TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Feb. 19)

[February 19, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Feb. 19)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Illinois.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Structure for Legless Leisure Chairs with Armrests ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Walter Joseph Albecker III, Chicago, has developed a patent (8,371,653) for a "structure for legless leisure chairs with armrests." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A number of variations of a structure for leisure chairs with armrests (4a) that enable a user to sit very close to floor level (SS), with side base front supports (8f) that extend forward further than the backrest connection means (6). The structure for the chair comprises two sides (LS and RS), a backrest (2), and means (2p and 6) for connecting the backrest (2) to the sides (LS and RS). Each side (LS and RS) is comprised of a first or base portion (8) having a front supporting portion (8f) and a rear supporting portion (8r); a second or armrest portion (4a) comprising a front armrest portion (4af) and a rear armrest portion (4ar); whereby the second or armrest portion (4a) is above the first portion (8), and wherein the front armrest portion (4af) is generally above the front supporting portion (8f) to make the chair stable when downward force is exerted on the front armrest portion (4af). Additionally, a backrest pivoting extension (2e) provides general lumbar support (2u) alignment for the backrest (2) whether the backrest (2) is in an upright or reclined position. The backrest frame sides (2l and 2r) are disclosed as straight or with a convex curve in the lower portion of the backrest sides (2l and 2r) to support an occupant's lumbar curve. A simple adjustment stop (12) is also shown for the preferred embodiment. The chair with the structure claimed is shown with a backrest cushion (2c), a flexibly attached cushioned seat (16), an ottoman (18), and a headrest pillow (20)." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2008 (12/070,254). 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=83,71,653.PN.&OS=PN/83,71,653&RS=PN/83,71,653 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Quick Connection Duct System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Terrence Edward Boonstra, Fulton, Ill., has developed a patent (8,371,619) for a "quick connection duct system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A quick connection duct system with a unique connection mechanism for quick installation of hermetically sealed ducts." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,335). 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=83,71,619.PN.&OS=PN/83,71,619&RS=PN/83,71,619 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Spring Loaded Dog Toy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Cole Little, Laharpe, Ill., has developed a patent (8,371,249) for a "spring loaded dog toy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The spring-loaded dog toy includes a self-supporting stand composed of a generally vertical tube resting atop a flat base, and from which a generally horizontal extends atop said vertical tube to support a dog toy there from. The dog toy is usually a ball that attaches to a first spring, which is separated from a second spring via a ring stop. The second string traverses across the length of the horizontal tube and attaches at a rear end. The ring stop creates a biasing force upon the second spring. Upon pulling the dog toy and subsequent release, both the first spring and the second spring generate wild and random movement of the dog toy, which entertains and amuses a pet." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2011 (13/159,473). 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=83,71,249.PN.&OS=PN/83,71,249&RS=PN/83,71,249 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Medela Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Medela Holding, Baar, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,371,464) developed by six co-inventors for a "container with adjustable date indicium." The co-inventors are Kevin J. Rachuk, Harvard, Ill., Timothy D. Killinger, Mount Horeb, Wis., Mark A. Luzbetak, Kildeer, Ill., Jill M. Hunt, Woodstock, Ill., Ashley Ceniceros, Chicago, and Brian J. Warren, Schaumburg, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A closure for a container has a plurality of indicia such as date and/or time, disposed on the lid's top surface, with a rotary collar which is adjustable to a fixed position to highlight (select) indicia regarding the contents of the container." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2010 (12/913,499). 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=83,71,464.PN.&OS=PN/83,71,464&RS=PN/83,71,464 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Freestanding Cup Holder ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- John Skopis, Glenview, Ill., has developed a patent (8,371,472) for a freestanding cup holder.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A freestanding cup holder is disclosed comprising a primary cylinder for holding a cup, the primary cylinder wrapped in one of a memory foam or a rubber material; one or more secondary cylinders each capable of holding a cup; and a connecting member connecting the primary cylinder to one or more of the secondary cylinders." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2010 (12/907,961). 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=83,71,472.PN.&OS=PN/83,71,472&RS=PN/83,71,472 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Pet Washing Apparatus ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Kevin L. Redick, Homewood, Ill., has developed a patent (8,371,248) for a pet washing apparatus.