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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 17)

[January 17, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 17)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Text Normalization for Text to Speech Synthesis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,919) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for text normalization for text to speech synthesis." The co-inventors are Kim Silverman, Mountain View, Calif., Devang Naik, San Jose, Calif., Jerome Bellegarda, Saratoga, Calif., and Kevin Lenzo, Pittsburgh.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,449). 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=8,355,919&OS=8,355,919&RS=8,355,919 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ubermedia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Ubermedia, Pasadena, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,949) developed by nine co-inventors for an "enhanced hyperlink feature for web pages." The co-inventors are Michael N. Agostino, Glendale, Calif., Jason P. Fields, Los Angeles, Joseph Chen, Los Angeles, Yovav Meydad, Los Angeles, Jason Levine, Los Angeles, Michael Radford, Sierra Madre, Calif., David E. Benson, Pasadena, Calif., Christopher Starace, Pasadena, Calif., and Eric J. Kim, Sherman Oaks, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention in some embodiments features a contextual content delivery system (CCDS) for enhancing conventional web content with pop-up bubbles that display information when a cursor hovers over a word, link, or icon. The CCDS is configured to identify words or links in a document, determine their context, select the appropriate bubble from a plural of bubble types for each of the words or links, select content for each bubble based, in part, on the context in which the words and hyperlinks are used. The context can be determined from various sources including the resource in which the word or link appears and the target resource to which the link points. Thereafter, the CCDS enhances the words or links so that bubbles are automatically invoked in response to the appropriate trigger." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2012 (13/418,280). 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=8,355,949&OS=8,355,949&RS=8,355,949 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,902) developed by Thorsten Brants, Palo Alto, Calif., and Jay Ponte, Mountain View, Calif., for a semantic unit recognition.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semantic locator determines whether input sequences form semantically meaningful units. The semantic locator includes a coherence component that calculates a coherence of the terms in the sequence and a variation component that calculates the variation in terms that surround the sequence. A heuristics component may additionally refine results of the coherence component and the variation component. A decision component may make the determination of whether the sequence is a semantic unit based on the results of the coherence component, variation component, and heuristics component." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2012 (13/422,611). 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=8,355,902&OS=8,355,902&RS=8,355,902 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Siebel Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Siebel Systems, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,943) developed by Stratton C. Lloyd, Seattle, and Alexander Goldstein, Foster City, Calif., for a "method and system for automatically generating forecasts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for defining and generating forecasts. The forecast system receives a forecast definition from a user, generates a forecast in accordance with the forecast definition, stores a forecast snapshot of the generated forecast, and presents to users forecast information derived from the forecast snapshots. A forecast definition specifies the participants to be included in a forecast and when to generate the forecast. At the scheduled time, the forecast system automatically generates the forecast and stores the forecast snapshot." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2011 (13/299,994). 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=8,355,943&OS=8,355,943&RS=8,355,943 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Technique for Providing Continuous Speech Recognition as an Alternate Input Device to Limited Processing Power Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,912) developed by James L. Keesey, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Gerald J. Wilmot, Marina, Calif., for a "technique for providing continuous speech recognition as an alternate input device to limited processing power devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for data entry at a device is provided. Initially, voice data is received at the device. The voice data and a device identifier are transmitted to a computer. At the computer, the voice data is translated to text. Next, it is determined whether to filter the translated text. When it is determined that the translated text is to be filtered, a filter is applied to the translated text." The patent application was filed on Oct. 17, 2000 (09/690,313). 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=8,355,912&OS=8,355,912&RS=8,355,912 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Capability and Maturity-based SOA Governance ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,940) developed by four co-inventors for a "capability and maturity-based SOA governance." The co-inventors are Klshore Channabasavaiah, Palatine, Ill., Sri Ramanathan, Lutz, Fla., Raghu Varadan, San Francisco, and Nevenko Zunic, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, including service methods, articles of manufacture, systems, articles and programmable devices are provided for a service-oriented architecture governance model. Each of a plurality of governance dimension attributes of a service-oriented architecture are calibrated and mapped to each of a plurality of governance evolution element attributes. A maturity and capability assessment is performed for the service-oriented architecture as a function of the mapping, and a maturity-based and capability-based governance model is generated for the service-oriented architecture as a function of the maturity and capability assessment. In one aspect a programmable device is configured to perform at least one of the calibrating, the mapping, the performing the maturity and capability assessment and the generating the maturity-based and capability-based governance model." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2009 (12/410,554). 