TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Feb. 1)

[February 01, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Feb. 1)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** Verizon Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Verizon Services, Ashburn, Va., and Verizon Services Organization, Irving, Texas, have been assigned a patent (8,363,562) developed by seven co-inventors for "bandwidth-on-demand systems and methods." The co-inventors are Stephen S. Liu, Acton, Mass., Lily F. Chen, Fort Lee, N.J., Nee B. Gee, Needham, Mass., Michael F. Lane, Mashpee, Mass., Alex E. Tserkovny, Brookline, Mass., Vincent T. Phuah, Waltham, Mass., and Sayyid Siddiq Ali, Schwenksville, Pa.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to systems and methods for providing bandwidth-on-demand telecommunications services over next-generation optical transport networks (NG-OTN). One embodiment of a system providing bandwidth-on-demand services includes a next-generation optical transport network (NG-OTN) having an intelligent control plane (ICP) and new-generation synchronous optical network (NG-SONET) capabilities. A next-generation operation support subsystem (NG-OSS) is communicatively coupled to the NG-OTN. The NG-OTN and the NG-OSS are configured to provide the bandwidth-on-demand services." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2010 (12/683,159). 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=8,363,562&OS=8,363,562&RS=8,363,562 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Dynamically and Efficiently Forming Hierarchical Tunnels ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,571) developed by Jean-Philippe Vasseur, Saint Martin dUriage, France, and Carol Iturralde, Framingham, Mass., for a "dynamically and efficiently forming hierarchical tunnels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a hierarchical tunnel that encapsulates a plurality of child tunnels along a shared path segment is used. The shared path segment extends from a head-end node across one or more intermediate nodes to a tail-end node. A state of a child tunnel of the plurality of child tunnels encapsulated within the hierarchical tunnel is refreshed by the head-end node sending one or more refresh messages along the child tunnel that include a request that the one or more intermediate nodes remove the state of the child tunnel without sending error messages, and sending one or more encapsulated refresh messages within the hierarchical tunnel that cause the tail-end node to continue propagation of refresh messages along the child tunnel." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2012 (13/433,011). 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=8,363,571&OS=8,363,571&RS=8,363,571 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,363,674) developed by Shravan K. Surineni, Marlborough, Mass., Arnaud Meylan, L Jolla, Calif., and Sanjiv Nanda, Ramona, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for scheduling in a wireless communication network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to efficiently schedule and serve stations in a wireless network are described. An access point may aggregate stations with flows carrying traffic having similar characteristics, e.g., VoIP flows. The access point may schedule these stations together in an overall service period. The access point may serve each station in a respective service period within the overall service period. The access point may send a multi poll frame at the start of the overall service period to indicate the start time and/or service period for each station. Each station may decide to power down until its start time. The service periods for the stations may overlap one another. The service period for each station may cover an initial transmission as well as additional transmission and/or retransmission. If additional transmission and/or retransmission are not needed for a given station, then the next station may be served right away." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2010 (12/766,519). 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=8,363,674&OS=8,363,674&RS=8,363,674 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Liu Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Wei Chi Liu, Uxbridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,363,635) developed by Jung-Jen Liu, Uxbridge, Mass., for a "method and system for reducing power consumption of signal synchronization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for reducing power consumption of OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) signal synchronization circuit comprises a sync setting, a sync controller, a sync pipeline and a data corrector. The sync setting dynamically changes correlation data sample rate based on synchronization statuses and results. The sync controller controls and schedules frame and symbol synchronizations, and turns on and off the sync pipeline based on synchronization activities. The sync pipeline integrates frame and symbol synchronization operations, synchronizes receiving signal with scalable synchronization window, synchronization sequence length, synchronization delay and variable data sample rate. Data corrector adjusts input data with coarse timing and fine frequency offsets estimated in sync pipeline, and generates corrected output data for further processing. By using the above techniques, the power consumption of signal synchronization circuit is reduced." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2008 (12/194,673). 