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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 29)

[January 29, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Umbrella Hub with Cord Lock Feature ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Oliver Joen-An Ma, Arcadia, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,613) for an "umbrella hub with cord lock feature." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An umbrella hub is provided that is operative to engage an umbrella cord for maintaining an umbrella in an open position. The hub can comprise a cord retention means. The cord retention means can be located within a portion of and/or behind, abutting, and/or at the base of at least a portion of one connection cavity of the hub. The cord retention means can comprise a passage that is configured to receive a cord therethrough and extend along at least a portion of the hub. The cord retention means can be configured to allow the cord to pass freely in a first direction while preventing movement of the cord therethrough in a second direction that is opposite the first direction or to pass freely in both the first and second directions." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2011 (13/005,507). 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=83,56,613.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,613&RS=PN/83,56,613 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Teledyne Scientific & Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, Thousand Oaks, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,657) developed by Yuan Zhao, Thousand Oaks, Calif., and Chung-Lung Chen, Thousand Oaks, Calif., for a heat pipe system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lattice wick system has a plurality of granular wicking walls configured to transport liquid through capillary action in a first direction, each set of the plurality of granular wicking walls forming respective vapor vents between them to transport vapor. Granular interconnect wicks are embedded between respective pairs of the granular wicking walls to transport liquid through capillary action in a second direction substantially perpendicular to the first direction. The granular interconnect wicks have substantially the same height as said granular wicking wall so that the plurality of granular wicking walls and granular interconnect wicks enable transport of liquid through capillary action in two directions and the plurality of vapor vents transport vapor in a direction orthogonal to the first and second directions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2007 (11/960,480). 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=83,56,657.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,657&RS=PN/83,56,657 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Toe-rail Mounted Boarding Ladder for Sailboats ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Clayton D. Chinn, Oakland, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,568) for a "toe-rail mounted boarding ladder for sailboats." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A boarding ladder, designed for dock access, which may be securely and non-invasively mounted onto a sailboat's toe-rail. The invention utilizes a continuous hook mechanism to bear the user's weight, and attachment mechanisms to retain the hook in place. The invention offers the advantages of being sturdy, yet readily removable, and compact for easy stowage." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2010 (12/927,390). 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=83,56,568.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,568&RS=PN/83,56,568 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Waste Encapsulating Animal Litter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Dennis B. Jenkins, Pleasanton, Calif., and Heather L. Day, San Lorenzo, Calif., have developed a patent (8,356,578) for a "waste encapsulating animal litter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein is a method for encapsulating solid animal waste with animal litter to eliminate the odor that emanates from the waste material. An additional benefit is that encapsulation hides the solid waste from view. The encapsulated waste resembles a urine clump in the litter box. Performance-enhancing actives are incorporated in the litter composition to provide this benefit." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/243,716). 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=83,56,578.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,578&RS=PN/83,56,578 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Drifting Kart ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Ali Kermani, Huntington Beach, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,686) for a drifting kart.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Drifting karts in accordance with embodiments of the invention are described that include a front wheel drive train and rear caster wheels that can be dynamically engaged to induce and control drift during a turn. One embodiment of the invention includes a chassis to which a steering column is mounted, where the steering column includes at least one front steerable wheel configured to be driven by an electric motor, a battery housing mounted to the chassis, where the battery housing contains a controller and at least one battery, wiring configured to provide power from the at least one battery to the electric motor, two caster wheels mounted to the chassis, where each caster wheel is configured to rotate around a rotational axis and swivel around a swivel axis, and a hand lever configured to dynamically engage the caster wheels to induce and control drift during a turn." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2010 (12/888,672). 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=83,56,686.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,686&RS=PN/83,56,686 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Retractable Label ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Ehsan Alipour, San Francisco, has developed a patent (8,356,434) for a retractable label.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A labeling system comprises a wall enclosing a space and a container for holding a retractable label, the container laterally disposed in relation to the space. The retractable label is configured to extend out of and retract into the container. In some embodiments, the wall at least partially defines a container cap. In other embodiments, the wall at least partially defines another container for holding material, such as, e.g., material of medicinal utility." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2011 (13/227,429). 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=83,56,434.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,434&RS=PN/83,56,434 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Cotton Gin and Cotton Drying ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Ronnie J. Nimmo, Lemoore, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,389) for a "cotton gin and cotton drying." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A seed cotton dryer comprises an array of electromagnetic wave energy generators in a cotton gin, a cotton picker/stripper. An appropriate amount of energy is used to evaporate a considerable amount of moisture in the seed cotton without producing enough energy to pop the cotton seeds. Seed cotton dried by wave energy is much easier to separate the cotton seeds and lint from leaves, stems and other plant parts. The seed cotton is preferably transported through the dryer in a conduit having flat sides which reflects the wave energy more efficiently than through a round conduit. Provisions are made to prevent arcing in the transport conduit when extraneous metal pieces are inadvertently mixed with the seed cotton. In some embodiments, heated air from a diesel engine is used to dry crops as they are being harvested." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2011 (13/317,796). 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=83,56,389.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,389&RS=PN/83,56,389 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Surface Tracking Rotary Pad Printing Apparatus and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Lloyd Douglas Clark, San Francisco, and Brian A. Brown, San Francisco, have developed a patent (8,356,552) for a "surface tracking rotary pad printing apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect of a first embodiment, a rotary pad printing system comprises a controller (400), an image source (498) that provides an image to the controller, a rotary pad (200) that is urged to rotate by a first motive source, a monochrome or color ink source or applicator such as an inkjet (215), and an actuator (235, 730). The system has the ability to print onto a flat or uneven surface (410). The controller actuates the ink source, causing it to deposit an ink image (202) onto a rotating pad wheel (200). As the surface moves, the wheel is held in contact with the surface by an actuator (235) or arm (705). As the wheel turns in contact with the surface, the ink image comes into contact with the surface and transfers to it, thereby printing the ink image onto a flat or uneven surface." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2008 (12/124,690). 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=83,56,552.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,552&RS=PN/83,56,552 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Fluorophosphate Glass and Method of Making ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Alfred A. Margaryan, Glendale, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,493) for a "fluorophosphate glass and method of making thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "New and improved compositions of doped fluorophosphate glasses for lasers have a high refractive index (nD) of approximately 1.6 to 1.7, high transmission in the near infrared part of the spectrum and a wide glass forming domain. These glass systems, Ba(PO.sub.3).sub.2--Al(PO.sub.3).sub.3--BaF.sub.2-Dopants, utilize dopants from the group of oxides or fluorides of the rare earth elements Sm, Eu, Nd, Er, Yb, Tm, Tb, Ho and Pr as well as MnO; and mixtures thereof. The composition of glass includes chemical durability, efficiency of laser use in the infrared spectrum and improved duration of luminescence." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2011 (13/083,624). 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=83,56,493.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,493&RS=PN/83,56,493 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Floor Span Connector ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Jin-Jie Lin, Livermore, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,449) for a floor span connector.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connector for connecting wall studs of two adjacent floors in a light frame building structure, the connector having a first attachment tab, a seat member, a diagonally slanted support leg, and a second attachment tab, all substantially planar. The connector is intended to be paired and the paired connectors joined by an elongated tie member that pierces the sill plates of the intervening floor structure." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2006 (12/311,923). 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=83,56,449.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,449&RS=PN/83,56,449 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Dog Training Collar with Interconnecting Links ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Don E. Sullivan, La Quinta, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,579) for a "dog training collar with interconnecting links." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dog training collar includes a plurality of releasable interconnecting links connected together to form a string of links having opposite ends with a tensioning member connected between the opposite ends of the link string to form a collar. A releasable fastener is included that releasably connects between the tensioning member and at least one of the opposite ends of the link string. The interconnecting links each include an inner side and outer side where the inner side includes a pair of v-shaped protrusions extending away from the inner side. The string of links having a plurality of v-shaped protrusion pairs forms two columns of links arranged in spaced apart relation extending from the inner sides, whereby the string of links is placed around a neck of a dog with said v-shaped protrusions directed toward the neck and connected to said tensioning member by the releasable fastener to form said collar such that adjustment of said tensioning member during wear causes a physical correction to be applied to the neck. The number of links used may be adjusted according a dog's neck size. An anti-tangling device is coupled to the tensioning member whereby the anti-tangling device restores unintended twists in the collar when applied to the neck of the dog." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2009 (12/407,776). 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=83,56,579.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,579&RS=PN/83,56,579 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Rail Skirt System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Mark C. Carter, Murrieta, Calif., has developed a patent (8,356,615) for a rail skirt system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The rail skirt system includes a top rail, a skirt that hangs from the top rail, formed from rail bar members connected together at their inner ends by a middle connector tube connectable to a locking support leg, to provide support for the top rail on a side of a shelter. The outer ends of the rail bar members are connected to legs of the shelter by fixed corner connecting brackets." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2012 (13/455,945). 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=83,56,615.