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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 16)
[November 16, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 16)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** ExxonMobil Upstream Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,311,745) developed by Dennis E. Willen, Houston, for a "method for spatial filtering of electromagnetic survey data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is a method for suppressing noise in controlled source electromagnetic survey data based on the frequency content of the noise. The invention recognizes that some data variations across bins cannot be attributed to resistivity variations within the earth. This variation across bins constitutes a model of noise in such surveys, and the invention mitigates noises that obey this model. Noise varying rapidly in either space or time is removed by filtering temporal frequency domain data (131) with a low-pass filter (134) having a selected cutoff frequency (133)." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2011 (13/299,164). 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=8,311,745&OS=8,311,745&RS=8,311,745 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rockwell Automation Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Rockwell Automation Technologies, Mayfield Heights, Ohio., has been assigned a patent (8,311,673) developed by Eugene Boe, Austin, Texas, Stephen Piche, Austin, Texas, and Gregory D. Martin, Georgetown, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for minimizing error in dynamic and steady-state processes for prediction, control, and optimization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing independent static and dynamic models in a prediction, control and optimization environment utilizes an independent static model (20) and an independent dynamic model (22). The static model (20) is a rigorous predictive model that is trained over a wide range of data, whereas the dynamic model (22) is trained over a narrow range of data. The gain K of the static model (20) is utilized to scale the gain k of the dynamic model (22). The forced dynamic portion of the model (22) referred to as the b.sub.i variables are scaled by the ratio of the gains K and k. Thereafter, the difference between the new value input to the static model (20) and the prior steady-state value is utilized as an input to the dynamic model (22). The predicted dynamic output is then summed with the previous steady-state value to provide a predicted value Y." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2006 (11/359,296). 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=8,311,673&OS=8,311,673&RS=8,311,673 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Production Resource Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Production Resource Group, New Windsor, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,751) developed by Thomas Hough, Dallas, and James Bornhorst, De Soto, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for making a high resolution light pattern generator on a transparent substrate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light pattern generator that can be used to form a gobo for use in a projection optical system. A transparent plate is coated with a stack that is absorptive and reflective. The stack is formed to be ablatable in the form of a pattern. The stack can have multiple different layers with multiple different characteristics, all of which are ablated by the laser." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/495,484). 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=8,310,751&OS=8,310,751&RS=8,310,751 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Trinity Technical Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Trinity Technical Group, Arlington, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,311,667) developed by Shahrom Kiani, Arlington, Texas, Carlos Macia, Plano, Texas, and Ben F Bruce, Arlington, Texas, for a "processing of undeliverable as addressed mail." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computerized method includes sorting mail that comprises a multiple pass mail sort operation, wherein the multiple pass mail sort operation for a mail piece that is undeliverable as addressed comprises performing a first pass of the multiple pass mail sort operation, wherein performing the first pass comprises capturing data to identify a feature of the mail piece. The multiple pass mail sort operation also includes generating a first fingerprint for the mail piece between performing the first pass and performing a second pass of the multiple pass mail sort operation. The multiple pass mail sort operation also includes performing the second pass of the multiple pass mail sort operation. Performing the second pass includes determining a final disposition of the mail piece that is undeliverable as addressed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/305,420). 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=8,311,667&OS=8,311,667&RS=8,311,667 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,311,744) developed by nine co-inventors for "use of chemically and geologically consistent constraints for obtaining elemental chemistry downhole." The co-inventors are Alfred Khisamutdinov, Novosibirsk, Russia, Mikhail Fedorin, Novosibirsk, Russian, Richard Pemper, Sugar Land, Texas, Xiaogang Han, Tomball, Texas, Gary A. Feuerbacher, Humble, Texas, David Jacobi, Woodlands, Texas, Brian J. LeCompte, Tomball, Texas, Freddy E. Mendez, Kingwood, Texas, and John M. Longo, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for estimating a lithotype of an earth formation, the method includes: obtaining at least two different energy spectra of radiation received from the earth formation using the logging tool, each energy spectrum having at least one of a natural gamma-ray spectrum, a fast neutron-induced inelastic spectrum, and a thermal neutron induced capture spectrum; establishing at least one geochemically-based constraint related to elemental spectral yields to be determined; determining the elemental spectral yields from the at least two different energy spectra by decomposing the at least two different energy spectra over weighted sum of monoelemental standards wherein at least one weight is constrained by the at least one geochemically-based constraint and each weight represents a proportion of one monoelemental standard; converting the elemental spectral yields to elemental concentrations; and using a classifier to receive the elemental concentrations as input and to provide a lithotype as output." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,422). 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=8,311,744&OS=8,311,744&RS=8,311,744 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Tracking Vehicle Maintenance Using Sensor Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,311,698) developed by six co-inventors for a "tracking vehicle maintenance using sensor detection." The co-inventors are Gregory J. Boss, American Fork, Utah, Peter G. Finn, Brampton, Canada, Rick A. Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian M. O'Connell, Cary, N.C., James W. Seaman, Falls Church, Va., and Keith R. Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Radio frequency identification is used in cooperation with the computer system aboard a motor vehicle to track service and maintenance activities relating to the vehicle. Each component or part of the vehicle that may require maintenance is provided with a unique passive identification tag. The output data from the tag is read by a reader placed in proximity to the tag, and the data is transmitted to an on-board computer module where it is processed, and the service record is updated. A data stream converter may be used to process the information read by the reader into a format that is acceptable to the on-board computer. The data from the on-board computer is stored in a device external to the computer. Provisions are included for notification to the user, the auto dealer or service other agency as needed." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2012 (13/467,529). 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=8,311,698&OS=8,311,698&RS=8,311,698 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent for Mechanism for, and Method of, Attaching a Lead Conductor Cable to a Lead Electrode ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,311,646) developed by Matt Randle, El Cajon, Calif., Ravi Jain, Austin, Texas, and Peter Fong, Santa Clarita, Calif., for a "mechanism for, and method of, attaching a lead conductor cable to a lead electrode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cardio electrotherapy lead is disclosed herein. In one embodiment, the lead includes a tubular body, a conductor cable and an electrode. The conductor cable longitudinally extends through the tubular body and includes a distal end. The electrode is located on the tubular body and includes an attachment mechanism mechanically coupling the lead distal end to the electrode." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2011 (13/029,924). 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=8,311,646&OS=8,311,646&RS=8,311,646 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for System and Method for Adjusting Display Input Values ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,310,502) developed by Robert L. Myers, Loveland, Colo., and John W. Frederick, Spring, Texas, for a "system and method for adjusting display input values." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods of providing user-selected color characteristics for an LCD device to a host system are disclosed. An exemplary method includes receiving user input at the LCD device, the user input specifying color information for each of a plurality of color presets selected by the user. The method also includes each time the user changes color information for each of the plurality of color presets selected by the user, merging the color information with static information for the LCD device. The method also includes communicating the merged color information and static information to the host system in a standardized format." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2009 (12/476,943). 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=8,310,502&OS=8,310,502&RS=8,310,502 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Noise-canceling for Differential Amplifiers Requiring No External Matching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,310,309) developed by Manas Behera, Austin, Texas, Harish S. Muthali, Round Rock, Texas, and Kenneth Charles Barnett, Austin, Texas, for a "noise-canceling for differential amplifiers requiring no external matching." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A differential Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) includes a first stage of resistive feedback amplifiers and second stage of complementary amplifiers, where the outputs of the first stage are coupled to the inputs of the second stage in a cross-coupled fashion. An inductive load, such as a transformer, combines signals output from the complementary amplifiers of the second stage. In one example, the LNA has an input impedance of less than 75 ohms, a noise factor of less than 2 dB, and a gain of more than 20 dB. Due to the low input impedance, the LNA is usable to amplify a signal received from a source having a similar low impedance without the use of an impedance matching network between the output of the source and the input of the LNA." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,924). 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=8,310,309&OS=8,310,309&RS=8,310,309 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Charge Pump Having Ramp Rate Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,300) developed by Thomas D. Cook, Austin, Texas, Jeffrey C. Cunningham, Austin, Texas, and Karthik Ramanan, Austin, Texas, for a "charge pump having ramp rate control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A charge pump includes a first counter and a pump stage. The first counter has a control input for receiving a control signal, and an output for providing a first count value. The first count value is incremented in response to the control signal being a first logic state and the first count value is decremented in response to the control signal being a second logic state. The pump stage has a variable capacitor. The variable capacitor has a control input coupled to the output of the first counter for receiving the first count value. The capacitance value of the variable capacitor is changed in response to the first count value changing. The capacitance value is for determining a ramp-up rate of an output voltage at an output of the charge pump." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2010 (12/870,464). 