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=8,363,635&OS=8,363,635&RS=8,363,635 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Emerson Network Power--Embedded Computing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Emerson Network Power--Embedded Computing, Madison, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,363,388) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for supplying power to electronics enclosures utilizing distributed DC power architectures." The co-inventors are Jeffrey L. Wise, Acton, Mass., Pasi Jukka Vaananen, Waltham, Mass., Stephen A. Hauser, Carlisle, Mass., and James J. Dorsey, Tempe, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power entry module (PEM) that is used with an electronics equipment enclosure. The PEM has a housing adapted to be coupled to a shelf of the electronics equipment enclosure. The housing has at least one pair of power cable lugs accessible from an exterior of the housing for coupling the PEM to a pair of power cables associated with a power feed. The PEM also has a backplane connector for coupling the PEM to a blackplane of the electronics enclosure. A distribution network is disposed within the PEM housing and forms at least a pair of electrically isolated power distribution buses for coupling electrical power provided from the power cables to each of the power distribution branches. Each power distribution branch independently provides electrical power to at least one blade supported within the electronics equipment enclosure." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2009 (12/580,498). 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=8,363,388&OS=8,363,388&RS=8,363,388 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,362,429) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for oil spill detection." The co-inventors are Albert Ballard Andrews, Wilton, Conn., Wei-Chuan Shih, Cambridge, Mass., Matthew Clayton, Houston, and Oliver C. Mullins, Ridgefield, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a method for detecting the presence of hydrocarbons near an unmanned offshore oil platform. The method steps include monitoring reflected atmospheric and thermal radiation, detecting the presence of hydrocarbons, and generating an alert based on the presence of hydrocarbons." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2011 (13/286,422). 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=83,62,429.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,429&RS=PN/83,62,429 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mount Holyoke College Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,431) developed by Janice A. Hudgings, South Hadley, Mass., and Joseph Summers, Northampton, Mass., for "methods of thermoreflectance thermography." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of a method of performing thermoreflectance measurements with an imaging system comprises: reflecting radiation from a number of points in a sample in response to an illuminating radiation while a temperature modulation is applied to the sample; acquiring digital images of the reflected radiation after the reflected radiation passes through an aperture; and deriving a map of relative reflectivity of the sample based on the digital images. At least a portion of the illuminating radiation passes through at least a portion of the sample and is reflected at a change refractive index interface." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,981). 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=83,62,431.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,431&RS=PN/83,62,431 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent for Assembly to Provide Thermal Cooling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,363,413) developed by Jeffrey Paquette, Wakefield, Mass., Scott R. Cheyne, Brookline, N.H., and Joseph R. Ellsworth, Worcester, Mass., for an "assembly to provide thermal cooling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, an assembly to provide thermal cooling includes a first member having a first channel configured to receive a cooling fluid, a second member having a second channel configured to receive the cooling fluid and a first plurality of hollow and flexible conduits connecting the first and second members. Each of the first plurality of hollow and flexible conduits is configured to provide a path for the cooling fluid to flow between the first and second channels." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2010 (12/880,350). 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=8,363,413&OS=8,363,413&RS=8,363,413 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Radiation Monitoring Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Radiation Monitoring Devices, Watertown, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,439) developed by four co-inventors for "mixed cesium sodium and lithium halide scintillator compositions." The co-inventors are Kanai S. Shah, Newton, Mass., William M. Higgins, Westborough, Mass., Edgar V. Van Loef, Allston, Mass., and Jaroslaw Glodo, Allston, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to scintillator compositions and related devices and methods. The scintillator may include, for example, a mixed scintillator composition including at least two different CsXLa halide compounds and a dopant, wherein X is Na or Li. Related radiation detection devices and methods are further included." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2011 (13/180,458). 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=83,62,439.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,439&RS=PN/83,62,439 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Praktikatalyst Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Praktikatalyst Pharma, Pittsfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,258) developed by Kenneth S. Wheelock, Pittsfield, Mass., and Louis A. Piccone, Dalton, Mass., for a "transition metal mediated oxidation of hetero atoms in organic molecules coordinated to transition metals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a process for the catalytic oxidation of the thioether 5-methoxy-2-((4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl)methyl)methylthio)-1H-be- nzimidazole to its sulfoxide: 5-methoxy-2-((4-methoxy-3,5-dimethyl-2-pyridinyl) methyl)methylsulfinyl)-1H-benzimidazole comprising: reacting the thioether with: 1) a transition metal catalyst; and, 2) an oxygen source; wherein the thioether is oxidized to a sulfoxide and wherein one of either the R and S enantiomers is formed to an enantiomeric excess." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2009 (12/459,757). 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=83,62,258.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,258&RS=PN/83,62,258 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TCZ Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- TCZ, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,362,391) developed by four co-inventors for a "laser thin film poly-silicon annealing optical system." The co-inventors are William N. Partlo, Poway, Calif., Palash P. Das, Vista, Calif., Russell Hudyma, San Ramon, Calif., and Michael Thomas, Belmont, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high energy, high repetition rate workpiece surface heating apparatus is disclosed which comprise a XeF laser producing a laser output light pulse beam, an optical system narrowing the laser output light pulse beam in the short axis of the laser output light pulse beam and expanding the laser output light pulse beam to form in a long axis of the beam a workpiece covering extent of the long axis, the optical system focuses the laser output light pulse beam at a field stop with a magnification sufficient to maintain an intensity profile that has sufficiently steep sidewalls to allow the field stop to maintain a sufficiently steep beam profile at the workpiece." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2010 (12/979,292). 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=83,62,391.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,391&RS=PN/83,62,391 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Maine System Board of Trustees Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- The University of Maine System Board of Trustees, Bangor, Maine, has been assigned a patent (8,362,306) developed by four co-inventors for an "energy densification of biomass-derived organic acids." The co-inventors are M. Clayton Wheeler, Orono, Maine, G. Peter Van Walsum, Orono, Maine, Thomas J. Schwartz, Amesbury, Mass., and Adriaan Van Heiningen, Orono, Maine.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for upgrading an organic acid includes neutralizing the organic acid to form a salt and thermally decomposing the resulting salt to form an energy densified product. In certain embodiments, the organic acid is levulinic acid. The process may further include upgrading the energy densified product by conversion to alcohol and subsequent dehydration." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2010 (12/912,387). 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=83,62,306.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,306&RS=PN/83,62,306 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston College Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,362,311) developed by five co-inventors for a "highly Z-selective olefins metathesis." The co-inventors are Richard R. Schrock, Winchester, Mass., Annie J. King, Cambridge, Mass., Yu Zhao, Brighton, Mass., Margaret M. Flook, Cambridge, Mass., and Amir H. Hoveyda, Lincoln, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates generally to catalysts and processes for the Z-selective formation of internal olefin(s) from terminal olefin(s) via homo-metathesis reactions." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/571,036). 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=83,62,311.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,311&RS=PN/83,62,311 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent for Nucleic Acid Sequences to Proteins Involved in Tocopherol Synthesis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,362,324) developed by six co-inventors for "nucleic acid sequences to proteins involved in tocopherol synthesis." The co-inventors are Sai S. Subramaniam, Framingham, Mass., Steven C. Slater, Acton, Mass., Katherine Karberg, Cambridge, Mass., Ridong Chen, Maryland Heights, Mo., Henry E. Valentin, Cambridge, Mass., and Yun-Hua Huang Wong, Chesterfield, Mo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Nucleic acid sequences and methods are provided for producing plants and seeds having altered tocopherol content and compositions. The methods find particular use in increasing the tocopherol levels in plants, and in providing desirable tocopherol compositions in a host plant cell." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2008 (12/147,409). 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=83,62,324.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,324&RS=PN/83,62,324 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,396) developed by Mark A. Vess, Hanson, Mass., for an "apparatus and method for making bag assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for forming a bag assembly includes opposing die members. Each opposing die member defines a single die and has a perimeter-welding portion for forming a perimeter-weld of the bag assembly and a tube-welding portion for forming a tube-weld of the bag assembly. During operation, the perimeter-welding and tube-welding portions weld the bag assembly simultaneously, then the perimeter-welding portion of one of the opposing die members is moved relative to the tube welding portion of the die member to increase the distance between the perimeter-welding portions of the opposing die members. When the perimeter-welding portions are moved apart, welding by the perimeter-welding portions is generally suspended while welding by the tube-welding portions may continue." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,237). 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=83,62,396.