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,615&RS=PN/83,56,615 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pyng Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Pyng Medical, Richmond, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,356,598) developed by Royce Rumsey, Laguna Beach, Calif., for an "apparatus and related method for providing a passage into the body." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for providing a passage into the body for use in, among other things, medical procedures, including tracheostomies and cricothyroidectomies is described herein. In one embodiment, an apparatus for providing a passage into the body includes a first slider unit and a second slider unit operably connected to a slider track for retractable deployment of a scalpel and a tissue spreader attached respectively thereto, and for the auto-retraction of the scalpel due to movement of the second slider unit." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2008 (12/043,849). 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=83,56,598.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,598&RS=PN/83,56,598 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,358,881) developed by five co-inventors for high-Q resonators assembly. The co-inventors are W. Daniel Hillis, Encino, Calif., Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Nathan P. Myhrvold, Medina, Wash., Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electromagnetically responsive element includes sets of arrangements of self-resonant bodies, such as atoms or quantum dots that form an effective dielectric constant, typically at or near a resonance." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2008 (12/218,043). 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=8,358,881&OS=8,358,881&RS=8,358,881 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for System and Method for Bidding on Contingency-based Matters ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Michele Colucci-Zieger, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,359,241) for a "system and method for bidding on contingency-based matters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system comprises a web server for posting matters of clients for bidding by contingency professionals, e.g., contingency lawyers and/or judgment collectors; a client matter engine for enabling a particular client to post a particular matter and to select a particular contingency professional bidding on the particular matter to handle the particular matter; a professional bidding engine for enabling the particular contingency professional to review at least a portion of the posted matters and to bid on the particular matter; and a bidding exchange engine for enabling the particular client and the particular contingency professional to communicate without exchanging direct contact information." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2007 (11/740,256). 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=8,359,241&OS=8,359,241&RS=8,359,241 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Transmit Power Adaptation Algorithm Using 802.11H ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,359,052) developed by Kapil Chhabra, Milpitas, Calif., for a "transmit power adaptation algorithm using 802.11H." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first wireless device including a control module and a transmitter. The control module is configured to estimate a first path loss between the first wireless device and a second wireless device, estimate a second path loss between the first wireless device and the second wireless device, generate an absolute value of a difference between the first path loss and the second path loss, and compare the absolute value of the difference between the first path loss and the second path loss to a predetermined threshold. The transmitter is configured to transmit a radio frequency signal at the first minimum transmit power in response to the absolute value of the difference being less than or equal to the predetermined threshold, and transmit the radio frequency signal at a second minimum transmit power in response to the absolute value being greater than the predetermined threshold." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2011 (13/224,967). 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=8,359,052&OS=8,359,052&RS=8,359,052 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,359,416) developed by Zhenyu Zhang, Campbell, Calif., and Sheng Lu, Fremont, Calif., for a "multi-mode USB-satellite digital transceiver port." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interface includes a port and a port control module. The port control module detects whether a remote device communicating with the port is one of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) device and a satellite digital transceiver (DT) device. The port control module selectively generates one of a USB configure signal and a satellite DT configure signal. A USB control module selectively configures the interface to communicate with the USB device when the USB configure signal is received. A satellite control module selectively configures the interface to communicate with the satellite DT device when the satellite DT configure signal is received." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2007 (11/655,670). 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=8,359,416&OS=8,359,416&RS=8,359,416 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for High Throughput and Low Latency Map Decoder ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Sarath Babu Govindarajulu, Irvine, Calif., has developed a patent (8,358,713) for a "high throughput and low latency map decoder." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In digital communication systems forward error correction coding techniques are typically used to improve the bit error rate performance. The receiver of the digital communication systems employs a decoding apparatus which may use Maximum A posteriori Probability (MAP) algorithm and its variations such as Logarithmic-MAP (Log-MAP), Maximum-Logarithmic-MAP (Max-Log-MAP). MAP decoding apparatus is commonly used as a key component in of decoder for error correcting codes such as convolutional codes and turbo codes. The MAP decoding apparatus computes likelihood estimates as the output. The present invention performs faster MAP decoding by computing likelihood estimates in parallel." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2008 (12/283,157). 