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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 20)

[February 20, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 20)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,674) developed by David Brittain Bolen, Durham, N.C., and David W. Minnich, Hillsborough, N.C., for a "system and method for migrating lun data between data containers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for lun migration between data containers, such as aggregates of a storage system is provided. A new destination lun is created on a destination aggregate. A background copy process is then started that copies all data from a source lun on a source aggregate to the destination lun. The storage system continues to process client-originated data access requests directed to the source lun while the background copying continues. Once all the data of the source lun has been copied to the destination lun, processing of data access requests to the lun(s) is quiesced by the storage system. Lun maps of the storage system are then updated and processing of the client-originated data access requests is resumed with those requests now being directed to the destination lun." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2008 (11/971,329). 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=83,80,674.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,674&RS=PN/83,80,674 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Bank of America Assigned Patent for Income Curtailment Protection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,620) developed by five co-inventors for an income curtailment protection. The co-inventors are Allan S. Voltz III, Browns Summit, N.C., Eric H. Choltus, Charlotte, N.C., Jason S. Cashwell, Greensboro, N.C., Robert M. Mauldin III, Charlotte, N.C., and Robert H. Eshleman, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes enrolling a borrower in income curtailment protection associated with a loan, where the loan requires periodic payments. If income curtailment has occurred, a determination is made as to what portion of the periodic payment is to be covered on behalf of the borrower. The determined portion of the periodic payment is covered by an entity other than the borrower on behalf of the borrower." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2010 (12/832,000). 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=83,80,620.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,620&RS=PN/83,80,620 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,662) developed by James Paul Schneider, Raleigh, N.C., for "setting time from a NFS server." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system time of a client is set from a network file system (NFS) server. In one embodiment, the client creates a file on the (NFS) server and reads the last-modified time attribute of the file. The client adjusts its system time accordingly based on the last-modified time attribute of the file. The file is then deleted from the NFS server." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2008 (12/072,685). 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=83,80,662.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,662&RS=PN/83,80,662 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,700) developed by Billy Gayle Moon, Cary, N.C., James J. Miner, Morrisville, N.C., and Bryan Turner, Durham, N.C., for an "ad hoc geospatial directory of users based on optimizing non-Turing complete executable application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method comprises receiving from a user interface, by a computing device, a request for execution of at least one lambda function in an operation of a geospatial application, the geospatial application having lambda functions for operating on one or more entities of an ad hoc geospatial directory accessible by the computing device, the lambda functions having strongly typed definitions according to a prescribed symbol manipulation language that is a non-Turing complete language, that does not permit partial functions, and that is independent of any attribute of any computing system; optimizing execution by the computing device of the operation on the ad hoc geospatial directory; and the computing device returning to the user interface a response to the request based on the optimizing execution of the operation, the response including a data structure including at least one of the lambda functions for a corresponding at least one of generating a query of the ad hoc geospatial directory, modifying a state of at least a first of the entities, or accessing the first of the entities." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2011 (13/085,686). 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=83,80,700.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,700&RS=PN/83,80,700 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ICAP Services North America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- ICAP Services North America, Jersey City, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,610) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for processing trading orders." The co-inventors are Robert T. Nagle, Little Falls, N.J., Daniel Abbatemarco, Colts Neck, N.J., Christopher Ferreri, Staten Island, N.Y., and Richard Raymond May, Matthews, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data processing system for implementing transaction management of auction-based trading is disclosed. The disclosed data processing system provides a structured trading protocol implemented through a sequence of trading paradigms. The system employs a distributed computer processing network linking together a matching engine and a plurality of workstations. The protocol and its programmed controlling logic enhances trading efficiency, rewards market makers, and fairly distributes market opportunity to system users. In some preferred embodiments, the structured trading protocol permits traders to enter hidden bids or offers during a clearing period that may be converted to transactable bids and offers when the clearing period terminates. In addition, in some preferred embodiments, the structured protocol permits traders to enter orders that specify an initial price and a better, hidden price. The system is programmed to improve the price of a trader's order within the cap established by the hidden price in particular circumstances in order to permit the trader to maintain priority in the order book when a better-priced order enters the market." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/509,937). 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=83,80,610.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,610&RS=PN/83,80,610 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Use of Constraints to Enforce Complex Payment Policies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,625) developed by four co-inventors for a "use of constraints to enforce complex payment policies." The co-inventors are Carlos Hoyos, Campinas, Brazil, Marcelo Perazolo, Cary, N.C., Viswanath Srikanth, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Woodward S. Aichner, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of using constrained payments to enforce complex payment policies in electronic commerce (e-commerce) systems. An order capture component generates at least a first relationship object that corresponds to a first payment constraint rule. If an order item is placed in a shopping cart, and if the order item is associated with one or more payment constraint rules, and if one or more pre-conditions corresponding to the one or more payment constraint rules are satisfied, then the order capture component implements the one or more payment constraint rules. If one or more post-conditions corresponding to the one or more payment constraint rules are satisfied, then the order capture component submits a purchasing order from the shopping cart that includes the order item, such that the order item is constrained by the one or more payment constraint rules." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2007 (11/966,669). 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=83,80,625.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,625&RS=PN/83,80,625 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** HSBC Finance Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- HSBC Finance, Mettawa, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,380,619) developed by twelve co-inventors for "methods and systems for proactive loan modification." The co-inventors are Grant F. Miles, Salinas, Calif., Shelley C. Turner, Elmhurst, Ill., Richard M. Bair, Lisle, Ill., Roy M. Witt, Charlotte, N.C., Peter A. Sesterhenn, Libertyville, Ill., Manping Wang, Portland, Ore., Jin Peng, San Jose, Calif., Yew-Young Loo, Chicago, Ozgen Sayginsoy, Lisle, Ill., Michael A. Beene, Rolling Meadows, Ill., Nikhil N. Mehra, Chicago, and Ian J. Rehmert, Oak Park, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention include a computer implemented method for automatically modifying the terms of a plurality of mortgages within a portfolio of mortgages, such that, monthly payments for the plurality of mortgages are reduced. The method includes calculating a current net present value for each of the mortgages in the portfolio of mortgages. The method also includes calculating a plurality of future net present values for each of the mortgages in the portfolio, each future net present value corresponding to one set of modified loan terms. The method also includes selecting the largest calculated future net present value. The method also includes automatically modifying the loan terms of each of the plurality of mortgages where the largest future net present value is greater than the current net present value. Loan terms are modified to correspond to the modified loan terms resulting in the largest net present value." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2010 (12/707,067). 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=83,80,619.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,619&RS=PN/83,80,619 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Transferring Data from a Primary Data Replication Appliance in a Primary Data Facility to a Secondary Data Replication Appliance in a Secondary Data Facility ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,686) developed by five co-inventors for "transferring data from a primary data replication appliance in a primary data facility to a secondary data replication appliance in a secondary data facility." The co-inventors are John J. Wolfgang, Winston-Salem, N.C., Kenneth F. Day III, Tucson, Ariz., Philip M. Doatmas, Tucson, Ariz., Henry E. Butterworth, Eastleigh, United Kingdom, and Carlos F. Fuente, Portsmouth, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided for copying data from a primary storage facility to a secondary storage facility which reduce the workload on the storage controller in the primary facility and minimize bandwidth usage. The primary storage facility includes a primary data replication appliance which transfers data to a secondary replication appliance. Updated data from a host is both stored through a storage controller in the primary facility and also received by the primary replication appliance. Logic in the primary replication appliance determines whether the immediately previous version of the data is in a buffer from a previous storage operation. If so, the current (updated) version of the data is compared with the previous version and the difference, such as calculated through a bit-wise exclusive-OR operation, is transferred to the secondary replication appliance. The process is reversed in the secondary replication appliance and the recreated updated version of the data stored in the secondary facility." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2005 (11/080,871). 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=83,80,686.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,686&RS=PN/83,80,686 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,626) developed by Lowell Robert Huff, St. Louis, Zhongmin Agarwal, Charlotte, N.C., and David Todd Frew, Fort Mill, S.C., for "processing images associated with the remote capture of multiple deposit items." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention relate to methods and apparatuses for processing an image that shows multiple deposit items, where the image was captured by a remote capture device. For example, some embodiments provide a method that includes: (a) receiving an image that shows multiple deposit items, where the image was captured by a remote capture device; (b) determining that a first portion of the image is satisfactory for identifying deposit item information therein; (c) determining that a second portion of the image is unsatisfactory for identifying deposit item information therein; and (d) performing a function based at least partially on the determining that the second portion of the image is unsatisfactory for identifying deposit item information therein. In some embodiments, the function includes enhancing the second portion of the image. In other embodiments, the function includes prompting a user of the remote capture device to capture a second image to replace the second portion of the image." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2010 (12/846,231). 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=83,80,626.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,626&RS=PN/83,80,626 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,596) developed by nine co-inventors for a flat fee mortgage. The co-inventors are Charlotte F. Baker, Lexington, S.C., Gregory Carl Ogden, Charlotte, N.C., Michael J. Kelly, Minneapolis, Nicholas Koutouras, Studio City, Calif., Courtnie R. Kingsley, Augusta, Kan., Dwight Guerry Wimberly, Athens, Ga., Andrew H. Burk, Penryn, Calif., Loren B. Carpenter, Grapevine, Texas, and Shanna L. Austin, Chester, Va.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are various apparatuses, methods, and computer program products for providing a mortgage environment that determines a flat fee for a mortgage that includes all lender and third-party fees associated with the mortgage. By providing a mortgage with a flat fee, the process of a borrower obtaining a mortgage from a lender can be easier because the borrower's worries about multiple fees, charges, and other costs can be combined into a single, flat fee. Some embodiments of the invention determine the flat fee based at least partially on analysis of various loan characteristics." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2010 (12/754,554). 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=8,380,596&OS=8,380,596&RS=8,380,596 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GE Mortgage Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- GE Mortgage Holdings, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,589) developed by six co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for real estate foreclosure bid computation and presentation." The co-inventors are Beverly Floyd Deane, Raleigh, N.C., Karen Yandle Carpenter, Clayton, N.C., Allison Nicole Pope, Raleigh, N.C., Jill Alese Cleary, Raleigh, N.C., Robert Chris Krause, Wake Forest, N.C., and Daniel Earl Williamson, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and systems for generating and presenting foreclosure bid instructions are described. A connection to a foreclosure bid computer is established through a data processing network. Loan identification information is received from the user and foreclosure bid information relating to the loan is retrieved. Loan information is received from the user relevant to generating a foreclosure bid for a property. The information received from the user, as well as the retrieved foreclosure bid information, is processed in order to compute a foreclosure bid amount calculated to yield appropriate net proceeds from the sale of the property. A set of foreclosure bid instructions including the computed bid amount is generated, and presented to the user over a data processing network interface." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2003 (10/449,258). 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=8,380,589&OS=8,380,589&RS=8,380,589 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Tax-N-Cash Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Tax-N-Cash, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,592) developed by Timothy J. Throndson, Raleigh, N.C., and Thomas Field, Redding, Conn., for "methods, systems, and computer program products for processing and/or preparing a tax return and initiating certain financial transactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tax return is processed by receiving tax information associated with a taxpayer where the tax information is in a plurality of formats. The tax information is converted into a common electronic format. A determination is made whether the tax information is sufficient to generate a tax return therefrom. A tax return is generated if the tax information has been determined to be sufficient." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2004 (10/811,709). 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=8,380,592&OS=8,380,592&RS=8,380,592 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,380,916) developed by Robert Walker, Raleigh, N.C., for a "control of page access in memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present techniques provide systems and methods of controlling access to more than one open page in a memory component, such as a memory bank. Several components may request access to the memory banks. A controller can receive the requests and open or close the pages in the memory bank in response to the requests. In some embodiments, the controller assigns priority to some components requesting access, and assigns a specific page in a memory bank to the priority component. Further, additional available pages in the same memory bank may also be opened by other priority components, or by components with lower priorities. The controller may conserve power, or may increase the efficiency of processing transactions between components and the memory bank by closing pages after time outs, after transactions are complete, or in response to a number of requests received by masters." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2009 (12/478,532). 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=8,380,916&OS=8,380,916&RS=8,380,916 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Administering the Polling of a Number of Devices for Device Status ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,903) developed by Nicholas M. Williamson, Cary, N.C., Yin Jun Xu, Shanghai, China, and Pu Yp Yang, Shanghai, China, for "administering the polling of a number of devices for device status." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Administering the polling of a number of devices for device status including determining whether a task identification for polling the device is in the delayed polling queue; if the task identification for polling the device is not in the delayed polling queue, determining whether the task identification for polling the device is in the immediate polling queue; if the task identification for polling the device is in the immediate polling queue; calculating a new time interval for polling the device in dependence upon a predetermined base period and a random selection of a time offset, wherein the time offset is within a predetermined range; calculating a next polling time for polling the device in dependence upon the current time and the new time interval; inserting the task identification in the delayed polling queue in dependence upon the next polling time." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2012 (13/442,000). 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=8,380,903&OS=8,380,903&RS=8,380,903 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,873) developed by James P. Schneider, Raleigh, N.C., for "tunneling SSL over SSH." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for enabling single-socket server applications to receive information via multiple ports. In one embodiment, a system includes a network tunnel configured to receive traffic at a first port of an application server and to communicate the received traffic to a second port of the application server. The system further includes a single-socket application, coupled to the second port of the application server, to monitor for incoming traffic at the second port, and to receive the traffic destined for the first port and communicated to the second port via the network tunnel." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2012 (13/405,197). 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=8,380,873&OS=8,380,873&RS=8,380,873 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for End-to-end (E2E) Service Level Agreement (SLA) Compliance Across Both Managed and Unmanaged Network Segments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,861) developed by nine co-inventors for an "end-to-end (E2E) service level agreement (SLA) compliance across both managed and unmanaged network segments." The co-inventors are Michael E. Baskey, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Mandis S. Beigi, White Plains, N.Y., Sivaram Gottimukkala, Morrisville, N.C., Lap T. Huynh, Apex, N.C., Dinakaran Joseph, Apex, N.C., Einar Lueck, Weil im Schoenbuch, Germany, Debanjan Saha, Mohegan Lake, N.Y., Sambit Sahu, Hopewell Junction, N.Y., and Dinesh C. Verma, New Castle, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to e2e SLA support in a network of both manageable and unmanageable portions and provide a method, system and computer program product for e2e SLA compliance across both managed and unmanaged network segments. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for e2e SLA compliance across both managed and unmanaged network segments can be provided. The method can include identifying both a managed segment and an unmanaged segment of an e2e network for a communications path implicated by an SLA, determining an observed delay for the unmanaged segment of the e2e network, computing from a desired delay for the communications path and the observed delay a differential delay, and constraining the managed segment to meet the differential delay in order to assure meeting the desired delay for the communications path implicated by the SLA." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2011 (13/020,089). 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=8,380,861&OS=8,380,861&RS=8,380,861 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Dynamic HTTP Load Balancing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,832) developed by Roberto DeLima, Apex, N.C., and Craig A. Lanzen, Lambertville, Mich., for a "dynamic HTTP load balancing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is a method and apparatus for facilitating facilitates load balancing in a server farm. In accordance with various aspects of the invention, all of the information about each server necessary for a load balancing program to define and execute a load balancing algorithm is stored at a predetermined URL for each server. The load balancer can query the predefined URL, which returns the necessary information. The load balancer then dynamically configures the load balancing algorithm in accordance with the returned information." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2012 (13/548,781). 