TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 24)

[December 24, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 24)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** ZTE Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- ZTE, Shenzhen, China, has been assigned a patent (8,335,533) developed by Mary Chion, Belle Mead, N.J., and Yonggang Fang, San Diego, for "trunking and push-to-talk mechanisms for WCDMA wireless communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for implementing trunking techniques in WCDMA systems for handling group calls and push-to-talk services." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2005 (11/110,373). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,533.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,533&RS=PN/83,35,533 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** DH Technologies Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- DH Technologies Development, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,335,655) developed by six co-inventors for an "intelligent saturation control for compound specific optimization of MRM." The co-inventors are Loren Y. Olson, San Jose, Calif., Anthony J. Romanelli, Milford, Mass., John Joseph Gibbons, Brampton, Canada, April L. Thomas, Marshfield, Mass., Elliott B. Jones, San Francisco, and Hua-Fen Liu, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mass spectrometer parameters used to tune a mass spectrometer for multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) are determined from a single injection of a sample. Two or more precursor ion scans and a plurality of product ion scans for each precursor ion scan are performed from the injection. Each precursor ion scan is produced with different mass spectrometer parameters that create a different level of ion current. The mass spectra of the precursor ion scans are analyzed to determine if saturation has occurred in any of the precursor ion scans. A precursor ion scan that produces the highest ion current with the least amount of saturation is selected. The mass spectrometer parameters used to tune the mass spectrometer for MRM are determined from (1) the mass spectrometer parameters of the selected precursor ion scan and (2) the mass spectrometer parameters of product ion scans from fragments of the selected precursor ion scan." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2009 (12/476,133). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,655.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,655&RS=PN/83,35,655 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas, California Inventors Develop Patent for "I am driving/busy" Automatic Response System for Mobile Phones ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Julia Olincy, Dallas, and Ronald C. Fish, Los Gatos, Calif., have developed a patent (8,335,497) for an "automatic response system for mobile phones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cell phone which has been modified by the addition of software which responds to the press of one or more Busy keys by automatically sending a pre-typed text message to the sender of the latest text message just received or automatically answering an incoming call immediately upon pressing the Busy key and playing a pre-recorded audio message. The outgoing text or audio message can inform the sender of the incoming text or the caller that the user is driving or otherwise engaged and cannot respond immediately. In some embodiments, one or more Busy keys can be added keys or one or more existing keys on the cell phone or on the keypad of the cell phone or on a touchscreen or a visual depiction of a keypad on a touchscreen of the cell phone." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2011 (13/373,326). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,497.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,497&RS=PN/83,35,497 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Method and Means for Connecting a Large Number of Electrodes to a Measuring Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Chong Il Lee, Stanton, Calif., and Sergio Lara Pereira Monteiro, Los Angeles, have developed a patent (8,335,551) for a "method and means for connecting a large number of electrodes to a measuring device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A picafina device that is an electrode for measurement of neuron electrical activity where the number of measurement points is very large, and methods of selecting a subset of available measuring electrodes on the surface of the device. The device can keep the selection for a predetermined length of time, or for an indefinite length of time, both under control of the researcher or the neurosurgeon. Selecting a different measuring pad, or a combination of pads, is equivalent to making measurement at a different location or on a nearby neuron. Several parallel measurements can be made, in which case correlations can be made between the firing of different neurons." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2009 (12/586,562). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,551.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,551&RS=PN/83,35,551 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Track Counting System and Method for Recordable Optical Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,335,138) developed by Pantas Sutardja, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "track counting system and method for recordable optical media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tracking system for a drive includes a beam positioning actuator and a control module. The beam positioning actuator is configured to radially displace a laser beam relative to an optical storage medium. The control module is configured to increase a seek speed of the beam positioning actuator to a predetermined speed based on a seek command signal to move the laser beam to a target position on the optical storage medium. The control module is also configured to reduce the seek speed of the beam positioning actuator from the predetermined speed responsive to the laser beam being radially displaced within a predetermined distance of the target position on the optical storage medium." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2011 (13/290,685). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,138.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,138&RS=PN/83,35,138 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands Assigned Patent for Disk Drive with a Solder Preform Hermetic Seal ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,335,050) developed by Iraj Kavosh, San Jose, Calif., and Kirk B. Price, San Jose, Calif., for a "disk drive with a solder preform hermetic seal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for forming a seal for hermetically sealing a hard disk drive assembly. The method includes forming a solder channel within a top cover of a disk drive enclosure and disposing a solder preform on a base of the disk drive enclosure such that the solder preform aligns with the solder channel when the top cover is positioned on the base." The patent application was filed on April 3, 2007 (11/732,683). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,050.