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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 3)

[January 03, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 3)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Smart Destinations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Smart Destinations, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,346,618) developed by four co-inventors for a programmable ticketing system. The co-inventors are Tyler Brooks, Seattle, Kevin McLaughlin, Charlestown, Mass., Helga Cecilia Dahl, Boston, and Edward Kim, Seattle.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A smart-card based system and methods to control access to a plurality of attractions within a geographical area. The system may include one or more reward terminals that are located at attractions and are configured to read smart cards presented to them and, assuming the card is valid for that location, allow the card holder to access the attraction. Each smart card may be programmed with a product code that defines the attractions at which the card may be used. Product codes may be stored in a central database along with a list of the attractions associated with the each product code. The list of attractions may be updated as desired, thereby updating and changing the attractions at which any given card may be used." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/825,183). 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=8,346,618&OS=8,346,618&RS=8,346,618 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,346,625) developed by Zhengrong Song, Kirkland, Wash., for a "providing automated gift registry functionality to assist a user in purchasing an item for a recipient." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer-readable medium is described that provides automated gift registry functionality to assist a user in purchasing an item for a recipient. In particular, the system may track various information about a series of item purchases from one or more services through which items can be purchased. When such information about past item purchases is available, the system can then use the information to provide various automated gift registry functionality for users that want to purchase items for various recipients. Types of automated gift registry functionality provided by the system include making recommendations of items that are appropriate to be purchased for a specified recipient, assisting in preventing recipients from receiving inappropriate gift items by monitoring item gift purchases and item self-purchases, and responding to user requests to determine whether a specified gift would be appropriate for a recipient. In addition to information about past item purchases (e.g., whether a recipient has already received a copy of an item), the system can also use other information when determining whether a purchase of an item for the recipient is appropriate such as demographic information about the recipient or explicitly specified recipient preferences. Thus, for each type of gift registry functionality provided by the AGR system, a variety of types of tracked or retrieved information can be used when determining whether an item is appropriate for a recipient." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/642,136). 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=8,346,625&OS=8,346,625&RS=8,346,625 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,620) developed by four co-inventors for an "automatic modification of web pages." The co-inventors are Martin T. Kin, Vashon Island, Wash., Dale L. Grover, Ann Arbor, Mich., Clifford A. Kushler, Lynnwood, Wash., and James Q. Stafford-Fraser, Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for interactive paper is described. Data fragments are captured at locations in a rendered document. A digital version of the document is optionally located. Markup data applied to the capture creates a rich set of interactions for the user. New models for publishing documents and new document-related services are described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2010 (12/892,840). 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=8,346,620&OS=8,346,620&RS=8,346,620 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,346,585) developed by five co-inventors for a "data mining for targeted republishing." The co-inventors are Victoria A. Griffith, Seattle, Jeffrey L. Belle, Seattle, Mary Ellen Fullhart, Seattle, Daniel Leng, Seattle, and Michael Anthony Frazzini, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of data mining for republishing is described. In some embodiments products having a high potential for increased sales through republishing are identified based on relationships with products having consistent sales. In some embodiments products having a high potential for increased sales through republishing are identified based on sales in one language and availability of rights in another language. In one aspect, translations are facilitated via a translations marketplace." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2009 (12/464,053). 