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=8,358,713&OS=8,358,713&RS=8,358,713 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California, Czech Inventors Develop Patent for Quality of Service Support in a Media Exchange Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Jeyhan Karaoguz, Irvine, Calif., and James Bennett, Hroznetin, Czech, have developed a patent (8,358,582) for a "quality of service support in a media exchange network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for controlling communication of media content by a network device in a communication network includes providing, by the network device, a plurality of quality of service options corresponding to at least one media file selected for communication to a remote user via a communication channel; receiving a quality of service selection specifying at least one of the plurality of quality of service options; and communicating the at least one media file to the remote user utilizing the received quality of service selection. The providing may include displaying, by the network device, the plurality of quality of service options. At least a portion of specified parameters may be transferred to a first communication device coupled to the communication network. At least a portion of the communication channel may be configured by a second device utilizing the transferred at least a portion of the specified parameters." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2011 (13/296,363). 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=8,358,582&OS=8,358,582&RS=8,358,582 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fujitsu Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Fujitsu Semiconductor, Yokohama-Shi, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,359,409) developed by Kartik Raju, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Mehmet Un, Santa Clara, Calif., for "aligning protocol data units." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for receiving one or more protocol data units (PDUs) from a word aligned queue including a media access control (MAC) physical-layer (PHY) coprocessor (MPC) logically residing between a physical-layer controller and a media access controller (MAC) processor. The MPC is configured to access a reception physical-layer queue storing a burst, such that the reception physical-layer queue includes a plurality of word lines. The burst includes one or more PDUs that each occupy one or more word lines of the reception physical-layer queue, such that a particular word line stores a portion of a first PDU and a portion of second PDU. The MPC is also configured to receive from the reception physical-layer queue the first PDU including the portion of the first PDU stored in the selected word line." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2012 (13/543,954). 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=8,359,409&OS=8,359,409&RS=8,359,409 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,359,074) developed by Xiaodong Jin, Sunnyvale, Calif., King Chun Tsai, San Jose, Calif., and Yonghua Song, Saratoga, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for reducing wake up time of a powered down device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dummy circuit is provided to which a bias circuit of an low noise amplifier (LNA) can be coupled to during power down of the LNA. The dummy circuit maintains the bias circuit at an approximately normal operating state to reduce wake up time of the LNA." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2006 (11/546,605). 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=8,359,074&OS=8,359,074&RS=8,359,074 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for System and Method for Transferring Data Between Removable Storage Media Units ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Bindu Rama Rao, Laguna Niguel, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,432) for "system and method for transferring data between removable storage media units." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein is a removable storage media unit that facilitates the easy and quick transfer of data from one unit into another. By addressing the need to transfer data between two instances of removable storage media units, such as flash based removable memory, (and between removable mobile storage devices in general) without the use of a PC or PDA, the present invention makes it possible to disseminate or share data more easily and efficiently." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2004 (10/944,081). 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=8,359,432&OS=8,359,432&RS=8,359,432 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Miranda Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Miranda Technologies, Montreal, has been assigned a patent (8,359,417) developed by four co-inventors for an audio/video router. The co-inventors are Kevin J. Shuholm, Grass Valley, Calif., Jeffrey S. Evans, Grass Valley, Calif., Robert W. Hudelson, Grass Valley, Calif., and Charles S. Meyer, Nevada City, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composite input signal having an audio component and a video component is routed from an input to an output by separating a stream of audio data words at an average frequency F1 from the video component and supplying the separated stream of audio data words sequentially to a FIFO input register. The output of the FIFO input register is polled at a frequency F2, greater than F1, and, in the event that an audio data word is available at the output of the FIFO input register, the audio data word is conveyed from the output of the FIFO input register to an input of a signal path. Otherwise a null data word is conveyed to the input of the signal path. The signal path thereby conveys a stream of data words that comprises both audio data words and null data words. The audio data words of the stream conveyed by the path are combined with the video component of the composite input signal." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2011 (12/986,113). 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=8,359,417&OS=8,359,417&RS=8,359,417 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DigitalOptics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- DigitalOptics, Galway, Ireland, has been assigned a patent (8,358,841) developed by eight co-inventors for "foreground/background separation in digital images." The co-inventors are Eran Steinberg, San Francisco, Peter Corcoran, Claregalway, Ireland, Yury Prilutsky, San Mateo, Calif., Petronel Bigioi, Galway, Ireland, Alexei Pososin, Galway, Ireland, Mihai Ciuc, Bucharest, Romania, Adrian Zamfir, Bucharest, Romania, and Adrian Capata, Bucharest, Romania.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing improved foreground/background separation in a digital image of a scene is disclosed. The method comprises providing a first map comprising one or more regions provisionally defined as one of foreground or background within the digital image; and providing a subject profile corresponding to a region of interest of the digital image. The provisionally defined regions are compared with the subject profile to determine if any of the regions intersect with the profile region. The definition of one or more of the regions in the map is changed based on the comparison." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2010 (12/879,953). 