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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 13)

[February 13, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 13)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,375,128) developed by Mostafa Tofighbakhsh, Cupertino, Calif., Yuang Lou, Dunwoody, Ga., and Jacob Lahav, Austin, Texas, for "methods and apparatuses for providing communications services in connection with a communications network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for providing differentiated user service options on communications networks are disclosed. Devices can be configured to generate service change requests, and to transmit the service change requests to a network node. The service change request can be routed to a node that determines if the service change request should be granted. The device and network can begin operation in accordance with the service change request almost instantly since no negotiation is required between the device and the network. Methods and computer-readable media embodying methods for providing differentiated user service options, are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/343,198). 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=8,375,128&OS=8,375,128&RS=8,375,128 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System for Using Virtual URLs for Load Balancing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,127) developed by Christian Lita, Austin, Texas, for a "method and system for using virtual URLs for load balancing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, computer program product and server for use managing connection requests to a pool of servers identified by a given URL. The method begins in response to a connection request from a given client machine that initiates a user session for associating a session identifier with a given server in the pool. The session identifier is then used to generate a "virtual" URL that redirects the connection request to the given server. Thereafter, any additional connection requests issued from the given client machine during the user session are redirected to the given server so that all content is served to the client from the same location. When the user session terminates, the virtual URL is inactivated and the given server is returned to the pool so that it can then be assigned a new user session to manage." The patent application was filed on March 31, 1999 (09/282,692). 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=8,375,127&OS=8,375,127&RS=8,375,127 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Remote Session Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,123) developed by four co-inventors for a remote session management. The co-inventors are Kavitha V. Baratakke, Austin, Texas, Nikhil Hegde, Austin, Texas, Sivakumar Krishnasamy, Bangalore, India, and Rashmi Narasimhan, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is reporting session information for a session upstream from a server. A data processing system receives a session handshake from a first client for a session between the server and the first client. The system receives a session-descriptor for a session between a second client and the first client before handling a nested session. The system determines whether a user has made an upstream session request. The system obtains session data from an upstream data structure, responsive to a determination that the user has made an upstream session request. The system renders the session data based on the upstream session request." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2010 (12/773,271). 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=8,375,123&OS=8,375,123&RS=8,375,123 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,375,118) developed by six co-inventors for a "smart home device management." The co-inventors are Jack Jianxiu Hao, Lexington, Mass., Guillermo Ortiz, Woburn, Mass., Heath Stallings, Colleyville, Texas, John P. Valdez, Flower Mound, Texas, Wei Xia, Sudbury, Mass., and Joseph M. Geiger, Clinton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile communication device receives information associated with multiple home devices, and generates, based on the home device information, a connected home dashboard that includes a home device item, a modes item, a monitoring item, a security item, and a notifications item. The mobile communication device also provides the connected home dashboard for display to a user, and receives, from the user, a selection of one of the home device item, the modes item, the monitoring item, the security item, or the notifications item. The mobile communication device further provides, based on the home device information and for display to the user, information associated with the selected item." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2010 (12/948,900). 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=8,375,118&OS=8,375,118&RS=8,375,118 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,375,100) developed by Matthew Ismael Rivera, San Antonio, for "systems and methods for sending consolidated electronic mail messages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An organization generates for each member a plurality of pieces of information (datums) to be sent to the member. The organization consolidates a plurality of the datums for the member into a single message by allowing the member to set a rule with a message service for receiving messages therefrom. The set rule specifies how to consolidate at least some of the datums from the organization into the single message. Datums from the organization to be sent to the member are then accumulated, and the set rule is employed to construct each received message having at least some of the accumulated datums consolidated thereinto." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2008 (12/133,615). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,375,100&OS=8,375,100&RS=8,375,100 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,374,974) developed by six co-inventors for a "neural network training data selection using memory reduced cluster analysis for field model development." The co-inventors are Dingding Chen, Plano, Texas, John A. Quirein, Georgetown, Texas, Jacky M. Wiener, Aurora, Calif., Jeffery L. Grable, Houston, Syed Hamid, Dallas, and Harry D. Smith Jr., Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for selecting a training data set from a set of multidimensional geophysical input data samples for training a model to predict target data. The input data may be data sets produced by a pulsed neutron logging tool at multiple depth points in a cases well. Target data may be responses of an open hole logging tool. The input data is divided into clusters. Actual target data from the training well is linked to the clusters. The linked clusters are analyzed for variance, etc. and fuzzy inference is used to select a portion of each cluster to include in a training set. The reduced set is used to train a model, such as an artificial neural network. The trained model may then be used to produce synthetic open hole logs in response to inputs of cased hole log data." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2003 (10/393,641). 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=83,74,974.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,974&RS=PN/83,74,974 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,374,957) developed by Ana Maria Garcia, Shavano Park, Texas, Zinda R. Vareed, Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and Pamela Glimm Diener, San Antonio, for "systems and methods for automated payment processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods to process loss payments are described herein. In one example, an apparatus includes one or more data stores, a rules engine, an audit engine and a payment engine. In another example, the method may include receiving a notice of loss, deriving a payee, processing one or more rules using the information, determining whether an automatic payment can be made and transferring funds if the automatic payment can be made. In a further example, the method may include receiving a notice of loss, the loss having one or more exposures, processing one or more rules for each of the exposures in parallel, determining if an automatic payment can be made for each of the exposures and removing the automatic payment for an exposure if it can not be made while continuing processing payments for the remaining exposures." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2011 (13/274,190). 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=83,74,957.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,957&RS=PN/83,74,957 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,374,963) developed by Bradly Jay Billman, San Antonio, for a "method and system for electronic checking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for electronic checking are described. A graphical representation of an electronic check may be provided for presentation to a providing user from which an electronic funds transfer may be initiated. The electronic check may be generated when desired. A payment date selection may be received for an electronic check on a date within the electronic account register and the electronic check may be indicated for the particular date in the electronic account register. The electronic check may be received and associated with a receiving user. An estimated charge for an actual charge may be replaced in the electronic account register in accordance with analyzing one or more actual charges." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2008 (12/031,477). 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=83,74,963.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,963&RS=PN/83,74,963 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent for Credit Card Relationship Derivation (AcctID) from Historic Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,374,934) developed by Glen Becker, San Antonio, Yifan Cui, Helotes, Texas, and Charlotte Hamner, San Antonio, for a "credit card relationship derivation (AcctID) from historic data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for credit card relationship derivation from historic data are provided. A single credit card relationship between a membership organization and a member can be very long-lived and identified by many different account numbers over time. For example, a new card with a new number can be issued if the card is lost, stolen, the member changes the card type (Standard, Gold or Platinum) or the card number is thought to be compromised. Sometimes, data security compromises committed by third-parties can result in a simultaneous mass re-issue of many cards. Various embodiments of the present invention create a common key and ordinal numbers that identifies the account throughout its life by resolving ambiguities and inconsistencies in historical data." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2010 (12/968,921). 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=83,74,934.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,934&RS=PN/83,74,934 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rent A Toll Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Rent A Toll, Carrollton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,909) developed by Benjamin P. Robinson, Plano, Texas, Debbie Lemon, Carrollton, Texas, and Sarath K. Balachandran, Irving, Texas, for a "system, method and computer readable medium for billing based on a duration of a service period." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method, and computer readable medium for billing based on a duration of a service period, comprises sending fleet data from a third party entity to a toll authority via a toll rental entity, matching toll data with the fleet data by the toll authority, if the toll data matches the fleet data: charging an account by the toll authority and sending the matched data to the toll rental entity, determining, by the toll rental entity, if the sent matched data is related to an opt-in for duration based tolling or an opt-out for duration based tolling, if the sent matched data is related to an opt-in for duration based tolling, charging the third party entity for the duration based tolling, and if the sent matched data is related to an opt-out for duration based tolling, applying at least one of: a fee for the duration based tolling, a toll usage amount, a service fee for the duration based tolling, and a service fee for the toll usage." The patent application was filed on May 8, 2009 (12/437,621). 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=83,74,909.