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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Feb. 14)
[February 14, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Feb. 14)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Gapless Audio Playback ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,712) developed by Mei Wilson, Redmond, Wash., for a gapless audio playback.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments related to the performance of gapless audio playback of two or more audio tracks are provided. One disclosed embodiment provides a method of performing gapless audio playback comprising rendering a plurality of samples of a current audio track via a current filter graph, and notifying an end-of-stream soon event via a current filter graph. Upon detecting the end-of-stream soon event, a next filter graph corresponding to a next audio track is pre-rolled and then paused. An end-of-stream event is notified at the current filter graph signaling an end of the current audio track. Then, upon detecting an end-of-stream event, the next filter graph is signaled to begin rendering samples of the next audio track." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2008 (12/347,568). 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=8,374,712.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,712&RS=PN/8,374,712 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,185) developed by David R. Hanson, Redmond, Wash., and Erkki Ville Juhani Aikas, Seattle, for "permissions of objects in hosted storage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data object is stored in a hosted storage system and includes an access control list specifying access permissions for data object stored in the hosted storage system. The hosted storage system provides hosted storage to a plurality of clients that are coupled to the hosted storage system. A request to store a second data object is received. The request includes an indicator that the first data object stored in the hosted storage system should be used as an access control list for the second data object. The second data object is stored in the hosted storage system. The first data object is assigned as an access control list for the second data object stored in the hosted storage system." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2012 (13/451,939). 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=8,375,185.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,185&RS=PN/8,375,185 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,701) developed by seven co-inventors for a "stimulating a nervous system component of a mammal in response to contactlessly acquired information." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Eric C. Leuthardt, Saint Louis, 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: "Described embodiments include a system, an apparatus, and a method. A described system includes a sensor device configured to sense a property of a mammal without physically contacting the mammal. The system also includes a signal generator configured to generate a signal indicative of the sensed property of the mammal. The system further describes a neuromodulation device configured to output a stimulus operable to modulate a nervous system component of the mammal in response to the signal indicative of the sensed property of the mammal." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/462,130). 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=8,374,701.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,701&RS=PN/8,374,701 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,375,190) developed by James R. Hamilton, Bellevue, Wash., and Vladimir Sadovsky, Redmond, Wash., for a "dynamtic storage hierarachy management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to an architecture for optimization that can leverage the several advantages of flash memory or hard disk technology, while simultaneously compensating for associated disadvantages. In a system with a flash module and a hard disk, respective memory can be dynamically allocated as a function of demand, preference, or utilization of respective applications in order to optimize overall system performance." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2007 (11/954,145). 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=8,375,190.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,190&RS=PN/8,375,190 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,374,662) developed by John Ralph Hull, Sammamish, Wash., for a "particle trap employing a high temperature superconductor and an associated method of trapping particles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A particle trap and an associated method of trapping particles are provided. The particle trap includes a body formed of a high temperature superconductor (HTS). The body defines a cavity therethrough. The particle trap also includes first and second HTS end plates or first and second electrodes positioned at opposite ends of the cavity. At least one of the end plates or at least one of the electrodes defines at least one opening into the cavity to permit charged particles to enter and exit the cavity." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2010 (12/728,692). 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=8,374,662.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,662&RS=PN/8,374,662 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Distributed Virtual Network Gateways ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,183) developed by Hasan Alkhatib, Kirkland, Wash., and Geoff Outhred, Seattle, for "distributed virtual network gateways." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computerized methods, systems, and computer-readable media are provided for distributing virtualized gateway functionality to multiple nodes within a physical network. Initially, drivers that carry out the gateway functionality are provisioned to cooperate with endpoints instantiated on the network nodes, while a directory service is implemented to maintain a mapping between virtual internet protocol (IP) addresses and location-dependent addresses, as well as a table enumerating transformation actions according to known pathways connecting the endpoints within a network. In operation, the directory service replies to requests from the driver (carrying source and destination IP addresses of data packets) with the appropriate location-dependent addresses (utilizing the mapping) and the appropriate transformation action(s) (utilizing the table). The transformation action(s) include rewriting headers of the data packets to include the location-dependent addresses, encapsulating the data packets as inner data packets within respective outer data packets, or configuring the data packets with a tunneling protocol." