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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 26)

[January 26, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 26)

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

*** RTI Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- RTI Technologies, York, Pa. has been assigned a patent (8,356,642) developed by Jeffrey B. Murphy, Millersville, Pa., Eric I. Shultz, Mount Joy, Pa., and Thomas L. Crandall, York, Pa., for an "automotive service equipment and method for brake fluid exchange with wireless brake bleeding system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Automotive service equipment for brake fluid exchange includes a central unit having a controller for operating the equipment and a communication module for wirelessly communicating with each of a plurality of remote bleed modules to control bleeding brake fluid from respective brake bleeders of a vehicle connected to the modules. The brake fluid from the brake bleeders is stored in containers in the modules for later removal. When disconnected from the brake bleeders, the modules are moved to docking stations on the central unit for emptying brake fluid from the module containers and vacuum charging the containers for brake bleeding. The automotive service equipment and related method of performing brake fluid exchange in an automotive vehicle avoid the use of hoses for returning the waste fluid to the central unit thus reducing the problem of storage and handling of such hoses and spillage of residual fluid left in the hoses." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2012 (13/534,173). 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=8,356,642&OS=8,356,642&RS=8,356,642 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Xylem Water Solutions Zelienople Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Xylem Water Solutions Zelienople, Zelienople, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,357,295) developed by John L. Geibel, Butler, Pa., for an adjustable anchor rod.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adjustable anchor rod arrangement for use with an underdrain system that includes the a pair of spaced apart legs and an elongated member adjustably attached to the legs, wherein the legs are adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the elongated member and the elongated member is adjustable along a longitudinal axis of the legs." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2007 (12/373,143). 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=8,357,295&OS=8,357,295&RS=8,357,295 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Globus Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Globus Medical, Audubon, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,357,185) developed by Sean Suh, Plymouth Meeting, Pa., for an "orthopedic plate blocking assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an exemplary embodiment, the present invention provides an orthopedic plate blocking assembly that can be used for the fixation or fastening of an orthopedic plate to bone tissue. In particular, the present invention, in one embodiment, provides an orthopedic plate having a plurality of cavities where each cavity is configured and dimensioned to receive a bone anchoring member. The orthopedic plate further provides a blocking mechanism having a plurality of blocking members that block the bone anchoring members to prevent the bone anchoring members from "backing out" of cavities once the bone anchoring members are finally seated in the cavities." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2011 (13/275,979). 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=83,57,185.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,185&RS=PN/83,57,185 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Carnegie Mellon University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, has been assigned a patent (8,357,279) developed by four co-inventors for "methods, apparatus and systems for concentration, separation and removal of particles at/from the surface of drops." The co-inventors are Nadine Aubry, Wexford, Pa., Pushpendra Singh, Pine Brook, N.J., Muhammad Janjua, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich., and Sai Nudurupati, Sault Sainte Marie, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are provided for concentrating particles on the surface of a drop or bubble in a continuous phase, for separating different types of particles, and for removing particles from the surface of the drop or bubble. The methods also facilitate separation of two types of particles on a drop or bubble, optionally followed by solidification of the drop or bubble, to produce a particle for which the surface properties vary, such as a Janus particle. The methods can be also used to destabilize emulsions and foams by re-distributing or removing particles on the surface of the drop or bubble, facilitating coalescence of the particle-free drops or bubbles." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2010 (12/710,885). 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=8,357,279&OS=8,357,279&RS=8,357,279 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent for Electro-mechanical Surgical Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,144) developed by Michael P. Whitman, New Hope, Pa., John E. Burbank, Ridgefield, Conn., and David A. Zeichner, Oxford, Conn., for an electro-mechanical surgical device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electromechanical surgical device includes: a housing; an elongated shaft extending from the housing, a distal end of the elongated shaft being detachably coupleable to a surgical instrument; at least two axially rotatable drive shafts disposed within the elongated shaft, a distal end of each of the drive shafts being configured to couple with the surgical instrument; a steering cable arrangement, the steering cable arrangement being configured to steer the distal end of the elongated shaft; and a motor system disposed within the housing, the motor system being configured to drive the drive shafts and the steering cable arrangement. A control system may be provided for controlling the motor system. A remote control unit may also be provided for controlling the motor system via the control system. Sensors, such as optical or Hall-effect devices, may be provided for determining the position of the elements of the surgical instrument based on the detected rotation of the drive shafts. A memory unit stores a plurality of operating programs or algorithms, each corresponding to a type of surgical instrument attachable to the electro-mechanical surgical device. The control system reads or selects from the plurality of operating programs or algorithms, the operating program or algorithm corresponding to the type of surgical instrument attached to the electromechanical surgical device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2005 (11/049,631). 