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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 9)

[November 09, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 9)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,744) developed by four co-inventors for "shock mounting cover glass in consumer electronics devices." The co-inventors are Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Sunnyvale, Calif., Fletcher R. Rothkopf, Los Altos, Calif., Adam Mittleman, San Francisco, and Stephen Brian Lynch, Portola Valley, Calif.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, systems and methods for shock mounting glass for an electronic device are disclosed. The glass for the electronic device can provide an outer surface for at least a portion of a housing for the electronic device. In one embodiment, the shock mounting can provide a compliant interface between the glass and the electronic device housing. In another embodiment, the shock mounting can provide a mechanically actuated retractable. For example, an outer glass member for an electronic device housing can be referred to as cover glass, which is often provided at a front surface of the electronic device housing." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2010 (12/780,715). 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=8,305,744&OS=8,305,744&RS=8,305,744 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,305,741) developed by Manjirnath Chatterjee, San Francisco, for an "interior connector scheme for accessorizing a mobile computing device with a removeable housing segment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A panel segment is structured to be attachable and detachable from the computing device in order to form a portion of the overall housing for the computing device. The panel segment includes a panel connector, positioned on an interior surface of the panel segment to electrically mate with an interior connector of the computing device when the panel segment is attached. The panel segment includes one or more electrical components that are operable to send an electrical output to, or receive an electrical output from a component of the computing device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2010 (12/652,014). 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=8,305,741&OS=8,305,741&RS=8,305,741 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Weinberg Medical Physics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Weinberg Medical Physics, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,306,179) developed by Edward Anashkin, San Diego, and Irving Weinberg, Bethesda, Md., for a "reconstruction of linearly moving objects with intermitten X-ray sources." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for performing computed tomography in medical imaging through reconstruction of a data set containing projections obtained during relative motions a container or body of interest with respect to an x-ray source and/or x-ray detector panel. Strobing of the data is implemented through one or more methods to include pulsing of the x-ray source, intermittent blanking of the x-ray detector panel, or intermittent processing of data collected from the detector panel to simulate blanking. The invention is utilized to significantly improve contrast by taking advantage of the pulsed nature of the source to implement three-dimensional reconstruction." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2011 (13/016,064). 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=8,306,179&OS=8,306,179&RS=8,306,179 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,708) developed by Thomas A. Tacklind, San Martin, Calif., for "disk drive having a disk clamp with openings directly radially outboard of fasteners." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disk drive includes a spindle motor attached to a disk drive base. The spindle motor includes a hub that rotates about a spindle rotation axis. An annular disk is mounted on the hub. A clamp contacts a top surface of the hub. The clamp includes first and second pluralities of openings therethrough. The clamp is attached to the hub by a plurality of fasteners, each of the plurality of fasteners passing through one of the first plurality of openings. Each of the second plurality of openings has a closed outer periphery within the clamp. Each of the first plurality of openings is disposed directly between the spindle rotation axis and a corresponding one of the second plurality of openings." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2011 (13/053,771). 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=8,305,708&OS=8,305,708&RS=8,305,708 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hand Held Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Hand Held Products, Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,305,691) developed by William H. Havens, Syracuse, N.Y., Chen Feng, Snohomish, Wash., and Ynjiun P. Wang, Cupertino, Calif., for "fluid lens element for use in changing thermal operating environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a lens element configured so that optical characteristics thereof remain substantially stable over a range of operating temperatures. In one embodiment, a fluid lens element can be provided that includes a membrane having a formation formed thereon for accommodating changes in characteristics of the lens element attributable to changes in temperature so that an amount of perturbations in the lens element which would otherwise be exhibited with thermal expansion of the membrane are minimized." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2009 (12/432,434). 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=8,305,691&OS=8,305,691&RS=8,305,691 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods of Power Amplifier Digital Pre-distortion ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,306,149) developed by eight co-inventors for "systems and methods of power amplifier digital pre-distortion." The co-inventors are Fernando Alberto Mujica, Allen, Texas, Hardik Prakash Gandhi, Mountain View, Calif., Lei Ding, Plano, Texas, Milind Borkar, Dallas, Zigang Yang, Plano, Texas, Roland Sperlich, Dallas, Lars Morten Jorgensen, Royal Oaks, Calif., and William L. Abbott, Portola Valley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus is provided. In the apparatus, an input to index (I2I) module maps a complex input into a real signal. A real data tap delay line is coupled to the I2I module and includes N delay-elements. A complex data tap delay line is configured to receive the complex input and includes M delay elements. A set of K of non-linear function modules is also provided. Each non-linear function module from the set has at least one real input, at least one complex input, and at least one complex output. A configurable connectivity crossbar multiplexer couples K of the N real tap delay line elements to real inputs of the set non-linear functions and couples K of the M complex tap delay line elements to complex inputs of the set non-linear function modules." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/571,435). 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=8,306,149&OS=8,306,149&RS=8,306,149 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** National Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,722) developed by Albert Z.H. Wang, Santa Clara, Calif., Chen H. Tsay, San Jose, Calif., and Peter Deane, Los Altos, Calif., for a "dual-directional electrostatic discharge protection method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A two terminal ESD protection structure formed by an alternating arrangement of adjacent p-n-p-n-p semiconductor regions provides protection against both positive and negative ESD pulses. When an ESD pulse appears across the two terminals of the ESD protection structure, one of the inherent n-p-n-p thyristors is triggered into a snap-back mode thereby to form a low impedance path to discharge the ESD current. Some embodiments of the ESD protection structure of the present invention have an enhanced current handling capability and are formed by combining a number of standard cells. The standard cells include a corner cell, a center cell and an edge cell which are arranged adjacent each other to form an ESD protection structure which provides for current flow from across many locations therein. Some embodiments of the ESD protection structure of the present invention include a network consisting of a pair of current sources, e.g. back-to-back zener diodes, each connected in series with a resistor to control the trigger voltage of the ESD protection structure." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2011 (13/073,990). 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=8,305,722&OS=8,305,722&RS=8,305,722 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,306,190) developed by Marian Croak, Fair Haven, N.J., and Hossein Eslambolchi, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for enabling communications assistance for law enforcement act services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention enables packet-switched network providers, e.g., VoIP network providers, to use commonly deployed components and capabilities to support surveillance services, e.g., CALEA services. Specifically, signaling and media streams that flow through Border Elements can be forked and simultaneously redirected to a surveillance server, a CALEA Server in addition to the terminating endpoint. Additionally, a Media Server (MS) can unobtrusively join a third leg to a communication media path between the CALEA Server and the two, calling party and called party, endpoints. A CALEA Server provides the ability to identify and collect content of voice telephone calls traversing the VoIP Network, as mandated by the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2009 (12/625,465). 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=8,306,190&OS=8,306,190&RS=8,306,190 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Anritsu Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Anritsu, Morgan Hill, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,134) developed by five co-inventors for a "variable gain control for high speed receivers." The co-inventors are Jon S. Martens, San Jose, Calif., Helen Chau, San Jose, Calif., David A. Rangel-Guzman, San Jose, Calif., Peter A. Kapetanic, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Dan Levassuer, Milpitas, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high speed receiver is provided using two parallel processing paths to enable rapid variable gain control. The parallel processing paths include a first processing path using a high resolution Discrete Fourier Transform (DFT), and a second processing path using a reduced DFT requiring fewer samples than the high resolution DFT. An initial sample of the data is processed using the second processing path with the reduced DFT by comparing a Fourier transform of the initial sample with predetermined threshold values. As a result of the comparison of the Fourier transform of the initial sample with the predetermined threshold values, a gain determination block determines whether a requirement exists for gain ranging. If gain ranging is needed, the gain of the data signal is adjusted and the gain ranging process repeats." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2009 (12/505,413). 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=8,306,134&OS=8,306,134&RS=8,306,134 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,306,165) developed by Yuheng Huang, San Diego, and Brian C. Banister, San Diego, for a "traffic-to-pilot ratio estimation for MIMO-OFDM system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for estimating a traffic-to-pilot ratio (TPR) for a received signal is disclosed. The received signal is despatialized to obtain a despatialized received signal. A channel matrix is despatialized to obtain a despatialized channel matrix. The despatialized received signal is whitened to obtain a pre-whitened despatialized received signal. The despatialized channel matrix is whitened to obtain a pre-whitened despatialized channel matrix. The estimated TPR for the received signal is determined using the pre-whitened despatialized received signal and one or more pre-whitened despatialized channel estimation coefficients." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/768,305). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,165&OS=8,306,165&RS=8,306,165 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Samsung Electronics, Veebeam Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Samsung Electronics, South Korea, and Veebeam, Burlingame, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,306,130) developed by four co-inventors for a "TFI-OFDM transmission/reception systems for UWB communication and methods thereof for mitigating interference from simultaneously operating piconets." The co-inventors are Seung-young Park, Seoul, South Korea, Yong-suk Kim, Daejeon, South Korea, Torbjorn Larsson, San Diego, and Roberto Aiello, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A TFI-OFDM transmission system for a UWB communication that includes a data generator generating data having a rate corresponding to a transmission speed mode, a convolutional encoder convolutional-encoding the data into a certain number of data groups, an OFDM modulator outputting OFDM symbols by executing an IFFT the data groups a buffer temporarily storing the OFDM symbols to sequentially transmit the OFDM symbols in a time domain at least two times, and a frequency generator generating certain frequencies to transmit the OFDM symbols in a certain number of frequency bands corresponding to transmission channels." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2004 (10/890,385). 