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=8,310,300&OS=8,310,300&RS=8,310,300 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intersil Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Intersil Americas, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,387) developed by Brannon Harris, Austin, Texas, Sunder S. Kidambi, Austin, Texas, and Michael P. Anthony, Andover, Mass., for a "sampling method for time-interleaved data converters in frequency-multiplexed communications systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wide band analog-to-digital converter used in a frequency multiplexed communication system. The converter includes a plurality, M, of time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter subunits (ADC subunits). The sampling rate, FS1, of the M ADC subunits is selected to locate one or more integer multiples of a Nyquist frequency of a respective subunit ADC in one or more guard bands, and/or such that one or more integer multiples of FS1 are also located in the guard bands." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2010 (12/862,470). 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=8,310,387&OS=8,310,387&RS=8,310,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,310,602) developed by four co-inventors for an interactive remote control. The co-inventors are Brian F. Roberts, Dallas, Donald H. Relyea Jr., Dallas, Greg Johns, Irving, Texas, and Heath Stallings, Colleyville, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A remote control that includes buttons on the side or bottom may be used to control television viewing provided through a set-top box. In one particular implementation, a method may include receiving, by the set-top box, a signal from the remote control indicating entry to an interactive input mode and receiving another signal from the remote control indicating motion of the remote control. The set-top box may identify an intended command based on the second signal and control television programming in response to the command." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2008 (12/336,176). 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=8,310,602&OS=8,310,602&RS=8,310,602 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Simultaneous Multiple Location Touch Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,464) developed by Wendy Xiaowen Fang, Murphy, Texas, for "simultaneous multiple location touch systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various apparatuses, methods and systems for detecting simultaneous touches at multiple locates are disclosed herein. For example, some embodiments provide an apparatus for detecting a touch, the apparatus including a resistive touch screen and a controller connected to the touch screen. The touch screen includes a number of electrically conductive columns and rows. In various embodiments, the touch screen is an analog matrix, with the overlapping columns and rows forming a matrix of cubics that can each detect one touch at a time, and with the location of the touch detectable in an analog fashion within each cubic. The resolution of the analog matrix in these embodiments is thus higher than that of the columns and rows. The controller includes an analog to digital converter switchably and sequentially connected to each of the columns and rows. The controller also includes a voltage source switchably and sequentially connected to each of the columns and rows. The controller is adapted to connect the voltage source to one of the rows when the analog to digital converter is sequentially connected to each of the columns and to connect the voltage source to one of the columns when the analog to digital converter is sequentially connected to each of the rows." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2008 (12/327,691). 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=8,310,464&OS=8,310,464&RS=8,310,464 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cirrus Logic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cirrus Logic, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,311,243) developed by four co-inventors for an "energy-efficient consumer device audio power output stage." The co-inventors are John Christopher Tucker, Austin, Texas, Daniel John Allen, Austin, Texas, John L. Melanson, Austin, Texas, and Ammisetti Prasad, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An energy-efficient consumer device audio power output stage provides improved battery life and reduced power dissipation. A power supply having a selectable operating mode supplies the power supply rails to the power amplified output stage. The operating mode is controlled in conformity with the audio signal level, which may be determined from a volume control setting of the device and/or from a signal level detector that determines the amplitude of the signal being amplified. The power supply may be a charge pump in which the operating mode uses a capacitive divider to provide for selection of a power supply output voltage that is a rational fraction of the power supply output voltage in a full-voltage operating mode." The patent application was filed on Dec. 13, 2006 (11/610,496). 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=8,311,243&OS=8,311,243&RS=8,311,243 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Wide Bandwidth Class C Amplifier with Common-mode Feedback ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,308) developed by five co-inventors for a "wide bandwidth class C amplifier with common-mode feedback." The co-inventors are Brian P. Ginsburg, Allen, Texas, Vijay B. Rentala, Plano, Texas, Srinath Ramaswamy, Murphy, Texas, Baher Haroun, Allen, Texas, and Eunyoung Seok, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing common-mode feedback is provided. A common-mode current is applied to a common-gate amplifier, and the common-mode current is sensed. In response to the sensed common-mode current, a control voltage is generated. A first feedback current (which is generated in response to the control voltage) can then be applied to differential ground of the common-gate amplifier if the common-mode current is less than a predetermined threshold. Additionally, a second feedback current (which is generated in response to the control voltage) can be applied to input terminals of the common-gate amplifier if the common-mode current is greater than the predetermined threshold." The patent application was filed on May 31, 2011 (13/149,376). 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=8,310,308&OS=8,310,308&RS=8,310,308 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,311,211) developed by five co-inventors for "providing CPU smoothing of cryptographic function timings." The co-inventors are Michael Negley Abernethy Jr., Pflugerville, Texas, Kulvir Singh Bhogal, Fort Worth, Texas, Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Robert Norris-Lance Krentler, Austin, Texas, and Alexandre Polozoff, Bloomington, Ill.