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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 27)

[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 27)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New York.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for Finding the Most Likely Answer to a Natural Language Question ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,955) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for finding the most likely answer to a natural language question." The co-inventors are Eric W. Brown, New Fairfield, Conn., Anni R. Coden, Bronx, N.Y., John Martin Prager, Pomona, N.Y., Dragomir Radkov Radev, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Valerie Samn, New York.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Automated question answering is disclosed that relates to the selection of an answer to a question from a pool of potential answers which are manually or automatically extracted from a large collection of textual documents. The a feature extraction component, a feature combination component, an answer selection component, and an answer presentation component, among others, are included. The input to the system is a set of one or more natural language questions and a collection of textual document The output is a (possibly ranked) set of factual answers to the questions, these answers being extracted from the document collection." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2008 (12/110,481). 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=8,340,955&OS=8,340,955&RS=8,340,955 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method for Joint Modeling of Mean and Dispersion ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,945) developed by Ramesh Natarajan, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for a "method for joint modeling of mean and dispersion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention describes a method and system for joint modeling of a mean and dispersion of data. A computing system derives a loss function taking into account distributional requirements over the data. The computing system represents separate regression functions for the mean and the dispersion as stagewise expansion forms. At this time, the stagewise expansion forms include undetermined scalar coefficients and undetermined basis functions. Then, the computing system chooses the basis functions that maximally correlate with a corresponding steepest-descent gradient direction of the loss function. The computing system obtains the scalar coefficients based on a single step of Newton iteration. The computing system completes the regression functions based on the chosen basis functions and obtained scalar coefficients." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2009 (12/546,290). 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=8,340,945&OS=8,340,945&RS=8,340,945 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** New York Life Insurance Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- New York Life Insurance, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,340,986) developed by Dylan W. Huang, New York, for "methods and systems for providing deferred annuities with an income reset feature." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and corresponding systems are provided for providing and administering deferred annuities with an annuity reset feature that provide periodic income payments to an annuitant for a term beginning at a start date. The methods include the step or steps of: receiving annuity information for an annuitant; determining at a first date one of a purchase price and an amount of at least one income payment due to the annuitant at the start date. The purchase price or the amount of at least one income payment due the annuitant includes a fee for the annuity reset feature that resets at least one variable of the annuity at a reset date later than the first date if the at least one variable of the annuity at the reset date is more beneficial to the annuitant than at least the first date; and offering the annuity with the reset feature to the annuitant." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2011 (13/106,507). 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=8,340,986&OS=8,340,986&RS=8,340,986 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for System and Method for Transitioning Between Fuel Supplies for a Combustion System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,886) developed by Vijay Raghavendran Nenmeni, Atlanta, Michael John Rozdolski, Guilderland, N.Y., and Rahul Jaikaran Chillar, Atlanta, for a "system and method for transitioning between fuel supplies for a combustion system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a turbine fuel controller. The turbine fuel controller includes a purge control logic configured to control a purge sequence of mixing a purge gas with a first fuel during a first fuel shutdown, wherein the purge sequence is configured to open a purge valve for the purge gas before fully closing a fuel valve for the first fuel." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,322). 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=8,340,886&OS=8,340,886&RS=8,340,886 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Virtual Creative Artists Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Virtual Creative Artists, Bell Canyon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,994) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for creating media content based upon submissions received on an electronic multi-media exchange." The co-inventors are Michael J. Tota, Bell Canyon, Calif., Kenneth T. Tota, Alexandria, Va., Mark S. Tota, Elmira, N.Y., and Ian D. Cohen, Oak Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a process for creating media content, media submissions are requested and electronically received from end users and stored in a computer database. The submissions are searched for material to be included in the media content, and cross-checked against the other submissions for originality and timeliness. After the material is selected from one or more submissions, the content is developed and released to an audience for review. The end users whose submission material was included in the released content are rewarded. In one embodiment, third parties are permitted to access and search the submissions on an open exchange. The third parties can bid for rights in submissions on the open exchange. After receiving these bids, they are forwarded to the particular submission's end user for acceptance or rejection. Appropriate billing and payment processes are used to bill and pay the parties involved." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/978,781). 