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[December 13, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 13)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** American Express Travel Related Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- American Express Travel Related Services, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,332,316) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for transferring a line of credit balance to a cash account." The co-inventors are Thomas C. Baker, Grover Beach, Calif., Diane M. Derocher, Peoria, Ariz., Lawrence Stanton Hoffman, Scottsdale, Ariz., Bruno Jimenez, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Yogesh R. More, Phoenix, Pauline Raffaele, Waddell, Ariz., Andrea M. Saporito, New York, and Jennifer Lynne Wybraniec, New York.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an automated system configured to facilitate transfers of cash value from one or more lines of credit to one or more deposit accounts or payment systems. An automated system ensures that requested funds are available in a customer's one or more lines of credit and electronically deposits the requested funds into one or more designated deposit accounts or payment systems. An automated system provides a means for customers to manage lines of credit, setup transfer transactions, define rules governing transfers and view transactional history. The automated system, in network connection with the lending organization's backend systems, may authenticate customer identities and credit accounts as well as insure that the requested funds are available for transfer into a deposit account." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2012 (13/458,841). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,316&OS=8,332,316&RS=8,332,316 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Visa International Service Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Visa International Service, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,332,315) developed by John Tullis, San Francisco, for a "payment message routing using geo-location." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and system for enabling safe and efficient money transfer between a sender and a beneficiary are provided. The method includes communicating with a beneficiary's mobile device to ascertain the beneficiary's current geo-location. Based on the geo-location and funds at hand, one or more receiving agents are selected to fulfill the transfer. The beneficiary is offered a choice of agents and the selected agent is provided with the money transfer details to complete the transfer." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2010 (12/729,936). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,315&OS=8,332,315&RS=8,332,315 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** eBay Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- eBay, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,311) developed by Edward Kim, San Jose, Calif., for a hybrid account.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, according to one embodiment, includes a hybrid account provided by an issuer to a user, the hybrid account having a balance, the balance being either positive, zero, or negative; and a financial instrument including a hybrid card, the hybrid card providing access to the hybrid account, in which transactions using the hybrid card provide interchange income to the issuer, the issuer charges interest to the hybrid account when the balance is negative, and the issuer pays interest to the hybrid account when the balance is positive." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/305,294). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,311&OS=8,332,311&RS=8,332,311 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,253) developed by five co-inventors for a "just in time workflow construction." The co-inventors are John L. Farmer, Santa Maria, Calif., Joseph Ternasky, Mountain View, Calif., Matthew A. Wormley, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Vijay Sadanand Ghaskadvi, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products for handling a workflow within an electronic document. Participants are chosen for the workflow and the activities are assigned to the workflow participants. Workflow information is obtained from an electronic document, where the workflow information pertains to activities assigned to a user. The user can consult on or delegate the assigned activities, in which case the electronic document is sent to the consultant or delegate. Alternatively the user can reassign future activities. If it is detected that the workflow has been completed, the user can indicate the continuing of the workflow by identifying additional workflow participants, and the electronic document is sent to one of the additional workflow participants." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2006 (11/460,601). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,253&OS=8,332,253&RS=8,332,253 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,260) developed by Clarence C. Mysen, Menlo Park, Calif., and Johnny Chen, Mountain View, Calif., for an "automatically adaptive pricing for digital goods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The price of digital content is set by a pricing module using data obtained from a statistics module. The statistics module includes historical information about a content author's previous works, including demand for those works, and tracks data such as how many downloads are requested for the current content being priced, how many users are watching or listening to previews of the digital content, and where users are located. The pricing module may make content available for free initially; alternatively an initial non-zero price is chosen. The pricing module increases the price and observes changes in demand to determine a best-fit demand curve. Once the best-fit demand curve is determined, a price for the content is selected to maximize revenue. As the demand curve shifts, the price is adjusted to maintain optimal demand. Price is also adjusted proactively based on demand predictions determined according to statistical and historical data." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2012 (13/422,346). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,260&OS=8,332,260&RS=8,332,260 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,332,228) developed by Koen Bernard Vos, San Francisco, and Ananthapadmanabhan Aasanipalai Kandhadai, San Diego, for "systems, methods, and apparatus for anti-sparseness filtering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method of generating a highband excitation signal includes generating a spectrally extended signal by extending the spectrum of a signal that is based on an encoded lowband excitation signal; and performing anti-sparseness filtering of a signal that is based on the encoded lowband excitation signal. In this method, the highband excitation signal is based on the spectrally extended signal, and the highband excitation signal is based on a result of the anti-sparseness filtering." The patent application was filed on April 3, 2006 (11/397,505). