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The following U.S. patents were granted to Lucas, Fulton, and Wood County, Ohio, inventors in August, 2009, and published in the Official Gazette of the Patent and Trademark Office.

For more information, call the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, business technology department at 419-259-5209.

#7,574,833 Acoustic device for use on office partitions; Charles Stark, Maumee.

#7,572,480 Method of fabricating a multilayer ceramic heating element; James May, Summerfield, Ohio; John Hoffman, Perrysburg; and William Walker, Jr., Toledo; assignors to Federal-Mogul WorldWide Inc., Southfield, Mich.

#7,579,431 Method for treating extremely small particles of polyethylene terephthalate; Donald Hayward, Waterville, and Daniel Witham, Toledo; assignors to Phoenix Technologies International LLC , Bowling Green.

#7,578,773 Exercise device; Shanna Gronda, Grosse Ile, Mich., and Kristi McCarty, Toledo.

#7,578,064 Folding knife with locking blade; Jerry Busse, Wauseon.

#7,571,835 Bag-in-box beverage container; Webb Hill, Toledo; Karen Chiera, Elmhurst, Ill.; and Robert Crosland, La Mirada, Calif.; assignors to Smurfit-Stone Container Enterprises Inc., Chicago.

#7,568,737 Male coupling for connecting to female threaded coupling; Michael Wells, Bowling Green, and Todd Vogel, Waterville; assignors to Eaton Corp., Cleveland.

#D59,766 Product display; Melissa Nealon, Shelbyville, Ken.; Gail Harris, Toledo; David Rosebery, Maumee; Brian O'Riordan, Ashville, Ohio; and Patricia Harms-Andray, Toledo; assignors to Owens Corning Intellectual Capital LLC, Delaware.

The following U.S. patents were granted to Monroe and Lenawee County, Michigan, inventors in August, 2009.

#7,578,376 Latched-pump applied clutch; James Borgerson, Ann Arbor, Mich.; Clinton Carey, Monroe; James Hart, Belleville, Mich.; assignors to GM Global Technology Operations Inc., Detroit.

#7,571,960 Hand grip for a seat assembly; Brian Williams, Ida, Mich., and William Lohness, Jonesville, Mich.; assignors to Michigan Tube Swagers & Fabricators Inc., Temperance.

#7,574,812 Pivot plate leveler; Peter Dabrowski, Macomb, Mich., and Steven Gwozdek, Tecumseh; assignors to Masco Corp., Taylor, Mich.

#7,574,801 Single set geometry method for assembly of a vehicle; James Lowe, Temperance; Dragan Stojkovic, Southgate, Mich.; and Larry Dupuis, Grosse Ile, Mich.; assignors to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.

#7,573,185 Small diameter/long reach spark plug with improved insulator design; James Lykowski, Temperance; assignor to Federal-Mogul WorldWide, Inc., Southfield, Mich.

#7,569,979 Spark plug having spark portion provided with a base material and a protective material; James Lykowski, Temperance, and Iryna Levina, Minneapolis; assignors to Federal-Mogul WorldWide Inc., Southfield, Mich.

#7,568,764 Reclining rear seat for vehicle having four-bar link; Kendrick Harper, Temperance; Anton Crainic, Canton, Mich.; David Hoffman, Canton, Mich.; and Jay Erickson, Pinckney, Mich.; assignors to Ford Global Technologies LLC, Dearborn, Mich.

#D598,747 Handle for a container; Christopher Caldwell, Monroe; assignor to Plastipak Packaging Inc., Plymouth, Mich.

#D598,746 Handle for a container; Christopher Caldwell, Monroe; assignor to Plastipak Packaging Inc., Plymouth, Mich.

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