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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 10)
[January 10, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 10)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Preventing the Loss Of Information Within a Speech Frame ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,352,252) developed by Zheng Fang, San Diego, Daniel J. Sinder, San Diego, and Ananthapadmanabhan A. Kandhadai, San Diego, for "systems and methods for preventing the loss of information within a speech frame." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for preventing the loss of information within a speech frame is described. A first speech frame to be encoded is selected. A determination is made as to whether or not a second speech frame is a critical speech frame based on the information within the second speech frame and one or more adjacent speech frames. At least a part of an encoded version of the second speech frame is created according to a selected forward error correction (FEC) mode if the second speech frame is a critical speech frame. The first speech frame and the at least a part of the encoded version of the second speech frame are transmitted." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2009 (12/478,492). 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=8,352,252&OS=8,352,252&RS=8,352,252 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** VMware Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- VMware, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,240) developed by James Chow, San Jose, Calif., Tal Garfinkel, Palo Alto, Calif., and Peter M. Chen, Ann Arbor, Mich., for a "decoupling dynamic program analysis from execution across heterogeneous systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Dynamic program analysis is decoupled from execution in virtual computer environments so that program analysis can be performed on a running computer program without affecting or perturbing the workload of the system on which the program is executing. Decoupled dynamic program analysis is enabled by separating execution and analysis into two tasks: (1) recording, where system execution is recorded with minimal interference, and (2) analysis, where the execution is replayed and analyzed. Recording and analysis are carried out on heterogeneous systems so that they can be separately optimized." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2008 (12/239,648). 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=8,352,240&OS=8,352,240&RS=8,352,240 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MyMedicalRecords Assigned Patent for Method for Proving a User with a Service for Accessing and Collecting Personal Health Records ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- MyMedicalRecords, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,352,287) developed by Robert H. Lorsch, Los Angeles, for a "method for proving a user with a service for accessing and collecting personal health records." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing a user with a service to access and collect personal health records associated with the user in a private manner through use of a user account may include assigning a destination address associated with the user account of the user for receiving private communications from at least one health care provider, associating access information with the user account of the user, providing authorization to the health care provider to send personal health records to the destination address, receiving a private communication from one of the at least one health care providers at the web site, storing the personal health record such that the personal health record is accessible through the web site. The method may further include receiving authorization from the user to send to the web site and sending a personal health record to the web site." The patent application was filed on Jan. 17, 2012 (13/352,045). 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=8,352,287&OS=8,352,287&RS=8,352,287 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,272) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods for text to speech synthesis." The co-inventors are Matthew Rogers, Los Gatos, Calif., Kim Silverman, Mountain View, Calif., Devang Naik, San Jose, Calif., Kevin Lenzo, Pittsburgh, and Benjamin Rottler, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,404). 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=8,352,272&OS=8,352,272&RS=8,352,272 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Digital River Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Digital River, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,352,318) developed by Sonya Rikhtverchik, Mountain View, Calif., and Oliver Chang, Cleveland Heights, Ohio, for an "exclusivity in internet marketing campaigns system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A marketing campaign collects data for page counts, sessions, orders, and revenue. Four kinds of campaigns are addressed: direct, deferred, site link tracking, and deferred site link tracking. A particular page visit in an end-user session "qualifies" for a campaign if it satisfies the configured conditions for the campaign; that is, if the target universal resource locator (URL) of the page is the landing page of the campaign, the referrer URL is the referrer page of the campaign, or the page tag contains the configured string for the campaign. The data is processed through a set of heuristics identified by marketing experts as the most likely paths to a sale, and exclusivity is assigned to the type of campaign with the highest priority." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2008 (12/129,480). 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=8,352,318&OS=8,352,318&RS=8,352,318 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Selective Rate of Speech and Speech Preferences for Text to Speech Synthesis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,268) developed by DeVang Naik, San Jose, Calif., Kim Silverman, Mountain View, Calif., and Jerome Bellegarda, Saratoga, Calif., for "systems and methods for selective rate of speech and speech preferences for text to speech synthesis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Algorithms for synthesizing speech used to identify media assets are provided. Speech may be selectively synthesized form text strings associated with media assets. A text string may be normalized and its native language determined for obtaining a target phoneme for providing human-sounding speech in a language (e.g., dialect or accent) that is familiar to a user. The algorithms may be implemented on a system including several dedicated render engines. The system may be part of a back end coupled to a front end including storage for media assets and associated synthesized speech, and a request processor for receiving and processing requests that result in providing the synthesized speech. The front end may communicate media assets and associated synthesized speech content over a network to host devices coupled to portable electronic devices on which the media assets and synthesized speech are played back." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,437). 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=8,352,268&OS=8,352,268&RS=8,352,268 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Blaze Mobile Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Blaze Mobile, Berkeley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,323) developed by Michelle Fisher, Oakland, Calif., for a "conducting an online payment transaction using an NFC enabled mobile communication device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for conducting an online payment transaction through a point of sale device. The method includes receiving input from a user selecting an item for purchase through the point of sale device; calculating a total purchase amount for the item in response to a request from the user to purchase the item; and sending payment authorization for the total purchase amount from the point of sale device to a payment entity, in which the payment authorization is sent to the payment entity via a mobile communication device of the user. The method further includes receiving a result of the payment authorization from the payment entity through the mobile communication device; and completing the payment transaction based on the result of the payment authorization." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2007 (11/948,903). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,352,323&OS=8,352,323&RS=8,352,323 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** IMDb.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- IMDb.com, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,352,308) developed by Matthew Syrett, Los Angeles, for an "assessing value added by associating an entity with a project." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "When deciding whether to fund a project, such as a movie, investors consider information such as what is often referred to as the "bankability" of people or entities attached to the project, such as the top-billed actors, the director, the producer, and/or the screenwriter. A system can collect information about people or entities and prior projects associated with those people or entities and use that information to calculate the bankability of those people or entities. Project developers can use the calculated bankability of the people or entities when deciding which people or entities to attach to in-development projects to increase the chance that the project will attract funding." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2012 (13/533,851). 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=8,352,308&OS=8,352,308&RS=8,352,308 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MyMedicalRecords Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- MyMedicalRecords, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,352,288) developed by Robert H. Lorsch, Los Angeles, for a "method for providing a user with a web-based service for accessing and collecting records." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing a user with a web-based service to access and collect records associated with the user in a secure and private manner, the method including assigning through a web site a phone number, assigning through the web site a user account to the user, associating access information with the user, creating through the web site a document for the user to provide to the service provider requesting the service provider to send the records to the phone number and granting the service provider permission to send the records to the phone number, receiving by the service provider the document from the user to provide the service provider permission to send the records to the phone number, and sending by the service provider a private fax communication to the phone number." The patent application was filed on Jan. 17, 2012 (13/352,068). 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=8,352,288&OS=8,352,288&RS=8,352,288 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cadence Design Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,235) developed by Tsair-Chin Lin, Saratoga, Calif., Bing Zhu, Fremont, Calif., and Platon Beletsky, San Jose, Calif., for an "emulation of power shutoff behavior for integrated circuits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for modeling power management in an integrated circuit (IC) includes: specifying a circuit design and a power architecture for the IC, the power architecture including a plurality of power domains for specifying power levels in different portions of the IC; determining an emulation module for the IC by including one or more hardware elements for modeling the power architecture in the emulation module; and using the emulation module to simulate changing power levels in one or more power domains of the IC including a power shutoff in at least one power domain." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2007 (11/966,602). 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=8,352,235&OS=8,352,235&RS=8,352,235 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Parametric Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Parametric Technology, Needham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,352,297) developed by five co-inventors for a supply chain management. The co-inventors are Reynaldo Gil, Palo Alto, Calif., Dipayan Gangopadhyay, San Jose, Calif., Jay Zhou, Fremont, Calif., Simeon Gordon, Fairbun, Ga., and Sandeep Nayak, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and a method for managing a supply chain are provided. A request for a transaction involving an enterprise and at least one partner in a supply chain is received from an end-user or the partner. Real-time data relevant to the transaction is accessed from an existing partner system. A context for the transaction is generated using the real-time data. The request is processed in the context for the transaction." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/605,773). 