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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Jan. 3)
[January 03, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Jan. 3)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,345,624) developed by Anil Kumar Doradla, Austin, Texas, Sreenivasa Gorti, Austin, Texas, and David Wolter, Austin, Texas, for "methods and apparatus to provide extended voice over internet protocol (VoIP) services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus to provide extended voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services are disclosed. An example residential gateway comprises a radio frequency (RF) detector to detect a presence of a cellular communication device, a service controller to enable a VoIP communication device when the cellular communication device is present, wherein the VoIP communication device and the cellular communication device are different devices." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2006 (11/325,817). 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=8,345,624&OS=8,345,624&RS=8,345,624 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,345,605) developed by Zukang Shen, Richardson, Texas, Jing Jiang, Allen, Texas, and Tarik Muharemovic, Dallas, for a "transmission of bundled feedback in wireless networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transmission of information between a secondary to a primary node in a wireless network occurs in a plurality of N logical time durations. Bundled feedback information for multiple DL transmissions is provided in one UL transmission. Each DL transmission is indicated by a DL grant comprising an M-bit downlink assignment indicator (DAI) field. The primary node increments the value of the M-bit DAI field in successively transmitted DL grants. The secondary node examines the value of the M-bit DAI field in received DL grants, to determine the bundled feedback information." The patent application was filed on Feb. 20, 2009 (12/389,486). 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=8,345,605&OS=8,345,605&RS=8,345,605 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** ScreenFX Studios Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- ScreenFX Studios, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,060) developed by Carolyn Johnston, Dallas, and Michael Mooney, Decatur, Ala., for an "audiovisual production and editing system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for creating customized audiovisual content is provided. The system includes a location cue system for providing a plurality of synchronized location cues to direct a plurality of movement sequences for an actor. A speech cue system for providing a plurality of synchronized speech cues to direct a plurality of spoken sequences for the actor. A sequence controller for receiving location cue data and speech cue data and controlling the location cue system and the speech cue system." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2010 (12/722,359). 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=8,346,060&OS=8,346,060&RS=8,346,060 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,202) developed by Abdulkerim L. Coban, Austin, Texas, and Aslamali A. Rafi, Austin, Texas, for a "digital intensive baseband chain of a receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to an apparatus configured to perform channel filtering operations digitally, to reduce area and power consumption as compared to analog filtering. After passive filtering of downconverted analog baseband signals, the signals are provided to digitization circuitry to convert the filtered baseband signals into digital signals. Then a digital circuit, which may be implemented as a digital signal processor (DSP), may channel filter the digital signals and provide the filtered digital signals to conversion circuitry to convert the channel filtered digital signals back to analog signals." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/824,910). 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=8,346,202&OS=8,346,202&RS=8,346,202 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Zentech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Zentech, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,346,020) developed by S. Rao Guntur, Houston, for an "automated generation of 3D models from 2D computer-aided design (CAD) drawings." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The process and method for generating a 3D model from a set of 2D drawings is described herein. Traditionally, many structural components (objects) are communicated through a series of 2D drawings, wherein each drawing describes the components that are visible in a user-selected view direction. No machine-readable information in the drawings define a relationship between the drawings developed from various view directions or the objects' locations in 3D space. Considerable human effort and intervention is required to place objects defined in the 2D drawings into 3D space. With the ability to provide information in each drawing defining a relationship with the other drawings as well as its place in 3D space, the objects defined in 2D drawings can self-assemble in 3D space, thereby reducing a substantial amount of required human effort." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2009 (12/434,538). 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=8,346,020&OS=8,346,020&RS=8,346,020 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,188) developed by Karthik Subburaj, Bangalore, India, and Krishnaswamy Nagaraj, Plano, Texas, for a "nonlinearity calibration scheme for a frequency modulation transmitter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A nonlinearity calibration system and method for a frequency modulation (FM) transmitter. A nonlinearity calibration system for a FM transmitter includes a digitally controlled oscillator (DCO) with a variable capacitor array. The DCO receives a calibrated fine code for tuning the variable capacitor array to modulate a digitally encoded audio signal transmitted by the FM transmitter to a modulation frequency. The nonlinearity calibration system also includes a nonlinearity estimator for generating an approximation of an integral nonlinearity associated with processing of a fine code to tune the variable capacitor array. The nonlinearity calibration system further includes a subtractor for subtracting the approximation of the integral nonlinearity from the fine code to generate the calibrated fine code." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2009 (12/485,068). 