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

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (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 California.

*** Sandcastles Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Sandcastles Technology, Woodland Hills, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,657) developed by Robert K. Mykland, Capitola, Calif., Lee H. Kasper, Moorpark, Calif., and Martin L. Samuels, Antioch, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for enabling secure distribution of digital content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A digital content management system includes a host machine and a delivery machine remote from the host machine. The host machine sends validation agent software to the delivery machine, which executes the validation agent. The validation agent performs one or more tests or observations to determine whether the delivery machine has been compromised, and communicates the results of the tests or observations to the host machine. If the host machine determines that the delivery machine has not been compromised, the host machine sends digital content to the delivery machine, and a player module at the delivery machine delivers the content to the user according to an appropriate set of access rights. After delivering the content, the delivery machine deletes the content to prevent unwanted access to the content. The content can contain signals indicative that the content is legitimate, such as watermarks or bad code segments or sectors." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2010 (12/750,280). 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=8,359,657&OS=8,359,657&RS=8,359,657 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,643) developed by six co-inventors for a "group formation using anonymous broadcast information." The co-inventors are Daryl Mun-Kid Low, Cupertino, Calif., Ronald Keryuan Huang, Milpitas, Calif., Puneet Mishra, Santa Clara, Calif., Gaurav Jain, Sunnyvale, Calif., Jason Gosnell, San Francisco, and Jeff Bush, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A number of devices co-located at a geographic location can broadcast and receive tokens. Tokens can be exchanged using a communication link having limited communication range. Tokens that are received by a device can be stored locally on the device and/or transmitted to a trusted service operating remotely on a network. In some implementations, the tokens can be stored with corresponding timestamps to assist a trusted service in matching or otherwise correlating the tokens with other tokens provided by other devices. The trusted service can perform an analysis on the tokens and timestamps to identify devices that were co-located at the geographic location at or around a contact time which can be defined by the timestamps. A group can be created based on results of the analysis. Users can be identified as members of the group and invited to join the group." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2008 (12/233,358). 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=8,359,643&OS=8,359,643&RS=8,359,643 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.


*** Skybox Secutiry Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Skybox Secutiry, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,650) developed by four co-inventors for a "system, method and computer readable medium for evaluating potential attacks of worms." The co-inventors are Amnon Lotem, Ramot Hashavim, Israel, Gideon Cohen, Palo Alto, Calif., Moshe Meiseles, Hod Hasharon, Israel, and Ilan Horn, Givat-Ada, Israel.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for evaluating potential attacks of worms, the method includes: associating, in response to information representative of a network and of worm entities, between worm entities and potential worm sources to provide associated worm sources; determining potential worm attacks that start from the associated worm sources; and evaluating at least one potential worm attack security metric associated with the potential worm attacks." The patent application was filed on July 30, 2007 (11/829,980). 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=8,359,650&OS=8,359,650&RS=8,359,650 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for Modeling Options for Opaque Management Data for a User and/or an Owner ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,636) developed by Murali Rajagopal, Irvine, Calif., and Hemal Shah, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., for a "method and system for modeling options for opaque management data for a user and/or an owner." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) management profiles, based on the Common Information Model (CIM) protocol, may be utilized to perform access authentication during opaque management data profile operations based on DMTF/CIM Role Based Authorization (RBA) profile and/or Simple Identity Management (SIM) profiles. Instances of CIM_Identity class may be utilized to enable validation of ownership and/or access rights, via instances of CIM_Role class and/or instances of CIM_Privilege class for a plurality of common users and/or applications. Quota related operations may be performed via "QuotaAffectsElement" associations between instances of CIM_Identity class and instances of the CIM_OpaqueManagementDataService class. The "QuotaAffectsElement" association may comprise "AllocationQuota" and/or "AllocatedBytes" properties to enable tracking and/or validating of quota related information within the opaque management data profile." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2008 (12/118,179). 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=8,359,636&OS=8,359,636&RS=8,359,636 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Spirent Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Spirent Communications, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,653) developed by Kowsik Guruswamy, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "portable program for generating attacks on communication protocols and channels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A security analyzer is capable of generating attacks to test the security of a device under analysis. The security analyzer further has the capability to generate a portable, executable program to generate specified attacks. In this way, others can recreate the attacks without requiring access to the security analyzer." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2011 (13/154,636). 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=8,359,653&OS=8,359,653&RS=8,359,653 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seedonk Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Seedonk, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,637) developed by Herman Yau, Palo Alto, Calif., Song Yao, Union City, Calif., and Bin U, Fremont, Calif., for a "system and method for access control of network devices across multi-platform access lists." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for sharing a device between two independent software platforms and for access control of a network device across the two independent software platforms is provided. The system has a first computing device operating on a first software platform for authenticating at least a first user and accessing a first user's access list having at least one address of a second user. The system also has a second computing device operable with the same first user and a second different software platform. A destination across the first and the second software platforms is mapped to selectively control the device by the second user from the first user's access list with the second user operating on the second computing device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2009 (12/580,636). 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=8,359,637&OS=8,359,637&RS=8,359,637 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Protocol For Control of Network or Bus Attached Cable TV Set-top Box Front-end Functionality ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,624) developed by five co-inventors for a "protocol for control of network or bus attached cable TV set-top box front-end functionality." The co-inventors are Weimin Feng, Suwanee, Ga., Paul McGlynn, Roswell, Ga., David Leo Lwin, San Dimas, Calif., David Martin Erickson, San Clemente, Calif., and Haisong Wang, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A processor for a cable television set-top box has an interface for coupling the processor to a second processor. The processor also has a port that is coupleable to control a tuner, a demodulator and a DOCSIS module with or without DSG support. The tuner has an output coupled to the demodulator input, and the demodulator has an output to the DOCSIS module input. The demodulator's output is also coupled to a conditional access module controlled by the second processor. The processor issues commands via the port to control at least one of the tuner and the demodulator based on instructions received via the interface from the second processor." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2006 (11/710,479). 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=8,359,624&OS=8,359,624&RS=8,359,624 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** salesforce.com Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- salesforce.com, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,359,647) developed by four co-inventors for a "system, method and computer program product for rendering data of an on-demand database service safe." The co-inventors are Marco S. Casalaina, San Francisco, Frank Dominguez Jr., Sonoma, Calif., Philippe G.D. Debaty, San Francisco, and Robert Fly, Moraga, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with embodiments, there are provided mechanisms and methods for rendering data of an on-demand database service safe. These mechanisms and methods for rendering on-demand database service data safe can enable embodiments to alleviate any security risk that would otherwise be posed by such data. The ability of embodiments to provide such additional safety may lead to improved security in the context of an on-demand database service." The patent application was filed on July 8, 2008 (12/169,400). 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=8,359,647&OS=8,359,647&RS=8,359,647 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,656) developed by Marcus Kellerman, San Diego, Jeyhan Karaoguz, Irvine, Calif., and James D. Bennett, Laguna Beach, Calif., for a "media processing system supporting different media formats via server-based transcoding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for processing media content includes receiving, at a second communications device communicatively coupled to a network at a first geographic location, from a first wireless mobile communications device communicatively coupled to the second communications device at the first geographic location, a device profile of the first wireless mobile communications device. The device profile received from the first wireless mobile communications device and media content may be sent to a server communicatively coupled to the network at a second geographic location. Media content may be received from the server, where the media content has been reformatted based on the device profile. The reformatted media content may be transmitted to the first wireless mobile communications device. The received device profile of the first wireless mobile communication device may be stored." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2011 (13/074,097). 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=8,359,656&OS=8,359,656&RS=8,359,656 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,649) developed by William E. Sobel, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and Bruce E. McCorkendale, Manhattan Beach, Calif., for an "use of geo-location data for spam detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer implemented methods, apparatus, and computer-readable media for detecting suspected spam in e-mail (24) originating from a sending computer (21). A method embodiment comprises the steps of determining (11) the actual IP address (23) of the sending computer (21); converting (12) the actual IP address (23) into geo-location data; and, using the geo-location data, ascertaining (13) whether the e-mail (24) contains suspected spam." The patent application was filed on July 5, 2011 (13/176,652). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,649&OS=8,359,649&RS=8,359,649 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,629) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and device for controlling use of context information of a user." The co-inventors are Tobias M. Kohlenberg, Portland, Ore., Selim Aissi, Beaverton, Ore., Dennis M. Morgan, Pine Grove, Calif., Alan D. Ross, Shingle Springs, Calif., and Jim S. Baca, Corrales, N.M.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and device for controlling use of context information of a user includes establishing a context policy enforcement engine on a mobile computing device. The context policy enforcement engine may be embodied as software and/or hardware components. The context policy enforcement engine retrieves context policy data in response to receiving a request for context information related to a user. The context policy data defines a set of context rules for responding to context requests. The context policy enforcement engine responds to the request based on the set of context rules." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2009 (12/567,386). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,629&OS=8,359,629&RS=8,359,629 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Visa International Service Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Visa International Service Association, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,359,274) developed by five co-inventors for "systems and methods to provide messages in real-time with transaction processing." The co-inventors are Jeanette Yoder, San Mateo, Calif., Leigh Amaro, Redwood City, Calif., Ryan Hagey, Alameda, Calif., Derek A. Vroom, San Mateo, Calif., and Michael Steven Bankston, Pacifica, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, a computing apparatus is configured to generate trigger records for a transaction handler to identify authorization requests that satisfy the conditions specified in the trigger records, identify communication preferences of the users associated with the identified authorization requests, and use the communication preferences to target real-time messages at the users in parallel with the transaction handler providing responses to the respective authorization requests." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2011 (13/152,186). 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=83,59,274.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,274&RS=PN/83,59,274 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** VMware Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- VMware, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,593) developed by Victor V. Golosovker, San Jose, Calif., Ilya Languev, Santa Cruz, Calif., and Sirish Raghuram, San Jose, Calif., for a "computer machine migration of file system images using a redo-log file." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for migration between computing machines are disclosed. The source and target machines can be either physical or virtual; the source can also be a machine image. The target machine is connected to a snapshot or image of the source machine file system, and a redo-log file is created on the file system associated with the target machine. The target machine begins operation by reading data directly from the snapshot or image of the source machine file system. Thereafter, all writes are made to the redo-log file, and subsequent reads are made from the redo-log file if it contains data for the requested sector or from the snapshot or image if it does not. The source machine continues to be able to run separately and simultaneously after the target machine begins operation." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2008 (12/106,736). 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=8,359,593&OS=8,359,593&RS=8,359,593 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ADchemy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- ADchemy, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,238) developed by David Robert Kauchak, San Mateo, Calif., and Richard Edward Chatwin, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "grouping user features based on performance measures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a method includes accessing metric values for one or more online advertising spaces for placing one or more online advertisements; generating a first user variable subgroup and a second user variable subgroup from a user variable group; deriving first metric values for the first user variable subgroup; deriving second metric values for the second user variable subgroup; for each of the online advertising metrics, using a particular statistical model to calculate a statistical score based on the first and second metric values with respect to the online advertising metric and the first and second user variable subgroups; performing a split test on the first user variable subgroup and the second user variable subgroup; and splitting the user variable group into two separate user variable groups if the first and second variable subgroups pass the split test." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2009 (12/484,892). 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=83,59,238.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,238&RS=PN/83,59,238 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,605) developed by Jonathan Ross, Studio City, Calif., for a "system and method for integrated hardware platform for flash applications with distributed objects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There are provided systems and methods for providing an integrated hardware platform to allow hardware control via an Application Program Interface (API) used by a Flash application executing in a Flash runtime environment on a host system. There is a provided a computer platform comprising a processor, a peripheral hardware, a connector device, and a memory. The memory contains an API implementation for remote methods provided by the API for the Flash application, a proxy server for enabling communications between the Flash application and the platform processor, and a security service for providing a security policy to grant network connection permissions for communications with the platform processor. API remote method invocations allow the Flash application to control the peripheral hardware, and a networked server may manage remote invocations to control platform hardware of multiple networked clients." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2009 (12/319,979). 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=8,359,605&OS=8,359,605&RS=8,359,605 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Coverity Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Coverity, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,359,583) developed by Andy Chou, San Francisco, and Sumant J. Kowshik, San Francisco, for "methods for selectively pruning false paths in graphs that use high-precision state information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are provided that allow a false path pruner to traverse a directed acyclic graph in conjunction with one or more checker programs that are analyzing a program for defects or other artifacts of interest. While the checkers may have ways of avoiding re-traversal of portions of the graph that have already been traversed, the false path pruner may override such decisions made by the checkers as a result of a false path in order to allow re-traversal during a future different traversal when that same defect or artifact may not lie along a false path, and therefore avoid missing a valid defect or artifact. Computer programs stored on tangible media are provided that implement the methods of the invention." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2008 (12/197,197). 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=8,359,583&OS=8,359,583&RS=8,359,583 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.