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=8,380,832&OS=8,380,832&RS=8,380,832 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Migrating Port-specific Operating Parameters During Blade Server Failover ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,826) developed by five co-inventors for "migrating port-specific operating parameters during blade server failover." The co-inventors are Gregory W. Dake, Durham, N.C., Eric R. Kern, Chapel Hill, N.C., Andrew B. McNeill Jr., Cary, N.C., Norman C. Strole, Raleigh, N.C., and Theodore B. Vojnovich, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Migrating port-specific operating parameters during blade server failover including querying, by a system management server of a data center, a switch for port-specific operating parameters of a first port, the data center comprising blade servers coupled for data communications to one another and to the system management server by a network, the system management server comprising a computer subsystem that automates server management processes in the data center, the switch comprising a data communications component of the network, the switch comprising ports, the ports comprising physical points of connection between the switch and blade servers, each port having associated port-specific operating parameters, the switch connected at the first port to a failing blade server; and assigning, by the system management server, the port-specific operating parameters to a second port in a same switch or another switch connected at the second port to a replacement blade server." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2012 (13/447,334). 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=8,380,826&OS=8,380,826&RS=8,380,826 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Generating Context Aware Data and Conversation's Mood Level to Determine the Best Method of Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,794) developed by four co-inventors for "generating context aware data and conversation's mood level to determine the best method of communication." The co-inventors are Al Chakra, Apex, N.C., Simon P. O'Doherty, Dublin, Ireland, Stephen A. Davies, Dublin, Ireland, and Brendan Arthurs, Dublin, Ireland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer-usable medium are disclosed for providing information related to a user address as used in a communication session. A tag processing module is implemented for processing tags related to a user. A first user selects a second user to receive a message to initiate a communication session. The message recipient's tags, along with their preferred communication method(s) are displayed within the message sender's messaging client. The message sender then composes and sends a message to the message recipient, using the message recipient's preferred method of communication. The message is received by the message recipient and the message sender's tags are displayed within the message recipient's messaging client. If the message recipient decides to respond to the message, then a communication session is conducted. Once the communications session is ended, a linguistic analysis of the communication session is performed by the tag processing module. The message sender's tags are then updated." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,531). 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=8,380,794&OS=8,380,794&RS=8,380,794 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Authenticating a Remote Host to a Firewall ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,281) developed by four co-inventors for "authenticating a remote host to a firewall." The co-inventors are James M. Bonanno, Raleigh, N.C., Steven D. Ims, Apex, N.C., Todd E. Kaplinger, Raleigh, N.C., and Aaron J. Tarter, Apex, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method, system, and computer program product for authenticating a remote host to a firewall. The illustrative embodiments allow a requesting host separated from a target host by a firewall to determine, based on exception handling code, that an original request sent to the target host has been intercepted and blocked by the firewall. The illustrative embodiments also allow the requesting host to automatically provide credentials that authenticate the requesting host to the firewall. The illustrative embodiments are particularly applicable in situations when requests are invoked without any user interaction, such as when a timer expires. In such a case, there is no user to provide the needed credentials to authenticate the requesting host. The illustrative embodiments enable a requesting host to access a target host without requiring user intervention." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2010 (12/755,827). 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=8,381,281&OS=8,381,281&RS=8,381,281 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tire Centers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Tire Centers, Duncan, S.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,580) developed by Nathan J. Kirian, Simpsonville, S.C., and Christopher Michael Stokes, Gastonia, N.C., for a "system and method for managing a plurality of tires." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and computer program products are provided for managing a plurality of tires from their procurement through their disposal. An embodiment may include a method for determining all the costs of a tire over its total service life including procurement costs, repair costs, retread costs and disposal costs. An embodiment may include managing an inventory by automatically replenishing the inventory by following a set of stored inventory management rules. An embodiment may include helping to ensure that an impermissible tire is not mounted on a vehicle. A stored set of tire mounting rules automatically check the tire being mounted against requirements for the tire set by the rules, the requirements set as to by vehicle type and wheel position." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2012 (13/346,067). 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=8,380,580&OS=8,380,580&RS=8,380,580 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Real-time Method, System and Program Product for Collecting Web Form Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,091) developed by five co-inventors for a "real-time method, system and program product for collecting web form data." The co-inventors are Edward Vernon Busch, Raleigh, N.C., Troy Anthony Howard, Durham, N.C., Andrei Stephan Malacinski, Apex, N.C., Tai Woo Nam, Cary, N.C., and Mary Catherine Streble, Morrisville, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention allows a web form submitted by a web user to be routed to an analysis system in real-time. Specifically, once a requested web page has been fully loaded and parsed, any existing submit methods and/or on-submit handlers attached to web forms within the web page are replaced with a new submit method and on-submit handler. When a valid web form is submitted by the user, the destination of the web form is changed to the analysis system, by the new submit method, for a fixed period of time. After the period of time has expired, the original destination is reinstated and the web form is routed thereto." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2002 (10/244,263). 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=8,381,091.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,091&RS=PN/8,381,091 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Script Generation Engine and Mapping Semantic Models for Target Platform ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,207) developed by four co-inventors for a "script generation engine and mapping semantic models for target platform." The co-inventors are Kwasi Addo Asare, Durham, N.C., Attila Barta, Toronto, Richard D. Huddleston, Newtonville, Mass., and Daniel Everett Jemiolo, Pascoag, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is an installation script generation engine. An application component distribution system can include a repository of semantic models for interdependent ones of application components. A mapping of individual listings in the semantic models to target platform specific installation instructions further can be included. Finally, a script generation engine can be configured to produce a target specific set of instructions for a specified application component based upon a mapping of at least one of the semantic models in the repository. Notably, each of the semantic models can include a listing of component relationships, target platform requirements and platform neutral installation instructions. Moreover, the component relationships can include at least one component relationship selected from the group consisting of a containment relationship, a usage relationship, a contradiction relationship, and an equivalence relationship. Finally, a Web services interface to the repository can be configured to permit remote access to the repository." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2003 (10/725,728). 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=8,381,207&OS=8,381,207&RS=8,381,207 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Scenera Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Scenera Technologies, Portsmouth, N.H., has been assigned a patent (8,381,136) developed by Robert P. Morris, Raleigh, N.C., for a "handheld electronic device supporting multiple display mechanisms." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for independently supporting at least two display mechanisms in a handheld electronic device and a handheld electronic device implementing the method includes a primary display window, a secondary display window and a display manager coupled to the primary and secondary display windows. According to the present invention, the display manager allows the primary display window to display a first set of objects and allows the secondary display window to display a second set of objects independently, whereby the first set and second set of objects include at least one common object." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2004 (10/853,830). 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=8,381,136.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,136&RS=PN/8,381,136 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Fault Tolerance for Map/Reduce Computing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,015) developed by David L. Kaminski, Durham, N.C., for a "fault tolerance for map/reduce computing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention include a method for fault tolerance management of workers nodes during map/reduce computing in a computing cluster. The method includes subdividing a computational problem into a set of sub-problems, mapping a selection of the sub-problems in the set to respective nodes in the cluster, directing processing of the sub-problems in the respective nodes, and collecting results from completion of processing of the sub-problems. During a first early temporal portion of processing the computational problem, failed nodes are detected and the sub-problems currently being processed by the failed nodes are re-processed. Conversely, during a second later temporal portion of processing the computational problem, sub-problems in nodes not yet completely processed are replicated into other nodes, processing of the replicated sub-problems directed, and the results from completion of processing of sub-problems collected. Finally, duplicate results are removed and remaining results reduced into a result set for the problem." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/828,247). 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=8,381,015.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,015&RS=PN/8,381,015 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Fault tolerance for map/reduce computing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,016) developed by David L. Kaminsky, Durham, N.C., for a "fault tolerance for map/reduce computing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention include a method for fault tolerance management of workers nodes during map/reduce computing in a computing cluster. The method includes subdividing a computational problem into a set of sub-problems, mapping a selection of the sub-problems in the set to respective nodes in the cluster, directing processing of the sub-problems in the respective nodes, and collecting results from completion of processing of the sub-problems. During a first early temporal portion of processing the computational problem, failed nodes are detected and the sub-problems currently being processed by the failed nodes are re-processed. Conversely, during a second later temporal portion of processing the computational problem, sub-problems in nodes not yet completely processed are replicated into other nodes, processing of the replicated sub-problems directed, and the results from completion of processing of sub-problems collected. Finally, duplicate results are removed and remaining results reduced into a result set for the problem." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2012 (13/407,673). 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=8,381,016.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,016&RS=PN/8,381,016 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Litera Technologies Assigned Patent for Comparing the Content between Corresponding Cells of Two Tables Separate from Form and Structure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Litera Technologies, McLeansville, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,381,092) developed by Deepak Massand, McLeansville, N.C., for "comparing the content between corresponding cells of two tables separate from form and structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method and computer program product for comparison of content within tables, separate from the form and structure of those tables; including identifying tables in a first and second document, creating respective text arrays of content of the tables from the first and second documents, comparing the content of the respective text arrays to determine differences between the content of the tables, and displaying the determined differences between the content of the tables, regardless of form or structure of the tables." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2012 (13/400,848). 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=8,381,092.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,092&RS=PN/8,381,092 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,381,036) developed by Seth Kelby Vidal, Raleigh, N.C., and James Antill, Bristol, Conn., for "systems and methods for restoring machine state history related to detected faults in package update process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments relate to systems and methods for storing machine state history related to detected faults in a package update process. A classification tool can interface with a data store that can store machine state data on a client. The classification tool can record an initial machine state on the client and initiate a package update on the client. The classification tool can further record an updated machine state of the client subsequent to initiating the package update and detect a fault condition in the client subsequent to initiating the package update. The classification tool can examine the initial machine state and the updated machine state to categorize one or more causes of the fault condition as either related to the package update or to systemic conditions of the client. The classification tool can further notify a user of the client of the one or more causes of the fault condition." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2010 (12/788,036). 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=8,381,036.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,036&RS=PN/8,381,036 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Updating a Workflow When a User Reaches an Impasse in the Workflow ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,181) developed by Matthew Scott Davis, Durham, N.C., David Robert Draeger, Rochester, Minn., and Russell Blake Wright, Bar Harbor, Maine, for "updating a workflow when a user reaches an impasse in the workflow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are a method, system, and article of manufacture for updating a workflow when a user reaches an impasse in the workflow. A workflow program processes user input at a current node in a workflow comprised of nodes and workflow paths connecting the nodes, and wherein the user provides user input to traverse through at least one workflow path to reach the current node. The workflow program processes user input at the current node to determine whether there is a next node in the workflow for the processed user input. The workflow program transmits information on the current node to an analyzer in response to determining that there is no next node in the workflow. The analyzer processes the information on the current node to determine whether there are modifications to the current node. The analyzer transmits to the workflow program an update including the determined modifications to the current node in response to determining the modification." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2007 (11/849,187). 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=8,381,181&OS=8,381,181&RS=8,381,181 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Arrangement for Recovery of Data by Network Nodes Based on Retrieval of Encoded Data Distributed Among the Network Nodes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,381,024) developed by Bryan C. Turner, Apex, N.C., John Toebes, Cary, N.C., and Douglas Jay Walker, Raleigh, N.C., for an "arrangement for recovery of data by network nodes based on retrieval of encoded data distributed among the network nodes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Distributed data, having been stored in a distributed storage system as a collection of distributed data elements, is recovered based on connection of multiple user nodes, each user node having stored selected distributed data elements as a corresponding portion of the distributed data during replication of the distributed data elements throughout the distributed storage system. Each distributed data element is identifiable by a corresponding unique object identifier (OID). Each user node includes a discovery resource for discovering reachable user nodes, a local cache configured for identifying at least the corresponding portion of the distributed data based on the respective OIDs, and an identification service module configured for resolving a data object to a corresponding OID, via the corresponding local cache, or based on sending a query to the reachable user nodes. Hence, user nodes can recover distributed data based on exchanging resolution information and OID information." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2011 (13/334,930). 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=8,381,024.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,024&RS=PN/8,381,024 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Litera Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Litera Technologies, McLeansville, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,381,104) developed by Deepak Massand, McLeansville, N.C., for "systems and methods for providing context recognition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for launching a child application to perform functions on a document created by a parent application without the need for integration of the child application within the parent application. In one implementation, a system detects a child application available for activation by a processor of a computer and determines what functions the child application can perform. The system then determines that the function can operate on an open file, and once the system receives a selection of the function, the system launches the child application and performs the function on the open file. In another implementation, the system determines that the function may operate on a plurality of open files, creates an interface that allows selection of one of the plurality of open files, and launches the child application and performs the function on a selected file." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2010 (12/862,308). 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=8,381,104.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,104&RS=PN/8,381,104 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Virtual Image Overloading for Solution Deployment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,211) developed by four co-inventors for a "virtual image overloading for solution deployment." The co-inventors are Rohith Ashok, Apex, N.C., Matt R. Hogstrom, Cary, N.C., Jose Ortiz, Raleigh, N.C., and Ruth E. Willenborg, Apex, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "At least one master overloaded virtual image is deployed, by a virtual image configuration device, to a hypervisor cloud that includes a group of servers, each of the group of servers configured based upon a hypervisor platform to support at least one virtual machine. A service solution is instantiated as a group of virtual machines associated with at least one of the group of servers, based upon at least one master overloaded virtual image, where the service solution includes a platform agnostic pattern independent of the hypervisor platform. Startup is initiated for each of the instantiated group of virtual machines." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2010 (12/767,170). 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=8,381,211&OS=8,381,211&RS=8,381,211 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Scenera Technologies Assigned Patent for Methods, Systems, and Computer Program Products for Displaying Windows on a Graphical User Interface Based on Relative Priorities Associated with the Windows ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- Scenera Technologies, Portsmouth, N.H., has been assigned a patent (8,381,127) developed by Mona Singh, Cary, N.C., and Jared S. Fry, Boston, for "methods, systems, and computer program products for displaying windows on a graphical user interface based on relative priorities associated with the windows." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer program products for displaying windows on a graphical user interface based on relative priorities associated with the windows are disclosed. According to one method, relative priorities of a plurality of windows of a graphical user interface are determined. Further, relative priorities of a plurality of portions of at least one of the windows are determined. The windows are automatically arranged on the graphical user interface based on the relative priorities of the windows and based on the relative priorities of the portions. A higher priority window may cover a lower priority portion of a lower priority window to provide for a simultaneous viewing of the higher priority window and a higher priority portion of the lower priority window." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2006 (11/346,529). 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=8,381,127.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,127&RS=PN/8,381,127 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method for Providing a Secure "Gray Box" View Proprietary IP ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 20 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,381,161) developed by six co-inventors for a "method for providing a secure "gray box" view proprietary IP." The co-inventors are William R. Andersen, Milton, Vt., Oded Katz, Haifa, Israel, Rina Kipnis, Karmiel, Israel, Lansing D. Pickup, Raleigh, N.C., Christopher B. Reynolds, Milton, Vt., and Joseph H. Underwood, Apalachin, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method identifies at least one proprietary geometric figure from a plurality of geometric figures within a design data layout format file. The proprietary geometric figure in the design data layout format file may be replaced with a placeholder geometric figure. Cell names and connection names associated with the proprietary geometric figure are renamed from a netlist file that defines electrical connections between the geometric figures with obfuscating names. A modified design data layout format file may be generated that includes the placeholder geometric figure and a modified netlist file including the obfuscating names. The modified file enables IC designers to complete their design and checking activities, but inhibits reverse-engineering of the proprietary geometric & netlist data." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2011 (13/289,140). 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=8,381,161&OS=8,381,161&RS=8,381,161 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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