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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 22)

[February 22, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 22)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** Cree Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Cree, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,379,407) developed by Gregory S. Bibee, Raleigh, N.C., for an "apparatus for mounting and electrical connection of a connector between a package LED lamp and a PCB." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connector for connecting surface mount devices, such as light emitting diodes (LEDs), to printed circuit boards (PCBs). The connector may be prepackage with an LED assembly or on a PCB to which the LED assembly will be mounted. Connection complexity can be moved from the PCB to the connector, and LED assemblies may be customized differently for different customers. One to many and many to one connections are readily supported with variations on the connector." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2009 (12/574,918). 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=8,379,407&OS=8,379,407&RS=8,379,407 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent for Self-contained Multivariate Optical Computing and Analysis System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,379,199) developed by four co-inventors for a "self-contained multivariate optical computing and analysis system." The co-inventors are Robert P. Freese, Youngsville, N.C., Terrell K. Teague, Walworth, N.Y., David L. Perkins, Irmo, S.C., and William J. Soltmann, Columbia, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical analysis system for measuring compositions of a sample includes a light source radiating a first light. A modulator disposed in a ray path of the light modulates the light to a desired frequency. A spectral element filters the light for a spectral range of interest of the sample. An optical filter receives a first light beam split from the light reflecting from the sample and optically filters data carried by the first light beam into at least one orthogonal component of the first light beam. A first detector measures a property of the orthogonal component. A second detector receives a second light beam split from the light reflecting from the sample for comparison of the property of the orthogonal component to the second light beam. An accelerometer senses when to acquire data from the sample." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2010 (12/513,265). 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=8,379,199&OS=8,379,199&RS=8,379,199 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Elster Electricity Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Elster Electricity, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,379,355) developed by Kenneth C. Shuey, Zebulon, N.C., for a "system and method for detecting the presence of an unsafe line condition in a disconnected power meter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of detecting the presence of an unsafe line condition at a power metering device is disclosed. The method comprises the steps of determining if a disconnect switch is in the open position, and measuring a first voltage at a first load contact. The method measures a second voltage at a second load contact and determines if the first voltage is greater than a first voltage threshold or less than a second voltage threshold. The method further determines if the second voltage is greater than the first voltage threshold or less than the second voltage threshold. The method indicates that an unsafe condition exists if either the first voltage is greater than the first voltage threshold, or first voltage is less than the second voltage threshold or the second voltage is greater than the first voltage threshold or the second voltage is less than the second voltage threshold, when the disconnect switch is in the open position." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2011 (13/080,290). 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=8,379,355&OS=8,379,355&RS=8,379,355 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent for Method and System for Improving Data Coherency in a Parallel Rendering System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,033) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for improving data coherency in a parallel rendering system." The co-inventors are Steven E. Molnar, Chapel Hill, N.C., Cass W. Everitt, Round Rock, Texas, Roger L. Allen, Lake Oswego, Ore., Gary M. Tarolli, Concord, Mass., and John M. Danskin, Cranston, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for improving data coherency in a parallel rendering system is disclosed. Specifically, one embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for managing a plurality of independently processed texture streams in a parallel rendering system that includes the steps of maintaining a time stamp for a group of tiles of work that are associated with each of the plurality of the texture streams and are associated with a specified area in screen space, and utilizing the time stamps to counter divergences in the independent processing of the plurality of texture streams." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2012 (13/399,458). 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=8,379,033&OS=8,379,033&RS=8,379,033 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** //check for space issue in 1st inventor name//TransTech Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- TransTech Pharma, High Point, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,377,983) developed by nine co-inventors for "benzazole derivatives, compositions, and methods of use as aurora kinase inhibitors." The co-inventors are Adnan M.M. Mjalli, Oak Ridge, N.C., Brian S. Grella, High Point, N.C., Govindan Subramanian, Bellemeade, N.J., Murty N. Arimilli, Oak Ridge, N.C., Ramesh Gopalaswamy, Jamestown, N.C., Robert C. Andrews, Jamestown, N.C., Stephen Davis, Durham, N.C., Xiaochuan Guo, High Point, N.C., and Jeff Zhu, High Point, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to compounds and methods from the treatment of cancer. The invention provides compounds that inhibit Aurora kinase, pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds that inhibit Aurora kinase, and methods for the treatment of cancer using the compounds of the presentation invention or pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds of the present invention." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2010 (12/703,604). 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=8,377,983&OS=8,377,983&RS=8,377,983 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** CAUSwave Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- CAUSwave, Pittsboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,378,509) developed by four co-inventors for a "multiphase material generator vehicle." The co-inventors are Vladislav Oleynik, Pittsboro, N.C., Melvin Jason Ezell, Buies Creek, N.C., Jeffrey L. Riggs, Pittsboro, N.C., and Gennadiy Albul, Pittsboro, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed relating to a vehicle driven by an air driven generator that employs multiphase materials and compressed air." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2010 (12/938,971). 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=8,378,509&OS=8,378,509&RS=8,378,509 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cree Assigned Patent for Light-emitting Devices having an Active Region with Electrical Contacts Coupled to Opposing Surfaces ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Cree, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,378,461) developed by Gerald H. Negley, Carrboro, N.C., for a "light-emitting devices having an active region with electrical contacts coupled to opposing surfaces thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light-emitting device comprises a substrate that has a contact plug extending therethrough between first and second opposing surfaces. An active region is on the first surface, a first electrical contact is on the active region, and a second electrical contact is adjacent to the second surface of the substrate. The contact plug couples the second electrical contact to the active region. Such a configuration may allow electrical contacts to be on opposing sides of a chip, which may increase the number of devices that may be formed on a wafer." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2009 (12/463,736). 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=8,378,461&OS=8,378,461&RS=8,378,461 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cree Assigned Patent for Semiconductor Light Emitting Device Packages Including Submounts ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Cree, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,378,374) developed by Ban P. Loh, Durham, N.C., Nicholas Medendorp Jr., Raleigh, N.C., and Bernd Keller, Santa Barbara, Calif., for a "semiconductor light emitting device packages including submounts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A submount for a solid state lighting package includes a support member having upper and lower surfaces, a first side surface, and a second side surface opposite the first side surface, a first electrical bondpad on the upper surface of the support member and having a first bonding region proximate the first side surface of the support member and a second bonding region extending toward the second side surface of the support member, and a second electrical bondpad on the upper surface of the support member having a die mounting region proximate the first side surface of the support member and an extension region extending toward the second side surface of the support member. The die mounting region of the second electrical bondpad may be configured to receive an electronic device. The submount further includes a third electrical bondpad on the upper surface of the support member and positioned between the second side surface of the support member and the die mounting region of the second electrical bondpad." The patent application was filed on Jan. 12, 2010 (12/685,883). 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=8,378,374&OS=8,378,374&RS=8,378,374 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cree Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Cree, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,378,463) developed by George R. Brandes, Raleigh, N.C., Robert P. Vaudo, Cary, N.C., and Xueping Xu, Stamford, Conn., for an "orientation of electronic devices on mis-cut substrates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microelectronic assembly in which a semiconductor device structure is directionally positioned on an off-axis substrate. In an illustrative implementation, a laser diode is oriented on a GaN substrate wherein the GaN substrate includes a GaN (0001) surface off-cut from the <0001>direction predominantly towards either the <11 20> or the <1 100> family of directions. For a <11 20> off-cut substrate, a laser diode cavity may be oriented along the <1 100> direction parallel to lattice surface steps of the substrate in order to have a cleaved laser facet that is orthogonal to the surface lattice steps. For a <1 100> off-cut substrate, the laser diode cavity may be oriented along the <1 100> direction orthogonal to lattice surface steps of the substrate in order to provide a cleaved laser facet that is aligned with the surface lattice steps." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2010 (12/974,332). 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=8,378,463&OS=8,378,463&RS=8,378,463 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Optical Drive Emptiness Indicator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,838) developed by Robert Page Gooch, Durham, N.C., for an "optical drive emptiness indicator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, an optical drive emptiness indicator including a base and a flag output partially extends outside of an optical drive into which it is loaded to provide a load status of the optical drive." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2009 (12/606,215). 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=8,378,838.PN.&OS=PN/8,378,838&RS=PN/8,378,838 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,378,960) developed by Paul D. Kangas, Research Triangle Park, N.C., and Robert T. Noble, Research Triangle Park, N.C., for an "apparatus, system, and method for controlling an electronic display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for controlling an electronic display. An activity module receives a brightness restore signal and sets a brightness level of an electronic display to a default brightness level in response to the brightness restore signal. A brightness decay module dims the brightness level of the electronic display from the default brightness level to an intermediate brightness level at a first dimming rate. The intermediate brightness level is selected from one or more intermediate brightness levels. A plateau module maintains the brightness level of the electronic display at the intermediate brightness level for a predefined period of time. A minimum brightness module dims the brightness level of the electronic display from an intermediate brightness level to a minimum brightness level at a second dimming rate." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2009 (12/541,016). 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=83,78,960.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,960&RS=PN/83,78,960 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ATC Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- ATC Technologies, Reston, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,380,186) developed by Peter D. Karabinis, Cary, N.C., for a "satellite with different size service link antennas and radioterminal communication methods using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A space segment for a radioterminal communications system includes a satellite having service link antennas of different sizes that are configured to communicate with at least one radioterminal. The service link antennas of different size may serve different sized geographic areas, which may at least partially overlap. Analogous radioterminal communications methods also are provided." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2005 (11/036,230). 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=8,380,186.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,186&RS=PN/8,380,186 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Captive-Aire Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Captive-Aire Systems, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,378,834) developed by William E. Glaub, Raleigh, N.C., and William Brian Griffin, Columbia, Pa., for a "kitchen hood assembly with fire suppression control system including multiple monitoring circuits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A kitchen exhaust hood assembly having a fire suppression system with built-in redundancy and monitoring capabilities is presented. The fire suppression system includes one or more fire suppression devices associated with the kitchen hood for extinguishing a fire within the vicinity of the exhaust hood. The fire suppression devices can be triggered by a series of manual actuators or fire sensors. A switching circuit including a plurality of switches operatively connected to the manual actuators or fire sensors triggers the fire suppression devices by enabling either a first or second actuating circuit. The switching circuit and first and second actuating circuits are configured such that a break in the electrical connection between the switches and actuating circuits does not cause a failure in the operation of the fire suppression system. A supervision module is included in the assembly for monitoring the elements of the fire suppression system. The supervision module includes a plurality of monitoring circuits for monitoring the integrity of the electrical connections and the correct physical placement of various fire suppression system devices. The supervision module also includes a means of alerting appropriate personnel in the event that a fault is detected." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2009 (12/632,063). 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=8,378,834.PN.&OS=PN/8,378,834&RS=PN/8,378,834 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Corning Cable Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Corning Cable Systems, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,380,029) developed by Timothy S. Cline, Granite Falls, N.C., William C. Hurley, Hickory, N.C., and Eric R. Logan, Hickory, N.C., for a "fiber optic cable furcation methods and assemblies." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Fiber optic cable furcation methods and assemblies are disclosed, wherein the method includes removing an end portion of the cable outer jacket from the fiber optic cable to expose end portions of the micromodules contained within. The method also includes helically stranding the exposed micromodule end portions to form a stranded section having a stranded configuration that includes at least three turns and that substantially immobilizes the optical fibers within their respective micromodules. The method also includes arranging a maintaining member on at least a portion of the stranded section to maintain the stranded configuration." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/826,147). 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=83,80,029.PN.