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=8,355,940&OS=8,355,940&RS=8,355,940 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CareFusion 303 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- CareFusion 303, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,929) developed by six co-inventors for "methods and systems for storing medical supplies." The co-inventors are Patricia Kienle, Laflin, Pa., Cynthia Yamaga, Oceanside, Calif., Thomas Utech, San Diego, Mary Zeringue, San Diego, Jonathan Zimmerman, San Diego, and Alisa Goetz, Bellaire, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Storing of medical supplies is performed according to rules promoting safety and ergonomics. The physical arrangement of medical supplies within a storage unit is analyzed. An inventory of medical supplies to be stored in the storage unit is established. A new physical arrangement of medical supplies within the storage unit is determined based on the rules for storing medical supplies and the inventory. The storage unit is configured according to the new physical arrangement. The physical locations within the storage unit where each of the medical supplies is to be stored are indicated. The medical supplies are stored in the indicated locations." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/400,908). 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=8,355,929&OS=8,355,929&RS=8,355,929 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Phase Matching Frames in Vocoders ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,907) developed by Rohit Kapoor, San Diego, and Serafin Diaz Spindola, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for phase matching frames in vocoders." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention comprises a vocoder having at least one input and at least one output, an encoder comprising a filter having at least one input operably connected to the input of the vocoder and at least one output, a decoder comprising a synthesizer having at least one input operably connected to the at least one output of the encoder, and at least one output operably connected to the at least one output of the vocoder, wherein the decoder comprises a memory and the decoder is adapted to execute instructions stored in the memory comprising phase matching and time-warping a speech frame." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2005 (11/192,231). 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=8,355,907&OS=8,355,907&RS=8,355,907 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fair Isaac Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Fair Isaac, Roseville, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,355,896) developed by Shailesh Kumar, San Diego, Junwen Wu, San Diego, and Vesselin Diev, San Diego, for a "co-occurrence consistency analysis method and apparatus for finding predictive variable groups." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of modeling includes quantifying a co-operative strength value for a plurality of pairs of variables, and identifying a clique of at least three variables based on a graph of the co-operative strength values of a plurality of pairs of variables. The method also includes selecting a first pair of variables of the plurality of pairs of variables having a high co-operative strength value. A second clique may also be identified. A model of the first clique and a model of the second clique are made. The outputs of these models are combined to form a combined model which is used to make various decisions with respect to real time data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2008 (12/202,933). 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=8,355,896&OS=8,355,896&RS=8,355,896 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Wells Fargo Bank Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Wells Fargo Bank, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,355,938) developed by Brian M. Gilpin, Novato, Calif., and Gregory Alan Reber, Larkspur, Calif., for a "capacity management index system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is provided that generates an index, providing predictive and actionable intelligence to ensure that a Technology Infrastructure Group (TIG) makes tactical and strategic decisions in support of needs of customers. The invention measures overall health of an infrastructure, specifically with respect to how efficiently various services meet demand placed upon capacity by various Lines of Business. The invention provides an overall assessment of infrastructure capacity management and drills down to various services, components, subcomponents, etc. The invention provides a forecasting tool in which estimates made are not based only upon business forecasts provided by each Line of Business, but also upon forecasts developed by correlating external indicators with historical business volumes. Historical forecasts are compared to actual values to derive a confidence factor used for weighting future Line of Business forecasts. The combined, weighted forecasts obtained are more robust than any individual forecasts on their own." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2006 (11/326,959). 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=8,355,938&OS=8,355,938&RS=8,355,938 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Retail Equation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Retail Equation, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,946) developed by Mark S. Hammond, Dana Point, Calif., and Peter L. Bradshaw, San Clemente, Calif., for "systems and methods for determining whether to offer a reward at a point of return." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computerized decision-making systems and methods are described for determining whether to provide one or more rewards, such as a coupon or instant discount, to a customer requesting to make a merchandise return at a store, and, if so, to determine the terms of the reward, such as value, expiration date/time and other terms that may be associated with a coupon. The reward determinations may be implemented in conjunction with a system for authorizing the requested merchandise return transaction. Information about the requested return may be used together with data about the customer's past purchase, return transactions, and other customer-related data. In some embodiments, the determinations are based, at least in part, on store-related information and policies. The reward may be printed with a receipt issued to the customer at the point of return and/or may be provided to the customer using a wide variety of other communications technologies." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2007 (11/691,458). 