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

[December 27, 2012]

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

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Onboard Aircraft Weight and Balance System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,340,892) developed by Michael A. Long, Freeland, Wash., and Geoffrey E. Gouette, Stanwood, Wash., for an "onboard aircraft weight and balance system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An onboard system and method for determining the instantaneous weight and balance of an aircraft simply, reliably, accurately, and requiring a minimum amount of calibration includes a memory for storing previously determined breakout friction data of the aircraft's landing gear shock struts, sensors for sensing the pressures in the struts, the vertical loads exerted by the landing gear on the aircraft, and the attitude of the aircraft relative to the horizontal during loading or unloading thereof, and a computer for computing the vertical load in each of the landing gears from the stored calibration breakout friction data and the shock strut pressures, landing gear vertical loads and aircraft attitude sensed during the loading or unloading. The computer then computes the gross weight of the aircraft and the location of its center of gravity (CG) using the computed vertical loads in the landing gears." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2010 (12/950,983). 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=8,340,892&OS=8,340,892&RS=8,340,892 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Efinancial Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Efinancial, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,985) developed by Michael Rowell, Issaquah, Wash., for a "system and method for selling intangible property." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method comprises analyzing the psychology of a typical consumer and defining first key stages wherein customers drop out and second key stages wherein sales could be maximized." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2011 (13/047,446). 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=8,340,985&OS=8,340,985&RS=8,340,985 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Computational and/or Control Systems and Methods Related to Nutraceutical Agent Selection and Dosing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,944) developed by six co-inventors for "computational and/or control systems and methods related to nutraceutical agent selection and dosing." The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to computational and/or control systems and methods related to nutraceutical agent selection and dosing." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2006 (11/515,357). 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=8,340,944&OS=8,340,944&RS=8,340,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,017) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for optimizing search result listings." The co-inventors are Christopher D. Payne, Seattle, Eric B. Watson, Redmond, Wash., Sally K. Salas, Issaquah, Wash., and Sreeram Krishnan, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer-accessible medium are provided for optimizing search result listings in a search engine user interface. The system and method provide an automated way of promoting and demoting the placement of a search result listing between more or less desirable locations, based on the listing's performance in a given placement. Promoting and demoting placements is based on a threshold performance for the listing against which the actual performance of a listing is measured. The threshold performance may be advantageously varied to accommodate different revenue and relevance goals for a particular search engine or portion of the search engine's market." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2004 (10/805,873). 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=8,341,017&OS=8,341,017&RS=8,341,017 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,340,951) developed by six co-inventors for "synthetic enzymes derived from computational design." The co-inventors are David Baker, Seattle, Alexandre Zanghellini, Seattle, Lin Jiang, Seattle, Andrew Wollacott, Cambridge, Mass., Daniela Grabs-Rothlisberger, Seattle, and Eric Althoff, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are techniques for computationally designing enzymes. These techniques can be used to design variations of naturally occurring enzymes, as well as new enzymes having no natural counterparts. The techniques are based on first identifying functional reactive sites required to promote the desired reaction. Then, hashing algorithms are used to identify potential protein backbone structures (i.e., scaffolds) capable of supporting the required functional sites. These techniques were used to design 32 different protein sequences that exhibited aldol reaction catalytic function, 31 of which are defined in the Sequence Listing. Details of these 31 different synthetic aldolases are provided, including descriptions of how such synthetic aldolases can be differentiated from naturally occurring aldolases." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2008 (12/334,360). 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=8,340,951&OS=8,340,951&RS=8,340,951 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Fleet Performance Optimization Tool for Aircraft Health Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,340,948) developed by Shuguang Song, Seattle, Peter James Lake, Auburn, Wash., and Jay Kevin McCullough, Belleville, Ill., for a "fleet performance optimization tool for aircraft health management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-based method for simulating an overall effect of a component replacement on the reliability of a platform is described. The method includes determining a scheduled reliability for a platform based on a reliability associated with each of the removable components of the platform, selecting, via a user interface, at least one removable component of the platform for which replacement is to be simulated, determining, using a computer-based model, an effect the one or more replacements would have on the forecasted reliability for the platform, and providing a comparison of the forecasted reliability and the scheduled reliability to a user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,545). 