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

[November 22, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (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 Texas.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,316,099) developed by five co-inventors for a directory distributor. The co-inventors are Bradley C. Diggs, Grand Prairie, Texas, Thomas Sharif Abdallah, Erie, Colo., Neil A. Wilson, Austin, Texas, Stephen T. Shoaff, Austin, Texas, and Kelly C. Hemphill, Raleigh, N.C.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dividing a set of leaf objects having the same path of a directory namespace allows the divided path data sets to be distributed over separate physical stores (e.g., directory servers, network storage, separate memory, etc.). Distribution of divided path data sets over separate physical stores enhances scalability of a directory namespace and facilitates efficient utilization of resources. A directory distributor maintains information that indicates distribution of data path sets of a directory namespace and directs requests for the directory namespace to appropriate stores in accordance with this information." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2004 (10/884,699). 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=8,316,099&OS=8,316,099&RS=8,316,099 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Wheelchair Control System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,753) developed by Steven M. Meyer, Georgetown, Texas, for a wheelchair control system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for wheelchair control. The position and distance of a touch point on a touch pad is used to set speed and wheel differential control. The two major wheels of the wheelchair are controlled according to these set quantities. Exceeding either of two horizontal accelerations measured by an accelerometer limits the set speed. Wheelchair control is shut down upon exceeding a vertical acceleration limit." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2010 (12/683,960). 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=8,315,753&OS=8,315,753&RS=8,315,753 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Sponsor-based Desktop Customization as a Revenue Stream ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,315,907) developed by four co-inventors for a "sponsor-based desktop customization as a revenue stream." The co-inventors are Monica J. Shaughnessy, Houston, Mark J. Altendorf, Spring, Texas, Arthur M. Saxby, Sugarland, Teaxs, and Gaurav Sood, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The specification describes a method for realizing revenue streams for computer manufacturers apart from hardware sales. More particularly, the specification discloses a method where personal computers are configured such that each user has an individual login capability, and each user may experience a different desktop theme and related overall customization. The end-user may select a particular theme, and each theme is based on the goods and/or services of a sponsor of that theme. The computer manufacturer realizes revenue initially for enabling the end -user to select particular themes, but also realizes a revenue for end-users selecting themes. Further, the specification discloses a method where computer manufacturers realize revenue by generation of internet traffic to, and electronic-commerce on, a sponsor's internet sites." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2002 (10/127,119). 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=8,315,907&OS=8,315,907&RS=8,315,907 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Move Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Move, Westlake Village, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,911) developed by eight co-inventors for a "mortgage and real estate data integration and presentation system." The co-inventors are Todd Andrew Callow, Los Gatos, Calif., Sumeet Bhatia, Los Angeles, Duke Tsao-Ming Fan, San Jose, Calif., David Kramer, Wylie, Texas, Bruce Mitchell, San Francisco, Vaughan Allan Smith, Menlo Park, Calif., Susan Stewart, San Jose, Calif., and Clifton Ray Williams, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of presenting real estate data is provided. A plurality of property listings can be presented, and a selection of one of the presented property listings may be received from a user. The user may be associated with a financial profile, which may be specified via user input. In response to receiving the selection by the user, at least one loan offer corresponding to the property listing may be automatically presented, for example, together with the property listing. The loan offer may be at least partially based on the financial profile, and may also be based on a property corresponding to the selected property listing. For example, the property listing and the financial profile may be automatically transmitted to one or more loan providers in response to receiving the selection by the user of the property listing, and in response loan offers may be received from some of the loan providers." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2009 (12/553,456). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,315,911&OS=8,315,911&RS=8,315,911 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,315,920) developed by Chad C. Keith, San Antonio, David Dunmire, San Antonio, and Clifford Marcus Owenby, San Antonio, for a "method for automating onboarding of user generated ringback tones to sales distribution channel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for automating an onboarding process for a developer onto a service delivery hub operated by a network operator includes providing the developer with information relating to use of the service delivery hub, receiving data relating to the developer, approving the developer, certifying an application provided by the developer, and configuring the application for use. A method for synchronization with the service delivery hub is also provided." The patent application was filed on July. 30, 2010 (12/847,793). 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=8,315,920&OS=8,315,920&RS=8,315,920 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,315,264) developed by four co-inventors for a "network system using path health information for path selection." The co-inventors are Kyle R. Moser, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Srikanth Subramanian, Chennai, India, Pedro V. Torres, Austin, Texas, and Venkat Venkatsubra, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network system employs path health information to select an acceptable path between a source node and destination node within an information handling system (IHS) and/or between a source node within one IHS and a destination node within another IHS. One or more switches may connect these two IHSs together. The network system accesses the path health information to determine the availability of paths for communicating between nodes." