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

[January 03, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (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 North Carolina.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for Utilizing Plurality of Physical Layers to Retain Quality of Service in a Wireless Device During a Communication Session ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,591) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and system for utilizing plurality of physical layers to retain quality of service in a wireless device during a communication session." The co-inventors are Alexander G. MacInnis, Ann Arbor, Mich., Thomas Quigley, Franklin, N.C., Arya Behzad, Poway, Calif., Jeyhan Karaoguz, Irvine, Calif., John Walley, Ladera Ranch, Calif., and Mark Buer, Gilbert, Ariz.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless mobile communication (WMC) device may be determine a quality of service (QOS) required to communicate data. The WMC device may utilize a plurality of physical layers available in the WMC device to retain the QOS throughout the data communication. The physical layers may comprise a plurality of wireless technologies and/or a plurality of transmission power levels within each wireless technology. Selection of physical layers that may be utilized may comprise determination of available QOS through the physical layers, available power in the WMC device, and/or power requirement for communicating data via the physical layers. Data encoding may also be utilized to alter size of communicated data while retaining the required QOS. Data encoding may comprise utilizing encoding schemes, data compression, and/or redundancy bits. A set of deadlines may be utilized to enable switching between available physical layers to ensure maintaining and/or achieving required QOS." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/864,269). 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=8,345,591&OS=8,345,591&RS=8,345,591 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Instinet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Instinet, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,346,651) developed by Frank Freitas, Berkeley, Calif., John Comerford, San Francisco, and Jonathan Kellner, New York, for a "method and system for conducting computer-assisted transactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method may include a central security transaction-assisting machine receiving from at least a subset of a plurality of system participants initial orders to buy and sell a security; a processor of the machine matching at least a subset of the initial buy orders to at least a subset of the initial sell orders based at least on quantity; the processor forming an order block of at least a subset of the matched orders; responsive to a threshold volume of matching orders being reached, the central machine broadcasting a cross announcement to each of the plurality of participants, where the cross announcement indicates a beginning of a time window during which further matching orders to buy and sell quantities of the security are presentable for inclusion in the order block; and, at an end of the time window, executing the order block." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2009 (12/367,924). 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=8,346,651&OS=8,346,651&RS=8,346,651 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent for Line of Credit with Pre-agreed Line Increases ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,658) developed by five co-inventors for "line of credit with pre-agreed line increases." The co-inventors are Lisa D. Curry, Warwick, R.I., Cherie A. Arruda, Winchester, Mass., James D. Heisterkamp Jr., Auburn, Calif., Donna L. Nicholson, Hanson, Mass., and Ryan Gene Ritz, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A line of credit with pre-agreed line increases is described. In example embodiments, the line of credit is secured by a residence, and the borrower can agree at initial closing to periodic line increases, so that additional closings and re-recording are not necessary. Modeling can be used by the financial institution to determine if and when to offer increases in the LOC. An automated servicing routine is then used to produce a recommendation with respect to increasing the LOC loan amount. This automated servicing routine includes at least one model to produce the recommendation. The line of credit can be increased if and when recommended by the servicing platform." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2008 (12/110,523). 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=8,346,658&OS=8,346,658&RS=8,346,658 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Managing the Creation, Detection, and Maintenance of Sensitive Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,532) developed by four co-inventors for a "managing the creation, detection, and maintenance of sensitive information." The co-inventors are Al Chakra, Apex, N.C., John K. Gerken III, Raleigh, N.C., Roderick C. Henderson, Apex, N.C., and Ruthie D. Lyle, Durham, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, information processing system, and computer program storage product for managing information within an electronic file are provided. A plurality of information sets within an electronic file is analyzed. At least one of the information sets is compared to at least one statistical classification model. The statistical classification model includes one or more probabilities associated with a plurality of analyzed information sets that indicate a likelihood that a respective analyzed information set is classified sensitive information. The at least one information set is determined to substantially match at least one analyzed information set in the statistical classification model. The probability associated with the at least one analyzed information set is determined whether to be above a threshold. The at least one information set is classified as sensitive information in response to determining that the probability is above the threshold." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2008 (12/171,666). 