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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 23)
[January 23, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Washington (Jan. 23)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Washington.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Dynamic Protection of Unpatched Machines ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,645) developed by six co-inventors for "dynamic protection of unpatched machines." The co-inventors are Michael Kramer, Yonkers, N.Y., Art Shelest, Sammamish, Wash., Carl M. Carter-Schwendler, Redmond, Wash., Gary S. Henderson, Redmond, Wash., Scott A. Field, Redmond, Wash., and Sterling M. Reasor, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for protecting a computer system connected to a communication network from a potential vulnerability. The system and method protects a computer system that is about to undergo or has just undergone a change in state that may result in placing the computer system at risk to viruses, and the like, over a communication network. The system and method first detect an imminent or recent change in state. A security component and a fixing component react to the detection of the change in state. The security component may raise the security level to block incoming network information, other than information from a secure or known location, or information requested by the computer system. The fixing component implements a fixing routine, such as installing missing updates or patches, and on successfully completing the fixing routine, the security level is relaxed or lowered." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2005 (11/090,679). 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=8,359,645&OS=8,359,645&RS=8,359,645 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Centralized Account Reputation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,632) developed by six co-inventors for a centralized account reputation. The co-inventors are Wei-Qiang Guo, Bellevue, Wash., Vaishali De, Seattle, Rui Chen, Kirkland, Wash., Geoffrey John Hulten, Lynnwood, Wash., Lin Huang, Redmond, Wash., and Vikas Rajvanshy, Seattle.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A centralized account reputation system differentiates between illegitimate users and legitimate users using reputation scores associated with the users' online accounts. The system restricts the access of illegitimate users to certain network services while minimizing its negative effects on legitimate users. The system can manage the life cycle of an online account, considering data about the account that is obtained throughout the account network to compute the online account reputation score and allocating access to network services based on the online account reputation score. For example, a reputation score may be embedded in a security token that can be accessed by multiple services on the account network, so that each service can determine the appropriate level of access to be granted to the associated user account based on the reputation score. Various types of online account behavior over time can improve or diminish the online account's reputation." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2008 (12/130,555). 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=8,359,632&OS=8,359,632&RS=8,359,632 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Application of Dynamic Profiles to the Allocation and Configuration of Network Resources ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,359,638) developed by Venson M. Shaw, Kirkland, Wash., for an "application of dynamic profiles to the allocation and configuration of network resources." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A service request is received and associated with a subscriber id. Profile information is accessed for the source of the service request. A copy of the profile information is stored in a network element employed by the source of the service request to access the network." The patent application was filed on Aug. 11, 2010 (12/854,453). 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=8,359,638&OS=8,359,638&RS=8,359,638 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,658) developed by five co-inventors for a "secure authoring and execution of user-entered database programming." The co-inventors are Sanjay Jacob, Redmond, Wash., Robert L. Vogt, Redmond, Wash., Kevin Robert Schmidt, Issaquah, Wash., Xiaohong Mark Yang, Sammamish, Wash., and Peiyuan Yan, Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A secure framework for authoring and execution of user-entered database scripts, rules, procedures and other forms of programming is provided. A performance management application is used as an interface between a client data modeling, manipulation or analysis application and one or more data sources or analysis services to prevent malicious or inadvertent implementation of harmful, damaging and/or unauthorized new or modified scripts, rules, procedures or other forms of programming to one or more data sources or data analysis/manipulation services that may be used for retrieving, storing, modifying or using data contained in or affected by the one or more data sources or data analysis/manipulation services." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2008 (12/049,312). 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=8,359,658&OS=8,359,658&RS=8,359,658 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,359,646) developed by Edward Stanley Suffern, Chapel Hill, N.C., and James J. Bozek, Bothell, Wash., for an "ensuring security of connection between thin client and client blade." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for ensuring security and preventing intrusion in a connection between a thin client and a client blade. An encrypted keep-alive protocol is conducted between the client blade and the thin client. The client blade issues keep-alive protocol messages and monitors for keep-alive protocol acknowledgments from the thin client. If a failure in receiving a keep-alive protocol acknowledgment from the thin client is detected and the failure is not due to a momentary glitch in the keep-alive protocol, then a command is generated to enter the client blade in a particular state (e.g., a hard power off state). The command is based on a "privilege mask" which includes code that specifies an action to be performed (i.e., enter a particular state) by the client blade. Based on the action performed by the client blade, the client blade provides different levels of security or protection against intrusion." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2007 (11/776,930). 