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Four mechanical devices, three chemical processes, and an X- ray controller invented by Utahns were awarded patents by the United States Patent Office. Copies of patents are available by number for $3.00 from Box 9, Patent and Trademark Office, Washington D.C. 20231. Abstracts are available at the Marriott Library, University of Utah.

- Dan E. Fischer, Sandy. Protective syringe sheath and method of use. Assigned to Ultradent Products, Inc., South Jordan. Filed Feb. 16, 1993. Patent 5,332,092.- Stephen R. Fletcher, Layton. Apparatus for protecting watches and the like. Filed Nov. 24, 1992. Patent 5,332,135.

- Donald R. Lauritzen, Hyrum, and Bradley W. Smith, Ogden. A soft-pack assembly for use in an inflatable restraint system reaction canister built in the instrument panel of an automobile. Assigned to Morton International, Inc., Chicago, Ill. Filed Feb. 24, 1992. Patent 5,332,256.

- Mark Rogers, Roy, and Larry D. Rose, Layton. Tether retention system for airbag-module covers. Assigned to Morton International, Inc., Chicago, Ill. Filed Aug. 9, 1993. Patent 5,332,257.

- Edward M. Shea, and J. Holland Scott, both of Salt Lake City. A self-supporting under-drain member for use in a liquid filtration system. Assigned to Baker Hughes Incorporated, Houston, Tex. Filed Oct. 25, 1991. Patent 5,332,497.

- James A. Brierley, Sandy, and David L. Hill, Elko, Nev. A process for the recovery of one or more metals from a metal-ore material in the presence of clays and/or fines. Assigned to Newmont Gold Co. and Newmont Mining Corp., Denver, Colo. Filed June 3, 1992, a continuation-in-part of application July 10, 1991, patent 5,246,486, and application Mar. 3, 1992. Patent 5,332,559.

- Terry V. Pearce, Sandy. A filament-wound tubular element manufacturing method and product. Assigned to Edo Sports, Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Oct. 18, 1993, a division of patent 5,261,980. Patent 5,332,606.

- Mark Fernandes, Layton; Chris R. Soderstrom; Donley L. Bush, both of West Valley City, and DeeAnn Dorman, Salt Lake City. In an X-ray apparatus, an automatic method performed by a control system to compensate for attenuation. Assigned to OEC Medical Systems, Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Jan. 29, 1993. Patent 5,333,168.