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HEART-ASSIST METHOD AMONG 8 INVENTIONS THAT EARNED PATENTS

A method of providing a ventricular assist to a patient with a weak or nonfunctional heart was among the eight patents issued to Utah inventors by the U.S. Patent Office.

Copies of patents are available by number for $3 from Box 9, Patent and Trademark Office, Washington, DC 20231.- Ross G. Quist, Kaysville. A kettle for heating water over a heat source. Filed May 31, 1994. Patent 5,396,878.

- David R. Hall; David S. Pixton, and Yu Xiang-Guang, all of Provo. A down-hole mud actuated hammer for use in a drill string. Assigned to Novatek, Provo. Filed Jan. 23, 1989. Patent 5,396,965.

- Harrison M. Lazarus, Salt Lake City. A method for implanting a tubular graft into a corporeal lumen having an interior surface. Assigned to EndoVascular Technologies, Inc., Menlo Park, Calif. Filed Dec. 29, 1993, a continuation of applications Mar. 22, 1993, and Aug. 29, 1991, which is a division of patent 5,104,399, which is a continuation-in-part of patent 4,787,899, which is a continuation of application Dec. 9, 1983. Patent 5,397,345.

- Willem J. Kolff; Stephen R. Topaz, and N. Dan Bishop, all of Salt Lake City. A method for providing ventricular assist to a weak or nonfunctional heart by applying fluid pressure generated by a muscle powered pump to a member of large area and then applying the resulting force to a pump member of smaller area, thereby generating an amplified pressure to pump blood to the patient. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City. Filed July 30, 1992. Patent 5,397,349.

- E. Marlowe Goble, Logan, and Jerry L. Lower, Bourbon, Ind. A pin for securing a replacement ligament inside a tunnel of a receptor bone. Assigned to DePuy Inc., Warsaw, Ind. Filed Jan. 15, 1993. Patent 5,397,356.

- Donald O. Voit, Ogden. A process for hydrolyzing a Group IVB metal chloride. Assigned to Westinghouse Electric Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa. Filed Feb. 15, 1994, a continuation of applications Nov. 10, 1992, Dec. 12, 1991, and Oct. 26, 1990. Patent 5,397,554.

- Chien M. Huang, Logan, and Paul D. Israelsen, North Logan. Adaptive multi-stage vector quantization encoder. Assigned to Scientific Atlanta, Atlanta, Ga. Filed Mar. 26, 1993. Patent 5,398,069.

- Henry V. Etzel, and Robert T. Etzel, both of Wellington. Human remains container. Filed Nov. 29, 1993. Design patent 356,420.