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=8,355,946&OS=8,355,946&RS=8,355,946 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chevron USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,898) developed by seven co-inventors for a "system and method for modeling flow events responsible for the formation of a geological reservoir." The co-inventors are Michael J. Pyrcz, Kingwood, Texas, Tim R. McHargue, Danville, Calif., Morgan Sullivan, Spring, Texas, Julian Clark, Oakland, Calif., Andrea Fildani, Danville, Calif., Nick J. Drinkwater, Houston, and Henry W. Posamentier, The Woodlands, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system configured to model geometric architectures of flow events in geological reservoirs. In one embodiment, the system comprises a geological control input, a rules module, and a modeling module. The geological control input is configured to receive a set of environmental conditions that act as geological controls impacting a geometric architecture of a geological reservoir at a point in geologic time. The rules module is configured to apply a set of rules to the set of environmental conditions present at the point in geologic time to determine geometric flow parameters of the geometric architecture, wherein the set of rules comprise one or more empirical rules. The modeling module is configured to model the geometric architecture based on the geometric flow parameters determined for the flow event by the rules module." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2008 (12/140,901). 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=8,355,898&OS=8,355,898&RS=8,355,898 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** WebConcepts Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- WebConcepts, Irving, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,944) developed by Raymond Young, Walnut, Calif., for "methods and systems for collaborative demand planning and replenishment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides systems and methods for generating replenishment orders for products sold to a multi-store retailer. Store trait data is mapped with planogram information and the mapped data is used to generate a fixture level safety stock for a particular product in a particular store. The fixture level safety stock triggers fixture level replenishment orders." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2004 (10/932,672). 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=8,355,944&OS=8,355,944&RS=8,355,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CEATS Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- CEATS, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,937) developed by Richard A. Halavais, Anahem Hills, Calif., and Tony Cheng-Tong Chung, Diamond Bar, Calif., for a "system and method for managing seat reservations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to an electronic means by which people can select the exact seat or seats they want for any type of event or reserve an appointment for any activity. More specifically, a customer or a ticket re-seller or a venue operator can go, for example, to the internet and select the event or activity for which he wants a ticket or tickets or reserve a time and reserve and order the exact seat or seats or the time of his choosing directly online. The seat or seats or reserved time he selects is then removed from the inventory for that activity or event and made not available for any other buyer and such is so indicated by a graphical representation or other such indicator on the online map or picture representing availability of seating or time for that event." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2012 (13/530,779). 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=8,355,937&OS=8,355,937&RS=8,355,937 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,883) developed by four co-inventors for a "measurement and apparatus for electrical measurement of electrical drive parameters for a MEMS based display." The co-inventors are Alok Govil, Santa Clara, Calif., Kostadin Djordjev, San Jose, Calif., Alan Lewis, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Wilhelmus Johannes Robertus Van Lier, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices to measure voltage margins of electromechanical devices are disclosed. The voltage margins are determined based on responses to test voltages which cause the devices to change states. State changes of the devices are detected by monitoring integrated current or charge used to drive the devices with the test voltages." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2012 (13/526,258). 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=8,355,883&OS=8,355,883&RS=8,355,883 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,355,875) developed by eight co-inventors for a food content detector. The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, 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: " A system may include utensil means for portioning a foodstuff into a first portion and a second portion, a means for detecting a first portion size for the first portion with the utensil means, a means for detecting a second portion size for the second portion with the utensil means, and a means for determining a cumulative amount of portioned foodstuff based upon the first portion size and the second portion size. " The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2005 (12/313,024). 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=8,355,875&OS=8,355,875&RS=8,355,875 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Determining Optimal Settings for Resource Actuators ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,355,828) developed by six co-inventors for "determining optimal settings for resource actuators." The co-inventors are Niraj Tolia, Mountain View, Calif., Zhikui Wang, Fremont, Calif., Manish Marwah, Mountain View, Calif., Cullen E. Bash, Los Gatos, Calif., Parthasarathy Ranganathan, Fremont, Calif., and Xiaoyun Zhu, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power model that relates the settings of resource actuators to power consumption levels of the resource actuators and a condition model that relates the settings of the resource actuators to an environmental condition at the location of the at least one entity and a power consumption level of the at least one entity are developed. A constraint optimization problem having an objective function and at least one constraint is formulated, where the objective function computes at least a proportional quantity of a total power consumption level of the resource actuators and the at least one constraint comprises a setpoint environmental condition at a location of the at least entity. A solution to the constraint optimization problem is determined, where the solution provides optimal values for the resource actuator settings." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2009 (12/404,019). 