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=8,340,948&OS=8,340,948&RS=8,340,948 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Waggener Edstrom Worldwide Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Waggener Edstrom Worldwide, Lake Oswego, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,340,957) developed by Daniel Gerard Gallagher, Portland, Ore., Jia Lin, Seattle, and Marc Stoffregen, Sherwood, Ore., for "media content assessment and control systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer implemented methods, computing devices, and computing systems, wherein relationships of words or phrases within a textual corpus are assessed via frequencies of occurrence of particular words or phrases and via frequencies of co-occurrence of particular pairs of words or phrases within defined tracts of text from within the textual corpus." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2009 (12/392,320). 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=8,340,957&OS=8,340,957&RS=8,340,957 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stamps.com, iShip Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Stamps.com, El Segundo, Calif., and iShip, Atlanta, have been assigned a patent (8,341,003) developed by Paul Bilibin, Lynnwood, Wash., and Jinyue Liu, Redmond, Wash., for "apparatus, systems and methods for determining delivery time schedules for each of multiple carriers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides apparatus, systems and methods for determining from a set of delivery times for each of a plurality of services for each of a plurality of carriers a potential delivery schedule for each of the plurality of services for each of the plurality of carriers in response to a request by each of a plurality of users, according to an input by each particular user of a shipping date, a set of parcel specifications for shipping a particular parcel, a set of shipping requirements for shipping the particular parcel, a particular origin postal code and a particular destination postal code. Each user accesses the present invention over a global communications network using a client computer device, and each user client computer device has an individual electronic connection to the global communications network." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2011 (13/279,115). 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=8,341,003&OS=8,341,003&RS=8,341,003 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intellisist Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intellisist, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,013) developed by Howard M. Lee, Seattle, for a "system and method for analyzing agent interactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for analyzing agent interactions is provided. An interaction between an agent and a business is provided to analysts. Performance scores for the interaction are received from each of the analysts and compared. A deviation between the performance score is determined. The deviation is compared to a threshold. Further interactions are provided to at least one of the analysts when the deviation falls below the threshold. A further performance score for the interaction is received from the analyst and provided to the agent associated with the interaction." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2010 (12/861,733). 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=8,341,013&OS=8,341,013&RS=8,341,013 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Centrally Managed Maintenance Program for Aircraft Fleets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,340,854) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and systems for centrally managed maintenance program for aircraft fleets." The co-inventors are Farshad T. Doulatshahi, Mercer Island, Wash., Blake Gibbons, University Place, Wash., Charles K. Bautz Jr., Seattle, and Anbessie A. Yitbarek, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for managing maintenance of a fleet of aircraft are provided. The method includes collecting data from at least one aircraft in each of the fleets related to the operation of the aircraft, determining a range of acceptable values of performance parameters associated with the collected data and based on the collected data, analyzing the collected data having values outside the range of acceptable values, and modifying at least one of a maintenance requirement and an interval between maintenance actions to facilitate reducing the number of performance parameters values that are outside the range of acceptable values during future operation of the aircraft." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2006 (11/612,749). 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=8,340,854&OS=8,340,854&RS=8,340,854 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,340,812) developed by Hong Tian, Seattle, Mackenzie Smith, Issaquah, Wash., and Devesh Mishra, Issaquah, Wash., for "optimization of packaging sizes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various systems, methods, and programs embodied in computer-readable mediums are provided for determining optimum sizes of packaging in a packaging suite employed in a materials handling facility. The packaging may be used, for example, in the shipping of items from the materials handling facility to various destinations. The sizes of the packaging in the packaging suite are determined based upon the shipping volumes associated with packages or shipments shipped from the materials handling facility." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (11/847,735). 