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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 21)

[February 21, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 21)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Packet Classification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,639) developed by four co-inventors for a packet classification. The co-inventors are Debojyoti Dutta, Santa Clara, Calif., Sumeet Singh, Mountain View, Calif., Pradeep Sudame, Fremont, Calif., and Sundar Rajan, Palo Alto, Calif.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatuses, methods, and other embodiments associated with packet identification are described. One example apparatus includes a packet selection logic to identify packets associated with a data stream. The example apparatus may also include a set of packet classification logics. A packet classification logic may generate a signal as a function of whether an attribute associated with the packet matches an attribute associated with packets generated by a tested application." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2009 (12/507,169). 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=83,79,639.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,639&RS=PN/83,79,639 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Mitigating the Impact of Receiving Unsolicited IP Packets at a Wireless Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,553) developed by Marcello Lioy, San Diego, and Sriram Nagesh Nookala, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for mitigating the impact of receiving unsolicited IP packets at a wireless device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To initiate dormancy early, a wireless device receives an IP packet from a wireless network and determines whether the received IP packet is an unsolicited IP packet. An unsolicited IP packet may be declared if the received IP packet causes the wireless device to reactivate from dormancy or is not delivered to an application or service running at the wireless device. The wireless device transitions to dormancy early if the received IP packet is deemed to be an unsolicited IP packet and no other events prevent transition to dormancy. The wireless device may use (1) a shortened value for an inactivity timer for a predetermined time duration if an unsolicited IP packet is detected and (2) a nominal value for the inactivity timer thereafter. The wireless device resets the inactivity timer whenever an IP packet is sent or received and transitions to dormancy upon expiration of the inactivity timer." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2005 (11/135,819). 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=83,79,553.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,553&RS=PN/83,79,553 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Equinix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Equinix, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,656) developed by Craig Alan Waldrop, San Diego, Sukwan Youn, Fremont, Calif., and Lane Gordon Patterson, San Jose, Calif., for a "real time configuration and provisioning for a carrier ethernet exchange." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An Ethernet switch platform is configured to receive and process a provisioning order to establish a logical virtual circuit interconnecting a physical port associated with a buying carrier and a physical port associated with a selling carrier to set up a private network to private network connection between the buying and selling carriers. The virtual circuit is established with parameters called for in a request for quote (RFQ) initiated by the buying carrier and in a response to the RFQ submitted by the selling carrier. Information from the RFQ and from the response together with information previously stored in a relational database is extracted and used to fill out the provisioning order. The information extracted from the database include profile information and network service information associated with the buying and selling carriers." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2010 (12/875,054). 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=83,79,656.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,656&RS=PN/83,79,656 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,763) developed by Parag Jain, Sunnyvale, Calif., David Yen Su, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Nicholas Zakas, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and system for managing cookies in web communications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method which may allow a Web application to manage cookies and prevent important data in cookies from being arbitrarily deleted. Cookie data may be separated into a number of tiers according to their importance. When a request to write new data to a cookie is received, the tier to which the new data belongs may be determined and compared to the tier(s) of existing data in the cookie, and existing data may be deleted from the cookie to free room for the new data only when the existing data is not more important than the new data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2009 (12/564,867). 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=8,380,763&OS=8,380,763&RS=8,380,763 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,379,652) developed by four co-inventors for "methods, apparatus and computer readable medium for conveying virtual local area network (VLAN) policies from designated to roamed network." The co-inventors are Shashi H. Ankaiah, Karnataka, India, Vivek Lakshminarayana Atreya, Bangalore, India, Kumar Das Karunakaran, San Jose, Calif., and Udaya N. Shankar, Jayanagar Bangalore, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus and computer program product for providing policy inheritance between Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) is presented. The systems disclosed herein are able to convey, from a designated (i.e., first) VLAN to a roaming (i.e., second) VLAN, mobility VLAN policies enabled at the designated VLAN that are not provided at the roaming VLAN. In operation, example embodiments of the present invention detect a roaming mobile unit in the roaming VLAN. VLAN policies for the mobile unit are then requested from a VLAN server mobility switch in the designated VLAN. VLAN policies are then received and applied in the roaming VLAN." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,755). 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=83,79,652.