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

[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (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 New Jersey.

*** ZTE (USA) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- ZTE (USA), Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,029) developed by Hua Mary Chion, Belle Mead, N.J., Jerry Pak Lup Chow, San Diego, and Hongyun Qu, Guangdong, China, for "resource allocation in wireless multi-hop relay networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies that, among other things, provide resource allocation in multi-hop wireless networks with relay stations and can be used to supply information to link data packets with a respective resource allocation." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2008 (12/168,859). 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=8,340,029&OS=8,340,029&RS=8,340,029 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent for System and Method of Dialog Trajectory Analysis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,340,971) developed by Alicia Abella, Morristown, N.J., and Jeremy Huntley Wright, Berkeley Heights, N.J., for a "system and method of dialog trajectory analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention comprises computer-readable media, methods and systems for performing a dialog analysis and using that analysis to release an updated spoken dialog system. The method embodiment of the invention comprises receiving data associated with dialogs, extracting turn by turn details of the dialog and generating from the extracted details an empirical call-flow representation of the dialog. The call data may be call-logs and user audio. The empirical call-flow representation may be a finite-state machine with nodes that represent call-states and the arcs between nodes represent user responses. Nodes may also represent sub-dialogs. The call-flow representation is presented graphically to a user for easier analysis and understanding. Significant changes in the dialog can be identified as hot-spots for improvement in the next release of the spoken dialog system." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2005 (11/029,320). 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=8,340,971&OS=8,340,971&RS=8,340,971 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.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Automated Direct Mail Procurement System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,341,000) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated direct mail procurement system." The co-inventors are Lewis S. Snow, La Crescenta, Calif., James J. Quackenbush, Vernon, N.J., Brian Engle, Clinton, N.Y., Lawrence Flusser, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Arazik Khachatrian, Pittsford, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A machine-implemented method receives job specifications for at least one direct mail printing job from at least one user and creates at least one workflow related to the direct mail printing job. The workflow comprises at least one job activity. The method automatically transmits requests for bids on the job activities to entities for allowing the entities to bid on performing job activities within the workflow. Bids are received on the job activities from the entities and from rate cards previously established by the entities. The method identifies the lowest bids on an individual job activity-by job activity basis from the bids received from the entities and the rate cards and outputs the lowest bids to the user. The method receives an identification of a single selected entity to perform all activities within the workflow from the user and performing the workflow to output the direct-mail printing job through the selected entity." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/426,978). 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=8,341,000&OS=8,341,000&RS=8,341,000 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** BackBeat Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- BackBeat Medical, New Hope, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,340,763) developed by Howard Levin, Teaneck, N.J., and Mark Gelfand, New York, for "methods and apparatus to stimulate heart atria." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for treatment of hypertension and heart failure by increasing secretion of endogenous atrial hormones by pacing of the heart atria. Atrial pacing is done during the ventricular refractory period resulting in premature atrial contraction that does not result in ventricular contraction. Pacing results in the atrial wall stress, peripheral vasodilation, ANP secretion. Concomitant reduction of the heart rate is monitored and controlled as needed with backup pacing." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/555,389). 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=8,340,763&OS=8,340,763&RS=8,340,763 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Cardiac Protection Pacing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,764) developed by Tamara Colette Baynham, Piscataway, N.J., Yi Zhang, Plymouth, Minn., and Joseph M. Pastore, Concord, Ohio, for a "method and apparatus for cardiac protection pacing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pacing system delivers cardiac protection pacing to protect the heart from injuries associated with ischemic events. The pacing system detects an ischemic event and, in response, initiates one or more cardiac protection pacing sequences each including alternative pacing and non-pacing periods. In one embodiment, the pacing system initiates cardiac protection pacing sequences including at least one postconditioning sequence to protect the heart from a detected ischemic event and a plurality prophylactic preconditioning sequences to protect the heart from probable future ischemic events." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2011 (13/029,631). 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=8,340,764&OS=8,340,764&RS=8,340,764 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method of Generating and Maintaining Orthogonal Connection Identifications (CIDs) for Wireless Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,044) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus and method of generating and maintaining orthogonal connection identifications (CIDs) for wireless networks." The co-inventors are Rajiv Laroia, Far Hills, N.J., Junyi Li, Bedminster, N.J., Xinzhou Wu, Monmouth Junction, N.J., and Saurabh Tavildar, Jersey City, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first device is configured to select and utilize a connection identifier (CID) for a peer-to-peer communication connection between the first device and a second device in a wireless communications network. The CID is selected from a predetermined set of a plurality of CIDs. Prior to selecting the connection identifier, the first device monitors a CID broadcast channel to determine whether the CID is being utilized by other nearby connections. If it is determined that the CID is being utilized by another connection in the proximity, a different (unused) CID is selected. A transmission request is transmitted to the second device using a first transmission resource unit within a traffic management channel slot, the first transmission resource unit being determined as a function of the selected CID. The first device transmits traffic data to the second device in a traffic channel slot corresponding to the traffic management channel slot." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2008 (12/146,972). 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=8,340,044&OS=8,340,044&RS=8,340,044 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Combining Transmission with Incrementing Fields ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,004) developed by Raja Sekhar Bachu, Somerset, N.J., and Ashwin Sampath, Skillman, N.J., for "combining transmission with incrementing fields." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Chase combining gains for receiving a scrambled broadcast channel can be achieved even when a portion of each received channel coded transmission contains a portion that varies. A set of possible difference values for this varying portion, such as for a system frame number, provides hypotheses, each having a corresponding probability. One or more of the hypotheses are selected by rank order for adjusting a corresponding received coded transmission so that two or more channel coded transmissions can be combined and blind decoded until one of the hypotheses are confirmed." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2010 (12/756,101). 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=8,340,004&OS=8,340,004&RS=8,340,004 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Hybrid Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access WTRU and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,153) developed by Yingming Tsai, Boonton, N.J., Guodong Zhang, Syosset, N.Y., and Jung-Lin Pan, Smithtown, N.Y., for a "hybrid orthogonal frequency division multiple access WTRU and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA) wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) and method are disclosed. A WTRU includes a transmitter and a receiver. The receiver processes received data to recover data mapped to the subcarriers using OFDMA. The receiver recovers first input data by separating user data from multi-user spread data and recovers second input data from non-spread data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2011 (13/236,147). 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=83,40,153.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,153&RS=PN/83,40,153 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PD-LD Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- PD-LD, Pennington, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,150) developed by Boris Leonidovich Volodin, West Windsor, N.J., for "high-power, phase-locked, laser arrays." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "High-power, phased-locked, laser arrays as disclosed herein utilize a system of optical elements that may be external to the laser oscillator array. Such an external optical system may achieve mutually coherent operation of all the emitters in a laser array, and coherent combination of the output of all the lasers in the array into a single beam. Such an "external gain harness" system may include: an optical lens/mirror system that mixes the output of all the emitters in the array; a holographic optical element that combines the output of all the lasers in the array, and an output coupler that selects a single path for the combined output and also selects a common operating frequency for all the coupled gain regions." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2011 (13/113,976). 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=83,40,150.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,150&RS=PN/83,40,150 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TTI Inventions D Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- TTI Inventions D, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,340,206) developed by four co-inventors for a "system for MIMO spatial adaptivity in dynamic environments." The co-inventors are Carol C. Martin, Fair Haven, N.J., John C. Koshy, Jackson, N.J., Joseph C. Liberti, Howell, N.J., and Anthony A. Triolo, Manalapan, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adaptive wireless multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) system switches among two or more modes of operation including Uninformed Transmitter (UT) and Informed Transmitter (IT) modes based on channel conditions as reflected in a set of metrics including a temporal selectivity metric (TSM) indicative of the temporal dynamics of the MIMO channel. In an exemplary embodiment, the adaptive MIMO system uses a dominant eigenmode IT mode of operation if a signal-to-noise ratio is below a threshold, otherwise, the system uses an IT mode or a UT mode based on the TSM. If the TSM indicates a channel that is changing too rapidly for feedback to be effective, the UT mode is used, otherwise the IT mode is used. Overall system capacity in time varying MIMO channels is thereby improved." The patent application was filed on Jan. 21, 2010 (12/691,052). 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=83,40,206.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,206&RS=PN/83,40,206 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Enabling Customer Premise Public Branch Exchange Service Feature Processing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,340,085) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for enabling customer premise public branch exchange service feature processing." The co-inventors are Dennis Duffy, Decatur, Ga., Leticia D. Johnson, Helotes, Texas, Myranda Johnson, Smyrna, Ga., Stephanie P. Parlamas, Colts Neck, N.J., and Steven A. Siegel, Mendham, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for enabling customer premise Public Branch eXchange (PBX) service feature processing to be performed in a service provider network are disclosed. For example, the method receives a signaling message associated with a user, and accesses a customer premise Internet Protocol (IP) Public Branch eXchange (PBX) to retrieve customer premise IP PBX based service logic and data associated with the user by a Serving Call Session Control Function (S-CSCF) network element. The method then completes a service feature associated with the service logic and data in the communication network." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2009 (12/611,87). 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=83,40,085.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,085&RS=PN/83,40,085 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** VBrick Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- VBrick Systems, Wallingford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,189) developed by Andrew Krupiczka, Middletown, Conn., and Sassan Pejhan, Princeton, N.J., for a "phase correlation based motion estimation in hybrid video compression." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Motion vectors for encoding a predicted frame relative to a reference frame are determined from a phase correlation of corresponding regions of the predicted frame and reference frame. Peaks in the phase correlation are identified, and the location of the peaks are used as candidate motion vectors. From this limited set of candidate motion vectors, the best motion vectors for predicting blocks within each region can be readily identified." The patent application was filed on July 5, 2011 (13/176,578). 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=83,40,189.