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=8,346,188&OS=8,346,188&RS=8,346,188 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,346,578) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for using unmanned aerial vehicles." The co-inventors are John Chandler Hopkins III, San Antonio, Michael Patrick Bueche, Jr., San Antonio, Andre Rene Buentello, San Antonio, James Philip Hillman, San Antonio, and Bradly Jay Billman, San Antonio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods to process overhead imagery received from overhead image sources are described herein. Examples include accessing an aerial image including a property, determining an owner of the property, determining whether the owner of the property is eligible to be a member of a financial institution, determining whether the owner of the property has property insurance with the financial institution for the property type of the property in the aerial image, and presenting an offer for insurance to insure the property in the aerial image when the owner is determined to be eligible for the financial institution and does not already have insurance with the financial institution. Examples include accessing an aerial image of properties, determining damage estimates, and reserving resources to repair the properties based on the damage estimates. Examples include receiving information describing property damage, determining a cause, and based on the cause, conditionally deploying a unmanned aerial vehicle to perform insurance adjustment activities." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2011 (13/219,494). 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=8,346,578&OS=8,346,578&RS=8,346,578 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,079) developed by Young Lee, Plano, Texas, and Greg Bernstein, Fremont, Calif., for a "path computation element protocol (PCEP) operations to support wavelength switched optical network routing, wavelength assignment, and impairment validation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprising a path computation element (PCE) configured for at least partial impairment aware routing and wavelength assignment (RWA) and to communicate with a path computation client (PCC) based on a PCE protocol (PCEP) that supports path routing, wavelength assignment (WA), and impairment validation (IV). The PCEP comprises at least one operation selected from the group consisting of a new RWA path request operation and a path re-optimization request operation. Also disclosed is a network component comprising at least one processor configured to implement a method comprising establishing a PCEP session with a PCC, receiving path computation information comprising RWA information and constraints from the PCC, and establishing impairment aware RWA (IA-RWA) based on the path computation information and a private impairment information for a vendor's equipment." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2010 (12/710,757). 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=8,346,079&OS=8,346,079&RS=8,346,079 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CSR Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- CSR Technology, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,172) developed by Marius Pop, Richardson, Texas, and David Dessert, Wylie, Texas, for "systems and methods providing wideband tuners controlling spurious signal placement in the capture bandwidth." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods which place a spurious signal within a capture bandwidth of a tuner. Placement of the spur is preferably controlled to dispose the spur within a spur placement window, such as may be defined between traffic channels of an input signal. A tuner system operating in accordance with embodiments may be controlled to select a particular input frequency band comprising a plurality of traffic channels for frequency conversion and to determine local oscillator frequencies which result in most relevant spurs being placed outside of the tuner capture bandwidth. The local oscillator frequencies may be shifted to place a relevant spur remaining within the capture bandwidth of the tuner between traffic channels of the plurality of traffic channels. Embodiments operate to determine frequency offset between a transmitter and a tuner to determine the midpoint between channels." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2009 (12/473,092). 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=8,346,172&OS=8,346,172&RS=8,346,172 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,346,579) developed by Alex Solis, San Antonio, Jeff Dennes, San Antonio, and Carl G. Loyd, San Antonio, for "systems and methods for supporting extended pay date options on an insurance policy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A recurring automatic payment date may be set for an insurance policy premium based on customer preference. A server may receive a customer-specified day of a month and/or a request for bimonthly withdrawals, such as may be entered via a user interface on an insurance company webpage. The customer specified day(s) may be analyzed against data associated with the insurance policies to determine whether the day is disallowed. The day may be disallowed, for example, because it would result in falling behind an earned premium curve and thereby require a double bill or short bill to stay ahead of the earned premium curve." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2012 (13/403,139). 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=8,346,579&OS=8,346,579&RS=8,346,579 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,205) developed by Leo G. Dehner, Austin, Texas, James W. McCoy, Austin, Texas, and Kevin B. Traylor, Austin, Texas, for a "method and system for wireless communications between base and mobile stations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for wireless communications between base and mobile stations use reference signals transmitted from base stations prior transmission of data signals. The reference signals are used to determine propagation characteristics of communication channels between the base and mobile stations and optimize, in real time, parameters of receivers of the mobile stations for processing the following data signals. Applications of the invention include wireless communication systems compliant with OFDMA, 3GPP LTE, RFN-OFDMA, OFDM, TDMA, and the like communication protocols." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2011 (13/190,384). 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=8,346,205&OS=8,346,205&RS=8,346,205 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Comprehensive Information Market Exchange ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,346,594) developed by Lee Begeja, Gillette, N.J., David C. Gibbon, Lincroft, N.J., and Paul van Vleck, Austin, Texas, for a "comprehensive information market exchange." