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

[December 10, 2012]

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

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Combiner for Improving Handwriting Recognition ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,326,040) developed by Qi Zhang, Redmond, Wash., Ahmad A. Abdulkader, Woodinville, Wash., and Michael T. Black, Bellevue, Wash., for a "combiner for improving handwriting recognition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various technologies and techniques are disclosed that improve handwriting recognition operations. Handwritten input is received in training mode and run through several base recognizers to generate several alternate lists. The alternate lists are unioned together into a combined alternate list. If the correct result is in the combined list, each correct/incorrect alternate pair is used to generate training patterns. The weights associated with the alternate pairs are stored. At runtime, the combined alternate list is generated just as training time. The trained comparator-net can be used to compare any two alternates in the combined list. A template matching base recognizer is used with one or more neural network base recognizers to improve recognition operations. The system provides comparator-net and reorder-net processes trained on print and cursive data, and ones that have been trained on cursive-only data. The respective comparator-net and reorder-net processes are used accordingly." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2010 (12/880,121). 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=83,26,040.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,040&RS=PN/83,26,040 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,325,935) developed by Phillip Rutschman, Seattle, for a "speaker having a wireless link to communicate with another speaker." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless system including a first speaker and a second speaker, where the first and second speakers communicate with each other over a wireless link. In some configurations, the first speaker includes both a primary wireless interface for receiving audio from an audio source and a secondary wireless interface transmitting a portion of the audio to the second speaker. The speaker can incorporate Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to provide the wireless link between each other. The wireless system can be configured to synchronize audio output at the speakers, and can also include a second-speaker detection mechanism that permits the first speaker to be used in either a stand-alone mode, with audio output at only the first speaker, or full-headset mode, with audio output at both speakers when the second speaker is detected within wireless range of the first speaker." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2012 (13/410,230). 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=83,25,935.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,935&RS=PN/83,25,935 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Cross-domain Browser Pre-fetching through Data Transcoding ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,326,056) developed by Greg D. Schechter, Seattle, for a "cross-domain browser pre-fetching through data transcoding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Browser application programs may be prevented from performing cross-domain retrieval of anything other than image files. To enable browsers to pre-fetch resources utilizable by code executing in a browser-based programmatic environment, without having to wait for the environment, and the code, to be instantiated and make the cross-domain request themselves, the cross-domain resources can be transcoded into image files. Once retrieved, these "image" files can be retained locally in a browser cache and provided to the code executing in the browser-based programmatic environment from there much more quickly. Then the code can decode the "image" and extract the original resource file, which the code can then utilize. The transcoding of resources into image files can be performed by first determining the height and width of an image file that will result in the least amount of wasted space when the resource is transcoded into it." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2010 (12/816,497). 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=83,26,056.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,056&RS=PN/83,26,056 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Encoding Streaming Media as a High Bit Rate Layer, a Low Bit Rate Layer, and One or More Intermediate Bit Rate Layers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,800) developed by four co-inventors for an "encoding streaming media as a high bit rate layer, a low bit rate layer, and one or more intermediate bit rate layers." The co-inventors are Thomas W. Holcomb, Bothell, Wash., Sanjeev Mehrotra, Kirkland, Wash., Serge Smirnov, Redmond, Wash., and Bharath Siravara, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of encoding an input video stream comprising a video component and an audio component is disclosed. The input video stream is split into a plurality of segments, each comprising a plurality of frames. Each of the segments is encoded as a low bit rate layer, a high bit rate layer, and one or more intermediate bit rate layers. The bit rate of the low bit rate layer is selected such that a network streaming the segment will always be able to stream the segment encoded as the low bit rate layer. The bit rate of the high bit rate layer is selected such that the segment is able to be decoded and played back at or above a quality threshold. The bit rates of the intermediate bit rate layers are produced by applying a bit rate factor to another bit rate." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2008 (12/116,878). 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=83,25,800.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,800&RS=PN/83,25,800 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Assisted Face Recognition Tagging ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,999) developed by four co-inventors for an "assisted face recognition tagging." The co-inventors are Ashish Kapoor, Kirkland, Wash., Gang Hua, Kirkland, Wash., Amir Akbarzadeh, Bellevue, Wash., and Simon J. Baker, Medina, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The described implementations relate to assisted face recognition tagging of digital images, and specifically to context-driven assisted face recognition tagging. In one case, context-driven assisted face recognition tagging (CDAFRT) tools can access face images associated with a photo gallery. The CDAFRT tools can perform context-driven face recognition to identify individual face images at a specified probability. In such a configuration, the probability that the individual face images are correctly identified can be higher than attempting to identify individual face images in isolation." The patent application was filed on June 8, 2009 (12/479,879). 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=83,25,999.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,999&RS=PN/83,25,999 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,325,939) developed by Brian King, Seattle, and Charles Van Winkle, Seattle, for a GSM noise removal.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This specification describes technologies relating to editing audio data. In general, one aspect of the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods that include receiving an audio signal including digital audio data; receiving an input identifying particular audio data of the audio signal corresponding to a noise pulse; and replacing the audio data corresponding to the detected noise pulse using interpolation of adjacent audio data to generate an edited audio signal. Other embodiments of this aspect include corresponding systems, apparatus, and computer program products." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2008 (12/234,523). 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=83,25,939.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,939&RS=PN/83,25,939 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Geo-relevance for Images ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,326,048) developed by Eyal Ofek, Redmond, Wash., and Boris Epshtein, Bothel, Wash., for a geo-relevance for images.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Images may be sorted and categorized by defining a frustum for each image and overlaying the frustums in two, three, or four dimensions to create a density map and identify points of interest. Images that contain a point of interest may be grouped, sorted, and categorized to determine representative images of the point. By including many images from different sources, common points of interest may be defined. Points of interest may be defined in two or three Euclidian dimensions, or may include a dimension of time." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2007 (11/867,053). 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=83,26,048.PN.&OS=PN/83,26,048&RS=PN/83,26,048 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,325,974) developed by Tom Killalea, Seattle, Janna S. Hamaker, Issaquah, Wash., and Eugene Kalenkovich, Sammamish, Wash., for a "recognition of characters and their significance within written works." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Named entity recognition is applied to identify text strings corresponding to character identities in a written work. The textual strings are grouped according to character identity and, from each group, a primary name is selected. A significance is calculated for each of the character identities. The character identities including the primary names are presented in a catalog based on the calculated significance. In some embodiments, character identity identification results are refined by allowing users to vote regarding the significance of the character identities and by granting more weight to the votes of users with a close relationship to the written work." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/415,889). 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=83,25,974.