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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 29)
[November 29, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Nov. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** Bryant Consultants Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Bryant Consultants, Carrollton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,321,160) developed by six co-inventors for a "remotely reconfigurable system for mapping subsurface geological anomalies." The co-inventors are John Bryant, Carollton, Texas, H. Michael Willey, Garland, Texas, Guenter H. Lehmann, Sachse, Texas, Arash Tom Salamat, Plano, Texas, Michael Edgar, McKinney, Texas, and Jerry Leopold, Richardson, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are provided for detecting and transmitting geophysical data from a plurality of electrodes inserted into the soil utilizing a set of identical dynamically reconfigurable voltage control units located on each electrode and connected together by a communications and power cable. A test sequence is provided in each voltage control unit. Each voltage control unit records data measurements for transmission to a central data collector. Each voltage control unit incorporates and determines its positional relationship to other voltage control units by logging when the unit is attached to the electrode. Each voltage control unit I equipped with a magnetic switch for detecting when they are in contact with the electrode." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/587,953). 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=8,321,160&OS=8,321,160&RS=8,321,160 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,321,048) developed by Elfido Coss Jr., Austin, Texas, Anastasia O. Peterson, Spicewood, Texas, and Christopher A. Bode, Austin, Texas, for an "associating data with workpieces and correlating the data with yield data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus is provided for associating operational data with workpieces and correlating the operational data with yield data. The method comprises processing a workpiece using a processing tool, associating the operational data with the workpiece during the processing of the workpiece and measuring the yield data associated with the processed workpiece. The method further comprises correlating the operational data with the yield data to make one or more determinations." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2002 (10/185,468). 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=8321048&OS=8321048&RS=8321048 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Smart Phone as Remote Control Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,320,901) developed by Adam Klein, Cedar Park, Texas, James Austin Britt, Manor, Texas, and Joshua J. Fox, Austin, Texas, for a "smart phone as remote control device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication device such as a smart phone is enabled for remotely controlling set-top boxes (STBs) over Internet protocol networks using an applet running on the communication device. Authentication from within a multimedia content distribution network may be achieved by verifying that a network identifier associated with the communication device is associated with an account that has granted access to the smart phone and that is associated with the controlled STB. A viewing pane on the communication device permits a user to remotely view content received on or available to the controlled STB." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2012 (13/405,849). 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=8,320,901&OS=8,320,901&RS=8,320,901 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Magnecomp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 - Magnecomp, Murrieta, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,083) developed by Christopher Dunn, Austin, Texas, and Keith A. Vanderlee, Austin, Texas, for an "electrical interconnect with improved corrosion resistance for a disk drive head suspension." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical interconnect and a method of making an electrical interconnect in which a conductor has been substantially plated with a first protective metal shell, such as nickel, and a second outer metal shell, such as gold, before a covercoat has been applied. Such an electrical interconnect can be characterized as having an even-thickness outer shell on both its terminal pads and underneath the covercoat adjacent to the terminal pads, without overhangs or gaps near the bottom of the covercoat caused by surface etching during production." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2007 (11/951,619). 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=8,320,083&OS=8,320,083&RS=8,320,083 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,036) developed by five co-inventors for "normally emitting pixel architecture for frustrated total internal reflection displays." The co-inventors are Kevin J. Derichs, Buda, Texas, Carey King, Austin, Texas, Daniel K. Van Ostrand, The Woodlands, Texas, Berry Tod Cox, Spring, Texas, and Reed J. Killion, Spring, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an apparatus that includes a waveguide and one or more pixels deployed adjacent the top surface of the waveguide which contains TIR light therein. Each pixel includes a deformable active layer having a first conductor and a driver electronics layer having a second conductor. The driver electronics layer is deployed in spaced-apart relation to the active layer and opposite the waveguide. In a quiescent state of a pixel, the active layer is in contact or near contact with the top surface of the waveguide so as to optically couple light out via FTIR (i.e., pixel's ON state). To actuate the pixel, the electronics layer is configured to selectively apply an electrical potential difference to the second conductor thereby causing the active layer to move away from the top surface so as to prevent the optical coupling of light out of the waveguide (i.e., pixel's OFF state)." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2009 (12/546,601). 