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[November 30, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Michigan (Nov. 30)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Michigan.

*** Autodesk Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Autodesk, San Rafael, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,319,792) developed by Matthew James Bussey, Sherwood, Ore., and Hans Walter Herzog, Oakland, Mich., for "virtual components for CAD models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the invention is a method for composing a computer-aided design (CAD) drawing that includes modeled components and non-modeled components. The method includes receiving a selection of properties for a non-modeled component to include in the CAD drawing, where the non-modeled component defines an element of an object modeled in the CAD drawing that is not included in a display representation of the object including an instance of the non-modeled component in the CAD drawing. Although not shown in display representations, the non-modeled elements may be displayed in a browse view showing the elements included in a CAD drawing, and in a bill of materials generated from the CAD drawing." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2006 (11/608,133). 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=8,319,792&OS=8,319,792&RS=8,319,792 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Lear Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Lear, Southfield, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,319,616) developed by Hilton W. Girard, III, West Bloomfield, Mich., Nikolay Yakovenko, West Bloomfield, Mich., and Riad Ghabra, Dearborn Heights, Mich., for a "system and method for authorizing a remote device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for authorizing a remote device amongst multiple remote devices for passive functions, such as passive entry and passive start, includes a vehicle having a plurality of strategically located antennas, combinations of which transmit a query signal and receive query responses, a challenge antenna amongst the plurality of antennas for transmitting a challenge signal to at least one of the multiple remote devices in accordance with a challenge order, and a control unit having a controller in communication with the antennas for determining the challenge order based upon the query responses. The controller can determine whether a remote device is located in an authorization zone, out of an authorization zone, or whether the remote device's location is indeterminate." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/609,644). 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=8,319,616&OS=8,319,616&RS=8,319,616 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Magna Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Magna Electronics, Holland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,319,605) developed by four co-inventors for a "remote vehicle control system utilizing multiple antennas." The co-inventors are Hasib Hassan, Belleville, Mich., John Lu, Grand Blanc, Mich., Brian A. Gorman, Burton, Mich., and Alex Porat, Thornhill, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A remote vehicle control system having a base transceiver mounted in a vehicle and a mobile key fob. The base transceiver utilizes an omni-directional antenna to communicate wirelessly with the key fob via the IEEE 802.15.4 communication protocol. Additional antennas are mounted to the vehicle and are also tuned to communicate over the IEEE 802.15.4 bandwidth. The additional antennas have radiation patterns extending outwardly to various sides of the vehicle (e.g., driver, passenger and rear sides). The system provides remote control functions and enables passive keyless entry functions such as unlocking doors or trunk latches by detecting the presence of the key fob proximate to one or more sides of the vehicle based on the ability of the key fob to communicate over IEEE 802.15.4 via the additional antennas." The patent application was filed on May 31, 2010 (12/790,898). 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=8,319,605&OS=8,319,605&RS=8,319,605 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,319,854) developed by Wende Zhang, Shelby Township, Mich., and Qi Wu, Pittsburgh, for a "shadow removal in an image captured by a vehicle based camera using a non-linear illumination-invariant kernel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for removing an illumination generated shadow in a captured image. An image is captured by an image capture device. Each pixel of the captured image is represented by a respective color value in a logarithmic graph. A non-linear illumination-invariant kernel is determined. An illumination direction for each respective color set is determined in the logarithmic graph that is orthogonal to the non-linear illumination-invariant kernel. A log-chromaticity value of each plotted pixel is projected on the non-linear illumination-invariant kernel. Edges are identified in the input image. Edges are identified in the illumination-invariant image domain. The identified edges are compared. A determination is made whether a shadow is present in response to an edge identified in the input image and an absence of a correlating edge in the illumination-invariant image domain. A shadow-reduced image is generated for scene analysis by a vehicle vision-based system." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2010 (12/830,518). 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=8,319,854&OS=8,319,854&RS=8,319,854 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Access Business Group International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Access Business Group International, Ada, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,319,857) developed by Di Qu, Ada, Mich., Richard B. Bylsma, Ada, Mich., and James R. Mayne, Lowell, Mich., for an "apparatus and method for correcting digital color photographs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for measuring skin color parameters from a digital photograph using novel color correction algorithms is described. The process includes measuring color values of a digital color photo, correcting the color deviation of each picture to that of a standard color, and converting the corrected RGB values and generating an output that is useful to L*a*b* values to describe changes in the color properties of the photographed skin." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,514). 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=8,319,857&OS=8,319,857&RS=8,319,857 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Active Material Circuit Protector ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,319,596) developed by Nicholas W. Pinto IV, Ferndale, Mich., Paul W. Alexander, Ypsilanti, Mich., and Nancy L. Johnson, Northville, Mich., for an "active material circuit protector." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit protector includes first and second conductive members. An active material alters at least one attribute in response to an activation signal. The active material is operatively connected to the first and second conductive members to alter the electrical resistance between the first and second members." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2010 (12/727,460). 