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and techniques for collecting information as authorized by information providers and sharing the information with information recipients according to criteria specified by the information providers. Information is collected from one or more of a variety of sources and stored in a provider profile, with the provider profile also specifying criteria for sharing the information, including payment required for sharing the information with particular categories of recipients. An exchange system is maintained allowing recipients to request or to otherwise specify needs for particular categories of information and payments to be provided by the information, and needs or requests of recipients for information are matched with criteria specified by providers, with information being transferred or used to provide results for a recipient and payment being transferred from the recipient to a provider or providers when a match between information needs and criteria for sharing information is identified." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2008 (12/206,809). 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=8,346,594&OS=8,346,594&RS=8,346,594 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,346,089) developed by Philip Wisseman, Austin, Texas, for "methods for expanding cross-connect capacity in a ROADM optical network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reconfigurable optical add-drop multiplexer (ROADM) transport network comprising a plurality of optical fan-out devices and a first plurality and a second plurality of demultiplexers for locally dropping selected wavelengths; and first plurality and a second plurality of multiplexers for locally adding selected wavelengths, the first and second plurality disposed in a cascaded relationship to enable selective coupling between network degrees." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2009 (12/569,191). 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=8,346,089&OS=8,346,089&RS=8,346,089 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** CommScope Assigned Patent for Fiber Management Component ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- CommScope, Hickory, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,346,047) developed by Gary F. Gibbs, Wylie, Texas, and Gil Ruiz, McKinney, Texas, for a fiber management component.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fiber management component includes a housing having an interior, a floor in the interior and a first wall having an aperture communicating with the interior. A platform is connected to the housing, which platform has a first portion with a bore that has a first end facing the aperture and a second portion forming a channel extending toward the bore. The channel is configured to releasably secure a spring push of a fiber optic connector to the platform and the bore is configured to slidably support a ferrule of a fiber optic connector." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,386). 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=8,346,047&OS=8,346,047&RS=8,346,047 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,346,657) developed by John Chandler Hopkins III, San Antonio, for "systems and methods for implementing a reverse mortgage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer-readable medium for providing a reverse mortgage instrument for use in an existing mortgage are disclosed. In certain circumstances, a reverse mortgage is beneficial to military personnel being deployed, or other customers experiencing financial hardship. The present reverse mortgage allows a customer to either apply for the reverse mortgage, or pre-designate the mortgage to have a reversal upon the occurrence of a predetermined event." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2007 (11/923,703). 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=8,346,657&OS=8,346,657&RS=8,346,657 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Deep Tag Cloud Associated with Streaming Media ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,540) developed by Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Ruthie D. Lyle, Durham, N.C., and Lisa A. Seacat, San Francisco, for a "deep tag cloud associated with streaming media." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments, a method for providing access to media segments using a tag cloud comprises receiving a request to play streaming media, identifying deep tags associated with the streaming media, and determining preferences of a user based on information provided by the user. The method can also comprise selecting a group of the deep tags based on the information provided by the user and displaying the group of the deep tags in a tag cloud, wherein the deep tags hyperlink to segments within the streaming media. The method can also include presenting, in response to activation of a deep tag in the group, one of the segments within the streaming media." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2008 (12/131,994). 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=8,346,540&OS=8,346,540&RS=8,346,540 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Compiling Word Usage Frequencies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,533) developed by Yen-Fu Chen, Austin, Texas, and John W. Dunsmoir, Round Rock, Texas, for a "compiling word usage frequencies." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for assisting a user who is learning a language to prioritize words to be learned in order of usage frequency is disclosed. A frequency determination program running on a computer determines the frequency of usage of each word at a list of locations provided by the user. Different algorithms to identify what constitutes a word are employed depending upon the language of the source data. The total number of words at each location and their usage frequency found during the user session, along with a total number of words and their usage frequency for all user sessions performed regardless of location, are calculated and made available to the user. The user can view usage frequencies for words from a single location, a group of locations, or all user sessions performed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2008 (12/270,149). 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=8,346,533&OS=8,346,533&RS=8,346,533 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Wireless Signal Detection Using a Transformed Lattice Boundary ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,175) developed by David L. Milliner, New Orleans, Anuj Batra, Dallas, and Srinath Hosur, Plano, Texas, for a "wireless signal detection using a transformed lattice boundary." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In at least some embodiments, a wireless communication system includes a transmitter that transmits a signal over a communication channel. The system also includes a receiver that receives the signal as an output of the communication channel. The receiver establishes a boundary for a transformed lattice and eliminates candidates outside the established boundary. " The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2008 (12/022,652). 