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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 5)

[February 05, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 5)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for System and Method for Providing and Updating On-line Forms and Registrations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- C. Douglass Thomas, Campbell, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,688) for a "system and method for providing and updating on-line forms and registrations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved approaches to completing, submitting and updating on-line forms or registrations are disclosed. In one embodiment, an on-line form completion agent or an on-line registration agent intelligently guides an on-line form completion or registration process. In another embodiment, a registration is automatically monitored to determine whether and when the registration needs updated." The patent application was filed on Sept. 5, 2000 (09/655,273). 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=8,364,688&OS=8,364,688&RS=8,364,688 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Determining Traits from Sample Events ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Charles E. Ramberg, Los Altos Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,622) for "determining traits from sample events." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various aspects provide for receiving data associated with a plurality of samples. A sample generally includes data associated with one or more events. One or more traits may be determined, where a trait may be a set of or associated with one or more events. Generally, events included in a trait may be correlated (including anti-correlated) in some way. A trait may be associated with a sample, and the association may be recorded, an action may be triggered, and/or a user may be notified." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2012 (13/398,546). 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=8,364,622&OS=8,364,622&RS=8,364,622 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Contact Management System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- John Wilkins, Danville, Calif., Michael Keefe, Danville, Calif., and Sam Rehman, San Francisco, have developed a patent (8,364,711) for a "contact management system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment of a method of providing contact information, the method includes creating a contact record in a contact management system, where a process associated with a subject of the contact record and/or a recipient of data associated with the contact record is included in creating the contact record. A unique serial number is generated corresponding to the contact record and the serial number is conveyed to the recipient. A request by an application is received for the contact record from the contact management system corresponding to the serial number and data associated with the contact record is transmitted to the application." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2008 (12/116,862). 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=8,364,711&OS=8,364,711&RS=8,364,711 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Integrated Biosensor and Stimulation System for Diagnosis and Therapy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Dennis Fernandez, Atherton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,411) for an "integrated biosensor and stimulation system for diagnosis and therapy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "BioMEMS/NEMS appliance biologically monitors an individual, using biosensors to detect cellular components. Data is simulated or analyzed using systems-biology software, which provides diagnostic or therapeutic guidance." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2007 (11/949,256). 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=8,364,411&OS=8,364,411&RS=8,364,411 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for System and Method to Facilitate and Support Electronic Communication of Ideas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Michael D. Powell, Los Gatos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,599) for "system and method to facilitate and support electronic communication of ideas." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus effectuates bilateral commerce in ideas. An originator and user-driven on-line commercial network system is designed to facilitate idea submission, purchase, and licensing, and is easily adapted to business-to-business transfers of innovation as well as consumer-to-business transfers of innovation. The invention allows originators of ideas to communicate nondisclosing synopses of ideas globally to potential users, for users conveniently to search for relevant ideas and for users potentially to bind an originator to a limited duration license granting user the exclusive right to access and consider confidentially the originator's fully disclosed idea. The invention also allows users to communicate confidentially or nonconfidentially unsolved problems or needs globally to potential originators, for originators conveniently to search for relevant unsolved problems or needs, and for originators to submit and communicate confidentially proposed solutions to the soliciting user." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2010 (12/686,115). 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=8,364,599&OS=8,364,599&RS=8,364,599 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for System and Method for Advertising Goods and Services Using a Short Identifying Code ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Farhad Bashardoost, Anaheim, Calif., and Alireza Akhlaghinejad, Anaheim, Calif., have developed a patent (8,364,527) for a "system and method for advertising goods and services using a short identifying code." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of providing advertising information from a database of advertising listings using a short, easy to remember alphanumeric identifying code associated each listing. The codes are promoted through various known advertising methods. A consumer, upon observing the ad and the code, can obtain additional information regarding the subject matter of the ad by accessing the system and entering the code. The system receives the request and the code from the consumer and transmits the listing of interest to the consumer. In order to keep the codes short while still providing a large number of listings, each code may be associated with multiple listings. The system may filter the listings associated with a requested code using various data, and may also transmit to the consumer a list of such listings from which the consumer may select the listing of interest." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2007 (11/670,413). 