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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Oregon (Nov. 29)

[November 29, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Oregon (Nov. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Oregon.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Wireless Device with Directional Antennas for Use in Millimeter-wave Peer-to-peer Networks and Methods for Adaptive Beam Steering ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,942) developed by Ali S. Sadri, San Diego, Eduardo Casas, Duncan, Calif., and Duncan Kitchin, Beaverton, Ore., for a "wireless device with directional antennas for use in millimeter-wave peer-to-peer networks and methods for adaptive beam steering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of wireless device and method for communicating in a wireless network are generally described herein. Other embodiments may be described and claimed. In some embodiments, a wireless device establishes a link using a directional antenna in an initially selected direction with another wireless device. If the link in the initially selected direction deteriorates, the link may be reestablished in a previously identified alternate direction. In some embodiments, the initially selected direction and the alternate direction are jointly selected by both the first and second wireless devices." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2006 (11/452,710). 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=8,320,942&OS=8,320,942&RS=8,320,942 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Sotera Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Sotera Wireless, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,321,004) developed by Jim Moon, Portland, Ore., Henk Visser, San Diego, and Robert Hunt, Vista, Calif., for a "body-worn vital sign monitor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a body-worn monitor featuring a processing system that receives a digital data stream from an ECG system. A cable houses the ECG system at one terminal end, and plugs into the processing system, which is worn on the patient's wrist like a conventional wristwatch. The ECG system features: i) a connecting portion connected to multiple electrodes worn by the patient; ii) a differential amplifier that receives electrical signals from each electrode and process them to generate an analog ECG waveform; iii) an analog-to-digital converter that converts the analog ECG waveform into a digital ECG waveform; and iv) a transceiver that transmits a digital data stream representing the digital ECG waveform (or information calculated from the waveform) through the cable and to the processing system. Different ECG systems, typically featuring three, five, or twelve electrodes, can be interchanged with one another." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2009 (12/560,077). 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=8,321,004&OS=8,321,004&RS=8,321,004 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Digimarc Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Digimarc, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,320,611) developed by Adnan M. Alattar, Tigard, Ore., and Osama M. Alattar, Tigard, Ore., for "watermarking electronic text documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A text watermarking method embeds an auxiliary message in an original electronic text document to form a watermarked text document. The method applies a spreading function to message symbols to spread the symbols over a carrier, which forms a modulated carrier. It maps elements of the modulated carrier to corresponding inter-word spaces in the electronic text document, and applies an embedding function to modify the corresponding inter-word spaces according to elements of the modulated carrier signal such that the modified inter-word spaces hide the modulated carrier signal in the watermarked text document. The message symbols are automatically decodable from the watermarked document without the original electronic text document. A compatible decoder extracts the auxiliary message from a printed or electronic watermarked text document. The decoder automatically measures inter-word spaces in the watermarked text document. It estimates elements of a modulated carrier signal embedded in the inter-word spaces to form an estimated modulated carrier signal, and applies a de-spreading function to the estimated modulated carrier signal to extract message symbols." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2011 (13/181,072). 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=83,20,611.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,611&RS=PN/83,20,611 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vascular Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Vascular Imaging, Rancho Cordova, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,723) developed by Michael J. Eberle, Fair Oaks, Calif., Kenneth N. Bates, Beaverton, Ore., and William W. Morey, Northridge, Calif., for an "optical imaging probe connector." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document discusses, among other things, a connector for an optical imaging probe that includes one or more optical fibers communicating light along the catheter. The device may use multiple sections for simpler manufacturing and ease of assembly during a medical procedure. Light energy to and from a distal minimally-invasive portion of the probe is coupled by the connector to external diagnostic or analytical instrumentation through an external instrumentation lead. Certain examples provide a self-aligning two-section optical catheter with beveled ends, which is formed by separating an optical cable assembly. Techniques for improving light coupling include using a lens between instrumentation lead and probe portions. Techniques for improving the mechanical alignment of a multi-optical fiber catheter include using a stop or a guide." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2011 (13/017,354). 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=83,20,723.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,723&RS=PN/83,20,723 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LightSPEED Aviation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- LightSPEED Aviation, Portland, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,320,591) developed by Michael J. Wurtz, Lake Oswego, Ore., for an "ANR headphones and headsets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An innovative automatic-noise-reduction headset includes numerous enhancements. For example, one embodiment includes added noise-control circuitry at each of one or more auxiliary inputs to reduce audible hiss in the earcups. Another embodiment includes integrated crossfeed processing circuitry to enhance the spatial imaging of stereo audio perceived by headset users. Still another embodiment provides superior perception of noise cancellation by focusing noise cancelling at midband frequencies, such as 400-800 Hertz, as opposed to just lower frequencies. And another embodiment provides earcups formed of magnesium or a magnesium alloy for improved strength-weight as well as passive noise attenuation in the 400-800 Hertz range." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2008 (12/218,617). 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=83,20,591.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,591&RS=PN/83,20,591 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rockstar Consortium U.S. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Rockstar Consortium U.S., Richardson, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,334) developed by Michael Thomas, Tigard, Ore., Saso Stojanovski, Paris, and Eric Parsons, Stittsville, Canada, for a "handoff of a mobile station between packet-switched and circuit-switched wireless domains." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first mobility management entity associated with a packet-switched wireless access network receives information associated with a mobile station being served by the first mobility management entity, where the information identifies a serving generic access network controller for the mobile station. The serving generic access network controller is used to provide a circuit-switched service to the mobile station while the mobile station is attached to the packet-switched wireless access network. The first mobility management entity initiates a handoff of the mobile station from the packet-switched wireless access network to a circuit-switched wireless access network, where the circuit-switched wireless access network is in a region served by a second generic access network controller different from the serving generic access network controller. In performing the handoff, the first mobility management entity uses the information to identify the serving generic access network controller to communicate handoff-related messaging to the serving generic access network controller to cause provision of the circuit-switched service to be handed off from the serving generic access network controller to the second generic access network controller." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2010 (12/831,496). 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=83,20,334.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,334&RS=PN/83,20,334 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,465) developed by Arturo A. Rodriguez, Norcross, Ga., Gregory Shepherd, Eugene, Ore., and Benjamin M. Cook, Flowery Branch, Ga., for an "error concealment of plural processed representations of a single video signal received in a video program." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method that includes receiving a single video stream, wherein the video stream includes plural processed representations of a single video signal, wherein each of the plural processed representations of the video signal (PPROTVS) includes a respective sequence of compressed latticed pictures, wherein each compressed latticed picture of each of the PPROTVS represents a corresponding respective picture of the video signal, wherein each respective picture of the video signal is represented by at most one compressed latticed picture from each of the PPROTVS, wherein corresponding segments of the PPROTVS are ordered and time shifted relative to each other to facilitate error concealment, the time-shift imposed by interspersing of non-corresponding segments between each of the corresponding segments; and providing error concealment on the received video stream." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2009 (12/616,974). 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=83,20,465.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,465&RS=PN/83,20,465 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Electro Scientific Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Electro Scientific Industries, Portland, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,320,424) developed by six co-inventors for an "optical component cleanliness and debris management in laser micromachining applications." The co-inventors are Bryan C. Bolt, Beaverton, Ore., David M. Hemenway, Beaverton, Ore., Mark Kosmowski, Beaverton, Ore., A. Grey Lerner, Portland, Ore., Brady E. Nilsen, Beaverton, Ore., and Richard Pope, Beaverton, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preferred embodiments of a purge gas port, laser beam attenuating input window, and laser shutter constitute subsystems of a UV laser optical system in which a laser beam is completely enclosed to reduce contamination of the optical system components. Purge gas is injected through multiple locations in a beam tube assembly to ensure that the optical component surfaces sensitive to contamination are in the flow path of the purge gas. The input window functions as a fixed level attenuator to limit photopolymerization of airborne molecules and particles. Periodically rotating optical elements asymmetrically in their holders reduces burn damage to the optics." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2006 (11/565,356). 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=83,20,424.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,424&RS=PN/83,20,424 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and System to Lower the Minimum Operating Voltage of Register Files ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,203) developed by Seung H. Hwang, Portland, Ore., and Sapumal B. Wijeratne, Portland, Ore., for a "method and system to lower the minimum operating voltage of register files." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system to lower the minimum operating voltage of a register file without increasing the area of each bit cell of the register file. In one embodiment of the invention, the register file is coupled to logic that reduces the contention between the NMOS devices and the PMOS devices in each bit cell of the register file during write and/or read operations of the register file. By doing so, the register file is able to operate at a lower minimum operating voltage." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/748,208). 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=83,20,203.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,203&RS=PN/83,20,203 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,320,221) developed by Matthew J. Janssen, Corvallis, Ore., and Timothy Wagner, Corvallis, Ore., for a controlling optical disc.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical disc is rotated using a spindle motor of an optical disc device, at no more than 600 revolutions per minute (RPM). The spindle motor has at least three coil groups, where each coil group has one or more coils. While the optical disc is rotating, at least one of the coil groups generates a back electromagnetic force (EMF) signal. The back EMF signal is used to determine marking positions on the optical disc. An optical beam is used to mark the optical disc at the determined marking positions." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2008 (13/003,748). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,20,221.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,221&RS=PN/83,20,221 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Unity Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Unity Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,179) developed by Robert Norman, Pendleton, Ore., for a "dual ported non volatile FIFO with third dimension memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A FIFO with data storage implemented with non-volatile third dimension memory cells is disclosed. The non-volatile third dimension memory cells can be fabricated BEOL on top of a substrate that includes FEOL fabricated active circuitry configured for data operations on the BEOL memory cells. Other components of the FIFO that require non-volatile data storage can also be implemented as registers or the like using the BEOL non-volatile third dimension memory cells so that power to the FIFO can be cycled and data is retained. The BEOL non-volatile third dimension memory cells can be configured in a single layer of memory or in multiple layers of memory. An IC that includes the FIFO can also include one or more other memory types that are emulated using the BEOL non-volatile third dimension memory cells and associated FEOL circuitry configured for data operations on those memory cells." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,990). 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=83,20,179.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,179&RS=PN/83,20,179 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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