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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 20)

[December 20, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 20)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Hollinworth Fund Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Hollinworth Fund, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,334,734) developed by Maha Achour, San Diego, for "printed multilayer filter methods and designs using extended CRLH (E-CRLH)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Printed multilayer filter design techniques and filters based on metamaterial structures including an extended composite left and right handed (E-CRLH) metamaterial unit cell." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2009 (12/547,273). 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=83,34,734.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,734&RS=PN/83,34,734 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Apple Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Providing a System-on-a-substrate ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,704) developed by seven co-inventors for "systems and methods for providing a system-on-a-substrate." The co-inventors are Gloria Lin, San Ramon, Calif., Bryson Gardner Jr., San Francisco, Joseph Fisher Jr., San Jose, Calif., Dave Goh, Los Altos, Calif., Barry Corlett, Brisbane, Calif., Dennis Pyper, San Jose, Calif., and Amir Salehi, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This relates to systems and methods for providing a system-on-a-substrate. In some embodiments, the necessary components for an entire system (e.g., a processor, memory, accelerometers, I/O circuitry, or any other suitable components) can be fabricated on a single microchip in "bare die" form. The die can, for example, be coupled to suitable flash memory through a substrate and flexible printed circuit board ("flex"). In some embodiments, the flex can extend past the substrate, die, or both, to allow additional, relatively large components to be coupled to the flex. In some embodiments, the die can be coupled to the flash memory through the flex and without a substrate. In some embodiments, component test points can be placed on the flash memory side of the substrate." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009 (12/565,085). 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=83,34,704.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,704&RS=PN/83,34,704 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Trilliant Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Trilliant Networks, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,787) developed by four co-inventors for a "gas meter having ultra-sensitive magnetic material retrofitted onto meter dial and method for performing meter retrofit." The co-inventors are Willard Thomas Bushman, Plano, Texas, William Steven Vogel, San Carlos, Calif., Robert Gerard Fischette, Oregon City, Ore., and Eric Michael Schoenman, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Device, structure and method for retrofitting a utility meter such as a gas meter with a retrofit module or for new installations to conventional meters so that it can be read remotely and so that retrofit may be accomplished simply by unskilled workers and without damage or alteration of meter. The method for retrofitting a meter of the type having shaft driven dial with dial index pointer and index cover involves removing the meter index cover to access the meter index dial pointer; attaching a magnet to the pointer so that it is carried in orbit around the pointer shaft to which the pointer is attached; and mounting a sensor to the meter adapted to sense the passage of the pointer-mounted magnet and to detect the orbit of index pointer; the attaching of the magnet and the mounting of the sensor being performed without removing the meter dial index assembly." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2008 (12/258,805). 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=83,34,787.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,787&RS=PN/83,34,787 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Powerwave Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Powerwave Technologies, Santa Ana, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,810) developed by Senglee Foo, Irvine, Calif., for a "resonant cap loaded high gain patch antenna." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An antenna architecture containing a broadband resonant cap positioned over a radiating patch is disclosed. The resonant cap consists of a rectangular resonant patch at the center with parasitic patches in close proximity of the four edges of the resonant patch. The parasitic patches may be coplanar with the resonant patch or may be mounted at an angle with respect to the vertical axis of the resonant patch. The resonant cap reduces the HPBW of the emitted radiation and improves emission directivity." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2009 (12/490,212). 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=83,34,810.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,810&RS=PN/83,34,810 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Neology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Neology, Poway, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,751) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for managing inventory of items held in a cabinet using radio frequency identification (RFID)." The co-inventors are John Azevedo, San Marcos, Calif., Jeffrey Zhu, Westport, Conn., Eric Mikuteit, San Diego, and Jun Liu, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A RFID cabinet comprises a cabinet structure and one or more drawers or shelves. Chambers are formed within the cabinet to house the one or more drawers or shelves. An RFID scanner is configured to scan items tagged with RFID tags in the chambers via one or more antennas. The antennas can include transmit and receive antennas or antennas configured to perform both transmit and receive functions. The drawers can have a access cover, or lid that can be controlled so as to control access to the drawer. The scanner can be configured to perform inventory control for the tagged items." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2011 (13/174,684). 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=83,34,751.