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent for Intelligent Management of Virtualized Resources for Cloud Database Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,359,223) developed by five co-inventors for an "intelligent management of virtualized resources for cloud database systems." The co-inventors are Yun Chi, Monte Sereno, Calif., Hyun Jin Moon, Newark, Calif., V. Hakan Hacigumus, San Jose, Calif., Pengcheng Xiong, Cupertino, Calif., and Shenghuo Zhu, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed to manage resources in a cloud-based computing system by generating a model of a relationship between cloud database resources and an expected profit based on cloud-server system parameters and service level agreements (SLAs) that indicates profits for different system performances, wherein the model comprises a two level optimization/control problem, wherein model receives system metrics, number of replicas, and arrival rate as the multiple input; and dynamically adjusting resource allocation among different customers based on current customer workload and the expected profit to maximize the expected profit for a cloud computing service provider." The patent application was filed on Jan. 5, 2011 (12/985,021). 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=83,59,223.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,223&RS=PN/83,59,223 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Springsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Springsoft, Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Springsoft USA, San Jose, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,359,560) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and systems for debugging equivalent designs described at different design levels." The co-inventors are Lu-An Ko, Zhongli, Taiwan, Xi Chen, Fremont, Calif., Arnold Sher, Modiin, Ill., and Furshing Tsai, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods for debugging designs are provided. First, signal correlation information for signals of a design at least two design level is obtained. Then, design descriptions corresponding to the design at the at least two design levels are loaded and presented in at least two sets of windows or at least two debugging processes which controls the respective set of windows. A selection of a first signal in a first set of windows or a first debugging process is received. In response to the selection, a second signal corresponding to the first signal is queried according to the signal correlation information, and the second signal in a second set of windows or a second debugging process is automatically selected." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2005 (13/084,061). 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=8,359,560&OS=8,359,560&RS=8,359,560 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Synopsys Assigned Patent for Various Methods and Apparatuses for Effective Yield Enhancement of Good Chip Dies Having Memories Per Wafer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Synopsys, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,553) developed by Karen Aleksanyan, Yerevan, Armenia, Valery Vardanian, Yerevan, Armenia, and Yervant Zorian, Santa Clara, Calif., for "various methods and apparatuses for effective yield enhancement of good chip dies having memories per wafer." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are described in which an optimal configuration of memory instances is determined. The optimal configuration of memory instances to be fabricated with built-in repair capacity and memory instances that are non-repairable may provide a maximum number of good chip dies per wafer. An amount of memory instances to be fabricated with built-in repair capacity as well as a remaining amount of memory instances to be fabricated without any built-in repair components in the integrated circuit design is determined relative to achieving the maximum number of good chip dies per wafer for a given defect density and wafer area. The amount of good dies produced per fabricated wafer for a populated amount of memories with built-in repair components is determined to be between an amount established by a minimum limit for the die area up to the amount established by a maximum limit for the die area." The patent application was filed on Jan. 6, 2011 (12/985,930). 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=8,359,553&OS=8,359,553&RS=8,359,553 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,239) developed by Scott D. Cook, Woodside, Calif., Miriam R. Geller, San Francisco, and Udaiveer S. Mathoda, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for tracking mobile transactions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method to submit transaction data using a mobile device involves obtaining a receipt associated with a financial transaction, transmitting a message, based on the receipt, from the mobile device to a transaction management service, wherein the message comprises a mobile device identifier and transaction data associated with the financial transaction, wherein transaction data associated with financial transaction is stored in a repository based on the mobile device identifier, receiving a form, wherein the form is generated based on transaction data associated with the mobile device identifier, and transmitting and synchronizing transaction data from the repository to a financial management software associated with a user of the mobile device." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2007 (11/731,517). 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=83,59,239.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,239&RS=PN/83,59,239 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Business Finder for Locating Local Businesses to Contact ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,235) developed by five co-inventors for a "business finder for locating local businesses to contact." The co-inventors are David Santoro, Menlo Park, Calif., David S. Young, Mountain View, Calif., John Callaway, Mountain View, Calif., Osi Imeokparia, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Gregory Joseph Badros, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Marketing techniques are disclosed that allow companies to efficiently identify target businesses to solicit for purchase of advertising products. One embodiment includes a map-based interface for selecting a neighborhood and locating any businesses known to a company selling advertising products in that area, with the intent of allowing a company representative to select a set of those businesses to contact regarding the company's advertising products. The map displays business listings as markers on the map, with color-coding used to indicate listings the representative has already contacted, and listings that some other representative has contacted." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2011 (13/193,428). 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=83,59,235.