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=8,346,175&OS=8,346,175&RS=8,346,175 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,674) developed by Kavita Agrawal, Austin, Texas, and William K. Bodin, Austin, Texas, for an "intelligent physical mail handling system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for handling unwanted physical mail pieces having a sorter and imager which intercepts one or more pieces of physical mail, which produces an electronic image of a front panel of each piece of mail, and which physically retains pieces of mail in temporary physical storage, and which cooperates with an optical recognizer to determine an intended recipient for each retained piece of mail, further cooperating with a server that notifies the intended recipients and receives a choice for disposition of the mail, and including a destruction which destroys said pieces of mail rejected by the intended recipient." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2006 (11/554,391). 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=8,346,674&OS=8,346,674&RS=8,346,674 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Power Management Techniques for Buffering and Playback of Audio Broadcast Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,203) developed by Aram Lindahl, Menlo Park, Calif., Richard Michael Powell, Mountain View, Calif., and Joseph M. Williams, Dallas, for a "power management techniques for buffering and playback of audio broadcast data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various techniques that relate to prolonging the battery life on a portable electronic device during the buffering and playback of audio broadcast data are provided. In accordance with disclosed embodiments, upon detecting a low power state, the device may implement one or more low power actions, including starting, continuing, or stopping one or more audio broadcast functions, such as buffering or playing back audio broadcast data, to reduce overall power consumption, and thus prolong battery life. In one embodiment, a user may specify one or more low power actions that are to be implemented during a low power state by configuring user settings stored on the device. In another embodiment, the device, upon detecting a low power state, may prompt the user to make a selection from a listing of selectable low power action options and perform the selected low power action." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2009 (12/541,820). 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=8,346,203&OS=8,346,203&RS=8,346,203 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of North Texas System Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- The University of North Texas System, Denton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,534) developed by Andras Csomai, Satu-Mare, Romania, and Rada Mihalcea, Carroltton, Texas, for a "method, system and apparatus for automatic keyword extraction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method and a system for automatic keyword extraction based on supervised or unsupervised machine learning techniques. Novel linguistically-motivated machine learning features are introduced, including discourse comprehension features based on construction integration theory, numeric features making use of syntactic part-of-speech patterns, and probabilistic features based on analysis of online encyclopedia annotations. The improved keyword extraction methods are combined with word sense disambiguation into a system for automatically generating annotations to enrich text with links to encyclopedic knowledge." The patent application was filed on Nov. 6, 2009 (12/614,387). 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=8,346,534&OS=8,346,534&RS=8,346,534 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Airwalk Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Airwalk Communications, Richardson, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,216) developed by Christopher Martin Edward Osborn, Allen, Texas, for a "system, method, and computer-readable medium for abbreviated-code dialing in a network system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method, and computer readable medium for abbreviated dialing in a femtocell network is provided. A user having authorized access to the femtocell network may dial another authorized user using an abbreviated code. On receipt of the call request, a femtocell system may evaluate the destination number to determine if it is an abbreviated code. If the dialed number is not an abbreviated code, the femtocell system may direct the call request to the telecommunication core network for processing thereby. If the dialed number is evaluated by the femtocell system as an abbreviated code, the femtocell system may direct the call request to an on-site PBX for call handling. If the abbreviated code is a valid code and the dialed user equipment is currently in the femtocell network service area, the PBX may then complete the call setup within the femtocell network." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2008 (12/252,226). 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=8,346,216&OS=8,346,216&RS=8,346,216 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silicon Laboratories Assigned Patent for Low Noise Amplifier for a Radio Receiver ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Silicon Laboratories, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,346,198) developed by Dan B. Kasha, Seattle, G. Tyson Tuttle, Austin, Texas, and Gregory A. Hodgson, Pflugerville, Texas, for a "low noise amplifier for a radio receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the present invention includes an amplifier having a transistor stage coupled between a supply voltage and a bias current. The transistor stage has an input to receive a radio frequency (RF) input signal obtained from an antenna. The amplifier has an input impedance that is unmatched to a source impedance of the antenna. In some embodiments, this unmatched input impedance may be substantially greater than the source impedance, and may further be controlled based on a strength of the RF input signal." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2005 (11/171,817). 