Twenty-three patents were awarded to Utah inventors on Dec. 11. They are:

Shadow box page. David R. Sharp, Salt Lake City. Filed Feb. 4, 2004. Patent No. 7,305,785.

Bearing brace apparatus. James M. Smelser, Sandy; Andrew J. Henchman, Salt Lake City. Assigned to SME Steel Contractors Inc., West Jordan. Filed April 1, 2003, a continuation-in-part of Patent No. 7,174,680, filed May 29, 2002. Patent No. 7,305,799.

Method and apparatus for acquiring heat from multiple heat sources. Lawrence Rhodes, Richard I. Pelletier, both of Livermore, Calif.; Mark D. Mirolli, Redwood City, Calif.; Yakov Lerner, Foster City. Assigned to Recurrent Engineering LLC., Palo Alto, Calif. Filed May 7, 2004, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/469,197, filed May 9, 2003. Patent No. 7,305,829.

Integrated mirror and weather station. Jeffrey E. Gillette, Orem. Assigned to Jeffery E. Gillette, Orem. Filed Aug. 26, 2005. Patent No. 7,305,876.

Retractable hose extension for a vacuum. John H. Stockton, Spokane, Wash.; Ned R. Hansen, Hyde Park. Filed May 10, 2004. Patent No. 7,306,012.

Product dispensing apparatus, gate and methods for assembling and using same. William S. Shadrach, Salt Lake City. Filed Dec. 3, 2004, a continuation-in-part of Application No. 10/305,685, filed Nov. 26, 2002. Patent No. 7,306,138.

Contactless card reader integrated into a touchpad. J. Douglas Moore, Salt Lake City. Assigned to Cirque Corp., Salt Lake City. Filed Sept. 16, 2005. Patent No. 7,306,144.

Clear contactless card. Jennifer Anne Elwood, Kathryn D. Scheding, Sejal Ajit Shah, Lisa Skilling-Belmond, Susan E. Isenberg, Alexandra Mayers, all of New York, N.Y.; Michael J. Berardi, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Michal Bliman, Matawan, N.J.; David S. Bonalle, New Rochelle, N.Y.; Becky Vander, Rochester Hills, Mich.; Matthew C. Hood, Wayne, Pa.; Leigh Malnati, Mountain Lakes, N.J.; Sue Mueller, Phoenix, Ariz.; Zarita Norcross, Glendale, Ariz.; Peter D. Saunders, Salt Lake City; John R. Williamson, Jersey City, N.J. Assigned to American Express Travel Related Services Co. Inc., New York, N.Y. Filed June 30, 2003, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,306,158.

Impact plate attachment system for bullet traps. Spencer Lambert, Woodland Hills; Kyle Bateman, Provo; Thomas Marshall, Lakeshore. Assigned to Action Target Inc., Provo. Filed May 19, 2006, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,306,230.

Binding system. Chad John Whittaker, Springville; Brendan Perkins, Salt Lake City; Ben Walker, Jake Hall, both of Draper; Paul Terry, David Narajowski, Thomas Laakso, all of Park City. Assigned to Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., Salt Lake City. Filed Nov. 12, 2005. Patent No. 7,306,255.

Binding system. Chad John Whittaker, Springville; Brendan Perkins, Salt Lake City; Ben Walker, Jake Hall, both of Draper; Paul Terry, David Narajowski, Thomas Laakso, all of Park City. Assigned to Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., Salt Lake City. Filed Nov. 12, 2005. Patent No. 7,306,256.

Image projection system with a polarizing beam splitter. Douglas P. Hansen, Spanish Fork; Raymond T. Perkins, Orem; Eric W. Gardner, Provo. Assigned to Moxtek Inc., Orem. Filed March 8, 2005, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,306,338.

Electrical connection box. Brent L. Kidman, Spanish Fork. Assigned to Cheetah USA Corp., Sandy. Filed July 31, 2006, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,306,482.

Methods for assessing risk for cardiac dysrhythmia in a human subject. Louis Ptacek, Ying-Hui Fu, both of Salt Lake City. Assigned to University of Utah Research Foundation, Salt Lake City. Filed April 22, 2002, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,306,911.

High strength reactive materials and methods of making. Daniel B. Nielson, Tremonton; Richard L. Tanner, Brigham City; Gary K. Lund, Malad, Idaho. Assigned to Alliant Techsystems Inc., Edina, Minn. Filed June 16, 2003, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,307,117.

System and method for commissioning addressable lighting systems. Scott S. Chandler, Payson; Daniel Patten, Pleasant Grove; Paul T. Clegg, Lindon; Peter L. Taylor, Orem. Assigned to Vantage Controls Inc., Orem. Filed Sept.. 3, 2004, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/500,193, filed Sept. 3, 2003. Patent No. 7,307,542.

Methods and systems for user activated automated searching. Bruce R. Baird, Salt Lake City; John M. Zollinger, Houston, Texas. Assigned to Hyperthink LLC, Salt Lake City. Filed June 6, 2001. Patent No. 7,308,439.

System and method for providing fault-tolerant remote controlled computing devices. Christopher Dansie, Holladay; Chad Martin Dressler, Midvale; Jordan Seth Larsen, Bountiful; Patrick Kelly Struhs, Salt Lake City. Assigned to iGate Corp., Salt Lake City. Filed Dec. 12, 2001, claiming priority to provisional patent Application No. 60/255,212, filed Dec. 12, 2000. Patent No. 7,308,487.

Protection of data accessible by a mobile device. Peter Boucher, Jonathan Wood, both of Orem; Michael Wright, Sandy; Gabe Nault, Draper; Merrill Smith, Riverton; Sterling K. Jacobson, Saratoga Springs; Robert Mims, West Valley City. Assigned to Novell Inc., Provo. Filed Feb. 28, 2003, claiming priority to multiple prior patent applications. Patent No. 7,308,703.

Case for CD or DVD. Warren R. Osborn, Bryan P. Dunford, both of Provo. Filed March 16, 2005. Design Patent No. D557,053.

Fowl support for roasting pan. S. Ty Measom, Logan. Assigned to Logan Outdoor Products LLC, Logan. Filed June 30, 2006. Design Patent No. D557,070.

Landscape border block. Bryce T. Doman, Lehi. Assigned to Landecor, Lehi.. Filed April 28, 2006. Design Patent No. D557428.

Rigid mask for skiing and snowboarding. Brian Hullinger Probst, Provo. Filed May 8, 2007. Design Patent No. D557,461.


Karl R. Cannon is a Registered Patent Attorney and a founding shareholder in the Salt Lake area 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.