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=8,306,130&OS=8,306,130&RS=8,306,130 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oraya Therapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Oraya Therapeutics, Newark, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,186) developed by Michael Gertner, Menlo Park, Calif., and Steven D. Hansen, Concord, Calif., for an orthovoltage radiotherapy.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Radiosurgery systems are described that are configured to deliver a therapeutic dose of radiation to a target structure in a patient. In some embodiments, inflammatory ocular disorders are treated, and in some embodiments, other disorders or tissues of a body are treated with the dose of radiation. In some embodiments, target tissues are placed in a global coordinate system based on ocular imaging. In some embodiments, a fiducial marker is used to identify the location of the target tissues." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2011 (13/159,313). 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=8,306,186&OS=8,306,186&RS=8,306,186 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Maxlinear Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Maxlinear, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,157) developed by five co-inventors for a "receiver architecture with digitally generated intermediate frequency." The co-inventors are Kishore Seendripu, Carlsbad, Calif., Raymond Montemayor, Carlsbad, Calif., Sheng Ye, Carlsbad, Calif., Glenn Chang, Carlsbad, Calif., and Curtis Ling, Carlsbad, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A receiver can be configured to include an RF front end that is configured to downconvert a received signal to a baseband signal or a low Intermediate Frequency (IF) signal. The receiver can downconvert the desired signal from an RF frequency in the presence of numerous interference sources to a baseband or low IF signal for filtering and channel selection. The filtered baseband or low IF signal can be converted to a digital representation. The digital representation of the signal can be upconverted in the digital domain to a programmable IF frequency. The digital IF signal can be converted to an analog IF signal that can be processed by legacy hardware." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2010 (12/831,201). 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=8,306,157&OS=8,306,157&RS=8,306,157 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FutureWei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- FutureWei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,306,146) developed by Robert Wendell Heath Jr., Austin, Texas, and Tao Wu, Carlsbad, Calif., for a "progressive feedback for high resolution limited feedback wireless communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is proposed for progressively quantizing channel state information for application in a MIMO (multiple input multiple output) communication system. A method includes computing an estimate of a communications channel between a subscriber unit and a base station, quantizing the estimate with a first codebook, thereby producing a first quantized estimate, quantizing an (n-1)-th quantized estimate with an n-th codebook, thereby producing an n-th quantized estimate, where n is an integer value ranging from 2 to R, R is a total number of quantizations of the estimate, wherein the n-th codebook is a localized codebook. The method also includes incrementing n, repeating the quantizing an (n-1)-th quantized estimate until n=R, and transmitting information based on the R quantized estimates to the base station." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2009 (12/434,529). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,146&OS=8,306,146&RS=8,306,146 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Digital Video Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Digital Video Systems, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,125) developed by I-pieng Peter Kao, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jack Benkual, Cupertino, Calif., for a "2-bin parallel decoder for advanced video processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A critical phase of video processing is the decoding of bit streams coming from standard based heavy compressed sources. Entropy coding can be effectively decoded by adopting parallelism to speed up the process. Reasonable assumptions make possible for example the multiple bits at a time processing for the Context-based Adaptive Binary Arithmetic Coding (CABAC) algorithm. In particular, a clever arithmetic section reduces single propagation for the timing critical path while decoding done for only two sequence elements at a time by calculating and maintaining most probable bit values. This in turn making accelerated path using pre-determined probability outcome through parallelism not cost." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2007 (11/755,698). 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=8,306,125&OS=8,306,125&RS=8,306,125 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,144) developed by Jaroslaw J. Sydir, San Jose, Calif., and Kamal Koshy, San Jose, Calif., for a "scalable system to adaptively transmit and receive including adaptive antenna signal and back-end processors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adaptive baseband processing system having a scalable architecture to allow scaling to support adaptive transmission and receive, at different granularity, channel vs. subchannel, for different number of antennas and/or users, including their components, are described herein. In various embodiments, the components include an adaptive antenna signal (AAS) coupled to a front-end processor, a back-end processor, or combinations thereof." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2011 (13/197,752). 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=8,306,144&OS=8,306,144&RS=8,306,144 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Cooling Electronic Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,728) developed by Jean L. Lee, San Jose, Calif., and Richard Lidio Blanco Jr., Santa Clara, Calif., for "methods and apparatus for cooling electronic devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments provide various apparatus and techniques for deflecting or redirecting a flow of ionized air generated from an ionic wind generator. In general, a deflection field generator can be located proximate to the path of the flow of ionized air. The deflection field generator is configured to generate an electromagnetic field, which deflects a least a portion of the flow of ionized air to a different path and may possibly increase local heat transfer." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,421). 