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2010 (12/820,896). 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=83,74,183.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,183&RS=PN/83,74,183 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access with Carrier Sense ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,130) developed by six co-inventors for an "orthogonal frequency division multiple access with carrier sense." The co-inventors are Amer A. Hassan, Kirkland, Wash., Adam Sapek, Redmond, Wash., Hui Shen, Sammamish, Wash., Thomas W. Kuehnel, Seattle, Deyun Wu, Sammamish, Wash., and Christian Huitema, Clyde Hill, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication system in which an access point and one or more devices communicating through the access point adaptively apply Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access (OFDMA). The access point may assign orthogonal subcarriers to devices as in conventional OFDMA, but the access point senses activity on the subcarriers and selects subcarriers without activity for assignment. In an alternative approach, a device that is configured for OFDMA communication may receive a channel assignment from a device that does not support OFDMA. The OFDMA-capable device may use only a portion of the subcarriers in the assigned channel, which may be communicated to the non-OFDMA device. During the non-OFDMA device may then ignore unused subcarriers in error detection and correction to avoid incorrectly classifying communications as erroneous. Information about OFDMA capabilities, subcarrier assignments and subcarriers in use may be communicated as information elements in network control communications, such as beacons and probe messages." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2008 (12/020,212). 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=83,74,130.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,130&RS=PN/83,74,130 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,136) developed by Zhanping Yin, Vancouver, Wash., for a "transmission diversity scheme on physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) with ACK/NACK differentiation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for transmitting uplink control information (UCI) using a physical uplink control channel (PUCCH) transmit diversity scheme is described. A UCI is coded with a Reed-Muller code to obtain a coded UCI. The coded UCI is mapped to quadrature phase shift keying (QPSK) symbols to obtain a mapped coded UCI. A phase shift is applied to the mapped coded UCI based on an acknowledge/negative-acknowledge (ACK/NACK) to obtain a phase shifted mapped coded UCI. The mapped coded UCI is sent using a PUCCH resource on a first antenna. The phase shifted mapped coded UCI is sent using a PUCCH resource on a second antenna." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (12/573,016). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,136.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,136&RS=PN/83,74,136 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Neocific Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Neocific, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,115) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for cellular broadcasting and communication system." The co-inventors are Haiming Huang, Bellevue, Wash., Xiaodong Li, Kirkland, Wash., Titus Lo, Bellevue, Wash., and Kemin Li, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a cellular wireless network, methods and apparatus are disclosed for a signal broadcasting scheme that can be individually augmented for users with poor reception. The network employs a first downlink channel for broadcasting data to all mobile stations, a second downlink channel for sending signals to a specific mobile station in a cell, and an uplink channel for feeding back information to the base station. To achieve a certain user reception quality, the system adjusts its broadcasting parameters based on the statistical analysis of the feedback data. If some users still require better reception, the system individually augments their broadcast signals via the second downlink channels. Methods and apparatus are also disclosed for synchronization of data distribution by base stations, which, in part, allows the receivers to combine the receiving signals and improve their reception quality." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2011 (13/301,595). 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=83,74,115.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,115&RS=PN/83,74,115 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,245) developed by Alexandros Tourapis, Nicosia, Cyprus, Shipeng Li, Redmond, Wash., and Feng Wu, Beijing, for a "spatiotemporal prediction for bidirectionally predictive(B) pictures and motion vector prediction for multi-picture reference motion compensation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Several improvements for use with Bidirectionally Predictive (B) pictures within a video sequence are provided. In certain improvements Direct Mode encoding and/or Motion Vector Prediction are enhanced using spatial prediction techniques. In other improvements Motion Vector prediction includes temporal distance and subblock information, for example, for more accurate prediction. Such improvements and other presented herein significantly improve the performance of any applicable video coding system/logic." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2006 (11/525,059). 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=83,74,245.