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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 9)

[January 09, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 9)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Pennsylvania.

*** JPMorgan Chase Bank Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- JPMorgan Chase Bank, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,352,370) developed by Tanya M. White, Magnolia, Del., and William F. Mann III, Avondale, Pa., for a "system and method for universal instant credit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for universal instant credit are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method of offering a financial instrument to a customer includes (1) using a computer processor, an issuer providing a customer with an application for a financial instrument; (2) the issuer receiving from the customer a completed application for the financial instrument; (3) using the computer processor, the issuer determining whether to approve the customer for the financial instrument; (4) using the computer processor, the issuer transmitting a first portion of an account identifier to a merchant; and (5) using the computer processor, the issuer transmitting a second portion of the account identifier to the customer. The financial instrument may be a credit card, a stored value card, a line of credit, etc." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,345). 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=8,352,370&OS=8,352,370&RS=8,352,370 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method, Hardware Product, and Computer Program Product for Implementing Commerce between Virtual Worlds ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,326) developed by four co-inventors for a "method, hardware product, and computer program product for implementing commerce between virtual worlds." The co-inventors are Boas Betzler, Magstadt, Germany, Sandra L. Kearney, Harleysville, Pa., Tanaz Sowdagar, San Francisco, and Hagen R. Wenzek, Tarrytown, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A virtual business transaction is implemented between a first virtual world and a second virtual world by providing a searchable catalog that includes one or more items each comprising a virtual good, a virtual service, a real good, or a real service. An object representation is stored for each of the items. Each of the stored object representations is associated with metadata comprising any of digital rights metadata, ownership metadata, identity metadata, payment method metadata, or currency detail metadata. A set of transformation algorithms are established that are customized through a rule set. A request is received specifying a copying, modifying, or reselling of an item selected from the items in the searchable catalog. The copying, modifying, or reselling of the item from a first virtual world to a second virtual world is implemented using the set of transformation algorithms. An exchange of virtual currency is implemented between the first virtual world and the second virtual world using the set of transformation algorithms." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2008 (12/268,471). 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=8,352,326&OS=8,352,326&RS=8,352,326 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cold Steel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- Cold Steel, Ventura, Calif., has been assigned a patent (RE43,908) developed by Andrew Demko, Wampum, Pa., for a "dual handle safety folding knife." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improvement for a dual handle fighting knife having interlocking handles when in open position and multiple spring blades stabilization in open and closed position. The handle blade spring engagement provides for a safe, straight-forward interlocking blade position and spacing of said cutting edge engagement with said handle when in closed position." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2010 (12/806,515). 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=RE43,908&OS=RE43,908&RS=RE43,908 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cox Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- Cox Communications, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,352,988) developed by Geoffrey Alan Cleary, Ambler, Pa., and Michael C. Bertram, San Jose, Calif., for a "system and method for time shifting the delivery of video information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus providing time-shifted television within a video-on-demand system." The patent application was filed on Nov. 27, 2001 (09/994,583). 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=8,352,988&OS=8,352,988&RS=8,352,988 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** LSI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- LSI, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,669) developed by Ephrem Wu, San Mateo, Calif., Ting Zhou, Alameda, Calif., and Steven Pollock, Allentown, Pa., for a "buffered crossbar switch system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described embodiments provide for transfer of data between data modules. At least two crossbar switches are employed, where input nodes and output nodes of each crossbar switch are coupled to corresponding data modules. The ith crossbar switch has an N.sub.i-input by M.sub.i-output switch fabric, wherein N.sub.i and M.sub.i are positive integers greater than one. Each crossbar switch includes an input buffer at each input node, a crosspoint buffer at each crosspoint of the switch fabric, and an output buffer at each output node. The input buffer has an arbiter that reads data packets from the input buffer according to a first scheduling algorithm. An arbiter reads data packets from a crosspoint buffer queue according to a second scheduling algorithm. The output node receives segments of data packets provided from one or more corresponding crosspoint buffers." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2009 (12/430,438). 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=8,352,669&OS=8,352,669&RS=8,352,669 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Performing Scheduled Backups of a Backup Node Associated with a Plurality of Agent Nodes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,434) developed by six co-inventors for "performing scheduled backups of a backup node associated with a plurality of agent nodes." The co-inventors are David George Derk, Gibsonia, Pa., Robert Clair Edwards Jr., Susquehanna, Pa., Glen Hattrup, Overland Park, Kan., Avisbai Haim Hochberg, San Jose, Calif., Thomas Franklin Ramke Jr., Vonore, Tenn., and James Patrick Smith, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are a system and article of manufacture for performing scheduled backups of a backup node associated with a plurality of agent nodes. Backup data sets on at least one machine in a network are associated with a backup node and a plurality of agent nodes in the network are associated with the backup node. The agent nodes are associated with machines in the network capable of backing up the backup data sets associated with the backup node. A schedule indicating a scheduled backup to backup scheduled data sets associated with the backup node is processed. At least one of the agent nodes is contacted to request the at least one agent node to perform the scheduled backup and backup the scheduled data sets, wherein the at least one contacted agent node performs the scheduled backup to backup the scheduled backup sets." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2011 (13/284,798). 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=83,52,434.PN.