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[December 24, 2012]

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

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Control System and Method for Oxygen Sensor Heater Control in a Hybrid Engine System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,335,604) developed by Robert Lionel Jacques, Troy, Mich., and Adam S. Kwiatkowski, Commerce, Mich., for a "control system and method for oxygen sensor heater control in a hybrid engine system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system for a hybrid engine system includes a torque management module and an engine control module. The torque management module operates an electric machine of the hybrid engine system for a period prior to starting an engine of the hybrid engine system for a first time during a current run cycle of the hybrid engine system. The engine control module selectively activates a heater for an oxygen sensor of an exhaust system of the engine during the period. The engine control module may selectively activate the heater prior to the period when an ignition switch for the hybrid engine system moves from an off state into an on state. The engine control module may increase the temperature of the oxygen sensor to a predetermined temperature based on one of a thermal shock temperature and a sensitivity temperature of the oxygen sensor. A related method is also provided." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2010 (12/722,637). 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=83,35,604.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,604&RS=PN/83,35,604 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,335,616) developed by four co-inventors for an "individualizable post-crash assist system." The co-inventors are Mark O. Neal, Rochester, Mich., Nataraju Vusirikala, Vizianagaram, India, Jenne-Tai Wang, Rochester, Mich., and Abir Chakraborty, Bangalore, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for predicting potential injury assessment for at least one occupant of a vehicle involved in a crash event and for broadcasting assessment of the occupant to a medical response unit. An occupant seated in each seat of a vehicle is detected. Occupant data is obtained relating to physical characteristics of each occupant seated in the vehicle. A crash event involving the vehicle is detected. Vehicle dynamic data and safety restraint data during the crash event is recorded. The potential injury assessment of each occupant is predicted by an injury assessment processing module based on the vehicle dynamic data and safety restraint data obtained during the crash event and the occupant data of each occupant in the vehicle. The corresponding injury assessment of each occupant of the vehicle is broadcast to a medical response unit." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2010 (12/890,863). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,616.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,616&RS=PN/83,35,616 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Gwenventions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Gwenventions, East Brunswick, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,332,977) developed by seven co-inventors for a bedside medical examination device. The co-inventors are Ronnie Z. Bochner, East Brunswick, N.J., Kris D. Eager, Richland, Mich., Michael S. Rozewicz, Kalamazoo, Mich., Dustin Worm, Plainwell, Mich., Vaughn Gerber, Portage, Mich., David Veldkamp, Grand Rapids, Mich., and Timothy Laroy, Kalamazoo, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A medical examination device is provided with a pair of foot support assemblies, a patient support mat, and a pair of legs. Wheel assemblies are attached to the legs facilitate the transportation of the device to and from a bed whereby the support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are extended and adjusted to support a patient on the bed to facilitate a medical examination. The foot support assemblies, patient support mat, and legs are collapsible so that the device is transported and stored in a small, compact size." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2010 (12/716,643). 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=8,332,977.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,977&RS=PN/8,332,977 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Gentherm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Gentherm, Northville, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,332,975) developed by four co-inventors for a "climate-controlled topper member for medical beds." The co-inventors are Michael Brykalski, Monrovia, Calif., David Marquette, Farmington Hills, Mich., John Terech, Milan, Mich., and Robert Vidojevski, Brownstown, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat additionally includes an inlet in fluid communication with the interior chamber, at least one fluid module comprising a fluid transfer device and a conduit placing an outlet of the at least one fluid module in fluid communication with the inlet. In some arrangements, the fluid module selectively delivers fluids to the interior chamber through the conduit and the inlet. In one embodiment, fluids entering the chamber through the inlet are generally distributed within the chamber by the spacer material before exiting through the plurality of openings along the upper layer. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2010 (12/856,482). 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=8,332,975.