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=8,364,527&OS=8,364,527&RS=8,364,527 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Location Sensitive Messaging ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Sunit Lohtia, San Rafael, Calif., and Joseph H. Astroth Jr., San Rafael, Calif., have developed a patent (8,364,170) for a location sensitive messaging.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods including computer program products for receiving a request from a first device, the request incorporating a message. One or more users from a first set of one or more users are selected where each of the selected one or more users is associated with a second device that is in a proximity to a current location of the first device. The message and the current location of the first device are sent to each of the second devices associated with the selected one or more users." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2011 (12/929,941). 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=8,364,170&OS=8,364,170&RS=8,364,170 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Hard Object: Hardware Protection for Software Objects ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Daniel Shawcross Wilkerson, Berkeley, Calif., and John David Kubiatowicz, Pleasant Hill, Calif., have developed a patent (8,364,910) for a "hard object: hardware protection for software objects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with one embodiment, additions to the standard computer microprocessor architecture hardware are disclosed comprising novel page table entry fields 015 062, special registers 021 022, instructions for modifying these fields 120 122 and registers 124 126, and hardware-implemented 038 runtime checks and operations involving these fields and registers. More specifically, in the above embodiment of a Hard Object system, there is additional meta-data 061 in each page table entry beyond what it commonly holds, and each time a data load or store is issued from the CPU, and the virtual address 032 translated to the physical address 034, the Hard Object system uses its additional PTE meta-data 061 to perform memory access checks additional to those done in current systems. Together with changes to software, these access checks can be arranged carefully to provide more fine-grain access control for data than do current systems." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2008 (12/045,542). 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=8,364,910&OS=8,364,910&RS=8,364,910 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for System, Method and Indicator for Assessing the Economic Performance of a Country ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- John R. Lee Jr., Topanga, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,569) for a "system, method and indicator for assessing the economic performance of a country." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a computer and an attached database. The database stores inflation, unemployment, budget deficit, and gross domestic product (GDP) data for a variety of time periods for at least one country. The computer determines standard deviations, over a first time period, of an unemployment rate, a ratio of budget deficit to GDP, a GDP rate, and absolute value of an inflation rate. The computer also determines weights for each of the unemployment rate, the ratio of budget deficit to GDP, the GDP rate, and the absolute value of the inflation rate according to the ratio of the average of the standard deviations to the unemployment rate, the ratio of budget deficit to GDP, the GDP rate, and the absolute value of the inflation rate. The computer determines an economic health score for at least a second time period, the second time period being shorter than the first time period. The score is determined by subtracting an unemployment rate, a ratio of budget deficit to GDP, and the absolute value of an inflation rate, each weighted according to their respective determined weights, from a predetermined constant and adding a GDP rate, weighted by the determined weight for the GDP rate." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2010 (12/905,063). 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=8,364,569&OS=8,364,569&RS=8,364,569 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,364,199) developed by Hao Xue, Ottawa, M. Khaledul Islam, Ottawa, and William Daniel Willey, San Francisco, for "methods and applications for supporting radio access system selection by multi-mode mobile stations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are provided for a multi-mode mobile station to perform multi-mode system selection using a multi-mode system selection algorithm as a function of multi-mode overlay information. The multi-mode overlay information includes a plurality of associations, each association being between a respective set of systems that serve at least a common geographical area, at least some of the associations being between systems using differing radio access technology. Methods are also provided for a system to prepare multi-mode overlay information that includes a plurality of associations and send the multi-mode overlay information to the mobile station." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2007 (11/627,740). 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=8,364,199&OS=8,364,199&RS=8,364,199 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for E-mail Authentication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Gary Stephen Shuster, Fresno, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,773) for an E-mail authentication.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for determining whether an e-mail originates from a sender authorized by an address provider to send the e-mail to an intended recipient's e-mail address. The e-mail identifies an address provider from which the intended recipient's e-mail address was obtained. The e-mail is delivered to the intended recipient only upon verification that the sender is authorized by the address provider to obtain the intended recipient's e-mail address. The system and method may also provide for determining whether an e-mail originates from a forged source. A server receives data relating to an e-mail, including a purported sender and a verification host. The server queries the verification host with information pertaining to the e-mail and requests confirmation that the e-mail originates from the purported sender. The e-mail is determined to originate from a forged source unless the verification host responds that the e-mail originates from the purported sender." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2012 (13/405,696). 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=8,364,773&OS=8,364,773&RS=8,364,773 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Reusable Sleeve Cover ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- James Albert Grauel, Redding, Calif., and David Glyn Williams, Redding, Calif., have developed a patent (8,364,542) for a reusable sleeve cover.