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

[February 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (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 Massachusetts.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,456) developed by Anthony Vetro, Arlington, Mass., Sehoon Yea, Seoul, South Korea, and Kwan-Jun Oh, Hwaseong-si, South Korea, for a "method for synthesizing a virtual image from a reduced resolution depth image." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A virtual image is synthesized from a reduced resolution depth image storing depth values at each pixel location. The reduced resolution depth image is scaled up to produce an up-scaled depth image. Then, at least one filter is applied to the up-scaled depth image to produce a reconstructed depth image, and the virtual image is synthesized using the reconstructed depth image." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2012 (13/456,218). 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=8,374,456&OS=8,374,456&RS=8,374,456 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Redshift Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Redshift Systems, Burlington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,438) developed by Matthias Wagner, Cambridge, Mass., for a "visual template-based thermal inspection system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An imaging device and system include integration of an imaging camera (visible-light or near-infrared) with a thermal infrared sensor, capturing a baseline image from this camera simultaneously with acquisition of baseline thermal infrared data, which may correspond to a known good condition or part, automatic generation of an edge version of the baseline image for use as an alignment template, and on subsequent thermal infrared inspections, superposition of the alignment template on a live video image from the visible camera, so as to facilitate highly repeatable alignment of the thermal infrared sensor to an object being inspected." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2012 (13/370,558). 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=8,374,438&OS=8,374,438&RS=8,374,438 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ADC Telecommunications Assigned Patent for Fiber Distribution Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,476) developed by four co-inventors for a fiber distribution device. The co-inventors are Randy Reagan, Morristown, N.J., Jeffrey Gniadek, Northbridge, Mass., Thomas Parsons, Leominster, Mass., and Michael Noonan, Shrewsbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fiber distribution device includes a swing frame chassis pivotally mounted to a support structure. At least a first optical splitter module is mounted to the swing frame chassis. Pigtails having connectorized ends are carried by the swing frame chassis and have portions that are routed generally vertically on the swing frame chassis. An optical termination field includes fiber optic adapters carried by the swing frame chassis. The fiber optic adapters are configured to receive the connectorized ends of the pigtails." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2010 (12/897,475). 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=8,374,476&OS=8,374,476&RS=8,374,476 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Validity Sensors Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Validity Sensors, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,407) developed by Fred George Benkley, Andover, Mass., and David Joseph Geoffroy, Amherst, Mass., for a live finger detection.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A live finger detection system and method includes a drive plate configured to inject radio frequency signals into an object proximate the drive plate. The injected radio frequency energy causes the object to radiate an electric field. A pickup plate is configured to detect an intensity associated with the electric field radiated by the object. A sensor coupled to the pickup plate is configured to determine whether the object is a live finger based on the detected intensity of the electric field radiated by the object." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2009 (12/361,408). 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=8,374,407&OS=8,374,407&RS=8,374,407 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microscan Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Microscan Systems, Renton, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,383) developed by four co-inventors for "systems, devices, and/or methods for managing images." The co-inventors are Richard G. Long, Hollis, N.H., Ming Lei, Acton, Mass., Jeffrey C. Snyder, Warren, Ohio, and John E. Agapakis, Sudbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a method comprising, responsive to a determination that a machine-readable two-dimensional code has been identified in a first image, said first image comprising a first plurality of pixels defining said machine-readable two-dimensional code and second plurality of pixels defining a non-code zone, automatically causing a saving or displaying of a second image that comprises said machine-readable two-dimensional code or a representation of said machine-readable two-dimensional code and that excludes said non-code zone." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2008 (12/045,100). 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=8,374,383&OS=8,374,383&RS=8,374,383 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Data Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Verizon Data Services, Temple Terrace, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,374,354) developed by David E. Berggren, Arlington, Mass., for a "system and method to pass a private encryption key." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes receiving, via a network, a request to provision and provide a private key, the private key being for use with a public and private key system. The method further includes identifying a requester that has made the request via the network and initiating a secure session with the requester. The method also includes providing the private key using the secure session, and provisioning the private key. A system is provided including a distribution location providing access to a network, a terminal selectively connected to the network via the distribution location. The system further includes a network authority selectively connected to the network and the terminal, and a certificate authority selectively connected to the network. The certificate authority is configured to provide and provision a private key, and the network authority is configured to selectively provide a secure session between the terminal and the certificate authority." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2007 (11/862,847). 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=8,374,354&OS=8,374,354&RS=8,374,354 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bose Assigned Patent for Kick Gate ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,359) developed by four co-inventors for a kick gate. The co-inventors are Christopher B. Ickler, Sudbury, Mass., William R. Becker, Sudbury, Mass., Hilmar Lehnert, Framingham, Mass., and Michael G. Zartarian, Boxborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Feedback is reduced by routing an input signal through a kick gate that opens for a predetermined time period then closes. The gate may be kept closed for a predetermined minimum time period before being allowed to open again. The gate is triggered open based on the input signal and may include a plurality of triggering conditions." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2007 (11/675,926). 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=8,374,359&OS=8,374,359&RS=8,374,359 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bose Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,373) developed by four co-inventors for a "high transmission loss headphone cushion." The co-inventors are Roman Sapiejewski, Boston, Kevin P. Annunziato, Medway, Mass., Ian M. Collier, Cambridge, Mass., and Jason Harlow, Watertown, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A headset including an earcup having a front opening adapted to be adjacent to the ear of the user, a baffle disposed within the earcup to define front and rear cavities, a cushion extending around the periphery of the front opening of the earcup and constructed and arranged to accommodate the ear of the user, the cushion having a first density, an inner radial portion, and an outer radial portion opposite the inner radial portion, a cushion cover substantially surrounding the cushion to form a headphone cushion assembly, and a high impedance component having a second density and located near the outer radial portion to increase the transmission loss of the cushion along a radial direction." The patent application was filed on Nov. 26, 2008 (12/324,336). 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=8,374,373&OS=8,374,373&RS=8,374,373 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,372,928) developed by Karen K. Gleason, Lexington, Mass., and Jingjing Xu, Cambridge, Mass., for "hard, impermeable, flexible and conformal organic coatings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a substantially alternating copolymer that is conformal, hard, flexible, and has low oxygen permeability. Also disclosed is an iCVD-based method of coating a substrate with the substantially alternating copolymer." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,489). 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=83,72,928.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,928&RS=PN/83,72,928 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Human Genome Sciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Human Genome Sciences, Rockville, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,372,948) developed by ten co-inventors for "12 human secreted proteins." The co-inventors are Jian Ni, Germantown, Md., Paul E. Young, Sudbury, Mass., Joseph J. Kenny, San Diego, Henrik S. Olsen, Gaithersburg, Md., Paul A. Moore, North Bethesda, Md., Ying-Fei Wei, Berkeley, Calif., John M. Greene, Gaithersburg, Md., Steven M. Ruben, Brookeville, Md., Ding Liu, Gaithersburg, Md., and Paul R. Crocker, Dundee, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to 12 novel human secreted proteins and isolated nucleic acids containing the coding regions of the genes encoding such proteins. Also provided are vectors, host cells, antibodies, and recombinant methods for producing human secreted proteins. The invention further relates to diagnostic and therapeutic methods useful for diagnosing and treating disorders related to these novel human secreted proteins." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2008 (12/264,040). 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=83,72,948.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,948&RS=PN/83,72,948 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,372,949) developed by Angela M. Belcher, Lexington, Mass., for a "molecular recognition of materials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention includes methods for selective binding of inorganic materials and the compositions that made up of the selecting agent and the target materials. One form of the present invention is a method for selecting crystal-binding peptides with binding specificity including the steps of contacting one or more amino acid oligomers with one or more single-crystals of a semiconductor material so that the oligomers may bind to the crystal and eluting the bound amino acid oligomers from the single-crystals." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2007 (11/782,038). 