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,975&RS=PN/8,332,975 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,335,946) developed by Kevin M. Baltes, Wixom, Mich., and Trenton W. Haines, Novi, Mich., for a "method for centralization of process sequence checking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for centralization of process sequence checking includes defining a set of steps in a sequence for a process and defining an order of steps in said set of steps. The method includes determining whether one of said steps started independently of others of said steps and determining whether one of said steps completed independently of others of said steps. The method includes determining whether the sequence started, determining whether the sequence completed, and determining whether a sequence fault occurred." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2005 (11/285,138). 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=8,335,946.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,946&RS=PN/8,335,946 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hitachi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Hitachi, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (RE43,864) developed by eight co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for attenuating fuel pump noise in a direct injection internal combustion chamber." The co-inventors are Atsushi Watanabe, Novi, Mich., Harsha Badarinarayan, Novi, Mich., Jonathan Borg, Livonia, Mich., Donald J. Mccune, Farmington Hills, Mich., Takuya Shiraishi, West Bloomfield, Mich., Atsushi Hohkita, Novi, Mich., Masahiro Soma, Novi, Mich., and Hiroaki Saeki, Ibaraki-Ken, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for attenuating fuel pump noise in a direct injection internal combustion engine. In one proposal, the direct injection fuel nozzle is suspended from a fuel rail in a fashion that avoids direct metal-to-metal contact between the injector and the engine block. The direct injection nozzle may also be connected to the fuel rail by a pair of spaced-apart seals which equalize the longitudinal pressure on the nozzle during operation. Enlarged diameter fuel reservoirs and/or a restricted orifice may be provided fluidly in series between the fuel pump and the direct injection nozzle in order to attenuate noise resulting from fuel pump pulsation." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2010 (12/849,890). 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=RE43,864.PN.&OS=PN/RE43,864&RS=PN/RE43,864 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Method and a System to Control Turbine Inlet Temperature ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,333,071) developed by Aaron John Oakley, Chelmsford, United Kingdom, Paul Martin Niessen, Plymouth, Mich., and Jason Ronald Smith, Dearborn, Mich., for a "method and a system to control turbine inlet temperature." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system to control an engine to maintain turbine inlet temperature utilizes two temperature thresholds: a control initiation temperature and a maximum hardware temperature. An engine parameter is adjusted in a closed-loop manner based on an error, which is a difference between a setpoint temperature and the turbine inlet temperature. The setpoint temperature is initially the control initiation temperature. However, after control over turbine inlet temperature is established, the setpoint temperature ramps gradually to maximum hardware temperature. In one embodiment, the engine parameter is engine torque. Other engine parameters affecting turbine inlet temperature include timing and duration of fuel injection pulses, EGR rate, gear selection, and intake throttle position, any of which can be used in place of, or in combination with, torque for controlling turbine inlet temperature." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,455). 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=8,333,071&OS=8,333,071&RS=8,333,071 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,334,687) developed by Qi Ma, Farmington Hills, Mich., and Brian M. Tulkki, Howell, Mich., for "systems and methods for measuring rotational speed and position of a rotating device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a transceiver module and a rotating device. The transceiver module generates an electromagnetic (EM) field using an antenna. The rotating device includes N transponders arranged such that each of the N transponders passes through the EM field during one revolution of the rotating device. Each of the N transponders damps the EM field when passing through the EM field. The transceiver module determines a rotational speed of the rotating device based on a number of times the EM field is damped during a period. N is an integer greater than or equal to 1." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2009 (12/574,935). 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=8,334,687&OS=8,334,687&RS=8,334,687 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Herman Miller Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Herman Miller, Zeeland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,333,038) developed by nine co-inventors for a wall mounted assembly. The co-inventors are Mark Bates, Westwood, Mass., Andrew J. Boyce, Hopkinton, Mass., Chul Min Kang, Coral Springs, Fla., Michael J. Katje, Grand Haven, Mich., Susan R. Lyons, New York, Kurt E. Porter, Holland, Mich., Jeffrey D. Roetman, West Olive, Mich., Perry L. Sellers, Hudsonville, Mich., and Gianfranco Dino Zaccai, Needham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wall assembly includes at least one horizontally extending rail having a rear surface adapted to engage the wall. A plurality of horizontally spaced and vertically extending stiles are coupled to the rail, with the stiles disposed forwardly of the rear surface of the rail. A plurality of interface components are coupled to the plurality of stiles. In various embodiments, the stiles may be interconnected to draw together adjacent interface components. The interface components also may include overlapping upper and lower edges. The stiles may be vertically and/or horizontally (laterally and longitudinally) adjustable relative to the rail. A lock member may be provided to secure at least one of the stiles to the rail. Various systems and methods of assembly and use are also provided." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2011 (13/023,007). 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=8,333,038&OS=8,333,038&RS=8,333,038 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** U.S. Army Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- The U.S. Army has been assigned a patent (8,333,140) developed by five co-inventors for a "self diagnostic armor structure." The co-inventors are Thomas J. Meitzler, Troy, Mich., Jason A. Schrader, Warren, Mich., Thomas P. Reynolds, Warren, Mich., Samuel E. Ebenstein, Southfield, Mich., and Gregory H. Smith, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A unit of modular armor. The module has a box-like, optically opaque outer shell of ballistic-protection material enclosed to exclude light from the module's interior. The shell contains transparent armor plates and the shell contains a self-diagnostic system for ascertaining whether the plates have been damaged. The self-diagnostic system includes a first PC board disposed along first edges of the plates, the board being divided into strips on which are mounted rows of lights. The self-diagnostic system further includes a second PC board at second, opposed edges of the plates divided into strips on which are mounted rows of light receptors. The PC boards incorporate circuitry for illuminating the rows of the lights in a row-by-row sequence, and for allowing activation only of the receptors directly opposed to illuminated lights. This circuitry has an analysis means for determining the health of the plates in response to signals from the receptors. The armor module has a transparent, elastomeric, adhesive matrix within the shell in which each of the plates and boards are suspended and encapsulated, wherein the matrix occupies all space not occupied by other elements within the shell." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2011 (13/039,878). 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=8,333,140&OS=8,333,140&RS=8,333,140 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Michigan Inventor Develops Patent for Communications Assembly Adapted for Use with a Helmet ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Randall Gerald Szeljack, Troy, Mich., has developed a patent (8,334,762) for a "communications assembly adapted for use with a helmet." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communications assembly is adapted for use with a helmet worn by a person riding a vehicle with a light indication system. The communication assembly includes a control circuit fixedly secured to the helmet. An illumination display is operatively connected to the control circuit and fixedly secured to a back surface of the helmet. The illumination display emits light rearward of the helmet. A transmitter is electrically connected to the light indication system of the vehicle for transmitting signals as a function of a status of the light indication system. A receiver is electrically connected to the control circuit for receiving the signals transmitted by the transmitter. The receiver forwards the signals onto the control circuit such that the control circuit operates the illumination display in concert with the light indication system of the vehicle. The communication assembly also includes an indicator electrically connected to the control circuit to indicate to the person of the operation of the illumination display." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2009 (12/541,709). 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=8,334,762&OS=8,334,762&RS=8,334,762 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Shape Assigned Patent for Roll Former with Three-dimensional Sweep Unit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Shape, Grand Haven, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,333,095) developed by Richard D. Heinz, Grand Haven, Mich., and Bryan E. Gould, Coopersville, Mich., for a "roll former with three-dimensional sweep unit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus includes, in combination, a roll former with rolls configured to form a structural beam from sheet material, and a sweep unit for longitudinally sweeping a beam in any of vertical, horizontal, or combination directions. The sweep unit has a first pair of forming rolls positioned to engage first opposing sides of the structural beam and has a second pair of forming rolls positioned to engage second opposing sides of the structural beam. The sweep unit movably supports the first and second pairs of forming rolls so that any selected one of the forming rolls continuously engages an associated side of the structural beam while an associated one of the forming rolls opposing the selected one forming roll moves downstream and around the selected one forming roll. This provides a very stable beam-bending condition promoting dimensional stability during the sweeping process, and hence dimensional accuracy and repeatability." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/872,411). 