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,235&RS=PN/83,59,235 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Sony Computer Entertainment America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,614) developed by Gary M. Zalewski, Oakland, Calif., for a "channel hopping scheme for update of data for multiple services across multiple digital broadcast channels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data broadcast over different channels may be updated in a digital broadcast receiving device. The device may include a receiver unit, a processor, memory instructions embodied in the memory for execution on the processor. The instructions may be configured to implement the method for updating data broadcast over different channels. A first digital broadcast signal may be received over a first channel. The receiving device may be tuned to a second channel at a predetermined time to receive a second digital broadcast signal. Selected data may be extracted from the second digital broadcast signal and stored or utilized with the receiving device. An update schedule may be generated for data transmitted with a digital broadcast signal. A broadcast time for an update packet may be determined from a packet header. A schedule packet may be generated containing the broadcast time and broadcast before the update packet." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2008 (12/122,622). 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=8,359,614&OS=8,359,614&RS=8,359,614 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** eBay Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- eBay, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,237) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for context and community based customization for a user experience." The co-inventors are Vipul C. Dalal, Sunnyvale, Calif., Eric Noel Billingsley, Campbell, Calif., James Ladd, San Jose, Calif., Sanjay Pundlkrao Ghatare, San Jose, Calif., Randall Scott Shoup, San Francisco, Suhail Ansari, Sunnyvale, Calif., Gunshekar Cemballi, Cupertino, Calif., Neelakantan Sundaresan, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for context and community based customization for a user experience is disclosed. The apparatus in an example embodiment includes a user experience customizer to gather context information, automatically produce user experience customization selections based on the context information, collect user activity feedback from a community of users, and use the user activity feedback to adjust the user experience customizer to automatically produce user experience customization selections likely favored by a user based on a correlation of the user activity feedback with the context information." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2008 (12/126,709). 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=83,59,237.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,237&RS=PN/83,59,237 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Software Factory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,359,566) developed by eight co-inventors for a software factory. The co-inventors are Jarir K. Chaar, Tarrytown, N.Y., Ronald D. Finlayson, Blythewood, S.C., Juan P. Giraldo, Gainesville, Va., Steven R. Lang, Bradenton, Fla., Naomi M. Mitsumori, San Jose, Calif., Hari Rajagopal, Elizabeth, Colo., Francis X. Reddington, Richmond, Va., and Terri A. Vines, East Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer-readable medium for creating software in a standardized manner are presented. The method includes the steps of: receiving, at a software factory, a description of software needs from a customer; creating, in the software factory, a project proposal that meets performance criteria found in the description of software needs; inducting the project proposal into the software factory, where inducting the project proposal initially evaluates the project proposal's compatibility with a capacity of the software factory; parsing the project proposal into major functional areas; retrieving work packets that are appropriate for the project proposal, where the work packets are pre-stored, reusable, self-contained, discrete units of software code; assembling the work packets into a deliverable software; testing the deliverable software; and delivering the deliverable software to the customer." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2007 (11/735,275). 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=8,359,566&OS=8,359,566&RS=8,359,566 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Trust-based Video Content Evaluation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,225) developed by Shashi Seth, Foster City, Calif., for a "trust-based video content evaluation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method determines which uploaded videos to subject to further analysis based upon a measure of trust in the users who uploaded the videos. The evaluation system obtains the information about a user's uploaded video content to a video hosting website, determines a measure of trust of the user's account based on the user information, and ranks or classifies the user into a trust category base on the trust measure. The evaluation system determines the user's trust category responsive to user uploading a video, and selectively evaluates the uploaded video based on the trust category." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2012 (13/426,216). 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=83,59,225.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,225&RS=PN/83,59,225 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Visa USA Assigned Patent for System and Method for Tracking Testing of Software Modification Projects ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Visa USA, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,359,580) developed by Jesus Orlando II Gonzales, Highlands Ranch, Colo., and Oliver Arao Arce, Hayward, Calif., for a "system and method for tracking testing of software modification projects." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for tracking the testing of a set of software modification projects in an install plan provides a centralized project database where the testers can update their progress of testing software modification projects as they perform the tests. The central database advantageously eliminates the need to contact individual testers of each and every project every time a status report needs to be generated. Instead, a manager can automatically generate status reports which contain the testing progress of particular projects in real-time to more accurately monitor what projects are on track and what projects may be falling behind schedule." The patent application was filed on Dec. 26, 2007 (11/964,367). 