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[November 28, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (Nov. 28)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Minnesota.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,321,808) developed by eight co-inventors for an "user interface with toolbar for programming electrical stimulation therapy." The co-inventors are Steven M. Goetz, North Oaks, Minn., Jeffrey T. Keacher, Stanford, Calif., Rajeev Sahasrabudhe, Maple Grove, Minn., Wende L. Dewing, Edina, Minn., Jon P. Davis, St. Michael, Minn., John Rondoni, Plymouth, Minn., Gabriela C. Miyazawa, New Brighton, Minn., and Gary W. King, Fridley, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure is directed to a user interface with a menu that facilitates stimulation therapy programming. The user interface displays a representation of the electrical leads implanted in the patient and at least one menu with icons that the user can use to adjust the stimulation therapy. The user may drag one or more field shapes from a field shape selection menu onto the desired location relative to the electrical leads. A manipulation tool menu may also allow the user to adjust the field shapes placed on the electrical leads, which represent the stimulation region. The programmer that includes the user interface then generates electrical stimulation parameter values for the stimulator to deliver stimulation according to the field shapes or field shape groups defined/located by the user. The field shapes may represent different types of stimulation representations, such as current density, activation functions, and neuron models." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2007 (11/999,726). 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=8,321,808&OS=8,321,808&RS=8,321,808 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,919) developed by Razvan Alexandre Babeanu, North Vancouver, Canada, Justin Craig Field, New South Wales, Australia, and Renli Wang, Rochester, Minn., for a "framework for delegating roles in human resources ERP systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments presented herein provide transaction delegation systems and methods that allow a delegator to select any user to act as a proxy on that manager's behalf with respect to certain transactions. In embodiments, a manager is able to select different users to manage different transactions. A user can accept a proxy request and obtain the necessary security access when the delegation is active. Thus, the proxy user is able to approve and/or initiate the selected transactions even if the security for those transactions is higher than what the proxy user would normally have. In embodiments, an administrator is able to configure the delegations and can ensure that the delegated authority is revoked when the delegated authority expires." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2008 (12/170,130). 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=8,321,919&OS=8,321,919&RS=8,321,919 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,321,926) developed by Brian D. Sutterfield, Apple Valley, Minn., and Bradley T. Atwater, Medford, N.J., for a "system and method of protecting a system that includes unprotected computer devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method to selectively isolate one or more unprotected computer devices from the rest of the computer system and/or from the network. The ability to isolate and/or authenticate the software and/or hardware on or interacting with the unprotected software and/or hardware provides for a secured system despite the presence or use of an unprotected computer device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2008 (12/326,246). 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=8321926&OS=8321926&RS=8321926 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Compellent Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Compellent, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,321,721) developed by four co-inventors for a "virtual disk drive system and method." The co-inventors are Philip E. Soran, Edina, Minn., John P. Guider, North Oaks, Minn., Lawrence E. Aszmann, Prior Lake, Minn., and Michael J. Klemm, Minnetonka, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disk drive system and method capable of dynamically allocating data is provided. The disk drive system may include a RAID subsystem having a pool of storage, for example a page pool of storage that maintains a free list of RAIDs, or a matrix of disk storage blocks that maintain a null list of RAIDs, and a disk manager having at least one disk storage system controller. The RAID subsystem and disk manager dynamically allocate data across the pool of storage and a plurality of disk drives based on RAID-to-disk mapping. The RAID subsystem and disk manager determine whether additional disk drives are required, and a notification is sent if the additional disk drives are required. Dynamic data allocation and data progression allow a user to acquire a disk drive later in time when it is needed. Dynamic data allocation also allows efficient data storage of snapshots/point-in-time copies of virtual volume pool of storage, instant data replay and data instant fusion for data backup, recovery etc., remote data storage, and data progression, etc." The patent application was filed on May 10, 2011 (13/104,265). 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=8,321,721&OS=8,321,721&RS=8,321,721 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AliphCom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- AliphCom, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,321,213) developed by Nicolas Petit, San Francisco, Gregory Burnett, Dodge Center, Minn., and Zhinian Jing, San Francisco, for "acoustic voice activity detection (AVAD) for electronic systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Acoustic Voice Activity Detection (AVAD) methods and systems are described. The AVAD methods and systems, including corresponding algorithms or programs, use microphones to generate virtual directional microphones which have very similar noise responses and very dissimilar speech responses. The ratio of the energies of the virtual microphones is then calculated over a given window size and the ratio can then be used with a variety of methods to generate a VAD signal. The virtual microphones can be constructed using either an adaptive or a fixed filter." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/606,146). 