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,974&RS=PN/83,25,974 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Tracking a Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,984) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for tracking a model." The co-inventors are Johnny Chung Lee, Bellevue, Wash., Tommy Leyvand, Seattle, Simon Piotr Stachniak, Kirkland, Wash., and Craig Peeper, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An image such as a depth image of a scene may be received, observed, or captured by a device. A grid of voxels may then be generated based on the depth image such that the depth image may be downsampled. A model may be adjusted based on a location or position of one or more extremities estimated or determined for a human target in the grid of voxels. The model may also be adjusted based on a default location or position of the model in a default pose such as a T-pose, a DaVinci pose, and/or a natural pose." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2011 (13/156,457). 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=83,25,984.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,984&RS=PN/83,25,984 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.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Encryption Scheme for Streamed Multimedia Content Protected by Rights Management System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,916) developed by Eduardo P. Oliveira, Redmond, Wash., Geoffrey Dunbar, Kirkland, Wash., and James M. Alkove, Woodinville, Wash., for an "encryption scheme for streamed multimedia content protected by rights management system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stream of content has multiple sub-streams, where each sub-stream comprises a part of the content and is divisible into logical blocks bounded by intrinsic partitions. For each sub-stream, a specification of the logical blocks bounded by the intrinsic partitions is defined and the sub-stream is divided into the logical blocks bounded by the intrinsic partitions. Each divided logical block is encrypted and then divided into one or more portions to produce corresponding pieces of data, and each piece of data is placed into a data packet as a payload thereof. Each data packet is transmitted to a recipient thereof, and the recipient can retrieve the pieces of data from the payloads of the packets, reconstruct the encrypted logical blocks, and manipulate the sub-stream on a per-logical block basis without necessarily decrypting each encrypted logical block." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2010 (12/702,148). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,25,916.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,916&RS=PN/83,25,916 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Acoustic Echo Suppression ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,909) developed by Ivan J. Tashev, Kirkland, Wash., Alejandro Acero, Bellevue, Wash., and Nilesh Madhu, Bochum, Germany, for an acoustic echo suppression.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Sound signals captured by a microphone are adjusted to provide improved sound quality. More particularly, an Acoustic Echo Reduction system which performs a first stage of echo reduction (e.g., acoustic echo cancellation) on a received signal is configured to perform a second stage of echo reduction (e.g., acoustic echo suppression) by segmenting the received signal into a plurality of frequency bins respectively comprised within a number of frames (e.g., 0.3 s to 0.5 s sound signal segments) for a given block. Data comprised within respective frequency bins is modeled according to a probability density function (e.g., Gaussian distribution). The probability of whether respective frequency bins comprise predominantly near-end signal or predominantly residual echo is calculated. The output of the acoustic echo suppression is computed as a product of the content of a frequency bin in a frame and the probability the frequency bin in a frame comprises predominantly near-end signal, thereby making near-end signals more prominent than residual echoes." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2008 (12/145,579). 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=83,25,909.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,909&RS=PN/83,25,909 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Managing Group Keys ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,325,924) developed by six co-inventors for managing group keys. The co-inventors are Tolga Acar, Sammamish, Wash., Josh Benaloh, Redmond, Wash., Niels Thomas Ferguson, Redmond, Wash., Carl M. Ellison, Medina, Wash., Mira Belenkiy, Redmond, Wash., and Duy Lan Nguyen, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an example, one or more cryptographic keys may be associated with a group. Any member of the group may use the key to encrypt and decrypt information, thereby allowing members of the group to share encrypted information. Domain controllers (DCs) maintain copies of the group's keys. The DCs may synchronize with each other, so that each DC may have a copy of the group's keys. Keys may have expiration dates, and any client connected to a DC may generate a new key when a key is nearing expiration. The various clients may create new keys at differing amounts of time before expiration on various DCs. DCs that store keys early thus may have time to propagate the newly-created keys through synchronization before other DCs are requested to store keys created by other clients. In this way, the creation of an excessive number of new keys may be avoided." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2009 (12/389,217). 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=83,25,924.PN.&OS=PN/83,25,924&RS=PN/83,25,924 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.

