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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 1)
[February 01, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in North Carolina (Feb. 1)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in North Carolina.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Dynamic Probe Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,556) developed by Rodney S. Dunn, Benson, N.C., Carlos M. Pignataro, Raleigh, N.C., and Michael Lee Sullenberger, San Jose, Calif., for a dynamic probe architecture.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods and other embodiments associated with dynamic probe generation are described. In one embodiment, an apparatus includes generation logic to dynamically generate a probe configured to identify a status associated with an event occurring in a network device, a path between network devices, and/or a location in an encapsulation stack. Additionally, the apparatus comprises reception logic to receive the status." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2009 (12/505,861). 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=8,363,556&OS=8,363,556&RS=8,363,556 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ixia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Ixia, Calabasas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,557) developed by four co-inventors for "methods, systems, and computer readable media for remotely evaluating and controlling voice over IP (VoIP) subscriber terminal equipment." The co-inventors are Richard L. Adam, Lancaster, Calif., Rex Hester, Bear Creek, N.C., Carl Mottayaw, Bellefontaine, Ohio, and Richard Van Schaik, Galena, Ohio.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer readable media for remotely evaluating and controlling VoIP subscriber terminal equipment using test calls, status queries, and usage statistics are disclosed. In one embodiment, a method includes initiating test calls with VoIP subscriber terminal equipment and obtaining test call results. The method further includes analyzing usage information regarding the VoIP subscriber terminal equipment and determining subscriber terminal device usage results. The method also includes remotely querying the VoIP subscriber terminal device and determining subscriber terminal equipment state information. The method further includes determining, based on the subscriber terminal equipment test call results, the subscriber terminal equipment usage results, and the subscriber terminal equipment state information, whether to initiate a remote control action for the VoIP subscriber terminal equipment and in response to determining to initiate a remote control action, initiating the remote control action to effect a change in state of the VoIP subscriber terminal equipment." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2009 (12/475,451). 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=8,363,557&OS=8,363,557&RS=8,363,557 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent for Power Supply Shunt ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,363,368) developed by John Wood Poulton, Chapel Hill, N.C., for a power supply shunt.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power supply shunt for an electronic circuit. The power supply shunt includes at least two Field Effect Transistors (FETs), a first of the FETs having its drain coupled to a terminal of an electronic circuit and its source coupled to another of the FETs, and a second of the FETs having its source coupled to ground and its drain coupled to another of the FETs. The first FET has a bulk terminal that floats with respect to ground." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2011 (13/292,394). 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=8,363,368&OS=8,363,368&RS=8,363,368 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** BASF Plant Science, Michigan State University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- BASF Plant Science, Germany, and Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich., have been assigned a patent (8,362,319) developed by five co-inventors for "arabidopsis genes encoding proteins involved in sugar and lipid metabolism and methods of use." The co-inventors are Carl Andre, Lansing, Mich., Alex Cernac, East Lansing, Mich., Christoph Benning, East Lansing, Mich., Heiko A. Hartel, Berlin, and Volker Mittendorf, Durham, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Isolated nucleic acids and polypeptides associated with lipid and sugar metabolism regulation are provided. In particular, lipid metabolism proteins (LMP) and encoding nucleic acids originating from Arabidopsis thaliana are provided. The nucleic acids and polypeptides are used in methods of producing transgenic plants and modulating levels of seed storage compounds in a plant. Preferably, the seed storage compounds are lipids, fatty acids, starches, or seed storage proteins." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2005 (11/663,250). 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=83,62,319.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,319&RS=PN/83,62,319 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,362,312) developed by five co-inventors for supported iridium catalysts. The co-inventors are Maurice Brookhart, Carrboro, N.C., Alan Goldman, Highland Park, N.J., Emily Carson, Raleigh, N.C., Zheng Huang, Irbana, Ill., and Sabuj Kumar Kundu, Rochester, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of converting at least one first alkane to a mixture of at least one low molecular weight alkane (optionally also including additional lower and/or higher molecular weight alkanes) and at least one high molecular weight alkane, comprises: reacting a first alkane in the presence of dual catalyst system comprising a first catalyst (i.e., a hydrogen transfer catalyst) and a second catalyst (i.e., a metathesis catalyst) to produce a mixture of low and high molecular weight alkanes." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2008 (12/663,044). 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=83,62,312.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,312&RS=PN/83,62,312 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Kythera Biopharmaceuticals, Calabasas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,362,285) developed by five co-inventors for a "preparation of bile acids and intermediates thereof." The co-inventors are Achampeta Rathan Prasad, Hyderabad, India, Roy A. Swaringen Jr., Durham, N.C., John Gregory Reid, Niskayuma, N.Y., Robert M. Moriarty, Michiana Shores, Ind., and Akhila Kumar Sahoo, Bhubaneswar, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Synthetic methods for preparing deoxycholic acid and intermediates thereof are provided." The patent application was filed on Jan. 20, 2011 (13/010,727). 