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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Dec. 27)

[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Illinois (Dec. 27)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Illinois.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,976) developed by James P. Ashley, Naperville, Ill., and Udar Mittal, Hoffman Estates, Ill., for a "method and apparatus for generating an enhancement layer within a multiple-channel audio coding system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are disclosed for generating a coded audio signal based on a multiple channel audio input signal. A balance factor having balance factor components each associated with an audio signal of the multiple channel audio signal is generated. A gain value to be applied to the coded audio signal to generate an estimate of the multiple channel audio signal based on the balance factor and the multiple channel audio signal is determined, with the gain value configured to minimize a distortion value between the multiple channel audio signal and the estimate of the multiple channel audio signal." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2012 (13/439,624). 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=8,340,976&OS=8,340,976&RS=8,340,976 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,990) developed by Robert L. Cline, Germantown Hills, Ill., Sarah N. Pick, Naperville, Ill., and William P. Newton, Griffin, Ga., for "logistics planning in a business environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for supply chain design may include identifying nodes, links connecting the nodes, and replenishment strategies for moving materials along the links, in a supply chain. The method may also include determining a value indicative of the complexity of the supply chain based on a characteristic of the nodes, links, and replenishment strategies. The method may also include identifying whether core competencies of the nodes are underutilized. The method may also include reducing the complexity of the supply chain to increase utilization of the core competencies of the nodes." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2008 (12/219,437). 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=8,340,990&OS=8,340,990&RS=8,340,990 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Computer Associates Think Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Computer Associates Think, Islandia, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,340,984) developed by Debra Jean Danielson, Somerset, N.J., and Eitan Hadar, Nesher, Ill., for "certified IT services in-a-box." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, in a cloud computing environment ("CCE") includes a data processor. One or more cloud computing auditing components are configured to monitor the CCE in accordance with a predefined insurance level agreement ("ILA") and to create a log of one or more CCE events indicated by the ILA. A neutral data warehouse is configured to store the log. A reporting module generates one or more reports for a party indicated by the ILA from the log in the neutral data warehouse in accordance with the ILA." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2010 (12/767,431). 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=8,340,984&OS=8,340,984&RS=8,340,984 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent for Device, System and Method for Providing Targeted Advertisements and Content Based on User Speech Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,974) developed by Robert A. Zurek, Antioch, Ill., and James P. Ashley, Naperville, Ill., for a "device, system and method for providing targeted advertisements and content based on user speech data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aspect of the present invention is drawn to an audio data processing device for use by a user to control a system and for use with a microphone, a user demographic profiles database and a content/ad database. The microphone may be operable to detect speech and to generate speech data based on the detected speech. The user demographic profiles database may be capable of having demographic data stored therein. The content/ad database may be capable of having at least one of content data and advertisement data stored therein. The audio data processing device includes a voice recognition portion, a voice analysis portion and a speech to text portion. The voice recognition portion may be operable to process user instructions based on the speech data. The voice analysis portion may be operable to determine characteristics of the user based on the speech data. The speech to text portion may be operable to determine interests of the user." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2008 (12/346,019). 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=8,340,974&OS=8,340,974&RS=8,340,974 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Fleet Performance Optimization Tool for Aircraft Health Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,340,948) developed by Shuguang Song, Seattle, Peter James Lake, Auburn, Wash., and Jay Kevin McCullough, Belleville, Ill., for a "fleet performance optimization tool for aircraft health management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-based method for simulating an overall effect of a component replacement on the reliability of a platform is described. The method includes determining a scheduled reliability for a platform based on a reliability associated with each of the removable components of the platform, selecting, via a user interface, at least one removable component of the platform for which replacement is to be simulated, determining, using a computer-based model, an effect the one or more replacements would have on the forecasted reliability for the platform, and providing a comparison of the forecasted reliability and the scheduled reliability to a user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,545). 