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=8,346,585&OS=8,346,585&RS=8,346,585 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eagle Harbor Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Eagle Harbor Holdings, Bainbridge Island, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,186) developed by Dan Alan Preston, Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Robert Pierce Lutter, Bainbridge Island, Wash., for a "method and apparatus for dynamic configuration of multiprocessor system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multiprocessor system used in a car, home, or office environment includes multiple processors that run different real-time applications. A dynamic configuration system runs on the multiple processors and includes a device manager, configuration manager, and data manager. The device manager automatically detects and adds new devices to the multiprocessor system, and the configuration manager automatically reconfigures which processors run the real-time applications. The data manager identifies the type of data generated by the new devices and identifies which devices in the multiprocessor system are able to process the data. A communication system for a mobile vehicle, home, or office environment includes multiple processors. The multiple processors each run an Open Communication system that controls how data is transferred between processors based on data content as opposed to the links that connect the processors together. The open communication system enables data or messages to be effectively transferred and processed for real-time applications or other server based applications that may be running on the multiple processors in a secure environment regardless of processors, locations, or data links." The patent application was filed on Dec. 27, 2010 (12/979,186). 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=8,346,186&OS=8,346,186&RS=8,346,186 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,017) developed by eleven co-inventors for an "intermediate point between images to insert/overlay ads." The co-inventors are Blaise Aguera y. Aguera, Seattle, Brett D. Brewer, Sammamish, Wash., Steven Drucker, Bellevue, Wash., Karim Farouki, Seattle, Gary W. Flake, Bellevue, Wash., Tomasz Kasperkiewicz, Redmond, Wash., Stephen L. Lawler, Redmond, Wash., Donald James Lindsay, Mountain View, Calif., Adam Sheppard, Seattle, Richard Stephen Szeliski, Bellevue, Wash., and Jeffrey Jon Weir, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The claimed subject matter provides a system and/or a method that facilitates simulating a portion 2-dimensional (2D) data for implementation within a 3-dimensional (3D) virtual environment. A 3D virtual environment can enable a 3D exploration of a 3D image constructed from a collection of two or more 2D images, the 3D image is constructed by combining the two or more 2D images based upon a respective image perspective. An analyzer can evaluate the collection of two or more 2D images to identify a portion of the 3D image that is unrepresented by the combined two or more 2D images. A synthetic view generator can create a simulated synthetic view for the portion of 3D image that is unrepresented, the simulated synthetic view replicates a 2D image with a respective image perspective for the unrepresented portion of 3D image." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2008 (12/112,567). 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=8,346,017&OS=8,346,017&RS=8,346,017 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,667) developed by Deepak P. Rao, Bellevue, Wash., Dhigha D. Sekaran, Redmond, Wash., and Vadim Eydelman, Redmond, Wash., for a "distributed secure anonymous conferencing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communications manager of an enterprise receives an add-conference request to host a conference by the enterprise from an organizer client, wherein the conference to enable an anonymous user that does not have enterprise credentials to join the conference. The communications manager sends an add-conference response to the organizer client indicating that the conference is organized." The patent application was filed on Nov. 15, 2010 (12/946,753). 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=8,346,667&OS=8,346,667&RS=8,346,667 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Models and Methods for Reducing Visual Complexity and Search Effort Via Ideal Information Abstraction, Hiding, and Sequencing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,587) developed by Eric J. Horvitz, Kirkland, Wash., for "models and methods for reducing visual complexity and search effort via ideal information abstraction, hiding, and sequencing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a system and methodology for controlling and presenting information to users in an automated manner. Sets of information items accessible by users from computer workspaces (e.g., from within and/or outside an application) are automatically hidden or reduced from view in order to facilitate user processing of a determined and/or reduced subset of information. The reduced subset is created from decision-theoretic considerations of the expected costs and benefits of hiding or mitigating information items from view or presentation while leaving more likely items or objects exposed for efficient access by users. The display of the ideal set of items takes into consideration controls that allow for the access of views that reveal sets of less likely items through one or more gestures. The control of the optimization may be facilitated by preference-assessment interfaces that allow a designer and/or a user to assess preferences about the costs of reviewing sets of items of different lengths and about the costs of gestures to reveal additional items." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2003 (10/609,819). 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=8,346,587&OS=8,346,587&RS=8,346,587 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Stamps.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Stamps.com, Santa Monica, Calif., and iShip, Atlanta, have been assigned a patent (8,346,676) developed by six co-inventors for "reporting shipping rates and delivery schedules for multiple services and multiple carriers." The co-inventors are David Allison Bennett, Bothell, Wash., Lynn Shaindell Goldhaber, Snohomish, Wash., Paul Bilibin, Lynnwood, Wash., Charles D. Mentzer, Redmond, Wash., William W. Smith III, Medina, Wash., and Jinyue Liu, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides apparatus, systems and methods for displaying to each of a plurality of users upon each user's request a preview of shipping rates and delivery schedules for the particular user to ship a particular package, wherein each user accesses the computer system over a global communications network using a client computer device, and wherein each user has an individual electronic connection to the global communications network. The present invention compares shipping rates and delivery schedules for each service and each carrier for shipping a particular package and reports the carrier and service offering the lowest rate or the fastest delivery schedule, according to the user's option." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2000 (09/684,869). 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=8,346,676&OS=8,346,676&RS=8,346,676 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent for Low Noise Amplifier for a Radio Receiver ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,198) developed by Dan B. Kasha, Seattle, G. Tyson Tuttle, Austin, Texas, and Gregory A. Hodgson, Pflugerville, Texas, for a "low noise amplifier for a radio receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention includes an amplifier having a transistor stage coupled between a supply voltage and a bias current. The transistor stage has an input to receive a radio frequency (RF) input signal obtained from an antenna. The amplifier has an input impedance that is unmatched to a source impedance of the antenna. In some embodiments, this unmatched input impedance may be substantially greater than the source impedance, and may further be controlled based on a strength of the RF input signal." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2005 (11/171,817). 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=8,346,198&OS=8,346,198&RS=8,346,198 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** EB Associates Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- EB Associates, Enumclaw, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,631) developed by Earl Barker, Enumclaw, Wash., for "systems and methods for tracking lumber in a sawmill." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "At least one geometric characteristic for each of a number of pieces of lumber is determined. Each of the pieces of lumber may then be logically associated with at least one of a log or a cant from which the piece of lumber was sawn. The geometric characteristic may be captured by one or more scanners, for example one or more laser scanners. The geometric characteristic may, for example be a measurement of thicknesses, widths and/or wane dimensions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2007 (11/873,090). 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=8,346,631&OS=8,346,631&RS=8,346,631 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Aiolian Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Aiolian, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,346,648) developed by George Chris Kosmos, Seattle, for a "system and method for life insurance investment vehicle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer systems and computer-implemented methods related to an investment program for an investment vehicle, such as a private placement fund, a limited liability partnership, or a limited liability company, for example, that purchases a life insurance policy and pair it with one or more annuity contracts on the same donor's life. The aggregate sum of the annuity premiums for the annuity contracts may equal, approximately equal, the death benefit payment amount of the purchased life insurance policy. Alternatively, the death benefit payment amount of the purchased life insurance policy may exceed, or greatly exceed, the annuity premiums for the annuity contracts. In addition, the ongoing annuity payments preferably are greater than the life insurance premiums, thereby providing investment vehicle and its investors with a positive rate of return that can be much higher than conventional fixed income investments." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2010 (12/905,640). 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=8,346,648&OS=8,346,648&RS=8,346,648 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,346,484) developed by four co-inventors for a "selective resonance of chemical structures." The co-inventors are Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Nathan P. Myhrvold, Medina, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Chemical compositions may be selectively or preferentially excited by the application of scores comprising a series of energy inputs. A method of characterizing such compositions includes identifying a group of resonant structures where one structure has a resonant frequency that is shiftable by exciting another resonant frequency, determining the necessary frequencies to shift the resonant structure, and applying the set of frequencies to the environment of the target composition." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2008 (12/313,411). 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=8,346,484&OS=8,346,484&RS=8,346,484 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Leannoux Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Leannoux Properties, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,346,498) developed by David Beecher, Redmond, Wash., for a programmable device testing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to some embodiments, characterization data can be loaded onto a programmable device. The characterization data can be configured to cause the programmable device to perform one or more functions if executed on the programmable device. It can then be determined whether or not loading the characterization data onto the programmable device caused the programmable device to be successfully programmed. An indication can be transmitted for receipt by an external device, the indication indicating whether or not the programmable device was successfully programmed." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2009 (12/574,154). 