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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (Jan. 24)

[January 24, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (Jan. 24)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New Jersey.

*** Li Creative Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Li Creative Technologies, Florham Park, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,359,195) developed by Qi Li, New Providence, N.J., for a "method and apparatus for processing audio and speech signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and device for processing signals representing speech or audio via a plurality of filters that approximate behaviors of the basilar membrane of human cochlea. Each of the plurality of filters is formed from a mother filter via the dilation and a shift in time and has the similar impulse response of the basilar membrane to the frequency band for which the filter represents. Any process can be conducted and any feature can be extracted in the domain of the filters' outputs for applications, such as noise reduction, speech synthesis, coding, and speech and speaker recognition. Processed signals can be synthesized back to the time domain via an inverse cochlear transform." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2009 (12/411,634). 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=8,359,195&OS=8,359,195&RS=8,359,195 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,359,199) developed by Richard Vandervoort Cox, New Providence, N.J., and Hong Kook Kim, Chatham, N.J., for a "frame erasure concealment technique for a bitstream-based feature extractor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A frame erasure concealment technique for a bitstream-based feature extractor in a speech recognition system particularly suited for use in a wireless communication system operates to "delete" each frame in which an erasure is declared. The deletions thus reduce the length of the observation sequence, but have been found to provide for sufficient speech recognition based on both single word and "string" tests of the deletion technique." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/306,201). 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=8,359,199&OS=8,359,199&RS=8,359,199 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Corning Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Corning, Corning, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,358,673) developed by Rajaram Bhat, Painted Post, N.Y., Dmitry S. Sizov, Corning, N.Y., and Chung-En Zah, Holmdel, N.J., for a "strain balanced laser diode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the concepts of the present disclosure, laser diode waveguide configurations are contemplated where the use of Al in the waveguide layers of the laser is presented in the form of InGaN/Al(In)GaN waveguiding superstructure comprising optical confining wells (InGaN) and strain compensating barriers (Al(In)GaN). The composition of the optical confining wells is chosen such that they provide strong optical confinement, even in the presence of the Al(In)GaN strain compensating barriers, but do not absorb lasing emission. The composition of the strain compensating barriers is chosen such that the Al(In)GaN exhibits tensile strain that compensates for the compressive strain of InGaN optical confinement wells but does not hinder the optical confinement." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2011 (13/029,723). 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=83,58,673.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,673&RS=PN/83,58,673 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,358,677) developed by Daniel Ross Collette, Morristown, N.J., and Vaughn Fulton, Morristown, N.J., for a "virtual or remote transponder." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for transmitting UAV position data to a central flight control center transmits UAV position data using a virtual transponder. A ground control station for controlling the UAV receives data from the UAV, including UAV position data. The UAV may provide GPS data, or corrected position data based on readings from an inertial navigation system. The ground control station transmits the UAV position data to a flight control center." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2008 (12/145,349). 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=83,58,677.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,677&RS=PN/83,58,677 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Apparatus, System and Method for Reliable, Fast, and Scalable Multicast Message Delivery in Service Overlay Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,358,652) developed by Chunqiang Tang, Ossining, N.Y., Rong Nickle Chang, Pleasantville, N.Y., and Christopher Ward, Glen Ridge, N.J., for an "apparatus, system and method for reliable, fast, and scalable multicast message delivery in service overlay networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method to organize nodes into an overlay network and to disseminate multicast messages within this overlay both through an efficient tree embedded in the overlay and through gossips exchanged between overlay neighbors. Regardless of the size of the system, this invention incurs a constant low overhead on each node." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2008 (12/233,268). 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=83,58,652.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,652&RS=PN/83,58,652 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent for Interference Suppressing OFDM System for Wireless Communications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,574) developed by Diakoumis Gerakoulis, Dover, N.J., for an "interference suppressing OFDM system for wireless communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An IS-OFDM system for point-to-point wireless communications that suppresses narrow-band interference comprises an IS-OFDM transmitter and an IS-OFDM receiver, wherein a transmitted signal comprises a plurality of subcarriers, and further wherein each subcarrier contains more than one and potentially all symbols transmitted in a given frame. The IS-OFDM transmitted signal is at a data rate that is equal to the data rate of the input data stream via the use of P/S converters." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2011 (13/102,887). 