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=8,346,198&OS=8,346,198&RS=8,346,198 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Oracle America, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,346,087) developed by six co-inventors for a "wavelength-division multiplexing for use in multi-chip systems." The co-inventors are Brian W. O'Krafka, Austin, Texas, Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy, San Diego, John E. Cunningham, San Diego, Xuehze Zheng, San Diego, Ilya A. Sharapov, Palo Alto, Calif., and Ronald Ho, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a system that includes an array of chip modules (CMs) is described. In this system, a given CM in the array includes a semiconductor die that is configured to communicate data signals with one or more adjacent CMs through electromagnetic proximity communication using proximity connectors. Note that the proximity connectors are proximate to a surface of the semiconductor die. Moreover, the given CM is configured to communicate optical signals with other CMs through an optical signal path using optical communication, and the optical signals are encoded using wavelength-division multiplexing (WDM)." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2007 (11/863,815). 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=8,346,087&OS=8,346,087&RS=8,346,087 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Industry Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Siemens Industry, Alpharetta, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,346,675) developed by four co-inventors for an "adaptive information and measurement system." The co-inventors are Marcus Boerkei, Mansfield, Texas, Michael D. Carpenter, Arlington, Texas, Dale E. Redford, Grand Prairie, Texas, and Floyd W. Worth II, Richardson, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, AND apparatus are described to accurately measure the delivery performance of a postal service using without external agents in the measurement process. The invention describes a system that measures the postal logistic automatically, and continuously. The basis for measurement are tag mail pieces that circulate continuously through the postal system." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2009 (12/490,825). 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=8,346,675&OS=8,346,675&RS=8,346,675 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Equivalent Device Statistical Modeling for Bitline Leakage Modeling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,346,528) developed by Rajiv V. Joshi, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Rouwaida N. Kanj, Round Rock, Texas, and Sani R. Nassif, Austin, Texas, for an "equivalent device statistical modeling for bitline leakage modeling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mechanisms are provided for modeling a plurality of devices of an integrated circuit design as a single statistically equivalent wide device. An integrated circuit design is analyzed to identify a portion of the integrated circuit design having the plurality of devices. For the plurality of devices, a statistical model of a single statistically equivalent wide device is generated which has a statistical distribution of at least one operating characteristic of the single statistically equivalent wide device that captures statistical operating characteristic distributions of individual devices in the plurality of devices. At least one statistical operating characteristic of the single statistically equivalent wide device is a complex non-linear function of the statistical operating characteristics of the individual devices. The integrated circuit design is modeled using the single statistically equivalent wide device." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2009 (12/551,777). 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=8,346,528&OS=8,346,528&RS=8,346,528 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bertrum Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Bertrum Technologies, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,346,169) developed by four co-inventors for an "enhanced wireless handset, including direct handset-to-handset communication mode." The co-inventors are Daniel Wayne Mauney, Austin, Texas, Marc A. Sullivan, Austin, Texas, Charles A. Green, Austin, Texas, and Steven A. Harbin, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless handset is provided with enhanced features and capabilities. The wireless handset may be embodied as a full-featured handset that is capable of operating either within a wireless network (such as a cellular or PCS network) or in a direct handset-to-handset communication mode that is independent of the wireless network. Alternatively, the wireless handset may be embodied as a special purpose handset, that is capable of simply operating in a direct handset-to-handset communication mode. The wireless handset may additionally include features for supporting and enhancing direct communication between handsets. Such features may include a find feature that permits a user to determine which objects, including other wireless handset users, are located within a predetermined operating range of the wireless handset. A memorize feature may also be provided to permit handsets and other objects exchange information by wireless transmission." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2012 (13/347,462). 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=8,346,169&OS=8,346,169&RS=8,346,169 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,346,481) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system of determining a value indicative of gas saturation of a formation." The co-inventors are Larry A. Jacobson, Richmond, Texas, Weijun Guo, Katy, Texas, Jerome A. Truax, Houston, and Daniel F. Dorffer, Houston.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Determining a value indicative of gas saturation of a formation. At least some of the illustrative embodiments are methods including obtaining an inelastic count rate and a capture count rate of a gamma detector for a particular borehole depth, calculating a ratio of an inelastic count rate to a capture count rate for the particular borehole depth, determining a value indicative of gas saturation based on the ratio of the inelastic count rate to the capture count rate for the particular borehole depth, repeating the obtaining, calculating and determining for a plurality of borehole depths, and producing a plot of the value indicative of gas saturation of the formation as a function of borehole depth." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/812,652). 