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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 22)

[November 22, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 22)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,316,124) developed by Mark S. Baumback, Seattle, David William Bettis, Seattle, and Jonathan A. Jenkins, Seattle, for "managing network data display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for monitoring the performance associated with fulfilling resource requests and determining optimizations for improving such performance are provided. A processing device obtains and processes performance metric information associated with processing a request corresponding to a set of resources. The processing device uses the processed performance metric information to identify a subset of the resources corresponding to a display location associated with a visible portion of a display and to further assess performance related to the processing of the identified subset of the resources. In some embodiments, the processed performance data may be used to identify timing information associated with the subset of the embedded resources. Aspects of systems and methods for identifying and testing alternative resource configurations corresponding to the content associated with the original set of resources and for determining whether to recommend a resource configuration for improving performance of subsequent client requests for the content are also provided." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,926). 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=8,316,124&OS=8,316,124&RS=8,316,124 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Resource Management System for Hosting of User Solutions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,101) developed by four co-inventors for a "resource management system for hosting of user solutions." The co-inventors are Michael Ammerlaan, Sammamish, Wash., Silviu Ifrim, Redmond, Wash., Kristofer D. Hoffman, Redmond, Wash., and Randy D. Thomson, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Scalable hosting of user solutions is provided. A system for hosting application software includes a local server, one or more remote servers, a configuration database and a content database. The local server includes a web front end module that processes a request from a client computer over the Internet to host application software on a server. The web front end module determines whether the local server or the one or more remote servers will host the application software. The remote server includes a back end module that manages the installation and operation of application software hosted the remote server. The configuration database includes topology information that has descriptions of the server computers that can host application software. The content database includes information on the content of the software applications to be hosted on a server computer." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2008 (12/163,810). 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=8,316,101&OS=8,316,101&RS=8,316,101 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Techniques to Manage Media Content for a Multimedia Conference Event ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,089) developed by four co-inventors for "techniques to manage media content for a multimedia conference event." The co-inventors are Pulin Thakkar, Redmond, Wash., Noor-E-Gagan Singh, Redmond, Wash., Stuti Jain, Redmond, Wash., and Avronil Bhattacharjee, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to manage media content for a multimedia conference event are described. An apparatus may comprise a media content manager component operative to generate a visual composition of decoded media streams for a multimedia conference event. If it is determined that the total number of decoded media streams is greater than the total number of available display frames in a visual composition then an active group of decoded media streams may be selected from among the total number of decoded media streams for mapping to the available display frames based on speech activity. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2008 (12/115,556). 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=8,316,089&OS=8,316,089&RS=8,316,089 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,129) developed by David Kruse, Kirkland, Wash., Ahmed Mohamed, Sammamish, Wash., and Balan Sethu Raman, Redmond, Wash., for a "data communication coordination with sequence numbers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described are sequence numbers for client-server communication, to control a client's use of server resources. A server grants the client credits, and the client consumes a credit for sending each command to the server. Each credit corresponds to a sequence number, with the set of sequence numbers forming a valid command window. The server enforces that for each received command, the command includes a sequence number that is within the valid command window and that the sequence number has not been used with another command. The server may also maintain a maximum window size, such that clients with credits cannot send a command with a sequence number that beyond a maximum sequence number. When incorporated into a data communication protocol, quality of service, combating denial of service, detection of message loss, division of server resources, secure message signing, and other numerous benefits result." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2005 (11/182,989). 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=8,316,129&OS=8,316,129&RS=8,316,129 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,316,120) developed by four co-inventors for "applicability detection using third party target state." The co-inventors are Christopher Scott Gouge, Redmond, Wash., Vibha Rathi, Redmond, Wash., Shiaf Ramlan, Redmond, Wash., and Derek Chirk Yin Cheng, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to detecting needed updates. In aspects, an update agent receives a request to scan for updates for a target. The target may include a virtual or non-virtual device. The request may include one or more rules that indicate resources to check to determine attributes of the device. The update agent utilizes a resource accessor to access the resources indicated by the rules. The resource accessor maps resource names indicated by the update agent to corresponding resource names of the target. The update agent may provide results of evaluating the rules to an update source in a multi-pass protocol designed to eliminate irrelevant updates." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2010 (12/698,158). 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=8,316,120&OS=8,316,120&RS=8,316,120 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vision Works IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Vision Works IP, Sequim, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,769) developed by Alfred S. Braunberger, Sequim, Wash., and Beau M. Braunberger, Upland, Calif., for an "absolute acceleration sensor for use within moving vehicles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication system for a vehicle includes a vehicle speed sensor configured to emit a periodic function with a parameter correlated to the speed of the vehicle, an acceleration monitoring system, a braking system engagement detector to detect a braking status of the vehicle, an alerting device capable of signaling other drivers of a deceleration condition of the vehicle, and a control device. The acceleration monitoring system is configured to compute the acceleration of the vehicle from variations in the parameter of the periodic function of the vehicle speed sensor and to output a deceleration status of the vehicle. The control device is coupled to the acceleration monitoring system, the braking system engagement detector, and the alerting device, wherein the acceleration monitoring system sends signals to the control device and the control device operates the alerting device in a manner dependent on the deceleration status of the vehicle." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,965). 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=8,315,769&OS=8,315,769&RS=8,315,769 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Local Decision Policies About the Sharing Of Sensed Data that Enhance Privacy and Lower Communication Costs for Services that Aggregate Data from Personal Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,786) developed by Eric J. Horvitz, Kirkland, Wash., Jonathan David Canan, Bellevue, Wash., and Gur Kimchi, Bellevue, Wash., for "local decision policies about the sharing of sensed data that enhance privacy and lower communication costs for services that aggregate data from personal devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Velocity information can be beneficial to various entities including other vehicles and a central traffic monitoring and routing system. Vehicles with sensors can serve as velocity probes to update speeds that are shared via a more global service. However, individuals may be reluctant to provide location and velocity information given privacy preferences. Local policies about sharing personal data are described that can be harnessed to enhance privacy while minimizing communication costs. The local data-sharing policies allow devices to monitor their own speeds and locations and to employ models and analyses that determine the value of sharing flow information with a larger service in accordance with privacy preferences, and to make local decisions as to when to respond to broadcasted queries for specific information, while minimizing the redundancy of signals from multiple vehicles." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2008 (12/163,631). 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=8,315,786&OS=8,315,786&RS=8,315,786 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Voice User Interface Authoring Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,874) developed by four co-inventors for a "voice user interface authoring tool." The co-inventors are William F. Barton, Harvard, Mass., Michelle S. Spina, Winchester, Mass., David G. Ollason, Seattle, and Julian J. Odell, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A voice user interface authoring tool is configured to use categorized example caller responses, from which callflow paths, automatic speech recognition, and natural language processing control files can be generated automatically within a single, integrated authoring user interface. A voice user interface (VUI) design component allows an author to create an application incorporating various types of action nodes, including Prompt/Response Processing (PRP) nodes. At runtime, the system uses the information from each PRP node to prompt a user to say something, and to process the user's response in order to extract its meaning. An Automatic Speech Recognition/Natural Language Processing (ASR/NLP) Control Design component allows the author to associate sample inputs with each possible meaning, and automatically generates the necessary ASR and NLP runtime control files. The VUI design component allows the author to associate the appropriate ASR and NLP control files with each PRP node, and to associate an action node with each possible meaning, as indicated by the NLP control file." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2006 (11/401,823). 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=8,315,874&OS=8,315,874&RS=8,315,874 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,315,787) developed by Syed Taji Shafaat, Everett, Wash., and Jennifer L. Gertley, Issaquah, Wash., for a "method and system for display of guidance reference for traffic situational awareness." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Situational Awareness and Guidance Reference (SAGR) and associated methods and systems are disclosed. A system in accordance to one embodiment of the disclosure includes a display system utilized for a traffic application and an SAGR associated with the own-ship symbol providing longitudinal and lateral guidance reference. In a manual implementation, the SAGR aids human operators achieve required longitudinal and lateral spacing from selected traffic by depicting a small operating region on a navigational map display within which an aircraft will have achieved the required spacing. Such depiction of the deviation guidance may be with respect to time or distance relative to selected traffic aircraft or to fixed structure, and engaged in an automatic or manual mode." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2011 (13/274,338). 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=8,315,787&OS=8,315,787&RS=8,315,787 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Computational Methods and Systems for Suggesting Modulators of CYP450 as Treatment Options ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,815) developed by four co-inventors for "computational methods and systems for suggesting modulators of CYP450 as treatment options." The co-inventors are Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Renton, Wash., Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computational methods and systems are described which accept input, identify one or more CYP450-family enzymes, identify one or more modulators of the CYP450-family enzymes, and communicate treatments to at least one system user, wherein the treatments include one or more of the identified at least one modulator." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2011 (13/317,805). 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=8,315,815&OS=8,315,815&RS=8,315,815 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Power Conversion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- American Power Conversion, West Kingston, R.I., has been assigned a patent (8,315,841) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods and systems for managing facility power and cooling." The co-inventors are Neil Rasmussen, Concord, Mass., James W. VanGilder, Pepperell, Mass., Mikkel Dalgas, Hejls, Denmark, Stephen Berard, Seattle, Henrik Jensen, Vejle, Denmark, Henrik Daae, Vejle, Denmark, and Sandi Schoellhammer, Fredericia, Denmark.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for determining data center cooling and power requirements and for monitoring performance of cooling and power systems in data centers. At least one aspect provides a system and method that enables a data center operator to determine available power and cooling at specific areas and enclosures in a data center to assist in locating new equipment in the data center." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2011 (13/018,185). 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=8,315,841&OS=8,315,841&RS=8,315,841 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Hidden Markov Model Based Text to Speech Systems Employing Rope-jumping Algorithm ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,871) developed by Wenlin Wang, Beijing, Guoliang Zhang, Beijing, and Jingyang Xu, Redmond, Wash., for a "hidden Markov model based text to speech systems employing rope-jumping algorithm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A rope-jumping algorithm is employed in a Hidden Markov Model based text to speech system to determine start and end models and to modify the start and end models by setting small co-variances. Disordered acoustic parameters due to violation of parameter constraints are avoided through the modification and result in stable line frequency spectrum for the generated speech." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2009 (12/478,342). 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=8,315,871&OS=8,315,871&RS=8,315,871 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ticketmaster Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Ticketmaster, West Hollywood, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,918) developed by eight co-inventors for "systems for dynamically allocating finite or unique resources." The co-inventors are Andrew Karonis, Europort, Gibraltar, Brendan Ross, Toronto, Shigeki Hirose, Sammamish, Wash., Dennis Denker, Scottsdale, Ariz., Happy Kush, Venice, Calif., Adam Sussman, Los Angeles, Craig Mclane, South Pasadena, Calif., and Sean Moriarty, Pasadena, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is related to electronically allocating finite or limited resources. In an embodiment, a computer system is configured to receive bids over a network from a first plurality of users for a limited number of units, the bids including associated bid amounts. A data store is operable to store the bid amounts. Program code is stored in computer readable memory and is configured to determine which bids are winning bids, determine a unit price for units associated with the winning bids, wherein the unit price associated with the winning bids is based on the lowest winning bid amount, and units can be tickets." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2009 (12/550,248). 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=8,315,918&OS=8,315,918&RS=8,315,918 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Generating a Proposed Bid ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,908) developed by Ervin Peretz, Redmond, Wash., and Sasank Mudunuri, San Francisco, for a "generating a proposed bid." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method for generating a proposed bid includes receiving an input generated by a first content provider as part of a bidding process where content providers bid for opportunities to provide content for publication. The input indicates (i) a resource for publishing first content from the first content provider and (ii) a campaign characteristic associated with the first content. The method includes determining a proposed bid for the first content provider based on the input and on historical data from the bidding process associated with the resource. The method includes presenting the proposed bid to the first content provider." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/394,249). 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=8,315,908&OS=8,315,908&RS=8,315,908 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cypress Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,832) developed by Ryan D. Seguine, Seattle, for "normalizing capacitive sensor array signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of the present invention is directed to a method for reporting position information. Position information received from a plurality of capacitive sensors in an array of capacitive sensors is adjusted based on predetermined adjustment values to generate adjusted position information. Each predetermined adjustment value is associated with at least one of the plurality of capacitive sensors. A signal representative of the adjusted position information is generated. In another embodiment, the sensitivity of at least one of the capacitive sensors is adjusted based on the position of the at least one capacitive sensor within the array." