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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Nov. 29)
[November 29, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Nov. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** Power Analytics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Power Analytics, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,321,194) developed by Kevin Meagher, Raleigh, N.C., David Loiselle, Wake Forest, N.C., and Rodger Koopman, Raleigh, N.C., for "real time microgrid power analytics portal for mission critical power systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and method for providing a microgrid power analytics portal for mission critical power systems are provided. The techniques disclosed herein provides for real-time modeling, evaluation, and commodity market pricing and optimization for an electrical network that includes microgrids using data collected from virtually any digital data source. The portal is platform independent and can be configured to collect and aggregate real-time data from sensors interfaced with components of the electrical network regardless of proprietary architectures or vendor-specific limitations imposed by the sensors or data collection software." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2010 (12/895,586). 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=8,321,194&OS=8,321,194&RS=8,321,194 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rockwell Automation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Rockwell Automation Technologies, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,321,187) developed by Philip John Kaufman, Milwaukee, and Marcia Elaine Walker, Durham, N.C., for a "process simulation utilizing component-specific consumption data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatuses are provided for simulating components and processes using discrete, variable-granularity, component-specific data relating to energy consumption or other sustainability factors. Simulations can be analyzed and optimized to facilitate forecasting of sustainability factors and determine advantageous modifications to the components or processes." The patent application was filed on April 24, 2009 (12/429,860). 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=8,321,187&OS=8,321,187&RS=8,321,187 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intersil Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Intersil Americas, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,136) developed by Kun Xing, Cary, N.C., for stackable electronic component.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of an electronic component includes a circuit element disposed within a package, which includes a surface and at least one standoff protruding from the surface. For example, where the circuit element is an inductor in a power supply, the standoff may allow one to mount the inductor component over another component, such as a transistor component. Therefore, the layout area of such a power supply may be smaller than the layout area of a power supply in which the inductor and transistor components are mounted side by side." The patent application was filed on Sept. 2, 2008 (12/202,985). 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=8,320,136&OS=8,320,136&RS=8,320,136 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** BLUERIDGE Analytics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- BLUERIDGE Analytics, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,321,181) developed by five co-inventors for a "computer-implemented land planning system and method." The co-inventors are Michael W. Detwiler, Cornelius, N.C., James W. Reynolds Jr., Statesville, N.C., Anthony H. Watts, Winston-Salem, N.C., Thomas Baeck, Bochum, Del., and Ron Breukelaar, Oegstgeest, The Netherlands.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented land planning system is designed to generate at least one conceptual fit solution to a user-defined land development problem. The system electronically creates at least one candidate solution to the land development problem. The candidate solution incorporates a number of engineering measurements applicable in development of an undeveloped land site. A fitness function quantitatively evaluates the candidate solution based on its fitness. A heuristic problem-solving strategy manipulates the engineering measurements of the candidate solution to achieve a more quantitatively fit solution to the land development problem. A computer output device outputs to a user documentation illustrating the fit solution to the land development problem." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2007 (12/223,295). 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=8,321,181&OS=8,321,181&RS=8,321,181 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cranial Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Cranial Medical Systems, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,321,025) developed by Purvis Bedenbaugh, Greenville, N.C., for "lead and methods for brain monitoring and modulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, a system and methods for modulating and monitoring tissue have an elongate member with proximal and distal ends and a plurality of annular stimulating electrodes axially arranged along the elongate member. The stimulating electrodes are disposed near the distal end and are adapted to pass current into tissue. At least one of the annular stimulating electrodes has at least three independent stimulation points on the electrode. The apparatus also includes a plurality of recording electrodes that are adapted to measure local tissue potentials and a plurality of conductors are coupled with the recording and stimulating electrodes. An optional multiple contact connecting terminal may be coupled with the conductors and is disposed near the proximal end of the elongate member." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2007 (11/828,547). 