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

[December 20, 2012]

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

*** 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.

*** Satellite Tracking of People Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Satellite Tracking of People, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,334,769) developed by Stephen Freathy, Houston, Paul Pridmore, Houston, and Steve Logan, Houston, for a "wireless tag and auxiliary device for use with home monitoring unit for tracking individuals or objects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tracking device is provided. A position determiner is configured to determine a position of the tracking device. The tracking device has first and second operating modes, the first operating mode being in response to at least the absence of a data communications link with an external wireless node, the second operating mode being in response to at least the presence of communication with an external wireless node. In the first operating mode, the tracking device periodically determines its position from the position determiner and maintains a position history of the tracking device. In the second operating mode, the tracking device reduces the operations of the position determiner relative to the first operating mode. In association with the tracking device transitioning from the first operating mode to the second operating mode, the tracking device wirelessly transmits the position history." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2011 (13/190,896). 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=83,34,769.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,769&RS=PN/83,34,769 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Guardian Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Guardian Technologies, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,334,775) developed by four co-inventors for a "RFID-based asset security and tracking system, apparatus and method." The co-inventors are Hollis M. Tapp, Mesquite, Texas, Joseph C. McAlexander, Murphy, Texas, James Olivier, Dallas, and William C. Slemmer, Frisco, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for tracking an item using a RFID surveillance system. In some embodiments, a security controller is connected to a point of sale system with at least one RFID tag reader. In these embodiments, the RFID tag reader is associated with an area that is observable through a video camera. If the tag reader does not recognize information obtained from a RFID tag, the tag reader may activate the video camera. When the video camera is activated, the video camera may capture images and send them to a recording device." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2009 (12/470,709). 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=83,34,775.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,775&RS=PN/83,34,775 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA, University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., and the University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, have been assigned a patent (8,334,695) developed by Roderick William McColl, Dallas, and David Embrey Purdy, Pearland, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for improving the quality of MR images sensitized to molecular diffusion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a method and apparatus for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of an object, and in particular MR imaging that yields images sensitive to molecular diffusion, undesired image artifacts induced by the rhythmic motion of the apparatus are reduced by manipulating the amplitude, phase, and timing of the diffusion encoding gradient pulses in a manner that interrupts, diminishes, or cancels the rhythmic motion. The residual vibration is evaluated manually or automatically to make such manipulations." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/731,628). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,34,695.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,695&RS=PN/83,34,695 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.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,480) developed by Yanxin Na, Plano, Texas, and Hang Jin, Plano, Texas, for an "omni-directional and low-correlated pre-coding broadcast beamforming." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are provided herein to compute beamforming weight vectors for pre-coding broadcast signals. First, system parameters for a device configured to wirelessly transmit one or more broadcast signals via a plurality of antennas are determined. Based on the system parameters a plurality of beamforming weight vectors are computed. The beamforming weight vectors are computed such that they have omni-directional like characteristics and such that correlation between beamforming weight vectors is relatively low. The plurality of beamforming weight vectors are applied to each of the one or more broadcast signals for transmission by the device to produce beamformed transmit signals for transmission via the plurality of antennas." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2008 (12/235,139). 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=8,335,480&OS=8,335,480&RS=8,335,480 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,335,490) developed by John Kaippallimalil, Richardson, Texas, for "roaming Wi-Fi access in fixed network architectures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprising a node comprising an access controller (AC) and an authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) proxy (AAA-P), wherein the AC is configured to manage authentication for a user equipment (UE), and wherein the AAA-P is configured to exchange authentication information related to the UE with an AAA server. Included is a network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising establishing a first tunnel with a home gateway (HG), wherein the HG communicates wirelessly with a UE, and establishing a second tunnel between the UE and a Network Access Server (NAS). Also included is a network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising receiving a Pairwise Master Key (PMK) from an AAA mediator (AAA-M), and authenticating a UE using the PMK." The patent application was filed on Aug. 15, 2008 (12/192,488). 