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Local inventors win patents for firearm, body armor technology

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced today the awarding of the following patents with local ties:

1. Jerome Benedict Tankersley of Fredericksburg was awarded a patent for an invention involving improved handling and reduced bulk of firearms. Click here for details.

2. Daniel J. Vavrick of Fredericksburg and Nicholas V. Nechitailo of King George were awarded a patent for an invention for the U.S. Navy involving body armor with electrical power supply. Click here for details. 

3. Andrew L. Bennett of Fredericksburg and Anthony Slotwinski of Woodbridge were awarded a patent for an invention for Nikon Metrology NV involving a precision length standard for coherent laser radar. Click here for details.

4. David E. Williams of Stafford and Stephen J. McElroy of Manassas were awarded a patent for an invention for the U.S. Postal Service involving a system for creating on-demand routes for powered industrial vehicles. Click here for details.

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