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2011 (13/156,297). 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=8,315,832&OS=8,315,832&RS=8,315,832 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Network Centric Power Flow Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,315,743) developed by four co-inventors for a "network centric power flow control." The co-inventors are Ronald Ward Sackman, Mountain View, Calif., John Leo Meier, St. Charles, Mo., Thomas Francis Overman, Corvallis, Ore., and Scott Arthur Moody, Buckley, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are present for sending power to a number of loads. A plurality of nodes and a number of lines connected to the plurality of nodes are selected to send electrical power from a number of sources to a number of loads based on a capacity to send the electrical power through the plurality of nodes and the number of lines. The plurality of nodes is configured into a circuit to carry the electrical power from the number of sources to the number of loads using the plurality nodes. The plurality of nodes are controlled to send the electrical power through the circuit to the number of loads using a number of agent processes associated with the plurality of nodes." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2010 (12/709,400). 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=8,315,743&OS=8,315,743&RS=8,315,743 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,221) developed by Sayantan Choudhury, Vancouver, Wash., Zhanping Yin, Vancouver, Wash., and Shohei Yamada, Camas, Wash., for a "reducing feedback overhead for multiple component carriers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless communication device configured for reducing feedback overhead for multiple component carriers is described. The wireless communication device includes a processor and instructions stored in memory. The wireless communication device receives signals on a plurality of component carriers and determines at least one feedback value based on the signals. The wireless communication device also generates at least one reduced overhead feedback message for the plurality of component carriers based on the at least one feedback value and sends the at least one reduced overhead feedback message." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2010 (12/819,171). 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=83,15,221.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,221&RS=PN/83,15,221 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,196) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for determining placement of internet taps in wireless neighborhood networks." The co-inventors are Lili Qiu, Bellevue, Wash., Kamal Jain, Bellevue, Wash., Ranveer Chandra, Ithaca, N.Y., and Mohammad Mahdian, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for determining the placement of ITAPs in wireless neighborhood networks. The method disclosed provides for efficient integration of multi-hop wireless networks with the Internet by placing ITAPs at strategic locations. Initially the method provides for the formulation of the ITAP placement problem under three wireless models. For each model, methods are developed to efficiently place ITAPs in the networks. The methods aim to minimize the number of required ITAPs while guaranteeing users' bandwidth requirements. Next, a fault tolerance version of the placement method is presented that provides bandwidth guarantees in the presence of failures. Finally the methods are extended to take into account variable traffic demands by developing an approximation algorithm to simultaneously optimize ITAP placement based on demands over multiple periods." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2004 (10/780,262). 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=8,315,196&OS=8,315,196&RS=8,315,196 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Survivable and Resilient Real Time Communication Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,165) developed by six co-inventors for "survivable and resilient real time communication architecture." The co-inventors are Vadim Eydelman, Bellevue, Wash., Sankaran Narayanan, Redmond, Wash., Dhigha D. Sekaran, Redmond, Wash., Mahendra D. Sekaran, Sammamish, Wash., Bimal K. Mehta, Sammamish, Wash., and Amey Parandekar, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Enhanced communication systems with various resiliency and survivability aspects are provided. Data center, cluster, network, and load balancer survivability are provided for seamless communication experience in case of data center, cluster, discovery infrastructure, or hardware load balancer failures. Call, data, and authentication survivability are provided through dynamic re-routing over alternative networks, continuous data replication, and alternative authentication mechanisms. Seamless failover is ensured through use of identical signaling protocols and data carried by protocols between primary and backup clusters. Voicemail resiliency is achieved by re-routing calls directed to voicemail over alternative paths such as PSTN connections." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2010 (12/794,861). 