Washtenaw: Patents

Dan Smith of Whitmore Lake, who serves as Washtenaw County commissioner for District 2, is one of three inventors listed for U.S. Patent 8,024,745, awarded on Sept. 20: “Communication mechanism between disconnected applications in a web browser.” The patent is assigned to Autodesk Inc., where Smith is employed. [Source] On the same day, Kevin O’Dea of Ann Arbor was one of two inventors awarded U.S. Patent 8,024,098: “System and method for determining the engagement point of a clutch.” That patent is assigned to GM Global Technology Operations. [Source]