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,564). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,15,264.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,264&RS=PN/83,15,264 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Agere Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Agere Systems, Allentown, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,315,298) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for rate-dependent equalization." The co-inventors are Pervez M. Aziz, Dallas, Mohammad S. Mobin, Orefield, Pa., Gregory W. Sheets, Breinigsville, Pa., Lane A. Smith, Easton, Pa., and Paul H. Tracy, Schnecksville, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided for equalizing a received signal. A received signal is equalized by determining a data rate of the received signal; obtaining one or more equalization parameters associated with the determined data rate; and equalizing the received signal using the obtained one or more equalization parameters. The equalization parameters may comprise, for example, one or more of a gain parameter, zero control for a high pass filter and one or more threshold settings for one or more latches used during the equalizing step, such as data latches or transition latches (or both)." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/930,780. 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=83,15,298.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,298&RS=PN/83,15,298 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas A&M University System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Texas A&M University System, College Station, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,306) developed by Qian Xu, College Station, Texas, Vladimir M. Stankovi, Lancaster, United Kingdom, and Zixiang Xiong, Spring, Texas, for a "distributed joint source-channel coding of video using raptor codes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A video encoder system includes a base layer and an enhancement layer for encoding video data. The base layer encodes a reduced quality version of the video data to obtain base layer data. The enhancement layer encodes the video data using energy-concentrating transform operations, nested scalar quantization, and Raptor encoders. The base layer data and enhancement layer data are transmitted through a channel to a video decoder system. The decoder system decodes the base layer data to recover an estimate of the reduced quality video and decodes the enhancement layer data (using the reduced quality video as side information) to obtain blocks of coset indices. The decoder system then operates on the blocks of coset indices to generate estimates of the original video data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2006 (11/517,942). 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=83,15,306.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,306&RS=PN/83,15,306 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,260) developed by four co-inventors for "transport multiplexer-mechanisms to force ethernet traffic from one domain to be switched in a different (external) domain." The co-inventors are T. Benjamin Mack-Crane, Downers Grove, Ill., Linda Dunbar, Plano, Texas, Robert Sultan, Somers, N.Y., and Lucy Yong, McKinney, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network comprising a switch configured to switch traffic between a plurality of external interfaces via a plurality of virtual interfaces associated with the external interfaces, and wherein the traffic comprises a plurality of external virtual local area network (VLAN) identifiers (VIDs) associated with the external interfaces to select the virtual interfaces. Also disclosed is a network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising receiving a frame from a physical port, obtaining an external VID from a VLAN tag in the frame, removing the VLAN tag from the frame, selecting a virtual interface based on the external VID, and delivering the frame to the selected virtual interface." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2011 (13/252,612). 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=83,15,260.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,260&RS=PN/83,15,260 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,714) developed by Terry D. Daglow, Allen, Texas, and Timothy S. Jones, Carrollton, Texas, for a "burr hole caps and methods of use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a kit, for securing a lead or cannula within a burr hole, comprises: a base structure to be positioned immediately adjacent to or partially within the burr hole; a lead securing member for securing the lead within the burr hole, the lead securing member comprising a first arm structure and a second arm structure, at least one spring loaded structure adapted to exert a force to bring the first arm structure and the second arm structure together; and a positioning tool having a distal end adapted to be inserted within the lead securing member; wherein when the distal end of the positioning tool is positioned within the lead securing member, the distal end holds the first and second arm structures a sufficient distance apart to receive a lead or a cannula between the first and second arm structures." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2011 (13/239,108). 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=8,315,714.