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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Dec. 20)
[December 20, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Dec. 20)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** T2 Biosystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- T2 Biosystems, Lexington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,334,693) developed by W. David Lee, West Newton, Mass., for a "NMR device for detection of analytes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates generally to detection devices having one or more small wells each surrounded by, or in close proximity to, an NMR micro coil, each well containing a liquid sample with magnetic nanoparticles that self-assemble or disperse in the presence of a target analyte, thereby altering the measured NMR properties of the liquid sample. The device may be used, for example, as a portable unit for point of care diagnosis and/or field use, or the device may be implanted for continuous or intermittent monitoring of one or more biological species of interest in a patient." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (12/844,672). 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=83,34,693.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,693&RS=PN/83,34,693 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel-GE Care Innovations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Intel-GE Care Innovations, Roseville, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,334,778) developed by four co-inventors for a "remotely configurable assisted-living notification system with gradient proximity sensitivity." The co-inventors are Bradford Needham, North Plains, Ore., Jean-Manuel Van Thong, Arlington, Mass., Michael E. Labhard, Lake Oswego, Ore., and James W. Lundell, Portland, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system provides assisted living messages with varying levels of detail to a person, according to proximity gradients. In one embodiment, the system involves location data. The location data associates first and second notification devices with respective first and second locations at a dwelling. A remote configuration module may enable a caregiver at a location other than the dwelling to specify multiple messages to be presented to the person at the dwelling, to assign first and second messages among the multiple messages to the first location, and to associate the first and second messages with first and second proximities, respectively, for the first location. The first notification device may automatically present the first message in response to detecting the person within the first proximity, and the second message in response to detecting the person within the second proximity. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Oct. 11, 2011 (13/270,826). 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=83,34,778.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,778&RS=PN/83,34,778 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** General Hospital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- General Hospital, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,334,696) developed by Fa-Hsuan Lin, Brookline, Mass., for a "method for magnetic resonance imaging with parallel and localized spatial encoding magnetic fields." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for producing an image of a subject with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system is provided. In particular, spatial encoding of signals received from the subject is performed by spatial encoding magnetic fields (SEMs) produced by driving a parallel array of local gradient coils with current weightings that define a mode of the coil array. A set of globally orthogonal modes are determined using a singular value decomposition and two modes that produce SEMs with desired magnetic field variance characteristics are selected for spatial encoding. The spatially encoding signals are received by a parallel array of radio frequency receiver coil elements in order to resolve ambiguities in spatial encoding caused by the SEMs. Images are subsequently reconstructed using, for example, an iterative time domain reconstruction method." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2010 (12/753,555). 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=83,34,696.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,696&RS=PN/83,34,696 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Carl Zeiss NTS Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Carl Zeiss NTS, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,334,701) developed by four co-inventors for repairing defects. The co-inventors are Rainer Knippelmeyer, Winchester, Mass., Christoph Riedesel, Aalen, Germany, John Morgan, Marblehead, Mass., and Lawrence Scipioni, Bedford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for defect repair are disclosed. The methods include: (a) identifying a defect causing an absence of an electrical connection between a first circuit element and a second circuit element, the first and second circuit elements being positioned in or on a substrate and the defect being positioned in the substrate; (b) removing a portion of the substrate to expose the defect, and depositing a conductive material to electrically connect the first and second circuit elements; and (c) verifying that the defect caused the absence of an electrical connection between the first and second circuit elements." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2009 (12/549,759). 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=83,34,701.PN.&OS=PN/83,34,701&RS=PN/83,34,701 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** A9.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- A9.com, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,402) developed by Raghavan Manmatha, Belchertown, Mass., and Mark A. Ruzon, Mountain View, Calif., for a "method and system for detecting and recognizing text in images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of the present invention relate to a method, system and computer program product for detecting and recognizing text in the images captured by cameras and scanners. First, a series of image-processing techniques is applied to detect text regions in the image. Subsequently, the detected text regions pass through different processing stages that reduce blurring and the negative effects of variable lighting. This results in the creation of multiple images that are versions of the same text region. Some of these multiple versions are sent to a character-recognition system. The resulting texts from each of the versions of the image sent to the character-recognition system are then combined to a single result, wherein the single result is detected text." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2011 (13/197,591). 