■ Cathy Hull has been named chief marketing officer of Toledo’s Marco’s Pizza, the nation’s fastest-growing pizza company. She was formerly chief marketing officer of Fazoli’s LLC and also worked at Papa John’s and Oscar Mayer Foods Corp.
■ David Zak will become the president and CEO of the Seneca Industrial & Economic Development Corp., effective Jan. 6. He replaces Rich Focht, who is retiring after leading economic development for Tiffin and Seneca County for 24 years. Mr. Zak is chief of the business services division at the Ohio Developmental Services Agency.
■ The Findlay-Hancock County Economic Development office has hired Dan Sheaffer as coordinator of the Northwest Ohio Manufacturing Extension Partnership, or MEP. The Findlay MEP office is a satellite of the Center for Innovative Food Technology in Toledo.
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■ Business-growth expert and author Steven S. Little will deliver the keynote address at the Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting on Jan. 30. Time: 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Location: Premiere Banquet Facility, 4480 Heatherdowns Blvd., Toledo. Cost: $50 per person. Registration: www.toledochamber.com/events.
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■ Friday-Sunday: The Forty Frame Game Bowling Tournament, Ramada Hotel & Conference Center, 120, regional.
The following U.S. patents were granted to inventors in Lucas, Fulton, and Wood counties in October, 2013, 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.
#8,546,660 Soybean variety XB35AT11; Steiger, Debra K, Wauseon, and Corbin, Thomas C., Monticello, Ill.; assigned to Pioneer Hi Bred International Inc., Johnston, Iowa.
#8,545,952 Polyester container with enhanced gas barrier and method; Shi, Yu, Branchburg, N.J.; Schiavone, Robert J., Matthews, NC; Walters, Chantel, Toledo; Kriegel, Robert, Marietta, Ga., and Huang, Xiaoyan, Marietta, Ga.; assigned to the Coca-Cola Co., Atlanta.
#8,545,647 Item of hardware and method of making and bonding same; Ash, Charles E., and Chambers, Scott W., Perrysburg, and MacLachlan, Julia B., Toledo; assigned to Pilkington Group Ltd., St. Helens, Great Britain.
D692,609 Light modifier; Waltz, Thomas A., Manitou Beach, Mich., and Mondora, Kelly A., Perrysburg; assigned to The F.J. Westcott Co., Toledo.
D691,885 Bottle; Potts, Craig L., Maumee; assigned to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg.
#8,561,354 Lower door structure for flush-glass system; Grudzinski, Gregory James, Perrysburg; Walawende, Chester Stanislaus, Livonia, Mich.; assigned to Ford Global Technologies, LLC, Dearborn, Mich..
D691,475 Bottle; Potts, Craig L., Maumee; assigned to Owens-Brockway Glass Container Inc., Perrysburg
#8,557,014 Method for making liquid iron and steel; Calderon, Albert, Bowling Green; Laubis, Terry James, Portage, Ohio, and McCarthy, Richard Owen, Strongsville, Ohio; not assigned.
#8,568,649 Three-dimensional printer, ceramic article and method of manufacture; Balistreri, John, Bowling Green, and Dion, Sebastien, Gatineau, Calif.; assigned to Bowling Green State University.
#8,562,563 Power injector syringe clamp assembly with RFID antenna; Strobl, Geoffrey S., Williamsburg, Ohio; Gibson; Chad M., Westerville, Ohio, and Bruce, John K., Burlington; assigned to Mallinckrodt LLC, Hazelwood, Mo.
#8,558,439 Anti-fouling spark plug and method of making; Unger, Peter, Morristown, N.J.; Rohrbach, Ron, Flemington, N.J.; Boehler, Jeff, Holland, and Zheng, Jing, Findlay; assigned to Fram Group IP LLC, Lake Forest, Ill.
#8,547,376 Three-dimensional immersive system for representing an automation-control environment; Reichard, Douglas R., Fairview, Ohio; Gordon, Kevin G., Annacis Island De N/A, Canada; Bromley, Clifton H., New Westminster, Canada; Dorgelo, Eric G., Port Moody, Canada; Virj, Shafin A., Vancouver; Semkow, Marc D., Burnaby, Canada; assigned to Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc., Mayfield Heights, Ohio.