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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Nov. 15)
[November 15, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Nov. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** OPNET Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- OPNET Technologies, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,312,139) developed by six co-inventors for a "traffic flow inference based on link loads and gravity measures." The co-inventors are Bobb, Raleigh, N.C., Gordon M. Bolt, Apex, N.C., Edward A. Sykes, Cary, N.C., Scott Glasser, Chapel Hill, N.C., Alain J. Cohen, McLean, Va., and Yevgeny Gurevich, Washington.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Traffic flow between each pair of nodes in a network are determined based on loads measured at each link and based on gravity measures. The gravity measures correspond to a likelihood of the node being a source or a sink of traffic and may be assigned based on characteristics associated with each node, such as the demographics of the region in which the node is located, prior sinking and sourcing statistics, and so on. The gravity measures are used to generate an objective function for solving a system of linear equations, rather than as criteria that must be satisfied in the solution. The measured link loads are allocated among the traffic flows between nodes to at least a given allocation efficiency criteria by solving a system of linear equations with an objective of minimizing a difference between the assigned gravities and the resultant gravities corresponding to the determined flows." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2012 (13/346,453). 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=8,312,139.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,139&RS=PN/8,312,139 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Device, Methods, and User Interface for Providing Optimized Entry of Alphanumeric Text ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,311,588) developed by John A. Toebes, Cary, N.C., and Ilya N. Slain, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "device, methods, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention includes a device, method, and user interface for providing optimized entry of alphanumeric text. In one form, a method for providing selectable characters within a user interface includes determining an operating mode of a communication device and receiving an input associated with a selected input key. The method determines a group of characters associated with the selected key based on the operating mode and displays the group of characters within the user interface. The user interface may display a first character of the group of characters within a first portion of the user interface and the group of characters proximal to the first character within a second portion of the user interface." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2011 (13/280,948). 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=8,311,588.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,588&RS=PN/8,311,588 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Methods for Generating Code for an Architecture Encoding an Extended Register Specification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,424) developed by four co-inventors for "methods for generating code for an architecture encoding an extended register specification." The co-inventors are Michael Karl Gschwind, Chappaqua, N.Y., Robert Kevin Montoye, New York, Brett Olsson, Cary, N.C., and John-David Wellman, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There are provided methods and computer program products for generating code for an architecture encoding an extended register specification. A method for generating code for a fixed-width instruction set includes identifying a non-contiguous register specifier. The method further includes generating a fixed-width instruction word that includes the non-contiguous register specifier." The patent application was filed on April 3, 2008 (12/062,057). 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=8,312,424&OS=8,312,424&RS=8,312,424 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qurio Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Qurio Holdings, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,312,487) developed by Richard J. Walsh, Raleigh, N.C., and Gregory M. Evans, Raleigh, N.C., for a "method and system for arranging an advertising schedule." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for arranging advertising breaks based on channel surfing characteristics of viewers. The surfing characteristics of a plurality of viewers is determined, the surfing characteristics bearing on a likelihood of a respective viewer channel surfing. Advertisements are assigned to time slots among a plurality of channels based on the surfing characteristics of the plurality of viewers to form an advertising schedule. Programming is delivered with the plurality of advertisements according to the advertising schedule. The reduction of simultaneous channel surfing increases availability and efficient use of a shared medium by a plurality of different users." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2008 (12/347,192). 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=8,312,487&OS=8,312,487&RS=8,312,487 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Dependency Management When Upgrading Application Components ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,446) developed by David Louis Kaminsky, Chapel Hill, N.C., David M. Ogle, Cary, N.C., and Richard Dean Telford, Morrisville, N.C., for a "dependency management when upgrading application components." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An autonomic component installation system. The system can include a catalog of host components installed within a computing system and an autonomic installer coupled to the catalog and programmed to determine, when installing an upgraded component, whether the upgraded component provides component capabilities required by the host components in the catalog. The catalog can include both host components and respective publicly accessible data, method implementations and method prototypes provided by the host components. Consequently, the autonomic installer can determine whether the upgraded component will have access to required publicly accessible data and method implementations. The autonomic installer further can be configured to determine whether modifications included in the upgraded component have caused changes in associated method prototypes which differ from the method prototypes in the catalog. Finally, a machine-readable ReadMe file processor can be coupled to the autonomic installer to identify the required publicly accessible data and methods implementations." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2002 (10/321,356). 