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=8,359,646&OS=8,359,646&RS=8,359,646 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Identifying Influential Persons in a Social Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,276) developed by eight co-inventors for "identifying influential persons in a social network." The co-inventors are Dong Zhuang, Beijing, Benyu Zhang, Beijing, Heng Zhang, Bellevue, Wash., Jeremy Tantrum, Shoreline, Wash., Teresa Mah, Bellevue, Wash., Hua-Jun Zeng, Beijing, Zheng Chen, Beijing, and Jian Wang, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An influential persons identification system and method for identifying a set of influential persons (or influencers) in a social network (such as an online social network). The influential persons set is generated such that by sending a message to the set the message will be propagated through the network at the greatest speed and coverage. A ranking of users is generated, and a pruning process is performed starting with the top-ranked user and working down the list. For each user on the list, the user is identified as an influencer and then the user and each of his friends are deleted from the social network users list. Next, the same process is performed for the second-ranked user, the third-ranked user, and so forth. The process terminates when the list of users of the social network is exhausted or the desired number of influencers on the influential person set is reached." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2006 (11/533,742). 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=83,59,276.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,276&RS=PN/83,59,276 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Assisted Clustering ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,279) developed by five co-inventors for an assisted clustering. The co-inventors are Danyel A. Fisher, Seattle, Sumit Basu, Seattle, Steven Drucker, Bellevue, Wash., Gonzalo A. Ramos, Bellevue, Wash., and Hao Lu, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Assisted clustering systems and methods are described herein that provide a user interface by which a user can easily create clusters and selectively associate data items with such clusters. Information regarding data item-cluster associations made by the user is processed by a recommendation engine to learn a clustering model. The clustering model is then be used to generate recommendations for the user regarding which unassociated data items should be associated with which clusters. In certain embodiments, after the user has determined that the clustering model is performing at a satisfactory level based on the quality of the recommendations, the user can cause the system to automatically cluster a large quantity of remaining unassociated data items. In accordance with further embodiments, a user can specify arbitrary data item types for clustering as well as features of such data types that should be considered in generating the clustering model." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2010 (12/787,945). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,279.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,279&RS=PN/83,59,279 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Identifying Groups and Subgroups ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,592) developed by Jean-Pierre Duplessis, Redmond, Wash., and Christopher J. Lovett, Woodinville, Wash., for "identifying groups and subgroups." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the subject matter described herein relate to automatically identifying groups and subgroups in dependency data. In aspects, a data structure that indicates dependencies between components is analyzed to create groups that are related by dependencies. The groups are further analyzed to create subgroups that depend on shared components but that do not depend on each other. Information about the components is used to generate names for the groups that are indicative of the components included in the groups. The groups, their names, and their relationships may then be displayed." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2009 (12/406,976). 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=8,359,592&OS=8,359,592&RS=8,359,592 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Debugging from a Call Graph ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,584) developed by Abhijit Rao, Seattle, and Steven J. Steiner, Seattle, for a "debugging from a call graph." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for debugging a computer program by using a call graph. A call graph that represents trace events during execution of a debuggee program may be used as input to a system that enables a user to debug the debuggee program. Mechanisms facilitate conditionally forming clusters of event nodes, a cluster indicative of multiple event nodes corresponding to an execution of a source language statement. During a debugging session, in response to a command to perform a step operation, the nodes of a cluster are processed together so that a step corresponds to multiple events if the multiple events correspond to a single source language statement. A mechanism for inspecting variables is provided. Variable values may be selectively propagated and provided based on the call graph and a static control flow analysis of the debuggee program." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/641,629). 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=8,359,584&OS=8,359,584&RS=8,359,584 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Privacy-sensitive Cookies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,236) developed by Rama Ranganath, San Francisco, Narayanan Shivakumar, Bellevue, Wash., and Deepak Jindal, Los Altos, Calif., for privacy-sensitive cookies.

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 cookies. Multiple advertisements for multiple advertisers are stored on an ad server. Hostnames specific to each of the multiple advertisers are generated dynamically. The generated hostnames identify the ad server. A reference is generated identifying a particular advertisement of the multiple advertisements and the ad server. The ad server is identified in the reference with the generated hostname associated with the advertiser of the advertisement. The reference is provided to a client. A request is received from the client for the advertisement. The request includes the generated hostname. In response to the request, a client cookie, which includes a unique identifier, is sent to the client." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2012 (13/420,293). 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=83,59,236.