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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 7)
[February 07, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 7)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** FonWallet Transaction Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- FonWallet Transaction Solutions, Rancho Murieta, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,265) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for managing status of a payment instrument." The co-inventors are Todd R. Coulter, Rancho Murieta, Calif., Mordechai E. Kaplinsky, Brooklyn, N.Y., Christopher E. Lewis, Tempe, Ariz., and Jeffery A. Warmington, Wellington, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transaction processing service operates as an intermediary between acquirers of financial transaction requests and issuing institutions that process the financial transaction requests. The intermediary service enables a customer to selectively change the status of an account's associated with a payment instrument by activating or deactivating the account. The intermediary service may manage account status locally using a rules module. Alternatively, the issuing institution may manage account status, while the intermediary service provides an interface for customers. A customer communicates with the intermediary service to direct the service to change the account status. The intermediary service determines the account's issuing institution and provides an indication to the issuing institution of the current status of the account (or of the change in status). The intermediary service may provide the indication by transmitting a message to the issuing institution or by storing the account status information in its own database. The issuing institution may then request account status from the intermediary service whenever it needs the information, such as when it receives an authorization request." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2010 (12/859,205). 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=8,370,265&OS=8,370,265&RS=8,370,265 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amazon Technologies Assigned Patent for User Interface and Methods for Recommending Items to Users ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Amazon Technologies, Reno, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,370,203) developed by four co-inventors for "user interface and methods for recommending items to users." The co-inventors are Russell A. Dicker, Seattle, Jeffrey T. Brownell, Seattle, Jennifer A. Jacobi, Seattle, Eric A. Benson, Seattle, and Gregory D. Linden, Palo Alto, Calif.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved user interfaces and methods are provided for presenting item recommendations to a user when the user selects an item to add to a shopping cart. In response to the user's selection, a page generation process generates and returns a page that includes a plurality of recommendations sections, each of which displays item recommendations generated using a different respective recommendation or selection algorithm (e.g., recommendations based on shopping cart contents, recommendations based on purchase history, etc.). These recommendation algorithms may be selected based on collected information regarding the user. The page may also include a shopping cart section which displays contents of the shopping cart." The patent application was filed on April 2, 2010 (12/753,750). 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=8,370,203&OS=8,370,203&RS=8,370,203 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Synopsys Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Synopsys, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,273) developed by Ngai Ngai William Hung, San Jose, Calif., Dhiraj Goswami, Wilsonville, Ore., and Jasvinder Singh, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for constructing a canonical representation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments provide systems and techniques to facilitate construction of a canonical representation (CR) which represents a logical combination of a set of logical functions. During operation, the system can receive a CR-size limit. Next, the system can construct a set of CRs based on the set of logical functions, wherein each CR in the set of CRs represents a logical function in the set of logical functions. The system can then combine a subset of the set of CRs to obtain a combined CR. Next, the system can identify a problematic CR which when combined with the combined CR causes the CR-size limit to be exceeded. The system can then report the problematic CR and/or a logical function associated with the problematic CR to a user, thereby helping the user to identify an error in the set of logical functions." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2009 (12/361,318). 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=8,370,273&OS=8,370,273&RS=8,370,273 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Tax Refund Allocation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,228) developed by Judd C. Jacobs, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for tax refund allocation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and apparatus for tax refund allocation in tax programs. A tax program may include a tax refund allocation component and user interface that allows a taxable entity to allocate portions of a refund from one tax authority to pay taxes due to another tax authority. The component and user interface may also be used to allocate portions of tax refunds to other institutions than tax authorities. Once the tax refund allocation process is completed, a message or messages indicating the allocation instructions may be sent to a financial institution that acts as an intermediary between the taxable entity, the tax authority(s), and the other institutions. The financial institution may receive the tax refund from the tax authority and distribute the portions of the refund to the other tax authorities and/or institutions as directed by the received allocation instructions." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2006 (11/529,167). 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=8,370,228&OS=8,370,228&RS=8,370,228 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Controlling the Serving of Advertisements, Such as Cost Per Impression Advertisements for Example, to Improve the Value of Such Serves ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,197) developed by Brian Axe, San Francisco, and Ross Koningstein, Menlo Park, Calif., for "controlling the serving of advertisements, such as cost per impression advertisements for example, to improve the value of such serves." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A (e.g., expected) performance of proposed ad placement is compared with a performance threshold (either an initial threshold or an adjusted threshold). The ad may be served if the expected performance meets the threshold (perhaps subject to additional conditions), but is not served if the expected performance is less than the performance threshold. Spend information of the ad so served is analyzed to determine if a target amount (budget) is expected to be overspent or underspent. If the former, the performance threshold is increased (and/or the ad performance value is decreased). If the later, the performance threshold is decreased (and/or the ad performance value is increased)." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2005 (11/241,818). 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=8,370,197&OS=8,370,197&RS=8,370,197 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Corelogic Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Corelogic Solutions, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,239) developed by Benjamin Graboske, Trabuco Canyon, Calif., and Robert L. Walker, Tustin, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for testing automated valuation models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for real time testing of automated valuation using various indicators of accuracy. These indicators are then weighted according to their value as indicators of accuracy using individualized weighting factors or an equation. A ranking is then computed based upon the factors and their weights. This method is preformed continuously, so as to achieve real-time or periodically updated automated valuation model accuracy rankings." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2011 (13/182,289). 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=8,370,239&OS=8,370,239&RS=8,370,239 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent for Technique for Correcting Round-off Errors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,226) developed by Patanjali Bhatt, Cupertino, Calif., for a "technique for correcting round-off errors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique for performing a financial calculation is described. In this calculation technique, initial financial values are rounded based on a rounding criterion, and a total financial value is calculated by summing the rounded financial values. Based on the rounded financial values, associated rounding error values are computed. These rounding error values are then summed to determine a total error value. Moreover, the total error value is rounded based on the rounding criterion, and the resulting rounded total error value is used to correct a rounding error in the total financial value." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2010 (12/762,681). 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=8,370,226&OS=8,370,226&RS=8,370,226 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** eBay Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- eBay, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,259) developed by James E. Templeton, San Jose, Calif., and Sanjay Bhargava, San Carlos, Calif., for "verifying the source of electronically exchanged value." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented method and system are provided for verifying a financial instrument. The method comprises performing a plurality of transactions using a source of electronically exchanged value identified by a user, recording details of the plurality of transactions, inviting the user to identify the details to a verification system, and verifying the source of electronically exchanged value based on the details provided by the user to the verification system." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2011 (13/291,146). 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=8,370,259&OS=8,370,259&RS=8,370,259 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ResponseLogix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- ResponseLogix, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,215) developed by L. Thomas Mohr, San Jose, Calif., Jagdish Rajan, Fremont, Calif., and Timothy D. Weaver, San Jose, Calif., for "alternative selections for compound price quoting." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for automated alternative selection for compound price quotes are provided. A requesting party submits a request that includes information regarding at least one specification. A database is searched based on the information provided by the request. The search results are evaluated to determine whether they meet a predefined target. When the search results do not meet a predefined target, an alternative specification is identified. At least a second set of search results is retrieved from the database that may be used to meet the target. Vehicles are selected for inclusion in a compound price quote. A compound price quote including multiple price quotes for each selected vehicles is generated." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2011 (13/228,407). 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=8,370,215&OS=8,370,215&RS=8,370,215 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacific Biosciences of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Pacific Biosciences of California, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,079) developed by four co-inventors for "algorithms for sequence determination." The co-inventors are Jon Sorenson, Alameda, Calif., Susan Tang, Los Altos, Calif., Patrick Marks, San Francisco, and Chen-Shan Chin, San Leandro, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is generally directed to powerful and flexible methods and systems for consensus sequence determination from replicate biomolecule sequence data. It is an object of the present invention to improve the accuracy of consensus biomolecule sequence determination from replicate sequence data by providing methods for assimilating replicate sequence into a final consensus sequence more accurately than any one-pass sequence analysis system." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2009 (12/592,284). 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=8,370,079&OS=8,370,079&RS=8,370,079 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Camstar Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Camstar Systems, Charlotte, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,370,181) developed by Amin Shah-Hosseini, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "system and method for supply chain data mining and analysis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for supply chain data analysis. The method includes storing supply chain data including test data, genealogy data, repair data, some factors and some items, in one or more databases and selecting a portion of the factors from the stored data, and a time range for analysis. The method then selects one or more criterion for analysis; extracts a portion of the stored data; analyzes the extracted portion of the stored data to detect a combination of factors that result in a test failure, according to the selected factors, the time range, and the selected one or more criterion. The method then detects a root cause for the detected combination of factors; performs correlation analysis between the selected factors; and performs trend analysis on the selected factors." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2009 (12/579,106). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,370,181&OS=8,370,181&RS=8,370,181 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for High Fidelity Time Domain for Spacecraft Emulation Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,370,124) developed by five co-inventors for a "high fidelity time domain for spacecraft emulation systems." The co-inventors are Jeffrey J. Gold, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., John D. Haskell, Torrance, Calif., David L. Koza, Lakewood, Calif., Michael J. Surace, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., and Steven R. Zammit, Redondo Beach, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An emulation system includes a central time source generating a time reference and an emulated spacecraft control processor which contains an embedded processor that provides an emulated input/output interface to communicate simulated spacecraft data. The embedded processor processes the simulated spacecraft data and contains a real time clock engine having a real-time clock period. The system further has a first simulation that processes attitude control system data from the emulated spacecraft control processor to simulate an attitude control system of the spacecraft in real-time. The first simulation engine operative to produce sensor data for input to the emulated spacecraft control processor based on the simulated system dynamics and adjusts the real time clock period in response to the time reference." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2000 (09/597,705). 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=8,370,124&OS=8,370,124&RS=8,370,124 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Aerospace Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 - Aerospace, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,091) developed by C. Christopher Reed, El Segundo, Calif., Tom R. Newbauer, Claremont, Calif., and Richard Briet, Cypress, Calif., for "computer-implemented systems and methods for detecting electrostatic discharges and determining their origination locations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer-implemented systems and methods for detecting ESD on a surface and determining an origination location of the ESD. A programmed computer device monitors time-varying current data related to the surface to detect ESD on the surface. The current profile for the surface may be compared to a catalog of ESD current profiles, where each ESD current profile in the catalog corresponds to a different location on the surface. The location on the surface whose corresponding ESD current profile best matches the actual current profile from the ESD may be determined to be the origination location of the ESD. Moderately different processes may be used to determine the ESD origination location depending on whether the surface is symmetrical or irregular, flat or curved, etc." The patent application was filed on Sept. 17, 2010 (12/808,000). 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=8,370,091&OS=8,370,091&RS=8,370,091 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Telenav Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Telenav, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,063) developed by Jinsong Hu, San Jose, Calif., for a "navigation system having filtering mechanism and method of operation thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operation of a navigation system includes sampling a first location reading from a device; sampling a first time stamp associated with the first location reading; sampling a second location reading from the device; sampling a second time stamp associated with the second location reading; obtaining a velocity for the device between the first location reading and the second location reading; and validating the second location reading with the first location reading, the first time stamp, the second time stamp, and the velocity for displaying on the device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2008 (12/260,993). 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=8,370,063&OS=8,370,063&RS=8,370,063 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Responding to a Call to Action Contained in an Audio Signal ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,370,161) developed by Philip Scott McClendon, Santa Clara, Calif., for "responding to a call to action contained in an audio signal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An audio signal is monitored to detect the presence of a call to action contained therein. Addressing information is automatically extracted from the call to action and stored on a storage medium. An electronic message responding to the call to action may be automatically prepared, or a contact field may be automatically populated for inclusion in a contact list. The audio signal may be digitized or obtained from a broadcast transmission, and the process may be performed by a mobile communication device, a central system, or a combination thereof." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2008 (12/265,515). 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=8,370,161&OS=8,370,161&RS=8,370,161 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Facebook Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Facebook, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,126) developed by David C. Ellis, Palo Alto, Calif., for an "incorporation of variables into textual content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention provide techniques for incorporating variable values into textual content. In one embodiment, an abstract phrase including a text phrase and a variable at a particular position in the text phrase is received. The abstract phrase may include multiple variables. A text value for the variable is received. The text phrase of the abstract phrase is combined with the text value according to the particular position of the variable. An integration rule is applied at a boundary of the text phrase of the abstract phrase and the text value, where the integration rule is based on a language rule. The integration rule modifies a portion of the text phrase of the abstract phrase or a portion of the text value to produce an integrated phrase." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2009 (12/363,437). 