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pet washing apparatus is disclosed. The apparatus includes a base, a top member, side supports, and a flexible side wall. In various embodiments, a water line brings water in from a water source such as a sink faucet. The water line is attached to a nozzle. A drain tray is placed over the base so that water used within the apparatus drains through the drain tray into the base. A pump is provided in the base to pump water out of the base through a water exit line, for example, into a sink drain. The device is collapsible such that the drain tray, side support, and top member all collapse and fit within the base. Optionally, the base has a handle and wheels." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2010 ( 12/701,514). 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=83,71,248.PN.&OS=PN/83,71,248&RS=PN/83,71,248 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Navteq Assigned Patent for Open Area Maps with Restriction Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Navteq, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,374,780) developed by four co-inventors for "open area maps with restriction content." The co-inventors are Joseph P. Mays, Chicago, William N. Gale, Oak Park, Ill., Peter A. Seegers, Evanston, Ill., and Matei N. Stroila, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Open area maps and related systems and methods are disclosed. For example, one method includes receiving an image of a layout corresponding to a real-world area in which a person walks about. A restriction associated to a passageway within the image is generated. The image is used to generate a routable map for point-to-point routing. Routing through or around the restriction is based on whether or not criteria for passing the restriction is met." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2008 (12/179,676). 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=8,374,780&OS=8,374,780&RS=8,374,780 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medline Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Medline Industries, Mundelein, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,371,306) developed by Kimberly M. Haines, Deerfield, Ill., Robert A. Lockwood, Libertyville, Ill., and Francis A. Czajka, Libertyville, Ill., for a "surgical drape and system having a barrier for preventing the start of a surgical procedure and methods for using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical drape, system and method of using comprise a surgical drape having a fenestration to be placed over a surgical site of a patient. The surgical drape includes a barrier removably attached to the surgical drape and adapted for placement over a portion of the fenestration to prevent the start of the surgical procedure. Upon verification of a set of predetermined conditions, the barrier is removed by a member of the surgical staff in order to begin the surgical procedure." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2011 (12/985,076). 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=8,371,306&OS=8,371,306&RS=8,371,306 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Advertisement Blocking in IMS Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,375,090) developed by Yigang Cai, Naperville, Ill., and Suzann Hua, Lisle, Ill., for "advertisement blocking in IMS networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "IMS networks and methods are disclosed for selectively blocking advertisement content on a per user identifier (ID) basis. A subscriber database in the IMS network, such as a Home Subscriber Server (HSS), stores service profiles for IMS users. The service profiles of the IMS users are also provisioned with advertisement blocking indicators that are associated with a user ID of the IMS users. When a request is received in the subscriber database for a service profile associated with a user ID, the subscriber database checks the advertisement blocking indicator associated with the user ID to see if advertisement content should be blocked for this user ID. If so, the subscriber database modifies initial filter criteria (iFC) associated with the user ID, which in essence blocks the advertisement content from being sent to the IMS user." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2009 (12/392,420). 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=8,375,090&OS=8,375,090&RS=8,375,090 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Navteq Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Navteq, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,374,791) developed by David J. Holsinger, Chicago, for a "method of operating a navigation system to provide route guidance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operating a navigation system to provide a route guidance message for traveling a route is performed by a navigation system. A preferred name of a feature visible from a road segment is obtained in a native language from a geographic database associated with the navigation system. The parts-of-speech of the preferred name are identified and converted into a target language text providing the preferred name in a target language. A guidance message includes the target language text in the target language." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2010 (12/694,405). 