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=8,355,828&OS=8,355,828&RS=8,355,828 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Vehicle Navigation System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,355,871) developed by Mark Schunder, Dearborn, Mich., Mark Scalf, Santa Clara, Calif., and Joseph J. Berry, Northville, Mich., for a "vehicle navigation system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An efficient route-defining method includes determining a route to a destination. The exemplary method also includes determining a wireless device to server connection type and assigning a tolerance in accordance with a connection type. The tolerance is usable to determine if a vehicle is off-route, and the tolerance is increased or decreased inversely corresponding to the speed of the connection type. According to the illustrative method, the assigned tolerance is used to determine points defining the route, such that the roads comprising the route are within a bounded area. The bounded area may be defined by the tolerance in conjunction with a plurality of lines connecting successive points along the route. Finally, the method includes delivering the determined points to a vehicle computing system in communication with the server." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2012 (13/463,167). 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=8,355,871&OS=8,355,871&RS=8,355,871 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Graphical User Interface for Presenting Location Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,862) developed by Mike Matas, San Francisco, Gregory N. Christie, San Jose, Calif., and Christopher Blumenberg, San Francisco, for a "graphical user interface for presenting location information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for presenting location information. A first geographic area in which a device is currently located is estimated using a first positioning system. A second geographic area in which the device is currently located is estimated using a second positioning system. A first map view including an indication of the first geographic area on the first map view is presented if the first geographic area is contained within the second geographic area. A second map view including an indication of the second geographic area is presented if the first geographic area is not contained within the second geographic area." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2008 (11/969,901). 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=8,355,862&OS=8,355,862&RS=8,355,862 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Biosense Webster Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,801) developed by Martin F. O'Sullivan, Long Beach, Calif., for a "system and method for measuring esophagus proximity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for determining on a continuous, real-time basis the proximity of the esophagus to an endocardial catheter during mapping, ablation or other endocardial catheter-based procedures, comprising an esophagus probe catheter and an endocardial catheter adapted for proximal signal transmission between each other. A signal processing unit is included to process and compare a characteristic of the proximity signal that is changes or attenuates with distance between the two catheters, such as impedance, amplitude and/or phase. Audio and/or optical outputs are provided to alert an operator when the distance between the catheters changes or is below a baseline measurement to avoid damage to the esophagus by the endocardial catheter. The system and method may include adaptations of the catheters with location sensor, and a mapping/navigational system for nonfluoroscopic location determination of the catheters." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2005 (11/236,278). 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=8,355,801&OS=8,355,801&RS=8,355,801 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,935) developed by seven co-inventors for a "third party information transfer." The co-inventors are Brett Alexander Hellman, Mountain View, Calif., Teresa Lynn Roberts, Palo Alto, Calif., Nadeem Mohammed Yusuf Ilkal, Mountain View, Calif., Jason Paul Ridge, Frisco, Texas, Matthew Glen Rice, Carlsbad, Calif., Eric Young Pan, San Francisco, and Jeffrey M. Wolfe, Parrish, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method allowing a professional service provider to access client data stored in an online account without storing confidential account information by the professional service provider. In particular, the service provider may register the relationship with the client in a third party information transfer framework where the client approves such registration and download the data from the online account using the confidential account information in a temporary manner. The client data may be stored in a repository available to the service provider based on the relationship registration. In an example, a professional tax preparation software may include functionality to check for newly downloaded client data within the third party information transfer framework, notifying a tax accountant (i.e., the service provider), and may provide a one click access to import the client data directly into the client tax return." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/873,214). 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=8,355,935&OS=8,355,935&RS=8,355,935+ Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Synopsys Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Using Aerial Image Sensitivity to Model Mask Errors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Synopsys, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,807) developed by Yongfa Fan, Sunnyvale, Calif., and JenSheng Huang, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for using aerial image sensitivity to model mask errors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention provides techniques and systems for modeling mask errors based on aerial image sensitivity. During operation, the system can receive an uncalibrated process model which includes a mask error modeling term which is based at least on an aerial image sensitivity to mask modifications which represent mask errors. Next, the system can fit the uncalibrated process model using measured CD data. Note that the mask error modeling term can also be dependent on the local pattern density. In some embodiments, the mask error modeling term can include an edge bias term and a corner rounding term. The edge bias term can be based on the sensitivity of the aerial image intensity to an edge bias, and the corner rounding term can be based on the sensitivity of the aerial image intensity to a corner rounding adjustment." The patent application was filed on Jan. 22, 2010 (12/692,058). 