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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 10)

[December 10, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 10)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,892) developed by Wael William Diab, San Francisco, for a "system and method for configuring a customer premises equipment in a service provider network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for authentication for configuring a customer premises equipment (CPE) in a service provider network. In a multiple dwelling unit (MDU) a customer device (e.g., voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) phone) can be configured with CPE functionality, thereby enabling the customer device CPE to support the provision of service to multiple additional customer devices in a customer premises. A dedicated CPE device is thereby eliminated from the service provider network. The customer device CPE can be designed to support a form of authentication (e.g., Layer 2, Layer 3) that would be sufficient for access by the multiple additional customer devices to various network services." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2007 (11/925,718). 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=83,25,892.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,892&RS=PN/83,25,892 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** U.S. Navy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- The U.S. Navy has been assigned a patent (8,326,081) developed by Richard Rikoski, Alameda, Calif., for a correlation image detector.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A correlation image detector is provided that co-registers sonar images by finding peaks in correlation images. To obtain the peaks, the mean of the absolute values of the correlation coefficients in the correlation image is found and the Rayleigh parameter is determined from the mean. Based on the Rayleigh parameter, an appropriate threshold can be determined using a desired probability of false detection. The threshold can be chosen such that the probability of a single false detection over the expected life of the mission for which correlation detection is being performed is extremely low, e.g., one in a million. The peak value in the image is determined and a correlation is considered detected when the peak value is greater than the product of the threshold and the Rayleigh parameter. If a detection occurs, the correlation image detector returns the transformation that co-registers the two images." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2009 (12/454,484). 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=83,26,081.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,081&RS=PN/83,26,081 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nant Holdings IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Nant Holdings IP, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,326,031) developed by Wayne C. Boncyk, Evergreen, Calif., and Ronald H. Cohen, Pasadena, Calif., for an "image capture and identification system and process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A digital image of the object is captured and the object is recognized from plurality of objects in a database. An information address corresponding to the object is then used to access information and initiate communication pertinent to the object." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2011 (13/069,112). 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=83,26,031.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,031&RS=PN/83,26,031 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Harman International Industries Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Harman International Industries, Northridge, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,943) developed by five co-inventors for a "dual-coil, dual gap electromagnetic transducer with multiple channel amplifiers." The co-inventors are Douglas J. Button, Simi Valley, Calif., Bernard M. Werner, Los Angeles, Ernest Bird, Osceola, Ind., Alexander Victor Salvatti, Canoga Park, Calif., and Jerry Moro, Moorpark, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dual-coil, dual magnetic gap electromagnetic transducer is provided where each voice coil is wired to include separate leads so that each individual voice coil may be driven by a separate amplifier or by a separate bridged amplifier. Signal processing may further be utilized to increase the output of the loudspeaker, to achieve extreme excursion without extreme distortion and to provide for alternative voice coil designs to address common problems with dual-coil, dual magnetic gap transducers, including, but not limited to, heat generation." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2007 (11/623,261). 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=83,25,943.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,943&RS=PN/83,25,943 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Auto Exposure Techniques for Variable Lighting Conditions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,890) developed by Douglas S. Price, San Jose, Calif., Xiaosong Zhou, Campbell, Calif., and Hsi-Jung Wu, San Jose, Calif., for "auto exposure techniques for variable lighting conditions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and a computer readable medium for performing auto exposure (AE) techniques that are beneficial in variable lighting conditions--and particularly applicable to handheld and/or mobile videoconferencing applications--are disclosed herein. Handheld and/or mobile videoconferencing applications--unlike their fixed camera counterparts--are often exposed to a wide variety of rapidly changing lighting and scene conditions, and thus face a difficult trade-off between adjusting exposure parameter values too frequently or not frequently enough. In personal electronic devices executing such handheld and/or mobile videoconferencing applications, it may be desirable to: use a small, centered, and center-weighted exposure metering region; set a relatively low brightness target value; and adjust the camera's exposure parameter values according to a distance-dependent convergence speed function. The use of such techniques, in conjunction with a relatively large stability region, may also improve the quality of a video encoder's temporal predictions--and thus video quality--in videoconferencing applications." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2010 (12/849,099). 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=83,25,890.