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=8,312,446&OS=8,312,446&RS=8,312,446 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Pre-fetching Virtual Environment in a Virtual Universe Based on Previous Traversals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,223) developed by five co-inventors for a "pre-fetching virtual environment in a virtual universe based on previous traversals." The co-inventors are Rosa M. Bolger, Austin, Texas, Ann Corrao, Raleigh, N.C., Rick A. Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian M. O'Connell, Cary, N.C., and Brian J. Snitzer, Lancaster, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach is provided for pre-fetching of virtual content in a virtual universe based on previous traversals. In one embodiment, there is a pre-fetching tool, including a ranking component configured to rank each of a plurality of parcels of locations previously visited by an avatar according to predefined ranking criteria. The pre-fetching tool further includes a pre-fetching component configured to pre-fetch a virtual content of said parcels of locations based on the ranking." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/342,543). 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=8,312,223.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,223&RS=PN/8,312,223 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Blue Stripe Software Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Blue Stripe Software, Morrisville, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,312,138) developed by David Hull, Louisville, Colo., Nathaniel Williams, Durham, N.C., and John B. Bley, Durham, N.C., for "methods and computer program products for identifying and monitoring related business application processes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are methods and computer program products for identifying and monitoring related business application processes executing on at least one networked device. Methods may include identifying a first process that corresponds to a specified business application process; identifying root processes by tracing a dependency path from the first process to each of the root processes; grouping at least one of the root processes into a root group; and identifying a dependency chain of the at least one root process in the root group." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2010 (12/887,994). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,312,138.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,138&RS=PN/8,312,138 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent for Initiation of Read-ahead Requests ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,181) developed by Rickard Faith, Hillsborough, N.C., Matti Vanninen, Cary, N.C., and Douglas Pase, Raleigh, N.C., for an "initiation of read-ahead requests." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Example embodiments provide various techniques for initiating read-ahead requests. A rate at which applications is requesting data from a data storage device is identified. Additionally, a length of time in retrieving or servicing the data from the data storage device is also identified. The identified rate and length of time in retrieving the data are used to determine when read-ahead requests should be sent to pre-fetch data." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2009 (12/636,595). 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=8,312,181.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,181&RS=PN/8,312,181 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Duke University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Duke University, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,311,612) developed by Wolfgang Rehwald, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Michael Salerno, Durham, N.C., for a "dark blood delayed enhancement magnetic resonance viability imaging techniques for assessing subendocardial infarcts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The technology herein provides a dark blood delayed enhancement technique that improves the visualization of subendocardial infarcts that may otherwise be disguised by the bright blood pool. The timed combination of a slice-selective and a non-selective preparation improves the infarct/blood contrast by decoupling their relaxation curves thereby nulling both the blood and the non-infarcted myocardium. This causes the infarct to be imaged bright and the blood and non-infarct to both be imaged dark. The slice-selective preparation occurs early enough in the cardiac cycle so that fresh blood can enter the imaged slice." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2011 (13/335,315). 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=8,311,612.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,612&RS=PN/8,311,612 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method, Apparatus, and System for Exchanging Services in a Distributed System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,144) developed by Jason James Gravees, Tucson, Ariz., Ivan Ronald Olguin II, Tucson, Ariz., and Kevan D. Holdaway, Raleigh, N.C., for a "method, apparatus, and system for exchanging services in a distributed system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and system are disclosed for exchanging services in a distributed system. A communication module receives an advertisement of service capabilities for a service provider. The communication module further receives a registration of service requirements for a service consumer. A match module determines if the advertisement service capabilities match the registration service requirements. A configuration module configures the service provider to supply the service requirements of the service consumer if the advertisement service capabilities match the registration service requirements. An establishment module establishes a service relationship between the service provider and the service consumer. The service provider provides the service requirements of the service consumer." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2009 (12/361,531). 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=8,312,144.PN.&OS=PN/8,312,144&RS=PN/8,312,144 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ronald A. Norelli Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15 -- Ronald A. Norelli, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,311,864) developed by Ronald A. Norelli, Charlotte, N.C., for an "energy and entropy assessment of a business entity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention provide an energy and entropy analysis of a business entity. Embodiments of the present invention provide a computer-implemented method for calculating a metric indicative of a business entity's strategic health at a specific point in time, comprising obtaining a measurement of energy, obtaining a measurement of entropy, identifying at least one linkage between the energy measurement and the entropy measurement, and calculating a metric indicative of the business entity's current strategic health at the specific point in time." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2009 (13/123,352). 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=8,311,864&OS=8,311,864&RS=8,311,864 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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