Fourteen patents were awarded to Utah inventors on Sept. 25. U.S. patents are granted each Tuesday. The new patents include:

Drop box with thermal isolation. M. Taw Lindsey, Metlakatla, Alaska; David J.. Laws, Provo. Assigned to MFS LLC, Orem. Filed May 13, 2005. Patent No. 7,273,364.

Pin shroud. Richard E. Olson, Rindge, N.H.; Jill H. Quinn, Atkinson, N.H.; Stacy A. Fraker, Allen, Texas; Jeffery L. Deeney, Fort Collins, Colo.; Joseph D. Dutson, Hyde Park. Assigned to Hewlett-Packard Development Co. LP, Houston, Texas. Filed July 28, 2004. Patent No. 7,273,386.

Steerable fiberoptic epidural balloon catheter and scope. Raymond L. Bedell, Logan. Assigned to Raymond L. Bedell, Logan. Filed Jan. 5, 2001, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,273,468.

Sleeved catheter having insertion control mechanism. Warren D. Owens, Salt Lake City; William R. Hawes, Hudson, Ohio; Cary P. Jenkins, North Louis Center, Ohio; Ken D. Hargett, Pearland, Texas. Assigned to Alcove Medical Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Jan. 30, 2004, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,273,473.

Molded table and its method of manufacture. Kelly Black, R. Dru Laws, both of Orem. Assigned to MFS LLC, Orem. Filed Nov. 24, 2004, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/547,490, filed Feb. 25, 2004. Patent No. 7,273,571.

Cell having amplified signal transduction pathway responses and uses therefor. Meng-Yu Wu, Peekskill, N.Y.; Benjamin K. Benton, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.; John P. Manfredi, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Cadus Technologies Inc., New York, N.Y. Filed Oct. 8, 2002, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,273,747.

Container for carrying out and monitoring biological processes. Kirk M. Ririe, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Carl T. Wittwer, Salt Lake City. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City. Filed Aug. 3, 2000, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,273,749.

Structures and methods for implementing ternary adders/subtractors in programmable logic devices. Brian D. Philofsky, Longmont, Colo.; James M. Simkins, Park City. Assigned to Xilinx Inc., San Jose, Calif. Filed March 10, 2006. Patent No. 7,274,211.

System for loading executable code into volatile memory in a downhole tool. David R. Hall, Provo; David B. Bartholomew, Springville; Monte L. Johnson, Orem. Assigned to IntelliServ Inc., Provo. Filed July 27, 2004. Patent No. 7,274,304.

System and method for defining T-spline and T-NURCC surfaces using local refinements. Thomas W. Sederberg, Orem. Assigned to Brigham Young University, Provo. Filed March 26, 2004, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/458,231, filed March 26, 2003. Patent No. 7,274,364.

Methods and systems for controlling exposure for medical imaging devices. J. Joseph Allred, Centerville; Steven E. Curtis, Dimitri Yatsenko, both of Salt Lake City. Assigned to General Electric Co., Schenectady, N.Y. Filed May 3, 2005. Patent No. 7,274,771.

Digital rotation using a square X-ray detector and a rotating collimator. Daniel Mahonri Bates, Salt Lake City. Assigned to General Electric Co., Schenectady, N.Y. Filed Oct. 11, 2005. Patent No. 7,274,774.

Toaster. Brian K. Beesley, Draper; LuJie Ting, Shenzhen, China. Assigned to Back to Basics Products Inc., Bluffdale. Filed June 1, 2006. Design Patent No. D551,488.

Enhanced yagi antenna. Richard M. Kline, Alan Van Buren, both of Cedar City. Assigned to Wilson Electronics Inc., St. George. Filed June 13, 2006. Design Patent No. D551,662.


Karl R. Cannon is a registered patent attorney and a founding shareholder in the Salt Lake area law firm of Clayton, Howarth & Cannon P.C., specialists in patent, trademark and copyright law. He may be contacted at 801-255-5335 or by e-mail at [email protected]. Copies of patents are available by mail for $3 each from U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Box 9 (Copy Sales), Washington, DC 20231; by credit card via telephone 703-308-9726 or toll free 800-972-6382; facsimile 703-305-8759; or e-mail [email protected]. Patents can also be viewed and printed free from several Internet sites, including www.uspto.gov or www.delphion.com.