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=8,346,498&OS=8,346,498&RS=8,346,498 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,832) developed by five co-inventors for an "enhanced voicemail usage through automatic voicemail preview." The co-inventors are Jon Hamaker, Issaquah, Wash., Keith Herold, Seattle, Michael Wilson, Sammamish, Wash., David Notario, Seattle, and Tom Millet, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Textual preview of a voicemail is generated and provided through email or similar media to users along with the audio version. Transcription of the textual version, as well as additional capabilities such as actionable terms, playback-jump, switching between text and audio versions, direct or metadata based searchability, and enhanced response capabilities are provided based on contextual data obtained from voicemail metadata and user associated data stores such as contact list, email history." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,681). 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=83,45,832.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,832&RS=PN/83,45,832 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NETGEAR Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- NETGEAR, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,698) developed by four co-inventors for a "wireless communication subsystem with a digital interface." The co-inventors are David Prager, Bothell, Wash., Bruce C. Rothaar, Woodinville, Wash., Heinz Lycklama A'nyeholt, Arlington, Va., and Dave Randall, Kingston, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed which provide wireless communication systems implementing subsystems adapted for flexible deployment configurations and to resist the introduction of interference. Preferred embodiments of the present invention provide a wireless communication system configuration in which an ODU subsystem is coupled to an IDU subsystem using a fiber optic link. According to a preferred embodiment of the present invention, an ODU subsystem is adapted to provide conversion between digital and analog to thereby facilitate the use of a digital link between the ODU subsystem and a corresponding IDU subsystem. Embodiments of the present invention utilize a plurality of ODU subsystems configured according to the present invention to provide wireless communication coverage of a service area, such as to provide a wireless application termination system (WATS) hub for use in providing wireless communication links with respect to a plurality of subscriber units." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2006 (11/637,366). 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=83,45,698.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,698&RS=PN/83,45,698 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Signaling Buffer Fullness ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,754) developed by four co-inventors for a signaling buffer fullness. The co-inventors are Jordi Ribas-Corbera, Redmond, Wash., Sridhar Srinivasan, Redmond, Wash., Shankar Regunathan, Bellevue, Wash., and Regis J. Crinon, Camas, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and tools are described for signaling hypothetical reference decoder parameters for video bitstreams, including signaling of buffer fullness. For example, a buffer size syntax element indicates a decoder buffer size, and a buffer fullness syntax element indicates a buffer fullness as a fraction of the decoder buffer size. As another example, buffer fullness is signaled in one or more entry point headers and other hypothetical reference decoder parameters are signaled in a sequence header." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2004 (10/934,118). 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=83,45,754.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,754&RS=PN/83,45,754 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Detecting Position of Word Breaks in a Textual Line Image ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,978) developed by four co-inventors for "detecting position of word breaks in a textual line image." The co-inventors are Aleksandar Uzelac, Seattle, Bodin Dresevic, Bellevue, Wash., Sasa Galic, Seattle, and Bogdan Radakovic, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Line segmentation in an OCR process is performed to detect the positions of words within an input textual line image by extracting features from the input to locate breaks and then classifying the breaks into one of two break classes which include inter-word breaks and inter-character breaks. An output including the bounding boxes of the detected words and a probability that a given break belongs to the identified class can then be provided to downstream OCR or other components for post-processing. Advantageously, by reducing line segmentation to the extraction of features, including the position of each break and the number of break features, and break classification, the task of line segmentation is made less complex but with no loss of generality." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/749,599). 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=8,345,978&OS=8,345,978&RS=8,345,978 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** F5 Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- F5 Networks, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,345,701) developed by Greg W. Davis, Liberty Lake, Wash., and Alan B. Mimms, Spokane, Wash., for a "memory system for controlling distribution of packet data across a switch." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A memory system for ingress processing is arranged to access multiple banks in a time interleaved fashion. Each memory bank has an associated memory bank manager, which is arranged to track the contents and egress ports associated with data stored in the memory bank. Incoming data from ingress traffic is evaluated and segregated based on criteria. One of the memory banks is identified based on the criteria, and the incoming data is stored in the identified memory bank in the next available write cycle timeslot. Data constructs in the memory bank manager are updated to indicate the location and egress port associated with the stored data. The memory bank managers submit egress transmit bids to a master scheduler, which controls access to the memory banks. The memory banks are readout in interleaved fashion such that the effective average traffic arrival rate is increased and memory bandwidth requirements are reduced." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2004 (10/921,429). 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=83,45,701.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,701&RS=PN/83,45,701 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Converting 2D Video into Stereo Video ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,345,956) developed by Benjamin Ward, Adelaide, Australia, Sing Bing Kang, Redmond, Wash., and Eric Bennett, Kirkland, Wash., for "converting 2D video into stereo video." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Two-dimensional (2D) video is converted into multi-view video. The 2D video is segmented to generate a temporally consistent segmented 2D video which is made up of a sequence of segmented frames. The multi-view video is generated by employing user-guided operations to generate depth assignments for the segments associated with user-assigned regions of the segmented frames, where a user-assigned region is formed from a group of contiguous segments selected by the user." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2008 (12/263,618). 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=8,345,956&OS=8,345,956&RS=8,345,956 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Interactive Image Tagging ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,206) developed by Gavin M. Gear, Redmond, Wash., Sam J. George, Duvall, Wash., and Richard L. Spencer, Redmond, Wash., for an interactive image tagging.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are described for performing automatic generation of one or more tags associated with an image file. One or more ink annotations for a displayed image are received. Handwriting recognition processing of the one or more ink annotations is performed. A string is generated and the string includes one or more recognized words used to form the one or more tags associated with the image file. The handwriting recognition processing and generating the string are performed in response to receiving the ink annotations." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2007 (11/724,384). 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=8,347,206.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,206&RS=PN/8,347,206 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for System and Method for Processor Utilization Adjustment to Improve Deep C-state Use ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,119) developed by Justin J. Song, Olympia, Wash., for a "system and method for processor utilization adjustment to improve deep C-state use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, the invention involves modification of the processor utilization calculations that are used by operating system power management services to improve processor efficiency. An embodiment of the present invention is a system and method relating to power management policies under operating system control. In at least one embodiment, the present invention is intended to modify the processor utilization evaluation process so that C-state transition time and/or unhalted reference cycles are included in the calculation. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2009 (12/459,199). 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=8,347,119.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,119&RS=PN/8,347,119 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** F5 Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- F5 Networks, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,347,100) developed by Peter M. Thornewell, Seattle, and Christopher R. Baker, Seattle, for "methods for DNSSEC proxying and deployment amelioration and systems thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, computer readable medium, and device for providing authenticated domain name service includes forwarding at a traffic management device a request for a domain name from a client device to one or more servers coupled to the traffic management device. The traffic management device receives a first response comprising at least a portion of the domain name from the one or more servers. The traffic management device attaches a first signature to the first response when the first response is determined by the traffic management device to be an unauthenticated response, and provides the first response with the first signature to the client device." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2010 (12/836,053). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,347,100.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,100&RS=PN/8,347,100 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Device Certificate Individualization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,078) developed by four co-inventors for a device certificate individualization. The co-inventors are Amit Jain, Sammamish, Wash., Clifford Paul Storm, Sammamish, Wash., Benjamin Brooks Cutter Jr., Kirkland, Wash., and Brian Patrick Evans, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of generating a device certificate. A method of generating a device certificate comprising, constructing a device certificate challenge at a device, sending information to a device certificate individualization server in response to the device certificate challenge, validating the device certificate challenge by the device certificate individualization server, and validating the device certificate response by the device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 20, 2004 (11/018,095). 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=8,347,078.