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

[January 17, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (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 New Jersey.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Optimal Planning of Building Retrofit for a Portfolio of Buildings ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,941) developed by Young Min Lee, Old Westbury, N.Y., and Chandrasekhara K. Reddy, Kinnelon, N.J., for an "optimal planning of building retrofit for a portfolio of buildings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Generating an optimal planning of building retrofit for a portfolio of buildings may include providing a plurality of objective functions that may be selected for maximizing cost reduction, maximizing green house gas emission reduction, or maximizing energy reduction, or combinations thereof. The objective function may be solved based on information including at least a retrofit cost for retrofitting a building, payback period specifying the length of time needed to recover the retrofit cost, a budget available for retrofitting the building, expected price of energy, estimated energy savings from retrofitting and estimated green house gas emission from retrofitting. The planning of building retrofit may be generated based on the solutions of one or more of the objective functions, which may provide for an optimal plan of building retrofit." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2011 (13/150,721). 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=8,355,941&OS=8,355,941&RS=8,355,941 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,355,916) developed by Srinivas Bangalore, Hackettstown, N.J., and Michael J. Johnston, Hoboken, N.J., for "systems and methods for extracting meaning from multimodal inputs using finite-state devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Multimodal utterances contain a number of different modes. These modes can include speech, gestures, and pen, haptic, and gaze inputs, and the like. This invention use recognition results from one or more of these modes to provide compensation to the recognition process of one or more other ones of these modes. In various exemplary embodiments, a multimodal recognition system inputs one or more recognition lattices from one or more of these modes, and generates one or more models to be used by one or more mode recognizers to recognize the one or more other modes. In one exemplary embodiment, a gesture recognizer inputs a gesture input and outputs a gesture recognition lattice to a multimodal parser. The multimodal parser generates a language model and outputs it to an automatic speech recognition system, which uses the received language model to recognize the speech input that corresponds to the recognized gesture input." The patent application was filed on May 31, 2012 (13/485,574). 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=8,355,916&OS=8,355,916&RS=8,355,916 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Mapping of Relationship Entities Between Ontologies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,905) developed by five co-inventors for a "mapping of relationship entities between ontologies." The co-inventors are Achille B. Fokoue-Nkoutche, White Plains, N.Y., Aditya A. Kalyanpur, Westwood, N.J., Kirill M. Osipov, Ossining, N.Y., Kavitha Srinivas, Rye, N.Y., and Min Wang, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, apparatus and systems, including computer program products, for reducing an error rate when mapping entities between a first ontology and a second ontology. One or more of a general language dictionary and an industry-specific dictionary are provided. Natural language processing of the first ontology is performed to identify one or more candidate relationship entities in the first ontology. Each candidate relationship entity includes a compound name having two or more semantic labels, and each candidate relationship entity has a name that neither exists in the general language dictionary or the industry-specific dictionary. Each of the one or more candidate relationship entities in the first ontology is mapped to one or more entities in the second ontology using one or more configurable computer-implemented mapping algorithms." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2010 (12/780,663). 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=8,355,905&OS=8,355,905&RS=8,355,905 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,455) 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.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,355,365) developed by five co-inventors for a "hybrid fiber twisted pair local loop network service architecture." The co-inventors are Irwin Gerszberg, Kendall Park, N.J., Robert Raymond Miller II, Morris County, N.J., Dennis Matthew Romain, Convent Station, N.J., Jesse Eugene Russell, Piscataway, N.J., and Philip Andrew Treventi, Murray Hill, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new architecture capable of utilizing the existing twisted pair interface between customer premises equipment and an associated serving local switching office is used to provide a vast array of new services to customers. Using an intelligent services director (ISD) at the customer services equipment as an interface for the equipment to an existing twisted cable pair and a facilities management platform (FMP) at the serving local switching office as an interface to various networks and service opportunities, new services such as simultaneous, multiple calls (voice analog or digital), facsimile, Internet traffic and other data can be transmitted and received over the twisted cable pair by using digital subscriber loop transmission schemes. The new services include but are not limited to videophone, utility meter reading and monitoring, broadcasting and multicasting. The architecture provides for fault-tolerant, transparent interaction of components and services and supports a variety of standards for each level of the open systems interconnection layers and layers of TCP/IP. The FMP connects electronically or optically to the public switched telephone network, Internet backbone, a private Intranet as well as other possible network connections." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/653,715). 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=83,55,365.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,365&RS=PN/83,55,365 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,355,410) developed by Robert J. Hall, Berkeley Heights, N.J., for a "location-based mobile gaming application and method for implementing the same using a scalable tiered geocast protocol." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is disclosed for initiating real-time geo-game using geocast messaging according to a scalable tiered geocast protocol. The method includes a first wireless terminal (WT), programmed with a geo-gaming application and the scalable tiered geocast protocol, geocasting a game declaration to a destination geocast region containing potential participants. The method also includes a second WT, of one of the potential participants, and programmed with the geo-gaming application and the scalable tiered geocast protocol, receiving the game declaration in the destination geocast region and responding by geocasting a response message indicating interest in participating in the real-time geo-game." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2010 (12/835,385). 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=83,55,410.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,410&RS=PN/83,55,410 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** New Jersey Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,426) developed by Yeheskel Bar-Ness, Marlboro, N.J., and Kodzovi Acolatse, Newark, N.J., for a "decoding data transmitted using space-time spreading in a wireless communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Examples are disclosed for determining a bit error rate (BER) associated with decoding data transmitted using space-time spreading (STS) in a wireless communication system." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2009 (12/430,788). 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=83,55,426.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,426&RS=PN/83,55,426 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.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,355,424) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for multi-antenna transmission in uplink." The co-inventors are Fengjun Xi, Huntington Station, N.Y., Lujing Cai, Morganville, N.J., Hong Zhang, Manalapan, N.J., and Benoit Pelletier, Montreal.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and apparatus for uplink transmission using multiple antennas are disclosed. A wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) performs space time transmit diversity (STTD) encoding on an input stream of a physical channel configured for STTD. Each physical channel may be mapped to either an in-phase (I) branch or a quadrature-phase (Q) branch. The WTRU may perform the STTD encoding either in a binary domain or in a complex domain. Additionally, the WTRU may perform pre-coding on at least one physical channel including the E-DPDCH with the pre-coding weights, and transmitting the pre-coded output streams via a plurality of antennas. The pre-coding may be performed either after or before spreading operation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/894,556). 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=83,55,424.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,424&RS=PN/83,55,424 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- InterDigital Technology, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,356,229) developed by Philip J. Pietraski, Huntington Station, N.Y., and Yongwen Yang, Hillsborough, N.J., for a "method and apparatus for encoding and decoding high speed shared control channel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for encoding and decoding high speed shared control channel (HS-SCCH) data are disclosed. For part 1 data encoding, a mask may be generated using a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) identity (Idaho and a generator matrix with a maximum minimum Hamming distance. For part 2 data encoding, cyclic redundancy check (CRC) bits are generated based on part 1 data and part 2 data. The number of CRC bits is less than the WTRU ID. The CRC bits and/or the part 2 data are masked with a mask. The mask may be a WTRU ID or a punctured WTRU ID of length equal to the CRC bits. The mask may be generated using the WTRU ID and a generator matrix with a maximum minimum Hamming distance. The masking may be performed after encoding or rate matching." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2012 (13/437,498). 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=8,356,229.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,229&RS=PN/8,356,229 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent for Providing Multiple Media Items to a Consumer Via a Simplified Consumer Interaction ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,039) developed by Todd Beaupre, Los Angeles, and James Decarlo, Freehold, N.J., for "providing multiple media items to a consumer via a simplified consumer interaction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems of providing media to a media consumer are disclosed herein. A media rating for at least one media item can be received from a consumer and stored on a consumer profile. Using a consumer interaction, the media consumer can request to import all available media having a consumer rating higher than a predetermined threshold to an online media library of the consumer. In another embodiment, using a consumer interaction, the media consumer can request to add to an online music library all media items associated with an artist, a genre, or other media item attribute. " The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2006 (11/614,938). 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=8,356,039&OS=8,356,039&RS=8,356,039 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CommVault Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- CommVault Systems, Oceanport, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,356,018) developed by Norman R. Lunde, Middletown, N.J., for "systems and methods for grid-based data scanning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computing grid for performing scanning operations on electronic data in a networked computing environment. The data scanning operations may include scanning data for viruses or other malicious software code. The computing grid for performing data scanning operations may include one or more event detectors to detect data scanning events and one or more grid scanning elements to perform the data scanning operations. The computing grid may also include a grid coordinator to monitor the grid configuration, perform necessary updates to the grid, and to take pre-determined actions based on the results of the data scans." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2010 (12/944,533). 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=8,356,018&OS=8,356,018&RS=8,356,018 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SRI International, Visteon Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., and Visteon Global Technologies, Van Buren Township, Mich., have been assigned a patent (8,355,539) developed by five co-inventors for a "radar guided vision system for vehicle validation and vehicle motion characterization." The co-inventors are Yi Tan, Princeton, N.J., Feng Han, Princeton, N.J., Jayan Eledath, Princeton, N.J., Rakesh Kumar, Princeton, N.J., and Faroog Abdel-kareem Ibrahim, Dearborn Heights, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for determining whether a target vehicle in front of a host vehicle intends to change lanes using radar data and image data is disclosed, comprising the steps of processing the image data to detect the boundaries of the lane of the host vehicle; estimating a ground plane by determining a projected vanishing point of the detected lane boundaries; using a camera projection matrix to map the target vehicle from the radar data to image coordinates; and determining lane change intentions of the target vehicle based on a moving trajectory and an appearance change of the target vehicle. Determining lane change intentions based on a moving trajectory of the target vehicle is based on vehicle motion trajectory relative to the center of the lane such that the relative distance of the target vehicle from the center of the lane follows a predetermined trend. Determining lane change intentions based on an appearance change of the target vehicle is based on a template that tracks changes to the appearance of the rear part of the target vehicle due to rotation." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2008 (12/146,897). 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=8,355,539&OS=8,355,539&RS=8,355,539 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Princetel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Princetel, Hamilton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,607) developed by Hong Zhang, Pennington, N.J., and Boying B. Zhang, Pennington, N.J., for a "fiber optic rotary joint mechanism." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-channel fiber optic rotary joint mechanism has been invented in which optic signals can be transmitted simultaneously from a rotating fiber optic collimator bundle and a stationary fiber optic collimator bundle through an opto-mechanical de-rotating mechanism, which includes an optic de-rotating element, an internal gear and an flexure anti-backlash mechanism. The optic de-rotating element, is positioned in the path between said rotating fiber optic collimator bundle and said stationary fiber optic collimator bundle. The internal gear mechanism provides 2:1 speed ratio for the rotating fiber optic collimator bundle and the optic de-rotating element." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2010 (12/899,086). 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=8,355,607&OS=8,355,607&RS=8,355,607 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Go! Foton Holding Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Go! Foton Holding, Somerset, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,634) developed by Yusuke Ota, Mountain Lakes, N.J., and Wilhelm C. Fischer, Berkeley Heights, N.J., for an "optical network unit having automatic shutdown." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical network unit useful in a passive optical network has capability for automatic shutdown upon detection of a malfunction, thereby protecting the integrity of upstream data transmitted in the network. The unit detects the generation of upstream light during intervals in which transmission is not authorized. In response, the light source of the unit is deactivated to prevent collisions with upstream data from other optical network units in the network." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2009 (12/583,433). 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=8,355,634&OS=8,355,634&RS=8,355,634 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Telcordia Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Telcordia Technologies, Piscataway, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,495) developed by eight co-inventors for a "multi vendor NPAC administration peering." The co-inventors are John Phillip Malyar, Hillsborough, N.J., Richard Jacowleff, Lebanon, N.J., Adam Newman, Howell, N.J., George Tsacnaris, Piscataway, N.J., Joel Zamlong, Succasunna, N.J., Patrick Keenan White, Colts Neck, N.J., Lisa Marie Maxson, Centennial, Colo., and Chris Smaling, Englewood, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An architecture and accompanying method and apparatus for providing multi vendor administration of telephone numbers being ported from one service provider to another." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2010 (12/695,742). 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=8,355,495&OS=8,355,495&RS=8,355,495 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,354,860) developed by Wilbur Lew, Mount Laurel, N.J., Uditha D. Jayakody, Mount Laurel, N.J., and Jeffrey L. Vanduyne, Cinnaminson, N.J., for a "tailbiter for RF pulsed load." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power gating circuit responds to a power enable signal to apply and withhold power to a MMIC. The gating circuit includes an OR gate and an AND gate, each coupled to the gate of a FET for controlling its conduction. One of the two FETs sources current to a load, and the other discharges the load. The gates are coupled so that the sourcing and discharge FETS are never turned ON simultaneously." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2010 (12/977,354). 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=8,354,860&OS=8,354,860&RS=8,354,860 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,354,834) developed by Benjamin D. Hoover, Fort Collins, Colo., Marko Vulovic, Blairstown, N.J., and Peyman Safa, Hopatcong, N.J., for "methods and apparatus for acquiring measurements and performing an auto-zero process using a multi-range measurement apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a measurement apparatus has an input stage, an output stage and a multiplexer. The input stage has a signal input, a plurality of measurement range outputs, and a plurality of selectable gain stages, with each of the selectable gain stages being coupled between the signal input and a respective one of the measurement range outputs. The output stage has a measurement acquisition path between an analog measurement input and a digital measurement output. The measurement acquisition path includes an analog-to-digital converter. The multiplexer has i) a plurality of data inputs, at least two of which are coupled to respective ones of the plurality of measurement range outputs, and at least one of which is a reference input configured to receive a signal to which signals appearing at the measurement range outputs are commonly referenced, ii) a data output coupled to the analog measurement input of the output stage, and iii) a control input." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2009 (12/492,958). 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=8,354,834&OS=8,354,834&RS=8,354,834 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LSI Assigned Patent for Power Supply Noise Injection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- LSI, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,354,832) developed by five co-inventors for a "power supply noise injection." The co-inventors are Shujiang Wang, Shandong, Chian, Joseph Anidjar, Asbury, N.J., Shawn M. Logan, Andover, Mass., Chunbing Guo, Holmdel, N.J., and HaoQiong Chen, Shanghai, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for reducing noise in an output of a voltage regulator at frequencies above a closed loop bandwidth, by providing a noise injection path for injecting external noise into the voltage regulator, where the noise injection path becomes active at the frequencies above the closed loop bandwidth, where the noise injection path reduces the noise in the output of the voltage regulator." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/824,774). 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=8,354,832&OS=8,354,832&RS=8,354,832 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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