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

[November 28, 2012]

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

*** Google Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Providing Software Updates ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,858) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for providing software updates." The co-inventors are David Marmaros, Mountain View, Calif., Stephen R. Lawrence, Mountain View, Calif., Mihai Florin Ionescu, Mountain View, Calif., Niniane Wang, Santa Clara, Calif., and Omar Habib Khan, Toronto.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention comprises systems and methods, and computer readable media comprising the methods, for updating software applications. The systems and methods of the present invention provide automation and flexibility to the updating process. Processor usage and network usage are monitored and software updates are initiated and/or continued during periods where processor and/or network usage are low. The update process may be halted when the processor and/or network connection are called upon for other uses. Processor and/or network usage may also be throttled, for example limiting the bandwidth available for the download to maintain sufficient processor share and/or bandwidth for other tasks. Adverse impact on a computer user is minimized." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2003 (10/749,441). 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=8,321,858&OS=8,321,858&RS=8,321,858 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** VMware Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- VMware, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,842) developed by seven co-inventors for a "replay time only functionalities in a virtual machine." The co-inventors are Min Xu, Palo Alto, Calif., Dmitry Grinberg, Mountain View, Calif., Vyacheslav Malyugin, Los Gatos, Calif., Petr Vandrovec, Mountain View, Calif., Ganesh Venkitachalam, Mountain View, Calif., Boris Weissman, Mountain View, Calif., Andrew Biggadike, Palo Alto, Calif., and James Chow, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Replay-time-only functionalities in a computer program are executed only during replay in a virtual machine and are skipped outside of replay. If a replay-time-only functionality is detected during the replay of a program execution in a virtual machine, the replay may be paused and the virtual machine state may be saved. The replay-time-only core functionality is executed. When this execution is complete, a prior state of the virtual machine may be restored and the replay may be resumed." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2008 (12/163,513). 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=8,321,842&OS=8,321,842&RS=8,321,842 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Network Appliance Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Network Appliance, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,867) developed by five co-inventors for a "request processing for stateless conformance engine." The co-inventors are James H. Holl II, Los Gatos, Calif., Peter Smoot, San Jose, Calif., Sahn Lam, Sunnyvale, Calif., Anawat Chanhunthod, Saratoga, Calif., and Hemanth Pannem, Satyavedu, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and an apparatus to increase conformance of a storage implementation of a data set to a storage policy are presented. In one embodiment, the method includes performing a conformance check of a data set state and an associated data management policy. The method includes identifying a set of tasks that can be performed to increase conformance of the data set state to the associated policy, and generating a task list using tasks from the set of tasks. The method further includes outputting an indication of the task list to a user and accepting from the user an approval of the task list before generating and executing a second task list." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2008 (12/019,589). 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=8,321,867&OS=8,321,867&RS=8,321,867 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,321,808) developed by eight co-inventors for an "user interface with toolbar for programming electrical stimulation therapy." The co-inventors are Steven M. Goetz, North Oaks, Minn., Jeffrey T. Keacher, Stanford, Calif., Rajeev Sahasrabudhe, Maple Grove, Minn., Wende L. Dewing, Edina, Minn., Jon P. Davis, St. Michael, Minn., John Rondoni, Plymouth, Minn., Gabriela C. Miyazawa, New Brighton, Minn., and Gary W. King, Fridley, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure is directed to a user interface with a menu that facilitates stimulation therapy programming. The user interface displays a representation of the electrical leads implanted in the patient and at least one menu with icons that the user can use to adjust the stimulation therapy. The user may drag one or more field shapes from a field shape selection menu onto the desired location relative to the electrical leads. A manipulation tool menu may also allow the user to adjust the field shapes placed on the electrical leads, which represent the stimulation region. The programmer that includes the user interface then generates electrical stimulation parameter values for the stimulator to deliver stimulation according to the field shapes or field shape groups defined/located by the user. The field shapes may represent different types of stimulation representations, such as current density, activation functions, and neuron models." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2007 (11/999,726). 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=8,321,808&OS=8,321,808&RS=8,321,808 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent for Multilevel Encoding with Error Correction ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,321,764) developed by Christopher Bueb, Folsom, Calif., for a "multilevel encoding with error correction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present disclosure provide methods, systems, and apparatuses related to multilevel encoding with error correction. In some embodiments, a plurality of bits may be encoded into a plurality of multilevel memory cells by level-shifting a subset of the plurality of multilevel memory cells for a bit of the plurality of bits. Other embodiments may be described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/333,100). 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=8,321,764&OS=8,321,764&RS=8,321,764 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ball Horticultural Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Ball Horticultural, West Chicago, Ill., has been assigned a patent (PP23,225) developed by Margaret M. Hurkman, Santa Maria, Calif., for a "petunia plant named 'Balsunpade'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new and distinct cultivar of Petunia plant named `Balsunpade`, characterized by its light yellow-colored flowers having a pink-colored edge, dark green-colored foliage, and moderately vigorous, mounded-trailing growth habit, is disclosed." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2011 (13/134,199). 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=PP23,225&OS=PP23,225&RS=PP23,225 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** 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.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent for Advertiser Reporting System and Method in a Networked Database Search System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,275) developed by four co-inventors for an "advertiser reporting system and method in a networked database search system." The co-inventors are Robert J. Collins, Carlsbad, Calif., Paul Joseph Apodaca, Carlsbad, Calif., Adam J. Wand, Carlsbad, Calif., and Claude Jones III, San Marcos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method provide advertisement campaign information about an advertisement campaign to an advertiser. The system includes means for organizing advertisement campaign information into one or more ad groups and a web interface to receive advertiser inputs and provide a visual report including the advertisement campaign information to the advertiser. The system further includes a campaign data store configured to store advertisement campaign account data and a reporting system to produce the visual report about performance of the advertisement campaign. The visual report is based on the organization of the advertisement campaign information into the one or more ad groups." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2006 (11/413,699). 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=8,321,275&OS=8,321,275&RS=8,321,275 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Autobytel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Autobytel, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,256) developed by six co-inventors for "systems and methods relating to an opportunity distribution engine and distribution simulation." The co-inventors are C. Michael Rose, San Jose, Calif., Peter D. Mathews, San Francisco, Jeffrey E. Sward, Huntington Beach, Calif., Glenn R. Dunkle, Irvine, Calif., John L. Dohoney, Corona, Calif., and Glenn S. Davis, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Opportunity distribution systems and methods distribute business opportunities received from lead sources for routing to one or more destination businesses that will make use the opportunity, such as an opportunity to place a webpage advertisement on a webpage that is being served to a viewer. The system identifies a set of most profitable destinations for each opportunity, for each routing, while complying with business rules associated with the opportunity source and the destination businesses. System variables associated with the lead source and the destinations may be advantageously adjusted to maintain desired flow rate and quality levels of leads to each destination and to maximize profit to the system. A system administrator module and log of lead transactions allows the system to review previous performance and to carry out simulations in order to identify desired adjustments to system variables." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2008 (11/971,823). 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=8,321,256&OS=8,321,256&RS=8,321,256 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,280) developed by WenJing Ma, Santa Clara, Calif., Long Ji Lin, San Jose, Calif., and Jian Yang, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "demand forecasting system and method for online advertisements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented system includes a computer readable storage medium which includes historical demand data for a plurality of advertising inventories, and a processor connected to the computer readable storage medium. The processor is configured for generating a first demand forecast for a first predetermined period of time and a second demand forecast for a second predetermined period of time. The processor is configured for adjusting the first demand forecast by removing an existing demand for each of the plurality of advertising inventories, and for generating a net forecasting demand for each of the plurality of inventories for a third predetermined period of time by combining the second demand forecast and an adjusted first demand forecast. The third predetermined period of time is based on the first and second predetermined periods." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2008 (12/243,347). 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=8,321,280&OS=8,321,280&RS=8,321,280 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** JackBe Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- JackBe, Chevy Chase, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,321,792) developed by Deepak Alur, Fremont, Calif., Kishore Subramanian, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Rajmohan Krishnamurthy, Walnut Creek, Calif., for a "method and system for capturing and using mashup data for trend analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system includes a display interface, a user input device interface, and a processor cooperatively operable with the display interface and the user input device interface. The processor is configured to facilitate displaying, via the display interface, a mashup or service; interacting with the user to input, via the user input device interface, an indication to take a snapshot of the mashup or service being currently displayed via the display interface; and storing a snapshot artifact of live data from the mashup or service at the instant the snapshot is taken." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2010 (12/763,798). 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=8,321,792&OS=8,321,792&RS=8,321,792 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** McAfee Assigned Patent for Program-based Authorization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- McAfee, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,932) developed by Rishi Bhargava, San Jose, Calif., and E. John Sebes, Menlo Park, Calif., for a program-based authorization.