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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 31)

[January 31, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 31)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Period to Date Functions for Time Intelligence Functionality ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,676) developed by Steve Handy, Redmond, Wash., Catalin Tomai, Bellevue, Wash., and Chen-I. Lim, Seattle, for a "period to date functions for time intelligence functionality." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for extending a Time Intelligence language to provide support for period-to-date functions and for generating member sets in response to data queries is provided. The system may apply member aggregation functions and queries across a plurality of heterogeneous data sources. Each data source is aligned to a reference dimension and is said to organize data according to at least one level of granularity. In some embodiments, a member aggregation function specifies a period (e.g., year, quarter, month) and retrieves data from a data source starting with the current specified period and ending with the most recently completed period equal to the granularity of the data source. The system may allow a user to further customize a member aggregation function by specifying a granularity, a period offset, or a granularity end offset. Additionally, the system may generate a caption to display in association with the retrieved data." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2012 (13/356,496). 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=8,364,676&OS=8,364,676&RS=8,364,676 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Google Assigned Patent for Identifier Mapping from Joined Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,364,682) developed by four co-inventors for an "identifier mapping from joined data." The co-inventors are Ori Gershony, Redmond, Wash., Wei Zheng, Bellevue, Wash., Andrei Pascovici, Bellevue, Wash., and Tim Hesterberg, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, for refining log file join data. In one aspect, a method includes receiving first join data defining first joins of records in a first log file to records in a second log file. Each first join of a record in the first log file to a record in the second log file is based on an association of the first identifier of the record in the first log file to the second identifier of the record in the second log file. Associations of the first identifiers to the second identifiers in the first join data that meet a confidence threshold are stored in a mapping of first identifiers to second identifiers as a mapped association. For each mapped association, records that include the first identifier from the first log file are associated with records that include the second identifier from the second log file." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2011 (13/101,213). 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=8,364,682&OS=8,364,682&RS=8,364,682 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Groundspeak Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Groundspeak, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,364,721) developed by Jeremy A. Irish, Seattle, Sean E. Boots, Renton, Wash., and Elias C. Alvord, Seattle, for a "system and method for providing a guided user interface to process waymark records." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for providing a guided user interface to process waymark records is provided. Categories of published waymark records are maintained in a database. Each category is associated with at least one variable and one or more attributes, which each specify a type of metadata for the variables. The variables and attributes are presented for one of the categories in response to a request from a user. A user interface is applied to process input metadata for a physical object that is received from the user via the user interface. A consistency of the input metadata with the variables and attributes associated with the category is determined. The consistent input metadata is complied as a waymark record for the physical object. The waymark record is published and displayed on a map." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2009 (12/483,197). 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=8,364,721&OS=8,364,721&RS=8,364,721 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Resilient Classification of Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,617) developed by Srivatsan Laxman, Bangalore, India, and Ramarathnam Venkatesan, Redmond, Wash., for a "resilient classification of data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A classification system is described for resilient classification of data. In various embodiments, the classification system divides a full set of the training data into a positive subset and a negative subset. The positive subset contains all training data with a positive classification value and the negative subset contains all training data with a negative classification value. The classification system constructs several subsets of the training data wherein each subset contains data randomly selected from both the positive subset and the negative subset. The classification system then creates at least two classifiers based on each of the randomly created subsets of the training data." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (11/625,249). 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=8,364,617&OS=8,364,617&RS=8,364,617 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,732) developed by six co-inventors for "extending cluster allocations in an extensible file system." The co-inventors are Ravisankar V. Pudipeddi, Bellevue, Wash., Vishal V. Ghotge, Seattle, Sarosh C. Havewala, Kirkland, Wash., Revinder S. Thind, Kirkland, Wash., Mark J. Zbikowski, Bellevue, Wash., and David A. Goebel, Vashon, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An extensible file system format for portable storage media is provided. The extensible file system format includes the specification of primary and secondary directory entry types that may be custom defined. The primary and secondary directory entry types can be further classified as critical and benign directory entries. The directory entry types can define whether a cluster chain corresponding to a file can be contiguously allocated." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2011 (13/006,088). 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=8,364,732&OS=8,364,732&RS=8,364,732 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent for Method, Medium, and System of Recommending a Substitute Item ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,364,559) developed by Amit Bhosle, Bellevue, Wash., and Ashish Agrawal, Seattle, for a "method, medium, and system of recommending a substitute item." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shared "universal" virtual shopping cart ("the cart") may be provided by a host to enable information sharing between multiple disparate electronic marketplaces provided by various merchants. The host may obtain user information via the cart to improve interactions with a user. The host may recommend an item to the user that is offered at a lower price and related to an item retained in the user's cart. The host may also recommend items based on a user's purchase history, such as complementary items (e.g., up-sell items) and items other users may recommend. In some aspects, the host may compile best selling lists based on data from multiple electronic marketplaces. The host may also perform user specific operations such as indicate an item in a cart is a duplicate of a previous purchase and monitor a price and/or available quantities of an item in the cart." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2010 (12/683,501). 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=8,364,559&OS=8,364,559&RS=8,364,559 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Digimarc Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Digimarc, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,364,720) developed by Kenneth L. Levy, Stevenson, Wash., for "content metadata directory services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of associating a content object with metadata uses a combination of a content identifier and a bounding identifier to enable handling of disparate sets of content identifiers for content objects with potentially conflicting content identifiers. The method receives a content identifier for a content object from among a set of content identifiers. It provides a unique bounding identifier for the set of content identifiers. This unique bounding identifier is used in combination with the content identifier to form a globally unique identifier for the content object. This globally unique identifier is associated with a metadata source, which enables routing of a user to the metadata source." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2006 (11/614,942). 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=8,364,720&OS=8,364,720&RS=8,364,720 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Concept Disambiguation Via Search Engine Search Results ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,672) developed by five co-inventors for a "concept disambiguation via search engine search results." The co-inventors are David Ahn, San Francisco, Michael Paul Bieniosek, Woodinville, Wash., Andrei Peter Makhanov, San Jose, Calif., Franco Salvetti, San Francisco, and Giovanni Lorenzo Thione, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Concept disambiguation is provided for search queries by analyzing search results in conjunction with an ontology of concepts. An ontology of concepts is identified, and at least one document is associated with each concept. The document associated with a concept is representative of the concept and used to generate a concept signature. When a search query is received, it is processed to obtain search results. The search results are used to generate a search results signature, which is compared to the concept signatures to identify one or more concepts that are relevant to the search query." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/953,139). 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=8,364,672&OS=8,364,672&RS=8,364,672 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Hosting Multiple Logical Databases Contained in Physical Database ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,722) developed by Tomas Talius, Sammamish, Wash., for "hosting multiple logical databases contained in physical database." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Architecture that defines a logical database that shares physical resources with a containing physical database. The architecture isolates the relational engine system metadata parts of a database in horizontal scopes to form separate namespaces, and shares the underlying storage engine system metadata. Sharing physical database resources enables efficient input/output (I/O) utilization and instantaneous database creation and growth. In addition, logical databases can be backed up as a single transactionally consistent unit." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2005 (12/689,243). 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=8,364,722&OS=8,364,722&RS=8,364,722 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Use of Software Update Policies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,598) developed by Innokentiy Basmov, Redmond, Wash., Troy A. Funk, Issaquah, Wash., and Octavian T. Ureche, Renton, Wash., for the "use of software update policies." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable device may be roamed from one host to another. In one example, the portable device stores software that is to be executed by a host. The host may maintain a policy that governs which software may be executed on the host. When the portable device is connected to a host, the host checks the software version installed on the guest to determine whether that software version is compatible with the host's policy. If the guest's software does not comply with the host's policy, then the host installs a compatible version. If the guest's version complies with the policy and is newer than the host's version, then the host copies the guest's version to the host and propagates it to other guests. In this way, newer versions of software propagate between hosts and guests, while also respecting specific execution policies of the various hosts." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,533). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,364,598&OS=8,364,598&RS=8,364,598 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stamps.com, iShip Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Stamps.com, Santa Monica, Calif., and iShip, Atlanta, have been assigned a patent (8,364,606) developed by David Allison Bennett, Bothell, Wash., William W. Smith, III, Medina, Wash., and Charles D. Mentzer, Redmond, Wash., for "apparatus, systems and methods for online, multi-carrier, multi-service parcel shipping management featuring shipping location comparison across multiple carriers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides apparatus, systems and methods that provide each of a plurality of users, in response to each particular user's request, information concerning, and an identification of: each carrier of a plurality of carriers that supports the shipper's preferred shipping location; whether each carrier supports the shipper's preferred shipping location for shipping a particular parcel; and pricing for each service offered by each carrier for the shipper's chosen shipping location, wherein each user accesses the computer system over a global communications network using a client computer device, each user client computer device having their own individual electronic connection to the global communications network." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 200 (09/684,871). 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=8,364,606&OS=8,364,606&RS=8,364,606 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent for Selecting Users to Whom to Promote an Online Offering ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,364,555) developed by Paul Kotas, Seattle, for "selecting users to whom to promote an online offering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are various embodiments for selecting users to whom to promote an online offering, such as an auction or a fixed-price item offering, based at least in part on bidding history or purchase history. A data representation of multiple items offered online by a web merchant and a purchase history associated with the items and the web merchant for multiple users are maintained. A first item is identified in response to determining that the number of users who have purchased a second item and who have also purchased the first item meets a minimum threshold. A set of users who have both purchased the second item and also purchased the first item is identified. The first item is promoted to one or more of the identified users." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2011 (13/267,332). 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=8,364,555&OS=8,364,555&RS=8,364,555 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Local Graph Partitioning Using Evolving Sets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,615) developed by Reid Marlow Andersen, Seattle, and Yuval Peres, Redmond, Wash., for "local graph partitioning using evolving sets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing for local graph partitioning using an evolving set process is disclosed herein. By way of example, a computer processor can be configured to execute local partitioning based on evolving set instructions. The instructions can be employed to transition a set of analyzed vertices of a graph until a segment of the graph with small conductance is identified. A transitioning algorithm can expand or contract the analyzed set of vertices based on characteristics of vertices at a boundary of the analyzed set. Accordingly, as the set of analyzed vertices becomes large, significant processing efficiency is gained by employing the characteristics of boundary vertices to transition the set or determine conductance, rather than all vertices of the analyzed set." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2009 (12/367,404). 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=8,364,615&OS=8,364,615&RS=8,364,615 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Efficient Incremental Parsing of Context Sensitive Programming Languages ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,696) developed by seven co-inventors for an "efficient incremental parsing of context sensitive programming languages." The co-inventors are Mark Lee Hall, Redmond, Wash., Tanveer Ahmed Gani, Bothell, Wash., Richard Thomas Russo, Redmond, Wash., Stephan Thomas Lavavej, Redmond, Wash., Jason Joseph Shirk, Sammamish, Wash., Mitchell Warren Slep, Seattle, and Thierry Miceli, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Many integrated development environments provide "intelligent feedback" to developers. Current "intelligent feedback" techniques may not work well with source code files comprising context sensitive programming languages because edits to one place in the code may change the meaning of arbitrary other places in the code, thus requiring additional full semantic parses to maintain correctness of the system. As provided herein, context-free "name" parsing may be performed to support entity candidate recursive semantic parsing in determining the meaning of the entity. A name parse may be performed to build and/or update a name table and a range table comprising names of entities and their positions within a source code file. Upon receiving a request to determine the meaning of a selected entity within the source code file, the tables may be queried to determine entity names and locations that are to be semantically parsed to determine a selected entity meaning." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,068). 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=8,364,696&OS=8,364,696&RS=8,364,696 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Encoding and Decoding Methods and Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,363,731) developed by Nick Vicars-Harris, Carnation, Wash., for "encoding and decoding methods and systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems enable uncompressed source data, corresponding to previously-compressed data, to be manipulated or otherwise modified, prior to being rendered by a rendering application. For example, audio data can be modified to include additional audio content, and/or video data can be modified to include additional video content. Accordingly, when the modified or manipulated source data is rendered by the rendering application, it can contain additional information that was not part of the previously-compressed data." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2005 (11/083,406). 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=83,63,731.PN.&OS=PN/83,63,731&RS=PN/83,63,731 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,363,950) developed by six co-inventors for "combining online and offline recognizers in a handwriting recognition system." The co-inventors are Xinjian Chen, Beijing, Dongmei Zhang, Redmond, Wash., Yu Zou, Beijing, Ming Chang, Beijing, Shi Han, Beijing, and Jian Wang, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described is a technology by which online recognition of handwritten input data is combined with offline recognition and processing to obtain a combined recognition result. In general, the combination improves overall recognition accuracy. In one aspect, online and offline recognition is separately performed to obtain online and offline character-level recognition scores for candidates (hypotheses). A statistical analysis-based combination algorithm, an AdaBoost algorithm, and/or a neural network-based combination may determine a combination function to combine the scores to produce a result set of one or more results. Online and offline radical-level recognition may be performed. For example, a HMM recognizer may generate online radical scores used to build a radical graph, which is then rescored using the offline radical recognition scores. Paths in the rescored graph are then searched to provide the combined recognition result, e.g., corresponding to the path with the highest score." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2012 (13/426,427). 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=83,63,950.PN.&OS=PN/83,63,950&RS=PN/83,63,950 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,364,262) developed by Jaeho Kim, Redmond, Wash., and Joseph M. Bocek, Seattle, for a "tachyarrhythmia sudden onset detection with hysteresis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document discusses, among other things, detection of a sudden onset of a tachyarrhythmia. A sudden onset of tachyarrhythmia is determined by monitoring changes in intrinsic ventricular rate, such as by using one or more sensing channels in the ICD. A lowest tachyarrhythmia rate threshold is accompanied by a slightly lower "hysteresis tachyarrhythmia rate threshold." If a sudden onset of tachyarrhythmia is declared, the sudden onset status is not reset by the ventricular rate falling below the lowest tachyarrhythmia rate threshold, but is instead reset by the ventricular rate falling below the slightly lower hysteresis tachyarrhythmia rate threshold." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2010 (12/849,714). 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=8,364,262&OS=8,364,262&RS=8,364,262 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,258) developed by fifteen co-inventors for a "device, method, and system for neural modulation as vaccine adjuvant in a vertebrate subject." The co-inventors are Gregory J. Della Rocca, Columbia, Mo., Joshua L. Dowling, Webster Groves, Mo., Eleanor V. Goodall, Seattle, Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, Stephen L. Malaska, Redmond, Wash., Nathan P. Myhrvold, Bellevue, Wash., Paul Santiago, St. Louis, Todd J. Stewart, St. Louis, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for enhancing an immune response in a vertebrate subject is described. The apparatus includes providing at least one energy stimulus configured to modulate one or more nervous system components of the vertebrate subject, and administering one or more immunogen to the vertebrate subject, wherein the at least one energy stimulus and the one or more immunogen are provided in a combination and in a temporal sequence sufficient to enhance an immune response in the vertebrate subject." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2010 (12/802,812). 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=8,364,258&OS=8,364,258&RS=8,364,258 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Techniques to Perform Fast Motion Estimation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,363,727) developed by Ce Wang, Bellevue, Wash., and Walid Ali, Sammamish, Wash., for "techniques to perform fast motion estimation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to perform fast motion estimation are described. An apparatus may comprise a motion estimator operative to receive as input a current frame and a reference frame from a digital video sequence. The motion estimator may generate and output a motion vector. The motion vector may represent a change in position between a current block of the current frame and a matching reference block of the reference frame. The motion estimator may utilize an enhanced block matching technique to perform block matching based on stationary and spatially proximate blocks. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/241,662). 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=83,63,727.PN.&OS=PN/83,63,727&RS=PN/83,63,727 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Video/Multimedia Rendering, Composition, and User Interactivity ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,716) developed by Hari Kalva, DelRay Beach, Fla., and Atul Puri, Redmond, Wash., for "systems and methods for video/multimedia rendering, composition, and user interactivity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interactive video/multimedia application (IVM application) may specify one or more media assets for playback. The IVM application may define the rendering, composition, and interactivity of one or more the assets, such as video. Video multimedia application data (IVMA data may) be used to define the behavior of the IVM application. The IVMA data may be embodied as a standalone file in a text or binary, compressed format. Alternatively, the IVMA data may be embedded within other media content. A video asset used in the IVM application may include embedded, content-aware metadata that is tightly coupled to the asset. The IVM application may reference the content-aware metadata embedded within the asset to define the rendering and composition of application display elements and user-interactivity features. The interactive video/multimedia application (defined by the video and multimedia application data) may be presented to a viewer in a player application." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2009 (12/586,057). 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=83,63,716.PN.&OS=PN/83,63,716&RS=PN/83,63,716 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,364,087) developed by seven co-inventors for an "asymmetrical multicarrier interference avoidance." The co-inventors are Arthur Richard Brisebois, Cumming, Ga., Alain Ohana, Aventura, Fla., William G. Mansfield, Sugar Hill, Ga., David Grant Shively, Smyrna, Ga., Thomas Keathley, Mableton, Ga., Melvin D. Frerking, Norcross, Ga., and Yung Shirley Choi-Grogan, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and methods for asymmetrical multicarrier interference avoidance in a communication from a network to a subscriber device. The asymmetrical multicarrier interference avoidance technique comprises measuring signal-to-noise ratio interference values and sorting the measured values into two tables for selecting an anchor and a non-anchor frequency carrier pairs. The system is self-tuning based on changes in the network, the subscriber and the surrounding environment." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2012 (13/422,608). 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=8,364,087&OS=8,364,087&RS=8,364,087 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,364,146) developed by four co-inventors for an "initiation of wireless service." The co-inventors are Shih-Ta Peng, Bellevue, Wash., Andrei Vilkotski, Sammamish, Wash., Siddhartha Singh, Issaquah, Wash., and Yan Zhang, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are various embodiments for implementing wireless service for a wireless device. In a representative embodiment, a service initiation system is executed in a computing device that communicates with a service provider system over a network to activate a wireless service associated with a newly purchased wireless device. The service initiation system also generates a network page to send to a client over the network, where the network page has a component that initiates a porting of a contact designation associated with a prior wireless device to the newly purchased wireless device separate from the activation of the wireless service for the newly purchased wireless device." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,709). 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=8,364,146&OS=8,364,146&RS=8,364,146 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,514) developed by eight co-inventors for monitoring group activities. The co-inventors are Steven W. Macbeth, Snohomish, Wash., Roland L. Fernandez, Woodinville, Wash., Brian R. Meyers, Issaquah, Wash., Desney S. Tan, Kirkland, Wash., George G. Robertson, Seattle, Nuria M. Oliver, Seattle, Oscar E. Murillo, Seattle, and Mary P. Czerwinski, Woodinville, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A unique monitoring system and method is provided that involves monitoring user activity in order to facilitate managing and optimizing the utilization of various system resources. In particular, the system can monitor user activity, detect when users need assistance with their specific activities, and identify at least one other user that can assist them. Assistance can be in the form of answering questions, providing guidance to the user as the user completes the activity, or completing the activity such as in the case of taking on an assigned activity. In addition, the system can aggregate activity data across users and/or devices. As a result, problems with activity templates or activities themselves can be more readily identified, user performance can be readily compared, and users can communicate and exchange information regarding similar activity experiences. Furthermore, synchronicity and time-sensitive scheduling of activities between users can be facilitated and improved overall." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2006 (11/426,818). 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=8,364,514.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,514&RS=PN/8,364,514 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Flexible Display Translation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,464) developed by eight co-inventors for a flexible display translation. The co-inventors are Mohamed Elgazzar, Redmond, Wash., Bernhard Kohlmeier, Woodinville, Wash., Refaat Issa, Sammamish, Wash., Mark Webber, Seattle, Matthew Crinklaw, Sammamish, Wash., Kathryn Richardson, Sammamish, Wash., Francois Liger, Redmond, Wash., and Majd Abbar, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user interface for displaying source data and a translated copy of a segment of the source data is provided. The user interface includes a first display portion for displaying at least a subset of the source data on the display. The user interface includes a second display portion for displaying a translated copy of a selected segment of source data on the display." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2010 (12/886,893). 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=8,364,464.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,464&RS=PN/8,364,464 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Speech Recognition System with Display Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,364,487) developed by Yun-Cheng Ju, Bellevue, Wash., and Julian J. Odell, Kirkland, Wash., for a "speech recognition system with display information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A language processing system may determine a display form of a spoken word by analyzing the spoken form using a language model that includes dictionary entries for display forms of homonyms. The homonyms may include trade names as well as given names and other phrases. The language processing system may receive spoken language and produce a display form of the language while displaying the proper form of the homonym. Such a system may be used in search systems where audio input is converted to a graphical display of a portion of the spoken input." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2008 (12/255,270). 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=8,364,487.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,487&RS=PN/8,364,487 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adaptix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Adaptix, Carrollton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,364,119) developed by Douglas O. Reudink, Port Townsend, Wash., for "systems and methods for coordinating the coverage and capacity of a wireless base station." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communications base station is installed at a selected new location and the base station, prior to going "online" monitors the wireless traffic from other base stations within interference range of the new base station's coverage area. The new base station also monitors the wireless traffic between mobile devices within its coverage area and these other base stations. Based upon these monitored conditions, as well as other known conditions, the new base station then determines the transmitting parameter configuration it should imply in order to achieve a desired optimization between capacity and coverage area. After the new base station is online, a central control can monitor the entire network to determine if any additional changes are necessary and if so the new transceiver, or any other transceiver, can be instructed to monitor itself with respect to interference and to take corrective action to improve overall network coverage and capacity." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2012 (13/430,404). 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=8,364,119&OS=8,364,119&RS=8,364,119 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,364,551) developed by Rajendra Kumar Vippagunta, Bellevue, Wash., for an order consolidation prediction.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are predictions of consolidation between previously placed orders and potential orders in, for example, an e-commerce system. A consolidation prediction may include a determination of a cost differential between consolidating the potential order(s) with previously placed order(s) and refraining from consolidating the potential order(s). The cost differential may comprise a savings in shipping costs, taxes, handling fees, and so forth. In addition, this cost differential may be presented to the user. When the user desires to complete the potential orders, the previously placed order(s) and potential order(s) may be consolidated to a single order, merchant, payment type, destination, and so forth." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2009 (12/566,219). 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=8,364,551.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,551&RS=PN/8,364,551 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cequint Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 31 -- Cequint, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,364,177) developed by Mark Gosselin, Seattle, and Rick Hennessey, Bainbridge Island, Wash., for a "system and method for determination of network and conditional execution of applications and promotions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System and method for determining whether an incoming call originates from inside or outside of a mobile carriers network. An example system performs a GTT (global title translation) on an incoming number to determine the hosting carrier of any mobile phone number. After the result of the matching determination is made, a message is generated and sent to a caller associated with the call page. The generated message includes any of directory information associated with the subscriber, information associated with cost savings or comparisons associated with in-network calling, information regarding promotions for calling plans, mobile devices or device upgrades, requests to join a network, requests to join a social call plan, information regarding instant savings or call rebates, offers for online services or software, offers for reduced cost or free phone service in exchange for adoption of a predefined product or entering into a social network group." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2012 (13/418,914). 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=8,364,177&OS=8,364,177&RS=8,364,177 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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