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=83,72,949.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,949&RS=PN/83,72,949 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AVEO Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- AVEO Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,017) developed by Min Wu, Winchester, Mass., Charlotte Kuperwasser, Boston, and Murray Robinson, Boston, for a "reconstituted human breast tumor model." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Reconstituted human breast tumor models are disclosed. The models, which are incorporated into mice, provide actual tumors that arise spontaneously, thereby mimicking naturally occurring breast cancer. The tumors are genetically human, because they arise from human mammary tissues that develop from human mammary epithelial cells implanted into host mice. Prior to implantation, the mammary epithelial cells are genetically modified to contain either: (a) a recombinant human oncogene and an SV40er; or (b) a recombinant human oncogene, a transgene or shRNA that inhibits the p53 pathway, and a transgene or shRNA that inhibits the Rb pathway." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2005 (11/296,241). 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=83,73,017.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,017&RS=PN/83,73,017 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Forderung der Wissenschaften, Munich, Germany, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., and Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,372,968) developed by Thomas Tuschl, New York, Sayda Mahgoub Elbashir, Cambridge, Mass., and Winfried Lendeckel, Hohengandern, Germany, for "RNA interference mediating small RNA molecules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) induces sequence-specific post-transcriptional gene silencing in many organisms by a process known as RNA interference (RNAi). Using a Drosophila in vitro system, we demonstrate that 19-23 nt short RNA fragments are the sequence-specific mediators of RNAi. The short interfering RNAs (siRNAs) are generated by an RNase III-like processing reaction from long dsRNA. Chemically synthesized siRNA duplexes with overhanging 3' ends mediate efficient target RNA cleavage in the lysate, and the cleavage site is located near the center of the region spanned by the guiding siRNA. Furthermore, we provide evidence that the direction of dsRNA processing determines whether sense or antisense target RNA can be cleaved by the produced siRNP complex." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2009 (12/537,602). 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=83,72,968.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,968&RS=PN/83,72,968 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** OSRAM SYLVANIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- OSRAM SYLVANIA, Danvers, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,351) developed by Sivakumar Thangavelu, Billerica, Mass., and Afroz M. Imam, Danvers, Mass., for a "transition mode commutation for inverter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A driver circuit includes a plurality of switches, forming two switching legs, each of at least two switches and connected between two DC voltage buses. The switches are matched to form diagonal pairs. The driver circuit also includes a load circuit connecting the legs, with a first inductor connected between one leg's switches, and a second inductor connected between the other leg's switches, and lamp terminals between the inductors and in series with the second inductor. The driver circuit also includes a capacitor in parallel with the series-connected lamp terminals and the second inductor, and a control circuit connected to the plurality of switches. During a commutation period, a diagonal pair operates in a non-conductive state and the other in a conductive state, until a current through the first inductor reaches a predefined value. Then the other operates in a non-conductive state until the current through the first inductor reaches zero." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2010 (12/962,960). 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=8,373,351&OS=8,373,351&RS=8,373,351 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Digital Lumens Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Digital Lumens, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,373,362) developed by four co-inventors for "methods, systems, and apparatus for commissioning an LED lighting fixture with remote reporting." The co-inventors are Brian J. Chemel, Marblehead, Mass., Colin Piepgras, Swampscott, Mass., Steve T. Kondo, Quincy, Mass., and Scott D. Johnston, Boston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In embodiments of the present invention, a method and system is provided for designing improved intelligent, LED-based lighting systems. The LED based lighting systems may include fixtures with one or more of rotatable LED light bars, integrated sensors, onboard intelligence to receive signals from the LED light bars and control the LED light bars, and a mesh network connectivity to other fixtures." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2010 (12/828,340). 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=8,373,362&OS=8,373,362&RS=8,373,362 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,373,742) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for enhancing and adding context to a video call image." The co-inventors are David J. Wheatley, North Barrington, Ill., Santosh S. Basapur, Hanover Park, Ill., Allyson J. Beuhler, Woodridge, Ill., and Kevin M. Brooks, Malden, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for enhancing a video image sent from a first terminal of a video-telephony system to a second terminal of the video-telephony system during a video telephony call. An image style is selected at the first terminal and a description of the image style is transmitted from the first terminal to the second terminal. A sequence of video images transmitted from the first terminal to the second terminal is modified by a style generator at the second terminal in accordance with description of the image style before being displayed at the second terminal. The first terminal includes a user interface that controls a style selector to produce the style description that defines the properties or the style such as a cropping region, a border style, an image filter, a background and an animation." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2008 (12/057,044). 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=8,373,742&OS=8,373,742&RS=8,373,742 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seiko Epson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Seiko Epson, Tokyo, and E Ink, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,373,649) developed by Yun Shon Low, Richmond, Calif., John Peter van Baarsen, Delta, Calif., and Takahide Ohkami, Newton, Mass., for a "time-overlapping partial-panel updating of a bistable electro-optic display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for updating two or more regions of the display area of a bistable, electro-optic display device comprises selecting at least one first waveform for at least one pixel of a first region; (b) selecting at least one second waveform for at least one pixel of a second region; (c) updating the first region by generating and providing the first waveform to the at least one pixel of the first region; and (d) updating the second region by generating and providing the second waveform to the at least one pixel of the second region, wherein the first and second updates at least partially coincide in time. The first waveform is selected from a first drive scheme for use in a first update mode having a first period. The second waveform is selected from second a drive scheme for use in a second update mode having a second period." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2008 (12/101,623). 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=8,373,649&OS=8,373,649&RS=8,373,649 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eastern Wind Power Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Eastern Wind Power, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,294) developed by Jonathan Haar, Cambridge, Mass., for a "vertical axis wind turbine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vertical axis wind turbine including a generator, a central shaft in rotatable communication with the generator and positioned along a central axis of the vertical-axis wind turbine, a plurality of blades, and a power management subsystem operable to induce a forward current in the generator when the measured wind speed is above a minimum speed required for the blades to rotate but below the wind speed required to overcome a static friction exerted on the central shaft and the blades." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2011 (13/177,242). 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=8,373,294&OS=8,373,294&RS=8,373,294 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microscan Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Microscan Systems, Renton, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,498) developed by Timothy M. Pastore, Wakefield, Mass., for "systems and/or devices for camera-based inspections." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain exemplary embodiments can provide a system comprising: a diffuser defining a camera lens hole in a top portion of said diffuser, said diffuser adapted to receive at least one set of low angle lights; and a plurality of lights mounted on said diffuser in proximity to said camera lens hole." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2007 (11/904,229). 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=8,374,498.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,498&RS=PN/8,374,498 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Skyworks Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Skyworks Solutions, Woburn, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,427) developed by Kezia Cheng, Lowell, Mass., for an "electron radiation monitoring system to prevent gold spitting and resist cross-linking during evaporation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are systems and methods for in-situ measurement of impurities on metal slugs utilized in electron-beam metal evaporation/deposition systems, and for increasing the production yield of a semiconductor manufacturing processes utilizing electron-beam metal evaporation/deposition systems. A voltage and/or a current level on an electrode disposed in a deposition chamber of an electron-beam metal evaporation/deposition system is monitored and used to measure contamination of the metal slug. Should the voltage or current reach a certain level, the deposition is completed and the system is inspected for contamination." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2010 (12/831,855). 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=8,373,427.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,427&RS=PN/8,373,427 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Maxim Integrated Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,489) developed by Hae-Seung Lee, Bedford, Mass., for an "offset cancellation for sampled-data circuits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A comparator based circuit with effective offset cancellation includes first and second amplifiers and an offset capacitor operatively connected to the first and second amplifiers. An offset voltage source generates an offset voltage. A first switch connects the offset voltage source to ground during a first time period. The first amplifier generates an output voltage in response to the first switch connecting the offset voltage source to ground during the first time period. A second switch connects the offset capacitor to ground during a second time period. The first switch disconnects the offset voltage source from ground during a third time period, and the second switch disconnects the offset capacitor from ground during the third time period." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2010 (12/909,168). 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=8,373,489.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,489&RS=PN/8,373,489 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus of Alternating Service Modes of an SOI Process Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,447) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus of alternating service modes of an SOI process circuit." The co-inventors are Joseph E. Kidd, Hudson, Mass., Brian W. Amick, Bedford, Mass., Ryan J. Hensley, Austin, Texas, James R. Magro, Austin, Texas, and Ronald L. Pettyjohn, Concord, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus of alternating service modes of a silicon on insulator (SOI) process circuit includes determining whether the SOI process circuit is in a first or second service mode. A first clock or a second clock is selected for transmission along a buswire of the SOI process circuit based upon the determination. A receiving device of the signal is notified whether the SOI process circuit is operating in the first service mode or the second service mode." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2010 (12/953,593). 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=8,373,447.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,447&RS=PN/8,373,447 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,545) developed by Kenneth R. Traub, Lexington, Mass., Manju James, Lexington, Mass., and Marina Yurievna Popova, Arlington, Mass., for an "EPC provisioning system using business rules." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An EPC provisioning system comprising a EPC server can dynamically provide EPC code blocks for one product to multiple client sites. The EPC server can use business rules to determine the EPC codes for the multiple client sites." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2007 (11/668,389). 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=8,373,545.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,545&RS=PN/8,373,545 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SimplexGrinnell Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- SimplexGrinnell, Westminster, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,420) developed by Gregg Lupaczyk, Shirley, Mass., and Normand Dontigny, Candiac, Canada, for a ground fault detection.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A ground fault detection system detects an earth fault or ground fault in a network device. The network device may be used in a fire alarm network. The ground fault detection system includes a power device that electrically isolates the ground fault detection system. A controller sequences a series of switches or relays to charge an energy storing element, such as a capacitor, with the isolated power supply. The capacitor is placed in communication with each port of the network device one at a time. If the connected port includes an inadvertent connection to ground, a detection circuit will detect the bias on the earth ground. The detection circuit may then output an indication of the inadvertent connection to ground to either a workstation or a fire alarm control panel." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,828). 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=8,373,420.PN.&OS=PN/8,373,420&RS=PN/8,373,420 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,241) developed by five co-inventors for an "antireflective hard mask compositions." The co-inventors are Dana A. Gronbeck, Westfield, Mass., Amy M. Kwok, Sturbridge, Mass., Chi Q. Truong, Westborough, Mass., Michael K. Gallagher, Hopkinton, Mass., and Anthony Zampini, Westborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention includes new organic-containing compositions that can function as an antireflective layer for an overcoated photoresist. Compositions of the invention also can serve effectively as a hard mask layer by exhibiting a sufficient plasma etch selectivity from an undercoated layer. Preferred compositions of the invention have a high Si content and comprise a blend of distinct resins." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2009 (12/582,673). 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=8,373,241&OS=8,373,241&RS=8,373,241 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E Ink Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- E Ink, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,373,211) developed by six co-inventors for a field effect transistor. The co-inventors are Karl R. Amundson, Cambridge, Mass., Andrew P. Ritenour, Colfax, N.C., Gregg M. Duthaler, Needham, Mass., Paul S. Drzaic, Morgan, Calif., Yu Chen, Milpitas, Calif., and Peter T. Kazlas, Sudbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electro-optic display comprises a substrate (100), non-linear devices (102) disposed substantially in one plane on the substrate (100), pixel electrodes (106) connected to the non-linear devices (102), an electro-optic medium (110) and a common electrode (112) on the opposed side of the electro-optic medium (110) from the pixel electrodes (106). The moduli of the various parts of the display are arranged so that, when the display is curved, the neutral axis or neutral plane lies substantially in the plane of the non-linear devices (102)." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2011 (13/089,404). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,373,211&OS=8,373,211&RS=8,373,211 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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