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

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Minnesota (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 Minnesota.

*** Apnex Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Apnex Medical, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,645) developed by five co-inventors for "obstructive sleep apnea treatment devices, systems and methods." The co-inventors are Stephen L. Bolea, Watertown, Minn., Thomas B. Hoegh, Edina, Minn., Bruce J. Persson, Dresser, Wis., Robert E. Atkinson, White Bear Lake, Minn., and Scott T. Mazar, Woodbury, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lead system may include a cuff electrode configured to be implanted on a nerve and including a cylindrical cuff body having a plurality of electrode contacts. The cylindrical cuff body may include a first side with a first longitudinal edge and a second side with a second longitudinal edge. The cylindrical cuff body may also have a proximalmost end surface and a distalmost end surface, wherein the first longitudinal edge includes a proximalmost end and a distalmost end, and the second longitudinal edge includes a proximalmost end and a distalmost end. The lead system may also include first and second lead portions having generally serpentine configurations and a first anchor interposed between the first and second lead portions and configured to be secured relative to a non-nerve body structure. The lead system may also include a connector extending proximally from the second lead portion and configured to electrically connect to an implantable pulse generator." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2011 (13/094,371). 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=8,311,645&OS=8,311,645&RS=8,311,645 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for a Small Power Source for an Implantable Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,627) developed by Michael J. Root, Lino Lakes, Minn., Nick A. Youker, River Falls, Wis., and Keith R. Maile, New Brighton, Minn., for a "method and apparatus for a small power source for an implantable device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One example includes a battery that includes a stack of at least one substantially planar anode and at least one substantially planar cathode, wherein the stack defines a contoured exterior, and a battery housing enclosing the stack, the battery housing defining a battery housing exterior, wherein the contoured exterior of the stack is shaped to conform to a contoured interior of the battery housing that approximately conforms to the battery housing exterior, the battery produced by the process of modeling, using fluid dynamics, an exterior of a biocompatible housing and shaping the battery housing to conform to at least some of the exterior of the biocompatible housing." The patent application was filed on Dec. 13, 2010 (12/966,444). 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=8,311,627&OS=8,311,627&RS=8,311,627 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Improving Heart Rate Kinetics in Heart Failure Patients ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,631) developed by Donald Hopper, Maple Grove, Minn., Yinghong Yu, Shoreview, Minn., and Yanting Dong, Shoreview, Minn., for "systems and methods for improving heart rate kinetics in heart failure patients." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Adaptive rate pacing for improving heart rate kinetics in heart failure patients involves determining onset and sustaining of patient activity. The patient's heart rate response to the sustained activity is evaluated during a time window defined between onset of the activity and a steady-state exercise level. If the patient's heart rate response to the sustained activity is determined to be slow, a pacing therapy is delivered at a rate greater than the patient's intrinsic heart rate based on a profile of the patient's heart rate response to varying workloads. If determined not to be slow, the pacing therapy is withheld. Monitoring-only configurations provide for acquisition and organization of physiological data for heart failure patients. These data can be acquired on a per-patient basis and used to assess the HF status of the patient." The patent application was filed on Aug. 21, 2009 (12/545,676). 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=8,311,631&OS=8,311,631&RS=8,311,631 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Medtronic, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,311,636) developed by Martin T. Gerber, Maple Grove, Minn., and John C. Rondoni, Plymouth, Minn., for a "tree-based electrical stimulator programming." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure describes an implantable stimulation system that guides programming with a therapeutic tree. All possible stimulation parameters are arranged on the therapeutic tree, with each level of the therapeutic tree containing a different stimulation parameter type. Each level includes nodes that are connected to nodes of adjacent levels. A program path is created by moving through nodes of lower levels. The stimulation parameter types are arranged so that coarse adjustments occur at higher levels of the tree and fine adjustments occur at lower levels of the tree. The nodes of the program path define the stimulation parameters of the delivered stimulation therapy. The user may provide information such as efficacy input and/or medication dosage information to the system for identifying the most efficacious program path in treating pain of the patient. Additionally or alternatively, efficacy feedback may be received from physiological parameter sensors." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2010 (12/839,524). 