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,909&RS=PN/83,74,909 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Zilliant Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Zilliant, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,906) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for generating pricing recommendations." The co-inventors are Loren Williams, Decatur, Ga., Xingchu Liu, Austin, Texas, Reetabrata Mookherjee, Austin, Texas, and Shi Zhong, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To determine pricing recommendations for goods and service products in a business-to-business environment, a set of transaction data corresponding to a set of products are processed to generate a set of pricing recommendations optimized according to an objective. Furthermore, a set of product segments may be determined, transaction data may be associated with one or more of the product segments and a demand model and associated price elasticity may be formulated for one or more of the product segments based upon the transaction data associated with the segment. Using these formulated price elasticities, pricing recommendations for each product may be determined for each of a set of customers. Using an optimization process, price elasticities are used to determine price dependent entity goals for any combination of products, customers and sets of prices, using a mathematical objective function." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/241,782). 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=83,74,906.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,906&RS=PN/83,74,906 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Holistic Risk-based Identity Establishment for Eligibility Determinations in Context of an Application ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,427) developed by seven co-inventors for a "holistic risk-based identity establishment for eligibility determinations in context of an application." The co-inventors are Narayanan Alavandar, Bangalore, India, Ravi S. Arunachalam, Bangalore, India, Dennis A. Carlton, Herndon, Va., Tim M. Corcoran, Washington, Hung T. Kwan, Grand Praire, Texas, William F. Willis, Herndon, Va., and J. Gary Woodward, Holland, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A set of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) services can be utilized by applications executing in protected application environments external to a SOA environment. The SOA services can include an identity service, a eligibility service, and a security risk assessment service, each of which generates a percentage of risk when run. SOA services can be dependent on specific applications and application cases, each being a specific context of an application, so that results vary by application case. The SOA environment can store data, which is constantly being updated about people, which is used by the SOA services. In one embodiment, sensitive or confidential data can be maintained in the protected application environment and can be isolated from the SOA environment. Rules, criteria, factors, and the like used by the SOA services can be customized at an arbitrary level of complexity for specific applications and application cases." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,570). 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=8,375,427&OS=8,375,427&RS=8,375,427 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Host Trust Report Based Filtering Mechanism in a Reverse Firewall ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,435) developed by four co-inventors for a "host trust report based filtering mechanism in a reverse firewall." The co-inventors are Eric P. Fried, Austin, Texas, Anand Goyal, Joka, India, Silpa Kosanam, Nagavara, India, and Suresh Sabarathinam, Chamarajpet, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a computer implemented method and computer program product to throttle traffic from a source internet protocol address. The reverse firewall inspects payloads of a plurality of packets each packet having a source address identical to the source internet protocol address and a target address corresponding to a receiver host. Responsive to detecting purported good content within at least one of the plurality of packets, the reverse firewall forwards packets having the source address. The reverse firewall determines whether a count of packets having the source address exceeds a safe threshold. The reverse firewall requests a demanded positive trust report from the receiver host, responsive to a determination that the count of packets having the source address exceeds the safe threshold. The reverse firewall determines whether a positive trust report is received from the receiver host that indicates that the source internet protocol address is good. The reverse firewall analyzes a header of packet having the source address without analyzing a payload of the packet, responsive to a determination that the positive trust report is received from the receiver host." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/339,542). 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=8,375,435&OS=8,375,435&RS=8,375,435 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Password Expiration Based on Vulnerability Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,425) developed by five co-inventors for a "password expiration based on vulnerability detection." The co-inventors are Susann Marie Keohane, Austin, Texas, Gerald Francis McBrearty, Austin, Texas, Patrick Shawn Mullen, Buda, Texas, Jessica Carol Murillo, Round Rock, Texas, and Johnny Meng-Han Shieh, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method, data processing system and computer program product are disclosed for password expiration based on vulnerability detection. A request for a password is received during re-activation of a first account that belongs to a particular user. A test password is compared to a previously created password that belongs to the particular user to determine if a match occurred. Responsive to determining that there is a match, a second account that belongs to the particular user with respect to the match is expired." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2007 (11/939,614). 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=8,375,425&OS=8,375,425&RS=8,375,425 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Osocad Remote Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Osocad Remote, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,375,399) developed by Robert W. Peterson, Plano, Texas, Thomas T. Wheeler, Frisco, Texas, and Robert DeAnna, McKinney, Texas, for a "method, apparatus and computer program to perform dynamic selection of serialization processing schemes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present application is directed to a method, apparatus a computer program product configured to perform certain operations of dynamic serialization. In one example, a message is received which includes at least one message element requiring serialization. A first message element of the message is examined. A serialization scheme from a serialization scheme library is selected based on the at least one examined attribute of the first message element. Then, at least the first message element is encoded using the serialization scheme selected." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2009 (12/629,938). 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=8,375,399&OS=8,375,399&RS=8,375,399 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,375,453) developed by James Jackson, Austin, Texas, and Mehrad Yasrebi, Austin, Texas, for "methods and apparatus to mitigate a denial-of-service attack in a voice over internet protocol network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus to mitigate a Denial-of-Service (DoS) attack in a voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) network are disclosed. An example method comprises receiving a communication session initiation message from a communication session endpoint, determining whether the communication session endpoint is associated with a probable DoS attack, and sending to the communication session endpoint a communication session initiation response message comprising a DoS header when the communication session endpoint is associated with the probable DoS attack." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2008 (12/124,764). 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=8,375,453&OS=8,375,453&RS=8,375,453 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,459) developed by four co-inventors for a "frequency based age determination." The co-inventors are Lloyd W. Allen Jr., Cary, N.C., Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Jana H. Jenkins, Raleigh, N.C., and Steven M. Miller, Cary, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Human ability to perceive higher audio frequencies diminishes with age. Functionality can be implemented to use a combination of audio tones with varying frequencies to identify an age range to which a user belongs and accordingly control access to age dependent access controlled information and services. The user's ability to perceive one or more audio tones in the combination of audio tones depends on the user's age. Thus, different users, depending on the users' age, may perceive the same combination of audio tones differently. Such an age verification system based on human perception of audio tones can minimize the need for identification cards and a reliance on the user providing accurate age information. This can prevent the user from misinterpreting his/her age to access the age dependent access controlled information and can ensure that only an authorized user gets access to the age dependent access controlled information." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2009 (12/410,551). 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=8,375,459&OS=8,375,459&RS=8,375,459 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Enabling Parallel Websphere Runtime Versions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,382) developed by Scott J. Broussard, Cedar Park, Texas, Pralhad Dhruvaraj Galagali, Bangalore, India, and Dhandapani Shanmugam, Bangalore, India, for "enabling parallel websphere runtime versions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method, a tangible storage medium, and a data processing system build a runtime environment of a system. A profile manager receives a service request containing a profile identifier. The profile identifier specifies a required version of at least one software component. The profile manager identifies a complete installation of the software component, and at least one delta file. The profile manager dynamically constructs a classpath for the required version by preferentially utilizing files from the at least one delta file followed by files from the complete installation. The runtime environment is then built utilizing the classpath." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2009 (12/465,282). 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=8,375,382&OS=8,375,382&RS=8,375,382 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** National Instruments Assigned Patent for Conversion of a Class Oriented Data Flow Program to a Structure Oriented Data Flow Program ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- National Instruments, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,355) developed by Stephen R. Mercer, Austin, Texas, Akash B. Bhakta, Austin, Texas, and Matthew E. Novacek, Austin, Texas, for a "conversion of a class oriented data flow program to a structure oriented data flow program." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System and method for converting a class oriented data flow program to a structure oriented data flow program. A first data flow program is received, where the first data flow program is an object oriented program comprising instances of one or more classes, and wherein the first data flow program is executable to perform a first function. The first data flow program is automatically converted to a second data flow program, where the second data flow program does not include the instances of the one or more classes, and where the second data flow program is executable to perform the first function. The second data flow program is stored on a computer memory, where the second data flow program is configured to be deployed to a device, e.g., a programmable hardware element, and where the second data flow program is executable on the device to perform the first function." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2009 (12/430,157). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,375,355&OS=8,375,355&RS=8,375,355 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Embedding Event Information in the Timing Stream ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,366) developed by Manisha Agarwala, Richardson, Texas, Gary L. Swoboda, Sugarland, Texas, and Oliver P. Sohm, Toronto, for "embedding event information in the timing stream." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "When events are traced, the timing stream is used to associate events with instructions and indicate pipeline advances precluding the recording of stall cycles. Additional information is needed in the trace stream to identify an overlay whose execution of code is in a system where overlays or a memory management unit are used. In the case of PC trace, additional information is added when the memory system contents is changed. Information describing the configuration change is inserted into the export streams by placing this information in a message buffer. As long as a message word is available for output, it becomes the next export word as the output of message words is continuous." The patent application was filed on Jan. 3, 2011 (12/983,621). 