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=8,358,841&OS=8,358,841&RS=8,358,841 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Inventor Develops Patent for I Am Driving/busy Automatic Response System for Mobile Phones ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Julia N M N. Olincy, Dallas, and Ronald C. Fish, Los Gatos, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,014) for an "i am driving/busy automatic response system for mobile phones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cell phone which has been modified by the addition of software which responds to the press of one or more Busy keys by automatically sending a pre-typed text message to the sender of the latest text message just received or automatically answering an incoming call immediately upon pressing the Busy key and playing a pre-recorded audio message. The outgoing text or audio message can inform the sender of the incoming text or the caller that the user is driving or otherwise engaged and cannot respond immediately. In some embodiments, one or more Busy keys can be added keys or one or more existing keys on the cell phone or on the keypad of the cell phone or on a touchscreen or a visual depiction of a keypad on a touchscreen of the cell phone. In some embodiments, only the text of the automated reply message is entered automatically, and all other commands to launch the SMS service, select the text message to reply to and send the automated reply message are manually given." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2010 (12/658,449). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,014&OS=8,359,014&RS=8,359,014 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Resource Group International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Resource Group International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,359,219) developed by Zia Chishti, Washington, Stuart J. Spottiswoode, Beverly Hills, Calif., and Chris W. Jones, Houston, for "systems and methods for routing callers to an agent in a contact center." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are disclosed for routing callers to agents in a contact center, along with an intelligent routing system. One or more agents are graded on achieving an optimal interaction, such as increasing revenue, decreasing cost, or increasing customer satisfaction. Callers are then preferentially routed to a graded agent to obtain an increased chance at obtaining a chosen optimal interaction. In a more advanced embodiment, caller and agent demographic and psychographic characteristics can also be determined and used in a pattern matching algorithm to preferentially route a caller with certain characteristics to an agent with certain characteristics to increase the chance of an optimal interaction." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2008 (12/180,382). 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=8,359,219&OS=8,359,219&RS=8,359,219 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Tool for Personalized Search ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Sudhir Pendse, Los Altos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,319) for a "tool for personalized search." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides for customized display of search results to Users. The invention further provides for customization of associated advertisements. The invention further provides for a dynamic personal knowledge base that is kept private. The invention provides an Intelligent Web Proxy that re-sorts search results based on the contents of the personal knowledge base (PKB) and creates a display customized to User preferences. The invention also automatically tracks and updates User activity, and "learns" User preferences." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2008 (12/229,290). 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=8,359,319&OS=8,359,319&RS=8,359,319 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method for Building Scalable Ethernet Switch Network and Huge Ethernet Switch ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Hei Tao Fung, Newark, Calif., has developed a patent (8,358,597) for a "method for building scalable Ethernet switch network and huge Ethernet switch." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for building scalable Ethernet switch network and huge Ethernet switch is provided. The switch network is composed of a plurality of tiers of Ethernet switches forming a fat-tree topology. The bottommost tier connects to the end-stations. All switches except those in the top tier are typical IEEE802.1Q switches configured purposefully such that all packets from the end-stations are forwarded upstream to the top tier and are tagged with ingress port information. The top-tier switches possess a novel learning and forwarding capability such that a received packet is forwarded downstream to the destination end-station through one of a plurality of possible paths selected by a load balancing algorithm. The method can also be applied to build an Ethernet switch of a large number of ports." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/571,445). 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=8,358,597&OS=8,358,597&RS=8,358,597 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Systems and Methods for Personnel Monitoring and Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Mitesh Gala, Los Alamitos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,221) for "systems and methods for personnel monitoring and management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The systems and methods for providing an integrated means for monitoring, managing and auditing employees performance at a workplace or job site, such as monitoring the time worked by the employees, ensuring employee compliance with applicable laws and regulations, and coordinating and assigning duties to be performed by the employees. Each employee may be provided with a mobile wireless device in communication with the system to provide alerts of potential or actual violations, notifications of any change in duties or position, and notification of time clock status (i.e., time to take a break, time to clock in, etc.)." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2010 (12/794,615). 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=8,359,221&OS=8,359,221&RS=8,359,221 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Prime Field Elliptic Curve Cryptography Processor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,358,779) developed by Fei Sun, Santa Clara, Calif., and Chang Shu, San Jose, Calif., for a "prime field elliptic curve cryptography processor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Prime field elliptic curve cryptography processors are provided, having corresponding methods and computer-readable media. The processors comprise a prime field circuit comprising a first memory configured to store data, and an arithmetic logic unit (ALU) circuit configured to perform prime field operations upon the data; and a curve operation processor comprising a second memory configured to store instructions, and a controller configured to execute the instructions; wherein the instructions include instructions for performing curve operations upon the data, wherein the curve operations require performing the prime field operations upon the data; and wherein the instructions for performing the curve operations cause the ALU circuit to perform the prime field operations." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,297). 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=8,358,779&OS=8,358,779&RS=8,358,779 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sorin CRM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Sorin CRM, Clamart, France, has been assigned a patent (8,359,091) developed by Paola Milpied, San Diego, and Christine Henry, Paris, for an "apparatus and method for detecting and filtering artifacts by analysis of a cardiac vectogram." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and method for detecting and filtering noise artifacts by analysis of a cardiac vectogram is disclosed. An active medical device collects electrical activity signals of a patient's heart over a series of cardiac cycles. At least two distinct temporal components (V.sub.bip, V.sub.uni) are obtained from at least two endocardial electrogram (EGM) signals that are collected concurrently on different respective channels from the same heart cavity. The means for analyzing and filtering of the active medical device operates by: constructing a non-temporal 2D characteristic of a vectogram (VGM) of an analyzed cardiac cycle, using a variation of one of the two distinct temporal components (V.sub.uni) as a function of the other (V.sub.bip); conducting a morphological analysis of the non-temporal 2D characteristic to derive at least one intrinsic descriptor parameter, including the average angle of velocity vectors of consecutive data points of the 2D characteristic, and classifying the analyzed cardiac cycle as invalid noisy cycle or as valid not noisy cycle, depending on the analysis of the descriptor parameter." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2011 (13/053,843). 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=8,359,091&OS=8,359,091&RS=8,359,091 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,359,047) developed by William Daniel Willey, San Francisco, for an "apparatus, and associated method, for paging an access terminal in a radio communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, and an associated method, for paging an access terminal in a radio communication system. A message generator generates a quick paging message formed of page indication locations. Page indication values are populated in selected page indication locations of the message. A hash generator generates hash values that are determinative of the page indication locations that are populated with the page indication values." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2006 (11/466,483). 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=8,359,047&OS=8,359,047&RS=8,359,047 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** New Jersey, California Inventors Develop Patent for Method and Apparatus to Provide Multimedia Service Using Time-based Markup Language ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Xiaosong Du, Morganville, N.J., Yanlin Guan, Santa Clara, Calif., and Xiang Li, Milpitas, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,303) for a "method and apparatus to provide multimedia service using time-based markup language." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multimedia player and method is disclosed for displaying multimedia content on a video screen. A video stream and a markup language segment associated with the video stream are received, wherein the markup language segment comprising a time stamp identifying a target segment of the video stream, and at least one keyword associated with the time stamp. The keyword is transmitted over a network to a search engine, and related content is received from the search engine over the network, wherein the related content is related to the keyword. When the target segment of the video stream is displayed on the video screen, the related content is concurrently displayed on the video screen." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2008 (12/329,409). 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=8,359,303&OS=8,359,303&RS=8,359,303 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Sony, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,358,860) developed by Naohiko Kotaka, Tokyo, and Munehiro Nakazato, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "motion vector detecting device, motion vector detecting method, image encoding device, and program." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A motion vector detecting device includes: a motion predicting and compensating means for calculating cost values of a plurality of motion vectors, which is candidates of an optimal motion vector, with a first pixel precision every prediction mode and calculating the optimal motion vector with a second pixel precision and a cost value of the optimal motion vector with the second pixel precision on the basis of a gradient of the cost values." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2009 (12/460,074). 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=8,358,860&OS=8,358,860&RS=8,358,860 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Method for Delay Immune and Accelerated Evaluation of Digital Circuits by Compiling Asynchronous Completion Handshaking Means ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Subbu Ganesan, Saratoga, Calif., Ramesh Narayanaswamy, Palo Alto, Calif., Ian Michael Nixon, Sunnyvale, Calif., Leonid Alexander Broukhis, Fremont, Calif., and Thomas Hanni Spencer, Sunnyvale, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,186) for a "method for delay immune and accelerated evaluation of digital circuits by compiling asynchronous completion handshaking means." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An RTL hardware description language simulation accelerator and circuit emulator which operates on data driven asynchronous completion handshaking principles. Deploying Muller C elements to control latches, the system does not depend on externally provided clocks or internal timing circuits with delay logic or clock generators. Each levelized domain of logic signals a successor level to begin execution of instructions with a level complete message produced when all its input operands have produced a completion message. Each predecessor stage holds back data production until the successor stage is ready. Each levelized data-driven asynchronous domain evaluation processor is self-timed receiving completion messages from its predecessors, and sending completion messages to its successors." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2007 (11/766,017). 