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,396&RS=PN/83,62,396 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Vertex Pharmaceutical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Vertex Pharmaceutical, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,253) developed by seven co-inventors for "solid forms of N-[2,4-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-5-hydroxyphenyl]-1,4-dihydro-4-oxoquinoline- -3-carboxamide." The co-inventors are John DeMattei, Berthoud, Colo., Yushi Feng, Zionsville, Ind., Cristian L. Harrison, Beverly, Mass., Adam R. Looker, Cambridge, Mass., Praveen Mudunuri, Waltham, Mass., Stefanie Roeper, Medford, Mass., and Yuegang Zhang, Wayland, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Solid forms of N-[2,4-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl)-5-hydroxyphenyl]-1,4-dihydro-4-oxoquinoline- -3-carboxamide are described herein, including crystalline forms thereof." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2012 (13/413,327). 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=83,62,253.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,253&RS=PN/83,62,253 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Idera Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Idera Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,233) developed by five co-inventors for "stabilized immune modulatory RNA (SIMRA) compounds." The co-inventors are Ekambar R. Kandimalla, Hopkinton, Mass., Tao Lan, Winchester, Mass., Daqing Wang, Bedford, Mass., Lakshmi Bhagat, Brookline, Mass., and Sudhir Agrawal, Shrewsbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to the therapeutic use of novel stabilized oligoribonucleotides as immune modulatory agents for immune therapy applications. Specifically, the invention provides novel RNA-based oligoribonucleotides with improved nuclease and RNase stability and that have immune modulatory activity through TLR7 and/or TLR8." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2012 (13/359,714). 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=83,62,233.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,233&RS=PN/83,62,233 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Gradual Tech Software Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Gradual Tech Software, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,362,835) developed by David E. Meharry, Lexington, Mass., for a "decade bandwidth planar MMIC four port transformer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wide bandwidth planar four port MMIC transformer is provided by input diplexers which divide up the incoming signal into a high band and a low band, with the resulting signals coupled to high band and low band four port transformers implemented in one embodiment using spiral inductors and coupled lines, the outputs of which are combined using two output diplexers to provide a decade bandwidth transformer." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2011 (13/214,345). 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=8,362,835&OS=8,362,835&RS=8,362,835 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent for Continuous Wettability Logging Based on NMR Measurements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,362,767) developed by Martin D. Hurlimann, Newton, Mass., and Yi-Qiao Song, Newton, Mass., for a "continuous wettability logging based on NMR measurements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for utilizing received formation data to determine one or more fluid instance such as reservoir wettability while in one of a subterranean environment or a surface environment. The method comprising: (a) obtaining at least one set of formation data wherein the set of formation data includes magnetic resonance data from two or more samples within an approximate common characteristic region in the reservoir; (b) computing from the at least one set of received formation data a first fluid instance of the one or more fluid instance using at least two mathematical variables from the group consisting of one of oil saturation, water saturation, T.sub.1, T.sub.2, diffusion coefficient, tortuosity from long time diffusion coefficient or some combination thereof; and (c) interpreting the computed first fluid instance as at least one wettability property between the fluids in a formation located in the subterranean environment and the formation." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2012 (13/479,112). 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=8,362,767&OS=8,362,767&RS=8,362,767 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Harnessing Power Through Electromagnetic Induction Utilizing Printed Coils ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,362,751) developed by six co-inventors for "harnessing power through electromagnetic induction utilizing printed coils." The co-inventors are Gloria Lin, San Ramon, Calif., Pareet Rahul, Markham, Canada, Michael Rosenblatt, Campbell, Calif., Taido Nakajima, San Jose, Calif., Bruno Germansderfer, Boston, and Saumitro Dasgupta, Boston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems for harnessing power through electromagnetic induction utilizing printed coils are provided. A system can include one or more moveable magnets adjacent to printed coils on a circuit. For example, a system can include one or more magnets that are operative to move alongside a circuit board that includes printed coils. The one or more magnets may move, for example, when a user shakes the system or when the user walks or runs while holding the device. The movement of the one or more magnets may create an electromotive force (e.g., a voltage) across the printed coils, and this force may be used to generate electric power." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2012 (13/488,287). 