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=8,370,126&OS=8,370,126&RS=8,370,126 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Gramercyone Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Gramercyone Technology, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,370,186) developed by Peter Ellis, Indian Wells, Calif., and Daniel Lizio-Katzen, New York, for a "system and method for providing web-based management solutions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A centralized web-based system and method for managing appointments having a user interface that interacts with one or more users to display one or more items based on user input, a management module connected to the user interface and configured to receive data related to scheduling an appointment, determine one or more possible appointments based on the data, present the one or more possible appointments, receive a user selection from the one or more possible appointments, and schedule the appointment based on the user selection, and one or more databases configured to store appointment information, wherein the one or more databases are connected to the management module and wherein the data comprises a date and time slot and at least one of a facility, a service, and a servicer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 14, 2008 (12/250,892). 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=8,370,186&OS=8,370,186&RS=8,370,186 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boeing Assigned Patent for Integrated Global Navigation Satellite System and Inertial Navigation System for Navigation and Tracking ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Boeing, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,370,064) developed by Rongsheng Li, Hacienda Heights, Calif., and Kamran Ghassemi, Orange, Calif., for an "integrated global navigation satellite system and inertial navigation system for navigation and tracking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for navigation and tracking may include an inertial navigation system adapted to generate a replica GNSS signal and a global navigation satellite system. The global navigation satellite system may include a module to digitize a GNSS signal received from a constellation of global navigation satellites. A correlator receives the digitized GNSS signal and the replica GNSS signal. The correlator correlates the digitized GNSS signal to the replica GNSS signal to generate a correlated GNSS signal. A coherent integration module coherently integrates the correlated GNSS signal to generate an integrated signal having a predetermined rate. A filter receives the integrated signal and generates a data signal for navigation and tracking. An output device may present the navigation and tracking information based on the data signal, or the navigation and tracking information may be used to provide guidance for a vehicle or may be used to track a target." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2010 (12/760,221). 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=8,370,064&OS=8,370,064&RS=8,370,064 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Zyme Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Zyme Solutions, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,191) developed by Chandran Sankaran, Redwood City, Calif., Chad Gray, Redwood City, Calif., and Craig Doud, Belmont, Calif., for a "method and system for generating quantitative indicators." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of generating a quantitative indicator of sales for a market segment for a predetermined time period is disclosed. The market segment represents a plurality of members with one or more products. The method includes receiving sales data from the plurality of members of the market segment, calculating the quantitative indicator for each member of the market segment, calculating the quantitative indicator for the market segment by creating a composite of the quantitative indicator for each member representing the market segment, and either calculating the quantitative indicator for the member with missing data using a estimated value of units of the product sold by the member or modifying the baseline benchmark by removing the data of the member with missing data." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2010 (12/686,717). 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=8,370,191&OS=8,370,191&RS=8,370,191 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Management of Work Packets in a Software Factory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,370,188) developed by seven co-inventors for a "management of work packets in a software factory." The co-inventors are Fausto Bernardini, New York, Jarir K. Chaar, Tarrytown, N.Y., Yi-Min Chee, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Joseph P. Huchel, Morgan Hill, Calif., Thomas A. Jobson Jr., New Paltz, N.Y., Daniel V. Oppenheim, Croton on Hudson, N.Y., and Krishna C. Ratakonda, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Work packets are assembled, within a software factory, into a customized deliverable unit of software by software factory components that have been rated as being the most suitable according to requirements set by the customer. The work packets comprise exit criteria for returning the work packets and the customized deliverable unit from an assembly line to a software factory operations unit in the software factory." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2012 (13/365,643). 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=8,370,188&OS=8,370,188&RS=8,370,188 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Targeted Medical Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Targeted Medical Pharma, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,370,172) developed by William E. Shell, Los Angeles, and Elizabeth Charuvastra, Los Angeles, for a "system and method for submitting medication claims by point-of-care physicians." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for submitting a claim for a dispensed medication to a patient by a point-of-care physician including means acquiring at least one of the group consisting of a national practitioner number and a non pharmacy dispensing number for the point-of-care physician; means for displaying to a user a selection of data fields relating to the claim; means for inputting into the data fields data relating to the claim including the at least one of the group consisting of the national practitioner identifier number and the non pharmacy dispensing number; means for transmitting to a logic switch the claim containing the at least one of the group consisting of a national practitioner identifier number and a non pharmacy dispensing number identifying the point-of-care physician for determining the processor for the claim; means for determining the pathway for the claim based on a type of payor associated with the patient; means for processing the claim containing the at least one of the group consisting of a national practitioner identifier number and a non pharmacy dispensing number to identify the point-of-care physician; and responsive to the means for processing, means for transmitting to the point-of-care physician an adjudication regarding the claim." The patent application was filed on May 17, 2007 (11/804,085). 