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=8,340,948&OS=8,340,948&RS=8,340,948 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Crawford Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Crawford Group, St. Louis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,989) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method and system for managing rental vehicle reservations with user authorization limits." The co-inventors are Timothy Robert Weinstock, St. Charles, Mo., Kimberly Ann DeVallance, Maryland Heights, Mo., Randall Allan Haselhorst, Imperial, Mo., Craig Stephen Kennedy, St. Louis, David Gary Smith, Wildwood, Mo., William T. Tingle, Eureka, Mo., and Anita K. Klopfenstein, O'Fallon, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An Internet-enabled rental vehicle reservation management method and system are disclosed. Via the system and method, authorization limits can be assigned to the users who create and manage replacement rental vehicle reservations through the system, where these authorization limits impose financial commitment monetary limits that the users can make on replacement rental vehicle reservations over a specified period of time. In an exemplary embodiment, these authorization limits are customized on a per user basis." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,546). 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=8,340,989&OS=8,340,989&RS=8,340,989 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boeing, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,340,996) developed by Scott Edwin Black, Godfrey, Ill., and Kirby Joe Keller, Chesterfield, Mo., for a "method for analyzing maintenance operations and assessing the readiness of repairable systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated method for assessing the readiness of a plurality of repairable systems, such as a fleet of aircraft, is provided. In addition to identifying the repairable systems that will be operational, the relative state of readiness of the repairable systems is determined such that the repairable systems that are most likely to successfully complete the designated task can be selected. Additionally, an automated method of analyzing the maintenance operations performed upon a plurality of repairable systems, such as a fleet of aircraft, is provided. In this regard, the relative states of readiness of the repairable systems are determined and maintenance resources are allocated based upon the respective measures of the relative states of readiness of the repairable systems. As such, maintenance operations scheduled for the aircraft that will have the greatest state of readiness upon completion of the maintenance operations can be prioritized." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/503,393). 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=8,340,996&OS=8,340,996&RS=8,340,996 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent for Slippage Condition Response System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,907) developed by five co-inventors for a "slippage condition response system." The co-inventors are Kenneth Lee Stratton, Dunlap, Ill., Brian Mintah, Washington, Ill., Gary Edward Hull, Germantown Hills, Ill., James Decker Humphrey, Decatur, Ill., and Bryan J. Everett, Peoria, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A slippage condition response system for a first machine of a plurality of machines is disclosed. The response system may have a sensing system configured to sense a parameter indicative of a slippage condition of the first machine. Additionally, the response system may have a locator configured to sense a parameter indicative of a location of the first machine. The response system may also have a transmitter. In addition, the response system may have a controller, which may be in communication with the sensing system, the locator, and the transmitter. The controller may be configured to monitor the location of the first machine. The controller may also be configured to monitor the parameter indicative of a slippage condition of the first machine. Additionally, the controller may be configured to transmit to an offboard system at least one location where the first machine experienced a slippage condition." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2012 (13/368,091). 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=8,340,907&OS=8,340,907&RS=8,340,907 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Engine Intellectual Property Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Engine Intellectual Property, Lisle, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,853) developed by Rogelio Rodriguez, Plainfield, Ill., and Ly V. Tran, Carol Stream, Ill., for a "system and method for indicating apparent vehicle service brake application without apparent operation of service brack actuator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A motor vehicle has wheels on which it travels, a powertrain delivering propulsion torque to at least some of the wheels propel the vehicle, and a service brake system having service brakes. When the service brakes are applied by a service brake actuator, braking torque is applied to at least some wheels. A first device provides data representing a velocity that correlates with velocity of the vehicle, and a second device associated with the actuator provides data that distinguishes between application and non-application of the service brakes by the actuator. A processor monitors data from the first and second devices and processes the monitored data to provide a data output when the first device has disclosed velocity change indicative of the service brakes having been applied without the second device having disclosed that the service brakes have been applied." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2009 (12/497,201). 