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,236&RS=PN/83,59,236 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Semantic Grouping for Program Performance Data Analysis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,292) developed by Vance Morrison, Kirkland, Wash., and Joshua Ryan Williams, Seattle, for a "semantic grouping for program performance data analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Particular portions of program execution data are specified and organized in semantic groups. A grouping expression written in a transformation syntax language specifies a pattern and a replacement, for grouping performance data samples. An exception to the pattern can also be specified. In response to the grouping expression, a cost accounting shows groups and their costs. The grouping expression may operate on names and/or name-associated characteristics such as private/public status, author, directory, and the like. Samples may represent nodes in a directed acyclic graph memorializing call stacks or memory allocation. Grouping expressions are used to group nodes and consolidate costs by various procedures when making modified sample stacks: clustering-by-name, entry-group-clustering, folding-by-name, a folding-by-cost. An entry group clustering shows at least one entry point name while avoiding unwanted detail." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2010 (12/885,714). 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=83,59,292.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,292&RS=PN/83,59,292 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ecova Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Ecova, Portland, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,359,215) developed by Michael S. Robbins, Dallas, and Robert L. Hart Jr., Olympia, Wash., for a "system and method for managing utility resources based on normalized utility usage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system comprises a memory that stores weather data associated with a site. The system further comprises a processor that determines a balance point of the site based at least in part on the weather data. The processor may determine an amount of utility usage at the site during a particular time period. The processor may normalize the amount of utility usage based at least in part on the balance point and the weather data. The processor may generate a graphical user interface that displays the balance point and the normalized amount of utility usage." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2008 (12/171,885). 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=83,59,215.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,215&RS=PN/83,59,215 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Generic Application Server and Method of Operation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,595) developed by Christopher G. Kaler, Redmond, Wash., Steven J. Kruv, Carnation, Wash., for a "generic application server and method of operation therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A generic application server is capable of simultaneously receiving requests, processing requested work, and returning results using multiple, conceptual thread pools. In addition, functions are programmable as state machines. While executing such a function, when a worker thread encounters a potentially blocking condition, the thread issues an asynchronous request for data, a state transition is performed, and the thread is released to do other work. After the blocking condition is relieved, another worker thread is scheduled to advance to the next function state and continue the function. Multiple priority work queues are used to facilitate completion of functions already in progress. In addition, lower-priority complex logic threads can be invoked to process computationally intense logic that may be necessitated by a request. Throttling functions are also implemented, which control the quantity of work accepted into the server and server response time." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2006 (11/342,453). 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=8,359,595&OS=8,359,595&RS=8,359,595 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Compiling and Inserting Code Snippets at Runtime ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,359,582) developed by Tavis Elliott, Bothell, Wash., for a "compiling and inserting code snippets at runtime." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method, computer readable medium, and system for specifying before-compiled code, compiling the before-compiled code into a compiled code snippet, specifying an insertion point in a compiled code block of a computer program, and inserting the compiled code snippet into the compiled code block at the specified insertion point while the computer program is running." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2008 (12/239,745). 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=8,359,582&OS=8,359,582&RS=8,359,582 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,359,285) developed by Russell A. Dicker, Seattle, Scott Allen Mongrain, Seattle, and Logan Luyet Dillard, Seattle, for generating item recommendations.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are various embodiments of generating item recommendations. A user submitted query associated with a category of items in an electronic repository is received, each of the items being associated with reviews. Reviews relevant to the user submitted query are identified. Reviews relevant to the user submitted query are displayed with a user voting element. The user voting element allows a user to vote whether the review is relevant to the user query. Further relevance to the user submitted query is determined based at least upon the vote." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2009 (12/562,759). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,59,285.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,285&RS=PN/83,59,285 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Self-describing Re-usable Software Components ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,572) developed by five co-inventors for "self-describing re-usable software components." The co-inventors are Vijay Mital, Kirkland, Wash., Suraj T. Poozhiyil, Seattle, Michael J. McCormack, Snohomish, Wash., Gregory S. Lindhorst, Seattle, and Andrew Robert Miller, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Technologies are presented herein for self-describing re-usable software components. Metadata is generated and published with a re-usable software component that identifies the capabilities of the software component, identifies other software components that the re-usable software component may be integrated with, and identifies mechanisms for integrating the re-usable software component with other software components. The metadata can then be used to discover re-usable software components and to integrate the re-usable software components with other software components." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2008 (11/971,200). 