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=8,375,366&OS=8,375,366&RS=8,375,366 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** National Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- National Instruments, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,357) developed by Paul F. Austin, Austin, Texas, Malcolm I. Smith, Austin, Texas, and Brock J. Reeve, Austin, Texas, for a "graphical data flow web application repository with version control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System and method for performing program-related operations over a network via a web browser. A network connection is established between a server computer and a client computer over a network. A universal resource identifier (URI) is sent from the client computer to the server computer over the network, where the URI indicates a program, e.g., a graphical program (GP), or at least a portion of a graphical program interactive development environment (GPIDE), e.g., a graphical program editor, an execution engine, a static or dynamic analyzer, and/or compiler. The at least a portion of the GPIDE is received from the server computer over the network in response to the URI, and executed in a web browser of the client computer to perform some specified functionality with respect to the GP." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (12/572,839). 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=8,375,357&OS=8,375,357&RS=8,375,357 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** L3 Communications Integrated Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- L3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenvile, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,395) developed by Deepak Prasanna, Rockwell, Texas, and Matthew Pascal DeLaquil, Rockwall, Texas, for a "switch-based parallel distributed cache architecture for memory access on reconfigurable computing platforms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computing architecture comprises a plurality of processing elements to perform data processing calculations, a plurality of memory elements to store the data processing results, and a reconfigurable interconnect network to couple the processing elements to the memory elements. The reconfigurable interconnect network includes a switching element, a control element, a plurality of processor interface units, a plurality of memory interface units, and a plurality of application control units. In various embodiments, the processing elements and the interconnect network may be implemented in a field-programmable gate array." The patent application was filed on Jan. 3, 2008 (11/969,003). 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=8,375,395&OS=8,375,395&RS=8,375,395 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,231) developed by D. Matthew Landry, Austin, Texas, and Russell J. Apfel, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method of classification in power over Ethernet systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is disclosed that includes receiving a classification voltage at a powered device from a network. The classification voltage includes a baseline voltage level that is below an operating voltage range of the powered device and includes a sequence of distinct signal elements derived from the classification voltage. The method further includes detecting a number of signal elements of the sequence of distinct signal elements. A current is drawn until the number of signal elements exceeds a predetermined number." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2010 (12/845,457). 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=8,375,231.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,231&RS=PN/8,375,231 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Providing Notification of a Real-world Event to a Virtual Universe User ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,310) developed by four co-inventors for "providing notification of a real-world event to a virtual universe user." The co-inventors are Rick A. Hamilton, II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian M. O'Connell, Cary, N.C., Clifford A. Pickover, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Keith R. Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach that provides transmission and notification of a real-world event to a virtual universe user is described. In one embodiment, there is a method for notifying a resident that is on-line in a virtual universe of an occurrence of a real-world event. The method includes receiving an indication of the occurrence of the real-world event, mapping the indication of the real-world event into one of a plurality of communication representations, and notifying the resident in the virtual universe in accordance with the mapped communication representation." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2008 (12/122,438). 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=8,375,310.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,310&RS=PN/8,375,310 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Optimization of Signing Soap Body Element ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,211) developed by four co-inventors for an "optimization of signing soap body element." The co-inventors are Hyen Vui Chung, Round Rock, Texas, Takahide Nogayama, Yamato, Japan, Gregory Louis Truty, Austin, Texas, and Kenichiro Ueno, Yokohama, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An XML digital signature mechanism for providing message integrity. A sending party serializes a source XML document into a serialized byte array, calculates the source offset and length of the array of the signed part in the serialized byte array, and calculates a source hash value using the serialized array and the source offset and length. The serialized byte array is a non-canonicalized array. The array and source hash value used to sign a part or the whole of the serialized byte array is sent to a receiving party. The receiving party calculates the target offset and length of the signed part in the serialized byte array and calculates a target hash value of the signed part by using the array and the target offset and length. The receiving party compares the target hash value and the source hash value to verify the integrity of the target XML document." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/427,095). 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=8,375,211.