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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Oct. 4)
[October 04, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Oct. 4)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,703) developed by Radomir Mech, Mountain View, Calif., for "method and apparatus for controlling procedural models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus are described that may be used interactively to control the synthesis of patterns via procedural modeling. In one method, a direct brush tool may be used to directly control placement of parts of a procedural model. An element of a pattern may be synthesized according to the procedural model along a curve from a start point to an end point. Other elements of the pattern may be synthesized along the curve according to the procedural model. In another method, an auto brush tool may be used to grow a procedural model automatically to a specified distance from the curve. A pattern may be synthesized according to the procedural model along the curve from a start point to an end point; the synthesis of the pattern by the procedural model may be constrained to a region defined by a specified distance from the curve." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2009 (12/356,421). 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=8,280,703&OS=8,280,703&RS=8,280,703 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,728) developed by Juin-Hwey Chen, Irvine, Calif., Jes Thyssen, Laguna Niguel, Calif., and Robert W. Zopf, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for a "packet loss concealment for a sub-band predictive coder based on extrapolation of excitation waveform." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are described for performing packet loss concealment using an extrapolation of an excitation waveform in a sub-band predictive speech coder, such as an ITU-T Recommendation G.722 wideband speech coder. The systems and methods are useful for concealing the quality-degrading effects of packet loss in a sub-band predictive coder and address some sub-band architectural issues when applying excitation extrapolation techniques to such sub-band predictive coders." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2007 (11/835,716). 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=8,280,728&OS=8,280,728&RS=8,280,728 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schneider Electric USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Schneider Electric USA, Palatine, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,280,657) developed by John C. Van Gorp, Sidney, Calif., Marcus Gasper, Salt Spring Island, Calif., and Steven B. Raffo, Victoria, Calif., for an "utility monitoring system with variable logging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of storing data in a utility monitoring system includes monitoring a characteristic of a utility system in an intelligent electronic device (IED) to produce monitored characteristic values that are buffered in the IED. The IED is communicatively coupled to a server via a network. The monitored characteristic values are indicative of the characteristic. The method further includes storing a first monitored characteristic value of the buffered monitored characteristic values periodically at a first logging interval in a memory of the IED. The method further includes storing a second monitored characteristic value of the buffered monitored characteristic values periodically at a second logging interval in the memory of the IED in response to satisfying a criterion. The second logging interval is distinct from the first logging interval." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,526). 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=8,280,657&OS=8,280,657&RS=8,280,657 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Modal Shop Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Modal Shop, Cincinnati, has been assigned a patent (8,280,666) developed by Robert D. Sill, Laguna Hills, Calif., Mark I. Schiefer, Loveland, Ohio, and Joshua B. Moses, Cincinnati, for "reference sensor method for calibration of dynamic motion sensors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention disclosed includes a method for determining the magnitude and phase calibration of dynamic motion sensors (SUTs), such as accelerometers, velocimeters, and dynamically responding displacement transducers at low vibration frequencies, using an optical encoder as the reference. To calibrate the sensitivity, the dynamic motion sensor is mounted to a shaker mechanism which imparts harmonic linear motion in the axis of the sensitivity of the sensor. In the case of an accelerometer, the mechanism commonly includes another accelerometer as a reference sensor. However, the output of conventional reference accelerometers becomes inadequate at low frequencies. The subject of this patent is an optical encoder to measure the displacement, at frequencies at which the optical measurement is more accurate than that of an accelerometer or other dynamic motion sensor." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2008 (12/313,486). 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=8,280,666&OS=8,280,666&RS=8,280,666 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Promethean Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Promethean Devices, Fort Mill, S.C., has been assigned a patent (8,280,652) developed by five co-inventors for a "sensor, method and system of monitoring transmission lines." The co-inventors are Steven J. Syracuse, Charlotte, N.C., Roy Clark, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Peter G. Halverson, Temple City, Calif., Frederick M. Tesche, Saluda, N.C., and Charles V. Barlow, Matthews, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, method, and system for measuring the magnetic field produced by phase conductors in multi-phase power lines. The magnetic field measurements are used to determine the current load on the conductors. The magnetic fields are sensed by coils placed sufficiently proximate the lines to measure the voltage induced in the coils by the field without touching the lines. The x and y components of the magnetic fields are used to calculate the conductor sag, and then the sag data, along with the field strength data, can be used to calculate the current load on the line and the phase of the current. The sag calculations of this invention are independent of line voltage and line current measurements. The system applies a computerized fitter routine to measured and sampled voltages on the coils to accurately determine the values of parameters associated with the overhead phase conductors." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2009 (12/396,756). 