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On the Record / May 18, 2012

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Buffalo Seminary, an independent high school for girls, promoted Helen L. Marlette to assistant head of school/director of external relations. Marlette, who joined the faculty in 2007, most recently served as assistant head of school. She is a graduate of Middlebury College.

Hodgson Russ Chairman Daniel C. Oliverio will discuss "Preventing and Responding to Cyber Attacks: the View of a Corporation Counsel" in a conference next Thursday at Hilbert College. The conference, presented by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Attorney's Office and Department of Homeland Security, is titled "Protecting Tomorrow's Technology Today."

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>Company items

NetPlus Alliance, a Lockport-based buying group for industrial and contractor supplies distributors, recently added the following new manufacturers to its supplier list: Vega Industries, a supplier of fastener tools for powered assembly, driver bits, nut-setters, impact sockets, extensions, assortments, hex keys and screwdrivers; ERB Safety Manufacturers, personal protection products provider; and Plews & Edelmann, a designer, manufacturer and distributor of lubrication equipment, grease, oil and air accessories, and a broad range of automotive parts and tools.

Harter Secrest & Emery was named to the National Law Journal's annual Midsize Hot List. Harter Secrest was the only law firm from upstate New York to achieve the national recognition.

The journal cited the firm's involvement in the sale of the Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League franchise from Tom Golisano to new owner Terry Pegula and the $525 million acquisition of seven Tennessee area hospitals by HSE client Health Management Associates.

Graphic Air Design, a design and marketing company in Lancaster, was named the design company for High Performance Hockey Development in Buffalo, a hockey training center at Holiday Twin Rinks in Cheektowaga and New Era Park in Blasdell. Graphic Air Design will provide all design work for print media, online and promotional items.

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>Patents

Title: "Operational-state responsive audiovisual systems"

No.: 8,164,429

Inventors: Reynolds, Jeffrey W. (East Aurora); Zirnheld, Richard A. (Niagara Falls)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: April 24, 2012

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Title: "Method and system for transaction decision making"

No.: 8,165,381

Inventors: Ferris, Laura M. (Chicago); Norman, Richard L. (Dallas); Gerevics, Anthony B. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: JPMorgan Chase Bank (New York)

Date issued: April 24, 2012