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=8,359,572&OS=8,359,572&RS=8,359,572 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Propagating Unobserved Exceptions in a Parallel System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,604) developed by four co-inventors for "propagating unobserved exceptions in a parallel system." The co-inventors are John Duffy, Renton, Wash., Stephen Toub, Seattle, Huseyin Yildiz, Kenmore, Wash., and Mike Liddell, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of handling an exception in a parallel system includes constructing a task object, executing a method with the task object, and catching an exception with the task object during execution of the method. The exception is propagated in response to the task object becoming inaccessible without the exception having been observed." The patent application was filed on Jan. 22, 2009 (12/357,850). 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=8,359,604&OS=8,359,604&RS=8,359,604 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Generic User Interface Command Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,606) developed by Zeke B. Odins-Lucas, Seattle, Marc M. Miller, Redmond, Wash., and Paul A. Gusmorino III, Seattle, for a "generic user interface command architecture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain aspects of a generic user interface command architecture allow an application to host commands for presentation on a computing device. The commands can be written by the same designer or author as the application, or alternatively by other parties (e.g., by a third-party developer). Other aspects of the generic UI command architecture describe an application programming interface (API) that can be used to allow the application to host the commands. Other aspects of the generic UI command architecture describe an activation mechanism by which registered commands can be activated by an application." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/570,012). 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=8,359,606&OS=8,359,606&RS=8,359,606 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,301) developed by Imran Aziz, Seattle, Chi Pong Timothy Leung, San Bruno, Calif., and Yan-Feng Sun, Beijing, for "navigating product relationships within a search system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention relate to aggregating product information from a variety of sources to generate user interfaces that allow users to navigate and discover products. Product information is aggregated from both feed and crawl sources, and product entities are identified within the aggregate product information. In some embodiments, product entities are associated with product classes, and product class detail pages are generated that include product entities within each product class and allow users to view correlations between those produce entities. In some embodiments, relationships are identified between product entities. When a user selects to view information for a given product entity, information is provided indicating similar product entities that have a relationship with the given product entity." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2008 (12/130,495). 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=83,59,301.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,301&RS=PN/83,59,301 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,394) developed by five co-inventors for "tearing and conformal transformation human interactive proof." The co-inventors are Weisheng Li, Bothell, Wash., Bin Benjamin Zhu, Edina, Minn., Hai Xin, Beijing, Ning Xu, Changzhou, China, and Jia Liu, Beijing.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The HIP creation technique described herein pertains to a technique for creating a human interactive proof (HIP) by applying tearing and/or a conformal transformation to a string of characters while maintaining readability of text. In one embodiment, the technique tears a character string into two or more pieces and applies conformal transformation to warp the pieces in order to create a HIP. The transformation changes the shape and orientation of the characters but preserves angles of the characters which makes it easy for humans to recognize the characters after the transformation. Other embodiments of the technique create HIPs by applying tearing only to a string of characters, or by applying conformal transformation only to the character string." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2009 (12/563,977). 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=8,359,394&OS=8,359,394&RS=8,359,394 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,391) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus and computer-readable media for processing HTTP requests determine scoping mapping between a mapped resource name extension and a content type." The co-inventors are Brian J. Deen, North Bend, Wash., Henry L. Sanders, Kirkland, Wash., Joel M. Soderberg, Duvall, Wash., and Van C. Van, Snoqualmie, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various embodiments of the invention are directed to closely integrating functionality between an internet server and a WebDAV tool. Areas of specific focus in this document include delegation of duties between the internet server and the WebDAV tool, efficient management of a resource's content-type, support for segregation of a namespace into separate virtual roots, and determinations of whether to invoke certain processing extensions to handle requests for a given HTTP verb." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2012 (13/355,109). 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=8,359,391&OS=8,359,391&RS=8,359,391 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Automatic Transfer of Information Through Physical Docking of Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,372) developed by Mark Yalovsky, Seattle, for an "automatic transfer of information through physical docking of devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A personal media player is arranged to capture information, such as wireless network information (including network ID and key) and other kinds of information such as credentials (e.g., user name and password), and then share the information with a wireless networkable device when the player is physically coupled to the device in a docking process. When the personal media player is docked, the information is automatically transferred from the player to the device to enable the device to perform some action without any additional effort by the user. This could include, for example, discovering and be securely admitted to the wireless network, or accessing a remote service using the transferred credentials." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2008 (12/164,079). 