TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Missouri (Dec. 27)

[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Missouri (Dec. 27)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Missouri.

*** Crawford Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Crawford Group, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,989) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method and system for managing rental vehicle reservations with user authorization limits." The co-inventors are Timothy Robert Weinstock, St. Charles, Mo., Kimberly Ann DeVallance, Maryland Heights, Mo., Randall Allan Haselhorst, Imperial, Mo., Craig Stephen Kennedy, St. Louis, David Gary Smith, Wildwood, Mo., William T. Tingle, Eureka, Mo., and Anita K. Klopfenstein, O'Fallon, Ill.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An Internet-enabled rental vehicle reservation management method and system are disclosed. Via the system and method, authorization limits can be assigned to the users who create and manage replacement rental vehicle reservations through the system, where these authorization limits impose financial commitment monetary limits that the users can make on replacement rental vehicle reservations over a specified period of time. In an exemplary embodiment, these authorization limits are customized on a per user basis." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,546). 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=8,340,989&OS=8,340,989&RS=8,340,989 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,340,996) developed by Scott Edwin Black, Godfrey, Ill., and Kirby Joe Keller, Chesterfield, Mo., for a "method for analyzing maintenance operations and assessing the readiness of repairable systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated method for assessing the readiness of a plurality of repairable systems, such as a fleet of aircraft, is provided. In addition to identifying the repairable systems that will be operational, the relative state of readiness of the repairable systems is determined such that the repairable systems that are most likely to successfully complete the designated task can be selected. Additionally, an automated method of analyzing the maintenance operations performed upon a plurality of repairable systems, such as a fleet of aircraft, is provided. In this regard, the relative states of readiness of the repairable systems are determined and maintenance resources are allocated based upon the respective measures of the relative states of readiness of the repairable systems. As such, maintenance operations scheduled for the aircraft that will have the greatest state of readiness upon completion of the maintenance operations can be prioritized." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/503,393). 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=8,340,996&OS=8,340,996&RS=8,340,996 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Implantable Lead and Coronary Venous Pressure Sensor Apparatus and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,767) developed by four co-inventors for an "implantable lead and coronary venous pressure sensor apparatus and method." The co-inventors are Lili Liu, Maple Grove, Mo., Mohan Krishnan, Shoreview, Minn., Bruce A. Tockman, Scandia, Minn., and David R. Wulfman, Minneapolis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cardiac rhythm management system comprises a medical electrical lead, a pressure sensing element, and an implantable pulse generator. The lead is sized to be advanced through the right atrium and coronary sinus into a coronary vein adjacent to the left ventricle. The lead includes an opening intermediate its proximal and distal ends, and a lumen extending longitudinally within the body in communication with the opening. The pressure sensing element is movably disposed in lead lumen and is dimensioned to extend through the opening in the lead, and includes a flexible, elongated conductive member having a distal end, and a pressure transducer coupled to the distal end of the conductive member. The pulse generator is configured to receive cardiac rhythm signals from the electrode and fluid pressure signals from the pressure transducer." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2009 (12/539,832). 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=8,340,767&OS=8,340,767&RS=8,340,767 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MEMC Electronic Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- MEMC Electronic Materials, St. Peters, Mo., has been assigned a patent (8,340,801) developed by John A. Pitney, St. Peters, Mo., for "systems for generating representations of flatness defects on wafers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and computer-readable media having computer-executable components are disclosed for generating a representation of flatness defects on a wafer. Data is received describing the thickness of the wafer at a plurality of points on a wafer divided into a plurality of sites. A reference plane is defined for each of the plurality of sites. For each of the sites, an upper plane and a lower plane are defined relative to the reference plane. A determination is made as to which of the plurality of points on the wafer represents a flatness defect by identifying which points are not disposed between the upper plane and lower plane. A representation is then generated depicting a location of each of the flatness defects on the wafer. In some embodiments, a single representation is generated depicting the location of flatness defects on a plurality of wafers." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2009 (12/648,620). 