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques which allow definition and enforcement of program-based action authorization policies. On a computer, an action or execution attempt is intercepted in real-time. The subject process, the program file of the subject process, the attempted action and the object of the attempted action are determined. An authorization policy considering the program file indicates whether the attempted action is authorized or not. In a tracking mode, the attempted action and its authorization are logged and the attempted action is allowed to proceed. In an enforcement mode, unauthorized attempts are blocked and logged, thereby enforcing the authorization policy." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2010 (12/975,745). 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=8,321,932&OS=8,321,932&RS=8,321,932 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent for Anti-phishing Early Warning System Based on End User Data Submission Statistics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,934) developed by Shaun Cooley, El Segundo, Calif., and William E. Sobel, Jamul, Calif., for an "anti-phishing early warning system based on end user data submission statistics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Websites used for phishing are detected by analyzing end user confidential data submission statistics. A central process receives data indicating confidential information submitted to websites from a plurality of user computers. The received data is aggregated and analyzed, for example through statistical profiling. Through the analysis of the aggregated data, anomalous behavior concerning submission of confidential information to websites is detected, such is an unexpected, rapid increase in the amount of confidential information submitted to a given website. Responsive to detecting the anomalous behavior, further action is taken to protect users from submitting confidential information to that website. For example, an alert can be sent, a protective measure against the site can be published, the site can be added to a blacklist or a procedure to have the site shut down can be initiated." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2008 (12/115,352). 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=8,321,934&OS=8,321,934&RS=8,321,934 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Gauda Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Gauda, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,819) developed by P. Jeffrey Ungar, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Ilhami H. Torunoglu, Monte Sereno, Calif., for a "lithography mask functional optimization and spatial frequency analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an electronic design automation technique for optical proximity correction, a mask is represented by a function with an exact analytical form over a mask region. Using the physics of optical projection, a solution based on a spatial frequency analysis is determined. Spatial frequencies above a cutoff are determined by the optical system do not contribute to the projected image. Spatial frequencies below this cutoff affect the print (and the mask), while those above the cutoff only affect the mask. Frequency components in the function below this cutoff frequency may be removed, which will help to reduce computational complexity." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2010 (12/973,686). 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=8,321,819&OS=8,321,819&RS=8,321,819 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Desktop Widgets for Presentation in a Layer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,801) developed by four co-inventors for "desktop widgets for presentation in a layer." The co-inventors are Imran A. Chaudhri, San Francisco, John Louch, San Luis Obispo, Calif., Andrew M. Grignon, Campbell, Calif., and Gregory N. Christie, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user-activatable dashboard (also referred to as a unified interest layer) contains any number of user interface elements, referred to herein as "widgets," for quick access by a user. In response to a command from a user, the dashboard is invoked and the widgets are shown on the screen. The user can activate the dashboard at any time, causing the dashboard to temporarily replace the existing user interface display on the user's screen. Once the dashboard has been activated, the user can interact with any or all of the widgets, and can configure the dashboard by adding, deleting, moving, or configuring individual widgets as desired. When the user wishes to return to the normal user interface he or she was working with, the user issues a command causing the dashboard to be dismissed. Once the dashboard has been dismissed, the previous user interface state is restored, allowing the user to resume normal interactions with the operating system." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2011 (13/157,192). 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=8,321,801&OS=8,321,801&RS=8,321,801 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,321,888) developed by Karen Epstein, Encino, Calif., and Ling Jun Wong, Escondido, Calif., for a TV tutorial widget.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In certain implementations, a television tutorial Widget method involves providing a tutorial Widget running on a television processor to produce video images rendered as a video overlay that overlays the picture on a television display. The tutorial Widget: loading upon receipt of a command to run the tutorial Widget; identifying an operating state of the television set; retrieving and presenting a list of available tutorial videos associated with the operating state of the television set in the video overlay; identifying a tutorial video selected by a user; and retrieving and playing the tutorial video selected by the user in the video overlay. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2009 (12/321,094). 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=8,321,888&OS=8,321,888&RS=8,321,888 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** VMware Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- VMware, Palo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,850) developed by Derek Bruening, Troy, N.Y., and Vladimir L. Kiriansky, Alameda, Calif., for a "sharing and persisting code caches." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer code from an application program comprising a plurality of modules that each comprise a separately loadable file is code cached in a shared and persistent caching system. A shared code caching engine receives native code comprising at least a portion of a single module of the application program, and stores runtime data corresponding to the native code in a cache data file in the non-volatile memory. The engine then converts cache data file into a code cache file and enables the code cache file to be pre-loaded as a runtime code cache. These steps are repeated to store a plurality of separate code cache files at different locations in non-volatile memory." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2008 (12/135,020). 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=8,321,850&OS=8,321,850&RS=8,321,850 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent for Virtual Architecture and Instruction Set for Parallel Thread Computing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,849) developed by seven co-inventors for a "virtual architecture and instruction set for parallel thread computing." The co-inventors are John R. Nickolls, Los Altos, Calif., Henry P. Moreton, Woodside, Calif., Lars S. Nyland, Carrboro, N.C., Ian A. Buck, San Jose, Calif., Richard C. Johnson, Cary, N.C., Robert S. Glanville, Cupertino, Calif., and Jayant B. Kolhe, Milpitas, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A virtual architecture and instruction set support explicit parallel-thread computing. The virtual architecture defines a virtual processor that supports concurrent execution of multiple virtual threads with multiple levels of data sharing and coordination (e.g., synchronization) between different virtual threads, as well as a virtual execution driver that controls the virtual processor. A virtual instruction set architecture for the virtual processor is used to define behavior of a virtual thread and includes instructions related to parallel thread behavior, e.g., data sharing and synchronization. Using the virtual platform, programmers can develop application programs in which virtual threads execute concurrently to process data; virtual translators and drivers adapt the application code to particular hardware on which it is to execute, transparently to the programmer." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2007 (11/627,892). 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=8321849&OS=8321849&RS=8321849 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bauer Hockey Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Bauer Hockey, Greenland, N.H., has been assigned a patent (RE43,827) developed by Francois Chenevert, Rock Forest, Calif., for an ice skate blade.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for an ice skate blade, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (D/376,040). 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=RE43,827&OS=RE43,827&RS=RE43,827 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,949) developed by four co-inventors for a "managing software run in a computing system." The co-inventors are Mitch Green, Boulder, Colo., Luis Polanco, San Jose, Calif., James Lewin McGregor, Palo Alto, Calif., and Oliver Goldman, Redwood City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in a system that includes a network-based information server system; and a computer operable to interact with a user interface device and operable to perform operations including: receiving from the network-based information server system status information corresponding to software applications, the status information including black-list information and phoenix-list information; updating a local cache, retained by the computer, with the status information received from the network-based information server system; generating an identifier for a software application, using a digital certificate and a hash value, when the software application is launched on the computer; checking the identifier for the software application against the status information; and notifying a user of the computer when a match is found during the checking." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2008 (12/202,116). 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=8,321,949&OS=8,321,949&RS=8,321,949 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent for Tabular Data Sorting and Display ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,799) developed by Howard C. Simonson, San Jose, Calif., and Elizabeth Kricfalusi, San Jose, Calif., for a "tabular data sorting and display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus, including a computer program product, implementing techniques for displaying a table of data including a set of markers associated with rows or columns of the table, the table having one or more sort keys having a sort key order including a most significant sort key, each sort key being a row or column of the table; receiving a user input gesture selecting a marker; establishing the row or column associated with the user-selected marker as the most significant sort key, and maintaining the positions of the remaining sort keys in the sort key order; sorting the data using the sort key order; and displaying the sorted data. The techniques also include representing visually a sort key order for a table of data by displaying on a graphical user interface display one or more markers with a pattern of distinct visual properties." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2003 (10/698,804). 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=8,321,799&OS=8,321,799&RS=8,321,799 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stanford University Assigned Patent for Biological Analysis Arrangement and Approach ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,313,904) developed by Abbas El Gamal, Palo Alto, Calif., Helmy Eltoukhy, Woodside, Calif., and Khaled Salama, Stanford, Calif., for a "biological analysis arrangement and approach therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Characteristics of a chemical or biological sample are detected using an approach involving light detection. According to an example embodiment of the present invention, an assaying arrangement including a light detector is adapted to detect light from a sample, such as a biological material. A signal corresponding to the detected light is used to characterize the sample, for example, by detecting a light-related property thereof. In one implementation, the assaying arrangement includes integrated circuitry having a light detector and a programmable processor, with the light detector generating a signal corresponding to the light and sending the signal to the processor. The processor provides an output corresponding to the signal and indicative of a characteristic of the sample." The patent application was filed on Nov. 26, 2008 (12/323,645). 