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A removable sleeve cover may comprise a frusto-conical body, an insulation liner, and a window pocket frame. The frusto-conical body has an inner surface and an outer surface. The interior surface is configured for receiving a liquid container. The insulated liner may be coupled to the inner surface of the body. The window pocket frame may be attached to the outer surface of the removable sleeve cover." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2010 (12/869,497). 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=8,364,542&OS=8,364,542&RS=8,364,542 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Integrated Biosensor and Simulation System for Diagnosis and Therapy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Dennis S. Fernandez, Atherton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,364,413) for an "integrated biosensor and simulation system for diagnosis and therapy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "BioMEMS/NEMS appliance biologically monitors an individual, using biosensors to detect cellular components. Data is simulated or analyzed using systems-biology software, which provides diagnostic or therapeutic guidance." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2009 (12/423,420). 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=8,364,413&OS=8,364,413&RS=8,364,413 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas, California Inventors Develop Patent for 'I Am Driving/Busy' Automatic Response System for Mobile Phones ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Julia Olincy, Dallas, and Ronald C. Fish, Los Gatos, have developed a patent (8,364,183) for "'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." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2011 (13/373,325). 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=8,364,183&OS=8,364,183&RS=8,364,183 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method of CATV Cable Same-frequency Time Division Duplex Data Transmission ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Selim Shlomo Rakib, Cupertino, Calif., has developed a patent (8,365,237) for a "method of CATV cable same-frequency time division duplex data transmission." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method of bidirectional Time Division Duplex (TDD) data transmission over the same RF frequency ranges of a CATV cable system. The system's slave modem clocks are time synchronized to the master clock of a master modem. The master-to-slave signal propagation times are determined and used to precisely schedule transmissions with de-minimize guard times. The frequency range may be chosen to be in the high frequency CATV range around 1 GHz to maximize backward compatibility with legacy systems, and this frequency may in turn be subdivided into multiple frequencies. In some embodiments, the CATV cable tree may be further partitioned into multiple TDD domains, and multiple local master modems, connected by a special-use optical fiber, may communicate with multiple local slave modems. The system may use MAP allocation schemes that may frequently reallocate TDD time slots and frequencies according to current or projected slave modem data needs." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2011 (13/035,993). 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=8,365,237&OS=8,365,237&RS=8,365,237 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Apparatus, and Associated Method, for Paging an Access Terminal in a Radio Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,364,178) developed by William Daniel Willey, Gilroy, Calif., and Arun Munje, Ottawa, 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: "An apparatus, and an associated methodology for a communication system in which an access terminal is paged by a page sent on a paging channel. Hashes are generated by a hash generator at an access network to identify where in the paging message that page indications are to be positioned. And, hashes are generated at the access terminal to identify where in a received page that page indications are located." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2012 (13/532,592). 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=8,364,178&OS=8,364,178&RS=8,364,178 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for On-line Dispute Resolution for E-commerce Disputes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Fred A. Galves, Sacramento, Calif., and David Allen, Sacramento, Calif., have developed a patent (8,364,603) for an "on-line dispute resolution for e-commerce disputes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, software and method for electronically adjudicating a dispute includes selecting an electronic dispute adjudication level from multiple levels providing various extents of procedural options involved in the adjudicating of the dispute, and electronically processing the adjudicating of the dispute in accordance with the selected level. The multiple levels preferably include successive levels providing enhanced procedural options to parties involved in the dispute. The successive levels may correspond to increasing amounts in dispute and/or may be selected by one or more parties involved in the dispute." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2003 (10/422,612). 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=8,364,603&OS=8,364,603&RS=8,364,603 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hitachi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Hitachi, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,364,162) developed by Joydeep Acharya, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "UE initiated frequency partitioning based CoMP scheme for downlink cellular communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In the embodiments of the present invention, proposed is a method in which a CoMP enabled UE chooses the BSs to be in its cooperating set and a BS partitions its bandwidth to serve its own UEs and UEs from other cells that have requested it to be in its cooperating set." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,405). 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=8,364,162&OS=8,364,162&RS=8,364,162 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Toilet Clog Removal and Cleaning System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Donald L. Martin, Cardiff, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,679) for a "toilet clog removal and cleaning system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A toilet clog removal device comprised of a collapsible high volume bellows that fits between a toilet seat and the rim of a toilet bowel. When a bellows is compressed with the toilet seat a positive pressure is generated in the toilet bowl and the clogging materials are pushed down. The bellows will also flush most of the water from a toilet, leaving a small amount of water in the toilet bowl allowing a toilet cleaner to be less diluted and thus more effective in cleaning a toilet. After use the bellows may be collapsed by twisting and folding for convenient storage." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2007 (11/676,238). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,679.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,679&RS=PN/83,59,679 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Earthquake Force Absorption System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Danny Chagai Zeevi, Chatsworth, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,793) for an "earthquake force absorption system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system installed in building foundations to absorb forces from earthquakes. The earthquake force absorption system includes a footing structure extending into a foundation hole, an anchoring substrate lining a bottom of the foundation hole, opposing springs disposed around the footing structure, and attachment plates coupling the springs to the footing structure and the anchoring substrate." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2011 (13/197,250). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,793.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,793&RS=PN/83,59,793 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Flynn Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Timothy J. Flynn, Key Largo, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,360,290) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for separating label assembly." The co-inventors are Timothy J. Flynn, Thomas E. Flynn, Crystal Lake, Ill., Patrick J. Flynn, Redlands, Calif., and Brian Zimmerman, Yucaipa, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A label assembly including a face sheet, a back sheet, and a layer of an adhesive positioned between the face sheet and the back sheet. A separation line divides the label assembly into at least two portions. The separation line is formed by a first tearable line of separation extending across the back sheet and a second tearable line of separation extending across the face sheet. The first tearable line of separation is offset with respect to the second tearable line of separation, and at least one of the first and second tearable lines of separation includes a non-linear portion directed toward and/or an angled portion extending at an angle to an other of the at least one of the first and second tearable lines of separation." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2009 (12/381,509). 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=8,360,290&OS=8,360,290&RS=8,360,290 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Innovational Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Innovational Holdings, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,361,537) developed by John F. Shanley, Redwood City, Calif., for an "expandable medical device with beneficial agent concentration gradient." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An expandable medical device has a plurality of elongated struts joined together to form a substantially cylindrical device, which is expandable from a cylinder having a first diameter to a cylinder having a second diameter. At least one of the plurality of struts includes at least one opening extending at least partially through a thickness of the strut. A beneficial agent is loaded into the opening within the strut in layers to achieve desired temporal release kinetics of the agent. Alternatively, the beneficial agent is loaded in a shape which is configured to achieve the desired agent delivery profile. A wide variety of delivery profiles can be achieved including zero order, pulsatile, increasing, decrease, sinusoidal, and other delivery profiles." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2007 (11/925,344). 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=8,361,537&OS=8,361,537&RS=8,361,537 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Canada, California Inventors Develop Patent for Self-stowing Support Table with Articulating Arm ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Martin Lebel, Quebec, and Eric Lebel, Tiburon, Calif., have developed a patent (8,359,982) for a "self-stowing support table with articulating arm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A support table device comprises a base for being positioned on a surface, a table member for supporting articles thereon; and an articulating arm mounted at one end to the base. The table member is pivotally mounted to the articulating arm at the other end thereof. The articulating arm comprises at least two arm segments joined about an arm joint therebetween for relative pivotal movement. The articulating arm and table are movable between a stowed position, with the table member being near the base and a deployed position with the table being away from the base." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2009 (12/538,626). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,982.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,982&RS=PN/83,59,982 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Snap Ring having Multiple Rollers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Ricardo Jang, Cypress, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,719) for a "snap ring having multiple rollers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A snap ring for coupling a purse line to a purse seine includes a frame, a plurality of rollers, a frame opening, and a locking unit. The frame is connected to the purse seine. The purse line passes through a second end of the frame. The rollers are rotatably provided in the frame at positions at which the purse line is brought into contact with the frame. The frame opening is formed in one side part of opposite side parts of the frame to open the frame. The locking unit is coupled to the frame to openably close the frame opening. The locking unit includes a first cylinder which is hinged at a first end thereof to the part of the frame which corresponds to a first end of the frame opening." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2009 (12/643,440). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,719.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,719&RS=PN/83,59,719 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Wyatt Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Wyatt Technology, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,360,244) developed by Philip J. Wyatt, Santa Barbra, Calif., Michelle H. Chen, Goleta, Calif., and David N. Villalpando, Lompoc, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for optimizing the separation of small particles using the asymmetric flow field flow fractionation method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new type of asymmetric flow field flow fractionator, A4F, is described permitting improved sample fractionation means by providing a range of available channel lengths within the same A4F unit. With such an apparatus, samples may be optimally separated by performing such fractionations as a function of channel length. The ability to vary channel length within the same A4F unit has heretofore been unavailable." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2008 (12/157,367). 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=8,360,244&OS=8,360,244&RS=8,360,244 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Diamond Constellation of Non-geostationary Satellites for Broadband Multimedia Communications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Hsin-Hsien Chung, San Diego, has developed a patent (8,360,366) for a "diamond constellation of non-geostationary satellites for broadband multimedia communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is related to a method in the design of constellation of non-geostationary satellites for broadband multimedia communications. A broadband multimedia satellite communication system based on the present invention will not have interference problems with the GEO satellites and terrestrial communications. Users of the system will be able to use very low cost simple automatic tracking antenna to access broadband multimedia services anywhere around the world." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2010 (12/661,223). 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=83,60,366.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,366&RS=PN/83,60,366 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** HGST Netherlands Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- HGST Netherlands, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,361,541) developed by Edward Hin Pong Lee, San Jose, Calif., and David John Seagle, Morgan Hill, Calif., for a "fabrication of magnetoresistive sensors and electronic lapping guides." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject matter disclosed herein provides methods for manufacturing an electronic lapping guide and a magnetic read head assembly. The magnetoresistive head assembly includes a sensing element that has a front edge and a front flux guide that has a back edge, such that the sensing element front edge and the front flux guide back edge share a common interface that defines an interface plane normal to the surface of a wafer substrate. The electronic lapping guide comprises a conductive material adapted to attach to two electrical leads for measuring a resistance through the conductive material. The conductive material may include a conductive material back edge aligned with the interface plane. The resistance of the conductive material may be inversely proportional to a conductive material length normal to the interface plane." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/462,104). 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=8,361,541&OS=8,361,541&RS=8,361,541 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Rebar Bending Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Marcus Karty, Simi Valley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,892) for a rebar bending device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A rebar bending device for bending rebar. The device features a base plate and a rotator plate pivotally attached to the top of the base plate. A top plate is attached atop the rotator plate. A first pin extends from the base plate through the rotator plate and through the top plate. The rotator plate can rotate about the first pin with respect to the base plate and top plate. An arc-shaped slots are disposed in the top plate, which is adapted to receive a dial pin that is anchored to the rotator plate. A dial is marked atop the top plate (the second marker plate). A second pin is disposed on the top of the top plate near the first pin and a third pin is disposed on the top of the rotator plate." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,711). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,892.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,892&RS=PN/83,59,892 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Adjustable Leg Support ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Grant B. Jones, Carlsbad, Calif., has developed a patent (8,360,375) for an adjustable leg support.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adjustable leg support for providing support to and stabilizing a leg of a table, chair or similar article that is shorter than the other legs to prevent the article from wobbling. The adjustable leg support includes a screw-threaded rotatable base that is detachably coupled in surrounding engagement to a correspondingly threaded platform. The platform has a flat shelf that is laid upon the floor below the short leg to be supported. A rotational force is applied to the rotatable base which causes an axial displacement of the platform upwardly through the base towards the short leg. Rotation of the base continues until the flat shelf of the platform is raised and the short leg is seated on the shelf by which to eliminate the gap between the short leg and the floor. The rotatable base and the platform are mated to one another along opposing sets of screw threads that lie outside and surround the short leg to be stabilized." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2010 (12/925,975). 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=83,60,375.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,375&RS=PN/83,60,375 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Covered Ashtray with Reversible Top ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- David F. Dorsey, Scotts Valley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,360,071) for a "covered ashtray with reversible top." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A covered ashtray which has a reversible top which is reversed when the ashtray is in use. The reversed side allows for the use of the ashtray in a standard fashion. Upon completion of use, the top may be placed back into the original position, wherein the ash and cigarette butts will be deposited into a chamber in the bottom portion of the ashtray." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2007 (11/895,019). 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=83,60,071.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,071&RS=PN/83,60,071 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Managing Private Moderator Codes for Conference Calls ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,364,133) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for managing private moderator codes for conference calls." The co-inventors are Christina Evelyn Lucey, San Francisco, Irina Mikheyenok, Castro Valley, Calif., Peter Eymard Baccay, San Jose, Calif., and Carsten Michael Bergmann, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, mobile device, and conferencing system are provided for automatically establishing a conference event having a plurality of invitees. In one implementation, a method is provided for determining whether an invitee of a conference event is a moderator of the conference event. The method also automatically establishes the conference event using a moderator code responsive to determining that the invitee is the moderator of the conference event." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2011 (13/310,681). 