Twenty patents were awarded to Utah inventors on Nov. 12. U.S. patents are granted each Tuesday. The new patents include:

  • Stretch breaking of fibers. Niel W. Hansen, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Hexcel Corp., Dublin, Calif. Filed Dec. 12, 2001. Patent No. 6,477,740.

  • Multi-adjustable shock absorber for water skiing. James D. Sampson, Washington, Washington County. Filed Dec. 30, 2000, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/174,149, filed Dec. 31, 1999. Patent No. 6,477,975.

  • Enclosed pop-up sprinklers with shielded impact arms. Don Michael Kearby, Breckenridge, Texas; Joseph U. Han, Irvine, Calif.; Giles A. Kendall, Claremont, Calif.; Derick C. Wright, Ogden. Assigned to Virtual Rain Inc., Breckenridge, Texas. Filed Jan. 23, 2001, a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 6,209,801, filed Nov. 18, 1999, which is a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 6,155,493, filed March 31, 1999, which is a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 5,992,760, filed Aug. 2, 1998. Patent No. 6,478,237.

  • Y-pipe for thin boom tube exhaust pipes providing increased ground clearance on race cars. Boyd L. Butler, Sandy. Filed March 30, 2000. Patent No. 6,478,340.

  • Device and method for isolating a surface of a beating heart during surgery. Danny Carpenter Rogers, Athens, Texas; Samuel Lynn Austin, Eustace, Texas; Albert Davis, Richardson, Texas; Charles R. Keyes Jr., Athens, Texas; Clyde Baker, South Jordan. Assigned to Chase Medical LP, Richardson, Texas. Filed Aug. 4, 2000, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/376,538, filed Aug. 18, 1999, which claims priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/143,023, filed July 8, 1999. Patent No. 6,478,729.

  • Transesophageal ultrasound probe with imaging element position sensor in scanhead. Dag Jordfald, Horten, Norway; Jiayu Chen, Palo Alto, Calif.; Jon Ronander and Karl Jonsberg, both of Tonsberg, Norway; Jonathan E. Snyder, Park City; Joseph E. Piel, Scotia, N.Y. Assigned to GE Medical Systems Global Technology Co. LLC, Waukesha, Wis. Filed March 16, 2001. Patent No. 6,478,743.

  • Apparatus for delivering fluids to blood vessels, body cavities and the like. Stephen C. Jacobsen and Clark C. Davis, both of Salt Lake City; John Lippert, Park City. Assigned to Precision Vascular Systems Inc., West Valley City. Filed May 28, 1999. Patent No. 6,478,778.

  • Anti-sludge medication ports and related methods. H. Robert Moorehead, Salt Lake City. Filed May 26, 2000. Patent No. 6,478,783.

  • Spin distraction implant and method. James F. Zucherman and Ken Y. Hsu, both of San Francisco; T. Wade Fallin, Hyde Park, Cache County; Henry A. Klyce, Piedmont, Calif. Assigned to St. Francis Medical Technologies Inc., Concord, Calif. Filed March 15, 2001, a continuation of Patent No. 6,238,397, filed Dec. 28, 1999, which is a continuation of Patent No. 6,074,390, filed Feb. 5, 1998, which is a divisional of Patent No. 5,836,948, filed Jan. 2, 1997. Patent No. 6,478,796.

  • Method of manufacturing a composite structure using a conformable locating aperture system. Todd A. Rosevear, Taylorsville; Mark M. Wheeler, Kamas. Assigned to Alliant Techsystems Inc., Edina, Minn. Filed June 15, 2000. Patent No. 6,478,922.

  • Method of producing fulvic, humic and ulmic acid for use as an electrolyte in producing ionized bactereacides from precious metals and method of producing ionized bactereacides from precious metals and organic acids. Kenneth D. Westwood, Diamond Valley. Assigned to The Chemins Co. Inc., Colorado Springs. Filed March 7, 2001, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/119,741, filed July 21, 1998, now abandoned, which was a divisional of Application No. 08/583,675, filed Jan. 5, 1996, now abandoned. Patent No. 6,478,946.

  • Method for forming a resistor. Steven A. Black, Murray. Assigned to Trebor International Inc., West Jordan. Filed Jan. 30, 2001, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/179,541, filed Feb. 1, 2000. Patent No. 6,479,094.

  • Rocket assembly ablative materials formed from solvent-spun cellulosic precursors, and method of insulating or thermally protecting a rocket assembly with the same. Kenneth P. Wilson, Corinne, Box Elder County; John K. Shigley, Ogden; Allan P. Thompson, Tremonton, Box Elder County. Assigned to Cordant Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Aug. 19, 1999, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/124,670, filed March 16, 1999, and provisional patent Application No. 60/097,117, filed Aug. 19, 1998. Patent No. 6,479,148.

  • Polymeric membranes functionalized with EGTA ligands. Ronald L. Bruening and Krzysztof E. Krakowiak, both of American Fork; Anthony J. DiLeo, Westford, Mass.; Tongbo Jiang, Bedford, Mass. Assigned to IBC Advanced Technologies Inc., American Fork, and to Mykrolis Corp., Bedford, Mass. Filed April 19, 2001. Patent No. 6,479,159.

  • Source of electrical power for an electric vehicle and other purposes, and related methods. Rodney M. LaFollette, Provo. Assigned to Bipolar Technologies Corp., Provo. Filed Jan. 5, 2000, a division of Application No. 08/974,848, filed Nov. 20, 1997. Patent No. 6,479,179.

  • Metal loaded ligand bound membranes for metal ion affinity chromatography. Tongbo Jiang, Bedford, Mass.; Anthony J. DiLeo, Westford, Mass.; Ronald L. Bruening, American Fork. Assigned to Millipore Corp., Bedford, Mass. Assigned to IBC Advanced Technologies Inc., American Fork. Filed Sept. 22, 1999, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/268,606, filed March 15, 1999. Patent No. 6,479,300.

  • Aminoalkylphenol derivatives and related compounds. Raymond W. Kosley, Jr., Bridgewater, N.J.; Mark G. Palermo, Oro Valley, Ariz.; Stephen J. Shimshock, Somerville, N.J.; Veronica Wolf, Sandy. Assigned to Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc., Bridgewater, N.J. Filed Dec. 10, 1999, a continuation of Application No. 09/148,601, filed Sept. 4, 1998, now abandoned, which claims priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/108,158, filed Sept. 29, 1997. Patent No. 6,479,495.

  • Drive assembly for an X-ray tube having a rotating anode. Gregory C. Andrews, Sandy. Assigned to Varian Medical Systems Inc., Palo Alto, Calif. Filed June 20, 2000. Patent No. 6,480,571.

  • Subband acoustic feedback cancellation in hearing aids. Xiaoling Fang, Gerald Wilson and Brad Giles, all of Salt Lake City. Assigned to Sonic Innovations Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Sept. 21, 1999. Patent No. 6,480,610.

  • Hardware component interface for desktop computer management systems. Kurt E. Voutaz, Spanish Fork; Jorge S. Melson, Spring, Texas; Paul H. McCann, Tomball, Texas. Assigned to Compaq Information Technologies Group LP, Houston. Filed Dec. 26, 1995, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/002,762, filed Aug. 24, 1995. Patent No. 6,480,903.


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