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=8,313,904&OS=8,313,904&RS=8,313,904 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** LSI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- LSI, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,826) developed by Ruben Salvador Molina Jr., San Ramon, Calif., and Alexander Tetelbaum, Hayward, Calif., for a "method and apparatus of core timing prediction of core logic in the chip-level implementation process through an over-core window on a chip-level routing layer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and/or an apparatus of core timing prediction is disclosed. In one embodiment, a method may include generating a core timing model of a core logic that is accurately transferable to any chip-level integration process. The method may reduce performance degradation and/or performance variation of the core logic caused by a number of interactions between core logic components and chip-level components in the chip-level integration process. In addition, the core timing model of the core logic may be generated by filling un-wired tracks with metal in any of an outermost layer of the core logic after a core logic routing and constructing a layer at least an area of and adjacent to any of the outermost layer of the core logic with grounded metal that is orthogonal to those of the metal used in the outermost layer of the core logic." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2010 (12/791,260). 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=8,321,826&OS=8,321,826&RS=8,321,826 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Maquis Techtrix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Maquis Techtrix, Las Vegas, has been assigned a patent (RE43,835) developed by Timothy O. Knight, Palo Alto, Calif., and J. Nicholas Gross, San Francisco, for an "online content tabulating system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tabulating system and method analyzes content posted and/or queried by an online community. The content can be searched based on a search filter executed at defined intervals, and the system can also reach through to locate and extract content from other remote systems. Community postings and queries can be tabulated to determine "hot topics" of interest to the community, to enhance the appeal and stickiness of a website. Furthermore, subscribers can also formulate and define their own custom searches to be run on their behalf to identify the existence of particular content on the website." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2007 (11/709,352). 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=RE43,835&OS=RE43,835&RS=RE43,835 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** RedSeal Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- RedSeal Networks, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,944) developed by Alain Jules Mayer, San Francisco, Brian Laing, San Carlos, Calif., and Michael Lloyd, Belmont, Calif., for an "adaptive risk analysis methods and apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system method includes receiving a network topology and associated configuration data, wherein the network topology indicates a host location and a threat location, determining a vulnerability associated with the host location, determining a security exposure for the host location with respect to the threat location from the configuration data, the network topology, and to incomplete configuration data for the host location, determining a first vulnerability certainty for the host location with respect the vulnerability in response to incomplete configuration data, thereafter receiving updated network data selected from a group consisting of: updated configuration data, updated network topology, determining an updated security exposure for the host location with respect to the threat location from the updated network data, and to the incomplete configuration data, and displaying a difference between of the first security exposure and the second security exposure on the display." The patent application was filed on June 12, 2007 (11/761,982). 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=8,321,944&OS=8,321,944&RS=8,321,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,873) developed by Feng Shao, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "system and method for offline data generation for online system analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject matter disclosed herein relates to a system and/or method offline data generation for online system analysis." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2009 (12/481,509). 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=8,321,873&OS=8,321,873&RS=8,321,873 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Glovia International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Glovia International, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,255) developed by Quentin Stewart Brearley, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Hajime Tamura, Fuchu, Japan, and Anil Kumar Sharma, Culver City, Calif., for "resource management and planning in a distributed manufacturing environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for resource management and planning includes receiving manufacturing information associated with multiple distributed enterprise facilities; generating manufacturing plans based at least in part on the manufacturing information; receiving feedback regarding execution of the manufacturing plans; identifying at least one of the manufacturing plans describing manufacturing activities planned to occur within a fixed time period in the future; modifying the identified manufacturing plan based on the feedback; and communicating the modified manufacturing plan to the distributed enterprise facilities." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2004 (10/996,705). 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=8,321,255&OS=8,321,255&RS=8,321,255 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Link--A--Media Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Link--A--Media Devices, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,772) developed by Kwok W. Yeung, Milpitas, Calif., and Kin Man Ng, Cupertino, Calif., for a "SOVA sharing during LDPC global iteration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for decoding information, including a Viterbi decoder configured to decode (1) Front-end processed ADC data and (2) an output of an iterative error correction decoder in the event error correction decoding fails. The iterative error correction decoder is configured to decode Viterbi decoded data generated by the Viterbi decoder." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2009 (12/587,999). 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=8,321,772&OS=8,321,772&RS=8,321,772 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Techniques for Debugging Computer Programs Involving Multiple Computing Machines ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,838) developed by David M. Alpern, San Jose, Calif., for "techniques for debugging computer programs involving multiple computing machines." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " Techniques for debugging a computer program that includes multiple modules executing on multiple machines include receiving, at a unifying component, first data from a first machine. The first data indicates debugging information generated by the first machine. Second data is also received at the unifying component from a second machine. The second data indicates debugging information generated by the second machine. Based on the first data and the second data, third data is formed indicating a single integrated representation of debugging information for the computer program. The unifying component allows debugging information from several machines to be integrated and then presented to a user through a single debugger client. " The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2008 (12/022,076). 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=8,321,838&OS=8,321,838&RS=8,321,838 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Imation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Imation, Oakdale, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,321,953) developed by David Alexander Jevans, Los Altos, Calif., for a "secure storage device with offline code entry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system to authorize access to secured data storage can comprise a user interface configured to receive a user code offline from a user to allow access to stored data, circuitry configured to authorize access to the stored data based, at least in part, on the user code and provide access to the stored data, and a storage system configured to store the stored data." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2006 (11/486,799). 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=8,321,953&OS=8,321,953&RS=8,321,953 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** HealthTrio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- HealthTrio, Centennial, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,321,239) developed by five co-inventors for a "system for communication of health care data." The co-inventors are Malik M. Hasan, Las Vegas, J. Dominic Wallen, Tucson, Ariz., John C. Peterson, Tucson, Ariz., Cindy A. Post, Colton, Calif., and Ralph A. Korpman, San Bernardino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system that extracts health care data from one or more health care payors to identify meaningful relationships or patterns in treatments to compare the effectiveness of various treatment of specific diseases is provided. This computer system includes a computer and a staging database. The computer is configured to communicate with one or more payor computer systems of a type that includes one or more databases storing records of the health care data from one or more payors over the Internet. The staging database is in communication with the computer and is configured to receive the health care data from each of the payor computer systems. The health care data from each of the payor computer systems is configured to be converted into a normalized format. The normalized data is the made available to determine comparative effectiveness of various treatments of specific diseases." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2011 (13/307,972). 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=8,321,239&OS=8,321,239&RS=8,321,239 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SonicWALL Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- SonicWALL, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,939) developed by four co-inventors for "method and an apparatus to perform multiple packet payloads analysis." The co-inventors are Aleksandr Dubrovsky, San Mateo, Calif., Roman Yanovsky, Los Altos, Calif., Scott Aaron More, San Francisco, and Boris Yanovsky, Saratoga, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and an apparatus to perform multiple packet payload analysis have been disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes receiving a plurality of data packets, each of the plurality of data packets containing a portion of a data pattern, determining whether each of the plurality of data packets is out of order, and making and storing a local copy of the corresponding data packet if the corresponding data packet is out of order. Other embodiments have been claimed and described." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2009 (12/547,860). 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=8,321,939&OS=8,321,939&RS=8,321,939 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** PriceGrabber.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- PriceGrabber.com, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,321,279) developed by Graham Jones, Los Angeles, Dominique Jean, Los Angeles, and Robert Ritter, Los Angeles, for a rule-based bidding platform.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computing system is configured to accept bid rules from merchants for the placement of ads for a plurality of products. The bid rules comprise a bid amount, a rule definition and a priority. The bid amount may be an absolute bid or it may be relative to base advertising rate. The rule definition comprises criteria for describing products to determine when the bid rule is applied to a product for sale. The priority indicates whether the bid rule applies to a particular product when the rule definition of more than one bid rule could be applied to a product. The computing system is also configured to generate a list of product offers based at least in part on the bids. The system may also generate reports for merchants." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2011 (13/083,379). 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=8,321,279&OS=8,321,279&RS=8,321,279 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Synopsys Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Synopsys, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,824) developed by four co-inventors for "multiple-power-domain static timing analysis." The co-inventors are Jindrich Zejda, Sunnyvale, Calif., William Chiu-Ting Shu, Palo Alto, Calif., Khalid Rahmat, Fremont, Calif., and Feroze Taraporevala, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a computer system, a method, an integrated circuit and a computer-program product (i.e., software) for use with the computer system are described. These devices and techniques may be used to perform STA for circuits that include multiple power domains. Power-domain crossing information and optionally the delay in each power domain can be propagated during the full circuit graph-based STA to accurately perform STA without enumerating all paths. Some embodiments can use a tag-based engine to track power-domain crossing(s) during graph-based STA. If a power-domain is crossed in a path, pessimism may be added to the cumulative delay at the end point of the path. For those paths that do not cross a power domain, pessimism may be removed from the cumulative delay at their end points. In some embodiments, pessimism may be removed from the cumulative delay at end points for paths that cross power domains." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,184). 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=8,321,824&OS=8,321,824&RS=8,321,824 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Determining a Demographic Attribute Value of an Online Document Visited by Users ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,249) developed by Ching Law, Los Angeles, Gokul Rajaram, Los Altos, Calif., and Rama Ranganath, San Francisco, for a "determining a demographic attribute value of an online document visited by users." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A demographic attribute value of a sink online document may be determined by (a) accepting a value(s) of the demographic attribute of a source online document, (b) accepting, for each of the source online documents having an accepted demographic attribute value, a probability that a user will visit or has visited the sink online document if the user visited the source online document, and (c) determining the demographic attribute value of the sink online document using the demographic attribute value of each of the source online documents and the probabilities. A demographic attribute value of the sink online document may also be determined using the above information and using the demographic attribute value of each of the source online documents and the probabilities that a user will visit or has visited the sink online document if the user visited the other online document." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2007 (11/699,754). 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=8,321,249&OS=8,321,249&RS=8,321,249 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Detecting Data-stealing Malware ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,940) developed by Shane Pereira, Newbury Park, Calif., and Sourabh Satish, Fremont, Calif., for "systems and methods for detecting data-stealing malware." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method for detecting data-stealing malware may include: 1) detecting an attempt by an untrusted application to access a storage location that is known to be used by a legitimate application when storing potentially sensitive information, 2) determining that the legitimate application is not installed on the computing device, 3) determining that the untrusted application represents a potential security risk, and then 4) performing a security operation on the untrusted application. Corresponding systems and computer-readable instructions embodied on computer-readable media are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,433). 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=8,321,940&OS=8,321,940&RS=8,321,940 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** John Nicholas and Kristin Gross Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- John Nicholas and Kristin Gross, Berkeley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,261) developed by John Nicholas Gross, San Francisco, for an "integrated gourmet item data collection, recommender and vending system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Items--including gourmet products--are evaluated and rated by participants in a controlled event, which can be coordinated by software locally or at a dedicated website. Event data, including item scores and participant scores can be shared with vendors, merchants and other commercial entities associated with the products. Promotional incentives from such entities for the products (and related products) can then be directly targeted and provided to participants and other members of the public. The participant's activities can also be collected and disseminated to affiliates/friends of the participants through social networking sites, personalized web pages, etc." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/335,247). 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=8,321,261&OS=8,321,261&RS=8,321,261 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent for Fast Switching of Media Streams ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,905) developed by Kevin Streeter, San Francisco, Stephen Cheng, Foster City, Calif., and Abhinav Kapoor, Fremont, Calif., for "fast switching of media streams." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for fast switching of media streams, are described. The methods and systems described in this specification enable switching media streams as quickly as possible without playback interruption by not having to playback the content of the full buffer prior to the switch to the new stream. The fast switching disclosed in this specification is based on configuring a media player operated at a client computer to specify a switching time offset that corresponds to buffered content. In addition, the disclosed methods and systems enable a media streaming server computer, that is streaming a first media stream to the client computer, to select a key frame of a second media stream that is at or near a switching time offset specified by the client computer, and to immediately begin transmission of the second media stream." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (12/572,962). 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=8,321,905&OS=8,321,905&RS=8,321,905 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Determining Compiler Efficiency ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,851) developed by Mike Stephen Fulton, British Columbia, Calif., Ajith Ramanath, Bangalore, India, and Radhakrishnan Thangamuthu, Bangalore, India, for a determining compiler efficiency.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a computer implemented method for determining the efficiency of a runtime compiler. A set of execution times representing the time taken for program code to perform a set task after two or more runtime compilations is recorded. A first metric as the difference between the first execution time and the last execution time of the set of execution times, a second metric as the average throughput improvement from the set of execution times, and a third metric as the time taken for the compiler to achieve the maximum throughput from the set of execution times is calculated. Finally, an efficiency metric is calculated using the first, second and third metrics to determine the efficiency of the compiler." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/644,809). 