*** Research In Motion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Research In Motion, Waterloo, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,326,932) developed by Taimoor Khan, Bellevue, Wash., James David Huntley, Sammamish, Wash., and David James Clarke, Redmond, Wash., for "caching email unique identifiers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Accessing, via an end user device, email messages of an external mail source. A direct access proxy is operative to reconcile the email contents of external email sources with the email contents of user devices through the use of lists of unique email identifiers (UIDs). A Partition Database returns UID lists reflective of the UIDs of email messages previously received from the external email source and forwarded to a network server of the system (forwarded UID lists). A memory cache external to the direct access proxy and its corresponding Partition Database returns forwarded UID lists. The direct access proxy determines the data reliability of the Partition Database and memory cache, and obtains forwarded UID lists from the memory cache when it determines that the memory cache is at least as reliable as the Partition Database." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2010 (12/709,007). 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=8,326,932&OS=8,326,932&RS=8,326,932 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lightel Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Lightel Technologies, Reton, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,322,878) developed by Chungho Hsia, San Jose, Calif., Pai-Sheng Shen, Bellevue, Wash., and Ching-Feng Lin, Taipei, Taiwan, for a "linear solid-state lighting with a double safety mechanism free of shock hazard." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A linear light-emitting diode (LED)-based solid-state lamp having a double safety mechanism that comprises at least three shock protection switches, fully protects a person from possible electric shock during re-lamping or maintenance. One protection switch provided at each end of the lamp is able to cut off power when the associated end of the lamp is not inserted into the lamp socket. A third protection switch can be used to turn off the power from the AC main for additional shock protection." The patent application was filed on Aug. 30, 2010 (12/871,905). 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=8,322,878&OS=8,322,878&RS=8,322,878 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Telect Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Telect, Liberty Lake, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,322,871) developed by David H. Knaggs, Spokane, Wash., Chris A. Dinwoodie, Colbert, Wash., and Michael VanMansum, Spokane, Wash., for an "optical fiber tracing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical fiber tracing system for efficiently tracing one or more optical fibers within a fiber-optic communication system. The optical fiber tracing system generally includes an optical fiber and a luminescent member positioned adjacent to the optical fiber. The luminescent member illuminates along the length thereof for allowing a selective visual tracing of an individual optical fiber or group of optical fibers. The luminescent member is preferably comprised of an electroluminescent wire (EL wire) that extends along the length of the optical fiber." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2010 (12/787,883). 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=8,322,871&OS=8,322,871&RS=8,322,871 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Weatherford/Lamb Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Weatherford/Lamb, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,322,995) developed by Victoria M. Ehimeakhe, Katy, Texas, and Ken George Booth, Lopez Island, Wash., for a "calculation of downhole pump fillage and control of pump based on said fillage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided for determining pump fillage, using data arrays of pump plunger position with respect to time and/or pump plunger load with respect to time. In this manner, well operators may be able to accurately monitor the pump fillage and control the pump accordingly." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2010 (12/719,673). 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=8,322,995&OS=8,322,995&RS=8,322,995 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Twin-boom Empennage ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,322,655) developed by Max Kismarton, Renton, Wash., Aaron J. Kutzmann, Long Beach, Calif., and Kevin Lutke, Huntington Beach, Calif., for a twin-boom empennage.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods provide for an aircraft empennage that utilizes two torque tube members to create opposing sides of the empennage. The torque tube members are connected using a bridging member that is attached at opposing ends to the top portions of the torque tube members. The torque tube members and bridging member provide structural support for access cut-outs within the aircraft skin between the torque tube members for access to a payload space within. The torque tube members may include any number of walls, any of which may provide a pressure barrier to the payload space." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2009 (12/410,865). 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=8,322,655&OS=8,322,655&RS=8,322,655 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intellicheck Mobilisa Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Intellicheck Mobilisa, Port Townsend, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,322,605) developed by Nelson Ludlow, Port Townsend, Wash., and Steve Zehm, Port Hadlock, Wash., for "dynamic identity matching in response to threat levels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dynamic identity matching facility that enables an operator to determine the status of an individual based on identification information contained on an identification record provided by the individual. The operator scans the individual's identification information from the identification record using a scanning device. The facility decodes the scanned identification information and identifies a number of candidates based on the decoded identification information. For each identified candidate, the facility generates a candidate score. Based on the candidate score of each identified candidate, the facility selects a number of the identified candidates for display. The facility displays the selected candidates to the operator along with the candidate's criminal or other acts." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2007 (11/843,621). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,322,605&OS=8,322,605&RS=8,322,605 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Automated Fire and Smoke Detection, Isolation, and Recovery ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,322,658) developed by four co-inventors for an "automated fire and smoke detection, isolation, and recovery." The co-inventors are Gary R. Gershzohn, Laguna Hills, Calif., David J. Finton, Issaquah, Wash., Oscar Kipersztok, Redmond, Wash., and Dragos D. Margineantu, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies are described herein for detecting and recovering from a fire event within an aircraft. The technologies receive sensor data from a number of sensors associated with an aircraft. A determination is made as to whether the sensor data exceeds predefined thresholds indicating the fire event within the aircraft. In response to determining that the sensor data exceeds the predefined thresholds indicating the fire event, the technologies determine a location of the fire event within the aircraft based on the sensor data and depower components of the aircraft associated with the fire event. The technologies then initiate a fire suppressant mechanism within the aircraft directed to the location of the fire event." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2010 (12/754,262). 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=8,322,658&OS=8,322,658&RS=8,322,658 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Display Control of Classified Content Based on Flexible Interface E-paper Conformation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,322,599) developed by seven co-inventors for a "display control of classified content based on flexible interface e-paper conformation." The co-inventors are Alexander J. Cohen, Mill Valley, Calif., Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Richard T. Lord, Tacoma, Wash., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, and John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining and controlling display of one or more portions of the flexible interface containing electronic device regarding display of second information having one or more classifications in response to the first information associated with the one or more changes in the one or more conformations of the one or more portions of the one or more regions of the flexible interface containing electronic device. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/455,316). 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=8,322,599&OS=8,322,599&RS=8,322,599 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NIKE Assigned Patent for Composite Shoe Upper and Method of Making Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- NIKE, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,321,984) developed by four co-inventors for a "composite shoe upper and method of making same." The co-inventors are Frederick J. Dojan, Vancouver, Wash., Daniel Akey Johnson, Taichung, Taiwan, Yung-Tsung Tseng, Toulio, Taiwan, and Shane S. Kohatsu, Portland, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bonded mesh composite panel of an upper includes a substrate layer formed from a substrate material, a mesh material layer and one or more skin material layers. The mesh composite can be fabricated by first arranging panels of substrate, mesh and skin layer material into an assembly corresponding to the locations of those panels in a completed upper. The assembly may include separate layers of hot melt bonding material interposed between the substrate, mesh and skin layers. The assembly is pressed at an elevated temperature so as to melt the bonding material and the skin layers and bond the elements together. Before the pressed assembly completely cools, it is then pressed a second time in an unheated press. A heat-conductive compressible pad can be used in the pressing process to create a surface effect in the skin layers that reveals a patterns of an underlying mesh layer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 21, 2009 (12/603,498). 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=83,21,984.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,984&RS=PN/83,21,984 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,322,038) developed by Mohammad A. Heidari, Bellevue, Wash., and Adrian Stanescu, Maple Valley, Wash., for a "method of manufacturing a bearing housing for an engine with stress and stiffness control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for manufacturing a bearing housing comprising: selecting a configuration for housing and manufacturing the housing the configuration. The selected housing configuration comprises a bearing section and a base having a cylindrical shape. The bearing section and base are substantially aligned centrally along an axis. A plurality of members extends between the bearing section and the base. The plurality of members has a length and a width, and, in the configuration, each of the plurality of members has a side that is substantially non-perpendicular with respect to the bearing section and the base. At least one of the plurality of members extends at an angle from the bearing section to the base; the plurality of members having a curve relative to the axis; and the width of the plurality of members decreasing or increasing along the length of the plurality of members." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2009 (12/426,435). 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=83,22,038.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,038&RS=PN/83,22,038 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** IP Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- IP Holdings, Vancouver, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,322,011) developed by Craig Hargreaves, Vancouver, Wash., for a "horticulture light fixture having integrated lamp and ballast." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for integrating at least one very high output (VHO) fluorescent lamp and at least one ballast within at least one fluorescent lamp fixture sealed from the growing environment is disclosed. The at least one ballast is secured within an upper fixture structure between a first cooling duct and a second cooling duct. At least one mid-plate reflector is mounted within the at least one upper fixture structure enclosing the at least one ballast thereby defining an upper chamber and a lower chamber. The at least one fluorescent lamp is installed in the lower chamber that is sealed from the growing environment by a transparent glass sheet, mounted to either or both the endplates or upper fixture structure. At least one fan is installed to the first cooling duct or the second cooling duct to provide the forced air cooling. The mid-plate reflector benefits from openings above the lamp location thereby providing a vent for heated air around the fluorescent lamp to rise up, away from the lamp, and out into the upper chamber where it is exhausted. The mid-plate reflector further benefits from being solid above the lamp ends or electrodes thereby retaining heat and improving lamp performance. At least one baffle located within the upper chamber directs cooling air provided by the fans through the mid-plate reflector to better cool the lamp, around the ballast to improve ballast cooling characteristics, or both." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2010 (12/660,129). 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=83,22,011.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,011&RS=PN/83,22,011 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tokitae Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Tokitae, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,322,147) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods of manufacturing temperature-stabilized storage containers." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Edward K. Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Nathan P. Myhrvold, Medina, Wash., Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., William H. Gates III, Redmond, Wash., Charles Whitmer, North Bend, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods disclosed herein include methods of manufacturing integrally thermally-sealed storage containers. Methods include creating at least one indentation in at least one layer of first thermal barrier sheet, wherein the at least one layer of first thermal barrier sheet includes at least one first ultra efficient insulation material and wherein the at least one indentation is in a size and shape substantially conforming with material to be stored; placing material to be stored within one or more of the at least one indentation; placing at least one layer of second thermal barrier sheet adjacent to the material to be stored, wherein the at least one layer of second thermal barrier sheet includes at least one second ultra efficient insulation material; and creating a thermal seal between at least two layers of thermal barrier sheet, substantially thermally sealing the material to be stored." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2011 (13/199,439). 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=83,22,147.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,147&RS=PN/83,22,147 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NIKE Assigned Patent for Wear-resistant Outsole ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- NIKE, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,322,049) developed by Frederick J. Dojan, Vancouver, Wash., for a wear-resistant outsole.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An article of footwear may have an outsole with multiple contact zones. Each of those contact zones may include perimeter regions formed from a harder elastomeric material and traction elements formed from a softer elastomeric material. The traction elements within a particular contact zone may be generally planar in shape and aligned in parallel along on orientation direction for that contact zone. When undeformed, the traction elements in a contact zone may extend outward from the outsole beyond the perimeter regions of that same contact zone. In response to a shear force resulting from activity of a shoe wearer, the traction elements may be deformable so as to rest within a volume formed by the perimeter regions." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2010 (12/847,440). 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=83,22,049.PN.&OS=PN/83,22,049&RS=PN/83,22,049 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Uptake Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Uptake Medical, Tustin, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,322,335) developed by five co-inventors for "determining patient-specific vapor treatment and delivery parameters." The co-inventors are Robert L. Barry, Kirkland, Wash., Brian Cran, Seattle, Erik Henne, Seattle, Daniel Reddy, Seattle, and Dean Corcoran, Bothell, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for determining patient specific treatment parameters for delivering vapor to the lung to treat lung tissue. In some embodiments vapor is delivered to the lung to cause coagulative necrosis, inducing fibrosis and thereby reducing the volume of at least one segment of the lung. The delivery parameters can be adjusted depending on the desired degree of injury to be induced in the lung tissue." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2009 (12/409,370). 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=8,322,335.PN.&OS=PN/8,322,335&RS=PN/8,322,335 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Chef'n Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 10 -- Chef'n, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,322,277) developed by Jonah S. Griffith, Seattle, for "devices and systems for compressing food articles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices and systems for compressing food articles are shown and described. Embodiments of the present invention can be used to squeeze, press, extrude, or otherwise process food articles. The disclosed embodiments can include a lever with a plurality of gear teeth, a base with a plurality of gear teeth, and a receptacle. The gear teeth can engage one another. The lever and base can be actuated to move a piston head into and out of the receptacle to compress food. A piston assembly of the compression tool can provide a mechanical advantage to provide relatively high compressive forces." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/722,447). 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=8,322,277.PN.&OS=PN/8,322,277&RS=PN/8,322,277 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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