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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Jan. 17)
[January 17, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Jan. 17)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** CareFusion 303 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- CareFusion 303, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,929) developed by six co-inventors for "methods and systems for storing medical supplies." The co-inventors are Patricia Kienle, Laflin, Pa., Cynthia Yamaga, Oceanside, Calif., Thomas Utech, San Diego, Mary Zeringue, San Diego, Jonathan Zimmerman, San Diego, and Alisa Goetz, Bellaire, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Storing of medical supplies is performed according to rules promoting safety and ergonomics. The physical arrangement of medical supplies within a storage unit is analyzed. An inventory of medical supplies to be stored in the storage unit is established. A new physical arrangement of medical supplies within the storage unit is determined based on the rules for storing medical supplies and the inventory. The storage unit is configured according to the new physical arrangement. The physical locations within the storage unit where each of the medical supplies is to be stored are indicated. The medical supplies are stored in the indicated locations." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/400,908). 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=8,355,929&OS=8,355,929&RS=8,355,929 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Managing a Travel Itinerary ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,355,936) developed by four co-inventors for a "managing a travel itinerary''. The co-inventors are Faheem Altaf, Pflugerville, Texas, Kumar Ravi, Cedar Park, Texas, Eric Siegfried Rybczynski, Round Rock, Texas, and Manuel Silveyra, Round Rock, Texas.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mechanisms for managing a travel itinerary of a user are disclosed. More particularly, hardware and/or software for managing the user's travel itinerary based on the location of the user are disclosed. Embodiments may include receiving user location information and estimating the arrival time of the user at the departure point for a scheduled first trip of the user based on the user location information. Embodiments may also include comparing the estimated arrival time of the user at the destination with a departure time for the scheduled first trip and, if the arrival time is substantially earlier than the departure time or equal to or later than the departure time, rescheduling by the travel itinerary computer the user for a different second trip. Further embodiments may include transmitting notification to the user that he has been rescheduled to a second trip." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2008 (12/054,571). 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=8,355,936&OS=8,355,936&RS=8,355,936 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chevron USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,898) developed by seven co-inventors for a "system and method for modeling flow events responsible for the formation of a geological reservoir." The co-inventors are Michael J. Pyrcz, Kingwood, Texas, Tim R. McHargue, Danville, Calif., Morgan Sullivan, Spring, Texas, Julian Clark, Oakland, Calif., Andrea Fildani, Danville, Calif., Nick J. Drinkwater, Houston, and Henry W. Posamentier, The Woodlands, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system configured to model geometric architectures of flow events in geological reservoirs. In one embodiment, the system comprises a geological control input, a rules module, and a modeling module. The geological control input is configured to receive a set of environmental conditions that act as geological controls impacting a geometric architecture of a geological reservoir at a point in geologic time. The rules module is configured to apply a set of rules to the set of environmental conditions present at the point in geologic time to determine geometric flow parameters of the geometric architecture, wherein the set of rules comprise one or more empirical rules. The modeling module is configured to model the geometric architecture based on the geometric flow parameters determined for the flow event by the rules module." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2008 (12/140,901). 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=8,355,898&OS=8,355,898&RS=8,355,898 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cypress Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Cypress Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,887) developed by Richard Harding, Cedar Park, Texas, and John B. Foreman, Edmonds, Wash., for "proximity based gesturing devices, systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device may include a plurality of sensors substantially coplanar with one another in a sensor plane, each sensor generating a sense value that varies according to a physical distance between the sensor and an object without contacting the object; and control circuits that generates at least first position values, second position values and third position values in response to the sensor values, the first and second position values identifying a position in a space adjacent to the sensor plane." The patent application was filed on April 26, 2005 (12/767,690). 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=8,355,887&OS=8,355,887&RS=8,355,887 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chevron USA Assigned Patent for System and Method for Reservoir Analysis Background ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,872) developed by Dana E. Rowan, Kingwood, Texas, for a "system and method for reservoir analysis background." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for and method of automatically evaluating similarity between a target geological region of interest and a plurality of known geological regions of interest includes selecting a plurality of quantitative parameters describing reservoir characteristics of the target geological region of interest and defining a graphical target line based on values of the selected parameters. Comparison lines are graphically constructed for at least some of the plurality of known geological regions of interest, respective comparison lines representing respective values of the quantitative parameters describing corresponding characteristics of respective regions among the known geological regions of interest. A similarity factor between each of the comparison lines and the target line is calculated based on the plotted target and comparison lines. The comparison lines are ranked based on the calculated similarity factors, and similarity factor versus similarity rank are graphically displayed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2009 (12/621,704). 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=8,355,872&OS=8,355,872&RS=8,355,872 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Materials Assigned Patent for Method and System for Estimating Context Offsets for Run-to-run Control in a Semiconductor Fabrication Facility ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Applied Materials, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,810) developed by Jianping Zou, Austin, Texas, for a "method and system for estimating context offsets for run-to-run control in a semiconductor fabrication facility." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for estimating context offsets for run-to-run control in a semiconductor fabrication facility is described. In one embodiment, contexts associated with a process are identified. The process has one or more threads, and each thread involves one or more contexts. A set of input-output equations describing the process is defined. Each input-output equation corresponds to a thread and includes a thread offset expressed as a summation of individual context offsets. A state-space model is created that describes an evolution of the process using the set of input-output equations. The state-space model allows to estimate individual context offsets." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2009 (12/362,384). 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=8,355,810&OS=8,355,810&RS=8,355,810 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,355,935) developed by seven co-inventors for a "third party information transfer." The co-inventors are Brett Alexander Hellman, Mountain View, Calif., Teresa Lynn Roberts, Palo Alto, Calif., Nadeem Mohammed Yusuf Ilkal, Mountain View, Calif., Jason Paul Ridge, Frisco, Texas, Matthew Glen Rice, Carlsbad, Calif., Eric Young Pan, San Francisco, and Jeffrey M. Wolfe, Parrish, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method allowing a professional service provider to access client data stored in an online account without storing confidential account information by the professional service provider. In particular, the service provider may register the relationship with the client in a third party information transfer framework where the client approves such registration and download the data from the online account using the confidential account information in a temporary manner. The client data may be stored in a repository available to the service provider based on the relationship registration. In an example, a professional tax preparation software may include functionality to check for newly downloaded client data within the third party information transfer framework, notifying a tax accountant (i.e., the service provider), and may provide a one click access to import the client data directly into the client tax return." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/873,214). 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=8,355,935&OS=8,355,935&RS=8,355,935+ Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,355,815) developed by four co-inventors for "methods, systems, and devices for manipulating cutting elements for earth-boring drill bits and tools." The co-inventors are David Keith Luce, Splendora, Texas, Sean W. Wirth, Spring, Texas, Alan J. Massey, Houston, and Crystal A. Parrott, Helotes, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods include one or more of robotically positioning a cutting element on an earth-boring tool, using a power-driven device to move a cutting element on an earth-boring tool, and robotically applying a bonding material for attaching a cutting element to an earth-boring tool. Robotic systems are used to robotically position a cutting element on an earth-boring tool. Systems for orienting a cutting element relative to a tool body include a power-driven device for moving a cutting element on or adjacent the tool body. Systems for positioning and orienting a cutting element on an earth-boring tool include such a power-driven device and a robot for carrying a cutting element. Systems for attaching a cutting element to an earth-boring tool include a robot carrying a torch for heating at least one of a cutting element, a tool body, and a bonding material." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2009 (12/370,516). 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=8,355,815&OS=8,355,815&RS=8,355,815 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** L-3 Unmanned Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- L-3 Unmanned Systems, Carrollton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,834) developed by six co-inventors for a "multi-sensor autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles." The co-inventors are David S. Duggan, Lewisville, Texas, David A. Felio, Flower Mound, Texas, Billy B. Pate, Frisco, Texas, Vince R. Longhi, Dallas, Jerry L. Petersen, Southlake, Texas, and Mark J. Bergee, Southlake, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Multi-sensor autonomous control of unmanned aerial vehicles systems and methods are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a variable autonomy control system for an unmanned aerial vehicle include a variable autonomy processing unit. The variable autonomy processing unit illustratively receives inputs from multiple sensors. It utilizes the inputs to generate commands to control the unmanned aerial vehicle at variable autonomy levels." The patent application was filed on Nov. 6, 2011 (13/297,736). 