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,211&RS=PN/8,375,211 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing Content Aggregation in Support of Virtual Channels ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,375,208) developed by nine co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for providing content aggregation in support of virtual channels." The co-inventors are Raghu Darapu, Coppell, Texas, Aravind Perumandla, Irving, Texas, Ruchir Rodrigues, Dallas, Shaygan Kheradpir, New York, Santhosh Manjrekar, Irving, Texas, Sivaramakrishnan Shunmugha, Irving, Texas, Fang Zhu, Woburn, Mass., Alexander Sakharov, Natick, Mass., and Sampath Nambakkam, Irving, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided for content aggregation in support of virtual channels. Query information and authentication information of a user are received from a media application associated with a set-top box. A query request is generated for media content from a content provider using the query information, the authentication information, and an identifier of a service provider. Transmission of the query request is initiated to the content provider system. One or more search results are received in response to the query request. Transmission of the one or more search results is initiated to the media application." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2010 (12/783,844). 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=8,375,208.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,208&RS=PN/8,375,208 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,375,255) developed by six co-inventors for a "device and method for detecting and diagnosing correlated network anomalies." The co-inventors are Jia Wang, Randolph, N.J., Ashwin Lall, Rochester, N.Y., Ajay Mahimkar, Austin, Texas, Jun Xu, Atlanta, Jennifer Yates, Morristown, N.J., and Qi Zhao, Short Hills, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device detects and diagnoses correlated anomalies of a network. The device includes an anomaly detection module receiving a first data stream including an event-series related to the network. The anomaly detection module executes at least one algorithm to detect a potential anomaly in the event-series. The device further includes a correlating module receiving a second data stream including other event-series related to the network. The correlating module determines whether the potential anomaly is false and determines whether the potential anomaly is a true anomaly." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2009 (12/646,388). 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=8,375,255.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,255&RS=PN/8,375,255 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Spansion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Spansion, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,262) developed by six co-inventors for a "field programmable redundant memory for electronic devices." The co-inventors are Allan Parker, Austin, Texas, Gregory Charles Yancey, Austin, Texas, Bradley E. Sundahl, Austin, Tenn., Sean Michael O'Mullan, Austin, Texas, Arthur Benjamin Oliver, Austin, Texas, and John Anthony Darilek, Bastrop, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic device is provided including an input/output (I/O) interface, a plurality of memory elements, a controller coupled to the I/O interface and the plurality of memory elements. In the device, the controller configured for operating the plurality of memory elements during a normal operating mode of the electronic device, where responsive to receiving a command for replacing a selected memory sector in the electronic device during the normal operating mode, the controller is configured for identifying one or more available spare memory sectors in the electronic device and modifying at least one memory map in the electronic device to replace the selected memory sector with the one of the available spare memory sectors." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2010 (12/690,590). 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=8,375,262.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,262&RS=PN/8,375,262 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Enabling Access to Data Files Unsupported by a Computing Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,285) developed by Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, and Frank L. Jania, Chapel Hill, N.C., for "enabling access to data files unsupported by a computing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer program product for managing access to data files. A first computer device sends a data file to a web server which hosts the data file. Responsive to sending the data file to the web server, the first computer device receives from the web server a web page link to the data file hosted at the web server. The first computer device creates, in a web browser application in the first computer device, a bookmark associated with the web page link. The first computer device then synchronizes the bookmarks in its web browser application with the bookmarks in the web browser application of a second computer device to allow a bookmark associated with the web page link to also be created in the web browser application of the second computer device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,043). 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=8,375,285.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,285&RS=PN/8,375,285 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Tap Interface Select Circuit with AUX1/02-TMS and TMS/RCK-RCK Leads ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,264) developed by Lee D. Whetsel, Parker, Texas, for a "tap interface select circuit with AUX1/02-TMS and TMS/RCK-RCK leads." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This disclosure describes a reduced pin bus that can be used on integrated circuits or embedded cores within integrated circuits. The bus may be used for serial access to circuits where the availability of pins on ICs or terminals on cores is limited. The bus may be used for a variety of serial communication operations such as, but not limited to, serial communication related test, emulation, debug, and/or trace operations of an IC or core design. Other aspects of the disclosure include the use of reduced pin buses for emulation, debug, and trace operations and for functional operations. In a fifth aspect of the present disclosure, an interface select circuit, FIGS. 41-49, provides for selectively using either the 5 signal interface of FIG. 41 or the 3 signal interface of FIG. 8." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2012 (13/396,017). 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=8,375,264.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,264&RS=PN/8,375,264 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,375,316) developed by Heath Stallings, Colleyville, Texas, and Sok Y. Hwang, Dallas, for a navigational transparent overlay.