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=8,355,807&OS=8,355,807&RS=8,355,807 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Callaway Golf Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Callaway Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,869) developed by Joseph Balardeta, Encinitas, Calif., and Scott Denton, Carlsbad, Calif., for a Golf GPS device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf GPS device is disclosed herein. The device includes a GPS unit, a memory for storing data for a plurality of golf courses, a display for displaying animations of portions of golf courses, a user input for inputting a plurality of location points on the display, and a processor comprising means for rendering the animations of portions of golf courses from a plurality of latitude and longitude coordinate points." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/645,963). 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=8,355,869&OS=8,355,869&RS=8,355,869 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Second Sight Medical Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Second Sight Medical Products, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,800) developed by Robert J. Greenberg, Los Angeles, and Joseph H. Schulman, Santa Clarita, Calif., for a "coating package for an implantable device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is an implantable electronic device formed within a biocompatible hermetic package. Preferably the implantable electronic device is used for a visual prosthesis for the restoration of sight in patients with lost or degraded visual function. The package is formed from a thin film of hermetic biocompatible material to minimize the size of the implanted device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2007 (11/926,012). 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=8,355,800&OS=8,355,800&RS=8,355,800 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,473) developed by Junqiang Li, Sunnyvale, Calif., Je Woo Kim, Cupertino, Calif., and Madihally J. Narasimha, Saratoga, Calif., for "methods and systems with simplified doppler spread classification." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain embodiments of the present disclosure propose methods and systems for classifying the Doppler spread based on the output of the frequency-tracking loop (FTL) discriminator in WiMAX systems to improve the performance of the channel estimation. The Doppler spread may be classified as low, medium or high based on the statistics of the output of the discriminator in the fine-tracking mode." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2009 (12/426,257). 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=83,55,473.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,473&RS=PN/83,55,473 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,455) developed by six co-inventors for "using channel estimates associated with OFDM pilot symbols to estimate additional parameters." The co-inventors are Mohammad M. Mansour, San Jose, Calif., Sundeep Rangan, Jersey City, N.J., Siddharth Ray, Bridgewater, N.J., Vincent Loncke, Piscataway, N.J., Pramod K. A. Rao, Edison, N.J., and Joshua L. Koslov, Hopewell, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Channel estimates respectively associated with OFDM pilot symbols are used to estimate additional parameters such as change in channel phase over time, change in channel phase over frequency, and frequency selectivity." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2009 (12/431,246). 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=83,55,455.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,455&RS=PN/83,55,455 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,453) developed by four co-inventors for an UWB transmitter. The co-inventors are Gregory E. Dallum, Livermore, Calif., Garth C. Pratt, Discovery Bay, Calif., Peter C. Haugen, Livermore, Calif., and Carlos E. Romero, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ultra-wideband (UWB) dual impulse transmitter is made up of a trigger edge selection circuit actuated by a single trigger input pulse; a first step recovery diode (SRD) based pulser connected to the trigger edge selection circuit to generate a first impulse output; and a second step recovery diode (SRD) based pulser connected to the trigger edge selection circuit in parallel to the first pulser to generate a second impulse output having a selected delay from the first impulse output." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2009 (12/637,715). 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=83,55,453.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,453&RS=PN/83,55,453 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cellco Partnership Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Cellco Partnership, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,413) developed by Satya Narayana (Satish) Vasamsetti, Danville, Calif., and Kuntal Chowdhury, Plano, Texas, for a "policy based procedure to modify or change granted QoS in real time for CDMA wireless networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A policy based look up procedure enables a code division multiple access (CDMA) wireless network to modify a quality of service (QoS) level granted for an application packet flow in real time, e.g. in response to a customer service request, upon determination of a need to change network operations, periodically, or under other dynamic circumstances. The policy look up table identifies QoS levels and rules to identify an individual or group of users or types of applications and the associated packet flows that should be processed through a radio access network in accord with each applicable QoS level. In a typical implementation, a packet data serving node stores or has access to the carrier's QoS policy table to perform the look up and instruct a radio network controller or other element of the radio access network as to the applicable QoS level for each packet flow for a mobile station." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2006 (11/356,212). 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=83,55,413.