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,751&RS=PN/83,34,751 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Integrated Upstream Amplifier for Cable Modem and Cable Set-top Boxes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been been assigned a patent (8,334,721) developed by six co-inventors for an "integrated upstream amplifier for cable modem and cable set-top boxes." The co-inventors are Stephen A. Jantzi, Laguna Beach, Calif., Anilkumar V. Tammineedi, Aliso Viejo, Calif., Jungwoo Song, Irvine, Calif., Lawrence M. Burns, Laguna Hills, Calif., Donald G. McMullin, Laguna Hills, Calif., and Agnes N. Woo, Encino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An upstream amplifier is integrated on a substrate with a digital-to-analog converter (DAC) to form an integrated circuit. In an embodiment, a low-pass filter is also integrated on the substrate. The output signal level of the upstream amplifier is controllable. In embodiments, fine adjustments are made to the output signal level of the upstream amplifier by varying a bias current of the DAC. A software control bit is used to switch between a power-on mode of operation and a power-down mode of operation. The upstream amplifier transmits in a burst mode. The power consumption of the upstream amplifier scales with the amplifier's output signal level. A high degree of matching is attained between the positive and negative paths of the upstream amplifier. This provides high immunity from common-mode disturbances such as substrate noise, clock spurs, and glitches caused by a gain change." The patent application was filed on Sept. 6, 2011 (13/226,233). 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=83,34,721.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,721&RS=PN/83,34,721 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Digital Front End for a Satellite Navigation Receiver ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,334,805) developed by Qinfang Sun, Cupertino, Calif., for a "digital front end for a satellite navigation receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A satellite navigation receiver having a digital front end. The satellite navigation receiver includes an analog section for receiving, amplifying, and filtering a satellite navigation signal. The digital front end is coupled to the analog section and is used to perform digital signal processing on the satellite navigation signal before it is passed on to the acquisition and tracking engines. By off-loading some of the functionality from the analog section to the digital front end, the analog section may be made smaller and cheaper and may consume less power. Moreover, additional functionalities can be added to the digital front end to improve performance. Since the digital front end is comprised of digital circuitry, it scales down in size, cost, and power with advances in semiconductor fabrication techniques." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2008 (12/173,677). 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=83,34,805.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,805&RS=PN/83,34,805 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ambarella Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Ambarella, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,715) developed by Harish S. Muthali, San Jose, Calif., and Xiaojun Zhu, Saratoga, Calif., for a "method to achieve constant slew rate (over process corners) for an output buffer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprising a first circuit, a state machine, a compare circuit and a calibration circuit. The first circuit may be configured to generate a slew rate control signal and a calibration signal in response to (i) a plurality of control bits and (ii) an operation signal. The state machine may be configured to generate the operation signal and a plurality of intermediate control signals in response to (i) a compare signal and (ii) clock signal. The compare circuit may be configured to generate the compare signal in response to (i) a reference voltage and (ii) a capacitance signal. The calibration circuit may be configured to generate the capacitance signal in response to (i) the calibration signal and (ii) the plurality of intermediate control signals." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2011 (13/157,488). 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=83,34,715.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,715&RS=PN/83,34,715 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,334,807) developed by Peter Gaal, San Diego, Sven Fischer, Nuremberg, Germany, and Stephen W. Edge, Escondido, Calif., for a "global navigation satellite system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Each of a first and a second navigation satellite system (NSS) are adapted to operate according to a first and a second specification, respectively, and each includes a first and a second plurality of satellite vehicles (SV), respectively. Each of the first and the second plurality of SVs are adapted to be identified by a first and a second plurality of unique corresponding identifications (IDs), respectively. A processor is adapted to receive and identify a first plurality of corresponding signals transmitted from the first plurality of SVs in response to the first plurality of unique corresponding IDs. The processor is adapted to receive and identify a second plurality of corresponding signals transmitted from the second plurality of SVs in response to the second plurality of unique corresponding IDs. The processor is adapted to determine position location information in response to receiving and identifying the first plurality of corresponding signals and the second plurality of corresponding signals." The patent application was filed on Aug. 2, 2010 (12/848,922). 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=83,34,807.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,807&RS=PN/83,34,807 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatuses for Responding to a Request for Satellite Positioning System Related Information Associated with a Mobile Station ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,334,806) developed by Arnold Jason Gum, San Diego, and Douglas Neal Rowitch, Del Mar, Calif., for "methods and apparatuses for responding to a request for satellite positioning system related information associated with a mobile station." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatuses are provided which may be used in mobile stations to perform or otherwise support location services. Signals representing existing SPS-related information associated with the mobile station can be stored during a MS-based or a standalone GNSS tracking session. In response to a request for an MS-assisted location session, the existing SPS-related information can be compared to a threshold. Signals representing the requested SPS-related information can be generated based on the existing SPS-related information and stored in memory." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/580,165). 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=83,34,806.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,806&RS=PN/83,34,806 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** HRL Laboratories, Aerospace Corp. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- HRL Laboratories, Malibu, Calif., and Aerospace Corp., Los Angeles, have been assigned a patent (8,334,797) developed by Willie W. Ng, Agoura Hills, Calif., George C. Valley, Los Angeles, and George Anthony Sefler, Redondo Beach, Calif., for a "wideband high resolution time-stretched photonic analog-to-digital converter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of performing analog to digital conversation of an analog signal V.sub.in(t), the method including the steps of: utilizing both of the complementary arms of an electro-optic modulator to recover the analog input signal V.sub.in(t), while using only one time-stretch element and one .lamda.