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,652&RS=PN/83,79,652 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Assigned Patent for Method of and Apparatus for Providing Isochronous Services over Switched Ethernet Including a Home Network Wall Plate having a Combined IEEE 1394 and Ethernet Modified Hub ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,379,654) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of and apparatus for providing isochronous services over switched ethernet including a home network wall plate having a combined IEEE 1394 and ethernet modified hub." The co-inventors are Glen David Stone, Los Gatos, Calif., Scott David Smyers, San Jose, Calif., Bruce Alan Fairman, Woodside, Calif., and Mark Kenneth Eyer, Woodinville, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A combined IEEE 1394-2000 and ethernet network allows devices on the network to operate according to both the IEEE 1394-2000 protocol and the ethernet protocol. The devices within the network are able to send IEEE 1394-2000 isochronous data, IEEE 1394-2000 asynchronous data and ethernet data. Both IEEE 1394-2000 and ethernet devices within the network are coupled to modified hubs (MHubs) to form a local cluster. The MHubs are coupled to an ethernet switch which controls communications between devices in different local clusters. The ethernet switch and the MHubs obey an isochronous interval in which all isochronous data transfers will be allowed. Preferably, on a regular and reoccurring period, the ethernet switch sends an isotick signal to begin the isochronous interval. Any bandwidth left after the isochronous interval is then allocated to the traditional ethernet traffic and the IEEE 1394-2000 asynchronous traffic, until the start of the next isochronous interval." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,505). 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=83,79,654.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,654&RS=PN/83,79,654 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Transmission Adaptation in a Wireless Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,552) developed by Dilip Krishnaswamy, Roseville, Calif., for a "transmission adaptation in a wireless network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An arrangement is provided for adapting the output bit rate of a multimedia source to the bandwidth available in a wireless network. Depending on the value of the available network idle time, at least a portion of the available network idle time may be used by the source to increase its output bit rate so that the network bandwidth may be more efficiently utilized. If the effective throughput of the network after the increase of source output bit rate drops significantly, the source may reduce its output bit rate until the effective throughput returns to the level before the source output bit rate increase. Additionally, packet delay and queue jitter information may be collected and used for queue rate adaptation as well as bandwidth adaptation." The patent application was filed on Jan. 16, 2012 (13/351,097). 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=83,79,552.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,552&RS=PN/83,79,552 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,980) developed by Yuh-Lin E. Chang, Fremont, Calif., Stewart N. Taylor, Los Altos, Calif., and Michael F. Fallon, Tiverton, R.I., for a "system, method and computer program product for document image analysis using feature extraction functions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems and computer program products to improve the efficiency and computational speed of an image enhancement process. In an embodiment, information that is generated as interim results during feature extraction may be used in a segmentation and classification process and in a content adaptive enhancement process. In particular, a cleaner image that is generated during a noise removal phase of feature extraction may be used in a content adaptive enhancement process. This saves the content adaptive enhancement process from having to generate a cleaner image on its own. In addition, low-level segmentation information that is generated during a neighborhood analysis and cleanup phase of feature extraction may be used in a segmentation and classification process. This saves the segmentation and classification process from having to generate low-level segmentation information on its own." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2011 (13/071,999). 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=8,379,980&OS=8,379,980&RS=8,379,980 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Method, Apparatus, and System for Enhancing Robustness of Predictive Video Codecs Using a Side-channel Based on Distributed Source Coding Techniques ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,716) developed by five co-inventors for a "method, apparatus, and system for enhancing robustness of predictive video codecs using a side-channel based on distributed source coding techniques." The co-inventors are Harinath Garudadri, San Diego, Naveen B. Srinivasamurthy, San Diego, Hyukjune Chung, San Diego, Kannan Ramachandran, El Cerrito, Calif., and Abhik Majumdar, Berkeley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and system for providing distributed source coding techniques that improve data coding performance, such as video data coding, when channel errors or losses occur. Errors in the reconstruction of the data is eliminated or reduced by sending extra information. Correlation between a predicted sequence and an original sequence can be used to design codebooks and find the cosets required to represent the original image. This information may be sent over another channel, or a secondary channel." The patent application was filed on May 15, 2008 (12/120,906). 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=83,79,716.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,716&RS=PN/83,79,716 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Palo Alto Research Center, Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., and Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., have been assigned a patent (8,380,743) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for supporting targeted sharing and early curation of information." The co-inventors are Gregorio Convertino, Palo Alto, Calif., Ed H. Chi, Palo Alto, Calif., Benjamin Vincent Hanrahan, Blue Ridge, Va., Nicholas Chi-Yuen Kong, Berkeley, Calif., Guillaume Bouchard, Saint-Martin-le-Vinoux, France, and Cedric Philippe C.J.G. Archambeau, Grenoble, France.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for supporting targeted sharing and early curation of information is provided. A digital data item selection by a user within a personal information management client is identified. One or more documents in a shared information repository similar to the digital data item are recommended including selecting recommendation criteria. The recommendation criteria are applied to the digital data item and the one or more documents. The one or more documents satisfying the recommendation criteria are identified as the similar documents. The similar documents are displayed visually proximate to the digital data item in the personal information client. A selection of one of the similar documents is received and the selected similar document in the shared information repository is updated with the digital data item." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2010 (12/940,939). 