TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Indiana (Feb. 26)

[February 26, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Indiana (Feb. 26)

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

*** Indiana, California Inventors Develop Patent for Process for Producing a Renewable Biofuel from Waste Water Treatment Plants ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Zackery Allen McMurry, Mishawaka, Ind., and James Casey Smoot, West Sacramento, Calif., have developed a patent (8,377,151) for a "process for producing a renewable biofuel from waste water treatment plants." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention describes a method for production of a renewable, combustible liquid fuel that may be used; in internal combustion engines, as a fuel source for electricity generation including turbines and fuel cells, or as a burnable heat source. This fuel is derived from set of biomolecules that are produced under nutrient limitation conditions as those found at a waste water treatment plant. More specifically this invention envisions the use of poly(3-hydroxyalkanoates) (PHA), especially those with monomeric residues ranging in size from C4 to C10, as a feed stream for production of a biofuel." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2009 (12/590,120). 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=8,377,151&OS=8,377,151&RS=8,377,151 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** Indiana Inventor Develops Patent for Cargo Strap Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- John R. Davis III, McCordsville, Ind., has developed a patent (8,376,674) for a cargo strap assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cargo strap assembly constructed and arranged for receipt by a stake pocket of a vehicle wherein the vehicle includes a sidewall which further defines an opening in communication with the stake pocket. The cargo strap assembly includes a cargo strap module which is constructed and arranged to fit within the stake pocket, the cargo strap module including a retractable cargo strap having an extendable end which is constructed and arranged to extend through the sidewall opening of the vehicle. The cargo strap assembly is completed by the addition of a cover plate which is constructed and arranged to be positioned against the sidewall of the vehicle and attach directly to the cargo strap module for securing the cargo strap module within the stake pocket." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/826,051). 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=8,376,674&OS=8,376,674&RS=8,376,674 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rolls-Royce Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Rolls-Royce, London, has been assigned a patent (8,376,693) developed by Justin P. Gilman, Indianapolis, and Andrew J. Eifert, Indianapolis, for a variable vane assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A variable vane assembly, for example of stator vanes in a gas turbine engine, comprises vanes which can be turned together about their longitudinal axes by means of a unison ring which is turned by an actuator about the engine axis. The unison ring is coupled to the vanes by levers. The unison ring has varying stiffness along its circumference, increasing in the direction away from the drive point at which the actuator acts. The varying stiffness may be achieved by varying the radial thickness of the unison ring. The unison ring is thus able to resist ovalization so that the vanes move together." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/588,880). 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=8,376,693&OS=8,376,693&RS=8,376,693 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** iRobot Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- iRobot, Bedford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,375,838) developed by Pavlo E. Rudakevych, Arroyo Grande, Calif., Mike E. Ciholas, Evansville, Ind., and Robert Pack, Nashua, N.H., for a "remote digital firing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for weaponizing a mobile robotic platform with a mechanically triggered weapon and a firing circuit provides a weaponized mobile robotic platform, in which the mechanically triggered weapon can be fired in a safe, secure, and controlled manner in response to a single electrical pulse from the firing circuit." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2007 (11/776,722). 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=8,375,838&OS=8,375,838&RS=8,375,838 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Indiana Inventors Develop Patent for Jar Lifter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Scott Hager, Muncie, Ind., and Linda Edgar, Yorktown, Ind., have developed a patent (8,376,429) for a jar lifter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pair of spring-biased pivoting levers is provided with a pair of flexible elastic grips. Each grip is contoured to conform to the surface of a jar and to elastically deform around a jar as a user squeezes the levers together. Each grip can be formed with an arcuate groove for receiving an annular rib commonly formed on canning jars." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2011 (13/151,775). 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=8,376,429&OS=8,376,429&RS=8,376,429 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ArcelorMittal Investigacion y Desarrollo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- ArcelorMittal Investigacion y Desarrollo, Sestao, Spain, has been assigned a patent (8,377,175) developed by Naiyang Ma, Munster, Ind., for an "apparatus and method for treating exhaust gas." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presented is a method and apparatus for treating an exhaust gas. A series of filters and conditioning units are used to separate and extract various substances from the exhaust gas, typically originating from an industrial process. In an exemplary embodiment, a cyclone filter, a ceramic filter, a baghouse filter, and a pair of gas conditioners are used to initially separate and extract iron-rich dust from an exhaust gas and then extract zinc from the gas." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,773). 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=8,377,175&OS=8,377,175&RS=8,377,175 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Delphi Technologies Assigned Patent for Sealed Engine Control Module with Integral Ambient Air Pressure Sensor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Delphi Technologies, Troy, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,375,778) developed by six co-inventors for a "sealed engine control module with integral ambient air pressure sensor." The co-inventors are Hamid R. Borzabadi, Noblesville, Ind., Ronald D. Wilcox, Burton, Mich., Philip D. Kuznia, Carmel, Ind., Timothy A. Vas, Kokomo, Ind., Lewis H. Little, Peru, Ind., and David G. Miller, Kokomo, Ind.