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

[December 10, 2012]

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

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Methods for Making an Authenticating System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,325,969) developed by Steven J. Simske, Fort Collins, Colo., for "methods for making an authenticating system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for making an authenticating system for an object includes selecting an image and adding a watermark in a predetermined area of the image. The predetermined area may be a portion of the image. The method also includes establishing the image having the watermark therein on the object, and associating the watermark with the object to render object-specific authenticating data." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2006 (11/414,590). 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=83,25,969.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,969&RS=PN/83,25,969 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Nant Holdings IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Nant Holdings IP, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,326,038) developed by Wayne C. Boncyk, Evergreen, Colo., and Ronald H. Cohen, Pasadena, Calif., for an "object information derived from object images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Search terms are derived automatically from images captured by a camera equipped cell phone, PDA, or other image capturing device, submitted to a search engine to obtain information of interest, and at least a portion of the resulting information is transmitted back locally to, or nearby, the device that captured the image." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2011 (13/207,230). 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=83,26,038.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,038&RS=PN/83,26,038 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,927) developed by Paul Marvin Sweazey, Lyons, Colo., for an "anchor point-based digital content protection with an escrow anchor point." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Digital rights management (DRM) can be effectively implemented through use of an anchor point and binding records in a user domain and backed up through use of an escrow anchor point and an escrow binding record in an anchor point based digital rights management system. An escrow binding record provides additional functionality and reliability to a DRM system by allowing a user to use of digital content even after an access device has been lost or compromised." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2009 (12/360,792). 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=83,25,927.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,927&RS=PN/83,25,927 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,325,883) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for providing assisted communications." The co-inventors are Paul T. Schultz, Colorado Springs, Colo., Robert A. Sartini, Colorado Springs, Colo., Martin W. McKee, Herndon, Va., and Kurt P. Haldeman, Hiawatha, Iowa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided for selectively translating a communication session and associated media among different formats based on user sensory impairment, preferred communication format, device capability, and restrictive environmental conditions." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2008 (12/182,746). 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=83,25,883.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,883&RS=PN/83,25,883 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Image Defect Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,326,079) developed by Marie Vans, Ft. Collins, Colo., Sagi Schein, Haifa, Israel, and Carl Staelin, Haifa, Israel, for an image defect detection.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a computer implemented method of detecting a defect in a printed image, the method comprising the steps of: receiving a target image comprising digital image data representing a scan of the printed image; receiving a reference image comprising digital image data representing a reference of the printed image; calculating a structural dissimilarity measure, D, associated with a target pixel located in the target image and a reference pixel located in the reference image; and, determining on the basis of the structural dissimilarity measure whether a defect is present at the target pixel, wherein the structural dissimilarity measure is calculated using a structural measure, s, and a contrast measure, c; the structural measure calculated using a spatial cross-correlation associated with a target region, {right arrow over (x)}, containing the target pixel and a reference region, {right arrow over (y)}, containing the reference pixel, and the contrast measure calculated using a standard deviation associated with the target region, and a standard deviation associated with the reference region." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2009 (12/566,334). 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=83,26,079.