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A patent to make you look slimmer

Published May 29, 2012 5:43 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2012, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Faux-shirt girdle, patent No. 8,185,970, invented by Irene A. Summers of Saratoga Springs, and Victoria Ah You of Cedar Hills, assigned to Maidenform Brands, Inc. of Iselin, N.J.

Hydrogen fuel assist device for an internal combustion engine and method, patent No. 8,186,315, invented by Arthur Jeffs of Hilldale, and Heber Barlow of Hilldale.

Modular exhaust tube system, patent No. 8,186,386, invented by Boyd L. Butler of Sandy.

Methods of using a particle impact drilling system for removing near-borehole damage, milling objects in a wellbore, under reaming, coring, perforating, assisting annular flow, and associated methods, patent No. 8,186,456, invented by Gordon Tibbitts of Salt Lake City, Greg Galloway of Conroe, Texas, Adrian Vuyk, Jr. of Houston, Texas, and James Terry of Houston, Texas, assigned to PDTI Holdings, LLC of Houston, Texas.

Ladders, ladder components and related methods, patent No. 8,186,481, invented by N. Ryan Moss of Mapleton, Ryan Crawford of Spanish Fork, and Keith Emmel of Orem, assigned to Wing Enterprises, Inc. of Springville.

Solid state processing of hand-held knife blades to improve blade performance, patent No. 8,186,561, invented by Charles E. Allen of Denison, Texas, Richard A. Flak of Provo, Scott M. Packer of Alpine, Russell J. Steel of Salem, and Hobie Smith of Houston, Texas, assigned to Megastir Technologies, LLC of Provo.

Tricycle, patent No. 8,186,698, invented by Mark E. Gunderson of Cedar City.

Vehicle curtain airbag, patent No. 8,186,710, invented by Blake L. Cheal of Perry, and Joshua Clayton Allred of Ogden, assigned to Autoliv ASP, Inc. of Ogden.

Inflatable airbag assembly with an airbag housing vent panel, patent No. 8,186,714, invented by David W. Schneider of Waterford, Mich., assigned to Autoliv ASP, Inc. of Ogden.

Drill rod handler, patent No. 8,186,925, invented by Keith William Littlely of Perth, Australia, assigned to Longyear TM, Inc. of South Jordan.

Drill rod handler, patent No. 8,186,926, invented by Keith W. Littlely of Balcatta, Australia, assigned to Longyear TM, Inc. of South Jordan.

Interspinous process spacers, patent No. 8,187,306, invented by Thomas Wade Fallin of Hyde Park, Joshua A. Butters of Chandler, Ariz., and Greta Jo Hays of Logan, assigned to Medicine Ledge Inc of Logan.

Safety vent structure for extracorporeal circuit, patent No. 8,187,466, invented by Thomas Irvin Folden of Alamo, Calif., Martin Joseph Crnkovich of Walnut Creek, Calif., Colin Weaver of Pleasanton, Calif., Michael Emmanuel Kotsos of Walnut Creek, Calif., and Melvin D. Jensen of West Haven, assigned to Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Inc. of Waltham, Mass.

Compositions and methods for the modulation of PGRMC1, patent No. 8,187,821, invented by Monica Mallampalli of Ellicott City, Md., James Metherall of Salt Lake City, and Darren Warnick of Salt Lake City, assigned to the University of Utah Research Foundation of Salt Lake City.

Probe connector assembly and method of use, patent No. 8,187,867, invented by Kurt T. Kunas of Thousand Oaks, Calif., Robert V. Oakley of Lafayette, Calif., Fauad F. Hasan of Santa Clara, Calif., Michael E. Goodwin of Logan, Jeremy K. Larsen of Providence, and Nephi D. Jones of Newton, assigned to HyClone Laboratories, Inc. of Logan.

Immobilized proteins and methods and uses thereof, patent No. 8,188,241, invented by Charles Dale Poulter of Park City, Guillermo Roberto Labadie of Rosario, Ark., Cecile Gauchet of Balma, France, and Rochelle Frances Hawkins Bohaty of Salt Lake City, assigned to the University of Utah Research Foundation of Salt Lake City.

System and method for alerting drivers to road conditions, patent No. 8,188,887, invented by J. Corey Catten of Holladay, and Scott McClellan of Heber, assigned to Inthinc Technology Solutions, Inc. of West Valley City.

System and method for reducing LCD flicker, patent No. 8,188,952, invented by Richard V. Orlando of Los Gatos, Calif., and Trevor A. Blyth of Sandy, assigned to Alta Analog, Inc. of San Jose, Calif.