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method performed on a user device includes displaying a source user interface that includes one or more selectable objects; receiving a user input with respect to one of the one or more selectable objects of the source user interface; determining, in response to the user input, whether a lower level interface, with respect to the one of the one or more selectable objects of the source user interface, exists; displaying the lower level interface, when it is determined that the lower level interface exists for the one of the one or more selectable objects, where the lower level interface is displayed as a transparent overlay representative of a user interface that would be displayed if the user were to select from or access the source user interface; determining whether another user input is received, where the other user input indicates that the lower level interface is to be activated; and displaying the lower level interface as an opaque overlay, when it is determined that the other user input is received." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2009 (12/650,672). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,375,316.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,316&RS=PN/8,375,316 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,375,265) developed by Ramakrishnan Venkatasubramanian, Plano, Texas, Alan Hales, Richardson, Texas, and William Wallace, Richardson, Texas, for a "delay fault testing using distributed clock dividers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment of the invention, an integrated circuit with several clock domains bank is tested by first disabling a PLL clock and scanning test data into scan chains. Next delay fault testing (DFT) code is transmitted to each distributed clock divider on the integrated circuit. The PLL clock is then enabled to the distributed clock dividers. Selected clock dividers generate launch pulses that allow test data to be propagated from the scan chains into circuit blocks in the clock domains. Capture pulses are then generated by selected distributed clock dividers to capture test data coming from the circuit blocks into the scan chains. Next the PLL clock is disabled and the test data is scanned from the scan chains to an on-chip test control circuit." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2011 (13/231,229). 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=8,375,265.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,265&RS=PN/8,375,265 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tektronix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- Tektronix, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,375,031) developed by Alina Hernandez, Wylie, Texas, for a "lossless real-time line-rate filtering using PCAP style filters and hardware assisted patricia trees." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A processor performs line-rate filtering using hardware-assisted Patricia trees. A PCAP-style filter is converted into a form that can be inserted into a Patricia tree. The PCAP filter expression is parsed and converted into disjunctive normal form (DNF). Each DNF clause of the filter is inserted into a Patricia tree. The DNF clauses are checked for overlaps and the overlapping clauses are combined when possible." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2011 (13/024,707). 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=8,375,031&OS=8,375,031&RS=8,375,031 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Collective Operations in a File System Based Execution Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,070) developed by Pravin Shinde, Austin, Texas, and Eric Van Hensbergen, Austin, Texas, for a "collective operations in a file system based execution model." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism is provided for group communications using a MULTI-PIPE synthetic file system. A master application creates a multi-pipe synthetic file in the MULTI-PIPE synthetic file system, the master application indicating a multi-pipe operation to be performed. The master application then writes a header-control block of the multi-pipe synthetic file specifying at least one of a multi-pipe synthetic file system name, a message type, a message size, a specific destination, or a specification of the multi-pipe operation. Any other application participating in the group communications then opens the same multi-pipe synthetic file. A MULTI-PIPE file system module then implements the multi-pipe operation as identified by the master application. The master application and the other applications then either read or write operation messages to the multi-pipe synthetic file and the MULTI-PIPE synthetic file system module performs appropriate actions." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2010 (12/874,267). 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=8,375,070&OS=8,375,070&RS=8,375,070 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Assigned Patent for Electronic File Management Hierarchical Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 13 -- United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,375,072) developed by six co-inventors for an "electronic file management hierarchical structure." The co-inventors are Cleburne Robinson Burgess, Helotes, Texas, Michael Patrick Burns, San Antonio, Daniel Lee Newman, San Antonio, Keith Michael Askin, San Antonio, Ana Maria Garcia, San Antonio, and Theron Daniel Smelser, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Based on received data descriptive of an event, a hierarchical data structure is constructed comprising structural elements associated with components of an event. A file folder hierarchy corresponding to the hierarchical data structure is created. User interfaces facilitate user access to files and folders in the hierarchies. Certain documents may be designated as documents of record and access to those documents is limited to processes that will not modify the original electronic document, thereby preserving it. Facilities for creating working copies of documents of records and associating them within the hierarchies are provided. A scanning information sheet that may have an electronically readable data imprint containing information about a document to be scanned is described for facilitating the migration of paper documents into an electronic file management system." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2007 (11/734,728). 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=8,375,072&OS=8,375,072&RS=8,375,072 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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