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Recent patents by New Hampshire companies and inventors


Sunday, January 21, 2018

Recent patents in New Hampshire:

Hypertherm, Hanover, has been assigned a patent (9,867,268) developed by three co-inventors for “cooling plasma torch nozzles and related systems and methods.” The co-inventors are Brian J. Currier, Newport, John Peters, Canaan, and Steve Dunbar, Lebanon. The abstract states: “In some aspects, nozzles for a plasma arc torch can include a first body having a first end, a second end, and a longitudinal axis; and a second body disposed about a portion of the first body to complement the first body, the second body defining a set of channels formed on an internal surface shaped to form a set of liquid flow passages between the first body and the second body, the second body at least partially defining at least one inlet and at least one outlet to the set of liquid flow passages.” 

Centripetal Networks, Portsmouth, has been assigned a patent (9,866,576) developed by seven co-inventors for rule-based network-threat detection. The co-inventors are David K. Ahn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Keith A. George, Front Royal, Virginia, Peter P. Geremia, Portsmouth, Pierre Mallett III, Herndon, Virginia, Sean Moore, Hollis, Robert T. Perry, Ashburn, Virginia, and Jonathan R. Rogers, Hampton Falls. The abstract states: “A packet-filtering device may receive packet-filtering rules configured to cause the packet-filtering device to identify packets corresponding to network-threat indicators. The packet-filtering device may receive packets and, for each packet, may determine that the packet corresponds to criteria specified by a packet-filtering rule. The criteria may correspond to one or more of the network-threat indicators. The packet-filtering device may apply an operator specified by the packet-filtering rule. The operator may be configured to cause the packet-filtering device to either prevent the packet from continuing toward its destination or allow the packet to continue toward its destination. The packet-filtering device may generate a log entry comprising information from the packet-filtering rule that identifies the one or more network-threat indicators and indicating whether the packet-filtering device prevented the packet from continuing toward its destination or allowed the packet to continue toward its destination.” The patent application was filed on April 17, 2015 (14/690,302). 

HALO Maritime Defense Systems, Newton, has been assigned a patent (9,863,109) developed by five co-inventors for “cable management for marine barriers and gate systems.” The co-inventors are Judson DeCew, Rochester, Eric H. Rines, Manchester, Michael Osienski, Londonderry, Justin Bishop, West Caldwell, New Jersey, and Eric G. Johnson, Danvers, Massachusetts. The abstract states: “A marine gate has a buoyant variable length barrier and a cable management system employing two cables or lines. An opening line extends through the barrier to move the barrier from an expanded position (gate is closed) to a retracted position (gate is open) via a winch. A closing line moves the barrier from the retracted position to the expanded position using a winch. A weight is attached to the closing line for moving a submerged portion of the line to the seafloor when the barrier gate is retracted and the closing line is payed out by operation of its winch. The weighted line allows a portion or the entire cable system to be under tension at all times. The resulting cable geometry allows vessel operators confidence in knowing the cable location in the water depths at the gate, whether the gate is fully or partially opened.” The patent application was filed on March 30, 2016 (15/085,698). 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=98,63,109.PN.&OS=PN/98,63,109&RS=PN/98,63,109

DEKA Products, Manchester, has been assigned a patent (9,861,769) developed by five co-inventors for “adhesive and peripheral systems and methods for medical devices.” The co-inventors are Dean Kamen, Bedford, Larry B. Gray, Merrimack, Russell H. Beavis, Merrimack, Richard J. Lanigan, Concord, and Brian D. Tracey, Litchfield. The abstract states: “A repeater system may control a pump by using a repeater and a user interface. An adhesive patch system may be used for affixing a pump or other object to a human body. Such an adhesive patch system may include two sets of adhesive members, each member including an adhesive material on at least one side so as to attach to the body. The members of the first set are spaced to allow the members of the second set to attach to the body in spaces provided between the members of the first set, and the members of the second set are spaced to allow members of the first set to detach from the body without detaching the members of the second set. Also, fill stations and base stations are provided for personal pump systems.” The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2016 (15/350,733). 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=98,61,769.PN.&OS=PN/98,61,769&RS=PN/98,61,769