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,079&RS=PN/83,26,079 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Rerouting Ongoing Telecommunications to a User ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- International Business Machine, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,325,902) developed by four co-inventors for "rerouting ongoing telecommunications to a user." The co-inventors are Kavita K. Agrawal, Boulder, Colo., William K. Bodin, Austin, Texas, Gregory W. Rybczynski, Pflugerville, Texas, and Derral C. Thorson, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Rerouting telecommunications to a user including receiving a plurality of RFID signals from an RFID tag located with the user, anticipating a user's future location in dependence upon the RFID signals, selecting a telephony device in dependence upon the anticipated future location, and rerouting an ongoing call to the selected telephony device. In typical embodiments, selecting a telephony device in dependence upon the anticipated future location also includes identifying location based routing preferences for the user. In typical embodiments, selecting a telephony device in dependence upon the anticipated future location also includes identifying device-based routing preferences for the user. In typical embodiments, anticipating a user's future location in dependence upon the RFID signals also includes determining a first user location, determining a second user location, and predicting a user's future location in dependence upon the first user location and the second user location." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2008 (12/059,498). 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=83,25,902.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,902&RS=PN/83,25,902 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,325,905) developed by seven co-inventors for "routing calls in a network." The co-inventors are Mariafranca Gregorat, Dallas, Steven L. Lass, Allen, Texas, Richard L. McClain, Frisco, Texas, Timothy Dwight, Richardson, Texas, James L. Verlare, Colorado Springs, Colo., Gregory Welch, Somerset, N.J., and Yaron Raps, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes receiving a telephone number mapping query associated with a call. The method may also include generating routing information based on the query and forwarding the routing information to a control device. The routing information may indicate that processing associated with routing the call is to bypass a core portion of an Internet multimedia subsystem (IMS) when a calling party associated with the call does not invoke an IMS service, the called party associated with the call does not invoke an IMS service and the called party is not an IMS subscriber." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2006 (11/460,668). 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=83,25,905.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,905&RS=PN/83,25,905 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,323,780) developed by six co-inventors for an "ink coatings for identifying objects." The co-inventors are Steven J. Simske, Fort Collins, Colo., Lester Ortiz, Camuy, Puerto Rico, Malena Mesarina, San Francisco, Vinay Deolalikar, Mountain View, Calif., Cyril Brignone, Mountain View, Calif., and Guillaume Oget, Santa Clare, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A coating for an object having identifying indicia disposed thereon. An ink layer contacts at least a portion of the identifying indicia. The ink layer obscures the portion when exposed to light within a predetermined wavelength range, and the ink layer reveals a predetermined area of the portion when exposed to light outside of the predetermined wavelength range." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2004 (10/961,949). 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=8,323,780.PN.&OS=PN/8,323,780&RS=PN/8,323,780 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Akonia Holographics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Akonia Holographics, Katonah, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,323,854) developed by Fredric R. Askham, Loveland, Colo., for a "photopolymer media with enhanced dynamic range." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dynamic range enhancing dopants for photopolymeric media are described. Also described are optical articles using these dopants and methods for making such optical articles." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/765,987). 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=8,323,854.PN.&OS=PN/8,323,854&RS=PN/8,323,854 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mimedx Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Mimedx Group, Kennesaw, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,323,701) developed by four co-inventors for a placental tissue grafts. The co-inventors are John Daniel, Woodstock, Ga., Robert Tofe, Denver, Randall Spencer, Acworth, Ga., and John Russo, Sarasota, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are tissue grafts derived from the placenta. The grafts are composed of at least one layer of amnion tissue where the epithelium layer has been substantially removed in order to expose the basement layer to host cells. By removing the epithelium layer, cells from the host can more readily interact with the cell-adhesion bio-active factors located onto top and within of the basement membrane. Also described herein are methods for making and using the tissue grafts. The laminin structure of amnion tissue is nearly identical to that of native human tissue such as, for example, oral mucosa tissue. This includes high level of laminin-5, a cell adhesion bio-active factor show to bind gingival epithelia-cells, found throughout upper portions of the basement membrane." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2009 (12/428,908). 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=8,323,701.PN.