&OS=PN/83,52,434&RS=PN/83,52,434 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Video Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- United Video Properties, Tulsa, Okla., has been assigned a patent (8,352,978) developed by Steven J. Reynolds, Littleton, Colo., Robert A. Knee, Lansdale, Pa., and Michael D. Ellis, Boulder, Colo., for "systems and methods for advertising television networks, channels, and programs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention allows control of the presentation of advertisements that are associated with television networks, channels, and programs, and enables a single broadcasting of each advertisement associated with a network to be made to numerous television systems in parallel. The presentation of advertisements that are associated with television networks, channels, and programs is controlled in the present invention by determining at television viewer equipment whether the television networks, channels, or programs with which the advertisements are associated are unavailable to the television viewer or are undesirable to the television viewer. Once this determination has been made, the television viewer equipment then presents the advertisements, or selects and presents suitable alternative advertisements. A single broadcasting of each network advertisement to all television systems is enabled in the present invention by broadcasting each advertisement with a network identifier to all television systems. At the television systems, the network identifier and channel map or program guide information located in television viewer equipment are then used by an interactive program guide or other application running in the television viewer equipment to determine whether a local affiliate for that network is available and not designated as undesirable by the television viewer. If the local affiliate is available and not designated as undesirable, the advertisement is then presented to the television viewer, otherwise a suitable alternative advertisement is then identified and presented to the television viewer." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2009 (12/400,649). 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=8,352,978&OS=8,352,978&RS=8,352,978 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Converting Images in Virtual Environments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,415) developed by five co-inventors for "converting images in virtual environments." The co-inventors are Yulia Gaponenko, Moscow, Alexey Miroshkin, Moscow, Indrajit Poddar, Sewickley, Pa., Vladislav B. Ponomarev, Voronezh, Russia, and Igor Sukharev, Moscow.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The different illustrative embodiments provide a method, computer program product, and apparatus for converting a first image for a virtual machine formatted for a first virtual environment. A second image is created, wherein the second image is non-specific to any virtual environment. A determination is made whether a portion of files to be copied from the first virtual image to the second virtual image should be replaced using a compatibility matrix, wherein the compatibility matrix identifies changes between the first virtual environment and a second virtual environment. A replacement for the portion of the files is copied to the second image using the compatibility matrix responsive to a determination that the portion of the files in the set of files should be replaced. The file is copied to the second image responsive to an absence of a determination that the each file in the set of files should be replaced." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2010 (12/816,117). 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=83,52,415.PN.&OS=PN/83,52,415&RS=PN/83,52,415 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods to Resize Document Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 - Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,352,856) developed by Claude S. Fillion, Rochester, N.Y., Vishal Monga, State College, Pa., and Zhigang Fan, Webster, N.Y., for "systems and methods to resize document content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system resizes content within a document that includes a document segmenter that receives a document that contains content. The document segmenter analyzes the content within the document and segments the content into a plurality of object types. An object priority applicator determines a class value associated with each object type. A location scaler identifies a datum point for each object type within the document, wherein each datum point maintains a relative location to one another regardless of document resizing. An object sizing component resizes each object based at least in part upon the class value." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2009 (12/616,423). 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=8,352,856&OS=8,352,856&RS=8,352,856 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Action Representation During Slide Generation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,865) developed by six co-inventors for an "action representation during slide generation." The co-inventors are Paul Bradford Vaughan, Pittsburgh, James Eric Tilton, Austin, Texas, Christopher Morgan Connors, San Jose, Calif., Ralph Lynn Melton, Pittsburgh, Jay Christopher Capela, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Ted Stephen Boda, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for displaying object animations on a slide are disclosed. In accordance with these techniques, objects on a slide may be assigned actions when generating or editing the slide. The effects of the actions on the slide are depicted using one or more respective representations which represent the slide as it will appear after implementation of one or more corresponding actions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2008 (12/345,513). 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=8,352,865&OS=8,352,865&RS=8,352,865 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,352,538) developed by four co-inventors for a transaction monitoring system. The co-inventors are Julianne Noonan, Boyertown, Pa., Maryann Feng, Exton, Pa., Richard J. Gengler, West Chester, Pa., and Mannage Gunaratne, Phoenixville, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for exchanging transaction messages between different computer systems includes a data processor for monitoring transaction messages. The data processor has a transaction processor for assigning identifiers to both inbound transaction messages from source executable applications and outbound transaction messages for communication to destination executable applications, to individually identify transaction messages. The data processor has a repository of map information associating inbound and outbound transaction messages using the assigned identifiers and a user interface for providing data representing at least one display image and including data identifying an inbound or outbound transaction message and a corresponding outbound or inbound transaction message, in response to a user command." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2007 (11/872,910). 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=8,352,538&OS=8,352,538&RS=8,352,538 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,518) developed by Michael L. Kazar, Pittsburgh, and Richard N. Sanzi Jr., Wexford, Pa., for a "mechanism for handling file level and block level remote file accesses using the same server." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A file level (NAS) server receives NAS protocol data access requests and stores a new NAS data to the storage layer in the data blocks, and stores pointers in indirect blocks to identify the new NAS data. A block level (SAN) server receives SAN block based data access requests and stores a new SAN data to the storage layer in the data blocks and stores pointers in indirect blocks to identify the new SAN data. A management layer performs management operations on both the NAS data and the SAN data by using the plurality of indirect blocks. The plurality of indirect blocks provide same management operations for the NAS data and the SAN data." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2007 (11/788,198). 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=8,352,518&OS=8,352,518&RS=8,352,518 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,776) developed by four co-inventors for "facilitating persistence of routing states." The co-inventors are Andrei Agapi, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Richard A. Payne, Wokingham, United Kingdom, Robert M. Broberg, Berwyn, Pa., and John A. DeNisco, Malden, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In certain embodiments, replicating data elements includes calculating a key value for a data element. The key value is calculated from at least a part of content of the first data element. K computing elements are automatically selected from X computing element nodes according to the key value and a mapping schema. K is a greater than 2 and less than X. The computing element nodes each include computer-readable memory embodied within one or more routers. K replications of the data element are automatically written to the computer-readable memory of the K computing element nodes." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2010 (12/753,520). 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=8,352,776.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,776&RS=PN/8,352,776 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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