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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 11)

[December 11, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 11)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Half Moon Type Net ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Kwang Han Cho, Northridge, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,725) for a "half moon type net." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a half moon type net for catching balls or flexibly stopping the flight of balls, comprising a half-moon-shaped or arch-shaped loop and a fabric retainer to better support the net structure, maintain a bigger net in shape, and reduce the chance of missing balls. More specifically, the net comprises: a main member forming a substantially half-moon-shaped closed loop; a base member forming a closed loop, wherein the straight front section of the base member is connected to the straight bottom section of the main member; a fabric retainer comprising two bottom sections formed adjacent to each of the two corners of the main member and an arch section along the top section of the main member so as to maintain the main member in shape; a fabric member covering the loop of the main member to flexibly stop the flight of projectiles; and a supporting member to sustain the main member against the base member while maintaining a substantial angle between the main and base members." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2009 (12/565,960). 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=83,22,725.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,725&RS=PN/83,22,725 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Multi-seal Vacuum Hold Down ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Michael McClaran, Chino Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,696) for a "multi-seal vacuum hold down." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A three piece vacuum cup is made from rubber to resist damage and facilitates reconfiguring when badly damaged or for specific applications. The vacuum cup includes top, center, and bottom parts. The top is easily and inexpensively replaceable. A flexible lip seal surrounds the top edge of the top to seal against irregular surfaces and damage to the lip seal may be addressed by inserting a cord seal into slots in the top to form a second seal. Part of the top may be cut away to use with small parts and sealed using the cord seal. The center includes a family of passages which may be selectively blocked to permit use of partial tops. A bar pattern on the top has bars aligned in perpendicular directions to better hold material in all cutting directions." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2010 (12/715,350). 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=83,22,696.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,696&RS=PN/83,22,696 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Aerial Rescue Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Orville Douglas Denison, Monrovia, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,489) for an aerial rescue device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aerial rescue device is a powered platform that quickly elevates the fireman to height, or powers the secure descent of a rescued person. A powered carriage rides between two extensible booms. Two rungs secured to the carriage enable a fireman to stand on one and hold onto the other. The two booms have rails within. The rails guide trolleys secured to the ends of the two rungs. The carriage is moved by two cables. Each cable is connected at one end to the carriage and at the other end to two winches. These winches are computer controlled to enable the carriage to ride up and down while the booms are being extended. Preferably, there are also rotatable boom segments at the top of the booms." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2012 (13/371,446). 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=83,22,489.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,489&RS=PN/83,22,489 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dali Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Dali Systems, George Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been assigned a patent (8,326,238) developed by Dali Yang, Mountain View, Calif., and Jia Yang, Mountain View, Calif., for a "system and method for digital memorized predistortion for wireless communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of the invention is a system for signal processing in preparation for wireless transmission, the wireless transmission being from a portable wireless communication device and including use of a power amplifier having nonlinear characteristics. The system includes memory for storing digitally-indexed information. The digitally-indexed information models nonlinear characteristics of the power amplifier, and the digitally-indexed information is stored prior to processing of a first signal that reflects information to be communicated. The system further includes first logic, configured to accept the first signal and to retrieve, based on the first signal, a portion of the digitally-indexed information stored in the memory, and second logic, configured to generate a second signal based on the portion of the digitally-accessed information and on the first signal. The second signal pre-compensates for the nonlinear characteristics of the power amplifier, and the second signal is for wireless transmission based on the second signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2005 (11/262,079). 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=8,326,238&OS=8,326,238&RS=8,326,238 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Expanded Metal Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- California Expanded Metal Products, City of Industry, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,322,094) developed by Don A. Pilz, Livermore, Calif., Raymond E. Poliquin, City of Industry, Calif., and Fernando Hernandez Sesma, City of Industry, Calif., for a "fire-rated wall and ceiling system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present application is directed toward fire-rated wall construction components and wall systems for use in building construction. Embodiments can include tracks for holding studs which incorporate various geometries capable of receiving fire-retardant material, flat straps for use between tracks and fluted wall components, fire sponges for use in fluted wall components, and tracks with protruding grooves or other structures which prevent unwanted air movement between a wallboard component and the track." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2011 (13/217,145). 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=83,22,094.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,094&RS=PN/83,22,094 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Plexera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Plexera, Woodinville, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,346) developed by Gibum Kim, Placentia, Calif., Hannwen Guan, Bothell, Wash., and Shuxin Cong, Bellevue, Wash., for a "SPR apparatus with a high performance fluid delivery system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus may include a flow cell for a surface plasmon resonance test apparatus and a fluid delivery system operatively coupled to the flow cell and configured to deliver a plurality of fluids to the flow cell substantially continuously. The fluid delivery system may include two pumps for pumping the fluids." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2012 (13/346,002). 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=8,325,346&OS=8,325,346&RS=8,325,346 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Safety System and Method for Cutting Machine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Jeff Buchanan, Placentia, Calif., and Mark Buchanan, Cerritos, Calif., have developed a patent (8,322,259) for a "safety system and method for cutting machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A safety system prevents cutting machine operators from being accidentally carried through the infeed chute into the machine's cutting mechanism. An operator wears a safety device on his wrist and/or ankle and a sensor array mounts on opposing sides of the cutting machine's infeed chute. The sensor array elements are wound in opposite directions and connect in series opposing. The magnetic field of the safety device induces a current in the sensor array as it moves in the proximity of the sensor array. The safety system generates a signal which is proportional to the sum of the induced currents. When the signal exceeds a threshold, the safety system shuts off power to the feed mechanism and/or the cutting blades of the cutting machine, preventing injury to the operator." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2012 (13/416,515). 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=83,22,259.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,259&RS=PN/83,22,259 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Holding Device for Rail Equipped Firearms ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- John O. Wilson, El Cajon, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,068) for a "holding device for rail equipped firearms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a gun mounting kit for quickly and easily mounting a gun in a position favorable for cleaning the gun. It is understood that guns may include mounting rails, such as a Picatinny-style rail or other similar mounting structures. The gun mounting kit includes a clamping unit that is sized and configured to clamp onto the mounting rail of the gun to secure the gun for cleaning." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2011 (13/006,349). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,22,068.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,068&RS=PN/83,22,068 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Self-locking Cord Lock with Housing and Slide Piece ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Robert O. Boden, Altadena, Calif., has developed a patent (8,321,999) for a "self-locking cord lock with housing and slide piece." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Self-locking devices for locking cords against longitudinal movement and maintaining the cords in a locked position even with no tension on the cords. A cord locking device includes a body and a slide piece for locking two cord segments. The body includes a housing, and the slide piece slides within the housing. The slide piece includes two ears, each having a cord channel through which one of the cord segments may pass, and two arms extending toward the housing, with a substantially upwardly extending tab at the free end of each arm. The cord segments pass through the housing and between the inside surface of the housing and a toothed wedge at a lower end of the slide piece. The toothed wedge grips the cord segments and locks them in place when they are pulled downwardly in the direction that the wedge is tapered." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2010 (12/831,146). 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=83,21,999.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,999&RS=PN/83,21,999 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method and Apparatus for Personalized Consumer to Business Matchmaking ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Alvin Cordeiro, Aptos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,326,683) for a "method and apparatus for personalized consumer to business matchmaking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A personalized consumer to business matchmaking apparatus and its related method correlate and quantify a personalized match between a business offering products or services to a searching consumer looking for the reviewed products or services. In one embodiment of the invention, the personalized consumer to business matchmaking is based on requirements, traits, and profiles of the business, the searching consumer, and business evaluators who have reviewed the business. Whereas conventional consumer reviews such as star-ratings merely give an average rating based on inputs from the business evaluators, the personalized consumer to business matchmaking apparatus and its related method generate a personalized match score based on individual traits, requirements, and profiles of the business, the searching consumer, and the business evaluators." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2011 (13/311,536). 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=8,326,683&OS=8,326,683&RS=8,326,683 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Panasonic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Panasonic, Osaka, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,325,917) developed by four co-inventors for a "reproducing device, recording device, recording medium, data processing method, data processing program, data recording method, data recording program, and integrated circuit." The co-inventors are Masaya Yamamoto, Arcadia, Calif., Senichi Onoda, Osaka, Japan, Minehisa Nagata, Hyogo, Japan, and Kaoru Murase, Nara, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data generating device is capable of preventing unauthorized extraction of plaintext content between decryption processing and digital watermark embedment processing. A content reproducing device obtains restoration information and, in accordance with the restoration information, selectively performs predetermined restoration processing and processing of embedding device unique information, on content data at a position shown by the restoration information." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2006 (11/658,177). 