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=8,359,580&OS=8,359,580&RS=8,359,580 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent for Runtime Profitability Control for Speculative Automatic Parallelization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,587) developed by Yonghong Song, Palo Alto, Calif., Spiros Kalogeropulos, Los Gatos, Calif., and Partha P. Tirumalai, Fremont, Calif., for a "runtime profitability control for speculative automatic parallelization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compilation method and mechanism for parallelizing program code. A method for compilation includes analyzing source code and identifying candidate code for parallelization. The method includes parallelizing the candidate code, in response to determining said profitability meets a predetermined criteria; and generating object code corresponding to the source code. The generated object code includes both a non-parallelized version of the candidate code and a parallelized version of the candidate code. During execution of the object code, a dynamic selection between execution of the non-parallelized version of the candidate code and the parallelized version of the candidate code is made. Changing execution from said parallelized version of the candidate code to the non-parallelized version of the candidate code, may be in response to determining a transaction failure count meets a pre-determined threshold. Additionally, changing execution from one version to the other may be in further response to determining an execution time of the parallelized version of the candidate code is greater than an execution time of the non-parallelized version of the candidate code." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2008 (12/113,706). 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=8,359,587&OS=8,359,587&RS=8,359,587 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,302) developed by Andrew Shebanow, San Jose, Calif., for "systems and methods for providing hi-fidelity contextual search results." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for providing hi-fidelity contextual search results are described. In one described embodiment, a method for providing hi-fidelity contextual search results includes receiving a query comprising a search term, determining a location on a page that is responsive to the query, wherein the page has a native appearance, determining a contextual area associated with the location on the page, and causing the contextual area to be output in a hi-fidelity result set, wherein the contextual area has an appearance the same as the native appearance of the page." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2008 (12/166,952). 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=83,59,302.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,302&RS=PN/83,59,302 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Rockwell Automation Technologies Assigned Patent for Application Builder for Industrial Automation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Rockwell Automation Technologies, Mayfield Heights, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,359,573) developed by seven co-inventors for an "application builder for industrial automation." The co-inventors are Julien Chouinard, Magog, Calif., Gilles Brunet, St-Hubert, Canada, Denis Lavallee, St-Constant, Canada, Chan-Dara Trang, Brossard, Canada, Jean-Francois Laliberte, Boucherville, Canada, Frederic Darveau, St-Hubert, Canada, and Olivier Larouche, Boucherville, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system development platform is provided. The platform includes a shell component adapted to support development of a control systems application. An abstract model is associated with the shell component to facilitate development of the control systems applications." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2008 (12/242,409). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,359,573&OS=8,359,573&RS=8,359,573 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,295) developed by seven co-inventors for a "user interface for navigating a keyword space." The co-inventors are Kenneth Norton, San Carlos, Calif., Chung-Man Tam, San Francisco, Jianchang Mao, San Jose, Calif., Zhichen Xu, San Jose, Calif., Adrienne Bassett, San Francisco, Ashley Hall, Menlo Park, Calif., and Nathan Arnold, Toronto.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to systems, methods, and user interfaces for browsing a collection of content items saved by a user or by one or more buddies associated with a given user. The method of the present invention comprises saving one or more content items and one or more associated keywords as specified by a user. An interface is generated that displays the one or more saved content items and the one or more associated keywords, as well as the one or more buddies associated with a given user. A user indication of the selection of a given keyword or the selection of a given buddy by the user is received. The one or more displayed content items are filtered according to the selected keyword, buddy, or combination of selected keyword and buddy." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2011 (13/282,559). 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=83,59,295.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,295&RS=PN/83,59,295 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Visa USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Visa USA, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,359,630) developed by Thomas Manessis, Pacifica, Calif., and Gary Gerber, Foster City, Calif., for a "method and system for implementing a dynamic verification value." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is disclosed, which includes receiving a message including an account identifier and a first verification value. The method uses the account identifier to select a dynamic verification value process from at least two dynamic verification value processes. Then, using the selected dynamic verification value process, a second verification value is determined. Next, the method determines if the first verification value and the second verification value match or are within an expected range." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2008 (12/194,402). 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=8,359,630&OS=8,359,630&RS=8,359,630 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** TiVo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- TiVo, Alviso, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,612) developed by James M. Barton, Alviso, Calif., for "content distribution system using transportable memory devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable device includes solid-state memory, an Ethernet and/or wireless network connection, and an HDMI. The portable device receives content guide data from a first server and displays a content guide on a display. In response to a user's selection of a content item, the portable device requests the content item over the Internet from a second server. The portable device receives the content item, stores the content item in solid-state memory, generates display signals that represent the content item, and sends the display signals to a display. The second server may match the content item with relevant advertisements based on keywords associated with the content item and the advertisements. The second server may send selected advertisement URLs to the portable device. Using the URLs, the portable device may obtain the advertisements over the Internet and cause the display to display the advertisements in conjunction with the content item." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2008 (12/191,261). 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=8,359,612&OS=8,359,612&RS=8,359,612 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Wind River Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Wind River Systems, Alameda, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,575) developed by seven co-inventors for a "protection domains for a computer operating system." The co-inventors are David N. Wilner, Berkeley, Calif., John C. Fogelin, Piedmont, Calif., Kent D. Long, Orinda, Calif., Thierry C. Preyssler, Oakland, Calif., Maarten A. Koning, Bloomfield, Calif., John Gordon, Alameda, Calif., and Cy H. Myers, Berkeley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A protection domain system is implemented to provide protection for applications executing in a computing environment. Protection domains are allocated system resources and may contain executing tasks. The protection domain system may allow tasks to access resources in other protection domains to which attachments have been made. Attachment is transparent to the software developer. The protection domain system provides flexibility in implementing operating system services and defining protection hierarchies." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2007 (11/742,354). 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=8,359,575&OS=8,359,575&RS=8,359,575 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Springsoft Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Evaluating Checker Quality of a Verification Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Springsoft, Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Springsoft USA, San Jose, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,359,559) developed by six co-inventors for "methods and systems for evaluating checker quality of a verification environment." The co-inventors are Kai Yang, San Jose, Calif., Michael Lyons, Voreppe, France, Kuo-Ching Lin, Taichung, Taiwan, Wei-Ting Tu, Hsinchu, Taiwan, Chih-Wen Chang, Sanchong, Taiwan, and Tein-Chun Wei, Banqiao, Taiwan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for evaluating checker quality of a verification environment are provided. In some embodiments, an overall sensitivity for the verification environment and an individual sensitivity for a respective checker are calculated. The overall sensitivity is a probability that a plurality of problematic design behaviors, which are propagated to a checker system including at least one checker, can be detected by the verification environment. The individual sensitivity is a probability that a plurality of problematic design behaviors, which are propagated to at least one specific probe among a plurality of probes of a design, can be detected by the checker corresponding to the specific probe. The overall checker sensitivity numbers can show the robustness of the check system. The individual checker sensitivity can guide the user which individual checker or checkers to improve." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2010 (12/977,376). 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=8,359,559&OS=8,359,559&RS=8,359,559 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Starkey Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Starkey Laboratories, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,359,283) developed by Deniz Baskent, Berkeley, Calif., and Eric Durant, Greenfield, Wis., for "genetic algorithms with robust rank estimation for hearing assistance devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein, among other things, is a method for fitting a hearing assistance device for a user using a genetic algorithm. Stimulus pairs are presented to the user using a computer, the stimulus pairs adapted to provide contrasting options for selection from a set of stimuli stored in the computer. Inputs are received from the user entered into the computer, including preference judgments of the user. A score is calculated for each stimulus of the pair using the computer to execute a rank agreement function to maximize agreement between scores and the preference judgments. A set of genes is selected based on the scores, where the set of genes correspond to hearing assistance device parameters. The set of genes is operated on with a genetic algorithm using the assigned scores to obtain a child set of genes. The child set is used to provide parameter values during fitting." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2009 (12/550,768). 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=83,59,283.PN.&OS=PN/83,59,283&RS=PN/83,59,283 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** United Video Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- United Video Properties, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,616) developed by Scott Rosenberg, Glen Ridge, N.J., and Marvin Carlberg, Los Angeles, for "systems and methods for automatically generating advertisements using a media guidance application." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for automatically generating advertisements using a media guidance application are provided. In some embodiments, an advertisement database is searched to identify a stored advertisement for display in an advertisement display region of a media guidance application display screen. Upon determining that the advertisement database does not include a suitable stored advertisement, a new advertisement may be generated for display in the advertisement display region." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/571,304). 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=8,359,616&OS=8,359,616&RS=8,359,616 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Detecting Distribution of Multimedia Content ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,359,609) developed by four co-inventors for a "detecting distribution of multimedia content." The co-inventors are Zhi Li, Martinez, Calif., Dipak Ghosal, San Ramon, Calif., Canhui Ou, Danville, Calif., and Raghvendra Savoor, Walnut Creek, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for detecting distribution of multimedia content. The volume level of data traffic is monitored for a plurality of users to select any users with high-bandwidth usage. The time of day and the day of the week may be considered when determining whether a user is a high-bandwidth user. Upon selecting a user as one with high-bandwidth usage, such user may be subject to packet inspections of data traffic streams. In some embodiments, content identification parameters or watermarks are added to one or more packets in a data traffic stream carrying multimedia content." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2011 (13/083,941). 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=8,359,609&OS=8,359,609&RS=8,359,609 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.

