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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 28)

[November 28, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 28)

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

*** Symantec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Symantec, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,943) developed by Robert Walters, Southern Shores, N.C., Adam Schepis, Milford, Mass., and Javier Santoyo, Santa Monica, Calif., for a "programmatic communication in the event of host malware infection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A distress signal sender and a distress signal receiver receive beacon-name generation parameters and generate a beacon name based at least in part on the received parameters, the beacon name representing a network location. Responsive to detecting an unexpected lack of access to network communications, the distress signal sender sends a beacon message to the generated beacon name, the beacon message describing a security state of the client. The distress signal receiver detects the beacon message sent by the distress signal sender, and responsive to receiving the beacon message, performs a remedial action." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,906). 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=8,321,943&OS=8,321,943&RS=8,321,943 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** McAfee Assigned Patent for Indicating Website Reputations During Website Manipulation of User Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- McAfee, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,791) developed by Christopher John Dixon, New York, and Thomas Pinckney, Cambridge, Mass., for "indicating website reputations during website manipulation of user information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aspect of the present invention relates to methods and systems involving receiving an indicator of an attempted interaction of a client computing facility with an item of content associated with a website and presenting an indicator of reputation to a client computing facility attempting to interact with the web content. The indicator of reputation may be based at least in part upon whether an entity associated with the web content seeks to manipulate a user in order to obtain information from the user." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2009 (12/502,158). 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=8,321,791&OS=8,321,791&RS=8,321,791 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mathworks Assigned Patent for Method and System for Syntax Error Repair in Programming Languages ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Mathworks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,848) developed by Stephen C. Johnson, Sudbury, Mass., for a "method and system for syntax error repair in programming languages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The described embodiments present techniques for recovering from syntax errors. These techniques correct potential errors while preserving the shape of the parse tree, and the specific implementation of the techniques can be automatically generated from the grammar. These techniques may operate by looking back at states associated with previously-received tokens to determine pair matching status, when a synchronizing symbol is received. The techniques can respond to the pair matching status determination by potentially adding a synthesized token or by deleting a token that has already been received. The techniques may use a structure referred to herein as a tuple to assist with the evaluation of the pair matching status. Some of the techniques utilize indentation information to evaluate the pair matching status, while other techniques ignore such information. The described embodiments also include a technique for automatically generating the tuples from a set of grammar rules associated with the parser." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2009 (12/425,054). 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=8,321,848&OS=8,321,848&RS=8,321,848 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Iconics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Iconics, Foxborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,806) developed by eight co-inventors for a "visualization of process control data." The co-inventors are Russell L. Agrusa, Westwood, Mass., Simone Massaro, Mansfield, Mass., Leonardo Altamore, Foxborough, Mass., Vojta Kresl, Plzen, Czech, Roberto Vercelli, Genoa, Italy, Alexander Klimov, Sharon, Mass., Roberto Raimondo, Ceriale, Italy, and Christopher N. Elsbree, Milford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Graphical representations of operational process control data associated with monitored processes is displayed within the context of the geographical locations at which the processes operate, and in a manner as to model individual components of the processes." The patent application was filed on Oct. 10, 2008 (12/249,349). 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=8,321,806&OS=8,321,806&RS=8,321,806 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agere Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Agere Systems, Allentown, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,321,770) developed by Kelly Knudson Fitzpatrick, Sudbury, Mass., and Erich Franz Haratsch, Bethlehem, Pa., for a "path comparison unit for determining paths in a trellis that compete with a survivor path." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A path comparison unit is disclosed for determining paths in a trellis that compete with a survivor path. The disclosed path comparison unit comprises a first type functional unit comprising a multiplexer and a register to store one or more survivor bits associated with the survivor path; and at least two second type functional units, wherein each second type functional unit comprises a multiplexer and a logical circuit to compute at least one equivalence bit indicating whether the bit for a respective path and the bit for the survivor path are equivalent. Generally, the respective path is one or more of a win-lose path and a lose-win path." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2009 (12/547,862). 