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=8,346,481&OS=8,346,481&RS=8,346,481 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acoustic Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Acoustic Systems, Houston, and Acoustic Systems, Nanuet, N.Y., have been assigned a patent (8,346,492) developed by four co-inventors for an "integrated acoustic leak detection system using intrusive and non-intrusive sensors." The co-inventors are Bao-Wen Yang, Closter, N.J., Eric Yang, Closter, N.J., Marion Recane, Cypress, Texas, and Stephanie H. Yang, Closter, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for detecting and locating leaks includes a pipeline, strain sensors positioned on the external surface of the pipeline, acoustic pressure sensors positioned at intervals along the pipeline, local processors connected to the strain sensors and acoustic pressure sensors, and a central processor connected to the local processors. The strain sensors measure a strain on the external surface of the pipeline indicative of changes in the pressure of the fluid within the pipeline. The acoustic pressure sensors sense acoustic signals within the pipline. Sensed acoustic pressure signals and sensed strain measurements are compared to each other and to stored profiles to detect and locate leaks." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2010 (12/760,974). 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=8,346,492&OS=8,346,492&RS=8,346,492 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,345,697) developed by Saikrishna Kotha, Austin, Texas, and Gaurav Chawla, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for carrying path information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A routing bridge in a Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL) domain includes a link coupled to a device in the TRILL domain, and an Intermediate System to Intermediate System (IS-IS) Traffic Engineering (TE) module that receives configuration information from the device, and that determines that data packets received by the routing bridge need to be routed to the device based upon the configuration information. The routing bridge receives a data packet, and routes the data packet to the link in response to the IS-IS TE module determining that the data packet needs to be routed to the device." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2010 (12/857,945). 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=83,45,697.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,697&RS=PN/83,45,697 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing, Cellco Partnership Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., and Cellco Partnership, Basking Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,345,666) developed by Robin P. Clair, Flower Mound, Texas, and Priscilla Lau, Fremont, Calif., for a "redirecting a call by a circuit switched network to an internet protocol multimedia subsystem (IMS) network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device receives a call for a user device associated with an Internet protocol multimedia subsystem (IMS) network, where the call includes a mobile directory number (MDN) associated with the user device, and retrieves, from a home location register (HLR), an address of a wireless intelligent network (WIN) termination trigger service control point (SCP). The device sends, to the WIN termination trigger SCP, a first message that includes the MDN, receives, from the WIN termination trigger SCP, a second message that includes steering digits as a prefix to the MDN, and generates a third message that includes a called party number set to the MDN and omits the steering digits. The device also routes, based on the steering digits, the third message to a media gateway control function/media gateway (MGCF/MGW) of the IMS network, where the MGCF/MGW further processes the call." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2009 (12/637,469). 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=83,45,666.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,666&RS=PN/83,45,666 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Services Automobile Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,345,695) developed by Bharat Prasad, San Antonio, Bradly Jay Billman, San Antonio, and Charles Lee Oakes, Boerne, Texas, for "systems and methods for implementing network gateway in catastrophe context or the like." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system has a plurality of communications devices within a geographic area. Each device is capable of communicating from within the geographic area with any other device proximate the device, and is also capable of communicating from within the geographic area with a communications service having access to an area external to the geographic area if such communications service is operational and available to the device. At least one of the devices is a gateway device that communicates from within the geographic area with the communications service, and at least some of the devices are non-gateway devices that communicate from within the geographic area with the gateway device. Each non-gateway device communicates from within the geographic area with the area external thereto by way of the gateway device and the communications service communicated with by the gateway device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2008 (12/247,283). 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=83,45,695.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,695&RS=PN/83,45,695 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Preventing Unintended Users from Accessing a Re-routed Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,345,837) developed by six co-inventors for "preventing unintended users from accessing a re-routed communication." The co-inventors are Timothy R. Chavez, Austin, Texas, Jacob D. Eisinger, Austin, Texas, Michael C. Hollinger, Austin, Texas, Jennifer E. King, Austin, Texas, Christina K. Lauridsen, Austin, Texas, and Fabian F. Morgan, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer-readable medium embodying a computer program for securing a communication against access by unintended users is presented. A communication is initiated from a person using an originating telecommunication device to an intended receiving wireless telecommunication device. In response to the communication failing to connect to the intended receiving wireless telecommunication device, a telecommunications host carrier provider may re-route the communication to an alternate telecommunication device. A business authentication logic of the host carrier then determines any security or quality of service filters established by the user of the originating telecommunication device prior to the communication being initiated to prevent unintended users from accessing the communication. Upon the business authentication logic of the host carrier authorizing the communication, the communication is encrypted and re-routed to the alternate telecommunication device. Upon receipt, the user of the alternate telecommunication device may then decrypt and access the secured communication." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2008 (12/115,684). 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=83,45,837.