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=8,333,095&OS=8,333,095&RS=8,333,095 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Seven Speed Dual Clutch Transmission with Four Axes of Rotation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,333,127) developed by Tejinder Singh, Commerce Township, Mich., and Patrick S. Portell, Clarkston, Mich., for a "seven speed dual clutch transmission with four axes of rotation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transmission connectable to an input member and has an output member, first and second transmission input shaft members, first and second countershaft members, a reverse shaft, a plurality of co-planar gear sets and a plurality of torque transmitting devices. The torque transmitting devices include a plurality of synchronizer assemblies and a dual clutch assembly. The transmission is operable to provide at least one reverse speed ratio and a plurality of forward speed ratios between the transmission input members and the output member." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2010 (12/769,077). 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=8,333,127&OS=8,333,127&RS=8,333,127 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Method for Monitoring Ammonia Storage in an Exhaust Aftertreatment System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,333,062) developed by Min Sun, Troy, Mich., for a "method for monitoring ammonia storage in an exhaust aftertreatment system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for monitoring the ammonia-selective catalyst reduction device includes monitoring states of parameters of the exhaust gas feedstream upstream of the ammonia-selective catalyst reduction device, analytically segmenting the ammonia-selective catalyst reduction device into a plurality of discrete substrate elements, sequentially calculating a change in ammonia storage for each of the discrete substrate elements, and determining a total ammonia storage concentration on the ammonia-selective catalyst reduction device based upon the sequentially calculated change in ammonia storage for each of the discrete substrate elements." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2010 (12/818,283). 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=8,333,062&OS=8,333,062&RS=8,333,062 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Shape Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Shape, Grand Haven, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,333,096) developed by Richard D. Heinz, Grand Haven, Mich., and Bryan E. Gould, Coopersville, Mich., for a "method of forming three-dimensional multi-plane beam." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes, in combination, a roll former with rolls configured to form a structural beam from sheet material, and a sweep unit for longitudinally sweeping a beam in any of vertical, horizontal, or combination directions. The sweep unit has a first pair of forming rolls positioned to engage first opposing sides of the structural beam and has a second pair of forming rolls positioned to engage second opposing sides of the structural beam. The sweep unit movably supports the first and second pairs of forming rolls so that any selected one of the forming rolls continuously engages an associated side of the structural beam while an associated one of the forming rolls opposing the selected one forming roll moves downstream and around the selected one forming roll. This provides a very stable beam-bending condition promoting dimensional stability during the sweeping process, and hence dimensional accuracy and repeatability." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/872,602). 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=8,333,096&OS=8,333,096&RS=8,333,096 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Autoliv ASP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Autoliv ASP, Ogden, Utah, has been assigned a patent (8,333,011) developed by Charles Still, Clinton, Mich., and David R. Stoscup, Plymouth, Mich., for a "method for making an electronic assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment of the present invention a method for making an electronic assembly is provided. The method comprises positioning a substrate having a plurality of segmented portions. A first segmented portion has a first plurality of conductive traces terminating to form a first plurality of conductive pads. A second segmented portion has a second plurality of conductive traces terminating to form a second plurality of conductive pads. A flex circuit is placed onto the conductive pads. The flex circuit includes a third plurality of conductive traces terminating at a first end to form a first plurality of connecting pads and terminating at a second end to form a second plurality of connecting pads. Electronic components are electrically coupled to the first and second plurality of conductive traces to form a primary PCB and a daughter PCB. The connecting pads are electrically coupled to the conductive pads for electrically coupling the daughter PCB to the primary PCB." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2008 (13/121,896). 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=8,333,011&OS=8,333,011&RS=8,333,011 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Hydrocarbon Retaining System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich,, has been assigned a patent (8,333,063) developed by four co-inventors for a "hydrocarbon retaining system and method." The co-inventors are Shane Elwart, Ypsilanti, Mich., Michael James Uhrich, West Bloomfield, Mich., James Michael Kerns, Trenton, Mich., and Jason Aaron Lupescu, Ypsilanti, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and computer readable storage media are described in which exhaust gas is routed to a hydrocarbon retaining device during starting, and purged to the engine intake manifold. Various alternative approaches are described for controlling operation and diagnosing degradation. Further, various interrelated configurations are described." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2008 (12/147,263). 