Sixteen new patents were awarded to Utah inventors on June 17:

Snowboard boot with liner harness. John D. Martin, Vashon, Wash., and Bobby Meeks, Salt Lake City. Assigned to K-2 Corp., Seattle. Filed Nov. 21, 2005, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,386,947.

Lubricating drum. David R. Hall, Tyson J. Wilde and Jad A. Mills, all of Provo. Filed May 11, 2007, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,387,345.

Pavement trimming tool. David R. Hall and Joe Fox, both of Provo. Filed Sept. 9, 2005, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,387,464.

Apparatus, system and method for degrading and removing a paved surface. David R. Hall and Joe Fox, both of Provo. Filed Sept. 9, 2005, a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 7,223,049, filed March 1, 2005. Patent No. 7,387,465.

Reversible universal serial bus connection interface for USB connectors and universal serial bus ports. Rodney J. Trenne, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Rodney J. Trenne, Salt Lake City. Filed April 14, 2006. Patent No. 7,387,539.

Nucleic acid melting analysis with saturation dyes. Carl T. Wittwer and Luming Zhou, both of Salt Lake City; Virginie E. Dujols, Sandy; Joseph A. Holden and Carlynn Willmore-Payne, both of Salt Lake City. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City, and Idaho Technology Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed April 20, 2004. Patent No. 7,387,887.

Alpha-conotoxin MII analogues. J. Michael McIntosh, Salt Lake City. Assigned to University of Utah, Salt Lake City. Filed Nov. 9, 2005, claiming priority to provisional Patent Application No. 60/625,945, filed Nov. 9, 2004. Patent No. 7,387,997.

Skew slit collimator and method of use thereof. Gengsheng Lawrence Zeng, Salt Lake City. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City. Filed March 28, 2006. Patent No. 7,388,207.

Flip chip metallization method and devices. Florian Solzbacher and Reid Harrison, both of Salt Lake City; Richard A. Normann, Park City; Hans-Hermann Oppermann, Berlin, Germany; Lothar Dietrich, Werder (Havel), Germany; Matthias Klein and Michael Topper, both of Berlin, Germany. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City, and Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewan, Munich, Germany. Filed Dec. 1, 2006, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,388,288.

Method and mechanism for superpositioning state vectors in a semantic abstract. Delos C. Jensen, Orem; Stephen R. Carter, Spanish Fork. Assigned to Novell Inc., Provo. Filed Oct. 18, 2000. Patent No. 7,389,225.

Mirroring network data to establish virtual storage area network. Michael R. Ohran, Orem. Assigned to EMC Corp., Hopkinton, Mass. Filed June 26, 2001. Patent No. 7,389,312.

Automatically deriving order of initialization for computing services across multiple computing systems. Daniel H. Hardman, American Fork. Assigned to Symantec Corp., Cupertino, Calif. Filed July 13, 2005. Patent No. 7,389,410.

Method for performing distributed administration. Thomas Dean Maynard, Riverton. Assigned to Novell Inc., Provo. Filed Feb. 25, 2003. Patent No. 7,389,511.

Trigger sprayer. Steven L. Sweeton, Lake Winnebago, Mo., and David L. Dejong, Ogden. Assigned to Meadwestvaco Calmar Inc., Mo. Filed Jan. 9. 2008. U.S. Design Patent No. D571,205.

Trigger sprayer. Steven L. Sweeton, Lake Winnebago, Mo., and David L. Dejong, Ogden. Assigned to Meadwestvaco Calmar Inc., Grandview, Mo. Filed Jan. 9, 2008. U.S. Design Patent No. D571,206.

Portable display assembly. Bob Frey, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Moss Inc., Belfast, Maine. Filed July 20, 2006. Design Patent No. D571,409.


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 kcannon@chcpat.com. 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 ptcs@uspto.gov. Patents can also be viewed and printed free of charge from several Internet sites, including www.uspto.gov or www.delphion.com.