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=8,315,165&OS=8,315,165&RS=8,315,165 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Physio-Control Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Physio-Control, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,693) developed by eight co-inventors for an electrocardiogram monitoring. The co-inventors are Zhong Qun Lu, Bothell, Wash., Richard C. Nova, Kirkland, Wash., Paul S. Tamura, Seattle, Gary A. DeBardi, Kirkland, Wash., David W. Tecklenburg, Mill Creek, Wash., Tyler R. Hart, Seattle, James S. Neumiller, Redmond, Wash., and Richard J. Cardin, Duvall, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for determining whether one or more leads are not adequately connected to a patient, e.g., for ECG monitoring, are described. The techniques involve injection of an integrated signal (which includes a test signal) into one lead, and monitoring the driven lead and the response at the other leads, including the common mode and the difference between the other leads. These "lead-off" detection techniques may be provided by an external defibrillator that provides three-wire ECG monitoring. Techniques for determining a type of a cable coupled to a defibrillator are also described. The cable-type identification may allow a defibrillator to, for example, operate in either a three-wire ECG monitoring mode or a therapy mode, based on whether a three-wire ECG cable or a defibrillation cable is coupled to the defibrillator." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2007 (11/679,154). 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=8,315,693.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,693&RS=PN/8,315,693 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,315,592) developed by Kenneth R. O'Neill, Everett, Wash., Michael P. Snow, Langley, Wash., and Bradley W. Offer, Burien, Wash., for a "voice messaging prioritization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A voice radio communication system prioritizes radio voice communications so that higher priority voice transmission is given precedence. The communication system comprises a transmitter that inserts a digital watermark into a voice communication. Software in a receiver decodes the digital watermark to determine a priority requested by the sender, and other information about the sender and the message. The software determines the message priority based on multiple factors. Voice transmissions are digitally recorded and played in order of priority. Options exist for the user to control the playback." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2011 (13/311,738). 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=8,315,592.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,592&RS=PN/8,315,592 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Digimarc Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Digimarc, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,315,554) developed by Kenneth L. Levy, Stevenson, Wash., and Geoffrey B. Rhoads, West Linn, Ore., for a connected audio content.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The presently claimed invention relates to connecting audio signals to associated information. One claim recites a method comprising: using a microphone, capturing data representing ambient audio; using a programmed electronic processor, analyzing captured data to extract identifying information therefrom; communicating the identifying information to a remotely located database; in response to said communicating, receiving music information associated with the identifying information, said music information including licensing options for a general type of music associated with the captured data. A related claim recites that the music information also includes purchase options for a specific song title for the capture data. Of course, other combinations and claims are provided as well." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2010 (12/689,465). 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=8,315,554.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,554&RS=PN/8,315,554 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Integrated Platform for User Input of Digital Ink ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,482) developed by four co-inventors for an "integrated platform for user input of digital ink." The co-inventors are Xiaohui Hou, Beijing, Yingjun Qiu, Beijing, Dongmei Zhang, Redmond, Wash., and Jian Wang, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described is a technology that provides an integrated platform for users to use different kinds of digital ink (e.g., handwritten characters, sketched shapes, handwritten formulas) when interacting with computer programs. The platform interprets the user's digital ink input and outputs one or more associated items into an application program. The output items can be customized for different application programs. In one aspect, the platform includes an ink panel having different operating modes for receiving digital ink, and a recognition service that recognizes different types of digital ink. The recognition service may include a unified recognizer that recognizes different types of digital ink, e.g., characters and shapes. Another recognizer may be included such as an equation recognizer. If the recognition result is text while in a non-text mode, the text may be used in a keyword search to locate items; otherwise, the recognition result may be used without keyword searching." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2007 (11/821,870). 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=8,315,482.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,482&RS=PN/8,315,482 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TeleCommunication Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- TeleCommunication Systems, Annapolis, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,315,599) developed by Farhad Kasad, Bothell, Wash., and Camron Lockeby, Puyallup, Wash., for a location privacy selector.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless device capable of being located over a network by a requesting party comprises a phone, and a display to display a visually-continuous location privacy slider having at least five stops. Each of the at least five stops corresponds to a given combination of settings within the phone relating to a privacy of reporting of location of the wireless device to a requesting device." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2011 (13/067,942). 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=8,315,599.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,599&RS=PN/8,315,599 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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