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=8,340,812&OS=8,340,812&RS=8,340,812 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Systems Configured to Transmit Optical Power Signals Transdermally Out of a Living Subject, and Devices and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,777) developed by six co-inventors for "systems configured to transmit optical power signals transdermally out of a living subject, and devices and methods." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Dennis J. Rivet, Portsmouth, Va., Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, a system includes an internal optical power transmitter configured to be disposed within a living subject. The internal optical power transmitter includes a power source configured to provide electrical energy and an electrical-optical converter operably coupled to the power source. The electrical-optical converter may be configured to convert at least a portion of the electrical energy into one or more optical power signals transdermally transmittable out of the living subject. The system further includes an external optical-electrical converter configured to convert the one or more optical power signals into one or more electrical power signals and at least one external device configured to be operably coupled to the external optical-electrical converter and powered by the one or more electrical power signals. Embodiments of methods, biocompatible electrical-optical converters, and internal optical power transmitters are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/283,911). 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=8,340,777&OS=8,340,777&RS=8,340,777 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MeteorComm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- MeteorComm, Renton, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,056) developed by Wipawee Siriwongpairat, Kent, Wash., and Thanongsak Himsoon, Kent, Wash., for "systems and methods for interoperability positive train control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for implementing communications in a railroad communications system having a base station radio and remote radios, the remote radios including a mobile radio and a wayside radio. The method includes assigning a common radio communications channel for allowing a remote radio to connect with the base station radio using a carrier sense multiple access (CSMA) communications protocol and assigning a local channel for allowing communications between the radio base station and the remote radios and between the remote radios, wherein communications on the local channel utilizes a selected one of fixed time division multiple access (FTDMA) and dynamic time division multiple access (DTDMA) communications protocols." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2010 (12/924,242). 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=83,40,056.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,056&RS=PN/83,40,056 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,193) developed by four co-inventors for a "WYNER-Ziv and wavelet video coding." The co-inventors are Yan Lu, Beijing, Xun Guo, Beijing, Feng Wu, Beijing, and Shipeng Li, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Wyner-Ziv and wavelet video coding is described. In one aspect, Wyner-Ziv frames from multiple frames of source video content are zero-tree entropy encoded to generate encoded Wyner-Ziv content. The zero-tree entropy encoding operations are based on high-order statistical correlations among wavelet transforms from the Wyner-Ziv frames. The encoded Wyner-Ziv content is communicated to a decoder for decoding to generate reconstructed Wyner-Ziv frames for presentation to a user." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2006 (11/462,580). 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=83,40,193.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,193&RS=PN/83,40,193 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Connecting Multi-hop Mesh Networks Using MAC Bridge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,106) developed by Adam Sapek, Redmond, Wash., and Thiruvengadam Venketesan, Redmond, Wash., for "connecting multi-hop mesh networks using MAC bridge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-hop mesh network may be connected to a Local Area Network (LAN) using a MAC Bridge. One or more nodes on the mesh network may be configured as a bridge node that employs a MAC bridge. Packets that travel between stations on the LAN to nodes on the mesh network flow through one of the bridge nodes on the mesh network. The bridge nodes do not receive all the packets on mesh network, but they receive the packets that are to be transmitted across the MAC bridge. As the bridge nodes learn of new stations on the LAN they advertise routes to the other nodes within the mesh network specifying how to reach those stations. This enables MAC Bridge functionality between wireless mesh networks and 802 LANs." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2006 (11/375,292). 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=83,40,106.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,106&RS=PN/83,40,106 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Twisted Pair Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Twisted Pair Solutions, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,340,094) developed by nine co-inventors for a "method, apparatus, system, and article of manufacture for reliable low-bandwidth information delivery across mixed-mode unicast and multicast networks." The co-inventors are Derick J. Clack, Seattle, Bryan D. Vergato, Seattle, Mark D. Bertoglio, Seattle, Shaun Botha, Seattle, Edward E. Buchwalter, Bellevue, Wash., Guillaume F. Rava, Seattle, Yuri Kiryanov, Kirkland, Wash., Thomas Richard Bogart, Seattle, and Michael A. Passinsky, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided wherein information is disseminated using a reliable IP multicast network implementation coupled with dynamically assigned proxy nodes serving as zonal aggregation points. These nodes share information with each other over the reliable IP multicast network, augmenting this function with a reliable point-to-point communication infrastructure between proxy nodes in those instances where IP multicast is not available or prone to error." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/494,728). 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=83,40,094.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,094&RS=PN/83,40,094 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Wyner-Ziv Coding with Multiple Side Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,192) developed by four co-inventors for a "Wyner-Ziv coding with multiple side information." The co-inventors are Yan Lu, Beijing, Feng Wu, Beijing, Mei Guo, Beijing, and Shipeng Li, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Wyner-Ziv coding scheme jointly utilizes multiple side information at the decoder is described. A new probability model is introduced based on an extended turbo decoding trellis, so that the transitional probability is calculated from the probabilities conditioned on multiple side information. The proposed scheme handles multiple side information in a multi-dimensional manner to potentially achieve coding performance better than either selecting one side information or generating a single side information by averaging several side information. When the decoder receives multiple streams of parity bits, the conditional probabilities on the parity bits from the multiple streams all contribute in turbo decoding. The errors existing in some of the streams can be automatically eliminated during the decoding process." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2008 (12/047,317). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,40,192.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,192&RS=PN/83,40,192 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Varian Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,742) developed by five co-inventors for an "integrated radiation therapy systems and methods for treating a target in a patient." The co-inventors are Eric Meier, Bellevue, Wash., Timothy P. Mate, Bellevue, Wash., J. Nelson Wright, Mercer Island, Wash., Steven C. Dimmer, Bellevue, Wash., and Lynn M. Purdy, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated radiation therapy process comprises acquiring first objective target data related to a parameter of a target within a patient by periodically locating a marker positioned within the patient using a localization modality. This method continues with obtaining second objective target data related to the parameter of the target by periodically locating the marker. The first objective target data can be acquired in a first area that is apart from a second area which contains a radiation delivery device for producing an ionizing radiation beam for treating the patient. The localization modality can be the same in both the first and second areas. In other embodiments, the first objective target data can be acquired using a first localization modality that uses a first energy type to identify the marker and the second objective target data can be obtained using a second localization modality that uses a second energy type to identify the marker that is different than the first energy type." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2005 (11/190,196). 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=8,340,742.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,742&RS=PN/8,340,742 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,340,711) developed by David Glass, Redmond, Wash., and Adnan Abu-Dayya, Sammamish, Wash., for a "dual mode service WiFi access control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are described that facilitate the provision of dual mode services. Access to the dual mode services is controlled by associating a mobile device to an access point. Subscribers are required to provide valid geographical addresses for access points associated with the mobile devices prior to provision of service. Consequently, physical addresses are necessarily available for emergency services (e.g., E911). Mobile devices are restricted to specific access points based upon the access point identifiers automatically provided during initialization of service and maintained for authorization purposes." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2006 (11/465,728). 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=8,340,711.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,711&RS=PN/8,340,711 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,714) developed by Amer A. Hassan, Kirkland, Wash., and Christian Huitema, Clyde Hill, Wash., for a "computing device with configurable antenna." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computing device with a configurable antenna. The antenna is configured through a switching circuit operating under software control. Operating characteristics of the antenna are configured based on connections between conducting segments established by the switching circuit, allowing the nominal frequency, bandwidth or other characteristics of the antenna to be configured. Because the switching is software controlled, the configurable antenna may be integrated with a software defined radio. The radio and antenna can be reconfigured to support communication according to different wireless technologies at different times or to interleave packets according to different wireless technologies to support concurrent sessions using different wireless technologies." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2007 (11/956,500). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,340,714.