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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 28)

[January 28, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 28)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,356,468) developed by five co-inventors for "gas turbine engine nozzle configurations." The co-inventors are David F. Cerra, Bellevue, Wash., Lie-Mine Gea, Irvine, Calif., Robert H. Willie, Bothell, Wash., Leonard J. Herbert, Kirkland, Wash., and Donald E. Robinson, Mercer Island, Wash.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a gas turbine engine exhaust nozzle comprises a housing having a length which extends along a central longitudinal axis and comprising an interior surface and an exterior surface, and a row of chevrons extending from an aft end of the housing, the chevrons having a root region and a tip, wherein at least a portion of at least one of the interior surface or the exterior surface is scalloped proximate the root region of a chevron. Other embodiments may be described." The patent application was filed on June 12, 2009 (12/483,424). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,56,468.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,468&RS=PN/83,56,468 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne, Canoga Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,467) developed by Kenneth M. Sprouse, Northridge, Calif., and Shahram Farhangi, Woodland Hills, Calif., for a "combustion wave ignition for combustors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, such as a turbine power production system, including a plurality of combustion chambers. The combustion chamber may be provided with an ignition system that allows for substantially simultaneous ignition of each of the plurality of the combustors. Generally, a detonation wave may be provided to each of the combustion chambers substantially simultaneously from a single ignition combustion wave chamber." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2006 (11/451,644). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,56,467.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,467&RS=PN/83,56,467 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hart Communication Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Hart Communication Foundation, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,356,431) developed by seven co-inventors for "scheduling communication frames in a wireless network." The co-inventors are Wallace A. Pratt Jr., Pflugerville, Texas, Mark J. Nixon, Round Rock, Texas, Eric D. Rotvold, West Saint Paul, Minn., Robin S. Pramanik, Karlsruhe, Germany, Tomas P. Lennvall, Vasteras, Sweden, Yuri Zats, Menlo Park, Calif., and Terrence L. Blevins, Round Rock, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of scheduling communications in a multi-node wireless mesh network which has a first network device and a second network device includes defining a communication timeslot of a predetermined duration, defining a first superframe having a repeating superframe cycle including a first number of the communication timeslots, defining a second superframe having a repeating superframe cycle including a second number of the communication timeslots, aligning the first superframe with the second superframe, so that one of the timeslots of the first superframe begins simultaneously with one of the timeslots of the second superframe, and associating the first and the second superframes with a network schedule, so that the first network device and the second network device transmit data according to the network schedule." The patent application was filed on April 10, 2008 (12/101,074). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,56,431.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,431&RS=PN/83,56,431 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,384) developed by five co-inventors for "hard drive assembly tools for evacuating particles." The co-inventors are Andres G. Ferre, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Sie Cheang Phuah, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, Lie Dhani Hastama, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, Mooi Hoon Lim, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Dean A. Tarrant, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A clean and purge tool (CAPT) is provided and includes a nest assembly that stows an open hard disk drive (HDD). The nest assembly is rotated from an upward facing position to a downward facing position to dislodge particles from a media clamp of the HDD. The CAPT also includes a cover hingedly attached to the nest assembly and encloses the HDD. The CAPT also includes a spindle clamp assembly (SCA) mounted on the cover and has a vacuum tube configured to encapsulate the media clamp. The SCA includes an air purge nozzle extending into the vacuum tube. The CAPT dislodges particles from the media clamp when pulses of compressed gas are applied to the media clamp by a compressed gas source via the air purge nozzle and evacuates the particles from the vacuum tube when a vacuum is applied to the vacuum tube by a vacuum source." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/828,094). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,56,384.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,384&RS=PN/83,56,384 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Reversible, Low Cost, Distributed Optical Fiber Sensor with High Spatial Resolution ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Claudio Oliveira Egalon, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (RE43,937) for a "reversible, low cost, distributed optical fiber sensor with high spatial resolution." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spectroscopic based optical fiber sensor includes a sensitive optical fiber, a probing light source, a power supply, a detector means, a signal processing means, and a display means. The sensitive optical fiber is optically affected by the presence of at least one measurand. The probing light source, adjacent to the sensitive fiber, transversely illuminates the fiber from the outside. The probing light is modified by the sensitive fiber, coupled into the optical fiber core, either as bound modes or leaky modes, as a light signal and guided to a detector means located at the terminus of the optical fiber. The detector means correlates the intensity of the light signal with an electric signal and transmits the electric signal to the signal processing means, wherein the electric signal is correlated to the quantity being measured. The correlated quantity being transmitted and displayed on the display means." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2011 (12/985,521). 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=RE43,937.PN.&OS=PN/RE43,937&RS=PN/RE43,937 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Syngenta Crop Protection Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Syngenta Crop Protection, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (PP23,340) developed by Shifeng Pan, Gilroy, Calif., for a "Lantana plant named 'LANZ0001'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new Lantana plant named `LANZ0001` particularly distinguished by the large sized, bold yellow flowers that turn orange to red, with excellent floriferousness, a result of limited seed set, and a relatively compact and mounding habit that is well branched with dark green foliage." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2011 (13/317,062). 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=PP23,340.PN.&OS=PN/PP23,340&RS=PN/PP23,340 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Logitech Europe Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Logitech Europe, Morges, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,359,619) developed by Guy Tiphane, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "web cam with an interlude switch." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A web cam with an interlude switch, wherein the interlude switch can be toggled between a view and an interlude mode. In its view mode, the web cam captures images of a scene for their transmittal to a web cam page hosted at a web site. With the switch in its interlude mode, the web cam system replaces the live images with interlude content which is prerecorded content which may include still and video images, slide shows, or advertisements. The prerecorded interlude content may be stored locally at the host computer, or it may be stored at and/or provided from a remote site. A user viewing a web cam page in its interlude mode, will see prerecorded interlude content as if it was provided by the digital camera. The interlude switch may be a manual or an automatic switch configured to switch between its view and interlude modes based on the occurrence of external events. The external events may include an outgoing or an incoming telephone call. Alternately, external events such as motion, light, sound levels, movement of doors and windows could be used to cause the interlude switch to toggle from the interlude to the view mode and vice versa. The interlude switch may be a tethered switch or one which is configured to wirelessly receive input and cause the web cam to switch between a view and an interlude mode." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2008 (12/177,541). 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=83,59,619.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,619&RS=PN/83,59,619 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Marvell World Trade, Saint Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,359,524) developed by Arvind Pruthi, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "parallel reed-solomon RAID (RS-RAID) architecture, device, and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The parallel RS-RAID data storage architecture can aggregate that data and checksums within each cluster into intermediate or partial sums that are transferred or distributed to other clusters. The use of intermediate data symbols, intermediate checksum symbols, cluster configuration information on the assignment of data storage devices to clusters and the operational status of data storage devices, and the like, can reduce the computational burden and latency for the error correction calculations while increasing the scalability and throughput of the parallel RS-RAID distributed data storage architecture." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2012 (13/537,828). 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=83,59,524.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,524&RS=PN/83,59,524 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fujitsu Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Fujitsu, Kawasaki-Shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,359,576) developed by Mukul R. Prasad, San Jose, Calif., Indradeep Ghosh, San Jose, Calif., and Sreeranga P. Rajan, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "using symbolic execution to check global temporal requirements in an application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method include accessing one or more global temporal requirements of an application specified using one or more requirement templates from a library of requirement templates, accessing a model of the application, generating one or more symbolic expressions of one or more of the global temporal requirements of the application, searching a state space of the application model with a model checker, monitoring the search of the state space for events in the state space encompassed by the symbolic expressions and modifying construction of a graph of the state space in response to occurrence of one or more events encompassed by the symbolic expressions, evaluating the symbolic expressions based on the graph of the state space to determine whether one or more of the global temporal requirements are valid, and communicating one or more results of the evaluation of the symbolic expressions for presentation to a user." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2008 (12/271,651). 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=83,59,576.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,576&RS=PN/83,59,576 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Software Code Analysis and Classification System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Andrew T. Pham, Modesto, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,655) for a "software code analysis and classification system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for scanning software for the existence of a licensing condition. Software may be uploaded, scanned and compared against known software stored in a datastore. If the uploaded software matches known software in the datastore, a license associated with the known software may be determined. The license may have information associated with it, such as a classification based on risk and obligations. The classification of the license, as well as the obligation information may be returned as a report to a requester that uploaded software to easily identify the risks associated with incorporating the software into a larger code base or project." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/572,215). 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=83,59,655.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,655&RS=PN/83,59,655 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Heat Pipe Dissipating System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,356,410) developed by Yuan Zhao, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Chunglung Chen, Thousand Oaks, Calif., for a "heat pipe dissipating system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment of the disclosure, a heat pipe device for dissipating heat from a heat source includes a porous wick structure having a first porous wick portion disposed adjacent to a second porous wick portion. The first porous wick portion is defined by a first set of microgrooves. The second porous wick portion is defined by a second set of microgrooves disposed in non-parallel adjacent alignment to the first set of microgrooves. The heat pipe device may be disposed within a closed chamber enclosure to which the heat source is attached. In further embodiments, methods are disclosed for manufacturing devices for dissipating heat from a heat source, and for using devices to dissipate heat from a heat source." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2007 (11/762,422). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,56,410.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,410&RS=PN/83,56,410 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for System and Method for Generating Real Addresses Using a Connection ID Designating a Buffer and an Access Pattern ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Shlomo Selim Rakib, Cupertino, Calif., and Marc Schaub, Sunnyvale, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,455) for a "system and method for generating real addresses using a connection ID designating a buffer and an access pattern." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for generating a real address in data memory in response to a read/write request may include generating an access request to at least one of read and write data to the data memory. A connection identifier (ID), received in association with the access request; may include a buffer ID designating a buffer in the data memory in which to access the data, and a port ID designating a pattern in which to access the data in the buffer. The method may further include translating the connection ID into the real address of the data memory, and accessing the data memory at a location corresponding to the real address. Different types of buffers, such as point-to-point, scatter, and gather buffers may be used, and different patterns, such as first-in-first out (FIFO), nested loop, matrix transforms may be used." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2008 (12/331,324). 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=83,59,455.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,455&RS=PN/83,59,455 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Trend Micro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Trend Micro, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,359,651) developed by eight co-inventors for "discovering malicious locations in a public computer network." The co-inventors are Handong Wu, Los Angeles, Alendry Ivan Macalintal, Temple City, Calif., Andrew Kyle Purtell, Northridge, Calif., Andrew Lee, Atlanta, Chenghuai Lu, Sunnyvale, Calif., Feike Hayo Hacquebord, Cupertino, Calif., Yi-Fen Chen, Pasadena, Calif., and Raimund Alexander Genes, Jetzendorf, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A web threat protection system may receive candidate uniform resource locators (URLs) from several URL sources. The candidate URLs may be received in a submission database. At least a portion of the candidate URLs is selected for further investigation by sending crawlers to retrieve objects from the selected URLs. The retrieved objects may be analyzed to determine whether they are malicious or good (i.e., not malicious). The result of the analysis may be used to build a security states database that includes security information of the selected URLs. Good URLs may be included in a safe URL sphere, which may be used to navigate to good websites on the Internet." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2008 (12/121,014). 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=83,59,651.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,651&RS=PN/83,59,651 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for System, Method and Computer-readable Medium for Online Marketing and Visual Presentations of Software Programs ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Harold Lee Peterson, Scotts Valley, Calif., Geoffrey Martin, Scotts Valley, Calif., and Christopher John Marinacci, Santa Cruz, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,546) for a "system, method and computer-readable medium for online marketing and visual presentations of software programs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A graphical user interface (GUI) presents a primary icon in a minimal visual area of a video display screen of a computer. Selecting the primary icon directs the computer to display a line of segments, where each segment associated with one or more software programs or electronic documents. The GUI allows a user to directly access items of visual and/or audio media by selecting one or more documents or software programs associated with a selected segment. The GUI optionally allows selected a line or segment for transmission from the computer to another computer, wherein copies one or more documents or software applications are transmitted to the second computer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2008 (12/287,052). 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=83,59,546.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,546&RS=PN/83,59,546 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,359,527) developed by Hongxin Song, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Zining Wu, Los Altos, Calif., for "averaging signals to improve signal interpretation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and techniques to interpret signals on a noisy channel. A described system includes a filter, buffer, detector, controller, and averager. The buffer can store a group of signals, including a filtered digital signal and previous signal(s). The controller can determine whether first discrete values are adequately indicated and initiate a retry mode when the first discrete values are not adequately indicated. The averager can produce a new signal, in the retry mode, based on an average of at least a portion of the group of signals. The detector can interpret the new signal as second discrete values. The controller can determine whether the second discrete values are adequately indicated based on a measurement of differences between hard decisions indicated by the new signal and hard decisions indicated by the filtered digital signal. The controller can selectively exclude a signal of the group of signals from the average." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2012 (13/445,712). 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=83,59,527.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,527&RS=PN/83,59,527 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hitachi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Hitachi, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,359,444) developed by Hiroshi Arakawa, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "system and method for controlling automated page-based tier management in storage systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System and method for automated page-based management in storage systems. The system includes host computers, file servers and a storage system having automated page-based management means. The storage system interface receives instructions to change the condition for decision for migration regarding particular parts or the whole volume. The host computer can control execution of the migration performed by the storage system by specifying areas or volumes with the condition via the interface. Highly optimized, appropriate data placement and data relocation in computer system can be achieved when the application, host computer or management computer can recognize or predict the usage of the data or files. The storage system having automated page-based management may include compression/decompression and a control method for the compression and decompression process." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2008 (12/237,204). 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=83,59,444.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,444&RS=PN/83,59,444 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Trend Micro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Trend Micro, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,359,472) developed by Liwei Ren, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Qiuer Xu, Jiangsu, China, for a "document fingerprinting with asymmetric selection of anchor points." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment relates to a computer-implemented process for generating document fingerprints. A document is normalized to create a normalized text string. A first hash function with a sliding hash window is applied to the normalized text string to generate an array of hash values. Candidate anchoring points are selected by applying a first filter to the array of hash values. The anchoring points are chosen by applying a second filter to the candidate anchoring points. Finally, a second hash function is applied to substrings located at the chosen anchoring points to generate hash values for use as fingerprints for the document. Other embodiments and aspects are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/731,874). 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=83,59,472.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,472&RS=PN/83,59,472 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Encoding and Decoding Apparatus and Method with Hamming Weight Enhancement ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,359,498) developed by Pantas Sutardja, San Jose, Calif., and Toai Doan, Santa Clara, Calif., for an "encoding and decoding apparatus and method with hamming weight enhancement." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of communicating a bitstream having a characteristic Hamming weight to a destination via a channel comprises determining the characteristic Hamming weight of the bitstream, inverting each bit in the bitstream if the characteristic Hamming weight of the bitstream is below a threshold value and developing an indication of whether the bits in the bitstream are inverted, delivering the bitstream and the indication of whether the bits in the bitstream are inverted to the destination via the channel, and inverting each bit in the bitstream at the destination if the indication indicates that the bits are inverted." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2006 (11/606,510). 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=83,59,498.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,498&RS=PN/83,59,498 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Secure Memory Access System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Christian Ludloff, San Jose, Calif., Kurt Daverman, San Jose, Calif., and Andrew Morgan, Los Gatos, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,443) for a "secure memory access system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A secure memory access system and method for providing secure access to Hyper Management Mode memory ranges is presented." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2011 (13/165,560). 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=83,59,443.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,443&RS=PN/83,59,443 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Zonare Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Zonare Medical Systems, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,094) developed by 13 co-inventors for an "ultrasound imaging system parameter optimization via fuzzy logic." The co-inventors are Larry Y.L. Mo, San Ramon, Calif., Glen W. McLaughlin, Saratoga, Calif., Brian Derek DeBusschere, Orinda, Calif., Ting-Lan Ji, San Jose, Calif., Ching-Hua Chou, Mountain View, Calif., David J. Napolitano, Pleasanton, Calif., Kathy S. Jedrzejewicz, Austin, Texas, Thomas Jedrzejewicz, Austin, Texas, Kurt Sandstrom, San Jose, Calif., Feng Yin, Palo Alto, Calif., Scott Franklin Smith, Oak Creek, Wis., Wenkang Qi, Cupertino, Calif., and Robert Stanson, La Salle, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ultrasound scanner is equipped with one or more fuzzy control units that can perform adaptive system parameter optimization anywhere in the system. In one embodiment, an ultrasound system comprises a plurality of ultrasound image generating subsystems configured to generate an ultrasound image, the plurality of ultrasound image generating subsystems including a transmitter subsystem, a receiver subsystem, and an image processing subsystem; and a fuzzy logic controller communicatively coupled with at least one of the plurality of ultrasound imaging generating subsystems. The fuzzy logic controller is configured to receive, from at least one of the plurality of ultrasound imaging generating subsystems, input data including at least one of pixel image data and data for generating pixel image data; to process the input data using a set of inference rules to produce fuzzy output; and to convert the fuzzy output into numerical values or system states for controlling at least one of the transmit subsystem and the receiver subsystem that generate the pixel image data." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2011 (13/101,990). 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=8,357,094&OS=8,357,094&RS=8,357,094 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,102) developed by Fan-Gang Zeng, Irvine, Calif., Qing Tang, Irvine, Calif., and Jeffrey Alan Carroll, Corona, Calif., for "devices and methods for suppression of tinnitus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices for treating tinnitus in human or animal subjects wherein the subject is caused to perceive a tinnitus suppressing sound which fully or partially suppresses the subject's tinnitus. In some embodiments of this method, the subject selects a sound that he or she perceives to be the same as the tinnitus and that sound (or a similar sound that is complementary to the subject's perceived tinnitus) is then used as the tinnitus suppressing sound. In other embodiments, the tinnitus suppressing may be a sound that has previously been determined to suppress tinnitus in a substantial number of subjects." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2008 (12/746,171). 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=8,357,102&OS=8,357,102&RS=8,357,102 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Medical Resources Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Applied Medical Resources, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,086) developed by Henry Kahle, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., Payam Adlparvar, Lake Forest, Calif., and Gary M. Johnson, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for a "surgical instrument access device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surgical access device includes a valve that forms a seal with a body wall and provides an access channel into a body cavity. The valve has properties for creating a zero seal in the absence of an instrument as well as an instrument seal for an instrument. The valve can include a gel material and the access channel can include a protective shield to provide for wound protection during insertion and withdrawal of a sharp surgical instrument. The valve further comprises a cap ring which may be inserted or molded with the gel material." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2012 (13/463,161). 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=8,357,086&OS=8,357,086&RS=8,357,086 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,357,090) developed by Clark R. Baker, Newman, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for estimating water reserves." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided for a water reserve index. The method includes determining a lean water fraction of tissue for at least one tissue site and determining skin thickness for the at least one tissue site. The lean water fraction and skin thickness are combined to produce a water reserve estimate." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2007 (11/716,778). 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=8,357,090&OS=8,357,090&RS=8,357,090 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Onciomed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Onciomed, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,081) developed by Raj Nihalani, Irvine, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for gastric restriction of the stomach to treat obesity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention generally relates to a method and apparatus to treat obesity. In an exemplary embodiment, the invention relates to tucking a portion of the greater curvature of the stomach inwards, and covering the stomach around the greater curvature and lesser curvature with a silicone skirt to induce satiety and reduce the volume of the stomach body." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2008 (12/328,979). 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=8,357,081&OS=8,357,081&RS=8,357,081 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Micro Circuits Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Applied Micro Circuits, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,358,159) developed by Mehmet Mustafa Eker, San Marcos, Calif., Viet Do, Carlsbad, Calif., and Simon Pang, San Diego, for an "adaptive phase-locked loop (PLL) multi-band calibration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Adaptive multi-band frequency calibration is provided for a phase-locked loop (PLL). A voltage controller oscillator (VCO) is initially selected nominally associated with first synthesized signal frequency, where the VCO is selected from a plurality of n VCOs, and each VCO is tunable across a band of synthesized signal frequencies. A lock detector compares a nominal first synthesized signal frequency to a reference signal frequency. In response to sensing a difference between the nominal first synthesizer and reference signal frequencies, an out-of-lock condition is asserted and a VCO is reselected from the plurality of n VCOs. A mid-point control voltage is supplied to a control voltage input of the reselected VCO. A difference is measured between a mid-point synthesized signal frequency and the reference signal frequency. If the difference is less than a first threshold, the reselected VCO is assigned to generate the first synthesized signal frequency." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2011 (13/045,032). 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=8,358,159.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,159&RS=PN/8,358,159 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hamilton Sundstrand Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Hamilton Sundstrand, Rockford, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,356,980) developed by Said Izadi, San Diego, for a "method of manufacturing a turbine rotor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for joining a cast metal material blade ring and a metal material hub structure into a turbine rotor. One of the blade ring and the hub structure is mounted in a holder and the other is mounted in a rotation holder for being rotated. At least one of these mountings is heated, and then they are pressed together with a selected force while rotating to weld the ring interior wall and the disk side to form the assembled structure." The patent application was filed on Oct. 17, 2008 (12/288,278). 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=8,356,980&OS=8,356,980&RS=8,356,980 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Teledyne Scientific & Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,959) developed by Rahul Ganguli, Oak Park, Calif., and Vivek Mehrotra, Simi Valley, Calif., for a "system for mitigating marine bio-fouling of an underwater structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A biomimetic system for mitigating marine bio-fouling is disclosed which is based upon the sacrificial skin mechanism found in the pilot whale species. The anti-bio-fouling system is characterized by the continuous in-situ underwater formation of a conformal protective skin around a submerged object or structure and employs a circulatory system embedded in a diffuser layer conformably fitted and secured to the structure to controllably deliver a sacrificial skin-forming material to the structural surface. The system advantageously utilizes the unique chemical properties of the skin-forming material to alter the material's viscosity in response to contact with sea water such that the material is uniformly distributed over the structure surface by a self-diffusion process, notwithstanding structural configuration or gravitational orientation, thus forming a stabilized waterproof layer or sacrificial skin. The sacrificial skin controllably self-dissolves and is shed in response to continuous contact with sea water, thereby carrying away the marine bio-fouling material." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/572,010). 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=8,356,959&OS=8,356,959&RS=8,356,959 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Maxim Integrated Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,166) developed by Robert G. Meyer, Berkeley, Calif., for an "RMS detector with automatic gain control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention provide systems, devices and methods for detecting the RMS value of a signal. The RMS detector uses multiple variable-gain stages and internal gain control to generate an RMS output signal based on an arbitrary signal input. This RMS detector significantly reduces the signal swings seen on a squarer within prior art RMS detectors and reduces the detector's dependency on DC offsets at low signal levels and overload errors at high signal levels. The embodiments of the present invention also improve the accuracy of the RMS detector within large dynamic signal ranges by obviating the operation of a squarer in saturation or out of the squaring region. Accordingly, embodiments of the present invention are able to more accurately detect RMS values on a signal, operate over relatively higher signal ranges, and better function within different signal modulation schemes, particularly those with large peak-to-average ratios." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2011 (13/198,992). 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=8,358,166.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,166&RS=PN/8,358,166 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xilinx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Xilinx, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,192) developed by Vassili Kireev, Sunnyvale, Calif., Parag Upadhyaya, San Jose, Calif., and Mark J. Marlett, Livermore, Calif., for a multiple-loop symmetrical inductor.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A symmetrical inductor includes an integrated circuit having a plurality of conductive layers. A first loop is disposed in an upper layer of the conductive layers, and at least two strapped loops are disposed in at least two layers of the conductive layers, respectively. The strapped loops are coupled in series to the first loop, and the at least two layers are below the upper layer. A second loop is disposed in the upper layer and is coupled in series to the at least two strapped loops. A first terminal electrode is coupled to the first loop, and a second terminal electrode is coupled to the second loop. A center-tap electrode is coupled to the at least two strapped loops." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2012 (13/463,497). 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=8,358,192.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,192&RS=PN/8,358,192 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Taylor Made Golf Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Taylor Made Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,060) developed by Eric M. Loper, Carlsbad, Calif., and Dean A. Snell, San Marcos, Calif., for a "golf ball with soft feel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf ball comprising: (a) a core; (b) an inner mantle layer; (c) an intermediate mantle layer; (d) an outer mantle layer; and (e) at least one cover layer; wherein the core has a PGA compression of less than 70, and the core/inner mantle layer/intermediate mantle layer combined construct has a PGA compression of at least 30." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/343,090). 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=8,357,060&OS=8,357,060&RS=8,357,060 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Genentech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Genentech, South San Francisco, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,513) developed by Dan L. Eaton, San Rafael, Calif., and Frederic J. De Sauvage, Foster City, Calif., for a "nucleic acids encoding mpl ligand (thrombopoietin) and fragments thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Isolated mpl ligand, isolated DNA encoding mpl ligand, and recombinant methods of preparing mpl ligand are disclosed. These mpl ligands are shown to influence the replication, differentiation or maturation of blood cells, especially megakaryocyte progenitor cells. Accordingly, these compounds are used for treatment of thrombocytopenia." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 1994 (08/196,689). 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=8,357,513.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,513&RS=PN/8,357,513 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent for Flowable Dielectric Equipment and Processes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,435) developed by Dmitry Lubomirsky, Cupertino, Calif., Qiwei Liang, Fremont, Calif., and Jang Gyoo Yang, San Jose, Calif., for a "flowable dielectric equipment and processes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of depositing and curing a dielectric material on a substrate are described. The methods may include the steps of providing a processing chamber partitioned into a first plasma region and a second plasma region, and delivering the substrate to the processing chamber, where the substrate occupies a portion of the second plasma region. The methods may further include forming a first plasma in the first plasma region, where the first plasma does not directly contact with the substrate, and depositing the dielectric material on the substrate to form a dielectric layer. One or more reactants excited by the first plasma are used in the deposition of the dielectric material. The methods may additional include curing the dielectric layer by forming a second plasma in the second plasma region, where one or more carbon-containing species is removed from the dielectric layer." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/210,982). 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=8,357,435.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,435&RS=PN/8,357,435 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Oracle America, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,155) developed by four co-inventors for a "circuit that facilitates proximity communication." The co-inventors are Alex Chow, East Palo Alto, Calif., Robert J. Drost, Los Altos, Calif., Ronald Ho, Mountain View, Calif., and Robert Proebsting, Sonora, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that facilitates proximity communication. This system includes a circuit containing a bootstrap transistor and a pass-gate transistor, where the drain of the bootstrap transistor is coupled to the gate of the pass-gate transistor. Note that a first coupling capacitance exists between the source of the pass-gate transistor and the drain of the bootstrap transistor and a second coupling capacitance exists between the drain of the pass-gate transistor and the drain of the bootstrap transistor. During operation, the gate and the source of the bootstrap transistor are coupled to a high voltage, thereby causing an intermediate voltage at the drain of the bootstrap transistor. When the source of the pass-gate transistor transitions to a high voltage, the first coupling capacitance and the second coupling capacitance boost the voltage at the gate of the pass-gate transistor higher than the high voltage, thereby enabling the high voltage at the source of the pass-gate transistor to pass to the drain of the pass-gate transistor." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2008 (12/215,943). 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=8,358,155.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,155&RS=PN/8,358,155 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tethys Bioscience Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Tethys Bioscience, Emeryville, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,497) developed by Michael S. Urdea, Alamo, Calif., and Michael P. McKenna, Branford, Conn., for "systems and methods for developing diagnostic tests based on biomarker information from legacy clinical sample sets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are systems and methods for developing diagnostic tests (e.g., detection, screening, monitoring, and prognostic tests) based on biomarker information from legacy clinical sample sets, for which only small sample volumes (e.g., about 0.05 to about 1.0 mL or less per sample) are typically available. For example, biomarkers (e.g., about 10, 50, 100, 150, 200, 300, or more) may be detected in the clinical samples through the use of single molecule detection and each biomarker may be detected in an assay that includes about 1 .mu.L or less of a legacy clinical sample." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2012 (13/561,913). 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=8,357,497.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,497&RS=PN/8,357,497 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Chevron USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,992) developed by Raja A. Jadhav, Benicia, Calif., for a "method and system for capturing carbon dioxide in an oxyfiring process where oxygen is supplied by regenerable metal oxide sorbents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An oxyfiring system and method for capturing carbon dioxide in a combustion process is disclosed. The oxyfiring system comprises (a) an oxidation reactor for oxidizing a reduced metal oxide; (b) a decomposition reactor wherein a decomposition fuel is combusted and oxidized metal oxide sorbents are reduced with oxygen being released and a flue gas with an oxygen enriched carbon dioxide stream is produced; (c) a fuel combustion reactor for combusting a primary fuel and the oxygen enriched carbon dioxide stream into a primary flue gas; and (d) separation apparatus for separating a portion of the primary flue gas so that a carbon dioxide enriched stream can be prepared. The method comprises providing a primary fuel and an oxygen enriched carbon dioxide stream to a fuel combustion reactor. The primary fuel and oxygen enriched carbon dioxide stream are combusted into a primary flue gas stream which is split into a first flue gas portion and a second flue gas portion. The first flue gas portion is processed to produce a high purity carbon dioxide stream suitable for sequestration. The second flue gas portion is sent to the decomposition reactor to provide heat and serve as a fluid stream. The primary flue gas may include oxygen or else synthesis gas depending on whether the oxygen enriched carbon dioxide stream contains a stoichiometric excess or deficit of oxygen needed for complete combustion." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,967). 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=8,356,992&OS=8,356,992&RS=8,356,992 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent for Efficient Handshake Between Material Handling and Material Processing Devices for Safe Material Transfer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,968) developed by Vinay K. Shah, San Mateo, Calif., and Sushant S. Koshti, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "methods and apparatus for an "efficient handshake between material handling and material processing devices for safe material transfer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are provided. The invention includes performing a handshake directly between a load port associated with process equipment and material handling equipment; and transferring a carrier between the material handling equipment and the load port based on the handshake. Numerous other aspects are provided." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2009 (12/369,722). 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=8,356,968&OS=8,356,968&RS=8,356,968 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Clarity Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Clarity Medical Systems, Pleasanton, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,900) developed by Yan Zhou, Pleasanton, Calif., and William Shea, Pleasanton, Calif., for a "large diopter range real time sequential wavefront sensor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Example embodiments of a large dynamic range sequential wavefront sensor for vision correction or assessment procedures are disclosed. An example embodiment optically relays a wavefront from an eye pupil or corneal plane to a wavefront sampling plane in such a manner that somewhere in the relaying process, the wavefront beam from the eye within a large eye diopter range is made to reside within a desired physical dimension over a certain axial distance range in a wavefront image space and/or a Fourier transform space. As a result, a wavefront beam shifting device can be disposed there to fully intercept and hence shift the whole beam to transversely shift the relayed wavefront." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2011 (13/198,442). 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=8,356,900&OS=8,356,900&RS=8,356,900 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CFPH Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- CFPH, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,357,037) developed by Dean P. Alderucci, New York, Charles Plott, Pasadena, Calif., and Mark Miller, New York, for "amusement devices and games including means for processing electronic data where ultimate outcome of the game is dependent on odds." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a player may be provided with information identifying a characteristic of a true outcome of a set of possible outcomes of an event, the set consisting of a first and second subset, the second subset comprising a second possible outcome. Next, the player may submit a first wager on a first of the possible outcomes. Next, the system may reveal to the player that a the first subset may not comprise (or may be at least substantially unlikely to comprise) the true outcome. The second subset may comprise (or may be at least substantially likely to comprise) the true outcome. The player may be provided with an opportunity to change from the first wager to a second wager on the second possible outcome, e.g., only if the second subset of possible outcomes comprises the first possible outcome." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2011 (13/311,117). 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=8,357,037&OS=8,357,037&RS=8,357,037 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Parellel Consulting Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Parellel Consulting, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,356,905) developed by Oliver S. Cossairt, New York, Thomas J. Purtell II, Belmont, Calif., and Samuel L. Hill, Somerville, Mass., for "optically enhanced image sequences." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Enhanced image sequences are provided by a high resolution imaging system (HRIS) for generating an enhanced image, where the system includes a device for outputting an image sequence including a plurality of K source images, each source image including a plurality of pixels; and a projector for projecting, within a period of integration, each of the source images to an optical filter, the filter adapted for providing pixels of each source image as sub-pixels of pixels in the enhanced image. The enhanced images may be two-dimensional or three-dimensional. A method and computer program product are provided for generating enhanced images, as well as techniques for fabrication of the HRIS." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2006 (11/614,548). 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=8,356,905&OS=8,356,905&RS=8,356,905 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,358,193) developed by four co-inventors for a planar inductor devices. The co-inventors are Sidharth Dalmia, Fair Oaks, Calif., Shanit Vannala, Antelope, Calif., Zhuowen Sun, Sacramento, Calif., and Steven R. Kubes, El Dorado Hills, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A planar inductor device includes a ferrite body and a conductive pathway, The ferrite body extends around an opening in the ferrite body. The conductive pathway includes an input section, a current-splitting section, a coil section, a current-combining section, and an output section connected with each other, the input section extending toward the opening in the ferrite body. The current-splitting section includes a plurality of conductive coils joined with the conductive pathway and electrically disposed parallel to each other. The coil section includes the conductive coils helically wrapped around the ferrite body. The current-combining section includes the conductive coils joined with each other. The output section includes the joined conductive coils extending out of the ferrite body." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2011 (13/086,981). 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=8,358,193.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,193&RS=PN/8,358,193 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rapiscan Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Rapiscan Systems, Torrance, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,937) developed by Andreas Kotowski, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Neeraj Agrawal, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for a "rotatable boom cargo scanning system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present application is a self-contained mobile inspection system and method and, more specifically, improved methods and systems for detecting materials concealed within a wide variety of receptacles and/or cargo containers. In particular, the present application is an improved method and system for inspecting receptacles and/or cargo containers using a single boom placed on a turntable with pivot points to allow for folding and unfolding of the boom, such that the inspection system is relatively compact in a stowed configuration and has a low center of gravity lending to greater stability." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,039). 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=8,356,937&OS=8,356,937&RS=8,356,937 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Scripps Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,357,512) developed by Youngha Ryu, San Diego, and Peter G. Schultz, La Jolla, Calif., for "systems for the expression of orthogonal translation components in eubacterial host cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention related to compositions and methods for the in vivo production of polypeptides comprising one or more unnatural amino acids. Specifically, the invention provides plasmid systems for the efficient eubacterial expression of polypeptides comprising one or more unnatural acids at genetically-programmed positions." The patent application was filed on May 10, 2012 (13/468,736). 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=8,357,512.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,512&RS=PN/8,357,512 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** IGT Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- IGT, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,357,041) developed by Brian F. Saunders, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "gaming system and method for providing a multi-dimensional cascading symbols game with player selection of symbols." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gaming system and method providing a multi-dimensional symbol wagering game is provided. A player selects a payline, places a wager on the selected payline, and selects a plurality of a plurality of different symbols in a selection order. Symbols are generated and displayed at each of a plurality of symbol display positions. If at least a designated quantity of the symbol display positions associated with the selected payline displays any one of the selected symbols, the gaming system determines a display order of the generated and displayed symbols associated with the selected payline, and determines any awards associated with the selected payline based on a quantity of the symbol display positions associated with the selected payline that display the player selected symbols and a comparison of the selection order with the display order. Any awards are provided to the player. Cascading and rotating symbol features are provided." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2011 (13/187,661). 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=8,357,041&OS=8,357,041&RS=8,357,041 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Michigan Assigned Patent for Isolation and Use of Solid Tumor Stem Cells ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,357,491) developed by four co-inventors for an "isolation and use of solid tumor stem cells." The co-inventors are Michael F. Clarke, Palo Alto, Calif., Sean J. Morrison, Ann Arbor, Mich., Max S. Wicha, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Muhammad Al-Hajj, Eagleville, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A small percentage of cells within an established solid tumor have the properties of stem cells. These solid tumor stem cells give rise to both more tumor stem cells and to the majority of cells in the tumor that have lost the capacity for extensive proliferation and the ability to give rise to new tumors. Thus, solid tumor heterogeneity reflects the presence of tumor cell progeny arising from a solid tumor stem cell. We have developed a xenograft model in which we have been able to establish tumors from primary tumors via injection of tumors in the mammary gland of severely immunodeficient mice. These xenograft assay have allowed us to do biological and molecular assays to characterize clonogenic solid tumor stem cells. We have also developed evidence that strongly implicates the Notch pathway, especially Notch 4, as playing a central pathway in carcinogenesis." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2010 (12/979,991). 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=8,357,491.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,491&RS=PN/8,357,491 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eastman Kodak Assigned Patent for Inkjet Printing Method for Colorless Ink Using Colorless Ink Printhead Masks Dependent on Colored Ink Printing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 28 -- Eastman Kodak, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,356,883) developed by five co-inventors for an "inkjet printing method for colorless ink using colorless ink printhead masks dep 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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