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,837&RS=PN/83,45,837 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for System and Apparatus for Managing Calls ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,345,834) developed by Charles Scott, Austin, Texas, for a "system and apparatus for managing calls." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and apparatus for managing calls to voice mail is disclosed. A system that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, a voicemail system having a controller element that receives a call redirected away from a targeted communication device without providing the targeted communication device notice of the call responsive to a voicemail redirection request supplied by signaling information associated with the call. Additional embodiments are disclosed." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2007 (11/696,538). 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=83,45,834.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,834&RS=PN/83,45,834 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Value-Added Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Value-Added Communications, Mobile, Ala., has been assigned a patent (8,345,850) developed by Stephen L. Hodge, Aubry, Texas, for a "system and method for detecting three-way call attempts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of this disclosure include methods in which a three-way call attempt is detected. Methods include monitoring the active communications of a telephone management system for pulses of energy indicative of a three-way call. A Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) is computed for each pulse of energy with time domain characteristics consistent with a click. Phases of each component for the pulse are also analyzed. If the phases are generally linear (i.e., if the phases have a common group delay or phase delay), then the pulse is a three-way call click and appropriate action (e.g., monitoring the call, terminating the call, warning the caller, etc.) is initiated." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2009 (12/655,304). 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=83,45,850.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,850&RS=PN/83,45,850 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Equalizing Signals ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,345,733) developed by Arunabha Ghosh, Austin, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for equalizing signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and apparatus are disclosed for a method and apparatus for equalizing signals. An apparatus that incorporates teachings of the present disclosure may include, for example, an equalizer (100) having a channel estimation calculator (102) for calculating a time domain channel estimation from a baseband signal, an FFT processor (104) for translating the time domain channel estimation to a frequency domain channel estimation, a tap weight calculator (106) for calculating a frequency domain tap weight according to the frequency domain channel estimation, an inverse FFT processor (108) for translating the frequency domain tap weight calculation to a time domain tap weight calculation, and a filter (110) for equalizing the baseband signal according to the time domain tap weight calculation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2005 (11/225,635). 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=83,45,733.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,733&RS=PN/83,45,733 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Matrix Electronic Measuring Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Matrix Electronic Measuring Properties, Salina, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,345,953) developed by nine co-inventors for a "stereoscopic measurement system and method." The co-inventors are George B. Stevens, Cedar Park, Texas, Grady A. Clendening, Cedar Park, Texas, Windflower Waters, Austin, Texas, Steven Weintraub, Austin, Texas, Warren Redden, Gypsum, Kan., Vivian Redden, Gypsum, Kan., Carl Redden, Gypsum, Kan., Robert W. Srack, Bennington, Kan., and Janet M. Srack, Bennington, Kan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stereoscopic measurement system captures stereo images and determines measurement information for user-designated points within stereo images. The system comprises an image capture device for capturing stereo images of an object. A processing system communicates with the capture device to receive stereo images. The processing system displays the stereo images and allows a user to select one or more points within the stereo image. The processing system processes the designated points within the stereo images to determine measurement information for the designated points." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2008 (12/125,794). 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=8,345,953&OS=8,345,953&RS=8,345,953 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Techniques for Improving Control Channel Acquisition in a Wireless Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,655) developed by Ning Chen, Austin, Texas, Leo G. Dehner, Austin, Texas, and James W. McCoy, Austin, Texas, for "techniques for improving control channel acquisition in a wireless communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique of operating a wireless communication system includes determining respective geometries of multiple subscriber stations, which include a first subscriber station and a second subscriber station, with respect to a serving base station. Respective control channels, which include a first control channel associated with the first subscriber station and a second control channel associated with the second subscriber station, for the multiple subscriber stations are then scheduled based on the respective geometries. The first control channel is scheduled to be encountered earlier in a control channel search procedure, of the one or more control channel symbols, than the second control channel. The first subscriber station has a lower geometry than the second subscriber station." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2007 (11/742,255). 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=83,45,655.