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     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Missouri.
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     Missouri Inventor Develops Financial Transactions Performance Device
     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 18 -- Devon A. Rolf of Kansas City, Mo., has developed a device for making a transaction.
     According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A wireless communications device has a transponder for transmitting information for making a transaction to a point of sale terminal. When the device is within the range of a field generated by the point of sale terminal, the transponder is excited and transmits the information to the point of sale terminal. The wireless communications device also includes a cellular transmitter for use in making a purchase transaction."
     The inventor was issued U.S. Patent No. 7,376,583 on May 20.
     The patent has been assigned to GoFigure LLC, Paola, Kan.
     The original application was filed on Aug. 10, 2000, and is available at: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,376,583.PN.&OS=PN/7,376,583&RS=PN/7,376,583.
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     Missouri Inventors Develop Benefit Plan Designs Optimization System
     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 18 -- Barrett Toan and Robert Nease, both of St. Louis, have developed benefit plan designs optimizing method.
     According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A computer-based system and method to enable a benefit plan sponsor to design benefit plans for a given participant population by enabling the plan designer to select the plan design options that maximize the perceived benefit to the participant population subject to a cost constraint."
     An abstract of the invention, released by the Patent Office, said: "The system prioritizes plan design options of such plans according to the costs of these options and the perceived benefits of these options for the participant population. Estimates of perceived benefit are based upon survey data from a sample of the given population or from historical survey data from population samples exhibiting analogous demographic characteristics to the given participant population regarding potential plan design options or analogous benefit plan design options."
     The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,376,574 on May 20.
     The patent has been assigned to Express Scripts Inc., St. Louis.
     The original application was filed on Jan. 12, 2001, and is available at: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,376,574.PN.&OS=PN/7,376,574&RS=PN/7,376,574.
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     Missouri, Ohio Inventors Develop Container Bottom Testing System
     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 19 -- Mahesh Rajagopalan of Wildwood, Mo., Charles E. Brossia of Chesterfield, Mo., Carl Szwargulski of Ballwin, Mo., Michael Jansma of Eureka, Mo., and John Cooley of Columbus, Ohio, have developed a container for storing beverage.
     An abstract of the invention, released by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, said: "The invention includes a novel profile for a container bottom. The bottom structure includes a domed central panel attached at its outside edge to a downwardly projecting substantially cylindrical inner leg portion the inner leg portion is attached to a generally semi-circular nose portion. The outside of the nose portion is attached to an upwardly and outwardly inclined outer leg portion. The outer leg portion is attached to an outwardly inclined peripheral portion. The peripheral portion is attached to the lower end of the generally cylindrical sidewall portion. The improvement primarily involves the larger stand diameter, and altered dome circle radius and dome depth, which produces a container bottom profile yielding more consistent results in drop tests to determine resistance to bulging and reversals (single can and consumer package flat and angled drop tests) than prior art can bottoms."
     The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,398,894 on July 15.
     The patent has been assigned to Metal Container Corp., St. Louis.
     The original application was filed on Nov. 8, 2004, and is available at: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,398,894.PN.&OS=PN/7,398,894&RS=PN/7,398,894.
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     Missouri Inventors Develop Structural Assembly Formation Method
     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 19 -- Kevin T. Slattery of St. Charles, Mo., and Keith A. Young of St. Louis, have developed a structural assembly.
     According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A preform and method for forming a structural assembly are provided. The preform can be formed by friction welding structural members to a base member and subsequently providing a connection material to join the structural members. The resulting preform can be formed with dimensions and a configuration that approximate the dimensions and configuration of the structural assembly. Thus, the structural assembly can be formed by joining multiple members that are generally smaller than the finished assembly."
     The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,398,911 on July 15.
     The patent has been assigned to Boeing Co., Chicago.
     The original application was filed on December 16, 2003, and is available at: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,398,911.PN.&OS=PN/7,398,911&RS=PN/7,398,911.
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     New York, Missouri Inventors Develop Hydrophilic Membrane Making Method
     ALEXANDRIA, Va., July 20 -- Hieu Minh Duong and Rainer Koeniger, both of Clifton Park, N.Y., Hongyi Zhou of Niskayuna, N.Y., Daniel Joseph Brunelle of Burnt Hills, N.Y., Daniel Robert Olson of Voorheesville, N.Y., and Karmin Lorraine Olson of Kansas City, Mo., have developed a method of forming a membrane.
     According to the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office: "A membrane is provided, which may include a microporous base membrane; and a cross-linkable coating disposed on a surface of the membrane. The coating may include polyvinyl nucleophilic polymer and a urethane or a blocked isocyanate. The coating may be cross-linked. Also provided is a method of making the membrane."
     The inventors were issued U.S. Patent No. 7,381,331 on June 3.
     The patent has been assigned to General Electric Co., Niskayuna. The original application was filed on Sept. 30, 2005, and is available at: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=7,381,331.PN.&OS=PN/7,381,331&RS=PN/7,381,331.
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