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=8,340,853&OS=8,340,853&RS=8,340,853 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent for Lift System Implementing Velocity-based Feedforward Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,875) developed by four co-inventors for a "lift system implementing velocity-based feedforward control." The co-inventors are Aaron R. Shatters, Montgomery, Ill., Steven C. Budde, Dunlap, Ill., John T. Reedy, Peoria, Ill., and Robert E. Stone, Metamora, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hydraulic system for lifting a work tool of a mobile machine is disclosed. The hydraulic system may have a pump, a lift actuator, a lift valve arrangement, and a lift sensor configured to generate a first signal indicative of an actual lift velocity. The hydraulic system may also have a tilt actuator, a tilt valve arrangement, and at least one operator interface device movable to generate a second signal indicative of a desired lift velocity and a third signal indicative of desired tilt velocity. The hydraulic system may further have a controller configured to command the lift valve arrangement to meter pressurized based on the second signal, command the tilt valve arrangement to meter pressurized fluid based on the third signal, and command the tilt valve arrangement to meter pressurized fluid and maintain a desired tilt angle of the work tool during lifting based selectively on the first and second signals." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2011 (13/162,280). 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=8,340,875&OS=8,340,875&RS=8,340,875 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent for Control System and Method for Capturing Partial Bucket Loads in Automated Loading Cycle ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,872) developed by four co-inventors for a "control system and method for capturing partial bucket loads in automated loading cycle." The co-inventors are Brian Mintah, Washington, Ill., Bassam J. Alshaer, Dunlap, Ill., John J. Krone, Peoria, Ill., and Jeffrey K. Berry, Yorkville, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automated bucket loading control method includes determining a bucket tilt parameter for a bucket of the machine which corresponds with a partial bucket load, and capturing a partial bucket load by controllably tilting the bucket in a pile of material according to the determined bucket tilt parameter. A control system includes a sensor configured to monitor a bucket tilt parameter and output a bucket tilt signal, and further includes an electronic payload controller coupled with the sensor which is configured to output bucket tilting control commands. The electronic payload controller is further configured to determine a value for the bucket tilt parameter that corresponds with a target partial bucket load and output corresponding bucket tilting control commands during moving a bucket of the machine in a material pile to capture a partial bucket load." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2007 (11/827,026). 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=8,340,872&OS=8,340,872&RS=8,340,872 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Walgreen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Walgreen, Deerfield, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,808) developed by 11 co-inventors for a "targeted product distribution system and method." The co-inventors are Vinayak Pandit, Palatine, Ill., Brian Amend, Lake Zurich, Ill., Louie Chin, Chicago, Jeffrey Elliott, Chicago, Kathy Emery, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., Gaurav Hasija, Wheeling, Ill., Maureen Isidoro, Chicago, Lionel Ng, Morton Grove, Ill., Doug Peterson, Crystal Lake, Ill., Todd Steffen, Chicago, and Patrick Sullivan, Warrenville, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A targeted product distribution system is described herein with respect to an exemplary management of product flow through a distribution center. Specifically, the system and method described herein is directed to the management and display of direct and easily-understood instructions, such that average individuals, as well as those with mental disabilities, will be able to contribute equally to the overall process." The patent application was filed on Jan. 22, 2009 (12/358,134). 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=8,340,808&OS=8,340,808&RS=8,340,808 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Determining Tracking a Virtual Point Defined Relative to a Tracked Member ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,751) developed by 19 co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for determining tracking a virtual point defined relative to a tracked member." The co-inventors are H. Toby Markowitz, Roseville, Minn., Mustafa Karamanoglu, Fridley, Minn., Pooja Mehta, Bartlett, Ill., Ioana Fleming, Anchorage, Alaska, David A. Scanlon, Minneapolis, Michael Kryger, Chicago, Sean Campbell-Massa, Gladwyne, Pa., Chad Giese, St. Paul, Minn., Steven L. Waldhauser, White Bear Township, Minn., Shangqian Peter Zhang, Shoreview, Minn., Jeff Jannicke, Andover, Minn., Phillip Falkner, Minneapolis, Don Hefner, St. Paul, Minn., Eduardo N. Warman, Maple Grove, Minn., James Steeves, Milton, Calif., Rogier Receveur, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Koen Michels, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Olaf Eick, Bremen, Germany, and Vincent Larik, Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An volume of a patient can be mapped with a system operable to identify a plurality of locations and save a plurality of locations of a mapping instrument. The mapping instrument can include one or more electrodes that can sense a voltage that can be correlated to a three dimensional location of the electrode at the time of the sensing or measurement. Therefore, a map of a volume can be determined based upon the sensing of the plurality of points without the use of other imaging devices. An implantable medical device can then be navigated relative to the mapping data." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2009 (12/422,689). 