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=8,335,490&OS=8,335,490&RS=8,335,490 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CSR Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- CSR Technology, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,471) developed by Ronald Clayton Alford, Austin, Texas, Noshir Dubash, Chandler, Ariz., and Douglas W. Schucker, Gilbert, Ariz., for "systems and methods for channel pairing a transmitter and a receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for channel pairing a transmitter and a receiver are provided. In this regard, a representative method, among others, includes selecting a channel in a radio frequency (RF) band; transmitting a carrier and alert tone on the selected channel in the RF band; responsive to detecting the transmitted carrier and alert tone, demodulating the carrier and alert tone on the selected channel in the RF band and producing the demodulated alert tone; and responsive to detecting the produced alert tone, using the selected channel to establish a wireless link between the transmitter and receiver." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/332,590). 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=8,335,471&OS=8,335,471&RS=8,335,471 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Osocad Remote Limited Liability Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Osocad Remote Limited Liability, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,335,519) developed by Robert W. Peterson, Plano, Texas, Thomas T. Wheeler, Frisco, Texas, and Deren G. Ebdon, Carrollton, Texas, for a "system and method for providing a community of mobile devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a community of mobile devices, a non-participating device can be joined to the community if the non-participating device meets location dependent criteria. The device's location can be determined, e.g. be an onboard GPS, from which it can be determined if the device is within a geospatial boundary of the community. The geospatial boundary may be calculated from the locations of community member devices. Only devices that meet the location dependent criteria will be eligible for participation in the community." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2009 (12/629,929). 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=8,335,519&OS=8,335,519&RS=8,335,519 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Jefferson Science Associates Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Jefferson Science Associates, Newport News, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,335,363) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for image reconstruction of moving radionuclide source distribution." The co-inventors are Alexander V. Stolin, Newport News, Va., John E. McKisson, Hampton, Va., Seung Joon Lee, Knoxville, Tenn., and Mark Frederick Smith, Catonsville, Md.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for image reconstruction of moving radionuclide distributions. Its particular embodiment is for single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging of awake animals, though its techniques are general enough to be applied to other moving radionuclide distributions as well. The invention eliminates motion and blurring artifacts for image reconstructions of moving source distributions. This opens new avenues in the area of small animal brain imaging with radiotracers, which can now be performed without the perturbing influences of anesthesia or physical restraint on the biological system." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/456,372). 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=8,335,363&OS=8,335,363&RS=8,335,363 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.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,335,501) developed by Carl L. Martin II, Round Rock, Texas, for "controlling functions of mobile communications devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Function-control instructions for controlling a function or feature of a device can be created remotely, locally, or both. A device can receive a function-control instruction or a function-control instruction embedded in received content. Additionally, or alternatively, a function-control instruction can be created locally based on user information or calibration information. Function-control instructions can be passed to an instruction execution application that interprets the function-control instruction. The instruction execution application can pass instructions, based on the function-control instruction, to the device for implementation." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2007 (11/943,952). 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=8,335,501&OS=8,335,501&RS=8,335,501 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Multicast Address Search Including Multiple Search Modes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,335,764) developed by four co-inventors for a "multicast address search including multiple search modes." The co-inventors are Matthew R. Ochs, Austin, Texas, Omar Cardona, Austin, Texas, Baltazar De Leon III, Austin, Texas, and James B. Cunningham, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An information handling system (IHS) includes a network adapter having a hardware address store that stores multicast addresses and a device driver that stores multicast addresses in a software address store. When there is no more storage space available in the hardware address store for multicast addresses, the device driver stores multicast addresses in the software address store. When the IHS receives a multicast information packet, the network adapter searches the hardware address store for a multicast address corresponding to that multicast information packet. If the search of the hardware address store does not find that multicast address, then the device driver searches the software address store for that multicast address. The IHS may prioritize the multicast addresses in the hardware address store and the software address store on a most frequently used basis, a most recently used basis or a most popular basis. For example, the hardware address store may store addresses that are more frequently used than those in the software address store." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2010 (12/727,332). 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=8,335,764&OS=8,335,764&RS=8,335,764 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Foundry Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Foundry Networks, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,219) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for router data distribution." The co-inventors are Steve M. Simmons, Dallas, Jim Kleiner, Dallas, Qiang Li, Plano, Texas, Bing Liu, Richardson, Texas, and Lance Arnold Visser, Dallas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Employing an asymmetric protocol, multiple sources reliably broadcast dynamically changing routing tables incrementally across multiple consumers from a single distributor. Each of multiple sources send current tables to the distributor using a snapshot mechanism. Message are buffered, segmented, paced by timers, and broadcast to the consumers repetitively at the distributor. Negative acknowledgments from the consumer request missing messages from the distributor after receipt of a keepalive message from the distributor. The distributor marks the missing messages and retransmits replacements from a history buffer only after firing of a resend timer. A unique Session ID included in all messages originating from each particular source facilitates reliable table distribution from multiple sources to multiple consumers via a single distributor." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/333,029). 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=8,335,219.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,219&RS=PN/8,335,219 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,335,300) developed by Nathan Raymond Hughes, Round Rock, Texas, Nishant Srinath Rao, Austin, Texas, and Michelle Ann Uretsky, Austin, Texas, for a "personalizing computerized customer service." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for improving user satisfaction with automated response computer driven systems is provided. In one embodiment the automated computer system utilizes a Web browser accessing at least a Web site. In another embodiment, the automated computer system is a telephonic response system with voice recognition and generation capability. In each embodiment the user is first prompted to provide indications of user language usage preferences which are then analyzed and stored in a user profile. Thereafter, subsequent information from the automated system is modified in accordance with the stored user profile before presentation to the user." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2008 (12/285,387). 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=8,335,300.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,300&RS=PN/8,335,300 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Reassembling Streaming Data Across Multiple Packetized Communication Channels ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,335,238) developed by Ravi K. Arimilli, Austin, Texas, and Piyush Chaudhary, Highland, N.Y., for "reassembling streaming data across multiple packetized communication channels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mechanisms are provided for processing streaming data at high sustained data rates. These mechanisms receive a plurality of data elements over a plurality of non-sequential communication channels and write the plurality of data elements directly to the file system of the data processing system in an unassembled manner. The mechanisms further perform a data scrubbing operation to determine if there are any missing data elements that are not present in the plurality of data elements written to the file system and assemble the plurality of data elements into a plurality of data streams associated with the plurality of non-sequential communication channels in response to results of the data scrubbing indicating that there are no missing data elements. In addition, the mechanisms release the assembled plurality of data streams for access via the file system." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/342,193). 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=8,335,238.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,238&RS=PN/8,335,238 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Data Privacy in Passive Optical Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,316) developed by Ryan E. Hirth, Windsor, Calif., Edward W. Boyd, Petaluma, Calif., and Ngo Thanh Ho, Arlington, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for data privacy in passive optical networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment provides a system for decrypting data frames in an Ethernet passive optical network (EPON). During operation, the system maintains a local cipher counter at a local node, and receives from a remote node a data frame which is encrypted based on a remote input block and a session key. The remote input block is constructed based on the remote cipher counter and a remote block counter. The system updates the local cipher counter based on a received field located in a preamble of the data frame, truncates the local cipher counter by discarding a number of least significant bits, and constructs for the received data frame a local input block based on the truncated local cipher counter, the received field, and a local block counter. The system then decrypts the data frame based on the local input block and the session key." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/414,963). 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=8,335,316.