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,413&RS=PN/83,55,413 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for an Asymmetric PHY in Extended Range Ethernet LANs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,404) developed by Scott Powell, Carlsbad, Calif., and Ali Abaye, Irvine, Calif., for a "method and system for an asymmetric PHY in extended range ethernet LANs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of a method and system for an asymmetric physical (PHY) layer in extended reach Ethernet local area networks (LANs) are provided. Reducing the communication rate provided by an asymmetric Ethernet multi-rate PHY may extend the standard distance over twisted-pair cabling where customer premises equipment (CPE) may be located in the MTU. Downstream and upstream rates may be aggregated evenly or unevenly over each twisted-pair wire in the copper cabling. The asymmetric Ethernet multi-rate PHY may support signal-processing operations, such as echo cancellation and/or equalization, which may be applied to the reduced communication rate to enable range extension. The reduced communication rate may be achieved by reducing the symbol rate provided by the asymmetric Ethernet multi-rate PHY. Reducing the communication rate may also enable utilizing cabling with greater insertion loss than those used for a standard connection distance." The patent application was filed on Sept. 6, 2006 (11/470,515). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,55,404.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,404&RS=PN/83,55,404 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Transmission Mode and Rate Selection for a Wireless Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,372) developed by Santosh Abraham, San Diego, Arnaud Meylan, San Diego, and Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., for a "transmission mode and rate selection for a wireless communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To select a transmission mode to use for a data transmission via a MIMO channel from station A to station B, station A obtains channel information used for spatial processing and determines the age of this information. Station A selects one of multiple transmission modes based on the age of the channel information and possibly other information (e.g., the fading characteristic of the MIMO channel). To select rate(s) to use for the data transmission, station A obtains channel state information (CSI) indicative of the received signal quality for the MIMO channel, e.g., received SNRs or "initial" rates. Station A determines the age of the CSI and selects one or more "final" rates based on the CSI, the age of the CSI, the selected transmission mode, and possibly other information. Station A processes data in accordance with the selected transmission mode and final rate(s) and transmits the processed data to station B." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2009 (12/463,078). 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=83,55,372.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,372&RS=PN/83,55,372 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,436) developed by Barin Geoffry Haskell, Mountain View, Calif., Adriana Dumitras, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Atul Puri, Cupertino, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for control of rate-distortion tradeoff by mode selection in video encoders." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Method And Apparatus For Control of Rate-Distortion Tradeoff by Mode Selection in Video Encoders is Disclosed. The system of the present invention first selects a distortion value D near a desired distortion value. Next, the system determines a quantizer value Q using the selected distortion value D. The system then calculates a Lagrange multiplier lambda using the quantizer value Q. Using the selected Lagrange multiplier lambda and quantizer value Q, the system begins encoding pixelblocks. If the system detects a potential buffer overflow, then the system will increase the Lagrange multiplier lambda. If the Lagrange multiplier lambda exceeds a maximum lambda threshold then the system will increase the quantizer value Q. If the system detects a potential buffer underflow, then the system will decrease the Lagrange multiplier lambda. If the Lagrange multiplier lambda falls below a minimum lambda threshold then the system will decrease the quantizer value Q." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2010 (12/795,650). 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=83,55,436.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,436&RS=PN/83,55,436 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,398) developed by four co-inventors for "transporting real time video frames over an Ethernet network." The co-inventors are Tapabrata Biswas, Sunnydale, Calif., Sanjoy Kumar Poddar, Cupertino, Calif., Saurin Suthar, Santa Clara, Calif., and David A. Pearson, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for real time data processing using a switching network and multiple digital signal processors (DSPs). In an embodiment, the system includes a first digital signal processor having a video port interface, a first interface disposed between the video port interface of the first digital signal processor and a switching network, a second digital signal processor having a video port interface, and a second interface disposed between the video port interface of the second digital processor and the switching network. The first interface is configured to parse a VSYNC line of a video frame that is output from the first digital signal processor via its video port interface to generate a multiplexing table based upon which scan lines of the video frame are broken up into packets compatible with the switching network such that the packets can be transmitted over the switching network and be received by the second interface and the second digital signal processor via its video port interface." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2010 (12/689,328). 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=83,55,398.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,398&RS=PN/83,55,398 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Netflix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Netflix, Los Gatos, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,433) developed by Anthony Neal Park, San Jose, Calif., Yung-Hsiao Lai, Fremont, Calif., and David Randall Ronca, Campbell, Calif., for "encoding video streams for adaptive video streaming." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the invention sets forth an encoding server including components configured to encode a video stream associated with a content title for adaptive streaming. The video stream is first processed by a VC1 encoder to generate an encoded video stream comprising a multiple GOPs, each GOP including a key frame and having a different playback offset. The encoded video stream is then packaged such that the GOPs are stored in data packets of the packaged encoded stream. An SHI generator generates an SHI associated with the packaged encoded stream that includes a switch point associated with each GOP. Each switch point includes the playback offset associated with the corresponding GOP and the data packet storing the key frame of the corresponding GOP. The SHI associated with multiple packaged encoded video streams associated with the same content title and encoded to different playback bit rates have corresponding switch points." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2009 (12/543,328). 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=83,55,433.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,433&RS=PN/83,55,433 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xilinx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Xilinx, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,430) developed by Christopher H. Dick, San Jose, Calif., for an "adaptive demodulation of a data communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of the invention pertains to demodulating a data communication into a sequence of symbols. In this embodiment, a first filter generates a first convolution between a first plurality of coefficients and the data communication. The data communication is a distortion of a first sequence of symbols selected from a plurality of symbols in a constellation. A first error circuit maps the first convolution to a second sequence of symbols. An adaption circuit adjusts the first coefficients until a convergence at a last one of the symbols in the second sequence. A second filter generates a second convolution between a second plurality of coefficients and the data communication. The second coefficients are initialized to the first coefficients from the adaption circuit. A second error circuit maps the second convolution to a third sequence of symbols." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2011 (12/986,133). 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=83,55,430.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,430&RS=PN/83,55,430 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ZTE (USA) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- ZTE (USA), Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,402) developed by Hua Mary Chion, Belle Mead, N.J., and Jerry Pak Lup Chow, San Diego, for an "enhancement of path quality of service in multi-hop packet communication networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and systems for enhancing quality of service (QoS) in communication networks, including wired and wireless communication networks. Implementations of described techniques and systems can be used to provide path-based QoS with distributed per-hop scheduling for carrying traffic over a multi-hop packet communication network." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/210,973). 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=83,55,402.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,402&RS=PN/83,55,402 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CSR Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- CSR Technology, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,443) developed by Monica Man Kay Tang, Santa Clara, Calif., and Yee Shun Chan, Markham, Canada, for a "recursive motion for motion detection deinterlacer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A recursive motion detector, comprises: a first frame motion detector receiving a next field and a first previous field; a second frame motion detector receiving a current field and a second previous field; and a third frame motion detector receiving a next field and a third previous field; wherein motion is detected when the first, second and third frame motion detectors combine to produce a frame motion result." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2009 (12/412,522). 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=83,55,443.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,443&RS=PN/83,55,443 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Soraa Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Soraa, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,418) developed by four co-inventors for "growth structures and method for forming laser diodes on {20-21} or off cut gallium and nitrogen containing substrates." The co-inventors are James W. Raring, Goleta, Calif., Nick Pfister, Goleta, Calif., Mathew Schmidt, Goleta, Calif., and Christiane Poblenz, Goleta, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical device having a structured active region configured for one or more selected wavelengths of light emissions and formed on an off-cut m-plane gallium and nitrogen containing substrate." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2010 (12/883,093). 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=83,55,418.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,418&RS=PN/83,55,418 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Reduced Interframe Spacing in a Wireless Transmission System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,390) developed by Rajendra Tushar Moorti, Mountain View, Calif., Matthew James Fischer, Mountain View, Calif., and George Kondylis, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "reduced interframe spacing in a wireless transmission system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing wireless transmission, where in a first transmission mode, transmitting a plurality of frames using a first interframe spacing interval. When in a second transmission mode, transmitting the plurality of frames using a second interframe spacing interval, wherein the second interframe spacing is less than the first interframe spacing." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2012 (13/450,754). 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=83,55,390.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,390&RS=PN/83,55,390 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nvidia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Nvidia, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,449) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for intra refresh implementation with pseudo random number generation." The co-inventors are Iole Moccagatta, San Jose, Calif., Atul Garg, Sunnyvale, Calif., Shankar Moni, Bangalore, India, Dipankar Talukdar, San Jose, Calif., Ignatius B. Tjandrasuwita, Atherton, Calif., and Sandeep Shyamsukha, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention includes a method and system for encoding video data by accessing a picture to be encoded, wherein the picture comprises a plurality of macro-blocks. A plurality of programmable counters are associated with each macro-block to be encoded. A counter associated with a macro-block of the plurality of macro-blocks is accessed and a value of the counter is determined. The method further includes determining whether to encode the macro-block as an Intra or non-Intra based on the value of the counter. If the macro-block is encoded as Intra, its counter is reset. If the macro-block is encoded as non-Intra, its counter value is updated. The counter value may be reset with a random number. Counters can be programmed such that a region of interest is defined for updating associated macro-blocks with greater frequency." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2009 (12/650,233). 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=83,55,449.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,449&RS=PN/83,55,449 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TQ Delta Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- TQ Delta, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,427) developed by Marcos C. Tzannes, Orinda, Calif., for a "system and method for descrambling the phase of carriers in a multicarrier communications system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method that demodulates the phase characteristic of a carrier signal are described. The scrambling of the phase characteristic of each carrier signal includes associating a value with each carrier signal and computing a phase shift for each carrier signal based on the value associated with that carrier signal. The value is determined independently of any input bit value carried by that carrier signal. The phase shift computed for each carrier signal is combined with the phase characteristic of that carrier signal so as to substantially scramble the phase characteristic of the carrier signals. Bits of an input signal are modulated onto the carrier signals having the substantially scrambled phase characteristic to produce a transmission signal with a reduced PAR." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2012 (13/439,605). 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=83,55,427.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,427&RS=PN/83,55,427 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,378) developed by Pouya Taaghol, San Jose, Calif., and Muthaiah Venkatachalam, Beaverton, Ore., for a hierarchical cell deployment.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hierarchical cell structure that may be applicable to any wireless communications network utilizing cells. One or more characteristics associated with a mobile device configured to communicate with the base stations via a wireless communications protocol are determined while the mobile device is communicating with a base station. The one or more characteristics are utilized to determine a subsequent base station to be the target of a handoff procedure." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2008 (12/043,343). 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=83,55,378.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,378&RS=PN/83,55,378 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Powered Device Analysis and Power Control in a Power-over-ethernet System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,409) developed by four co-inventors for a "powered device analysis and power control in a power-over-ethernet system." The co-inventors are Asif Hussain, Tustin, Calif., Manisha Pandya, Anaheim Hills, Calif., Farzan Roohparvar, Monte Sereno, Calif., and John Perzow, Fort Collins, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of analyzing a powered device (PD) in a Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) system are presented. The system includes an Ethernet interface having a physical layer (PRY) chip capable of providing a signal pulse in addition to physical layer 1 functions. The system further includes a pulse transformer, coupled to the PRY chip, capable of relaying the signal pulse provided by the PRY chip to the PD via the transmit line and a second PRY chip. The first PRY chip receives one or more return pulse signals from the PD, analyzes characteristics such as voltage and/or frequency of the return pulse signal(s), and determines attributes of the PD based on those characteristics. The attributes can include powered device validity and power classification. A method of supplying power to a PD is also presented." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2011 (13/341,600). 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=83,55,409.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,409&RS=PN/83,55,409 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Key Transport in Authentication or Cryptography ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,177) developed by David A. McGrew, Poolesville, Md., Brian E. Weis, San Jose, Calif., and Fabio R. Maino, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "key transport in authentication or cryptography." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system for authenticating, encrypting, and transmitting a secret communication, where the encryption key is transmitted along with the encrypted message, is disclosed. In an embodiment, a first transmitting processor encrypts a plaintext message to a ciphertext message using a data key, encrypts the data key using a key encrypting key, and sends a communication comprising the encrypted data key and the ciphertext message. A second receiving processor receives the communication and then decrypts the encrypted data key using the key encrypting key and decrypts the ciphertext message using the data key to recover the plaintext message." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2009 (12/604,221). 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=8,356,177.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,177&RS=PN/8,356,177 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,231) developed by Michael J. Cornwell, San Jose, Calif., and Christopher P. Dudte, San Jose, Calif., for a "use of alternative value in cell detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method, including computer software, allows reading data from a flash memory cell. Voltages from a group of memory cells are detected. The group of memory cells have associated metadata for error detection, and each memory cell stores a voltage representing a data value selected from multiple possible data values. Each possible data value corresponds to one range of multiple non-overlapping ranges of analog voltages. Memory cells having uncertain data values are identified based on the detected voltages. Alternative data values for the memory cells having the uncertain data values are determined, and a combination of alternative data values is selected. An error detection test is performed using the metadata associated with the multiple memory cells and the selected combination of alternative data values." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2012 (13/406,122). 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=8,356,231.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,231&RS=PN/8,356,231 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,356,216) developed by William Henry Radke, Los Gatos, Calif., Peter Sean Feeley, Boise, Idaho, and Siamack Nemazie, San Jose, Calif., for an "error scanning For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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