DEKA Products, Manchester, has been assigned a patent (9,861,732) developed by 10 co-inventors for “medical treatment system and methods using a plurality of fluid lines.” The co-inventors are Jacob W. Scarpaci, Manchester, Robert J. Bryant Jr., Manchester, Geoffrey P. Spencer, Manchester, David J. Hibbard, Bedford, James D. Dale, Nashua, John M. Kerwin, Manchester, Andrew S. Coll, Manchester, David A. Beavers, Manchester, David W. McGill, Alpharetta, Georgia, and Simon C. Helmore, Somerville, Massachusetts. The abstract states: “A medical treatment system, such as peritoneal dialysis system, may include control and other features to enhance patient comfort and ease of use. A fluid trap of a peritoneal dialysis cycler may have a valved connection to a vacuum source or a positive pressure source. The fluid trap can be connected to the vacuum source in order to sealingly engage a flexible membrane of a pumping cassette to a control surface of the cycler during a therapy. Any fluid entering a space between the membrane and control surface can be drawn away and collected in the fluid trap. The fluid trap alternatively can be connected to a positive pressure source in order to aid in separating the membrane from the control surface to facilitate removal of the pumping cassette from the cycler. The fluid trap may include a liquid detection sensor.” The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2012 (13/667,679). 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=98,61,732.PN.&OS=PN/98,61,732&RS=PN/98,61,732

Pitco Frialator, Concord, has been assigned a patent (9,861,233) developed by six co-inventors for a “system and method for sensing oil quality.” The co-inventors are Owen R. McGhee, Raymond, Selim A. Bassoul, Elgin, Illinois, Jason D. Finnie, Bow, Jared Perkins, Chester, Nathaniel A. Lambert, Hooksett, and Michael T. Fecteau, Derry. The abstract states: “A system for measuring the state of degradation of cooking oil in a deep fryer is provided. The system includes at least one fryer pot and a loop of piping fluidly connected thereto for selectively allowing flow of oil from the at least one fryer pot into the loop and for selectively allowing the cooking oil to return to said at least one fryer pot from the loop. A pump urges the flow of cooking oil through the loop of piping and selectively to urge oil to return to the at least one fryer pot. The loop further comprises a return portion that extends from a discharge of the pump toward a suction of the pump. A sensor is disposed in the return portion of the loop and adapted to measure an electrical property that is indicative of total polar materials of said cooking oil.” The patent application was filed on June 26, 2015 (14/752,278). 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=98,61,233.PN.&OS=PN/98,61,233&RS=PN/98,61,233

Bauer Hockey, Exeter, has been assigned a patent (9,861,146) developed by three co-inventors for a pants assembly. The co-inventors are Pascal Martel, Montreal, Canada, Christian Gervais, Montreal, Canada, and Marc Gagnon, Verdun, Canada. The abstract states: “The invention relates generally to a pants assembly comprising an outer shell, inner pants, and a retaining system with first and second retainers mounted to the inner pants and outer shell and a belt at least partially encircling the inner pants and being at least partially on an outer side of the outer shell for allowing fit adjustment of the inner pants and outer shell around the wearer’s waist. The inner pants and outer shell are coupled together by the belt while the outer shell is movable relative to the inner pants.” The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2015 (14/978,737). 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=98,61,146.PN.&OS=PN/98,61,146&RS=PN/98,61,146

Cejay Engineering, Bonita Springs, Florida, has been assigned a patent (9,866,369) developed by three co-inventors for “infrared beacon and controlling method of same.” The co-inventors are Derek Haynes, Bonita Springs, Florida, Guido Albert Lemke, Hopewell Junction, New York, and Mark Haynes, Nashua. The abstract states: “A beacon includes an infrared emitter configured to emit beacon signals; an infrared-link emitter configured to emit infrared-link signals having a wavelength different from that of the beacon signals; an infrared-link detector configured to detect infrared-link signals; a memory configured to store a delay time; a clock configured to generate a clock cycle signal; and a microcontroller configured to, in response to receiving an infrared-link signal including a signaling code and clock synchronization data from an external beacon: adjust the clock to be synchronized with a clock of the external beacon; store the signaling code in the memory; and when the clock cycle signal generated by the clock indicates that it is a starting time of a clock cycle period, control the infrared emitter to emit a beacon signal including the signaling code with the delay time relative to the starting time of the clock cycle period.” The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2016 (15/239,963). 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=98,66,369.PN.&OS=PN/98,66,369&RS=PN/98,66,369

