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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Feb. 22)
[February 22, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Feb. 22)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,525) developed by four co-inventors for "techniques to support large numbers of subscribers to a real-time event." The co-inventors are Cheuk Wan William Lau, Bellevue, Wash., RaviKant Cherukuri, Snoqualmie, Wash., Stephen Gordon, Woodinville, Wash., and Offir Bakshitz, Redmond, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to manage large numbers of subscribers to real-time events are described. Embodiments may filter subscribers dynamically into buckets where publications are distributed only to subscribers in the same bucket as the publisher. Buckets may be dynamically created and removed to lower or raise the publication rate for subscribers to an acceptable level. Embodiments may use a two-level bucketing algorithm for filtering that is memory and CPU efficient, and scales with large numbers of subscriptions. The techniques may also reduce the context loss for a subscriber when a new bucket has to be created and subscribers distributed between buckets. Embodiments may be scaled out to multiple servers, to accommodate very large numbers of subscribers and publications. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2010 (12/892,649). 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=8,379,525&OS=8,379,525&RS=8,379,525 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Increasing the Temporal Resolution of Video Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,152) developed by Hiroyuki Takeda, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Petrus J.L. Van Beek, Camas, Wash., for "systems and methods for increasing the temporal resolution of video data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for multi-scale spatio-temporal steering kernel regression may include repeatedly spatially downsampling input video data, thereby obtaining spatially downsampled video data at a coarsest spatial resolution scale. The spatially downsampled video data at the coarsest spatial resolution scale may be temporally upscaled to generate an estimate of temporally upscaled video data at the coarsest spatial resolution scale. The temporal upscaling may be achieved using spatio-temporal steering kernel regression. Estimates of the temporally upscaled video data may be repeatedly spatially upscaled to generate an estimate of the temporally upscaled video data at the original spatial resolution. The spatial upscaling may be achieved using spatio-temporal steering kernel regression." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2008 (12/060,061). 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=8,379,152&OS=8,379,152&RS=8,379,152 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,243) developed by Andrew R. Ferlitsch, Camas, Wash., and William J. Vojak, Battle Ground, Wash., for "systems and methods for deferment of a print job when the paper supply is insufficient." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for deferring a print job within a queue is disclosed. The print job is received. The print job is scheduled for despooling to a printing device. Print data and print settings associated with the print job are analyzed. Paper requirements of the print job are determined. Availability of a paper supply associated with the printing device is determined. The print job is deferred if the paper supply does not satisfy the paper requirements." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2006 (11/537,394). 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=8,379,243&OS=8,379,243&RS=8,379,243 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,378,629) developed by Glen C. Larsen, Issaquah, Wash., for a "flexible size and orientation battery system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A battery receptacle system is provided to accept various types or sizes of batteries in different orientations. The battery receptacle system includes a first radial notch for positioning a first positive terminal of a first battery to electrically connect with the first positive contact at a first position, and a second radial notch for positioning a second positive terminal of a second battery of a different size and/or type than the first battery to electrically connect with the first positive contact at a second position, different from the first position. The second radial notch is configured to prevent the first positive terminal of the first battery from electrically connecting with the first positive contact at the second position." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2011 (13/013,497). 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=8,378,629&OS=8,378,629&RS=8,378,629 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Dynamic Perspective Video Window ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,057) developed by six co-inventors for a "dynamic perspective video window." The co-inventors are Samuel A. Mann, Bellevue, Wash., Joseph Bertolami, Seattle, Matthew L. Bronder, Bellevue, Wash., Michael A. Dougherty, Issaquah, Wash., Robert M. Craig, Bellevue, Wash., and John A. Tardif, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for generating an image for a user based on an image captured by a scene-facing camera or detector. The user's position relative to a component of the system is determined, and the image captured by the scene-facing detector is modified based on the user's position. The resulting image represents the scene as seen from the perspective of the user. The resulting image may be further modified by augmenting the image with additional images, graphics, or other data." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2012 (13/470,957). 