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=83,62,285.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,285&RS=PN/83,62,285 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Baking Acquisition Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Baking Acquisition, Elgin, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,362,403) developed by Simon A. Whysall, Goldsboro, N.C., for an "oven drive load monitoring system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A drive load measuring system for a conveyor-type oven is disclosed. According to one embodiment, a drive load measuring system includes: a pair of mounting assemblies that support opposing end portions of a rotating drive shaft of an oven drive unit; and a PLC control unit operatively connected to the mounting assemblies. The mounting assemblies each include a pivot bracket mounted to the body of the oven and a force sensing fastener inserted into the pivot bracket and configured to generate an output signal representative of the load on the force sensing fastener. The PLC control unit can be configured to calculate load values of the force sensing fasteners and to detect rapid changes in the load values that may indicate jam-ups of conveyors driven by the oven drive unit. Alternatively, the PLC control unit can be configured to detect when load values of the force sensing fasteners exceed a threshold value, which may also indicate jam-ups of the conveyors. According to another embodiment, a drive load measuring system includes a pair of in-line torque sensors attached to a rotating drive shaft of an oven drive unit at or near end portions of the drive shaft; and a PLC control unit operatively connected to the mounting assemblies." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2010 (12/717,477). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,62,403.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,403&RS=PN/83,62,403 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** UniControl Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- UniControl, Parma, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,362,375) developed by Craig R. Wildman, Charlotte, N.C., for a pressure differential switch.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A diaphragm-actuated pressure differential switch assembly includes a blade spring for switching an electrical circuit. The blade spring comprises a proximal end portion configured for electrically conductive attachment to an electrical terminal, a plurality of flexible tension arms extending from the proximal end portion, a pressure contact region configured to accept transmission of a physical force to bend at least one of the plurality of flexible tension arms, a distal end portion integral with the flexible tension arms, the distal end portion including an electrical contact, and a compression spring integral with the distal end portion extending generally proximally from the distal end portion, the compression spring including a first leg and a second leg. Methods of constructing and using the diaphragm-actuated pressure differential switch assembly and the blade spring are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Jan. 11, 2008 (12/522,879). 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=83,62,375.PN.&OS=PN/83,62,375&RS=PN/83,62,375 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intersil Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Intersil Americas, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,362,752) developed by Jia Wei, Cary, N.C., and Michael Jason Houston, Cary, N.C., for a "power supply with a magnetically uncoupled phase and an odd number of magnetically coupled phases, and control for a power supply with magnetically coupled and magnetically uncoupled phases." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment of a power supply includes an input node that receives an input voltage, an output node on which a regulated output voltage is provided, an odd number of magnetically coupled phase paths each coupled between the input and output nodes, and a first magnetically uncoupled phase path coupled between the input and output nodes. Such a power supply can improve its efficiency by activating different combinations of the coupled and uncoupled phase paths depending on the load conditions. For example, the power supply may activate only an uncoupled phase path during light-load conditions, may activate only coupled phase paths during moderate-load conditions, and may activate both coupled and uncoupled phase paths during heavy-load conditions and during a step-up load transient." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2008 (12/136,014). 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=8,362,752&OS=8,362,752&RS=8,362,752 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Clemson University Research Foundation, Duke Energy Carolina Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Clemson University Research Foundation, Clemson, S.C., and Duke Energy Carolina, Charlotte, N.C., have been assigned a patent (8,362,789) developed by Edward Randolph Collins Jr., Seneca, S.C., Timothy Lee Smith, Seneca, S.C., and Randall J. Emanuel, Charlotte, N.C., for an "impedance-based arc fault determination device (IADD) and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments according to the present invention provide an Impedance-based Arc-Fault Determination Device (IADD) and method that, when attached to an electrical node on the power system and through observations on voltage, current and phase shift with a step load change, determine the effective Thevenin equivalent circuit or Norton equivalent circuit at the point of test. The device and method determine the expected bolted fault current at the test location of interest, which enables calculation of incident energy and the assignment of a flash-hazard risk category." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (12/573,084). 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=8,362,789&OS=8,362,789&RS=8,362,789 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Controlling Vehicle Operations Based on Object Presence ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,364,344) developed by six co-inventors for "controlling vehicle operations based on object presence." The co-inventors are Gregory J. Boss, Saginaw, Mich., Peter G. Finn, Brampton, Canada, Rick A. Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Brian M. O'Connell, Cary, N.C., James W. Seaman, Falls Church, Va., and Keith R. Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Operation of a vehicle is controlled based on the presence of or absence of one or more identified foreign objects within one or more monitored zones about the vehicle. One or more transceivers receive information about the one or more foreign objects. Based on the received information and the one or more corresponding zones, one or more controllers identify a response, which may include notifying the user about the foreign object and/or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on. Controllers identify a response, which may include notifying a user about a present or absent object or generating a signal that inhibits the ignition from turning on." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2012 (13/423,677). 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=8,364,344.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,344&RS=PN/8,364,344 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Liquid Logic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- Advanced Liquid Logic, Research Triangle Park, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,364,315) developed by five co-inventors for "methods, systems, and products for conducting droplet operations." The co-inventors are Ryan A. Sturmer, Durham, N.C., Gregory F. Smith, Cary, N.C., Michael Fogleman, Cary, N.C., Keith R. Brafford, Durham, N.C., and Sai Ram Rongali, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides modified droplet actuator systems, software, and software-executed methods for use in droplet actuator operation and droplet actuator systems that are configured and programmed to execute such software. An aspect of the software components of the invention is an interface description file for each hardware component of a microfluidics system that allows hardware components to be changed without modifying the program for performing droplet operations protocols. Another aspect of the software components of the invention is the establishment of electrode-to-electrode relationships and other aspects of droplet actuator configurations, which may be used when programming droplet operations protocols. Another aspect of the software components of the invention is a physical design library of predefined electrode elements that may be used by a droplet actuator designer when constructing a layout of electrodes. Another aspect of the software components of the invention is a droplet actuator description file that contains the physical and electrical description of the droplet actuator. Another aspect of the software components of the invention is a router component for determining routes of droplet operations in a droplet actuator. Another aspect of the software components of the invention is the use of tri-state vectors for programming sequences in a droplet actuator. Still other aspects are provided." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2009 (12/596,905). 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=8,364,315.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,315&RS=PN/8,364,315 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Information Technology for Finding a Location Based on an Image at Another Location ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,364,393) developed by four co-inventors for an "information technology for finding a location based on an image at another location." The co-inventors are Lisa Seacat DeLuca, San Francisco, Travis M. Grigsby, Austin, Texas, Frank Lawrence Jania, Durham, N.C., and Steven Michael Miller, Research Triangle Park, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system displays an image of a first geographic location by a computer system, receives a user selection of a portion of the image of the first geographic location, processes the user-selected image portion to identify a meaning for the user-selected image portion, computes a logical connection between the computer system identified meaning and a second geographic location, and directs the user to the second geographic location. Computing the logical connection may include finding a match between a significance of the second geographic location and the meaning identified for the user-selected image portion. Receiving a user selection of an image portion may include receiving a user selection identifying an ad within the image and wherein the processing to identify a meaning for the user-selected image portion includes identifying a meaning for the ad." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,417). 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=8,364,393.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,393&RS=PN/8,364,393 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Pictorial Navigation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 1 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,364,397) developed by four co-inventors for a pictorial navigation. The co-inventors are Rick A. Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., Neil A. Katz, Parkland, Fla., Brian M. O'Connell, Cary, N.C., and Keith R. Walker, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems and program products provide pictorial information relevant to a geographic location, through selecting characteristics relevant to geographic locations, searching pictorial image databases for images having an embedded tags associated with the characteristics, retrieving image files from databases having embedded tags correlated to characteristics and visually depicting a physical appearance or an attribute of a location, analyzing characteristics image files and responsively selecting preferred image data, formatting preferred image data for presentation to a user, associating formatted preferred data with geographic locations, and presenting associated formatted data to a user in association with geographic locations. Characteristic include global positioning satellite coordinates. Image data may be selected having preferred image resolutions or perspectives. Formatting pictorial information may comprise synthesizing photographs into a constructs. Associated image data may indicate a distance and direction from a geographic location. Routing system applications are enabled to present pictorial information with each navigation route points." The patent application was filed on Aug. 23, 2007 (11/843,748). 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=8,364,397.PN.&OS=PN/8,364,397&RS=PN/8,364,397 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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