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=8,359,186&OS=8,359,186&RS=8,359,186 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for All-optical Data Center Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Prasanna Adhikari, San Diego, has developed a patent (8,358,932) for an "all-optical data center network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data center network comprising with an all-optical core network which includes a number of separate all-optical networks to connect clusters of computer network equipment at network nodes. Circuit modules in the data center network each includes a memory bank to provide queues to store information scheduled to be transmitted optically through the all-optical core network. Each circuit module also includes a lambda port module which includes a number of optical mux-demux units and an equal number of lambda ports designed to provide communication between the mux-demux units and the memory bank via a number of optical transceivers. In preferred embodiments all logic communication circuits through the core network are all optical fibers. The present invention creates non-interfering circuits by means of their spectral, spatial and temporal separation from each other." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2010 (12/799,999). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,932&OS=8,358,932&RS=8,358,932 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honda Motor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Honda Motor, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,359,204) developed by Rakesh Gupta, Mountain View, Calif., for a "free-speech command classification for car navigation system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a system and method associating the freeform speech commands with one or more predefined commands from a set of predefined commands. The set of predefined commands are stored and alternate forms associated with each predefined command are retrieved from an external data source. The external data source receives the alternate forms associated with each predefined command from multiple sources so the alternate forms represent paraphrases of the predefined command. A representation including words from the predefined command and the alternate forms of the predefined command, such as a vector representation, is generated for each predefined command. A similarity value between received speech data and each representation of a predefined command is computed and the speech data is classified as the predefined command whose representation has the highest similarity value to the speech data." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2008 (12/259,196). 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=8,359,204&OS=8,359,204&RS=8,359,204 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Methods and Systems for Fault Diagnosis in Observation Rich Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Lukas D. Kuhn, Palo Alto, Calif., and Johan de Kleer, Los Altos, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,110) for "methods and systems for fault diagnosis in observation rich systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " Diagnostic systems and methods are presented for determining the current condition of a production plant and the resources thereof, in which successively more complex diagnostic abstractions are used to determine the plant condition, with a more complex abstraction being selected when the most recently selected diagnostic abstraction is logically inconsistent with the current fault status indications. " The patent application was filed on March 27, 2005 (12/409,157). 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=8,359,110&OS=8,359,110&RS=8,359,110 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Methods and Systems for Representation and Matching of Video Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Alexander Bronstein, San Jose, Calif., Michael Bronstein, Santa Clara, Calif., and Shlomo Selim Rakib, Cupertino, Calif., have developed a patent (8,358,840) for "methods and systems for representation and matching of video content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The described methods and systems provide for the representation and matching of video content, including spatio-temporal matching of different video sequences. A particular method of determining temporal correspondence between different sets of video data inputs the sets of video data and represents the video data as ordered sequences of visual nucleotides. Temporally corresponding subsets of video data are determined by aligning the sequences of visual nucleotides." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/349,469). 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=8,358,840&OS=8,358,840&RS=8,358,840 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Write Pre-compensation for Nonvolatile Memory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,358,541) developed by Zining Wu, Los Altos, Calif., Xueshi Yang, Cupertino, Calif., and Pantas Sutardja, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "write pre-compensation for nonvolatile memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system including a programming module and an interference module. The programming module is configured to determine a programming value to which a state of a target cell is to be programmed, wherein the programming value is determined based on states of one or more cells near the target cell. The interference module is configured to generate interference values based on (i) the state of the target cell and (ii) the states of the one or more cells near the target cell. The programming module is further configured to determine the programming value based on at least one of the interference values selected according to (i) the state of the target cell and (ii) the states of the one or more cells near the target cell." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2011 (13/251,822). 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=8,358,541&OS=8,358,541&RS=8,358,541 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Beacon Miss Prevention in Power Save Modes Using Timing Synchronization Function ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,358,642) developed by Kapil Chhabra, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "beacon miss prevention in power save modes using timing synchronization function." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system comprises a receive module that transitions from a power save mode to an active mode based on a first clock to receive a delivery traffic indication message (DTIM) beacon. A beacon sensing module senses a first number of DTIM beacons missed by the receive module during a first predetermined period. A control module selectively adjusts the first clock when the first number is greater than a first threshold." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2012 (13/447,437). 