-demultiplexer after the electro-optic modulator. The single time-stretch element and one .lamda.-demultiplexer serve to stretch and demultiplex the signals from both of the complementary output arms of the electro-optic modulator thereby improving and simplifying post-processing algorithms used to correct for static distortions and nonlinearities that originate from imperfect photonic hardware. Double-balanced photoreceivers are preferably coupled to outputs of the single .lamda.-demultiplexer. The single time-stretch element is preferably implemented by a chirped fiber grating. Apparatus for carrying out the method is described." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2010 (12/763,965). 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=83,34,797.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,797&RS=PN/83,34,797 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,334,809) developed by seven co-inventors for an "active electronically scanned array antenna for satellite communications." The co-inventors are Richard W. Nichols, Manhattan Beach, Calif., James S. Mason, Richardson, Texas, Gilbert M. Shows, Plano, Texas, Joel C. Roper, Plano, Texas, Raymond D. Eppich, Plano, Texas, Gustavo A. Burnum, Athens, Ga., and Ike Chang, Santa Monica, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronically scanned array antenna. The novel antenna includes a first planar array of antenna elements and one or more side planar arrays of antenna elements, each side array adjacent to the first array and tilted at a predetermined angle relative to the first array. In an illustrative embodiment, the antenna also includes a plurality of transmit/receive modules, each module coupled to one antenna element. Each transmit/receive module includes phase shifters for varying the relative phases of the antenna elements to form a desired overall beam pattern, and a low noise amplifier and high power amplifier for amplifying signals received and transmitted by the antenna element, respectively. In an illustrative embodiment, a processor provides individual phase and channel enable control signals for independently controlling the phase shifters and amplifiers, respectively, of each module." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2008 (12/288,635). 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=83,34,809.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,809&RS=PN/83,34,809 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Altera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Altera, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,716) developed by five co-inventors for a "digital phase detection circuit and method." The co-inventors are Allan Thomas Davidson, San Jose, Calif., Marwan A. Khalaf, San Carlos, Calif., Daniel Bowersox, Somerset, Pa., Michael Menghui Zheng, Fremont, Calif., and Neville Carvalho, Campbell, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A digital phase detector circuit and corresponding monitor and control logic is presented. The digital phase detector has two storage elements, where the data input of the first storage element receives a first clock signal and the data input of the second storage element receives a second clock signal. A time shifter shifts the second clock signal by a shift period, and transmits the shifted signal to the clock input of the storage elements. The signals applied to the data inputs are transmitted from the storage elements when the clock input receives the shifted second clock signal from the time shifter. A monitor and control module samples the data output from the storage elements after each shifted second clock signal is transmitted by the time shifter. The sampling of the output data provides the data used to determine the time relationship between the first and the second clock signals." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/580,175). 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=83,34,716.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,716&RS=PN/83,34,716 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** SanDisk Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- SanDisk Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,334,796) developed by Barkat A. Wani, San Jose, Calif., and Raul-Adrian Cernea, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "hardware efficient on-chip digital temperature coefficient voltage generator and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An on-chip DC voltage generator and hardware efficient method provide for generating linear DC voltages with a programmable negative temperature coefficient. A temperature-dependent DC voltage is digitally derived from an on-chip temperature readout, a programmable digital word to control the temperature coefficient and a programmable digital word to adjust the digital level. The digital result is applied to a resistor string digital to analog converter (DAC) to generate an analog DC voltage with a negative temperature slope. Additionally, another programmable digital word for trimming allows convergence at a given temperature of voltages having a common level but different temperature coefficients. These voltages can be applied to the word line in the flash memory and track the threshold voltage of the memory cell, which has a negative temperature coefficient, such that the difference between the gate voltage and the threshold voltage is constant over temperature." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2011 (13/083,515). 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=83,34,796.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,796&RS=PN/83,34,796 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Deal Magic, Savi Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Deal Magic, Edmonds, Wash., and Savi Technology, Alexandria, Va., have been assigned a patent (8,334,773) developed by Nicholas D. Cova, Salt Lake City, and Neil M. Smith, Palo Alto, Calif., for an "asset monitoring and tracking system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for monitoring and tracking assets and providing notifications to users are disclosed. In one aspect, a request to track an asset and enterprise data describing the asset are received, a tag is selected to associate with the asset, an event notification is received from the tag, and a user notification is generated from the event notification and the enterprise data. In another aspect, a request for a tag is received, a tag is selected in response to the request, a tag is routed to the origin location for the tag, a notification is received that the tag has arrived at a destination location, and the tag is routed from the destination location to a tag pool." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2009 (12/560,377). 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=83,34,773.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,773&RS=PN/83,34,773 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,732) developed by Ahmadreza Rofougaran, Newport Coast, Calif., and Maryam Rofougaran, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for a "method and system for generating quadrature signals utilizing an on-chip transformer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of a method and system for generating quadrature signals utilizing an on-chip transformer are provided. In this regard, a pair of phase-quadrature signals may be generated from a single-phase signal via a transformer, one or more variable capacitors, and one or more variable resistors integrated on-chip. The transformer may comprise a plurality of loops fabricated in a plurality of metal layers in the chip. Each of the one or more variable capacitors may comprise a configurable capacitor bank and each of the one or more variable resistors may comprise a configurable resistor bank. The one or more capacitor banks may be programmatically configured on-chip, based on a frequency of the single-phase signal. The one or more resistor banks may be programmatically configured on-chip, based on a frequency of said single-phase signal." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/306,575). 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=83,34,732.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,732&RS=PN/83,34,732 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** RF Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- RF Micro Devices, Greensboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,334,718) developed by Marcus Granger-Jones, Scotts Valley, Calif., Brad Nelson, Redwood City, Calif., and Ed Franzwa, San Jose, Calif., for a "variable attenuator having stacked transistors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a variable attenuator is disclosed having an attenuation circuit and a control circuit. The attenuation circuit may include a first series connected attenuation circuit segment and a shunt connected attenuation circuit segment, as well as additional attenuation circuit segments. Each attenuation circuit segment includes a stack of transistors that are coupled to provide the attenuation circuit segment with a variable impedance level having a continuous impedance range. In this manner, the control circuit may be operably associated with the stack of transistors in each attenuation circuit segment to control the variable attenuation level of the variable attenuator." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2010 (12/977,958). 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=83,34,718.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,718&RS=PN/83,34,718 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,335,403) developed by five co-inventors for a "soft edge smoothness prior and application on alpha channel super resolution." The co-inventors are Shengyang Dai, Evanston, Ill., Mei Han, Cupertino, Calif., Wei Xu, Los Gatos, Calif., Ying Wu, Vernon Hills, Ill., and Yihong Gong, Saratoga, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for processing a low resolution image by performing a high resolution edge segment extraction on the low resolution image; performing an image super resolution on each edge segment; performing reconstruction constraint reinforcement; and generating a high quality image from the low quality image." The patent application was filed on Oct. 10, 2007 (11/869,906). 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=8,335,403&OS=8,335,403&RS=8,335,403 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Plantronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Plantronics, Santa Cruz, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,525) developed by Frederick Sarkissian, San Jose, Calif., and Jeffrey Siegel, Los Gatos, Calif., for a mobile telephony presence.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for reporting of presence information associated with use of a mobile telephone are presented. In one example, a headset that is paired with a cellular mobile phone relays presence information to a presence application running on a computer." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2012 (13/356,851). 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=8,335,525&OS=8,335,525&RS=8,335,525 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** A9.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- A9.com, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,402) developed by Raghavan Manmatha, Belchertown, Mass., and Mark A. Ruzon, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and system for detecting and recognizing text in images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of the present invention relate to a method, system and computer program product for detecting and recognizing text in the images captured by cameras and scanners. First, a series of image-processing techniques is applied to detect text regions in the image. Subsequently, the detected text regions pass through different processing stages that reduce blurring and the negative effects of variable lighting. This results in the creation of multiple images that are versions of the same text region. Some of these multiple versions are sent to a character-recognition system. The resulting texts from each of the versions of the image sent to the character-recognition system are then combined to a single result, wherein the single result is detected text." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2011 (13/197,591). 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=8,335,402&OS=8,335,402&RS=8,335,402 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Harris Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Harris Technology, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,546) developed by Scott C. Harris, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., for a "portable telephone with connection indicator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A slave device is charged directly from a cellular phone. The slave device can be charged along with the cellular phone or from the internal battery of the cellular phone. When the slave device is connected, a "click" sound is played through an enunciator of the cellular phone." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/340,573). 