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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 7)
[November 07, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Nov. 7)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Compressing a Data Set ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,956) developed by Artem Y. Livshits, Bellevue, Wash., for a "method and apparatus for compressing a data set." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A configuration management system that uses a data compression method to compress entries in a data set. An entry is selected as a prefix value and prefix compression of the data set is performed. The entry to serve as the prefix value is quickly selected using an iterative approach. In each iteration, subgroups of entries are formed from groups formed in prior iterations based on the values of characters at successive positions in the entries. The approach is readily implemented using data structures represented as lists." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2007 (11/888,272). 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=83,06,956.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,956&RS=PN/83,06,956 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,963) developed by six co-inventors for an embedded search bar. The co-inventors are Eric Jing, Beijing, Vanessa Qianqian Guo, Beijing, Jin Li, Beijing, Javier Garcia Flynn, Seattle, Quan Tang, Beijing, and Jill Shih, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments provide an embedded search bar displayed on a display screen of a computing device. Executable code for the embedded search bar may be loaded by a browser from a remote source. The browser may execute the executable code, thereby causing the embedded search bar to be displayed at a fixed position of a display screen. The embedded search bar may be an open and extensible container for applications. The applications may be content-driven applications or utility applications, representations of which may be displayed within the embedded search bar. The applications may interact with the embedded search bar via a set of public application program interfaces. The applications may monitor search queries and may provide information to be displayed within the embedded search bar. The embedded search bar may further include a search window for entering a search query to be performed over a third-party website." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2010 (12/782,035). 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=83,06,963.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,963&RS=PN/83,06,963 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Interactive Visualization for Generating Ensemble Classifiers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,940) developed by four co-inventors for an "interactive visualization for generating ensemble classifiers." The co-inventors are Bongshin Lee, Issaquah, Wash., Ashish Kapoor, Kirkland, Wash., Desney S. Tan, Kirkland, Wash., and Justin Talbot, Stanford, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A real-time visual feedback ensemble classifier generator and method for interactively generating an optimal ensemble classifier using a user interface. Embodiments of the real-time visual feedback ensemble classifier generator and method use a weight adjustment operation and a partitioning operation in the interactive generation process. In addition, the generator and method include a user interface that provides real-time visual feedback to a user so that the user can see how the weight adjustment and partitioning operation affect the overall accuracy of the ensemble classifier. Using the user interface and the interactive controls available on the user interface, a user can iteratively use one or both of the weigh adjustment operation and partitioning operation to generate an optimized ensemble classifier." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/408,663). 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=83,06,940.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,940&RS=PN/83,06,940 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Weyerhaeuser NR Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Weyerhaeuser NR, Federal Way, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,941) developed by Zhenkui Ma, Kent, Wash., for a "system and method for identifying trees using LiDAR tree models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system creates and stores a library of LiDAR models for standard trees that have measured characteristics. A point cloud of LiDAR data from an unidentified tree in a forest is compared against a point cloud defined by a LiDAR model of a standard tree in the library to find a match. If a match is found, one or more characteristics of the matching standard tree are associated with the unidentified tree." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2009 (12/410,217). 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=83,06,941.PN.&OS=PN/83,06,941&RS=PN/83,06,941 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,077) developed by four co-inventors for a "collaborative speed determination in distributed systems." The co-inventors are John R. Douceur, Bellevue, Wash., James W. Mickens, Bellevue, Wash., Thomas Moscibroda, Redmond, Wash., and Debmalya Panigrahi, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The described implementations relate to collaborative speed determination in distributed systems. One method estimates upload speeds of a plurality of hosts. The method sends a first bandwidth probe from a first host to a second host. The method receives, at the first host, a second bandwidth probe sent from the second host. The method determines which of the first and second bandwidth probes was relatively slower. The method designates either of the first or second hosts that sent the relatively slower bandwidth probe as a loser and takes a speed of the bandwidth probe of the loser as a first estimate of the loser's upload speed." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2011 (13/197,435). 