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=8,358,642&OS=8,358,642&RS=8,358,642 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Asetek Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Asetek, Bronderslev, Denmark, has been assigned a patent (8,358,505) developed by five co-inventors for an "integrated liquid cooling system." The co-inventors are Mikkel Block Toftloekke, Bronderslev, Denmark, Christopher Ratliff, Santa Cruz, Calif., Peter Lykke, Aalborg, Denmark, Todd Berk, Burbank, Wash., and Andre Sloth Eriksen, Morgan Hill, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A liquid cooling system includes a monolith that is configured to be coupled to a motherboard of the computer. The monolith may be monolithic planar body having a first surface and an opposite second surface, and may include a heat absorption region and a heat dissipation region. The heat absorption region may be at least one location on the monolith that is configured to be in thermal contact with a heat generating component of the motherboard, and the heat dissipation region may be at least one location on the monolith where a liquid-to-air heat exchanger is attached to the monolith. The liquid cooling system may also include a channel extending on the second surface of the monolith and a pump that is configured to circulate the liquid coolant through the channel. The channel may be a trench on the second surface of the monolith that is configured to circulate a liquid coolant between the heat absorption region and the heat dissipation region." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,190). 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=8,358,505&OS=8,358,505&RS=8,358,505 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Non-linear Transition Shift Identification and Compensation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,358,480) developed by four co-inventors for a "non-linear transition shift identification and compensation." The co-inventors are Hongwei Song, Longmont, Colo., Ke Han, Fremont, Calif., Michael Madden, Mountain View, Calif., and Zining Wu, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for identifying and compensating for non-linear transition shift in a magnetic medium data storage device is disclosed. The non-linear transition shift compensation system includes a non-linear transition shift estimation module adapted to generate non-linear transition shift estimates for specific bit patterns. The system further includes a pre-compensation module adapted to adjust the temporal spacing of binary transitions written to the magnetic medium based on the non-linear transition shift estimates generated by the non-linear transition shift estimation module for specific bit patterns corresponding to bit patterns appearing in the data being written to the magnetic medium." The patent application was filed on July 5, 2011 (13/176,318). 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=8,358,480&OS=8,358,480&RS=8,358,480 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** LG Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- LG Electronics, Seoul, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,358,630) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method of transmitting at least one sub-packet based on feedback information in a wireless communication system." The co-inventors are Sang G. Kim, San Diego, Shu Wang, San Diego, Young Cheul Yoon, San Diego, Li-Hsiang Sun, San Diego, Soonyil Kwon, San Diego, Suk Woo Lee, San Diego, and Hobin Kim, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of transmitting subsequent sub-packets in a wireless communication system using a hybrid automatic request (HARQ) technique is disclosed. The method includes receiving feedback information from at least one receiving end, transmitting a transmit packet via at least one overhead channel, wherein the transmit packet includes information on carrier and antenna combination selected for subsequent transmission, and transmitting at least one sub-packet according to the selected carrier and antenna combination." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2007 (11/671,437). 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=8,358,630&OS=8,358,630&RS=8,358,630 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** System General Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- System General, Sindian, Taipei County, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,358,518) developed by four co-inventors for a "switching regulator having terminal for feedback signal inputting and peak switching current programming." The co-inventors are Ta-Yung Yang, Milpitas, Calif., Shao-Chun Huang, Taipei County, Taiwan, Chen-Hui Chan, Taipei, Taiwan, and Jenn-Yu G. Lin, Taipei County, Taiwan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A switching regulator of a power converter is provided and includes a feedback-input circuit, a programming circuit, and a peak-current-threshold circuit. The feedback-input circuit is coupled to a terminal of the switching regulator for receiving a feedback signal. The feedback-input circuit is operated in a first range of a terminal signal. The programming circuit is coupled to the terminal for generating a programming signal. The programming signal is operated in a second range of the feedback signal. The peak-current-threshold circuit generates a threshold signal in accordance with the programming signal. The feedback signal is coupled to regulate the output of the power converter, and the threshold signal is coupled to limit a peak switching current of the power converter." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/748,548). 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=8,358,518&OS=8,358,518&RS=8,358,518 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Avago Technologies Enterprise IP Assigned Patent for Direct Cooling System and Method for Transceivers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Avago Technologies Enterprise IP, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,358,504) developed by Laurence Ray McColloch, Santa Clara, Calif., and Paul Yu, Mountain View, Calif., for a "direct cooling system and method for transceivers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for direct cooling of transceivers, including transceivers used in electrical and optical communications systems. An electrical system includes a transceiver module with a housing that contains a plurality of apertures to allow air flow into and out of the transceiver module. The transceiver includes an internal heat sink located within the housing of the transceiver module, where the internal heat sink is thermally coupled to at least one internal component of the transceiver module. The electrical system also includes a cage for receiving and electrically connecting to the transceiver module. The cage contains a second set of apertures such that when the transceiver module is inserted into the cage, air may flow into the cage through the second set of apertures, then flow into the transceiver module through one of the plurality of apertures in the transceiver module housing such that the air dissipates heat from the at least one internal component thermally coupled to the internal heat sink. The air may then flow out of the transceiver module through another of the plurality of apertures in the housing." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2011 (13/008,461). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2F 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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