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=8,335,546&OS=8,335,546&RS=8,335,546 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,514) developed by six co-inventors for "dynamically splitting jobs across multiple agnostic processors in wireless system." The co-inventors are Thomas Quigley, Franklin, N.C., Alexander G. MacInnis, Ann Arbor, Mich., Arya Behzad, Poway, Calif., Jeyhan Karaoguz, Irvine, Calif., John Walley, Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Mark Buer, Gilbert, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dynamically splitting jobs in wireless system between agnostic processor may comprise evaluating a job that a wireless mobile communication device may be requested to perform. The wireless mobile communication (WMC) device may evaluate a requested job to determine if one or more tasks may be sent to a remote device. The WMC device may consider such factors as information pertaining to the WMC device itself, information relating to the connection between the devices, and/or information pertaining to the remote device. This information may comprise such data as power availability in the wireless mobile communication device, processing load in the WMC device, processing and/or storage capabilities of the remote device, and characteristics of the connectivity between the two devices." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2012 (13/411,827). 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=8,335,514&OS=8,335,514&RS=8,335,514 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent for Hybrid Fiber-rod Laser ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,420) developed by four co-inventors for a hybrid fiber-rod laser. The co-inventors are Raymond J. Beach, Livermore, Calif., Jay W. Dawson, Livermore, Calif., Michael J. Messerly, Danville, Calif., and Christopher P.J. Barty, Hayward, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Single, or near single transverse mode waveguide definition is produced using a single homogeneous medium to transport both the pump excitation light and generated laser light. By properly configuring the pump deposition and resulting thermal power generation in the waveguide device, a thermal focusing power is established that supports perturbation-stable guided wave propagation of an appropriately configured single or near single transverse mode laser beam and/or laser pulse." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2007 (11/809,177). 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=8,335,420&OS=8,335,420&RS=8,335,420 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,555) developed by Sean K. Lehman, Pleasanton, Calif., for a "radial reflection diffraction tomography." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wave-based tomographic imaging method and apparatus based upon one or more rotating radially outward oriented transmitting and receiving elements have been developed for non-destructive evaluation. At successive angular locations at a fixed radius, a predetermined transmitting element can launch a primary field and one or more predetermined receiving elements can collect the backscattered field in a "pitch/catch" operation. A Hilbert space inverse wave (HSIW) algorithm can construct images of the received scattered energy waves using operating modes chosen for a particular application. Applications include, improved intravascular imaging, bore hole tomography, and non-destructive evaluation (NDE) of parts having existing access holes." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2004 (10/814,435). 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=8,335,555&OS=8,335,555&RS=8,335,555 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Hard Imaging Devices and Hard Imaging Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,335,442) developed by Robert Louis Cobene II, Santa Clara, Calif., for "hard imaging devices and hard imaging methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Hard imaging devices and hard imaging methods are described. According to one embodiment, a hard imaging device includes an image engine configured to provide a marking agent upon media to form hard images, and a media sensing system configured to sense the media and to provide at least one signal comprising information indicative of a direction of grain of the media responsive to the sensing of the media, and processing circuitry configured to receive the at least one signal provided by the media sensing system and to control an operation of the hard imaging device using the information indicative of the direction of the grain of the media of the at least one signal." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2007 (11/700,750). 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=8,335,442&OS=8,335,442&RS=8,335,442 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hoodman Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Hoodman, Torrance, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,427) developed by Louis J. Schmidt, Hermosa Beach, Calif., Michael R. Schmidt, Hermosa Beach, Calif., and Robert P. Schmidt, West Hollywood, Calif., for a "camera viewfinder accessory mount." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A camera viewfinder accessory mount in accordance with the invention includes a receiver mountable at least in part around a camera viewfinder frame. Thread units extend from the receiver. The thread units are defined by extensions having outside threads and inside geometric surfaces. A body portion of the accessory mount has a receiver end for matingly fitting the receiver, and a distal accessory end. The body portion further includes an indexing periphery having a peripheral shape for cooperating with the inside geometric surfaces of the thread units. The body portion also includes a stop radially extending from the periphery and spacedly disposed from the receiver end. A tightening wheel of the accessory mount has internal threads cooperable with the outside threads of the thread units to tighten the body portion receiver end to the camera viewfinder frame." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2011 (13/184,747). 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=8,335,427&OS=8,335,427&RS=8,335,427 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SiPort Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- SiPort, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,484) developed by Oren Arad, Palo Alto, Calif., and Sridhar Sharma, Milpitas, Calif., for "systems and methods for dynamically controlling an analog-to-digital converter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for dynamically controlling an analog-to-digital converter (ADC) in order to conserve power are provided. In exemplary embodiments, a receiver device comprises a tuner configured to receive a signal, at least one programmable analog-to-digital converter (ADC), and a digital signal processing hardware comprising a control logic. The exemplary control logic is configured to generate a control signal to configure components within the receiver device to conserve power at the ADC." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2006 (11/496,767). 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=8,335,484&OS=8,335,484&RS=8,335,484 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Daylight Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Daylight Solutions, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,335,413) developed by Alexander Dromaretsky, San Diego, Michael Pushkarsky, San Diego, and Brandon Borgardt, Escondido, Calif., for an optical switch.