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,316&RS=PN/8,335,316 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,335,305) developed by Alexander Lisheng Huang, Austin, Texas, and Jeffery Paul Johnson, Austin, Texas, for "monitoring and overriding features for telephone service system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are disclosed for a user to monitor and/or override a forwarded call. Typically, the forwarded call was initially an incoming call from a caller to the user and thereafter forwarded to a remote service system, such as a remote messaging system. The system and method determine a redirecting number from which the incoming call was forwarded. The system and method then initiates a second call to the user and a voice path is established connecting the forwarded call to the second call. Thereafter, the user is notified, for example, with a distinct ring at the user's telephone, of the option that the user may monitor and override the forwarded call. The system and method can also execute procedures to actuate the options elected by the user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2008 (12/235,072). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,335,305.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,305&RS=PN/8,335,305 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,335,154) developed by Ning So, Plano, Texas, and Scott R. Kotrla, Wylie, Texas, for a "method and system for providing fault detection and notification for composite transport groups." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided for fault detection and notification for a composite transport group (CTG). A component link of a CTG associated with a label switched path (LSP) is monitored. A fault is detected in the component link. It is determined whether traffic of the LSP can be transparently rerouted to another component link of the CTG based on resource availability of the other component link. The traffic is transparently rerouted to the other component link if resources are available. An upstream label switched node is notified if resources are unavailable." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2008 (12/182,871). 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=8,335,154&OS=8,335,154&RS=8,335,154 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,335,077) developed by Christopher N. Rijken, Houston, Mark D. Tupa, Cypress, Texas, and Michael R. Durham, Tomball, Texas, for "insulating aperture in printed circuit boards." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system contains a temperature sensitive device and a printed circuit board. The temperature sensitive device is coupled to the printed circuit board. An aperture is cut out of the printed circuit board between the temperature sensitive device and a heat generating device to act as an insulator for the temperature sensitive device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2008 (12/812,724). 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=8,335,077&OS=8,335,077&RS=8,335,077 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** William Marsh Rice University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- William Marsh Rice University, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,334,980) developed by four co-inventors for an "integrated embedded processor based laser spectroscopic sensor." The co-inventors are Stephen So, Houston, Gerard Wysocki, Princeton, N.J., J. Patrick Frantz, Tokyo, and Frank K. Tittel, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel low-power and compact laser spectroscopic sensor is described herein. Embodiments of the disclosed sensor utilize state-of-the-art microprocessors and digital processing techniques to reduce power consumption and integrate functions into a small device. In particular, novel software methods are disclosed which allow the use of low-power microprocessors which draw no more than about 0.02 W of power. Such low-power enables long battery life and allows embodiments of the sensor to be used in portable applications. In addition, the system architecture and methods described in this disclosure allow a single integrated embedded processor to control all the subsystems necessary for a laser spectroscopic sensor further reducing sensor size and power consumption. In addition, a power efficient method of calibrating a photoacoustic laser spectroscopic sensor is disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2011 (13/325,568). 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=8,334,980&OS=8,334,980&RS=8,334,980 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intersil Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Intersil Americas, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,683) developed by Congzhong Huang, Plano, Texas, Sicheng Chen, McKinney, Texas, and Xuelin Wu, Plano, Texas, for a "system and method for current limiting a DC-DC converter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A DC-DC voltage converter has a pair of switching transistors to provide an output voltage and are alternately switched in a boost mode of operation responsive to control signals. An inductor is connected to the pair of switching transistor and has an inductor current flowing there through. A current sensor monitors an input current and generates a current sense signal responsive thereto. Control circuitry generates the control signals to the second pair of switching transistors responsive to the current sense signal, the output voltage and a current limit signal, wherein when the current limit signal indicates the inductor current exceeds a current limit the control signals configure the pair of switching transistors to decrease the inductor current." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2011 (13/052,820). 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=8,334,683&OS=8,334,683&RS=8,334,683 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,335,165) developed by Zukang Shen, Richardson, Texas, Jing Jiang, Allen, Texas, and Tarik Muharemovic, Dallas, for a "transmission of multiple ACK/NAK bits with data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention is a method of wireless communication having a communications protocol providing more downlink subframes than uplink subframes. The user equipment transmits a combination of a plurality of ACK/NAK response signals and related data. The related data could be the number of bits N of the plurality of ACK/NAK response signals or the number of detected downlink communications grants S requiring ACK/NAK response signals. This related data could be a cyclical redundancy check set of bits which may be scrambled upon the numbers N or S. Similar selections are feasible with resource elements or an index of a modulation symbol or codeword." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2009 (12/397,763). 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=8,335,165&OS=8,335,165&RS=8,335,165 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Long Range Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Long Range Systems, Addison, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,335,709) developed by Kenneth J. Todd, Plano, Texas, and Kenneth J. Lovegreen, Lake Kiowa, Texas, for a "customer survey device with fraud prevention system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A restaurant customer-survey system and device, which reduces employee fraud when a customer-satisfaction survey embedded in the device is conducted. The survey may be implemented in a pager, tip tray, or other computing device that includes an internally mounted camera that covertly takes a photograph of the survey participant. The photograph is date/time stamped and associated with a table number so that the waiter for the table can be identified. The survey results together with the associated photograph are uploaded to a management database. The restaurant manager can review the photographs to ensure that employees are not fraudulently conducting the surveys rather than customers. The system also enables the customer to interface with the restaurant's point-of-sale (POS) system to retrieve the customer's current bill or wirelessly make a payment from the table." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/807,229). 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=8,335,709&OS=8,335,709&RS=8,335,709 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,334,967) developed by Pawan Kumar Nimmakayala, Austin, Texas, and Sidlgata V. Sreenivasan, Austin, Texas, for a "substrate support system having a plurality of contact lands." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention includes a substrate support system having a chuck body. The chuck body includes a body surface with a pin extending therefrom having a contact surface lying in a plane. The pin may be movably coupled to the chuck body to move with respect to the plane. The pin may also include a cross-member having multiple contact lands." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2009 (12/548,649). 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=8,334,967&OS=8,334,967&RS=8,334,967 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Visual Intelligence Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Visual Intelligence, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,334,903) developed by Leo J. Peters III, Houston, and Chester L. Smitherman, Houston, for a "retinal array compound camera system having at least three imaging sensors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a camera system having a compound array of imaging sensors disposed in a retinal configuration. The system comprises a concave housing. A first imaging sensor is centrally disposed along the housing. A second imaging sensor is disposed along the housing, adjacent to the first imaging sensor. The focal axis of the second imaging sensor intersects with the focal axis of the first imaging sensor within an intersection area. A third imaging sensor is disposed along the housing, adjacent to the first imaging sensor opposite the second imaging sensor. The third imaging sensor has a focal axis that intersects with the focal axis of the first imaging sensor within the intersection area." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2007 (11/805,109). 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=8,334,903&OS=8,334,903&RS=8,334,903 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machine Assigned Patent for Spawning Projected Avatars in a Virtual Universe ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- International Business Machine, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,334,871) developed by four co-inventors for "spawning projected avatars in a virtual universe." The co-inventors are Rick Allen Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian Marshall O'Connell, Research Triangle Park, N.C., Clifford Alan Pickover, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Keith Raymond Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a computer implemented method and apparatus to project a projected avatar associated with an avatar in a virtual universe. A computer receives a command to project the avatar, the command having a projection point. The computer transmits a request to place a projected avatar at the projection point to a virtual universe host. The computer renders a tab associated with the projected avatar." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2011 (13/154,043). 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=8,334,871&OS=8,334,871&RS=8,334,871 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent for Rectenna Cover for a Wireless Power Receptor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,334,816) developed by James McSpadden, Allen, Texas, for a "rectenna cover for a wireless power receptor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one embodiment, a cover comprising a higher dielectric constant layer disposed outwardly from a lower dielectric constant layer is coupled to a rectenna operable to convert microwave power to electrical power. The cover receives microwave power, provides a substantial impedance match for a plurality of angles of incidence, and directs the microwave power to the rectenna. The impedance match is selected to broaden a receive pattern of the rectenna." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2009 (12/512,450). 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=8,334,816&OS=8,334,816&RS=8,334,816 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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