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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 16)

[January 16, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 16)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Koza Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- John R. Koza, Los Altos Hills, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,000) developed by John R. Koza, Forrest H. Bennett III, Menlo Park, Calif., and Oscar Stiffelman, Seattle, for a "method and apparatus for designing structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for the automatic creation of novel designs, specifically electronic circuits, controllers, antennas, and mechanical systems to satisfy prespecified design goals, using search procedures, such as genetic programming, genetic algorithms, simulated annealing and hill climbing is described. Further, the techniques include automatically creates designs which do not posses key characteristics of preexisting technology. The present invention uses a population of entities which may be evolved to generate structures that may potentially satisfy the design goals. The behavior of the structures is evaluated in view of the design goals, and the structures are compared to a preexisting structure. Those structures more closely meeting the design goals and not similar to the preexisting structure are favored further until a structure is generated that either meets the prespecified design goal or some other process completion criteria. In this manner, a novel structure may be obtained." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2000 (09/548,637). 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=83,56,000.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,000&RS=PN/83,56,000 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Distributed Transaction Management for Database Systems with Multiversioning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,007) developed by Per-Ake Larson, Redmond, Wash., Mike Zwilling, Redmond, Wash., and Cristian Diaconu, Kirkland, Wash., for a "distributed transaction management for database systems with multiversioning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject disclosure relates to a distributed transaction management technique that ensures synchronization between participating nodes in a global or distributed database transaction. The technique leverages a commit protocol that uses local clocks at the respective participating nodes. Participants in a global transaction are configured to utilize the same commit timestamp and logical read time and can advance their respective local clocks to establish this synchronization. In one embodiment, distributed commit utilizes a modified version of two-phase commit that includes an extra phase to collect commit timestamp votes from participants. Additionally, a heartbeat mechanism can be used to establish loose synchronization between nodes. In another embodiment, a node can respond to a remote transaction request by returning a list of nodes involved in generating the result of the transaction and the types of access used by such nodes in addition to the transaction result itself." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2010 (12/908,749). 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=83,56,007.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,007&RS=PN/83,56,007 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for a Snapshot of Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,356,013) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for a snapshot of data." The co-inventors are Neal T. Fachan, Seattle, Justin M. Husted, Seattle, Eric M. Lemar, Seattle, and Darren P. Schack, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a user or client device is connected to a distributed file system comprised of one or more physical nodes. The data on each of the physical nodes store metadata about files and directories within the file system. Some of the embodiments permit a user to take a snapshot of data stored on the file system. The snapshot may include a single file, a single directory, a plurality of files within a directory, a plurality of directories, a path on the file system that includes nested files and subdirectories, or more than one path on the file system that each includes nested files and directories. In an embodiment, a snapshot tracking data structure is maintained for efficient creation and deletion of the snapshot." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2010 (12/972,260). 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=83,56,013.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,013&RS=PN/83,56,013 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,011) developed by Shaun D. Cox, Redmond, Wash., and Timothy J. Rang, Issaquah, Wash., for an "organizing presence information into collections of publications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for managing presence information based on collections of publications is provided. The presence system creates collections of publications for a publisher. A publication includes a type and value. A publisher may define one collection of publications that is to be made available to certain subscribers and another collection of publications that is to be made available to other subscribers. The presence system may allow a publisher to update individual publications within a collection. Moreover, the presence system may identify subscribers of a collection at the time of subscription." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2005 (11/190,503). 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=83,56,011.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,011&RS=PN/83,56,011 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Searete Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Searete, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,004) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods and systems for comparing media content." The co-inventors are Edward K. Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Avatars, methods, apparatuses, computer program products, devices and systems are described that carry out presenting to at least one member of a population a plurality of avatars associated with at least one instance of media content; measuring at least one physiologic activity of the at least one member of the population, the at least one physiologic activity proximate to at least one presented avatar among the plurality of avatars associated with at least one instance of media content; associating the at least one physiologic activity with at least one mental state; and identifying at least one preferred instance of media content based on the at least one mental state." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2007 (12/006,235). 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=83,56,004.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,004&RS=PN/83,56,004 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** IntellectSpace Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- IntellectSpace, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,355,972) developed by Aleksandr L. Gvelesiani, Seattle, for "systems and methods for displaying information about financial markets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Enhanced methods, systems, and techniques for displaying information about financial markets are provided. Example embodiments provide a Market Performance Indicator System ("MPIS"), which generates and provides indicators of market performance, based on obtained market information. In some embodiments, a performance indicator may include a directional indicator, such as an arrow or vector, indicating the value and/or change in value of one or more attributes of performance of an aspect of a financial market. Aspects of a financial market may include individual financial instruments, such as stocks and bonds, as well as aggregate information about a particular market, such as a market index. Attributes of performance may include price, volume of trading, and price variability. This abstract is provided to comply with rules requiring an abstract, and it is submitted with the intention that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or meaning of the claims." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2007 (11/736,512). 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=83,55,972.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,972&RS=PN/83,55,972 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,355,997) developed by Evan R. Kirshenbaum, Mountain View, Calif., George Forman, Port Orchard, Wash., and Shyam Sundar Rajaram, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and system for developing a classification tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary embodiment of the present invention provides a computer implemented method of developing a classifier. The method includes receiving input for a case, the case comprising a plurality of instances and an example, the example comprising a plurality of data fields each corresponding to one of the plurality of instances, wherein the input indicates which, if any, of the instances includes a data field belonging to a target class. The method also includes training the classifier based, at least in part, on the input from the trainer." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2009 (12/618,159). 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=83,55,997.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,997&RS=PN/83,55,997 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intertrust Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Intertrust Technologies, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,978) developed by Andrew V. Goldberg, Redwood City, Calif., Jason D. Hartline, Seattle, and Andrew K. Wright, Monroe Township, N.J., for "systems and methods for pricing and selling digital goods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for pricing, selling, and/or otherwise distributing electronic content using auction mechanisms. A randomized auction mechanism is used to determine both the number of goods that are sold and the selling price. The auction mechanism automatically adapts to the bid distribution to yield revenue that is competitive with that which could be obtained if the vendor were able to determine the optimal fixed price for the goods. In one embodiment a set of bids is randomly or quasi-randomly partitioned into two or more groups. An optimal threshold is determined for each group, and this threshold is then used to select winning bids from one or more of the other groups. In another embodiment, each bid is compared to a competing bid that is randomly or quasi-randomly selected from the set of bids. If the bid is less than the randomly-selected competing bid, the bid is rejected. Otherwise, the bid is accepted and the bidder buys the auctioned item at the price of the randomly-selected bid." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2005 (11/262,031). 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=83,55,978.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,978&RS=PN/83,55,978 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Intelligent Trust Management Method and System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,355,970) developed by Barbara L. Fox, Seattle, and Brian A. LaMacchia, Seattle, for an "intelligent trust management method and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Intelligent Trust Management provides a centralized security facility that gives system components a flexible mechanism for implementing security policies. System components such as applications create a request describing an action that needs to be checked against an appropriate security policy. The request is given to a trust system that determines which policy object applies to the request, and may pass request arguments to the policy. The policy objects include executable code that uses any arguments along with dynamically obtained variable information to make a decision. The decision is returned to the system component, which then operates accordingly. Policy objects may maintain state and interface with the user independent of the system component in order to obtain information to make their decisions. Policy objects may call other policy objects and/or mathematically combine the results of other policy objects to make a decision." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2010 (12/979,162). 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=83,55,970.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,970&RS=PN/83,55,970 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Amazon.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Amazon.com, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,355,959) developed by Hong Q. Bui, Seattle, for a "payment service capable of being integrated with merchant sites." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented service integrates with merchant sites to enable registered users of the service to perform purchase transactions on the merchant sites. In one embodiment, a merchant can incorporate a reference to a display object served by the service into coding of a page of the merchant's site. When the page is loaded by a user's browser, the reference causes the browser to request the display object from the service for display on the page. If the user is recognized by the service, the service may return a personalized display object that includes functionality for the user to perform a purchase transaction using the service. Also disclosed are embodiments that enable users to initiate transfers of personal account information to the merchant sites." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2012 (13/436,440). 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=83,55,959.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,959&RS=PN/83,55,959 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent for Generating and Updating Recommendations for Merchants ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,355,954) developed by Anton V. Goldberg, Bellevue, Wash., Trevor Alexander Popiel, Lynnwood, Wash., and Robert H. Mahfoud, Seattle, for "generating and updating recommendations for merchants." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are various embodiments for generating and updating recommendations for merchants. A plurality of recommendations for a plurality of merchants in an electronic marketplace are evaluated in at least one computing device for validity. An indication of which of the recommendations are valid is stored in a data store. It may be determined that one of the merchants has potentially invalidated one or more of the recommendations. The potentially invalidated recommendations for the merchant are evaluated for validity in response to a recommendation query for the merchant. A list of valid ones of the recommendations for the merchant is generated." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2010 (12/822,566). 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=83,55,954.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,954&RS=PN/83,55,954 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,355,955) developed by Jeetendra Mirchandani, Bellevue, Wash., Sumit Kumar Sultania, Seattle, and Vinayak R. Hegde, Bellevue, Wash., for a "method, medium, and system for adjusting a selectable element based on social networking usage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed that use social networking profiles of users to generate personalized content of display pages. The personalized content may be generated using profile data retrieved via an application program interface of a social networking system, and may be presented on the display pages of a distinct system, such as a site that hosts an electronic catalog of items. The personalized content may include features that allow a user to indicate a like or preference for an item and that can be customized based on, e.g., the extent of the user's social network or the influence the user has over other potential users of the catalog system. Systems and methods are also disclosed that use the social networking profiles to generate personalized messages that can be posted to social network contacts of the user to provide information about items for which the contacts may be interested." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,733). 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=83,55,955.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,955&RS=PN/83,55,955 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hatoshi Investments JP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Hatoshi Investments JP, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (RE43,933) developed by Bruce Alexander, Poulsbo, Wash., for a "system for providing fault tolerant data warehousing environment by temporary transmitting data to alternate data warehouse during an interval of primary data warehouse failure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system utilizing one or more data generating computing devices as default data warehouses in the event of a primary data warehouse failure are provided. A data warehouse provides an environment in which data from one or more data servers in one or more locations, or premises, is aggregated in a central database. In the event of a system failure, in which communication between the data warehouse and one or more servers is disrupted, a warehouse ticket file, stored on secure, distributed ticket servers, is used to identify and initialize at least one of the data servers as a failover data warehouse. Once communication between the premises and its primary data warehouse is restored, the data collected during the failover is transferred to the primary data warehouse and purged from the failover data warehouse." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,963). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=RE43,933&OS=RE43,933&RS=RE43,933 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for System and Method for Providing Random Access to a Multimedia Object Over a Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,108) developed by nine co-inventors for a "system and method for providing random access to a multimedia object over a network." The co-inventors are Rahul Agarwal, Seattle, Jeffrey M. Ayars, Federal Way, Wash., Bradley D. Hefta-Gaub, Seattle, Gary S. Greenbaum, Seattle, Alan F. Lippman, Seattle, Sujal M. Patel, Seattle, Dale R. Stammen, Seattle, Philip Rosedale, Seattle, and Bryan Vergato, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method provide random access to a multimedia object over a network. One embodiment of the invention includes a streaming media server that is connected to a client computer over a network. The streaming media server includes at least one multimedia object that is adapted for transmission ("streaming") across the network. A pre-roll calculation program determines a pre-roll for each segment of the multimedia object and generates a modified multimedia object which includes a pre-roll for each of its segments, a pre-roll identifying a portion of the multimedia object to be transmitted by the streaming media server and received by the client computer prior to playback of the multimedia object at a selected segment. The pre-roll allows the client computer to present, starting at a selected segment, the multimedia object in its entirety without interruption. The pre-roll calculation program further facilitates the design of the multimedia object to minimize delays associated with random accesses to segments of the multimedia object." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2007 (11/975,364). 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=8,356,108&OS=8,356,108&RS=8,356,108 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Anti-debugger Comprising Spatially and Temporally Separate Detection and Response Portions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,356) developed by Vito Sabella, Redmond, Wash., Aaron Khoo, Redmond, Wash., and Chao Gu, Redmond, Wash., for "anti-debugger comprising spatially and temporally separate detection and response portions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An anti-debugger comprises spatially and temporally separate detection and response portions. In an example configuration, the anti-debugger is implemented into a game system for detecting and responding to a debugger attached to a game application. The detection portion is implemented on one thread of the system and the response portion is implemented on another thread of the system. When a debugger is detected, a message indicative of the detection is provided to a thread interface. The thread interface provides the message to the response portion. After a period of time has elapsed, the response portion disables the functionality of the game application, such as by halting the game execution and/or obfuscating game performance." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2007 (11/668,909). 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=8,356,356&OS=8,356,356&RS=8,356,356 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,356,150) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for providing nonlinear journaling." The co-inventors are Neal T. Fachan, Seattle, Peter J. Godman, Seattle, Justin M. Husted, Seattle, and Aaron J. Passey, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, systems and methods are provided for nonlinear journaling. In one embodiment, groups of data designated for storage in a data storage unit are journaled into persistent storage. In one embodiment, the journal data is recorded nonlinearly. In one embodiment, a linked data structure records data and data descriptors in persistent storage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/895,619). 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=8,356,150&OS=8,356,150&RS=8,356,150 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,130) developed by Karin Strauss, Seattle, and Jaewoong Chung, Bellevue, Wash., for a "mechanism for recording undeliverable user-level interrupts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes recording a user-level interrupt as undeliverable in a mailbox at least partially based on an interrupt domain identifier and an interrupt recipient identifier included in a user-level interrupt message associated with the user-level interrupt. The recording is at least partially based on an indication that the user-level interrupt is undeliverable to a recipient application thread executing on a processor core of a plurality of processor cores in a multi-core system." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2009 (12/633,032). 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=8,356,130&OS=8,356,130&RS=8,356,130 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Distributed Non-negative Matrix Factorization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,086) developed by five co-inventors for a "distributed non-negative matrix factorization." The co-inventors are Chao Liu, Bellevue, Wash., Hung-chih Yang, Bellevue, Wash., Jinliang Fan, Snoqualmie, Wash., Li-wei He, Redmond, Wash., and Yi-Min Wang, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture that scales up the non-negative matrix factorization (NMF) technique to a distributed NMF (denoted DNMF) to handle large matrices, for example, on a web scale that can include millions and billions of data points. To analyze web-scale data, DNMF is applied through parallelism on distributed computer clusters, for example, with thousands of machines. In order to maximize the parallelism and data locality, matrices are partitioned in the short dimension. The probabilistic DNMF can employ not only Gaussian and Poisson NMF techniques, but also exponential NMF for modeling web dyadic data (e.g., dwell time of a user on browsed web pages)." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/750,772). 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=8,356,086&OS=8,356,086&RS=8,356,086 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Presence Based Technology ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,317) developed by five co-inventors for a presence based technology. The co-inventors are James H. Errico, Arlington Heights, Ill., M. Ibrahim Sezan, Camas, Wash., George R. Borden, Portland, Ore., Gary A. Feather, Camas, Wash., and Mick G. Grover, Portland, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A collaborative information system." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2005 (11/152,545). 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=8,356,317&OS=8,356,317&RS=8,356,317 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,327) developed by Petrus J.L. van Beek, Camas, Wash., for a "wireless video transmission system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transmission system suitable for video where a sender encodes video for transmission to a receiver at an adjustable date rate. The data rate may be adjusted using a delay constraint that constrains the expected delay of transmitted packets. The expected delay may be measured from a time that a transmitter encodes a packet to a time that a receiver decodes a packet." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2005 (11/112,999). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,356,327&OS=8,356,327&RS=8,356,327 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,102) developed by six co-inventors for a "selective connection between corresponding communication components involved in a teleconference." The co-inventors are Ryan Farmer, Redmond, Wash., Jayendran Srinivasan, Sammamish, Wash., Alan L. Bridgewater, Bothell, Wash., Shi Lu, Kirkland, Wash., William A. Ridmann, Seattle, and Shruti Kasetty, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A client device selectively establishes connections between selected client communication components and corresponding server communication components. The client device receives data from the corresponding server communication components via the connections between the selected client communication components and the server communication components. The data received via different ones of the connections is associated with a different content stream of a teleconference. During the teleconference, a given connection is suspended. When the given connection is suspended, the client computing device continues to receive data via connections other than the given connection." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2010 (12/703,472). 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=8,356,102&OS=8,356,102&RS=8,356,102 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multi-threaded Processes for Opening and Saving Documents ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,300) developed by Uladzislau Sudzilouski, Sammamish, Wash., and Igor Zaika, Seattle, for "multi-threaded processes for opening and saving documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Tools and techniques are described for multi-threaded processing for opening and saving documents. These tools may provide load processes for reading documents from storage devices, and for loading the documents into applications. These tools may spawn a load process thread for executing a given load process on a first processing unit, and an application thread may execute a given application on a second processing unit. A first pipeline may be created for executing the load process thread, with the first pipeline performing tasks associated with loading the document into the application. A second pipeline may be created for executing the application process thread, with the second pipeline performing tasks associated with operating on the documents. The tasks in the first pipeline are configured to pass tokens as input to the tasks in the second pipeline." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2012 (13/569,595). 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=8,356,300&OS=8,356,300&RS=8,356,300 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Azul Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Azul Systems, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,297) developed by five co-inventors for an "external data source redirection in segmented virtual machine." The co-inventors are Ivan Posva, Mountain View, Calif., Daniel Dwight Grove, Mercer Island, Wash., Anirban Sengupta, Sunnyvale, Calif., Sivakumar Annamalai, Cupertino, Calif., and Gil Tene, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Interacting with an external environment of a segmented virtual machine is disclosed. An indication that a communication with an external environment is desired is received. It is determined whether the communication can be initiated directly from a core virtual machine of the segmented virtual machine without initiating the communication from a shell virtual machine of the segmented virtual machine. An attempt to initiate the communication is made based as at least in part on the determination." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2007 (11/726,695). 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=8,356,297&OS=8,356,297&RS=8,356,297 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Arranging Display Areas Utilizing Enhanced Window States ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,258) developed by four co-inventors for "arranging display areas utilizing enhanced window states." The co-inventors are David A. Matthews, Seattle, Mohamed A.M. Sadek, Redmond, Wash., Stephan Hoefnagels, Seattle, and Ivan Brugiolo, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-readable media, computerized methods, and user interfaces (UIs) for manipulating display areas on a GUI workspace by transitioning the display areas from an original state to one of a set of enhanced window states are provided. Initially, an indication to resize a display area is received at an operating system, which consequently invokes an appropriate window state. The indication may include capturing an edge of the display area and vertically dragging the edge to a dock-target region, thereby invoking a vertically-maximized state. Accordingly, configuration settings of the vertically-maximized state are applied such that the display area is stretched to approximately the screen height. In another instance, the indication may include capturing the display area and dragging a display area into a dock-target region, thereby invoking a semi-maximized state. Configuration settings of the semi-maximized state are applied, thus, extending the display area to approximately cover a predefined GUI workspace region." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2008 (12/024,706). 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=8,356,258&OS=8,356,258&RS=8,356,258 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Blocking and Bounding Wrapper for Thread-safe Data Collections ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,308) developed by five co-inventors for a "blocking and bounding wrapper for thread-safe data collections." The co-inventors are Stephen Toub, Seattle, Joe Duffy, Renton, Wash., Samer El Baghdady, Redmond, Wash., Emad Ali, Cairo, Egypt, and Igor Ostrovsky, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A membership interface provides procedure headings to add and remove elements of a data collection, without specifying the organizational structure of the data collection. A membership implementation associated with the membership interface provides thread-safe operations to implement the interface procedures. A blocking-bounding wrapper on the membership implementation provides blocking and bounding support separately from the thread-safety mechanism." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2008 (12/131,123). 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=8,356,308&OS=8,356,308&RS=8,356,308 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,356,248) developed by Tom Killalea, Seattle, for generating context-based timelines.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Context-based timelines can be generated for an item in an electronic catalog by extracting contextual terms and item events corresponding to the item. The contextual terms can be used to retrieve historical data on historical events from a data repository. The historical data can be associated with at least some of the contextual terms. A context-based timeline can be generated that includes at least some of the historical events. The context-based timeline can be output for presentation to one or more users." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,824). 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=8,356,248&OS=8,356,248&RS=8,356,248 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Executing Business Logic Extensions on a Client Computing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash, has been assigned a patent (8,356,310) developed by four co-inventors for "executing business logic extensions on a client computing system." The co-inventors are Michael James Ott, Redmond, Wash., Alexander M. Tkatch, Sammamish, Wash., Arash Ghanaie-Sicanie, Redmond, Wash., and Akezyt Janedittakarn, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A server platform exposes server-hosted application services to client applications. Calls to the server-hosted application services may be executed along with custom business logic extensions. A client platform is also provided that exposes client-hosted application services to a client application. The same business logic extensions that execute on the server platform can be utilized by the client platform. When a client application is online and connected to the server platform, the client application utilizes the server-hosted application services in the manner described above. When the client application is offline, the client application utilizes the client-hosted application services. The server platform synchronizes the business logic extensions to the client platform." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2011 (13/247,370). 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=8,356,310&OS=8,356,310&RS=8,356,310 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Runtime Dependency Analysis for Calculated Properties ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,058) developed by Sam Spencer, Redmond, Wash., John Rivard, Redmond, Wash., and Stephen Provine, Seattle, for a "runtime dependency analysis for calculated properties." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for determining and tracking dependent properties for a calculated property are provided. A request for a value of a first property is received. The value for the first property is calculated, including accessing values for one or more properties used to calculate the value for the first property. The accessing of the values for the one or more properties may be detected, and the one or more properties may be tracked as dependent properties for the first property in a first set of dependent properties. A change in the value of a second property may subsequently be detected. If the second property is determined to be included in the first set of dependent properties, the value of the first property is invalidated." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2009 (12/621,964). 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=8,356,058&OS=8,356,058&RS=8,356,058 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Method and System for Rapid and Cost-effective Development of User Generated Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 16 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,356,059) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for rapid and cost-effective development of user generated content." The co-inventors are Joel E. Wiljanen, Sammamish, Wash., Raymond Arifianto, Bothell, Wash., Stephen P. Dolan, Redmond, Wash., and Hiroki Kobayashi, Osaka, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An express content metadata system ("ECM") may provide functionality for uploading, querying and downloading game content without heavy coding requirements on the part of the developers. The ECM may provide fast indexing, searching and data retrieval of content. The ECM may manage evolving changes to content definitions by providing flexible and efficient versioning control over content definitions that allows multiple versions of game content to coexist and be independently searchable." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2008 (12/271,034). 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=8,356,059&OS=8,356,059&RS=8,356,059 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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