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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 10)

[January 10, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 10)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Interactive TTS Optimization Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,270) developed by six co-inventors for an "interactive TTS optimization tool." The co-inventors are Jian-Chao Wang, Beijing, Lu-Jun Yuan, Beijing, Sheng Zhao, Beijing, Fileno A. Alleva, Redmond, Wash., Jingyang Xu, Beijing, and Chiwei Che, Beijing.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interactive prompt generation and TTS optimization tool with a user-friendly graphical user interface is provided. The tool accepts HTS abstraction or speech recognition processed input from a user to generate an enhanced initial waveform for synthesis. Acoustic features of the waveform are presented to the user with graphical visualizations enabling the user to modify various parameters of the speech synthesis process and listen to modified versions until an acceptable end product is reached." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2009 (12/481,510). 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=8,352,270&OS=8,352,270&RS=8,352,270 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,296) developed by seven co-inventors for a "managing real time meeting room status." The co-inventors are Puneet Taneja, Bellevue, Wash., Murali Venkataraman, Redmond, Wash., Shiran Sathananthan, Redmond, Wash., Eric Sather, Seattle, Vivek Ramamoorthy, Issaquah, Wash., Anil Kommineni, Sammamish, Wash., and Paul Egger, Duvall, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presence information within a meeting room is detected and published to users for managing room availability and real time status. Various means such as motion detectors, card readers, log-in mechanisms associated with in-room computers, and the like, are used to detect presence information. Different status indicators are assigned to each room and published through a communication application or hosted service providing useful and real time information to users." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2008 (12/105,953). 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=8,352,296&OS=8,352,296&RS=8,352,296 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,352,223) developed by four co-inventors for network communications testbed. The co-inventors are David Dow Anthony, Mission Viejo, Calif., Daniel C. Mackley, Puyallup, Wash., Michael Rhett Burke, Bellevue, Wash., and Christopher Douglas Barton, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The different advantageous embodiments provide a system for network communication testing comprising a communication effects server, a number of radio emulators, a number of radios, and a wireless link simulator. The communication effects computer is configured to provide a number of communication network effects. The number of radio emulators have a number of Ethernet signal-in-space emulators configured to output a number of Ethernet packets to the communication effects server. The number of radios is configured to transmit and receive messages over a radio frequency. The wireless link simulator is configured to provide simulated distance between the number of radios using real-time changes in a simulation running on a number of platforms." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/641,885). 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=8,352,223&OS=8,352,223&RS=8,352,223 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,321) developed by four co-inventors for an in-text embedded advertising. The co-inventors are Tao Mei, Beijing, Xian-Sheng Hua, Beijing, Shipeng Li, Redmond, Wash., and Linjun Yang, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer program products, devices, and methods for generating in-text embedded advertising are described. Embedded advertising is "hidden" or embedded into a message by matching an advertisement to the message and identifying a place in the message to insert the advertisement. For textual messages, statistical analysis of individual sentences is performed to determine where it would be most natural to insert an advertisement. Statistical rules of grammar derived from a language model may be used choose a natural and grammatical place in the sentence for inserting the advertisement. Insertion of the advertisement creates a modified sentence without degrading a meaning of the original sentence, yet also includes the advertisement as a part of a new sentence." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2008 (12/334,364). 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=8,352,321&OS=8,352,321&RS=8,352,321 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Emulating Legacy Hardware Using IEEE 754 Compliant Hardware ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,241) developed by Jinyu Li, Redmond, Wash., Ke Deng, Redmond, Wash., and Chen Li, Redmond, Wash., for an "emulating legacy hardware using IEEE 754 compliant hardware." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Emulating legacy hardware using IEEE 754 compliant hardware is disclosed herein. In some aspects, the emulation includes locating an instruction that includes NaN (not a number) as at least one of an operand or a resultant. The emulation adjusts the resultant of the instruction, via additional code, to produce a final resultant of non-compliant (legacy) hardware. Legacy software, which was written in anticipation of processing by legacy hardware, may then be processed using compliant hardware." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2009 (12/393,215). 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=8,352,241&OS=8,352,241&RS=8,352,241 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Vehicle System for Varied Compliance Benefits ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,107) developed by eight co-inventors for a "vehicle system for varied compliance benefits." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Thomas J. Nugent Jr., Bellevue, Wash., Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Charles Whitmer, North Bend, Wash., 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: "Exemplary methods, systems and components enable selective control of an operational mode for a vehicle that is subject to an administrative standard. In some instances a qualified person or entity may attain a possible consequential result related to a user-selected vehicle operation mode that may involve a vehicle operation paradigm and/or a vehicle travel route and/or a vehicle travel destination. In some embodiments, implementation of the selected vehicle operation mode may modify a conformity status of the vehicle relative to the administrative standard. Various accessible records may be maintained regarding administrative compliance states and their respective benefits, as well as regarding certification of preferable consequential results available to qualified recipients based on a correlated vehicle operational mode." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/587,129). 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=8,352,107&OS=8,352,107&RS=8,352,107 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Retrieval of Metadata for Peripheral Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,492) developed by six co-inventors for a "retrieval of metadata for peripheral devices." The co-inventors are Aayaz Bhorania, Redmond, Wash., Palani Perumal, Redmond, Wash., Erik Gubitz, Bellevue, Wash., Abed Jawad, Kirkland, Wash., Mitsuru Saito, Redmond, Wash., and Farhan Ahmed, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques whereby a client computer may request metadata relating to a peripheral device from one or more server computers are provided. Upon connecting to a peripheral device, the client computer receives information identifying the device, and generates a query, using the received information, for metadata relating to the device. The client computer may, for example, first attempt to execute the query locally to determine if metadata appropriate for use (e.g., not outdated) is stored on the client computer. If not, the client computer may issue the query to one or more server computers which stores metadata received from manufacturers and/or suppliers of peripheral devices. The one or more server computers may issue a response making the requested metadata available to the client computer and providing instructions relating to subsequent requests from the client computer, so as to manage the processing load borne by the one or more server computers. The client computer may employ the metadata to present a graphical interface that enables the user to manage the device." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/408,566). 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=8,352,492&OS=8,352,492&RS=8,352,492 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,558) developed by five co-inventors for a "transport high availability via acknowledge management." The co-inventors are Victor Boctor, Redmond, Wash., Todd C. Luttinen, Redmond, Wash., Jeffrey B. Kay, Bellevue, Wash., Jesse M. Dougherty, Bothell, Wash., and Malcom Pearson, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture that facilitates transport high availability for messaging services by providing the ability of a receiving entity (e.g., receiving message transfer agent (MTA)) to detect if a sending entity (e.g., sending MTA or client) is a legacy sending entity. When the receiving entity detects that the sending entity is a legacy system, by advertising transport high availability capability to the sending entity, if the sending entity does not opt-in to this capability, the receiving entity keeps the sending entity client "on hold", that is, waiting for an acknowledgement (ACK) until the receiving entity delivers the message to the next hops (immediate destinations). This approach maintains at least two copies of the message until the message is successfully delivered (to the next hop(s)). Hence, if the legacy sending entity or the receiving entity fails, the message is still delivered successfully." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2009 (12/368,312). 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=8,352,558&OS=8,352,558&RS=8,352,558 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent for Multivariate Optical Elements for Nonlinear Calibration ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,352,205) developed by Michael L. Myrick, Irmo, S.C., and Luisa Profeta, Richland, Wash., for a "multivariate optical elements for nonlinear calibration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present subject matter is direct to methodologies for calibrating data obtained from an optical analysis system. An initial calibration matrix of sampled analyte concentrations is modified using mean-centering techniques and selection of low and high analyte concentration spectra to produce a two-point calibration. A modified calibration matrix is produced by generating a non-linear calibration matrix by multiplying the initial calibration matrix by the two-point calibration. In an alternate embodiment, an initial multivariate optical element design is modified by iteratively adjusting the design based on standard error of calibration determination based on non-linerly fitted functions." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2008 (12/528,101). 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=8,352,205&OS=8,352,205&RS=8,352,205 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Maps for Social Networking and Geo Blogs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,183) developed by Chandrasekhar Thota, Redmond, Wash., and Gur Kimchi, Bellevue, Wash., for "maps for social networking and geo blogs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A unique system, method, and user interface are provided that involve an integration of map technology with social networks so that individuals can select members of these communities with which to communicate based at least in part on their location, thus enhancing the communication experience. This can be referred to as geo-based messaging. In particular, a member or user of the system and/or method can include his/her personal location information, for example, when joining an online community or social network. This location information can be employed to generate one or more maps that plot the locations of messages posted by community members. As a result, a user can readily visualize any other users or community members located at any selected distance from him/her or from any selected focal point." The patent application was filed on April 10, 2006 (11/401,209). 