Allscripts Software, Chicago, Illinois, has been assigned a patent (9,864,792) developed by four co-inventors for “systems and methods for data migration.” The co-inventors are George Rizk Mechael, Waltham, Massachusetts, Laurie A. Hart, Carver, Massachusetts, Angela Hodgetts, Atlanta, Georgia, and Pamela Fleury, Brookline. The abstract states: “A method includes importing legacy data from a legacy application into a new system by storing the legacy data in a database separate from data native to the new system; displaying, to a user via a display screen, an interface configured to allow a user to view both legacy data and data native to the new system; displaying, to the user via a display screen, an interface including information of the legacy data that is associated with a particular patient account, one or more interface elements configured to allow the user to perform limited actions with respect to the particular patient account associated with the information, and a user interface element configured to allow a user to selectively activate the patient account.” The patent application was filed on March 18, 2017 (15/462,830). 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=9,864,792.PN.&OS=PN/9,864,792&RS=PN/9,864,792

Allegro MicroSystems, Worcester, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,866,014) developed by two co-inventors for an “electronic device with shared EOS protection and power interruption mitigation.” The co-inventors are Maxim Klebanov, Newton, Massachusetts, and Washington Lamar, Mont Vernon. The abstract states: “In an embodiment, an electronic device comprises a shared electrical over-stress (EOS) protection circuit. The shared EOS protection circuit may be coupled between a power input terminal and ground terminal to provide an EOS current path from the power input terminal to the ground terminal, and coupled between the output terminal and the ground terminal to provide an EOS current path from the output terminal to the ground terminal. The electronic device may also include a power interruption mitigation circuit to provide power to the electronic device during interruptions or fluctuations in external power.” The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2015 (14/619,626). 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=9,866,014.PN.&OS=PN/9,866,014&RS=PN/9,866,014

TeraDiode, Wilmington, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,865,985) developed by three co-inventors for a “widely tunable infrared source system and method.” The co-inventors are Bien Chann, Merrimack, Robin Huang, North Billerica, Massachusetts, and Parviz Tayebati, Sherborn, Massachusetts. The abstract states: “A system and method for tuning and infrared source laser in the Mid-IR wavelength range. The system and method comprising, at least, a plurality of individually tunable emitters, each emitter emitting a beam having a unique wavelength, a grating, a mirror positioned after the grating to receive at least one refracted order of light of at least one beam and to redirect the beam back towards the grating, and a micro-electro-mechanical systems device containing a plurality of adjustable micro-mirrors.” The patent application was filed on June 20, 2013 (13/923,344). 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=9,865,985.PN.&OS=PN/9,865,985&RS=PN/9,865,985

Allegro MicroSystems, Worcester, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,865,807) developed by seven co-inventors for “packaging for an electronic device.” The co-inventors are Shixi Louis Liu, Worcester, Massachusetts, Harianto Wong, Southborough, Massachusetts, Paul A. David, Bow, John B. Sauber, Millbury, Massachusetts, Shaun D. Milano, Dunbarton, Raguvir Kanda, North Attleborough, Massachusetts, and Bruce Hemenway, Milford, Massachusetts. The abstract states: “In one aspect, a method includes processing a metal substrate, performing a first etch on a first surface of the metal substrate to form, for an integrated circuit package, secondary leads and a curved component having two primary leads and performing a second etch, on a second surface of the substrate opposite the first surface, at locations on the secondary leads and locations on the curved component to provide a locking mechanism. Each primary lead located at a respective end of the curved component.” The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2015 (14/877,309). 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=9,865,807.PN.&OS=PN/9,865,807&RS=PN/9,865,807

MKS Instruments, Andover, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,865,426) developed by four co-inventors for “compact, configurable power supply for energizing ozone-producing cells.” The co-inventors are Ken Tran, North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Feng Tian, Salem, Xing Chen, Lexington, Massachusetts, and Franklin Lee, Framingham, Massachusetts. The abstract states: “Improvements in the supply of high-frequency electrical power to ozone-producing cells can be accomplished using the systems and techniques described herein. Application of a DC-DC converter operating at a switching frequency substantially greater than a load frequency, supports generation of a high-voltage AC for powering such cells, while allowing for reductions in component size and reductions in a quality factor of a load tuning circuit. Controllable power inverters used in obtaining one or more of the switching and load frequencies can be controlled using feedback techniques to provide stable, high-quality power to ozone-producing cells under variations in one or more of externally supplied power and load conditions. An inrush protection circuit can also be provided to selectively introduce a current-limiting resistance until an input DC bus has been sufficiently initialized as determined by measurements obtained from the DC bus. The current limiting resistance can be a positive-temperature coefficient thermistor.” The patent application was filed on Feb. 29, 2016 (15/056,330). 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=9,865,426.PN.&OS=PN/9,865,426&RS=PN/9,865,426

