James W. Iseli, Allen, Texas, for a "single station wireless seismic data acquisition method and apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A seismic data acquisition apparatus having a recorder co-located with a sensor unit in a seismic spread and a communication device for direct communication with a central recorder. A memory located in the recorder and/or in the central controller holds location parameters associated with the sensor unit, and the parameters can be updated. Methods of seismic data acquisition including sensing seismic energy and recording the sensed energy at the sensor location. Delivering the recorded information to a central recorder by manually retrieving removable memory from each recorder, by wireless transmission of the information, or by removing the information from each recorder by inductive or cable connectors and a transfer device. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2011 (13/215,899). 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=83,35,128.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,128&RS=PN/83,35,128 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PGS Geophysical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- PGS Geophysical, Lysaker, Norway, has been assigned a patent (8,335,127) developed by Stig Rune Lennart Tenghamn, Katy, Texas, for a "method for generating spread spectrum driver signals for a seismic vibrator array using multiple biphase modulation operations in each driver signal chip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for generating seismic energy for subsurface surveying include operating a first seismic vibrator above an area of the subsurface to be surveyed and operating at least a second seismic vibrator above the area substantially contemporaneously with the operating the first seismic vibrator. The first and the second vibrators each have a different selected frequency response. The first and second vibrators each is operated by a same direct sequence spread spectrum signal, wherein a different number of modulation operations for each logical value in the direct sequence spread spectrum signal is selected for each vibrator." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2009 (12/462,954). 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=83,35,127.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,127&RS=PN/83,35,127 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent for Method and System for Protection Switching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,335,428) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for protection switching." The co-inventors are Surendra Gupta, Richardson, Texas, Vijay Khopade, Richardson, Texas, Raghu Rajan, Murphy, Texas, and Manlio Marquez, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for protection switching in an optical network. The method may include establishing a baseline power level for a channel. The method may further include receiving a signal associated with the channel via each of a first path of the optical network and a second path of the optical network. The method may also include monitoring a power intensity of the signal received via the first path. The method may additionally include protection switching from the signal received via the first path to the signal received via the second path in response to a determination that the baseline power level exceeds the power intensity of the signal received via the first path by a predetermined threshold." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2010 (12/686,596). 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=83,35,428.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,428&RS=PN/83,35,428 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Samsung Electronics, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,335,276) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for transmitting and receiving uplink channel sounding reference signals in a wireless communication system." The co-inventors are Joon-Young Cho, Suwon-si, South Korea, Ju-Ho Lee, Suwon-si, South Korea, Sang-Min Ro, Seoul, South Korea, and Aris Papasakellariou, Dallas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a method for transmitting an uplink Channel Sounding (CS) Reference Signal (RS) channel in a wireless communication system. The method includes transmitting symbols of the CS RS channel through an entire system band in a previously selected at least one of Long Blocks (LBs) constituting one time slot of a subframe; and transmitting symbols of control channels through a predetermined band in LBs remaining after symbols of the CS RS channel are applied in the time slot, by applying an orthogonal sequence determined according to the number of LBs to which symbols of the CS RS channel are applied." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2008 (12/110,828). 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=83,35,276.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,276&RS=PN/83,35,276 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Method for Supporting Multiple Devices on a High Speed Physical Link ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Marvell International, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,335,229) developed by Peter D. Mueller, Fair Oaks, Calif., Mark N. Fullerton, Austin, Texas, and Nir Nossenson, Kfar-Saba, Israel, for a "method for supporting multiple devices on a high speed physical link." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a method for supporting multiple devices on a high speed physical link may be described. An embedded device may assert a link request pin to request to transmit data on a multi-point communications link that may serve a plurality of embedded devices. A controlling device may receive the link request signal. When the controlling device finishes sending data on the link, it may address the plurality of embedded devices in a round robin format and may determine which device asserted the link request pin. The embedded device that asserted the link request pin may send an acknowledgement signal to the controlling device when it is addressed." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2010 (12/700,100). 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=83,35,229.