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[December 28, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Dec. 28)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Rotating Hard Drive Installation in a Computer Chassis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,339,778) developed by four co-inventors for a "rotating hard drive installation in a computer chassis." The co-inventors are James E. Hughes, Apex, N.C., David J. Jensen, Raleigh, N.C., Pravin S. Patel, Cary, N.C., and Brian A. Trumbo, Apex, N.C.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system comprises a server chassis and first and second hard disk drive carriers, wherein each carrier supports a hard disk drive. A first hinge rotatably connects a distal end of the first hard disk drive carrier to a first side of the chassis, wherein the first hinge allows the carrier to rotate about a first hinge axis between an open position and a closed position. The first hard disk drive carrier rotates in a first plane between an open position extending beyond the front of the chassis and a closed position within the chassis. A second hinge rotatably connects a distal end of the second hard disk drive carrier to a second side of the chassis that opposite the first side of the chassis, wherein the hinge allows the carrier to rotate about a second hinge axis between an open position and a closed position. The second hard disk drive carrier rotates in a second plane between an open position extending beyond the front of the chassis and a closed position within the chassis, wherein the second plane is parallel to the first plane." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2009 (12/642,925). 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=8,339,778&OS=8,339,778&RS=8,339,778 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AH USA 42 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- AH USA 42, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,339,587) developed by John H. Hebrank, Durham, N.C., for a "method for detecting a malfunctioning egg picker." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided that automatically determine whether or not eggs designated for removal from an egg carrier have been removed by an egg removal apparatus. Light is emitted along a path above and across an egg carrier as an egg picker moves to pick up an egg. The length of time that the light path is blocked when the egg picker is moved is measured and used to determine whether or not the egg has been removed from the carrier. Another apparatus and method is provided for detecting a malfunctioning egg picker. A detection device detects a number of eggs in the egg carrier. A control device monitors the egg picker and the detection device. The control device calculates the number of eggs in the egg carrier for determining when the number of eggs varies a predetermined amount from an egg count number for the egg carrier." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2012 (13/550,845). 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=8,339,587&OS=8,339,587&RS=8,339,587 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,339,895) developed by Frederick A. Ware, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Reza Navid, Mountain View, Calif., and John W. Poulton, Chapel Hill, N.C., for "signal calibration methods and apparatuses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a signal calibration scheme, a desired phase relationship is maintained between a set of signals. For example, in some aspects the desired phase of a clock tree generated from a high speed reference clock signal may be maintained by detecting phase differences between a low speed reference clock signal and low speed clock signals associated with different phases of the clock tree. In some aspects, the desired phase of a clock tree may be maintained by detecting framing offsets that occur through the use of the clock tree." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2009 (13/061,519). 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=8,339,895&OS=8,339,895&RS=8,339,895 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** North Carolina State University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- North Carolina State University, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,339,566) developed by Michael James Escuti, Cary, N.C., Chulwoo Oh, Los Angeles, and Ravi Komanduri, Raleigh, N.C., for a "low-twist chiral liquid crystal polarization gratings and related fabrication methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A polarization grating includes a substrate and a first polarization grating layer on the substrate. The first polarization grating layer includes a molecular structure that is twisted according to a first twist sense over a first thickness defined between opposing faces of the first polarization grating layer. Some embodiments may include a second polarization grating layer on the first polarization grating layer. The second polarization grating layer includes a molecular structure that is twisted according to a second twist sense that is opposite the first twist sense over a second thickness defined between opposing faces of the second polarization grating layer. Also, a switchable polarization grating includes a liquid crystal layer between first and second substrates. The liquid crystal layer includes liquid crystal molecules having respective relative orientations that are rotated over a thickness defined between opposing faces thereof by a twist angle that is different from a relative phase angle between respective first and second periodic alignment conditions of the first and second substrates. Related devices and fabrication methods are also discussed." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2008 (12/596,189). 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=8,339,566&OS=8,339,566&RS=8,339,566 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DAK Americas Mississippi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- DAK Americas Mississippi, Bay St. Louis, Miss., has been assigned a patent (8,338,505) developed by Sharon Sue Griffith, Charlotte, N.C., Tony Clifford Moore, Charlotte, N.C., and Robert Joseph Schiavone, Matthews, N.C., for "alumina-enhanced polyester resins and methods for making the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention embraces polymer resins, such as polyethylene terephthalate resin, that includes surface-compatibilized alumina. The invention also embraces methods of making polyethylene terephthalate resins that are capable of being formed into low-haze, high-clarity articles possessing reduced coefficient of friction." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2008 (12/119,723). 