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=8,370,172&OS=8,370,172&RS=8,370,172 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,074) developed by five co-inventors for "system and methods for predicting transmembrane domains in membrane proteins and mining the genome for recognizing G-protein coupled receptors." The co-inventors are Rene J. Trabanino, Los Angeles, Nagarajan Vaidehi, Arcadia, Calif., Spencer E. Hall, Tucson, Ariz., William A. Goddard, Pasadena, Calif., and Wely Floriano, Pasadena, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides computer-implemented methods and apparatus implementing a hierarchical protocol using multiscale molecular dynamics and molecular modeling methods to predict the presence of transmembrane regions in proteins, such as G-Protein Coupled Receptors (GPCR), and protein structural models generated according to the protocol. The protocol features a coarse grain sampling method, such as hydrophobicity analysis, to provide a fast and accurate procedure for predicting transmembrane regions. Methods and apparatus of the invention are useful to screen protein or polynucleotide databases for encoded proteins with transmembrane regions, such as GPCRs." The patent application was filed on Oct. 27, 2009 (12/606,605). 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=8,370,074&OS=8,370,074&RS=8,370,074 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Calibration Techniques for an Electronic Compass in Portable Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,097) developed by four co-inventors for "calibration techniques for an electronic compass in portable device." The co-inventors are Parin Patel, San Francisco, Ronald K. Huang, Milpitas, Calif., Patrick S. Piemonte, San Francisco, and Robert Mayor, Half Moon Bay, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Measurement data is collected from a magnetic sensor in a portable device, while the device is being carried by its end user and without requiring the end user to deliberately rotate or position the device while the output data is being collected. For example, the device may be held in the user's hand while walking or standing, or it may be fixed to the dashboard of an automobile or boat. Measurement data may also be collected from one or more positing, orientation or movement sensors. The collected measurement data from one or both of the magnetic sensor and the position, orientation or movement sensor is processed. In response, either a 2D compass calibration process or a 3D process is signaled to be performed. Other embodiments are also described and claimed." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2009 (12/479,182). 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=8,370,097&OS=8,370,097&RS=8,370,097 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,120) developed by Brenna Hearn Lor, Palo Alto, Calif., for "polymeric stents and method of manufacturing same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pattern is used to form a stent scaffold from a polymeric precursor tube having a particular outer diameter. A new pattern can be derived from a base pattern, wherein the new pattern can be used to form a stent scaffold from a precursor tube having an outer diameter OD.sub.PR smaller than that needed for the base pattern. The new pattern can be derived by determining the shape of a stent scaffold, having the base pattern, after having been radially compressed to OD.sub.PR. The radially compressed shape is used to design the new pattern, which is applied to a precursor tube having an outer diameter OD.sub.PR. The new pattern can have a plurality of W-shaped closed cells, each W-shape closed cell bounded by struts oriented in such a way to form interior angles from about 80 degrees to about 95 degrees between every two adjacent struts." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/772,155). 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=8,370,120&OS=8,370,120&RS=8,370,120 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Selectively Processing User Input ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,143) developed by Doug Coker, San Francisco, for a "selectively processing user input." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products. A computing system receives text that represents content input by a user. A computing system determines a randomness level for a portion of the text. A computing system determines whether the randomness level for the portion of text exceeds a threshold level. A computing system, responsive to determining that the randomness level does not exceed the threshold level, provides the portion of text for processing by a text processing system." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2011 (13/250,543). 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=8,370,143&OS=8,370,143&RS=8,370,143 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** U.S. Navy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- The U.S. Navy has been assigned a patent (8,370,101) developed by Michael Anthony Torres, Newbury Park, Calif., for a "circuit card assembly testing system for a missile and launcher test set." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention generally relates to a circuit card assembly testing system for testing and troubleshooting new and failed circuit card assemblies. Specifically, circuit card assemblies that are part of a guided missile and launcher test set are tested using a board testing system (BTS), the preferred embodiment, to isolate faults or to verify final assembly. The BTS is used for testing and troubleshooting a wide variety of circuit card assemblies at the end of final assembly and upon their return as a failed item from the field. The BTS is designed to rapidly isolate faults in failed circuit card assemblies that have been returned to a maintenance facility by providing an improved means of fault isolation. The BTS is designed to aid in the production of circuit card assemblies by providing an improved means of rapidly verifying the proper operation of circuit boards after final assembly." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2008 (12/127,129). 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=8,370,101&OS=8,370,101&RS=8,370,101 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Applied Voice & Speech Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Applied Voice & Speech Technologies, Foothill Ranch, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,144) developed by Karl D. Gierach, Irvine, Calif., for a "detection of voice inactivity within a sound stream." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for identifying end of voiced speech within an audio stream of a noisy environment employs a speech discriminator. The discriminator analyzes each window of the audio stream, producing an output corresponding to the window. The output is used to classify the window in one of several classes, for example, (1) speech, (2) silence, or (3) noise. A state machine processes the window classifications, incrementing counters as each window is classified: speech counter for speech windows, silence counter for silence, and noise counter for noise. If the speech counter indicates a predefined number of windows, the state machine clears all counters. Otherwise, the state machine appropriately weights the values in the silence and noise counters, adds the weighted values, and compares the sum to a limit imposed on the number of non-voice windows. When the non-voice limit is reached, the state machine terminates processing of the audio stream." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2010 (12/793,663). 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=8,370,144&OS=8,370,144&RS=8,370,144 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Silicon Valley Micro E Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Silicon Valley Micro E, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,087) developed by Shengbo Zhu, San Jose, Calif., and Su Shiong Huang, Bellevue, Wash., for a "bicycle power meter with frame mounted sensor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A bicycle power meter has a strain gauge sensor assembly mounted on a relatively compressible portion of the end of the rear fork of the bicycle frame. The relatively compressible portion is near the rear hub and subject to the forces exerted by the cyclist to the crankset, and transferred via the chain, and sprocket assembly to the hub. The sensor assembly has two ohmically interconnected stretch sensors each having a first layer bearing a variable resistance element, whose resistance changes with displacement of the compressible portion, and a second layer for providing support for the first layer. The sensor assembly is connected in a bridge circuit to two other resistances to generate signals representative of cyclist applied force. These signals are processed along with velocity signals to generate power signals and the power signals are supplied to a display." The patent application was filed on Aug. 15, 2009 (12/583,099). 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=8,370,087&OS=8,370,087&RS=8,370,087 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ZipDX Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- ZipDX, Los Gatos, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,142) developed by David P. Frankel, Los Gatos, Calif., and Noel Tarnoff, Chicago, for "real-time transcription of conference calls." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are embodiments of systems, methods and computer program products for real-time transcription of conference calls that employ voice activity detection, audio snippet capture, and multiple transcription instances to deliver practical real-time or near real-time conference call transcription." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,617). 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=8,370,142&OS=8,370,142&RS=8,370,142 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Netlogic Microsystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Netlogic Microsystems, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,113) developed by Roy G. Batruni, Danville, Calif., for a "low-power and low-cost adaptive self-linearization system with fast convergence." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A signal processing method includes inputting a digital signal, providing a plurality of coefficients; and determining an output. The output is approximately equal to an aggregate of a plurality of linear reference components, and each of the linear reference components is approximately equal to an aggregate of a corresponding set of digital signal samples that is scaled by the plurality of coefficients." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2008 (12/152,843). 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=8,370,113&OS=8,370,113&RS=8,370,113 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,177) developed by Stephen J. Brown, Woodside, Calif., for a personalized body image.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Delivery of health information to a patient suffering from a chronic condition is personalized by displaying the health information directly on a customized image of a body. The patient's medical record, standards of care for the condition, prescribed treatments, and patient input are applied to a generalized health model of a disease to generate a personalized health model of the patient. The personalized health model comprises an HTML file encoding an image map of a body. The body image illustrates the health condition of the individual patient. Preferably, data is collected from health provider sources and stored in a database on a server at a service provider site. The data is processed at the server, and is displayed in the patient's home using a TV connected to a multimedia processor. The multimedia processor connects the television set to a communications network such as the Internet. Applications include preventive care of chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2011 (13/043,961). 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=8,370,177&OS=8,370,177&RS=8,370,177 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** HRL Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- HRL Laboratories, Malibu, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,114) developed by Payam Saisan, Santa Monica, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for optimal placement of actuators for shaping deformable materials into desired target shapes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is a novel method and apparatus for optimal placement of actuators responsible for shaping of elastically deformable structures into desired target shapes using sparse number of actuators such that the discrepancy between deformed surfaces and target shapes is minimized. The invention utilizes a computational algorithm for optimal placement of actuators using particle swarm optimization, a biologically inspired evolutionary optimization paradigm that searches for the minima (or maxima) of objective functions with possibly large number of parameters." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2007 (11/986,684). 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=8,370,114&OS=8,370,114&RS=8,370,114 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intermolecular Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Intermolecular, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,096) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system of improved uniformity testing." The co-inventors are Charlene Chen, San Jose, Calif., Tony P. Chiang, Campbell, Calif., Chi-I Lang, Cupertino, Calif., and Yun Wang, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system includes a first substrate and a second substrate, each substrate comprising a predetermined baseline transmittance value at a predetermine wavelength of light, processing regions on the first substrate by combinatorially varying at least one of materials, process conditions, unit processes, and process sequences associated with the graphene production, performing a first characterization test on the processed regions on the first substrate to generate first results, processing regions on a second substrate in a combinatorial manner by varying at least one of materials, process conditions, unit processes, and process sequences associated with the graphene production based on the first results of the first characterization test, performing a second characterization test on the processed regions on the second substrate to generate second results, and determining whether at least one of the first substrate and the second substrate meet a predetermined quality threshold based on the second results." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2010 (12/957,354). 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=8,370,096&OS=8,370,096&RS=8,370,096 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent for Mechanism for Collecting Feedback from Users ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,190) developed by Chris Larson, Oceanside, Calif., for a "mechanism for collecting feedback from users." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for collecting feedback from a user, involving determining a location of the user using a user device comprising location detection, sending a feedback request corresponding to an entity at the location to the user device, providing feedback data responsive to the feedback request, wherein feedback data is supplied by the user and includes rating information associated with the entity, and transmitting feedback data and the location from the user device to a remote database." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2010 (12/910,725). 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=8,370,190&OS=8,370,190&RS=8,370,190 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for User Location Driven Identification of Service Vehicles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,054) developed by Mark Crady, Palo Alto, Calif., Michael J. Chu, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Russell Y. Shoji, Redwood City, Calif., for "user location driven identification of service vehicles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle position aggregation system receives position information for service vehicles from various fleet management systems, and maintains the current location of the vehicles in a database, including information identifying each vehicle's associated fleet and related contact information. End users can query the vehicle position aggregation system to obtain information about service vehicles in the vicinity of the user's input location." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2005 (11/089,691). 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=8,370,054&OS=8,370,054&RS=8,370,054 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,369,963) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-electrode implantable stimulator device with a single current path decoupling capacitor." The co-inventors are Jordi Parramon, Valencia, Calif., Kiran Nimmagadda, Valencia, Calif., Emanuel Feldman, Simi Valley, Calif., and Yuping He, Northridge, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are circuits and methods for a multi-electrode implantable stimulator device incorporating one decoupling capacitor in the current path established via at least one cathode electrode and at least one anode electrode. In one embodiment, the decoupling capacitor may be hard-wired to a dedicated anode on the device. The cathodes are selectively activatable via stimulation switches. In another embodiment, any of the electrodes on the devices can be selectively activatable as an anode or cathode. In this embodiment, the decoupling capacitor is placed into the current path via selectable anode and cathode stimulation switches. Regardless of the implementation, the techniques allow for the benefits of capacitive decoupling without the need to associate decoupling capacitors with every electrode on the multi-electrode device, which saves space in the body of the device. Although of particular benefit when applied to microstimulators, the disclosed technique can be used with space-saving benefits in any stimulator device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2011 (13/012,279). 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=8,369,963.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,963&RS=PN/8,369,963 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Synecor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Synecor, Chapel Hill, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,369,954) developed by seven co-inventors for a "system and method for transvascularly stimulating contents of the carotid sheath." The co-inventors are Richard S. Stack, Chapel Hill, N.C., Michael S. Williams, Santa Rosa, Calif., Daniel W. Fifer, Windsor, Calif., Richard A. Glenn, Santa Rosa, Calif., Geoffrey A. Orth, Sebastopol, Calif., Lynn Elliott, Maple Grove, Minn., and Colleen Stack N'diaye, Durham, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are disclosed for stimulating contents of the carotid sheath using an intravascular pulse generator and lead. The lead carries an energy delivery device such as an electrode, which is anchor within the portion of the internal jugular vein that is disposed within the carotid sheath. The energy delivery device is energized to transvenously direct energy to target contents of the carotid sheath external to the internal jugular vein. Such target contents may include nervous system elements associated with the carotid sinus baroreceptors, the carotid sinus nerve and associated nerve branches, and or the vagus nerve and associated nerve branches. The system may be used to control blood pressure and/or to lower heart rate and may be suitable for treatment of hypertension, heart failure, or other conditions." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,350). 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=8,369,954.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,954&RS=PN/8,369,954 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sunman Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Sunman Engineering, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,605) developed by Allen Nejah, San Jose, Calif., Gholam Reza Golshan, Los Gatos, Calif., and George W. Harvey, Stanford, Calif., for a "computer architecture for a mobile communication platform." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system includes first and second processors, first and second graphics processing units (GPUs), one or more peripheral devices, a switch matrix, and processor-readable memory. The switch matrix comprises programmable data paths between the processors, the GPUs, and the peripheral devices. Software encoded in the process-readable memory includes a first operating system (OS) executed by the first processor, a second OS executed by the second processor, a matrix scheduling engine, and a media interface switch (MIS) engine. The first OS boots faster than the second OS. The matrix scheduling engine runs on both OSs and configures the data paths in the switch matrix to couple the processors and the GPUs, and to couple the processors and the peripheral devices. The MIS engine runs on the operating systems, detects presence of the peripheral devices, and configures the data paths in the switch matrix to couple the processors and the peripheral devices." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2009 (12/616,146). 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=8,370,605.PN.&OS=PN/8,370,605&RS=PN/8,370,605 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silver Peak Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Silver Peak Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,583) developed by David Anthony Hughes, Mountain View, Calif., for a "network memory architecture for providing data based on local accessibility." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network memory system comprises a first appliance and a second appliance. The first appliance receives data and determines whether a portion of the data is locally accessible to the second appliance. The first appliance generates an instruction based on the determination and transfers the instruction to the second appliance over a communication network. The second appliance receives the instruction from the first appliance over the communication network and processes the instruction to obtain the data. The second appliance then transfers the data to a computer." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2005 (11/202,697). 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=8,370,583.PN.&OS=PN/8,370,583&RS=PN/8,370,583 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,596) developed by Billy Garrett Jr., Mountain View, Calif., for a "mechanism for enabling full data bus utilization without increasing data granularity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A memory is disclosed comprising a first memory portion, a second memory portion, and an interface, wherein the memory portions are electrically isolated from each other and the interface is capable of receiving a row command and a column command in the time it takes to cycle the memory once. By interleaving access requests (comprising row commands and column commands) to the different portions of the memory, and by properly timing these access requests, it is possible to achieve full data bus utilization in the memory without increasing data granularity." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2009 (12/393,265). 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=8,370,596.PN.&OS=PN/8,370,596&RS=PN/8,370,596 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** BodyMedia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- BodyMedia, Pittsburgh, has been assigned a patent (8,369,936) developed by nine co-inventors for a "wearable apparatus for measuring heart-related parameters and deriving human status parameters from sensed physiological and contextual parameters." The co-inventors are Jonathan Farringdon, Pittsburgh, John M. Stivoric, Pittsburgh, Eric Teller, San Francisco, David Andre, San Francisco, Scott Boehmke, Wexford, Pa., James Gasbarro, Pittsburgh, Gregory Kovacs, Palo Alto, Calif., Raymond Pelletier, Pittsburgh, and Christopher Kasabach, Pittsburgh.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A monitor device and associated methodology are disclosed which provide a self contained, relatively small and continuously wearable package for the monitoring of heart related parameters, including ECG. The detection of heart related parameters is predicated on the location of inequipotential signals located within regions of the human body conventionally defined as equivalent for the purpose of detection of heart related electrical activity, such as on single limbs. Amplification, filtering and processing methods and apparatus are described in conjunction with analytical tools for beat detection and display." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2010 (12/840,109). 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=8,369,936.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,936&RS=PN/8,369,936 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Innova Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Innova Electronics, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,370,018) developed by Keith Andreasen, Huntington Beach, Calif., Robert Madison, Corona, Calif., and Ieon Chen, Laguna Hills, Calif., for an automotive diagnostic process.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of processing vehicle diagnostic data is provided for identifying likely vehicle fix(s) associated with a diagnostic data, and identifying a repair procedure(s) for correcting the likely fix(s). The process receiving vehicle diagnostic data from a vehicle onboard computer at a remote diagnostic database, the database being arranged to map vehicle diagnostic data to possible vehicle fix(s). The possible vehicle fix(s) are prioritized in accordance with ranked matches of the received diagnostic data to combinations of diagnostic data stored in a prior experience database. The prior experience database having an identified fix associated with each stored combination of diagnostic data. The fix associated with the highest ranked combination of diagnostic data is identified as the most likely fix. The most likely fix is mapped to a vehicle repair database, the most likely fix being directly mapped to an associated repair procedure for repairing the most likely fix." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2010 (12/715,181). 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=8,370,018.PN.&OS=PN/8,370,018&RS=PN/8,370,018 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 7 -- Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Erlanger, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,370,032) developed by Jordan Choby, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Ken Mathis, Torrance, Calif., for "systems and methods for shift control for vehicular transmission." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for shift control for vehicular transmission. A transmission may shift gears at designated transmission shift points. When the slope of the road grade encountered by a vehicle changes, the transmission shift points may be altered to provide better vehicle performance. According to one embodiment, road slope may be calculated based upon vehicle acceleration and acceleration caused by pedal depression. In such an embodiment, brake indication may be calculated from the same road slope calculation without the use of a brake signal switch. If brake application is indicated by the road slope calculation, transmission shifting may be adjusted to prevent poor vehicle performance." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2007 (11/776,975). 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=8,370,032.PN.&OS=PN/8,370,032&RS=PN/8,370,032 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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