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An approach that smoothes a cryptographic function's timing footprint is presented. A processor includes a "function timing smoother" that smoothes out spikes in the amount of time that a particular cryptographic function requires to execute. When a cryptographic function executes, the function timing smoother tracks the amount of time that the cryptographic function executes (current execution time) and compares the time with the amount of time that the same cryptographic function took for a previous execution (previous execution time). When the current execution time is less than the previous execution time, the function timing smoother adds instructions or varies an execution unit's clock speed in order to increase the cryptographic function's current execution time. Using this approach, a malicious user is not able to decipher sensitive information from the cryptographic function's timing footprint." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2008 (12/049,292). 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=8,311,211&OS=8,311,211&RS=8,311,211 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent for System and Method for Handling Multiple Call Redirections in a Voice Messaging System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,311,205) developed by James Jackson, Austin, Texas, and Marco Schneider, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for handling multiple call redirections in a voice messaging system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for handling multiple call redirections in a voice messaging platform is provided that includes receiving a call at the voice messaging platform, wherein multiple, sequential redirecting numbers are associated with the call. The method also includes selecting a mailbox associated with a last number associated with the call when it is determined that the last number does not belong to a closed user group, and depositing a message in the selected mailbox. When the last number belongs to the closed user group, and if the closed user group does not allow individual call forwarding control, the method selects the mailbox based on a closed user group preference. An apparatus and a computer readable medium are provided." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/568,714). 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=8,311,205&OS=8,311,205&RS=8,311,205 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and Structure for Provably Fair Random Number Generator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,071) developed by Krishnan Kunjunny Kailas, Tarrytown, N.Y., Brian Chan Monwai, Austin, Texas, and Viresh Paruthi, Austin, Texas, for a "method and structure for provably fair random number generator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A random number generator includes a fairness checker and correction module that ensures that a complete random sequence within a predetermined period of time will be output by the random number generator." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2008 (12/101,734). 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=8,312,071&OS=8,312,071&RS=8,312,071 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,310,825) developed by Maria C. Schlesener, Austin, Texas, and Indu Ramamurthi, Austin, Texaas, for a "portable computing device with wireless capability while in folded position." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable computing device includes a display unit and a base unit coupled via a hinge such that a surface of the display unit is parallel to a surface of the display unit when the portable computing device is manipulated into a folded position. The display unit includes a display panel and a radiating element of an antenna, the radiating element disposed at an end of the display unit that is distal to the hinge. The base unit includes one or more information handling components and a metal base chassis, the metal base chassis defining a keep out aperture at a distal end of the base unit that is substantially devoid of metal material from the metal base chassis. The keep out aperture is axially displaced from a position of the radiating element when the portable computing device is manipulated into the folded position." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 2009 (12/574,965). 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=8,310,825&OS=8,310,825&RS=8,310,825 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Automated Social Networking Based Upon Meeting Introductions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,082) developed by six co-inventors for an "automated social networking based upon meeting introductions." The co-inventors are Eva Balogh, Szodliget, Hungary, David S. Braines, Winchester, United Kingdom, Enrique V. Kortright, Thibodaux, La., James W. Ling, McKinney, Texas, Andrew Strain, Warwickshire, United Kingdom, and Nevenko Zunic, Hopewell Junction, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A meeting record, including identified participant information associated with each of a group of meeting participants, and a topic for a meeting is generated using a social network computing device. A meeting participant link that accesses the social networking profile of a meeting participant is stored within the meeting record for each of the group of meeting participants that has authorized access by others to a social networking profile of the meeting participant. A meeting notification, including a link to the meeting record, is sent to each of the group of meeting participants." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2012 (13/345,195). 