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,714&RS=PN/8,340,714 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** F5 Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- F5 Networks, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,341,296) developed by Richard Roderick Masters, Seattle, for a "method and system for automatically mapping secure network address translations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a system and method for providing persistence in network access, by enhancing the likelihood that a gateway that is employed by a server array controller to send a client's message to a resource in another network outside of a local network behind the server array controller, is the same gateway employed by the resource for a responding message. In one embodiment, an outbound gateway is selected based on load-balanced gateways that have been enabled for automatic mapping of a source address to an available corresponding global Internet Protocol address. In another embodiment, multiple server array controllers are employed in a multi-active mode that enables multiple network address translation tables to be available in the event of a failover of one or more of the server array controllers." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2011 (13/340,449). 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=8,341,296&OS=8,341,296&RS=8,341,296 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,268) developed by Helen Jiahe Wang, Redmond, Wash., and Alexander Moshchuk, Kirkland, Wash., for a "resource sharing in multi-principal browser." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for providing resource sharing in a multi-principal browser are described. Resource sharing includes managing a resource for web entity by determining how to divide the resource to share among two or more web entities based at least in part on a Document Object Model (DOM)-recursive resource allocation policy or an application-specified resource allocation policy. A web entity includes a principal instance contending for the resource. The process identifies resource allocation mechanisms from each resource type based at least in part on the DOM-recursive sharing policy or the application-specified resource allocation policy along with the resource type." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2009 (12/550,293). 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=8,341,268&OS=8,341,268&RS=8,341,268 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Noatak Software Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Noatak Software, Las Vegas, has been assigned a patent (8,341,290) developed by Mitchell T. Berg, Kirkland, Wash., for a "method and system for selecting a computing device for maintaining a client session in response to a request packet." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A server farm for processing client requests comprising a first server having a first processor and a first network interface controller communicatively coupled to the first processor, and a second server comprising a second processor and communicatively coupled to the first server, wherein the first network interface controller is configured to maintain a state table associated with at least the first server and the second server and respond to receipt of a request packet from a client by, initiating by the first processor execution of a software application associated with the request packet when the state table corresponds to a first state, and selectively forwarding the request packet to the second server when the state table corresponds to a second state." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2006 (11/513,511). 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=8,341,290&OS=8,341,290&RS=8,341,290 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System, Method and Program Product to Manage Transfer of Data to Resolve Overload of a Storage System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,312) developed by Gabriel Alatorre, Long Beach, Calif., Aameek Singh, University Place, Wash., and Laura Richardson, Ridge Manor, Fla., for a "system, method and program product to manage transfer of data to resolve overload of a storage system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Managing a data transfer from one or more source storage devices to one or more target storage devices. The data transfer comprises concurrent transfer of a multiplicity of data units pursuant to respective data transfer commands. The concurrent transfer of the multiplicity of data units is currently in-progress. A computer determines a currently-overloaded storage component involved in the data transfer. The computer determines a plurality of the data transfer commands that involve the overloaded storage component. The computer determines an approximately-minimum number of the data transfer commands to cancel to stop overload of the overloaded storage component. In response, the computer cancels the minimum number of the data transfer commands." The patent application was filed on April 29, 2011 (13/097,510). 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=8,341,312&OS=8,341,312&RS=8,341,312 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent for Securely Establishing Presence on Telecommunication Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,637) developed by Mark Drovdahl, Seattle, Paulo Chow, North Bend, Wash., and Sinclair M. Temple, Seattle, for a "securely establishing presence on telecommunication devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a user may associate a first communication type (e.g., Wi-Fi calling application) with a second communication type (e.g., standard ten-digit mobile telephone number), so that the user may have calls directed to an active communication type in a predetermined preference. In various embodiments, communication devices may become available (e.g., initiated) based on an activity of the user, such as by a location or proximity of the user, use of a device by the user, or for other reasons." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2011 (13/097,003). 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=8,340,637.