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=8321025&OS=8321025&RS=8321025 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Valencell Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Valencell, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,320,982) developed by Steven Francis LeBoeuf, Raleigh, N.C., and Jesse Berkley Tucker, Knightdale, N.C., for "multi-wavelength optical devices and methods of using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Multi-wavelength optical apparatus includes an optical emitter, and an energy transition layer positioned adjacent to the optical emitter. The energy transition layer generates multi-wavelength electromagnetic radiation when monochromatic light from the optical emitter passes therethrough. The energy transition layer includes a plurality of luminescent films, and each film is configured to luminesce at a respective different wavelength range when monochromatic light from the optical emitter passes therethrough. The plurality of luminescent films may be arranged in contacting face-to-face relationship or may be arranged in an array. The luminescent films may include rare-earth doped oxides, phosphors, metal-doped oxides, rare-earth doped nitrides, nanostructures, and/or nanostructured films, etc. The optical emitter may be a light emitting diode (LED), a laser diode (LD), an organic light-emitting diode (OLED), a resonant cavity light emitting diode (RCLED), and/or an edge-emitting diode (EELED)." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (12/519,011). 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=8,320,982&OS=8,320,982&RS=8,320,982 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Interdigital Technology Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Measuring Channel Quality Using a Smart Antenna in a Wireless Transmit/receive Unit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Interdigital Technology, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,320,919) developed by Kambiz Casey Zangi, Chapel Hill, N.C., and Janet Stern-Berkowitz, Little Neck, N.Y., for a "method and apparatus for measuring channel quality using a smart antenna in a wireless transmit/receive unit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for measuring a channel quality in wireless transmit/receive units (WTRUs) which are equipped with a subscriber based smart antenna. The WTRUs are equipped with a smart antenna so that the WTRU generates a plurality of directional beams and, optionally, an omni-directional beam. A dwell time is provided in a measurement period to switch a beam from an active beam to a non-active beam. The active beam is one of the plurality of directional beams or, optionally, the omni-directional beam, for communication with one or more serving base station(s). A beam is switched to a non-active beam at the initiation of the dwell time. Signals are received through the switched non-active beam, and samples of the received signals are generated. The samples are stored in a memory. Channel quality is measured using the samples, whereby the dwell time to measure the channel quality is minimized." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2007 (11/903,709). 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=8,320,919&OS=8,320,919&RS=8,320,919 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,321,188) developed by seven co-inventors for a "weather-related energy-usage analysis." The co-inventors are Derek Mallough Johnson, Matthews, N.C., Antonio Deese, Charlotte, N.C., Nickolas Gerhard Friedrich, Charlotte, N.C., Andrew Pickens Rutherford, Charlotte, N.C., Brian John Walser, Charlotte, N.C., Russell Dean Warner, Indian Trail, N.C., and Dan Yang, Charlotte, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention relate to apparatuses and methods for gathering and analyzing facility weather data, such as temperature and humidity data, and energy-usage data, such as electricity-usage data, from a plurality of remote facilities and using the analysis to assess energy-using systems and/or methods across an organization made up of the plurality of remote facilities." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2009 (12/621,265). 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=8,321,188&OS=8,321,188&RS=8,321,188 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,320,882) developed by Heather Maria Hinton, Austin, Texas, Alastair John Angwin, Eastleigh, United Kingdom, and Mark Pozefsky, Chapel Hill, N.C., for a "method and apparatus for managing obfuscated mobile device user identities." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile device identifier (such as an MSISDN) that typically accompanies a mobile device request is replaced with an "enriched" identifier that exposes the mobile device user's home operator but obfuscates the mobile device's (and, thus, the device user's) identity. In one embodiment, the identifier comprises a first part, and a second part. The first part comprises a data string that identifies (either directly or through a database lookup) the mobile device user's home operator. The second part, however, is an opaque data string, such as a one-time-use unique identifier (UID) or a value that is otherwise derived as a function of the MSISDN (or the like). The opaque data string encodes the mobile device's identity in a manner that preferably can be recovered only by the user's home operator. The present invention describes a method and apparatus for use in a home network to manage the generation, storage and use of the unique identifiers." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2007 (11/752,962). 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=83,20,882.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,882&RS=PN/83,20,882 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,600) developed by eight co-inventors for a "method and apparatus to enhance communication in the operating room." The co-inventors are Todd K. Whitehurst, Valencia, Calif., Rafael Carbunaru, Valley Village, Calif., Kristen Jaax, Santa Clara, Calif., James Makous, Santa Clarita, Calif., Courtney Lane, Ventura, Calif., Mark Pierre, Chicago, Cliff Brainard, Valencia, Calif., and Charles Tilden Hagan IV, Chapel Hill, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication system is provided for a patient featuring a cushion with an opening for receiving the face of the patient. The cushion includes a microphone for receiving audible signals from the patient and one or more speakers for delivering audible signals to the patient. The microphone and speaker(s) are integrated with the cushion to avoid interfering with the comfort of the patient. In one embodiment, the audible signals are delivered to and from the patient via a communication port. In another embodiment, the system includes a display device, so the patient may view parts of the patient's body on the device and then communicate with system operators through the microphone and speaker(s)." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2009 (12/506,938). 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=83,20,600.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,600&RS=PN/83,20,600 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Qurio Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Qurio Holdings, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,320,610) developed by Gregory Morgan Evans, Raleigh, N.C., Thomas A. Roberts, Fuquay-Varina, N.C., and Cheryl Adams, Cary, N.C., for a "client-side watermarking using hybrid I-frames." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for client-side watermarking of digital content using hybrid Intra-Frames (I-Frames) are provided. In general, a content source provides a compressed video stream and a hybrid I-Frame stream to a client device via a network. The hybrid I-Frame stream includes a number of low-loss I-Frames corresponding to select ones of the I-Frames in the compressed video stream to be used for client-side watermarking. The client device watermarks the I-Frames in the hybrid I-Frame stream, optionally compresses the watermarked I-Frames, and replaces the select ones of the I-Frames in the compressed video stream with the watermarked and optionally compressed I-Frames to provide a watermarked version of the compressed video stream." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2011 (13/162,673). 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=83,20,610.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,610&RS=PN/83,20,610 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Wake Forest University Health Sciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Wake Forest University Health Sciences, Winston-Salem, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,320,651) developed by four co-inventors for an "image reporting method and system." The co-inventors are David J. Vining, Winston-Salem, N.C., Yaorong Ge, Winston-Salem, N.C., David K. Ahn, Winston-Salem, N.C., and David R. Stelts, Rock Hill, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system are provided to report the findings of an expert's analysis of image data. The method and system are based on a reporting system that forms the basis of an image management system that can efficiently and systematically generate image reports, facilitate data entry into searchable databases for data mining, and expedite billing and collections for the expert's services. The expert identifies a significant finding on an image and attaches a location:description code to the location of that finding in order to create a significant finding and an entry into a database. Further descriptions of that finding, such as dimensional measurements, may be automatically appended to the finding as secondary attributes. After the evaluation, the system sorts the findings in the database and presents the findings by prioritized categories. The expert edits and approves a multimedia report which may be delivered by electronic means to an end-user." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2011 (13/198,884). 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=83,20,651.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,651&RS=PN/83,20,651 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for System, Method, and Logic for Determining Presence Status According to the Location of Endpoints ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,545) developed by John A. Toebes, Cary, N.C., and Denise G. Caballero-McCann, Raleigh, N.C., for a "system, method, and logic for determining presence status according to the location of endpoints." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Determining presence status associated with a user includes receiving presence statuses of endpoints associated with a first user. It is determined whether an endpoint exhibits significant activity. If an endpoint exhibits significant activity, it is determined whether any other endpoint is co-located with that endpoint. An aggregate presence status is generated from the presence status of the at least one endpoint and presence status of the other endpoint." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2007 (11/774,007). 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=83,20,545.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,545&RS=PN/83,20,545 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Elster Electricity Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Elster Electricity, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,320,302) developed by eight co-inventors for an "over the air microcontroller flash memory updates." The co-inventors are Keith D. Richeson, Cary, N.C., David Uy, Raleigh, N.C., Andrew J. Borleske, Garner, N.C., Brent R. Brian, Clayton, N.C., Robert T. Mason Jr., Raleigh, N.C., Rodney C. Hemminger, Raleigh, N.C., Russell G. Christopher, Clayton, N.C., and Raymond Kelley, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for over the air (OTA) microcontroller flash memory updates using a wireless network are disclosed herein. A control node first transmits the microcontroller flash memory update to all devices that can receive the message. Each packet of the message is relayed through multiple communication levels until all devices receive the packet. This starts with communications from the control node to each device node that has a direct communication path to the control node, which are referred to herein as "first level" device nodes. The first level device nodes then relay each communication to each other device node that has a direct communication path to the first level device nodes, which are referred to herein as "second level" device nodes. This process is repeated at each level of the wireless network until each of the plurality of device nodes has received the microcontroller flash memory update." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2007 (11/738,226). 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=83,20,302.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,302&RS=PN/83,20,302 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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