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=8,307,077&OS=8,307,077&RS=8,307,077 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,307,073) developed by Michael L. Brundage, Kirkland, Wash., and Sarah E. Williams, Seattle, for a "URL rescue by correction of encoding errors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A server system is disclosed that is capable of providing responsive content to a user when a request for an invalid URL is received. In a preferred embodiment, the server system implements multiple rescue strategies for attempting to rescue the invalid URL. One such rescue strategy involves repairing the URL by correcting for encoding errors, such as errors introduced by some web clients. Another rescue strategy involves determining that the URL contains an obsolete or outdated item identifier (e.g., product identifier) that renders the URL invalid, and returning information regarding one or more related items to the user. Another rescue strategy involves mining the invalid URL for one or more text strings reflective of the type of content desired, and then using the one or more text strings to execute a keyword search to identify content to provide to the user. The various rescue strategies may be attempted in sequence according to a hierarchy." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2010 (12/822,472). 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=8,307,073&OS=8,307,073&RS=8,307,073 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bank of America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Bank of America, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,306,843) developed by David D. Price, Kennewick, Wash., Alycia DeZanet, Los Angeles, and David Kennedy, Martinez, Calif., for an "employee feedback and problem management portal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods for providing an electronic feedback management system. The method may use an electronic information processing platform. The method may include receiving information relating to a company employee hierarchy. The method may also include receiving information relating to the submission of a suggestion by a first employee. The method may further include receiving information relating to the status of the suggestion. The status of the suggestion may include an identification of a second employee who has viewed the suggestion. The method may also include displaying on a graphical user interface ("GUI") a visual representation of at least part of the company employee hierarchy. The display may include the identification relating to the second employee." The patent application was filed on Jan 22, 2010 (12/691,827). 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=8,306,843&OS=8,306,843&RS=8,306,843 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for User Authentication Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,412) developed by four co-inventors for an user authentication management. The co-inventors are Raymond E. Ozzie, Seattle, Jack E. Ozzie, North Bend, Wash., Thomas A. Galvin, Amherst, N.H., and Eric M. Patey, Rockport, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "End users of a multi-factor authentication service can utilize an account management service, and third-party website can register to utilize the multi-factor authentication service. Registering a third-party website can comprise the multi-factor authentication service receiving a valid digital identity certificate for the third-party website, and receiving an agreement to terms of use of the multi-factor authentication service for the third-party website. Once received, the multi-factor authentication service can enable the third-party website to utilize the service (e.g., switch the service on, or send an authorization key to the third-party website). Further, registering a user to the multi-factor authentication service can comprise determining availability of service, and providing a location-specific access code. Additionally, registering the user can comprise registering the user's mobile device, for example, to provide multi-factor authentication. Also, an Internet-based user account management user interface can be provided that allows a user to view transactions on their account, and an ability to shut off a designated mobile device's ability to authenticate." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2008 (12/254,119). 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=8,307,412&OS=8,307,412&RS=8,307,412 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Triggerless Interactive Television ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,403) developed by five co-inventors for a triggerless interactive television. The co-inventors are John Bradstreet, Sammamish, Wash., David Ethan Zoller, Seattle, John Canning, Seatle, Luke McCullough, Seattle, and Jan Hofmeyr, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various technologies and techniques are disclosed that relate to providing interactive television by synchronizing content to live and/or recorded television shows. Content is synchronized without the use of in-band triggers. A broadcast stream is received, and search/action pairs are received from a transmission path, such as from the Internet or user. When the search criteria are found in the broadcast stream, the associated action is performed and the content is synchronized with the show. An application programming interface is used to facilitate synchronization, and includes a set search method, a search function template method, and a clear search method. The set search method initiates searching of the broadcast stream and registers one or more callback methods for performing the associated action when the match is found. The search function template serves as the template for registering the callback methods. The clear search method clears the system resources from the search." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2005 (11/292,868). 