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,229&RS=PN/83,35,229 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Research In Motion, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,335,466) developed by Zhijun Cai, Euless, Texas, James Earl Womack, Bedford, Texas, and Yi Yu, Irving, Texas, for a "system and method for resource allocation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An access node comprising a processor configured to promote allocation of a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) resource to a relay node. The PDCCH resource is configured for use by the relay node. The access node is further configured to exclusively control allocation of the PDCCH resource." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/340,412). 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=83,35,466.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,466&RS=PN/83,35,466 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,335,438) developed by Inwoong Kim, Allen, Texas, and Takao Naito, Plano, Texas, for an "estimating frequency offset using a feedback loop." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to particular embodiments, a signal communicated from a transmitter to a receiver is received. A frequency offset estimate of the signal is determined. The frequency offset estimate indicates a frequency difference between the transmitter and the receiver. The frequency offset estimate is provided as feedback. A next frequency offset is compensated for according to the feedback." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/609,177). 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=83,35,438.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,438&RS=PN/83,35,438 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,335,979) developed by Eran Pisek, Plano, Texas, Yan Wang, Plano, Texas, and Thomas Henige, Plano, Texas, for a "contention-free parallel processing multimode LDPC decoder." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A receiver capable of decoding encoded transmissions. The receiver includes a number of receive antennas for receiving data; a plurality of memory units for storing the received data; and a number of decoders configured to perform a Low Density Parity Check (LDPC) decoding operation. Each of the decoders further is configured to independently decode at least a portion of the received data using a portion of a decoding matrix. Each of the number of decoders coordinates the low density parity check decoding operation with other decoders. The decoders can use a parallel process, a pipeline process or a combination of a parallel and pipeline process." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2009 (12/386,772). 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=8,335,979.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,979&RS=PN/8,335,979 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** VIA Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- VIA Technologies, New Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,335,910) developed by Thomas C. McDonald, Austin, Texas, for an "early release of cache data with start/end marks when instructions are only partially present." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus extracts instructions from a stream of undifferentiated instruction bytes in a microprocessor having an instruction set architecture in which the instructions are variable length. Decoders generate an associated start/end mark for each instruction byte of a line from a first queue of entries each storing a line of instruction bytes. A second queue has entries each storing a line received from the first queue along with the associated start/end marks. Control logic detects a condition where the length of an instruction whose initial portion within a first line in the first queue is yet undeterminable because the instruction's remainder resides in a second line yet to be loaded into the first queue from the instruction cache; loads the first line and corresponding start/end marks into the second queue and refrains from shifting the first line out of the first queue, in response to detecting the condition; and extracts instructions from the first line in the second queue based on the corresponding start/end marks. The instructions exclude the yet undeterminable length instruction." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/572,024). 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=8,335,910.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,910&RS=PN/8,335,910 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,335,959) developed by four co-inventors for a "signaling reserved hybrid automatic repeat request information for downlink semi-persistent scheduling." The co-inventors are Zhijun Cai, Irving, Texas, Yi Yu, Irving, Texas, James Womack, Irving, Texas, and Takashi Suzuki, Tokyo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for reuse of one of a plurality of hybrid automatic repeat request (HARQ) Process ID. The method includes receiving signaling used to associate at least one of the plurality of HARQ Process IDs with semi-persistent scheduling. The method further includes determining an activation of a semi-persistent resource. The method further includes associating the at least one of the plurality of HARQ Process IDs with the semi-persistent resource. The method further includes receiving a non-semi-persistent data communication utilizing the at least one of a plurality of HARQ Process IDs." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2009 (12/479,556). 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=8,335,959.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,959&RS=PN/8,335,959 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nokia Assigned Patent for Filtering Application Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Nokia, Espoo, Finland, has been assigned a patent (8,335,860) developed by Timothy L. Moran, Corinth, Texas, and Sreenivas Addagatla, Irving, Texas, for filtering application services.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is disclosed a method and apparatus for filtering information provided from an application server to an application client, comprising applying filtering rules at an intermediary element in a communication path between said application server and said application client." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2002 (10/322,788). 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=8,335,860.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,860&RS=PN/8,335,860 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for Beverage Sleeve with Temperature Gauge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Saul Mendoza Jr., Mission, Texas, has developed a patent (8,334,780) for a "beverage sleeve with temperature gauge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An insulated holder with an integral electronic temperature gauge that is intended for use with beverage containers such as glasses, cans or bottles is herein disclosed. A digital readout and pushbutton are provided on the side of the holder. When the pushbutton is pressed, the display exhibits an array of colors and/or text indicating the temperature of the drink. Temperature sensing is provided by a thermocouple located on the inside surface of the insulating container. A user replaceable battery provides a power supply thereto the holder." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/462,568). 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=8,334,780&OS=8,334,780&RS=8,334,780 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Jacobus Pharmaceutical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Jacobus Pharmaceutical, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,334,100) developed by Dana J. Giulian, Houston, for "methods for diagnosis and monitoring of neurological disease by detection of an excephalotoxin." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Encephalotoxin produced by activated mononuclear phagocytes is present in individuals having neurological disease including neurodegenerative and neuro-inflammatory diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease (AD), HIV-1-associated dementia (HAD), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Mild Cognitive Impairment, prion disease, minor cognitive/motor dysfunction, acute stroke, acute trauma, or neuro-AIDS. Biochemical detection of encephalotoxin according to the methods of the invention will allow diagnosis of neurological disease in early, presymptomatic stages, thereby allowing early intervention in disease progression as well as identification of subjects or populations at risk for developing neurodegenerative disease. The methods of the invention also provide a mechanism for monitoring progression and treatment of neurological disease." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2010 (12/727,359). 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=8,334,100&OS=8,334,100&RS=8,334,100 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacific Arrow Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Pacific Arrow, Hong Kong, has been assigned a patent (8,334,269) developed by Pui-Kwong Chan, Sugarland, Texas, May Sung Mak, Hong Kong, and Yun Wang, Dunedin, New Zealand, for "composition comprising Xanthoceras sorbifolia extracts, compounds isolated from same, methods for preparing same and uses thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides compositions, methods and process of producing extracts from Xanthoceras sorbifolia. The extract comprises alkaloids, coumarins, saccharides, proteins, polysaccharides, glycosides, saponins, tannins, acid, flavonoids and others. The composition can be used for treating cancer, arthritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud's syndrome, angina pectoris, cardiac disorder, coronary heart disease, headache, dizziness, kidney disorder, impotence and premature ejaculation; for preventing cerebral aging; for improving memory, cerebral functions; or for curing enuresis, frequent micturition, urinary incontinence, dementia, weak intelligence and Alzheimer's disease, autism, brain trauma, Parkinson's disease or other diseases caused by cerebral dysfunctions, and treating arthritis, rheumatism, poor circulation, arteriosclerosis, Raynaud's syndrome, angina pectoris, cardiac disorder, coronary heart disease, headache, dizziness, kidney disorder. This invention provides compounds comprising at least one sugar, a triterpene, such as Sapogenin, and at least one side chains at Carbon 21 and 22, such as Angeloyl groups. The compounds of the present have various pharmaceutical and therapeutic applications." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2009 (12/392,795). 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=8,334,269&OS=8,334,269&RS=8,334,269 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** E I du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent for Ionomer Compositions with Low Haze and High Moisture Resistance and Articles Comprising the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- E I du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,334,033) developed by five co-inventors for "ionomer compositions with low haze and high moisture resistance and articles comprising the same." The co-inventors are Karlheinz Hausmann, Auvernier, Switzerland, Richard Allen Hayes, Beaumont, Texas, Steven C. Pesek, Orange, Texas, W Alexander Shaffer, Orange, Texas, and Charles Anthony Smith, Vienna, W.Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sodium/zinc mixed ionomer comprises carboxylate groups and a combination of counterions that consists essentially of sodium cations and zinc cations. The sodium/zinc mixed ionomer is the neutralization product of a precursor acid copolymer. The precursor acid copolymer comprises copolymerized units of an .alpha.-olefin and an .alpha.,.beta.-ethylenically unsaturated carboxylic acid, and it has a melt flow rate of about 10 to about 4000 g/10 min. In addition, the precursor acid copolymer, when neutralized to a level of about 40% to about 90%, and when comprising counterions that consist essentially of sodium ions, produces a sodium ionomer that has a freeze enthalpy that is not detectable or that is less than about 3.0 j/g, when determined by differential scanning calorimetry. Further provided are articles comprising or prepared from the sodium/zinc mixed ionomer." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2009 (12/610,881). 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=8,334,033&OS=8,334,033&RS=8,334,033 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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