Twelve patents, including two for a method of detecting gene modifications, were awarded Utah inventors by the United States Patent Office. Copies of patents are available by number for $3 from Box 9, Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, D.C. 20231. Abstracts and classifications are available at the Marriott Library, University of Utah.

- Kent Howcroft, American Fork. A portable cooling apparatus for an insulated ice chest. Filed Feb. 20, 1996. Patent 5,709,104.- Leland Nelson, Mapleton. A mobile roping training apparatus. Filed April 24, 1996. Patent 5,709,386.

- Davin G. Saderholm, Salt Lake City; Kevin E. Hauppa, Ogden; Daniel R. Leininger, Layton, and Ian C. Faye, Stuttgart, Germany. A variable mass flow air-bag module. Assigned to Morton International Inc., Chicago, and Robert Bosch GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany. Filed April 10, 1996. Patent 5,709,405.

- Eric S. Buchanan, North Ogden. An adaptive hybrid air-bag inflator. Assigned to Morton International Inc., Chicago. Filed Feb. 28, 1996. Patent 5,709,406.

- Dennis Glass, Salt Lake City, and Anthony Ferrari, San Anselmo, Calif. Lift assist bicycle carrier for car rooftop. Filed May 21, 1996. Patent 5,709,521.

- Jeff D. Socwell, Logan. An exercise treadmill with a curved deck. Assigned to Precor Inc., Bothell, Wash. Filed Sept. 27, 1996. Patent 5,709,632.

- Donna M. Shattuck-Eidens, Salt Lake City; Jacques Simard, St. Augustin de Desmaures; Francine Durocher, Ste-Foy, both of Canada; Mitsuuru Emi, Tokyo, and Yusuke Nakamura, Yokohame, both of Japan. Linked breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene. Assigned to Myriad Genetics Inc., Salt Lake City; Centre de Recherche du Chui, Sainte-Foy, Canada, and Cancer Institute, Tokyo. Filed June 7, 1995, a continuation-in-part of application March 24, 1995, which is a continuation-in-part of application Nov. 29, 1994, which is a continuation-in-part of application Sept. 2, 1994, which is a continuation-in-part of application Aug. 12, 1994. Patent 5,709,999.

- Mark H. Skolnick; David E. Goldgar; Yoshio Mike; Jeff Swenson; Alexander Kamb; Keith D. Harshman; Donna M. Shattuck-Eidens; Sean V. Tavtigian, all of Salt Lake City; Roger W. Wiseman, and P. Andrew Futreal, both of Durham, N.C. A method for screening a tumor sample from a human subject for a somatic alteration in a linked breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility gene. Assigned to Myriad Genetics Inc.; University of Utah Research Foundation, both of Salt Lake City, and the United States of America as represented by the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Technology Transfer Office, Washington, D.C. Filed June 7, 1995, a continuation-in-part of Application March 24, 1995, which is a continuation-in-part of application Nov. 29, 1994, which is a continuation-in-part of application Sep. 16, 1994, which is a continuation-in-part of application Sept. 2, 1994, which is a continuation-in-part of application Aug. 12, 1994. Patent 5,710,001.

- Stephen C. Jacobsen and Clark C. Davis, both of Salt Lake City. A switch for detecting fluid pressure in a volumetric pump/valve. Assigned to Sarcos Group, Salt Lake City. Filed June 6, 1995, a division of application Nov. 23, 1993. Patent 5,710,401.

- Curtis Wayne Dahl, Draper; Daniel Allen Neuss, Park City; Mark Steven Collett, Kaysville, and Mark Elliot Bsharah, Sandy. Data processing array in which sub-arrays are established and run independently. Assigned to Unisys Corp., Blue Bell, Pa. Filed July 19, 1995. Patent 5,710,938.

- Brian Schick, Eden; Fred C. Thomas, III, Ogden; Allen T. Bracken, Layton, and Jay Muse, Clearfield. Disk cartridge and/or drive. Assigned to Iomega Corp., Roy. Filed Nov. 6, 1996. Design patent 389,470.

- Kelly A. Faddis, Sandy; Ashok C. Khandkar and Sudhir V. Nadkarni, both of Salt Lake City. Ergonomic tongue cleaner. Assigned to Bofa, LLC, Salt Lake City. Filed Oct. 31, 1996. Design patent 389,579.