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,078&RS=PN/8,347,078 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Symantec Operating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Symantec Operating, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,058) developed by Margaret E. Knight, Seattle, and Ron S. Vogel, San Jose, Calif., for a "storage configurator for determining an optimal storage configuration for an application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for automatically (i.e., programmatically) determining a storage configuration for a storage system for a given application. The method may receive information on existing storage capabilities in the storage system and information regarding the software application that will use the storage system. The method may then automatically determine a storage configuration for the storage system based on the existing storage capabilities in the storage system, the information regarding the application, and application specific rules about storage configuration principles of the application. The rule may comprise priority information that specifies a priority in application of the rules, e.g., a structure or list of storage types in order of priority for different application data types." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2005 (11/253,501). 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=8,347,058.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,058&RS=PN/8,347,058 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Append-based Shared Persistent Storage ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,050) developed by Philip A. Bernstein, Bellevue, Wash., and Colin W. Reid, Redmond, Wash., for an "append-based shared persistent storage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A shared storage system is described herein that is based on an append-only model of updating a storage device to allow multiple computers to access storage with lighter-weight synchronization than traditional systems and to reduce wear on flash-based storage devices. Appending data allows multiple computers to write to the same storage device without interference and without synchronization between the computers. Computers can also safely read a written page without using synchronization because the system limits how data can be changed once written. The system may record a log of append operations performed and ensure idempotence by storing a key specified by the caller in the log along with each log entry. The system also provides broadcasts about appended data to computers so that coordination between computers can occur without direct communication between the computers." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2009 (12/360,122). 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=8,347,050.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,050&RS=PN/8,347,050 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Policy Framework to Treat Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,046) developed by four co-inventors for a "policy framework to treat data." The co-inventors are Ruston Panabaker, Redmond, Wash., James R. Hamilton, Bellevue, Wash., William J. Westerinen, Sammamish, Wash., Yadhu N. Gopalan, Redmond, Wash., and Mark A. Myers, Fall City, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data can be retained upon a storage medium that has characteristics suitable for the data. However, as the storage mediums are used, time passes, etc., characteristics of memory can change and therefore data can reside upon an improper medium. Data can be dynamically moved from one storage location to another automatically and intelligently based upon a change in characteristics. In addition, new data can be placed on a storage medium based upon characteristics of the medium in a current state." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2008 (12/103,309). 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=8,347,046.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,046&RS=PN/8,347,046 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Content Rendering on a Computer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,208) developed by eight co-inventors for a "content rendering on a computer." The co-inventors are Gareth Alan Howell, Bothell, Wash., Matthew James Ruhlen, Redmond, Wash., Brendyn O'Dell-Alexander, Seattle, Nicholas Allen Robarge, Redmond, Wash., Zhenjun Zhu, Redmond, Wash., Sugandha SudeshKumar Kapoor, Sammamish, Wash., Kiran Akella Venkata, Bellevue, Wash., and Juraj Gottweis, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Portions of content are transformed into portions of rendered content. While the portions of the content are being transformed into portions of the rendered content, each discrete portion of the rendered content can be provided to the application program after that portion is completed." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2009 (12/397,351). 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=8,347,208.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,208&RS=PN/8,347,208 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Converting Virtual Deployments to Physical Deployments to Simplify Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,071) developed by four co-inventors for a "converting virtual deployments to physical deployments to simplify management." The co-inventors are Peiyuan (George) Yan, Bellevue, Wash., Olof Mases, Sammamish, Wash., Larry Steinberg, Sammamish, Wash., and Derick R. Qua, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A deployment system allows an administrator to convert virtual deployments to physical deployments so that an administrator can easily move between the virtual and physical world. The deployment system allows an administrator to directly deploy an operating system image in the form of a VHD file to the hard disks of a physical machine as a directly bootable and natively installed operating system. Thus, the deployment system relieves administrators from separately managing physical and virtual deployment images. Instead, administrators can manage only virtual deployment images and convert virtual images to physical deployments as needed." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2010 (12/702,331). 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=8,347,071.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,071&RS=PN/8,347,071 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Simultaneous Input Across Multiple Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,215) developed by five co-inventors for a "simultaneous input across multiple applications." The co-inventors are Curt Carpenter, Redmond, Wash., Debora Everett, Sultan, Wash., Doug Kramer, Bothell, Wash., Derek E. Sunday, Renton, Wash., and Chris Whytock, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One or more users may interact simultaneously with different applications on the same device through an input system such as a touch-sensitive display screen. Simultaneous user input may be detected by a multiple input system and subsequently transmitted to an application using a single transmission frame. An application corresponding to the user input is determined based on an input location of the user input and a location and size of a corresponding application. Simultaneous user inputs are rendered simultaneously by each corresponding application. Each application may further include a secondary event processing thread that runs in parallel to traditional operating system event threads. The secondary event processing thread bypasses sequential processing limits of an operating system event thread, providing substantially simultaneous processing of input." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2009 (12/616,667). 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=8,347,215.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,215&RS=PN/8,347,215 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,347,214) developed by Eric Dillon, Seattle, Douglas Strombom, Issaquah, Wash., and Neil Buckley, Bellevue, Wash., for an "automated interface-specification generation for enterprise architectures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a computer-implemented method, a data set characterizing a first enterprise application is received. The data set is organized into a model. A set of standards is applied to the model, yielding a set of computer-executable instructions operable to enable implementation of an interface between the first enterprise application and a second enterprise application." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2006 (11/372,479). 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=8,347,214.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,214&RS=PN/8,347,214 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,347,211) developed by Charles S. Rogers III, Seattle, and Aaron S. Wooster, Shoreline, Wash., for an "immersive multimedia views for items." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are various embodiments for providing immersive multimedia views for items. A network page is generated that provides information regarding an item and includes code for rendering an immersive multimedia view for the item. A user interface presents a first one of a plurality of media objects associated with the item. The user interface includes a menu for selecting one of the media objects for presentation in the user interface and first set of media controls associated with the content form of the first one of the media objects. The user interface is updated to present a second one of the media objects having a different content form in response to a selection of the second one of the media objects in the menu. The first set of media controls is replaced with a second set of media controls that is associated with the different content form." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2010 (12/820,817). 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=8,347,211.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,211&RS=PN/8,347,211 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Integrating Security Protection Tools with Computer Device Integrity and Privacy Policy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,347,085) developed by five co-inventors for an "integrating security protection tools with computer device integrity and privacy policy." The co-inventors are Thekkthalackal Varugis Kurien, Sammamish, Wash., Jeffrey B. Hamblin, Issaquah, Wash., Narasimha Rao Nagampalli, Kirkland, Wash., Peter T. Brundrett, Seattle, and Scott Field, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "At computer device power on, the operating system of the computer device initiates a monitor. The monitor assigns a monitoring program to each program and object (collectively, "program") running on the computer device to monitor the activities of the program. When the monitoring program is assigned to a program, the monitoring program is assigned an integrity and/or privacy label (collectively, "integrity label") based on predetermined criteria applied to the monitored program. The monitoring program, in turn, assigns an integrity label to the program monitored by the monitoring program. The integrity label assigned to the monitored program is less than or equal to the integrity label of the monitoring program. The monitor enforces an integrity policy of the computer device based on the integrity label assigned to monitored programs and the integrity label associated with data, another program, or a remote network resource that the monitored program is seeking to access." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2011 (13/341,855). 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=8,347,085.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,085&RS=PN/8,347,085 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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