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=83,57,144.PN.&OS=PN/83,57,144&RS=PN/83,57,144 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Vegenics, University of Pittsburgh Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Vegenics, Toorak, Victoria, Australia, and the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, have been assigned a patent (8,357,669) developed by four co-inventors for a " Method of treatment for lymphedema comprising administering a polynucleotide encoding VEGF-D." The co-inventors are Robert E. Ferrell, Pittsburgh, Kari Alitalo, Helsinki, Finland, David N. Finegold, Pittsburgh, and Marika Karkkainen, Espoo, Finland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides materials and methods for screening for and treating hereditary lymphedema in human subjects." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/242,082). 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=8,357,669&OS=8,357,669&RS=8,357,669 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Merck Sharp & Dohme Assigned Patent for 2,4-disubstituted Pyrrolidine Orexin Receptor Antagonists ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Merck Sharp & Dohme, Rahway, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,357,709) developed by Paul J. Coleman, Harleysville, Pa., Christopher D. Cox, Harelysville, Pa., and John D. Schreier, Philadelphia, for a "2,4-disubstituted pyrrolidine orexin receptor antagonists." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to 2,4-disubstituted pyrrolidine amide compounds which are antagonists of orexin receptors, and which are useful in the treatment or prevention of neurological and psychiatric disorders and diseases in which orexin receptors are involved. The invention is also directed to pharmaceutical compositions comprising these compounds and the use of these compounds and compositions in the prevention or treatment of such diseases in which orexin receptors are involved." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (13/124,877). 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=8,357,709&OS=8,357,709&RS=8,357,709 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent for Inorganic/organic Hybrid Totally Porous Metal Oxide Particles, Methods for Making Them And Separation Devices Using Them ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,628) developed by Ta-Chen Wei, Newark, Del., Wu Chen, Newark, Del., and William E. Barber, Landenberg, Pa., for an "inorganic/organic hybrid totally porous metal oxide particles, methods for making them and separation devices using them." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a process for making an inorganic/organic hybrid totally porous spherical silica particles by self assembly of surfactants that serve as organic templates via pseudomorphic transformation." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2005 (12/201,817). 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=8,357,628&OS=8,357,628&RS=8,357,628 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Merck Sharp & Dohme Assigned Patent for 2,3-disubstituted Piperidine Orexin Receptor Antagonists ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Merck Sharp & Dohme, Rahway, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,357,700) developed by Christopher D. Cox, Harelysville, Pa., Broc Flores, Boston, and John D. Schreier, Philadelphia, for "2,3-disubstituted piperidine orexin receptor antagonists." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to 2,3-disubstituted piperidine amide compounds which are antagonists of orexin receptors, and which are useful in the treatment or prevention of neurological and psychiatric disorders and diseases in which orexin receptors are involved. The invention is also directed to pharmaceutical compositions comprising these compounds and the use of these compounds and compositions in the prevention or treatment of such diseases in which orexin receptors are involved." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (13/125,191). 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=8,357,700&OS=8,357,700&RS=8,357,700 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Air Products and Chemicals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,357,646) developed by seven co-inventors for a "stripper for dry film removal." The co-inventors are Wen Dar Liu, Chupei, Taiwan, Yi Chia Lee, Danshu, Taiwan, Archie Liao, Taipei, Taiwan, Madhukar Bhaskara Rao, Fogelsville, Pa., Matthew I. Egbe, West Norriton, Pa., Chimin Sheu, Taipei, Taiwan, and Michael Walter Legenza, Bellingham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention, in a preferred embodiment, is a photoresist stripper formulation, comprising: Hydroxylamine ; Water; a solvent selected from the group consisting of dimethylsulfoxide; N-methylpyrrrolidine; dimethylacetamide; dipropylene glycol monomethyl ether; monoethanolamine and mixtures thereof; a base selected from the group consisting of choline hydroxide, monoethanolamine, tetramethylammonium hydroxide; aminoethylethanolamine and mixtures thereof; a metal corrosion inhibitor selected from the group consisting of catechol, gallic acid, lactic acid, benzotriazole and mixtures thereof; and a bath life extending agent selected from the group consisting of glycerine, propylene glycol and mixtures thereof. The present invention is also a method for using formulations as exemplified in the preferred embodiment." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/394,183). 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=8,357,646&OS=8,357,646&RS=8,357,646 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** E.I. du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,357,621) developed by Joyce Monson Materniak, Hockessin, Del., and Edward Patrick Carey, Atglen, Pa., for a soil resist method.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of imparting soil resistance to a substrate comprising applying to the substrate a composition comprising a) a polyfluoro organic compound having at least one urethane or urea, b) 1,3-propanediol, and c) a surfactant, the soil resist composition having freeze thaw stability." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2009 (12/493,917). 