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=8,320,036&OS=8,320,036&RS=8,320,036 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** FutureWei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- FutureWei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,948) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for probability-based resource allocation in a wireless communications system." The co-inventors are Dongdong Li, Dallas, Dandan Wang, Berkeley Heights, N.J., Mazin Al-Shalash, Frisco, Texas, and Anthony C.K. Soong, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for probability-based resource allocation in a wireless communications system is provided. A method for centralized resource allocation includes coordinating spectrum sensing information with a set of cognitive radio (CR) user pairs, computing probability-based information for CR user pairs in the set of CR user pairs, computing adjustment values for each channel available for allocation, assigning a CR user pair to an unassigned channel in a set of channels available for allocation, the assigning based on the probability-based information, updating the adjustment values, repeating the assigning a CR user pair and the updating the adjustment values if the adjustment values have not converged, and transmitting a message to the set of CR user pairs, wherein the message comprises information regarding CR user pair to channel assignments." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2010 (12/729,101). 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=8,320,948&OS=8,320,948&RS=8,320,948 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fallbrook Intellectual Property Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Fallbrook Intellectual Property, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,321,097) developed by Christopher M. Vasiliotis, Cedar Park, Texas, and Loren T. McDaniel, Denver, for "automatic transmissions and methods therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for controlling transmissions and associated vehicles, machines, equipment, etc., are disclosed. In one case, a transmission control system includes a control unit configured to use a sensed vehicle speed and a commanded, target constant input speed to maintain an input speed substantially constant. The system includes one or more maps that associate a speed ratio of a transmission with a vehicle speed. In one embodiment, one such map associates an encoder position with a vehicle speed. Regarding a specific application, an automatic bicycle transmission shifting system is contemplated. An exemplary automatic bicycle includes a control unit, a shift actuator, various sensors, and a user interface. The control unit is configured to cooperate with a logic module and an actuator controller to control the cadence of a rider. In one embodiment, a memory of, or in communication with, the control unit includes one or more constant cadence maps that associate transmission speed ratios with bicycle speeds." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2008 (12/335,810). 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=8,321,097&OS=8,321,097&RS=8,321,097 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GB Tech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- GB Tech, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,321,077) developed by Eduardo Garcia-Llama, Houston, for an "attitude determination with three-axis accelerometer for emergency atmospheric entry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Two algorithms are disclosed that, with the use of a 3-axis accelerometer, will be able to determine the angles of attack, sideslip and roll of a capsule-type spacecraft prior to entry (at very high altitudes, where the atmospheric density is still very low) and during entry. The invention relates to emergency situations in which no reliable attitude and attitude rate are available. Provided that the spacecraft would not attempt a guided entry without reliable attitude information, the objective of the entry system in such case would be to attempt a safe ballistic entry. A ballistic entry requires three controlled phases to be executed in sequence: First, cancel initial rates in case the spacecraft is tumbling; second, maneuver the capsule to a heat-shield-forward attitude, preferably to the trim attitude, to counteract the heat rate and heat load build up; and third, impart a ballistic bank or roll rate to null the average lift vector in order to prevent prolonged lift down situations. Being able to know the attitude, hence the attitude rate, will allow the control system (nominal or backup, automatic or manual) to cancel any initial angular rates. Also, since a heat-shield forward attitude and the trim attitude can be specified in terms of the angles of attack and sideslip, being able to determine the current attitude in terms of these angles will allow the control system to maneuver the vehicle to the desired attitude. Finally, being able to determine the roll angle will allow for the control of the roll ballistic rate during entry." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2010 (12/799,047). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,077&OS=8,321,077&RS=8,321,077 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,321,132) developed by Gordon L. Moake, Houston, for "combining LWD measurements from different azimuths." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, methods for forming the apparatus, and methods for operating the apparatus provide a value for a formation property or a borehole property from measurements obtained in a well. The value may be generated from determining a weighted average of the value for the formation property or the borehole property using both values corresponding to different azimuths and weights corresponding to different azimuths." The patent application was filed on April 10, 2007 (12/522,783). 