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

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (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 North Carolina.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,309) developed by Walter C. Metz Jr., Raleigh, N.C., Hoyt C. Simmons, Apex, N.C., and Susan Elyce Swanson, Chapel Hill, N.C., for a "defining a serviceability assessment measure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A plurality of questions are displayed. Responses to the plurality of questions are received, wherein a response to a question included in the plurality of questions includes an indication of a likelihood of occurrence of an answer to the question. A value for a quality measure is determined, based on the responses to the plurality of questions." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2008 (12/194,075). 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=8,352,309&OS=8,352,309&RS=8,352,309 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Canyon IP Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Canyon IP Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,352,264) developed by Marc White, Charlotte, N.C., Igor Roditis Jablokov, Charlotte, N.C., and Victor Roditis Jablokov, Charlotte, N.C., for a "corrective feedback loop for automated speech recognition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for facilitating the updating of a language model includes receiving, at a client device, via a microphone, an audio message corresponding to speech of a user; communicating the audio message to a first remote server; receiving, that the client device, a result, transcribed at the first remote server using an automatic speech recognition system ("ASR"), from the audio message; receiving, at the client device from the user, an affirmation of the result; storing, at the client device, the result in association with an identifier corresponding to the audio message; and communicating, to a second remote server, the stored result together with the identifier." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2009 (12/407,502). 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=8,352,264&OS=8,352,264&RS=8,352,264 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Canyon IP Holdings Assigned Patent for Use of Intermediate Speech Transcription Results in Editing Final Speech Transcription Results ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Canyon IP Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,352,261) developed by James Richard Terrell II, Charlotte, N.C., and Marc White, Charlotte, N.C., for "use of intermediate speech transcription results in editing final speech transcription results." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication system includes at least one transmitting device and at least one receiving device, one or more network systems for connecting the transmitting device to the receiving device, and an automatic speech recognition ("ASR") system, including an ASR engine. A user speaks an utterance into the transmitting device, and the recorded speech audio is sent to the ASR engine. The ASR engine returns intermediate transcription results to the transmitting device, which displays the intermediate transcription results in real-time to the user. The intermediate transcription results are also correlated by utterance fragment to final transcription results and displayed to the user. The user may use the information thus presented to make decisions as to whether to edit the final transcription results or to speak the utterance again, thereby repeating the process. The intermediate transcription results may also be used by the user to edit the final transcription results." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2009 (12/400,723). 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=8,352,261&OS=8,352,261&RS=8,352,261 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Schneider Electric USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Schneider Electric USA, Palatine, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,352,082) developed by Kevin L. Parker, Raleigh, N.C., and Alexander Filippenko, Cary, N.C., for "methods and apparatuses for displaying energy savings from an HVAC system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system of determining and displaying energy savings from an HVAC system operating in an energy saving mode. The HVAC system is operated to maintain a comfort mode temperature during a learning period. The energy consumed by the HVAC system at multiple outside ambient conditions during the learning period is determined. The correlation between a specific ambient condition and energy consumed by the HVAC system is determined. The HVAC system is run to maintain an energy saving setpoint temperature. The energy consumed by the HVAC system is determined at an ambient condition while maintaining the energy saving setpoint temperature. The energy savings are calculated as a function of the difference between the energy that would have been consumed by the HVAC system at the ambient condition based on the determined correlation and the energy consumed by the HVAC system while maintaining the energy saving setpoint temperature at the ambient condition." The patent application was filed on Dec. 31, 2009 (12/651,119). 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=8,352,082&OS=8,352,082&RS=8,352,082 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Deere & Co. Assigned Patent for Robotic Mower Boundary Coverage System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Deere & Co., Moline, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,352,113) developed by David A. Johnson, Charlotte, N.C., and Monte A. Dickson, Charlotte, N.C., for a "robotic mower boundary coverage system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A robotic mower boundary coverage system includes a vehicle control unit on the robotic mower commanding a traction drive system to drive the robotic mower at a specified yaw angle with respect to a boundary wire, and a boundary sensor on the robotic mower signaling the distance between the boundary wire and the vehicle control unit. The vehicle control unit alternates commands to direct the traction drive system toward and away from the boundary wire based on the distance of the robotic mower to the boundary wire." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2010 (12/845,362). 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=8,352,113&OS=8,352,113&RS=8,352,113 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SAS Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- SAS Institute, Cary, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,352,215) developed by Lin (Colin) Chen, Rockville, Md., Steve Krueger, Raleigh, N.C., and Christopher D. Bailey, Cary, N.C., for a "computer-implemented distributed iteratively reweighted least squares system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for performing an estimation using an iteratively reweighted least squares technique on a scenario defined by a design matrix, a response variable vector, and a parameter to be estimated. A system and method can be configured to include a root data processor, where a least squares estimate is calculated by the root data processor during each of a plurality of processing iterations. A plurality of node data processors can also be configured to: update values of a weight matrix according to a current state of the least squares estimate, determine a first intermediate value based on the design matrix and the weight matrix, determine a second intermediate value based on the design and weight matrices and the response variable vector. The root data processor calculates an updated least squares estimate based on the intermediate values." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2009 (12/604,631). 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=8,352,215&OS=8,352,215&RS=8,352,215 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,351,468) developed by Thomas J. Quigley, Franklin, N.C., for a "method and apparatus for downloading content using channel bonding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "As additional channels are added to a communication system for applications, such as standard density (SD) and eventually high density (HD) Video on Demand (VOD), additional capacity can be realized by reducing the time required to transmit content. A reduction of transmission time (or an increase of the transmission rate) can be achieved by bonding channels of the communication system. The bonded channels typically provide a statistical multiplexing gain because the additional bandwidth is treated as a large single channel for the download. Bonding channels of the communication system can provide high speed downloading of content, such as video content, far in excess of the playback rate. Using bonded channels can relax the Quality of Service (QoS) requirements of a data stream, such as a video stream, over an internet protocol (IP) network." The patent application was filed on April 5, 2005 (11/098,612). 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=83,51,468.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,468&RS=PN/83,51,468 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Universal Load-balancing Tunnel Encapsulation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,351,329) developed by Carlos M. Pignataro, Raleigh, N.C., Clarence Filsfils, Brussels, Belgium, and Pradosh Mohapatra, Fremont, Calif., for a "universal load-balancing tunnel encapsulation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, packets received at head-end nodes in a computer network may have a payload and protocol ID of an original protocol of the packet. To allow load balancing across the network, the head-end node may convert the protocol ID to indicate a UDP packet, and may insert a UDP shim header into the packet having a load balance ID, at least one port ID of a destination tail-end node of the packet, and an indication of the original protocol ID. The head-end node may transmit the converted UDP packet toward the tail-end node as part of a load-balanced UDP flow based on the load balance ID. Tail-end nodes may receive UDP packets, and determine whether they are converted UDP packets. If so, the original protocol of the packet may be determined, the UDP header may be removed, and the packet may be processed according to the original protocol." The patent application was filed on Sept. 14, 2010 (12/881,238). 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=83,51,329.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,329&RS=PN/83,51,329 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hankookin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Hankookin, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,352,060) developed by four co-inventors for a "computer-aided fabrication of a removable dental prosthesis." The co-inventors are James Jiwen Chun, Raleigh, N.C., Angela Soyoung Chun, Raleigh, N.C., Andrew Youngho Chun, Raleigh, N.C., and Jennifer Miseong Chun, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for fabricating a dental prosthesis are provided. High resolution digital scanned images of a patient's oral structures are acquired. Three dimensional (3D) cone beam X-ray images of hard and soft oral tissues are acquired. The scanned images are integrated with the 3D cone beam X-ray images in a 3D space to obtain combined three dimensional images of the oral structures. The occlusal relationship between upper and lower oral structures are digitally simulated using the combined three dimensional images. The dental prosthesis is digitally modeled for planning intra-oral positioning and structure of the dental prosthesis. The digital dental prosthesis model is refined based on simulated force tests performed for assessing interference and retention of the digital dental prosthesis model. A prospective dental prosthesis model is created based on the refined digital dental prosthesis model. The dental prosthesis is fabricated based on a verified prospective dental prosthesis model." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2010 (12/774,222). 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=8,352,060.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,060&RS=PN/8,352,060 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Stealth Message Transmission in a Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,605) developed by Justin Bandholz, Cary, N.C., William G. Pagan, Durham, N.C., and William Piazza, Holly Springs, N.C., for a "stealth message transmission in a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention include methods of transmitting a hidden message within a secured primary data transmission. In one embodiment, a method involves transmitting a primary data transmission over a computer network from a source host to a receiving host. Intentionally-corrupted packets are introduced within the primary data transmission in a manner providing a hidden message. For example, a pattern of intentionally-corrupted packets may be used to encode the hidden message. Alternatively, the hidden message may be embedded within the data area of the intentionally-corrupted packets. The intentionally-corrupted packets are received and interpreted at the receiving host to determine the hidden message." The patent application was filed on Sept. 16, 2009 (12/560,665). 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=8,351,605&OS=8,351,605&RS=8,351,605 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** RF Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- RF Micro Devices, Greensboro, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,351,221) developed by John Robert Siomkos, Greensboro, N.C., Mark Alan Crandall, Oak Ridge, N.C., and Carl Hinshaw, Burlington, N.C., for "stacked shield compartments for electronic components." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure is related to an electronic assembly in a stacked configuration. Electronic components are formed on substrates at each level of the stacked configuration. Electromagnetic shield compartments may be provided which substantially encapsulate the electronic components. Conductive vias are formed within the substrates on each level of the stacked configuration and coupled to one another so that the electromagnetic shields at each level of the stack can couple to a common node." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2011 (13/006,845). 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=8,351,221&OS=8,351,221&RS=8,351,221 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=8,351,229&OS=8,351,229&RS=8,351,229 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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