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=8,346,532&OS=8,346,532&RS=8,346,532 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,661) developed by seven co-inventors for an "aggregation of customer transaction data." The co-inventors are Thayer S. Allison Jr., Charlotte, N.C., Sudeshna Banerjee, Waxhaw, N.C., Debashis Ghosh, Charlotte, N.C., Hemant A. Kagade, Charlotte, N.C., Mark V. Krein, Charlotte, N.C., David Joa, Irvine, Calif., and Kurt D. Newman, Matthews, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aggregating customer records to conduct due diligence to facilitate business transaction includes receiving a request to aggregate customer transaction records, wherein the customer transaction records are stored when a customer conducts a transaction with a selected one of a first company and a second company. A plurality of customer transaction records are determined from a first enterprise. The plurality of customer transaction records are aggregated from the first enterprise, wherein the plurality of customer transaction records comprises records associated with the first company and records associated with the second company. The aggregated customer transaction records are communicated in response to the request." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,706). 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=8,346,661&OS=8,346,661&RS=8,346,661 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Deep Tag Cloud Associated with Streaming Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,540) developed by Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Ruthie D. Lyle, Durham, N.C., and Lisa A. Seacat, San Francisco, for a "deep tag cloud associated with streaming media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a method for providing access to media segments using a tag cloud comprises receiving a request to play streaming media, identifying deep tags associated with the streaming media, and determining preferences of a user based on information provided by the user. The method can also comprise selecting a group of the deep tags based on the information provided by the user and displaying the group of the deep tags in a tag cloud, wherein the deep tags hyperlink to segments within the streaming media. The method can also include presenting, in response to activation of a deep tag in the group, one of the segments within the streaming media." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2008 (12/131,994). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,346,540&OS=8,346,540&RS=8,346,540 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent for Multi-account Cash Recycling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,640) developed by four co-inventors for a multi-account cash recycling. The co-inventors are William Thomas Sanders, Denver, N.C., Karren D. Grant, Norcross, Ga., Amy Baker Folk, Charlotte, N.C., Daniel Christopher Bohen, Charlotte, N.C., and Shane Anthony Johnson, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A currency handling device such as a currency recycler, depository machine or a dispensing machine may provide users with the ability to access multiple accounts from the same device. Accordingly, a user may make deposits to or withdrawals from multiple accounts from a single device. The multiple accounts may, for example, correspond to different departments in a business or organization, allowing employees from different departments to use the same currency device to process transaction (e.g., change orders, deposits, etc.)." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/277,977). 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=8,346,640&OS=8,346,640&RS=8,346,640 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Wells Fargo Bank Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Wells Fargo Bank, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,583) developed by Robert J. Ortega, Moravian Falls, N.C., for an "economic opportunity pursuit management and presentation generation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A common manner for disclosing information is through a presentation. A presentation is generated automatically to pursue a financial opportunity, such as to disclose to a potential client rationale to purchase a product. In addition, auxiliary tasks that relate to the presentation can be handled automatically, such as sending notices and assigning individuals to disclose the presentation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2007 (11/861,990). 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=8,346,583&OS=8,346,583&RS=8,346,583 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CommScope Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- CommScope, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,085) developed by Mark Vogel, Statesville, N.C., for a "dual-filter optical network interface unit and method of removing noise using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network interface unit includes an input for receiving downstream signals from an optical fiber, an optical pathway leading from the input, a laser connected to the optical pathway for transmitting upstream signals in a first wavelength band, and a receiver for receiving downstream signals in a second wavelength band that doesn't overlap with the first wavelength band. A first filter is provided for filtering signals in a third wavelength band from the optical pathway before signals in the third wavelength band reach the receiver, and a second filter is provided between the input and the laser for filtering signals in a fourth wavelength band from the optical pathway, the fourth wavelength band not overlapping with the first wavelength band or the third wavelength band, and an arrangement is also provided for preventing processing of the fourth wavelength band downstream of the second filter. Also a filtering method." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/427,475). 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=8,346,085&OS=8,346,085&RS=8,346,085 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Porto Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Porto Technology, Portsmouth, N.H., has been assigned a patent (8,346,067) developed by Alfredo C. Issa, Apex, N.C., Richard J. Walsh, Raleigh, N.C., and Kunal Kandekar, Jersey City, N.J., for a "system and method for distributed trick play resolution using user preferences." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A media system and method for distributed trick play resolution using user preferences. The method of distributed trick play resolution in a distributed media group network, includes: determining trick play preferences at each of a plurality of peer nodes in the distributed media group network with respect to a media item; and resolving conflicting trick play preferences between the peer nodes based on the determined trick play preferences. Other embodiments are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2010 (12/656,529). 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=8,346,067&OS=8,346,067&RS=8,346,067 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Allconnect Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Allconnect, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,346,624) developed by Glenn R. Goad, Cumming, Ga., David Norman Martin, Atlanta, and Ravi Trivedi, Morrisville, N.C., for "systems and methods for recommending third party products and services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for recommending third party products and services. The method includes the steps of ranking the third party products and services based on one or more factors, and generating a user profile based on one or more user-related factors. Next, the method determined appropriate third party products and services based on the user's geographical location and filters the third party products and services based on the user profile and the user's geographical location. These filtered results are dynamically ranked based on the user profile, and personalization of the third party products and services. Finally, the method provides the ranked results pertinent to the end user's preferences, and the geographical location." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2009 (12/634,345). 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=8,346,624&OS=8,346,624&RS=8,346,624 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent for Customer-level Macro Business Performance Monitoring ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,597) developed by Willard H. Waldron III, Charlotte, N.C., and Timothy James Mark, Berkeley, Calif., for a "customer-level macro business performance monitoring." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention relate to systems, methods, and computer program products for client/customer-centric macro (e.g., business-wide) monitoring of business performance and determination of business-wide customer impact trends associated with the client's/customer's composite relationship with the business. Additionally, embodiments provide for determining customer impact trends at other levels of the business relationship, such as at business unit/line of business levels, product/service levels and the like. Based on the determined customer impact trends, further determinations may be made regarding whether alerts are warranted based on the trends, and generating and communicating the alerts if warranted. Determining business-wide customer impact trends provides for the business to identify problems or potential problems that may adversely impact the global relationship between the overall client entity and the business implementing the performance monitoring system." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/790,324). 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=8,346,597&OS=8,346,597&RS=8,346,597 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Carbon Management for Sourcing and Logistics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,595) developed by six co-inventors for a "carbon management for sourcing and logistics." The co-inventors are Mondhar Ben-Hamida, Chicago, Chad Boucher, Concord, N.C., Paolina Centonze, Amawalk, N.Y., Mary E. Helander, North White Plains, N.Y., Kaan K. Katircloglu, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Karthik Sourirajan, White Plains, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention provide a method, system and computer program product for carbon management for sourcing and logistics. In one embodiment, the method comprises using a computer for quantifying both a cost and a carbon impact of one or more logistics policies relating to a manufacturing process; and minimizing the cost and carbon impact using a defined equation including a first component representing a transportation cost, and a second component representing a carbon cost. In an embodiment of the invention, the quantifying includes using an analytics engine to quantify the cost and carbon impact. The analytics engine may include a shipment analysis module to calculate an optimal transportation policy, a sourcing analysis module for testing alternate sourcing options, a scenario analysis module to find an optimal order frequency, and a sensitivity analysis module to test the impact of various changes." The patent application was filed on Nov. 26, 2008 (12/323,775). 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=8,346,595&OS=8,346,595&RS=8,346,595 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,345,861) developed by James P. Schneider, Raleigh, N.C., for a "sharing a secret using polynomial division over GF(Q)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for distributing a secret are described. In one embodiment, the secret is represented by a secret polynomial of degree d over GF(q) constructed with a prime or a power of a prime. The secret polynomial is then embedded into an extension polynomial of degree m that is greater than d. The extension polynomial is divided by n coprime divisor polynomials over GF(q), using arithmetic defined for polynomials over GF(q), to generate n shares of the secret. Each share includes one of the divisor polynomials and a corresponding remainder. These n shares are distributed among a plurality of cooperating entities for secret sharing." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2008 (12/197,082). 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=83,45,861.