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical fiber switch (16) for alternatively redirecting an input beam (14) comprises a redirector (18) and a redirector mover (20). The redirector (18) redirects the input beam (14) so that a redirected beam (46) alternatively launches from the redirector (18) (i) along a first redirected axis (354) that is spaced apart from a directed axis (344A) when the redirector (18) is positioned at a first position (348), and (ii) along a second redirected axis (356) that is spaced apart from the directed axis (344A) when the redirector (18) is positioned at a second position (350) that is different from the first position (348). The redirector mover (20) moves the redirector (18) about a movement axis (366) between the first position (348) and the second position (350)." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2011 (13/267,787). 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=8,335,413&OS=8,335,413&RS=8,335,413 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Atheros Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Qualcomm Atheros, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,536) developed by Olaf Hirsch, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Paul J. Husted, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and system for message transmission and reception." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Wireless devices may contain multiple radio transceivers, each conforming to different communication protocols. A first transceiver conforming to a first communication protocol in a first wireless device may be able to receive, detect, and/or decode messages transmitted by a second transceiver in a second wireless device conforming to a second communication protocol. The first transceiver may communicate received, detected, and/or decoded information to a different transceiver in the same first wireless device, thus enabling the collocated transceivers to work in concert efficiently. A wideband transceiver using a set of multiple sub-channels in parallel may receive, detect, and/or decode messages transmitted by a narrowband transceiver using a set of multiple channels serially, thereby reducing scan time and power consumption." The patent application was filed on Feb. 16, 2012 (13/398,713). 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=8,335,536&OS=8,335,536&RS=8,335,536 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** RingCentral Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- RingCentral, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,498) developed by Vlad Vendrow, Redwood Shores, Calif., and Vlad Shmunis, Hillsborough, Calif., for "synchronization in unified messaging systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a server maintains a plurality of fax messages associated with a user. Each fax message of the plurality of fax messages has a state that indicates at least a status of read or unread for the fax message. A HTTP connection is established between the server and a phone that serves as a client through which the plurality of fax messages are viewable. States of one or more fax messages are identified at the server and at the phone that serves as the client. One or more synchronization actions are performed, using the HTTP connection, to synchronize the one or more fax messages at the server and the one or more corresponding fax messages at the phone that serves as the client." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2011 (13/281,213). 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=8,335,498&OS=8,335,498&RS=8,335,498 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Wireless Communication Via at Least One of Directional and Omni-direction Antennas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,335,475) developed by five co-inventors for an "apparatus and method for wireless communication via at least one of directional and omni-direction antennas." The co-inventors are Sanjiv Nanda, Ramona, Calif., Saishankar Nandagopalan, San Diego, Santosh P. Abraham, San Diego, Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., and Ernest Tadashi Ozaki, Poway, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for using at least one of omni-directional and directional antennas for communication are described. A station may be equipped antenna elements selectable for use as an omni-directional antenna or one or more directional antennas. The station may select the omni-directional antenna or a directional antenna for use for communication based on various factors such as, e.g., whether the location or direction of a target station for communication is known, whether control frames or data frames are being exchanged, etc." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,954). 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=8,335,475&OS=8,335,475&RS=8,335,475 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for All Optical Fast Distributed Arbitration in a Computer System Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,335,434) developed by six co-inventors for an "all optical fast distributed arbitration in a computer system device." The co-inventors are Raymond G. Beausoleil, Redmond, Wash., Marco Fiorentino, Mountain View, Calif., Norman Paul Jouppi, Palo Alto, Calif., Nathan Lorenzo Binkert, Redwood City, Calif., Robert Samuel Schreiber, Palo Alto, Calif., and Qianfan Xu, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems and methods for all optical distributed arbitration for computer system components (1801-1804) communicatively coupled via a photonic interconnect in a computer system device. The embodiments of the optical arbitration in the computer system provides arbitration schemes with fixed priority (2000) and non-fixed priority (1830, 2200). The non-fixed priority scheme embodiments can provide fairness in arbitration. In some embodiments, delivery of light power and arbitration are combined (1830, 2001)." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2008 (12/682,918). 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=8,335,434&OS=8,335,434&RS=8,335,434 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cognex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Cognex, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,380) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for fast, robust, multi-dimensional pattern recognition." The co-inventors are William M. Silver, Nobleboro, Maine, E. John McGarry, La Jolla, Calif., Sanjay Nichani, San Diego, and Adam Wagman, Stow, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for determining the absence or presence of one or more instances of a predetermined pattern in an image, and for determining the location of each found instance within a multidimensional space. A model represents the pattern to be found, the model including a plurality of probes. Each probe represents a relative position at which a test is performed in an image at a given pose, each such test contributing evidence that the pattern exists at the pose. The method further includes a comparison of the model with a run-time image at each of a plurality of poses. A match score is computed at each pose to provide a match score surface. Then, the match score is compared with an accept threshold, and used to provide the location any instances of the pattern in the image." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2004 (11/026,996). 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=8,335,380&OS=8,335,380&RS=8,335,380 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,496) developed by David P. Bort, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "playing local device information over a telephone connection." 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, for playing local device information over a telephone connection. In one aspect, a method includes establishing, by a first electronic client communication device, an audio connection between the first electronic client communication device and a remote second electronic client communication device, determining that a user has selected a control of the first electronic client communication device, selecting, with a computer system and in response to determining that the user selected the control, text data that is associated with the user or the first client communication device, translating, with the computer system, the text data into a speech signal, and playing the speech signal to the remote second client device over the audio connection by electronically inserting the speech signal into the audio connection." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2011 (13/300,292). 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=8,335,496&OS=8,335,496&RS=8,335,496 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,335,499) developed by Wen Zhao, Cupertino, Calif., and Isabel Mahe, Los Altos, Calif., for "apparatus and methods for controlling dedicated data transmit mode in a mobile computing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments for controlling dedicated data transmit mode (DDTM) in a mobile computing device are described. In one or more embodiments, the mobile computing device may support cellular voice communication and wireless data communication. The mobile computing device may comprise a DDTM control module coupled to a DDTM application. The DDTM application may prevent mobile terminated cellular voice communication from interrupting ongoing data communication when enabled. The DDTM control module may be configured to enable and disable the DDTM application. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2006 (11/613,107). 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=8,335,499&OS=8,335,499&RS=8,335,499 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ultra Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Ultra Communications, Vista, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,411) developed by four co-inventors for a "fiber optic bi-directional coupling lens." The co-inventors are Charles B. Kuznia, Encinitas, Calif., Joseph F. Ahadian, San Marcos, Calif., Richard T. Hagan, Mission Viejo, Calif., and Richard J. Pommer, Carlsbad, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A component for coupling light bi-directionally between optical waveguides and optoelectronic devices is described. This component can be inexpensively manufactured and fits within the existing form-factor of fiber optic transceivers or transmitters, and has features for efficiently coupling laser light to a waveguide and light from the same waveguide to a detector. The described components can be formed as an array to operate within system that operation over parallel optical fibers. Applicability for these components is for optical time domain reflectometry, bi-directional optical communications, remote fiber sensing, and optical range finders." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2009 (12/617,021). 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=8,335,411&OS=8,335,411&RS=8,335,411 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Motors Assigned Patent for System and Method For Monitoring and Reporting Telematics Unit Communication Network System Acquisition and Scanning Performance ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- General Motors, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,335,508) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for monitoring and reporting telematics unit communication network system acquisition and scanning performance." The co-inventors are James Doherty, Wyandotte, Mich., Kevin R. Krause, Plymouth, Mich., Ki Hak Yi, Windsor, Calif., and Ayaz S. Kassam, Toronto.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for monitoring and reporting telematics unit communication network system acquisition and scanning performance is disclosed herein. An example of the method includes monitoring a scan of all cellular networks that are available to a vehicle telematics unit, and during the monitoring, recognizing a predetermined trigger. In response to the predetermined trigger, a memory buffer in the telematics unit stores data associated with at least one of performance or outcome of the scan. At least some of the stored data is transmitted from the telematics unit to a server in selective communication with the telematics unit." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2008 (12/188,128). 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=8,335,508&OS=8,335,508&RS=8,335,508 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nant Holdings IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Nant Holdings IP, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,335,351) 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 April 21, 2011 (13/091,994). 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=8,335,351&OS=8,335,351&RS=8,335,351 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Plantronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Plantronics, Santa Cruz, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,545) developed by four co-inventors for a modular charging dock. The co-inventors are Soohyun Ham, San Francisco, Matthew Charles Bentley, Scotts Valley, Calif., Andrew Kneeland Richardson, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Nicholas Kennedy Eisner, Ben Lomond, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A headset radio base, a headset charging system including a modular charging dock, and methods of charging various headsets are disclosed. In one embodiment, a headset radio base includes a charging dock interface configured to interface with one of a plurality of interchangeable charging docks having different form factors for charging different headsets, a transceiver for wirelessly communicating with the different headsets, a power source interface, and a network interface." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2008 (12/209,134). 