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,050&RS=PN/83,35,050 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** DigitalOptics Corp. Europe, National University of Ireland Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- DigitalOptics Corp. Europe, Galway, Ireland, and National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, have been assigned a patent (8,335,355) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and component for image recognition." The co-inventors are Gabriel Costache, Galway, Ireland, Peter Corcoran, Claregalway, Ireland, Rhys Mulryan, Corrandulla, Ireland, and Eran Steinberg, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for image recognition in a collection of digital images includes training image classifiers and retrieving a sub-set of images from the collection. For each image in the collection, any regions within the image that correspond to a face are identified. For each face region and any associated peripheral region, feature vectors are determined for each of the image classifiers. The feature vectors are stored in association with data relating to the associated face region. At least one reference region including a face to be recognized is/are selected from an image. At least one classifier on which said retrieval is to be based is/are selected from the image classifiers. A respective feature vector for each selected classifier is determined for the reference region. The sub-set of images is retrieved from within the image collection in accordance with the distance between the feature vectors determined for the reference region and the feature vectors for face regions of the image collection." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,650). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,355.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,355&RS=PN/83,35,355 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Winbond Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Winbond Electronics, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,335,328) developed by Peter Holzmann, San Jose, Calif., for a "programmable integrated microphone interface circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit for providing programmable microphone interface includes an input terminal for receiving an input signal and an output terminal for providing an output audio signal. The integrated circuit includes a bias circuit, an amplifier circuit, and two feedback circuits. The bias circuit provides a microphone bias signal to the microphone and provides a sensed microphone signal. The amplifier circuit includes a first input, a second input, and an output. The first input is configured to receive the sensed microphone signal, a first feedback signal, and a second feedback signal. The second input is configured to receive a first reference signal. The feedback circuits are in communication with the output and the first input of the amplifier circuit. In a specific embodiment, the first feedback circuit includes an RC circuit and the second feedback circuit includes an integrator." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2007 (11/923,564). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,328.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,328&RS=PN/83,35,328 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Refining Beamforming Techniques for Phased-array Antennas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,335,167) developed by four co-inventors for "refining beamforming techniques for phased-array antennas." The co-inventors are Hongyuan Zhang, Fremont, Calif., Hui-Ling Lou, Sunnyvale, Calif., Yong Liu, Santa Clara, Calif., and Songping Wu, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Refining beamforming techniques for use in a communication system. In one embodiment, a method for beamforming in a communication system includes generating multiple training signals to be transmitted via multiple antennas over a communication channel, including applying a different antenna weight vector (AWV) to each of the multiple training signals. The method further includes receiving feedback generated using the multiple training signals, where the feedback includes a transmitter AWV for use with the multiple antennas and/or channel state information (CSI) descriptive of the communication channel." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2010 (12/698,810). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,167.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,167&RS=PN/83,35,167 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Corel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Corel, Ottawa, has been assigned a patent (8,335,394) developed by four co-inventors for an "image processing method for boundary resolution enhancement." The co-inventors are Lihua Zhu, Mountain View, Calif., Haihua Wu, Mountain View, Calif., Chung-Tao Chu, Mountain View, Calif., and Richard Hua, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An image processing method for boundary resolution enhancement is disclosed. Firstly, an image is transferred into an image layer. Noise of the image layer is removed by a bilateral filter and crisp edges are retained at the same time. Moreover, the image layer is interpolated by an interpolation filter for resolution enhancement. The image processing method of the present invention can lower the image blur degree substantially, enhance the image resolution and be widely implemented in all sorts of image/video processing hardware devices." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/748,058). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,394.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,394&RS=PN/83,35,394 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Rectifier Less Bidirectional AC to DC Converter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Don Roy Sauer, San Jose, Calif., has developed a patent (8,335,096) for a "rectifier less bidirectional AC to DC converter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A split supply DC to DC converter is coupled through a low resistance path to a secondary coil of an ac line transformer, and is used as a high efficiency bidirectional AC to DC convertor. A small sense resistor is placed in series with the secondary in order to measure secondary current. The duty cycle of the DC to DC converter, which defines the voltage of what is normally treated as an output node, is modulated by the monitored secondary current. By coupling such an output node across the secondary coil, a voltage to current relationship is defined across the secondary to be that of a simulated resistor. Such a resistor will absorb power from the AC line and transfer it efficiently to the split supplies. The power transfer direction is reversed with the same efficiency by defining the current to voltage relationship to be one of a negative resistor." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2010 (12/945,704). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,096.