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,655&RS=PN/83,45,655 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Business Global Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- Verizon Business Global, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,345,711) developed by four co-inventors for "communication systems and QSIG communications methods." The co-inventors are Jarrett E. Archer, Celeste, Texas, Joseph A. Scivicque, Wylie, Texas, Frederick A. Sherman, Mesquite, Texas, and Heath W. Hendrickson, Murphy, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates to communication systems and QSIG communication methods. According to a first aspect, a communication system includes a control component; and a data network configured to communicate packets of information intermediate an originating location and a terminating location, the originating location being configured to receive a QSIG communication including a content portion and a signaling portion, wherein the data network is configured to communicate the signaling portion to the control component and the control component is configured to establish a connection within the data network intermediate the originating location and the terminating location responsive to the signaling portion, and wherein the data network is further configured to communicate the content portion of the communication within a plurality of packets intermediate the originating location and the terminating location using the connection." The patent application was filed on Aug. 11, 2008 (12/189,511). 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=83,45,711.PN.&OS=PN/83,45,711&RS=PN/83,45,711 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Workload Power Consumption Projection on Information Handling System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,124) developed by six co-inventors for a "workload power consumption projection on information handling system." The co-inventors are Robert Bell Jr., Austin, Texas, Donald DeSota, Austin, Texas, Rajendra Panda, Austin, Texas, Joseph Robichaux, Round Rock, Texas, Venkat Indukuru, Austin, Texas, and Sameh Sharkawi, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The projected power consumption for an application program running on a future IHS is determined by generating a power proxy for the application program, and power proxies for a plurality of standard benchmarks. An algorithm correlates the power proxy for the application program, and the power proxies for the standard benchmarks to generate weighted surrogates that are combined with power proxies derived from running the benchmark surrogates on the future IHS to generate the projected power consumption." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2009 (12/650,928). 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=8,347,124.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,124&RS=PN/8,347,124 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,068) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-mode register rename mechanism that augments logical registers by switching a physical register from the register rename buffer when switching between in-order and out-of-order instruction processing in a simultaneous multi-threaded microprocessor." The co-inventors are Richard James Eickemeyer, Rochester, Minn., Hung Qui Le, Austin, Texas, Dung Quoc Nguyen, Austin, Texas, and Balaram Sinharoy, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multi-mode register rename mechanism which allows a simultaneous multi-threaded processor to support full out-of-order thread execution when the number of threads is low and in-order thread execution when the number of threads increases. Responsive to changing an execution mode of a processor to operate in in-order thread execution mode, the illustrative embodiments switch a physical register in the data processing system to an architected facility, thereby forming a switched physical register. When an instruction is issued to an execution unit, wherein the issued instruction comprises a thread bit, the thread bit is examined to determine if the instruction accesses an architected facility. If the issued instruction accesses an architected facility, the instruction is executed, and the results of the executed instruction are written to the switched physical register." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2007 (11/696,363). 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=8,347,068.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,068&RS=PN/8,347,068 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Using a Dual Mode Reader Writer Lock ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,045) developed by Bruce Mealey, Austin, Texas, and James Bernard Moody, Austin, Texas, for "using a dual mode reader writer lock." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer usable program product for using a dual mode reader writer lock. A contention condition is detected in the use of a lock in a data processing system, the lock being used for managing read and write access to a resource in the data processing system. A determination of the data structure used for implementing the lock is made. If the data structure is a data structure of a reader writer lock (RWL), the data structure is transitioned to a second data structure suitable for implementing the DML. A determination is made whether the DML has been expanded. If the DML is not expanded, the DML is expanded such that the data structure includes an original lock and a set of expanded locks. The original lock and each expanded lock in the set of expanded locks forms an element of the DML." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2011 (13/302,278). 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=8,347,045.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,045&RS=PN/8,347,045 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Non-disruptive I/O Adapter Diagnostic Testing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 3 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,347,142) developed by four co-inventors for a "non-disruptive I/O adapter diagnostic testing." The co-inventors are Rafael G. Cabezas, Austin, Texas, David D. Galvin, Austin, Texas, Binh K. Hua, Austin, Texas, and Sivarama K. Kodukula, Round Rock, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A primary I/O adapter and a redundant I/O adapter of a data processing system are assigned to support access to a system resource. While the primary I/O adapter is in service and the redundant I/O adapter is not in service in providing access to the system resource, a fail over command is issued to remove the primary I/O adapter from service and place the redundant I/O adapter in service in supporting access to the system resource. While the redundant I/O adapter is in service and the primary I/O adapter is not in service in providing access to the system resource, diagnostic testing on the primary I/O adapter is performed. In response to the diagnostic testing revealing no fault in the primary I/O adapter, a fail back command is issued to restore the primary I/O adapter to service and to remove the redundant I/O adapter from service." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2011 (13/050,372). 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=8,347,142.PN.&OS=PN/8,347,142&RS=PN/8,347,142 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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