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=8,335,402&OS=8,335,402&RS=8,335,402 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Schott Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Schott, Elmsford, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,335,419) developed by Kevin Tabor, Webster, Mass., for "optical components with variable electro-chromic extra-mural absorption capability." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical component includes at least one light-guiding element with a side surface extending between incident and emission faces between which light that is introduced into the incident face can propagate by internal reflection. Disposed over at least a portion of the side surface of at least one of the at least one light-guiding elements is an extramural absorption material that is configured to selectively absorb "stray light" that enters the incident face of the light-guiding element, but which exists through the side surface instead of the emission face. The absorption material is fabricated, at least in part, from an electro-chromic material exhibiting a translucency that is selectively adjustable in response to changes in at least one of (i) electrical current applied through at least a portion of the absorption material and (ii) an electrical potential difference applied between disparate locations within the absorption material." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/589,634). 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=8,335,419&OS=8,335,419&RS=8,335,419+ Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,335,473) developed by Robert H. Liao, Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a social interaction tracking.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device may include a communication interface configured to transmit and receive communications from a second device. The device may further include logic configured to determine whether a user of the device is in a social interaction with a user of the second device, obtain identification information associated with the second device when the user of the device is in a social interaction with the user of the second device, and store the obtained identification information associated with the second device to track the social interaction with the user of the second device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2012 (13/360,885). 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=8,335,473&OS=8,335,473&RS=8,335,473 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ZOLL Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- ZOLL Medical, Chelmsford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,559) developed by four co-inventors for an "ECG rhythm advisory method." The co-inventors are Qing Tan, Somerville, Mass., Gary A. Freeman, Newton Center, Mass., Frederick Geheb, Danvers, Mass., and James E. Brewer, Lino Lakes, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of automatically determining which type of treatment is most appropriate for a cardiac arrest victim, the method comprising transforming one or more time domain electrocardiogram (ECG) signals into a frequency domain representation comprising a plurality of discrete frequency bands, combining the discrete frequency bands into a plurality of analysis bands, wherein there are fewer analysis bands than discrete frequency bands, determining the content of the analysis bands, and determining the type of treatment based on the content of the analysis bands." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2010 (12/908,210). 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=8,335,559&OS=8,335,559&RS=8,335,559 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Wireless Communication Via at Least One of Directional and Omni-direction Antennas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,335,475) developed by five co-inventors for an "apparatus and method for wireless communication via at least one of directional and omni-direction antennas." The co-inventors are Sanjiv Nanda, Ramona, Calif., Saishankar Nandagopalan, San Diego, Santosh P. Abraham, San Diego, Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., and Ernest Tadashi Ozaki, Poway, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for using at least one of omni-directional and directional antennas for communication are described. A station may be equipped antenna elements selectable for use as an omni-directional antenna or one or more directional antennas. The station may select the omni-directional antenna or a directional antenna for use for communication based on various factors such as, e.g., whether the location or direction of a target station for communication is known, whether control frames or data frames are being exchanged, etc." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,954). 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=8,335,475&OS=8,335,475&RS=8,335,475 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cognex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Cognex, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,380) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for fast, robust, multi-dimensional pattern recognition." The co-inventors are William M. Silver, Nobleboro, Maine, E. John McGarry, La Jolla, Calif., Sanjay Nichani, San Diego, and Adam Wagman, Stow, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for determining the absence or presence of one or more instances of a predetermined pattern in an image, and for determining the location of each found instance within a multidimensional space. A model represents the pattern to be found, the model including a plurality of probes. Each probe represents a relative position at which a test is performed in an image at a given pose, each such test contributing evidence that the pattern exists at the pose. The method further includes a comparison of the model with a run-time image at each of a plurality of poses. A match score is computed at each pose to provide a match score surface. Then, the match score is compared with an accept threshold, and used to provide the location any instances of the pattern in the image." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2004 (11/026,996). 