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=8,280,652&OS=8,280,652&RS=8,280,652 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,280,726) developed by Yinian Mao, San Diego, and Gene Marsh, Encinitas, Calif., for "gender detection in mobile phones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for wireless communications includes a processing system. The processing system is configured to receive an input sound stream of a user, split the input sound stream into a plurality of frames, classify each of the frames as one selected from the group consisting of a non-speech frame and a speech frame, determine a pitch of each of the frames in a subset of the speech frames, and identify a gender of the user from the determined pitch. To determine the pitch, the processing system is configured to filter the speech frames to compute an error signal, compute an autocorrelation of the error signal, find a maximum autocorrelation value, and set the pitch to an index of the maximum autocorrelation value." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2009 (12/645,831). 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=8,280,726&OS=8,280,726&RS=8,280,726 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,723) developed by William T. Laaser, Palo Alto, Calif., for "technique for comparing a string to large sets of strings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A comparison technique for efficiently comparing an input string to a set of strings is described. This set of strings may be represented in a tree structure as paths from a root of the tree structure to leaves of the tree structure, and strings in the set of strings that share common substrings share nodes in the tree structure. During the comparison technique, labels may be assigned to a given node in the tree structure based at least in part on comparisons between a given character in the input string and a character associated with the given node. These labels may include a position of the given character in the input string, and a cumulative error between the characters in a string that are associated with a branch in the tree structure and the characters in the input string that have been processed. Based at least in part on these labels, an actual string, which corresponds to the input string, may be identified." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2009 (12/362,293). 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=8,280,723&OS=8,280,723&RS=8,280,723 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Memory Circuit Simulation System and Method with Refresh Capabilities ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,714) developed by five co-inventors for "memory circuit simulation system and method with refresh capabilities." The co-inventors are Suresh Natarajan Rajan, San Jose, Calif., Keith R. Schakel, San Jose, Calif., Michael John Sebastian Smith, Palo Alto, Calif., David T. Wang, San Jose, Calif., and Frederick Daniel Weber, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided including an interface circuit in communication with a plurality of memory circuits and a system. The interface circuit is operable to interface the plurality of memory circuits and the system for simulating at leas one memory circuit with at least one aspect that is different from at least one aspect of at least one of the plurality of memory circuits. The interface circuit is further operable to control refreshing of the plurality of memory circuits." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2006 (11/553,399). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,280,714&OS=8,280,714&RS=8,280,714 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Omnicell Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Omnicell, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,550) developed by six co-inventors for a "cabinet with remote integration." The co-inventors are Cynthia Levy, San Jose, Calif., Richard Caldwell, San Francisco, Jennifer Cartright, Loomis, Calif., Ray Vrabel, San Diego, Brad Blackwell, San Francisco, and John Vahlberg, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Devices, systems, and methods are described for remotely managing items that are configured to be stored in at least one dispensing device. This includes receiving user identification information at a host computer system from an electronic device that is remotely located from the dispensing device. This also includes transmitting from the host computer system to the electronic device a disposition of at least one item, wherein the at least one item is associated with a patient. Further, this includes receiving, at the host computer system from the remote electronic device, information about the item originating from the dispensing device, wherein the information includes a further disposition of the item." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2009 (12/502,172). 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=8,280,550&OS=8,280,550&RS=8,280,550 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Eloret Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Eloret, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,640) developed by Eugene Levin, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, and Martha Elizabeth Corey, San Francisco, for a "system and method for pattern recognition in sequential data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is based on the encoding of sequential data or sequences in a novel manner that permits efficient storage and processing of sequential data, as well as methods for searching sequences or databases of sequences. The methods and systems of the current invention may be adapted broadly to various fields of application and to a variety of sequences types. For example, the current invention has broad application including to the fields of bioinformatics, molecular biology, pharmacogenomics, phonetic sequences, lexicographic sequences, signal analysis, game playing, law enforcement, biometrics, medical diagnosis, equipment maintenance and micro-array data analysis." The patent application was filed on Aug. 11, 2004 (10/916,370). 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=8,280,640&OS=8,280,640&RS=8,280,640 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,722) developed by Georges R. Harik, Mountain View, Calif., Simon Tong, Mountain View, Calif., and David R. Cheng, Avondale, Pa., for "automatic completion of fragments of text." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system offers potential completions for fragments of text. The system may obtain a text fragment and identify documents that include the text fragment. The system may locate sentences within the documents that include at least a portion of the text fragment, identify sentence endings associated with the located sentences, and present the sentence endings as potential completions for the text fragment." The patent application was filed on Sep. 13, 2011 (13/235,025). 