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,714&RS=PN/8,315,714 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Foundry Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Foundry Networks, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,175) developed by nine co-inventors for a "router switch fabric protection using forward error correction." The co-inventors are Thomas C. McDermott III, Plano, Texas, Harry C. Blackmon, Plano, Texas, Tony M. Brewer, Plano, Texas, Harold W. Dozier, Dallas, Jim Kleiner, Dallas, Gregory S. Palmer, Plano, Texas, Keith W. Shaw, Plano, Texas, David Traylor, Richardson, Texas, and Dean E. Walker, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Instead of alternatively utilizing only one fabric or the other fabric of a redundant pair, both fabrics simultaneously transmit duplicate information, such that each packet forwarding module (PFM) receives the output of both fabrics simultaneously. In real time, an internal optics module (IOM) analyzes each information chunk coming out of a working zero switch fabric; simultaneously examines a parallel output of a working one duplicate switch fabric; and compares on a chunk-by-chunk basis the validity of each and every chunk from both switch fabrics. The IOM does this by examining forward error correction (FEC) check symbols encapsulated into each chunk. FEC check symbols allow correcting a predetermined number of bit errors within a chunk. If the chunk cannot be corrected, then the IOM provides indication to all PFMs downstream that the chunk is defective. Under such conditions, the PFMs select a chunk from the non-defective switch fabric. Under error-free normal conditions, however, the PFMs select a chunk arbitrarily from a default switch fabric. In this way, each chunk in real time is selected from a non-defective source and is thus guaranteed to be error free. Accordingly, if a switch fabric fails, no information chunks are lost anywhere in the system." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2004 (10/981,841). 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=8,315,175&OS=8,315,175&RS=8,315,175 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,715) developed by John H. Erickson, Plano, Texas, for an "implantable pulse generator comprising MRI current limiting windings in header structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a pulse generator for generating electrical stimulation for delivery to a patient, comprises: a hermetically sealed housing containing pulse generating circuitry; a header coupled to the housing for receiving one or more stimulation leads, wherein feedthrough wires are provided to conduct electrical pulses from the pulse generating circuitry to the header; the header comprising a plurality of connectors for electrically connecting to each terminal of the one or more stimulation leads, wherein an inductive winding is disposed around or adjacent to each of the connector structures and is electrically connected between the respective connector structure and a corresponding feedthrough wire to limit MRI induced heating of a respective electrode of the one or more stimulation leads." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2012 (13/540,361). 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=8,315,715.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,715&RS=PN/8,315,715 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Business Global Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Verizon Business Global, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,315,593) developed by John K. Gallant, Plano, Texas, and Kathleen A. McMurry, Richardson, Texas, for a "method for billing in a telecommunications network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a method for placing a call between a client in one network and a client in another network. The IP network includes a SIP server and a network gateway configured to provide access to a public switched network. The method includes receiving a SIP call request message from the first client. The SIP call request message is authenticated to thereby identify an authentic originating client. Subsequently, a database is searched to find client billing tag corresponding to the authentic originating client. The call is completed if the client billing tag is obtained, and not completed if the client billing tag cannot be obtained. Thus, the present invention provides an efficient method for billing phone calls that are placed from SIP enabled devices to a telephone connected to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN). The method of the present invention also substantially eliminates certain types of fraud." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2008 (12/178,743). 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=8,315,593.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,593&RS=PN/8,315,593 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,587) developed by four co-inventors for a "mechanical tuning of a radio." The co-inventors are Shahram Tadayon, Austin, Texas, Wade Robert Gillham, Austin, Texas, Peter J. Vancorenland, Austin, Texas, and Daniel Mark Thompson, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one implementation, a receiver may have an analog front end with an amplifier to receive a radio frequency (RF) signal and a mixer to downconvert the signal to a baseband signal. Then, a demodulator may receive the baseband signal and obtain an audio signal therefrom. Still further, a controller may be coupled to receive a control signal corresponding to a variable impedance level, and control a local oscillator coupled to the mixer responsive to the control signal. The variable impedance may be controlled by a user to tune to the channel." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2008 (12/231,184). 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=8,315,587.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,587&RS=PN/8,315,587 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,315,526) developed by Michael R.T. Tan, Palo Alto, Calif., David A. Fattal, Palo Alto, Calif., and Terrel Morris, Garland, Texas, for a "misalignment tolerant free space optical transceiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with an aspect of the invention, a system has a transmitter and a receiver, where the transmitter includes a beam source and an optical element. The beam source produces a beam that represents information, and the optical element alters the beam so that the beam has a uniform intensity over a cross-sectional area. The receiver is separated from the transmitter by free space through which the beam propagates and includes an active area positioned to receive a portion of the beam that the receiver converts into a received signal. To accommodate possible misalignment, the cross-sectional area of the beam is larger than the active area by an amount that accommodates a range of misalignment of the receiver with the transmitter." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2007 (11/820,299). 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=8,315,526.