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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Feb. 15)

[February 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Feb. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Minnesota.

*** ADC Telecommunications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,478) developed by Thomas Marcouiller, Shakopee, Minn., and Tim Redmann, Carver, Minn., for a "fiber optic dust cap and connector for terminating multi-fiber optical cables." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dust cap is adapted to cover an end of a fiber optic connector that includes a release sleeve. The dust cap includes a sleeve with an open end and a closed end, at least one resilient latch, a connector stop, and a sealing face. The dust cap is installed on the fiber optic connector by placing the open end of the sleeve over the end of the fiber optic connector. The resilient latch retains the dust cap on the fiber optic connector by latching to a second end of the release sleeve. The sealing face of the dust cap is adapted to abut a first end of the release sleeve, and the connector stop is adapted to abut a connector body of the fiber optic connector when the dust cap is fully installed." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2010 (12/836,873). 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=8,374,478&OS=8,374,478&RS=8,374,478 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Clearfield Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Clearfield, Plymouth, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,477) developed by John P. Hill, Andover, Minn., for a "modular optical fiber cassettes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure includes apparatus and methods for a modular optical fiber cassette. One embodiment includes a base housing configured to receive additional nested components and an adapter plate resiliently connected to the housing and comprising a plurality of optical fiber connectors. The adapter plate is releasable from the housing and providing access to both sides of the adapter plate. The cassette further includes a radius limiter nested with and resiliently connected to the base housing, a first expansion housing having an exterior contour substantially aligned with the base housing and configured to resiliently interlock with the base housing, and a cover resiliently connected to the expansion housing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2011 (13/296,743). 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=8,374,477&OS=8,374,477&RS=8,374,477 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Starkey Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,370) developed by Tao Zhang, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Brian Fideler, Jordan, Minn., for a "real ear measurement adaptor with internal sound conduit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for a hearing assistance device housing for use in real ear measurements. The methods and apparatus for configuration of a hearing assistance device using an apparatus including an opening to receive a sound tube for real ear measurements and providing an opening for connection of a sound hook to a housing of the hearing assistance device." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/414,876). 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=8,374,370&OS=8,374,370&RS=8,374,370 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Robotka Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Shawn N. Robotka, Eau Claire, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,374,325) developed by Shawn N. Robotka, Blaine, Minn., for a bilingual communication system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention include a system, apparatus and method for addressing the need of remotely providing live interpretation to location-specific sites in a timely manner. The system for bilingual communication includes a means to allow a first communicating party and a second communicating party to electronically communicate where the first party and second party communicate in different languages for a group consisting of all spoken languages and sign language. Either or both parties may be more than one person. Communication is made in at least a first location-specific site and is made in a timely manner through a remote third party live interpreter." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2008 (12/283,799). 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=8,374,325&OS=8,374,325&RS=8,374,325 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Imation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Imation, Oakdale, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,373,946) developed by Robert C. Martin, St. Paul, Minn., for a "reader including an interposer that prevents coupling with write-protected data cartridges." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A removable hard disk drive storage system includes a data storage cartridge having a write protect switch, and a reader configured to couple to and read data from the data storage cartridge. The reader includes a physical block that aligns with the write protect switch of the data storage cartridge. The physical block aligns with the write protect switch of the data storage cartridge to prevent the reader from coupling to the data storage cartridge when the write protect switch is in a write protect position." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,973). 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=8,373,946&OS=8,373,946&RS=8,373,946 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,373,050) developed by Fufa H. Birru, Willmar, Minn., for "plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH107749." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH107749. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH107749, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH107749 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH107749." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2011 (13/023,512). 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=83,73,050.