Apparatus, system, and method for biasing data in a solid-state storage device, patent No. 8,189,407, invented by John Strasser of Syracuse, Jonathan Thatcher of Liberty Lake, Wash., Jeremy Fillingim of Salt Lake City, David Flynn of Sandy, Lance Smith of San Jose, Calif., Robert Wood of Niwot, Colo., and James Peterson of San Jose, Calif., assigned to Fusion-io, Inc. of Salt Lake City.

Displaying road traffic condition information and user controls, patent No. 8,190,362, invented by Alec Barker of Woodinville, Wash., Todd Asher of Sammamish, Wash., Mitchel A. Burns of Heber City, Oliver B. Downs of Redmond, Wash., Craig H. Chapman of Redmond, Wash., and Robert C. Cahn of Federal Way, Wash., assigned to Inrix, Inc. of Kirkland, Wash.

Method and apparatus for identifying and contacting customers who are due for a visit but have not scheduled an appointment, patent No. 8,190,464, invented by Brett C. Gerlach of Riverton, and Brian William Perrin of American Fork, assigned to Brevium, Inc. of Eagle Mountain.

Identifying and generating biometric cohorts based on biometric sensor input, patent No. 8,190,544, invented by Robert Lee Angell of Salt Lake City, Robert R. Friedlander of Southbury, Conn., and James R. Kraemer of Santa Fe, N.M., assigned to International Business Machines Corporation of Armonk, N.Y.

Systems, methods, and computer-readable media for backup and restoration of computer information, patent No. 8,190,574, invented by Scott Barnes of Draper, Nathan S. Bushman of Pleasant Grove, and Maxim Shatskikh of Moscow, Russia, assigned to Storagecraft Technology Corporation of Draper.

Multistage pipeline for feeding joined tables to a search system, patent No. 8,190,597, invented by Ronald P. Millett of Cedar Hills, and Moray B. King of Orem, assigned to Perfect Search Corporation of Provo.

Enabling provenance management for pre-existing applications, patent No. 8,190,633, invented by Juliana Freire of Salt Lake City, Claudio T. Silva of Salt Lake City, Steven P. Callahan of Centerville, Carlos E. Scheidegger of Salt Lake City, and Huy T. Vo of Murray, assigned to the University of Utah Research Foundation of Salt Lake City.

Method, system, and storage medium for implementing intelligent team management services, patent No. 8,190,642, invented by Gregory J. Boss of American Fork, Rick A. Hamilton, II of Charlottesville, Va., Andrew R. Jones of Round Rock, Texas, Kevin C. McConnell of Austin, Texas, Alan P. Mitchell of Cedar Park, Texas, and Robert R. Wentworth of Round Rock, Texas, assigned to International Business Machines Corporation of Armonk, N.Y.

System and method of managing multiple video players, patent No. 8,190,760, invented by Mark B. Hurst of Cedar Hills, David S. Anderson of Salt Lake City, and Krysta L. Hurst of Provo, assigned to EchoStar Advanced Technologies L.L.C. of Englewood, Colo.

Mechanism to support orphaned and partially configured objects, patent No. 8,191,036, invented by Lee Edward Lowry of Orem, Rajesh Vasudevan of Sandy, Brent Thurgood of Spanish Fork, Ryan Cox of Provo, Zack Grossbart of Cambridge, Mass., William Street of Orem, Volker Gunnar Scheuber-Heinz of Pleasant Grove, and Stephen R. Carter of Spanish Fork, assigned to Apple Inc. of Cupertino, Calif.

Mesh banquet chair, patent No. D660,612, invented by Richard D. Smith of Spanish Fork, assigned to Mity-Lite, Inc. of Orem.

Truck payload storage enclosure, patent No. D660,781, invented by Robin H. Ruffino of Chalmette, La., Herbert Riehl of Erie, Colo., Jonathan Hart of Salt Lake City, and George Peter Marse, III of Kenner, La., assigned to Failed Levees Applications, LLC of Chalmette, La.

Air freshener diffuser with air tunnel, patent No. D660,950, invented by Nathaniel Finlay of Lehi, assigned to American Covers, Inc. of Bluffdale.

Diffuser, patent No. D660,951, invented by Earl Vaughn Sevy of Cedar City.

Single-mode operation and frequency conversions for solid-state lasers, patent No. RE43,421, invented by Tong Zhang of Salt Lake City.

Everett Robinson, who is an attorney registered with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, compiles this list weekly for The Salt Lake Tribune. Robinson can be reached at 801-649-5858. For more patents, see the Money page at sltrib.com, go to Sections on the left-hand side and click Patents.