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[August 13, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Aug. 13)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Minnesota.

*** ABL IP Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- ABL IP Holding, Conyers, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,235,561) developed by Ron C. Schimmelpfenning, Winona, Minn., and Jonathon S. Wickus, Winona, Minn., for a "lighting fixture with cooling conduit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Among other disclosed subject matter, a lighting device cooled by being at least partially submerged is provided. The lighting device includes a housing forming a chamber having at least one transparent portion. The lighting device includes a diode in the chamber emitting light through the transparent portion. The lighting device includes a cooling conduit configured for a liquid to flow along the chamber when the lighting device is at least partially submerged in the liquid, without the liquid contacting the diode. The diode is mounted on a surface that abuts the cooling conduit." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2009 (12/553,278). 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=8,235,561&OS=8,235,561&RS=8,235,561 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sensory Logic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Sensory Logic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,235,725) developed by Daniel Hill, St. Paul, Minn., for a "computerized method of assessing consumer reaction to a business stimulus employing facial coding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computerized method of assessing an individual's reaction to a business stimulus. The method involves (a) visually recording facial expressions of a human subject as the subject is exposed to a business stimulus so as to generate a chronological sequence of recorded facial images; (b) automatically detecting and recording expressional repositioning of each of a plurality of selected facial features by conducting a computerized comparison of the facial position of each selected facial feature through sequential facial images, (c) automatically coding contemporaneously detected and recorded expressional repositionings to at least one of an action unit, one or more emotions, or a combination of an affiliation value and a motivation value, and (d) reporting a tally of at least one of the coded action units, coded emotions or coded combination of an affiliation value and a motivation value over a given time period along with an identification of the business stimulus to which the subject was exposed during that given time period." The patent application was filed on Feb. 20, 2005 (11/062,424). 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=8,235,725&OS=8,235,725&RS=8,235,725 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fluke Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Fluke, Everett, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,235,590) developed by four co-inventors for a thermal instrument engine. The co-inventors are Justin M. Sheard, Rogers, Minn., Kirk R. Johnson, Rogers, Minn., Michael E. Loukusa, Buffalo, Minn., and Richard M. Jamieson, Everett, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An engine for use in a thermal instrument. The engine includes an infrared camera module and may also include a visible light camera module. The engine includes several temperature sensors mounted on a printed circuit board assembly that permit the engine to provide improved radiometry functionality and improved fine offset compensation capabilities." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2008 (12/196,136). 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=8,235,590&OS=8,235,590&RS=8,235,590 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eaton Assigned Patent for Net-displacement Control of Fluid Motors and Pumps ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Eaton, Cleveland, has been assigned a patent (8,235,676) developed by Brian S.R. Armstrong, Shorewood, Wis., and Qinghui Yuan, Maple Grove, Minn., for "net-displacement control of fluid motors and pumps." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for controlling the net-displacement of a rotary fluid pressure device are disclosed. One of the net-displacement control methods (47) includes obtaining a desired input parameter (23) and a relative position (21) of a first member (43) and a second member (35) of a fluid displacement mechanism. A determination of a first and second output value is then made for each of a plurality of volume chambers (45) when the volume chambers (45) are supplied with fluid at fluid inlet and fluid outlet conditions, respectively. A total output value is then computed for each of a plurality of control valve configurations (63) and compared to the desired input parameter (23). The control valve configuration (63) with the total output value most similar to the desired input parameter (23) is then selected. A plurality of control valves (15) are then actuated in accordance with the selected control valve configuration (63)." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2006 (12/067,711). 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=8,235,676&OS=8,235,676&RS=8,235,676 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Keystone Retaining Wall Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Keystone Retaining Wall Systems, West Chester, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,234,828) developed by Robert A. MacDonald, Plymouth, Minn., for "veneers for walls, retaining walls, retaining wall blocks, and the like." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Veneers for walls, retaining walls, retaining wall blocks, gabions, wire faces, and other structures are provided. Various methods of attaching the veneers are also described. A combination of a wall block and a veneer is provided. The wall block has a front face with a block connection space, and the veneer has a front face with a veneer connection portion. The veneer is attached to the front face of the wall block by the veneer connection portion, which is disposed in the block connection space." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2008 (12/144,228). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.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=8,234,828.PN.