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=8,379,057&OS=8,379,057&RS=8,379,057 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Providing Intermediate Targets in a Graphics System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,035) developed by Michele B. Boland, Seattle, Charles N. Boyd, Woodinville, Wash., and Anantha R. Kancherla, Redmond, Wash., for "systems and methods for providing intermediate targets in a graphics system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for utilizing intermediate target(s) in connection with computer graphics in a computer system allow serialized programs from graphics APIs to support algorithms that exceed the instruction limits of procedural shaders for single programs. The intermediate buffers may also allow sharing of data between programs for other purposes as well, and are atomically accessible. The size of the buffers, i.e., the amount of data stored in the intermediate targets, can be variably set for a varying amount of resolution with respect to the graphics data. In this regard, a single program generates intermediate data, which can then be used, and re-used, by an extension of the same program and/or any number of other programs any number of times as may be desired, enabling considerable flexibility and complexity of shading programs, while maintaining the speed of modern graphics chips." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2011 (13/286,054). 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=8,379,035&OS=8,379,035&RS=8,379,035 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Target Display for Gamma Calibration ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,042) developed by Michael Bourgoin, Lake Forest Park, Wash., for a "target display for gamma calibration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "User interfaces are provided that allow for the display of a target element that may be used to adjust a gamma value of a display device. The target element includes three layers. These layers include a bottom static layer, a gray static layer, and a progressive layer that gradually changes from a fully transparent are to an opaque area. Additionally, a manipulation area is provided, which may be a sliding mechanism. The user may adjust the gamma to a higher value when the fully transparent area appears lighter than the opaque area, and may adjust the gamma to a lower value when the fully transparent area appears darker than the opaque area." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2012 (13/359,275). 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=8,379,042&OS=8,379,042&RS=8,379,042 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent for Fast Triangle Reordering for Vertex Locality and Reduced Overdraw ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,019) developed by Joshua D. Barczak, Milford, Mass., Diego F. Nehab, Seattle, and Pedro V. Sander, Kowloon, Hong Kong, for a "fast triangle reordering for vertex locality and reduced overdraw." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Presented are systems and methods that change the order in which triangles are rendered, to improve post-transform vertex cache efficiency and reduce view-independent overdraw. The resulting triangle orders are orders magnitude faster to compute compared to previous methods. The improvements in processing speed allow such methods to be performed on a model after it is loaded (i.e., when more information on the host hardware is available). Also, such methods can be executed interactively, allowing for re-optimization in case of changes to geometry or topology, which happen often in CAD/CAM applications." The patent application was filed on Dec. 26, 2007 (11/964,517). 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=8,379,019&OS=8,379,019&RS=8,379,019 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amnis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Amnis, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,379,136) developed by William E. Ortyn, Bainbridge Island, Wash., David A. Basiji, Seattle, and David J. Perry, Woodinville, Wash., for a "system and method for high numeric aperture imaging systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for high numeric aperture imaging systems includes a splitter, a defocusing system, and a combiner. The splitter reflects a portion of collected light and transmits another portion of the collected light. The defocusing system is configured to modify optical power of either the transmitted portion or reflected portion of the collected light. The combiner is oriented with respect to a mechanical angle. The combiner recombines portions of the transmitted portion and the reflected portion such that the transmitted portion and reflected portion are subsequently transmitted being separated by an optical separation angle based upon the mechanical angle of orientation of the combiner. Various other implementations are used to maintain focus with regards to the imaging systems involved." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2011 (13/027,173). 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=8,379,136&OS=8,379,136&RS=8,379,136 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Environment and/or Target Segmentation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,379,101) developed by Zsolt Mathe, Issaquah, Wash., and Charles Claudius Marais, Duvall, Wash., for an "environment and/or target segmentation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A depth image of a scene may be observed or captured by a capture device. The depth image may include a human target and an environment. One or more pixels of the depth image may be analyzed to determine whether the pixels in the depth image are associated with the environment of the depth image. The one or more pixels associated with the environment may then be discarded to isolate the human target and the depth image with the isolated human target may be processed." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/475,094). 