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=8,312,082&OS=8,312,082&RS=8,312,082 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Abbott Medical Optics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Abbott Medical Optics, Santa Ana, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,098) developed by Michael J. Claus, Newport Coast, Calif., and Hao V. Nguyen, Grand Prairie, Texas, for a "serial communications protocol for safety critical systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system of establishing communications between at least two independent software modules in a safety critical system, such as a medical system, is provided. The design comprises providing a media connection between software modules, wherein the software modules employ a communications protocol and participate in a bi-directional master-slave relationship between a master module and a slave module. The design further comprises sending an arbitrary length of data between the master and slave modules, wherein the arbitrary length of data is used by the master module to control and obtain status from the slave module, and sending arbitrary data further enables the slave module to return data and status information to the master module. The design also employs a safety critical communications watchdog between the master and slave modules, wherein the safety critical communications watchdog monitors communications quality between the master and slave modules. The protocol comprises bytes transmitted using a packet consisting of a start indication, a message identifier, an optional service identifier, a class identifier, an arbitrary length of data pertinent to the medical device comprising optional data, a checksum, and a checksum complement." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2006 (11/558,429). 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=8,312,098&OS=8,312,098&RS=8,312,098 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fisher-Rosemount Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Fisher-Rosemount Systems, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,312,060) developed by five co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for accessing process control data." The co-inventors are Stephen Gilbert, Austin, Texas, Stephen G. Hammack, Austin, Texas, Ling Zhou, Cedar Park, Texas, J. Michael Lucas, Leicestershire, United Kingdom, and Mark J. Nixon, Round Rock, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, apparatus, and articles of manufacture for accessing process control data involve loading a client object and communicating a data access request from the client object to a real object configured to communicate with a server. The real object then communicates a query to the server based on the data access request and obtains process control data from the server in response to the query. The process control data is then mapped from a first data layout associated with a server schema to a second data layout associated with a client schema. The mapped process control data is then communicated to an application." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2006 (11/556,445). 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=8,312,060&OS=8,312,060&RS=8,312,060 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Natural Ordering in a Graphical User Interface ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,312,105) developed by four co-inventors for a "natural ordering in a graphical user interface." The co-inventors are Michael N. Abernethy Jr., Pflugerville, Texas, Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Jacob L. Moilanen, Austin, Texas, and Nazgol Sedghi, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a method for displaying information such as lists of data, files and icons in a window of a graphical user interface (GUI). Unlike a typical display methodology, which arranges items in a "machine-dependent" sorting order, the disclosed technology provides a "natural" sorting order. The list, or names associated with the files or icons are incorporated into a query and the query is transmitted to a web service. The web service parses the query to determine a natural order appropriate to the material represented by the list, files, or icons rearranges the list, files or icons into the natural order and returns a response to the originator of the query. The operating system or GUI that originated the query receives the response, parses the response and displays the list, files or icons in the corresponding natural order." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2009 (12/431,732). 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=8,312,105&OS=8,312,105&RS=8,312,105 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,311,083) developed by four co-inventors for a "joint transmit and receive I/Q imbalance compensation." The co-inventors are Lei Ding, Dallas, Zigang Yang, Plano, Texas, Fernando Mujica, Allen, Texas, and Roland Sperlich, Dallas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Conventional transceivers do provide some compensation for in-phase/quadrature (I/Q) imbalance. However, these techniques do not separately compensate for I/Q imbalance for the transmitter and receiver sides of the transceiver. Here, a transceiver is provided that allows for compensation of I/Q imbalance in the transmitter and receiver irrespective of the other to allow for a more accurate transceiver." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2009 (12/648,898). 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=83,11,083.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,083&RS=PN/83,11,083 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Celanese International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Celanese International, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,757) developed by six co-inventors for an "integrated process for the production of vinyl acetate from acetic acid via ethylene." The co-inventors are Victor Johnston, Houston, Barabra Kimmich, Bernardsville, N.J., Deborah Repman, Houston, James Zink, League City, Texas, Josefina Chapman, Houston, and Laiyuan Chen, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides an integrated two stage economical process for the production of vinyl acetate monomer (VAM) from acetic acid in the vapor phase. First, acetic acid is selectively hydrogenated over a hydrogenating catalyst composition to form ethylene either in a single reactor zone or in a dual rector zone wherein the intermediate hydrogenated products are either dehydrated and/or cracked to form ethylene. In a subsequent second stage so formed ethylene is reacted with molecular oxygen and acetic acid over a suitable catalyst to form VAM. In an embodiment of this invention reaction of acetic acid and hydrogen over a hydrogenation catalyst and subsequent reaction over a dehydration catalyst selectively produces ethylene, which is further mixed with acetic acid and molecular oxygen and reacted over a supported palladium/gold/potassium catalyst." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2011 (13/310,290). 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=83,09,757.