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,096&RS=PN/83,35,096 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Panasonic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Panasonic, Osaka, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,335,424) developed by four co-inventors for a "recording medium, playback apparatus, method and program." The co-inventors are Joseph McCrossan, Simi Valley, Calif., Wataru Ikeda, Osaka, Japan, Tomoyuki Okada, Nara, Japan, and Yoshio Kawakami, Osaka, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A plurality of video streams and STN_table are recorded in the local storage 200. Each of the plurality of video streams is a secondary video stream to be played together with a primary video stream, and includes picture data representing a child image to be displayed in Picture in Picture that is composed of a parent image and the child image. In the STN_table, entries of secondary video streams that are permitted to be played are described in the order of priority." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2009 (12/608,904). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,424.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,424&RS=PN/83,35,424 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Method for Supporting Multiple Devices on a High Speed Physical Link ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Marvell International, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,335,229) developed by Peter D. Mueller, Fair Oaks, Calif., Mark N. Fullerton, Austin, Texas, and Nir Nossenson, Kfar-Saba, Israel, for a "method for supporting multiple devices on a high speed physical link." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a method for supporting multiple devices on a high speed physical link may be described. An embedded device may assert a link request pin to request to transmit data on a multi-point communications link that may serve a plurality of embedded devices. A controlling device may receive the link request signal. When the controlling device finishes sending data on the link, it may address the plurality of embedded devices in a round robin format and may determine which device asserted the link request pin. The embedded device that asserted the link request pin may send an acknowledgement signal to the controlling device when it is addressed." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2010 (12/700,100). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,229.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,229&RS=PN/83,35,229 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Sony, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,335,390) developed by Pingshan Li, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Gazi Ali, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "blur function modeling for depth of field rendering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus of depth of field rendering which simulates larger apertures for images captured at a smaller aperture. The depth of field rendering provides selective simulation of out-of-focus effects which are attainable with cameras having a larger aperture when capturing images at a smaller aperture. A blur function model is created based on the relationship between the blur change and the aperture change. This model is used to determine the blur difference which would arise between two images taken at two different apertures. Then the out-of-focus effect is generated by blurring the image in a rendering process based on the blur difference." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2010 (12/728,309). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,390.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,390&RS=PN/83,35,390 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nuvoton Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Nuvoton Technology, Hsinchu, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,335,310) developed by Peter (Petrus) J. Holzmann, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and system for subscriber line interface circuit having a high-voltage MOS linefeed circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A subscriber line interface circuit apparatus includes a linefeed circuit and a subscriber line control circuit (SLCC). In an embodiment, the linefeed circuit includes a signal conversion circuit having cross-coupled first and second MOSFETs for providing a differential mode signal and a common mode signal in response to at least a tip signal and a ring signal from the subscriber loop. The linefeed circuit includes a tip control circuit and a ring control circuit, each having two or more MOSFETs. In an embodiment, the SLCC is provided in a single integrated circuit chip and is coupled to the linefeed circuit which isolates the SLCC from the tip or ring signals. The SLCC includes a first and a second differential mode inputs for receiving the differential mode signal, and a common-mode input for receiving the common-mode signal." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2009 (12/635,617). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,310.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,310&RS=PN/83,35,310 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Onmobile Global Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Onmobile Global, India, has been assigned a patent (8,335,227) developed by five co-inventors for "fast session setup extensions to H.324." The co-inventors are Marwan A. Jabri, Tiburon, Calif., Albert C. Wong, Rohnert Park, Calif., Brody Kenrick, San Francisco, Robert Jongbloed, Rozelle, Australia, and David Jack, Berkshire, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multimedia device configured to support video in a session of a call includes one or more media providing devices and one or more computer codes directed to performing an initialization process for the one or more media providing devices. The initialization process may be performed at an initialization time prior to or substantially equal to a first time prior to or substantially equal to a reception time associated with receiving an indication of call acceptance from a called device, or second time prior to or substantially equal to an acceptance time associated with call acceptance by the multimedia device. The multimedia device also includes one or more computer codes directed to transmitting one or more preferences for the session according to a session setup procedure, one or more media processors coupled to the one or more media providing devices, and one or more computer codes directed to transmitting media on one or more media channels associated with the session." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2010 (12/799,589). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,227.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,227&RS=PN/83,35,227 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** HGST Netherlands Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- HGST Netherlands, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,335,056) developed by five co-inventors for "CPP sensors with hard bias structures that shunt sense current towards a shield." The co-inventors are Hamid Balamane, Portola Valley, Calif., Jeffrey R. Childress, San Jose, Calif., Robert E. Fontana Jr., San Jose, Calif., Jordan A. Katine, Mountain View, Calif., and Neil Smith, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Read sensors and associated methods of fabrication are disclosed. A read sensor as disclosed herein includes a first shield, a sensor stack including an antiparallel (AP) free layer, and insulating material disposed on the sensor stack. A aperture is formed through the insulating material above the sensor stack so that a subsequently deposited second shield is electrically coupled to the sensor stack through the aperture. The width of the aperture controls the current density that is injected into the top of the sensor stack. Also, hard bias structures may be formed to be electrically coupled to the sensor stack. The electrical coupling of the sensor stack and the hard bias structures allows current to laterally spread out as it passes through the sensor stack, and hence, provides a non-uniform current density." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2007 (11/957,466). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,056.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,056&RS=PN/83,35,056 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Dynamically Varying Classified Image Display System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Vision Louis Winter, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,335,404) for a "dynamically varying classified image display system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dynamically varying image display system including an electromagnetic radiation emitting display, a thematic based sorting algorithm processor, and a display processor. The electromagnetic radiation display is configured to sequentially display a plurality of thematically classified images and the thematic based sorting algorithm processor relies on various recognition systems." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2008 (12/176,033). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,404.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,404&RS=PN/83,35,404 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Telefonaktiebolaget L M Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,335,160) developed by five co-inventors for a "flow sampling with top talkers." The co-inventors are Allwyn Carvalho, Alameda, Calif., Yakov Teplitsky, Cupertino, Calif., Shariar Rahman, San Jose, Calif., Manoj Tiwari, Santa Clara, Calif., and Vamsidhar Valluri, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved network flow sampling apparatus and corresponding method more intelligently selects flows to be reported beyond random flow or packet sampling intervals. Evaluation of flows selects top talkers or heavy hitters as important flows that most impact traffic and therefore should be reported. Top talkers are flows defined based on a customized definition according to, for example, number of packets in a flow, number of bytes in a flow, or bandwidth consumed by a flow. An external collector can thus proceed with traffic profiling or other flow monitoring purposes with a more intelligently determined network flow sample." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/750,499). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,160.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,160&RS=PN/83,35,160 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,335,053) developed by Yingjian Chen, Fremont, Calif., David J. Seagle, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Samuel W. Yuan, Saratoga, Calif., for an "integrated touch-down pad and touch-down sensor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one general embodiment, a magnetic head includes a touch-down pad, comprising at least one shielding element positioned between a leading edge of a main magnetic pole and a trailing edge of a lower return pole; an embedded contact sensor (ECS) in an electrically isolating layer, the ECS positioned near an ABS side of the magnetic head and between the leading edge of the main magnetic pole and the trailing edge of the lower return pole; and a first thermal fly-height control (TFC) element positioned away from the ABS side of the magnetic head. Additional systems and methods are also presented." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,883). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,35,053.PN.&OS=PN/83,35,053&RS=PN/83,35,053 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Marvell World Trade, Saint Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,335,878) developed by Winston Lee, Palo Alto, Calif., Sehat Sutardja, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Donald Pannell, Cupertino, Calif., for a "multiport memory architecture, devices and systems including the same, and methods of using the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multiport memory architecture, systems including the same and methods for using the same. The architecture generally includes (a) a memory array; (b) a plurality of ports configured to receive and/or transmit data; and (c) a plurality of port buffers, each of which is configured to transmit the data to and/or receive the data from one or more of the ports, and all of which are configured to (i) transmit the data to the memory array on a first common bus and (ii) receive the data from the memory array on a second common bus. The systems generally include those that embody one or more of the inventive concepts disclosed herein. The methods generally relate to writing blocks of data to, reading blocks of data from, and/or transferring blocks of data across a memory. The present invention advantageously reduces latency in data communications, particularly in network switches, by tightly coupling port buffers to the main memory and advantageously using point-to-point communications over long segments of the memory read and write paths, thereby reducing routing congestion and enabling the elimination of a FIFO. The invention advantageously shrinks chip size and provides increased data transmission rates and throughput, and in preferred embodiments, reduced resistance and/or capacitance in the memory read and write busses." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2009 (12/494,076). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,878.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,878&RS=PN/8,335,878 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Gentherm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Gentherm, Northville, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,332,975) developed by four co-inventors for a "climate-controlled topper member for medical beds." The co-inventors are Michael Brykalski, Monrovia, Calif., David Marquette, Farmington Hills, Mich., John Terech, Milan, Mich., and Robert Vidojevski, Brownstown, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to certain arrangements, a conditioner mat for use with a bed assembly includes an upper layer comprising a plurality of openings, a lower layer being substantially fluid impermeable, at least one interior chamber defined by the upper layer and the lower layer and a spacer material positioned within the interior chamber. In one embodiment, the spacer material is configured to maintain a shape of the interior chamber and to help with the passage of fluids within a portion of interior chamber. The conditioner mat additionally includes an inlet in fluid communication with the interior chamber, at least one fluid module comprising a fluid transfer device and a conduit placing an outlet of the at least one fluid module in fluid communication with the inlet. In some arrangements, the fluid module selectively delivers fluids to the interior chamber through the conduit and the inlet. In one embodiment, fluids entering the chamber through the inlet are generally distributed within the chamber by the spacer material before exiting through the plurality of openings along the upper layer. The conditioner mat can be configured to releasably secure to a top of a bed assembly." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2010 (12/856,482). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,332,975.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,975&RS=PN/8,332,975 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ricoh Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Ricoh, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,335,789) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for document fingerprint matching in a mixed media environment." The co-inventors are Jonathan J. Hull, San Carlos, Calif., Berna Erol, San Jose, Calif., Peter E. Hart, Menlo Park, Calif., Dar-Shyang Lee, Union City, Calif., and Kurt Piersol, Campbell, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Mixed Media Reality (MMR) system and associated techniques are disclosed. The MMR system provides mechanisms for forming a mixed media document that includes media of at least two types (e.g., printed paper as a first medium and digital content and/or web link as a second medium). In one particular embodiment, the MMR system provides for document fingerprint matching." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2006 (11/461,286). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,789.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,789&RS=PN/8,335,789 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Aplix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Aplix, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,336,095) developed by Ioi Lam, Mountain View, Calif., and Junichi Monma, Tokyo, for a "user space virtualization system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user-space virtualization (USV) program to allow legacy applications in embedded systems to share resources without modification without compromising security is provided. A computer-implemented USV program may be characterized by a method in a user-space including retrieving a native code of an application, and identifying an instruction sequence. Further, identifying the instruction sequence includes, first, determining if executing the instruction sequence to perform processing is a possible security risk. If it is a possible security risk, then confirming that there is an execute authority for an active application. Execute authority may be confirmed by a security manager or a processor. If it is confirmed by the security manager that the active application has the execute authority for processing, then executing the instruction sequence with a processor. If the active application has no execute authority for processing, then not executing the instruction sequence. On the other hand, if executing the instruction sequence to perform processing is not a possible security risk, then executing the instruction sequence with the processor." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2007 (11/880,938). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,336,095.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,095&RS=PN/8,336,095 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** GLOBALFOUNDRIES Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been assigned a patent (8,336,011) developed by Rasit Topaloglu, Santa Clara, Calif., for "methods for fabricating an electrically correct integrated circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for fabricating an integrated circuit is disclosed that includes, in accordance with an embodiment, providing a logical design for the semiconductor device and comparing an element in the logical design to a library of element patterns. The library of element patterns is derived by identifying layout patterns having electrical properties that deviate from modeled properties; the library also includes a quantitative measure of deviation from the modeled properties. In response to the comparing and with consideration of the quantitative measure, a determination is made as to whether the element is acceptable in the logical design. A mask set is generated that implements the logical design using either the element or a modified element if the element is not acceptable, and the mask set is employed to implement the logical design in and on a semiconductor substrate." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2011 (13/022,432). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,336,011.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,011&RS=PN/8,336,011 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Scalable High Speed Relational Processor for Databases and Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- James Madison Kelley, Saratoga, Calif., has developed a patent (8,335,780) for a "scalable high speed relational processor for databases and networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A relational processor (RP) to create, maintain and query a relational database by assigning, storing and retrieving a unique associate for each instance of a relation for one or more relations and a plurality of instances of a relation. The associate may contain one or more semantic tokens. The RP comprises an input for receiving and processing relations, relation instances and queries, at least one associate processor (AP) for storing the associate and retrieving associate sets by domain, at least one set processor (SP) for performing set operations on associate sets to satisfy a query, and output which outputs the associates responsive to a query. The RP further includes an associate array manager (AAM) for managing the APs, and the SPs (which are arranged in the sieve architecture) and a response collector (RC) that collects the associate sets that satisfy a query. An alternative architecture uses an associate switch (AS), which routs associates from the APs to the SPs based on associate value." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2009 (12/400,611). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,780.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,780&RS=PN/8,335,780 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Multi-threaded System for Data Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Omar M.A. Gadir, Sunnyvale, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,056) for a "multi-threaded system for data management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-threaded system for data management and other computationally intensive applications. The invention takes advantage of multi-core processors to attain high performance. Multi-core processors provide high performance by executing programs in parallel. The amount of performance gained is strongly dependent on the software implementation. To take advantage of the multi-core architecture, applications should be multi-threaded. The invention provides a uniform, configurable, and a consistent multi-threaded software structure that increases performance by distribution of tasks and workload between threads and allocating threads to different processing units, so as to run programs in parallel. The uniform structure of the threads, the ease of configuring the software, and its modularity simplify execution of complex projects and expedite application development." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/655,048). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,336,056.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,056&RS=PN/8,336,056 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for JNI-minimizing Data Structures for XML Parsing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Richard A. Ross, Berkeley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,336,037) for a "JNI-minimizing data structures for XML parsing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Client Native method Interface (CNI) minimizing eXtensible Mark-up Language (XML) parsing is provided using array pair data structures. An empty array pair is passed to an engine from client code via a CNI call. The engine parses the XML document and fills the array pair with fixed width elements. The filled array pair is passed back to client code. The client code iterates through the elements in the array pair and invokes the appropriate handlers or builds appropriate tree objects for Document Object Model parsing. Thus, one CNI call passes the empty array pair from client code to the engine, and the filled array pair is returned from the engine to client code. Individual sets of CNI calls for each element are avoided, minimizing the number of CNI calls. Further, since elements in the array pair are of fixed width, they can be processed more efficiently by the client code." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2007 (11/749,675). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,336,037.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,037&RS=PN/8,336,037 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California, Oregon Inventors Develop Patent for Architecture, System, and Method for Operating on Encrypted and/or Hidden Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Richard C. Johnson, Sunnyvale, Calif., Andrew Morgan, Los Gatos, Calif., H. Peter Anvin, San Jose, Calif., and Linus Torvalds, Portland, Ore., have developed a patent (8,335,930) for an "architecture, system, and method for operating on encrypted and/or hidden information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An architecture, system and method for operating on encrypted and/or hidden information (e.g., code and/or data). The invention enables creators, owners and/or distributors of proprietary code to keep such code inaccessible to users and user-controlled software programs. A memory architecture includes first and second protected memory spaces, respectively storing operating system instructions and a decrypted version of the encrypted information. The first protected memory space may further store a table linking the locations of the encrypted and/or hidden, decrypted information with a decryption and/or authorization key. The system includes the memory architecture and a processor for executing instructions, and the method loads, stores and operates on the encrypted and/or hidden information according to the memory architecture functionality and/or constraints." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2009 (12/567,519). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,930.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,930&RS=PN/8,335,930 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California, Oregon Inventors Develop Patent for User Programmable Computer Peripheral Using a Peripheral Action Language ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Anthony G. Davenport, Berkeley, Calif., and John W. Hyde, Portland, Ore., have developed a patent (8,335,876) for a "user programmable computer peripheral using a peripheral action language." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A peripheral input device for a computer utilizes the USB (or equivalent) connectivity standard to deliver complex inputs to the computer. The input device includes an onboard microcontroller that uses the peripheral action language of the invention to generate the complex inputs in response to simple user inputs. The microcontroller is connected o) to an action table and sequence table and a library of Local Device emulation functions that are accessed in response to any user input (a local event) to determine the programmed action(s) to be generated in response to the event. The invention may be embodied in a mouse, keyboard, or other peripheral device, or in a stand-alone module connected between conventional input devices and a digital machine." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2004 (10/876,111). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,876.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,876&RS=PN/8,335,876 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,336,009) developed by Ashok Mehta, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for electronic system function verification at two levels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for verifying functionality of a system-on-chip (SoC) comprises modeling a system block in first and second models at a first level and a second level lower than the first level, respectively. A stimulus transaction is generated at a first testbench at the first level. The stimulus transaction is transmitted from the first testbench to a second testbench at the second level. The stimulus transaction is transformed into a first response transaction, using the first model, at the first level. The stimulus transaction received at the second testbench is transformed into a second response transaction, using the second model, at the second level. The first and second response transactions are stored in first and second response queues, respectively. Functionality of the SoC at the first and second levels is verified based on a comparison at the first testbench between head entries of the first and second response queues." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,012). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,336,009.PN.&OS=PN/8,336,009&RS=PN/8,336,009 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Greenwave Reality Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Greenwave Reality, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,335,936) developed by five co-inventors for a "power node with network switch." The co-inventors are Karl Jonsson, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., William Diehl, Dove Canyon, Calif., Timothy Lyons, Tustin, Calif., Martin Manniche, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Sonny Windstrup, Copenhagen, Denmark.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power node provides energy management and network expansion features in a networked data communications and control environment that may be utilized in an energy management system implementing a method of managing energy. Network expansion may be provided by integrating a networking bridge from a power line network to one or more wired network ports or a wireless network. The power outlet on the power node providing power to a device may be identified and associated with information about the device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2011 (13/289,160). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,936.