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=8,340,751&OS=8,340,751&RS=8,340,751 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent for Steering System and Method of Steering a Machine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,868) developed by four co-inventors for a "steering system and method of steering a machine." The co-inventors are Norval P. Thomson, Dunlap, Ill., Steven A. Daniel, East Peoria, Ill., John V. Mount, Washington, Ill., and Christopher E. Bright, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A steering system for steering a machine having opposing first and second sides with first and second pairs of rotatably mounted rear wheels disposed along the respective sides and at least one rotatably mounted, spaced front wheel. The system includes at least one first drive unit and at least one second drive unit for rotating the rear wheels of the respective pairs, and a steering input device that provides a signal to a controller that produces drive unit request signals to control the drive units to rotate the associated rear wheels along one side at rotational speeds greater than those along the other side to facilitate turning." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/242,886). 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=8,340,868&OS=8,340,868&RS=8,340,868 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,215) developed by William Alberth Jr., Crystal Lake, Ill., Armin Klomsdorf, Libertyville, Ill., and Robert Stengel, Pompano Beach, Fla., for "radio transceiver architectures and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radio communications device 100 including a processor 120 having a digital signal processor (DSP) coupled to a transceiver 110. The transceiver includes a digital-to-phase synthesizer having one or more independently variable frequency or phase signal outputs coupled to a transmitter and/or to a receiver. The variable frequency and phase outputs of the digital-to phase synthesizer are mixed with corresponding received signals and are capable of frequency or phase modulating information signals for transmission. Amplitude modulated signals may be provided through polar modulation by combining synthesizer outputs at a summer." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2002 (10/206,706). 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=83,40,215.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,215&RS=PN/83,40,215 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tropos Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Tropos Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,054) developed by Frederick Dean, Wilmette, Ill., Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Saar Gillai, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "wireless network beacon timing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method of a wireless network timing transmission of multiple BSSID beacons is disclosed. One method includes a method of a wireless access node within a wireless mesh network timing transmission of multiple BSSID beacons. The method includes the access node identifying multiple personalities of the wireless mesh network, wherein a separate MAC address corresponding with each of the personalities. The access node assigns a beacon type for each of the personalities. During each transmission frame, the access node consecutively transmits a plurality of the beacon types, wherein the different beacon types are consecutively spaced during transmission by a predetermined period. The predetermined period is substantially less than a time duration of each transmission frame." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2011 (13/159,498). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,40,054.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,054&RS=PN/83,40,054 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent for Control and Data Signaling in Heterogeneous Wireless Communication Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,676) developed by six co-inventors for a "control and data signaling in heterogeneous wireless communication networks." The co-inventors are Ravikiran Nory, Palatine, Ill., Ravi Kuchibhotla, Gurnee, Ill., Jialing Liu, Palatine, Ill., Robert T. Love, Barrington, Ill., Ajit Nimbalker, Arlington Heights, Ill., and Kenneth A. Stewart, Grayslake, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless communication device receives control signaling from a base station in a control region of a downlink carrier spanning a first bandwidth, signaling message from the base station indicating a second bandwidth, and a first control message within the control region using a first Downlink Control Information (DCI) format size, wherein the first DCI format size is based on the first bandwidth. The device also receives a second control message within the control region using a second DCI format size, the second DCI format size based on the second bandwidth, wherein the second bandwidth is distinct from the first bandwidth and the first and second control messages indicate downlink resource assignments for the downlink carrier." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2010 (12/767,161). 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=8,340,676.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,676&RS=PN/8,340,676 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,341,284) developed by David Piepenbrink, Chicago, Lee M. Chow, Naperville, Ill., and James T. Sofos, Aurora, Ill., for a "method and system for selecting a delivery method for media on demand." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented methods, computer-readable media, and systems are disclosed. A computer implemented method includes accessing a digital image including a plurality of faces including a first face and a second face. a computer-implemented method includes determining, from a receiving device, a connection speed between the receiving device and a host. The computer implemented method selects a method of delivery for specified media content based on the connection speed. The method of delivery is streaming when the connection speed satisfies a speed threshold. The method of delivery is downloading when the connection speed does not satisfy the speed threshold. The computer implemented method requests delivery of the specified media content from the host using the method of delivery." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/642,079). 