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=8,335,545&OS=8,335,545&RS=8,335,545 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Method and System for Applying Silhouette Tracking to Determine Attitude of Partially Occluded Objects ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,335,382) developed by Thomas P. Weismuller, Orange, Calif., and David L. Caballero, Huntington Beach, Calif., for a "method and system for applying silhouette tracking to determine attitude of partially occluded objects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for increasing the certainty of a silhouette matching process, where the process is being used for attitude determination of an object of interest, for example an aircraft. The method involves using one or more mask images that include structure or features that may or may not always be associated with the object of interest, and overlaying the mask image(s) onto a library image of the aircraft. Each pixel of the library image is compared against corresponding pixels of the mask image(s) to determine which pixels represent ambiguous areas of the library image. Those pixels are eliminated from consideration in determining a Fit score, where the Fit score represents a percentage value indicative of a certainty of the matching process in identifying the attitude of the aircraft. The method and system is applicable to a wide ranging variety of object detection applications." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2007 (11/750,735). 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=8,335,382&OS=8,335,382&RS=8,335,382 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Atheros Assigned Patent for Weak Signal Detection in Wireless Communication Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Qualcomm Atheros, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,283) developed by Qinfang Sun, Cupertino, Calif., for a "weak signal detection in wireless communication systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism for weak signal packet detection in a wireless receiver. Cross-correlation and self-correlation operations are performed on a plurality of short training field symbols associated with a plurality of RF signals received at a plurality of receiver chains of the wireless receiver. A plurality of self-correlation outputs generated in the plurality of receiver chains are summed and the sum of the self-correlation outputs is accumulated over a predetermined number of STF symbol periods. A moving sum operation is performed on the accumulation output when the accumulation output is greater than a first predetermined threshold. A signal indicating a data packet has been detected is generated when the moving sum output is greater than a second predetermined threshold." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2008 (12/268,550). 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=8,335,283.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,283&RS=PN/8,335,283 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Expedited Splicing of Video Streams ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,266) developed by Xiaomei Liu, San Jose, Calif., and Yi Tong Tse, San Jose, Calif., for an "expedited splicing of video streams." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method is described that includes receiving a conditioned bitstream that includes a digital insertion location and primary network packets that contain compressed video data. The digital insertion location includes replaceable network packets. The method also includes receiving a second bitstream that includes replacement compressed video data. The method also includes determining a location of the digital insertion location. The method further includes adjusting the bitrate of the replacement compressed video data to create adjusted replacement compressed video data. The method further includes providing timestamp information with the replacement compressed video data. The method additionally includes packetizing the adjusted replacement compressed video data and timestamp information into replacement network packets. The method further includes combining the replacement network packets into the digital insertion location in the conditioned bitstream at the network packet level without depacketizing or decompressing the compressed video data in the primary network packets." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2007 (11/824,452). 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=8,335,266.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,266&RS=PN/8,335,266 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,728) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for providing real-time financial goal monitoring and analysis." The co-inventors are Ummulkiram Mohammed Dahodwala, Boston, Aaron Elias Berhanu, San Francisco, Simon Levy, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Justin Glaeser, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for providing real-time financial goal monitoring and analysis whereby a given user defines budgetary and/or financial goals for one or more financial categories for a given period of time. A merchant/category database is created that associates one or more merchants with potential financial categories and when the given user accesses a given user interface of a website associated with a given merchant, Uniform Resource Locator (URL) data for the website being accessed is obtained and used to identify the given merchant associated with the given website. The merchant/category database is then searched to find potential financial categories associated with the given merchant and the financial budget/goal data indicating the given user's budgetary and/or financial goals for the financial categories associated with the given merchant is then obtained along with current financial data indicating the given user's actual spending in each of the potential financial categories associated with the given merchant for the given period of time. Remaining balance data for the potential financial categories associated with the given merchant for the given period of time is then generated and displayed to the user in the same display displaying the user interface of the given merchant website." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,156). 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=8,335,728&OS=8,335,728&RS=8,335,728 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Geos Communications IP Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Geos Communications IP Holdings, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,335,232) developed by Ali Awais, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "method and system of renegotiating end-to-end voice over internet protocol CODECs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods of Voice over Internet Protocol (VOIP) communication are provided. A particular system includes a VoIP endpoint. The VoIP endpoint is adapted to monitor a packet loss measure between the VoIP endpoint and a second VoIP endpoint during a VoIP communic 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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