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=8,311,636&OS=8,311,636&RS=8,311,636 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Reduction of AV Delay for Treatment of Cardiac Disease ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,630) developed by five co-inventors for a "reduction of AV delay for treatment of cardiac disease." The co-inventors are Joseph M. Pastore, Concord, Ohio, Rodney W. Salo, Fridley, Minn., Julio C. Spinelli, Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Allan C. Shuros, St. Paul, Minn., and Andres Belalcazar, St. Paul, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An implantable pacing device for delivering ventricular pacing may be configured to intermittently reduce the AVD interval for beneficial effect in patients with compromised ventricular function (e.g., HF patients and post-MI patients). The AVD interval may be reduced in an AVD reduction mode, by shortening the AVD in an atrial triggered ventricular pacing mode or by switching to a non-atrial triggered ventricular pacing mode (e.g., VVI) and delivering paces at a rate above the intrinsic rate. The physiological effects of AVD reduction may be either positive or negative on cardiac output, depending upon the individual patient." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2011 (13/229,948). 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=8,311,630&OS=8,311,630&RS=8,311,630 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Magnetic Core Flux Canceling of Ferrites in MRI ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,637) developed by Masoud Ameri, Maple Plain, Minn., for a "magnetic core flux canceling of ferrites in MRI." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetic core flux canceling device according to embodiments of the present invention includes a magnetic field sensor adapted for placement at a ferrite material core in an implantable medical device, the magnetic field sensor adapted to transmit a signal corresponding to a magnitude of a first magnetic field. Such a device may also include a coil disposed around the ferrite material core and a driver circuit configured to receive the signal and to vary a voltage applied across the coil based on the signal, the voltage applied across the coil creating a second magnetic field at least partially in a direction opposite the first magnetic field. According to some embodiments of the present invention, multiple coils may be used to cancel magnetic fields in multiple directions. A voltage applied across the coil varies in magnitude and/or direction to cancel or weaken an MRI-related magnetic field." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2009 (12/367,452). 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=8,311,637&OS=8,311,637&RS=8,311,637 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,647) developed by Mark J. Bly, Falcon Heights, Minn., for a "direct delivery system for transvascular lead." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lead delivery system for delivering a neurostimulation lead to a patient's internal jugular vein using a percutaneous stick. The system comprises a neurostimulation lead adapted to stimulate a vagus nerve from the internal jugular vein. The lead includes a proximal end, a distal end, a generally spiral shaped retaining structure interposed between the proximal and distal ends and configured to retain the lead in the internal jugular vein, an electrode coupled to the retaining structure, and a side port interposed between the retaining structure and the proximal end. The side port provides access to a lumen extending from the distal end to the side port. A guidewire is sized to fit within the side port and lumen and reduce a force exerted by the retaining structure against the internal jugular vein, thereby allowing rotation of the lead and orientation of the electrode by applying a torque to the lead. A catheter has a lumen sized to slideably receive the medical electrical lead and configured to provide access to the internal jugular vein from the percutaneous stick site. A method of delivering a medical electrical lead to a patient's internal jugular vein." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2011 (13/079,512). 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=8,311,647&OS=8,311,647&RS=8,311,647 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** UTC Fire & Security Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- UTC Fire & Security Americas, Bradenton, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,310,365) developed by Michael J. Siegler II, Inver Grove Heights, Minn., and Eric Chabin, Chanhassen, Minn., for a "control system, security system, and method of monitoring a location." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system for a security system having a plurality of sensors includes a sensor communication device configured to communicatively couple to the plurality of sensors and to receive a plurality of sensor notifications from the plurality of sensors. Each sensor notification of the plurality of sensor notifications includes at least one of a detection type, a detection location, and a detection duration. The control system also includes a processor configured to receive the plurality of sensor notifications from the sensor communication device, associate a plurality of detection states with the plurality of sensor notifications such that at least one detection state of the plurality of detection states is entered upon receiving at least one combination of sensor notifications of the plurality of sensor notifications, and associate at least one detection response with each detection state of the plurality of detection states." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2010 (12/684,520). 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=8,310,365&OS=8,310,365&RS=8,310,365 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,310,449) developed by Christian R. Butikofer, St. Paul, Minn., for a "touch interface device, system, and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A touch interface that includes a plurality of push-buttons, each of which has a first stage portion and a second stage portion. A display screen displays a plurality of display items each of which is associated with a corresponding one of the push-buttons. Activation of the first stage portion of one of the push-buttons causes the corresponding display item on the screen to highlight thereby indicating to the user that the push-button associated with that display item is being pressed, without launching a function associated with the display item. This allows the user to determine whether or not he is pressing the correct push-button prior to activating a function without taking his eyes off of the display screen. If the user is satisfied that he is contacting the correct push-button, the user can then activate the second stage portion and thereby launch the function." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/342,390). 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=8,310,449&OS=8,310,449&RS=8,310,449 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cooper Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Cooper Technologies, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,310,333) developed by Joseph James Ventura, Eureka, Mo., Matthew Rain Darr, Edwardsville, Ill., and Xuecheng Zhang, Changsha, China, for a modular fuse holder.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Modular fuse holder assemblies for configurable panelboards are specifically adapted to meet the needs of photovoltaic fuses and solar powered systems. Fuse rejection features, safety features, and remote monitoring features are further provided." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2010 (12/875,273). 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=8,310,333&OS=8,310,333&RS=8,310,333 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Anisotropic Texture Filtering with Texture Data Prefetching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,497) developed by four co-inventors for an "anisotropic texture filtering with texture data prefetching." The co-inventors are Miguel Comparan, Rochester, Minn., Eric Oliver Mejdrich, Rochester, Minn., Adam James Muff, Rochester, Minn., and Matthew Ray Tubbs, Rochester, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit arrangement and method utilize texture data prefetching to prefetch texture data used by an anisotropic filtering algorithm. In particular, stride-based prefetching may be used to prefetch texture data for use in anisotropic filtering, where the value of the stride, or difference between successive accesses, is based upon a distance in a memory address space between sample points taken along the line of anisotropy used in an anisotropic filtering algorithm." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2012 (13/421,169). 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=8,310,497&OS=8,310,497&RS=8,310,497 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** FP Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- FP Wireless, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,344) developed by Theodore D. Geiszler, Monte Sereno, Calif., Paul G. Saldin, Stillwater, Minn., and Eric W. Lofstad, Circle Pines, Minn., for a "long range radio frequency identification system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus and system for radio frequency identification provides an on-off keyed amplitude-modulated illumination signal containing a sequence of bits configured to illuminate a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, The illumination signal is received at the RFID tag, rectified to generate a wake signal for waking a processor which is subsequently powered by a battery. The received illumination signal is sampled and subjected to a thresholding process. Mobile telephone band interference is countered by correlating the sampled illumination signal to determine its bit sequence and then correlating the bit sequence against a predetermined key. An identification signal from the RFID tag is sent in response to a match." The patent application was filed on Feb. 19, 2009 (12/389,179). 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=8,310,344&OS=8,310,344&RS=8,310,344 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pixtronix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Pixtronix, Andover, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,442) developed by six co-inventors for "circuits for controlling display apparatus." The co-inventors are Nesbitt W. Hagood, Wellesley, Mass., Stephen Lewis, Reading, Mass., Abraham McAllister, Annandale, Va., Roger W. Barton, Grand Marais, Minn., Richard S. Payne, Andover, Mass., and Jasper Lodewyk Steyn, Winchester, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to methods and apparatus for forming images on a display utilizing a control matrix to control the movement of MEMs-based light modulators." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2006 (11/607,715). 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=8,310,442&OS=8,310,442&RS=8,310,442 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Ratioed Feedback Body Voltage Bias Generator ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,310,298) developed by Steven J. Baumgartner, Zumbro Falls, Minn., Patrick L. Rosno, Rochester, Minn., and Dana M. Woeste, Mantorville, Minn., for a "ratioed feedback body voltage bias generator." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A design structure embodied in a machine readable medium used in a design process includes a current mirror circuit that includes a reference current source that generates a reference current, a reference transistor, a mirror transistor and a ratioed body bias feedback unit. The reference transistor has a first node that is coupled to the output of the reference current source, a gate that is coupled to the first node and a second node coupled to a common voltage. The mirror transistor has a gate coupled to the first node. The ratioed body bias feedback unit generates a body bias voltage coupled to the body of the reference transistor and the body of the mirror transistor. The ratioed body bias feedback unit is configured to adjust the body bias voltage in relationship to the common voltage so that the reference transistor and the mirror transistor each have a threshold voltage within a predefined range." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2007 (11/866,110). 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=8,310,298&OS=8,310,298&RS=8,310,298 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,107) developed by Justin F. Chapweske, Lauderdale, Minn., for a "rate sensitive packet transfer mechanism over a peer-to-peer network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, method and system to improve data transfer across a communications network by employing an acknowledgment independent equalized data packet transfer mechanism on a peer-to-peer basis. The present disclosure teaches how many computers can send data to many other computers, with particularity on a peer-to-peer basis when desired, without requiring acknowledgements of safe receipt by the receiving computer. By aggregating several computers to send data in a collection to a requesting computer, transfer rates may be increased. Further, by not requiring acknowledgment of receipt from the receiving computer, and by treating all data packets with equal utility, the present disclosure teaches a mechanism that reduces file transfer administration bandwidth, increases file transfer scalability on demand, and increases overall network transfer efficiency." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2010 (12/901,283). 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=8,312,107&OS=8,312,107&RS=8,312,107 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honeywell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Honeywell International, Morristown, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,310,801) developed by Jonathan McDonald, Bloomington, Minn., and Brent Chian, Plymouth, Minn., for a "flame sensing voltage dependent on application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for operating a flame sensing device to obtain readings of increased accuracy without degrading the life of the sensor. There may be levels of a flame requiring a precise measurement. One improvement of accuracy uses higher voltage on the sensor, but this degrades the sensor and thus shortens it life. Further improvement may be achieved by limiting the time that the sensor is operated at a higher voltage. Readings, as if the sensor were operated at a higher voltage, may be inferred from actual readings of the sensor operated at a lower voltage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009 (12/565,676). 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=8,310,801&OS=8,310,801&RS=8,310,801 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Seagate Technology, Scotts Valley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,782) developed by Dian Song, Eden Prairie, Minn., Huaqing Yin, Eden Prairie, Minn., and Ralph William Cross, Lyons, Colo., for a "dedicated ID-OD writer with beveled pole tips and method of manufacture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transducing head for use with a storage medium rotatable about an axis includes first and second writers for writing to the storage medium. The first writer is configured for dedicated writing to a first radial region of the storage medium, and the second writer is configured for dedicated writing to a second radial region of the storage medium. The second radial region is located radially outward from the first radial region." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2008 (12/098,114). 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=8,310,782&OS=8,310,782&RS=8,310,782 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent for Head Assembly having a Sensing Element ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,779) developed by four co-inventors for a "head assembly having a sensing element." The co-inventors are Jorge Vicente Hanchi, St. Louis Park, Minn., Dian Song, Eden Prairie, Minn., John Stuart Wright, Edina, Minn., and Andrew D. White, Minneapolis, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A head or slider having a sensor element to detect changes in head-media spacing is disclosed. In illustrated embodiments the sensor element includes a piezoelectric sensor layer or similar layer that provides acoustic emission or vibration responsive to changes in head-media spacing. In illustrated embodiments, the sensor element is located proximate to the close point of the head and slider. In embodiments described in the specification, output from the sensor element is utilized to energize a heating element or microactuator to control pole tip protrusion or actuation of transducer elements responsive to changes in head-media spacing." The patent application was filed on June 25, 2009 (12/491,605). 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=8,310,779&OS=8,310,779&RS=8,310,779 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** 3M Innovative Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- 3M Innovative Properties, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,309,650) developed by four co-inventors for "high refractive index adhesives." The co-inventors are Michael D. Determan, Woodbury, Minn., Albert I. Everaerts, Oakdale, Minn., Cheryl L. Moore, Afton, Minn., and David B. Olson, Marine on St. Croix, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides pressure-sensitive adhesives having a refractive index of at least 1.50. The pressure-sensitive adhesives comprise at least one monomer containing a substituted or an unsubstituted carbazole group." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2008 (12/738,090). 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=83,09,650.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,650&RS=PN/83,09,650 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MAYO Foundation for Medical Education and Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- MAYO Foundation for Medical Education and Research, Rochester, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,310,233) developed by Joshua D. Trzasko, Rochester, Minn., and Armando Manduca, Rochester, Minn., for a "method for image reconstruction from undersampled medical imaging data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for image reconstruction that utilizes a generalization of compressed sensing is provided. More particularly, a method for homotopic l.sub.0 minimization is provided, in which a series of subproblems that asymptotically approach a solution to the l.sub.0 minimization are iteratively solved. These subproblems include utilizing concave metric prior functionals in the traditional compressed sensing framework. Substantially undersampled image data is acquired from a subject, for example, with a medical imaging system, such as a magnetic resonance imaging ("MRI") system or a computed tomography ("CT") system. Using the provided method, undersampling on the order of around 96 percent can be achieved while still producing clinically acceptable images." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2010 (12/705,818). 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=8,310,233.