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,757&RS=PN/83,09,757 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Shell Oil Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Shell Oil, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,750) developed by Garo Garbis Vaporciyan, Houston, for a "process for the preparation of a diaryl carbonate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a process for the preparation of a diaryl carbonate, which comprises: (i) contacting an aromatic non-hydroxy compound with a carboxylic acid of formula HOC(.dbd.O)R.sup.1 (I), wherein R.sup.1 is a hydrocarbyl group, and with an oxygen containing gas in the presence of a catalyst, resulting in water and an aromatic carboxylic acid ester of formula R.sup.2OC(.dbd.O)R.sup.1 (II), wherein R.sup.2 is an aryl group originating from the aromatic non-hydroxy compound; and (ii) contacting the aromatic carboxylic acid ester of formula (II) from step (i) with a dialkyl carbonate of formula R.sup.3OC(.dbd.O)OR.sup.4 (III), wherein R.sup.3 and R.sup.4 are the same or different and are alkyl groups, in the presence of a catalyst, resulting in a diaryl carbonate of formula R.sup.2OC(.dbd.O)OR.sup.2 (IV) and an alkyl carboxylic acid ester of formula R.sup.5OC(.dbd.O)R.sup.1 (V), wherein R.sup.5 is R.sup.3 or R.sup.4." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2008 (12/194,422). 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=83,09,750.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,750&RS=PN/83,09,750 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PureDiscovery Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- PureDiscovery, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,312,034) developed by David Adam Hagar, Dallas, Stephen Scott Jernigan, Murphy, Texas, and David Seigert Copps, Dallas, for a "concept bridge and method of operating the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A concept bridge employable with a search engine, method of operating the same and computer information system employing the concept bridge and method. In one embodiment, the concept bridge includes an extractor configured to derive concept terms by extracting significant terms from search text and inferring relevant terms therefrom. The concept bridge also includes a query generator configured to generate a query consistent with an index of a search engine as a function of the concept terms." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2006 (11/472,026). 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=8,312,034&OS=8,312,034&RS=8,312,034 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Phillips 66 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Phillips 66, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,617) developed by Shuncheng Ji, Katy, Texas, for a "recycling methane-rich purge gas to gasifier." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for improving the overall carbon conversion efficiency of a gasification process, as well as improving the suitability of a syngas containing 0.5-10% methane for use as a feedstock for chemical production. A gasification reactor converts carbonaceous feedstock to syngas that is, in turn, utilized for a chemical production process in a chemical production reactor. An off-gas from this chemical production reactor is directed to a selective membrane that separates the off-gas into methane-rich and hydrogen-rich fractions. The hydrogen-rich fraction, is re-utilized as feedstock for the chemical production process, while the methane-enriched fraction is returned to the gasification reactor to form additional syngas." The patent application was filed on May 21, 2010 (12/784,642). 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=83,09,617.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,617&RS=PN/83,09,617 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Reata Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Reata Pharmaceuticals, Irving, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,601) developed by four co-inventors for "forms of CDDO methyl ester." The co-inventors are John Walling, Irving, Texas, Stephan D. Parent, W. Lafayette, Ind., David T. Jonaitis, Lafayette, Ind., and Robert M. Kral Jr., Grapevine, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A triterpenoid compound, methyl 2-cyano-3,12-dioxoleana-1,9(11)-dien-28-oate (CDDO methyl ester), has a non-crystalline, glassy solid form and a non-hydrous crystalline form that can prepared, for example, from a saturated methanol solution. The glassy form displays an enhanced bioavailability over the non-hydrous crystalline form. Each form of CDDO methyl ester is a superior candidate for use, typically in solid dosage form, for treating a variety of disease states, generally associated with inflammation." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/306,043). 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=83,09,601.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,601&RS=PN/83,09,601 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ExxonMobil Research and Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,311,955) developed by four co-inventors for a "bootstrap method for oil property prediction." The co-inventors are Robert J. Chimenti, Short Hills, N.J., Patricia H. Kalamaras, Milford, N.J., Robert J. Pottorf, Houston, and Bruce N. Perry, Flemington, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a method to determine models to predict physical or chemical properties of a petroleum fluid when such properties of such fluids cannot be measured by conventional analytical methods. The invention includes the steps of determining one or more models that predict one or more predetermined properties from a set of oils whose optical spectra and properties are known wherein a model corresponds to each predetermined property which is related to the spectrum, estimating the quality of the models, estimating the predictive quality for samples with unknown properties, augmenting the spectrum with shape parameters and/or properties that are predicted by the step above, and determining the quality and predictive quality of the models. The models are then used to predict properties of very small samples." The patent application was filed on Oct. 10, 2008 (12/287,673). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,11,955.