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=8,355,834&OS=8,355,834&RS=8,355,834 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,355,873) developed by six co-inventors for a "method of reservoir characterization and delineation based on observations of displacements at the earth's surface." The co-inventors are Ali Mese, Houston, Syed Hamid, Dallas, Dingding Chen, Plano, Texas, Harry D. Smith, Jr., Montgomery, Texas, John Howard, Katy, Texas, and Neal Skinner, Lewisville, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Reservoir characterization based on observations of displacements at the earth's surface. One method of characterizing a reservoir includes the steps of: detecting a response of the reservoir to a stimulus, the stimulus causing a pressure change in the reservoir; and determining a characteristic of the reservoir from the response to the stimulus. The response may be the pressure change which varies periodically over time, or a set of displacements of a surface of the earth. In another example, a method includes the steps of: detecting a set of displacements of the earth's surface corresponding to a pressure change in the reservoir; and determining a characteristic of the reservoir from the surface displacements. In yet another example, a method includes the steps of: detecting a set of displacements of the earth's surface corresponding to a change in volume of the reservoir; and determining a characteristic of the reservoir from the surface displacements." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2005 (11/288,826). 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=8,355,873&OS=8,355,873&RS=8,355,873 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,435) developed by Yong Yan, Austin, Texas, and Yolanda Prieto, Coral Gables, Fla., for a "transmission of packet data." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for transmitting encoded video data includes determining an available space for transmitting an encoded video data in a last remaining information block of a video packet. The method further includes if the available space is sufficient, based on a comparison of the an estimated size of the encoded video data with the available space, then transmitting the encoded video data using the last remaining information block of the video packet. The method further includes if the available space is insufficient, changing a coding scheme associated with the encoded video data to transform the encoded video data into reduced size video data and transmitting the reduced size video data using the last remaining information block of the video packet." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2007 (11/763,914). 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=83,55,435.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,435&RS=PN/83,55,435 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Digital Video Line-by-line Dynamic Rate Adaptation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,355,434) developed by Gregory L. Christison, McKinney, Texas, for a "digital video line-by-line dynamic rate adaptation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a method and apparatus for compressing video data for wireless transmission. The invention continually monitors the output of a video data encoder and maintains a running average for the data output rate over multiple lines of video data. The encoder compresses video data on a line-by-line basis. The invention also monitors the occupancy of the data buffer and as well as the performance of the wireless subsystem to determine real time available channel capacity. If the average data rate exceeds the available channel capacity, the invention increases data compression on subsequent lines of video data until the average data rate falls within the channel capacity. If the average data output rate is less than the channel capacity, the invention reduces data compression on subsequent lines of video data until the average data rate increases to match the channel capacity." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2006 (11/328,204). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,55,434.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,434&RS=PN/83,55,434 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cellco Partnership Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Cellco Partnership, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,355,413) developed by Satya Narayana (Satish) Vasamsetti, Danville, Calif., and Kuntal Chowdhury, Plano, Texas, for a "policy based procedure to modify or change granted QoS in real time for CDMA wireless networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A policy based look up procedure enables a code division multiple access (CDMA) wireless network to modify a quality of service (QoS) level granted for an application packet flow in real time, e.g. in response to a customer service request, upon determination of a need to change network operations, periodically, or under other dynamic circumstances. The policy look up table identifies QoS levels and rules to identify an individual or group of users or types of applications and the associated packet flows that should be processed through a radio access network in accord with each applicable QoS level. In a typical implementation, a packet data serving node stores or has access to the carrier's QoS policy table to perform the look up and instruct a radio network controller or other element of the radio access network as to the applicable QoS level for each packet flow for a mobile station." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2006 (11/356,212). 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=83,55,413.