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=8,305,728&OS=8,305,728&RS=8,305,728 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Maxim Integrated Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Maxim Integrated, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,118) developed by Jose R. Alvarez, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jiangtao Wen, La Jolla, Calif., for a "high quality low bitrate video coding by enabling and disabling a non-residual mode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for encoding video, comprising the steps of (A) encoding a number of macroblocks of a video signal with a non-residual mode disabled, (B) checking each of the macroblocks for a null information pattern, and (C) re-encoding each of the macroblocks having the null information pattern with the non-residual mode enabled." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2006 (11/365,195). 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=8,306,118&OS=8,306,118&RS=8,306,118 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Headway Technologies Assigned Patent for Process of Octagonal Pole for Microwave Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) Writer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Headway Technologies, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,711) developed by four co-inventors for a "process of octagonal pole for microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) writer." The co-inventors are Min Li, Dublin, Calif., Cherng-Chyi Han, San Jose, Calif., Kenichi Takano, Santa Clara, Calif., and Joe Smyth, Aptos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microwave assisted magnetic recording writer is disclosed with an octagonal write pole having a top portion including a trailing edge that is self aligned to a spin transfer oscillator (STO). Leading and trailing edges are connected by two sidewalls each having three sections. A first section on each side is coplanar with the STO sidewalls and is connected to a sloped second section at a first corner. Each second section is connected to a third section at a second corner where the distance between second corners is greater than the distance between first corners. A method of forming the writer begins with a trapezoidal shaped write pole in an insulation layer. Two ion beam etch (IBE) steps are used to shape top and middle portions of the write pole and narrow the pole width to <50 nm without breakage. Finally, a trailing shield is formed on the STO." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2010 (12/660,819). 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=8,305,711&OS=8,305,711&RS=8,305,711 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Interference Reduction Using Variable Digital-to-analog Converter (DAC) Sampling Rates ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,306,096) developed by five co-inventors for an "interference reduction using variable digital-to-analog converter (DAC) sampling rates." The co-inventors are Hemanth Sampath, San Diego, Christian Holenstein, San Diego, Jeremy Huei Lin, San Diego, Tamer Adei Kadous, San Diego, and Thomas Domenick Marra, Del Mar, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for interference reduction is described. A sampling frequency is selected for a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) so that images within a DAC output signal do not interfere with one or more receivers. A sample rate is adjusted of an input signal that is provided to the DAC to match the sampling frequency for the DAC." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2010 (12/820,957). 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=8,306,096&OS=8,306,096&RS=8,306,096 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Precoding Technique for Multiuser MIMO Based on Eigenmode Selection and MMSE ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,306,089) developed by four co-inventors for "precoding technique for multiuser MIMO based on eigenmode selection and MMSE." The co-inventors are Simone Merlin, Padua, Italy, Hemanth Sampath, San Diego, Sameer Vermani, San Diego, and Richard van Nee, De Meern, The Netherlands.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure proposes a method for precoding of transmission signal at an access point of a multiuse system based on eigenmode selection and minimum mean square error (MMSE) processing. The most reliable eigenmodes of every multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) channel in the system can be selected at each user terminal and corresponding eigenvalues and eigenvectors can be fed back to the access point. The linear MMSE precoding (beamforming) applied at the access point based on the selected eigenmodes may provide an improved transmission capacity performance." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/401,506). 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=8,306,089&OS=8,306,089&RS=8,306,089 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Binoptics Assigned Patent for Algainn-based Lasers Produced Using Etched Facet Technology ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Binoptics, Ithaca, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,306,086) developed by four co-inventors for an "algainn-based lasers produced using etched facet technology." The co-inventors are Alex A. Behfar, Irvine, Calif., Alfred T. Schremer, Freeville, N.Y., Cristian B. Stagarescu, Ithaca, N.Y., and Vainateya, Ithaca, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for fabricating AlGaInN-based photonic devices, such as lasers, capable of emitting blue light employs etching to form device waveguides and mirrors, preferably using a temperature of over 500.degree. C. and an ion beam in excess of 500 V in CAIBE." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2012 (13/397,595). 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=8,306,086&OS=8,306,086&RS=8,306,086 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,083) developed by Jianlin Liu, Riverside, Calif., and Sheng Chu, Riverside, Calif., for a "high performance ZnO-based laser diodes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for electrically pumped, surface-emitting and edge emitting ZnO ultraviolet diode lasers are disclosed. The ZnO diode laser may be fabricated using growth processes (e.g., MBE) to form Sb-doped ZnO as a p-type layer and doped ZnO as an n-type layer. ZnO-based quantum well structures may be further formed in between the n- and p-type ZnO layers. The ZnO layers and quantum wells may be grown in columnar structures which act as resonant cavities for generated light, significantly improving light amplification and providing high power output. For example, ultraviolet lasing at around 380 nm was demonstrated at about room temperature at a threshold current density of about 10 A/cm.sup.2. The output power was further measured to be about 11.3 .mu.W at about 130 mA driving current." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/570,695). 