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=8,321,851&OS=8,321,851&RS=8,321,851 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Software Flow Tracking Using Multiple Threads ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,840) developed by four co-inventors for a "software flow tracking using multiple threads." The co-inventors are Vijayanand Nagarajan, Riverside, Calif., Ho-Seop Kim, Austin, Texas, Youfeng Wu, Palo Alto, Calif., and Rajiv Gupta, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems and machine readable media are disclosed for performing dynamic information flow tracking. One method includes executing operations of a program with a main thread, and tracking the main thread's execution of the operations of the program with a tracking thread. The method further includes updating, with the tracking thread, a taint value associated with the value of the main thread to reflect whether the value is tainted, and determining, with the tracking thread based upon the taint value, whether use of the value by the main thread violates a specific security policy." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2007 (11/965,271). 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=8,321,840&OS=8,321,840&RS=8,321,840 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Integrated Handheld Computing and Telephony System and Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,321,814) developed by Jeffrey Charles Hawkins, Atherton, Calif., and Robert Yuji Haitani, Menlo Park, Calif., for "integrated handheld computing and telephony system and services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is an integrated handheld computer and telephony system. Integration of the handheld computer and telephony system is at the physical and operational level. For example, the integrated handheld computer and telephony system physically integrates a handheld computer with a mobile (e.g., cellular) telephone. In addition, the handheld computer is distinct from telephony system in that they are logically separable. However, they are also operationally integrated, for example, the telephony system executes a telephone application on the processor of the handheld computer. Likewise, the handheld computer can execute applications, for example, a phone book, that can be used to launch the telephony application." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2009 (12/471,217). 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=8,321,814&OS=8,321,814&RS=8,321,814 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Visualizing Content Positioning Within a Document Using Layers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,783) developed by four co-inventors for "visualizing content positioning within a document using layers." The co-inventors are Dimitri Dupuis-Latour, Paris, Pierre JY Frisch, Vancouver, Canada, Francois M. Jouaux, Woodside, Calif., and Gilles Drieu, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "It can be difficult to predict what the layout of a document will be if the document contains several content elements, some of which are associated with different positioning schemes. In one embodiment, elements are shown in different layers based on their positioning schemes. For example, a first layer includes elements that are associated with non-overlapping positioning schemes, and a second layer includes elements that are associated with overlapping positioning schemes. When the document is viewed from above, the layers "collapse" onto each other, and the document appears to have a conventional (two-dimensional) page rendering. However, when the document is viewed from an angle, the layers appear separately in three-dimensional space, similar to an exploded view. The separate layers reveal the positioning schemes of the various elements and the layout interactions between those elements. This visualization technique helps a user understand how various elements are positioned within the document." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/241,289). 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=8,321,783&OS=8,321,783&RS=8,321,783 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent for Advertiser Alerting System and Method in a Networked Database Search System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,274) developed by four co-inventors for an "advertiser alerting system and method in a networked database search system." The co-inventors are Robert J. Collins, Carlsbad, Calif., Paul Joseph Apodaca, Carlsbad, Calif., Adam J. Wand, Carlsbad, Calif., and Claude Jones III, San Marcos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method provide advertisement campaign information about an advertisement campaign to an advertiser. The system includes means for organizing advertisement campaign information into one or more ad groups and a web interface to receive advertiser inputs and provide system alerts about the advertisement campaign information to the advertiser. The system further includes a campaign data store configured to store advertisement campaign account data and an alerting system to produce the system alerts about performance of the advertisement campaign." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2006 (11/413,535). 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=8,321,274&OS=8,321,274&RS=8,321,274 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TiVo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- TiVo, Alviso, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,901) developed by six co-inventors for a "system for remotely controlling client recording and storage behavior." The co-inventors are Paul Westbrook, San Jose, Calif., Howard Look, Palo Alto, Calif., James Young, Livermore, Calif., Stephen Lacy, Mountain View, Calif., Timothy Davison, San Francisco, and James M. Barton, Alviso, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for remotely controlling client recording and storage behavior schedules the recording, storing, and deleting of multimedia content on a client system storage device. The invention accepts as input a prioritized list of program viewing preferences which is compared with a database of program guide objects that indicate when programs of interest are actually broadcast. A schedule of time versus available storage space is generated that is optimal for the viewer's explicit or derived preferred content. The viewer may request that certain content be captured, which results in the highest possible priority for those content. The invention provides objects called a capture requests that are sent by the service to client systems. Capture requests reflect local storage management decisions about how the client system storage is partitioned. Capture requests also allow the service to determine content to be recorded by the client system in the same manner that a viewer requests that certain content are recorded but are mo For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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