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=8,338,505&OS=8,338,505&RS=8,338,505 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Corning Cable Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Corning Cable Systems, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,485) developed by Jeffrey D. Danley, Hickory, N.C., and Joel C. Rosson, Hickory, N.C., for a "laser-shaped optical fibers along with optical assemblies and methods therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are optical assemblies such as field-installable connectors having a laser-shaped optical fiber along with methods for laser-shaping the optical fiber. The field-installable connector includes a ferrule having front and rear opposed faces and at least one fiber bore defined longitudinally therethrough, a stub optical fiber having a distal end with a laser-shaped end face is disposed within the at least one fiber bore of the ferrule and extends a predetermined distance beyond the rear face of the ferrule, and an alignment feature operable for aligning the stub optical fiber with the field optical fiber. One method of laser-shaping the optical fiber includes rotating the optical fiber and sweeping a beam of a laser across the optical fiber and then essentially stopping the rotation of the optical fiber and sweeping the beam through the optical fiber to cut the same with a tapered and angled end face. Other methods may include shifting the laser relative to the optical fiber to create a "pencil-tip" end on the optical fiber." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/474,923). 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=8,340,485&OS=8,340,485&RS=8,340,485 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Icagen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Icagen, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,338,608) developed by six co-inventors for "inhibitors of ion channels." The co-inventors are Xiaodong Wang, Chapel Hill, N.C., Alan Fulp, Willow Springs, N.C., Brian Marron, Durham, N.C., Serge Beaudoin, Cary, N.C., Darrick Seconi, Cary, N.C., and Mark Suto, Chapel Hill, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compounds, compositions and methods are provided which are useful in the treatment of diseases through the inhibition of sodium ion flux through voltage-gated sodium channels. More particularly, the invention provides substituted aryl sulfonamides, compositions comprising these compounds, as well as methods of using these compounds or compositions in the treatment of central or peripheral nervous system disorders, particularly pain and chronic pain by blocking sodium channels associated with the onset or recurrence of the indicated conditions. The compounds, compositions and methods of the present invention are of particular use for treating neuropathic or inflammatory pain by the inhibition of ion flux through a voltage-gated sodium channel." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2010 (12/729,193). 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=83,38,608.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,608&RS=PN/83,38,608 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bayer HealthCare Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Bayer HealthCare, Tarrytown, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,338,595) developed by thirteen co-inventors for "pyrrolotriazine derivatives useful for treating hyper-proliferative disorders and diseases associated with angiogenesis." The co-inventors are Julie A. Dixon, Bethany, Conn., Catherine Brennan, Durham, N.C., Karl Miranda, Lexington, Mass., Brent Chandler, New Haven, Conn., Barton Phillips, New Haven, Conn., Jianmei Fan, Newton, Mass., Michael Brands, Wuppertal, Germany, Andrea McClure, West Haven, Conn., Benjamin D. Jones, New Haven, Conn., Wenlang Fu, Milford, Conn., Donald Bierer, Bethany, Conn., Steven Magnuson, Wallingford, Conn., and Harold C. E. Kluender, Trumbull, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to pyrrozolotriazine compounds, pharmaceutical compositions containing such compounds and the use of those compounds and compositions for the prevention and/or treatment of hyper-proliferative disorders and diseases associated with angiogenesis." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2009 (12/506,033). 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=83,38,595.PN.&OS=PN/83,38,595&RS=PN/83,38,595 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,344) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and system for video transmission and processing with customized watermarking delivery." The co-inventors are Xuemin Chen, San Diego, Michael Dove, Los Gatos, Calif., David Rossmann, Irvine, Calif., Thomas Quigley, Franklin, N.C., Stephen Gordon, Lexington, Mass., and Jeyhan Karaoguz, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for video transmission and processing with customized watermarking delivery are disclosed and may include watermarking data at a communication device utilizing received global positioning (GPS) data and communicating the watermarked video data to a receiving communication device. The receiving communication device may verify the watermarked data, and may determine whether to render the received watermarked data based on the verification. The communication device may include an edge device, and may receive a feedback signal communicated from the receiving communication device. The watermarking of subsequently processed data may be adjusted based on the received feedback signal, which may include GPS data and/or device parameters corresponding to the receiving communication device. The watermarked video data communicated to the receiving communication device may be adjusted based on one or more device parameters corresponding to the receiving communication device and/or GPS information." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2009 (12/428,943). 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=8,340,344&OS=8,340,344&RS=8,340,344 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Flexible Display Security CAPTCHA Bends ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,339,360) developed by Lisa Seacat DeLuca, San Francisco, and Lydia Mai Do, Research Triangle Park, N.C., for a "flexible display security CAPTCHA bends." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided that receives a request to perform an action by an information handling system that includes a processor. In response to the request, a captcha request that corresponds to a captcha is transmitted to a foldable display screen. A response is received from the foldable display screen with the response including one or more bends of the foldable display screen. The received one or more bends are compared to one or more expected bends included in the captcha. The requested action is performed in response to the comparison revealing that the received one or more bends match the one or more expected bends. On the other hand, performance of the requested action is inhibited in response to the comparison revealing that at least one of the received one or more bends fails to match at least one of the one or more expected bends." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2010 (12/792,424). 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=8,339,360.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,360&RS=PN/8,339,360 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Military Wraps Research and Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Military Wraps Research and Development, Lumberton, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,358) developed by K. Dominic Cincotti, Fayetteville, N.C., and Trevor J. Kracker, Lumberton, N.C., for a "visual camouflage with thermal and radar suppression and methods of making the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A visual camouflage system that provides at least one of thermal or radar suppression is described. The system includes a vinyl layer having a camouflage pattern on a front surface of the vinyl layer. The camouflage pattern includes a site-specific camouflage pattern. A laminate layer is secured over the front surface of the vinyl layer coating the camouflage pattern to provide protection to the camouflage pattern and strengthen the vinyl layer. One or more nanomaterials are disposed on at least one of the vinyl layer, camouflage pattern, or the laminate to provide at least one of thermal or radar suppression." The patent application was filed on April 24, 2009 (12/386,986). 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=8,340,358&OS=8,340,358&RS=8,340,358 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Inneroptic Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Inneroptic Technology, Hillsborough, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,379) developed by Sharif Razzaque, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Andrei State, Chapel Hill, N.C., for "systems and methods for displaying guidance data based on updated deformable imaging data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presented herein are methods, systems, and computer-readable medium for presenting imaging data related to an anatomical site. These include obtaining a first set of imaging data related to the anatomical site and tracking units at the anatomical site and, thereafter, optionally, obtaining a second set of imaging data related to the anatomical site. A deformed version of the first set of imaging data is then determined based on the relative arrangements of one or more of the tracking units at the time when the first set of imaging data is obtained and when the second set of imaging data is obtained. Then the relative emplacements of the second set of imaging data set and of the deformed version of the first set of imaging data set are determined and used, along with the second set of imaging data set and the deformed version of the first set of imaging data, as a basis for displaying image guidance data." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2009 (12/399,899). 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=8,340,379&OS=8,340,379&RS=8,340,379 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ATC Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- ATC Technologies, Reston, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,340,592) developed by Peter D. Karabinis, Cary, N.C., for "radioterminals and operating methods that receive multiple measures of information from multiple sources." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radioterminal includes a receiver that is configured to receive information from a base station by receiving a first measure of the information from the base station and a second measure of the information from a second device. The second device receives a measure of the information from the base station, responsively generates the second measure of the information and transmits the second measure of the information to the radioterminal over a short-range wireless link. Related methods are also described." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2011 (13/095,553). 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=8,340,592.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,592&RS=PN/8,340,592 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Game Console Control to Initiate System Directives ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,339,366) developed by four co-inventors for a "game console control to initiate system directives." The co-inventors are Jason Alan Cox, Raleigh, N.C., Lydia Mai Do, Research Park Triangle, N.C., Jana Helton Jenkins, Raleigh, N.C., and William Gabriel Pagan, Durham, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for utilizing a game console and an input device is disclosed. The method and system comprise mapping commands to system directives of the game console and generating an input signal having predefined characteristics corresponding to the input device being utilized to engage the system directives. The method and system include performing system functions using an input controller associated with the input device after the system directives are engaged." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2008 (12/118,449). 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=8,339,366.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,366&RS=PN/8,339,366 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent for Method for Improving the Performance of the Summing-node Sampling Calibration Algorithm ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 28 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,339,303) developed by Ahmed Mohamed Abdelatty Ali, Oak Ridge, N.C., Huseyin Dinc, Greensboro, N.C., and Paritosh Bhoraskar, Greensboro, N.C., for a "method for improving the performance of the summing-node sampling calibration algorithm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit allows for the isolation of the input of an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) from a summing-node (SNS) algorithm. The integrated circuit contains a gating device that is controlled by bits of a flash analog-to-digital converter (ADC) to gate input samples to sub-ranges that are used by the SNS algorithm. A single sub-range is chosen to be used by the SNS algorithm." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2011 (13/094,280). 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=8,339,303.PN.&OS=PN/8,339,303&RS=PN/8,339,303 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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