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,890&RS=PN/83,25,890 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Callwave Communications Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Managing Telecommunications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Callwave Communications, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,886) developed by Leland W. Kirchhoff, Santa Barbara, Calif., David S. Trandal, Santa Barbara, Calif., and David F. Hofstatter, Santa Barbara, Calif., for "methods and systems for managing telecommunications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for call processing are described. In an illustrative embodiment, a call processing system answers a call from a caller intended for a first party and records a message from the caller. The call processing system stores call information and the caller message. Some or all of the caller message is transmitted in substantially real time to a terminal associated with the first party. Further, at least a portion of the caller message is converted to text, which is transmitted to a terminal associated with the first party and is stored for later access. The first party can then submit a search query with respect to the stored information. When a search query is received from the first party, the system searches a data store to determine if there is matching call and provides the first party with information related to a matching call." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2008 (11/971,097). 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=83,25,886.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,886&RS=PN/83,25,886 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Background Color Driven Content Retrieval ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,326,029) developed by Pere Obrador, Mountain View, Calif., for a "background color driven content retrieval." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A respective model of background color is determined for each image in a set of images. For each of the images, a respective background sub-image is extracted from the image, the background sub-image is segmented into regions, and each of the regions is labeled with a respective color label. An image query is generated from a target color template. For each of the images, a respective score is calculated from the image query and the respective color model. At least one of the images is retrieved from an image collection based on the respective scores." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/263,287). 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=83,26,029.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,029&RS=PN/83,26,029 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nant Holdings IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Nant Holdings IP, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,326,038) developed by Wayne C. Boncyk, Evergreen, Colo., and Ronald H. Cohen, Pasadena, Calif., for an "object information derived from object images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Search terms are derived automatically from images captured by a camera equipped cell phone, PDA, or other image capturing device, submitted to a search engine to obtain information of interest, and at least a portion of the resulting information is transmitted back locally to, or nearby, the device that captured the image." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2011 (13/207,230). 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=83,26,038.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,038&RS=PN/83,26,038 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Callwave Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Callwave Communications, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,897) developed by David C. McClintock, Santa Barbara, Calif., and David S. Trandal, Santa Barbara, Calif., for "methods and systems for providing telecommunications services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is related to telecommunications. A call processing system receives a first call from a caller intended for a first person. A notification regarding the first call is transmitted over a network to a terminal associated with the first person. A user interface is displayed on the terminal via which the first person can indicate that a callback message is to be transmitted to the caller. The callback message is transmitted to the caller, wherein the callback message includes an identification of the first person, a callback control, and text indicating that the caller is to activate the control to initiate another call to the first person. At least partly in response to the caller activating the control, A second call to be placed via which the first person and caller are connected." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2012 (13/349,855). 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=83,25,897.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,897&RS=PN/83,25,897 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,326,080) developed by William D. Holland, Mountain View, Calif., for hard imaging devices.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An example hard imaging device includes an interface to access image data corresponding to images to be formed using the hard imaging device. The example hard imaging device further includes processing circuitry in communication with the interface to access the image data, to access correction data corresponding to a geometric distortion of a scan lens of an optical scanning system of the hard imaging device, and to modify the image data according to the correction data to reduce image errors introduced during optical scanning of the image data using the optical scanning system." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,780). 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=83,26,079.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,079&RS=PN/83,26,079 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,326,035) developed by Randy Ubillos, Los Altos, Calif., and Louis LaSalle, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for color correction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A graphical user interface for performing color correction and methods for implementing the color correction are disclosed. The graphical user interface allows a user to adjust the colorspace of the pixels in the image. In one embodiment, a color adjustment pad allows the user to push the pixels from a particular luminance level a desired magnitude towards a desired hue. Pixels from other luminance levels are affected proportionally. The graphical user interface further allows a user to adjust the luminance of the pixels in the image. A luminance adjustment slider allows the user to adjust the luminance of pixels from a selected luminance level by a relative amount. Pixels from other luminance levels have their luminance are affected in a manner proportional to a difference between the selected luminance level value and the luminance value of the other pixel." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2011 (12/985,335). 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=83,26,035.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,035&RS=PN/83,26,035 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Citrix Systems Assigned Patent for System and Method for Dynamic Audio Conference Call Configuration and Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Citrix Systems, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,325,896) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for dynamic audio conference call configuration and management." The co-inventors are Albert Alexandrov, Goleta, Calif., Allan Knight, Goleta, Calif., Krishna Ramachandran, Santa Barbara, Calif., Chris Scheiman, Goleta, Calif., and Florian Winterstein, Santa Barbara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new approach is proposed that contemplates audio conference systems and methods to expand the capacity a conference call by utilizing both a mixing engine that enables a first group participants to be able to both listen to and speak at the conference call, and a broadcast engine that broadcasts the conference call to a second group of participants who are only interested in listening to, but not speaking at the conference call. During the conference call, participants at the mixing engine and the broadcast engine can be dynamically adjusted." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2008 (12/275,057). 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=83,25,896.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,896&RS=PN/83,25,896 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hologic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hologic, Marlborough, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,326,012) developed by four co-inventors for a "selective display of computer-aided detection findings with associated breast X-ray mammogram and/or tomosynthesis image information." The co-inventors are Kevin A. Kreeger, Sunnyvale, Calif., Julian Marshall, Los Altos, Calif., Georgia K. Hitzke, Boston, and Haili Chui, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and related computer program products for processing and displaying computer-aided detection (CAD) information associated with medical breast x-ray images, such as breast x-ray tomosynthesis volumes and conventional x-ray mammograms, are described. For one preferred embodiment, CAD findings for several cases (or several individual data volumes) are selectively designated for marking such that a predetermined number of CAD findings per case (or per data volume) are marked for display across all of the cases (or data volumes). In another preferred embodiment, localized breast fibroglandular tissue density information is used together with certainty-of-finding information as a basis for selecting which candidate CAD findings to designate as marked CAD findings, with increased certainty-of-finding being required to mark CAD findings in regions of higher fibroglandular tissue density. In another preferred embodiment, CAD findings located within regions of excessively dense fibroglandular tissue are withheld altogether, and associated warnings are displayed." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2010 (12/899,527). 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=83,26,012.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,012&RS=PN/83,26,012 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Maxim Integrated Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,798) developed by Sorin C. Cismas, Saratoga, Calif., and Simon Butler, San Rafael, Calif., for an "adaptive motion estimation cache organization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a motion estimation search window cache is adaptively re-organized according to frame properties including a frame width and a number of reference frames corresponding to the current frame to be encoded/decoded. The cache reorganization may include an adaptive mapping of reference frame locations to search window cache allocation units (addresses). In some embodiments, a search window is shaped as a quasi-rectangle with truncated upper left and lower right corners, having a full-frame horizontal extent. A search range is defined in a central region of the search window, and is laterally bounded by the truncated corners." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2005 (11/305,457). 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=83,25,798.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,798&RS=PN/83,25,798 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mentor Graphics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,326,018) developed by Mark C. Simmons, Wilsonville, Ore., and Oberdan Otto, Camarillo, Calif., for a fast pattern matching.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the invention relate to pattern matching of layout design data. Layout design data is searched to identify configurations of geometric elements that match a reference pattern based on an anchor edge in the reference pattern. An edge in a search window area matching the anchor edge may first be selected as anchor matching edge. A search portion of the reference pattern is then compared with the region of the search window area corresponding to the selected anchor matching edge." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2010 (13/068,838). 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=83,26,018.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,018&RS=PN/83,26,018 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Varian Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,326,011) developed by Josh Star-Lack, Palo Alto, Calif., Mingshan Sun, Sunnyvale, Calif., and John Milan Pavkovich, Palo Alto, Calif., for "methods, systems, and computer-program products for estimating scattered radiation in radiographic projections." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Several related inventions for estimating scattered radiation in radiographic projections are disclosed. Several of the inventions use scatter kernels of various forms, including symmetric and asymmetric forms. The inventions may be used alone or in various combinations with one another. The resulting estimates of scattered radiation may be used to correct the projections, which can improve the results of tomographic reconstructions. Still other inventions of the present application generate estimates of scattered radiation from shaded or partially shaded regions of a radiographic projection, which may be used to correct the projections or used to adjust the estimates of scattered radiation generated according to inventions of the present application that employ kernels." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2008 (12/125,053). 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=83,26,011.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,011&RS=PN/83,26,011 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Encoding Video ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,808) developed by four co-inventors for an encoding video. The co-inventors are Thomas Pun, Sunnyvale, Calif., Roger Kumar, San Francisco, Xiaochun Nie, Cupertino, Calif., and Hsi-Jung Wu, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments of the invention provide a method for encoding a video signal that is formed by a series of successive images. Each image includes several sections, and each section has a set of image values. To encode a particular section of a particular image, the method initially partitions the particular section into several sub-sections. For each of at least two particular sub-sections, the method then computes a statistical parameter regarding the image values of the particular sub-section. The method compares the computed statistical parameters, and based on the comparison, selects an encoding technique from a set of encoding techniques to encode the particular section. In some embodiments, the set of encoding schemes includes a first scheme that encodes the selected section without reference to any other section of any other image, and a second scheme that encodes the selected section by reference to at least one other section." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/085,461). 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=83,25,808.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,808&RS=PN/83,25,808 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Instrument Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- General Instrument, Horsham, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,326,077) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for transforming a non-linear lens-distorted image." The co-inventors are Sek M. Chai, Streamwood, Ill., Malcolm R. Dwyer, Glendale Heights, Ill., Ruei-Sung Lin, Mountain View, Calif., Daniel A. Linzmeier, Wheeling, Ill., and Nikolaos Bellas, Volos, Greece.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for image processing a lens-distorted image (e.g., a fisheye image) is provided. The method includes partitioning coordinate points in a selected output image into tiles. The output image is an undistorted rendition of a subset of the lens-distorted image. Coordinate points on a border of the tiles in the output image are selected. For each tile, coordinate points in the lens-distorted image corresponding to each selected coordinate point in the output image are calculated. In addition, for each tile, a bounding box on the lens-distorted image is selected. The bounding box includes the calculated coordinates in the lens-distorted image. The bounding boxes are expanded so that they encompass all coordinate points in the lens-distorted image that map to all coordinate points in their respective corresponding tiles. Output pixel values are generated for each tile from pixel values in their corresponding expanded bounding boxes." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/262,363). 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=83,26,077.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,077&RS=PN/83,26,077 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Low Threshold Face Recognition ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,326,001) developed by Robert Mikio Free, San Jose, Calif., for a "low threshold face recognition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems , and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, are disclosed for reducing the impact of lighting conditions and biometric distortions, while providing a low-computation solution for reasonably effective (low threshold) face recognition. In one aspect, the methods include processing a captured image of a face of a user seeking to access a resource by conforming a subset of the captured face image to a reference model. The reference model corresponds to a high information portion of human faces. The methods further include comparing the processed captured image to at least one target profile corresponding to a user associated with the resource, and selectively recognizing the user seeking access to the resource based on a result of said comparing." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/826,581). 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=83,26,001.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,001&RS=PN/83,26,001 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Primordial Diagnostics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Primordial Diagnostics Inc., Van Nuys, Calif., has been assigned a 10patent (8,323,571) developed by Karan Khurana, Calabasas, Calif., for an "ascorbate monitoring and control system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and system embodiments of the present invention control the ascorbate concentration in produce treatments and particularly are exemplified in fresh cut fruit and vegetable treatments via measured refractivity and/or electrical conductivity of, and/or calcium ions present in, the treatment solution." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2011 (13/016,610). 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=83,23,571.PN.&OS=PN/83,23,571&RS=PN/83,23,571 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for System and Method for Removing Artifacts from a Digitized Document ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,326,078) developed by Prakash Reddy, Fremont, Calif., Jian Fan, San Jose, Calif., and Steven T. Rosenberg, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "system and method for removing artifacts from a digitized document." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for removing artifacts from a digitized document. The method discloses receiving a digitized document, having an image format, and including content and an artifact; identifying a content boundary within the digitized document; enhancing the digitized document after identifying the content boundary; and removing the artifact by cropping the digitized document to the content boundary after enhancing the digitized document The system discloses a processor configured to operate a series of functional modules, including: a means for receiving a digitized document, having an image format, and including content and an artifact; a content boundary identification module, for identifying a content boundary within the digitized document; an image enhancement module, for enhancing the digitized document after identifying the content boundary; and a content cropping module, for removing the artifact by cropping the digitized document to the content boundary after enhancing the digitized document." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2009 (12/360,807). 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=83,26,078.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,078&RS=PN/83,26,078 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mitek Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Mitek Systems, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,326,015) developed by Grigori Nepomniachtchi, San Diego, for "methods for mobile image capture and processing of documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to automated document processing and more particularly, to methods and systems for document image capture and processing using mobile devices. In accordance with various embodiments, methods and systems for document image capture on a mobile communication device are provided such that the image is optimized and enhanced for data extraction from the document as depicted. These methods and systems may comprise capturing an image of a document using a mobile communication device; transmitting the image to a server; and processing the image to create a bi-tonal image of the document for data extraction. Additionally, these methods and systems may comprise capturing a first image of a document using the mobile communication device; automatically detecting the document within the image; geometrically correcting the image; binarizing the image; correcting the orientation of the image; correcting the size of the image; and outputting the resulting image of the document." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2011 (13/091,087). 