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=8,364,133&OS=8,364,133&RS=8,364,133 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** YKK Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- YKK, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,359,717) developed by Kentaro Yamamoto, Macon, Ga., Hisashi Yoneshima, Macon, Ga., and Shigeyoshi Takazawa, Anaheim, Calif., for a slide fastener.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of slide fasteners include a first set of coupling elements and a second set of coupling elements configured to be removably joined together by a slider. Each coupling element includes a first surface having a first shape and a second surface having a second shape, wherein the second surface is spaced apart from and cofaces the first surface. The first shape may be substantially triangular or substantially trapezoidal, according to various embodiments, and the second shape is substantially gear shaped. When the coupling elements of the first set and the second set are removably joined together, water is substantially prevented from leaking from the first surface to the second surface. In addition, the coupling elements are disposed on stringer tapes, and the surfaces of the stringer tapes adjacent the first surfaces of the coupling elements are laminated with a water resistant material." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2009 (12/477,773). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,717.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,717&RS=PN/83,59,717 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** HCT Asia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- HCT Asia, Central, Hong Kong, has been assigned a patent (8,360,078) developed by Cindy Lim, Santa Monica, Calif., and Megan Rene Langdon, Santa Monica, Calif., for a "compact system with magnetic slide out brush." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compact system for applying a product to a surface including a removable applicator slideably housed in a compact comprising an actuator and a slide-mechanism. In one example, the slide-mechanism is configured to magnetically couple with a magnet in the base of the applicator, and slides the applicator into and out of the compact. By virtue of having a removable applicator, the compact system is portable and convenient, while at the same time the applicator remains clean and intact until a time of use." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2010 (12/823,748). 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=83,60,078.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,078&RS=PN/83,60,078 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Pollution Control System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Serge V. Monros, Huntington Beach, Calif., has developed a patent (8,360,038) for a pollution control system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The pollution control system includes a PCV valve having an inlet and an outlet adapted to vent blow-by gas out from a combustion engine. A fluid regulator associated with the PCV valve selectively modulates engine vacuum pressure to adjustably increase or decrease a fluid flow rate of blow-by gas venting from the combustion engine. An integral oil trap fluidly coupled to the PCV valve condenses vaporized oil in the blow-by gas into a liquid for re-use in the combustion engine." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/748,727). 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=83,60,038.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,038&RS=PN/83,60,038 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Optical Components for Use in High Energy Environment with Improved Optical Characteristics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Alfred A. Margaryan, Glendale, Calif., and Ashot A. Margaryan, Glendale, Calif., have developed a patent (8,361,914) for an "optical components for use in high energy environment with improved optical characteristics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Optical components that maintain transparency (remain clear) in high energy environments, including in applications of high-intensity gamma-ray radiation dosage of 1.29.times.10.sup.9 rads and greater, and neutron energy at neutron fluxes ranging from 3.times.10.sup.9 to 1.times.10.sup.14 n/cm.sup.2 sec and greater, and fluencies ranging from 2.times.10.sup.16 to 8.3.times.10.sup.20 n/cm.sup.2 and greater. Further, the optical components have a bulk laser damage threshold of 105+/-20 J/cm.sup.2, a surface laser damage threshold of 72+/-15 J/cm.sup.2, a Stokes shift of about 9%, and a fractional thermal loading of about 11%." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2009 (12/607,962). 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=8,361,914&OS=8,361,914&RS=8,361,914 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Dental Cleaning Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Gerald K. Brewer, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,359,692) for a dental cleaning device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Powered toothbrush systems that provide improved bristle positioning and bristle contact with tooth surfaces that reduce the time and effort required for effective brushing. Some embodiments use alternating or oscillating pneumatic pressure and suction to move a tooth brush head. Various configuration of the brush head provide different areas of coverage ranging from individual tooth to quarter mouth (U-cross section), to half (U-cross section or H-cross section) or whole mouth (U-cross section or H-cross section) coverage. Some embodiments include flexible fingers and/or bladders to keep the bristle tips properly engaged with the teeth and gums, providing bristle contact over a wide variety of malocclusion. The shape of the brush heads adapts to conform closely to the shape of the user's dental arch and to any malocclusion that may be present. The power toothbrush automatically generates motion of the brush head that simulates the "Modified Bass Method" of brushing." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/555,662). 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=83,59,692.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,692&RS=PN/83,59,692 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Gregory Mountain Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Gregory Mountain Products, Sacramento, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,360,289) developed by Thomas Mark Thibadeau Jr., Sacramento, Calif., and Tabita G. Verumen, San Ysidro, Calif., for an "adjustable waist belt system for a carrying apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention relates to a user-based carrying system, including an enclosure member and a user attachment system. The user attachment system includes a hip attachment system comprising a dorsal pad and a first and second strap member coupled to the enclosure member. The strap members are configured to laterally extend around the waist region of the user. An adjustable coupling between the first and second strap members and the enclosure member includes a first and second male sleeve coupler rigidly coupled to the enclosure member and a plurality of sleeves disposed on each of the first and second padded regions. The first and second male sleeve couplers are disposed within one sleeve on the respective first and second padded region. The distal length of the first and second strap members is dependent on a plurality of sleeves within which the first and second male sleeve couplers are disposed." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2010 (12/840,501). 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=8,360,289&OS=8,360,289&RS=8,360,289 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Powertrain Controls ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Charles E. Ramberg, Los Altos Hills, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,829) for powertrain controls.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and computer-readable storage media directed toward reducing emissions are disclosed. In some aspects, a hybrid powertrain may include an engine and a motor. A combination of output from the engine and motor may be chosen that reduces a concentration of one or more pollutants. In some cases, an exhaust aftertreatment system may be remotely activated, which may reduce warmup time associated with emissions mitigation." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2010 (12/824,070). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,829.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,829&RS=PN/83,59,829 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GLOBALFOUNDRIES Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, has been assigned a patent (8,361,894) developed by Michael J. Hargrove, Clinton Corners, N.Y., and Kuldeep Amarnath, San Jose, Calif., for "methods of forming FinFET semiconductor devices with different fin heights." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One illustrative method disclosed herein includes forming first and second FinFET devices in and above a first region and a second region of a semiconducting substrate, respectively, performing a first ion implantation process through a patterned mask layer to implant nitrogen into the second region, removing the patterned mask layer, performing a second ion implantation process to implant oxygen atoms into both the first and second regions, performing a heating process to form a layer of insulating material at least in the first region and performing at least one etching process to define at least one first fin in the first region and to define at least one second fin in the second region, the second fin being taller than the first fin." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2012 (13/439,185). 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=8,361,894&OS=8,361,894&RS=8,361,894 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Toro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Toro, Bloomington, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,360,250) developed by Quynh Nguyen, Montclair, Calif., and Huong Tran, Corona, Calif., for a self-cleaning valve.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An elongated filter disposed over a metering passage of a valve. A rotor is rotatably mounted over the filter and includes a scraping surface positioned along the length of the filter. As water enters the valve, the rotor rotates, causing the scraping surface to scrape off any debris along the length of the filter." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2008 (12/326,627). 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=8,360,250&OS=8,360,250&RS=8,360,250 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Canine Security Leash ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Orion Johnson, Huntington Beach, Calif., has developed a patent (8,360,011) for a canine security leash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A security leash includes a main leash and a secondary leash. Should the main leash be dropped by an animal's handler, or if the clip at the end of the main leash should fail, or if the collar on the animal should fail, the secondary leash may continue to secure the animal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2010 (12/910,382). 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=83,60,011.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,011&RS=PN/83,60,011 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Locking Hinge Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Jan Van Gennep, Lakeport, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,709) for a locking hinge assembly.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A door hinge assembly with hinge members having axially aligned cylindrical passages with interior surface shape, and a selectively depressible hinge pin with an exterior shape that matches the interior hinge member passages so as to permit selective locking of the hinge members." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2010 (12/708,397). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,709.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,709&RS=PN/83,59,709 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mitsui Chemicals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Mitsui Chemicals, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,361,605) developed by four co-inventors for a "photosensitive resin composition, dry film, and processed product made using the same." The co-inventors are Katsuhiko Funaki, Sunnyvale, Calif., Etsuo Ohkawado, Chiba, Japan, Kousuke Hirota, Urayasu, Japan, and Syuji Tahara, Ichihara, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A photosensitive resin composition which is effective in avoiding troubles in the step of plating with various metals in printed wiring board production, such as under-film metal deposition and film peeling, and which forms a wiring-protecting film excellent in adhesion, flexibility, insulation reliability, and heat resistance. The photosensitive resin composition comprises (A) a carboxylated polymer, (B) a compound having at least two photopolymerizable unsaturated double bonds, (C) a photopolymerization initiator, and (D) a nitrogen compound represented by a specific feature." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2008 (12/596,948). 