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,228&OS=8,332,228&RS=8,332,228 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,263) developed by Sunder M. Ramesh, San Jose, Calif., and Thomas R. Rumberg, Dublin, Calif., for a "system and method for configuring scoring rules and generating supplier performance ratings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for configuring a scoring rule is described. One embodiment includes constructing a performance level code for each performance metric in the scoring rule, designating performance levels and corresponding raw score ranges for each performance level code, assigning a performance metric point maximum to each performance metric and assigning a performance level weighting to each performance level. These relationships, which define the scoring rule, are set forth in a performance level code repository and a scoring rule repository. A system and method for computing a supplier performance rating also are described. In one embodiment, a raw score generator generates a raw score for each performance metric in the scoring rule, a performance level generator converts the raw scores into performance levels, a scaled score generator converts the performance levels into scaled scores and a performance rating generator sums the scaled scores to produce the performance rating." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2002 (10/327,291). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,263&OS=8,332,263&RS=8,332,263 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cogi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cogi, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,212) developed by Andreas Wittenstein, Woodacre, Calif., and Mark Cromack, Santa Ynez, Calif., for a "method and system for efficient pacing of speech for transcription." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for improving the efficiency of real-time and non-real-time speech transcription by machine speech recognizers, human dictation typists, and human voicewriters using speech recognizers. In particular, the pacing with which recorded speech is presented to transcriptionists is automatically adjusted by monitoring the transcriptionists' output by comparing the output acoustically or phonetically to the presented recorded speech as well as monitoring the resulting transcription, and accordingly adjusting the pacing." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2009 (12/456,586). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,212&OS=8,332,212&RS=8,332,212 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for System and Method for Alignment Using a Portable Inertial Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,332,181) developed by Yong Liu, San Marino, Calif., and A. Dorian Challoner, Manhattan Beach, Calif., for a "system and method for alignment using a portable inertial device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides a small size hand-held device for aligning two or more structures by attaching the device to master and slave structures and providing real-time position/orientation data to enable the accurate alignment of the structures. The handheld device includes a sensor box containing at least one inertial sensor, such as for example, a gyroscope (such as a disc resonator gyroscope) or an accelerometer. The handheld device further includes an alignment socket designed to mate with an alignment key that may be fixed to the structures to be aligned, and a display for showing a position data output received from the at least one inertial sensor. The handheld device may further include a processor for processing and outputting data to the display and/or the handheld device may include a transmitter for transmitting the data to a central processing unit." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2009 (12/634,529). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,181&OS=8,332,181&RS=8,332,181 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Godtland, Sorenson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Eric J. Godtland, San Francisco, and Dustin D. Sorenson, Los Angeles, have been assigned a patent (8,326,126) developed by Eric J. Godtland and Dustin D. Sorenson for an "automatic selection, recording and meaningful labeling of clipped tracks from media without an advance schedule." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Automatic selection, recording and meaningful labeling of tracks from media streams is provided. Content information which relates to tracks currently being played and/or to previously played tracks is used to guide selection of tracks to be recorded and to provide meaningful labels for recorded tracks. This content information does not provide an advance schedule of tracks to be played in the future. A segment is temporarily recorded from a selected media stream. The content information relating to tracks in the segment is compared with previous user input (i.e., track preferences) to select tracks within the segment to be recorded. For each selected track, clipping is performed to identify track start and end times. Clipped tracks are recorded onto a suitable long-term recording medium, and labeled with a meaningful label derived from the content information. Content information can be derived by automatic analysis of the media stream." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2008 (12/313,017). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,326,126&OS=8,326,126&RS=8,326,1260 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,332,185) developed by Jerry A. Guern, San Diego, for a "method and system for calculating elementary symmetric functions of subsets of a set." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system that calculate elementary symmetric functions of subsets of a set {Z} comprising a total of m numerical elements in an m.sup.2 time-frame. In one embodiment the method comprises: receiving (310) a set {Z} comprising a total of m numerical elements, wherein z(i) denotes the ith element of set {Z} indexed by number i; obtaining (320) a plurality of elementary symmetric functions for set {Z}, wherein esf(j) denotes the jth elementary symmetric function of set {Z} indexed by number j; and determining (330) a plurality of secondary symmetric functions for set {Z}, wherein for each value of index i, ssf(j,i) denotes the jth elementary symmetric function of a subset {Zz(i)} comprising set {Z} with element z(i) removed from set {Z}, and wherein for a particular value of index i, the secondary symmetric functions are determined in accordance with a recursive relationship among the secondary symmetric function to be determined, a previously determined secondary symmetric function, one of the obtained elementary symmetric functions, and the element z(i) removed from set {Z}." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2009 (12/542,507). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,185&OS=8,332,185&RS=8,332,185 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,180) developed by Kurt E. Partridge, Palo Alto, Calif., Kai Kunze, Oberhausen, Germany, and Maurice K. Chu, Burlingame, Calif., for a "determining user compass orientation from a portable device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An orientation-determining system determines a person's compass orientation from data generated by one or more sensors embedded within a portable device transported by the person. In some scenarios, the system uses the person's initial orientation to calculate an initial orientation delta describing a difference between the person's initial orientation and an initial orientation of the device. In other scenarios, the system calculates the person's current orientation based on an initial orientation of the device and a known or assumed orientation delta. The system can apply the orientation delta to the device's current orientation to determine the person's current orientation. The system can update the orientation delta based on any changes to the orientation of the person or the device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2009 (12/553,839). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,180&OS=8,332,180&RS=8,332,180 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Dictionary and Translation Lookup ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,206) developed by Adam Sadovsky, Mountain View, Calif., Awaneesh Verma, Mountain View, Calif., and Chen Ding, Redwood City, Calif., for a "dictionary and translation lookup." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method for providing a definition or a translation is disclosed according to an aspect of the subject technology. The method comprises receiving an input indicating a word selected by a user, sending a definition request for the word to a definition server, receiving a response to the definition request from the definition server, sending a translation request for the word to a translation server, and receiving a response to the translation request from the translation server. The method also comprises determining whether to provide the user with a definition or a translation of the word based on the responses from the definition server and the translation server, and providing the user with the definition or the translation of the word based on the determination." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/245,714). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,206&OS=8,332,206&RS=8,332,206 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent for Correction Factors for Electromagnetic Measurements Made Through Conductive Material ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,332,191) developed by six co-inventors for "correction factors for electromagnetic measurements made through conductive material." The co-inventors are Richard A. Rosthal, Richmond, Calif., Hong Zhang, El Sobrante, Calif., Cyrille Levesque, La Defense, France, Guozhong Gao, Watertown, Mass., H. Frank Morrison, Berkeley, Calif., and David Alumbaugh, Berkeley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to determining attenuation factors relating to an electromagnetic signal passing through, a conductive material seen by a real sensor. A sensor is provided and disposed proximate to the material. An alternating current is passed through the sensor and the impedance of the sensor is measured. The impedance of an ideal coil is obtained from the measured impedance using electromagnetic modeling combined with a circuit analysis of the coil impedance, and the attenuation factors for the real coil in straight or feedback mode are determined by electromagnetic modeling of casing attenuation factors and impedance of an ideal coil combined with equivalent circuit modeling of the sensor transfer functions. The attenuation factors seen by the real sensor may be determined in real-time or post-survey. The material may be magnetic or non-magnetic." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/641,994). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,191&OS=8,332,191&RS=8,332,191 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,259) developed by Jeff A. Zias, Los Altos, Calif., and Dante Emilio Cassanego, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and system for evaluating expansion of a business." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for evaluating expansion of a business where the business is located in a first geographic area. The method includes receiving information about the business, querying a business information source and a demographic information source using the information, receiving data from the business information source and the demographic information source in response to the querying, processing the data using business expansion factors to obtain a rank order, where the data comprises a plurality of potential geographic areas for expanding the business, where the plurality of potential geographic areas are evaluated on the business expansion factors to determine a similarity to the first geographic area to obtain a rank order, and presenting, in the rank order, each of the plurality of potential geographic areas." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/306,764). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,259&OS=8,332,259&RS=8,332,259 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fortemedia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Fortemedia, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,215) developed by Ming Zhang, Cupertino, Calif., and Wan-Chieh Pai, San Jose, Calif., for a "dynamic range control module, speech processing apparatus, and method for amplitude adjustment for a speech signal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a dynamic range control module installed in a speech processing apparatus. In one embodiment, the dynamic range control module comprises a buffer, a voice activity detector, a peak calculation module, and an amplitude adjusting module. The buffer buffers a speech signal to obtain a delayed speech signal. The voice activity detector determines a syllable from the delayed speech signal. The peak calculation module calculates peak amplitude of the syllable. The amplitude adjusting module determines an attenuation factor corresponding to the syllable according to the peak amplitude in the syllable, and adjusts amplitude of the whole syllable with the same gain according to the attenuation factor to obtain an adjusted speech signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/262,362). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,215&OS=8,332,215&RS=8,332,215 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,207) developed by five co-inventors for "large language models in machine translation." The co-inventors are Thorsten Brants, Palo Alto, Calif., Ashok C. Popat, Menlo Park, Calif., Peng Xu, San Jose, Calif., Franz J. Och, Mountain View, Calif., and Jeffrey Dean, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and computer program products for machine translation are provided. In some implementations a system is provided. The system includes a language model including a collection of n-grams from a corpus, each n-gram having a corresponding relative frequency in the corpus and an order n corresponding to a number of tokens in the n-gram, each n-gram corresponding to a backoff n-gram having an order of n-1 and a collection of backoff scores, each backoff score associated with an n-gram, the backoff score determined as a function of a backoff factor and a relative frequency of a corresponding backoff n-gram in the corpus." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2007 (11/767,436). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,207&OS=8,332,207&RS=8,332,207 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PMC-Sierra US Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- PMC-Sierra US, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,197) developed by Shridhar Mukund, San Jose, Calif., and Jinesh Parikh, Milpitas, Calif., for a "simulation of complex system architecture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for simulating a chip is provided. The method initiates with defining a library of components for a processor. Then, the interconnections for a set of pipelined processors including the processor are defined. Next, a processor circuit is generated by combining the library of components and the interconnections for the set of pipelined processors. Then, a code representation of a model of the set of pipelined processors is generated. Next, the signals generated by the code representation are compared to the signals generated by the processor circuit. If the comparison of the signals is unacceptable, then the method includes identifying a cause of the unacceptable comparison of the signals at a block level of the processor circuit. A method for generating a netlist for a pipeline of processors, a method for debugging the processor circuit and computer code for simulating a chip circuit are also provided." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2003 (10/712,711). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,197&OS=8,332,197&RS=8,332,197 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,255) developed by Maurice K. Chu, Burlingame, Calif., and James M.A. Begole, Los Altos, Calif., for a "sensor-integrated mirror for determining consumer shopping behavior." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mirror system includes an image sensor coupled to a mirror, and gathers consumer shopping preferences for merchandise items. During operation, the system gathers one or more sequential images, from the image sensor, of a consumer wearing a first wearable merchandise item in front of the image sensor. Next, the system identifies in the one or more sequential images a first merchandise item being worn by the consumer. Then, the system determines a demographic group associated with the consumer, and detects behavior patterns for the consumer, wherein the behavior pattern indicates an interest level of the consumer for the identified merchandise item. The system then determines a mapping between the identified consumer demographic group and an interest level for the identified merchandise item, and produces a model which encodes the mapping." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2009 (12/614,922). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,255&OS=8,332,255&RS=8,332,255 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,199) developed by Xisheng Zhang, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "graphical user interface for viewing intermediate calculations from a device model." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an example embodiment, the system receives user inputs including: (1) a netlist that describes the circuit elements and connections of an integrated circuit; (2) a mathematical device model that corresponds to the integrated circuit and that includes an equation with a number of parameters and decision variables grouped into terms; and (3) a description of an input voltage. Based on these inputs, the system calculates an output such as a voltage or current. The system displays a GUI that includes a view which shows each of the terms of the equation after a value has been assigned to each parameter and to each decision variable and a view which shows each of the terms of the equation after reduction of the values assigned to each parameter and each decision variable. Upon receipt of a user's change to the value of a parameter, the system promptly updates the views." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2008 (12/276,305). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,199&OS=8,332,199&RS=8,332,199 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Galahad Entertainment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Galahad Entertainment, Kirkland, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,332,302) developed by Terry Erisman, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for auctioning items." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic auction system which Includes a Central Auction Controller (CAC) that allows sellers to list items for auction and users to enter bids and rank srdorings Is disclosed. The CAC maintains a central database comprising a database of user information, a database of Items and bids and a database of vendor information. Administration of the system is accomplished via an I/O device and CPU and an optional e-mail processor allows automated messaging to users. This methodology allows users to effectively bid on a large number of mutually exclusive items but receive at most one item at the end of the auction." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2000 (09/560,203). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,302&OS=8,332,302&RS=8,332,302 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Invensys Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Invensys Systems, Foxboro, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,332,193) developed by Gregory McKim, San Diego, and Prashant Karbhari, Sugar Land, Texas, for a "system and method for autogenerating simulations for process control system checkout and operator training." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for automatically generating simulations for a distributed control system is disclosed herein. A programmed process model generator automatically incorporates a variety of process model data from pre-defined model libraries into descriptions of process equipment including control devices to render simulation models of various degrees of fidelity." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2009 (12/372,731). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,193&OS=8,332,193&RS=8,332,193 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Service Acquisition in a Broadcast System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,331,969) developed by five co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for service acquisition in a broadcast system." The co-inventors are Ralph Akram Gholmieh, San Diego, An Mei Chen, San Diego, Michael DeVico, San Diego, Sajith Balraj, San Diego, and Ying Gao, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for service acquisition in a broadcast system. In an aspect, a method includes detecting whether a loss of service has occurred, and initiating acquisition attempts during an aggressive acquisition phase if a loss of service has occurred, wherein a backoff time interval between successive acquisition attempts is constant or increased, and wherein the aggressive acquisition phase ends when service acquisition is achieved or a selected number of acquisition attempts have been performed. An apparatus includes interface logic configured to detect whether a loss of service has occurred, and processing logic configured to initiate acquisition attempts during an aggressive acquisition phase if a loss of service has occurred, wherein a backoff time interval between successive acquisition attempts is constant or increased, and wherein the aggressive acquisition phase ends when service acquisition is achieved or a selected number of acquisition attempts have been performed." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2008 (12/107,684). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,969&OS=8,331,969&RS=8,331,969 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** InCube Labs Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InCube Labs, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,037) developed by Mir Imran, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "housing structure for a medical implant including a monolithic substrate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments described herein provide lid structures for medical implant (MI) housing. In one embodiment, the invention provides a lid structure for a MI housing comprising a substrate comprising a dielectric material, a conductive portion fabricated on a substrate surface or interior, a frame at least partially surrounding the substrate perimeter, a plurality of vias projecting at least partially through the substrate, a plurality of conductive pins with at least one pin projecting through a via. The frame is hermetically joined to the substrate and can be hermetically joined to the housing. The conductive portion allows electrical components, including capacitors, inductors, resistor and antennas to be fabricated on or coupled to the substrate surface or interior. The antenna comprises a conductive trace positioned on a substrate top surface and is configured to send and receive signals between an implant within a patient's body and a communication device external to the body." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2008 (12/265,690). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,037&OS=8,332,037&RS=8,332,037 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Sprint Communications, Overland, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,331,974) developed by Sachin R. Vargantwar, Overland Park, Kan., Debasish Sarkar, Irvine, Calif., and Manoj Shetty, Overland Park, Kan., for "control of power level commands in wireless devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "What is disclosed is a system and method of operating a wireless communication device, which includes transferring user communications over a first wireless link to a first wireless access node, receiving a first control signal from the first wireless access node and a receiving a second control signal from a second wireless access node, where the first control signal indicates a first power request for the user communications over the first wireless link of the wireless communication device and the second control signal indicates a second power request for the user communications over the first wireless link of the wireless communication device. The system and method also includes determining an estimated contribution of the user communications over the first wireless link to a noise level at the second wireless access node and denying the second control signal from the second wireless access node if the estimated contribution is below a threshold level." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2008 (12/185,927). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,974&OS=8,331,974&RS=8,331,974 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PolyPlus Battery Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- PolyPlus Battery, Berkeley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,028) developed by Steven J. Visco, Berkeley, Calif., Yevgeniy S. Nimon, Danville, Calif., and Bruce Katz, Berkeley, Calif., for a "protected lithium electrodes for electro-transport drug delivery." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides new and novel devices and methods for administering lithium (Li) ions to a mammalian subject, especially delivery of the lithium (Li) ions to a body component for example across a body or tissue surface such as skin or a mucosal membrane, or for the delivery of the lithium ions directly to bodily fluids in a controllable and reproducible manner. In certain embodiments the device comprises a donor electrode that is a donor of the lithium ions; a protective architecture that is ionically conductive to the lithium ions, configured for application to a skin surface and positioned to isolate said donor electrode from the skin surface; and a counter electrode configured for application to the skin surface, where said counter electrode is operably coupled to said donor electrode." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2007 (11/946,791). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,028&OS=8,332,028&RS=8,332,028 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** HRL Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- HRL Laboratories, Malibu, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,053) developed by Pamela R. Patterson, Los Angeles, Kevin S. Holabird, Los Angeles, and Christopher P. Henry, Thousand Oaks, Calif., for a "method for fabrication of a stretchable electronic skin." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one implementation, a method of fabrication of stretchable electronic skin is provided. The method may include receiving an elastic material net. An elastic conductor mesh is formed on the elastic material net. A device is electrically bonded to the elastic conductor mesh. The implementation may further include forming a mold comprising a net pattern on a substrate and creating the elastic material net by coating the mold with an elastic material precursor, and then removing the elastic net from the substrate with the elastic conductor thereon. In one embodiment, a stretchable electronic skin including a net structure having a non-conducting elastic material with an elastic conductor mesh formed on the non-conducting elastic material, and a device electrically connected to the elastic conductor mesh." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2009 (12/431,042). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,053&OS=8,332,053&RS=8,332,053 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,033) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for use by an implantable medical device for controlling multi-site CRT pacing in the presence of atrial tachycardia." The co-inventors are Derrick W. Reed, Calabasas, Calif., Rohan A. More, Glendale, Calif., Heidi Hellman, Los Angeles, Eliot L. Ostrow, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Paul A. Levine, Santa Clarita, Calif..

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for use by implantable medical devices equipped to deliver multi-site left ventricular (MSLV) pacing. Sequential MSLV is associated with a relatively long post-ventricular atrial blanking (PVAB) period that might limit the detection of pathologic rapid organized atrial tachycardias (OAT). In one example, sequential MSLV cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) pacing is delivered within a tracking mode. A possible atrial tachycardia is detected based on the atrial rate exceeding an atrial tachycardia assessment rate (ATAR) threshold. The device then switches to either single-site LV pacing or simultaneous MSLV pacing, thereby effectively shortening the PVAB to detect additional atrial events that might otherwise be obscured, and thereby permitting the device to more reliably distinguish OATs (such as atrial flutter) from sinus tachycardia. The device may also employ an automatic mode switch (AMS) threshold set higher than the ATAR threshold for use in switching from tracking modes to nontracking modes." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,740). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,033&OS=8,332,033&RS=8,332,033 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DexCom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- DexCom, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,332,008) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and methods for processing analyte sensor data." The co-inventors are Paul V. Goode, Cherry Hill, N.J., James Brauker, Addison, Mich., Apurv U. Kamath, San Diego, and Victoria E. Carr-Brendel, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for processing sensor analyte data, including initiating calibration, updating calibration, evaluating clinical acceptability of reference and sensor analyte data, and evaluating the quality of sensor calibration. During initial calibration, the analyte sensor data is evaluated over a period of time to determine stability of the sensor. The sensor may be calibrated using a calibration set of one or more matched sensor and reference analyte data pairs. The calibration may be updated after evaluating the calibration set for best calibration based on inclusion criteria with newly received reference analyte data. Fail-safe mechanisms are provided based on clinical acceptability of reference and analyte data and quality of sensor calibration. Algorithms provide for optimized prospective and retrospective analysis of estimated blood analyte data from an analyte sensor." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2010 (12/730,132). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,008&OS=8,332,008&RS=8,332,008 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cellco Partnership D/B/A Verizon Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cellco Partnership D/B/A Verizon Wireless, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,331,963) developed by six co-inventors for an "enabling retrieval of a mobile messaging service message from multiple devices associated with a single mobile directory number." The co-inventors are Zhijian Lin, Dublin, Calif., Amir Mayblum, Walnut Creek, Calif., Ning-Chia Yeh, Dublin, Calif., Chong Wang, Castro Valley, Calif., Heather Goodson, Lafayette, Calif., and Jerry Kupsh, Concord, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method that enables provisioning of mobile station messages to multiple devices associated with the sender and/or receiver includes receiving, at a mobile messaging service center, a mobile messaging service message; identifying a destination mobile station associated with the received message, the destination mobile station having a Mobile Directory Number and corresponding to a primary device of a customer of a mobile communication network provider; and delivering, through a mobile communication network, the received message to the primary device of the customer. The method also includes steps of determining whether the customer subscribes to a Messaging Anywhere (MA) service; upon determination that the customer subscribers to the MA service, delivering, from the mobile messaging service center, a copy of the received message to an MA server; and delivering, from the MA server, the message to a secondary device previously identified by the customer." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2012 (13/343,496). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,963&OS=8,331,963&RS=8,331,963 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,332,099) developed by eight co-inventors for a "selective implementation of an optional vehicle mode." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Thomas J. Nugent Jr., Bellevue, Wash., Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Charles Whitmer, North Bend, Wash., Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Exemplary methods, systems and components enable selective control of an operational mode for a vehicle that is subject to an administrative standard. In some instances a qualified person or entity may attain a preferred consequential result related to a selected vehicle operation mode that may involve a vehicle operation paradigm and/or a vehicle travel route and/or a vehicle travel destination. In some embodiments, implementation of the selected vehicle operation mode may modify a conformity status of the vehicle relative to the administrative standard. Various accessible records may be maintained regarding administrative compliance states and their respective benefits, as well as regarding certification of preferable consequential results available to qualified recipients based on a correlated vehicle operational mode." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/587,017). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,099&OS=8,332,099&RS=8,332,099 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Content Selection Based on Simulcast Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,966) developed by Freddy A. Anzures, San Francisco, Henry Mason, Santa Clara, Calif., and Lucas Newman, San Francisco, for a "content selection based on simulcast data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system receives information snippets from a mobile device. The information snippets are extracted from a simulcast of a data stream of a radio broadcast received on the mobile device. The system identifies content metadata from the information snippets. The content metadata describes one or more features of the radio broadcast. The system selects a radio station from a radio station repository based on attributes of the radio station. One of the selection criteria is that the attributes of the radio station match at least a portion of the content metadata. The system presents a reference to the radio station to the mobile device as a recommendation." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2009 (12/467,206). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,966&OS=8,331,966&RS=8,331,966 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CareFusion 303 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- CareFusion 303, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,332,066) developed by Frank Weber, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for removing, inserting and securing receptacles in a receptacle tray." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for controlling removal of one or more receptacles from a receptacle tray are described herein, in which a removal indicator indicates which of the one or more receptacles to remove. Thereafter, the indicated one or more receptacles may be manually removed from the receptacle tray using a gripping mechanism. The receptacles are secured in the tray with two or more tangs protruding from a front face of the receptacle closest to a connector interface. The two or more tangs fit into respective mating units in the receptacle tray, and one or more protrusions toward the rear of the receptacle, with respect to the two or more tangs, mate with respective mating units in the receptacle tray." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2011 (13/080,543). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,066&OS=8,332,066&RS=8,332,066 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent for Self Anchoring Lead ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,043) developed by Kristen N. Jaax, Santa Clarita, Calif., and Rafael Carbunaru, Valley Village, Calif., for a self anchoring lead.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An implantable device includes an electrode lead body and at least one stimulating electrode contact disposed on or within the electrode lead body, the lead body being configured and arranged to be self anchoring within body tissue. In addition, the invention is directed to methods of making and using such self anchoring implantable devices." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2008 (12/027,170). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,043&OS=8,332,043&RS=8,332,043 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bioness Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Bioness, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,029) developed by six co-inventors for "implant system and method using implanted passive conductors for routing electrical current." The co-inventors are Arkady Glukhovsky, Valencia, Calif., Yitzhak Zilberman, Valencia, Calif., Arthur Prochazka, Alberta, Calif., Mark Chamberlain, Valencia, Calif., Ross Davis, Melbourne Beach, Fla., and Joseph Schulman, Santa Clarita, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides improvements to an implant, system and method using passive electrical conductors which route electrical current to either external or implanted electrical devices, to multiple target body tissues and to selective target body tissues. The passive electrical conductor extends from subcutaneous tissue located below either a surface cathodic electrode or a surface anodic electrode a) to a target tissue to route electrical signals from the target body tissue to devices external to the body; b) to implanted electrical devices to deliver electrical current to such devices, or c) to multiple target body tissues or to selective target body tissues to stimulate the target body tissues. The conductor has specialized ends for achieving such purposes." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2006 (11/993,393). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,029&OS=8,332,029&RS=8,332,029 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Proteus Digital Health Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Proteus Digital Health, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,020) developed by Mark Zdeblick, Portola Valley, Calif., for a "two-wrist data gathering system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Sensing is carried out from locations at considerable remove from the stomach. Cooperating sensor electronics are placed at each of two wrists of the patient. The potential discomfort and inconvenience of an abdominal patch are reduced or eliminated. And alternative power sources become available." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2011 (13/260,081). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,020&OS=8,332,020&RS=8,332,020 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,987) developed by Michael Rosenblatt, Campbell, Calif., for "personal area network systems and devices and methods for use thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for interfacing wireless communications between two devices such that a device devoid of a relatively long-range communications protocol can access that protocol. This may be accomplished by providing a host device having relatively short-range communications circuitry integrated therein, which circuitry may be operative to communicate with relatively short-range communications circuitry of a multi-protocol or long-range communications device that also includes relatively long-range communications circuitry." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2007 (11/788,566). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,987&OS=8,331,987&RS=8,331,987 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,332,137) developed by SaiPradeep Venkatraman, Santa Clara, Calif., Quanwei Liu, Santa Clara, Calif., and Lionel Garin, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "navigation system with dynamically calibrated pressure sensor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A navigation system includes a pressure sensor, a calibration module in communication with the pressure sensor, and an altitude module in communication with the calibration module. The calibration module is configured to determine a dynamic pressure proportionality coefficient based at least in part on a static pressure proportionality coefficient, a measured pressure value from the pressure sensor, and a velocity value. The altitude module is configured to calculate a sensor-based altitude value based at least in part on the determined dynamic pressure proportionality coefficient." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2007 (11/950,207). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,137&OS=8,332,137&RS=8,332,137 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Rapid Search for Optimal Wireless Network Configuration ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,977) developed by Bretton Douglas, San Jose, Calif., and Timothy Olson, San Jose, Calif., for a "rapid search for optimal wireless network configuration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A search algorithm to find a globally optimal radio plan for a wireless network, including assignments of frequency and transmission power to multiple access points. Two different evaluation metrics are used in order to provide an optimal solution in a reasonable time period. Frequency searches are performed using a special rapid evaluation metric. Transmission powers are selected using a more refined metric that estimates data throughput. The search results are deterministic and execution time is also substantially deterministic." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2012 (13/367,525). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,977&OS=8,331,977&RS=8,331,977 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,989) developed by Pouya Taaghol, San Jose, Calif., for a "field programming of a mobile station with subscriber identification and related information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatuses and methods for field programming a private security key into a mobile station are described herein. The methods may include a server initially accepting in a wireless network a connection from a mobile station that is without a factory programmed subscriber identification module (SIM). The server may then collaborate with the mobile station to field program the mobile station with an international mobile subscriber identification (IMSI) and a private security key (K.sub.i)." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2007 (11/763,978). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,989&OS=8,331,989&RS=8,331,989 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Carl Zeiss Meditec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Carl Zeiss Meditec, Dublin, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,016) developed by Paul F. Stetson, Piedmont, Calif., for a "non-linear projections of 3-D medical imaging data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention improves projection displays of volume data. Using the Minimum Intensity Projection (MinIP), fluid filled regions or other regions of hyporeflective tissue are displayed. By limiting the projection to partial volumes within the volume, differences in the scattering intensity within specific regions are isolated. In this way, hyperreflectivity of weakly scattering tissue can be assessed." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2009 (12/535,046). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,016&OS=8,332,016&RS=8,332,016 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Dual Inductor Circuit for Multi-band Wireless Communication Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,331,978) developed by Maulin Pareshbhai Bhagat, San Diego, John Woolfrey, San Diego, and Jose Cabanillas, San Diego, for a "dual inductor circuit for multi-band wireless communication device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless communication device includes a component operating in a single frequency mode. The component includes a first differential branch that includes first input nodes and first output nodes. The first output nodes are coupled to ground. A second differential branch includes second input nodes, second output nodes, and a first planar inductor coupling a first terminal and a second terminal to ground. A third differential branch includes third input nodes, third output nodes, and a second planar inductor. The second planar inductor is formed within the first planar inductor of the second differential branch and couples a third terminal and a fourth terminal to ground. The third and fourth terminals are electrically independent from the first planar inductor and the first and second terminals. The second and third differential branches form a dual inductor circuit." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2012 (13/533,032). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,978&OS=8,331,978&RS=8,331,978 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Resolving Potential Conflicts in Interoperability Communications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,972) developed by Shmuel Shaffer, Palo Alto, Calif., and Amit Prakash Barave, San Jose, Calif., for "resolving potential conflicts in interoperability communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication device and computerized method to address conflicts in Virtual Talk Groups is provided. The method may comprise accessing a database to monitor resources in a plurality of Virtual Talk Groups (VTG) to detect if there is at least a potential conflict of the resources. When the potential conflict is detected, the method comprises identifying at least one resource which is contributing to the potential conflict, and initiating automatically an electronic communication to identify the potential conflict. In response to the electronic communication, a new VTG may be initiated and terminals of administrators associated with the conflicting resource may be assigned to the new VTG. Each administrator m For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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