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,413&RS=PN/83,55,413 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Continental Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Continental Electronics, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,460) developed by Daniel L. Dickey, Rowlett, Texas, for a "radio transmitter system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radio transmitter system responsive to a binary signal drives a narrow bandwidth VLF or LF antenna. A generator derives a first variable frequency wave frequency coded based on bit values of a binary signal. An arbitrary impulse response signal processor responsive to the first wave derives a first output signal having real and imaginary components representing the shape of a modulating wave having a variable amplitude envelope and the frequency of the coded values. A transmitter responsive to the processor output signal and a VLF or LF carrier supplies the antenna with another output signal including a modulation wave having a shape that is a substantial replica of the modulating wave shape. The processor causes the signal emitted by the antenna system to include modulation having a shape that is substantially the shape of the first wave." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2011 (13/114,392). 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=83,55,460.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,460&RS=PN/83,55,460 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,355,395) developed by James E. Jackson, Austin, Texas, Chaoxin Qiu, Austin, Texas, and Mehrad Yasrebi, Austin, Texas, for "controlling registration floods in VoIP networks via DNS." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism controls global synchronization, or registration floods, that may result when a large number of endpoints in a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) network such as an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) come online simultaneously after a catastrophic failure. The mechanism allows the Domain Name System (DNS) infrastructure to efficiently control the overload condition by registering user end points with backup border elements, and by staggering and by randomizing the time-to-live (TTL) parameter in registrations with backup border elements." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2009 (12/589,235). 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=83,55,395.PN.&OS=PN/83,55,395&RS=PN/83,55,395 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,356,198) developed by Michael G. Myrah, Tomball, Texas, and Balaji Natrajan, Tomball, Texas, for "performing power management based on information regarding zones of devices in a system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One or more target components of a system that are not associated with an active initiator are identified, where the identifying is based on information regarding zones of devices in the system. The devices in each of the zones include at least one initiator and at least one target component accessible by the initiator. The information describes accessibility of devices between the zones. A power management procedure is performed with respect to the identified one or more target components that are not associated with an active initiator to place the identified one or more target components in a reduced power state." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/749,784). 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=8,356,198.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,198&RS=PN/8,356,198 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,356,220) developed by Lee D. Whetsel, Parker, Texas, and Joel J. Graber, Richardson, Texas, for a "memory coupling scan input to first of scan path segments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Scan and Scan-BIST architectures are commonly used to test digital circuitry in integrated circuits. The present disclosure improves upon low power Scan and Scan-BIST methods. The improvement allows the low power Scan and Scan-BIST architectures to achieve a delay test capability equally as effective as the delay test capabilities used in conventional scan and Scan-BIST architectures." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2012 (13/453,501). 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=8,356,220.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,220&RS=PN/8,356,220 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,356,239) developed by William C. Moyer, Dripping Springs, Texas, for a "selective cache way mirroring." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data processing system has cache circuitry having a plurality of ways. Mirroring control logic indicates a mirrored way pair and a non-mirrored way of the plurality of ways. The mirrored way pair has first and second ways wherein the second way is configured to store cache data fields redundant to cache data fields of the first way. In one form, comparison logic, in response to an address hitting in the first way or the second way within the mirrored way pair, performs a bit comparison between cache data from the first way addressed by an index portion of the address with cache data from the second way addressed by the index portion of the address to provide a bit parity error signal. In another form, allocation logic uses a portion of the address and line locking information to determine whether a mirrored or non-mirrored way is selected for allocation." The patent application was filed on Sept. 5, 2008 (12/204,989). 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=8,356,239.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,239&RS=PN/8,356,239 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,356,210) developed by Luai A. Abou-Emara, Austin, Texas, Jen-Yeu Chen, Cedar Park, Texas, and Ronald N. Kalla, Round Rock, Texas, for "programming in a simultaneous multi-threaded processor environment including permitting apparently exclusive access to multiple threads and disabling processor features during thread testing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, method, and product are disclosed for testing multiple threads simultaneously. The threads share a real memory space. A first portion of the real memory space is designated as exclusive memory such that the first portion appears to be reserved for use by only one of the threads. The threads are simultaneously executed. The threads access the first portion during execution. Apparent exclusive use of the first portion of the real memory space is permitted by a first one of the threads. Simultaneously with permitting apparent exclusive use of the first portion by the first one of the threads, apparent exclusive use of the first portion of the real memory space is also permitted by a second one of the threads. The threads simultaneously appear to have exclusive use of the first portion and may simultaneously access the first portion." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2012 (13/421,686). 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=8,356,210.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,210&RS=PN/8,356,210 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent for Dynamic RAM Phy Interface with Configurable Power States ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,155) developed by six co-inventors for a "dynamic RAM Phy interface with configurable power states." The co-inventors are Shawn Searles, Austin, Texas, Nicholas T. Humphries, Austin, Texas, Brian W. Amick, Bedford, Mass., Richard W. Reeves, Westborough, Mass., Hanwoo Cho, Acton, Mass., and Ronald L. Pettyjohn, Concord, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A physical memory interface (Phy) and method of operating is disclosed. The Phy interface includes command and status registers (CSRs) configured to receive a first power context and second power context. Selection circuitry is configured to switch between the first and second power contexts. A plurality of adjustable delay elements are provided, each having a delay time responsive to the selected power context. A first set of CSRs configured may store the first power context and a second set of CSRs configured may store the second power context. The Phy interface may also include a plurality of drivers each having a selectable drive strength responsive to the selected power context. The Phy interface may also include a plurality of receivers each having a selectable termination impedance responsive to the selected power context. Switching between power contexts may result in adjusting of the delay elements, drive strength and/or termination impedance of one or more drivers/receivers." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2010 (12/910,412). 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=8,356,155.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,155&RS=PN/8,356,155 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,356,185) developed by Christopher H. Olson, Austin, Texas, Gregory F. Grohoski, Bee Cave, Texas, and Robert T. Golla, Round Rock, Texas, for an "apparatus and method for local operand bypassing for cryptographic instructions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A processor may include a hardware instruction fetch unit configured to issue instructions for execution, and a hardware functional unit configured to receive instructions for execution, where the instructions include cryptographic instruction(s) and non-cryptographic instruction(s). The functional unit may include a cryptographic execution pipeline configured to execute the cryptographic instructions with a corresponding cryptographic execution latency, and a non-cryptographic execution pipeline configured to execute the non-cryptographic instructions with a corresponding non-cryptographic execution latency that is longer than the cryptographic execution latency. The functional unit may further include a local bypass network configured to bypass results produced by the cryptographic execution pipeline to dependent cryptographic instructions executing within the cryptographic execution pipeline, such that each instruction within a sequence of dependent cryptographic instructions is executable with the cryptographic execution latency, and where the results of the cryptographic execution pipeline are not bypassed to any other functional unit within the processor." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2009 (12/575,832). 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=8,356,185.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,185&RS=PN/8,356,185 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Taps and Hierarchical TLM with Shift Register, and State Machine ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,356,219) developed by Lee D. Whetsel, Parker, Texas, for "taps and hierarchical TLM with shift register, and state machine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit can have plural core circuits, each having a test access port that is defined in IEEE standard 1149.1. Access to and control of these ports is though a test linking module. The test access ports on an integrated circuit can be arranged in a hierarchy with one test linking module controlling access to plural secondary test linking modules and test access ports. Each secondary test linking module in turn can also control access to tertiary test linking modules and test access ports. The test linking modules can also be used for emulation." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2012 (13/464,477). 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=8,356,219.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,219&RS=PN/8,356,219 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Scaling Energy Use in a Virtualized Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,356,193) developed by Richard Louis Arndt, Austin, Texas, and Randal Craig Swanberg, Austin, Texas, for a "scaling energy use in a virtualized environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and computer usable program product for scaling energy use in a virtualized data processing environment are provided in the illustrative embodiments. A set of PIOAs is configured such that each PIOAs in the set of PIOAs is a functional equivalent of another PIOAs in the set of PIOAs. A utilization of each PIOA in the set of PIOAs is measured. A number of PIOAs needed to service a workload is determined. A first subset of PIOAs from the set of PIOAs is powered down if the number of PIOAs needed to service the workload is smaller than a number of operational PIOAs. The I/O operations associated with the first subset of PIOAs are transferred to a second subset of PIOAs remaining operational in the set of PIOAs." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2009 (12/468,104). 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=8,356,193.PN.&OS=PN/8,356,193&RS=PN/8,356,193 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E.F. Johnson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- E.F. Johnson, Irving, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,691) developed by Arindam Roy, Plano, Texas, Jonathan Nathan Yanez, Plano, Texas, and Gary Matthew Witulski, Fort Worth, Texas, for a "land mobile radio dispatch console." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An exemplary land mobile radio dispatch console and method are provided. In one embodiment, the console has the capability to process and handle Requests To Talk (RTT) and emergencies. In another embodiment, the console has the capability to provide a history. In another embodiment, the console provides the capability for operators to configure and save patches of predefined groups for later use. In another embodiment, the console includes a telephone interconnect interface component, and combinations of features mentioned above." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/416,053). 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=8,355,691&OS=8,355,691&RS=8,355,691 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Shell Oil Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Shell Oil, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,355,623) developed by Harold J. Vinegar, Bellaire, Texas, Christopher Kelvin Harris, Houston, and Chester Ledlie Sandberg, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "temperature limited heaters with high power factors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain embodiments provide a heater. The heater includes a ferromagnetic member. The heater also includes an electrical conductor electrically coupled to the ferromagnetic member. The electrical conductor is configured to conduct a majority of time-varying electrical current passing through the heater at about 25.degree. C. The heater is configured to provide a first heat output below the Curie temperature of the ferromagnetic member. The heater is configured to automatically provide a second heat output approximately at and above the Curie temperature of the ferromagnetic member. The second heat output is reduced compared to the first heat output." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2005 (11/112,881). 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=8,355,623&OS=8,355,623&RS=8,355,623 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Computer Program Product and Method to Detect Noisy Connections on a Telephonic Conference Bridge ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,355,490) developed by Armstrong Soo, San Ramon, Calif., and Bernard Ku, Austin, Texas, for a "computer program product and method to detect noisy connections on a telephonic conference bridge." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and a computer program product for performing the method are disclosed for detecting a noise level on a conference bridge telephone call, the method including but not limited to establishing via a first conference server, a plurality of two-way telephonic communication end user device connections between a plurality of end user devices and a plurality of conference ports, wherein each of the plurality of conference ports are in data communication with the first conference server; measuring a noise level on each one of the end user device connections; detecting a noisy end user device connection having a noise level above a threshold level on at least one of the plurality of end user device connections; identifying the noisy end user device connection; and taking predetermined mitigation steps to reduce the noise from the noisy end user device connection." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2009 (12/632,898). 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=8,355,490&OS=8,355,490&RS=8,355,490 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Securus Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Securus Technologies, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,355,492) developed by Michelle L. Polozola, Richardson, Texas, Stuart Rosenfield, Plano, Texas, and Randy Hoffman, Plano, Texas, for "systems and methods for remote call redirection detection and treatment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods in which call intelligence, such as may be deployed in communication with signaling systems utilized in controlling calls and telecommunication databases, is used to analyze information about a call in order to make a determination as to the likelihood or risk that call redirecting, such as call forwarding or remote call forwarding, will be invoked with respect to a call are shown. The call intelligence, upon a determination that an unacceptable risk that call redirecting will be invoked, preferably institutes appropriate call treatment or handling procedures, such as to block the call or to allow the call while invoking additional call treatment action." The patent application was filed on Nov. 22, 2006 (11/562,763). 