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=8,306,083&OS=8,306,083&RS=8,306,083 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,098) developed by Doug Olney, Santa Rosa, Calif., and Mike Hart, Healdsburg, Calif., for a "method for error display of orthogonal signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for displaying a plurality of error measures for an error-containing digitally modulated signal formed of a first and a second orthogonal component includes: determining for each digital value a value for an error-free version of the modulated signal; determining for each digital value a value for the error-containing version of the modulated signal; determining for each digital value a vector difference between the value for the error-containing version of the modulated signal and the respective value for the error-free version of the modulated signal; and displaying the vector differences on a two-dimensional display, each difference being displayed with respect to the respective value for the error-free version of the modulated signal, the display providing the plurality of error measures." The patent application was filed on Aug. 15, 2007 (11/839,101). 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=8,306,098&OS=8,306,098&RS=8,306,098 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Seagate Technology International Assigned Patent for Head Stack Latch Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Seagate Technology International, Scotts Valley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,713) developed by four co-inventors for a "head stack latch assembly." The co-inventors are Tomokazu Ishii, Yohokama, Japan, Seong Woo Kang, San Jose, Calif., Seungman Chang, Redwood City, Calif., and Chaw-Wu Tseng, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This application discloses a Load-UnLoad (LUL) hard disk drive comprising a disk base, a spindle motor mounted on the disk base for rotating at least one disk to create at least one rotating disk surface, and a head stack assembly pivotably coupled to the disk base and configured to engage an actuator latch when the sliders of the head stack assembly are to be parked. The actuator latch includes a latch beam coupled through a latch pivot to the disk base and a boss coupled to the latch beam and configured to limit the stroke of latch motion in the event of a rotary non-operational shock." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2009 (12/436,715). 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=8,305,713&OS=8,305,713&RS=8,305,713 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and Device for Multi-dimensional Processing Using a Single-state Decision Feedback Equalizer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,104) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and device for multi-dimensional processing using a single-state decision feedback equalizer." The co-inventors are Oscar E. Agazzi, Irvine, Calif., John L. Creigh, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Mehdi Hatamian, Mission Viejo, Calif., David E. Kruse, Utrecht, The Netherlands, Arthur Abnous, Irvine, Calif., and Henry Samueli, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various systems and methods providing high speed decoding, enhanced power reduction and clock domain partitioning for a multi-pair gigabit Ethernet transceiver are disclosed. ISI compensation is partitioned into two stages; a first stage compensates ISI components induced by characteristics of a transmitter's partial response pulse shaping filter in a demodulator, a second stage compensates ISI components induced by characteristics of a multi-pair transmission channel in a Viterbi decoder. High speed decoding is accomplished by reducing the DFE depth by providing an input signal from a multiple decision feedback equalizer to the Viterbi based on a tail value and a subset of coefficient values received from a unit depth decision-feedback equalizer. Power reduction is accomplished by adaptively truncating active taps in the NEXT, FEXT and echo cancellation filters, or by disabling decoder circuitry portions, as channel response characteristics allow. A receive clock signal is generated such that it is synchronous in frequency with analog sampling clock signals and has a particular phase offset with respect to one of the sampling clock signals. This phase offset is adjusted such that system performance degradation due to coupling of switching noise from the digital sections to the analog sections is substantially minimized." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/876,807). 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=8,306,104&OS=8,306,104&RS=8,306,104 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silver Spring Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Silver Spring Networks, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,090) developed by George Flammer III, Cupertino, Calif., for a "power line communication using frequency hopping." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Communications among multiple nodes via a shared power line medium are carried out by dividing the available frequency spectrum in the shared power line medium into plural non-overlapping channels. A first channel is assigned to a first group of nodes, and a second channel, different from the first channel, is assigned to a second group of nodes. Communications between the first group of nodes can occur simultaneously with communications between the second group of nodes via the shared power line medium. Time slots may be assigned for the communications between the first group of nodes that occurs simultaneously with the communications between the second group of nodes via the shared power line medium. The simultaneous communications between different groups of nodes via a shared power line medium may be implemented using a frequency-hopping spread spectrum technique." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2009 (12/564,158). 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=8,306,090&OS=8,306,090&RS=8,306,090 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Soraa Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Soraa, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,081) developed by Mathew Schmidt, Goleta, Calif., and Mark P. D'Evelyn, Goleta, Calif., for a "high indium containing InGaN substrates for long wavelength optical devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved optical device. The device has a gallium nitride substrate member comprising indium entities, gallium entities, and nitrogen entities. In one or more embodiments, the gallium nitride substrate member has an indium content ranging from about 1 to about 50% in weight. Preferably, the gallium nitride substrate member has a semipolar crystalline surface region or a non-polar crystalline surface region. The device has an epitaxially formed laser stripe region comprising an indium content ranging from about 1 to about 50% and formed overlying a portion of the semipolar crystalline orientation surface region or the non-polar crystalline surface region. The laser stripe region is characterized by a cavity orientation in a predefined direction according to a specific embodiment. The laser strip region has a first end and a second end including respective a first cleaved facet provided on the first end of the laser stripe region and a second cleaved facet provided on the second end of the laser stripe region." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/785,404). 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=8,306,081&OS=8,306,081&RS=8,306,081 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Distributed Data Flow for Page Parallel Image Processing Within Printing Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,305,640) developed by five co-inventors for a "distributed data flow for page parallel image processing within printing systems." The co-inventors are Isaak Rivshin, Pittsford, N.Y., Raymond J. Clark, Webster, N.Y., Daniel Davies, Palo Alto, Calif., Dale T. Platteter, Fairport, N.Y., and Michael W. Marchetti, Victor, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system renders print jobs via a marking engine. A raster image processor receives the job from the input module and renders it to one or more raster images. One or more contone image processors receive the one or more raster images to perform cross-channel image processing to render the raster images into a form compatible with the marking engine, wherein the output is partially sub-partitioned by color separation. An image refactoring and distribution network completes the sub-partitioning by separation of the rendered contone raster images by color separation and distributes each color sub-partition to a marker channel module specific to each color sub-partition. A marking engine receives the color sub-partitioned image data, marks the image onto a substrate and outputs a hardcopy of the image." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2010 (12/703,232). 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=8,305,640&OS=8,305,640&RS=8,305,640 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** RingCentral Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- RingCentral, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,622) developed by Vladimir G. Shmunis, Hillsborough, Calif., Vlad Vendrow, Redwood City, Calif., and Bruce Young, San Jose, Calif., for a message preview control.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention relate generally to computing devices and systems, as well as software, computer programs, applications, and user interfaces, and more particularly, to systems, devices and methods to facilitate message preview control. For example, the method may include generating representations for messages to present on an interface, and detecting selection of the representation for the message. Further, the method can include presenting preview information for the message, which can be an electronic facsimile. The representations for the messages can include a representation for an electronic facsimile, as well as a voice message and an email." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2012 (13/403,960). 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=8,305,622&OS=8,305,622&RS=8,305,622 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,305,648) developed by Allan Warnes, North Vancouver, Calif., and Guy Sirton, Delta, Calif., for "adjusting the calibration of an imaging system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus (10) for adjusting the calibration of an imaging system to correct for geometric distortion comprises a rotating drum for receiving recording media (17), a plurality of carriages (18) each having an imaging head (16) with a plurality of addressable imaging channels, and a controller programmed with a lookup table, analytical relationship or algorithm that relates corrective adjustments to be made to the imaging of a given imaging head based on the positions of others of the imaging heads. A method is described for obtaining the lookup table, analytical relationship or algorithm. The method has particular relevance to large imaging systems." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/474,508). 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=8,305,648&OS=8,305,648&RS=8,305,648 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Multipath Mitigation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,306,093) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for multipath mitigation." The co-inventors are Shiou-Hung Chen, San Diego, Grant Alexander Marshall, Campbell, Calif., Emilija M. Simic, La Jolla, Calif., Douglas Neal Rowitch, Del Mar, Calif., and Rayman Wai Pon, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for short multipath mitigation. In one aspect the method comprises subtracting a first stronger path from a correlation function to obtain a first residual signal, wherein one component of the first residual signal is a weaker path; applying reconstruction on the first residual signal to obtain a first reconstructed weaker path; subtracting the first reconstructed weaker path from the correlation function to obtain a second residual signal; and applying reconstruction on the second residual signal to obtain a second stronger path. In one aspect, the apparatus includes an antenna for receiving a composite receive RF signal, a receiver front-end for converting the composite receive RF signal into a composite receive digital signal; and a processor for performing signal correlation on the composite receive digital signal to obtain a correlation function and for processing the correlation function to obtain a desired signal. In one aspect, the short multipath is identified by computing a Left Edge Height Ratio Indicator (LEHRI)." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2008 (12/326,001). 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=8,306,093&OS=8,306,093&RS=8,306,093 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Anritsu Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Anritsu, Morgan Hill, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,115) developed by Donald Anthony Bradley, Morgan Hill, Calif., for an "elimination of fractional N boundary spurs in a signal synthesizer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable frequency synthesizer is provided with fine tuning over a broad bandwidth using a Fractional N type Delta Sum Phase Locked Loop circuit that enables elimination of boundary value spurs. In the system, frequencies where spurs occur are calculated to define a region of fractional N values that cannot be used with a first time base. To avoid the boundary spurs, a second time base reference is selected that can generate boundary spurs that do not overlap with the first time base. Circuitry is provided to select the appropriate time base and the fractional N values to generate desired output frequencies throughout the synthesizer range while avoiding the boundary spurs." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/790,460). 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=8,305,115.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,115&RS=PN/8,305,115 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** National Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,061) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus and method for digitally controlled buck-boost switching regulator." The co-inventors are Jianhui Zhang, San Jose, Calif., Martin Embacher, Munich, Germany, Frank Trautmann, Munich, Germany, and Christian Giassner, Berching, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A buck/boost regulator controller is provided. The buck-boost regulator controller controls four switches in an H-bridge configuration to control voltage regulation. The buck/boost regulator controller includes a digital error amplifier and buck-boost control logic. The digital error amplifier provides a multi-bit digital error voltage signal that is based on the difference between the output voltage and the desired output voltage. The buck-boost control logic controls the opening and closing of the four switches in the H-bridge based, in part, on the multi-bit digital error voltage signal." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2008 (12/133,111). 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=8,305,061.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,061&RS=PN/8,305,061 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Achronix Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Achronix Semiconductor, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,124) developed by four co-inventors for a reset signal distribution. The co-inventors are Ravi Kurlagunda, Fremont, Calif., Ravi Sunkavalli, Milpitas, Calif., Vijay Bantval, Cherry Hill, N.J., and Rahul Nimaiyar, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, circuits and systems may operate to generate a reset signal at an input reset block and synchronously distribute the reset signal, via a number of pipelined reset blocks, to multiple ports of a core circuit. The reset signal may be transmitted successively to each of the pipelined reset blocks to provide delayed reset signals having delay times. The delay times may be based on locations of the pipelined reset blocks in the reset circuit. One or more of the delayed reset signals may be programmably coupled to one or more ports of the core circuit. Additional methods, circuits, and systems are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2011 (13/310,382). 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=8,305,124.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,124&RS=PN/8,305,124 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Measuring and Monitoring Layer Properties in Web-based Processes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,305,096) developed by Warren Jackson, San Francisco, and Carl Taussig, Redwood City, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for measuring and monitoring layer properties in web-based processes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for measuring and monitoring layer properties in web-based processes are described. The apparatus includes multiple electrode devices adjacently positioned on a surface of a web material, which advances with a predetermined speed. The electrode devices perform measurements of electrical parameters of a layer of the web material and provide an electrical signal to a layer deposition system for further adjustment of layer properties of the layer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2006 (11/590,349). 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=8,305,096.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,096&RS=PN/8,305,096 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Newport Media Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Newport Media, Lake Forest, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,498) developed by Ahmed Ragab Elsherif, Giza, Egypt, Mohamed Abd El-Salam Ali, Ramadan, Egypt, and Nabil Yousef Wasily, Foothill Ranch, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for equalizing analog TV signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for equalizing analog TV signals includes an antenna that receives the signal data, wherein the signal data comprises a luminance carrier comprising a luminance channel and a chrominance carrier comprising a chrominance channel; an analog-to-digital converter coupled to receiving antenna that converts the received signal data to digital signal data; an instruction memory storing digital equalizer instructions; and a digital equalizer system, coupled to the memory and the analog-to-digital converter, wherein the digital equalizer system processes the digital equalizer instructions to estimate a noise variation of the luminance channel; equalize the luminance channel; and equalize the chrominance channel, wherein the equalization of the chrominance channel is separate and distinct from the equalization of the luminance channel." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2010 (12/759,665). 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=8,305,498&OS=8,305,498&RS=8,305,498 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,106) developed by four co-inventors for an "electronic self-healing methods for radio-frequency receivers." The co-inventors are Florian Bohn, Pasadena, Calif., Seyed Ali Hajimiri, Pasadena, Calif., Hua Wang, Hillsboro, Ore., and Yu-Jiu Wang, Shengang Township, Taiwan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for providing self-healing integrated circuits. The method is characterized in that the behavior of a circuit or a device in response to an input signal is observed. One or more operational parameters or characteristics of the circuit or the device are derived. A corrective action to bring the operational parameters or characteristics of the circuit or device within a desired range is deduced, if needed. The corrective action can be the application of a correction signal or a modification of one or more parameters or characteristics of an element in the circuit. The calculated corrective action, if needed, is applied to bring the operational parameters or characteristics of the circuit or device within the desired range. Optionally, the operational parameters or characteristics of the circuit or the device after the correction is effectuated can be checked." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2010 (12/806,906). 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=8,305,106.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,106&RS=PN/8,305,106 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,305,214) developed by four co-inventors for an "electronic tag configured to sense a plant environment." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for tracking at least one plant includes an electronic tag including an interrogation interface and memory circuitry and a package for the electronic tag, the package being configured for physical association with at least one corresponding plant." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2008 (12/290,011). 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=8,305,214.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,214&RS=PN/8,305,214 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Altera Assigned Patent for High-performance Memory Interface Circuit Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Altera, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,121) developed by six co-inventors for a "high-performance memory interface circuit architecture." The co-inventors are Joseph Huang, San Jose, Calif., Chiakang Sung, Milpitas, Calif., Philip Pan, Fremont, Calif., Yan Chong, San Jose, Calif., Andy L. Lee, San Jose, Calif., and Brian D. Johnson, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A programmable memory interface circuit includes a programmable DLL delay chain, a phase offset control circuit and a programmable DQS delay chain. The DLL delay chain uses a set of serially connected delay cells, a programmable switch, a phase detector and a digital counter to generate a coarse phase shift control setting. The coarse phase shift control setting is then used to pre-compute a static residual phase shift control setting or generate a dynamic residual phase shift control setting, one of which is chosen by the phase offset control circuit to be added to or subtracted from the coarse phase shift control setting to generate a fine phase shift control setting. The coarse and fine phase shift control settings work in concert to generate a phase-delayed DQS signal that is center-aligned to its associated DQ signals." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2011 (13/168,499). 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=8,305,121.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,121&RS=PN/8,305,121 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Portable Electronic Device for Photo Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,355) developed by seven co-inventors for a "portable electronic device for photo management." The co-inventors are Michael Matas, Palo Alto, Calif., Greg Christie, San Jose, Calif., Paul D. Marcos, Los Altos, Calif., Scott Forstall, Mountain View, Calif., Marcel Van Os, San Francisco, Bas Ording, San Francisco, and Imran Chaudhri, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable electronic device with a touch screen display for photo management is disclosed. One aspect of the invention involves a computer-implemented method in which the portable electronic device displays an array of thumbnail images corresponding to a set of photographic images. The device replaces the displayed array of thumbnail images with a user-selected photographic image upon detecting a user contact with a corresponding thumbnail image in the array. The user-selected photographic image is displayed at a larger scale than the corresponding thumbnail image. The portable device displays a different photographic image in replacement of the user-selected photographic image in accordance with a scrolling gesture. The scrolling gesture comprises a substantially horizontal movement of user contact with the touch screen display." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2012 (13/361,912). 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=8,305,355&OS=8,305,355&RS=8,305,355 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Toggle Switch with Magnetic Mechanical and Electrical Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,172) developed by six co-inventors for a "toggle switch with magnetic mechanical and electrical control." The co-inventors are Shahram Mehraban, Tustin, Calif., Suzanne M. Fowler, Phoenix, David Janssens, Palo Alto, Calif., Adam Mack, Menlo Park, Calif., Peter Riering-Czekalla, Oakland, Calif., and Ryan W. Parker, Phoenix.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A switch includes magnets that provide both mechanical actuation of the switch as well as electrical operation of the switch. A system controller detects a state of the switch and controls operation of one or more systems in a structure based on the state of the switch. The system controller can detect the state of the switch by detecting a position of a magnet of the switch." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/825,158). 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=8,305,172.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,172&RS=PN/8,305,172 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Linear Technology Assigned Patent for Third Order Intermodulation Cancellation by In-line Generated Signal ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Linear Technology, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,142) developed by Gregory A. Fung, Fremont, Calif., for a "third order intermodulation cancellation by in-line generated signal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An actual linear amplifier distorts an input signal, such as an RF signal, and generates third order intermodulation (IM3) products. A single-port predistortion circuit is connected at a single node of an input line to the amplifier via an AC coupling capacitor. The fundamental frequency of the input signal is applied to a forward biased diode junction. The current through the diode is applied to a second capacitor. The appropriate setting of a tuning device, such as a tunable resistor or a tunable capacitor, causes the predistortion circuit to invert the second harmonic generated by the diode. The inverted second harmonic signal is applied to the single node of the input line to add predistortion to the signal applied to the amplifier. The predistortion cancels or substantially reduces the IM3 products at the output of the amplifier." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2010 (12/959,986). 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=8,305,142.PN.&OS=PN/8,305,142&RS=PN/8,305,142 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Low Latency Synchronizer Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 9 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,305,125) developed by Bo Tang, Cupertino, Calif., and Edgardo F. Klass, Cupertino, Calif., for a "low latency synchronizer circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A synchronizer circuit includes a master stage and a slave stage. The master stage may include a first master latch coupled to receive a data input signal, and a clock signal. The master stage may also include a second master latch coupled to receive the data input signal, and a delayed version of the clock signal. The master stage may further include a pull-up circuit th For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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