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=8,335,380&OS=8,335,380&RS=8,335,380 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,728) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for providing real-time financial goal monitoring and analysis." The co-inventors are Ummulkiram Mohammed Dahodwala, Boston, Aaron Elias Berhanu, San Francisco, Simon Levy, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Justin Glaeser, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for providing real-time financial goal monitoring and analysis whereby a given user defines budgetary and/or financial goals for one or more financial categories for a given period of time. A merchant/category database is created that associates one or more merchants with potential financial categories and when the given user accesses a given user interface of a website associated with a given merchant, Uniform Resource Locator (URL) data for the website being accessed is obtained and used to identify the given merchant associated with the given website. The merchant/category database is then searched to find potential financial categories associated with the given merchant and the financial budget/goal data indicating the given user's budgetary and/or financial goals for the financial categories associated with the given merchant is then obtained along with current financial data indicating the given user's actual spending in each of the potential financial categories associated with the given merchant for the given period of time. Remaining balance data for the potential financial categories associated with the given merchant for the given period of time is then generated and displayed to the user in the same display displaying the user interface of the given merchant website." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,156). 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=8,335,728&OS=8,335,728&RS=8,335,728 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bose Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,318) developed by Davis Y. Pan, Arlington, Mass., for an "active noise reduction adaptive filtering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An active noise reduction system that reduces the incidence of divergence in the presence of high amplitude interfering noise. A limited frequency range threshold is established." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2009 (12/408,441). 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=8,335,318.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,318&RS=PN/8,335,318 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TQ Delta Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- TQ Delta, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,335,271) developed by Marcos C. Tzannes, Orinda, Calif., and Arnon Friedmann, Marlboro, Mass., for "systems and methods for implementing receiver transparent Q-mode." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a receiver transparent Q-mode, i.e., a Q-mode that is only implemented by a transmitter, the receiver is unaware of the Q-mode state of the transmitter. In this type of Q-mode configuration, the transmitter could enter and exit Q-mode as desired while the receiver, could, for example, continue to function as if operating normally, such as in "showtime." Through this approach, it is not necessary for the receiver to detect the transmitter's entry and exit of Q-mode." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2010 (12/783,749). 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=8,335,271.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,271&RS=PN/8,335,271 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Content Item Slot Scheduling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,335,718) developed by four co-inventors for a "content item slot scheduling." The co-inventors are Jon Feldman, New York, Shanmugavelayutham Muthukrishnan, New York, Martin Pal, Metuchen, N.J., and Evdokia V. Nikolova, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Content item presentation slots (e.g., advertisement slots) can be grouped into a slot group so that more than one presenter (e.g., advertiser) can share a corresponding number of slots on the publisher's property over a defined time period. The presenters can be scheduled to the slots within the slot group to maximize a performance measurement (e.g., number of clicks) that each presenter realizes according to budget constraints that are defined by the presenters." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2008 (12/197,726). 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=8,335,718&OS=8,335,718&RS=8,335,718 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CoActive Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- CoActive Technologies, Newton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,334,688) developed by Ian Winston Quinn, Waltham, Mass., for a "multi-position switch having dual output hall device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-output switch includes a dipole magnet configured to move from a central position to either a first position or a second position and a Hall Effect sensor having a first sensitive area with a first output and a second sensitive area with a second output, wherein the sensor is relatively positioned such that when the magnet is in the central position, the first output and second output read off, when the magnet is in the first position the first sensitive area is activated and the first output reads on, and when the magnet is in the second position the second sensitive area is activated and the second output reads on. The switch may further include a magnet holder configured to house the magnet and define a pathway of movement for the magnet." The patent application was filed on May 14, 2009 (12/466,136). 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=8,334,688&OS=8,334,688&RS=8,334,688 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pitney Bowes Assigned Patent for System and Method for Paper Independent Copy Detection Pattern ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Pitney Bowes, Stamford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,335,744) developed by Bertrand Haas, Cambridge, Mass., and Ahmet Emir Dirik, Brooklyn, N.Y., for a "system and method for paper independent copy detection pattern." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for detecting copies of documents are described. In one example, a system and method for detecting copies of documents utilizes multiple authentication tests performed using original and scanned copy detection patterns. The system captures a CDP that may be skewed or improperly sized. The system also retrieves or reconstitutes the expected CDP. Then the system performs a first correlation to determine if the captured CDP indicates the correct document identification and then if necessary, one or more authentication tests are applied wherein the authentication test may be grouped into distinct orthogonal test groups. The authentication tests applied may be selected according to usefulness, system throughput or target document valuation parameters." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2008 (12/317,994). 