Sixteen new patents were awarded to Utah inventors on June 3:
• Sign-bearing road stand. Patrick H. Evans, Teresa A. Evans, both of Salt Lake City. Filed Sept. 10, 2002, claiming priority to provisional Patent Application No. 60/322,108, filed Sept. 10, 2001. Patent No. 7,380,360.
• Air-conditioning system. Thomas D. Harrison, Draper. Filed Feb. 26, 2007, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,380,405.
• Lower side pillar passenger inflatable safety-restraint assembly. Larry D. Rose, South Weber; Jesse R. Crookston, North Ogden. Assigned to Autoliv ASP Inc., Ogden. Filed Apr. 5, 2004. Patent No. 7,380,815.
• High-pressure connection. David R. Hall, John V. Fernandez, both of Provo. Filed Oct. 26, 2005. Patent No. 7,380,841.
• Conveyer system for rail-car unloading apparatus and method. Lloyd Ash, Pleasant Grove. Assigned to Ashross LLC., Pleasant Grove. Filed Jan. 7, 2005, claiming priority to provisional Patent Application No. 60/534,944, filed Jan. 8, 2004. Patent No. 7,381,023.
• Air-driven novelty item. Greg L. Symes, Taylorsville. Filed Sept. 3, 2004, claiming priority to provisional Patent Application No. 60/500,752, filed Sept. 5, 2003. Patent No. 7,381,112.
• Trench gate FETs with reduced gate to drain charge. Bruce D. Marchant, Murray; Ashok Challa, Sandy. Assigned to Fairchild Semiconductor Corp., South Portland, Maine. Filed April 26, 2005. Patent No. 7,382,019.
• Systems and methods for area activity monitoring and personnel identification. Keith W. Brendley, McLean, Va.; Jed Marti, Salt Lake City; William Virnig, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Artis LLC, Reston, Va. Filed Jan. 31, 2005. Patent No. 7,382,267.
• Wired tool string component. David R. Hall, Scott Dahlgren, Paul Schramm, all of Provo. Filed May 31, 2006, a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 7,277,026, filed May 21, 2005. Patent No. 7,382,273.
• System and method for electronic road signs with in-car display capabilities. Gregory Jensen Boss, American Fork; Rick Allen Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va.; Alexandre Polozoff, Bloomington, Ill.; Timothy Moffett Waters, Hiram, Ga. Assigned to International Business Machine Corp., Armonk, N.Y. Filed Feb. 21, 2006. Patent No. 7,382,276.
• X-ray tube cathode with reduced unintended electrical field emission. Erik C. Bard, Orem; Charles R. Jensen, American Fork; Shaun P. Ogden, Pleasant Grove; Steven D. Liddiard, Provo. Assigned to Moxtek Inc., Orem. Filed Sept. 28, 2006, claiming priority to provisional Patent Application No. 60/722,738, filed Sept. 30, 2005. Patent No. 7,382,862.
• Comparison of Web-site visitation data sets generated from using different navigation tools. Catherine Jen Wong, Provo; Christopher Reid Error, Brett Michael Error, both of Orem. Assigned to Omniture Inc., Orem. Filed July 18, 2006, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,383,334.
• Preselecting E/M line replacement technique for a snoop filter. Lily P. Looi, Kai Cheng, Faye A. Briggs, all of Portland, Ore.; Liqun Cheng, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Filed March 31, 2006. Patent No. 7,383,398.
• Nested strong loader apparatus and method. Roger R. Schell, Orem; Kevin W. Kingdon, San Mateo, Calif.; Thomas A. Berson, Palo Alto, Calif. Assigned to Novell Inc., Provo. Filed Oct. 24, 2002, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,383,442.
• Directing process for use in sending trick-mode video streams with a high performance. Jahan Shah Fakharzadeh, Park City. Assigned to Unisys Corp., Blue Bell, Pa. Filed May 7, 2002. Patent No. 7,383,565.
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 of charge from several Internet sites, including www.uspto.gov or www.delphion.com.