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=83,26,015.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,015&RS=PN/83,26,015 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Maxim Integrated Products Assigned Patent for System and Method of Reduced-temporal-resolution Update for Video Coding and Quality Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,797) developed by Lulin Chen, Cupertino, Calif., and Jiangtao Wen, La Jolla, Calif., for a "system and method of reduced-temporal-resolution update for video coding and quality control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel system and method of Reduced-Temporal-Resolution Update (RTRU) and quantizing video transform coefficients is provided for use using hybrid coding standards when receiving a frame from within a group of video frames, where the amplitude of the quantization parameter is defined for the quantization of the frame according to a reduced temporal resolution update process; where the amplitude of the quantization parameter for macroblocks in the frame is defined according to a reduced temporal resolution update process; and where a bitstream is composed for transmission and subsequent decoding by a standard compliant decoder." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2005 (11/104,255). 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=83,25,797.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,797&RS=PN/83,25,797 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Conexant Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Conexant Systems, Newport Beach, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,940) developed by five co-inventors for a "power management controller for drivers." The co-inventors are Christian Larsen, Irvine, Calif., Lorenzo Crespi, Costa Mesa, Calif., Mouna Elkhatib, Tustin, Calif., Mary X. Lu, San Jose, Calif., and James Bunde Viliadsen Skov, Laguna Niguel, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A driver controller comprising a state machine for controlling transitions between a plurality of states. An output switch for providing a low impedance path to ground during transition periods. An output stage for decoupling output signal from driver amplifier during the transition periods." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/339,635). 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=83,25,940.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,940&RS=PN/83,25,940 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dolby Laboratories Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Dolby Laboratories Licensing, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,325,809) developed by Gary A. Demos, Culver City, Calif., for an "interpolation of video compression frames." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Coding techniques for a video image compression system involve improving an image quality of a sequence of two or more bi-directionally predicted intermediate frames, where each of the frames includes multiple pixels. One method involves determining a brightness value of at least one pixel of each bi-directionally predicted intermediate frame in the sequence as an equal average of brightness values of pixels in non-bidirectionally predicted frames bracketing the sequence of bi-directionally predicted intermediate frames. The brightness values of the pixels in at least one of the non-bidirectionally predicted frames is converted from a non-linear representation." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2011 (13/272,356). 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=83,25,809.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,809&RS=PN/83,25,809 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Maxim Integrated Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Maxim Integrated Products, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,326,068) developed by Huipin Zhang, Santa Clara, Calif., and Guy Cote, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for modeling quantization matrices for image/video encoding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for encoding an image is disclosed. The method generally includes the steps, of (A) generating a quantization matrix as a function of at least four parameters, (B) optimizing the parameters to maximize a quality metric for encoding the image and (C) encoding the image with the quantization matrix as optimized." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2006 (11/512,736). 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=83,26,068.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,068&RS=PN/83,26,068 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Proximity Wakeup ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,995) developed by Andrew Bowers, San Francisco, and Kevin Tom, San Francisco, for a proximity wakeup.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one general aspect, a method of logging a user in to an apparatus may include automatically detecting, a sensor operably coupled with the apparatus, the presence of a user within a detection area. The method may also include automatically determining the identity of the user in response to detecting the presence of the user within the detection area. The method may further include automatically logging the identified user in to the apparatus based on the determined identity of the user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2011 (13/246,854). 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=83,25,995.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,995&RS=PN/83,25,995 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** RingCentral Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- RingCentral, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,893) developed by Vlad Vendrow, Redwood Shores, Calif., for a click-to-call attack prevention.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System and methods for preventing abusive use of a click-to-call callback function of virtual PBX services are disclosed. In some implementations, a challenge-response procedure can be implemented, and a click-to-call request is allowed when a correct response is timely received. In some implementations, one or more system wide policies can be applied in determining whether a click-to-call request should be allowed or denied. A system policy for blocking and unblocking requests having a particular request parameter (e.g., source IP address) is disclosed. An account specific policy for setting the state of a particular account targeted by a click-to-call request as normal, warning, or blocked, based on the current status of the particular account is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2009 (12/428,426). 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=83,25,893.