*** Synopsys Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Synopsys, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,558) developed by Qian-Ying Tang, Sunnyvale, Calif., Qiang Chen, Cupertino, Calif., and Sridhar Tirumala, Saratoga, Calif., for a "modeling of cell delay change for electronic design automation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit design optimization procedure to modify a cell feature, such as gate length, models changes in delay as a result of the modification. In the delay change calculation, a characteristic of an event in cell switching behavior, such as the output short-circuit voltage V.sub.SC, is determined for the modified cell, where changes in the determined characteristic correlate with changes in delay of the cell due to the modification. Next, a value for delay of the modified cell is determined as a function of the determined characteristic of the event. The procedure can be applied after placement and routing. A timing-constrained, leakage power reduction is described using the delay change model." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2010 (12/724,955). 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=8,359,558&OS=8,359,558&RS=8,359,558 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xilinx Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Generating Data Bus Interface Circuitry ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- Xilinx, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,557) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for generating data bus interface circuitry." The co-inventors are Xi Chen, Santa Clara, Calif., Jibin Han, Longmont, Colo., Paulo L. Dutra, San Jose, Calif., Thien Than, Thornton, Colo., and Biping Wu, Longmont, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for generation of a circuit design. A plurality of components, including at least a processor and a peripheral device, is instantiated in a circuit design. One or more parameterizable data bus interface blocks are automatically selected based on the master-slave relationships, requirements, and capabilities of the components. The one or more parameterizable data bus interface blocks are instantiated in the circuit design. In response to user input, values are assigned to one or more parameters of the processor. The plurality of components and data bus interface blocks are automatically parameterized by determining appropriate parameter values according to the parameters of the processor and capabilities and requirements of the components and data bus interface blocks." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2011 (13/100,013). 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=8,359,557&OS=8,359,557&RS=8,359,557 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** StreamTheory Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- StreamTheory, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,591) developed by Jeffrey de Vries, Sunnyvale, Calif., Greg Zavertnik, San Jose, Calif., and Ann Hubbell, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "streaming from a media device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for streaming from a media device involves enabling a local device to function as a streaming server. An example of a method according to the technique includes inserting a removable storage device that includes programs associated with a streaming application, running one or more of the programs, ensuring that a streaming software player is installed, and executing a streaming-related activity associated with the streaming application. An example of a system according to the technique includes a means for providing a streaming application that expects content to be found on a media drive, a means for intercepting requests for content expected to be found on the media drive, and a means for honoring the requests with content from a different media location." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2005 (11/273,862). 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=8,359,591&OS=8,359,591&RS=8,359,591 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DP Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 23 -- DP Technologies, Scotts Valley, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,288) developed by Philippe Kahn, Aptos, Calif., and Arthur Kinsolving, Santa Cruz, Calif., for a "method and apparatus to utilize sensor, monitor, device (SMD) data based on location." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of using location-dependent sensor information comprising receiving information from one or more sensor/monitor/device (SMD) and determining a location associated with the SMD. The method further comprising integrating the SMD data into a comprehensive location-based database, and enabling a user to search for local conditions in the location-based database." The patent application was filed on Dec.

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