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=8,321,132&OS=8,321,132&RS=8,321,132 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Silicon Light Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Silicon Light Machines, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,038) developed by four co-inventors for a "method of fabricating an integrated device." The co-inventors are Joshua Lu, Austin, Texas, Gregory Beach, Round Rock, Texas, Alexander Payne, Ben Lomand, Calif., and James Hunter, Campbell, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of fabricating an integrated device including a MicroElectroMechanical system (MEMS) and an associated microcircuit is provided. In one embodiment, the method comprises: forming a high temperature capable contact through a dielectric layer to an underlying element of a microcircuit formed adjacent to a MicroElectroMechanical System (MEMS) structure on a substrate; and depositing a layer of conducting material over the dielectric layer, and patterning the layer of conducting material to form a local interconnect (LI) for the microcircuit overlying and electrically coupled to the contact and a bottom electrode for the adjacent MEMS structure. Other embodiments are also provided." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2009 (12/639,899). 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=8,320,038&OS=8,320,038&RS=8,320,038 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,124) developed by David L. Moss, Austin, Texas, for a "temperature control for an information handling system rack." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for controlling the temperature of a rack includes a connecting plenum configured to receive incoming cooling air from outside a rack for cooling the rack; a front plenum connected to the connecting plenum and configured to receive cooling air from the connecting plenum and deliver the cooling air to the rack, the cooling air being warmed by powered electrical components as it passes through the rack; at least one ventilator for recycling warmed cooling air from the rack back to the connecting plenum to be mixed with incoming cooling air; a sensor for sensing temperature of air in the rack; and a controller for controlling the at least one ventilator based at least on the sensed temperature." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2010 (12/962,732). 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=8,320,124&OS=8,320,124&RS=8,320,124 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,320,006) developed by four co-inventors for "managing digital images to be printed." The co-inventors are Kulvir S. Bhogal, Pflugerville, Texas, Lisa Seacat DeLuca, San Francisco, Robert R. Peterson, Austin, Texas, and Mark W. Talbot, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and articles of manufacture are disclosed for managing digital images to be shared with and/or printed for a user. In one embodiment, the digital images may be received for the user. That a count of the digital images exceeds a threshold count may be determined. The digital images may be transmitted to a location where they may be printed for the user. The user may be notified when the printed images are ready to be picked up by the user." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,903). 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=8,320,006&OS=8,320,006&RS=8,320,006 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sun Nuclear Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Sun Nuclear, Melbourne, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,321,179) developed by seven co-inventors for "multiple axes scanning system and method for measuring radiation from a radiation source." The co-inventors are William E. Simon, Melbourne, Fla., Mark Rose, Cocoa, Fla., Ronald J. Watts, San Antonio, Seth Brechbill, Cocoa Beach, Fla., William Austhof, Melbourne, Fla., Thomas Allan Simon, Gainesville, Fla., and Jakub Kozelka, Melbourne, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A three dimensional radiation measurement scanning system includes a circular drive operable with horizontal and vertical drives for moving a radiation detector through first, second and third orthogonal axes in a three dimensional scanning of the detector in a water tank. Motor are coupled to the drives and activated by a controller for providing the movement of the radiation detector which providing radiation field sensing signals for locations of the detector throughout the tank. A reference detector is fixed for comparing its radiation field measurements with those of the scanned radiation detector. An offset mount carries the radiation detector allowing it to be extended beyond the circular ring gear during horizontal movement of the radiation detector and thus position the radiation detector at wall surfaces of the water tank." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2010 (12/840,331). 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=8,321,179&OS=8,321,179&RS=8,321,179 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,320,884) developed by Nitin M. Khanna, Arlington, Texas, Umashanker Dheenathayalu, Irving, Texas, and Ryan Evans, Frisco, Texas, for "limiting user device functionality during motor vehicle operation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user device receives information associated with the user device, and detects movement of the user device. The user device also determines whether the movement is greater than a threshold velocity, and determines, when the movement is greater than the threshold velocity, whether the user device is located in a moving motor vehicle based on the information associated with the user device. The user device further places functionality of the user device in a semi-locked state when the user device is located in a moving motor vehicle." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2011 (13/325,224). 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=83,20,884.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,884&RS=PN/83,20,884 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,320,882) developed by Heather Maria Hinton, Austin, Texas, Alastair John Angwin, Eastleigh, United Kingdom, and Mark Pozefsky, Chapel Hill, N.C., for a "method and apparatus for managing obfuscated mobile device user identities." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile device identifier (such as an MSISDN) that typically accompanies a mobile device request is replaced with an "enriched" identifier that exposes the mobile device user's home operator but obfuscates the mobile device's (and, thus, the device user's) identity. In one embodiment, the identifier comprises a first part, and a second part. The first part comprises a data string that identifies (either directly or through a database lookup) the mobile device user's home operator. The second part, however, is an opaque data string, such as a one-time-use unique identifier (UID) or a value that is otherwise derived as a function of the MSISDN (or the like). The opaque data string encodes the mobile device's identity in a manner that preferably can be recovered only by the user's home operator. The present invention describes a method and apparatus for use in a home network to manage the generation, storage and use of the unique identifiers." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2007 (11/752,962). 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=83,20,882.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,882&RS=PN/83,20,882 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,863) developed by Aslamali A. Rafi, Austin, Texas, and Alessandro Piovaccari, Austin, Texas, for "rotating harmonic rejection mixer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention includes a mixer circuit to receive and generate a mixed signal from a radio frequency (RF) signal and a master clock signal, a switch stage coupled to an output of the mixer circuit to rotatingly switch the mixed signal to multiple gain stages coupled to the switch stage, and a combiner to combine an output of the gain stages." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2010 (12/794,113). 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=83,20,863.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,863&RS=PN/83,20,863 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Oracle America, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,761) developed by four co-inventors for a "broadband and wavelength-selective bidirectional 3-way optical splitter." The co-inventors are Xuezhe Zheng, San Diego, Brian W. O'Krafka, Austin, Texas, Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy, San Diego, and John E. Cunningham, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a bidirectional 3-way optical splitter are described. This bidirectional 3-way optical splitter includes an optical splitter having: a first external node, a second external node, a third external node, and a fourth external node. In one mode of operation, the optical splitter may be configured to receive an external input optical signal on the first external node and to provide external output optical signals on the other external nodes. Moreover, in another mode of operation, the optical splitter may be configured to receive the external input optical signal on the third external node and to provide the external output optical signals on the other external nodes." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2007 (11/962,426). 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=83,20,761.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,761&RS=PN/83,20,761 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Applied Optoelectronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Applied Optoelectronics, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,773) developed by Jun Zheng, Houston, and Chao-Hung Tsai, Ningbo, China, for "reducing cross-modulation in multichannel modulated optical systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A modulated optical system with cross-modulation compensation reduces or corrects cross-modulation that might occur at a target frequency range in a multichannel RF signal that modulates a laser. The system detects the cross-modulation, for example, by detecting an envelope of the RF signal or by detecting RF power fluctuations, generates a cross-modulation detection signal, filters the cross-modulation detection signal at the target frequency range, and imparts a compensating cross-modulation to the RF signal in response to the filtered cross-modulation detection signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 3, 2008 (12/245,028). 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=83,20,773.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,773&RS=PN/83,20,773 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Viewpointe Archive Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Viewpointe Archive Services, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,320,635) developed by Patrick S. McMonagle, Niwot, Colo., Christine Collins, Pearland, Texas, and John Leon, Kingwood, Texas, for a "method and system to centrally monitor the quality of images of financial documents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and system to centrally monitor the quality of images of financial documents. Embodiments of the present invention can provide a way to monitor and evaluate the quality of images of financial documents stored for remote access by financial institutions. In some embodiments, a standard quality analysis of at least some of the images is performed, and, based on the quality analysis, suspect images are identified to a responsible entity. For at least some of the images, a decisioning result from the responsible entity is recorded in association with information identifying the images. The quality analysis can be applied based on exclusion criteria such as an amount threshold, certain routing information, etc. The suspect images can be identified by sending a quality results file to the responsible entity, and a decisioning result can be received in a decisioning results file." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2005 (11/164,722). 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=83,20,635.