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=8,325,917&OS=8,325,917&RS=8,325,917 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Orison Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Orison, Johnson City, Tenn., has been assigned a patent (8,323,201) developed by Farhad Towfiq, Dana Point, Calif., Lawrence J. Busse, Fort Mitchell, Ky., and Stephen J. Douglas, Cary, N.C., for a "system and method for three-dimensional ultrasound imaging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Under one aspect, an ultrasound system for producing a representation of an object includes: a concave transducer array configured to transmit ultrasonic pulses into the object and to receive ultrasonic pulses from the object, the ultrasonic pulses from the object containing structural information about the object, each transducer in the array generating an output signal representative of a portion of the structural information about the object; a multi-focal lens structure for focusing the transmitted ultrasonic pulses; a multiplexing structure in operable communication with the concave transducer array and including logic for coupling the output signals from at least one pair of transducers in the concave transducer array; and a beamformer in operable communication with the multiplexing structure and including logic for constructing a representation of structural information about the object based on the coupled output signals from the multiplexing structure." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2008 (12/186,967). 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=8,323,201&OS=8,323,201&RS=8,323,201 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Modular Landscape Border Apparatuses and Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Eduardo L. Lascano, Fontana, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,087) for "modular landscape border apparatuses and systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Modular landscape borders can include curb and planter sections, and adjacent modular borders can engaged to each other via coupling members. The curb section can include channels for receiving electrical and/or irrigational devices. The curb section can include a face having openings for receiving illumination devices and/or irrigation devices. The planter section can include irrigation drainage and a conduit for receiving irrigation tubing and/or for distributing irrigation water. Openings can be provided for receiving retaining spikes for securing the modular border to the ground. Supporting structures can provide rigidity and/or structural support to the curb and/or the planter. The modular border may include partition lines for division into smaller partitions." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2012 (13/431,564). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,22,087.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,087&RS=PN/83,22,087 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Assa Abloy Assigned Patent for Using Promiscuous and Non-promiscuous Data to Verify Card and Reader Identity ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Assa Abloy, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,322,608) developed by Michael L. Davis, Amherst, N.Y., and Tam Hulusi, Santa Ana, Calif., for a "using promiscuous and non-promiscuous data to verify card and reader identity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for authenticating radio frequency identification (RFID) devices and validating readers of the RFID devices are disclosed. Embodiments of the invention use RFID devices adapted for storing data in a form of data segments selectively associated with promiscuous and non-promiscuous regions of their memories and monitor algorithmic, computational, communicational, or tampered errors of the readers." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2006 (11/464,280). 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=83,22,608.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,608&RS=PN/83,22,608 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Magnetically Actuated Reciprocating Motor and Process Using Reverse Magnetic Switching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Kendall C. Gosvener, Visalia, Calif., has developed a patent (8,324,763) for a "magnetically actuated reciprocating motor and process using reverse magnetic switching." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetically actuated reciprocating motor utilizes the stored energy of magnets, particularly rare earth magnets, and an electromagnetic field to reciprocally drive a magnetic actuator. A converting mechanism, such as a connecting rod and crankshaft, converts the reciprocating motion of the magnetic actuator to rotary motion for powering a work object. A solenoid, comprising a nonferromagnetic spool having a tubular center section with a coil of wire wrapped around the center section, is connected to a source of power and a switching mechanism. The switching mechanism switches the magnetic polarity at the ends of the solenoid to alternatively repel and attract permanent magnets at the ends of the magnetic actuator. A shaft interconnecting the magnets is received through the center section of the solenoid. A controlling mechanism interconnecting an output shaft and the switching mechanism provides the timing to switch the polarity of the solenoid to drive the magnetic actuator." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2010 (12/832,928). 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=8,324,763&OS=8,324,763&RS=8,324,763 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SolarWorld Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- SolarWorld Innovations, Freiberg, Germany, has been assigned a patent (8,322,025) developed by David K. Fork, Los Altos, Calif., and Thomas S. Zimmermann, Jena, Germany, for an "apparatus for forming a plurality of high-aspect ratio gridline structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Closely spaced, high aspect-ratio gridline structures are formed on the surface of a substrate using two or more co-extrusion heads that co-extrude gridline material and sacrificial material such that the deposited gridline material is compressed between opposing portions of the sacrificial material. The co-extrusion heads include three-channel cavity structures that converge to a relatively small outlet orifice that dispenses the gridline material with relatively fine features and a relatively high aspect ratio. The outlet orifices of the co-extrusion heads are disposed in a staggered arrangement such that gridlines extruded from the first co-extrusion head are disposed between two gridlines extruded from the second co-extrusion head. Photovoltaic cells are produced with metal gridlines formed in this manner." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2006 (11/555,479). 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=83,22,025.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,025&RS=PN/83,22,025 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** S3 Graphics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- S3 Graphics, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been assigned a patent (8,326,055) developed by Zhou Hong, Cupertino, Calif., Konstantine I. Iourcha, San Jose, Calif., and Krishna S. Nayak, Palo Alto, Calif., for an image codec engine.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method implemented in a graphics engine for decoding image blocks to derive an original image is provided. The method comprises receiving at least one encoded image data block at a block decoder, the at least one encoded image data block comprising a plurality of codewords and a bitmap. The method further comprises determining a block type based on the plurality of codewords and selecting a decoder unit among a plurality of decoder units in accordance with the block type." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2010 (12/813,821). 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=8,326,055&OS=8,326,055&RS=8,326,055 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Craft Dome ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Mark C. Carter, Murieta, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,356) for a craft dome.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The quickly erectable dome shelter includes an extendible perimeter truss assembly with link members connected between adjacent legs, a central truss assembly of link members, and a roof framework, including pairs of curved upper and lower peak truss members, that is movable between a lowered, collapsed configuration and a raised, upwardly arching position. The shelter also includes telescoping peak pole members coupled to the central truss assembly of link members and the roof framework, and may also include telescoping peak truss brace members connected between a peak truss member and a link member of the perimeter assembly of link members." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2011 (13/289,405). 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=83,22,356.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,356&RS=PN/83,22,356 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Optical Non-invasive Blood Monitoring System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Edward Belotserkovsky, San Francisco, has developed a patent (8,326,390) for a "optical non-invasive blood monitoring system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A simple noninvasive technique that is capable of very accurate and fast blood analyte, e.g., glucose, level monitoring is provided. Fluctuation in the levels of glucose and other analytes affect the refractive index of blood and extra cellular fluid in biological tissue. Given that the propagation speed of light through a medium depends on its refractive index, continuous monitoring of analyte levels in tissue is achieved by measuring characteristics of the tissue that can be correlated to the refractive index of the tissue. For instance, the frequency or number of optical pulse circulations that are transmitted through an individual's tissue of known thickness within a certain time period can be correlated to an individual's blood glucose level." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2008 (12/284,428). 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=8,326,390&OS=8,326,390&RS=8,326,390 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ATI Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- ATI Technologies, Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,326,053) developed by Konstantine Iourcha, San Jose, Calif., Andrew S.C. Pomianowski, Palo Alto, Calif., and Raja Koduri, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for block based image compression with multiple non-uniform block encodings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus provides for block based image compression with multiple non-uniform block encodings. In one embodiment, an image is divided into blocks of pixels. In one embodiment the blocks are four pixels by four pixels, but other block sizes are used in other embodiments. In one embodiment, a block of pixels in the original image is compressed using two different methods to produce a first and second compressed block. Thus, each block in the original image is represented by two, typically different, compressed blocks. In one embodiment, color associated with a pixel is determined by combining the compressed information about the pixel in the first compressed block with information about the pixel in the second compressed block. In another embodiment, global information about the image is combined with the information in the first and second compressed blocks." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/485,537). 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=8,326,053&OS=8,326,053&RS=8,326,053 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ricoh Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Ricoh, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,326,074) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for FIR filtering using space-varying rotation." The co-inventors are Guotong Feng, Mountain View, Calif., Mohammed Shoaib, Princeton, N.J., Edward L. Schwartz, Sunnyvale, Calif., and M. Dirk Robinson, Menlo Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for finite impulse response (FIR) filter bank architecture and method that involve low-complexity computation resources are described. In one embodiment, a digital image processing system includes an index mapping module to determine a rotation angle index to control rotation of an input patch of an image based on the (x,y) pixel coordinates of the image patch. The digital image processing system may also include a rotation module to rotate the input patch of the image based on the rotation angle index. In one embodiment, the digital image processing system may further include a filter engine module applied to a rotated version of the input patch of the image." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2009 (12/488,479). 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=8,326,074&OS=8,326,074&RS=8,326,074 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for 'Railboard' Fingerboard with Integrated Frets for Stringed Musical Instruments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Emmett H. Chapman, Woodland Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,324,489) for "'railboard' fingerboard with integrated frets for stringed musical instruments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "For a stringed musical instrument of a type that includes guitars, electric bass guitars, and two-handed tapping instruments including the Chapman Stick .RTM., in departure from conventional frets inserted individually into slots or channels in a wooden fretboard/neck, a Railboard (TM) is made with frets that are precision-machined under CNC (computer numeric control) integral with the fretboard from a single block of rigid material such as aluminum. Optionally the instrument neck, whether body-attached or of through-neck construction, may also be integrated into the Railboard along with the fretted fingerboard. The fret-tips are initially machined with a sharp apex, then machine-dressed to form narrow flat fret-tip plateaus all aligned in a common plane, then selected frets are further precision machine-dressed to provide "relief" in a lower-pitched region of the fretboard for optimal "low action" playing characteristics, thus producing instruments of uniform quality in a cost-effective manner." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2009 (12/387,998). 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=8,324,489&OS=8,324,489&RS=8,324,489 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ring2 Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Ring2 Communications, London, has been assigned a patent (8,326,277) developed by Michael Hughes, San Francisco, and Abdelkareem Siddiq, Concord, Calif., for a "call management over reduced bandwidth." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A status proxy server having a full bandwidth connection with a media server and wireless connection with a mobile end user device, receives SIP or similar protocol structured data; maintains a status indicator representative of the received structured data; and communicating at time intervals an update of the status indicator to the mobile end user device." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2007 (11/798,526). 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=8,326,277&OS=8,326,277&RS=8,326,277 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Galemed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Galemed, I-lan, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,322,334) developed by Gary C. J. Lee, I-Lan, Taiwan, Yu-Chien Yen, I-Lan, Taiwan, and Thomas Loescher, Carlsbad, Calif., for a nebulizer.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A nebulizer includes a receptacle for containing a liquid, a liquid-drawing tube, and a hollow cover including a partition plate dividing an interior of the cover into first and second chambers, first and second conduits each having an inlet end adapted to be connected to a compressed gas supply tube, and an outlet end communicated with the first chamber, and a mist output tube communicating fluidly with the second chamber. A nebulizing unit is connected to the outlet end of the first conduit and the liquid-drawing tube for directing a first compressed gas from the first conduit to the liquid exiting from the tube to convert the liquid into a mist. The second conduit introduces into the first chamber a second compressed gas which entrains the mist when flowing to the second chamber and exiting through the mist output tube." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2009 (12/586,180). 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=83,22,334.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,334&RS=PN/83,22,334 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Water Wave Power Plant System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Kye Young Lee, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,324,752) for a "water wave power plant system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A water wave power plant system includes a first guide rail, a first clockwise freewheel, a first counterclockwise freewheel, a first buoy queued through the through-hole by the first guide rail, first right and left roller, a first chain belt having engaging the first clockwise freewheel, the first counterclockwise freewheel, the first right roller, and the first left roller on the first plane, and corresponding second set of equivalent elements to tap the water wave energy in an opposite direction. The first buoy and the second buoy are disposed on the first chain belt and the second chain belt, such that the first and the second buoy move oppositely from each other by a water wave." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2009 (12/648,643). 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=8,324,752&OS=8,324,752&RS=8,324,752 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alcatel Lucent Assigned Patent for System and Method for Scheduling Timeslots for Transmission by Optical Nodes in an Optical Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Alcatel Lucent, Paris, has been assigned a patent (8,326,152) developed by Doutje T. Van Veen, New Providence, N.J., Adriaan J. De Lind Van Wijngaarden, New Providence, N.J., and Dusan Suvakovic, Pleasanton, Calif., for a "system and method for scheduling timeslots for transmission by optical nodes in an optical network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A signal strength corresponding to an incoming optical burst from each of a plurality of optical nodes is measured. The measurements can be performed at system start-up, configuration/installation of the optical nodes and/or at certain intervals of operation of the optical nodes. Signal strength information for the optical nodes based on the measurements is stored in memory. When scheduling the optical nodes for transmission, a preferred transmission order is determined in response to the stored signal strength information. In an embodiment, the preferred order is determined to reduce differences in signal strength levels between consecutive optical bursts." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2010 (12/760,870). 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=8,326,152&OS=8,326,152&RS=8,326,152 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DigitalOptics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- DigitalOptics, Galway, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,326,066) developed by Eran Steinberg, San Francisco, for a "digital image adjustable compression and resolution using face detection information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of adjustable spatial and/or temporal compression of an image including a face includes identifying a group of pixels that correspond to a face within a digitally-acquired image. A first compression portion of the image including the group of pixels is determined. A second compression portion of the image other than the group of pixels is also determined. The first compression portion may be automatically compressed with higher-grade compression than the second compression portion to generate a compressed image including the face, or an option to provided the compressed image including the different grade compressions may be provided." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2010 (12/719,620). 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=8,326,066&OS=8,326,066&RS=8,326,066 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method and System for Interconnecting Structural Panels ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Joseph C. Fleming III, Diamond Bar, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,104) for a "method and system for interconnecting structural panels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Building or structural panels may be joined, such as to form walls or floors. The panels have edge anchors with mounts. The anchors may comprise elongate members defining a trough having spaced cross-pins. A connector is positioned between adjacent panels. The connector engages the mounts of the anchors, such by having the cross-pins slide into slots of the connector. The panels may have outer skins located over an expanded core comprising a matrix of supporting elongate members and voids or openings, with the anchors located slots formed in the edges of the panels." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2009 (12/590,352). 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=83,22,104.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,104&RS=PN/83,22,104 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Printed Circuit Board Embedded Relay ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Patrick L. McGuire, Oakland, Calif., has developed a patent (8,324,996) for a "printed circuit board embedded relay." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one exemplary embodiment, an electromechanical relay may be described. The relay can be constructed using printed circuit board (PCB) construction, and can have at least a pair of coils, for example one on the top of or above the PCB, the other on the bottom of or below the PCB, at least two ferromagnetic cores, one of which can be set at the center of each coil, at least a set of contacts which can be on the surface of the printed circuit board, a spacer which can be set between the coils, and a magnet which can be set within the spacer." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2011 (13/193,093). 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=8,324,996&OS=8,324,996&RS=8,324,996 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Electrical Generator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Dominic Munib Barbar, Beverly Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,324,772) for an electrical generator.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The electrical generator allows energy to be recovered and stored from a rotating wheel, cam, gear or the like. The electrical generator includes at least one hollow tube mounted radially on a wheel rim. The wheel rim has a central portion and a circumferential edge, and the hollow tube has opposed first and second ends, respectively positioned adjacent the central portion and the circumferential edge of the wheel rim. At least one first elastic member and at least one second elastic member are mounted within the hollow tube and respectively cover the first and second ends thereof. At least one magnet is slidably received within the hollow tube, and at least one induction coil is mounted about an exterior surface of the hollow tube. An AC to DC converter is in communication with the induction coil, and an electrical battery is in communication with the AC to DC converter." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2010 (12/801,946). 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=8,324,772&OS=8,324,772&RS=8,324,772 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Huawei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Huawei Technologies, Shenzhen, China, has been assigned a patent (8,326,337) developed by Junxian Mo, Shenzhen, China, and David Comstock, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for responding to a scanning request." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided to respond to a scanning request to further improve the utilization rate of air interface resources. A scanning response message is sent to a mobile station in response to a scanning request received from the mobile station. The scanning response message can be in the form of a MOB_SCN_RSP message that includes a BS ID sequence indication field that maps the BS IDs carried in the MOB_SCN_REQ message." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2010 (12/763,679). 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=8,326,337&OS=8,326,337&RS=8,326,337 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Modular Room and Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Rolf Kestermann, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,322,084) for a "modular room and structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a modular room with rectangular floor space, a roof and side walls of a skeletal framework construction with sections, which is designed in such a way that it can be easily assembled, disassembled and connected to other modular rooms. The floor space is formed of a foundation consisting of grid-shaped floor plates, which form partial floor sections of the foundation. Furthermore, the modular room exhibits a support or spine portion that is attached to the roof at its top end and is attached to the foundation at its bottom end." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2005 (11/597,830). 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=83,22,084.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,084&RS=PN/83,22,084 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Dual Mode Electronic Headset with Local and Remote Focused Microphones ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Richard S. Slevin, Los Altos Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,326,379) for "dual mode electronic headset with local and remote focused microphones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic headset for a user, the headset including a housing; a first microphone to receive a first audio input provided by the user; a second microphone to receive a second audio input provided by one or more audio sources other than the user; a controller converting the first audio input into a first electronic signal when the controller operates in a first operational mode and converting the second audio input into a second electronic signal when the controller operates in a second operational mode; a first output system active in the first operational mode to communicate the first electronic signal to a second electronic device; a second output system active in the second operational mode and including a sound generator to convert the second electronic signal into an audio signal; and a mode control for setting the controller into one of the operational modes." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2012 (13/481,920). 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=8,326,379&OS=8,326,379&RS=8,326,379 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Bed Sheet and Retainer Set ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Timothy A. Lindberg, San Diego, and Alicia Lindberg, San Diego, have developed a patent (8,321,975) for a "bed sheet and retainer set." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to a bed sheet and to an apparatus for securing a bed sheet or fitted sheet to a mattress. The bed sheet and apparatus, namely a bed sheet retainer set, preferably comprise a fitted bed sheet having four corners and a flat sheet. Both the fitted sheet and flat sheet are placed on a mattress above a box spring. The bed sheet retainer set preferably comprises a fitted sheet restrictor having cylinder with a slot and a base for placement between the mattress and box spring, four corner grips for use on the fitted sheet and two flat sheet grips for use with the flat sheet. The corner grips and flat sheet grips are preferably made of machine-washable foam with a rougher surface. The corner grips preferably each have a semi-circular base and a rounded corner wall. The flat sheet grips preferably have an hour-glass shape and rounded edges." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2011 (13/230,697). 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=83,21,975.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,975&RS=PN/83,21,975 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Alstom Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Alstom Technology, Baden, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,322,146) developed by five co-inventors for a transition duct assembly. The co-inventors are Hany Rizkalla, Stuart, Fla., Stephen W. Jorgensen, Palm City, Fla., Peter Stuttaford, Jupiter, Fla., Plazi Ricklin, Altadena, Calif., and David John Henriquez, Hobe Sound, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transition duct assembly with a thermally free aft frame and mounting system for use in a gas turbine engine are disclosed. The aft frame is capable of adjusting to thermal gradients while the mounting system provides for at least transverse movement of the transition duct during engine assembly. The mounting system also provides a means for raising the natural frequency of the transition duct outside of the engine's dynamic excitation ranges." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2008 (12/196,629). 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=83,22,146.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,146&RS=PN/83,22,146 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Wide-range Round-bottom Hearth-brick Compression System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Allan J. MacRae, Hayward, Calif., has developed a patent (8,325,779) for a "wide-range round-bottom hearth-brick compression system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A brick hearth system comprises a rigid containment shell in which a concave bottom is lined with a hearth refractory sub-layer and hearth brick working layer. The outer perimeter of the hearth refractory is ringed with thrust blocks to compress the whole toward the center and to thereby deny gaps from forming between the separate bricks. Many individual thrust rods penetrate the outer bottom of the containment shell, and such are used to transmit compression forces generated outside the shell to be applied against the thrust blocks in unison. Each thrust rod receives an adjustable amount of inward force from a spring, acting either directly or through a beam or rocker arm. These are anchored to and use the hoop strength of the containment shell as leverage. As the hearth brick working layer grows during its service life, the ring of thrust blocks grows in diameter as well inside the margins provided within the containment shell. The individual thrust rod springs are periodically adjusted to keep the pressures in the optimal range." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2010 (12/700,721). 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=8,325,779&OS=8,325,779&RS=8,325,779 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NEC Soft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- NEC Soft, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,325,981) developed by Kazuya Ueki, Koto-ku, Japan, Yihong Gong, Cupertino, Calif., and Fengjun Lv, Cupertino, Calif., for a "human tracking apparatus, human tracking method, and human tracking processing program." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A human tracking apparatus and method capable of highly accurately tracking the movement of persons photographed in moving images includes: an image memory 107 that stores an inputted frame image; a human detecting unit 101 that detects persons photographed in the inputted frame image; a candidate registering unit 106 that registers already detected persons as candidates; a similarity index calculating unit 102 that calculates similarity indices indicating the similarity between the persons detected in the inputted frame image and the registered candidates for two or more types of parameters based on the stored frame images in relation to all combinations of the persons and the candidates; a normalizing unit 103 that normalizes the similarity indices; an integrating unit 104 that integrates the normalized indices for each combination of the detected persons and the candidates; and a tracking unit 105 that identifies a person the same as an arbitrary candidate based on the similarity indices." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/427,353). 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=8,325,981&OS=8,325,981&RS=8,325,981 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Sleeper Sofa ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Joseph Cabrera, San Diego, and Louis Rodriguez, San Diego, have developed a patent (8,321,971) for a sleeper sofa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A convertible sofa-bed which is easy to convert between a sofa configuration and a bed configuration is provided. From a sofa configuration, a buttock-foot member may be pulled outward. Simultaneously, a head rest member and back rest member which are initially at a generally vertical position are traversed to a generally horizontal position. When the buttock-foot member is fully traversed outward (i.e., extended position), the head rest member, back rest member and the buttock-foot member are generally substantially coplanar and generally horizontal. This provides a firm bed. From the bed configuration, head rest member and the back rest member may be buckled to allow the buttock-foot member to be pushed inward. The buttock-foot member is then pushed fully inward (i.e., retracted position) until the head rest member and the back rest member are in the generally vertical position with the buttock-foot member and back rest member forming a seat." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2012 (13/436,674). 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=83,21,971.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,971&RS=PN/83,21,971 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Canon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Canon, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,326,033) developed by John S. Haikin, Fremont, Calif., for a "rule-based color management and image processing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Color management converting source-side color images into destination-side color images. A module library includes module entries corresponding to function modules implementing color processing functionalities. Each module entry includes a module locator, and some include a profile interface definition. A profile library includes profile entries corresponding to sources of parameters. Profile entries include a profile locator and a profile interface definition. A rule library includes external and internal rules which characterize color transformation workflows. Each external rule is associated with function modules. An interface receives factual input including factual input derived from source-side color image data. A rule engine determines a sequence of function modules and sources of parameters by using the factual input and the plural and external rules in the rule library, and builds the color transformation workflow from the determined sequence of function modules and sources of parameters." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2010 (12/757,957). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,326,033&OS=8,326,033&RS=8,326,033 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Free-standing, Stackable Cereal Bowl with Elevated Trough ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Edward A. Andrews, Palm Desert, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,558) for a "free-standing, stackable cereal bowl with elevated trough." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bowl includes a main bowl portion and an ancillary portion or trough integral with the side of the bowl that is shaped to receive cereal or other food as a staging location before the food is maneuvered into the main bowl portion." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2010 (12/800,586). 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=83,22,558.