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=83,58,574.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,574&RS=PN/83,58,574 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for Channel Estimation Processing for Interference Suppression ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,610) developed by Wei Luo, Marlboro, N.J., Pan Liu, New York, and Thirunathan Sutharsan, San Diego, for a "method and system for channel estimation processing for interference suppression." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of a method and system for channel estimation for interference suppression are provided. In this regard, one or more circuits and/or processors of a mobile communication device may generate and/or receive a first set of channel estimates and a second set of channel estimates. The one or more circuits and/or processors may modify the second set of channel estimates based on a comparison of a measure of correlation between the first set of channel estimates and the second set of channel estimates with a threshold. The first set of channel estimates and/or the modified second set of channel estimates may be utilized for cancelling interference in received signals. The first set of channel estimates may be associated with a first transmit antenna of a base transceiver station and the second set of channel estimates may be associated with a second transmit antenna of the base transceiver station." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2009 (12/615,237). 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=83,58,610.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,610&RS=PN/83,58,610 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mochis Investment Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- -- Mochis Investment, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,358,983) developed by Winston Hong Lieu, Holmdel, N.J., and Haixiong Zhao, Holmdel, N.J., for a detachable wireless terminal.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A limited-capability wireless terminal that is particularly well adapted for use in emergency situations, recreational activities and occasional calls is disclosed. The detachable wireless terminal does not have a display or a numeric keypad. Rather, the detachable wireless terminal has several "one-touch" buttons that place a call to pre-programmed phone numbers when pressed. The detachable wireless terminal is small enough and light enough to be worn around a user's neck, received by a lanyard or a necklace. The wireless terminal detachably couples to a relatively larger docking device, which can be used to program it." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2006 (11/279,564). 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=8,358,983.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,983&RS=PN/8,358,983 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Andrew Corp. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- -- Andrew Corp., Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,358,970) developed by eight co-inventors for "repeaters for wireless communication systems." The co-inventors are Mano D. Judd, Rockwall, Texas, Breck W. Lovinggood, Garland, Texas, David T. Tennant, Flossmoor, Ill., Gregory A. Maca, Annandale, N.J., William P. Kuiper, Lucas, Texas, James L. Alford, Somerset, N.J., Michael D. Thomas, Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Jonathon C. Veihl, McKinney, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A repeater and associated method of use includes at least one antenna element for communicating in one direction and at least one antenna element for communicating in another direction. A radio frequency uplink path and a radio frequency downlink path are coupled between the antennas. At least one of the radio frequency uplink path or the radio frequency downlink path includes an adaptive cancellation circuit. The adaptive cancellation circuit is configured to generate a cancellation signal without requiring an injected signal. The cancellation signal, when added to a radio frequency signal in the respective uplink and downlink paths, substantially reduces feedback signals present in the radio frequency signal." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2011 (13/220,541). 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=8,358,970.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,970&RS=PN/8,358,970 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,358,936) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for an optical duty cycle for an optical digital coherent system." The co-inventors are Jianjun Yu, Princeton, N.J., Lei Xu, Princeton Junction, N.J., Dayou Qian, Plainsboro, N.J., and Ting Wang, West Windsor, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical apparatus includes a quadrature phase shift keying modulator for generating a non-return-to-zero quadrature phase shift keyed NRZ-QPSK signal from a received lightwave, the modulator being driven by a radio frequency RF signal, an intensity modulator for carving the NRZ-QPSK signal to return-to-zero RZ pulses with a different duty cycle than that of the NRZ-QPSK, the intensity modulator being driven by a radio frequency RF clock signal to change the NRZ-QPSK to an RZ-QPSK signal, and an optical filter with a narrow band for filtering the signal from the intensity modulator to increase optical power that is useable by an optical digital coherent detection system." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2009 (12/562,251). 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=8,358,936.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,936&RS=PN/8,358,936 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Aadyn Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Aadyn Technology, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,358,928) developed by four co-inventors for a lens guard. The co-inventors are Michael Wayne Appel, Durham, N.C., Terry Lee Schmoeger, Raleigh, N.C., Marc B. Kaye, Davie, Fla., and Walter Lefler, Rutherford, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lens guard for protecting a camera includes a lens-guard housing, a pressurized gas system, and a gas supply. The housing defines an opening and has a transparent protective lens disposed in the opening and having an outer surface exposed to the environment, an upper portion, and a portion defining apertures shaped to respectively receive therein camera support rods operable to mount the lens-guard housing to the camera in front of a lens. The pressurized gas system is operable to remove fluids and debris from the outer surface of the protective lens. The pressurized gas system includes a blow tube mounted to the upper portion of the housing and having a plurality of outlets directed towards the outer surface of the protective lens. The gas supply fluidically connects to the blow tube and is operable to supply pressurized gas to the blow tube and through the outlets thereof." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2011 (13/081,839). 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=8,358,928.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,928&RS=PN/8,358,928 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Metadata Repository and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,359,320) developed by Jerald R. Howcroft, Beverly Hills, Mich., David C. Gibbons, Lincroft, N.J., and Vishwa M. Prasad, Malawan, N.J., for a "metadata repository and methods thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A repository receives metadata from databases associated with different service providers. The repository converts the received metadata to a common format, such as MPEG7, and stores the converted metadata in a central database. The repository can also receive a query from a client device. The repository retrieves metadata associated with the query from the central database and provides it to the requesting client device. The repository can also convert the provided metadata to an appropriate format for the requesting device. Because the metadata is stored at a common location in a common format, content from different providers can be efficiently identified." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/932,061). 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=8,359,320&OS=8,359,320&RS=8,359,320 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,358,933) developed by Jianjun Yu, Princeton, N.J., and Ting Wang, West Windsor, N.J., for an "optical signal sideband millimeter-wave signal generation for super-broadband optical wireless network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical wireless network includes an optical coupler for diverting received millimeter-wave signals comprised of an optical carrier and second order sidebands into multiple transmission paths; a downstream optical path being one of the multiple transmission paths and including an optical filter for filtering passing through the optical carrier with a single sideband, a converter for converting the optical carrier and single sideband to a corresponding electrical signal for amplification and broadcast transmission from an antenna; and an upstream path being one of the multiple transmission paths and having a filter for passing through the optical carrier only from the mm-wave signals and an intensity modulator driven by data received over the antenna to modulate the optical carrier for optical transmission to a receiving destination." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2009 (12/562,353). 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=8,358,933.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,933&RS=PN/8,358,933 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,358,863) developed by Alexander Natanzon, Mahwah, N.J., Dmitry Pavlov, New Paltz, N.Y., and Alexander Jurovitsky, Mahwah, N.J., for "systems and methods for image handling and presentation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain embodiments provide systems and methods for adaptive compression, transmission, and display of clinical images. Certain embodiments provide a method for adaptive compression of image data for transmission and display at a client workstation. The method includes identifying one or more images for display, the one or more images including a plurality of image slices. The method also includes determining a compression scheme for the one or more images based on at least one of bandwidth, processing power, and diagnostic modality. The method further includes transferring the one or more images for display at the client workstation. The method additionally includes adapting the compression scheme based on resource availability." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2012 (13/407,308). 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=8,358,863.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,863&RS=PN/8,358,863 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** OFS Fitel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- OFS Fitel, Norcross, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,358,888) developed by Siddharth Ramachandran, Hoboken, N.J., for "systems and techniques for generating Bessel beams." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique is described for generating a Bessel beam. An input optical fiber is provided that supports propagation in the fundamental mode. The input fiber is connected to a fiber mode converting device that provides phase matching, at a predetermined excitation wavelength, between the fundamental mode and a selected azimuthally symmetric higher-order mode. As an input to the fiber mode converting device, a coherent light beam is fed through the input optical fiber to provide a fundamental mode input at the excitation wavelength. The fiber mode converting device resonantly excites the selected azimuthally symmetric mode. The azimuthally symmetric mode is provided as a beam output from an endface of the fiber mode converting device to approximate a Bessel beam." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2009 (12/398,676). 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=8,358,888.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,888&RS=PN/8,358,888 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent for Biometric Identification in Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,759) developed by Saurabh Kumar, Jersey City, N.J., for a "biometric identification in communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for identifying a calling party to a called party utilizing biometric information. Biometric information of first calling party is received. If stored, a calling party profile is retrieved based on first calling party biometric information. A call is placed to a called party. The first calling party profile is provided to called party. A biometric information change from first calling party biometric information to a second calling party biometric information is automatically detected, and it is determined whether the second party biometric information is stored. If stored, a second calling party profile of second calling party is retrieved and is provided to called party. Responsive to determining that the biometric information for second calling party is not stored, the called party is notified that the second calling party is communicating and the second calling party profile is automatically created based on second calling party biometric information." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2008 (12/273,048). 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=8,358,759&OS=8,358,759&RS=8,358,759 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,359,307) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for building sales tools by mining data from websites." The co-inventors are Srinivas Bangalore, Morristown, N.J., Junlan Feng, Basking Ridge, N.J., Mazin Gilbert, Warren, N.J., and Jay Gordon Wilpon, Warren, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A website mining tool is disclosed that extracts information from, for example, a company's website and presents the extracted information in a graphical user interface (GUI). In one embodiment, web pages from a website are stored in, for example, computer memory and a structure of the web pages is identified. A plurality of blocks of information is then extracted as a function of this structure and a category is assigned to each block of information. The elements in the blocks of information are then displayed, for example to a salesperson, as a function of these categories. In another embodiment, Document Object Modeling parsing is used to identify the structure of the web pages. In yet another embodiment, a support vector machine is used to categorize each block of information." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2011 (13/088,935). 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=8,359,307&OS=8,359,307&RS=8,359,307 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Siemens, Iselin, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,358,806) developed by four co-inventors for a "fast crowd segmentation using shape indexing." The co-inventors are Lan Dong, Shanghai, China, Vasudev Parameswaran, Dayton, N.J., Visvanathan Ramesh, Plainsboro, N.J., and Imad Zoghlami, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing crowd segmentation includes receiving video image data (S21). Background differencing is performed on the received video image data to identify a foreground silhouette shape (S22). Approximate number and position of human subjects within the received video image data are determined by matching the foreground silhouette shape against a set of predetermined foreground silhouette shapes, for each of which a number and position of human subjects is known (S28). The estimated number and position of the human subjects is refined to determine a final number and position of the human subjects (S27)." The patent application was filed on Aug. 1, 2008 (12/184,685). 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=8,358,806&OS=8,358,806&RS=8,358,806 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Enabling Phone Number Dialing Using Email Addresses ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,760) developed by Marian Croak, Fair Haven, N.J., and Hossein Eslambolchi, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for enabling phone number dialing using email addresses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention comprises a method and apparatus for enabling a subscriber to establish a call to at least one destination phone number using an email address. Specifically, the method comprises receiving an incoming communication request from the subscriber for establishing the call (where the incoming communication request comprises an email address), determining at least one destination phone number associated with the email address, and processing the call using at least one of the at least one destination phone number associated with the email address." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2004 (11/025,442). 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=8,358,760&OS=8,358,760&RS=8,358,760 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,770) developed by Marian Croak, Fair Haven, N.J., and Hossein Eslambolchi, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for sending alerts to internet protocol phones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention enables an alert message and the display of calling party identity on all on-hook phones associated with an extension sharing the same phone number, when one phone is off-hook and in use. In one exemplary embodiment, this capability enables all other members of a household to receive information regarding an incoming call even when one phone is in use by another member." The patent application was filed on Dec. 26, 2009 (12/647,482). 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=8,358,770&OS=8,358,770&RS=8,358,770 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for System and Method to Search a Media Content Database Based on Voice Input Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,358,749) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method to search a media content database based on voice input data." The co-inventors are Hisao Chang, Cedar Park, Texas, Dale Malik, Dunwoody, Ga., Linda Roberts, Decatur, Ga., and Horst Schroeter, New Providence, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method includes initiating a call from an interactive voice response (IVR) system to a first device associated with a user in response to a user request. The computer implemented method includes receiving voice input data at the IVR system via the call. The computer implemented method also includes performing a search of a media content database based at least partially on the voice input data. The computer implemented method further includes sending search results identifying media content items based on the search of the media content database to a second device associated with the user." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2009 (12/623,379). 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=8,358,749&OS=8,358,749&RS=8,358,749 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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