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[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Dec. 27)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** ZTE (USA) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- ZTE (USA), Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,029) developed by Hua Mary Chion, Belle Mead, N.J., Jerry Pak Lup Chow, San Diego, and Hongyun Qu, Guangdong, China, for "resource allocation in wireless multi-hop relay networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies that, among other things, provide resource allocation in multi-hop wireless networks with relay stations and can be used to supply information to link data packets with a respective resource allocation." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2008 (12/168,859). 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=8,340,029&OS=8,340,029&RS=8,340,029 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Southern California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,340,915) developed by Lei M. Li, Los Angeles, Chao Cheng, Los Angeles, and Huanying Ge, Los Angeles, for "systems and methods for analyzing microarrays." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention discloses methods and systems for analyzing microarray data. The method includes the general steps of providing microarray data, normalizing the data using a least trimmed squares regression, and then analyzing the normalized microarray data to obtain a desired result such as an expression profile. There is also disclosed a method of subdividing an array into subarrays before normalization. This approach provides a method for improving measurement accuracy and salvaging array data from arrays containing minor defects. Also disclosed is a Probe-Treatment-Reference (PTR) model for streamlining normalization and summarization of microarray data by allowing multiple references. Other aspects of the present invention include computer systems and computer readable media encoding methods of the present invention." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2007 (11/866,964). 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=8,340,915&OS=8,340,915&RS=8,340,915 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,977) developed by Robert W. Zopf, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for a "compensation technique for audio decoder state divergence." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is described for compensating for the effects of a corrupted Continuously Variable Delta Slope Modulation (CVSD) decoder memory state on a decoded audio signal. In accordance with the system and method, a first estimated step size associated with a first frame of the decoded audio signal is calculated and a second estimated step size associated with a replacement frame generated to conceal bit errors in the first frame of the decoded audio signal is calculated. At least a second frame of the decoded audio signal is then modified based on the first estimated step size and the second estimated step size." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2009 (12/436,472). 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=8,340,977&OS=8,340,977&RS=8,340,977 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,340,913) developed by Farshid Mostowfi, Edmonton, Calif., and Younes Belahnech, Paris, for a "phase behavior analysis using a microfluidic platform." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and related systems are described for analyzing phase properties in a microfluidic device. A fluid is introduced under pressure into microchannel, and phase states of the fluid are optically detected at a number of locations along the microchannel. Gas and liquid phases of the fluid are distinguished based on a plurality of digital images of the fluid in the microchannel. Bi-level images can be generated based on the digital images, and the fraction of liquid or gas in the fluid can be estimated versus pressure based on the bi-level images. Properties such as bubble point values and/or a phase volume distribution ratio versus pressure for the fluid are can be estimated based on the detected phase states of the fluid." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,305). 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=8,340,913&OS=8,340,913&RS=8,340,913 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dash Navigation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Dash Navigation, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,898) developed by Robert Eldredge Currie, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Assimakis Tzamaloukas, San Jose, Calif., for a "system and method for identifying portions of roads." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method splices into, or replaces routes identified based on road geometry with routes taken by the same user or other users to create alternate routes that may be selected by a user to display, for example, on a map or for which driving directions can be displayed. Communication of routes traveled by different devices may be received from a server or from another device. A naming convention for road segments and ordered paths of road segments is described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2010 (12/887,452). 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=8,340,898&OS=8,340,898&RS=8,340,898 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Virtual Creative Artists Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Virtual Creative Artists, Bell Canyon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,994) developed by four co-inventors for a "process for creating media content based upon submissions received on an electronic multi-media exchange." The co-inventors are Michael J. Tota, Bell Canyon, Calif., Kenneth T. Tota, Alexandria, Va., Mark S. Tota, Elmira, N.Y., and Ian D. Cohen, Oak Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a process for creating media content, media submissions are requested and electronically received from end users and stored in a computer database. The submissions are searched for material to be included in the media content, and cross-checked against the other submissions for originality and timeliness. After the material is selected from one or more submissions, the content is developed and released to an audience for review. The end users whose submission material was included in the released content are rewarded. In one embodiment, third parties are permitted to access and search the submissions on an open exchange. The third parties can bid for rights in submissions on the open exchange. After receiving these bids, they are forwarded to the particular submission's end user for acceptance or rejection. Appropriate billing and payment processes are used to bill and pay the parties involved." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/978,781). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,994&OS=8,340,994&RS=8,340,994 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent for Predicting Remaining Useful Life for a Computer System Using a Stress-based Prediction Technique ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Oracle America, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,923) developed by Alan Paul Wood, San Jose, Calif., Kenny C. Gross, San Diego, and David K. McElfresh, San Diego, for a "predicting remaining useful life for a computer system using a stress-based prediction technique." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for predicting a remaining useful life (RUL) for a component in a set of components within a computer system. The system starts by collecting values of at least one degradation-related parameter associated with the operation of a monitored component within the computer system. Note that the degradation-related parameter is a direct measurement of a degree of degradation of the monitored component. The system additionally collects values of at least one stress-based parameter from the computer system. Note that the stress-based parameter measures an accumulative stress in the operating environment of the set of components which can cause degradation of the set of components. The system then uses the values of the at least one degradation-related parameter and the values of the at least one stress-based parameter to predict an RUL for a component in the set of components." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2010 (12/752,767). 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=8,340,923&OS=8,340,923&RS=8,340,923 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Selecting Paths for Use in At-speed Testing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,340,939) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for selecting paths for use in at-speed testing." The co-inventors are Yiyu Shi, Los Angeles, Chandramouli Visweswariah, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Jinjun Xiong, White Plains, N.Y., and Vladimir Zolotov, Putnam Valley, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the invention is a method and apparatus for selecting paths for use in at-speed testing. One embodiment of a method for selecting a set of n paths with which to test an integrated circuit chip includes: organizing the set of n paths into a plurality of sub-sets, receiving a new candidate path, and adding the new candidate path to one of the sub-sets when the new candidate path improves the process coverage metric of the sub-sets." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/610,090). 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=8,340,939&OS=8,340,939&RS=8,340,939 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tyco Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Tyco Electronics, Berwyn, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,340,941) developed by six co-inventors for a "temperature measurement system for a light emitting diode (LED) assembly." The co-inventors are Steve Jackson, Mount Joy, Pa., Robert Rix, Hershey, Pa., Bruce Pelton, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Mohammad S. Ahmed, Harrisburg, Pa., Ronald Martin Weber, Annville, Pa., and Matthew E. Mostoller, Hummelstown, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A temperature measurement system is provided for a light emitting diode (LED) assembly that includes an LED having two semiconductors joined together at an LED junction. The system includes a temperature sensor operatively connected to the LED assembly at a remote location that is remote from the LED junction. The temperature sensor is configured to measure a temperature of the LED assembly at the remote location. A temperature calculation module is operatively connected to the temperature sensor for receiving the measured temperature at the remote location from the temperature sensor. The temperature calculation module is configured to determine a junction temperature at the LED junction based on the measured temperature a the remote location." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2010 (12/794,104). 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=8,340,941&OS=8,340,941&RS=8,340,941 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,961) developed by Xintian E. Lin, Mountain View, Calif., and Qinghua Li, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "beamforming codebook generation system and associated methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A codebook generation system and associated methods are generally described herein. For instance, a codebook generation agent (CGA) may implement techniques for generating one or more matrix codebooks from vector codebooks. The CGA may be implemented in mobile devices (e.g., stations, subscriber units, handsets, laptops, etc.). In this regard, the dynamic generation of matrix codebooks rather than having them stored on the mobile device enables the mobile device to utilize the memory normally consumed by the matrix codebooks in support of other features and/or services." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2009 (12/583,954). 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=8,340,961&OS=8,340,961&RS=8,340,961 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Monitor Period for Asynchronous Wireless Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,027) developed by Sanjiv Nanda, San Diego, and Ashwin Sampath, San Diego, for a "monitor period for asynchronous wireless communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A monitoring period is defined after a scheduled transmission period to enable a transmitting node to acquire control information that may otherwise have been transmitted during the scheduled transmission period. In some implementations the scheduled transmission may be divided up into several segments so that a transmitting node may receive and transmit control messages between segments. In some implementations wireless media access control supports asynchronous communication and overlapping transmissions. Here, a wireless node may determine whether to request or schedule a transmission based on control messages it receives from neighboring nodes. In some implementations data and control information are transmitted over different frequency division multiplexed channels to enable concurrent transmission of the data and control information." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2007 (11/833,935). 