Osram Sylvania, Wilmington, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,863,594) developed by five co-inventors for a “vehicle headlamp and light-injecting accent lamp combination and method.” The co-inventors are Craig Landcastle, Bow, Michael Frappier, Concord, Richard Holland, Stoddard, Min Huang, Hillsborough, and Jason Lessard, Bow. The abstract states: “An accent lamp (10) having a solid state light source (4), such as LEDs, is attachable to a rear surface of an automotive headlamp (40) opposite the light-generating capsule (44). Accent lamp (10) has first retaining member (20), such as a clamp, formed above printed circuit board (8) on which LED (4) is mounted. Headlamp base (60) defines light passageway (45), formed as a light guide (42), extending from outermost peripheral surface (63) to an upper surface (61) on which lamp capsule (44) is retained. Accent lamp (10) is readily detachably mounted to headlamp (40), preferably by resilient first and second retaining members (20, 24), and, when mounted, can be biased to promote optical coupling of light source (4) to light guide (42).” The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2015 (14/931,362). 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=9,863,594.PN.&OS=PN/9,863,594&RS=PN/9,863,594

Brooks Automation, Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,862,554) developed by Robert T. Caveney, Windham, for “semiconductor wafer handling and transport.” The abstract states: “A substrate processing system including at least two vertically stacked transport chambers, each of the vertically stacked transport chambers including a plurality of openings arranged to form vertical stacks of openings configured for coupling to vertically stacked process modules, at least one of the vertically stacked transport chambers includes at least one transport chamber module arranged for coupling to another transport chamber module to form a linear transport chamber and another of the at least two stacked transport chambers including at least one transport chamber module arranged for coupling to another transport chamber module to form another linear transport chamber, and a transport robot disposed in each of the transport chamber modules, where a joint of the transport robot is locationally fixed along a linear path formed by the respective linear transport chamber.” The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2012 (14/353,153). 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=9,862,554.PN.&OS=PN/9,862,554&RS=PN/9,862,554

OPKO Diagnostics, Woburn, Massachusetts, has been assigned a patent (9,861,980) developed by four co-inventors for “fluid mixing and delivery in microfluidic systems.” The co-inventors are Enqing Tan, Lexington, Massachusetts, Vincent Linder, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Jason Taylor, Windham, and David Steinmiller, Mountain View, California. The abstract states: “The specification generally discloses systems and methods for mixing and delivering fluids in microfluidic systems. The fluids can contain, in some embodiments reagents that can participate in one or more chemical or biological reactions. Some embodiments relate to systems and methods employing one or more vent valves to controllably flow and/or mix portions of fluid within the microfluidic system. Advantageously, fluid control such as a sequence of fluid flow and/or a change in flow rate, can be achieved by opening and closing one or more vent valves and by applying a single source of fluid flow (e.g., a vacuum) operated at a substantially constant pressure. This can simplify the operation and use of the device by an intended user.” The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2016 (15/385,117). 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=9,861,980.PN.&OS=PN/9,861,980&RS=PN/9,861,980

Smiths Medical ASD, Plymouth, Minnesota, has been assigned a patent (9,863,186) developed by two co-inventors for a “reverse taper mounting of separate components and coupling of devices with reverse taper fittings.” The co-inventors are Frank A. Bimbo, Lawrenceville, Georgia, and John Douglas Ilg, Peterborough. The abstract states: “A medical device has a base having an internally tapered wall mounted to a neck of a tube holder that has a reverse taper, so that rotation of the base relative to the neck may be effected with a controlled drag to provide a smooth and secure relative rotation. The base may be rotated relative to the holder by rotationally moving a needle protection housing hingedly attached to the base. The housing may be rotated to any orientation relative to the tube holder so long as a torsional force greater than the predetermined friction between the tapered surfaces is applied thereto. The base is designed to have a ring at its base that biases against the base of the neck in a self-adjustable manner. Other devices may also be fitted with reverse tapered complementary connection fittings to securely couple to each other.” The patent application was filed on July 12, 2013 (13/940,410). 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=98,63,186.PN.&OS=PN/98,63,186&RS=PN/98,63,186

