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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Jan. 4)

[January 04, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Jan. 4)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** Microelectronics Assembly Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Microelectronics Assembly Technologies, Research Triangle Park, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,345,431) developed by James E. Clayton, Raleigh, N.C., and Zakaryae Fathi, Raleigh, N.C., for a "thin multi-chip flex module." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multichip module comprises a flexible circuit having conductive patterns on its surface(s) to which microelectronic device(s) are attached. The flexible circuit is enclosed and supported by two rigid frames, which may further be provided with protective heat spreading covers. Contact pads on the rigid frame(s) may be configured to engage a mating socket or they may be solderable to a printed circuit board." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2008 (12/317,754). 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=8,345,431&OS=8,345,431&RS=8,345,431 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Displayed View Modification in a Vehicle-to-vehicle Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,345,098) developed by four co-inventors for a "displayed view modification in a vehicle-to-vehicle network." The co-inventors are Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Steven Michael Miller, Cary, N.C., Pamela Ann Nesbitt, Tampa, Fla., and Lisa Anne Seacat, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In V2V or other networks in which multiple video cameras can share video data, a user may elect to modify a primary view by electronically "removing" obstructing objects from the primary view. The user begins by identifying the objects to be electronically removed from the simulated view, either by designating the boundaries of the objects or by identifying classes of objects to be removed. Pel locations associated with obstructing objects are identified in the primary data set. Video data provided by cameras other than a primary video camera is analyzed to identify common features in the primary and secondary views and to identify pels that correspond with object-associated pels in the primary view. A merged data set, consisting of pel data from the primary data set and from at least one of the secondary data sets, provides the video data presented in the simulated view." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2008 (12/049,436). 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=8,345,098&OS=8,345,098&RS=8,345,098 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Linear Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Linear Technology, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,391) developed by William Hall Coley, Cary, N.C., and Kurk David Matthews, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "DC/DC converter overcurrent protection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A DC/DC converter and a method protect a MOSFET driven by the converter from overcurrent conditions. No extra pins are required to sense the current, which saves IC package area and cost." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2010 (12/883,876). 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=8,345,391&OS=8,345,391&RS=8,345,391 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,345,234) developed by Michael L. Myrick, Irmo, S.C., Robert P. Freese, Pittsboro, N.C., and David L. Perkins, Irmo, S.C., for "self calibration methods for optical analysis system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a system and methodologies for providing self-calibration in an optical analysis system. Illumination light is directed toward a material to be sampled while provisions are made to modify the characteristics of at least a portion of the illumination light falling on a reference detector. The modified characteristics may include light presence and/or spectral characteristics. Light presence may be modified by rotating or moving mirror assemblies to cause light to fall on either a sample detector or a reference detector while spectral characteristics may be modified by placing materials having known spectral characteristics in the path of the illumination light." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2006 (12/094,205). 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=8,345,234&OS=8,345,234&RS=8,345,234 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GlaxoSmith Kline Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- GlaxoSmith Kline, Philadelphia, has been assigned a patent (8,344,155) developed by four co-inventors for chemical compounds. The co-inventors are Pingyun Chen, Durham, N.C., Ricky Couch, Durham, N.C., Maosheng Duan, Durham, N.C., and Beth Adams Norton, Durham, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are compounds of Formula III. Also disclosed are salts of the compounds, pharmaceutical composition comprising the compounds or salts, and methods for treating HCV infection by administration of the compounds or salts. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2010 (12/936,545). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,344,155&OS=8,344,155&RS=8,344,155 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TransTech Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- TransTech Pharma, High Point, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,344,120) developed by four co-inventors for "nucleic acid molecules encoding rage fusion proteins." The co-inventors are Adnan M.M. Mjalli, Oak Ridge, N.C., Robert Rothlein, Summerfield, N.C., Ye Edward Tian, Jamestown, N.C., and Jeffrey C. Webster, Jamestown, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are RAGE fusion proteins comprising RAGE polypeptide sequences linked to a second, non-RAGE polypeptide. The RAGE fusion protein may utilize a RAGE polypeptide domain comprising a RAGE ligand binding site and an interdomain linker directly linked to the N-terminus of an immunoglobulin C.sub.H2 domain. Also disclosed are RAGE fusion protein formulations and the use of the RAGE fusion proteins and RAGE fusion protein formulations as therapeutics for RAGE-mediated pathologies." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2011 (13/158,748). 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=8,344,120&OS=8,344,120&RS=8,344,120 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Rectifier Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- International Rectifier, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,344,417) developed by four co-inventors for "gallium nitride semiconductor structures with compositionally-graded transition layer." The co-inventors are T. Warren Weeks Jr., Raleigh, N.C., Edwin L. Piner, Cary, N.C., Thomas Gehrke, Apex, N.C., and Kevin J. Linthicum, Angier, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides semiconductor materials including a gallium nitride material layer formed on a silicon substrate and methods to form the semiconductor materials. The semiconductor materials include a transition layer formed between the silicon substrate and the gallium nitride material layer. The transition layer is compositionally-graded to lower stresses in the gallium nitride material layer which can result from differences in thermal expansion rates between the gallium nitride material and the substrate. The lowering of stresses in the gallium nitride material layer reduces the tendency of cracks to form. Thus, the invention enables the production of semiconductor materials including gallium nitride material layers having few or no cracks. The semiconductor materials may be used in a number of microelectronic and optical applications." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2012 (13/359,892). 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=83,44,417.PN.&OS=PN/83,44,417&RS=PN/83,44,417 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Midtronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Midtronics, Willowbrook, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,344,685) developed by Kevin I. Bertness, Batavia, Ill., and John S. Philbrook, Cornelius, N.C., for a "system for automatically gathering battery information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method that includes affixing a radio frequency identification tag on a storage battery at a battery manufacturing plant. The method also includes storing battery manufacturing information into the radio frequency identification tag at the battery manufacturing plant. The battery manufacturing information includes a battery algorithm suitable for use in testing the storage battery." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2009 (12/416,457). 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=8,344,685&OS=8,344,685&RS=8,344,685 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intersil Americas Assigned Patent for Switching Regulator with Balanced Control Configuration with Filtering and Referencing to Eliminate Compensation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Intersil Americas, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,344,717) developed by Rhys S.A. Philbrick, Cary, N.C., Matthew B. Harris, Durham, N.C., and Steven P. Laur, Raleigh, N.C., for a "switching regulator with balanced control configuration with filtering and referencing to eliminate compensation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A switching regulator and controller and an electronic device using same are disclosed in which the controller includes a sense circuit, an error amplifier circuit, a filter and reference circuit, and a comparator circuit. The switching regulator includes a pulse switch circuit coupled to an output inductor for developing an output voltage. The sense circuit provides a sense signal indicative of current through the output inductor. The error amplifier circuit develops an error signal indicative of error of the output voltage. The filter and reference circuit high pass filters the sense signal to provide a filtered sense signal and which balances the filtered sense signal and the error signal at a common DC level. The comparator circuit develops a pulse control signal using the error signal and the filtered sense signal, where the pulse control signal is for controlling switching of the pulse switch circuit." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2012 (13/362,015). 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=8,344,717&OS=8,344,717&RS=8,344,717 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Technology Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- International Technology Center, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,344,627) developed by four co-inventors for a "pulsed dielectric barrier discharge." The co-inventors are William McClure Hooke, Chapel Hill, N.C., Allen Richard Martin, Hingham, Mass., Gary Elder McGuire, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Mark Alan Ray, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of generating a glow discharge plasma involves providing a pair of electrodes spaced apart by an electrode gap, and having a dielectric disposed in the electrode gap between the electrodes; placing the electrodes within an environment, wherein the electrode gap can be provided with a gas or gas mixture containing carbon at a specified pressure; and applying a rapid rise time voltage pulse across the electrodes to cause an extreme overvoltage condition, wherein the rapid rise time is less than a plasma generation time so that the extreme overvoltage condition occurs prior to current flow across the electrode gap. This abstract is not to be considered limiting, since other embodiments may deviate from the features described in this abstract." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2011 (13/329,565). 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=8,344,627&OS=8,344,627&RS=8,344,627 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Capitol Broadcasting Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Capitol Broadcasting, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,230) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for delivering geographically restricted content, such as over-air broadcast programming, to a recipient over a network, namely the internet." The co-inventors are James F. Goodmon, Raleigh, N.C., James F. Goodmon Jr., Durham, N.C., John E. Clark, Angier, N.C., Peter A. Sockett, Cary, N.C., and John L. Greene, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for delivering geographically restricted content, including but not limited to over-air broadcast programming, to a recipient over a computer network, namely the Internet. The content is only delivered over the computer network if the recipient's computer or network device requesting the content over the network is verified to be located in the geographically restricted area. A conventional tuner is employed by the recipient's computer to receive one or more over-air signals having a broadcast range deemed to be synonymous with the geographically restricted area for the requested content. If the tuner is able to receive such over-air signal(s), the requested content is delivered over the network to the recipient's computer. This is because the recipient is known to be physically located in the geographically restricted area by the ability of the tuner to receive the over-air signal(s)." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2007 (11/682,600). 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=8,346,230.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,230&RS=PN/8,346,230 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machine Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Predicting Avatar Movement in a Virtual Universe ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- International Business Machine, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,345,049) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for predicting avatar movement in a virtual universe." The co-inventors are Rick Allen Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian Marshall O'Connell, Cary, N.C., Clifford Alan Pickover, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Keith Raymond Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer useable program code to offer to move an avatar in a virtual universe. A computer predicts a location selection to form a prediction. The computer renders a first viewport in a computer display, based on the prediction. The first viewport includes a first user-control; a first coordinate; and a first attitude. The computer renders a second viewport comprising a second user-control, a second coordinate and a second attitude wherein at least one object is rendered in a computer display from a perspective distinct from a perspective of the first viewport. The computer receives an instruction corresponding to the first user-control." The patent application was filed on Aug. 16, 2007 (11/839,898). 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=8,345,049.PN.&OS=PN/8,345,049&RS=PN/8,345,049 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,238) developed by five co-inventors for a "mesh communication network and devices." The co-inventors are Shmuel Shaffer, Palo Alto, Calif., Labhesh Patel, San Francisco, Ramanathan T. Jagadeesan, San Jose, Calif., Bich T. Nguyen, Los Altos, Calif., and Gregory D. Pelton, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for communicating in a wireless communication network includes establishing a first direct communication link with a base transceiver station and communicating data associated with a communication session over the first direct communication link. The method also includes establishing a mesh connection to the base transceiver station. The mesh connection includes at least one mesh communication link with at least one intermediate communication device of a plurality of communication devices in the wireless network, the at least one intermediate communication device communicating with the base transceiver station over a second direct communication link with the base transceiver station. The method further includes switching between communicating data associated with the communication session over the first direct communication link and communicating data associated with the communication session over the mesh connection." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/929,550). 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=8,346,238.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,238&RS=PN/8,346,238 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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