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=8,374,791&OS=8,374,791&RS=8,374,791 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing Geo-location Enablement for Wireless Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,374,632) developed by Mark A. Ristich, Naperville, Ill., and David S. Benco, Winfield, Ill., for a "method and apparatus for providing geo-location enablement for wireless device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing geo-location enablement for a wireless device includes storing geo-location data in a storage device, the geo-location data including geo-location coordinates; referencing geo-location data for geo-location coordinates to corresponding wireless coverage area data, the wireless coverage area data for each geo-location coordinate including wireless coverage area coordinates, each wireless coordinate; representing a sub-area within a coverage area of a wireless network, each sub-area generally formed by an RF signaling range for a wireless access point; and referencing each wireless coordinate to corresponding signal strength data, the signal strength data for each wireless coordinate representing a signal strength value. Each signal strength value representing a signal strength parameter associated with the corresponding wireless coordinate. The wireless coverage area data and signal strength data being stored in the storage device. A server for providing geo-location enablement includes the storage device, an input module, and a geo-location handling module." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2010 (12/651,583). 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=8,374,632&OS=8,374,632&RS=8,374,632 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Navteq Assigned Patent for Generating a Graphic Model of a Geographic Object and Systems thereof ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Navteq, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,374,390) developed by Matei Stroila, Chicago, Yelena V. Perelmutova, Naperville, Ill., and Bradley Kohlmeyer, Lisle, Ill., for "generating a graphic model of a geographic object and systems thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, devices, features, and methods for constructing a graphic model of a geographic object, such as a road sign or features thereof, from an image, such as, for example, to develop a navigation database are disclosed. For example, one method comprises receiving a plurality of images of regions, such as of roads or paths. An image of the plurality of images is identified. A process to determine scale-invariant components of a geographic object in the identified image may be performed. Other processes, such as generating a dictionary to facilitate optical character recognition may be performed. A graphic model of the geographic object is generated based on the scale-invariant components and/or the optical character recognition. The generated graphic model may be associated with a navigation or map database." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2009 (12/490,676). 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=8,374,390&OS=8,374,390&RS=8,374,390 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Middleby Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Middleby, Elgin, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,371,285) developed by four co-inventors for a "conveyor oven apparatus and method." The co-inventors are John H. Wiker, Lockport, Ill., Mohan K. Panicker, Darien, Ill., Magdy A. Albert, Sleepy Hollow, Ill., and William S. Schjerven Sr., Schaumburg, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An oven according to some embodiments includes an oven chamber in which food is cooked, a heating element, a fan, a sensor for sensing the temperature of the oven chamber, a remote input device, and a controller configured to receive a signal from the remote input device and to change the fan or heating element based at least in part upon the signal received from the remote input device. In a method of operating the oven according to some embodiments, the oven enters an operating mode from an energy-savings mode responsive to receiving an signal from a remote device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/306,832). 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=8,371,285&OS=8,371,285&RS=8,371,285 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GN ReSound Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- GN ReSound, Ballerup, Denmark, has been assigned a patent (8,374,367) developed by five co-inventors for "hearing aid with a flexible elongated member." The co-inventors are Henrik Nielsen, Roskilde, Denmark, Vince Maye, Brampton, Canada, Goran Hall, Minneapolis, Kevin Mikes, Grayslake, Ill., and Brian Tsuchiya, Eden Prairie, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hearing aid includes a shell for accommodation of a signal processor for processing an audio signal into a processed audio signal, and a receiver that is connected to an output of the signal processor for converting the processed audio signal into an acoustic sound signal, and a flexible elongated member with a first end attached to the shell, and a second free end, wherein the flexible elongated member comprises a lumen for housing a wire that is for providing current to an electronic device, the flexible elongated member having a shape for stabilizing the shell relative to a user's ear." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2008 (12/186,370). 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=8,374,367&OS=8,374,367&RS=8,374,367 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rexnord Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Rexnord Industries, Milwaukee, has been assigned a patent (8,371,012) developed by Michael E. Beck, Chicago Ridge, Ill., for a drill press cutter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bearing removal tool and method are provided for removing a bearing swaged in a housing with speed and ease of use without damaging the housing, where the bearing removal tool includes a locating fixture having an annular support engaging an outer race of the bearing, with the locating fixture further including a locating mandrel extending axially from a center of the annular support into a center of the bearing locating the bearing outer race relative to the annular support; a cutter head having an axially extending shank extending from one end received in a drill press chuck, with the cutter head having at least one tooth extending axially away from the shank for cutting a swaged lip of the outer race of the bearing on a side of the bearing opposite from the side of the bearing engaged by the annular support." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,711). 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=8,371,012&OS=8,371,012&RS=8,371,012 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Baxter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Baxter International, Deerfield, Ill., and Baxter Healthcare, Glattpark (Opfikon), Switzerland, have been assigned a patent (8,371,039) developed by Wei Y. Kuu, Libertyville, Ill., and Gregory A. Sacha, Greenwood, Ind., for a "thermal shielding to optimize lyophilization process for pre-filled syringes or vials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for supporting at least one vessel containing a target material to be lyophilized generally includes a support panel, a central region, a perimeter region, a thermal shield, and at least one shielding cavity. The support panel has a support surface. The central region is defined by the support panel for supporting the at least one vessel. The perimeter region is also defined by the support panel and surrounding the central region. The thermal shield is positioned about the perimeter region and extends transverse to the support surface of the support panel such that the thermal shield and the support panel define a storage space for accommodating the at least one vessel. The at least one shielding cavity is defined by the thermal shield and contains a shielding material during a lyophilization process. The shielding material is distinct from the target material." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2009 (12/649,642). 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=8,371,039&OS=8,371,039&RS=8,371,039 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seiko Epson Assigned Patent for Content-aware Image and Video Resizing by Anchor Point Sampling and Mapping ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Seiko Epson, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,374,462) developed by Fan Jiang, Evanston, Ill., and Jing Xiao, Cupertino, Calif., for a "content-aware image and video resizing by anchor point sampling and mapping." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention include systems and methods for resizing a set of images, which may comprises one or more images, while preserving the important content. In embodiments, the saliency of pixels in the set of images is determined using one or more image features. A small number of pixels, called anchor points, are selected from the set of images by saliency-based sampling. The corresponding positions of these anchor points in the set of target images are obtained using pixel mapping. In embodiments, to prevent mis-ordering of pixel mapping, an iterative approach is used to constrain the mapped pixels to be within the boundaries of the target image/video. In embodiments, based on the mapping of neighboring anchor points, other pixels in the target are inpainted by back-projection and interpolation. The combination of sampling and mapping greatly reduces the computational cost yet leads to a global solution to content-aware image/video resizing." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2009 (12/465,158). 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=8,374,462&OS=8,374,462&RS=8,374,462 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Vita Zahnfabrik H. Rauter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Vita Zahnfabrik H. Rauter, Bad Saeckingen, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,373,857) developed by four co-inventors for a "miniaturized system and method for measuring optical characteristics." The co-inventors are Wayne D. Jung, Morton Grove, Ill., Russell W. Jung, Morton Grove, Ill., Walter W. Sloan, Lake Bluff, Ill., and Alan R. Loudermilk, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A miniaturized spectrometer/spectrophotometer system and methods are disclosed. A probe tip including one or more light sources and a plurality of light receivers is provided. A first spectrometer system receives light from a first set of the plurality of light receivers. A second spectrometer system receives light from a second set of the plurality of light receivers. A processor, wherein the processor receives data generated by the first spectrometer system and the second spectrometer system, wherein an optical measurement of a sample under test is produced based on the data generated by the first and second spectrometer systems." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2012 (13/425,852). 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=8,373,857.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,857&RS=PN/8,373,857 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sabic Innovative Plastics IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Sabic Innovative Plastics IP, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,372,941) developed by six co-inventors for a "method for purification of polyether polymers and mixtures resulting therefrom." The co-inventors are Beatriz Penalver Bernabe, Chicago, and Thomas Guggenheim, Mount Vernon, Ind., David Bruce Hall, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Norman Johnson, Mount Vernon, Ind., Juan Justino Rodriguez Ordonez, Madrid, Spain, and David Woodruff, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for the purification of aromatic polyether polymers prepared by a halide displacement polymerization process comprises adsorbing the catalyst with an alkali metal halide to form an adsorbent component and then removing the adsorbent component. Mixtures resulting from this method are also discussed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (11/962,288). 