Smiths Medical ASD, Plymouth, Minnesota, has been assigned a patent (9,861,383) developed by Geoff Clark, Lempster, for a needle assembly. The abstract states: “A needle assembly has a needle hub that has a body to which are formed two plates at opposite sides thereof in a parallel relationship. The plates have respective upper edges and lower edges that lie substantially along respective planes, so that the needle hub may be stably placed onto a surface by means of the respective edges. The plates also prevent the rolling of the needle between the fingers of the clinician when the clinician holds the needle assembly by means of the plates. A partition is formed orthogonally proximate to the front ends of the parallel plates. The connector at the proximal portion of the needle hub is configured to have a non-conventional configuration that allows it to mate only with a counterpart connector that has a complementary non-conventional configuration.” The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2012 (13/567,122). 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=98,61,383.PN.&OS=PN/98,61,383&RS=PN/98,61,383

CommScope Technologies, Hickory, North Carolina, has been assigned a patent (9,867,052) developed by two co-inventors for “multiprotocol antenna system for multiple service providers.” The co-inventors are John Sabat Jr., Merrimack, and Peter Yelle, Chelmsford, Massachusetts. The abstract states: “A radio access node is configured to digitize a first analog radio frequency signal in order to generate first digital data indicative of the first analog radio frequency signal and is configured to digitize a second analog radio frequency signal in order to generate second digital data indicative of the second analog radio frequency signal. The first analog radio frequency signal is broadcast from a first mobile unit using wireless service provided by a first wireless service provider. The second analog radio frequency signal is broadcast from a second mobile unit using wireless service provided by a second wireless service provider. The first and second digital data are transported from the radio access node to the base unit using a shared transport medium. The base unit is configured to produce information derived from the first digital data and the second digital data that is used in performing base station processing for the first mobile unit and the second mobile unit.” The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2013 (14/016,713). 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=98,67,052.PN.&OS=PN/98,67,052&RS=PN/98,67,052

FEI, Hillsboro, Oregon, has been assigned a patent (9,865,427) developed by 11 co-inventors for a “user interface for an electron microscope.” The co-inventors are Martinus Petrus Maria Bierhoff, Deurne, The Netherlands, Bart Buijsse, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Cornelis Sander Kooijman, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, Hugo Van Leeuwen, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, Hendrik Gezinus Tappel, Casteren, The Netherlands, Colin August Sanford, Atkinson, Sander Richard Marie Stoks, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, Steven Berger, Newburyport, Massachusetts, Ben Jacobus Marie Bormans, Asten, The Netherlands, Koen Arnoldus Wilhelmus Driessen, Valkenswaard, The Netherlands, and Johannes Antonius Hendricus W.G. Persoon, Waalre, The Netherlands. The abstract states: “A user interface for operation of a scanning electron microscope device that combines lower magnification reference images and higher magnification images on the same screen to make it easier for a user who is not used to the high magnification of electron microscopes to readily determine where on the sample an image is being obtained and to understand the relationship between that image and the rest of the sample. Additionally, other screens, such as, for example, an archive screen and a settings screen allow the user to compare saved images and adjust the settings of the system, respectively.” The patent application was filed on May 5, 2015 (14/704,453). 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=9,865,427.PN.&OS=PN/9,865,427&RS=PN/9,865,427

Janssen Biotech, Horsham, Pennsylvania, has been assigned a patent (9,862,766) developed by seven co-inventors for a “method of treating lupus by administering an anti-IL-12 antibody.” The co-inventors are Jill Giles-Komar, Spring House, Pennsylvania, George Heavner, Merrimack, David Knight, Berwyn, Pennsylvania, Jinquan Luo, Spring House, Pennsylvania, David Peritt, Lake Forest, Illinois, Bernard Scallon, Wayne, Pennsylvania, and David Shealy, Spring House, Pennsylvania. The abstract states: “An anti-IL-12 antibody that binds to a portion of the IL-12 protein corresponding to at least one amino acid residue selected from the group consisting of residues 15, 17-21, 23, 40-43, 45-47, 54-56 and 58-62 of the amino acid sequence of the p40 subunit of IL-12, including isolated nucleic acids that encode at least one anti-IL-12 antibody, vectors, host cells, transgenic animals or plants, and methods of making and using thereof have applications in diagnostic and/or therapeutic compositions, methods and devices.” The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2017 (15/432,636). 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=98,62,766.PN.&OS=PN/98,62,766&RS=PN/98,62,766