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=8,340,801&OS=8,340,801&RS=8,340,801 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CenturyLink Intellectual Property Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- CenturyLink Intellectual Property, Denver, has been assigned a patent (8,340,079) developed by Carl M. Coppage, Kansas City, Mo., for a "method and apparatus for selecting a network for telecommunication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and computer usable program product for selecting a network for telecommunication are provided. A type of network supporting a called identifier is identified. Several types of networks are accessible to a calling communication device. The network corresponding to the identified network is selected at the calling communication device. The call is completed using the selected network. A database is queried with a query including the called identifier. The response to the query is used for identifying the identified network from the response. The query may be sent to a local database, a remote database, or both. The local database may include information about frequently called identifiers as well as called identifiers that are provided by a user. The identified network may be overridden by selecting a network of a type that is different from the type of network supporting the called identifier." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/904,698). 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=83,40,079.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,079&RS=PN/83,40,079 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,340,257) developed by Lyle Walter Paczkowski, Mission Hills, Kan., Kimberly J. Ganote, Lee's Summit, Mo., and Stevan A. Klesper, Gardner, Kan., for "switching modes in an interactive voice response system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for switching interactive modes in a menu system is disclosed. An audio interactive voice response session is established to provide audio menus to a communication device. A data session with said communication device is also established. The data session is used to instruct the communication device to display indicia that a second mode may be activated. The indicia may be an icon indicative of the second mode. A user selection of the indicia on the communication device sends a message to the IVR system indicating that the second mode is to be activated. The second mode may be a text mode wherein text menus are presented to the user instead of audio menus. The second mode may be a suspend mode whereby the IVR session is halted at its present menu choices and saved for later reactivation." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2008 (11/972,926). 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=83,40,257.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,257&RS=PN/83,40,257 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Missouri Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The University of Missouri, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,738) developed by Zhi Xu, St. Louis, for a "method and system for non-invasive optical blood glucose detection utilizing spectral data analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for non-invasively measuring blood glucose levels in a biological sample based on spectral data. A variety of techniques are disclosed for improving signal-to-noise ratio in the acquisition of spectral data and calculating attenuance of light attributable to blood in a sample. Disclosed techniques include (1) using a standard deviation operation in conjunction with the logarithm function, (2) using a normalization factor, (3) using a ratio factor, (4) accounting for the effect of temperature on various system components such as resistors, and (5) accounting for dark current in a light detector by performing a calibration." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2009 (12/425,535). 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=8,340,738.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,738&RS=PN/8,340,738 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent for Reconciling Contact Information between Users ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,340,651) developed by Michael A. Gailloux, Overland Park, Kan., and Kenneth W. Samson, Belton, Mo., for a "reconciling contact information between users." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, devices, and products utilize wireless-backup technologies to provide contact-reconciliation services with respect to sets of contacts stored on mobile devices. One embodiment of the inventions includes receiving an indication of an update event associated with a first set of contacts on a first mobile device, updating a remotely-stored copy of the first set of contacts, determining that a remotely-stored copy of a second set of contacts does not include a portion of contact information corresponding to the first mobile device, and updating the remotely-stored copy of the second set of contacts. In an embodiment, the remotely-stored copy of the second set of contacts is synchronized with the second set of contacts, thereby updating the second set of contacts." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/732,804). 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=8,340,651.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,651&RS=PN/8,340,651 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent for Alternative Techniques for Processing Wireless Communication Backhaul ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,340,625) developed by Harold Johnson, Roach, Mo., and Timothy Euler, Leawood, Kan., for an "alternative techniques for processing wireless communication backhaul." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer-readable media are provided for transmitting wireless data across a coaxial cable. In one aspect, a set of computer-readable media provides a method that includes receiving a request from a mobile device for data and transmitting the data across a coaxial cable to a cable modem. The method further includes sending the data to the mobile device through a base station, wherein the base station communicates with the cable modem in order to receive the data." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2007 (11/758,946). 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=8,340,625.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,625&RS=PN/8,340,625 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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