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=8,321,213&OS=8,321,213&RS=8,321,213 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** LSI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- LSI, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,639) developed by Timothy Lund, Rochester, Minn., and Carl Forhan, Rochester, Minn., for a "command tracking for direct access block storage devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described embodiments provide tracking and processing of commands received by a storage device. For each received command, the storage device determines one or more requested logical block addresses (LBAs), including a starting LBA and a length of one or more LBAs of the received command. The storage device determines whether command reordering is restricted. If command reordering is not restricted, the storage device processes the received commands. Otherwise, if command reordering is restricted, the storage device conflict checks each received command. If no conflict is detected, the storage device tracks and processes the received command. Otherwise, if a conflict is detected, the storage device queues the received command." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2009 (12/649,490). 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=83,21,639.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,639&RS=PN/83,21,639 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent for System, Method, and Computer Program Product for Converting a Reduction Algorithm to a Segmented Reduction Algorithm ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,492) developed by Shubhabrata Sengupta, Davis, Calif., and Michael J. Garland, Lake Elmo, Minn., for a "system, method, and computer program product for converting a reduction algorithm to a segmented reduction algorithm." 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 converting a reduction algorithm to a segmented reduction algorithm. In operation, a reduction algorithm is identified. Additionally, the reduction algorithm is converted to a segmented reduction algorithm. Furthermore, the segmented reduction algorithm is performed to produce an output." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/333,244). 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=83,21,492.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,492&RS=PN/83,21,492 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,470) developed by five co-inventors for a "heterogeneous multi-level extendable indexing for general purpose annotation systems." The co-inventors are Brian J. Cragun, Rochester, Minn., Julia E. Rice, Sunnyvale, Calif., Peter M. Schwarz, San Jose, Calif., William C. Swope, Morgan Hill, Calif., and Hoa T. Tran, Rochester, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and articles of manufacture for indexing annotations made for a variety of different type (i.e., heterogeneous) data objects are provided. A set of parameters uniquely identifying an annotated data object may be converted to an index comprising a set of index values, each corresponding to a column in a homogeneous index table. In order to accommodate the indexing of heterogeneous data objects, a mapping may be provided for each different type (or classification) of data object that may be annotated, that defines how the identifying parameters of that type will be mapped to the columns of the homogeneous index table." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2003 (10/600,382). 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=83,21,470.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,470&RS=PN/83,21,470 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Transparent Mode ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,559) developed by Stephen P. De Groote, Maple Grove, Minn., Mark A. Bakke, Maple Grove, Minn., and Bonny Parker, Maple Grove, Minn., for a transparent mode.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, apparatus, and signal-bearing media for provided discovering a target device via one port of a plurality of virtual ports, creating a target data structure associated with the target device, and allocating a second port of the plurality of virtual ports to a host if the second port is available. In an embodiment, an initiator identifier for the host may be created based on a port number of the second port and a media access control address and sent to the target device to identify the host." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,903). 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=83,21,559.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,559&RS=PN/83,21,559 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Intelligent Offload of Work to Handle Peak Activity in an Enterprise Email System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,520) developed by Eric L. Barsness, Pine Island, Minn., Daniel R. Hill, Rochester, Minn., and John M. Santosuosso, Rochester, Minn., for an "intelligent offload of work to handle peak activity in an enterprise email system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for sending a message are disclosed. The method involves receiving a message at a mail server and determining that a load of the mail server exceeds a threshold. If it is determined that the load of the mail server exceeds a threshold, then the method involves determining whether the message needs to be sent immediately. If it is determined that the message does not need to be sent immediately, then the method involves delaying sending the message." The patent application was filed on Nov. 23, 2010 (12/952,478). 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=83,21,520.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,520&RS=PN/83,21,520 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Automatic Web Service Discovery and Information Retrieval Via Data Abstraction Model ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,451) developed by four co-inventors for an "automatic web service discovery and information retrieval via data abstraction model." The co-inventors are Richard D. Dettinger, Rochester, Minn., Frederick A. Kulack, Rochester, Minn., Kevin G. Paterson, San Antonio, and Shannon E. Wenzel, Colby, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method includes receiving a selection of a particular logical field via a database query interface. The method includes querying a discovery registry associated with a data abstraction model of a database to discover one or more web services that are resolvable based on the particular logical field. The data abstraction model includes a plurality of logical fields, where each logical field corresponds to a particular data structure of the database. A web service input and a web service output of a particular discovered web service are associated with particular logical fields of the data abstraction model via the discovery registry. The method further includes automatically initiating execution of the discovered web services and displaying one or more values resulting from execution of the discovered web services." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,535). 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=83,21,451.