&OS=PN/83,80,029&RS=PN/83,80,029 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Disabling a Data Tag Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,378,787) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for disabling a data tag device." The co-inventors are Kenneth L. Greenlee, Raleigh, N.C., Christian L. Hunt, Cary, N.C., Steven M. Miller, Cary, N.C., and Anne I. Ryan, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention discloses a data tag device (100) which initially operates in either an active mode or a semi-active mode (604). The data tag device includes tag circuitry including a interface element (104), a controller element (102), and a memory (106) in which tag data (116) is stored. A battery is provided which is initially coupled to the tag circuitry. A decoupling feature (402) is used to destructively decouple the battery from the tag circuitry when it is desired to disable the data tag device and reduce the ability of third parties to obtain the tag data. The data tag device is configured to detect the destructive decoupling (606, 608), and disable the data tag in response." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2008 (12/134,522). 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=83,78,787.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,787&RS=PN/83,78,787 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Utilization of Overvoltage and Overcurrent Compensation to Extend the Usable Operating Range of Electronic Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,378,271) developed by Gary E. O'Neil, Raleigh, N.C., Michael E. Stopford, Milton, Vt., and James B. Tate, Apex, N.C., for a "utilization of overvoltage and overcurrent compensation to extend the usable operating range of electronic devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for inducing augmented levels of heat dissipation by exploiting quiescent IC leakage currents to control the temperature in high power devices. A heat control and temperature monitoring system (HCTMS) utilizes a thermal sensor to sense the junction temperature of a component, which becomes self-heated due to the quiescent leakage current inherent to the component upon the application of power to the component. By increasing the voltage level of the power source, this quiescent self-heating property is augmented, which serves to accelerate the preheating of the device, until the temperature rises above the minimum specified operating temperature of the component. The system is then reliably initialized by applying full system power and triggering a defined initialization sequence/procedure. Once the component is operational, the component's temperature is maintained above the minimum operating threshold via continued self-heating, continued augmentation of the applied DC voltage, or both, as is required." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2007 (11/776,340). 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=8,378,271&OS=8,378,271&RS=8,378,271 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Checkpoint Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Checkpoint Systems, Thorofare, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,378,826) developed by four co-inventors for a "key device for monitoring systems." The co-inventors are Michael Mercier, Charlotte, N.C., James Gordon Wyatt Jr., Waxhaw, N.C., Lee H. Eckert, Waxhaw, N.C., and Gary Mark Shafer, Charlotte, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Exemplary systems, methods and other means for providing a key device that may be used with a monitoring system are discussed herein. The key device may be configured to communicate with one or more other devices, silence an alarm, commission a tag, decommission a tag, unlock a tag from an item, among other things. The key device may include rules that permit particular functionality based on, for example, time and/or location." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2010 (12/896,577). 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=83,78,826.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,826&RS=PN/83,78,826 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Checkpoint Systems Assigned Patent for Transmit-only Electronic Article Surveillance System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Checkpoint Systems, Thorofare, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,378,823) developed by four co-inventors for a "transmit-only electronic article surveillance system and method." The co-inventors are Lee Eckert, Waxhaw, N.C., Brian Vincent Conti, Matthews, N.C., Gary Mark Shafer, Charlotte, N.C., and Brian Wiese, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An anti-theft security system that utilizes an electronic article surveillance (EAS) beacon that emits an electromagnetic field that a corresponding security tag transponder detects in determining whether to set off onboard transponder alarms or to remain dormant. The EAS beacon is a self-contained beacon that can be easily installed at any desired location and can utilize local utility power or revert to battery power. Among other things, this avoids the large installation, calibration and maintenance costs and tasks of conventional EAS pedestals. The EAS beacon includes coil panels that are secured to an elongated housing that can be flexed to avoid or minimize damage should something or someone come into contact with the panels. An audible/visible alarm is activated when such flexing or tampering occurs. A passive infrared detector is provided to reduce power consumption when the EAS beacon is operating on battery power. The EAS beacon may also be used in existing EAS and RFID anti-theft security systems wherein the associated security transponder also includes passive EAS and/or RFID security elements. A wireless disable key can also be used to shut off an alarming transponder." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,510). 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=83,78,823.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,823&RS=PN/83,78,823 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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