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=8,362,751&OS=8,362,751&RS=8,362,751 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foderung der Wissenschaften, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, University of Massachusetts Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Foderung der Wissenschaften, Munich, Germany, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, have been assigned a patent (8,362,231) developed by Thomas Tuschl, Brooklyn, N.Y., Sayda Mahgoub Elbashir, Cambridge, Mass., and Winfried Lendeckel, Hohengandern, Germany, for a "RNA interference mediating small RNA molecules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) induces sequence-specific post-transcriptional gene silencing in many organisms by a process known as RNA interference (RNAi). Using a Drosophila in vitro system, we demonstrate that 19-23 nt short RNA fragments are the sequence-specific mediators of RNAi. The short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are generated by an RNase III-like processing reaction from long dsRNA. Chemically synthesized siRNA duplexes with overhanging 3' ends mediate efficient target RNA cleavage in the lysate, and the cleavage site is located near the center of the region spanned by the guiding siRNA. Furthermore, we provide evidence that the direction of dsRNA processing determines whether sense or antisense target RNA can be cleaved by the produced siRNP complex." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2010 (12/683,081). 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=83,62,231.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,231&RS=PN/83,62,231 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Northeastern University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Northeastern University, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,362,618) developed by seven co-inventors for a "three dimensional nanoscale circuit interconnect and method of assembly by dielectrophoresis." The co-inventors are Ahmed Busnaina, Ashland, Mass., Mehmet R. Dokmeci, Brookline, Mass., Nishant Khanduja, Boston, Selvapraba Selvarasah, Malden, Mass., Xugang Xiong, Boston, Prashanth Makaram, Boston, and Chia-Ling Chen, Boston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An assembly of nanoelements forms a three-dimensional nanoscale circuit interconnect for use in microelectronic devices. A process for producing the circuit interconnect includes using dielectrophoresis by applying an electrical field across a gap between vertically displaced non-coplanar microelectrodes in the presence of a liquid suspension of nanoelements such as nanoparticles or single-walled carbon nanotubes to form a nanoelement bridge connecting the microelectrodes. The assembly process can be carried out at room temperature, is compatible with conventional semiconductor fabrication, and has a high yield. The current-voltage curves obtained from the nanoelement bridge demonstrate that the assembly is functional with a resistance of -40 ohms for gold nanoparticles. The method is suitable for making high density three-dimensional circuit interconnects, vertically integrated nanosensors, and for in-line testing of manufactured conductive nanoelements." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2007 (12/513,925). 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=8,362,618&OS=8,362,618&RS=8,362,618 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Luminus Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Luminus Devices, Billerica, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,362,603) developed by Michael Lim, Cambridge, Mass., Mark J. Czoschke, Bedford, N.H., and Alexei A. Erchak, Cambridge, Mass., for a "flexible circuit light-emitting structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Light-emitting structures, and related components, systems, and methods associated therewith are provided. In one embodiment, a light-emitting structure includes at least one LED, a contact bond pad supported by the at least one LED, and a flexible circuit member bonded to the contact bond pad." The patent application was filed on Sept. 14, 2007 (11/855,597). 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=8,362,603&OS=8,362,603&RS=8,362,603 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Showscan Digital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Showscan Digital, Beverly Hills, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,117) developed by Douglas H. Trumbull, Southfield, Mass., and Barnaby Jackson, Providence, R.I., for a "method and apparatus for photographing and projecting moving images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A digital cinematographic and projection process that automatically adjusts for object motion within motion pictures in order to eliminate blur while increasing perceived impact of fast motion. The process includes, capturing an image having static and moving elements at a first frame rate, analyzing the image for motion/velocity components to detect the fast moving elements, reducing the static elements to a second frame rate, the second frame rate being slower than the first frame rate and retaining the fast moving element at the first frame rate." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2010 (12/759,128). 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=8,363,117.PN.&OS=PN/8,363,117&RS=PN/8,363,117 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Method and Systems for Virtual Sensor Selection and Blending ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,364,340) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and systems for virtual sensor selection and blending." The co-inventors are Brian Francis Nestico, Mason, Ohio, Sridhar Adibhatla, Glendale, Ohio, David Allen Gutz, Danvers, Mass., and Daniel Edgardo Viassolo, Schenectady, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and systems for engine control of a vehicle propulsion system are provided. The system includes a plurality of engine model modules executing independently and programmed to receive engine operating condition values from a plurality of sensors positioned on an engine wherein each of the plurality of engine model modules is programmed to determine an estimate of a process parameter of a location in the engine where a sensor is not available, not present at the location, has failed, or is determined to be inaccurate. The system also includes an estimate source selector configured to determine model blending factors and a model blending module configured to determine an estimated virtual sensor value using the determined estimates from at least two of the plurality of engine model modules and the model blending factors." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/415,487). 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=8,364,340.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,340&RS=PN/8,364,340 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E Ink Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- E Ink, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,363,299) developed by Richard J. Paolini Jr., Framingham, Mass., and Thomas H. Whitesides, Victoria, Canada, for an "electro-optic displays, and processes for the production thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first apparatus for displaying a color image comprises an electro-optic display (1002) having a plurality of pixels, each of which can be independently set to a light-transmissive optical state or a substantially opaque optical state, and lighting means (1006) arranged to flash separate pulses of light of at least two differing colors on to one surface of the electro-optic display (1002). A second apparatus for generating pulses of light of differing colors comprising a light source and a filter assembly comprising first (1100) and second (1106) electro-optic layers each having a light-transmissive state and a colored state, the two colored states being different, and electrodes to switch these layers between these states." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2010 (12/873,416). 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=8,363,299.PN.&OS=PN/8,363,299&RS=PN/8,363,299 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** iRobot Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- iRobot, Bedford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,364,310) developed by Joseph Lee Jones, Acton, Mass., Paul Eric Sandin, Brookline, N.H., AND Bryan Paul Adams, Jamaica Plain, Mass., for a "Robot having additional computing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A modular robot development kit includes an extensible mobile robot platform and a programmable development module that connects to the mobile robot platform. The mobile robot platform includes a controller that executes robot behaviors concurrently and performs robot actions in accordance with robot control signals received from the development module, as modified by the concurrently running robot behaviors, as a safeguard against performing potentially damaging robot actions. Also, the user can develop software that is executed on the development module and which transmits the robot control signals to the mobile robot platform over the data communication link using a robot interface protocol. The robot interface protocol encapsulates potentially harmful user-developed software routines from the controller instructions executed by the controller of the mobile robot platform, while nonetheless enabling the user to effectively control the mobile robot platform using the robot control signals of the robot interface protocol." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2011 (13/314,556). 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=8,364,310.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,310&RS=PN/8,364,310 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Biosense Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Biosense Technologies, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,364,409) developed by Ronald J. Rieder, Medford, Mass., and Boris A. Zavizion, Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a "method and composition for rapid viability testing of cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a method for rapidly monitoring a stress response of a cell to a stressor and determining the magnitude of the stress response; a method for rapidly detecting the presence or absence of a cell by monitoring a stress response of the cell if said cell is present, or the absence of the stress response if said cell is absent or dead; and a method for determining a predictive outcome for the susceptibility of a cell to a selected concentration of a bio-active agent or environmental factor and a level of stress of the cell at the selected concentration of the bio-active agent. Also disclosed are kits for carrying out the methodology according to an embodiment of the invention." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2007 (11/664,325). 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=8,364,409.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,409&RS=PN/8,364,409 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,320) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for decorrelation of spatially and temporally coherent light." The co-inventors are Dean Jennings, Beverly, Mass., Timothy N. Thomas, Portland, Ore., Stephen Moffatt, Channel Islands, United Kingdom, Jiping Li, Palo Alto, Calif., Bruce E. Adams, Portland, Ore., and Samuel C. Howells, Portland, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for decorrelating coherent light from a light source, such as a pulsed laser, in both time and space in an effort to provide intense and uniform illumination are provided. The techniques and apparatus described herein may be incorporated into any application where intense, uniform illumination is desired, such as pulsed laser annealing, welding, ablating, and wafer stepper illuminating." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2011 (13/095,758). 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=8,363,320.PN.&OS=PN/8,363,320&RS=PN/8,363,320 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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