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=8,380,743&OS=8,380,743&RS=8,380,743 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,723) developed by four co-inventors for a "chroma motion vector processing apparatus, system, and method." The co-inventors are Yi-Jen Chiu, San Jose, Calif., Mei-Chen Yeh, Goleta, Calif., Prasenjit Biswas, Saratoga, Calif., and Louis Lippincott, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, apparatus, method, and article to process a chroma motion vector are described. The apparatus may include a video decoder. The video decoder includes a processor to receive a compressed video bitstream. The compressed video bitstream includes a stream of pictures. The stream of pictures includes a current slice and a current block within the slice. The processor pre-computes a chroma motion vector adjustment parameter for the current slice and determines a motion vector component for the current block within the current slice using the pre-computed chroma motion vector adjustment parameter." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2006 (11/475,413). 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=83,79,723.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,723&RS=PN/83,79,723 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** VMware Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- VMware, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,747) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for seamlessly integrating separate information systems within an application." The co-inventors are Ross Dargahi, Mountain View, Calif., Kevin M. Henrikson, San Mateo, Calif., Roland J. Schemers, Emerald Hills, Calif., and Jong Yoon Lee, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is, in one embodiment, a system and method based on a client-server architecture for seamlessly integrating various information systems. In one embodiment, a bundle of files is deployed to a collaboration client, in order to enable the integration of the collaboration client with disparate information systems and content. In one embodiment, content within a mailbox item is allowed to become a "live" object, and is associated with trigger events, and actions, including sending all or part of the content to a separate information system. In one embodiment, mailbox items are subjected to predefined searches to assess whether they include certain content objects. In another embodiment, panel item elements are visible in the overview panel of the collaboration client. The user may interact with the panel items by dragging content onto them, double clicking them, and invoking actions from a context menu if one is available." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2008 (12/258,793). 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=8,380,747&OS=8,380,747&RS=8,380,747 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,379,717) developed by Deepak S. Turaga, Elmsford, N.Y., Rohit Puri, San Jose, Calif., and Ali J. Tabatabai, Cupertino, Calif., for "lifting-based implementations of orthonormal spatio-temporal transformations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for encoding video frames is described. In one embodiment, an encoding method includes jointly transforming a set of pixels into high-pass data using an orthonormal transform. The set of pixels includes at least one reference pixel and predicted pixels. The method further includes generating low-pass data using the reference pixel and the high-pass data." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2009 (12/405,179). 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=83,79,717.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,717&RS=PN/83,79,717 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Architecture for Simultaneous Transmission of Multiple Protocols in a Wireless Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,548) developed by Paul J. Husted, San Jose, Calif., for an "architecture for simultaneous transmission of multiple protocols in a wireless device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless device that simultaneously transmits first wireless signals according to a first protocol and second wireless signals according to a second protocol. The wireless device may comprise an antenna, first wireless protocol circuitry, second wireless protocol circuitry, a switch, and at least one gain element. The first wireless protocol circuitry sends first signals according to the first wireless protocol. The second wireless protocol circuitry sends second signals according to the second wireless protocol. The switch comprises a combiner. The switch receives the first signals and the second signals, combines the first signals and the second signals to produce third signals having aspects of the first signals and the second signals, and sends the third signals to a gain element. The gain element amplifies the third signals and sends the amplified third signals to the antenna. The antenna wirelessly transmits the amplified third signals." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2009 (12/399,350). 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=83,79,548.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,548&RS=PN/83,79,548 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nik Software Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Nik Software, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,380,002) developed by Nils Kokemohr, La Jolla, Calif., for a "method for dynamic range editing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of displaying a high dynamic range image, comprising receiving the high dynamic range image, calculating a first set of tone mapping parameters as a function of the high dynamic range image, sub-sampling the first set of tone mapping parameters at a first resolution to create a first sub-sampled parameter set, creating a first tone-mapped image by processing the high dynamic range image as a function of the first sub-sampled parameter set, and displaying the first tone-mapped image. A method of composting a plurality of versions of an image to create the high dynamic range image is also disclosed such that the compositing may be modified as a function of received user input." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2011 (13/340,314). 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=8,380,002&OS=8,380,002&RS=8,380,002 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Maximizing the Use of Available Capacity in a Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,605) developed by Edward G. Tiedemann Jr., San Diego, and Stein A. Lundby, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for maximizing the use of available capacity in a communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for maximizing the use of available capacity in a communication system. The forward link in the mobile radio system includes a plurality of traffic streams sent on at least one channel from the base station to the mobile stations. A first output power level associated with simultaneously transmitting a first set of traffic streams from the base station to the mobile stations on the forward link is initially determined. Next, the first output power level is compared to the maximum power ceiling. In response to the comparing step, at least one time frame in the forward link having available capacity for transmitting a portion of at least one further traffic stream is identified. The first set of traffic streams and the portion of the at least one further traffic stream are then transmitted simultaneously during the at least one frame on the forward link." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2007 (11/862,877). 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=83,79,605.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,605&RS=PN/83,79,605 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Stanford University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,003) developed by Leili Baghaei Rad, Stanford, Calif., and Ian George Downes, Stanford, Calif., for an "image reconstruction with incomplete fourier-space magnitude data combined with real-space information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Image reconstruction is based on phase retrieval by combining incomplete Fourier-space magnitude data with real-space information. Phase retrieval is performed based on the Fourier-space magnitude data, where the real-space information is expressed in a form suitable to use as a phase retrieval constraint, preferably using a wavelet-space representation. The use of incomplete Fourier-space magnitude data advantageously reduces the amount of data required compared to approaches that need comprehensive Fourier-space magnitude data. The real space information can be regarded as partial information of the image being reconstructed. Depending on the application, more or less real space information may be available." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2009 (12/454,579). 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=8,380,003&OS=8,380,003&RS=8,380,003 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LSI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- LSI, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,711) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for decision-feedback equalization with oversampled phase detector." The co-inventors are Pervez M. Aziz, Dallas, Adam B. Healey, Newburyport, Mass., Amaresh Malipatil, Milpitas, Calif., and Lizhi Zhong, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are provided for decision-feedback equalization with an oversampled phase detector. A method is provided for detecting data in a receiver employing decision-feedback equalization. A received signal is sampled using a data clock and a transition clock to generate a data sample signal and a transition sample signal. A DFE correction is obtained for each of the data sample and transition sample signals to generate DFE detected data and DFE transition data. One or more coefficients used for the DFE correction for the transition sample signals are adapted using the DFE transition data." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/495,547). 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=83,79,711.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,711&RS=PN/83,79,711 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,379,985) developed by Iraj Sodagar, La Jolla, Calif., for a "dominant gradient method for finding focused objects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The dominant gradient method for finding focused objects determines focused objects within an image or video frame using a dominant gradient method. The method also uses a segmentation map of the image to determine parameters which are used in ranking the objects based on their focus. The ranking of the objects is able to be used to assist in enhancing the image, encoding the image and adjusting the lens while capturing the image." The patent application was filed on July 3, 2009 (12/497,589). 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=8,379,985&OS=8,379,985&RS=8,379,985 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Signal and Noise Power Estimation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,706) developed by Yan Zhou, San Diego, and Jibing Wang, San Diego, for a "signal and noise power estimation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for estimating desired signal power and noise power of a signal received over a communications channel. In an aspect, a pilot autocorrelation matrix is derived based on certain assumptions about the time delay profile, Doppler profile, and/or spatial correlation of the channel. The pilot autocorrelation matrix is decomposed into a set of eigenvectors. From the eigenvector decomposition, a set of dominant eigenvectors is selected to estimate the signal power, while a set of non-dominant eigenvectors is selected to estimate the noise power. The techniques may readily be applied to arbitrary pilot patterns and to a wide array of SNR ranges and channel conditions." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/510,484). 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=83,79,706.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,706&RS=PN/83,79,706 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Hierarchical Feedback of Channel State Information for Wireless Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,705) developed by Siddhartha Mallik, San Diego, and Alexei Y. Gorokhov, San Diego, for a "hierarchical feedback of channel state information for wireless communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for sending hierarchical feedback of channel state information are described. In one design, a user equipment (UE) determines channel gain information for multiple cells selectable to transmit data to the UE. The UE also determines intra-cell relative phase information for at least one cell among the multiple cells. The UE reports the channel gain information and the intra-cell relative phase information. The channel gain information may include multiple quantized channel vectors for each of the multiple cells. The intra-cell relative phase information may indicate phase errors in the quantized channel vectors for each of the at least one cell. The UE may also determine and report other information. The UE may receive data from one or more cells among the plurality of cells. Each cell may transmit data based on at least one transmit vector determined based on the channel gain information and the intra-cell relative phase information." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2010 (12/849,230). 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=83,79,705.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,705&RS=PN/83,79,705 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Object Image Matching and Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,004) developed by Brian Moffat, Simi Valley, Calif., for an "object image matching and applications thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of this invention relate to matching object images, such as face images. In an embodiment, a method matches object images from a set of object images to a root object image. A set of object image lists ordered according to the relative similarity of the object images is received. Each face in the set of object images is at the origin of one of the object image lists. On a computing device, at least one element from each of the object image lists is applied to an object extraction data structure. Also on a computing device, a range of object images in the object image list is determined according to elements flagged within the object extraction data structure having a particular pattern. The range of object images matches the root object image." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2009 (12/477,746). 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=8,380,004&OS=8,380,004&RS=8,380,004 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** 2Wire Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- 2Wire, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,629) developed by Ambika Pajjuri, Palo Alto, Calif., and Scott Fullam, Palo Alto, Calif., for data session handling.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus to transfer a data session from one device connected to a residential gateway to another. The transfer is completed within the residential gateway, without routing data through the service provider's network. In one embodiment, a native address of a communication device engaged in an active data session is stored in a memory as a temporary device address. A session address in memory is set equal to the stored temporary device address and the temporary device address is associated with the session address in memory. When a request to transfer the data session to another device is received, the temporary device address in memory set to the native address of the new communication device and the session history is sent to the new device. Any new data received in the session, intended for the original device, is routed by a data session handling engine to the new communication device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2010 (12/710,277). 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=83,79,629.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,629&RS=PN/83,79,629 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Micrel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Micrel, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,702) developed by Robert C. Lutz, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "high bandwidth programmable transmission line pre-emphasis method and circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a transmission line pre-emphasis circuit includes a primary signal path generating a primary differential output current indicative of a digital data stream and a secondary signal path including a pulse shaping stage incorporating a network and a scaling stage. The pre-emphasis circuit generates an overshoot pulse with variable pulse width. In another embodiment, a transmission line pre-emphasis circuit includes a primary signal path generating a primary differential output current indicative of a digital data stream and one or more secondary signal paths incorporating a network implementing a specific transient response. Each of the secondary signal paths includes a scaling stage and a shaping stage each with programmable bias current. The scaling stage can be configured before or after the shaping amplifier. The pre-emphasis circuit generates an overshoot signal with variable amplitude and/or variable width." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2010 (12/948,362). 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=83,79,702.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,702&RS=PN/83,79,702 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ViaSat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,613) developed by Michael Foxworthy, Carlsbad, Calif., Girish Chandran, Carlsbad, Calif., and Jason Lau, Lafayette, La., for a "layer-2 connectivity from switch to access node/gateway." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatuses for providing layer-2 connectivity through a non-routed ground segment network, are described. A system includes a satellite configured to transmit data packets. The system further includes a non-autonomous gateway in communication with the satellite. The non-autonomous gateway is configured to receive the data packets from the satellite at layer-1 (L1) of the OSI-model, generate a plurality of virtual tagging tuples within the layer-2 packet headers of the plurality of data packets. The non-autonomous gateway is further configured to transmit, at layer-2 (L2) of the OSI-model, the virtually tagged data packets. Each of the packets including a virtual tagging tuple and an entity destination. The system further includes a L2 switch in communication with the non-autonomous gateway. The L2 switch configured to receive the data packets and transmit the data packets to the entity based on the virtual tuples associated with each of the data packets." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2010 (12/761,834). 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=83,79,613.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,613&RS=PN/83,79,613 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,734) developed by Chia-Yuan Teng, San Diego, and Sharath Manjunath, San Diego, for "methods of performing error concealment for digital video." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Error concealment is used to hide the effects of errors detected within digital video information. A complex error concealment mode decision is disclosed to determine whether spatial error concealment (SEC) or temporal error concealment (TEC) should be used. The error concealment mode decision system uses different methods depending on whether the damaged frame is an intra-frame or an inter-frame. If the video frame is an intra-frame then a similarity metric is used to determine if the intra-frame represents a scene-change or not. If the video frame is an intra-frame, a complex multi-termed equation is used to determine whether SEC or TEC should be used. A novel spatial error concealment technique is disclosed for use when the error concealment mode decision determines that spatial error concealment should be used for reconstruction. The novel spatial error concealment technique divides a corrupt macroblock into four different regions, a corner region, a row adjacent to the corner region, a column adjacent to the corner region, and a remainder main region. Those regions are then reconstructed in that order and information from earlier reconstructed regions may be used in later reconstructed regions. Finally, a macroblock refreshment technique is disclosed for preventing error propagation from harming non-corrupt inter-blocks. Specifically, an inter-macroblock may be `refreshed` using spatial error concealment if there has been significant error caused damage that may cause the inter-block to propagate the errors." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2007 (11/690,132). 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=83,79,734.