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,233&RS=PN/8,310,233 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,311,956) developed by five co-inventors for a "scalable traffic classifier and classifier training system." The co-inventors are Subhabrata Sen, New Providence, N.J., Nicholas Duffield, Summit, N.J., Patrick Haffner, Atlantic Highland, N.J., Jeffrey Erman, Morristown, N.J., and Yu Jin, St. Paul, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A traffic classifier has a plurality of binary classifiers, each associated with one of a plurality of calibrators. Each calibrator trained to translate an output score of the associated binary classifier into an estimated class probability value using a fitted logistic curve, each estimated class probability value indicating a probability that the packet flow on which the output score is based belongs to the traffic class associated with the binary classifier associated with the calibrator. The classifier training system configured to generate a training data based on network information gained using flow and packet sampling methods. In some embodiments, the classifier training system configured to generate reduced training data sets, one for each traffic class, reducing the training data related to traffic not associated with the traffic class." The patent application was filed on Aug. 11, 2009 (12/539,430). 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=83,11,956.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,956&RS=PN/83,11,956 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ADC Telecommunications Assigned Patent for Fiber Optic Cable and Furcation Module ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,379) developed by Steven C. Zimmel, Minneapolis, for a "fiber optic cable and furcation module." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical fiber cable assembly comprising an optical fiber slidably enclosed within a hollow tubing, both the fiber and the tubing having corresponding first and second ends. The cable is terminated with the first and second ends of the tubing and the fiber constrained with respect to each other such that fiber and the tubing are approximately the same length when the cable is at a first temperature. The tubing is made of a material which contracts more than the optical fiber when the cable is exposed to temperatures below the first temperature, such that the fiber is longer than the tubing and excess fiber length is formed. An intermediate portion of the tubing permits the excess fiber length to accumulate without bending in a radius smaller than a minimum bend radius." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2005 (11/071,648). 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=8,311,379.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,379&RS=PN/8,311,379 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SPX Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- SPX, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,310,271) developed by Kurt Raichle, Owatonna, Minn., Scott Krampitz, Blooming Prairie, Minn., and Weixing Xia, Portage, Mich., for a "starter zero current test apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An alternator and starter tester system having a starter current zero test. The current is measured before and after a solenoid of a starter motor is energized and deenergized to determine if the starter motor should be failed. This allows the operator to quickly determine if the starter motor is stuck on during normal starter motor testing." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2009 (12/463,799). 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=83,10,271.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,271&RS=PN/83,10,271 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Solutran Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Solutran, Minneapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,311,945) developed by Kari Hawkins, Medicine Lake, Minn., and Scott Reid, Maple Grove, Minn., for a "system and method for processing checks and check transactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of processing paper checks that divides into two independent paths the processing of a data file representing a check and the digital image of the check. The data files and image files are separated both in time and in space, with the data files being used to promptly initiate the transfer of funds to and from appropriate accounts, while the paper checks, at a remote location and typically lagging in time, are scanned to create digital image files and deposited as an image or substitute check if deemed ACH ineligible. The method provides for the comparison of data files to image files, based on MICR information, to find any unmatching or mismatched items for exception processing and a process to manage ACH-ineligible items as an image or substitute check." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2007 (11/699,776). 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=83,11,945.PN.&OS=PN/83,11,945&RS=PN/83,11,945 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ADC Telecommunications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- ADC Telecommunications, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,311,380) developed by four co-inventors for a "spring-loaded splice tray holder." The co-inventors are Steve Anderson, Shakopee, Minn., Soutsada Vongseng, Chanhassen, Minn., Oscar Fernando Bran de Leon, Belle Plaine, Minn., and John Stasny, Lake Elmo, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A splice tray holder includes a body with a first portion, a second portion, and a front surface. A retention portion is disposed on an outer periphery of each of the first and second portions and defines a receiving groove having an inner surface that faces toward the front surface of the body. A spring portion is disposed on each of the first and second portions, wherein the spring portion is adapted to provide a biasing force in a direction from the front surface of the body toward the inner surface of the receiving groove." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2010 (12/829,143). 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=8,311,380.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,380&RS=PN/8,311,380 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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