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=8,340,027&OS=8,340,027&RS=8,340,027 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,045) developed by Jelena M. Damnjanovic, Del Mar, Calif., and Durga Prasad Malladi, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for mitigating interference in a wireless communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to mitigate inter-cell interference using joint time and frequency division are described. A frequency band is divided into multiple non-overlapping frequency subbands. The transmission timeline is divided into T.sub.in and T.sub.out time intervals. Data is exchanged with users in at least one inner region of a cell on the entire frequency band in the T.sub.in time intervals. Data is exchanged with users in multiple outer regions of the cell on the multiple frequency subbands in the T.sub.out time intervals. The frequency band may be partitioned into three frequency subbands. Data may then be exchanged with users in first, second and third outer regions on first, second and third frequency subbands, respectively. The regions in which the users are located may be determined based on pilot and/or other measurements." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2010 (12/778,673). 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=8,340,045&OS=8,340,045&RS=8,340,045 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Automated Direct Mail Procurement System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,341,000) developed by five co-inventors for an "automated direct mail procurement system." The co-inventors are Lewis S. Snow, La Crescenta, Calif., James J. Quackenbush, Vernon, N.J., Brian Engle, Clinton, N.Y., Lawrence Flusser, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and Arazik Khachatrian, Pittsford, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A machine-implemented method receives job specifications for at least one direct mail printing job from at least one user and creates at least one workflow related to the direct mail printing job. The workflow comprises at least one job activity. The method automatically transmits requests for bids on the job activities to entities for allowing the entities to bid on performing job activities within the workflow. Bids are received on the job activities from the entities and from rate cards previously established by the entities. The method identifies the lowest bids on an individual job activity-by job activity basis from the bids received from the entities and the rate cards and outputs the lowest bids to the user. The method receives an identification of a single selected entity to perform all activities within the workflow from the user and performing the workflow to output the direct-mail printing job through the selected entity." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/426,978). 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=8,341,000&OS=8,341,000&RS=8,341,000 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rockstar Bidco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Rockstar Bidco, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,340,890) developed by Mark Cobbold, Stittsville, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for enabling commuter groups." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A commuter groups service (CGS) allows commuters to join commuter groups so that they are able to socialize while commuting. Through the commuter groups, the users may share commuting routes, traffic updates, road conditions, and other information. Group members may arrange car pools, short term riding arrangements, and may anonymously or directly contact each other. The CGS may collect group member position information, e.g. GPS information, to enable the CGS to calculate traffic conditions and to select location specific information for group members. The system may include an on-line service accessible through a computer or wireless networking device. The user may log into the CGS, create or modify a user profile, and join groups of their choosing. Groups may be associated with specific events or with getting to/from work. Commuter groups may be formed for commuters that use private vehicles and/or public transportation." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2012 (13/433,399). 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=8,340,890&OS=8,340,890&RS=8,340,890 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,341,001) developed by Lewis S. Snow, La Crescenta, Calif., and Arazik Khachatrian, Pittsford, N.Y., for a "campaign management of direct mail." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A machine-implemented method receives job specifications for a plurality of direct mail printing jobs from a user and automatically groups the multiple direct mail printing jobs into at least one campaign, using a computerized or processor-based machine. The machine automatically creates a plurality of workflows related to direct mail printing jobs within a campaign and transmits requests for bids on these job activities to entities (e.g., supply vendors) to allow the entities to bid on performing the job activities. The machine automatically selects winning bids on an individual job activity-by job activity basis from the bids received from the entities and combines the bids to provide cost and completion estimates for each of the workflows. The machine automatically combines estimates for the workflows to produce an overall estimate for the campaign. The overall estimate for the campaign is output to the user for review and approval. The machine then performs the workflows to output the direct-mail printing jobs within the campaign." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2009 (12/427,001). 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=8,341,001&OS=8,341,001&RS=8,341,001 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Affymetrix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Affymetrix, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,950) developed by Linda S. Avey, Los Gatos, Calif., for "direct to consumer genotype-based products and services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method of providing genotype-based information is described that comprises receiving one or more genotype calls that each identify a fraction of an individuals' genetic composition; assigning an electronically identifiable identifier for each genotype call; and generating a customized set of information using one or more of the identifiers." The patent application was filed on Feb. 8, 2007 (11/672,849). 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=8,340,950&OS=8,340,950&RS=8,340,950 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Google, MountainView, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,953) developed by five co-inventors for "memory circuit simulation with power saving capabilities." The co-inventors are Suresh Natarajan Rajan, San Jose, Calif., Keith R. Schakel, San Jose, Calif., Michael John Sebastian Smith, Palo Alto, Calif., David T. Wang, San Jose, Calif., and Frederick Daniel Weber, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided including a component in communication with a plurality of memory circuits and a system. The component is operable to interface the memory circuits an the system for simulating at least one memory circuit with at least one aspect that is different from at least one aspect of at least one of the plurality of memory circuits. The component is further operable to perform a power saving operation." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2006 (11/553,372). 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=8,340,953&OS=8,340,953&RS=8,340,953 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cave Consulting Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cave Consulting Group, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,981) developed by Douglas G. Cave, San Mateo, Calif., for a "method, system, and computer program product for physician efficiency measurement and patient health risk stratification utilizing variable windows for episode creation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for measuring physician efficiency and patient health risk stratification is disclosed. Episodes of care are formed from medical claims data and an output process is performed. Physicians are assigned to report groups, and eligible physicians and episode assignments are determined. Condition-specific episode statistics and weighted episode statistics are calculated, from which physician efficiency scores are determined." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2011 (13/012,219). 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=8,340,981&OS=8,340,981&RS=8,340,981 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Roche Molecular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Roche Molecular Systems, Pleasanton, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,918) developed by Ronald T. Kurnik, Foster City, Calif., for a "determination of melting temperatures of DNA." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Numerical determinations of the first derivatives of a melt curve data set are made. A model function, such as a Gaussian Mixture Model (GMM) function, with parameters determined using a Levenberg-Marquardt (LM) regression process is used to find an approximation to the first derivative curve. The maximum values of the numerically determined first derivative values are used as initial conditions for parameters of the model function. The determined parameters provide one or more fractional melting temperature values, which can be returned, for example, displayed or otherwise used for further processing." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2012 (13/441,408). 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=8,340,918&OS=8,340,918&RS=8,340,918 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Trustifi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Trustifi, Las Vegas, has been assigned a patent (8,341,023) developed by four co-inventors for a "certified email system and method." The co-inventors are Peter S. Benisti, Cote St. Luc, Calif., Steven J. Bramson, Hampstead, Calif., Victor M.G. Chaltiel, Las Vegas, and Philip A. Kantor, Las Vegas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A certified email system for providing a time stamp for a presented file, particularly when the presented file is an email. Preferably a demanding party receives the email; generates a unique HASH; digitally signs the unique HASH; and sends the signed HASH and a time-stamp request call to a web services time-stamp conduit (WSTC). The WSTC receives the request and signed HASH from the demanding party and obtains a time stamp. The WSTC sends the time stamp back to the demanding party, which sends a time-stamp notification to the original sender of the email and, optionally, the recipient(s) of the email. Multiple branded or customized demanding servers can efficiently run using one web services time-stamp conduit. An integrated detailed billing system capable of pass-through client billing, keyword search functionality, a multi-party content management system, and convenient web-based automated verification (file or HASH) services are provided." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2009 (12/562,094). 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=8,341,023&OS=8,341,023&RS=8,341,023 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Providing Contemporaneous Maps to a User at a Non-GPS Enabled Mobile Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,340,897) developed by Parag Mulendra Joshi, Los Gatos, Calif., for "providing contemporaneous maps to a user at a non-GPS enabled mobile device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary method for providing contemporaneous maps to a user at a non-GPS enabled mobile device comprises obtaining a request from the mobile device, decoding the request to obtain multimedia data, analyzing the multimedia data to obtain location information, accessing a map database using the location information, generating a map image based on data from the map database, generating a response including the map image, and sending the response to the mobile device to enable a display of the map image at the mobile device." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2007 (11/888,190). 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=8,340,897&OS=8,340,897&RS=8,340,897 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CareFusion 303 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- CareFusion 303, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,792) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for dynamically adjusting patient therapy." The co-inventors are Joseph Condurso, Olivenhain, Calif., Cynthia Yamaga, Oceanside, Calif., Robert Butterfield, Poway, Calif., Simon Morling, Basingstoke Hants, United Kingdom, Clifton Pait, San Diego, Patricia West, Santee, Calif., Timothy Vanderveen, Poway, Calif., and Richard Crass, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of managing therapy provided to patients in an institution. The system monitors all aspects of the medication delivery to a patient, as well as other information related to the patient, such as values of vital signs, laboratory results and patient factors such as history, diagnosis, allergies and the like. The system includes one or more databases of information, including institutionally developed rules, guidelines and protocol representing the best medical practices of the institution. The system provides alerts and/or recommendations based on the application of the rules to the information being monitored, and alerts care givers accordingly, providing for dynamic adjustment of the patient's therapy. The system also monitors the status of the alerts, and if no action is taken in a selected period of time, may escalate the priority of the alert and/or halt the delivery of medication to the patient until the alert is resolved." The patent application was filed on Nov. 16, 2010 (12/947,773). 