Taco, Cranston, Rhode Island, has been assigned a patent (9,866,093) developed by three co-inventors for a “brushless DC motor with permanent magnet rotor.” The co-inventors are Di Wu, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Vladislav Milchev Stakev, South Easton, Massachusetts, and Robert F. Birkenstock Jr., Bedford. The abstract states: “The brushless DC motor of the present invention comprises a permanent magnet rotor rotating coaxially with and inside of the stator containing the electric windings, separated by a radial, axially extending gap. The rotor can be formed of four or more permanent, e.g., ferrite ceramic magnets, spaced substantially equidistantly circumferentially around the rotor and extending radially along the axial length of the rotor. The preferred ferrite magnets are substantially corrosion resistant, and thus durable in the wet rotor environment, in which it may be used, sufficient to withstand the effects of even hot salt water. Preferably, four of the permanent magnets are bar magnets, i.e., rectangular in cross-section, extending radially and perpendicularly to the adjacent magnets. Most preferably, the bar magnets are separated by generally wedge-shaped, or quadrant-shaped, sections of magnetic material. The permanent magnets are polarized so that the north-south flux lines extend transversely to each adjacent magnet, most preferably forming a so-called Halbach Array. This brushless DC motor is especially useful for driving wet rotor pumps, wherein the particular combination of elements forming the rotor results in a highly efficient, effective and durable motor.” The patent application was filed on July 21, 2016 (15/215,730). 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=98,66,093.PN.&OS=PN/98,66,093&RS=PN/98,66,093

Nucor, Charlotte, North Carolina, has been assigned a patent (9,863,106) developed by three co-inventors for a roadway guardrail system. The co-inventors are Steven J. Conway, Marion, Ohio, Frederick Mauer IV, Greenland, and Dallas James, Auckland, New Zealand. The abstract states: “A roadway guardrail system including a rail and plurality of support posts assembled such that upon impact from a vehicle the rail moves upwardly with respect to the post. Fasteners may be used in the operative coupling of the rail to the support posts, such that upon impact the fasteners move upwardly with respect to the support posts and the rail moves upwardly along with the fasteners. The guardrail system may further include a reinforcing member that is slidable along the post and operatively coupled to the rail with the fasteners, such that the rail and fasteners slide along with the reinforcing member with respect to the support posts. The reinforcing member may be a spacer of various shapes, a washer, an additional rail section, or other type of member that allows the rail to slide upwardly with respect to the post.” The patent application was filed on July 9, 2014 (14/327,340). 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=9,863,106.PN.&OS=PN/9,863,106&RS=PN/9,863,106

Princeton Audio, Princeton, Wisconsin, has been assigned a patent (9,864,569) developed by two co-inventors for the “adaptable audio devices and systems.” The co-inventors are Michael J. Pelland, Princeton, Wisconsin, and Howard M. Eglowstein, Hancock. The abstract states: “Sound-producing devices such as headphone sets or loudspeakers are disclosed that can removably mate with an external interface. The external interface may plug into a port on an exterior of the sound-producing device. The external interface includes conversion circuitry that is powered by a power source in the sound-producing device. The external interface receives a first audio-encoded signal from a source device such as a mobile phone, tablet computer, or the like, and converts such signal to a conditioned signal which is compatible with the sound-producing device. Connection between the source device and the external interface may be a first type of wired or wireless connection. The sound-producing device may operate with other source devices that produce different audio-encoded signals by replacing the external interface with a different external interface whose conversion circuitry converts the different audio-encoded signal to the same conditioned signal. Alternative sound-producing devices are also disclosed.” The patent application was filed on May 23, 2017 (15/602,973). 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=98,64,569.PN.&OS=PN/98,64,569&RS=PN/98,64,569