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,637&RS=PN/8,340,637 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Commercially Subsidized Mobile Communication Devices and Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,689) developed by four co-inventors for a "commercially subsidized mobile communication devices and services." The co-inventors are Eric Horvitz, Kirkland, Wash., Xuedong Huang, Bellevue, Wash., Kamal Jain, Bellevue, Wash., and Milind Vasudeo Mahajan, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones, may be capable of recommending to a user various providers of one or more solicited services, e.g., by identifying a user location and identifying providers near the user location that provide the services, and by initiating a call between the user and a selected provider. However, the equipment and service costs of such devices may be prohibitive, particularly for mid-range mobile communication devices that may appeal to cost-conscious users. The prohibitive costs may be diminished by redirecting part or all of the cost of providing the recommendation service from the providers, e.g., by charging the provider a service cost upon initiating a call from the user to the provider, or upon representing the provider in a provider database. In one such embodiment, all service costs may be borne by providers, providing to the user a free recommendation service via the mobile communication device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2010 (12/701,539). 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=8,340,689.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,689&RS=PN/8,340,689 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Scalable On-board Open Data Network Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,341,298) developed by George F. Wilber, Bellevue, Wash., and Regan K. Brossard, Kent, Wash., for a "scalable on-board open data network architecture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of an open data network system facilitates communication between applications related to operation of a vehicle, such as an aircraft, and re-use of components in different systems and implementations. A switch/router communicates data between on-board systems. A server communicates with the switch/router and provides at least one of processing services and storage services to the on-board systems via the switch/router. A network manager communicates with the switch/router to direct the switch/router in selectively allowing access between the on-board systems. In other embodiments, an avionics interface unit communicates with the switch/router and enable communications between at least one avionics system and at least one of the on-board systems. Other embodiments selectively enable on-board systems to communicate with a ground-based network to provide communications between the aircraft and a stakeholder in the operation of the aircraft while isolating flight-critical avionics and flight communications systems from the open data network." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2006 (11/419,448). 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=8,341,298&OS=8,341,298&RS=8,341,298 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent for Deferred Communication and Relationship Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,631) developed by Jonathan L. Mann, Seattle, Prarthana H. Panchal, Seattle, and Paula H. Wood, Seattle, for a "deferred communication and relationship management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to defer an incoming communication and schedule a follow up communication and techniques to provide reminders to communicate with a selected contact in order to maintain a level of connectivity with the contact are disclosed. A communication recipient can defer an incoming communication and schedule a return communication time. The return communication may be manually deferred by a user and/or automatically deferred based at least in part on availability of a user on an appointment calendar. Also, the communication recipient can receive reminders of the scheduled return communication or reminders to communicate with a selected contact based on a level of connectivity." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2010 (12/833,829). 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=8,340,631.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,631&RS=PN/8,340,631 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Indicating Radio Bearer Information to Network Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,340,678) developed by Vinod Pandey, Redmond, Wash., for an "indicating radio bearer information to network applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing information related to a quality of a mobile communication link to an internal and/or external application provider is described herein. By way of example, a system can include component(s) that can receive communication link quality information associated with a mobile session, incorporate such information into a data packet, and forward such data packet to an application provider. The system can provide such information for second generation network components, third generation network components, and advanced components compatible with both second and third generation network architectures." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2007 (11/738,145). 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=8,340,678.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,678&RS=PN/8,340,678 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,646) developed by Winston Wang, Seattle, and Adam Holt, London, for a direct voicemailing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various exemplary user interfaces, methods, and computer program products describe directly sending a voicemail message to a voicemail box of a receiving telecommunications device without first initiating a synchronous voice communication to the receiving telecommunications device. A sending telecommunications device can record the voicemail message for sending the voicemail message or for subsequent transmission. In some implementations, the voicemail server sends or subsequently transmits based on whether the sending telecommunications device is capable of engaging in an asynchronous communication session." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2009 (12/434,597). 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=8,340,646.