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,635&RS=PN/83,20,635 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for System and Method for Electronic Message Notification ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,320,528) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for electronic message notification." The co-inventors are Yolius Diroo, San Antonio, Edward Walter, Boerne, Texas, Paul R. McLaughlin, Round Rock, Texas, and Russell W. White, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are disclosed for facilitating enhanced call awareness. A system incorporating teachings of the present disclosure may include an interface that receives a signal associated with a call to a telephone number. A call information engine may be coupled to the interface and may recognize that a party to the call subscribes to an enhanced call activity service. In some cases, the party may be a called party or a calling party, and the activity may include an incoming call to the telephone number, an outgoing call, a missed call, or a waiting voicemail message. A memory may maintain a data network address for the party, and a messaging engine may initiate sending of a message containing call information to the data network address. The message may be sent in response to a trigger signal output by a notification engine without consideration for whether or not a telephone line associated with the telephone number is busy." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2005 (11/115,982). 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=83,20,528.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,528&RS=PN/83,20,528 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association (USAA) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- United Services Automobile Association (USAA), San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,320,657) developed by six co-inventors for "systems and methods to use a digital camera to remotely deposit a negotiable instrument." The co-inventors are Rickey Dale Burks, Boerne, Texas, Charles Lee Oakes III, Boerne, Texas, Randy Ray Morlen, San Antonio, Bharat Prasad, San Antonio, Michael Frank Morris, San Antonio, and Xia Hua, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To deposit a negotiable instrument electronically, a digital image may be used. Systems and methods are described herein that facilitate the use of a digital camera to provide the digital image. A user may capture an image of a negotiable instrument to create a digital image. The digital image may be compressed and saved as a digital image file. The user may then transmit the digital image file to a financial institution, such as a bank, to deposit funds drawn from the account of the negotiable instrument into the user's account. A financial institution may receive digital image files created by a digital camera from account holders and process a deposit request using the digital image file." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/931,804). 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=83,20,657.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,657&RS=PN/83,20,657 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Security First Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Security First, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,560) developed by four co-inventors for a "secure data parser method and system." The co-inventors are Rick L. Orsini, Flower Mound, Texas, Mark S. O'Hare, Coto De Caza, Calif., Roger Davenport, Campbell, Texas, and Steven Winick, Woodmere, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A secure data parser is provided that may be integrated into any suitable system for securely storing and communicating data. The secure data parser parses data and then splits the data into multiple portions that are stored or communicated distinctly. Encryption of the original data, the portions of data, or both may be employed for additional security. The secure data parser may be used to protect data in motion by splitting original data into portions of data, that may be communicated using multiple communications paths." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2011 (13/172,682). 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=8,320,560.PN.&OS=PN/8,320,560&RS=PN/8,320,560 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,320,767) developed by Terrel Morris, Garland, Texas, Michael Tan, Menlo Park, Calif., and Shih-Yuan Wang, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "free-space photonic connection using wavelength division multiplexing and optical antenna." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interconnect system has an optical transmitter mounted on a first circuit board and an optical receiver mounted on a second circuit board. The optical receiver can be nominally aligned to receive an optical signal through free space from the optical transmitter. Further, the optical receiver includes one or more light detectors, and an optical antenna coupled to direct incident light into the one or more light detectors." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2008 (12/263,407). 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=83,20,767.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,767&RS=PN/83,20,767 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent for Method to Control a Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service Mode of a MBMS Session in a Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,320,292) developed by Jheroen P. Dorenbosch, Paradise, Texas, for a "method to control a multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) mode of a MBMS session in a communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method to control a multimedia broadcast multicast service (MBMS) mode of a MBMS session in a communication system is provided herein. In operation, a first network element that is located outside a radio access network determines to use one of a single frequency network MBMS mode and a single cell MBMS mode for the MBMS session based on a property of the MBMS session. The first network element then transmits a session control signaling message to a second network element that is located inside the radio access network. The session control signaling message instructs the second network element that user plane data for the MBMS session shall be transmitted using the determined MBMS mode. The base stations then transmit the user plane data to one or user equipments in a target service area according to the determined MBMS mode." The patent application was filed on Nov. 18, 2009 (12/620,685). 