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,558&RS=PN/83,22,558 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Exercising Dog Leash Warn on a Users Wrist ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Anna C. Gould, Corona, Calif., and Jason Gould, Corona, Calif., have developed a patent (8,322,311) for an "exercising dog leash warn on a users wrist." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improvements in an animal leash are disclosed. The leash is present invention relates to a leash for an animal such as a dog that leaves the owners hands free. The leash is wrapped around the wrist of a user and includes a pocket for keys, money, ID and or credit card. The leash is made from a fixed rope or belting material or can be made from a stretchable or coiled material or a combination thereof. The leash is secured on the user with a removable fastening system that allows the user to adjust the diameter of the strap around their wrist to allow the user to jog or walk without holding the leash. The securing system can also be adjustable to different degrees of break-away force to prevent damage to a user or animal if the user or the tethered animal becomes stopped or restrained." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2009 (12/405,885). 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=83,22,311.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,311&RS=PN/83,22,311 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hon Hai Precision Industry Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Hon Hai Precision Industry, Tu-Cheng, New Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,326,209) developed by Chen-Lu Fan, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan, Chih-Kun Shih, Santa Clara, Calif., and Chun-Hsien Lin, Taipei Hsien, Taiwan, for a "printer with bracket for holding paper tray." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A printer includes a main body for printing and outputting paper, a bracket attached to the main body, a driving mechanism, and a tray for receiving the paper. The bracket includes two sidewalls. A retaining member is secured to each sidewall. A first spring member is secured between each retaining member and the corresponding sidewall. The driving mechanisms are secured to the sidewalls. Each driving mechanism includes a sliding member slidable on the sidewall. The tray is received in the bracket. The tray has tray posts. The sliding members are slid to bring the tray. The tray posts slide the retaining members from a first position to a second position before passing across the retaining members, and the retaining members are slid from the second position to the first position by rebounding of the first springs after the tray posts pass across the retaining members." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/732,846). 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=8,326,209&OS=8,326,209&RS=8,326,209 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Collapsible Sluice Box ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Robert Rieck, Santa Ana, Calif., has developed a patent (8,322,536) for a collapsible sluice box.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A folding sluice box assembly includes a plurality of generally U-sectioned trough segments having their end portions nested in size progression and hinged to each other to form an overlap of the received portion and the receiving portion. A deformation in the bottom surface of a received portion is aligned on full pivotal extension for mating receipt in a conforming bottom surface opening in the receiving portion, thus interlocking of the assembly into its working configuration. When thus extended the edge of a resilient mat positioned on the bottom surface of the receiving segment abuts the edge of the received segment to effect a substantial seal therewith." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2011 (13/135,092). 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=83,22,536.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,536&RS=PN/83,22,536 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Electric Vehicle Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Mark Snyder, Fountain Valley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,326,502) for an electric vehicle control.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for controlling an electric vehicle includes computing an electric motor RPM based on a computed Back Electromotive Force (BEMF). Modern electric vehicle designs include intelligent control of the electric motors and transmissions to respond to operator controls and provide efficient operation to extend battery life. An accurate measure of motor RPM is required for such control. Various methods are available for obtaining motor RPM, but most require external sensors susceptible to damage from road debris and the like. The BEMF is proportional to motor speed and independent of motor load. The BEMF may further be computed from the difference between IR loss and motor voltage. The motor RPM is them computed from BEMF using data recorded for the individual motor." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2009 (12/651,292). 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=8,326,502&OS=8,326,502&RS=8,326,502 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Computer Entertainment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Sony Computer Entertainment, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,325,223) developed by Heinrich Shih Ko, San Francisco, Jae Won Paik, San Mateo, Calif., and Gary Zalewski, Oakland, Calif., for "3D shutter glasses with mode switching based on orientation to display device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shuttered filter apparatus comprises a frame, one or more shuttered filters attached to the frame, and a tracker attached to the frame. Each shuttered filter is configured to selectively prevent a viewer from seeing through the filter in response to a signal from a controller. The tracker is configured to sense an orientation of the one or more shuttered filters relative to a video screen. The controller may use a signal from the tracker indicative of an orientation of the shutter filter(s) relative to enable shuttering when the shuttered filter apparatus is facing toward the video screen and disable shuttering when the shuttered filter apparatus is facing away from the video screen." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2009 (12/503,033). 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=8,325,223&OS=8,325,223&RS=8,325,223 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Novartis Assigned Patent for Furopyridine Compounds and Uses ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 11 -- Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,324,239) developed by eight co-inventors for "furopyridine compounds and uses thereof." The co-inventors are David Barnes, Waban, Mass., Rajiv Chopra, Andover, Mass., Scott Louis Cohen, Peabody, Mass., Jiping Fu, Lafayette, Calif., Mitsunori Kato, Cambridge, Mass., Peichao Lu., Malden, Mass., Mohindra Seepersaud, Acton, Mass., and Wei Zhang, Somerville, Mass.

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