&OS=PN/8,323,701&RS=PN/8,323,701 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ricoh Production Print Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Ricoh Production Print Solutions, Boulder, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,322,811) developed by Kartheek Chandu, Longmont, Colo., Mikel J. Stanich, Longmont, Colo., and Larry M. Ernst, Longmont, Colo., for a "multi-pass calibration in fixed printhead array printers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus herein provide for automated calibration of multiple printheads used in a multi-pass printing system. Aspects hereof print a plurality of gray scale printed patterns each printed pattern corresponding to a gray scale value for each of the multiple printheads. The printed patterns are then measured to determine the intensity (e.g., optical density) of each of the printed patterns. A measurement function is derived from the measured intensity and gray scale levels used to print each pattern. Calibrated transfer functions are then determined from the measurement function and target function where each calibrated transfer function relates, for a corresponding printhead, an input gray scale level of a pixel in an image to be printed to a calibrated gray scale level to use for the corresponding printhead when operating in multi-pass mode." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,692). 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=8,322,811&OS=8,322,811&RS=8,322,811 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Concaten Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Concaten, Golden, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,322,945) developed by four co-inventors for a mobile barrier. The co-inventors are Kevin K. Groeneweg, Golden, Colo., David Meyerink, Platte, S.D., Duane Meyerink, Geddes, S.D., and LeRoy Severson, Platte, S.D.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a safety trailer are shown and described. The safety trailer includes a trailer body defining a protected workzone, and having a first end and a second end and king pins at both the first and second ends. Also provided is a removable caboose engageable with either of the king pins at the first and second ends of the trailer body, the caboose having a fixed king pin plate, a nose portion and at least one axle and wheels. The fixed king pin plate distributes at least a portion of the force of a vehicle colliding with the safety trailer. The caboose is also provided with a caboose receiving member, the caboose receiving member comprising an alignment device. The caboose further comprises at least one of: a vertical adjustment member adapted to maintain a level ride height, provide additional ground clearance and level the caboose; and an auxiliary mechanism adapted to engage a caboose brake system." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2008 (12/347,467). 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=8,322,945&OS=8,322,945&RS=8,322,945 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Johns Manville Assigned Patent for Method of Insulating Overhead Cavities Using Spray-applied Fibrous Insulation and the Insulation Material Resulting from the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Johns Manville, Denver, has been assigned a patent (8,322,111) developed by Daniel Elden Near, Littleton, Colo., and Ralph Michael Fay, Lakewood, Colo., for a "method of insulating overhead cavities using spray-applied fibrous insulation and the insulation material resulting from the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of applying thermal and acoustical insulation by spraying an air entrained stream of high velocity pils onto an overhead surface in concert with a liquid-based adhesive is disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2007 (11/731,066). 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=83,22,111.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,111&RS=PN/83,22,111 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Johns Manville Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Johns Manville, Denver, has been assigned a patent (8,322,113) developed by four co-inventors for a thermoplastic roofing system. The co-inventors are Hal Steven Shapiro, Englewood, Colo., Brian Francis Olson, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Timothy J. Olehowski, Lewiston, Maine, and Brian Gregory Shamas, Denver.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a roofing system comprising a thermoplastic roofing membrane and one or more raised metal profiles attached to the thermoplastic roofing membrane. In an embodiment, provided is a method of improving a roofing system comprising a thermoplastic roofing membrane. The method comprises installing one or more thermoplastic coated raised metal profiles on the roofing system. A side of the one or more thermoplastic coated raised metal profiles comprises a thermoplastic layer. Installing the one or more thermoplastic coated raised metal profiles on the roofing system comprises welding the thermoplastic layer to the thermoplastic roofing membrane. The presently disclosed raised profiles provide not only desirable aesthetics to thermoplastic roofing systems, but can also provide structural benefits to the roofing system." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/721,694). 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=83,22,113.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,113&RS=PN/83,22,113 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** WCM Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- WCM Industries, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,321,970) developed by William T. Ball, Colorado Springs, Colo., for a "method and associated apparatus for assembling and testing a plumbing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system is provided for enhancing the interconnectability of a bathtub to a plumbing system. More specifically, provided is a flexible conduit and an overflow assembly that allows for a portion of the overflow assembly to be easily located with the wall of a bathtub. The flexible conduit provided allows for adjustability of the conduit to the openings of the bathtub. In addition, provided are methods and apparatus that facilitate testing of a plumbing assembly. Finally, an apparatus and methods are provided that protect portions of the finished bathtub assembly to decrease in the need for replacing said hardware. It is envisioned that aspects and inventions disclosed herein can be used in conjunction to facilitate the interconnection and protection of hardware associated with a bathtub." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2011 (13/234,030). 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=83,21,970.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,970&RS=PN/83,21,970 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TAC Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- TAC Technologies, Fort Collins, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,322,037) developed by Barry Carlson, Windsor, Colo., and Jason Underhill, Fort Collins, Colo., for a "method of forming lightweight structural building element." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of manufacture providing reinforced structurally functional load-bearing members, including but not limited to using thermoplastic materials, such as High Density Polyethylene (HDPE), reinforced such as with an aluminum alloy or carbon fiber core element. Among its possible uses, the present invention has application for provision of structural support members, such as an illustrative I-joist product having a vertical center member preferably comprising HDPE, and top and bottom flanges having structurally meaningful reinforcement. The center member and flanges preferably comprising HDPE provides a relatively hard, durable, substantially weather-resistant structure." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2011 (13/015,191). 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=83,22,037.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,037&RS=PN/83,22,037 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boopy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Boopy, Golden, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,321,977) developed by four co-inventors for a "feeding pillow with removable support surface." The co-inventors are Jamie Kummerfeld, Wheatridge, Colo., Paul Fair, Denver, Haley Gibbons, Denver, and Clarice Bonzer, Littleton, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A feeding pillow is constructed of a pillow body that is generally defined by a medial region and two opposing arms. The medial region is configured to be placed near or adjacent a user's stomach, with the arms generally near or adjacent the user's sides. The pillow body has a top surface that is adapted to hold a baby and a bottom surface that is adapted to be placed on the user's lap. The pillow body further includes a fabric cover and a fill material disposed within the fabric cover. Also, a support member is removably positioned at or above one of surfaces such that one surface is more firm than the other surface." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2012 (13/525,131). 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=83,21,977.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,977&RS=PN/83,21,977 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,322,237) developed by four co-inventors for a "coupling for a position indication device." The co-inventors are Brent Allan Dietrich, Fort Collins, Colo., Peter Damion Bells, Carson City, N.Y., Ivan James Hansen, Loveland, Colo., and Paul Nathan Manzano, Gardnerville, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bearing device for coupling a position indication device to an apparatus for measuring a position of the apparatus is described. The apparatus includes a first connecting member. The bearing device includes a bearing housing including a first opening defined therein configured to receive the first connecting member and a second opening defined therein configured to receive at least a portion of the position indication device. The bearing device also includes a grommet configured for positioning within the first opening and for positioning around the first connecting member." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2011 (13/044,971). 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=8,322,237.PN.&OS=PN/8,322,237&RS=PN/8,322,237 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Abengoa Solar Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Abengoa Solar, Lakewood, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,322,333) developed by Patrick Marcotte, Conifer, Colo., Kenneth Biggio, Littleton, Colo., and Edmund Kenneth May, Lakewood, Colo., for a "torque transfer between trough collector modules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for transferring torque between modules in a concentrating solar collector array. A trough collector system includes at least two modules, each module including a reflector having a reflective surface shaped to concentrate incoming radiation onto a linear tube, and a structural lattice attached to the reflector. The modules are constrained to rotate about a common axis. A torque transfer connection directly connects the three-dimensional structural lattices of the two modules at a location removed from the axis of rotation. Torque is thus transmitted between the modules by a force couple acting on the module. Also described are a method of transferring torque between adjacent trough collector modules, and a three-dimensional structural lattice configured for use in the system and method. Mechanisms for accommodating thermal expansion and contraction of the array are described. A drive system is described that imparts torque to a module near an edge of the module." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2009 (12/416,536). 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=8,322,333.PN.&OS=PN/8,322,333&RS=PN/8,322,333 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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