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=8,335,744&OS=8,335,744&RS=8,335,744 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Alphasimplex Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Alphasimplex Group, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,735) developed by Jeremiah H. Chafkin, Chestnut Hill, Mass., Andrew W. Lo, Weston, Mass., and Robert W. Sinnott, Boston, for a "computer implemented risk managed indices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer based systems and program controlled methods reduce investors' exposure to the variability of an asset class's short-term volatility using rules-based long-only investments in various asset classes in which portfolio weights are dynamically rebalanced on a regular basis to a desired target volatility. This is achieved, in part, by constructing an index that represents a portfolio of liquid futures contracts, rebalanced as often as daily with the objective of maintaining the portfolio's volatility at a given level, typically the long-term average risk of that asset class." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2011 (13/208,421). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,335,735&OS=8,335,735&RS=8,335,735 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verivue Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Verivue, Westford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,262) developed by four co-inventors for a "dynamic rate adjustment to splice compressed video streams." The co-inventors are Michael G. Hluchyj, Wellesley, Mass., Santosh Krishnan, Wellesley, Mass., Christopher Lawler, Wellesley, Mass., and Qin-Fan Zhu, Acton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described are computer-based methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for dynamic rate adjustment to splice video streams. A splicer receives a first compressed video stream of bits and buffers the first video stream of bits in a first buffer. The splicer receives a second compressed video stream of bits to splice into the first compressed video stream. The splicer buffers the second compressed video stream of bits in a second buffer. The splicer determines a departure time for a splice in-point of the second compressed video stream of bits. The splicer adjusts a rate of the first compressed video stream of bits, a rate of the second compressed video stream of bits, or both to achieve the departure time." The patent application was filed on Jan. 16, 2008 (12/015,490). 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=8,335,262.PN.&OS=PN/8,335,262&RS=PN/8,335,262 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** OSRAM SYLVANIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- OSRAM SYLVANIA, Danvers, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,334,646) developed by six co-inventors for "LED wavelength-coverting plate with microlenses in multiple layers." The co-inventors are Alan Piquette, Peabody, Mass., John Kelso, Exeter, N.H., Nathan Zink, Salem, Mass., John Nappi, Burlington, Mass., Yi Zheng, Lynnfield, Mass., and Madis Raukus, Charlestown, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wavelength-converting plate for a wavelength-converted light emitting diode (LED) assembly. The wavelength-converting plate includes multiple layers of microlenses deposited thereon. The microlenses may have an index of refraction different from an index of refraction of the wavelength-converting plate." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2010 (12/891,281). 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=8,334,646&OS=8,334,646&RS=8,334,646 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Desktone Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Desktone, Lexington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,703) developed by Eric Pulier, Los Angeles, Clinton B. Battersby, Norwood, Mass., and Paul J. Gaffney, Southborough, Mass., for a "virtual computing services deployment network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A business method associates provisioning costs with a usage history indicative of user computing demand, and coalesces the cost data to identify an appropriate provisioning level balancing the provisioning cost and the usage demand cost. Conventional computing environments suffer from the shortcoming of being prone to overprovisioning or underprovisioning a user. Such misprovisioning is inefficient because it denotes underutilized computing resources or ineffective and/or disgruntled users. Costs increase either due to the excessive hardware bestowed on the overprovisioned user, or in support costs addressing the underprovisioned user. Configurations herein substantially overcome such shortcomings by defining a policy indicative of overprovisioning and underprovisioning indicators (misprovisioning flags), and defining rules to specify a triggering event indicating the need to reassess the provisioning of a user." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2007 (11/875,375). 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=8,335,703&OS=8,335,703&RS=8,335,703 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,334,982) developed by six co-inventors for "systems and methods for phase measurements." The co-inventors are Christopher Fang-Yen, Somerville, Mass., Gabriel Popescu, Brighton, Mass., Changhuei Yang, Pasadena, Calif., Adam Wax, Chapel Hill, N.C., Ramachandra Dasari, Shererville, Ind., and Michael Feld, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preferred embodiments of the present invention are directed to systems for phase measurement which address the problem of phase noise using combinations of a number of strategies including, but not limited to, common-path interferometry, phase referencing, active stabilization and differential measurement. Embodiment are directed to optical devices for imaging small biological objects with light. These embodiments can be applied to the fields of, for example, cellular physiology and neuroscience. These preferred embodiments are based on principles of phase measurements and imaging technologies. The scientific motivation for using phase measurements and imaging technologies is derived from, for example, cellular biology at the sub-micron level which can include, without limitation, imaging origins of dysplasia, cellular communication, neuronal transmission and implementation of the genetic code. The structure and dynamics of sub-cellular constituents cannot be currently studied in their native state using the existing methods and technologies including, for example, x-ray and neutron scattering. In contrast, light based techniques with nanometer resolution enable the cellular machinery to be studied in its native state. Thus, preferred embodiments of the present invention include systems based on principles of interferometry and/or phase measurements and are used to study cellular physiology. These systems include principles of low coherence interferometry (LCI) using optical interferometers to measure phase, or light scattering spectroscopy (LSS) wherein interference within the cellular components themselves is used, or in the alternative the principles of LCI and LSS can be combined to result in systems of the present invention." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/494,605). 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=8,334,982&OS=8,334,982&RS=8,334,982 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for System and Method for Determining Local Time at an Electronic Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,335,132) developed by Scott D. Arena, Peabody, Mass., for a "system and method for determining local time at an electronic device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for determining local time at an electronic device is disclosed. The system may include an input configured to receive home information for an electronic device. The system may also include a calibration module configured to calibrate the electronic device to a home time zone corresponding to the home information. Calibrating the electronic device may include determining a threshold time value for messages to be transmitted to and received from a home location associated with the home information and generating a time zone database based on the home time zone, and labeling each time zone in the time zone database with a label based on an offset in time from the home time zone. A time value corresponding to time of message transmission to and from the home location may also be determined. The system may also include a processor module configured to determine that the electronic device is within the home time zone in the event the time value is equal to or lesser than the threshold time value, determine that the electronic device is in a new time zone in the event the time value is greater than the threshold value. The new time zone may be calculated based on the time value and the time zone database." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2010 (12/652,274). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,335,132&OS=8,335,132&RS=8,335,132 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Pegasystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- Pegasystems, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,335,704) developed by Alan Trefler, Brookline, Mass., and Andreas G. Hofmann, Cambridge, Mass., for "methods and apparatus for work management and routing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for service-level based and/or skills-based assignment of a work item to one (or more) of a plurality of resources based on fitness, for example, of skills required by the former to those provided by the latter. Assignment takes into account the level of stress on the work item and/or resources, such that the number of resources fit for assignment varies as the level of stress varies. Systems according to the invention can be used, by way of example, to route a call or other request made by a customer to a service center. The requirements for processing the call (determined, for example, by an incoming call operator) are matched against the skill sets of available customer service agents, taking call and/or resource stress levels into account. For example, some implementations may match an incoming call having a low stress factor (e.g., a newly received call from a standard customer) to a smaller pool of agents with both required and desired skills, while assigning a call with a higher stress factor to a larger pool of agents with at least required skills. Other embodiments may match an incoming call having a low stress factor to the larger pool of agents having at least the required skills, while assigning a call with a higher stress factor (e.g., a call from a priority customer) to an agent from the smaller pool of agents who have both required and desired skills." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2005 (11/046,211). 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=8,335,704&OS=8,335,704&RS=8,335,704 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ByteLight Assigned Patent for Method and System for Configuring an Imaging Device for the Reception of Digital Pulse Recognition Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- ByteLight, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,334,898) developed by Daniel Ryan, North Andover, Mass., Peter Staats, Wenham, Mass., and Rob Sumner, Cambridge, Mass., for a "method and system for configuring an imaging device for the reception of digital pulse recognition information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the present disclosure related to a method for configuring one or more imaging sensors of an imaging device to capture digital images for digital pulse recognition demodulation. In some embodiments, the method includes initializing one or more imaging sensors of the imaging device, determining a subset of the one or more imaging sensors to configure, setting a configuration for each of the one or more imaging sensors of the subset by defining a region of interest as a metering area for each of the one or more imaging sensors of the subset and automatically adjusting a setting for each of the one or more imaging sensors of the subset, and adjusting input parameters of a demodulation function based on a device profile of the imaging device. In some embodiments, the adjusted setting is locked to prevent further adjustment of the adjusted setting." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2012 (13/526,656). 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=8,334,898&OS=8,334,898&RS=8,334,898 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ByteLight Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 20 -- ByteLight, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,334,901) developed by Aaron Ganick, Medford, Mass., and Daniel Ryan, North Andover, Mass., for a "method and system for modulating a light source in a light based positioning system using a DC bias." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the present disclosure relates to a method for modulating a beacon light source in a light based positioning system. In some embodiments, the method includes selecting a modulation scheme for the light source, the modulation scheme periodically varying an output of the light source from a peak output level to a bottom output level, applying the modulation scheme to the light source, and adding a DC bias to the modulation scheme, the DC bias reducing the peak output level and increasing the bottom output level of the modulation scheme. In some embodiments, the peak output level is increased beyond an un-modulated output of the light source and an average output of the light source is substantially equal to the un-modulated output of the light source. In some embodiments, the peak output level includes an un-modulated output of the light source." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2012 (13/526,808). 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=8,334,901&OS=8,334,901&RS=8,334,901 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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