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=8,341,284&OS=8,341,284&RS=8,341,284 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Proxense Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Proxense, Bend, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,340,672) developed by David L. Brown, Jupiter, Fla., and Fred Hirt, Brookfield, Ill., for a "wireless network synchronization of cells and client devices on a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless synchronization device is used to coordinate the timing and activities of individual, possibly physically separated, wireless service providers with defined coverage area. Further, the synchronization information is used to coordinate the timing and activities of portable wireless client devices in an autonomous, wireless proximity sensing and data transfer network. Moreover, one or more of the wireless service providers can be arranged to simultaneously monitor broadcasts from the wireless synchronization device and communicate with one or more of the portable wireless client devices." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2007 (11/620,581). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,340,672.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,672&RS=PN/8,340,672 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lemko Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Lemko, Itasca, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,667) developed by Shaowei Pan, Kildeer, Ill., for a "system and method to control wireless communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems to control wireless communications are provided. A particular network communication system includes a plurality of distributed mobile architecture gateways. Each distributed mobile architecture gateway includes at least one interface to communicate with one or more legacy communication networks and each distributed mobile architecture gateway also includes a data network connection. The data network connection is adapted to connect to at least one other distributed mobile architecture gateway of the plurality of distributed mobile architecture gateways. Additionally, the system includes a private Internet Protocol (IP) network connecting each distributed mobile architecture gateway to a respective set of distributed mobile architecture (DMA) servers. Each DMA server is coupled to a respective base transceiver station, and the private IP network also connects each DMA server in a particular set of DMA servers to the DMA servers in the other sets of DMA servers." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2008 (12/146,618). 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=8,340,667.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,667&RS=PN/8,340,667 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,341,260) developed by Yuri Langer, Wheaton, Ill., Aleksey M. Urmanov, San Diego, and Kenneth C. Gross, San Diego, for a "method and system for identification of decisive action state of server components via telemetric condition tracking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing server monitoring via condition tracking and state identification of server components. In one embodiment, the method includes continuously monitoring a server, the server having a plurality of components, determining whether a component of the plurality of components has entered a maintenance state, and triggering a maintenance action for the component if it has entered the maintenance state." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2006 (11/505,709). 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=8,341,260&OS=8,341,260&RS=8,341,260 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Deferred Invocation of Communication Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,341,273) developed by four co-inventors for a "deferred invocation of communication services." The co-inventors are David Ladd, Lisle, Ill., Narasimha R. Rachumallu, Parsippany, N.J., Aeryung Moon, Warren, N.J., and Leo Nieuwesteeg, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a network device determines one or more conditions for invoking one or more real applications to the network device for a session. This determination may be made at the initiation of the session, such as when a SIP INVITE message is received. The one or more conditions allow real applications to be invoked when a future event satisfies the condition. When it is determined that a condition is satisfied, a real application associated with the condition is then invoked. Accordingly, conditions may be set for real applications that may be tested against future events that have not yet occurred. This allows deferred invocation of real applications. Accordingly, if real applications are not needed for a session, then they are not invoked. But, when a real application is needed, it can be invoked." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2011 (13/179,693). 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=8,341,273&OS=8,341,273&RS=8,341,273 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lextech Labs Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Lextech Labs, Lisle, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,340,654) developed by R. Alex Bratton, Woodridge, Ill., and Nathan Robbins Petersen, Downers Grove, Ill., for an "apparatus and method for video display and control for portable device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for display and control of video data on a mobile device provides simultaneous multiple video data display of groups of video sources and selection of video data for single, larger viewing. Control of the camera source of the video data is provided for the mobile device user, such as by manipulation of a multi-touch sensitive screen to pan, tilt and zoom. Image capture from the video screen and marking of the captured image is provided. Activation of video data streams and groups of video data streams for display on the mobile device is provided by transfer of activation information to the mobile device via email. Notification of events monitored by the video source or by other sensors is sent to users of the mobile devices." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2009 (12/471,584). 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=8,340,654.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,654&RS=PN/8,340,654 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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