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=8,355,492&OS=8,355,492&RS=8,355,492 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Method and System for Determining Authorization Levels in a Virtual Private Network (VPN) ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,355,488) developed by Anup D. Karnalkar, Allen, Texas, and Michael E. Redman, Pleasanton, Calif., for a "method and system for determining authorization levels in a virtual private network (VPN)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Example methods, apparatus and articles of manufacture to determine authorization levels in a virtual private network are disclosed. A disclosed example method includes determining whether a call originated from an originating station associated with a virtual private network, the call originating via a private branch exchange associated with the virtual private network by a first user of a plurality of users associated with the virtual private network, querying a private-number table based on at least one of a switch identifier representing a service switching point, a trunk group identifier representing the private branch exchange, or an originating station identifier representing the originating station to obtain a private number assigned to the first user, and providing an authorization level associated with the private number to the service switching point, the service switching point to process the call according to the authorization level." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/872,639). 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=8,355,488&OS=8,355,488&RS=8,355,488 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Chemical Detection with MOSFET Sensor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,354,876) developed by four co-inventors for a "chemical detection with MOSFET sensor." The co-inventors are Arjang Hassibi, Austin, Texas, Bahman Hekmatshoartabari, White Plains, N.Y., Ali Khakifirooz, Mountain View, Calif., and Davood Shahrjerdi, White Plains, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments relate to a method including receiving a voltage potential at a gate of a first MOSFET based on a sensed chemical characteristic. The method includes receiving at a backgate of the first MOSFET an AC voltage signal and analyzing, with an analysis circuit connected to one of a first source and a first drain of the MOSFET, the sensed characteristic based on the receiving the voltage potential at the gate of the first MOSFET." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2012 (13/550,967). 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=8,354,876&OS=8,354,876&RS=8,354,876 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Apparatus and Method for Hardening Latches in SOI CMOS Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,354,858) developed by eight co-inventors for an "apparatus and method for hardening latches in SOI CMOS devices." The co-inventors are Ethan H. Cannon, Essex Junction, Vt., A.J. KleinOsowski, Austin, Texas, K. Paul Muller, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., Tak H. Ning, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Philip J. Oldiges, LaGrangeville, N.Y., Leon J. Sigal, Monsey, N.Y., James D. Warnock, Somers, N.Y., and Dieter Wendel, Schoenaich, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of determining one or more transistors within a particular circuit to be respectively replaced with a hardened transistor includes: identifying, as not requiring hardening, one or more transistors; identifying, as candidates for hardening, each transistor in the circuit not previously identified as not requiring hardening; and employing the hardened transistor in place of a transistor identified as a candidate for hardening. The circuit is a latch and the transistor is an SOI CMOS FET. The transistor is also an SOI transistor. The series transistor includes first and second series-connected transistors having a shared source/drain region whereby a drain of the first series-connected transistor is merged with a source of the second series-connected transistor." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2011 (12/987,106). 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=8,354,858&OS=8,354,858&RS=8,354,858 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,354,846) developed by Stanislav W. Forgang, Houston, Luis M. Pelegri, Humble, Texas, and Randy Gold, Houston, for a "method and apparatus for reducing effect of tool eccentricity in a borehole on multi-axial induction measurements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, method and computer-readable medium are provided for estimating a resistivity property of an earth formation. A logging tool includes a first antenna arrangement and a second antenna arrangement of the logging tool; and at least one device for maintaining the first antenna arrangement and the second antenna arrangement in proximity to a wall of the borehole. The first antenna arrangement and the second antenna arrangement may be at substantially the same axial location on the logging tool. Alternately, the first antenna arrangement and the second antenna arrangement may be at different axial positions on the logging tool. Extendible arms of the logging tool are configured to extend one or more of the first antenna arrangement and the second antenna arrangement against a face of the borehole." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/824,551). 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=8,354,846&OS=8,354,846&RS=8,354,846 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 17 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,354,833) developed by Raymond Dean Eppich, Plano, Texas, for a "method for characterizing dielectric loss tangent." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for characterizing dielectric loss tangent of a dielectric material. The method includes: introducing an incident wave in a mismatched transmission line; measuring a first insertion loss from a first resulting standing wave, at a given frequency; augmenting the mismatched transmission line with the dielectric material; introducing the incident wave in the transmission line augmented with the dielectric material; measuring a second insertion loss from a second resulting standing wave, at the given frequency; and calculating the dielectric loss tangent based on the differences between the first and second measured insertion losses." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/750,529). 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=8,354,833&OS=8,354,833&RS=8,354,833 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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