Patent junkies, rejoice. Arkansas patents are updated here through June 1.
Innovate Arkansas maintains a database of all Arkansas patents issued, and once a month the good folks at INOV8 highlight one of the more interesting, eye-catching, or just plain fantastic patents issued over the past four weeks from Arkansas.
For those members of Patent Nation who just can’t wait, or simply can’t get enough patents, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office each Tuesday posts every patent issued for all states and U.S. territories. It’s really worth a look. (And besides, it’s much more professional and dignified sitting on your desktop than that women’s pro beach volleyball search.)
The INOV8 Patent of the Month for May 2010 goes to an extended release perforated tablet developed for the University of Arkansas by Little Rock scientist Cherng-ju Kim.
Also of note in May was a treatment of atherosclerosis (vascular disease) through LDL reduction developed by scientists Sudhir Shah and Alexei Basnakian of Little Rock and Yousri Barri of Richardson, Texas (INOV8 is guessing they are not native to central Arkansas or the Metroplex), and a system for indicating reception of an incoming call by a wireless device, developed by James Maddox of Little Rock.
What makes each of them especially interesting are the assignees. In the case of the former, the research is assigned not only to the UA board, but to the federal government, specifically the Department of Veterans Affairs. In the latter’s case, the research is assigned to “Alltell Communications” — two L’s — out of Wilmington, Delaware.
A google search of “Alltell Communications” came back empty.
As ArkansasBusiness.com reported in December, one communications company did spin off from the acquisition of Alltel by Verizon last year.