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=8,379,101&OS=8,379,101&RS=8,379,101 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Express Imaging Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Express Imaging Systems, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,378,563) developed by William G. Reed, Seattle, and John O. Renn, Lake Forest Park, Wash., for an "apparatus, method to change light source color temperature with reduced optical filtering losses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The efficiency and color temperature of a lighting device may be improved by using wavelength shifting material, such as a phosphor, to absorb less desired wavelengths and transmit more desired wavelengths. A reflective filter (e.g., dichroic or dielectric mirror material) may pass desired wavelengths while returning or reflecting less desired wavelengths away from an optical exit back toward wavelength shifting material which may either be disposed in the optical path or on the periphery of the light source." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2011 (13/007,080). 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=8,378,563&OS=8,378,563&RS=8,378,563 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,378,530) developed by Osvaldo P. Morales, Seattle, for a "power distribution system with rack power distribution unit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power distribution system for a data center includes a transformer that transforms three-phase source power to three-phase operating power. The phase-to-neutral operating voltage for each phase is at least about 260 volts. Power distribution units are coupled to the transformer. The power distribution units supply operating power from the transformer to computer systems in the data center." The patent application was filed on July 10, 2009 (12/501,287). 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=8,378,530&OS=8,378,530&RS=8,378,530 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,378,989) developed by seven co-inventors for "interpreting ambiguous inputs on a touch-screen." The co-inventors are Richard J. Duncan, Kirkland, Wash., Leroy B. Keely, Portola Valley, Calif., David A. Perry, Lynnwood, Wash., Thomas H. Alphin, Kirkland, Wash., Chris Devaraj, Seattle, Matthews; David A. Seattle, and Steven P. Dodge, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are provided for interpreting a touch in relation to touch targets displayed on a touch-screen display, the touch targets associated with an application. A touch is detected at a first touch-screen location. The application is queried to determined a first touch target located within a predetermined touch region of the first touch-screen location. The application is then queries to determine whether a second touch target is located within the predetermined touch region. The touch is them disambiguated to determine whether the touch was intended for the first touch target or the second touch target." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2012 (13/543,396). 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=83,78,989.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,989&RS=PN/83,78,989 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Long Term Evolution to Universal Mobile Telecommunications System Femto Mobility ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,380,207) developed by four co-inventors for a "long term evolution to universal mobile telecommunications system femto mobility." The co-inventors are Yonghui Tong, Alpharetta, Ga., Inderpreet Singh Ahluwalia, Austin, Texas, Arthur Brisebois, Cumming, Ga., and Yung Choi-Grogan, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and methodology that resolves complex mobility handling issues in Long Term evolution (LTE) networks, overlaid with Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) macro and UMTS femtocells that share a common UMTS Absolute Radio Frequency Number (UARFChina, is provided. Moreover, an LTE user equipment (UE) includes a femto identification component that differentiates between the UMTS macro and UMTS femtocells by employing Location Area Code (LAC) data. In an aspect, the femto identification component ensures that the LTE UE connects to the UMTS femtocell as soon as the LTE UE enters the UMTS femtocell coverage area, even when the LTE radio frequency (RF) signal is deemed sufficient for communication. Further, the femto identification component ensures that the LTE UE stays connected to the LTE network, as long as possible, while outside of the UMTS femtocell coverage area." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2011 (13/032,232). 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=8,380,207.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,207&RS=PN/8,380,207 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,378,956) developed by Louis J. Kerofsky, Camas, Wash., for "methods and systems for weighted-error-vector-based source light selection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Elements of the present invention relate to systems and methods for selecting a display source light illumination level based on a histogram-weighted error value." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2007 (11/948,969). 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=83,78,956.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,956&RS=PN/83,78,956 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Remote Programming/Activation of SIM Enabled ATA Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,380,180) developed by Jerald J. Gnuschke, Redmond, Wash., for a "remote programming/activation of SIM enabled ATA device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for programming and/or activating a subscriber identity module (SIM) enabled analog telephone adapter (ATA) device. A component activates and/or programs a SIM-enabled ATA module. Additionally, a component is provided that communicates with a network, such that the activation/programming component enables functionality of the SIM-ATA device by programming and/or activating the SIM-enabled module via the network. Separate components can effectuate activating and programming the SIM-ATA module." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2009 (12/580,486). 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=8,380,180.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,180&RS=PN/8,380,180 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mimic Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Mimic Technologies, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,378,968) developed by Jeffrey J. Berkley, Seattle, Marc Vollenweider, Kirkland, Wash., and Seahak Kim, Seoul, South Korea, for a "method, apparatus, and article for force feedback based on tension control and tracking through cables." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A haptic interface system includes a cable based haptic interface device and a controller. The controller receives information related to movement of a grip in real-space and generates a stereoscopic output for a display device. The stereoscopic output includes images of a virtual reality tool whose motions mimic motions of the real-space grip." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2012 (13/538,790). 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=83,78,968.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,968&RS=PN/83,78,968 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sharp Laboratories of America Assigned Patent for Liquid Crystal Display Backlight with Filtering ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Sharp Laboratories of America, Camas, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,378,955) developed by Scott J. Daly, Kalama, Wash., for a "liquid crystal display backlight with filtering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A display is backlit by a source having spatially modulated luminance to attenuate illumination of dark areas of images and increase the dynamic range of the display." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2004 (10/973,157). 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=83,78,955.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,955&RS=PN/83,78,955 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Universal Avionics Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The Universal Avionics Systems, Tucson, Ariz., has been assigned a patent (8,378,852) developed by four co-inventors for an "aircraft-centered ground maneuvering monitoring and alerting system." The co-inventors are Joachim Laurenz Naimer, Ascona, Switzerland, Frank Hummel, Woodinville, Wash., David Zeitouni, Redmond, Wash., and Patrick Krohn, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A monitoring system for alerting operators of aircraft or other vehicles when they are approaching a geographical feature of interest, such as a runway, taxiway or other aircraft. The system includes a database having at least one geo-referenced chart, a processor, a positioning system configured to identify a number of aircraft or other vehicle operational parameters and transmit that data to the processor, and a display unit configured to display the present position of the aircraft on the geo-referenced chart. After receiving the operational parameters, the processor identifies a virtual containment zone centered about the aircraft or vehicle. The processor further monitors the position of the aircraft or other vehicle relative to any geographical features of interest and determines whether at least a portion of a geographical feature is located within the containment area. If such a condition is detected, a notification is generated and presented to the operator who may respond accordingly." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2008 (12/236,208). 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=83,78,852.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,852&RS=PN/83,78,852 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,378,921) developed by Thomas Peter Delfeld, Newcastle, Wash., and Matthew Gregory Rivett, Seattle, for a broadband multi-tap antenna.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An antenna system comprises a plurality of conductors, a combiner, and a plurality of loads. The combiner has an output port. The plurality of loads connects the plurality of conductors to each other in line. The plurality of loads has an impedance equal to a desired impedance for the output port. The combiner combines power received by the plurality of loads at the output port of the combiner." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2008 (12/200,259). 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=83,78,921.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,921&RS=PN/83,78,921 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Heath Tecna Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Heath Tecna, Bellingham, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,378,233) developed by James L. Clymer, Bellingham, Wash., for an aircraft interior bushing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An aircraft interior bushing assembly is disclosed comprising interoperating bushings, each bushing comprising a recessing portion, a radially inner surface operably configured to contact a surface defining a void in a panel, a perimeter portion wherein the perimeter portion is substantially larger than the recessing portion, a support arm receiver, and a support arm coupled to each bushing. Each support arm comprises a first end coupled to the bushing, and a second end comprising a conduit receiver. In one form, the bushing assembly is operably configured to support a conduit at a distance from the radially inner surface of the interoperating bushings to substantially prohibit contact between the conduit and the bushing assembly once the conduit is installed and fixed to the conduit receiver." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2010 (12/845,257). 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=8,378,233&OS=8,378,233&RS=8,378,233 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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