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,451&RS=PN/83,21,451 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Disabling Subsets of Query Conditions in an Abstract Query Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,441) developed by Richard D. Dettinger, Rochester, Minn., and Frederick A. Kulack, Rochester, Minn., for "disabling subsets of query conditions in an abstract query environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for temporarily disabling conditions in abstract queries. In one embodiment, a query interface is configured to present an abstract query, and to allow a user to select conditions of the abstract query to be temporarily disabled. By executing an abstract query having disabled conditions, the user may be able to determine the effect of individual changes to the abstract query without having to re-compose the abstract query after each change. The conditions to be disabled may be selected individually, by field, or by value. Each disabled element may be displayed with a visual indicator communicating that it is disabled. The user may then select specific disabled conditions to be re-enabled." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2009 (12/366,013). 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=83,21,441.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,441&RS=PN/83,21,441 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent for Related Contact and Record Recommendation for Product Design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Oracle International, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,458) developed by Anurag Batra, Union City, Calif., Steve Chalgren, White Bear Township, Minn., and Joel Nave, Morgan Hill, Calif., for a "related contact and record recommendation for product design." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a description of a product design is received. The description is analyzed to determine terms describing the product design. The determined terms are compared to a plurality of stored records. A subset of the stored records is determined based on the comparison. The stored records are considered relevant to the description of the product design. A set of recommended contacts associated with the subset of stored records is then determined. The recommended contacts are considered to have knowledge relevant to the description of the product design. At least one of the subset of stored records and the set of recommended contacts is output. For example, at least one of the subset of stored records and the list of recommended contacts may be displayed on an interface that is being used to input the description of the product design." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/579,467). 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=83,21,458.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,458&RS=PN/83,21,458 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,321,366) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for automatically resolving interaction between programmable parameters." The co-inventors are Jeff West, Bellevue, Wash., Jay A. Tzucker, Kirkland, Wash., Mahesh Maddali, Mahtomedi, Minn., and James Kalgren, Lino Lakes, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document discusses, among other things, a system capable of resolving interactions between programmable parameters for operation of a medical device. Programming these devices is a difficult task when many parameters are involved. The disclosed systems and methods attempt to reduce and minimize constraint violations between interdependent parameters using an initial set of parameter values supplied by user (typically a physician) input or calculated automatically, and constraint violations describing invalid parameter values. If possible, a set of parameter values with less egregious constraint violations is generated and may be displayed to the user. A user is prompted to accept the set of parameter values and program the medical device." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2011 (13/178,085). 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=83,21,366.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,366&RS=PN/83,21,366 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Restricting Access to Sensitive Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,387) developed by six co-inventors for a "restricting access to sensitive data." The co-inventors are Richard D. Dettinger, Rochester, Minn., Janice R. Glowacki, Rochester, Minn., Daniel P. Kolz, Rochester, Minn., Padma S. Rao, Rochester, Minn., Marci L. Sperber, Rochester, Minn., and Shannon E. Wenzel, Colby, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are disclosed for managing execution of queries against databases and more particularly for restricting access to sensitive data in underlying databases. One embodiment includes an operation for managing access to sensitive data in a database. The operation includes receiving, from a requesting entity, a query against the data in the database. The query is executed against the database to obtain a result set. The operation further includes determining whether the result set includes sensitive data based on predefined sensitivity attributes associated with data in the result set. If so, a sensitivity rating is determined for the result set, and a predefined security action is performed with respect to the result set on the basis of the determined sensitivity rating." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2005 (11/191,415). 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=83,21,387.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,387&RS=PN/83,21,387 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Managing Assemblies with Uncertain Demands Containing Common Parts ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 28 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,321,305) developed by Kent K. Komejan, Rochester, Minn., Randy M. Reimer, Rochester, Minn., and Kimball A. Stanton, Oronoco, Minn., for "managing assemblies with uncertain demands containing common parts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for planning common-use parts in such a way that operating inventory levels are reduced without introducing more risk of parts outages. One embodiment comprises determining use of at least one common component in a plurality of product models, receiving a forecast for the plurality of product models that use the common component, computing a demand correction factor for each of the forecasts, and determining inventory requirements for the at least one common component based at least in part on the respective forecasts and demand correction factors." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/210,482). 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=83,21,305.PN.&OS=PN/83,21,305&RS=PN/83,21,305 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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