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[December 03, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Dec. 3)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,316,540) developed by six co-inventors for a "method of producing a land grid array (LGA) interposer structure." The co-inventors are Gareth G. Hougham, Ossining, N.Y., Brian S. Beaman, Cary, N.C., Evan G. Colgan, Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., Paul W. Coteus, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Stefano S. Oggioni, Besana in Brianza, Italy, and Enrique Vargas, Bronx, N.Y.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of producing a land grid array (LGA) interposer structure, including an electrically insulating carrier plane, and mounting at least one interposer on a first surface of said carrier plane. The interposer possesses a hemi-toroidal configuration in transverse cross-section and is constituted of a dielectric elastomeric material. At least one sidewall of the interposer is slitted to facilitate the venting of gases and pressure therethrough. The method includes arranging a plurality of electrically-conductive elements about the surface of the at least one hemi-toroidal interposer and extending them radically inwardly and downwardly from an uppermost end thereof into electrical contact with at least one component located on an opposite side of the electrically insulating carrier plane." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2008 (12/212,927). 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=8,316,540&OS=8,316,540&RS=8,316,540 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Electrolux Home Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Electrolux Home Products, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,316,868) developed by Dennis A. Poyner, Kinston, N.C., and David Sumner, Greenville, N.C., for a "leak control system and dishwasher incorporating the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a dishwasher door. The door may include a door panel member having a liquid dispenser unit mounted thereto and extending therethrough from an interior-facing side to an exterior-facing side of the door panel member. A fluid-directing member can operably engage with the door panel member about the exterior-facing side. The fluid-directing member may define a containment portion that at least partially surrounds the liquid dispenser unit. The fluid-directing member may also include a conduit in communication with the containment portion. The conduit can be configured to channel liquid leaking from the liquid dispenser unit from the containment portion and through the door panel member, away from the exterior-facing side of said door panel member." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/334,914). 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=83,16,868.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,868&RS=PN/83,16,868 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Digitaloptics Corp. East Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Digitaloptics Corp. East, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,318,057) developed by Brian Harden, Charlotte, N.C., Alan Kathman, Charlotte, N.C., and Michael Feldman, Charlotte, N.C., for a "method for replicating optical elements, particularly on a wafer level, and replicas formed thereby." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Integrated multiple optical elements may be formed by bonding substrates containing such optical elements together or by providing optical elements on either side of the wafer substrate. The wafer is subsequently diced to obtain the individual units themselves. The optical elements may be formed lithographically, directly, or using a lithographically generated master to emboss the elements. Alignment features facilitate the efficient production of such integrated multiple optical elements, as well as post creation processing thereof on the wafer level." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2003 (10/647,262). 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=8,318,057.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,057&RS=PN/8,318,057 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Celgard Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Celgard, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,318,022) developed by Gareth P. Taylor, Indian Trail, N.C., and Amitava Sengupta, Charlotte, N.C., for a "wafer-shaped hollow fiber module for in-line use in a piping system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wafer-shaped hollow fiber module adapted for in-line use in a piping system. The piping system may include two standard bolted flange connections, and at least one wafer-shaped hollow fiber module sealed between the two standard bolted flange connections. The wafer shaped hollow fiber module includes: a cylindrical housing having an open end and a closed end having a first sealing surface and an inlet port; at least one side port through the cylindrical housing; an end cap united to the open end having a second sealing surface and an outlet port." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2012 (13/419,477). 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=8,318,022.PN.&OS=PN/8,318,022&RS=PN/8,318,022 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Buxco Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Buxco Electronics, Sharon, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,316,849) developed by Joseph Lomask, Wilmington, N.C., and Richard A. Larson, Winchester, United Kingdom, for an "integrated ventilator with calibration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated respiratory ventilation system and method for its calibration is described. The system includes a ventilator having air conduits, transducers adapted to emit signals proportional to the level of air pressure or air flow within the air conduits, and inspiration, expiration and exhaust ports. A processor-controlled calibrator is in communication with one or more of the air conduits. A preferred calibrator includes a water-filled outer column and a vertically aligned inner column extending into the outer column, the inner column having an upper end in communication with at least one of the ports. A processor controls the opening and closing of the ports and the level of air pressure in, and air flow from, the inner column to measure the level of transducer signals at two known pressures and two known flows. The processor uses the measured transducer signals to calibrate the transducer." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2008 (12/103,074). 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=83,16,849.PN.&OS=PN/83,16,849&RS=PN/83,16,849 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MeadWestvaco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- MeadWestvaco, Richmond, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,317,026) developed by Caleb S. Loftin, Raleigh, N.C., and William Roger Rigby, Spring Hope, N.C., for a "child resistant blister package housing with tooled access." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A child-resistant package including two panels having one or more blister apertures and a particular manner of accessing the product within the blister apertures. One manner of accessing the product involves applying pressure to punch tabs defined by staggered perforations. Another manner of accessing the product uses tooled access slots designed to receive a tool to peel away tab strips to facilitate product access. Yet another manner of accessing utilizes tab strips, one or more folding lines and one or more crevice forming lines where the crevice forming lines are designed to receive a tool used to obtain access to the tab strips, and thus, facilitate access to the products. Still another uses dual tabs that need to be sequentially peeled away from the child resistant package housing to facilitate access to the product contained." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2009 (12/473,245). 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=8,317,026.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,026&RS=PN/8,317,026 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Communication of Transaction Data within a Self-checkout Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,317,086) developed by four co-inventors for a "communication of transaction data within a self-checkout environment." The co-inventors are Clark A. Dudek, Raleigh, N.C., Phillip D. Jones, Raleigh, N.C., Sheryl A. Paradise, Raleigh, N.C., and Adrian X. Rodriguez, Durham, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and method for communication of transaction data within a self-checkout environment are disclosed. According to an aspect, a method includes controlling a display device to display a machine-readable representation of transaction data. The method may include receiving a signal that indicates acknowledgement of reading of the machine-readable representation of the transaction data. Further, the method may include controlling the display device to display a machine-readable representation of other transaction data in response to receipt of the signal." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2011 (13/029,081). 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=8,317,086.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,086&RS=PN/8,317,086 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** M&C Innovations Assigned Patent for Collapsible Coolers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- M&C Innovations, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,317,046) developed by Matthew Alexander Vanderberg, Charlotte, N.C., and Daniel Lee Bizzell, Davidson, N.C., for a collapsible coolers.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cooler includes a base; an upper rim; and a collapsible wall extending between the base and the upper rim. The cooler wall is capable of transitioning between a fully collapsed configuration and a fully expanded configuration and is stable in each configuration. Additionally, in transitioning between the fully collapsed and fully expanded configurations, the cooler transitions to at least one intermediate configuration in which the cooler is in a stable state and may be used. The collapsible wall preferably comprises a flexible membrane that is configured to be collapsible between three or more stable states, and preferably is formed from silicone." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2009 (12/636,225). 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=8,317,046.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,046&RS=PN/8,317,046 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas, Wilmington, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,317,035) developed by Robert Bruce Elkins, Wilmington, N.C., and Richard Carl Longren, Wilmington, N.C., for a debris filter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A debris filter for reactor coolant includes a plurality of adjacent plates defining a plurality of channels therebetween, each of said channels being at an angle to the flow path of the coolant into the filter." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2004 (11/024,953). 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=8,317,035.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,035&RS=PN/8,317,035 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** M&C Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- M&C Innovations, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,317,047) developed by Matthew Alexander Vanderberg, Charlotte, N.C., and Daniel Lee Bizzell, Davidson, N.C., for a collapsible coolers.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An expandable and collapsible cooler includes: a base defining a bottom portion of the cooler; an upper rim defining an upper portion of the cooler; a collapsible cooler wall extending between and attached to said base and said upper rim and surrounding an interior storage space of the cooler, the cooler wall comprising a flexible elastomeric membrane that includes a plurality of hinge lines at which the membrane is configured to bend such that the membrane is transitional between a collapsed configuration and an expanded configuration; and a drain conduit comprising a passageway providing fluid communication between an exterior of the cooler and the interior storage space or the intermediate space. The cooler is transitional between an expanded configuration for use of the cooler, and a collapsed configuration during nonuse of the cooler, by bending along the hinge lines, each configuration corresponding to a stable configuration of the cooler." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2010 (12/940,951). 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=8,317,047.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,047&RS=PN/8,317,047 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Electronic Theatre Controls Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 3 -- Electronic Theatre Controls, Middleton, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,317,159) developed by Donald A. Hoffend III, Winston-Salem, N.C., for a "lift assembly systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lift assembly system and method can include: a funnel-shaped drum having a constant diameter portion and a gradually increasing diameter portion; a cable management system adapted to position a cable in a single layer in a tray; a beam clamp tube receiver adapted to allow a tube to slide relative to a beam and be secured to the beam; a cable keeper and a slack line detector adapted to maintain cables in position about a drum upon loss of cable tension; a horizontally oriented low profile cable adjuster adapted to adjust the length of a cable; an overspeed braking mechanism; a fleet pivot arm pivotable on the end of a tube so as to guide cables along a desired fleet angle; and/or a pull-type load sensor connected between a tube and a drum adapted to sense changes in a load force and adjust movement of a load." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2008 (12/268,097). 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=8,317,159.PN.&OS=PN/8,317,159&RS=PN/8,317,159 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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