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An engine control module having an environmentally-sealed housing includes a housing-mounted air pressure sensor for providing a reliable measure of atmospheric air pressure to a control circuit mounted within the housing. The sensor is mounted on an inboard face of the housing, and includes a sensor element, a body portion and a riser portion. The sensor element is mounted in the body portion, and the riser portion protrudes through an opening in the housing to couple the sensor element to atmospheric pressure outside the housing. The body portion is sealingly secured to the inboard face of the housing, and a set of conductor pins molded into the body portion extend inward to engage a circuit board enclosed by the housing, and thereby directly couple the sensor element to the ECM's control circuit. The top of the riser portion is capped by a splash-proof lid to prevent water intrusion." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2010 (12/709,644). 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=8,375,778&OS=8,375,778&RS=8,375,778 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Railcar Covers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- United Railcar Covers, Ligonier, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,375,868) developed by four co-inventors for a "hatch cover latching system method and apparatus." The co-inventors are Kenneth M. Baranowski, Albion, Ind., Arturo Machado, Elkhart, Ind., Roy J. Huber, Goshen, Ind., and Eric J. Johanson, Granger, Ind.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A railcar hatch cover latching system including a sliding mechanism attached to a movable portion of the hatch cover and a latching apparatus associated with the hatch cover. The latching apparatus has a biased assembly, a bar and at least one profiled stop. The bar extends through the biased assembly. The biased assembly is configured to allow the bar to pass through the biased assembly with a first force requirement. The at least one profiled stop is positioned on the bar to encounter the biased assembly and having a second force requirement to move the bar past the at least one profiled stop, the second force being greater than the first force." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (12/843,951). 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=8,375,868&OS=8,375,868&RS=8,375,868 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sabic Innovative Plastics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Sabic Innovative Plastics, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (RE44,023) developed by six co-inventors for a "polysiloxane-polycarbonate copolymer article." The co-inventors are Gary Charles Davis, Albany, N.Y., James Alan Mahood, Evansville, Ind., Matthew Robert Pixton, Midland, Mich., Niles Richard Rosenquist, Evansville, Ind., James Manio Silva, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Joshua James Stone, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are polysiloxane-polycarbonate copolymer articles. In one embodiment, a 1/8.sup.th inch thick bar formed from the thermoplastic composition has a B-Y ratio of less than or equal to about 1.75. This article, which has a dimension that is greater than or equal to 1.5 cm, comprises the thermoplastic composition which comprises a polysiloxane-polycarbonate copolymer, wherein the copolymer comprises repeating diorganosiloxane units of formula (1): ##STR00001## wherein each R is, independently, a C.sub.1-13 monovalent organic group; and E has an average value of 20 to 35." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2011 (13/039,046). 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=RE44,023&OS=RE44,023&RS=RE44,023 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** United Railcar Covers Assigned Patent for Railcar Cover Opening/Closing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- United Railcar Covers, Ligonier, Ind., has been assigned a patent (8,375,867) developed by Kenneth M. Baranowski, Albion, Ind., Arturo Machado, Elkhart, Ind., and Roy J. Huber, Goshen, Ind., for a "railcar cover opening/closing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cover opening and closing system for use with a railcar. The railcar has a longitudinal axis, a top opening and at least one movable cover configured to cover the opening. The cover opening and closing system includes at least one structural support coupled generally to the ground and at least one of an opening device and a closing device. The opening device and closing device are coupled to said at least one structural support. The at least one of an opening device and a closing device are configured to contact a portion of the at least one movable cover and to cause the movable cover to move as the railcar moves in a longitudinal direction substantially parallel with the longitudinal axis." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/876,797). 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=8,375,867&OS=8,375,867&RS=8,375,867 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for a Touch-sensitive Display ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 26 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,378,798) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for a touch-sensitive display." The co-inventors are Matthew Bells, Waterloo, Canada, Jordanna Kwok, Waterloo, Canada, Colin Ho, Ottawa, Kuo-Feng Tong, Waterloo, Canada, Deepankar Banshilal Jain, Winona Lake, Ind., Douglas Clayton Rider, Ottawa, and Ian Paul Barta, Waterloo, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and apparatus for displaying a view of an application on a touch-sensitive display include detecting a touch on the touch-sensitive display. When the touch is at a first force, first feedback is provided and a first function is performed. When the touch is at a second force, second feedback is provided and a second function is performed. The first function and the second function are different. The first force and the second force are different." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/579,981). 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=83,78,798.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,798&RS=PN/83,78,798 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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