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=8,333,063&OS=8,333,063&RS=8,333,063 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Valeo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Valeo, Auburn Hills, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,333,108) developed by four co-inventors for a "detection system for localizing defective seals in heat exchangers." The co-inventors are Jay Lorentz, Shelbyville, Ind., Stephen Gunn, Indianapolis, Eric Leroy, Rochester Hills, Mich., and Nicolas Lelievre, Lake Orion, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to the field of automotive heat exchanger assemblies, and, in particular, assemblies with cores with headers and end tanks and/or male and female connections. The present invention also relates to a method of making a positive leak path to determine leaks prior to employment of heat exchanger assembles. The present invention further relates to a method of determining whether or not a leak seal is temporary by providing a positive leak path at the point of assembly or initial evaluation or testing a heat exchanger." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2005 (11/629,427). 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=8,333,108&OS=8,333,108&RS=8,333,108 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Delphi Technologies Assigned Patent for Continuous Manufacturing Process for Metal-plastic Hybrid Heat Exchange ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Delphi Technologies, Troy, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,333,013) developed by Suresh D. Shah, Troy, Mich., Mohinder S. Bhatti, Williamsville, N.Y., and Karl P. Roetsch, Williamsville, N.Y., for a "continuous manufacturing process for metal-plastic hybrid heat exchanger." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is a method for producing a heat exchanger assembly including the steps of extruding a plastic and an adhesive from a co-extrusion die into a plurality of tubes spaced from each other with each tube having an adhesive disposed on its exterior surface. A plurality of corrugated air fins are serially fed into the co-extrusion die and spaced from each other by a predetermined space and ejected between adjacent tubes with the corrugations extending transversely between the tubes. The adhesive is then cured to secure the tubes to the air fins. The method proceeds by cutting the tubes at each predetermined space with a guillotine shear to produce a plurality of unified heat exchanger cores. The ends of the tubes of each core are inserted into tube slots in manifolds, and the tubes and manifolds are adhesively secured together to define a heat exchanger assembly." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2008 (12/287,216). 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=8,333,013&OS=8,333,013&RS=8,333,013 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** OMNOVA Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- OMNOVA Solutions, Fairlawn, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,334,047) developed by nine co-inventors for "paper coating compositions, coated papers, and methods." The co-inventors are John P. Kelly, Midland, Mich., Mark J. Pollock, Midland, Mich., Holly L. Dunnill, Saginaw, Mich., John G. Tsavalas, Hockessin, Germany, James G. Galloway, Midland, Mich., Alan B. Chaput Jr., Midland, Mich., Timothy M. Dellinger, Midland, Mich., John A. Roper III, Midland, Mich., and Greg W. Welsch, Midland, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present disclosure include paper coating compositions, coated paper and/or paperboard, and methods of forming coated paper and/or paperboard with the paper coating compositions. The embodiments of the paper coating compositions contain high levels of hollow polymeric pigment relative to other pigments used in the paper coating composition (e.g., inorganic pigments). The paper coating compositions can provide the coated paper and/or paperboard with a wide variety of desirable features (e.g., high gloss, good smoothness, improved stiffness), while minimizing compaction (i.e., permanent deformation) of the underlying base paper." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2008 (12/451,993). 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=8,334,047&OS=8,334,047&RS=8,334,047 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Cement to Make Thermal Shock Resistant Ceramic Honeycomb Structures and Method to Make Them ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,334,043) developed by Jun Cai, Midland, Mich., Aleksander Jozef Pyzik, Midland, Mich., and Kwanho Yang, Midland, Mich., for a "cement to make thermal shock resistant ceramic honeycomb structures and method to make them." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A ceramic honeycomb structure comprised of at least two separate smaller ceramic honeycombs that have been adhered together by a cement comprised of inorganic fibers and a binding phase wherein the smaller honeycombs and fibers are bonded together by the binding phase which is comprised of an amorphous silicate, aluminate or alumino-silicate glass and the cement has at most about 5% by volume of other inorganic particles. The cement may be made in the absence of other inorganic and organic additives while achieving a shear thinning cement, for example, by mixing oppositely charged inorganic binders in water together so as to make a useful cement for applying to the smaller honeycombs to be cemented." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2009 (12/407,468). 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=8,334,043&OS=8,334,043&RS=8,334,043 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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