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=8,340,792&OS=8,340,792&RS=8,340,792 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,765) developed by Peter Boileau, Valencia, Calif., and Michael E. Benser, Valencia, Calif., for a "system and method for controlling ventricular pacing during AF based on underlying ventricular rates using an implantable medical device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are provided for controlling ventricular pacing during an episode of atrial fibrillation (AF) for use by a pacemaker, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) or other implantable medical device. In one example, upon detection of AF, the underlying intrinsic ventricular rate of the patient is determined prior to delivering any ventricular pacing. Then, a ventricular pacing procedure--such as dynamic ventricular overdrive (DVO) pacing--is activated to reduce ventricular rate variability to mitigate the adverse effects of AF. The ventricular pacing procedure employed during AF is controlled based on a maximum ventricular rate set relative to the underlying intrinsic ventricular rate so as to keep an overall ventricular rate below the maximum rate." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2009 (12/410,386). 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=8,340,765&OS=8,340,765&RS=8,340,765 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent for Electric Modulation of Sympathetic Nervous System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,340,760) developed by John D. Dobak III, La Jolla, Calif., for an "electric modulation of sympathetic nervous system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is described for the treatment of obesity or other disorders, by electrical activation or inhibition of the sympathetic nervous system. This activation or inhibition can be accomplished by electrically stimulating the greater splanchnic nerve or other portion of the sympathetic nervous system using an implantable pulse generator. This nerve activation can result in reduced food intake and increased energy expenditure. Reduced food intake may occur through a variety of mechanisms that reduce appetite and cause satiety. Increased adrenal gland hormone levels will result in increased energy expenditure. Fat and carbohydrate metabolism, which are also increased by sympathetic nerve activation, will accompany the increased energy expenditure." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2011 (13/230,525). 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=8,340,760&OS=8,340,760&RS=8,340,760 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intouch Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intouch Technologies, Goleta, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,819) developed by seven co-inventors for a "mobile videoconferencing robot system with network adaptive driving." The co-inventors are Amante Mangaser, Goleta, Calif., Jonathan Southard, Santa Barbara, Calif., Marco Pinter, Santa Barbara, Calif., John Cody Herzog, Goleta, Calif., Charles Steve Jordan, Santa Barbara, Calif., Yulun Wang, Goleta, Calif., and James Rosenthal, Santa Barbara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A remote control station that controls a robot through a network. The remote control station transmits a robot control command that includes information to move the robot. The remote control station monitors at least one network parameter and scales the robot control command as a function of the network parameter. For example, the remote control station can monitor network latency and scale the robot control command to slow down the robot with an increase in the latency of the network. Such an approach can reduce the amount of overshoot or overcorrection by a user driving the robot." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2009 (12/561,190). 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=8340819&OS=8340819&RS=8340819 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,782) developed by Matthew Lee McDonald, Pasadena, Calif., Anne Margaret Pianca, Santa Monica, Calif., and Joshua Dale Howard, Granada Hills, Calif., for "systems and methods of making and using support elements for elongated members of implantable electric stimulation systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An implantable lead includes a lead body. A plurality of conductors are disposed within the lead body and electrically couple at least one electrode to at least one terminal. At least one of the conductors includes a plurality of units. Each of the units includes a first conductor segment extending along the lead body from a beginning point to a first position, a second conductor segment extending from the first position to a second position, and a third conductor segment extending along the elongated member from the second position to an endpoint. The conductor segments are arranged so as to form alternating single-coil regions and multi-coil regions. At least one support element is disposed along at least a portion of at least one of the single-coil regions and is configured and arranged to increase the stiffness of the at least one of the single-coil regions." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2009 (12/499,626). 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=8,340,782&OS=8,340,782&RS=8,340,782 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Neuromodulation Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Advanced Neuromodulation Systems, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,340,772) developed by Abhi Vase, Mountain View, Calif., and Johann Neisz, Coon Rapids, Minn., for a "brown adipose tissue utilization through neuromodulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and devices for improved neurostimulation to treat obesity. Some methods include measuring temperature increases in Brown Adipose Tissue (BAT) during intraoperative test stimulations to determine the proper nerve electrode placement for implantation. Methods can include determining the side of the patient having the most BAT, and stimulating preferentially on that right or left side. The BAT maybe used to burn fat by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system innervating the BAT deposits." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2010 (12/774,073). 