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=8,280,722&OS=8,280,722&RS=8,280,722 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Current Communications Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Current Communications Services, Rochester, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,280,656) developed by David G. Kreiss, San Diego, and Daniel S. Brancaccio, Coronado, Calif., for a "system and method for providing power distribution system information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method and computer program product for processing utility data of a power grid is provided. In one embodiment, the system includes a datamart comprised of a plurality of physical databases storing utility data, a plurality of applications comprising an automated meter application configured to process power usage data from a plurality of automated meters, a power outage application configured to identify a location of a power outage, and a power restoration application configured to identify a location of a power restoration. The system may include an analysis engine comprising a plurality of analysis objects with each analysis object configured to process data to provide a specific analysis, wherein said analysis engine is accessible via one or more of the plurality of applications, and the system may include a report module configured to receive an output from the analysis engine and to output a report. The plurality of applications may also include a fault analysis application, a transformer analysis application, a theft detection application, a power flow application, a substation automation application, a load shed application and others." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2011 (13/184,466). 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=8,280,656&OS=8,280,656&RS=8,280,656 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,559) developed by Jeffrey Herman, Cupertino, Calif., and Sagheer Ahmad, Cupertino, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for providing cooling to multiple components." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, an integrated circuit includes an input configured to receive a first control signal and an output module configured to generate an output signal based at least on the first control signal and a second control signal generated based at least on a measured temperature of the IC. The output signal is configured to control a cooling device." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2008 (12/137,436). 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=8,280,559&OS=8,280,559&RS=8,280,559 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Efficiently Representing Word Sense Probabilities ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,280,721) developed by five co-inventors for "efficiently representing word sense probabilities." The co-inventors are Rion Snow, San Francisco, Giovanni Lorenzo Thione, San Francisco, Scott A. Waterman, Campbell, Calif., Chad Walters, San Francisco, and Timothy Converse, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Word sense probabilities are compressed for storage in a semantic index. Each word sense for a word is mapped to one of a number of "buckets" by assigning a bucket score to the word sense. A scoring function is utilized to assign the bucket scores that maximizes the entropy of the assigned bucket scores. Once the bucket scores have been assigned to the word senses, the bucket scores are stored in the semantic index. The bucket scores stored in the semantic index may be utilized to prune one or more of the word senses prior to construction of the semantic index. The bucket scores may also be utilized to prune and rank the word senses at the time a query is performed using the semantic index." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2008 (12/200,999). 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=8,280,721&OS=8,280,721&RS=8,280,721 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Audio Control of Multimedia Objects ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,541) developed by Johnny Chen, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "audio control of multimedia objects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some examples, aspects of the present disclosure may include techniques for audio control of one or more multimedia objects. In one example, a method includes receiving an electronic document that includes a group of one or more multimedia objects capable of generating audio data. The method also includes registering a multimedia object of the group of one or more multimedia objects, wherein registering the multimedia object comprises storing a multimedia object identifier that identifies the multimedia object. The method further includes receiving audio data; and determining, by a computing device, a volume level of the audio data generated by the registered multimedia object based on one or more configuration parameters, wherein the one or more configuration parameters define one or more volume levels associated with the multimedia object identifier. The method also includes outputting, to an output device, the audio data at the determined volume level." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2011 (13/251,111). 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=8,280,541&OS=8,280,541&RS=8,280,541 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent for Discrimination of Ventricular Tachycardia from Supraventricular Tachycardia ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,280,500) developed by Theodore Chow, Saratoga, Calif., for a "discrimination of ventricular tachycardia from supraventricular tachycardia." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This disclosure describes various techniques for discriminating supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) from ventricular tachycardia (VT). As one example, a method includes detecting a tachycardia rhythm, identifying a rate of change in heart rate corresponding to the tachycardia rhythm, identifying a rate of change in heart rate variability corresponding to the tachycardia rhythm, and classifying the tachycardia rhythm as at least one of supraventricular tachycardia or ventricular tachycardia based on the rate of change in heart rate and rate of change in heart rate variability." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2009 (12/476,811). 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=8,280,500&OS=8,280,500&RS=8,280,500 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Accuray Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Accuray, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,491) developed by Gopinath Kuduvalli, San Jose, Calif., Dongshan Fu, Santa Clara, Calif., and Shehrzad Qureshi, Palo Alto, Calif., for an "image guided radiosurgery method and apparatus using registration of 2D radiographic images with digitally reconstructed radiographs of 3D scan data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A set of 2D reconstructed images is generated from a pretreatment 3D scan showing an initial position of a target, wherein the set of 2D reconstructed images corresponds to perturbations from said initial position along fewer than six degrees of freedom. Said set of 2D reconstructed images are registered with one or more 2D x-ray images of said target showing a current position of the target, wherein the registering includes computing a set of 3D transformation parameters that represent a change in position of said target between said initial position of said pretreatment 3D scan and said current position of said 2D x-ray images along six degrees of freedom. A positioning system is instructed to adjust a relative position of a radiosurgical beam generator to said target by an amount prescribed by said 3D transformation parameters, wherein said target is allowed six degrees of freedom of position." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2010 (12/793,621). 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=8,280,491&OS=8,280,491&RS=8,280,491 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Nest Labs Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Nest Labs, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,536) developed by eight co-inventors for a thermostat user interface. The co-inventors are Anthony M. Fadell, Portola Valley, Calif., Matthew L. Rogers, Los Gatos, Calif., David Sloo, Menlo Park, Calif., Michael J. Matas, San Francisco, Fred Bould, Menlo Park, Calif., Shigefumi Honjo, Santa Cruz, Calif., Brian Huppi, San Francisco, and John B. Filson, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thermostat for controlling an HVAC system is described, the thermostat having a user interface that is visually pleasing, approachable, and easy to use while also providing ready access to, and intuitive navigation within, a menuing system capable of receiving a variety of different types of user settings and/or control parameters. For some embodiments, the thermostat comprises a housing, a ring-shaped user-interface component configured to track a rotational input motion of a user, a processing system configured to identify a setpoint temperature value based on the tracked rotational input motion, and an electronic display coupled to the processing system. An interactive thermostat menuing system is accessible to the user by an inward pressing of the ring-shaped user interface component. User navigation within the interactive thermostat menuing system is achievable by virtue of respective rotational input motions and inward pressings of the ring-shaped user interface component." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2012 (13/487,475). 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=8,280,536&OS=8,280,536&RS=8,280,536 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Pacesetter, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,523) developed by Allen Keel, San Jose, Calif., Steve Koh, South Pasadena, Calif., and Taraneh Ghaffari Farazi, San Jose, Calif., for a "system and method for monitoring diastolic function using an implantable medical device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Diastolic function is monitored within a patient using a pacemaker or other implantable medical device. In one example, the implantable device uses morphological parameters derived from the T-wave evoked response waveform as proxies for ventricular relaxation rate and ventricular compliance. In particular, the magnitude of the peak of the T-wave evoked response is employed as a proxy for ventricular compliance. The maximum slew rate of the T-wave evoked response following its peak is employed as a proxy for ventricular relaxation. A metric is derived from these proxy values to represent diastolic function. The metric is tracked over time to evaluate changes in diastolic function. In other examples, specific values for ventricular compliance and ventricular relaxation are derived for the patient based on the T-wave evoked response parameters." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2008 (12/341,355). 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=8,280,523&OS=8,280,523&RS=8,280,523 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,280,520) developed by five co-inventors for "systems configured to locate a photonic device disposed in a living subject, and related apparatuses and methods." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Dennis J. Rivet, Portsmouth, Va., Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, a system includes a biocompatible photonic device configured for disposal within a living subject and a location-indicating aid associated with the photonic device. The location-indicating aid is configured to facilitate locating the biocompatible photonic device within the living subject. Related apparatuses and methods of use are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/316,811). 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=8,280,520&OS=8,280,520&RS=8,280,520 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Use by an Implantable Medical Device for Detecting Heart Failure Based on the Independent Information Content of Immittance Vectors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,511) developed by Wenxia Zhao, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Dorin Panescu, San Jose, Calif., and Anders Bjorling, Solna, Sweden, for "systems and methods for use by an implantable medical device for detecting heart failure based on the independent information content of immittance vectors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are provided for detecting heart failure or other medical conditions within a patient using an implantable medical device, such as pacemaker or implantable cardioverter/defibrillator, or external system. In one example, physiological signals, such as immittance-based signals, are sensed within the patient along a plurality of different vectors, and the amount of independent informational content among the physiological signals of the different vectors is determined. Heart failure is then detected by the implantable device based on a significant increase in the amount of independent informational content among the physiological signals. In response, therapy may be controlled, diagnostic information stored, and/or warning signals generated. In other examples, at least some of these functions are performed by an external system." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2008 (12/168,750). 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=8,280,511&OS=8,280,511&RS=8,280,511 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** RMX Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- RMX, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,280,513) developed by Amir J. Tehrani, San Francisco, Rose Province, San Jose, Calif., and David Ligon, San Francisco, for "device and method to treat flow limitations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device and method for detecting and treating airflow limitations in a subject is provided. Levels of flow limited breathing may be differentiated. Obstruction versus flow limited breathing may be differentiated as well. The EMG complex characteristics may be used to detect obstruction or flow limited breathing. The power spectral density plot of the EMG may be used to detect obstruction or flow limited breathing." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (12/004,845). 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=8,280,513&OS=8,280,513&RS=8,280,513 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dyna Dx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Dyna Dx, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,501) developed by Dan Guo, Beijing, Yanhui Liu, Mountain View, Calif., for "systems and methods for quantitatively characterizing slow wave activities and states in sleep." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for quantitative sleep characterization includes acquiring a surface electroencephologram (surf-EEG) signal from an individual by a probe, decomposing the surf-EEG signal into a plurality of intrinsic mode functions (IMFs) by a computer processor in communication with the probe, wherein the plurality of IMFs comprises a first group of IMFs and a second group of IMFs, calculating a ratio comprising an amplitude or power of at least one of the IMFs in the first group in the numerator and a corresponding amplitude or power of at least one of the IMFs in the second group in the denominator; and identifying a period in the surf-EEG waveform as slow wave sleep (SWS) if the ratio associated with the period is above a predetermined threshold." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2010 (12/761,712). 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=8,280,501&OS=8,280,501&RS=8,280,501 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Bionics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Advanced Bionics, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,280,528) developed by Janusz A. Kuzma, Parker, Colo., Lani A. Smith, Parker, Colo., and Chuladatta Thenawara, Castaic, Calif., for an implantable cochlear lead.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cochlear stimulation lead and method of making a curved electrode array are provided. In one embodiment of the lead, while the curved section of the lead is curled further beyond its originally molded curvature and held in this position, a filling channel is filled with a filling material that is hardened or cured in this held position. The resulting lead has a tip curvature that is more curved than the originally molded curvature." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2011 (13/103,927). 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=8,280,528&OS=8,280,528&RS=8,280,528 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Smith Micro Software Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Smith Micro Software, Aliso Viejo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,925) developed by Brainerd Sathianathan, San Jose, Calif., and Arulkumaran Chandrasekaran, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "video streaming apparatus with quantization and method thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A streaming appliance having an internal quantizer is disclosed so that the bit rate of a streamed video can be adjusted based on the current conditions of a link between the streaming appliance and one or more target devices." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2008 (12/235,107). 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=82,79,925.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,925&RS=PN/82,79,925 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Synchronization in a Wireless Node ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,279,897) developed by five co-inventors for a "synchronization in a wireless node." The co-inventors are Jung Gun Lee, Palo Alto, Calif., Raul Herman Etkin, San Francisco, Sung-Ju Lee, San Francisco, Anil Gupta, Shrewsbury, Mass., and Vincent Ma, Shrewsbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless node receives a beacon from a wireless access point. The beacon includes a wireless protocol time synchronization function (TSF) timestamp generated with reference to a global clock for a network. The wireless node synchronizes a counter according to the TSF timestamp. The wireless node receives a global timing offset (GTO) packet from the wireless access point and combines the GTO packet with a counter value to generate a global timestamp." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2010 (12/715,774). 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=82,79,897.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,897&RS=PN/82,79,897 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,948) developed by five co-inventors for an "interface with variable data rate." The co-inventors are Yohan U. Frans, Sunnyvale, Calif., Hae-Chang Lee, Los Altos, Calif., Brian S. Leibowitz, San Francisco, Simon Li, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Nhat M. Nguyen, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device includes a transmitter coupled to a node, where the node is to couple to a wired link. The transmitter has a plurality of modes of operation including a calibration mode in which a range of communication data rates over the wired link is determined in accordance with a voltage margin corresponding to the wired link at a predetermined errorrate. The range of communication data rates includes a maximum data rate, which can be a non-integer multiple of an initial data rate." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2007 (12/518,781). 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=82,79,948.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,948&RS=PN/82,79,948 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Code Space Search in a Receiver ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,279,910) developed by Douglas Grover, San Diego, Christopher Patrick, San Diego, and Kai Tang, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for code space search in a receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods of implementing code space search of received signals are described herein. A code space search is implemented as a searcher that perform a subtask that is dynamically reconfigurable at each boundary of an initial integration time. Each particular subtask sets forth a programmable configuration of coherent integration hypothesis that are performed during the initial integration time. The searcher stores the results of the coherent integration hypothesis in a first portion of memory. A search accelerator operates on the initial integration results. The search accelerator can perform coherent integration of various frequency bins of different timing hypothesis, can generate energy values of the coherent integration results, and can generate a non-coherent energy summation. The energy values of the coherent integrations and non-coherent energy summations are stored in a second portion of memory. The ability to reconfigure the subtasks and accelerator operation provides flexibility in search space dimensions." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2007 (11/681,183). 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=82,79,910.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,910&RS=PN/82,79,910 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,279,924) developed by Peisong Chen, San Diego, and Marta Karczewicz, San Diego, for "quantization parameter selections for encoding of chroma and luma video blocks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This disclosure describes rules that may be applied during block-based video coding to ensure that quantization parameter selections for luma blocks will not adversely affect the quality of chroma blocks. In accordance with this disclosure, rate-controlled video encoding occurs in which quantization parameter changes in luma blocks are pre-evaluated to determine whether such quantization parameter changes in luma blocks will also cause quantization changes for chroma blocks. If quantization parameter changes in the luma blocks will also cause quantization changes for chroma blocks, then that quantization parameter change for luma blocks may be skipped and not evaluated. In this way, secondary effects of quantization parameter changes in the luma blocks (with respect to the chroma blocks) can be avoided." The patent application was filed on Feb. 20, 2009 (12/390,325). 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=82,79,924.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,924&RS=PN/82,79,924 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,279,911) developed by Dominic Gerard Farmer, Los Gatos, Calif., Jie Wu, San Diego, and Emilija M. Simic, La Jolla, Calif., for "systems, computer program products, and methods using carrier phases to detect multipath signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multipath detector includes an RF module receiving multiple signals, and a correlator module receiving the signals from the RF module. The correlator module correlates the signals to create a composite ACF, and produces samples of the composite autocorrelation function (ACF). The samples are time delayed relative to each other. The multipath detector also includes a carrier phase processor that receives the samples and estimates carrier phases associated with each of the samples. The carrier phase processor employs the estimated carrier phases to determine if one of the signals is subject to a multipath delay." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2009 (12/410,328). 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=82,79,911.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,911&RS=PN/82,79,911 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Imra America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Imra America, Ann Arbor, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,279,903) developed by six co-inventors for a "femtosecond laser processing system with process parameters, controls and feedback." The co-inventors are Lawrence Shah, Maitland, Calif., James M. Bovatsek, San Jose, Calif., Alan Y. Arai, Fremont, Calif., Tadashi Yamamoto, Fremont, Calif., Rajesh S. Patel, Fremont, Calif., and Donald J. Harter, Ann Arbor, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A femtosecond laser based laser processing system having a femtosecond laser, frequency conversion optics, beam manipulation optics, target motion control, processing chamber, diagnostic systems and system control modules. The femtosecond laser based laser processing system allows for the utilization of the unique heat control in micromachining, and the system has greater output beam stability, continuously variable repetition rate and unique temporal beam shaping capabilities." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,408). 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=82,79,903.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,903&RS=PN/82,79,903 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,279,896) developed by Raul Hernan Etkin, San Francisco, and Jung Gun Lee, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "synchronization in a wireless node." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless node clock is periodically synchronized with a wireless access point clock. The wireless access point clock is globally synchronized with other access points in a network. Failure of the access point is detected. A search is performed for a beacon signal of a neighboring wireless access point that is associated with the network. The neighboring access point also has a globally synchronized clock. The wireless node clock is synchronized with the globally synchronized clock of the neighboring wireless access point." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2010 (12/715,761). 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=82,79,896.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,896&RS=PN/82,79,896 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PLX Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- PLX Technology, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,912) developed by Dariush Dabiri, San Jose, Calif., Jose Tellado, Palo Alto, Calif., and Sandeep Kumar Gupta, Santa Clara, Calif., for a tranceiver non-linearity cancellation.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a method and apparatus for reducing non-linear transmit signal components of a receive signal of a transceiver signal are disclosed. The method includes the transceiver simultaneously transmitting a transmit signal, and receiving the receive signal. A non-linear replica signal of non-linear transmission signal components that are created in the transceiver by a transmit signal DAC, and imposed onto the receive signal, is generated. The non-linear replica signal is subtracted from the received signal reducing the non-linear transmission signal components imposed onto the receive signal." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2006 (11/373,928). 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=82,79,912.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,912&RS=PN/82,79,912 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** YMax Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- YMax Communications, West Palm Beach, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,279,808) developed by YuenWah Sing, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Daniel M. Borislow, Palm Beach, Fla., and Gregory L. Wood, Signal Mountain, Tenn., for a "non-carrier dependent femtocell and related methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The methods and devices of the present disclosure may be used to enable non-carrier dependent, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) femtocells for in-service use with one or more mobile handheld devices. The VoIP femtocell generally includes at least one Radio Frequency (RF) transceiver; and program logic that, at least in part, performs a broadcast channel selection protocol and a handheld reselection protocol, so as to enable one or more mobile handheld devices to select the VoIP femtocell for in-service use. In certain embodiments, the broadcast channel selection protocol includes a configuration phase and a broadcast phase." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2010 (12/774,274). 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=82,79,808.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,808&RS=PN/82,79,808 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Alcon LenSx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Alcon LenSx, Aliso Viejo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,901) developed by Michael Karavitis, Aliso Viejo, Calif., for a "high power femtosecond laser with adjustable repetition rate and simplified structure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Designs and techniques for constructing and operating femtosecond pulse lasers are provided. One example of a laser engine includes an oscillator that generates and outputs a beam of femtosecond seed pulses, a stretcher-compressor that stretches a duration of the seed pulses, and an amplifier that receives the stretched seed pulses, amplifies an amplitude of selected stretched seed pulses to create amplified stretched pulses, and outputs a laser beam of amplified stretched pulses back to the stretcher-compressor that compresses their duration and outputs a laser beam of femtosecond pulses. The amplifier includes a dispersion controller that compensates a dispersion of the amplified stretched pulses, making the repetition rate of the laser adjustable between procedures or according to the speed of scanning. The laser engine can be compact with a total optical path of less than 500 meters, and have a low number of optical elements, e.g. less than 50." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/712,086). 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=82,79,901.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,901&RS=PN/82,79,901 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,892) developed by six co-inventors for an "upstream channel bonding in a cable communications system." The co-inventors are Lisa Voigt Denney, Suwanee, Ga., Niki Roberta Pantelias, Duluth, Ga., A. Scott Hollums, Duluth, Ga., Victor T. Hou, La Jolla, Calif., John Daniel Horton Jr., Alpharetta, Ga., and David Michael Pullen, Hayesville, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for increasing upstream bandwidth per cable modem user in a cable communications system that includes a cable modem termination system (CMTS) and a plurality of cable modems is provided. The method permits a cable modem to transmit data to the CMTS on multiple upstream channels simultaneously using a technique called "channel bonding." Channel bonding allows smaller bandwidth upstream channels to be bonded together to create a larger bandwidth pipe." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2005 (11/298,446). 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=82,79,892.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,892&RS=PN/82,79,892 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing Shared Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,279,856) developed by Marian Croak, Fair Haven, N.J., and Hossein Eslambolchi, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for providing shared services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention enables an overlay capability to be invoked on network systems and elements that are designed to support multiple customer bases. Depending on the registered identification of the user, screens and other user interfaces that provide access to functions can be overlaid on the network component and segmented along customer classifications." The patent application was filed on Dec. 26, 2009 (12/647,479). 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=82,79,856.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,856&RS=PN/82,79,856 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Opportunistic Data Forwarding and Dynamic Reconfiguration in Wireless Local Area Networks ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,279,794) developed by Dilip Krishnaswamy, San Diego, for an "opportunistic data forwarding and dynamic reconfiguration in wireless local area networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mobile communication devices and wireless network device each can participate in, or solely provide, opportunistic data forwarding in a wireless network such as a wireless local area network or radio access network. A supporting node receives wireless communication between a transmitting node and a receiving node comprising packet data units (PDUs). The receiving node communicates to the transmitting node that one or more portions of the communication were not received, which is overheard by the supporting node. The supporting node can have sufficient over-the-air (OTA) allocation in its transmit opportunity to relay the failed portions to the receiving node. Thereby, techniques such as more robust error encoding, longer transmit allocations, etc., that would reduce the effective data throughput for OTA resources are avoided while providing an ability to more rapidly adapt to a changing channel state." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2008 (12/237,151). 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=82,79,794.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,794&RS=PN/82,79,794 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Extreme Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Extreme Networks, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,874) developed by thirteen co-inventors for a self-configuring network. The co-inventors are Zihong Lu, Cupertino, Calif., Nick Suizo, San Jose, Calif., Raj Nagarajan, Newark, Calif., Anil Villait, Saratoga, Calif., Wolfgang M. Lochner, Sunnyvale, Calif., Jeff Ronne, Cupertino, Calif., Sandra Yu, San Francisco, Prabhat Tripathi, San Jose, Calif., Suresh Ramamurthy, Santa Clara, Calif., Raju Koganty, San Jose, Calif., Allison Marks, Sunnyvale, Calif., Yasar Khan, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Govind raj Desur, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A self-configuring network comprises network devices that are automatically provisioned with appropriate network resources upon the occurrence of a network event. A profile containing one or more commands to provision a network device with appropriate network resources is deployed to selected connecting devices. The selected connecting devices are targeted for deployment based on the network device and/or port groups to which they belong as determined from a network management system. The profile is bound to the selected connecting devices and affected ports as well as the network events that will trigger execution of the profile on the devices where they are deployed. A graphical user interface and profile information database may be used to facilitate managing the profiles, targeted devices/ports and associated network events." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2007 (11/772,031). 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=82,79,874.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,874&RS=PN/82,79,874 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Silver Spring Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Silver Spring Networks, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,870) developed by George Flammer III, Cupertino, Calif., and Raj Vaswani, Portola Valley, Calif., for a "method and system of routing in a utility smart-grid network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless utility network contains a plurality of utility nodes that communicate within a wireless utility network. A gateway to the wireless utility network communicates with the utility nodes in the wireless utility network, and connects the wireless utility network to at least one other network. A packet is transmitted from one utility node to another utility node according to a route included in the transmitted packet. The route included in the transmitted packet is updated with received network information to determine an updated path cost of the included route and compared to alternate routes to select a preferred route based upon path cost. The selected preferred route is included in the packet and the packet is transmitted to another node according to the selected preferred route." The patent application was filed on Aug. 1, 2007 (11/888,634). 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=82,79,870.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,870&RS=PN/82,79,870 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,893) developed by William Samuel Herz, Hayward, Calif., and Andrew C. Fear, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "system and method for communicating data utilizing multiple types of data connections." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are provided for communicating data over a network. In some embodiments relating to data transmission, data is divided into a plurality of portions, such that the portions may be transmitted utilizing a plurality of different types of data connections. In other embodiments relating to data receipt, a plurality of portions of data is received utilizing a plurality of different types of data connections, after which the portions may be reassembled." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2006 (11/454,390). 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=82,79,893.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,893&RS=PN/82,79,893 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,886) developed by six co-inventors for a "dataport and methods thereof." The co-inventors are Dinakar Munagala, Folsom, Calif., Hong Jiang, San Jose, Calif., Bishara Shomar, Nazareth, Ill., Val Cook, Shingle Springs, Calif., Michael K. Dwyer, Folsom, Calif., and Thomas Piazza, Granite Bay, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A context-free (stateless) dataport may allow multiple processors to perform read and write operations on a shared memory. The operations may include, for example, structured data operations such as image and video operations. The dataport may perform addressing computations associated with block memory operations. Therefore, the dataport may be able, for example, to relieve the processors that it serves from this duty. The dataport may be accessed using a message interface that may be implemented in a standard and generalized manner and that may therefore be easily transportable between different types of processors." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2004 (11/024,909). 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=82,79,886.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,886&RS=PN/82,79,886 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,279,883) developed by Wael William Diab, San Francisco, and Asif Hussain, San Jose, Calif., for a "high speed isolation interface for PoE." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high speed isolation interface which can be used to enable high speed communications between the isolated side and the wire side in a PoE system is provided. The high speed isolation interface may implement an Ethernet or non-Ethernet based signaling scheme. The high speed isolation interface can be used within both PSE (endspan or midspan) and PD systems, including single port and multi-port PSE and PD systems. Further, the high speed isolation interface is usable within pre-standard PoE, 802.3af PoE, and 802.3at PoE systems. The high speed isolation interface may also be used within 2-pair PoE (Alternative A) and 4-pair PoE (Alternative B) systems." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2008 (12/168,577). 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=82,79,883.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,883&RS=PN/82,79,883 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sprint Communications Assigned Patent for Intelligent Transmission of Wireless Communication Overhead Messages ALEXANDRIA, Va., Oct. 4 -- Sprint Communications, Overland Park, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,279,799) developed by five co-inventors for an "intelligent transmission of wireless communication overhead messages." The co-inventors are Debasish Sarkar, Irvine, Calif., Manoj Shetty, Overland Park, Kan., Sachin R. Vargantwar, Overland Park, Kan., Siddharth S. Oroskar, Overland Park, Kan., and Deveshkumar Narendrapratap Rai, Overland Park, Kan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "What is disclosed is a method of operating a wireless communication system. The method includes wirelessly transferring overhead information to a wireless communication device using a first overhead message type that is repeatedly transferred during repeating overhead time periods. The method also includes obtaining new overhead information for the wireless communication device, where if the new overhead information will fit within the first overhead message type during a subsequent one of the repeating overhead time periods, wirelessly transferring the new overhead information to the wireless communication device using the first overhead message type in the subsequent one of the repeating overhead time periods, and if the new overhead information will not fit within the first overhead message type during the subsequent one of the repeating overhead time periods, wirelessly transferring a notice for a second overhead message type to the wireless communication device using the first overhead message type in the subsequent one of the repeating overhead time periods, and wirelessly transferring the new overhead information to the wireless communication device using the second overhead message type." The patent application was filed on Oct. 17, 2008 (12/253,312). 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=82,79,799.PN.&OS=PN/82,79,799&RS=PN/82,79,799 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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