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=8,357,621&OS=8,357,621&RS=8,357,621 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bristol-Myers Squibb Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Bristol-Myers Squibb, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,357,704) developed by James A. Johnson, Pennington, N.J., John Lloyd, Yardley, Pa., and Alexander Kover, Ewing, N.J., for a "fused heterocyclic compounds as inhibitors of potassium channel function." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compound of formula I ##STR00001## wherein m, n, A, B, D, E, G, H, Y, R.sup.1, R.sup.2, R.sup.3, R.sup.4, R.sup.5, and R.sup.8, are described herein." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2010 (12/797,915). 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=8,357,704&OS=8,357,704&RS=8,357,704 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Genomatica Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Genomatica, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,357,520) developed by four co-inventors for "compositions and methods for the biosynthesis of 1,4-butanediol and its precursors." The co-inventors are Mark J. Burk, San Diego, Stephen J. Van Dien, San Diego, Anthony P. Burgard, Bellefonte, Pa., and Wei Niu, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a non-naturally occurring microbial biocatalyst including a microbial organism having a 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (4-HB) biosynthetic pathway having at least one exogenous nucleic acid encoding 4-hydroxybutanoate dehydrogenase, succinyl-CoA synthetase, CoA-dependent succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase, or .alpha.-ketoglutarate decarboxylase, wherein the exogenous nucleic acid is expressed in sufficient amounts to produce monomeric 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (4-HB). Also provided is a non-naturally occurring microbial biocatalyst including a microbial organism having 4-hydroxybutanoic acid (4-HB) and 1,4-butanediol (BDO) biosynthetic pathways, the pathways include at least one exogenous nucleic acid encoding 4-hydroxybutanoate dehydrogenase, succinyl-CoA synthetase, CoA-dependent succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase, 4-hydroxybutyrate:CoA transferase, 4-butyrate kinase, phosphotransbutyrylase, .alpha.-ketoglutarate decarboxylase, aldehyde dehydrogenase, alcohol dehydrogenase or an aldehyde/alcohol dehydrogenase, wherein the exogenous nucleic acid is expressed in sufficient amounts to produce 1,4-butanediol (BDO). Additionally provided are methods for the production of 4-HB and BDO." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2012 (13/348,564). 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=8,357,520&OS=8,357,520&RS=8,357,520 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** E.I. du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent for Identification, Characterization, and Application of Pseudomonas Stutzeri (LH4:15), Useful in Microbially Enhanced Oil Release ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,357,526) developed by six co-inventors for an "identification, characterization, and application of Pseudomonas stutzeri (LH4:15), useful in microbially enhanced oil release." The co-inventors are Sharon Jo Keeler, Bear, Del., Robert D. Fallon, Elkton, Md., Edwin R. Hendrickson, Hockessin, Del., Linda L. Hnatow, Oxford, Pa., Scott Christopher Jackson, Wilmington, Del., and Michael P. Perry, Landenberg, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to isolation and identification of unique Pseudomonas stutzeri strains that can grow on crude oil under denitrifying conditions and are useful in oil recovery." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2008 (12/105,769). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,357,526&OS=8,357,526&RS=8,357,526 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,281) developed by Ian Patrick McCullough, Wilkinsburg, Pa., and Peter Glen Berger, Irwin, Pa., for a "device, method, and graphical user interface for management and manipulation of user interface elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Context-sensitive, automated use of a magnification loupe is disclosed to facilitate management and manipulation of user interface content and small user interface elements via gestures on a touch-sensitive surface. In one embodiment, a magnifying loupe is displayed based on the context associated with a finger-based gesture on a touch-sensitive surface. For example, a magnification loupe is displayed when one or more user interface elements corresponding to the location of the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface is smaller than a predefined size threshold, but the loupe is not displayed when the user interface elements corresponding to the location of the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface are larger than the predefined size threshold. In another embodiment, the magnification power of the loupe varies based on the size of the one or more user interface elements corresponding to the location of the gesture on the touch-sensitive surface." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,736). 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=8,358,281.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,281&RS=PN/8,358,281 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Empire Technology Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 26 -- Empire Technology Development, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,358,204) developed by Charles A. Eldering, Furlong, Pa., for a dynamic tactile interface.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for exciting a dynamic tactile interface having a plurality of electrodes includes identifying an area within an image that is capable of tactile feedback and identifying a first subset of the plurality of electrodes in the dynamic tactile interface that correspond to the plurality of areas. A voltage is applied to each of the electrodes of to the plurality of electrodes to create a desired state for each electrode corresponding to the areas capable of tactile feedback. The dynamic tactile interface can be implemented as part of a viewable display type of device, or as a device without any viewable display." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2011 (13/311,375). 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=8,358,204.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,204&RS=PN/8,358,204 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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