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=8,340,772&OS=8,340,772&RS=8,340,772 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Method and System for Motor Torque Control for Vehicles When a Current Sensor is Not Operating Properly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,340,858) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for motor torque control for vehicles when a current sensor is not operating properly." The co-inventors are Jihoon Jang, Torrance, Calif., Bon Ho Bae, Torrance, Calif., Wei D. Wang, Troy, Mich., Jeong J. Park, Ann Arbor, Mich., and Harry J. Bauer, Troy, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for controlling motor torque in a hybrid vehicle are provided. A current sensor provides a feedback current when the sensor is operating properly. A processor controls the motor torque using the feedback current if the current sensor is operating properly. The processor controls the motor torque using a slip value for the hybrid vehicle if the current sensor is not operating properly." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/784,792). 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=8,340,858&OS=8,340,858&RS=8,340,858 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lam Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Lam Research, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,827) developed by four co-inventors for "methods for controlling time scale of gas delivery into a processing chamber." The co-inventors are Gunsu Yun, Fremont, Calif., Iqbal A. Shareef, Fremont, Calif., Kurt Jorgensen, San Carlos, Calif., and Robert Charatan, Dresdan, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for establishing a mass flow controller (MFC) control scheme, which is configured for reducing a time scale for gas delivery into a processing chamber, for a recipe is provided. The method includes identifying a set of delayed gas species utilized during execution of the recipe with a set of delivery time slower than a target delivery time scale. The method also includes establishing an initial overshoot strength and an initial overshoot duration for each gas specie of the set of delayed gas species. The method further includes establishing MFC control scheme by adjusting an MFC hardware for each gas specie during the execution of the recipe. Adjusting the MFC hardware includes applying the initial overshoot strength for the initial overshoot duration to determine if the MFC control scheme provides for each gas specie a pressure profile within a target accuracy of an equilibrium pressure for the processing chamber." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2009 (12/477,196). 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=8,340,827&OS=8,340,827&RS=8,340,827 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** St. Jude Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- St. Jude Medical, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,766) developed by Kyungmoo Ryu, Palmdale, Calif., and Valtino X. Afonso, Oakdale, Minn., for a "method and system for identifying cardiac arrhythmia driver sites." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of identifying potential driver sites for cardiac arrhythmias includes acquiring a plurality of electrograms from a plurality of locations on at least a portion of a patient's heart. Using the acquired electrograms, at least one electrical activity map is generated. Desirable electrical activity maps include complex fractionated electrogram standard deviation and mean maps, dominant frequency maps, peak-to-peak voltage maps, and activation sequence maps. Using one or more of these maps (e.g., by analyzing one or more electrogram morphological characteristics represented by these maps), at least one potential driver site can be detected." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2010 (12/923,769). 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=8,340,766&OS=8,340,766&RS=8,340,766 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,820) developed by Prasad P. Nair, Oakland, Calif., for a "robot arm and method of controlling robot arm to avoid collisions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of automatically controlling an extendable robot arm to avoid collisions while returning to a first position from a second position includes periodically storing locations of the robot arm as the robot arm moves along a forward path from the first position to the second position; applying heuristic algorithms to the stored locations to determine a return path to the first position, the return path including at least a portion of a retrace path retracing the stored locations of the forward path; and controlling the robot arm to return to the first position using the determined return path." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,232). 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=8,340,820&OS=8,340,820&RS=8,340,820 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,796) developed by Mark Jeffrey Stefik, Portola Valley, Calif., for a "digital media player and method for facilitating social music discovery and commerce." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable digital media player and method for providing convenient music discovery are presented. Music is maintained and includes a multiplicity of music stored in digital media form on a portable digital media player. A music recommendation is displayed to a recipient. A message included is processed for information to describe the music recommended, to identify the recommender, to capture a context of the recommendation, and to specify a rating for the music recommended. At least part of the information is integrated into a display of the music on the portable digital media player. The information is displayed to the recipient as integrated. Action upon the music recommended is facilitated through one or more of playback and addition of the music to the music on the portable digital media player through an external source." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2007 (11/877,554). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,340,796&OS=8,340,796&RS=8,340,796 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,794) developed by five co-inventors for "fantasy sports trade evaluator system and method." The co-inventors are Joe Trdinich, San Jose, Calif., Michael Graben, San Jose, Calif., Ron Belmarch, Los Angeles, Shane Kao, Santa Clara, Calif., and Joe Francis, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a trade evaluator for evaluating trades based on statistics of players to be traded, statistics of other players on each fantasy team, and settings of a fantasy league. A computer receives a request to analyze a trade of one or more players for one or more other players. The computer determines league settings and player statistics. For each player on the teams, the computer determines a position in a roster. The computer determines a highest value player for each position. If there is only one slot that can hold the highest ranked player still available to place, the computer fills the slot with that player. If there are multiple slots left, and each of those slots can also hold other player positions, the computer places the player in a slot with a lowest opportunity cost. The computer determines a point total for the teams with and without execution of the trade." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2011 (13/180,664). 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=8,340,794&OS=8,340,794&RS=8,340,794 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Determining Tracking a Virtual Point Defined Relative to a Tracked Member ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,340,751) developed by 19 co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for determining tracking a virtual point defined relative to a tracked member." The co-inventors are H. Toby Markowitz, Roseville, Minn., Mustafa Karamanoglu, Fridley, Minn., Pooja Mehta, Bartlett, Ill., Ioana Fleming, Anchorage, Alaska, David A. Scanlon, Minneapolis, Michael Kryger, Chicago, Sean Campbell-Massa, Gladwyne, Pa., Chad Giese, St. Paul, Minn., Steven L. Waldhauser, White Bear Township, Minn., Shangqian Peter Zhang, Shoreview, Minn., Jeff Jannicke, Andover, Minn., Phillip Falkner, Minneapolis, Don Hefner, St. Paul, Minn., Eduardo N. Warman, Maple Grove, Minn., James Steeves, Milton, Calif., Rogier Receveur, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Koen Michels, Maastricht, The Netherlands, Olaf Eick, Bremen, Germany, and Vincent Larik, Kerkrade, The Netherlands.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An volume of a patient can be mapped with a system operable to identify a plurality of locations and save a plurality of locations of a mapping instrument. The mapping instrument can include one or more electrodes that can sense a voltage that can be correlated to a three dimensional location of the electrode at the time of the sensing or measurement. Therefore, a map of a volume can be determined based upon the sensing of the plurality of points without the use of other imaging devices. An implantable medical device can then be navigated relative to the mapping data." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2009 (12/422,689). 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=8,340,751&OS=8,340,751&RS=8,340,751 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EcoFactor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- EcoFactor, Millbrae, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,826) developed by John Douglas Steinberg, Millbrae, Calif., for a "system and method for optimizing use of plug-in air conditioners and portable heaters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Thermostatic HVAC and other energy management controls that are connected to a computer network. For instance, remotely managed load switches incorporating thermostatic controllers inform an energy management system, to provide enhanced efficiency, and to verify demand response with plug-in air conditioners and heaters. At least one load control device at a first location comprises a temperature sensor and a microprocessor. The load control device is configured to connect or disconnect electrical power to the an attached air conditioner or heater, and the microprocessor is configured to communicate over a network. In addition, the load control device is physically separate from an air conditioner or heater but located inside the space conditioned by the air conditioner or heater." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2011 (13/329,117). 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=8,340,826&OS=8,340,826&RS=8,340,826 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Systems Configured to Transmit Optical Power Signals Transdermally Out of a Living Subject, and Devices and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,777) developed by six co-inventors for "systems configured to transmit optical power signals transdermally out of a living subject, and devices and methods." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Dennis J. Rivet, Portsmouth, Va., Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, a system includes an internal optical power transmitter configured to be disposed within a living subject. The internal optical power transmitter includes a power source configured to provide electrical energy and an electrical-optical converter operably coupled to the power source. The electrical-optical converter may be configured to convert at least a portion of the electrical energy into one or more optical power signals transdermally transmittable out of the living subject. The system further includes an external optical-electrical converter configured to convert the one or more optical power signals into one or more electrical power signals and at least one external device configured to be operably coupled to the external optical-electrical converter and powered by the one or more electrical power signals. Embodiments of methods, biocompatible electrical-optical converters, and internal optical power transmitters are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/283,911). 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=8,340,777&OS=8,340,777&RS=8,340,777 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Method and System for Sensorless Control of an Electric Motor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,340,848) developed by Yo Chan Son, Torrance, Calif., Nitinkumar R. Patel, Cypress, Calif., and Steven E. Schulz, Torrance, Calif., for a "method and system for sensorless control of an electric motor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for controlling an electric motor are provided. A signal comprising at least first and second cycles is provided to the electric motor. A first flux value for the electric motor associated with the first cycle of the signal is calculated. A second flux value for the electric motor associated with the second cycle of the signal is calculated based on the first flux value." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2007 (11/947,501). 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=8,340,848&OS=8,340,848&RS=8,340,848 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ViaSat Assigned Patent for Incremental Gateway Deployment in a Hub-spoke Satellite Communication System using Static Spot Beams ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,015) developed by Mark J. Miller, San Marcos, Calif., and Charles N. Pateros, Carlsbad, Calif., for an "incremental gateway deployment in a hub-spoke satellite communication system using static spot beams." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for communicating includes providing a hub-spoke satellite comprising receivers, transmitters, transmit switches, and a gateway switch structure. Prior to a time T, each of at least P receivers are used to receive one of at least P signals from P gateway terminals. During one frame, the gateway switch structure is used to switch the at least P signals to the plurality of transmit switches. Each of the at least P signals are switched into fixed location beams. After time T, each of at least Q receivers are used to receive a different one of at least Q signals from Q gateway terminals. During one frame, the gateway switch structure is used to switch the at least Q signals to the plurality of transmit switches. Each of the at least Q signals are switched into fixed location beams. Q and P are non-zero positive integers and Q>P." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2012 (13/560,788). 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=8,340,015&OS=8,340,015&RS=8,340,015 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ViaSat Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- ViaSat, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,016) developed by Mark J. Miller, San Marcos, Calif., and Kenneth V. Buer, Gilbert, Ariz., for a "flexible forward and return capacity allocation in a hub-spoke satellite communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for conducting communications via a satellite includes providing a hub-spoke spot beam group. The hub-spoke spot beam group includes at least one fixed location spot beam illuminating a location containing a gateway terminal and at least one fixed location spot beam illuminating a location containing at least one user terminal. The satellite comprises a pathway associated with the hub-spoke spot beam group. At least one receive-side switch is sequentially switched to connect an input of the pathway with different spot beams within the hub-spoke spot beam group. At least one transmit-side switch is sequentially switched to connect an output of the pathway with different spot beams within the hub-spoke spot beam group. Beam switching patterns support both forward and return traffic within a frame." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2012 (13/560,825). 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=8,340,016&OS=8,340,016&RS=8,340,016 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,011) developed by Jason B. Kenagy, San Diego, for "methods and apparatuses for increasing data transmission efficiency in a broadcast network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for increasing data transmission efficiency in a broadcast network having at least one unicast transmission link and at least one multicast transmission link to a mobile device, the method comprising: identifying a viewing trend based upon monitored viewing activity of first content data by a first plurality of users over the unicast transmission link; determining, based upon the identified trend, that a viewing audience will exceed a target threshold for second content data; and in response to the determination, broadcasting the second content data to a second plurality of users over the multicast transmission link to increase data transmission efficiency in the broadcast network. This method may also be used to promote the dissemination of useful or popular information such as service awareness as part of marketing activities." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2008 (12/116,799). 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=8,340,011&OS=8,340,011&RS=8,340,011 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,340,009) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for disabling a quick paging channel in a wireless communication system." The co-inventors are Siddharth S. Oroskar, Overland Park, Kan., Sachin R. Vargantwar, Overland Park, Kan., Deveshkumar Narendrapratap Rai, Overland Park, Kan., and Debasish Sarkar, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments disclosed herein provide methods and systems for disabling a quick paging channel to reduce missed pages. In an embodiment, a method includes, during at least an initial period of time corresponding to a mobile communication device of the plurality of mobile communication devices, enabling the quick paging channel used for transferring paging information to the mobile communication device. The method also includes processing a device profile for the mobile communication device to determine if the quick paging channel should be disabled during a next period of time corresponding to the mobile communication device. In response to determining that the quick paging channel should be disabled, the method also includes disabling the quick paging channel during the next period of time corresponding to the mobile communication device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2010 (12/683,259). 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=8,340,009&OS=8,340,009&RS=8,340,009 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,339,992) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method to provision MPLS/VPN network." The co-inventors are Wenge Chen, Pleasanton, Calif., Holly Chen, San Ramon, Calif., Kuo-Hui Liu, San Ramon, Calif., Shih Chung Soon, Dublin, Calif., and Bei Zhou, Pleasanton, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods of automatically determining a set of route targets is provided. The method includes receiving network topology data specifying configuration of a network. The method also includes automatically converting the network topology data into route targets to be assigned to virtual routing and forwarding elements. The route targets are grouped into sets and duplicate sets of route targets are removed based on the route targets between duplicate sets of route targets identified as being the same. The method further includes generating a data record including information related to the set of route targets." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2008 (12/244,120). 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=8,339,992&OS=8,339,992&RS=8,339,992 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,340,010) developed by Wael William Diab, San Francisco, for a "method and system for energy efficient synchronization in packet based networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of a method and system for energy efficiency synchronization packet based networks are provided. In this regard, an amount that a clock of a network device drifts between consecutive communications of one or more synchronization packets may be determined, and transitions of the network device into and/or out-of an energy-saving mode of operation may be controlled based on the determination. Additionally or alternatively, the transitions may be controlled based on a number of times that synchronization packets are communicated between the network device and a link partner. An average difference between the For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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