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=8,340,994&OS=8,340,994&RS=8,340,994 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,014) developed by four co-inventors for "recovery segments for computer business applications." The co-inventors are Mythili K. Bobak, Lagrangeville, N.Y., Chun-Shi Chang, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Tim A. McConnell, Lexington, Ky., and Michael D. Swanson, Springfield, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Recovery Segments are defined and employed to facilitate management of a customer's environment. A Recovery Segment is a runtime usable representation of resources and relationships between those resources associated with a business application. That representation is usable in managing the business application. Associated with the representation is one or more goals to be met by resources of the representation." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2007 (11/965,855). 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=8,341,014&OS=8,341,014&RS=8,341,014 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Selecting Paths for Use in At-speed Testing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,939) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for selecting paths for use in at-speed testing." The co-inventors are Yiyu Shi, Los Angeles, Chandramouli Visweswariah, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Jinjun Xiong, White Plains, N.Y., and Vladimir Zolotov, Putnam Valley, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the invention is a method and apparatus for selecting paths for use in at-speed testing. One embodiment of a method for selecting a set of n paths with which to test an integrated circuit chip includes: organizing the set of n paths into a plurality of sub-sets, receiving a new candidate path, and adding the new candidate path to one of the sub-sets when the new candidate path improves the process coverage metric of the sub-sets." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/610,090). 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=8,340,939&OS=8,340,939&RS=8,340,939 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Characterization of a Model-based Spectral Reflectance Sensing Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,937) developed by Gary Walker Skinner, Rochester, N.Y., Scott Seyfried, Rochester, N.Y., and Lalit Keshav Mestha, Fairport, N.Y., for a "characterization of a model-based spectral reflectance sensing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "What is disclosed is a novel system and method for characterizing a model-based spectral reflectance sensing device. In accordance with the teachings hereof, measurements of training samples taken with a previously manufactured `fleet master` sensing device are adapted, in a manner more fully disclosed herein, based upon knowledge of the wavelengths of the illuminators used for both the subject and fleet master sensors, as well as spectral reflectance response of the training samples as measured by a reference spectrophotometer device. Utilizing the adapted measurements of the fleet master device, a reconstruction matrix can be quickly constructed for the subject sensor. The present system and method provides reasonably good accuracy using pre-existing measurement data. This results in manufacturing cost savings on a per-sensor basis." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2010 (12/777,344). 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=8,340,937&OS=8,340,937&RS=8,340,937 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,340,880) developed by William C. Craig, Endicott, N.Y., and Richard S. Stevens, Endicott, N.Y., for a "system and method for automatically and independently controlling wheel torque or speed using wheel hubs having engagement/disengagement mechanisms integrated therewith." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for controlling torque and/or speed of wheels of a vehicle. The system and method receive one or more vehicle operating signals. Based on the received vehicle operating signals, the system and method determine whether one or more of a vehicle's wheels require torque or speed modification. If it is determined that one or more of the vehicle's wheels requires torque or speed modification, the system and method modifies the torque to drive, or speed of, a wheel or wheels based on the received vehicle operating signals. The modification is automatic and/or independent for each wheel. Some or all wheels can be coupled to respective wheel hubs having incorporated therewith an engagement/disengagement mechanism. The system and method can control the engagement/disengagement mechanism to modify the torque at, or speed of, the associated wheel based on the received vehicle operating signal or signals." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2008 (12/199,035). 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=8,340,880&OS=8,340,880&RS=8,340,880 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Automatic Generation of Executable Components from Business Process Models ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,999) developed by Santhosh Babu Kumaran, Peekskill, N.Y., Rong Liu, Ossining, N.Y., and Frederick Yung-Fung Wu, Cos Cob, Conn., for "automatic generation of executable components from business process models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Exemplary embodiments provide a computer implemented method, system and computer usable program code for automatically generating executable components from a process model. An input is received, wherein the input comprises a model that describes activities that needs to be performed as part of a business operation, a sequencing of the activities, and input and output data of the activities, forming a process model. A model of a set of connected business artifacts based on the process model, forming a business operation model, is generated. The business operation model is saved. The business operation model is displayed to a user. Executable components definitions based on the business operation model are generated." The patent application was filed on Nov. 27, 2007 (11/945,297). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,999&OS=8,340,999&RS=8,340,999 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System of Using Artifacts to Identify Elements of a Component Business Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,995) developed by four co-inventors for "method and system of using artifacts to identify elements of a component business model." The co-inventors are David Bernard Flaxer, Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., Anil Nigam, Stamford, Conn., Guy Jonathan James Rackham, New York, and John George Vergo, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system are described for using business artifacts to identify elements of a component business model. Artifacts operated upon by the business are first identified, and then used to analyze the business into business operations. This is done by identifying every business activity that acts on an artifact, creating directed graphs for the business activities, and decomposing the directed graphs into sub-graphs, each sub-graph representing a business operation and being annotated by a verb expression, the annotated sub-graph representing a business service. The business services are then clustered into non-overlapping components, using common affinities reflected in the verb expressions, and organized by partitioning into internal and external operations, exposing a business service for each external operation. The components are then clustered into non-overlapping business competencies, and arranged by accountability level." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2008 (12/058,320). 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=8,340,995&OS=8,340,995&RS=8,340,995 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Automated Direct Mail Procurement System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,341,000) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated direct mail procurement system." The co-inventors are Lewis S. Snow, La Crescenta, Calif., James J. Quackenbush, Vernon, N.J., Brian Engle, Clinton, N.Y., Lawrence Flusser, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Arazik Khachatrian, Pittsford, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A machine-implemented method receives job specifications for at least one direct mail printing job from at least one user and creates at least one workflow related to the direct mail printing job. The workflow comprises at least one job activity. The method automatically transmits requests for bids on the job activities to entities for allowing the entities to bid on performing job activities within the workflow. Bids are received on the job activities from the entities and from rate cards previously established by the entities. The method identifies the lowest bids on an individual job activity-by job activity basis from the bids received from the entities and the rate cards and outputs the lowest bids to the user. The method receives an identification of a single selected entity to perform all activities within the workflow from the user and performing the workflow to output the direct-mail printing job through the selected entity." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/426,978). 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=8,341,000&OS=8,341,000&RS=8,341,000 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Metabank Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Metabank, Sioux Falls, S.D., has been assigned a patent (8,341,021) developed by four co-inventors for a "system, program product, and method for debit card and checking account autodraw." The co-inventors are Rebecca Ahlers, Cincinnati, Andrew B. Crowe, Omaha, Neb., Scott H. Galit, New York, and Trent Sorbe, Brookings, S.D.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A consumer is prequalified for a line of credit attached to a checking account by a lending institution computer responsive to consumer underwriting data. The lending institution computer makes available draws to the line of credit line in an authorization stream for a proposed payment from the checking account. When the line of credit is accessed, the checking account is credited with an additional value equal to one or more preselected loan increments so that the account then has a new amount totaling a previous amount plus the amount of value of the one or more preselected loan increments and so that the new amount exceeds or equals the value of a proposed payment. Next, a new value for the line of credit balance available is determined, accounting for value credited to the checking account and a preselected loan advance fee for each loan increment credited to the account." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2010 (12/877,490). 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=8,341,021&OS=8,341,021&RS=8,341,021 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,341,001) developed by Lewis S. Snow, La Crescenta, Calif., and Arazik Khachatrian, Pittsford, N.Y., for a "campaign management of direct mail." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A machine-implemented method receives job specifications for a plurality of direct mail printing jobs from a user and automatically groups the multiple direct mail printing jobs into at least one campaign, using a computerized or processor-based machine. The machine automatically creates a plurality of workflows related to direct mail printing jobs within a campaign and transmits requests for bids on these job activities to entities (e.g., supply vendors) to allow the entities to bid on performing the job activities. The machine automatically selects winning bids on an individual job activity-by job activity basis from the bids received from the entities and combines the bids to provide cost and completion estimates for each of the workflows. The machine automatically combines estimates for the workflows to produce an overall estimate for the campaign. The overall estimate for the campaign is output to the user for review and approval. The machine then performs the workflows to output the direct-mail printing jobs within the campaign." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/427,001). 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=8,341,001&OS=8,341,001&RS=8,341,001 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Monitoring a Process Sector in a Production Facility ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,800) developed by five co-inventors for a "monitoring a process sector in a production facility." The co-inventors are William Cote, Poughquag, N.Y., Michael P. Guse, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., Mark E. Lagus, Stanfordville, N.Y., James Rice, Danbury, Conn., and Yunsheng Song, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Monitoring a process sector in a production facility includes establishing a tool defect index associated with a process sector in the production facility. The tool defect index includes a signal representing a defect factor associated with a tool in the process sector. Monitoring the process also requires determining whether the defect factor is a known defect factor or an unknown defect factor, and analyzing a unit from the tool if the defect factor is an unknown defect factor. Monitoring the process further requires identifying at least one defect on the unit from the tool, establishing that the at least one defect is a significant defect, determining cause of the significant defect, and creating an alert indicating that the tool associated with the process sector is producing units having significant defects." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2008 (12/175,018). 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=8,340,800&OS=8,340,800&RS=8,340,800 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,340,844) developed by Anthony Scoca, Mitchel Field, N.Y., and Mike Hanczor, Mitchel Field, N.Y., for an "undersea position and velocity measuring system and process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to a GPS navigation system comprised of a submerged vessel having a navigation processor associated via buoyant cable with a buoy having a GPS device; wherein the cable contains: a data link between the vessel and the GPS device; and a location device for the determination of the location of the cable to the vessel; and wherein the processor computes a GPS position relative to the vessel. The invention also relates to a navigation process comprising the steps of: attaching a cable between a buoy and a submerged vessel; providing a GPS data relative to the buoy and cable location data over the cable to the submerged vessel; and using the GPS position of the buoy and location data to compute the GPS position of the submerged vessel." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2008 (12/244,418). 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=8,340,844&OS=8,340,844&RS=8,340,844 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** BackBeat Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- BackBeat Medical, New Hope, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,340,763) developed by Howard Levin, Teaneck, N.J., and Mark Gelfand, New York, for "methods and apparatus to stimulate heart atria." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for treatment of hypertension and heart failure by increasing secretion of endogenous atrial hormones by pacing of the heart atria. Atrial pacing is done during the ventricular refractory period resulting in premature atrial contraction that does not result in ventricular contraction. Pacing results in the atrial wall stress, peripheral vasodilation, ANP secretion. Concomitant reduction of the heart rate is monitored and controlled as needed with backup pacing." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/555,389). 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=8,340,763&OS=8,340,763&RS=8,340,763 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pitney Bowes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,788) developed by John W. Sussmeier, Cold Spring, N.Y., Arthur H. DePoi, Brookfield, Conn., and Gerald F. Leitz, New Milford, Conn., for a "positioned based motor tuning for a guillotine cutter mechanism." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for tuning operation of servo motors includes selecting a plurality of discrete positions in a guillotine blade cycle for which to determine tuning coefficients, determining tuning coefficients at the discrete positions, interpolating tuning coefficients for positions between the discrete positions, and applying the determined and the interpolated tuning coefficients to the servo motor. The servo motors may be used in connection with a guillotine cutter for separating individual sheets from a continuous web. The guillotine cutter blade may be driven by a servo motor to cyclically lower and raise to transversely cut the web transported below the cutter blade." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2006 (11/639,588). 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=8,340,788&OS=8,340,788&RS=8,340,788 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for Control Distribution Transformer and Method of Making Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,833) developed by six co-inventors for a "control distribution transformer and method of making same." The co-inventors are John Erik Hershey, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Michael James Hartman, Clifton Park, N.Y., Robert Dean King, Schenectady, N.Y., Richard Louis Zinser, Niskayuna, N.Y., John Anderson Fergus Ross, Niskayuna, N.Y., and Michael Joseph Dell'Anno, Clifton Park, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and apparatus including a distribution transformer having a communications module. The distribution transformer is configured to convert a first high voltage electricity from a high voltage distribution line to a first low voltage electricity and convey the first low voltage electricity along a low voltage line to an electrical device. The communications module is configured to transmit a load reduction request along the low voltage line to the electrical device." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/751,151). 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=8,340,833&OS=8,340,833&RS=8,340,833 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,340,023) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for canceling a circuit switched fallback." The co-inventors are Mahmoud Watfa, Saint Leonard, Canada, Ulises Olvera-Hernandez, Kirkland, Canada, Behrouz Aghili, Commack, N.Y., and Shankar Somasundaram, London.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus may be used to cancel a communication session. The apparatus may transmit a first message to initiate a communication session and then transmit a second message that indicates a request to cancel the communication session. If the apparatus determines that there is an ongoing Packet Switched (PS) session, the apparatus may continue the ongoing PS session on a current Radio Access Technology (RAT) without performing an intersystem change. If the apparatus receives a handover (HO) command, the apparatus may transmit a message to reject the HO command, or it may ignore the HO command." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2010 (12/683,212). 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=8,340,023&OS=8,340,023&RS=8,340,023 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for High-speed Transmission on RACH ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,340,030) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for high-speed transmission on RACH." The co-inventors are Benoit Pelletier, Roxboro, Canada, Eldad M. Zeira, Huntington, N.Y., Paul Marinier, Brossard, Canada, Christopher R. Cave, Verdun, Canada, and Rocco DiGirolamo, Laval, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for signaling in a wireless transmit receive unit (WTRU). The method includes the WTRU receiving a value of a maximum number of retransmissions and retransmitting data in a plurality of hybrid automatic retransmission request (HARQ) processes limited by the value of a maximum number of retransmission. The WTRU is configured to receive a cell-specific, fixed or absolute grant on a broadcast channel." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2008 (12/237,821). 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=8,340,030&OS=8,340,030&RS=8,340,030 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Hybrid Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access WTRU and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,153) developed by Yingming Tsai, Boonton, N.J., Guodong Zhang, Syosset, N.Y., and Jung-Lin Pan, Smithtown, N.Y., for a "hybrid orthogonal frequency division multiple access WTRU and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) and method are disclosed. A WTRU includes a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver processes received data to recover data mapped to the subcarriers using OFDMA. The receiver recovers first input data by separating user data from multi-user spread data and recovers second input data from non-spread data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2011 (13/236,147). 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=83,40,153.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,153&RS=PN/83,40,153 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,250) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for generating X-rays." The co-inventors are Sergio Lemaitre, Whitefish Bay, Wis., Carey Rogers, Brookfield, Wis., Yun Zou, Clifton Park, N.Y., and Jizhong Chen, Columbia, Md.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, an X-ray tube is provided. The X-ray tube comprises at least one thermionic cathode configured to generate an electron beam, a target assembly configured to generate X-rays when impinged with the electron beam emitted from the thermionic cathode, a high voltage supply unit for establishing an output voltage across the thermionic cathode and the target assembly for establishing an accelerating electric field between the thermionic cathode and the target assembly and a mesh grid disposed between the thermionic cathode and the target assembly, the mesh grid configured to operate at a voltage so as to lower the electric field applied at the surface of the thermionic cathode. Further, the voltage at the mesh grid is negatively biased with respect to the voltage at the thermionic cathode." The patent application was filed on Sept. 4, 2009 (12/554,164). 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=83,40,250.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,250&RS=PN/83,40,250 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ceres Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Ceres Technologies, Saugerties, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,244) developed by Francis Reilly, Bayport, N.Y., for a vacuum interface assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An X-ray metrology system for a vacuum deposition chamber includes a vacuum interface assembly mounted through an aperture in the exterior wall of the chamber and extending into the interior of the chamber. The interface assembly is formed from a housing having side walls and a bottom forming an interior chamber, and an X-ray port mounted in an aperture in the bottom of the housing. The X-ray port has two apertures therethrough, with each aperture being covered by a window of beryllium. An X-ray metrology machine having a generator and detector is disposed within the housing, and the apertures in the X-ray port are arranged so that X-rays generated by the generator pass through one of the apertures, and X-rays fluorescing off of a substrate in the deposition chamber travel through the other aperture to the detector." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2010 (12/925,361). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,40,244.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,244&RS=PN/83,40,244 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,228) developed by Gary R. Lomp, Centerport, N.Y., for a "setting a transmission power level for a mobile unit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spread signal is produced having an adjustable spread spectrum. A data signal is provided for transmission. The data signal is processed to have a first spread spectrum. The processed first spread spectrum data signal is filtered to have one out of a plurality of spread spectrums. The filtering capable of producing a signal having a spread spectrum of any of the plurality of spread spectrums. The filtered one spread spectrum data signal is transmitted." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2011 (13/150,371). 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=83,40,228.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,228&RS=PN/83,40,228 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,340,126) developed by Martin W. Egan, Brandy Station, Va., Richard Louis Zinser, Niskayuna, N.Y., and Bruce Gordon Barnett, Troy, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for congestion control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the disclosure provide a method of congestion control. The method includes transmitting by a first apparatus to a second apparatus a packet stream corresponding to stream data generated by a variable data rate application, determining a round-trip-time of a packet in the packet stream, updating a congestion measure based on the round-trip-time, and informing the variable data rate application based on the congestion measure to adjust a data rate for generating the stream data." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2010 (12/795,172). 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=83,40,126.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,126&RS=PN/83,40,126 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CA Inc. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- CA Inc., Islandia, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,103) developed by Minheng Tan, Coram, N.Y., for a "system and method for creating a secure tunnel for communications over a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for establishing a virtual local area network (LAN) between a local device and a remote device are provided. The local device and the remote device may each have a physical and a virtual network interface card (NIC), and a virtual driver associated with each respective device virtual NIC may assign a Media Access Control (MAC) address to the virtual NIC and an Internet Protocol (IP) address to the physical NIC. The local device may communicate an IP to MAC address translation to the remote device that maps the assigned IP address to the assigned MAC address. Thereafter, the remote device may transmit secure data that can be received by the local device. For example, the remote device may encapsulate the data being communicated as well as the IP to MAC address translation for the local device into an HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) request." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2007 (11/754,677). 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=83,40,103.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,103&RS=PN/83,40,103 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Storing Mobile Station Physical Measurements and MAC Performance Statistics in a Management Information Base of an Access Point ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,051) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for storing mobile station physical measurements and MAC performance statistics in a management information base of an access point." The co-inventors are Marian Rudolf, Montreal, Stephen G. Dick, Nesconset, N.Y., Teresa Joanne Hunkeler, Montreal, and Shamin Akbar Rahman, Montreal.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and wireless communication system for requesting and obtaining transmit power control (TPC) information. The system includes at least one access point (AP) and at least one wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU). When the AP decides to adapt the transmit power level of the WTRU, the AP transmits a TPC request frame to the WTRU. In response to receiving the TPC request frame, the WTRU performs one or more physical measurements and sends a TPC report frame back to the AP." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2005 (11/183,549). 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=83,40,051.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,051&RS=PN/83,40,051 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Mechanism for Content Management in Wireless Mobile Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,690) developed by Ho Yin Starsky Wong, Ossining, N.Y., Kang-Won Lee, Nanuet, N.Y., and Suk-Bok Lee, Seoul, South Korea, for a "mechanism for content management in wireless mobile networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for content management in wireless mobile networks are provided. In one aspect, a method of managing content stored on a plurality of mobile nodes in a mobile ad hoc network (MANET) is provided. The method includes the following step. The content is bound to one or more geographical locations such that, at any given time, the content is stored on at least one of the nodes at the geographical location." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2011 (13/082,671). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,340,690.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,690&RS=PN/8,340,690 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Middleware-driven Server Discovery ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,254) developed by four co-inventors for a middleware-driven server discovery. The co-inventors are Murthy V. Devarakonda, Hawthorne, N.Y., Nikolai A. Joukov, Hawthorne, N.Y., Konstantinos Magoutis, Heraklion, Greece, and Norbert G. Vogl, Hawthorne, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention describes a method and system for discovering of server devices. The system and method receive a list of known server devices. The system and method obtain middleware configuration data and/or log files for each of the known server devices in the list. The system and method derives dependencies on at least one other server device from the middleware configuration data and/or log files. The system and method determines whether the at least one other server device is a new server device not included in the list. Thus, the system and method discovers the new server device upon determining that the at least one other server device is not included in the list." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2010 (12/702,820). 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=8,341,254&OS=8,341,254&RS=8,341,254 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for Connecting Closed, Secure Production Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,277) developed by Ziyad A. Choudhury, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., for a "system and method for connecting closed, secure production network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for providing connectivity to a closed, secure production network, and computer program products for executing the same and, more particularly, to a system and method for creating a virtual network to provide communication with remote tools. The system includes a server configured to create a virtual network for tools in a production facility and provide authentication and tool routing information to a client in order to gain access to the tools in the virtual network. The virtual network isolates each tool of the tools from each other." The patent application was filed on July 3, 2007 (11/772,880). 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=8,341,277&OS=8,341,277&RS=8,341,277 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Maintaining Asynchronous Mirroring ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,364) developed by four co-inventors for maintaining asynchronous mirroring. The co-inventors are Juan A. Coronado, Tucson, Ariz., Christina A. Lara, Tucson, Ariz., Lisa R. Martinez, Tucson, Ariz., and Robert J. McNamara, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for maintaining asynchronous mirroring. A detection module detects insufficient storage space to store a snapshot of a logical volume in at least one of a primary storage system and a secondary storage system. The primary storage system comprises the logical volume. A write from a host to the logical volume is acknowledged, maintaining asynchronous mode mirroring between the primary storage system and the host. The mirror module mirrors the write to the logical volume at the secondary storage system using a backup synchronous mode in response to detecting the insufficient storage space. Under the backup synchronous mode, the primary storage system acknowledges the write to the host while concurrently mirroring the write to the secondary storage system. The secondary storage system acknowledges the mirrored write to the primary storage system." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2010 (12/855,560). 