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=8,321,770&OS=8,321,770&RS=8,321,770 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing Authentication and Encryption Services by a Software as a Service Platform ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,921) developed by Zahid N. Ahmed, Westborough, Mass., and George L. Wrenn Jr., Acton, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for providing authentication and encryption services by a software as a service platform." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An extensible servicing hosting platform is provided that supports the design, build and concurrent deployment of multiple web accessible services on a services hosting platform. The services hosting platform comprises a services hosting framework capable of hosting multiple service applications, each of which may be shared by multiple tenants that each customize their use of a particular application service by extending the application service to exploit run time platform services within a service execution pipeline. The services hosting framework may easily be leveraged by applications to decrease the time associated with developing, deploying and maintaining high quality services in a cost effective manner." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2011 (12/931,386). 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=8,321,921&OS=8,321,921&RS=8,321,921 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Software Secure Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Software Secure, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,928) developed by Douglas M. Winneg, Boston, and Raymond Hayland, Framingham, Mass., for a "securely executing an application on a computer system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of and system for securely executing an application on a computer system such that a user of the computer system cannot access or view unauthorized content available on the computer system or accessible using the computer system. To securely execute an such method and system may terminate any unauthorized processes executing (i.e., running) on the computer system application prior to execution of the application, and may configure the application such that unauthorized content cannot be accessed, including configuring the application such that unauthorized processes cannot be initiated (i.e., launched) by the application. Further, such system and method may terminate any unauthorized processes detected during execution of the application, and may disable any functions of the computer system that are capable of accessing unauthorized content, including disabling any functions capable of initiating processes on the computer system. The application being securely executed may be any of a variety of types of applications, for example, a browser application or an application for receiving answers to questions of an examination (i.e., an exam-taking application). Securely executing an application may be used for any of a variety of purposes, including, among other purposes, to assist preventing students from cheating on exams, to assist preventing students from not paying attention in class, to assist preventing employees from wasting time at work, and to assist preventing children from viewing content that their parents deem inappropriate." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2007 (11/650,871). 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=8,321,928&OS=8,321,928&RS=8,321,928 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MathWorks Assigned Patent for Dynamic Function Wizard ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- MathWorks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,847) developed by Christopher F. Garvin, Wellesley, Mass., and Roy Lurie, Wayland, Mass., for a dynamic function wizard.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device receives selection of a function category associated with a dynamically-type programming language, receives selection of a function associated with the selected function category, dynamically generates one or more function signatures associated with the selected function, and stores at least a subset of the one or more function signatures in a memory or displays at least a subset of the one or more function signatures to a user." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2007 (11/749,991). 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=8,321,847&OS=8,321,847&RS=8,321,847 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,947) developed by Allen D. Hadden, Marlborough, Mass., and Christopher A. Hebert, Framingham, Mass., for a "method and system for dynamically generating a watermarked document during a printing or display operation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dynamic watermarking capability is implemented in an enterprise rights management (ERM) or similar system that comprises a central server to which end user client machines are connectable. The central server has a database in which watermark definitions created by authorized entities are centrally stored. An end user client machine is provided with a client component that typically includes wrapper code, and watermarking rendering code. The wrapper and rendering code are instantiated when a given calling application is started, or when the application initiates a given rendering function such as a print or display operation. When the calling application begins the rendering operation, the wrapper code intercepts a given rendering function call, connects to the central server and then retrieves a watermark definition. Alternatively, the watermark definition is retrieved when a document to be rendered is first accessed on the client machine. The watermark definition is then applied by the watermark rendering code, preferably using local rendering resources." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2005 (11/300,954). 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=8,321,947&OS=8,321,947&RS=8,321,947 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,950) developed by David R. Oran, Acton, Mass., for "delivering secure IPTV services to PC platforms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To prevent theft of protected content when IPTV services are provided, a conditional access device (CAD) is connected to a personal computer (PC). An application is launched on the PC from the CAD over universal serial bus (USB) interface. The application configures the PC to allow a user to receive secure internet protocol television (IPTV) services. The conditional access device and an IPTV service provider determine user access to the IPTV services via a network by using a trusted computing base (TCB) on the CAD and keys stored on the CAD. The application decrypts and decodes the IPTV services using the processing and storage capability of the PC. The CAD also receives and processes remote control signals received from a remote control interface. The remote control signals are requests or responses from the user interacting with the application. The application displays content requested by the user or indications of responses by the user via a user interface on the PC." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/407,810). 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=8,321,950&OS=8,321,950&RS=8,321,950 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invensys Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Invensys Systems, Foxboro, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,790) developed by six co-inventors for a "system management user interface providing user access to status information for process control system equipment including a search function." The co-inventors are Thomas Dean Sherrill, Upton, Mass., Maria Dao Nguyen, Mansfield, Mass., Donald James Wayland Jr., Attleboro, Mass., Kristen L. Garrison, New Bedford, Mass., Brian James Barry, Cumberland, R.I., and Naredla Maharaj Kumar Murty, South Grafton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system management human-machine interface application for use in a process control system is described herein that enables users to view/monitor information regarding system status and performance and to initiate changes to the operation of system equipment, checkpoint control stations and execute diagnostics. A system management graphical user interface includes a number of features that enhance the accessibility of system status information to users. Such enhancements include rendering selectable diagnostic information (e.g., online/offline status) on a system component navigation view. The GUI also provides access to a variety of system information including: alarms, messages, watched system management parameters, and a legend for symbols displayed in a system management navigation tree. Other enhancements include: a search function for quickly locating a device in the system to render detailed information, a navigation tree that displays equipment status via icons, and propagating fault statuses up to a highest level of the navigation tree." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2006 (11/403,223). 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=8,321,790&OS=8,321,790&RS=8,321,790 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Quality Health Ideas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Quality Health Ideas, Wilbraham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,244) developed by Philip F. Gaziano, Wilbraham, Mass., for a "software system for aiding medical practitioners and their patients." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Applicant has disclosed a software system, preferably run over the Internet on an SQL server, used to prompt care providers to check certain medical conditions based upon: a patient's history from, e.g., prior office visits to a physician's office; and preferably, if appropriate, the patient's history from other sources. Using the system results in more thorough care and enhanced billing. Applicant's software provides a digital (or printed) version of a familiar billing format--the so-called Superbill. Medical conditions of a patient are highlighted to ensure the medical service provider performs the following services during a patient visit: investigates medical conditions of the patient, as prompted by highlights in the Superbill; and exhaustively addresses all the conditions worthy of investigation based on stored patient information. Afterwards, additional data obtained from the visit are entered into the computer system for later use. Since the system is set up on a standard billing format--i.e., the Superbill, the system helps to ensure that the service provider's bills and the paperwork submitted to insurance carriers are accurate and complete." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/751,159). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,244&OS=8,321,244&RS=8,321,244 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raytheon BBN Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,938) developed by William Timothy Strayer, West Newton, Mass., Walter Milliken, Dover, N.H., and Ronald Joseph Watro, Bedford, Mass., for a "multi-tiered scalable network monitoring." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network analysis architecture provides a suite of complementary logic operable at different temporal and spatial timescales. The distinct temporal and spatial scales define different tiers, each analyzing network events according to predetermined temporal and spatial scales of progressive magnitude. Particular event detection logic may be operable on an immediate temporal scale, while other logic identifies trends over a longer time period. Similarly, different spatial scales are appropriate to different algorithms, as in logic that examines only headers or length of packets, or inspects an entire payload or transferred file. Deployment of logic that is focused on different timing and scope of data allows timely action in the case of readily apparent deviations, and permits longer term analysis for identifying trends that emerge over time. By selecting a suite of complementary logic directed at different deviant behavior, the focus of a single logic scheme is not charged with producing absolute screening of all traffic." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2009 (12/369,973). 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=8,321,938&OS=8,321,938&RS=8,321,938 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,321,233) developed by 14 co-inventors for a "template development based on reported aspects of a plurality of source users." The co-inventors are Shawn P. Firminger, Redmond, Wash., Jason Garms, Redmond, Wash., Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Edward K. Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Chris D. Karkanias, Sammamish, Wash., Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Richard T. Lord, Tacoma, Wash., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Lord, Seattle, John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Kristin M. Tolle, Redmond, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computationally implemented method includes, but is not limited to: providing a plurality of relevant reported aspects associated with a plurality of source users that are relevant to achieving one or more target outcomes, the providing of the plurality of relevant reported aspects being based, at least in part, on relevancy of the plurality of relevant reported aspects with respect to the one or more target outcomes; and developing a template designed to facilitate one or more end users to achieve the one or more target outcomes when one or more emulatable aspects included in the template are emulated, the development of the template being based, at least in part, on the providing of the plurality of relevant reported aspects associated with the plurality of source users In addition to the foregoing, other method aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2009 (12/655,582). 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=8,321,233&OS=8,321,233&RS=8,321,233 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent for Channel Adaptive Iterative Turbo Decoder System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,744) developed by Yosef Stein, Sharon, Mass., Hazarathaiah Malepati, Norwood, Mass., and Haim Primo, Gane-Tikwa, Israel, for a "channel adaptive iterative turbo decoder system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A channel adaptive iterative turbo decoder for computing with MAP decoders a set of branch metrics for a window of received data, computing the forward and reverse recursive path state metrics and computing from the forward and reverse recursive path state metrics the log likelihood ratio for 1 and 0 and interleaving the decision bits; and identifying those MAP decoder decision bits which are non-convergent, computing a set of branch metrics for the received data, computing from the forward and reverse recursive path state metrics the log likelihood ratio (LLR) for 1 and 0 for each non-converged decision bit and interleaving the non-convergent decision bits." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2008 (12/283,863). 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=8,321,744&OS=8,321,744&RS=8,321,744 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,648) developed by Michael N. Condict, Lexington, Mass., for a "use of similarity hash to route data for improved deduplication in a storage server cluster." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for routing data for deduplication in a storage server cluster includes computing, for each node in the cluster, a value collectively representative of the data stored on the node, such as a "geometric center" of the node. New or modified data is routed to the node which has stored data identical or most similar to the new or modified data, as determined based on those values. Each node stores a plurality of chunks of data, where each chunk includes multiple deduplication segments. A content hash is computed for each deduplication segment in each node, and a similarity hash is computed for each chunk from the content hashes of all segments in the chunk. A geometric center of a node is computed from the similarity hashes of the chunks stored in the node." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/606,088). 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=83,21,648.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,648&RS=PN/83,21,648 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Asymmetrical Universal Serial Bus Communications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,600) developed by four co-inventors for an "asymmetrical universal serial bus communications." The co-inventors are Gary Solomon, Action, Mass., Joseph Schaefer, Chandler, Ariz., Robert A. Dunstan, Forest Grove, Ore., and Brad Saunders, Portland, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments a Universal Serial Bus cable includes a first differential pair to transmit bus signals, and a second differential pair to transmit bus signals in a same direction as the bus signals transmitted by the first differential pair. In this manner, a bandwidth of the Universal Serial Bus cable is doubled in that same direction. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2010 (12/981,979). 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=83,21,600.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,600&RS=PN/83,21,600 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,618) developed by Shane Keil, Santa Clara, Calif., and John H. Edmondson, Arlington, Mass., for "managing conflicts on shared L2 bus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention sets forth a mechanism to schedule read data transmissions and write data transmissions to/from a cache to frame buffer logic on the L2 bus. When processing a read or a write command, a scheduling arbiter examines a bus schedule to determine that a read-read conflict, a read-write conflict or a write-read exists, and allocates an available memory space in a read buffer to store the read data causing the conflict until the read return data transmission can be scheduled. In the case of a write command, the scheduling arbiter then transmits a write request to a request buffer. When processing a write request, the request arbiter examines the request buffers to determine whether a write-write conflict. If so, then the request arbiter allocates a memory space in a request buffer to store the write request until the write data transmission can be scheduled." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/510,987). 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=83,21,618.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,618&RS=PN/83,21,618 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent for Mechanisms for Moving Data in a Hybrid Aggregate ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,645) developed by Faramarz Rabii, Ashland, Mass., John Strunk, Cary, N.C., and Jeffrey S. Kimmel, Chapel Hill, N.C., for "mechanisms for moving data in a hybrid aggregate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "At least certain embodiments include a method, system and apparatus for relocating data between tiers of storage media in a hybrid storage aggregate encompassing multiple tiers of heterogeneous physical storage media including a file system to automatically relocate the data between tiers. The hybrid storage aggregate includes one or more volumes, each volume including a volume block number space spanning at least a first-tier of storage media and a second tier of storage media of the multiple tiers of heterogeneous physical storage media and the hybrid storage aggregate further includes a control module to cooperatively manage the tiers of the multiple tiers of heterogeneous physical storage media and a file system coupled with the control module, the file system including a policy module configured to make policy decisions based on a set of one or more policies and configured to automatically relocate data between different tiers of the multiple tiers of heterogeneous physical storage media based on the set of policies." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2009 (12/432,649). 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=83,21,645.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,645&RS=PN/83,21,645 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silicon Graphics International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Silicon Graphics International, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,634) developed by seven co-inventors for a "system and method for performing memory operations in a computing system." The co-inventors are Steven C. Miller, Livermore, Calif., Martin M. Deneroff, Oakhurst, N.J., Curt F. Schimmel, San Ramon, Calif., Larry Rudolph, Brookline, Mass., Charles E. Leiserson, Cambridge, Mass., Bradley C. Kuszmaul, Lexington, Mass., and Krste Asanovic, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A processor may operate in one of a plurality of operating states. In a Normal operating state, the processor is not involved with a memory transaction. Upon receipt of a transaction instruction to access a memory location, the processor transitions to a Transaction operating state. In the Transaction operating state, the processor performs changes to a cache line and data associated with the memory location. While in the Transaction operating state, any changes to the data and the cache line is not visible to other processors in the computing system. These changes become visible upon the processor entering a Commit operating state in response to receipt of a commit instruction. After changes become visible, the processor returns to the Normal operating state. If an abort event occurs prior to receipt of the commit instruction, the processor transitions to an Abort operating state where any changes to the data and cache line are discarded." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2011 (13/084,280). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,21,634.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,634&RS=PN/83,21,634 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sybase Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Sybase, Dublin, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,476) developed by Steven A. Kirk, Chelmsford, Mass., Kurt Deschler, Marborough, Mass., and David E. Walrath, Stow, Mass., for a "method and system for determining boundary values dynamically defining key value bounds of two or more disjoint subsets of sort run-based parallel processing of data from databases." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method, and computer program product are provided for sorting a set of records in a sort run. As the records are sorted, metadata regarding the sort run is gathered, and subsequently used to determine bounds of two or more disjoint subsets of the sort run. This enables the parallelization of several tasks over the sort run data using efficient, dynamic bounds determination, such as the outputting of sorted data from the disjoint subsets in parallel." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/749,365). 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=83,21,476.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,476&RS=PN/83,21,476 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,490) developed by four co-inventors for an "instruction-based parallel median filtering." The co-inventors are James Wilson, Foxboro, Mass., Joshua A. Kablotsky, Carlisle, Mass., Yosef Stein, Sharon, Mass., and Gregory M. Yukna, Norton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An instruction-based parallel median filtering processor and method sorts in parallel each combination of pairs of inputs into greater and lesser values; determines from that sorting the minimum, maximum and median filter values of the inputs; processes one of those values and provides the processed value as an input; and applies an instruction for providing one of the values to the processing step, and at least one other instruction for enabling indication of at least one of the maximum, minimum, median filter values." The patent application was filed on Sept. 4, 2009 (12/554,500). 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=83,21,490.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,490&RS=PN/83,21,490 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Sharing Email ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,514) developed by five co-inventors for a sharing email. The co-inventors are Patrick Joseph O'Sullivan, Ballsbridge, Ireland, Liam Harpur, Skerries, Ireland, Fred Raguillat, Dunboyne, Ireland, Daniel Terlizzi, Arezzo, Italy, and Carol Sue Zimmet, Boxborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A trust relationship may be established between a first email user and at least a second email user. At least one email message received by the second user is automatically propagated to the first user based upon, at least in part, the trust relationship." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2008 (12/345,943). 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=83,21,514.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,514&RS=PN/83,21,514 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Recovery of Directory Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 - EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,487) developed by Ritesh Shukla, Somerville, Mass., and Rossen Dimitrov, Nashua, N.H., for a "recovery of directory information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Locating a file object in a storage system includes determining at least one characteristic of the file object, obtaining a subset of nodes in the storage system by applying the at least one characteristic to criteria for storing file objects at particular ones of the nodes in the storage system, and examining the subset of nodes to determine if any contain the file object. A metadata location server may be used to obtain the subset of nodes. The criteria may include at least one policy relating to placement of objects corresponding to files at the time the files are created. The policies may relate to owners of the files. The characteristic information may include the owner of a target file corresponding to the file object, the date that the target file was created, a business organization associated with the target file, and/or the size of the target file." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/803,604). 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=83,21,487.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,487&RS=PN/83,21,487 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** JDA Software Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- JDA Software Group, Scottsdale, Ariz., has been assigned a patent (8,321,354) developed by Jian Ye, Canton, Mass., and Mark Hartge, Boston, for a "system, computer-implemented method, and software for vessel scheduling for product distribution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, computer-implemented method, and software for automatically planning and scheduling ocean-going vessels for oil distribution is provided. The scheduling of the vessels is based on a filtered beam search and greedy heuristic. A server can be used for receiving a schedule request and one or more constraints for scheduling one or more vessels from one or more users. An optimization engine can be used for generating a schedule based at least in part on the one or more constraints using a beam search algorithm." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2006 (11/474,317). 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=83,21,354.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,354&RS=PN/83,21,354 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CFPH Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- CFPH, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,321,323) developed by seven co-inventors for an "interprogram communication using messages related to order cancellation." The co-inventors are Howard W. Lutnick, New York, Dean P. Alderucci, New York, Andrew Fishkind, New York, Brian L. Gay, New York, Kevin Foley, New York, Mark Miller, Cambridge, Mass., and Charles Plott, Pasadena, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A trading platform and trading method that allows access to additional pools of liquidity is described. Other embodiments are also described." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2008 (12/257,499). 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=83,21,323.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,323&RS=PN/83,21,323 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,321,423) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for sharing data from web accessed calculators." The co-inventors are Mason Eubank, Boston, Nikolay Eshkenazi, San Antonio, Neff Karl Hudson, San Antonio, and Michael Wayne Lester, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of sharing user data with a plurality of web-based financial calculators includes obtaining a user request for a selected web-based financial calculator from the plurality of web-based financial calculators and identifying at least one input data element required by the selected web-based financial calculator. The method also includes searching a relational database, storing data shared by the plurality of web-based financial calculators, for the at least one identified input data element and determining whether there are any values in the relational database for the at least one identified input data element that are associated with the user. The method further includes populating the at least one identified input data element in the selected web-based financial calculator with a value associated with the user for the at least one identified input data element and providing the selected web-based financial calculator to the user." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2011 (13/330,544). 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=83,21,423.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,423&RS=PN/83,21,423 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sybase Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Sybase, Dublin, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,429) developed by four co-inventors for "accelerating queries using secondary semantic column enumeration." The co-inventors are Steven A. Kirk, Chelmsford, Mass., David E. Walrath, Stow, Mass., Roland F. McKenney, Billerica, Mass., and Roger D. MacNicol, Hollis, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method, and computer program product for processing a database query are presented. Steps for creating a secondary enumeration when necessary and utilizing the secondary enumeration to improve query operations by processing enumeration values of the secondary enumeration instead of data represented by the enumeration values are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2006 (11/646,614). 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=83,21,429.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,429&RS=PN/83,21,429 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,378) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for managing information related to storage activities of data storage systems." The co-inventors are Jeffrey Phillips, Northbridge, Mass., David Allen, Holliston, Mass., Brett Serkez, Framingham, Mass., and Peter Bouchard, Norton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for managing information related to backup storage activities of data storage systems. In a computer system having one or more independent backup data storage systems coupled to each other and each serving one or more clients, a user may obtain information related to backup activities of any of the backup storage systems from a single location. Through a user interface associated with any of the backup storage systems, or through a stand alone user interface, a user may manage (e.g., organize, display, print) information related to backup activities of any or all of the backup storage systems. System administrators can design and store a variety of report formats that may be utilized by any user to display or print various parameters associated with backup activities in a particular manner. Report formats may be edited by users, and displayed parameters may be dynamically updated to provide for active monitoring of one or more backup storage systems. Additionally, periodic backup activity reports can be generated and automatically sent to designated locations, for example to one or more printers and/or to one or more designated recipients via E-mail." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2008 (12/008,376). 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=83,21,378.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,378&RS=PN/83,21,378 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kurzweil Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Kurzweil Technologies, Wellesley Hills, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,371) developed by Matthew Bridges, Newton, Mass., and Raymond C. Kurzweil, Newton, Mass., for an "enhanced artificial intelligence language." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of determining an appropriate response to an input includes linking a plurality of attributes to a plurality of response templates using a plurality of Boolean expressions. Each attribute is associated with a set of patterns. Each pattern within the set of patterns is equivalent. The method also includes determining an appropriate response template from the plurality of response templates based on the input." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2007 (11/949,883). 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=83,21,371.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,371&RS=PN/83,21,371 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Standish Group International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Standish Group International, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,321,370) developed by Sidnie Feit, New Haven, Conn., and James Hugh Johnson, Boston, for a "method and system for translating logical constraints to linear constraints." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is provided for translating one or more logical expressions E is TRUE, or statements of the form IF E1 is TRUE THEN E2 is TRUE, to a set of linear constraints. Examples in accordance with the present invention contribute to systems and methods for solving optimization problems that include constraints in the form of arbitrarily complex logical relationships between binary variables. Examples are also applicable to solving general optimization problems that have arbitrarily complex relationships between sets of linear constraints. The systems and methods combine simplification and ordering of logical expressions, factorization, direct translations of expressions, substitution of auxiliary variables, and substitution of auxiliary variables for phrases that would otherwise lead to an unacceptable number of linear constraints. The systems and methods also include mechanisms that reduce the number of required auxiliary variables by use of simplification, consolidation, Boolean identities, and auxiliary variable reuse." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2009 (12/399,659). 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=83,21,370.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,370&RS=PN/83,21,370 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Digimarc Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Digimarc, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,321,350) developed by Robert T. Durst Jr., Dunstable, Mass., for "uniquely linking security elements in identification documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "We provide techniques for uniquely linking security elements in identification documents. In one implementation we provide a digital watermark embedded on, and a smartcard chip embedded in, an identification document. The smart card chip includes a hash or a reduced-bit representation of the digital watermark, while the digital watermark includes a hash of information stored on the smartcard chip. In another implementation we cross-correlate encryption keys carried by various machine-readable features on an identification document. In still another implementation, we embed biometric information, which is stored in smartcard electronic circuitry, with a digital watermark. In one case the watermark is reversible, so that it can be removed to yield unmarked biometric information. In another case the watermark is fragile, to reveal whether the biometric information has been subjected to a transformation. In yet another implementation, we provide a jurisdictional indicator on an identification document. The jurisdictional indicator helps in decoding a digital watermark on the identification document." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2009 (12/473,488). 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=83,21,350.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,350&RS=PN/83,21,350 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Checkpoint Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Checkpoint Systems, Thorofare, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,321,303) developed by five co-inventors for a "retail product out-of-stock detection and dynamic scripting." The co-inventors are Venkat Krishnamurthy, Acton, Mass., Jasjit Singh Mangat, Arlington, Mass., Peter Billante, Needham, Mass., Sachin Kumar Bansal, Bangalore, India, and Anupkumar Rao, Pune, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention includes a method of detecting out-of-stock conditions for retail products, and for dynamically updating associated replenishment plans, sales forecasts, and event scripts for product stocking events such as turn stock products, promotional products, new product introductions and modular resets. The invention accesses RFID data associated with product stocking events for identifying product movements in a retail supply chain and within a retail store. The invention optionally accesses point-of-sale and perpetual inventory data for detecting out-of-stock conditions. The invention also includes a method for dynamically improving product layout and optimized planograms based on out-of-stock velocity detection." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2007 (11/695,511). 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=83,21,303.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,303&RS=PN/83,21,303 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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