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,189&RS=PN/83,40,189 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Use in a Wireless Communications System that Uses a Multi-mode Base Station ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,703) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for use in a wireless communications system that uses a multi-mode base station." The co-inventors are Rajiv Laroia, Basking Ridge, N.J., Pablo Anigstein, Springfield, N.J., Arnab Das, Jersey City, N.J., and Sundeep Rangan, Jersey City, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-mode base station includes a transmit standby mode and an active mode. Transmit standby mode of base station operation is a low power/low interference level of operation as compared to active mode. In transmit standby mode at least some of the synchronization signaling such as pilot tone signaling is reduced in power level and/or rate with respect to the active mode. In transmit standby mode, the base station has no active state registered wireless terminals being serviced but may have some sleep state registered wireless terminals being serviced. Mode transitions from active to transmit standby may be in response to: a detected period of inactivity, scheduling information, base station mode change signals, and/or detected wireless terminal state transition. Mode transitions from transmit standby to active may be in response to: scheduling information, access signals, wake-up signals, hand-off signals, wireless terminal state change signals, and/or base station mode change signals." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2010 (12/833,318). 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=8,340,703.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,703&RS=PN/8,340,703 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Planning Mobile Switching Centers in a Wireless Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,340,680) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for planning mobile switching centers in a wireless network." The co-inventors are Sarat Puthenpura, Berkeley Heights, N.J., David G. Belanger, Hillsborough, N.J., Abraham George, Lake Hiawatha, N.J., Sam Houston Parker, Cranbury, N.J., and Wenjie Zhao, Princeton, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for providing planning of a plurality of mobile switching centers in a wireless network are disclosed. For example, the method obtains input data, and determines a limit for at least one mobile switching center parameter in accordance with the input data. The method determines if the limit for the at least one mobile switching center parameter is exceeded and determines an optimal output for an objective function, wherein the objective function is based on a plurality of penalty factors, if the limit for the at least one mobile switching center parameter is exceeded." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2010 (12/959,185). 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=8,340,680.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,680&RS=PN/8,340,680 Written by Kusum Sangma; 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.

*** CommVault Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- CommVault Systems, Oceanport, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,341,359) developed by six co-inventors for "systems and methods for sharing media and path management in a computer network." The co-inventors are Rajiv Kottomtharayil, Ocean, N.J., Parag Gokhale, Ocean, N.J., Anand Prahlad, East Brunswick, N.J., Manoj Retnamma, Ocean, N.J., David Ngo, Shrewsbury, N.J., and Varghese Devassy, Winnipeg, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of dynamically sharing a media volume in a network includes associating a first media management module with a first media volume of a first storage device, associating a second media management module with the first media volume, the second media management module mounting the media volume and creating an access path to the media volume, and delegating management of the created access path to the second media management module." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2011 (13/251,941). 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=8,341,359&OS=8,341,359&RS=8,341,359 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Service Description Refinement Based on Actual Service Use ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,341,212) developed by six co-inventors for a "service description refinement based on actual service use." The co-inventors are Judah M. Diament, Bergenfield, N.J., Arun Kwangil Iyengar, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Thomas Arthur Mikalsen, Cold Spring, N.Y., Isabelle Marie Rouvellou, New York, Ignacio Silva-Lepe, Putnam Valley, N.Y., and Revathi Subramanian, White Plains, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are disclosed for generation and refinement of service descriptions based on records of invocations of the services, i.e., service description refinement based on actual service use. For example, a method for describing one or more services in a service-oriented environment comprised of one or more clients invoking the one or more services comprises the following steps. An initial description is established for at least one of the one or more services. Information is collected from one or more service invocations including at least one of a client identity, a value of at least one parameter, a return value, and an execution time. The information is analyzed to refine the description." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/261,459). 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=8,341,212&OS=8,341,212&RS=8,341,212 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,341,232) developed by five co-inventors for a "relationship identification based on email traffic." The co-inventors are Tamer Rashad, Watchung, N.J., Kenneth Brady, Ridgefield, N.J., Kenny Keung Sing Lee, Brooklyn, N.Y., Jillian Moo-Young, New York, and Sapna Vyas, Forest Hills, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method comprises identifying one or more relationships between a target individual and one or more persons based at least in part on a plurality of emails. The plurality of emails comprise one or more outbound emails, which may comprise emails sent to the target individual from the one or more persons. The plurality of emails further comprise one or more inbound emails, which may comprise emails sent from the target individual to the one or more persons. The method further comprises, for each of the one or more relationships, calculating an amount of outbound emails and an amount of inbound emails. The method further comprises assigning a classification to each of the one or more relationships based at least in part on the amount of outbound emails and the amount of inbound emails. The method further comprises sorting the one or more relationships based at least in part on the classification assigned to each of the one or more relationships. The method may further comprise storing information regarding the sorted relationships." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2010 (12/794,190). 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=8,341,232&OS=8,341,232&RS=8,341,232 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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