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=8,307,403&OS=8,307,403&RS=8,307,403 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Implicit Composition of Component Bindings ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,329) developed by six co-inventors for "implicit composition of component bindings." The co-inventors are Anthony J. Moore, Seattle, Christopher L. Anderson, Redmond, Wash., Randy S. Kimmerly, Woodinville, Wash., Clemens A. Szyperski, Redmond, Wash., Donald F. Box, Bellevue, Wash., and Bradford H. Lovering, Clyde Hill, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Component domains used to define a binding between various components associated with the component domain. The component domain tracks the various services to be imported by each component, and tracks the various services exported by each component. At runtime, rather than at compile time, the various interrelations between the components are bound using the service import and export data. Accordingly, depending on the components available and their characteristics, the bindings may differ. This permits applications to be much more flexible." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2008 (12/027,992). 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=8,307,329&OS=8,307,329&RS=8,307,329 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for End-to-end Authentication of Session Initiation Protocol Messages Using Certificates ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,421) developed by Jeremy T. Buch, Redmond, Wash., and David J. Simons, Redmond, Wash., for "end-to-end authentication of session initiation protocol messages using certificates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "End-to-end authentication capability based on public-key certificates is combined with the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) to allow a SIP node that receives a SIP request message to authenticate the sender of request. The SIP request message is sent with a digital signature generated with a private key of the sender and may include a certificate of the sender. The SIP request message my also be encrypted with a public key of the recipient. After receiving the SIP request, the receiving SIP node obtains a certificate of the sender and authenticates the sender based on the digital signature. The digital signature may be included in an Authorization header of the SIP request, or in a multipart message body constructed according to the S/MIME standard." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2007 (11/750,306). 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=8,307,421&OS=8,307,421&RS=8,307,421 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Safe Hashing for Network Traffic ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,415) developed by Salahuddin Christopher Jules Khan, Redmond, Wash., and David Abzarian, Kirkland, Wash., for a "safe hashing for network traffic." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Secure network communications between a source computer and a destination computer utilizing a firewall. The firewall determines a remote endpoint and the local physical memory address associated with a local endpoint included in the outbound request. The remote endpoint and the local physical memory address are hashed to generate an index value corresponding to an entry in an internal state table of the firewall. When an inbound request is received, the firewall determines a remote endpoint and the local physical memory address associated with a local endpoint included in the inbound request. The remote endpoint and the local physical memory address of the inbound request are hashed to generate an index value corresponding to an entry in the internal state table of the firewall. The firewall forwards the inbound request to the local endpoint if a matching entry is found in the internal state table at the index value." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2007 (11/746,340). 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=8,307,415&OS=8,307,415&RS=8,307,415 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CA Inc. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- CA Inc., Islandia, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,307,345) developed by Bhaskar Sunkara, San Francisco, and Jeffrey R. Cobb, Woodinville, Wash., for an "intelligent engine for dynamic and rule based instrumentation of software." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Instrumentation is dynamically added to application components during runtime. An interestingness engine receives inputs from various sources which identify software components such as classes for which it is desired to provide instrumentation. The sources can include a heuristics engine which receives performance data from already-instrumented components, a user interface from which a user identifies component to be instrumented or de-instrumented, and a static list of components to be instrumented. During the runtime, instrumentation can be added to components which become interesting, or removed from components which become not interesting. When loading or redefining a component, if a component type matches rules, it is eligible for instrumentation, and the interestingness engine is consulted to determine whether the component is of interest, in which case instrumentation is added. If a component type does not match rules, but the component is interesting, the rules can be updated to include the component type." The patent application was filed on Nov. 4, 2008 (12/264,860). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,307,345&OS=8,307,345&RS=8,307,345 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Modeling Configurations of Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,297) developed by William E. Gibson, Woodinville, Wash., Keith W. Short, Redmond, Wash., and Andrea R. Westerinen, Issaquah, Wash., for "modeling configurations of systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment may be practiced in a computing environment and includes method acts for creating a new component model from an existing component model. The method includes accessing an existing component definition. The existing component definition is included in an existing component schema, which includes definitions of configuration parameters defined for the existing component including defining that one or more parameters are further configurable. Definitions of the one or more parameters that are defined as being further configurable are refined. The refined definitions for the one or more parameter values are stored in a refined schema defining refinements of the component definition, without including the existing component schema. The refined schema is stored separately from the existing component schema." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2008 (12/041,437). 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=8,307,297&OS=8,307,297&RS=8,307,297 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Locality-based Scheduling In Continuation-based Runtimes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,368) developed by four co-inventors for "locality-based scheduling in continuation-based runtimes." The co-inventors are Kenneth D. Wolf, Seattle, Nathan C. Talbert, Seattle, Edmund Samuel Victor Pinto, Duvall, Wash., and Justin David Brown, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system establishes an execution environment for executing activities in a continuation based runtime including instantiating an activity scheduler configured to perform the following: scheduling activities for execution in the CBR. The activity scheduler resolves the scheduled activity's arguments and variables prior to invoking the scheduled activity using the activity's unique context. The activity scheduler also determines, based on the activity's unique context, whether the scheduled activity comprises a work item that is to be queued at the top of the execution stack and, based on the determination, queues the work item to the execution stack. The computer system executes the work items of the scheduled activity as queued in the execution stack of the established execution environment in the CBR." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2009 (12/472,200). 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=8,307,368&OS=8,307,368&RS=8,307,368 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Post-processing Phase in a Distributed Processing System Using Assignment Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,307,366) developed by Daniel Lipton, Belmont, Calif., and Samuel L. Weiss, Bainbridge Island, Wash., for a "post-processing phase in a distributed processing system using assignment information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for processing a computing job in a distributed processing system. A control process sends a message to an instance of an application instructing the application instance to divide the job into assignments for processing by various application instances. The application instance divides the job in a way that is suitable for the particular application and sends, to the control process, assignment information that describes how the job is to be divided. The control process stores the assignment information and assigns each of the application instances a portion of the computing job based on the assignment information. After, the application instances have completed the assignments, the control process instructs one of the application instances to perform post-processing on the assignment results, based on the assignment information." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2006 (11/395,998). 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=8,307,366&OS=8,307,366&RS=8,307,366 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Application and Database Context Correlation for Database Application Developers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,343) developed by Surajit Chaudhuri, Redmond, Wash., Vivek R. Narasayya, Redmond, Wash., and Manoj A. Symala, Issaquah, Wash., for an "application and database context correlation for database application developers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Infrastructure for capturing and correlating application context and database context for tuning, profiling and debugging tasks. The application context can include events such as data access events, and the database context can include events such as database server events. The events can be obtained from server tracing, data access layer tracing, and/or application tracing and written into respective log files. A data access event can indicate that an application consumed a row from a result set returned from a DBMS query. A post-processing step can correlate the application and database contexts by tokenizing strings and computing intersections between the tokenized strings. A tool inside a development environment may also suggest a query hint for the database or a data access API for the application based on the correlated context." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2007 (11/875,616). 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=8,307,343&OS=8,307,343&RS=8,307,343 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Fine-grained Location Determination of Networked Computers ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,071) developed by six co-inventors for a "fine-grained location determination of networked computers." The co-inventors are Austin Donnelly, Cambridge, United Kingdom, Bernard Aboba, Bellevue, Wash., Roy Kuntz, Kirkland, Wash., Gabriel Montenegro, Redmond, Wash., Noor-E-Gagan Singh, Redmond, Wash., and Tim Moore, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Location of a communication network subscriber is determined employing confidence metrics such as remote vs. local computer usage, primary user in a multi-user computing environment, likelihood of forgery, and comparable ones. A fine-grained location determination is then made based on the metric results and directory information for the particular subscriber such that services like emergency services can be provided with accurate location information." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2010 (12/688,047). 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=8,307,071&OS=8,307,071&RS=8,307,071 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Multi Level Virtual Function Tables ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,350) developed by David J. Hiniker, Seattle, for "multi level virtual function tables." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi level virtual function table uses a hierarchy of chunks or segments of virtual function tables to identify methods for a particular class. At least one level of indirection pointers may point to individual virtual function table chunks, which may be shared by multiple classes. In some embodiments, fixed size chunks of virtual function tables may be used, other embodiments may use variable sized chunks of virtual function tables. In just in time compiled code, virtual function tables may be limited to sharing across parent and child classes, while in pre-compiled code, more complex sharing may be used." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2009 (12/353,892). 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=8,307,350&OS=8,307,350&RS=8,307,350 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Generic Framework for EAP ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,411) developed by four co-inventors for a "generic framework for EAP." The co-inventors are Andrew Baron, Redmond, Wash., Taroon Mandhana, Redmond, Wash., Saurabh Mahajan, Redmond, Wash., and Prashant Malik, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An EAP-based authentication framework is provided that decouples credential acquisition from EAP methods that use credentials for authentication. An application may request from an EAP method parameters of credentials required by the EAP method. In response, the EAP method provides credential parameters, which may then be used by the application to acquire credentials consistent with the parameters from the user or other entity. The framework enables an application to request credentials in a context specific way. In addition, the application may simultaneously obtain credentials used in multiple authentication operations through a single user interface, or retain credentials for later use without further prompting a user such that a Single Sign-on user experience may be implemented. Additionally, the application can obtain credentials from a device so that the device may gain network access without requiring a user logon." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2007 (11/704,624). 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=8,307,411&OS=8,307,411&RS=8,307,411 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Standardized Mechanism of Remote Management of Embedded Radio Modules ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,062) developed by eight co-inventors for a "standardized mechanism of remote management of embedded radio modules." The co-inventors are Bhuvanesh N. Jain, Tamil Nadu, India, Ramasubramanian Ramani, Redmond, Wash., Jayaraman Kalyana Sundaram, Hyderabad, India, Krishnan Gopalan, Hyderabad, India, Ramachandran Venkatesh, Hyderabad, India, Kranthi Kumar Mannem, Hyderabad, India, Himabindu Thota, Hyderabad, India, and Padmapriya Aradhyula, Hyderabad, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A standardized mechanism of remote management of mobile devices using Low Level Reader Protocol (LLRP) is disclosed. An LLRP provider application runs on a server. A remote management application runs on a mobile device. The LLRP provider application and the remote management application communicate using LLRP. The remote management application uses a specific interface, like Device Service Provider Interface (DSPI), to communicate with hardware on the mobile device. The LLRP provider application discovers a mobile device, requests at least one of configuration or metadata information, and receives at least one of configuration or metadata information. The remote management application receives a request for at least one of configuration or metadata information and sends at least one of configuration or metadata information." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2012 (13/414,404). 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=8,307,062&OS=8,307,062&RS=8,307,062 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Policy-management Infrastructure ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,404) developed by Anders B. Vinberg, Kirkland, Wash., Mazhar Naveed Mohammed, Sammamish, Wash., and Steven P. Burns, Redmond, Wash., for a policy-management infrastructure.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are one or more implementations of a policy-management infrastructure that provides a universal policy-based solution across a spectrum of scenarios in a computing environment. At least one implementation of the policy-management infrastructure defines how policy-based data is structured or layered relative towards the data in other layers. Furthermore, a described implementation provides a mechanism for determining "overlap" and "conflicts" in policies." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2007 (11/735,800). 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=8,307,404&OS=8,307,404&RS=8,307,404 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Simplified Representation of XML Schema Structures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,348) developed by Kevin Krouse, Seattle, and Stanislav Kitsis, Snoqualmie, Wash., for "simplified representation of XML schema structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A software development system and method are provided. The system includes a transform component to convert a schema file into a simplified graphical data representation that coincides with a data representation associated with an underlying instance document. A viewing component displays the simplified graphical data representation." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2007 (11/770,704). 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=8,307,348&OS=8,307,348&RS=8,307,348 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Organizing Resources into Collections to Facilitate More Efficient and Reliable Resource Access ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,028) developed by Gopala Krishna R. Kakivaya, Sammamish, Wash., and Richard L. Hasha, Seattle, for "organizing resources into collections to facilitate more efficient and reliable resource access." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention extends to methods, systems, and computer program products for organizing resources into collections to facilitate more efficient and reliable resource access. Namespace managers communicate with one another to form a federation namespace infrastructure. The infrastructure can efficiently route, migrate, and process namespace requests, such as, for example, namespace registration requests from providers requesting to manage portions of namespaces and lookup requests from consumers requesting access to managed resources. Resources can be registered in and made accessible from multiple different namespaces. Resources can be identified using nested queries that filter results at multiple levels of a hierarchical namespace." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2009 (12/556,399). 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=8,307,028&OS=8,307,028&RS=8,307,028 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Method to Provide Sync Notifications to Client Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,034) developed by David Paul Limont, Seattle, and Srinivasa R. Manda, Sammamish, Wash., for a "method to provide sync notifications to client devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing synchronization notifications to a client device. In response to a server receiving notification that an event of interest has been received, a state of the client device is determined. The state indicates whether or not the client device has any outstanding sync notifications. In an embodiment, the state is determined based on a trackingGUID and a syncGUID. When the state of the client device indicates that the client device has no outstanding sync notifications prior to the receipt the received notification, the trackingGUID is set equal to the syncGUID, which is updated after each successful device synchronization of the client device. A timeout is set equal to a current time plus a predetermined value and the sync notification is sent to the client device. In an alternative embodiment, the sync notification is formatted according to a type of the client device." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2011 (13/039,134). 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=8,307,034&OS=8,307,034&RS=8,307,034 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,307,443) developed by Jiahe Helen Wang, Issaquah, Wash., Jacob R. Lorch, Bellevue, Wash., and Bryan Jeffrey Parno, Pittsburgh, for a "securing anti-virus software with virtualization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The subject disclosure relates to systems and methods that secure anti-virus software through virtualization. Anti-virus systems can be maintained separate from user applications and operating system through virtualization. The user applications and operating system run in a guest virtual machine while anti-virus systems are isolated in a secure virtual machine. The virtual machines are partially interdependent such that the anti-virus systems can monitor user applications and operating systems while the anti-virus systems remain free from possible malicious attack originating from a user environment. Further, the anti-virus system is secured against zero-day attacks so that detection and recovery may occur post zero-day." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/863,870). 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=8,307,443&OS=8,307,443&RS=8,307,443 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Speech Recognition with Non-linear Noise Reduction on Mel-frequency Cepstra ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,817) developed by four co-inventors for a "speech recognition with non-linear noise reduction on Mel-frequency cepstra." The co-inventors are Dong Yu, Kirkland, Wash., Alejandro Acero, Bellevue, Wash., James G. Droppo, Duvall, Wash., and Li Deng, Sammamish, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an automatic speech recognition system, a feature extractor extracts features from a speech signal, and speech is recognized by the automatic speech recognition system based on the extracted features. Noise reduction as part of the feature extractor is provided by feature enhancement in which feature-domain noise reduction in the form of Mel-frequency cepstra is provided based on the minimum means square error criterion. Specifically, the devised method takes into account the random phase between the clean speech and the mixing noise. The feature-domain noise reduction is performed in a dimension-wise fashion to the individual dimensions of the feature vectors input to the automatic speech recognition system, in order to perform environment-robust speech recognition." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2008 (11/970,537). 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=8,306,817&OS=8,306,817&RS=8,306,817 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,822) developed by four co-inventors for an "automatic reading tutoring using dynamically built language model." The co-inventors are Xiaolong Li, Sammamish, Wash., Li Deng, Sammamish, Wash., Yun-Cheng Ju, Bellevue, Wash., and Alex Acero, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of providing automatic reading tutoring is disclosed. The method includes retrieving a textual indication of a story from a data store and creating a language model including constructing a target context free grammar indicative of a first portion of the story. A first acoustic input is received and a speech recognition engine is employed to recognize the first acoustic input. An output of the speech recognition engine is compared to the language model and a signal indicative of whether the output of the speech recognition matches at least a portion of the target context free grammar is provided." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2007 (11/900,274). 