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Utah inventors gain 15 patents

Load-shift device, soil analysis system among new items

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Fifteen patents were awarded to Utah inventors on Dec. 4. U.S. patents are granted each Tuesday.

New patents include:

Automated soil analysis system. Dallas A. Hanks, Orem. Filed Nov. 2, 1999, a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 5,974,899, filed Dec. 5, 1997, which claims priority to provisional Application No. 60/031,488, filed Dec. 6, 1996. Patent No. 6,324,922.

Hydraulic load-shifting device for drawbar. Charles R. Jacob, American Fork. Filed March 3, 1999. Patent No. 6,324,993.

Bit torque limiting device. Gordon A. Tibbitts, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Baker Hughes Inc., Houston. Filed Dec. 6, 2000, a divisional of Patent No. 6,182,774, filed Oct. 14, 1998, which is a divisional of Patent No. 5,947,214, filed March 21, 1997. Patent No. 6,325,163.

Cutting element with improved polycrystalline material toughness. Ronald K. Eyre, Orem. Assigned to Smith International Inc., Houston. Filed May 17, 2000, a divisional of Application No. 09/036/577, filed March 6, 1998. Patent No. 6,325,165.

Airbag module cover attachment. Quin Soderquist, South Weber. Assigned to Autoliv ASP Inc., Ogden. Filed Oct. 18, 1999. Patent No. 6,325,407.

Card edge connector for a modular jack. David Oliphant, Salt Lake City; Thomas A. Johnson, Draper. Assigned to 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Filed March 20, 2000. Patent No. 6,325,674.

Continuous gasket making machine and method. James K. Jarrett, Kaysville; Michael A. Rathbone, Ogden. Filed Nov. 18, 1999, claiming priority to provisional Application No. 60/119,307, filed Feb. 8, 1999. Patent No. 6,325,952.

Solid oxide fuel cell interconnector. Diane M. England, Murray; Karun Mehta, Anil V. Virkar, Jai-Woh Kim and Kuan-Zong Fung, all of Salt Lake City. Assigned to Gas Research Institute, Chicago, Ill. Filed Feb. 4, 1998. Patent No. 6,326,096.

Cooled X-ray tube and method of operation. Dennis Runnoe, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Varian Medical Systems Inc., Palo Alto, Calif. Filed Oct. 29, 1999. Patent No. 6,327,340.

Apparatus and method for delivering a beneficial agent. Ashok V. Joshi and Truman Wold, both of Salt Lake City. Assigned to Ceramatec Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Oct. 26, 2000. Patent No. 6,327,426.

Viral marketing for voice-accessible information service. David L. Morton, Jeffrey C. Hays and Bradley W. Barham, all of Sandy; Brian L. Charlesworth, North Salt Lake. Assigned to Talk2 Technologies Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Dec. 16, 1999, a continuation-in-part of patent application No. 09/417,295, filed Oct. 13, 1999. Patent No. 6,327,572.

The ornamental design for a grill. Vernon R. Dillenbeck, Orem. Filed Feb. 12, 2001. Design Patent No. D451,334.

The ornamental design for a PCMCIA card with extendable antenna. Douglas Alan Sward, Midvale; Brent Madsen, Providence; Ryan Kunz, Roy. Assigned to 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Filed Oct. 10, 2000. Design Patent No. D451,501.

The ornamental design for an inflatable raft with inflatable climbing slide. Donald W. Gordon, Draper. Assigned to Aviva Sports LLC, Montreal, Mo. Filed Nov. 3, 2000. Design Patent No. D451,567.

The ornamental design for an inflatable wedge for diving onto a water slide. Donald W. Gordon, Draper. Assigned to Aviva Sports LLC, Montreal, Mo. Filed Nov. 3, 2000. Design Patent No. D451,568.


Karl R. Cannon is a partner in the 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