n Virdia of Raceland, Louisiana, was assigned a patent developed by five co-inventors, including James Alan Lawson of Ellsworth, for methods that stabilize lignin fractions for use in industrial applications.

n The Jackson Laboratory of Bar Harbor, was assigned a patent developed by two co-inventors that corrects the mutations of a particular protein in genetically engineered mice. The co-inventors are Michael V. Wiles of Mount Desert and Benjamin E. Low of Brewer.