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,050&RS=PN/83,73,050 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pioneer Hi Bred International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Pioneer Hi Bred International, Johnston, Iowa, has been assigned a patent (8,373,049) developed by four co-inventors for a "maize variety hybrid X8N319." The co-inventors are Matthew David Smalley, Noblesville, Ind., Edwin Michael Grote, Milton, Wis., Martin Arbelbide, North Mankato, Minn., and Joseph Kevin Gogerty, Algona, Iowa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel maize variety designated X8N319 and seed, plants and plant parts thereof, produced by crossing Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary inbred maize varieties. Methods for producing a maize plant that comprises crossing hybrid maize variety X8N319 with another maize plant. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X8N319 through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby. This invention relates to the maize variety X8N319, the seed, the plant produced from the seed, and variants, mutants, and minor modifications of maize variety X8N319. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from maize variety X8N319." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2010 (12/792,762). 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=83,73,049.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,049&RS=PN/83,73,049 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,299) developed by Eric S. Olson, Minneapolis, Anand P. Narayan, Bangalore, India, and John K. Thomas, Saratoga, Calif., for a "serial cancellation receiver design for a coded signal processing engine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interference cancelling receiver combines data from multiple paths after aligning to transmitter timing, and uses either an equalizer or a Rake receiver to compute symbol estimates. Interference estimates are generated from the symbol estimates, and multiple interference estimates are combined after re-aligning the interference estimates to receiver timing. At least two segments of symbol estimates are computed for each segment of interference cancelled data. Various techniques may be employed for controlling the latency and sequencing of these operations, and the subsystems within the canceller may use different processing clock speeds." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2011 (13/076,332). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,374,299&OS=8,374,299&RS=8,374,299 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Xoft, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,313) developed by five co-inventors for an "apparatus and methods for radiation treatment of tissue surfaces." The co-inventors are Randall W. Holt, Chico, Calif., Steve Axelrod, Los Altos, Calif., Robert Burnside, Mountain View, Calif., Robert G. Neimeyer, San Jose, Calif., and Thomas W. Rusch, Hopkins, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device, system and method for administering radiation therapy to a tissue surface of a patient utilizes an applicator capable of controlled movement and repositioning over a selected area of tissue, under the control of a computer or controller. A servo-controlled manipulator can effect a raster scan of the desired area, such as an area of the skin, and this can be in any desired pattern such as serpentine, spiral, parallel but unidirectional, or irregular patterns. Preferably a third direction of control is included, i.e. a depth direction, with an appropriate form of depth sensor, a signal from which can be used to adjust the radiation source so that radiation of the tissue surface is consistent over varied contoured." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2010 (12/802,744). 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=8,374,313&OS=8,374,313&RS=8,374,313 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,373,965) developed by Rajesh V. Iyer, Eden Prairie, Minn., for a "filtered feedthrough assembly and associated method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for sealing a capacitor bottom in a filtered feedthrough. The feedthrough comprises a ferrule, a capacitor, at least one terminal pin and a support structure. The support structure includes at least one projection that extends into an aperture of the capacitor. The projection includes an opening through which the at least one terminal pin extends such that, in an assembled state, the terminal pin extends through the opening of the projection and the aperture of the capacitor." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2009 (12/368,847). 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=8,373,965&OS=8,373,965&RS=8,373,965 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Detecting and Preventing Overheating in Power Connectors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,373,959) developed by four co-inventors for "detecting and preventing overheating in power connectors." The co-inventors are Joseph Kuczynski, Rochester, Minn., Melissa K. Miller, Durham, N.C., Heidi Williams, Cary, N.C., and Jing Zhang, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus directed to detecting and preventing excessive heating in power connectors is disclosed. In one embodiment, a system includes a power connector having an array of pins. A circuit board, such as a midplane of a blade server chassis, has an array of electrical vias passing through the circuit board that are arranged to receive the array of pins and at least one heat flux sensor positioned on one of the vias at the back of the midplane. The heat flux sensor is configured for generating an electrical signal in relation to an applied heat flux. A controller in communication with the heat flux sensor is configured for powering off the electrical power supply in response to the electrical signal reaching a setpoint corresponding to a selected heat flux threshold." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/555,583). 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=8,373,959&OS=8,373,959&RS=8,373,959 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent for Plants and Seeds of Hybrid Corn Variety CH972645 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has bbeen assigned a patent (8,373,043) developed by Richard G. Stelpflug, Cottage Grove, Wis., Allen C. Faue, Moorhead, Minn., and Fufa H. Birru, Willmar, Minn., for "plants and seeds of hybrid corn variety CH972645." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH972645. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH972645, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH972645 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH972645." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2010 (12/776,148). 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=83,73,043.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,043&RS=PN/83,73,043 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Once Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Once Innovations, Plymouth, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,373,363) developed by Zdenko Grajcar, Crystal, Minn., for a "reduction of harmonic distortion for LED loads." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and associated methods reduce harmonic distortion of a excitation current by diverting the excitation current substantially away from a number of LEDs arranged in a series circuit until the current or its associated periodic excitation voltage reaches a predetermined threshold level, and ceasing the current diversion while the excitation current or voltage is substantially above the predetermined threshold level. In an illustrative embodiment, a rectifier may receive an AC (e.g., sinusoidal) voltage and deliver unidirectional current to a string of series-connected LEDs. An effective turn-on threshold voltage of the diode string may be reduced by diverting current around at least one of the diodes in the string while the AC voltage is below a predetermined level. In various examples, selective current diversion within the LED string may extend the input current conduction angle and thereby substantially reduce harmonic distortion for AC LED lighting systems." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2010 (12/785,498). 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=8,373,363&OS=8,373,363&RS=8,373,363 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Monsanto Technology Assigned Patent for Plants and Seeds of Corn Variety CV095074 ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Monsanto Technology, St. Louis, has bbeen assigned a patent (8,373,039) developed by Marvin L. Boerboom, Olivia, Minn., for "plants and seeds of corn variety CV095074." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to the invention, there is provided seed and plants of the hybrid corn variety designated CH105845. The invention thus relates to the plants, seeds and tissue cultures of the variety CH105845, and to methods for producing a corn plant produced by crossing a corn plant of variety CH105845 with itself or with another corn plant, such as a plant of another variety. The invention further relates to genetic complements of plants of variety CH105845." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2010 (12/775,662). 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=83,73,039.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,039&RS=PN/83,73,039 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cargill Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Cargill, Wayzata, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,372,989) developed by seven co-inventors for "polypeptides and biosynthetic pathways for the production of monatin and its precursors." The co-inventors are Timothy W. Abraham, Minnetonka, Minn., Douglas C. Cameron, Plymouth, Minn., Paula M. Hicks, Eden Prairie, Minn., Sara C. McFarlan, St. Paul, Minn., John Rosazza, Iowa City, Iowa, Lishan Zhao, Carlsbad, Calif., and David P. Weiner, Del Mar, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and compositions that can be used to make monatin from glucose, tryptophan, indole-3-lactic acid, indole-3-pyruvate, and 2-hydroxy 2-(indol-3-ylmethyl)-4-keto glutaric acid, are provided. Methods are also disclosed for producing the indole-3-pyruvate and 2-hydroxy 2-(indol-3-ylmethyl)-4-keto glutaric acid intermediates. Compositions provided include nucleic acid molecules, polypeptides, chemical structures, and cells. Methods include in vitro and in vivo processes, and the in vitro methods include chemical reactions." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2004 (10/979,821). 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=83,72,989.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,989&RS=PN/83,72,989 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Seasonal Specialties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Seasonal Specialties, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,373,347) developed by Robert C. Neuman, Cannon Falls, Minn., for a "variable effect light string." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light system that is controllable to generate a plurality of selected lighting effects, the light system includes a main processor, the main processor being in communication with a plurality of light sources; and each of the plurality of light sources having a distinct, known address whereby one of more of the light sources are individually addressable by the main processor, a known address being received by a selected light source of the plurality of light sources and acting to set the selected light source of the plurality of light sources in a disposition to receive a subsequent command from the main processor for generating a selected lighting effect. A light source and a method of forming a light system are further included." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2011 (13/189,814). 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=8,373,347&OS=8,373,347&RS=8,373,347 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent for Reconfigurable Antenna Pattern Verification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,373,608) developed by four co-inventors for a "reconfigurable antenna pattern verification." The co-inventors are Jerome P. Drexler, Wyoming, Minn., Robert C. Becker, Eden Prairie, Minn., David W. Meyers, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Kelly P. Muldoon, Minneapolis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of verifying programmable antenna configurations is disclosed. The method comprises selecting a desired antenna configuration from a plurality of antenna configuration patterns, with the selected antenna configuration forming at least one reconfigurable antenna from reconfigurable antenna array elements. The method validates the formation of the selected antenna configuration to determine antenna performance of the at least one reconfigurable antenna." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2007 (11/951,023). 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=8,373,608&OS=8,373,608&RS=8,373,608 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,374,020) developed by Romney R. Katti, Shorewood, Minn., for "reduced switching-energy magnetic elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes a continuous thin-film ferromagnetic layer, N magnetic tunnel junction (MTJ) devices, and N write structures. The continuous thin-film ferromagnetic layer includes N modified regions. Each of the N modified regions is configured to stabilize a magnetic domain wall located in the continuous thin-film ferromagnetic layer. Each of the N MTJ devices includes one of N portions of the continuous thin-film ferromagnetic layer. Adjacent MTJ devices of the N MTJ devices are separated by one of the N modified regions. Each of the N write structures is configured to receive current and generate a magnetic field that magnetizes a different one of the N portions of the continuous thin-film ferromagnetic layer. N is an integer greater than 2." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2010 (12/916,238). 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=8,374,020&OS=8,374,020&RS=8,374,020 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,373,556) developed by six co-inventors for a "medical data transport over wireless life critical network." The co-inventors are John R. LaLonde, Lake Elmo, Minn., William Mass, Renton, Wash., Kenneth P. Hoyme, Plymouth, Minn., David C. Johnson, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., Joe Bange, Eagan, Minn., and Mark Gryzwa, Woodbury, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable patient communicator (PPC) includes a portable housing that supports a processor coupled to memory for storing medical firmware and wireless radio firmware, first and second radios, a processor, and a power source. Communications between a patient implantable medical device (PIMD) and the first radio of the PPC are effected in accordance with program instructions of the medical firmware, and communications between the second radio of the PPC and the wireless network are effected in accordance with program instructions of the wireless radio firmware. Data from the PIMD is received via the first radio to which a priority level is assigned, such as in a tiered manner. A data transport mechanism is selected among disparate data transport mechanisms based at least in part on the priority level. PIMD data is transmitted to the wireless network using the selected transport mechanism via the second radio." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2011 (13/181,176). 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=8,373,556.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,556&RS=PN/8,373,556 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Teradyne Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Teradyne, North Reading, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,432) developed by Gerald H. Johnson, Andover, Minn., for an "automated test equipment employing test signal transmission channel with embedded series isolation resistors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Automated test equipment for high-speed testing of devices under test (DUTs) includes a tester channel circuit generating a high-speed electrical test signal applied to the signal input terminal of each DUT, and a contacter board in physical and electrical contact with the DUTs. The contacter board has a high-speed signal transmission channel including (1) an electrical contact at which the high-speed electrical test signal is received, (2) conductive etch extending from the electrical contact to isolation areas each adjacent to the signal input terminal of a respective DUT, and (3) an embedded series isolation resistor formed on an inner layer of the contacter board at a respective isolation area forming a connection between the conductive etch and the adjacent signal input terminal of the respective DUT." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2010 (12/724,727). 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=8,373,432.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,432&RS=PN/8,373,432 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Structure for a Frequency Adaptive Level Shifter Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,373,486) developed by five co-inventors for a "structure for a frequency adaptive level shifter circuit." The co-inventors are Joel Thomas Ficke, Madison, Wis., David Michael Friend, Rochester, Minn., Grant Paul Kesselring, Rochester, Minn., James David Strom, Rochester, Minn., and Jianguo Yao, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an apparatus and method for a frequency adaptive level shifter circuit. The frequency adaptive level shifter circuit includes a first inverter, a second inverter coupled to the output of the first inverter, a capacitor coupled to the output of the second inverter, and a resistor coupled to the output of the capacitor. The frequency adaptive level shifter circuit further includes a transistor coupled to the output of the resistor, wherein the transistor has a gate connected to a reference voltage, a third inverter coupled to the output of the capacitor, and a fourth inverter coupled to the output of the third inverter and the transistor and outputting the signal." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2012 (13/431,599). 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=8,373,486.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,486&RS=PN/8,373,486 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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