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=8,359,372&OS=8,359,372&RS=8,359,372 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Techniques to Share Media Files Through Messaging ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,361) developed by twelve co-inventors for "techniques to share media files through messaging." The co-inventors are John Thornton, Redmond, Wash., Ojiakonobi Udezue, Redmond, Wash., Rodger Benson, Seattle, Jennifer Shen, Mountain View, Calif., Dave Citron, Redmond, Wash., Tatjana Fournier, Snoqualmie, Wash., Bradley Weed, Redmond, Wash., Wilhelmina Dietrich, Seattle, Becky Pezely, Seattle, Jason Moore, Redmond, Wash., Alan Urdan, Seattle, and Robin Counts, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques to share media files through messaging are described. An apparatus may comprise a processor and a memory communicatively coupled to the processor. The memory may store a message application that when executed by the processor is operative to communicate a message and a message attachment comprising a media file at different time intervals using different transports. The message may have a link comprising a reference to a discoverable storage location for the media file. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2010 (12/775,239). 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=8,359,361&OS=8,359,361&RS=8,359,361 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** T-Mobile USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- T-Mobile USA, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,548) developed by eight co-inventors for "managing subset of user contacts." The co-inventors are Michael Steffen Vance, Kenmore, Wash., Jasdeep Singh Chugh, Renton, Wash., Alejandro J. Amano-Palacios, Seattle, Joseph L. Ungari, Seattle, Jared Benson, Pleasant Hill, Calif., Christian Robertson, Concord, Calif., Shilpa R. Shah, Oakland, Calif., and Gabriel J. White, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and computer-readable mediums for managing a subset of user contacts on a telecommunications device are provided. In one embodiment, a software application executed by a processor of a telecommunications device identifies a subset of contacts selected at least in part by a user of the telecommunications device. The subset of contacts includes a portion of the user's contacts accessible by the telecommunications device. The software application executed by the processor of the telecommunications device then causes display of a graphical identifier associated with each contact of the subset of contacts in an arrangement on a display of the telecommunications device about an axis positioned external to the display of the telecommunications device. Aspects of systems, methods, and computer-readable mediums for further arranging the graphical identifiers are also provided. Even further, aspects of systems, methods, and computer-readable mediums for providing functionality associated with the graphical identifiers are provided." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2009 (12/412,836). 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=8,359,548.PN.&OS=PN/8,359,548&RS=PN/8,359,548 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- The University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,359,480) developed by four co-inventors for a "scalable RFID systems: a privacy preserving protocol with constant-time identification." The co-inventors are Radha Poovendran, Seattle, Basel Alomair, Kirkland, Wash., Andrew Clark, Bellevue, Wash., and Jorge Cuellar, Baierbrunn, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A protocol with constant-time complexity solves the problem of private identification of tags in low-cost, large-scale radio frequency identification (RFIdaho systems--assuming that an adversary has complete control over the communication channel. Each RFID tag has an internal counter, c, and is preloaded with a unique pseudonym, .psi., and a secret key, k. A RFID reader attempting to identify and authenticate a tag within its range generates and transmits a random nonce to the RFID tag, which returns a first hash of its current pseudonym and counter, and a second hash that is a function of the secret key. The reader uses the returned data to identify the RFID tag and its secret key by reference to a database and returns other hash values that authenticate the reader to the RFID tag. The most expensive operation that RFID tags are required to perform is a hash function." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/642,307). 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=8,359,480.PN.&OS=PN/8,359,480&RS=PN/8,359,480 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,359,544) developed by Robert Michael Dolin, Seattle, and Douglas Ray Pearce, Seattle, for an "automated content submission to a share site." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for remotely submitting content to a website without navigating to the website are provided. The website is a content-sharing website that accepts public content submissions and makes the content available to multiple users. Initially, a client application may download remote-content-submission instructions from the website. Subsequently, the client application may follow the instructions to format a remote content submission and communicate it to the website." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2009 (12/473,487). 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=8,359,544.PN.&OS=PN/8,359,544&RS=PN/8,359,544 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vulcan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Vulcan, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,359,351) developed by five co-inventors for a "network-accessible control of one or more media devices." The co-inventors are Anthony F. Istvan, Snoqualmie, Wash., Rod G. Fleck, Bellevue, Wash., Robin Budd, Seattle, Korina J.B. Stark, Seattle, and Marcellino Tanumihardja, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A content management (CM) system is provided to centrally control operation of one or more connected devices by issuing control requests and/or data requests. In some situations the connected device(s) include devices that control presentation of television programming-related content, such as digital video recorder ("DVR") devices and media center devices, and in other situations may include other types of media devices and/or other electromechanical ("E/M") devices that may be centrally controlled, such as E/M devices for home automation that may operate independently or in conjunction with the media devices. In some situations, the CM system communicates with the connected devices via a network and using appropriate protocol(s), and may be accessed remotely via a network so as to allow a user to remotely operate the CM system. The CM system may further control searching, identification, selection, and presentation of pieces of media content by the connected device(s)." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2010 (12/873,871). 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=8,359,351&OS=8,359,351&RS=8,359,351 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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