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,526&RS=PN/8,315,526 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FutureWei Technologies Assigned Patent for System and Method for Scheduling of Spectrum Sensing in Cognitive Radio Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- FutureWei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,645) developed by Xiangwei Zhou, Atlanta, Young Hoon Kwon, San Diego, and Anthony C.K. Soong, Plano, Texas, for a "system and method for scheduling of spectrum sensing in cognitive radio systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System and method for scheduling spectrum sensing in cognitive radio systems. A method comprises sensing an availability of a spectrum band, computing a duration of an inter-sensing time block based on the availability of the spectrum band, and scheduling an occurrence of the spectrum sensing operation using the duration of the inter-sensing time block. Computing the duration of the inter-sensing time block based on the availability of the spectrum band allows for an optimization of communications of the cognitive radio system, thereby increasing spectral efficiency and reducing interference to licensed communications." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2008 (12/258,266). 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=8,315,645.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,645&RS=PN/8,315,645 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,315,667) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for presenting a user interface." The co-inventors are Anup D. Karnalkar, Allen, Texas, R. Tyler Wallis, Dallas, William S. Robbins, Sun Prairie, Wis., and Susan Steele, Phillipsburg, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, utilizing a first communication device for identifying a user interface adaptation according to operating characteristics of a second display of a second communication device, identifying first and second user interface portions according to the user interface adaptation, presenting the first user interface portion at a first display of the first communication device, transmitting the second user interface portion to the second communication device for presentation at the second display of the second communication device, and enabling user interface navigation that includes the first and second user interface portions as a single user interface based on user inputs received at the first communication device. Other embodiments are disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2012 (13/416,750). 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=8,315,667.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,667&RS=PN/8,315,667 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Nielsen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Nielsen, Schaumburg, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,315,620) developed by Ralph K. Williamson, Plano, Texas, and Mohamad Hannaoui, Concord, Calif., for "methods and apparatus to associate a mobile device with a panelist profile." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are disclosed to associate a mobile device with a panelist profile. An example method includes initializing a metering application on the mobile device to operate with partial functionality, parsing a message log with the metering application to identify an installation message, extracting a telephone number from the installation message and saving to a memory of the mobile device, sending an initialization message based on the extracted telephone number to prompt an authorization message, and enabling full functionality of the metering application in response to receiving the authorization message." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2011 (13/117,657). 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=8,315,620.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,620&RS=PN/8,315,620 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** FutureWei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- FutureWei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,657) developed by Cornelius van Rensburg, Wylie, Texas, Patrick Ahamad Hosein, San Diego, and Anthony C.K. Soong, Plano, Texas, for a "system and method for enabling coordinated beam switching and scheduling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for enabling coordinated beam switching and scheduling in a wireless communications system. A method for controller operation includes indicating that the controller is operating in a cooperative beam switching mode, transmitting a beam formed reference signal (BFRS), from each communications device being served by the controller, receiving a measurement of a communications channel between the controller and the communications device and an indicator indicating a transmission unit corresponding to the measurement of the communications channel, receiving a transmission intended for a communications device, and causing the transmission to be transmitted to the communications device. The BFRS is beam formed using a plurality of beam patterns, the beam pattern used in beam forming the BFRS changes once per transmission unit, and the transmission is transmitted using measurement of the communications channel and the indicator from the communications device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2009 (12/563,877). 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=8,315,657.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,657&RS=PN/8,315,657 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Shell Oil Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Shell Oil, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,315,486) developed by Jeremiah Glen Pearce, Houston, Frederick Henry Kreisler Rambow, Houston, and Dennis Edward Dria, Houston, for a "distributed acoustic sensing with fiber Bragg gratings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for obtaining information about a subsurface formation from acoustic signals that contain information about to the subsurface formation, comprises: providing a fiber optic having a proximal end and a remote end, with the proximal end being coupled to a light source and a proximal photodetector, wherein said fiber optic cable includes randomly spaced impurities and selectively placed Bragg gratings and wherein the fiber optic cable is acoustically coupled to the subsurface formation so as to allow the acoustic signals to affect the physical status of at least one grating: transmitting at least one light pulse into the cable; receiving at the photodetector a first light signal indicative of the physical status of at least one first section of the cable, and outputting at least one item of information to a display." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/580,130). 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=8,315,486.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,486&RS=PN/8,315,486 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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