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,245&RS=PN/83,74,245 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Techniques to Manage a Relay Server and a Network Address Translator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,188) developed by Wajih Yahyaoui, Redmond, Wash., and Tony Bell, Redmond, Wash., for "techniques to manage a relay server and a network address translator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to manage a relay server and a network address translator are described. A system may include a relay server having a first private network interface operative to communicate with a private client, a second private network interface operative to communicate with a network address translator, and an enhanced relay manager module operative to receive a message from the private client over the first private network interface or a remote client over the second private network interface and through the network address translator, the enhanced relay manager module further operative to retrieve a public transport address and a mapped port for the network address translator from a mapped address attribute stored by the relay server, and send a response to the message with the public transport address and the mapped port to the private client or the remote client. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2008 (12/144,669). 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=83,74,188.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,188&RS=PN/83,74,188 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Null Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Null Networks, Las Vegas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,204) developed by Richard B. Keller, Vancouver, Wash., for programmable SONET framing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A synchronous optical network (SONET) framer includes a frame dimension unit and a programming interface. The frame dimension unit can be programmed with a frame dimension through the programming interface. The SONET framer converts a data stream to and/or from a frame format based on the frame dimension programmed into the frame dimension unit. For instance, in various embodiments, a SONET framer can be programmed to support a variety of SONET frame sizes and to provide a number of testing and design advantages." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2005 (11/169,954). 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=83,74,204.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,204&RS=PN/83,74,204 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Wireless Network Host in Silent Mode ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,159) developed by nine co-inventors for a "wireless network host in silent mode." The co-inventors are David A. Roberts, Redmond, Wash., Hui Shen, Sammamish, Wash., Christopher D. Gual, Seattle, Anirban Banerjee, Issaquah, Wash., Yi Lu, Sammamish, Wash., John W. Archer, Marysville, Wash., Michael Bell, Auburn, Wash., Xiong Jiang, Lynnwood, Wash., and Ani Anirudh, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An access point that implements operating modes in which beacons may be selectively disabled. Beacons may be disabled when no device is actively associated through the access point. Beacons may be enabled in response to one or more triggers, which may include events such as a client forming an association through the access point following a probe request message identifying the access point. In addition, active beaconing may be triggered by user input or may occur during periodic brief intervals that allow client devices to discover the network identifier for the access point. Selective control of beaconing may lead to more effective wireless communication, particularly in areas where users congregate with computers implementing soft APs for personal networks." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2008 (12/125,034). 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=83,74,159.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,159&RS=PN/83,74,159 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Farecast Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Farecast, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,374,895) developed by Hugh Crean, Seattle, Jay Bartot, Seattle, and Michael Fridgen, Seattle, for a "travel information interval grid." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for presenting travel information in a way that facilitates identifying travel plans that satisfy objectives is provided. A travel information system collects travel information for the travel items on various observation dates including the current date and presents the travel information to a user in a way that facilitates travel planning and travel shopping. The travel information system stores the travel information in an observation store. To provide travel information that satisfies a search criterion, the travel information system retrieves the travel information that satisfies the search criterion either from flight information of the observation store or from current flight information provided in real time from a source of travel information. The flight information system provides the travel information in various formats to facilitate travel planning. These formats include a fare history graph, an interval grid, a route map, a future fare graph, and/or a departure date/duration grid." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2007 (11/675,619). 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=8,374,895&OS=8,374,895&RS=8,374,895 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Finsphere Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Finsphere, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,634) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for automated analysis comparing a wireless device location with another geographic location." The co-inventors are Ajay Dankar, Fremont, Calif., Sunita Reddy, Fremont, Calif., Michael P. Mortier, Newcastle, Wash., Michael F. Buhrmann, Redmond, Wash., Charles L. Dennis, Sammamish, Wash., and Randall A. Snyder, Las Vegas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for automatically comparing obtained wireless device location information from a wireless network and comparing that location with another independent source geographic location is provided. Location information is derived from two or more sources in a multiplicity of ways and a comparison is made within a Location Comparison Engine. The Location Comparison Engine makes use of databases that assist in resolving obtained raw positioning information and converting that positioning information into one or more formats for adequate location comparison. Results of the location comparison are deduced to determine if the wireless device is in some proximity to some other activity source location. Other location information used for comparison may be obtained from a multiplicity of sources, such as another network based on some activity of the wireless device user, another wireless device via a wireless network, or any system capable of providing location information to the Location Comparison Engine." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2007 (11/933,803). 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=8,374,634.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,634&RS=PN/8,374,634 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,864) developed by Jim Kerr, Seattle, for a "correlation of transcribed text with corresponding audio." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method includes receiving at a communication device an audio communication and a transcribed text created from the audio communication, and generating a mapping of the transcribed text to the audio communication independent of transcribing the audio. The mapping identifies locations of portions of the text in the audio communication. An apparatus for mapping the text to the audio is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/661,457). 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=8,374,864&OS=8,374,864&RS=8,374,864 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Primordial Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Primordial, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,792) developed by Dane White, Seattle, and Erik Freed, New Brighton, Minn., for a "system and method for multi-resolution routing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method and computer program product for efficiently generating on- and off-road travel routes using multi-resolution maps including a map generator (108), map database (106), route generator (100), heuristic generator (102), and search envelope factor generator (104). The map generator (108) converts input raster and vector map data into output multi-resolution raster map data suitable for routing and stores it in the map database (106). The route generator (100) uses the map database (106) to produce a route at a coarse zoom level and then regenerate the route at progressively higher zoom levels. The heuristic generator (102) penalizes high resolution routes that deviate too far from one or more low resolution routes. The search envelope factor generator (104) computes this penalty based on the distance from a given search graph node to the low resolution routes." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2010 (12/847,845). 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=8,374,792&OS=8,374,792&RS=8,374,792 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,374,849) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-language relevance-based indexing and search." The co-inventors are Yuhui Jin, Seattle, Cheng He, Seattle, Peng Kang, Beijing, and Yang Wenbo, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Indexing and querying in multiple languages is accomplished using an ordered chain of filters and/or other such components. When receiving information to be indexed or for a query, the information can be tokenized and typed based at least in part on the language of each token. The character types can be adjusted if appropriate for the languages, and the tokens can be further segmented using a dictionary for the respective language types. Once appropriate tokens are determined, relevant synonyms in each appropriate language can be determined and typed accordingly. If necessary the case of the tokens and synonyms can be adjusted and further segmented based on punctuation. The terms and synonyms then can be used as part of the index or as part of the search query to include other terms or phrases based on relevance to the original information." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2012 (13/362,454). 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=8,374,849&OS=8,374,849&RS=8,374,849 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 - Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,879) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for managing interactions from multiple speech-enabled applications." The co-inventors are Stephen Russell Falcon, Woodinville, Wash., Clement Yip, Bellevue, Wash., Dan Banay, Seattle, and David Miller, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are described for speech systems that utilize an interaction manager to manage interactions--also known as dialogues--from one or more applications. The interactions are managed properly even if multiple applications use different grammars. The interaction manager maintains an interaction list. An application wishing to utilize the speech system submits one or more interactions to the interaction manager. Interactions are normally processed in the order in which they are received. An exception to this rule is an interaction that is configured by an application to be processed immediately, which causes the interaction manager to place the interaction at the front of the interaction list of interactions. If an application has designated an interaction to interrupt a currently processing interaction, then the newly submitted application will interrupt any interaction currently being processed and, therefore, it will be processed immediately." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (11/275,189). 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=8,374,879&OS=8,374,879&RS=8,374,879 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Runway Slope Compensation for an Automatic Landing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,374,736) developed by Brian K. Rupnik, Seattle, for a "runway slope compensation for an automatic landing system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automatic landing system (ALS) includes an automatic landing module. The automatic landing module receives a radio altitude from a radio altimeter and any other sensor inputs for use by the automatic landing module and generates an ALS elevator command. The ALS also includes a runway slope compensation (RSC) module. The runway slope compensation module receives the ALS elevator command, the radio altitude and an inertial vertical speed from an inertial reference unit and generates an aircraft elevator command and at least one symmetric wing surface command. The aircraft elevator command and the at least one symmetric wing surface command are useable by an aircraft for runway slope compensation." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2009 (12/629,101). 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=8,374,736&OS=8,374,736&RS=8,374,736 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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