&OS=PN/8,234,828&RS=PN/8,234,828 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Target Brands Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Target Brands, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,234,805) developed by four co-inventors for a sign fixture. The co-inventors are Gary A. Dukes, Minneapolis, Jeremy A. Clark, Minneapolis, David H. Cheney, Saint Paul, Minn., and James W. Kostka, Minnetonka, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sign fixture includes a support beam, a sign holder and at least one H-bracket. The support beam having a first end and a second end and supported by a product display structure. The sign holder supports a sign indicative of information related to a product displayed for sale. The at least one H-bracket includes a magnet to magnetically couple a first portion of the support beam to a first portion of the sign holder." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2010 (12/780,491). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.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=8,234,805.PN.&OS=PN/8,234,805&RS=PN/8,234,805 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** FSI International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- FSI International, Chaska, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,235,068) developed by Kurt K. Christenson, Minnetonka, Minn., for a "substrate processing systems and related methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for processing one or more substrates according to the present invention includes a diversion valve that can deliver two or more process fluids to a dispensing device through a common line/pipe. The present invention also includes related methods." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/387,314). 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=8,235,068&OS=8,235,068&RS=8,235,068 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Single Coil Redundant Valve ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,235,064) developed by Donald J. Kasprzyk, Maple Grove, Minn., and James Edward Erickson, Eagan, Minn., for a "single coil redundant valve." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A single magnetic coil floating plunger redundant gas valves is disclosed. In an illustrative embodiment, the valve may include a first plunger tube, a second plunger tube spaced a distance from the first plunger tube, a magnetic coil disposed about at least part of the first plunger tube, a first plunger disposed within the first plunger tube, and a second plunger disposed within the second plunger tube. The first and second plungers may be operatively coupled to first and second valve members. Activation of the magnetic coil may result in the first and second plungers being suspended in the plunger tubes without a hard mechanical plunger stop to selectively open corresponding valves or other actuatable components, as desired." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2009 (12/437,881). 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=8,235,064&OS=8,235,064&RS=8,235,064 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Trane International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Trane International, Piscataway, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,234,877) developed by five co-inventors for a "compressor discharge valve providing freeze and charge migration protection." The co-inventors are Dennis M. Beekman, La Crosse, Wis., Jay H. Johnson, Houston, Minn., Rodney L. Lakowske, La Crosse, Wis., Sean A. Smith, La Crosse, Wis., and John R. Moilanen, La Crescent, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A refrigerant system includes a compressor with a discharge valve that temporarily restricts the compressor's outflow at startup so that the discharge pressure can quickly rise to force lubricant back to the compressor. The discharge valve also helps prevent an axial face of a rotor of a screw compressor from rubbing against a bearing housing axial face of the compressor's housing. When the system turns off under certain low ambient air temperature conditions, the valve closes to help prevent the system's evaporator from freezing up. The discharge valve includes a novel arrangement of a piston, a valve stem extending from the piston, and a valve plug pivotally attached to the valve stem. The pivotal connection ensures a positive seal between the valve plug and a valve seat. A somewhat restricted fluid passageway between the valve's discharge chamber and piston chamber helps prevent the valve from chattering as the valve opens." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2009 (12/459,852). 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=8,234,877&OS=8,234,877&RS=8,234,877 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ADC Telecommunications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,235,094) developed by Michael J. Wayman, Waconia, Minn., and Michael J. Nelson, Prior Lake, Minn., for an "apparatus for transferring heat in a fin of a heat sink." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for dissipating heat through a plurality of fins is provided. The apparatus includes a heat dissipating member composed of metal and having a plurality of fins projecting from a first side of the heat dissipating member. Additionally, the apparatus includes a thermal material within at least one fin of the plurality of fins, the thermal material having a thermal conductivity greater than the thermal conductivity of the at least one fin in a direction normal to the first side of the heat dissipating member. Finally, a thermal spreader thermally coupled to the heat dissipating member, the thermal spreader configured to spread heat across the plurality of fins of the heat dissipating member is included." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2007 (11/831,561). 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=8,235,094&OS=8,235,094&RS=8,235,094 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rosemount Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Rosemount, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,234,927) developed by John P. Schulte, Eden Prairie, Minn., David G. Tyson, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Andrew J. Klosinski, Waconia, Minn., for a "differential pressure sensor with line pressure measurement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pressure sensor assembly for sensing a pressure of a process fluid includes a sensor body having a cavity formed therein and first and second openings to the cavity configured to apply first and second pressures. A diaphragm in the cavity separates the first opening from the second opening and is configured to deflect in response to a differential pressure between the first pressure and the second pressure. A capacitance based deformation sensor is provided and configured to sense deformation of the sensor body in response to a line pressure applied to the sensor body." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2010 (12/796,023). 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=8,234,927&OS=8,234,927&RS=8,234,927 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Milestone AV Techonologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Milestone AV Techonologies, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,235,342) developed by Joel W. Pfister, Shorewood, Minn., James G. Wohlford, Edina, Minn., and Dominic D. Grey, Blaine, Minn., for an adjustable tilt mount.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mounting system for an interface such as a flat panel display such as a computer monitor or television allows the display to be pivoted about a virtual pivot axis which passes through a center of gravity of the display. The system includes a support which is connected directly or indirectly to a support surface and a mount which is connected to a back side of the display. The support and the mount are slidable with respect to one another through an arc which has the virtual pivot axis as its center." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2010 (12/901,962). 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=8,235,342.PN.&OS=PN/8,235,342&RS=PN/8,235,342 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,235,351) developed by Brian T. Van Lear, Hastings, Minn., for a "shock load isolation mounting." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shock load isolation mounting system that incorporates a dashpot into each shock load isolation mount to provide damping. Each shock load isolation mount includes a shock mount portion having a first end fixed to the object to be isolated from shock loads, a second end, and an intermediate section between the first end and the second end. Each isolation mount also includes a dashpot mounted in series with the shock mount portion. The dashpot includes a moveable piston and a cylinder that receives the piston therein. The piston is fixed to the second end of the shock mount portion, and the cylinder is fixed to a support that is fixed relative to the object so that the dashpot provides damping in directions parallel to compression and tension directions of the shock mount portion." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2009 (12/548,852). 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=8,235,351.PN.&OS=PN/8,235,351&RS=PN/8,235,351 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,235,367) developed by Valerie Sue Markuson, Fridley, Minn., and Kevin Lambert Mayer, Apple Valley, Minn., for a "selectively positioning a workpiece." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and associated method are provided for positioning a workpiece. A workpiece positioner has a fixed base, and a support member is connected to the base by a joint that permits selectively articulating the support member with respect to the base. A plate defines a feature sized for operably supporting the workpiece. A connector is used to connect the plate to the support member. The connector fixes the plate in articulation with the support member so that a selected articulation of the support member with respect to the base defines a corresponding plane in which the plate is disposed. The connector also permits sliding movement of the plate in any direction within the corresponding plane to orient the workpiece in a desired position." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2009 (12/482,211). 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=8,235,367.PN.&OS=PN/8,235,367&RS=PN/8,235,367 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FSI International Assigned Patent for Tools and Methods for Processing Microelectronic Workpieces Using Process Chamber Designs that Easily Transition Between Open and Closed Modes of Operation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- FSI International, Chaska, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,235,062) developed by four co-inventors for "tools and methods for processing microelectronic workpieces using process chamber designs that easily transition between open and closed modes of operation." The co-inventors are Jeffrey M. Lauerhaas, Waconia, Minn., Jimmy D. Collins, Allen, Texas, Tracy A. Gast, Waconia, Minn., and Alan D. Rose, Wylie, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Strategies for tool designs and their uses wherein the tools can operate in either closed or open modes of operation. The tools easily transition between open and closed modes on demand. According to one general strategy, environmentally controlled pathway(s) couple the ambient to one or more process chambers. Air amplification capabilities upstream from the process chamber(s) allow substantial flows of air to be introduced into the process chamber(s) on demand. Alternatively, the fluid pathways are easily closed, such as by simple valve actuation, to block egress to the ambient through these pathways. Alternative flows of nonambient fluids can then be introduced into the process chamber(s) via pathways that are at least partially in common with the pathways used for ambient air introduction. In other strategies, gap(s) between moveable components are sealed at least with flowing gas curtains rather than by relying only upon direct physical contact for sealing." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2009 (12/387,607). 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=8,235,062&OS=8,235,062&RS=8,235,062 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston Scientific Scimed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 13 -- Boston Scientific Scimed, Maple Grove, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,235,209) developed by James M. Peck, Maple Grove, Minn., and Maan-Shii Wu, Mendota Heights, Minn., for a "medical device packaging and methods for preparing and packaging medical devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Medical device packaging, medical device packaging assemblies, and methods for preparing and packaging medical devices. An example medical device packaging assembly may include a pouch having a pocket formed therein. A carrier tube may be disposed in the pocket. The carrier tube may have a plurality of apertures formed therein. A medical device may be disposed within the carrier tube." The patent application was filed on Aug. 11, 2010 (12/854,607). 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=8,235,209.PN.&OS=PN/8,235,209&RS=PN/8,235,209 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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