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=8,352,183&OS=8,352,183&RS=8,352,183 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Varying Engine Thrust for Directional Control of an Aircraft Experiencing Engine Thrust Asymmetry ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,352,099) developed by David P. Eggold, Everett, Wash., Daniel R. Shapiro, Everett, Wash., and Kyle J. Gardner, Seattle, for a "varying engine thrust for directional control of an aircraft experiencing engine thrust asymmetry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies are described herein for providing additional yaw control to a multi-engine aircraft experiencing engine thrust asymmetry. A primary flight control system of the aircraft is configured to limit the operational thrust of an operating engine of the aircraft to provide additional yaw control when the aircraft is experiencing thrust asymmetry. The system includes a thrust limit module for calculating the maximum engine thrust limit to be imposed on an operating engine. The maximum engine thrust limit is calculated using inputs corresponding to the sideslip angle and the roll rate of the aircraft. The maximum engine thrust limit is imposed on the operating engine of the aircraft such that the operational thrust generated by the operating engine is limited to the maximum engine thrust limit. By reducing the operational thrust generated by the operating engine, the yawing caused by the thrust asymmetry is likely to be reduced." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2009 (12/499,900). 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=8,352,099&OS=8,352,099&RS=8,352,099 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Pullman, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,433) developed by five co-inventors for an "intelligent electronic device with segregated real-time ethernet." The co-inventors are Robert E. Morris, Viola, Idaho, Tony J. Lee, Pullman, Wash., Andrew A. Miller, Moscow, Idaho, Lisa Gayle Nelms, Colfax, Wash., and Benjamin S. Day, Pullman, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for optimizing the handling of data on a priority basis within an intelligent electronic device is disclosed. A FIFO receives messages and the messages are each associated with a subscription identifier. The messages are then routed to and stored in buffers, each associated with a subscription identifier." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2010 (12/797,419). 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=83,51,433.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,433&RS=PN/83,51,433 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,430) developed by Parveen Patel, Redmond, Wash., and Hasan Shamsuddin Alkhatib, Kirkland, Wash., for "routing using global address pairs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for routing using global address pairs. Embodiments of the invention use publicly routable Internet Protocol ("IP") addresses to represent sites rather than individual hosts. Hosts can be represented by a global address pair, including site public IP address and a node private IP address. Nodes route packets to address processing modules using IP-in-IP encapsulation. An outer header contains a site public IP address and is destined to a site on inter-site links. An inner header contains a node private IP address and is destined to a private endpoint in intra-site links. In some embodiments, a site public IPv4 address and a node private IPv4 address are encoded into an IPv6 address. Use of an IPv6 address makes encoding of the two IPv4 address transparent to IPv6 applications." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/895,580). 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=83,51,430.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,430&RS=PN/83,51,430 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,420) developed by Janne Linkola, Espoo, Finland, and Christopher Caldwell, Woodinville, Wash., for a "maintenance of subscriber history for service support applications in an IP-based telecommunications system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A facility for maintaining a subscriber history pertaining to the use of a mobile device with an IP-based telecommunications service offered by a service provider. When a connection request is made by a mobile device to access an IP-based telecommunications service, one or more identifiers associated with the requesting mobile device and access point are provided in the request and stored by the facility. In some cases, the identifiers are stored even if the mobile device is unable to, or not authorized to, access the telecommunications service. Additional parameters associated with the request from the mobile device, such as a time stamp and details of a subsequent telecommunications session, are also associated with the stored request. The history of requests to access the IP-based telecommunications service from the mobile device are maintained by the facility and provided to a service support provider." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2006 (11/552,096). 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=83,51,420.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,420&RS=PN/83,51,420 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Novatel Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Novatel Wireless, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,351,330) developed by Matthew Carlisle, Sammamish, Wash., for a "system and method for traffic prioritization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for management of Internet Protocol (IP) traffic comprises (a) receiving an uplink data packet associated with a connection of a plurality of connections; (b) assigning a weight to the uplink data packet; (c) updating a debt associated with the connection based on the weight assigned to the uplink data packet; (d) prioritizing the connections based on the debt associated with each of the one or more connections; and (e) processing packets in the one or more connections based on the prioritizing." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2009 (12/372,682). 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=83,51,330.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,330&RS=PN/83,51,330 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,052) developed by Peter Green, Kirkland, Wash., and James Hart Shafer, Seattle, for an adjusting audio volume.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and computer program products for editing audio data. In some implementations, a method is provided. The method includes receiving digital audio data and receiving a first input to a volume control to increase a volume of the audio data. The method further includes amplifying the audio data in response to the first user input without clipping the audio data and receiving one or more subsequent user inputs to the volume control, where in response to each subsequent user input performing compression and amplification of the audio data." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2006 (11/585,765). 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=8,352,052.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,052&RS=PN/8,352,052 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automatic Dust Removal in Digital Images ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,736) developed by five co-inventors for an "automatic dust removal in digital images." The co-inventors are Denis Demandolx, Redmond, Wash., Eric Paul Bennett, Kirkland, Wash., Antonio Criminisi, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Vladimir Farbman, Jerusalem, and Steven James White, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and a processing device are provided for restoring pixels damaged by artifacts caused by dust, or other particles, entering a digital image capturing device. A user interface may be provided for a user to indicate an approximate location of an artifact appearing in a digital image. Dust attenuation may be estimated and an inverse transformation, based on the estimated dust attenuation, may be applied to damaged pixels in order to recover an estimate of the underlying digital image. One or many candidate source patch may be selected based on having smallest pixel distances, with respect to a target patch area. The damaged pixels included in the target patch area may be considered when calculating the pixel distance with respect to candidate source patches. RGB values of corresponding pixels of source patches may be used to restore the damaged pixels included in the target patch area." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2009 (12/476,514). 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=8,351,736&OS=8,351,736&RS=8,351,736 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Efficient Collimation of Light with Optical Wedge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,744) developed by four co-inventors for an "efficient collimation of light with optical wedge." The co-inventors are Adrian Travis, Seattle, Timothy Large, Bellevue, Wash., Neil Emerton, Redmond, Wash., and Steven Bathiche, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of optical collimators are disclosed. For example, one disclosed embodiment comprises an optical waveguide having a first end, a second end opposing the first end, a viewing surface extending at least partially between the first end and the second end, and a back surface opposing the viewing surface. The viewing surface comprises a first critical angle of internal reflection, and the back surface is configured to be reflective at the first critical angle of internal reflection. Further, a collimating end reflector comprising a faceted lens structure having a plurality of facets is disposed at the second end of the optical waveguide." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2012 (13/453,744). 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=8,351,744&OS=8,351,744&RS=8,351,744 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Blue Sky Color Detection Technique ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,724) developed by Xinyu Xu, Vancouver, Wash., and Hao Pan, Camas, Wash., for a "blue sky color detection technique." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An image enhancement technique includes a filter that receives an input image and provides a low-pass filtered image that maintains a substantial number of edges therein. The low pass filtered image is provided a likelihood of being a sky color for each pixel of the low pass filtered image. The low-pass filtered image is filtered based upon a user selection to selectively enhance the sky color. The low-pass filtered image and the filtered low-pass filtered image are blended based upon the user selection based upon the likelihood. The blended image is combined with a high pass filtered input image to provide an enhanced image." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2009 (12/387,864). 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=8,351,724&OS=8,351,724&RS=8,351,724 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** S&C Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- S&C Electric, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,351,606) developed by Laurence N. Harris, Marysville, Wash., and Donald S. Berkowitz, Snohomish, Wash., for a "power distribution system secure access communication system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power distribution system may have source, switching and load components, wherein at least one of the source, switching and load components has a wireless communication capability such that it is operable to act as a wireless communication access point. A mobile station seeking to associate with the one component may use a secure access protocol to gain such access. The secure access protocol may provide for receiving at the one component a management message from the mobile station. From the management message the component may obtain mobile identification information used to verify the identity of the mobile station and to initiate communication by sending an association message. Until after successful verification of the mobile station identity the component remains radio silent." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2007 (12/001,166). 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=8,351,606&OS=8,351,606&RS=8,351,606 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,035) developed by six co-inventors for a "connector assemblies for implantable stimulators." The co-inventors are Brett Schleicher, Valencia, Calif., Rafael Carbunaru, Valley Village, Calif., Todd K. Whitehurst, Valencia, Calif., Kristen N. Jaax, Santa Clarita, Calif., Greg Baldwin, Seattle, and Andrew DiGiore, Santa Monica, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Exemplary systems include a stimulator configured to be implanted within a patient, the stimulator having a body defined by at least one side surface disposed in between distal and proximal end surfaces, and a connector assembly configured to be coupled to the stimulator and extend parallel to the at least one side surface of the stimulator. The connector assembly is further configured to facilitate removable coupling of a lead having one or more electrodes disposed thereon to the stimulator." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/262,789). 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=8,352,035.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,035&RS=PN/8,352,035 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Spatial Audio for Audio Conferencing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,589) developed by Alejandro Acero, Bellevue, Wash., and Christian Huitema, Clyde Hill, Wash., for a "spatial audio for audio conferencing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Spatialized audio is generated for voice data received at a telecommunications device based on spatial audio information received with the voice data and based on a determined virtual position of the source of the voice data for producing spatialized audio signals." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/485,299). 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=8,351,589&OS=8,351,589&RS=8,351,589 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,768) developed by Firoz Dalal, Bellevue, Wash., and Shyam Sadhwani, Bellevue, Wash., for a "media processing comparison system and techniques." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A media processing comparison system ("MPCS") and techniques facilitate concurrent, subjective quality comparisons between media presentations produced by different instances of media processing components performing the same functions (for example, instances of media processing components in the form of hardware, software, and/or firmware, such as parsers, codecs, decryptors, and/or demultiplexers, supplied by the same or different entities) in a particular media content player. The MPCS receives an ordered stream of encoded media samples from a media source, and decodes a particular encoded media sample using two or more different instances of media processing components. A single renderer renders and/or coordinates the synchronous presentation of decoded media samples from each instance of media processing component(s) as separate media presentations. The media presentations may be subjectively compared and/or selected for storage by a user in a sample-by-sample manner." The patent application was filed on July 23, 2009 (12/507,875). 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=8,351,768&OS=8,351,768&RS=8,351,768 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,725) developed by Hao Pan, Camas, Wash., and Yeping Su, Camas, Wash., for an image sharpening technique.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sharpening technique for digital images for presentation on a display. The technique may include an upscaling process, a noise reduction process, and a sharpening process. The technique may further use a single buffer for the upscaling, noise reduction, and sharpening." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2008 (12/284,631). 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=8,351,725&OS=8,351,725&RS=8,351,725 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Tracking a Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,652) developed by Zsolt Mathe, Issaquah, Wash., for "systems and methods for tracking a model." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An image such as a depth image of a scene may be received, observed, or captured by a device and a model of a user in the depth image may be generated. The background of a received depth image may be removed to isolate a human target in the received depth image. A model may then be adjusted to fit within the isolated human target in the received depth image. To adjust the model, a joint or a bone may be magnetized to the closest pixel of the isolated human target. The joint or the bone may then be refined such that the joint or the bone may be further adjusted to a pixel equidistant between two edges the body part of the isolated human target where the joint or bone may have been magnetized." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2012 (13/365,133). 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=8,351,652&OS=8,351,652&RS=8,351,652 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Hand-location Post-process Refinement in a Tracking System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,651) developed by Johnny Chung Lee, Redmond, Wash., for a "hand-location post-process refinement in a tracking system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tracking system having a depth camera tracks a user's body in a physical space and derives a model of the body, including an initial estimate of a hand position. Temporal smoothing is performed when the initial estimate moves by less than a threshold level from frame to frame, while little or no smoothing is performed when the movement is more than the threshold. The smoothed estimate is used to define a local volume for searching for a hand extremity to define a new hand position. Another process generates stabilized upper body points that can be used as reliable reference positions, such as by detecting and accounting for occlusions. The upper body points and a prior estimated hand position are used to define an arm vector. A search is made along the vector to detect a hand extremity to define a new hand position." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2010 (12/767,126). 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=8,351,651&OS=8,351,651&RS=8,351,651 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Gracious Eloise Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Gracious Eloise, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,351,700) developed by five co-inventors for a "variable glyph system and method." The co-inventors are Eloise Bune D'Agostino, New York, Michael Bennett D'Agostino, New York, Bryan Michael Minor, Mount Vernon, Wash., Tamas Frajka, Seattle, and Michel Francois Pettigrew, Edgewood, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Using methods, computer-readable storage media, and apparatuses for computer-implemented processing, an image of handwritten text may be segmented into a disjoint component image corresponding to individual glyphs connected by ligatures. The disjoint component image is skeletonized into a grid graph, and a connected path traversing the ligatures is determined. The disjoint component image is segmented into non-overlapping segments based on connected graphs corresponding to edges in the disjoint component image, where sets of adjacent non-overlapping segments correspond to the individual glyphs. Glyph geometry may be varied by obtaining an ensemble of glyph representations, each characterized by measurable geometric glyph properties. For each geometric glyph property, target values are obtained from ensemble-wide statistical distribution functions, and the target values are used to transform a base glyph representation into a target glyph representation." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2010 (12/756,970). 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=8,351,700&OS=8,351,700&RS=8,351,700 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,203) developed by Jeffrey M. Reents, Carnation, Wash., and Jonathan A. Hayes, Seattle, for a "removable module for a console." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A housing, which may contain a hard disk drive, is configured to removably mount to a recessed surface of a console. The housing includes a lip and a biased latch arm so that the lip can be inserted into a corresponding feature in the recessed surface and the housing can be rotatably mounted to the recessed surface. The biased latch arm is retained by a latch arm retainer so that the housing is held in place. A cable connector extends from the bottom of the housing and is configured to connect to a receptor on the console when the housing is installed. When desired, a latch on the housing can be translated where the translation cause the biased latch arm to translate so as to clear the latch arm retainer. Thus the housing can be readily removed from the console. Preferably a portion of the housing extends beyond a wall of the recessed surface so that when installed, the housing alters the profile of the console." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2011 (13/091,254). 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=8,351,203&OS=8,351,203&RS=8,351,203 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Neiversan Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Neiversan Networks, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,351,694) developed by Henrique S. Malvar, Sammamish, Wash., and Erin L. Renshaw, Kirkland, Wash., for an "adaptive compression of multi-level images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention facilitates adaptive compression of multi-level images, such as captured digital images of a whiteboard, etc., encoding a bitstream comprising a color image component and a black-and-white image component. Either or both of a color and a black-and-white image can be output to a user based on user desires, receiving device capabilities, etc." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2011 (13/156,991). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,351,694&OS=8,351,694&RS=8,351,694 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Efficient Encoding of Alternative Graphic Sets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,351,716) developed by four co-inventors for an "efficient encoding of alternative graphic sets." The co-inventors are John E. Parsons, Redmond, Wash., Joy Chik, Sammamish, Wash., Nadim Y. Abdo, Bellevue, Wash., and Robert Wilhelm Schmieder, Snoqualmie, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments provide for efficient encoding and rendering of remote graphic displays by applying one or more of the following: (1) field encoding for identifying fields of a graphics set such that commonalities of various fields across different graphics languages are identified; (2) resource caching, which treats heterogeneous resources in a homogeneous way when it comes to storing them; (3) determining the type of encoding for remoting items within a graphics set based upon the types of compression mechanisms supported by a remote device; (4) improving responsiveness by rendering with partially sent resources; (5) a mechanism for determining what portions (if any) of a graphics set should be sent to a remote device and in what order; and (6) use of dedicated resources already on a remote device in order to eliminate the transfer of a resource between a local device and the remote device when rendering such resource." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2010 (12/835,652). 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=8,351,716&OS=8,351,716&RS=8,351,716 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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