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,861&RS=PN/83,45,861 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Data Path Processing Information included in the Pseudowire Layer of Packets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,682) developed by four co-inventors for a "data path processing information included in the pseudowire layer of packets." The co-inventors are Carlos M. Pignataro, Raleigh, N.C., Stewart Frederick Bryant, Merstham, United Kingdom, Jim Guichard, New Boston, N.H., and David Delano Ward, Somerset, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data path processing information is included in the pseudowire layer of pseudowire packets in order to provide information for use in the data path processing of data (e.g., a packet), typically, but not always, included in the payload of the pseudowire packet itself. The pseudowire packet typically includes in corresponding fields: a pseudowire label for identifying a pseudowire type; a pseudowire control word; and payload data. The pseudowire type identifies the structure of the pseudowire control word field and the payload field, including the location of data path meta data, such as in the pseudowire control word field or payload field. This data path meta data identifies one or more attributes for use in processing the payload data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2010 (12/883,080). 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=83,45,682.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,682&RS=PN/83,45,682 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Parata Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Parata Systems, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,345,989) developed by five co-inventors for an "illumination station for use in pharmaceutical identification system and methods therefor." The co-inventors are Stefano Bresolin, Durham, N.C., David Newcomb, Morrisville, N.C., Christopher E. Paul, Hillsborough, N.C., Pete Klein, Durham, N.C., and Caelan Klein, Williamsburg, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of determining the identity of pharmaceutical tablets contained within a pharmaceutical vial includes the steps of: obtaining a first image of the vial as it is illuminated with colored light; obtaining a second image of the vial as it is illuminated with infrared radiation; processing the first and second images to obtain comprehensive image data; comparing the comprehensive image data to image data of a known pharmaceutical expected to be contained in the vial; and determining whether the pharmaceutical in the vial is the expected pharmaceutical based on the comparing step. The use of images obtained under both colored and IR illumination can assist in producing an accurate comprehensive image data." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2010 (12/703,400). 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=8,345,989&OS=8,345,989&RS=8,345,989 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,347,109) developed by James Paul Schneider, Raleigh, N.C., for a "secure serial number generation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and a method for generating serial numbers is described. In one embodiment, a block cipher encrypter encrypts an application identifier and a sequence of random numbers to generate a signature. The block cipher encrypter is associated with a serial number key. The application identifier, the sequence of random numbers, and the signature are concatenated to generate a serial number. An encoder encodes the serial number into a string." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2008 (12/074,045). 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=8,347,109.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,109&RS=PN/8,347,109 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Use of Hashing Function to Distinguish Random and Repeat Errors in a Memory System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,154) developed by eight co-inventors for a "use of hashing function to distinguish random and repeat errors in a memory system." The co-inventors are Sumanta K. Bahali, Cary, N.C., Tu T. Dang, Cary, N.C., Michael C. Elles, Apex, N.C., Juan Q. Hernandez, Garner, N.C., Dwayne A. Lowe, Durham, N.C., Challis L. Purrington, Raleigh, N.C., Michael L. Scollard, Raleigh, N.C., and Ivan R. Zapata, Cary, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment provides an error detection method wherein single-bit errors in a memory module are detected and identified as being a random error or a repeat error. Each identified random error and each identified repeat error occurring in a time interval is counted. An alert is generated in response to a number of identified random errors reaching a random-error threshold or a number of identified repeat errors reaching a repeat-error threshold during the predefined interval. The repeat-error threshold is set lower than the random-error threshold. A hashing process may be applied to the memory address of each detected error to map the location of the error in the memory system to a corresponding location in an electronic table." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2010 (12/887,184). 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=8,347,154.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,154&RS=PN/8,347,154 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Victim Cache Replacement ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,037) developed by six co-inventors for a victim cache replacement. The co-inventors are Guy L. Guthrie, Austin, Texas, Thomas L. Jeremiah, Hillsborough, N.C., William L. McNeil, Chapel Hill, N.C., Piyush C. Patel, Cary, N.C., William J. Starke, Round Rock, Texas, and Jeffrey A. Stuecheli, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data processing system includes a processor core having an associated upper level cache and a lower level victim cache. In response to a memory access request of the processor core that specifies a non-modifying access to a target coherency granule, a determination is made whether the memory access request hits or misses in a directory of the lower level victim cache. In response to determining that the memory access request hits in the lower level victim cache in a data-valid coherence state, the lower level victim cache provides the target coherency granule of the memory access request to the upper level cache. The lower level victim cache preserves the target coherency granule in the lower level victim cache in a shared coherence state if the memory access request is of a first type and invalidates the target coherency granule if the memory access request is of a second type." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2008 (12/256,002). 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=8,347,037.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,037&RS=PN/8,347,037 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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