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=8,319,596&OS=8,319,596&RS=8,319,596 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Proximity Sensor with Health Monitoring ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,319,500) developed by John Kenneth Tillotson, Petoskey, Mich., for a "proximity sensor with health monitoring." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A proximity sensor includes a relatively simple health monitoring circuit. The proximity sensor includes a variable gain oscillator, a feedback circuit, and a proximity determination circuit. The variable gain oscillator has a gain that varies with the proximity of a target to a sensor coil, generates an oscillating electrical signal having a substantially constant amplitude magnitude, and generates an energy signal representative of the electrical energy needed to sustain oscillations. The feedback circuit supplies feedback to the oscillator, and the proximity determination circuit, based on the energy signal, supplies a proximity signal representative of target proximity to the sensor coil. The health monitor circuit also receives the oscillating electrical signal and supplies a health status signal representative of proximity sensor health." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/786,046). 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=8,319,500&OS=8,319,500&RS=8,319,500 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lear Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Lear, Southfield, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,319,478) developed by five co-inventors for a dual-charger system. The co-inventors are Stephen Humphrey, Livonia, Mich., Thomas O'Brien, Troy, Mich., Benjamin D. Sweet, West Bloomfield, Mich., Ryan Beehler, Canton, Mich., and Richard Hampo, Plymouth, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dual-charger system operable to facilitate charging a battery with energy regulated by two chargers connected in parallel to the battery where one charger operates according to a voltage regulation mode and the other of the two chargers operates according to a current regulation mode." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2010 (12/856,839). 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=83,19,478.PN.&OS=PN/83,19,478&RS=PN/83,19,478 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Flux-concentrating Stator Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,319,391) developed by Alan G. Holmes, Clarkston, Mich., for a flux-concentrating stator assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stator assembly for an electric motor includes an annular core centered about an axis of rotation of an inner rotor which the stator assembly surrounds. The stator assembly has a plurality of electrical windings, each wound in a respective spiral around the outer surface of the core and arranged for current to flow in the windings. In some embodiments, the respective spirals are spaced from and parallel with one another. The stator assembly may have pole pieces that substantially enclose the core and windings. The pole pieces may be configured to taper both radially outward and axially inward to thereby concentrate flux from the core to an inner surface of the pole pieces facing the rotor." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2010 (12/794,901). 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=83,19,391.PN.&OS=PN/83,19,391&RS=PN/83,19,391 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,319,472) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for internally jump-starting an engine." The co-inventors are James C. Gibbs, Brighton, Mich., Carlene M. Sienkiewicz, Brighton, Mich., Daryl A. Wilson, Brighton, Mich., and Matthew J. Klemmer, Troy, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided for performing a jump-start without the use of external equipment. The apparatus comprises a first battery electrically coupled to a starter motor for an engine, the first battery providing power to start the engine; a second battery; a power converter electrically coupled to the first battery and electrically coupled to the second battery; and a controller communicatively coupled to the power converter. The controller may be configured to determine a low battery condition of the first battery such that the first battery has insufficient power to start the engine, and when the low battery condition occurs, to direct the power converter to supply power from the second battery to the first battery to thereby allow the engine to be started." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2009 (12/355,886). 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=83,19,472.PN.&OS=PN/83,19,472&RS=PN/83,19,472 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,318,896) developed by ten co-inventors for a "chromatography of polyolefin polymers." The co-inventors are William L. Winniford, Lake Jackson, Texas, Rongjuan Cong, Lake Jackson, Texas, Theodore M. Stokich Jr., Midland, Mich., Randy J. Pell, Midland, Mich., Matthew D. Miller, Lake Jackson, Texas, Abhishek Roy, Edina, Minn., Freddy Van Damme, Brugge, Belgium, Alexander W. Degroot, Sugar Land, Texas, John W. Lyons, Midland, Mich., and David M. Meunier, Midland, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for multi-dimensional chromatography of a polyolefin polymer, comprising introducing a solution of the polyolefin polymer into a liquid flowing through a first liquid chromatography stationary phase or a field flow fractionation device and subsequently flowing the solution through a second liquid chromatography stationary phase, the second liquid chromatography stationary phase comprising graphitic carbon, the polyolefin polymer emerging from the liquid chromatography stationary phase with a retention factor greater than zero." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2009 (12/643,111). 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=83,18,896.PN.&OS=PN/83,18,896&RS=PN/83,18,896 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dow Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Epoxy Resin Reactive Diluent Compositions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 30 -- Dow Global Technologies, Midland, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,318,834) developed by four co-inventors for "epoxy resin reactive diluent compositions." The co-inventors are Robert E. Hefner Jr., Lake Jackson, Texas, John W. Hull Jr., Midland, Mich., James W. Ringer, Midland, Mich., and John N. Argyropoulos, Midland, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An epoxy resin reactive diluent composition comprises an epoxy resin diluent (A) and a resin compound (B), wherein the epoxy resin diluent (A) comprises a cis, trans-1,3- and -1,4-cyclohexanedimethylether moiety; and wherein the resin compound (B) comprises one or more epoxy resins other than the epoxy resin diluent (A). A curable epoxy resin composition comprises the epoxy resin reactive diluent composition and a curing agent and/or curing catalyst therefore. A cured epoxy resin is prepared by curing the curable epoxy resin composition." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2009 (12/988,874). 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=83,18,834.PN.&OS=PN/83,18,834&RS=PN/83,18,834 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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