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,734&RS=PN/83,79,734 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,005) developed by Michael D. Jonsson, San Jose, Calif., for a "system and method for image composition using non-destructive editing model and fast gradient solver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for interactive image compositing may integrate image searching using visual search criteria (e.g., color, composition, tonal distribution, or lighting effects), non-destructive image compositing, and high-performance rendering using a fast gradient solver to provide an efficient workflow for users. An image compositing application, executable by a CPU and/or GPU, may employ a sketch-and-refine approach, whereby a user draws a rough perimeter around an object of interest in an image and (following an initial application of the fast gradient solver to a lower-resolution version of the image) receives a preview of how it would fit into a composition. The fast gradient solver may differentiate between the object and its background by applying artificial intelligence techniques and/or dependent on user-supplied hints. In a second stage, the fast gradient solver may refine the solution for a final rendering of the composite image by operating on successively higher-resolution versions of the image." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2009 (12/364,378). 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=8,380,005&OS=8,380,005&RS=8,380,005 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent for Color Decontamination for Image Compositing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,972) developed by Jue Wang, Seattle, Sarah Kong, Cupertino, Calif., and Alan L. Erickson, Highlands Ranch, Colo., for a "color decontamination for image compositing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of methods and apparatus for removing unwanted background color from a border region surrounding a foreground object in an image in order to composite the foreground object of the image with a new background image are described. Embodiments of color decontamination for image compositing may accept an image and an alpha matte corresponding to the image as input. In some embodiments, estimated foreground colors are determined for pixels in a border region between the foreground and the background of the input image. In some embodiments, the input image may be created by down-sampling a higher resolution image and pixels with estimated foreground colors may be up-sampled. In some embodiments, a composite image may be created based on the input image, the alpha matte, the estimated foreground colors of pixels in the border region and a new background image. In some embodiments, a texture preserving luminance blending operation may be performed using the estimated foreground colors for pixels in the border region to create refined foreground colors for pixels in the border region. In some embodiments, a composite image may be created further based on the refined foreground colors for pixels in the border region. In some embodiments, parameters controlling the creation of a composite image may be set in response to user input." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2009 (12/628,322). 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=8,379,972&OS=8,379,972&RS=8,379,972 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** McAfee Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- McAfee, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,791) developed by Bryson P. Gordon, Campbell, Calif., and Thor Ivar Ekle, San Francisco, for an "anti-spam system, method, and computer program product." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method and computer program product are provided for filtering unwanted electronic mail messages. Included is a first portion capable of downloading electronic mail messages to a computer via a network using a first address. Such first portion is further capable of filtering the electronic mail messages that are unwanted. Further provided is a second portion capable of delivering the filtered electronic mail messages from the first portion to an electronic mail message manager using a second address. The first portion and the second portion reside on the computer." The patent application was filed on Dec. 13, 2002 (10/318,620). 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=8,380,791&OS=8,380,791&RS=8,380,791 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Augme Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Augme Technologies, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,379,634) developed by Doug Bender, Scotts Valley, Calif., Anthony Zalenski, Boca Raton, Fla., and John M. Cooney, San Carlos, Calif., for a "system and methods to route calls over a voice and data network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods to route a call over a voice and data network (VDN) are provided. A particular method includes receiving a call from a calling device at a telecommunications gateway (TCG). Authentication data is received via the call. A determination is made whether a user account associated with the authentication data is authorized to route calls via the TCG to a VDN. When the user account is authorized to route calls via the TCG to the VDN, call data received at the TCG via the call is converted into a format compatible with the VDN. The converted call data is sent via the VDN to a destination device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2009 (12/552,772). 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=83,79,634.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,634&RS=PN/83,79,634 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Radio Selection in a Multi-radio Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,551) developed by Richard Dominic Wietfeldt, San Diego, Dong-An Zhang, Plano, Texas, and George Chrisikos, San Diego, for a "radio selection in a multi-radio device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for supporting communication by a wireless device having a set of radios and supporting a set of applications are described. In an aspect, radio selection may be performed based on interference information and additional information to obtain good performance. In one design, a plurality of radios available for use on the wireless device may be identified. Interference information indicative of interference between the plurality of radios may be obtained, e.g., from an interference database or a converted interference database. Additional information used for radio selection may also be obtained and may include information for communication profiles, communication preferences, application requirements, radio capabilities, etc. At least one radio may be selected for use for communication from among the plurality of radios based on the interference information and the additional information." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2010 (12/822,026). 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=83,79,551.