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=83,20,292.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,292&RS=PN/83,20,292 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,486) developed by Jayesh H. Kotecha, Austin, Texas, for a "retransmission method for HARQ in MIMO systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a closed-loop wireless communication system (200), a codeword retransmission scheme is provided which allows retransmission of a single codeword using a higher order transmission rank, which may or may not be the same as the higher order transmission rank used to originally transmit the codeword. When one of a plurality of codewords (CW1, CW2) being transmitted over two codeword pipes to a receiver (201.i) fails the transmission, codeword retransmission is enabled by duplicating the failed codeword at the base station (210) and then retransmitting the duplicated codewords over both codeword pipes using the same transmission layers or "rank" as the original transmission." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/864,066). 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=83,20,486.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,486&RS=PN/83,20,486 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instrument Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Texas Instrument, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,165) developed by Robert R. Garcia, Rockwall, Texas, and Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, for a "SRAM strap row substrate contact." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit containing an SRAM array having a strap row. The strap row has a substrate contact structure that includes a substrate contact plug and a tap layer." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2011 (13/301,217). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,20,165.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,165&RS=PN/83,20,165 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,320,213) developed by Partha Gajapathy, Highland Village, Texas, for a "memory device having data paths." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods are disclosed, such as those involving array/port consolidation and/or swapping. One such apparatus includes a plurality of port pads including a plurality of contacts; a plurality of memory arrays; and a plurality of master data lines. Each of the master data lines extends in a space between one of the port pads and a respective one of the memory arrays. Each of the master data lines is electrically connectable to the contacts of a respective one of the port pads. The apparatus further includes a plurality of local data lines, each of which extends over a respective one of the memory arrays. Each of the local data lines is electrically connectable to a respective one of the master data lines. At least one of the local data lines extends over at least two of the memory arrays. This configuration allows memory array consolidation and/or swapping without increasing die space for additional routing and adversely affecting performance of the apparatus." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,204). 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=83,20,213.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,213&RS=PN/83,20,213 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Link Adaptation for Retransmission Schemes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,273) developed by Hang Jin, Plano, Texas, Li Guo, Allen, Texas, and Hanqing Lou, Plano, Texas, for a "link adaptation for retransmission schemes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Link adaptive retransmission techniques are provided for use in connection with wireless communications between a first wireless communication device and a second wireless communication device. The first wireless communication device generates M packet error information values for the transmit session of a packet based on whether an acknowledgment message or a non-acknowledgment message is received from the second wireless communication device for a transmission and for previously sent transmissions even if less than M transmissions are sent by the first wireless communication device to the second wireless communication device upon completion of the transmit session. The first wireless communication device computes a retransmission fading margin based on the M packet error information values, from which an effective carrier-to-interference-plus-noise ratio is derived for selection of a modulation scheme." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/749,920). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sec2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.

htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,20,273.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,273&RS=PN/83,20,273 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,320,460) developed by Yong Yan, Austin, Texas, for "dyadic spatial re-sampling filters for inter-layer texture predictions in scalable image processing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dyadic spatial down sampling filter having tap values configured according to a Kaiser window function a beta factor of approximately 2.5, having approximately 1.5 side lobes, and having a down sampling ratio of approximately 1.9. The dyadic spatial down sampling filter may have tap values [-1, 17, 32, 17, -1]/64. A dyadic spatial up sampling filter having tap values configured according to a Kaiser window function having a beta factor of approximately 1.5, having approximately 2 side lobes, and having an up sampling ratio of approximately 2. The dyadic spatial up sampling filter may have tap values [-5.44, 0, 20.71, 33.46, 20.71, 0, -5.44]/64.0, or tap values [-5, 0, 21, 32, 21, 0, -5]/64, or tap values [-5, 21, 21, -5]/32." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2006 (11/532,701). 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=83,20,460.PN.&OS=PN/83,20,460&RS=PN/83,20,460 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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