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=8,372,941.PN.&OS=PN/8,372,941&RS=PN/8,372,941 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for Network-based Identification of Uninsured Vehicles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,373,554) developed by Yigang Cai, Naperville, Ill., Ranjan Sharma, New Albany, Ohio, and Shengqiang Wang, Cary, N.C., for a "network-based identification of uninsured vehicles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed that detect uninsured vehicles. An insurance monitoring system described herein receives a message over a mobile network from a mobile device embedded in a vehicle, where the message from the mobile device includes a vehicle identification for the vehicle. The insurance monitoring system queries an insurance database based on the vehicle identification to determine whether the vehicle is uninsured. If the vehicle is uninsured, then the insurance monitoring system sends a notification message to a law enforcement entity." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2009 (12/556,508). 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=8,373,554.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,554&RS=PN/8,373,554 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventor Develops Patent for Device and Method for Topically Applying Medication to the Lips ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Otto J. Placik, Arlington Heights, Ill., has developed a patent (8,372,047) for a "device and method for topically applying medication to the lips." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of topically applying an anesthetic, or other medication, to one or both lips of the mouth. An applicator device is provided that has a curved first wall, a curved second wall, and a horizontal shelf that joins the first wall to the second wall. The first wall, the second wall and the horizontal shelf combine to define either one or two curved lip compartments. A volume of the anesthetic, or other medication, is placed within the curved lip compartments. The applicator device is partially placed in a person's mouth so that the second wall is positioned between the back of the lips and in front of the teeth. While in this position, the lip of the user passes into the curved lip compartment and is contacted by the anesthetic." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2011 (13/019,473). 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=8,372,047&OS=8,372,047&RS=8,372,047 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Japan Science and Technology Agency Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Japan Science and Technology Agency, Saitama, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,372,985) developed by five co-inventors for a "process of making .alpha.-aminooxyketone/.alpha.-aminooxyaldehyde and .alpha.-hydroxyketone/.alpha.-hydroxyaldehyde compounds and a process of making reaction products from cyclic .alpha., .beta.-unsaturated ketone substrates and nitroso substrates." The co-inventors are Norie Momiyama, Sendai, Japan, Hiromi Torii, Kariya, Japan, Susumu Saito, Nagoya, Japan, Hisashi Yamamoto, Chicago, and Yuhei Yamamoto, Tsukuba, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a process of making .alpha.-aminooxyketone and .alpha.-hydroxyketone compounds. The synthetic pathway generally involves reacting an aldehyde or ketone substrate and a nitroso substrate in the presence of a catalyst of the formula (IV): ##STR00001## wherein X.sup.a-X.sup.c represent independently nitrogen, carbon, oxygen or sulfur and Z represents a 4 to 10-membered ring with or without a substituent and optionally a further step to convert the .alpha.-aminooxyketone compound formed to the .alpha.-hydroxyketone compound. The present invention results in .alpha.-aminooxyketone and .alpha.-hydroxyketone compounds with high enantioselectivity and high purity. The present invention is also directed to a catalytic asymmetric O-nitroso Aldol/Michael reaction. The substrates of this reaction are generally cyclic .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated ketone substrate and a nitroso substrate. This methodology generally involves reacting the cyclic .alpha.,.beta.-unsaturated ketone substrate and the nitroso substrate in the presence of a proline-based catalyst, to provide a heterocyclic product." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2012 (13/566,587). 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=8,372,985.PN.&OS=PN/8,372,985&RS=PN/8,372,985 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Illinois Inventors Develop Patent for Method and System for Operating and Participating in Fantasy Leagues ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 19 -- Frank C. Nicholas, Glenview, Ill., and Ian B. Carswell, Chicago, have developed a patent (8,371,916) for a "method and system for operating and participating in fantasy leagues." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method for operating a league using at least one fantasy server system includes the following. Fantasy player information including performance history of one or more real-world athletes selected as fantasy players is provided. The fantasy player information is updated in real-time based on fantasy player performance information from a real-world performance. At least one substitution factor is provided. A real-time injury information is received. A real-time fantasy player substitution is determined based on the real-time injury report and the at least one substitution factor." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2012 (13/540,567). 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=8,371,916&OS=8,371,916&RS=8,371,916 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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