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,551&RS=PN/83,79,551 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,647) developed by four co-inventors for "sequencing packets from multiple threads." The co-inventors are Chih-Wei Chao, Saratoga, Calif., Dongyi Jiang, Milpitas, Calif., Rakesh Gopala Krishnan Nair, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jiaxiang Su, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device may reserve a slot for a received packet in a packet ordering queue (POQ), convey the packet to one of a plurality of threads for processing, obtain the packet from the one of the plurality of threads after the packet has been processed, organize the packet in the POQ in accordance with a position of the reserved slot, and release the packet from the POQ if the reserved slot is a head of the POQ." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2007 (11/877,146). 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=83,79,647.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,647&RS=PN/83,79,647 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** LogLogic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- LogLogic, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,752) developed by four co-inventors for a "customized reporting and mining of event data." The co-inventors are Sherif Botros, Redwood City, Calif., Jian L. Zhen, Fremont, Calif., Minjun Liu, Santa Clara, Calif., and Boris Galitsky, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Event data (e.g., log messages) are represented as sets of attribute/value pairs. An index maps each attribute/value pair or attribute/value tuple to a pointer that points to event data which contains the attribute/value pair or attribute/value tuple. An attribute co-occurrence map or matrix can be generated that includes attribute names that co-occur together. Queries and custom reports can be generated by projecting event data into one or more attributes or attribute/value pairs, and then determining statistics on other attributes using a combination of the inverted index, the attribute co-occurrence map or matrix, operations on sets and/or math and statistical functions." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2011 (13/084,288). 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=8,380,752&OS=8,380,752&RS=8,380,752 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Subcarrier Permutation to Achieve High Frequency Diversity of OFDMA Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,619) developed by Yi Hsuan, Sunnyvale, Calif., Yang-Seok Choi, Portland, Ore., and Hujun Yin, Saratoga, Calif., for a "subcarrier permutation to achieve high frequency diversity of OFDMA systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of the present invention provides a method of improving subcarrier permutation to achieve high frequency diversity of OFDMA systems in wireless networks, comprising introducing different tone selections for different symbols, such that if a channel has only a few tones in each symbol of a resource unit it can still have sufficient frequency diversity." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2010 (12/660,994). 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=83,79,619.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,619&RS=PN/83,79,619 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Performing Logical Compare Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,780) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for performing logical compare operations." The co-inventors are Rajiv Kapoor, University Place, Wash., Ronen Zohar, Sunnyvale, Calif., Mark Buxton, Chandler, Ariz., Zeev Sperber, Zichron Yaakov, Israel, and Koby Gottlieb, Kiryat Tivon, Israel.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for including in a processor instructions for performing logical-comparison and branch support operations on packed or unpacked data. In one embodiment, a processor is coupled to a memory. The memory has stored therein a first data and a second data. The processor performs logical comparisons on the first and second data. The logical comparisons may be performed on each bit of the first and second data, or may be performed only on certain bits. For at least one embodiment, at least the first data includes packed data elements, and the logical comparisons are performed on the most significant bits of the packed data elements. The logical comparisons may include comparison of the same respective bits of the first and second data, and also includes logical comparisons of bits of the first data with the complement of the corresponding bits of the second data. Based on these comparisons, branch support actions are taken. Such branch support actions may include setting one or more flags, which in turn may be utilized by a branching unit. Alternatively, the branch support actions may include branching to an indicated target code location." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2011 (13/082,726). 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=8,380,780&OS=8,380,780&RS=8,380,780 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Instrument Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- General Instrument, Horsham, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,379,727) developed by Krit Panusopone, San Diego, Limin Wang, San Diego, and Yinqing Zhao, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for scalable motion estimation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention generally provide a method and apparatus for scalable motion estimation. One embodiment of a method for performing motion estimation includes setting a target complexity for a macroblock of a source frame and performing motion estimation for one or more partitions of the macroblock until the target complexity is met." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2008 (12/238,538). 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=83,79,727.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,727&RS=PN/83,79,727 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dolby Laboratories Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Dolby Laboratories Licensing, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,379,720) developed by Gary A. Demos, Culver City, Calif., for "region sizing for macroblocks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Coding techniques for a video image compression system involve improving an image quality of a sequence of two or more bi-directionally predicted intermediate frames, where each of the frames includes multiple pixels. One method involves determining a brightness value of at least one pixel of each bi-directionally predicted intermediate frame in the sequence as an equal average of brightness values of pixels in non-bidirectionally predicted frames bracketing the sequence of bi-directionally predicted intermediate frames. The brightness values of the pixels in at least one of the non-bidirectionally predicted frames is converted from a non-linear representation." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2012 (13/420,214). 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=83,79,720.