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,955&RS=PN/83,11,955 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Texas System, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,309,595) developed by Mohamed Naguib Attala, Houston, and Philippe Diaz, Missoula, Mont., for "hydrazone modulators of cannabinoid receptors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Hydrazone compounds which modulate cannabinoid receptors are presented. Pharmaceutical compositions containing these compounds, methods of using these compounds as modulators of cannabinoid receptors and processes for synthesizing these compounds are also described herein." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2008 (12/668,867). 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=83,09,595.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,595&RS=PN/83,09,595 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** William Marsh Rice University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- William Marsh Rice University, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,310,134) developed by five co-inventors for a "composition for energy generator, storage, and strain sensor and methods of use thereof." The co-inventors are Pulickel M. Ajayan, Houston, Ashavani Kumar, Honolulu, Andres Rafael Botello-Mendez, San Luis Potosi, Mexico, Hemtej Gullapalli, Houston, and Mauricio Terrones Maldonado, Colonia Lomas, Mexico.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compositions and devices for harvesting electrical energy from mechanical and thermal energy, storing such produced energy, and sensing strain based on low cost materials and processes. In embodiments, the compositions are flexible and include a flexible polymer embedded and coated with a nanostructured piezoelectric material." The patent application was filed on Jan. 22, 2010 (12/692,514). 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=8,310,134.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,134&RS=PN/8,310,134 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Southwest Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,310,243) developed by five co-inventors for a "local electrochemical impedance spectroscopy (LEIS) for detecting coating defects in buried pipelines." The co-inventors are Pavan K. Shukla, San Antonio, Todd S. Mintz, San Antonio, Biswajit Dasgupta, Helotes, Texas, Jay L. Fisher, Alamo Heights, Texas, and Osvaldo Pensado-Rodriguez, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and associated methods for acquiring and analyzing LEIS data from a buried structure, such as a pipeline. A special probe having adjustable electrodes is placed in the soil above the structure. A voltage is applied to the structure, causing more current to emanate from a coating defect than from intact coating. The probe electrodes acquire a response signal, which is analyzed to detect the defect." The patent application was filed on Aug. 10, 2010 (12/853,986). 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=83,10,243.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,243&RS=PN/83,10,243 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,311,482) developed by Hang Jin, Plano, Texas, and John Grabner, Plano, Texas, for a "self-optimizing wireless network base station." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless base station apparatus is provided that is configured to automatically optimize the radiation pattern it uses when installed for operation in a wireless network in order to serve wireless client devices within a coverage area. The wireless base station is configured to determine its geographical location and to evaluate its geographical location based on stored geographical map data that indicates the physical geographical environment surrounding its geographical location. Based on the physical geographical environment surrounding the geographical location, the base station determines a radiation pattern best suited to serve wireless client devices within a coverage area." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,083). 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=8,311,482.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,482&RS=PN/8,311,482 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Youtoo Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Youtoo Technologies, Irving, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,311,382) developed by Mark A. Harwell, Plano, Texas, Christopher W. Wyatt, Dallas, and Ryland M. Reed, North Richland Hills, Texas, for a "recording and publishing content on social media websites." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for recording and publishing content on social networking websites and other websites include providing an imbedded link on a social networking webpage to media recorder software stored on an external server system, invoking the media recorder software within a displayed instance of the social networking webpage through an application programming interface for the social networking webpage, receiving a video stream defining video captured using the media recorder software at the external video management server system, generating and storing a video file using the received video stream at the external server system, selecting the stored video file for distribution via one or more communication networks, and providing the stored video file for display within displayed instances of webpages hosted on external web server systems." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2012 (13/475,765). 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=8,311,382.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,382&RS=PN/8,311,382 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vertex Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,587) developed by fifteen co-inventors for "piperidine and piperazine phenyl sulphonamides as modulators of ion channels." The co-inventors are Esther Ann Martinborough, San Diego, Lev Tyler Dewey Fanning, San Marcos, Calif., Urvi Jagdishbhai Sheth, San Diego, Dean Mitchell Wilson, Bedford, Mass., Andreas P. Termin, Encinitas, Calif., Timothy Donald Neubert, San Diego, Nicole Hilgraf, San Diego, Tara Leanne Hampton, Fort Worth, Texas, Tara Whitney, Carlsbad, Calif., Aarti Sameer Kawatkar, Newton, Mass., Danielle Lehsten, Fayetteville, W.Va., Dean Stamos, Carlsbad, Calif., Jinglan Zhou, San Diego, Vijayalaksmi Arumugam, San Marcos, Calif., and Corey Anderson, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to piperidine and piperazine phenyl sulfonamides useful as inhibitors of ion channels. The invention also provides pharmaceutically acceptable compositions comprising the compounds of the invention and methods of using the compositions in the treatment of various disorders, including for example the treatment of pain." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2012 (13/419,936). 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=83,09,587.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,587&RS=PN/83,09,587 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Generating Test Benches for Pre-silicon Validation of Retimed Complex IC Designs Against a Reference Design ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,268) developed by Mark H. Nodine, Austin, Texas, for "generating test benches for pre-silicon validation of retimed complex IC designs against a reference design." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention (900) described a method that generates and uses a test bench for verifying an electrical design module in a semiconductor manufacturing against an electrical reference model containing a sub-circuit that matches the electrical design module. The invention includes providing (902) a description of an electrical design module that includes a plurality of ports. In addition, the invention includes providing (904) a description of an electrical reference model. The invention further includes providing and or creating (92) one or more implicit defines for the reference modules that appear in hierarchy of the electrical reference model. And, the invention includes providing (906) a description file that includes one or more instance definitions. The invention parses (91) the hierarchy of the electrical design model and then processes (96) the description file. The invention then writes (97) the test bench." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2011 (13/108,615). 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=83,10,268.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,268&RS=PN/83,10,268 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sur-Tec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Sur-Tec, Lenexa, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,311,515) developed by Corey Smith, Austin, Texas, and Todd Dupriest, Lenexa, Kan., for a "system, method, and device for intelligence gathering and position tracking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile communication device that may be used by an investigator to secretly record a suspect and track the investigator's location includes a microphone for detecting sounds, a communication component for transmitting signals or data representative of the sounds to one of the portable computers via the wireless communication network, a display for displaying information related to operation of the device, a computing device, and a computer program implemented by the computing device. The computer program is operable to place the device in a stealth mode in which the display is turned off or otherwise deactivated to make the entire device appear to be turned off while the microphone continues to detect sounds and the communication component continues to transmit signals or data representative of the sounds to a surveillance or support team operating one of the portable computers." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2012 (13/465,158). 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=8,311,515.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,515&RS=PN/8,311,515 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Garbsen Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Garbsen Enterprises, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,311,499) developed by Thomas M. Eubanks, Edinburg, Texas, for a "system and method for providing automatic tuning of a radio receiver and for providing automatic control of a CD/tape player." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sound system with a radio receiver having the ability to automatically tune to a new radio station if (a) the current radio station is broadcasting a song, program or other content that the user dislikes and/or (b) one of one or more predetermined radio stations is broadcasting content that the listener likes. In one embodiment, the sound system includes a tuner for tuning to a frequency of a radio station and for converting a radio signal transmitted by the radio station to an audio signal; a memory unit for storing a first set of templates, wherein the first set of templates correspond to a to a set of songs, programs, commercials, or other content disliked by the user of the sound system; and a recognition processor, coupled to the tuner and to the memory unit, for receiving the audio signal, generating templates from the audio signal, and comparing the generated templates to at least one of the templates within the first set of templates. If one of the generated templates matches one of the templates within the first set of templates, the tuner is automatically tuned to a new radio station. In this manner, the sound system automatically tunes to a new radio station when the current radio station broadcasts content that the user of the sound system has indicated a dislike thereof." The patent application was filed on April 24, 2009 (12/429,433). 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=8,311,499.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,499&RS=PN/8,311,499 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Serenex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 - Serenex, Indianapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,309,548) developed by seven co-inventors for "benzene, pyridine, and pyridazine derivatives." The co-inventors are Kenneth He Huang, Northbrook, Ill., Jeron Eaves, Durham, N.C., Gunnar Hanson, Dallas, James Veal, Apex, N.C., Thomas Barta, Carrboro, N.C., Lifeng Geng, Cary, N.C., and Lindsay Hinkley, Cary, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are compounds and pharmaceutically acceptable salts of Formula I ##STR00001## wherein R.sub.1, R.sub.2, R.sub.3, R.sub.4, R.sub.5, R.sub.6, R.sub.7, n, Q.sub.1, Q.sub.2, Q.sub.3, Y, and X.sub.1-X.sub.4 are as defined herein. Compounds of Formula I are useful in the treatment of diseases and/or conditions related to cell proliferation, such as cancer, inflammation, arthritis, angiogenesis, or the like. Also disclosed are pharmaceutical compositions comprising compounds of the invention and methods of treating the aforementioned conditions using such compounds." The patent application was filed on April 7, 2011 (13/081,637). 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=8,309,548&OS=8,309,548&RS=8,309,548 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

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