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=8,352,297&OS=8,352,297&RS=8,352,297 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Autobytel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Autobytel, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,306) developed by six co-inventors for "systems and methods relating to a lead distribution engine with quality assessment of lead sources." The co-inventors are C. Michael Rose, San Jose, Calif., Peter D. Mathews, San Francisco, Jeffrey E. Sward, Huntington Beach, Calif., Glenn R. Dunkle, Irvine, Calif., John L. Dohoney, Corona, Calif., and Glenn S. Davis, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Lead distribution systems and methods distribute consumer business leads received from lead sources for routing to one or more destinations that use the leads and/or forward the leads to another destination. A quality level is assessed for each lead source, based in part on a percentage of leads from the source that result in a desired business transaction with the ultimate user of the lead. The system identifies a set of most profitable destinations for each lead, while maintaining a desired overall quality level and flow rate of leads routed to each destination. Adjusting the quality ratings of the lead sources may advantageously be used to affect the placement of their leads with destinations." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2008 (11/971,822). 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=8,352,306&OS=8,352,306&RS=8,352,306 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** 01Click Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- 01Click, Walnut Creek, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,301) developed by Jeffrey H. Starr, Walnut Creek, Calif., for "sales opportunity notification and tracking system and related methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sales notification system and related methods. Implementations include receiving a selection of a target industry identifier and a selection of a product identifier, where each product identifier is associated with a particular product and product category. The method includes generating a list of client accounts associated with the target industry identifier and product identifier where each client account is associated with a particular account segment, generating a list of potential sales representatives by retrieving all sales representatives associated with each client account, and generating a list of eligible sales representatives for each client account where each eligible sales representative is the potential sales representative who is permitted to sell the product associated with the product indicators within the product category and within the account segment associated with each client account. The method may also include using the server to generate a sales notification for each eligible sales representative." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2012 (13/444,761). 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=8,352,301&OS=8,352,301&RS=8,352,301 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,319) developed by four co-inventors for generating user profiles. The co-inventors are Xuefu Wang, Los Altos, Calif., Sarah Sirajuddin, Sunnyvale, Calif., Oren E. Zamir, Los Altos, Calif., and Aitan Weinberg, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for generating user identifier profiles. A user identifier profile characterizes a user based on events that occurred during past user sessions for a user (e.g., past online activities). An event is an action that occurs during a user session, such as a web page view, an advertisement click-through, and a conversion. A user identifier profile can be used, for example, to select advertisements targeted to the user. A user identifier profile includes information about inferred user interests and inferred user demographics." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/401,345). 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=8,352,319&OS=8,352,319&RS=8,352,319 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Oracle International, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,282) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for managing and deploying functional services to a vehicle client." The co-inventors are Peter Strarup Jensen, Fremont, Calif., Pavel S. Veselov, Santa Clara, Calif., Venkata S. Ayyagari, Foster City, Calif., and Nikolay G. Grigoryev, St. Petersburg, Russia.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An invention is provided for a system for managing and deploying software functionality to a vehicle client including a server including a user preference list, a communication tier, applications for receiving a request from the vehicle client, the request identifying the particular user preference and applications for deploying the selected plurality of services and the plurality of service directories in the particular user's preference list to the vehicle client in response to a request from the vehicle client. The user preference list includes a selected plurality of services subscribed by a corresponding particular user's preference list, each one of the plurality of services including a plurality of software components and information for use of a corresponding service, wherein the selected plurality of services are downloadable service implementation components and a plurality of service directories, each service directory including a list of service objects. The communication tier couples the server and a plurality of devices via one or more networks, wherein the plurality of devices includes at least one vehicle client." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2010 (12/819,015). 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=8,352,282&OS=8,352,282&RS=8,352,282 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Phoenix Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Phoenix Solutions, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,277) developed by Ian M. Bennett, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "method of interacting through speech with a web-connected server." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A speech recognition engine is configured to permit partial or full recognition of an utterance at a client device and/or a server device. This allows for support for client devices having differing computing capabilities. Natural language operations can also be supported as desired. A user can thus interact with content also accessible at a web page and select items of interest using speech as a mode of input. Dynamic grammars can assist in the recognition operations to improve speed and comprehension." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2007 (11/733,129). 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=8,352,277&OS=8,352,277&RS=8,352,277 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,352,223) developed by four co-inventors for network communications testbed. The co-inventors are David Dow Anthony, Mission Viejo, Calif., Daniel C. Mackley, Puyallup, Wash., Michael Rhett Burke, Bellevue, Wash., and Christopher Douglas Barton, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The different advantageous embodiments provide a system for network communication testing comprising a communication effects server, a number of radio emulators, a number of radios, and a wireless link simulator. The communication effects computer is configured to provide a number of communication network effects. The number of radio emulators have a number of Ethernet signal-in-space emulators configured to output a number of Ethernet packets to the communication effects server. The number of radios is configured to transmit and receive messages over a radio frequency. The wireless link simulator is configured to provide simulated distance between the number of radios using real-time changes in a simulation running on a number of platforms." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/641,885). 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=8,352,223&OS=8,352,223&RS=8,352,223 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,247) developed by Evgeny A. Cherepanov, Rybinsk, Russia, Oleksandr Grushetskyy, Cupertino, Calif., and Dmitry N. Orlov, Balashiha, Russia, for a statistical stemming.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer programs encoded on computer storage media, for generating suffix rewriting rules. A method includes obtaining a plurality of canonical suffix-rewriting rules each associated with one or more words, generating a suffix tree from the words, selecting a minimum colored subset of the nodes and leaves in the suffix tree, and generating a plurality of final suffix-rewriting rules from the nodes in the minimum colored subset. Another method includes receiving applicable and non-applicable words for a suffix-rewriting rule, generating a suffix tree from the applicable words and the non-applicable words, selecting a minimum colored subset of the nodes and leaves in the suffix tree, and generating a plurality of suffix-rewriting rules, wherein each rule corresponds to a node in the minimum colored subset with a valid status." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2012 (13/453,473). 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=8,352,247&OS=8,352,247&RS=8,352,247 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** A9.com Assigned Patent for Assessment of Item Listing Quality by Impact Prediction ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- A9.com, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,299) developed by Mukund Seshadri, San Francisco, Deepak Jain, Los Altos, Calif., and Tevye Rachelson Krynski, Oakland, Calif., for an "assessment of item listing quality by impact prediction." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods use behavioral data to assess listings for items. The behavior data may relate to information regarding user actions in connection with listings for the items. The listings may be collections of information about the items. Behavioral data in connection with a collection of listings is used to assess how changing listings affects one or more performance measures and/or to score listing quality. The assessment may be used for various purposes, such as identifying listings that may be changed to achieve one or more improved performance measures for corresponding items and for other applications." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2011 (13/114,840). 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=8,352,299&OS=8,352,299&RS=8,352,299 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xilinx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Xilinx, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,229) developed by Haibing Ma, Superior, Colo., Chi Bun Chan, San Jose, Calif., and Jingzhao Ou, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "reloadable just-in-time compilation simulation engine for high level modeling systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method of creating a simulation engine for simulating a circuit design can include receiving a source code contribution from a high level modeling system and receiving a simulation model specified in an interpretive language that specifies the circuit design. The source code contribution can be compiled together with the simulation model using a Just-In-Time compiler. A simulation engine, specified in native machine code, can be output as a single, integrated software component formed from the source code contribution and the simulation model." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2009 (12/359,409). 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=8,352,229&OS=8,352,229&RS=8,352,229 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Allstate Insurance Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Allstate Insurance, Northbrook, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,352,295) developed by Larry Shigeo Kobori, Newark, Calif., and Wynee Chai-Wei Lin, Mountain View, Calif., for an "insurance premium gap analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for determining the amount of premium, policies, or quotations needed to improve market share in various geographic locations based on user selected criteria. The method comprises calculating a total estimated expenditure on insurance by zip code, an estimated market share for an insurance provider by zip code, a year-to-date sale-to-quote ratio by zip code, and finally the amount of premiums, policies, or quotations needed to achieve a market share in a zip code. The method and apparatus will also display or output demographic data, market data, insurance provider information, and calculated amounts of premiums, policies, or quotations needed to achieve a market share in a given zip code." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2011 (13/175,490). 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=8,352,295&OS=8,352,295&RS=8,352,295 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SunPower Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- SunPower, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,220) developed by five co-inventors for "automated solar collector installation design including ability to define heterogeneous design preferences." The co-inventors are Gary Wayne, Berkeley, Calif., Alexander Frumkin, San Rafael, Calif., Michael Zaydman, San Rafael, Calif., Scott Lehman, Martinez, Calif., and Jules Brenner, Novato, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments may include systems and methods to create and edit a representation of a worksite, to create various data objects, to classify such objects as various types of pre-defined "features" with attendant properties and layout constraints. As part of or in addition to classification, an embodiment may include systems and methods to create, associate, and edit intrinsic and extrinsic properties to these objects. A design engine may apply of design rules to the features described above to generate one or more solar collectors installation design alternatives, including generation of on-screen and/or paper representations of the physical layout or arrangement of the one or more design alternatives. Embodiments may also include definition of one or more design apertures, each of which may correspond to boundaries in which solar collector layouts should comply with distinct sets of user-defined design preferences. Distinct apertures may provide heterogeneous regions of collector layout according to the user-defined design preferences." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/708,501). 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=8,352,220&OS=8,352,220&RS=8,352,220 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Visa International Service Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Visa International Service Association, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,352,315) developed by Patrick Faith, Pleasanton, Calif., Kevin P. Siegel, Milpitas, Calif., and Ayman Hammad, Pleasanton, Calif., for a "pre-authorization of a transaction using predictive modeling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, apparatus, and methods are provided for efficiently authorizing a transaction initiated by a consumer. An authorization can be generated before the consumer actually initiates the transaction. For example, a future transaction can be predicted, and an authorization can be generated for the predicted transaction. In this manner, the authorization can be ready and quickly used when the consumer does initiate the transaction. Previous transactions made by the consumer can be used to predict when the future transaction is likely. In various examples, the authorization can be sent to a specific merchant or to the consumer for use when the consumer initiates the predicted transaction, or saved by an authorization server for use in response to an authorization request from the merchant." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2010 (12/773,763). 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=8,352,315&OS=8,352,315&RS=8,352,315 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acellent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Acellent Technologies, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,201) developed by five co-inventors for an "integrated circuit system for controlling structural health monitoring processes." The co-inventors are Xinlin Qing, Cupertino, Calif., Chang Zhang, Santa Clara, Calif., Irene Li, Stanford, Calif., Fu-kuo Chang, Stanford, Calif., and Hung Chi Chung, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A structural health monitoring system using ASICs for signal transmission, reception, and analysis. Incorporating structural health monitoring functionality into one or more ASICs provides a durable yet small, lightweight, low cost, and portable system that can be deployed and operated in field conditions. Such systems provide significant advantages, especially in applications such as armor structures." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2012 (13/370,099). 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=8,352,201&OS=8,352,201&RS=8,352,201 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Vehicle System for Varied Compliance Benefits ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,352,107) developed by eight co-inventors for a "vehicle system for varied compliance benefits." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Thomas J. Nugent Jr., Bellevue, Wash., Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Charles Whitmer, North Bend, Wash., Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Exemplary methods, systems and components enable selective control of an operational mode for a vehicle that is subject to an administrative standard. In some instances a qualified person or entity may attain a possible consequential result related to a user-selected vehicle operation mode that may involve a vehicle operation paradigm and/or a vehicle travel route and/or a vehicle travel destination. In some embodiments, implementation of the selected vehicle operation mode may modify a conformity status of the vehicle relative to the administrative standard. Various accessible records may be maintained regarding administrative compliance states and their respective benefits, as well as regarding certification of preferable consequential results available to qualified recipients based on a correlated vehicle operational mode." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/587,129). 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=8,352,107&OS=8,352,107&RS=8,352,107 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Integrated Radiation Detection System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,352,105) developed by James G. Barnes, Los Angeles, and Thomas R. Austin, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for an "unmanned underwater vehicle integrated radiation detection system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An unmanned underwater vehicle incorporates a structure having an integral scintillating material for a radiation detector and detection electronics connected to the radiation detector for measurement of the scintillation. A communication system is employed for transmission of scintillation measurement to a remote facility and a navigation control system provides for autonomous operation of the unmanned underwater vehicle or remote operation through the communications system." The patent application was filed on Feb. 13, 2009 (12/371,379). 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=8,352,105&OS=8,352,105&RS=8,352,105 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for User Interface for Displaying Internal State of Autonomous Driving System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,110) developed by five co-inventors for an "user interface for displaying internal state of autonomous driving system." The co-inventors are Andrew Szybalski, San Francisco, Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez, Hayward, Calif., Christopher Paul Urmson, Mountain View, Calif., Sebastian Thrun, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Philip Nemec, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A passenger in an automated vehicle may relinquish control of the vehicle to a control computer when the control computer has determined that it may maneuver the vehicle safely to a destination. The passenger may relinquish or regain control of the vehicle by applying different degrees of pressure, for example, on a steering wheel of the vehicle. The control computer may convey status information to a passenger in a variety of ways including by illuminating elements of the vehicle. The color and location of the illumination may indicate the status of the control computer, for example, whether the control computer has been armed, is ready to take control of the vehicle, or is currently controlling the vehicle." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2012 (13/567,428). 