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,936&RS=PN/8,335,936 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Grid Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Grid, Newport Beach, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,332,962) developed by Mark Raymond Machado, Newport Beach, Calif., for a "multi-layered polychloroprene taping material and method of manufacturing and applying such material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Multi-layered taping materials, methods of making such materials, methods of using such materials and articles including such materials are disclosed." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2010 (12/757,560). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,332,962.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,962&RS=PN/8,332,962 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nokia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Nokia, Espoo, Finland, has been assigned a patent (8,335,989) developed by fourteen co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for presenting polymorphic notes in a graphical user interface." The co-inventors are Keith Barraclough, Mountain View, Calif., Stephen Andrew Hartford, San Jose, Calif., David Michael Irvine, San Jose, Calif., Energy Cruse, Foster City, Calif., Abbe Don, San Francisco, Luke Patrick Woods, San Francisco, Christopher Mark Dame, San Francisco, Timm Kekeritz, Berlin, Astrid Jantina Van Der Flier, San Francisco, Kristian Russell Thomas Simsarian, San Francisco, James Nathaniel Gerlach, Santa Clara, Calif., Erich Ian Domingo, Hayward, Calif., Christopher Nyffeler, San Francisco, and Anke Pierik, Hayward, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided for presenting polymorphic notes in a graphical user interface. A polymorphic note manager receives a request to display a plurality of polymorphic notes on a graphical user interface of a device. In response to the request, the polymorphic note manager determines an order of the plurality of polymorphic notes according to either an associated date or, if there is no associated date, a creation date corresponding to each of the plurality of polymorphic notes. The polymorphic note manager then causes, at least in part, actions that result in display of the plurality of polymorphic notes in the graphical user interface according to the determined order." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/606,011). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,989.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,989&RS=PN/8,335,989 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** IXYS Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- IXYS, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,334,724) developed by David R. Staab, Los Gatos, Calif., for an "open-loop transimpedance amplifier for infrared diodes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microcontroller integrated circuit includes an open-loop transimpedance amplifier (OLTA). An input lead of the OLTA is a terminal of the microcontroller. The cathode of a photodiode is connected to VDD and the anode is connected to the terminal. The OLTA maintains the photodiode in a strongly reverse-biased condition, thereby keeping diode capacitance low and facilitating rapid circuit response. The input of the OLTA involves a diode-connected field effect transistor that provides a low impedance. This low impedance decreases as the diode current increases, thus providing effective clamping of the voltage on the terminal. By this clamping, the amount of photodiode capacitance discharging necessary when transitioning from a high input current condition to a low input current condition is reduced, thereby further improving amplifier response time. The OLTA is small and consumes less than thirty microamperes and functions to mirror photodiode current and compare to a predetermined level." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2012 (13/572,688). 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=8,334,724&OS=8,334,724&RS=8,334,724 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Certicom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Certicom, Mississauga, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,334,705) developed by Kiran Kumar Gunnam, San Jose, Calif., and Jay Scott Fuller, Scotts Valley, Calif., for "analog circuitry to conceal activity of logic circuitry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit comprises logic circuitry driven by a clock and reference circuitry. In operation, logic elements of the reference circuitry are synchronized to the clock. In operation, a first sensing circuit outputs a voltage V.sub.C proportional to an instantaneous current consumption I.sub.C of the logic circuitry, and a second sensing circuit outputs a voltage V.sub.R proportional to an instantaneous fluctuating current consumption I.sub.R of the reference circuitry. In operation, differential circuitry outputs a voltage difference .alpha.V.sub.R-V.sub.C between a scaled-up version .alpha.V.sub.R of the voltage V.sub.R and the voltage V.sub.C, the scaled-up version scaled to approximately the scale of the voltage V.sub.C. In operation, a square root circuit receives the voltage difference as input and outputs a square root of the voltage difference. A current source is controllable by the output of the square root circuit to generate current through a dissipative load." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2011 (13/283,456). 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=8,334,705&OS=8,334,705&RS=8,334,705 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Western Digital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Western Digital, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,333,008) developed by Kyusik Sin, Pleasanton, Calif., Lei Wang, Fremont, Calif., and Yingjian Chen, Fremont, Calif., for a "method for manufacturing a perpendicular magnetic recording transducer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for fabricating a perpendicular magnetic recording head, and the head so formed, are described. The method includes depositing an underlayer directly on an insulating layer. The underlayer preferably includes at least one of a nonferromagnetic metal, silicon oxide, and silicon nitride. A pole layer, which has a pole removal rate, is provided on the underlayer. The method and system further include forming a perpendicular magnetic recording pole from the pole layer. The perpendicular magnetic recording pole has a top and a bottom that is narrower than the top. The process of forming the perpendicular magnetic recording pole further includes removing a portion of the pole layer such that a pole removal rate for the pole layer is less than or substantially equal to a removal rate of the underlayer during the removing step." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2005 (11/192,591). 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=8,333,008&OS=8,333,008&RS=8,333,008 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Canon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Canon, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,334,883) developed by Siu-Kei Tin, Milpitas, Calif., for "rendering multispectral images on reflective displays." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Image display which accesses an image containing multispectral data and a spectral device model for a reflective display. The reflective display renders the image by modulation of an ambient illuminant and is driven by color primary signals for corresponding color primaries. A spectral power distribution of a direct irradiance of a current ambient illuminant is cyclically and repetitively estimated by using a measurement of the spectral power distribution of the direct irradiance of the current ambient illuminant. Color primary signals are determined by using the estimation of the spectral power distribution of the direct irradiance of the current ambient illuminant, the spectral device model, and the multispectral image data. The reflective display is driven by the determined color primary signals, such that the multispectral image data rendered on the reflective display simulates the appearance of the multispectral image data calorimetrically under the current ambient illuminant." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2009 (12/494,229). 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=8,334,883&OS=8,334,883&RS=8,334,883 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Seacoast Science Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Seacoast Science, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,333,105) developed by five co-inventors for "preconcentrators and methods of making and using the same." The co-inventors are Jonathan Day Lucas, Encinitas, Calif., Manna Leon Warburton, San Diego, Todd Mlsna, Carlsbad, Calif., Sanjay V. Patel, San Diego, and Stephen Terrence Hobson, San Marcos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, systems and methods are described for preconcentrators, chemical sensing systems and gas chromatographs. A preconcentrator is described that comprises a hollow enclosure containing a sorbent material. The enclosure may be a capillary tube that can be formed in to a desired shape and that may be heated. Heating may be accomplished by passing an electrical current through the capillary or other hollow enclosure form. The sorbent material can be a liquid, a solid, a porous ceramic material and/or a chemiselective polymer. The sorbent material can be coated to the inner wall of the enclosure. The hollow enclosure may be maintained in an insulated chamber. The preconcentrator acts to concentrate a vapor passed through the preconcentrator to a chemical sensing array that can detect chemicals present in the vapor. A gas passed through the hollow enclosure can provide a chemically concentrated input to a chromatographic column." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,835). 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=8,333,105&OS=8,333,105&RS=8,333,105 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Electronic Article Surveillance Carrier and Tag ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Xiao Hui Yang, Los Altos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,334,776) for an "electronic article surveillance carrier and tag." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic article surveillance (EAS) apparatus is comprised of a carrier and an EAS unit. The carrier receives the EAS unit and has an adhesive element on one of its surfaces to attach to an item to be protected. The EAS unit may have several electronic components including, among others, an EAS coil, a microprocessor, communication elements, a switch, a battery, and an audible alarm generator. The EAS unit can be removed from a protected item by opening, or parting, the carrier. Once the carrier is opened the EAS unit can be retrieved for reuse. External devices can be used to communicate with and disarm the EAS unit. If an EAS unit is removed without being disarmed, a switch detects the change in status and an audible alarm is generated." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2010 (12/815,380). 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=8,334,776&OS=8,334,776&RS=8,334,776 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nordson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Nordson, Westlake, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,333,166) developed by four co-inventors for "plasma treatment systems and methods for uniformly distributing radiofrequency power between multiple electrodes." The co-inventors are Thomas V. Bolden II, Fremont, Calif., Elmer M. Calica, Antioch, Calif., Robert S. Condrashoff, Concord, Calif., Louis Fierro, Clearwater, Fla., and James D. Getty, Vacaville, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Plasma treatment systems and methods for distributing RF energy to electrodes in a plasma treatment system. The plasma treatment system includes power and ground busses, positive and negative phase primary electrode busses, and positive and negative phase secondary electrode busses. The power and ground busses are coupled to the secondary electrode busses by isolation transformers so that the negative phase secondary electrode buss is provided with an RF signal that is 180 degrees out of phase with the RF signal supplied to the positive phase secondary electrode buss. The secondary electrode busses are coupled to respective positive and negative phase primary electrode busses by capacitors. The primary electrode busses are each coupled to electrodes in the vacuum chamber. Load coils coupling the primary electrode busses to an RF ground may cooperative with the capacitors to adjust the input impedance at the power buss." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2011 (13/100,605). 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=8,333,166&OS=8,333,166&RS=8,333,166 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Murata Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Murata Electronics, Vantaa, Finland, has been assigned a patent (8,334,736) developed by Ville Kaajakari, Pasadena, Calif., for micromechanical resonator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to design of micromechanical resonators and, more precisely, to the design of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators. The invention provides an improved design structure for a microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonator including a movable mass structure and a spring structure. The spring structure includes a spring element. The spring element is anchored from one end and connected to a plurality of electrode fingers on another end. The plurality of electrode fingers are operatively connected together at the other end of the spring element. The improved structure is frequency robust to manufacturing variations and enables reliable frequency referencing with good performance, particularly in small size solutions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2011 (13/284,196). 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=8,334,736&OS=8,334,736&RS=8,334,736 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pax Scientific Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 24 -- Pax Scientific, San Rafael, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,333,080) developed by Jayden Harman, Novato, Calif., and Thomas Gielda, Novato, Calif., for a supersonic cooling system.

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