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,646&RS=PN/8,340,646 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,238) developed by Vishnu Kumar Shivaji-Rao, Vancouver, Wash., Mark G. Hanley, Skamania, Wash., and David C. Barton, Vancouver, Wash., for "methods and systems for multiple-device session synchronization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the present invention relate to systems and methods for session synchronization between multiple devices connected to a server system." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2007 (11/838,188). 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=8,341,238&OS=8,341,238&RS=8,341,238 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,220) developed by five co-inventors for a content distribution service. The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, and John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The technology disclosed herein is related to content distribution. It involves transmission of a request to a server for content, reception and display of that content on a user device. In addition, requests are received to send notification to at least one remote user and the server sends an indication that at least one remote user has selected content. A user device is enabled to send and/or receive at least one communication involving at least one remote user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2006 (11/515,494). 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=8,341,220&OS=8,341,220&RS=8,341,220 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.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Text Suggestion Framework with Client and Server Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,222) developed by six co-inventors for a "text suggestion framework with client and server model." The co-inventors are Takanobu Murayama, Tokyo, Kenichi Morimoto, Kanagawa, Japan, Chongming Ho, Yokohama, Japan, Eric Norman Badger, Issaquah, Wash., Drew Elliot Linerud, Duvall, Wash., and Kenneth R. Walters, Brier, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A local or remote server is configured to receive requests for text and other suggestions from a plurality of client applications. The local or remote server can format requests for delivery to one or more suggestion sources along with client contexts that specify client delivery, format, or other requests associated with the suggestion request. The local or remote server selects suggestion sources based on the client requests and the client contexts, and can combine suggestions returned from multiple sources as directed by client contexts. Requests associated with different clients can be directed to different suggestion sources, and user or client accepted suggestion histories can be stored for use in providing suggestions." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2010 (12/753,790). 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=8,341,222&OS=8,341,222&RS=8,341,222 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Persisting a Group in an Instant Messaging Application ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,233) developed by eighteen co-inventors for "persisting a group in an instant messaging application." The co-inventors are Brian Scott Moudy, Kenmore, Wash., Aarthi Natarajan, Kirkland, Wash., Asta Roseway, Bellevue, Wash., Geeven Singh, Bellevue, Wash., George Joy, Kirkland, Wash., Ranjib Singh Badh, Sammamish, Wash., Richard Michael Eames, Sammamish, Wash., Marcella C.S. Rader, Shanghai, China, Alexander K. Heron, Kirkland, Wash., Vasudha Chandrasekaran, Kirkland, Wash., Nicole Danielle Steinbok, Redmond, Calif., Steven Abrahams, Seattle, Troy A. Schauls, Seattle, Amy Wai-Yee Ip, Kirkland, Wash., Melora Zaner-Godsey, Shanghai, China, Seshagiri Panchapagesan, Redmond, Wash., Jeroen Van Turennout, Snohomish, Wash., and Vlad Cretu, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various technologies pertaining to instant messaging are described herein. A persistent instant messaging group is created, wherein the persistent instant messaging group comprises a plurality of members and persists over a plurality of instant messaging sessions. Instances of an instant messaging application are installed on mobile telephones, and the instant messaging application is used to transmit instant messages between members of the persistent instant messaging group. Messages directed towards offline members of the persistent instant messaging group are transmitted to such members when they come online." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/305,313). 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=8,341,233&OS=8,341,233&RS=8,341,233 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multi-master Text Synchronization Using Deltas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,224) developed by Shruti Kasetty, Redmond, Wash., and Anil Abraham Elson, Bothell, Wash., for a "multi-master text synchronization using deltas." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A server enforces a policy for selecting what received change to process. The non-selected changes are not processed by the server. Instead, after the selected change is processed and is incorporated into the current version of the text, the server sends an update to each of the clients indicating the change made to the current version of text. A client performs a conflict resolution procedure when its change was not processed by the server. The conflict resolution procedure detects the differences between the updated text version and its text change that was not accepted by the server and uses the differences to deduce the intent of the user and come up with a merged version of the text which preserves the intent and avoids data loss. The updated version is then sent back to the server to update the current version of the text." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,567). 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=8,341,224&OS=8,341,224&RS=8,341,224 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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