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25 patents are awarded to Utah inventors

Twenty-five patents were awarded to Utah inventors on March 4, including:

Pool cover tracking system. Wesley L. Mathis, West Jordan. Assigned to Pool Cover Specialists National Inc., West Jordan. Filed Nov. 29, 2000, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/168,171, filed Nov. 30, 1999. Patent No. 6,526,604.

Semi-rigid pontoon. Kelton Liston and Carol Olson, both of Brigham City; David Little, Wellsville, Cache County. Filed Aug. 1, 2001, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/222,692, filed Aug. 2, 2000. Patent No. 6,526,904.

Superabrasive cutting elements for rotary drag bits configured for scooping a formation. Gordon A. Tibbitts, Salt Lake City; Craig H. Cooley, South Ogden. Assigned to Baker Hughes Inc., Houston. Filed Aug. 30, 2000. Patent No. 6,527,065.

Superabrasive cutter having optimized table thickness and arcuate table-to-substrate interfaces. Matthew J. Meiners, The Woodlands, Texas; Michael L. Doster, Spring, Texas; Marcus R. Skeem, Orem; Arthur A. Chaves, Sandy. Assigned to Baker Hughes Inc., Houston. Filed Sept. 26, 2000, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/104,620, filed June 25, 1998, and a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/604,717, filed June 27, 2000. Patent No. 6,527,069.

Ice shaver. Carl A. Rupp, Salt Lake City. Filed June 3, 1999. Patent No. 6,527,212.

Inflator device ignition of gas generant. David W. Parkinson and Steve Hammer, both of North Ogden; Steven B. Kenney, Pleasant View; Gregg Hess, Hyrum, Cache County; Ivan V. Mendenhall, Providence, Cache County. Assigned to Autoliv ASP Inc., Ogden. Filed Aug. 30, 2000. Patent No. 6,527,297.

Beverage mixer with pivoting stir stick and cup indentation. Thomas E. Daniels Jr., Sandy. Filed Nov. 13, 2001, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/248,254, filed Nov. 13, 2000. Patent No. 6,527,433.

Fingertip pen/stylus. Winston Delano Lee, Provo. Filed Dec. 3, 2001, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/759,612, filed Jan. 13, 2001, now abandoned, and claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/180,117, filed Feb. 3, 2000, and provisional patent Application No. 60/176,681, filed Jan. 18, 2000. Patent No. 6,527,464.

Introducer needle assembly having a tethered needle shield. Chad Michael Adams and William Gary Moulton, both of West Jordan. Assigned to Becton Dickinson and Co., Franklin Lakes, N.J. Filed May 25, 2001. Patent No. 6,527,747.

Medication administration system. Daniel W. Frandsen, Minersville, Beaver County. Filed June 8, 2001. Patent No. 6,527,750.

Hydraulic syringe and method of manufacture. Dan E. Fischer, Bruce S. McLean and Andrew Wight, all of Sandy; David V. Fischer, Colton, Calif.; Samuel A. Howard, Magna. Assigned to Ultradent Products Inc., South Jordan. Filed Dec. 20, 2000, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/467,419, filed Dec. 20, 1999. Patent No. 6,527,751.

Device for repairing a soft-tissue tear and method. Daniel F. Justin, Logan. Assigned to Ethicon Inc., Somerville, N.J. Filed March 13, 2001, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 09/542,100, filed April 4, 2000. Patent No. 6,527,777.

Methods and apparatus for drug delivery involving phase changing formulations. Jie Zhang, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Zars Inc., Salt Lake City. Filed Sept. 28, 1999. Patent No. 6,528,086.

Morinda citrifolia dietary fiber. John J. Wadsworth, Orem; Stephen P. Story, Alpine; C. Jarakae Jensen, Cedar Hills. Assigned to Morinda Inc., Provo. Filed April 9, 2001, a continuation of Patent No. 6,254,913, filed Aug. 27, 1999. Patent No. 6,528,106.

Sid-polyamide fusions: a potent method of regulating gene expression. Donald E. Ayer, Salt Lake City; Andrew N. Billin, Cary, N.C. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City. Filed Nov. 8, 2000, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/163,960, filed Nov. 8, 1999. Patent No. 6,528,620.

Cooling system for high power X-ray tubes. John Richardson, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Varian Medical Systems Inc., Palo Alto, Calif. Filed March 15, 2000. Patent No. 6,529,579.

Method and system for monitoring and controlling automation equipment by modem. Jon A. Nelson, Magna; Tim Urry Price, Salt Lake City. Assigned to 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Filed May 20, 1999. Patent No. 6,529,589.

Universal wireless telephone to modem adapter. Curtis Duane Thompson, Taylorsville; Kenneth A. Croft, Salt Lake City. Assigned to 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Filed March 29, 1999. Patent No. 6,529,743.

Method of detecting TCP/IP bindings of installed network interface cards present in a computer system. Brant D. Thomsen, West Valley City; Ronald D. Smith, American Fork. Assigned to 3Com Corp., Santa Clara, Calif. Filed May 9, 2000. Patent No. 6,529,965.

Self-contained application disk for automatically launching application software or starting devices and peripherals. Trent M. Thomas, Ogden; Christopher R. Low, Farmington; Stephen Larry McBride, North Ogden; Troy Taylor Davidson, Clinton. Assigned to Iomega Corp., San Diego. Filed July 26, 1999. Patent No. 6,529,992.

Device and method for releasing an in-memory executable image from its dependence on a backing store. Russell J. Marsh, Lindon. Assigned to PowerQuest Corp., Orem. Filed Sept. 15, 1999. Patent No. 6,530,077.

The ornamental design for a pair of table legs. Lynn Curtis Strong, Clearfield; Khamphay Thongrit, Clinton. Assigned to Lifetime Products Inc., Clearfield. Filed Sept. 25, 2002. Design Patent No. D471,040.

The ornamental design for a snow/smooth surface transporter using endless track unit(s) and slider(s). Shunichi Yamamoto, Sandy; Shigeyoshi Ochiai, Tokyo, Japan. Filed March 7, 2002. Design Patent No. D471,135.

The ornamental design for an illuminated removable cover for trailer hitch. Chad L. Shepherd and Donna M. Shepherd, both of Hurricane, Washington County. Filed Oct. 11, 2001. Design Patent No. D471,137.

The ornamental design for an electrical adapter plug with control button. Tony Sass, Morrisville, N.C.; Brad Brown, Salem. Assigned to ATL Technology L.C., Springville. Filed May 15, 2002. Design Patent No. D471,156.


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