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,893&RS=PN/83,25,893 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Qylur Security Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Qylur Security Systems, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,326,036) developed by Geremy Heitz, Menlo Park, Calif., and Gal Chechik, Sunnyvale, Calif., for an "automated image separation method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of decomposing a set of scans of different views of overlapping objects into constituent objects is presented. The method involves an initialization process whereby keypoints in two views are determined and matched, disparity between keypoint pairs are computed, and the keypoints are grouped into clusters based on their disparities. Following the initialization process is an iterative optimization process whereby a cost function is calculated and minimized assuming a fixed composition matrix and re-solved assuming a fixed attenuation coefficient. Then, the composition matrix and the attenuation coefficient are updated simultaneously, and the solving, the re-solving, and the updating steps are repeated until there is no significant improvement in the result." The patent application was filed on Feb. 20, 2009 (12/390,358). 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=83,26,036.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,036&RS=PN/83,26,036 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method, System, and Program Product for Managing Conference Calls ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- International Business Machine, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,325,894) developed by Moon J. Kim, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., John E. Moore Jr., Brownsburg, Ind., and Eric C. Yee, Los Angeles, for a "method, system, and program product for managing conference calls." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method, system, and program product for managing conference calls. Specifically, under the present invention, a moderator and a set (at least one) of invitees (collectively referred to herein as participants) of a conference call are identified. This is typically done based on synchronization with a calendar application used to send and accept an invitation to the conference call. Thereafter, unique conference call numbers associated with the moderator and each of the set of invitees are determined (e.g., by accessing profiles for each participant contained within a directory or the like). Calls are then received from the moderator and invitees(s) using the unique conference call numbers assigned thereto. Although the calls were made using unique conference call numbers, the calls will then be joined under the present invention to initiate the conference call." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2006 (11/462,054). 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=83,25,894.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,894&RS=PN/83,25,894 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Global Filtration Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Global Filtration Systems, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,326,024) developed by Alexandr Shkolnik, Los Angeles, and Ali El-Siblani, Dearborn, Mich., for a "method of reducing the force required to separate a solidified object from a substrate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for making a three-dimensional object from a solidifiable material such as a photopolymer is shown and described. In accordance with the method, positions relative to a build axis are subdivided into first and second exposure data subsets, and the first and second exposure data subsets are solidified in alternating sequences to reduce the surface area of solidified material in contact with a solidification substrate." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2009 (12/423,500). 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=83,26,024.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,024&RS=PN/83,26,024 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General MEMS Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- General MEMS, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,951) developed by Yunlong Wang, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "miniature MEMS condenser microphone packages and fabrication method thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "MEMS microphone packages and fabrication methods thereof are disclosed. A MEMS microphone package includes a cavity that houses a MEMS sensing element, an IC chip and other passive elements supported by a common substrate. The cavity is formed by a top cover member, a housing wall surrounds and supports the top cover member and the common substrate supports the housing wall. A conductive casing encloses and surrounds the cavity, and is electrically connected to a common analog ground lead on a PCB board. The top cover member and the housing wall are non-conductive. And the conductive casing is not connected directly to the ground leads of the package. An acoustic absorption layer is sandwiched between the conductive casing and the cavity which is formed by the top cover member, the housing wall and the substrate." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2010 (12/689,283). 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=83,25,951.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,951&RS=PN/83,25,951 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Delivery of Messages to a Receiver Mobile Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,325,925) developed by Antoni Drudis, Santa Clara, Calif., and Paul A. Serra, Nashua, N.H., for a "delivery of messages to a receiver mobile device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for delivering messages to a receiver mobile device and a method and memory storing instructions therefor are described. The system comprises a key server arranged to: transmit a first signal responsive to receipt of a message from a sender mobile device; transmit a delivery confirmation notice responsive to receipt of a second signal from the receiver mobile device; transmit a key to the receiver mobile device responsive to receipt of the second signal from the receiver mobile device; and a message server communicatively coupled with the key server and arranged to: transmit a third signal to the receiver mobile device responsive to receipt of the first signal from the key server; transmit a fourth signal to the sender mobile device responsive to receipt of the delivery confirmation notice from the key server." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2007 (11/775,628). 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=83,25,925.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,925&RS=PN/83,25,925 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Data Detection and Decoding with Considerations for Channel Estimation Errors Due to Guard Subbands ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,325,863) developed by Anastasios Stamoulis, San Diego, Dung N. Doan, San Diego, and Durga Prasad Malladi, San Diego, for a "data detection and decoding with considerations for channel estimation errors due to guard subbands." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for performing data detection and decoding in a manner to account for guard subbands are described. A receiver obtains received pilot symbols for pilot subbands and received data symbols for data subbands. Channel estimates are derived based on the received pilot symbols with zeroed-out pilot subbands filled with zeros. Data detection is performed on the received data symbols with the channel estimates to obtain data symbol estimates. Estimates of noise and estimation errors due to the zeroed-out pilot subbands are derived. LLRs are then computed based on the data symbol estimates, the channel estimates, and the estimates of the noise and estimation errors. The LLRs are deinterleaved and decoded to obtain decoded data." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2005 (11/248,975). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,25,863.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,863&RS=PN/83,25,863 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Enabling Transferable Entitlements between Networked Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,920) developed by Reza P. Rassool, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and Glenn A. Morten, Bellevue, Wash., for "enabling transferable entitlements between networked devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and system are directed towards employing transferable entitlements using EMMs for enabling a purchase of content using a mobile device, and redeeming for access the content using a different network device. An existing billing infrastructure may be used during a purchase transaction to identify the purchasing device. Upon billing authorization, a transferable EMM (XEMM) may be sent to the purchasing device. The purchasing device may then provide the XEMM to another network device. The other network device may send the XEMM to a redeeming service when requesting access to the content. Upon authorization, an EMM with an access key to the content may be sent to the other network device." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2007 (11/735,847). 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=83,25,920.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,920&RS=PN/83,25,920 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Callwave Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Callwave Communications, Santa Barbara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,901) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for providing expanded telecommunications service." The co-inventors are Robert A. Dolan, Santa Barbara, Calif., David F. Hofstatter, Santa Barbara, Calif., Robert Smith, Santa Barbara, Calif., and David S. Trandal, Santa Barbara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides flexible call processing. For example, a call processor system can receive an inbound call intended for a called party and place an outbound call to the called party. The call processing system can provide the called party with a call transfer option." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2009 (12/479,595). 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=83,25,901.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,901&RS=PN/83,25,901 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Telephone Call Classification Utilizing a Social Network Graph ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,900) developed by Jean-Michel Trivi, Boulder Creek, Calif., and Marco Nelissen, San Jose, Calif., for a "telephone call classification utilizing a social network graph." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for identifying telephone spam. An indication of an incoming telephone call and a calling device telephone number for the incoming telephone call is received. An indication that the calling device telephone number has been determined to be a source of telephone spam based on identifications by one or more users, other than a user of a mobile telephone, that the calling device telephone number is a source of telephone spam is received. A secondary alert is output to the user of the mobile telephone that is different than a default alert. The default alert is output to the user of the mobile telephone if the calling device telephone number is not determined to be a source of telephone spam." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/245,342). 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=83,25,900.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,900&RS=PN/83,25,900 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Discrete Digital Receiver ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,865) developed by Ahmadreza (Reza) Rofougaran, Newport Coast, Calif., and Hooman Darabi, Laguna Niguel, Calif., for a discrete digital receiver.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A receiver includes a bandpass filter module, a sample and hold module, a discrete time filter module, and a conversion module. The bandpass filter module is operable to filter an inbound wireless signal to produce a filtered inbound wireless signal having a bandwidth. The sample and hold module is operable to sample and hold, at a rate corresponding to a multiple of the bandwidth of the filtered inbound wireless signal, the filtered inbound wireless signal to produce a frequency domain sample pulse train. The discrete time filter module is operable to filter the frequency domain sample pulse train to produce a filtered sample pulse. The conversion module is operable to convert the filtered sample pulse into an inbound baseband signal." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2011 (13/240,639). 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=83,25,865.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,865&RS=PN/83,25,865 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,832) developed by Amir Amirkhany, Santa Clara, Calif., for an analog multi-tone receiver.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An analog multi-tone receiver includes an interface for receiving a data transmission signal containing N sub-channel signals corresponding to N active sub-channels. The receiver includes a plurality of samplers to sample, during each time interval of a sequence of time intervals, the received signal in parallel to produce a plurality of data sets, each sampler having a distinct threshold level. The receiver includes a decoder to jointly decode the plurality of data sets to determine a plurality of data symbols including at least one data symbol for each of the N active sub-channels." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2009 (12/369,624). 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=83,25,832.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,832&RS=PN/83,25,832 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Determining an Encoding Method Based on a Distortion Value Related to Error Concealment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,325,822) developed by Sitaraman Ganapathy Subramanian, San Diego, Gordon Kent Walker, San Diego, and Vijayalakshmi R. Raveendran, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for determining an encoding method based on a distortion value related to error concealment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatuses to encode multimedia data enabling, among others, for example, improved decoded video quality, improved error recovery capabilities and/or improved decoding efficiency are described. An encoder device determines one or more distortion values for one or more portions of multimedia data based at least in part on one or more concealment methods related to concealing the one or more portions if the one or more portions were received in error. The encoder device determines one or more encoding methods for the one or more portions based at least in part on the one or more estimated distortion values. In one aspect, determining the one or more encoding methods comprises determining the one or more encoding methods so as to refresh the one or more portions based at least in part on a comparison of the one or more estimated distortion values and one or more thresholds." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2007 (11/624,459). 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=83,25,822.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,822&RS=PN/83,25,822 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,914) developed by Joseph Salowey, Seattle, and Allan Thomson, Pleasanton, Calif., for "providing secure communications for active RFID tags." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein in an example embodiment, is a mechanism to distribute and implement secure credentials on a WLAN (wireless local area network) employing radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Symmetric keys are provisioned to the tag in a manner that allows for optimized re-association and secure announcements. The provisioned keys are derived in a way that enables the controller to operate without having to maintain the key state for every tag. In an example embodiment, the controller generates keys for the RFID tags that are derived from a master key associated with the controller, an identifier assigned to the RFID tag and an address associated with the RFID tag." The patent application was filed on Nov. 27, 2007 (11/945,731). 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=83,25,914.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,914&RS=PN/83,25,914 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Entropic Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Entropic Communications, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,325,858) developed by Saeid Safavi, San Diego, for an "estimation of noise variance combined with narrow-band interference detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and apparatus are provided for estimating noise variance using a long-term data aided algorithm and an interference variance using a short-term data aided algorithm. Using these estimations, an interference hypothesis may be determined. Some embodiments compute the variance for a decision directed noise sample, convert the variance for the decision directed noise to a true noise variance per packet, and convert the variance for the decision directed noise to a true noise variance per symbol. The interference hypothesis may be based on the noise variance estimations per symbol and the noise variance estimation per packet. Some embodiments determine the presence of noise based on a comparison of the noise variance per packet, the noise variance per symbol, and each hypothesis and compute the long-term noise variance. Using the long-term noise variance in place of the variance for a decision directed noise sample for a subsequent determination of interference." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2008 (12/341,920). 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=83,25,858.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,858&RS=PN/83,25,858 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Vyumix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Vyumix, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,821) developed by Govind Kizhepat, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Erik Nystrom, Santa Clara, Calif., and Yung-Hsiao Lai, Fremont, Calif., for "video transcoder stream multiplexing systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a video (e.g. MPEG-2, H.264) transcoder channel pool is used to transcode multiple independent videos (programs) per channel substantially concurrently. A syntactically-unified combined input video stream is assembled by interleaving segments of different input video streams. The combined stream may be a container stream or elementary stream. Each segment includes one or more groups of pictures (GOP). The combined stream includes the payload video data of the input streams in unmodified form, and modified header data characterizing the combined stream as a single video stream. The combined input stream is transcoded using a single transcoder channel/input port to generate a combined output video stream. Multiple independent output video streams are assembled by de-interleaving segments of the combined output video stream according to stored interleaving break identifiers. Assembling the output video streams includes updating output video stream header fields according to stored header field data." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2012 (13/369,169). 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=83,25,821.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,821&RS=PN/83,25,821 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Peak Detector having Extended Dynamic Range ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,848) developed by Ahmad Mirzaei, San Diego, and Hooman Darabi, Laguna Niguel, Calif., for a "peak detector having extended dynamic range." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one embodiment, a peak detector having extended dynamic range comprises a first differential output coupled to a supply voltage of the peak detector by a first load and coupled to ground by first and second switching devices, and a second differential output coupled to the supply voltage by a second load and coupled to ground by third and fourth switching devices. The control terminals of the first, second, third, and fourth switching devices receive a common bias voltage, and the respective first and second control terminals are configured as differential inputs of the peak detector. In some embodiments, corresponding first power terminals of the first and second switching devices share a first common node further shared by the first differential output, and corresponding first power terminals of the third and fourth switching devices share a second common node further shared by the second differential output." The patent application was filed on July 19, 2010 (12/804,319). 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=83,25,848.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,848&RS=PN/83,25,848 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Efficient Storage of Training Sequences for Peak to Average Power Constrained Modulation Formats ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,847) developed by Mithat C. Dogan, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Mitchell D. Trott, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for efficient storage of training sequences for peak to average power constrained modulation formats." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention efficiently stores a training sequence in a communications system, where the training sequence exhibits certain d For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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