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=8,352,110&OS=8,352,110&RS=8,352,110 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,567) developed by four co-inventors for a VCR webification. The co-inventors are Lambertus Hesselink, Atherton, Calif., Dharmarus Rizal, Paulo Alto, Calif., Joep van Beurden, Cupertino, Calif., and Eric S. Bjornson, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, method and service model are disclosed which simplify conventional methods for schedule recordings of television programs and enable users to control recording equipment from any location via the Internet. Entities connected to computer networks such as the Internet and web-browser software can schedule recordings of television programs and/or operate the recording equipment. In an example scenario, a user who maintains recording equipment at home may utilize the present invention from his or her workplace or vacation place, accesses a service provider website using her/his user name and password, views the a schedule of television programs provided by a broadcaster or other distributor of programming and selects the television programs to be recorded. The application service provider in turn transmits the selected television program information to a computer connected to a later described remote control unit to execute and operate the recording of selected programs. In this manner, the present invention enables anyone with internet access to remotely operate recording equipment to record television programs." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2004 (10/795,071). 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=8,352,567&OS=8,352,567&RS=8,352,567 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent for Technique for Aggregating Loads with Time-varying Operating Cycles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,094) developed by Jay T. Johnson, Atlanta, Daniel H. Greene, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Haitham Ali Salem Hindi, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "technique for aggregating loads with time-varying operating cycles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a system, a method, and a computer-program product (e.g., software) for aggregating an energy service from a group of loads with time-varying operating cycles are described. This aggregation may be performed by an aggregator, which provides the energy service to a power-system operator. In particular, for a desired demand response, a demand-response mechanism may modify a demand response of a given load by mapping an initial operating cycle of the load before a demand-response event to a final operating cycle. In addition, the demand-response mechanism may transition the given load to a new operating cycle associated with the demand-response event using a temporal set-point trajectory. This aggregation technique may ensure that a distribution of phases of the group of loads is, on average, uncorrelated with each other, either by preserving or modifying the distribution of phases prior to the demand-response event." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2009 (12/406,006). 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=8,352,094&OS=8,352,094&RS=8,352,094 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Megatrends Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- American Megatrends, Norcross, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,352,497) developed by Paresh Chatterjee, Fremont, Calif., Srikumar Somangili Subramanian, Newark, Calif., and Raghavan Sowrirajan, Fremont, Calif., for a "page object caching for variably sized access control lists in data storage systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies are described herein for caching variably sized access control lists (ACLs) in a data storage system utilizing page object caching. A request to access a file is received. An inode number of the requested file is identified. A hash key based on the inode number and a predefined hash value is determined. A determination is made as to whether the hash key is contained in a hash list. In response to determining that the hash key is contained in the hash list, access to a page object in the memory is provided. The page object contains an access control list (ACL) associated with the requested file. The ACL is retrieved from the page object." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2010 (12/702,942). 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=8,352,497&OS=8,352,497&RS=8,352,497 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Surface Systems & Instruments Assigned Patent for Apparatus for Generating High Resolution Surface Topology Map Using Surface Profiling and Surveying Instrumentation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Surface Systems & Instruments, Mill Valley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,188) developed by Dennis P. Scott, Mill Valley, Calif., and Dwight D. Day, Manhattan, Kan., for an "apparatus for generating high resolution surface topology map using surface profiling and surveying instrumentation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A profiling apparatus configured to generate a high-resolution surface topology map of a surface using surface profiling data combined with surveying data. The apparatus is configured to collect both a plurality of survey sample points and a plurality of profile sample points of the surface. The profile sample points are then correlated with the survey sample points in the Z direction. Once the correlation is performed, the correlated profile sample points are merged or "filled-in" between the survey sample points. The high-resolution surface topology map is generated from the merging of the survey and profile sample points. In various embodiments, the survey data may be generated using an inertial profiler, an inclinometer based walking device, or a rolling-reference type profile device." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2009 (12/409,317). 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=8,352,188&OS=8,352,188&RS=8,352,188 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Synaptics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Synaptics, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,202) developed by Kirk Hargreaves, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "system and method for detecting interfernce in a sensor device using phase shifting." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A capacitive sensor device and method is configured to respond a stimulus provided in a sensing region with an output signal. A signal generator is configured to apply a carrier signal to the capacitive sensor device. The carrier signal is switched between a plurality of phases at a switching rate, where the switching rate is less than a demodulation filter bandwidth. The result of the carrier phase shifting is that effects of interference in the output signal are frequency shifted away from the effects of user applied stimulus. An interference detection filter is configured to filter from the sensor outputs at least one effect produced by the stimulus. An interference measuring device is configured to determine a level of interference in the at least one interference output. Thus, the system can detect interference in the output of the capacitive sensor device." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (12/490,167). 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=8,352,202&OS=8,352,202&RS=8,352,202 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,559) developed by Shaun Cooley, El Segundo, Calif., and Brian Hernacki, San Carlos, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for managing temporary E-mail addresses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and apparatus for managing temporary e-mail addresses is described. All e-mail sent to a temporary e-mail address is initially forwarded to an actual e-mail address. In some examples, the temporary e-mail address is automatically deactivated in response to an event such that no e-mail sent to the temporary e-mail address is forwarded to the actual e-mail address. A notification e-mail is sent to the actual e-mail address, the notification e-mail indicating that the temporary e-mail address has been deactivated and including one or more uniform resource locators (URLs) configured to manage the deactivation of the temporary e-mail address." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/415,897). 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=8,352,559&OS=8,352,559&RS=8,352,559 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent for Two-level Grouping of Principals for a Collision Warning System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,173) developed by Daniel H. Greene, Sunnyvale, Calif., Juan Liu, Milpitas, Calif., and James E. Reich, San Francisco, for a "two-level grouping of principals for a collision warning system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that hierarchically groups principals to facilitate collision warning. During operation, the system obtains information on a number of principals and constructs one or more first-level groups of principals. Within a first-level group, the system constructs one or more second-level groups, thereby facilitating an assessment of probability of collision between a second-level group and a primary principal." The patent application was filed on June 12, 2007 (11/818,177). 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=8,352,173&OS=8,352,173&RS=8,352,173 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Vehicle Navigation System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,352,186) developed by Mark Schunder, Dearborn, Mich., Mark Scalf, Santa Clara, Calif., and Joseph J. Berry, Northville, Mich., for a "vehicle navigation system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An efficient route-defining method includes determining a route to a destination. The exemplary method also includes determining a wireless device to server connection type and assigning a tolerance in accordance with a connection type. The tolerance is usable to determine if a vehicle is off-route, and the tolerance is increased or decreased inversely corresponding to the speed of the connection type. According to the illustrative method, the assigned tolerance is used to determine points defining the route, such that the roads comprising the route are within a bounded area. The bounded area may be defined by the tolerance in conjunction with a plurality of lines connecting successive points along the route. Finally, the method includes delivering the determined points to a vehicle computing system in communication with the server." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2010 (12/847,650). 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=8,352,186&OS=8,352,186&RS=8,352,186 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Facebook Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Facebook, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,566) developed by five co-inventors for a "shared groups rostering system." The co-inventors are Neil Cohen, Herndon, Va., John Panzer, Mountain View, Calif., Catherine Tornabene, Palo Alto, Calif., Muhammad Mohsin Hussain, Berkeley, Calif., and Todd Crowe, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and techniques for sharing information among members of a group. Information about all current members of a group is stored. Instructions are received from at least one current member to invite at least one prospective member to join the group and the invitation to join the group is sent to the prospective member. In the event that an affirmative response is received, the prospective member is added to the current members of the group and automatically updated services are provided to current members of the group." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2012 (13/355,680). 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=8,352,566&OS=8,352,566&RS=8,352,566 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** U.S. Navy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- The U.S. Navy has been assigned a patent (8,352,184) developed by Steven J. Meyer, Ridgecrest, Calif., for a "message formatting system to improve GPS and IMU positional reporting for a vehicle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention generally relates to a system for generating and transmitting a telemetry formatted message containing raw Global Positioning System (GPS) information, processed Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) information corresponding to the position and attitude of a high speed vehicle in motion. This telemetry formatted message is received on the ground and used to improve Kalman filter operation. In particular, the telemetry formatted message is used as an input to a ground based Kalman filter that is set to track and predict the trajectory of the high speed vehicle. The telemetry formatted message content improves the overall operation of the Kalman filter by preventing Kalman filter resets that occur when a bit error is encountered in the IMU data and improves the time correlation of high data rate IMU information and low data rate GPS information, both necessary for accurate tracking of the high speed vehicle." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2006 (11/650,756). 