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,720&RS=PN/83,79,720 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Micrel Assigned Patent for High Bandwidth Dual Programmable Transmission Line Pre-emphasis Method and Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Micrel, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,701) developed by Robert C. Lutz, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "high bandwidth dual programmable transmission line pre-emphasis method and circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a transmission line pre-emphasis circuit includes a primary signal path generating a primary differential output current indicative of a digital data stream and a secondary signal path including a pulse shaping stage incorporating a network and a scaling stage. The pre-emphasis circuit generates an overshoot pulse with variable pulse width. In another embodiment, a transmission line pre-emphasis circuit includes a primary signal path generating a primary differential output current indicative of a digital data stream and one or more secondary signal paths incorporating a network implementing a specific transient response. Each of the secondary signal paths includes a scaling stage and a shaping stage each with programmable bias current. The scaling stage can be configured before or after the shaping amplifier. The pre-emphasis circuit generates an overshoot signal with variable amplitude and/or variable width." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2010 (12/948,263). 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=83,79,701.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,701&RS=PN/83,79,701 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** 3M Cogent Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- 3M Cogent, Pasadena, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,982) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for fast biometric pattern matching." The co-inventors are Ming Hsieh, South Pasadena, Calif., Huansheng Xue, San Gabriel, Calif., Ping Chen, South Pasadena, Calif., and Jing Wang, Arcadia, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for matching two biometric images including receiving an input biometric image; generating an index table for the input biometric image, wherein the index table includes a quality quantity for each minutia of the input biometric image; receiving a second biometric image; generating a number of patterns for a first minutia of the second biometric image; associatively accessing the index table by the generated number of patterns; accumulating quality quantities accessed from the index table for each minutia of the input biometric image for the number of patterns of the first minutia of the second biometric image; and selecting a minutia candidate of the input biometric image responsive to the accumulated quality quantities." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2009 (12/578,469). 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=8,379,982&OS=8,379,982&RS=8,379,982 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Netlogic Microsystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- Netlogic Microsystems, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,773) developed by Roy G. Batruni, Danville, Calif., for a "system and method for adaptive nonlinear filtering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An adaptive nonlinear filtering system includes an adaptive filter module that is configured to generate relative location information pertaining to a relative location of an input signal within an input range; determine an input dependent filter parameter based at least in part on the relative location information; generate an output signal based at least in part on the input dependent filter parameter; and feed back a feedback signal that is generated based at least in part on the output signal and a target signal." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/286,733). 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=8,380,773&OS=8,380,773&RS=8,380,773 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Efficient Video Packetization Methods for Packet-switched Video Telephony Applications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,733) developed by Yen-Chi Lee, San Diego, and Jill Olson, San Jose, Calif., for "efficient video packetization methods for packet-switched video telephony applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device having an encoder and a packet switched video assembler which first estimates how many packets should be generated for one frame based on an estimated frame size and an initial fixed target packet size. Then, an updated packet size is recalculated on a packet-by-packet or slice-by-slice basis. The video assembler includes a three-stage process. The first stage estimates the frame size with or without encoding the video sequence, wherein in the case where the first stage includes encoding, the encoded data is packed in to a simulation bitstream. The second stage estimates the number of packets using the target packet size, estimated frame size and a configuration mode. The third stage dynamically updates the packet size using one-MB look-ahead approach with pre-encoding each MB. In an alternate embodiment, the third stage turns off the look ahead feature when encoding a current macroblock takes place during the third stage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2006 (11/535,380). 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=83,79,733.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,733&RS=PN/83,79,733 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Two Pass Rate Control Techniques for Video Coding Using a Min-max Approach ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 21 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,379,721) developed by Haohong Wang, San Diego, and Narendranath Malayath, San Diego, for "two pass rate control techniques for video coding using a min-max approach." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This disclosure describes rate control techniques that can improve video coding based on a "two-pass" approach. The first pass codes a video sequence using a first set of quantization parameters (QPs) for the purpose of estimating rate-distortion characteristics of the video sequence based on the statistic of the first pass. A second set of QPs can then be defined for a second coding pass. The estimated rate-distortion characteristics of the first pass are used to select Qps for the second pass in a manner that minimizes quality fluctuation between the frames of the video sequence. Furthermore, selection of the second set of QPs may also substantially maximize quality of the frames at the substantially minimized quality flucuation in order to achieve low average frame distortion with the minimized quality fluctuation." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2005 (11/303,618). 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=83,79,721.PN.&OS=PN/83,79,721&RS=PN/83,79,721 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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