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=8,341,364&OS=8,341,364&RS=8,341,364 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,368) developed by David A. Elko, Austin, Texas, and Steward L. Palmer, New York, for an "automatic reallocation of structured external storage structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism for automatic reallocation of shared external storage structures is provided. The shared external storage divides the dynamically allocable storage into fixed sized blocks referred to as allocation units. To create an object of a specific type, the shared external storage uses some number of allocation units. If the object will fit in one allocation unit, then it is placed in one allocation unit. If the object is larger than one allocation unit, then the appropriate number of allocation units is obtained and chained together to contain all of the information of the required object. When an object so allocated is no longer needed, the shared external storage breaks the object down to a set of one or more fixed sized allocation units. The shared external storage then returns the allocation units to the pool of available objects." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2010 (12/795,276). 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=8,341,368&OS=8,341,368&RS=8,341,368 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Checkpointed Tag Prefetcher ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,352) developed by Harold Wade Cain III, Hartsdale, N.Y., and Jong-Deok Choi, Seongnam, South Korea, for a checkpointed tag prefetcher.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dual-mode prefetch mechanism for implementing checkpoint tag prefetching includes: a data array for storing data fetched from cache memory; a set of cache tags for identifying the data stored in the data array; a set of checkpoint tags for storing data identification; a cache controller including prefetch logic, the prefetch logic including a checkpoint prefetch controller and a checkpoint prefetch operator." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2007 (11/736,548). 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=8,341,352&OS=8,341,352&RS=8,341,352 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Splitting Writes Between a Storage Controller and Replication Engine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,366) developed by nine co-inventors for "splitting writes between a storage controller and replication engine." The co-inventors are Robert Francis Bartfai, Tucson, Ariz., Kenneth Wayne Boyd, Tucson, Ariz., James Chien-Chiung Chen, Tucson, Ariz., Kenneth Fairclough Day III, Tucson, Ariz., Shachar Fienblit, Ein Ayala, Israel, Gregory Edward McBride, Tucson, Ariz., David W. Messina, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Robert Bruce Nicholson, Southsea, United Kingdom, and Gail Andrea Spear, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are a method, system, and article of manufacture for splitting writes between a storage controller and replication engine. A splitter executing in a storage controller manages access to primary volumes. An initialization command is received to communicate with a replication engine. A replication command is received for one primary volume and the primary volume is indicated as subject to replication. A write request is received to write data to a target primary volume of the primary volumes that is indicated as subject to the replication. The data in the write request is written to the target primary volume. The data in the write request is sent to the replication engine. The replication engine executes a copy services function associated with the target primary volume to write the data to a replication engine volume." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2012 (13/356,568). 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=8,341,366&OS=8,341,366&RS=8,341,366 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for Providing Content Based Anticipative Storage Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,345) developed by William A. Tulskie, Scrub Oak, N.Y., and Vamsi K. Vutukuru, Fairfax, Va., for a "system and method for providing content based anticipative storage management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hierarchical storage management (HSM) system and method. A system is provided comprising: a data usage monitor for extracting data object information from data objects in a hierarchical storage complex that is managed by a content management system; a data relationship repository for storing data object information, wherein the data object information includes relationship data for data objects in the hierarchical storage complex; and a system that analyzes the relationship data and makes data management action recommendations for the hierarchical storage complex." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2005 (11/199,456). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,341,345&OS=8,341,345&RS=8,341,345 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Service Description Refinement Based on Actual Service Use ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,212) developed by six co-inventors for a "service description refinement based on actual service use." The co-inventors are Judah M. Diament, Bergenfield, N.J., Arun Kwangil Iyengar, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Thomas Arthur Mikalsen, Cold Spring, N.Y., Isabelle Marie Rouvellou, New York, Ignacio Silva-Lepe, Putnam Valley, N.Y., and Revathi Subramanian, White Plains, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are disclosed for generation and refinement of service descriptions based on records of invocations of the services, i.e., service description refinement based on actual service use. For example, a method for describing one or more services in a service-oriented environment comprised of one or more clients invoking the one or more services comprises the following steps. An initial description is established for at least one of the one or more services. Information is collected from one or more service invocations including at least one of a client identity, a value of at least one parameter, a return value, and an execution time. The information is analyzed to refine the description." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/261,459). 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=8,341,212&OS=8,341,212&RS=8,341,212 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Amazon Technologies, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,341,210) developed by fifteen co-inventors for a "delivery of items for consumption by a user device." The co-inventors are John Lattyak, Los Gatos, Calif., Thomas A. Ryan, Los Gatos, Calif., Gregg Elliott Zehr, Mountain View, Calif., Kenneth P. Kiraly, Menlo Park, Calif., Subram Narasimhan, Saratoga, Calif., Michael V. Rykov, Seattle, Girish Bansilal Bajaj, Bellevue, Wash., James C. Slezak, Seattle, Aviram Zagorie, Seattle, Richard Moore, Seattle, Kevin R. Cheung, Seattle, Thomas M.J. Fruchterman, Seattle, Robert L. Goodwin, Mercer Island, Wash., Beryl Tomay, Newcastle, Wash., and Jon Saxton, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An item-providing system supplies items to a user device for consumption at the user device via communication infrastructure. The device may correspond to a book reader device or other type of device. The item-providing system uses a content delivery module to deliver the items to the user device." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2007 (11/763,375). 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=8,341,210&OS=8,341,210&RS=8,341,210 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Systems, Methods and Computer Program Products for Automatically Triggering Operations on a Queue Pair ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,237) developed by four co-inventors for "systems, methods and computer program products for automatically triggering operations on a queue pair." The co-inventors are Michael T. Benhase, Tucson, Ariz., David Craddock, New Paltz, N.Y., Thomas A. Gregg, Highland, N.Y., and William G. Verdoorn Jr., Rochester, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and computer program products for automatically triggering operations on a queue pair (QP). Methods include receiving a command at a remote direct memory access (RDMA) capable adapter. A trigger event element associated with the command is determined. The trigger event element is posted on a triggered QP. A triggeror element on a triggeror QP is posted, where the triggeror QP includes a reference to the triggered QP. A notification that the triggeror element has completed is received. The trigger event element is automatically initiated in response to receiving the notification." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2006 (11/551,989). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,341,237&OS=8,341,237&RS=8,341,237 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,341,232) developed by five co-inventors for a "relationship identification based on email traffic." The co-inventors are Tamer Rashad, Watchung, N.J., Kenneth Brady, Ridgefield, N.J., Kenny Keung Sing Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jillian Moo-Young, New York, and Sapna Vyas, Forest Hills, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method comprises identifying one or more relationships between a target individual and one or more persons based at least in part on a plurality of emails. The plurality of emails comprise one or more outbound emails, which may comprise emails sent to the target individual from the one or more persons. The plurality of emails further comprise one or more inbound emails, which may comprise emails sent from the target individual to the one or more persons. The method further comprises, for each of the one or more relationships, calculating an amount of outbound emails and an amount of inbound emails. The method further comprises assigning a classification to each of the one or more relationships based at least in part on the amount of outbound emails and the amount of inbound emails. The method further comprises sorting the one or more relationships based at least in part on the classification assigned to each of the one or more relationships. The method may further comprise storing information regarding the sorted relationships." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2010 (12/794,190). 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=8,341,232&OS=8,341,232&RS=8,341,232 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,216) developed by Ronald S. Cok, Rochester, N.Y., for an "efficient method for image processing in a computer network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for processing digital image files including providing local and remote network-connected computing resources. A digital image stored on a local resource is used for calculating a local turnaround time for processing the digital image file and also for calculating the remote turnaround time for processing the digital image. Either the local or remote resources are selected for processing the digital image in response to which resource is capable of processing the digital image faster." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,377). 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=8,341,216&OS=8,341,216&RS=8,341,216 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Almondnet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Almondnet, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,341,247) developed by Roy Shkedi, New York, for "requesting offline profile data for online use in a privacy-sensitive manner." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, performed using one or more servers under the control of an ISP, comprises: (a) receiving an electronic transmission from a requesting server of an IP address and a time and date; (b) automatically determining to which subscriber of the ISP the received IP address was allocated at the received time and date; and (c) automatically transmitting an electronic communication that causes delivery to the requesting server of offline data originating from an offline data provider. The delivered offline data concern the subscriber determined to have been allocated the received IP address at the received time and date. The communication does not convey to the offline data provider the subscriber's history of online activity, and the delivery does not convey to the requesting server a personal identity of the subscriber." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2012 (13/524,409). 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=8,341,247&OS=8,341,247&RS=8,341,247 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,341,214) developed by Hua Liu, Fairport, N.Y., Arturo Lorenzo, Fairport, N.Y., and Naveen Sharma, Fairport, N.Y., for a "system and method for communicating with a network of printers using a mobile device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile client coupled to a network and a method for the mobile client to interact with nodes, including printer devices, which are coupled to the network, are provided. One or more respective nodes includes a software application executable by a host processor associated with the respective node on a software platform executed by the host processor. The application can interact with one of the printer devices to cause the printer device to perform a function. The mobile client includes an software platform executable by its processor for discovering the applications. The discovering of an application includes ascertaining that the application is available for execution and having the ability to activate the application." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2009 (12/540,051). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/neta 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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