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=8,352,184&OS=8,352,184&RS=8,352,184 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Surface Systems & Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Surface Systems & Instruments, Mill Valley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,189) developed by Dennis P. Scott, Mill Valley, Calif., and Dwight D. Day, Manhattan, Kan., for a "method for generating high resolution surface topology map using surface profiling and surveying instrumentation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for generating a high-resolution surface topology map of a surface using surface profiling data combined with data collected from a surveying instrument. The system and method involve collecting a plurality of survey sample points and collecting a plurality of profile sample points of the surface. The profile sample points are then correlated with the survey sample points in the Z direction. Once the correlation is performed, the correlated profile sample points are merged or "filled-in" between the survey sample points. The high-resolution surface topology map is generated from the merging of the survey and profile sample points. In various embodiments, the survey data may be generated using an inertial profiler, an inclinometer based walking device, or a rolling-reference type profile device." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2009 (12/409,329). 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=8,352,189&OS=8,352,189&RS=8,352,189 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Serving Advertisements Using User Request Information and User Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,499) developed by four co-inventors for "serving advertisements using user request information and user information." The co-inventors are Krishna Bharat, Santa Clara, Calif., Steve Lawrence, Mountain View, Calif., Mehran Sahami, Redwood City, Calif., and Amit Singhal, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Ads are scored using, at least, user information and information associated with a user request, such as a search query or a document request. The scores may be used in determining whether to serve ads, how to serve ads, to order ads, to filter ads, etc. Items of user information, request-associated information, and/or ad information can be weighted based on previous uses of such information in the serving of ads and the performance of those served ads." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2003 (10/452,791). 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=8,352,499&OS=8,352,499&RS=8,352,499 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Target Discovery Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Target Discovery, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,193) developed by Luke V. Schneider, Half Moon Bay, Calif., Michael P. Hall, Hayward, Calif., and Robert Petesch, Newark, Calif., for "methods for deriving a cumulative ranking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatuses for deriving the sequence of an oligomer. In one exemplary method for deriving the sequence of a polypeptide, a predetermined set of mass/charge values for amino acid sequences is stored. An abundance value from mass spectrum data for each mass/charge value in the predetermined set is determined to produce a plurality of abundance values. A first ranking, based on the plurality of abundance values, is calculated for each sequence of a set of amino acid sequences having a first number of amino acids. A second ranking, based on the plurality of abundance values, for each sequence of a set of amino acid sequences having a second number of amino acids is calculated. A cumulative ranking, based on the first ranking and the second ranking, is calculated for each sequence of a set of amino acid sequences having at least the second number of amino acids." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2006 (11/444,215). 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=8,352,193&OS=8,352,193&RS=8,352,193 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Algorithm for Simultaneous Attitude Maneuver and Momentum Dumping ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,352,101) developed by Ronald Shawn Thomas, Brea, Calif., and Richard I. Milford, Redondo Beach, Calif., for an "algorithm for simultaneous attitude maneuver and momentum dumping." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are disclosed for simultaneous attitude maneuver and momentum dumping. The attitude maneuver is performed using nominal wheel control to minimize propellant usage, while applying a momentum management command to the thruster control loop in order for the wheels to accomplish the desired spacecraft maneuver while simultaneously being reset to a de-saturated target state. The system and method involve a wheel system comprised of reaction wheels and/or a control moment gyroscope (CMG), at least one thruster, and control logic that is in communication with the wheel system and thruster(s). If a spacecraft maneuver is in progress, the control logic biases an error input signal to a thruster control loop to track the wheel maneuver to prevent unnecessary propellant consumption. The control logic is further operable to output thruster torque commands and wheel torque commands that accomplish the maneuver while achieving the desired final momentum target." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/645,296). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,352,101&OS=8,352,101&RS=8,352,101 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** HW LLC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- HW LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., has been assigned a patent (8,352,493) developed by five co-inventors for a "searchable health events directory." The co-inventors are Robert M. Johnston IV, Scottsdale, Ariz., Alan Lawrence McCann, Laguna Niguel, Calif., Richard Anthony Porter, Phoenix, Michelle Denise Robson, Phoenix, and Jay D. Geer, Rossmoor, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Searchable directories of health events are described. In many embodiments, a health event directory platform is provided that enables health providers to upload events to database of health events. The health event directory platform captures data from the health provider in a structured way that facilitates the searching of the database of health events. In addition, the health event directory platform uses knowledge of previous searches to suggest additional information to associate with a health event in order to increase the likelihood that the health event will appear in the results of a relevant search query. Users can provide requests for information to the health event directory platform, which uses the request to query the health events database and retrieve information concerning relevant health events within a particular geographic area. In many embodiments, the user can register for an event and/or pay using the health event directory platform." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2009 (12/478,665). 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=8,352,493&OS=8,352,493&RS=8 For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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