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=8,361,605&OS=8,361,605&RS=8,361,605 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hand Held Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Hand Held Products, Skaneateles Falls, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,360,319) developed by Huyu Qu, San Jose, Calif., and Ynjiun P. Wang, Cupertino, Calif., for an "encoded information reading terminal operating in infrastructure more and AD-HOC mode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An encoded information reading (EIR) terminal can comprise a central processing unit (CPU), a memory, an EIR device, and a wireless communication interface. The EIR device can be provided by a bar code reading device, an RFID reading device, and/or a card reading device. The wireless communication interface can comprise a first logical communication interface operating on a first frequency channel and a second logical communication interface operating on a second frequency channel. The wireless communication interface can be configured to transmit infrastructure mode beacons. The infrastructure mode beacons can include a service set identifier. The wireless communication interface can be further configured to transmit ad-hoc mode beacons on the second frequency channel. The ad-hoc mode beacons can include an identifier of a mesh path selection protocol. The EIR terminal can be further configured to route MAC frames between the first logical communication interface and the second logical communication interface." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2012 (13/487,344). 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=8,360,319&OS=8,360,319&RS=8,360,319 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Polycorp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Polycorp, Elora, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,360,350) developed by Robert Mepham, Fergus, Canada, David J. Page, Elora, Canada, and Pramod Kumar, Waterloo, Calif., for a discharge end liner.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A discharge end liner attachable to a discharge end wall in a grinding mill. The discharge end liner includes a number of pulp lifter elements mountable on the discharge end wall for at least partially defining a number of chambers rotatable in the predetermined direction respectively between a submerged condition and a raised condition. The discharge end liner also includes one or more grate subassemblies positionable on the pulp lifter elements, for at least partially screening the slurry. At least a part of each grate subassembly is located by an outer portion of the pulp lifter element in a predetermined position relative to the discharge end wall. An inner portion of each pulp lifter element defines an obtuse angle between the inner portion and the outer portion, for permitting the retained portion of the slurry to evacuate from each chamber respectively while each chamber is in the raised condition." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2009 (12/994,248). 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=83,60,350.PN.&OS=PN/83,60,350&RS=PN/83,60,350 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Smart Building Systems and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Bao Q. Tran, Saratoga, Calif., has developed a patent (8,359,750) for "smart building systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An appliance includes a memory storage location storing a flag indicative of a predicted demand-response (DR) period such as from a utility or when a current alternating current (AC) duty cycle differs from a specified AC duty cycle by a predetermined variance; and a controller coupled to the flag to autonomously place the appliance in an energy shedding mode during the predicted DR period." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2011 (13/339,313). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,750.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,750&RS=PN/83,59,750 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PrivaSys Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- PrivaSys, Tiburon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,360,332) developed by six co-inventors for an electronic card. The co-inventors are Mark Poidomani, Windermere, Fla., Joan Ziegler, Tiburon, Calif., Eric Foo, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Ziv Alon, Newbury Park, Calif., Charles McGuire, Newbury Park, Calif., and Lawrence Routhenstein, Ocoee, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic card that, once activated, can drive a set of user data from a first secure microprocessor through a signal line to a second processor, process the set of user data in the second processor to generate a series of digital transaction signals, drive the series of digital transaction signals into a RC specialty circuit, convert the series of digital transaction signals into two distinct analog waveform signals, and drive the two distinct analog waveform signals along at least two tracks such that the first analog signal and the second analog signal cancel each other magnetically so that the resulting magnetic flux at a target broadcast area replicates the magnetic field created in a magnetic stripe." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2012 (13/448,281). 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=8,360,332&OS=8,360,332&RS=8,360,332 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Panasonic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Panasonic, Osaka, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,364,099) developed by Earl W. McCune Jr., Santa Clara, Calif., for "methods and apparatus for controlling leakage and power dissipation in radio frequency power amplifiers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radio frequency power amplifier (RF PA) apparatus includes an RF PA and a waveform converter. The waveform converter is configured to receive a sinusoidal RF signal and generate a nonsinusoidal RF signal, which is used to drive an active device (e.g., a field effect transistor (FET) or bipolar junction transistor (BJT)) of the RF PA. The nonsinusoidal RF signal, which may comprise a square wave or a substantially-square wave signal, has signal characteristics that result in less leakage through the active device's input-output parasitic capacitance, compared to the leakage that would result if the sinusoidal RF signal was used to drive the active device. The leakage control methods and apparatus of the present invention may be advantageously employed in a variety of applications including, for example, RF polar transmitters." The patent application was filed on July 5, 2007 (11/773,650). 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=8,364,099&OS=8,364,099&RS=8,364,099 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stamps.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 5 -- Stamps.com, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,360,313) developed by four co-inventors for a "computer-based value-bearing item customization security." The co-inventors are J.P. Leon, Marina del Rey, Calif., Richard Stables, Venice, Calif., Daniel David Farino, Santa Monica, Calif., and Geoffrey Charles Begen, Lake Forest, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The exemplary embodiment of the present invention will provide computer systems and methods for protecting the security of processing for customization of computer-based value-bearing items, such as, for 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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