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Local companies, inventors win patents for their ideas

Sarasota-based company Star2Star Communications was recently awarded a patent that they filed for back in March 2013.
Sarasota-based company Star2Star Communications was recently awarded a patent that they filed for back in March 2013. ttompkins@bradenton.com

Patents awarded in the months of June and July include several local inventors as well as Florida-based companies.

Mark A. Flannery, a resident of Longboat Key, is among them. On June 27, he was assigned patents for a latch apparatus with independent identical opposing latches and a hideaway bed rail, both for local companies he owns.

The latch, which includes two swinging or sliding pieces that engage in an “underface of an extension of a first object such as a gate” is for Carlson Pet Products. The hideaway bed rail, which promises to operate at one or both sides of a bed with the option of being stored between a mattress and a box spring, is for Regalo International LLC, a company that specializes in designing and manufacturing products in the juvenile industry. Both companies are located in Longboat Key.

Flannery says he filed his first patent more than 20 years ago. Since then, he guesses his company has acquired at least 40, maybe more — he says he just loses track.

“Honestly, it might have even been a little longer than that,” he said.

The average patent, he says, usually takes them two to three years from start to finish. The process is getting more and more difficult, he says — especially here in the United States.

“What they use to qualify your invention and whether it is unique or not is much broader now,” Flannery said.

Sarasota-based company Star2Star Communications was recently awarded a patent that they filed for back in March 2013. The patent, which was finally assigned on July 4, is for “systems optimizing application data delivery over third party networks.” The co-inventors are three Florida residents: Kristian Kielhofner of Sarasota, Gabriel Shepard of Parrish and Shawn Solomon, who lives in Palmetto.

“It’s just another patent to help keep our system ahead of the game — one step ahead of the competition,” said David Portnowitz, chief marketing officer.

Bruce Illes, chief legal officer, explained that the patent is utilized to improve call routing by using proprietary software that they’ve developed, thus improving call quality. Now that they have in-house patent capability, Illes says you can expect a more regular output of patents from the telecommunications company in the future.

Another patent awarded in the past month is a process for treating sludge and manufacturing “bioorganically-augmented inorganic fertilizer,” which was awarded to Zellwood-based Anuvia Plants Nutrients and includes co-inventor James P. Carr of Bradenton. Additionally, a spinal fixation device has Longboat Key resident Chester Evan as one of its co-inventors, and a press machine has a Longboat Key co-inventor of its own, Joseph P. Gentile.

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