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=8,306,822&OS=8,306,822&RS=8,306,822 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Enhanced Automatic Speech Recognition Using Mapping between Unsupervised and Supervised Speech Model Parameters Trained on Same Acoustic Training Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,819) developed by Chaojun Liu, Kirkland, Wash., and Yifan Gong, Sammamish, Wash., for an "enhanced automatic speech recognition using mapping between unsupervised and supervised speech model parameters trained on same acoustic training data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for enhanced automatic speech recognition are described. An enhanced ASR system may be operative to generate an error correction function. The error correction function may represent a mapping between a supervised set of parameters and an unsupervised training set of parameters generated using a same set of acoustic training data, and apply the error correction function to an unsupervised testing set of parameters to form a corrected set of parameters used to perform speaker adaptation. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2009 (12/400,528). 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=8,306,819&OS=8,306,819&RS=8,306,819 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Discriminative Training of Language Models for Text and Speech Classification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,306,818) developed by Ciprian Chelba, Seattle, Alejandro Acero, Bellevue, Wash., and Milind Mahajan, Redmond, Wash., for a "discriminative training of language models for text and speech classification." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are disclosed for estimating language models such that the conditional likelihood of a class given a word string, which is very well correlated with classification accuracy, is maximized. The methods comprise tuning statistical language model parameters jointly for all classes such that a classifier discriminates between the correct class and the incorrect ones for a given training sentence or utterance. Specific embodiments of the present invention pertain to implementation of the rational function growth transform in the context of a discriminative training technique for n-gram classifiers." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2008 (12/103,035). 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=8,306,818&OS=8,306,818&RS=8,306,818 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 - Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,835) developed by Carl G. de Marcken, Seattle, and Justin A. Boyan, Providence, R.I., for a "user interface for inputting multi-passenger multi-route travel planning query." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user interface displayed on a computer monitor includes fields for entering data for a multiple passenger, multiple route query, the fields including a first set of fields corresponding to travel segments of a first passenger group, a second set of fields corresponding to travel segments of a second passenger group, and a third set of fields corresponding to shared travel features between the first travel group and second travel group." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2006 (11/335,166). 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=8,306,835&OS=8,306,835&RS=8,306,835 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- Amazon Technologies, Incline Village, N.V., has been assigned a patent (8,306,840) developed by six co-inventors for "providing an electronic marketplace to facilitate human performance of programmatically submitted tasks." The co-inventors are Peter D. Cohen, Seattle, Daniel A. Sanderson, Seattle, Mikhail Seregine, Seattle, Brett Kiefer, New York, Jang Han Goo, Waterloo, Canada, and Jeffrey P. Bezos, Greater Seattle, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer-readable medium is described for facilitating interactions between task requesters who have tasks that are available to be performed and task performers who are available to perform tasks. In some situations, the tasks to be performed are human performance tasks that use cognitive and other mental skills of human task performers, such as to employ judgment, perception and/or reasoning skills of the human task performers. In addition, in some situations the available tasks are submitted by human task requesters via application programs that programmatically invoke one or more application program interfaces of an electronic marketplace in order to request that the tasks be performed and to receive corresponding results of task performance in a programmatic manner, so that an ensemble of unrelated human agents can interact with the electronic marketplace to collectively perform a wide variety and large number of tasks." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2009 (12/510,192). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,840&OS=8,306,840&RS=8,306,840 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Managing Power Consumption of a Computer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 7 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,307,220) developed by seven co-inventors for "managing power consumption of a computer." The co-inventors are Thomas M. Brey, Cary, N.C., Wesley M. Felter, Austin, Texas, Sumeet Kochar, Apex, N.C., Charles R. Lefurgy, Austin, Texas, Ryuji Orita, Redmond, Wash., Freeman L. Rawson III, Austin, Texas, and Malcolm S. Ware, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, computers, and products for managing power consumption of a computer, the computer including a computer processor and managing power consumption of a computer includes: dynamically during operation of the computer, setting, by an in-band power manager in dependence upon performance metrics of the computer processor, a current performance state (`p-state`) of the computer processor; and providing, by the in-band power manager to an out-of-band power manager, the current p-state of the computer processor." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2008 (12/146,056). 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=8,307,220.PN.&OS=PN/8,307,220&RS=PN/8,307,220 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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