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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Colorado (Feb. 8)
[February 08, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Colorado (Feb. 8)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Colorado.

*** iRobot Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- iRobot, Bedford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,368,339) developed by Joseph L. Jones, Acton, Mass., and Philip R. Mass, Denver, for a robot confinement.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of confining a robot in a work space includes providing a portable barrier signal transmitting device including a primary emitter emitting a confinement beam primarily along an axis defining a directed barrier. A mobile robot including a detector, a drive motor and a control unit controlling the drive motor is caused to avoid the directed barrier upon detection by the detector on the robot. The detector on the robot has an omnidirectional field of view parallel to the plane of movement of the robot. The detector receives confinement light beams substantially in a plane at the height of the field of view while blocking or rejecting confinement light beams substantially above or substantially below the plane at the height of the field of view." The patent application was filed on Aug. 13, 2009 (12/540,564). 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=8,368,339&OS=8,368,339&RS=8,368,339 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Swift Distribution Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Swift Distribution, Torrance, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,367,919) developed by Michael Belitz, Manhattan Beach, Calif., Robin R. Slaton, Fort Collins, Colo., and Allen Killebrew, Longmont, Colo., for a musical support apparatus.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the inventive technology relate generally to item support apparatus. Although a focus of the inventive technology may, in some embodiments, be on support of musical related items such as musical instruments, keyboards, and sound speakers, the scope of the inventive technology and its applicability is not necessarily limited as such. In various embodiments, certain inventive technology provides enhanced functionality (e.g., stand adjustability), robust and simplified design (e.g., as may be found in a retention augmented item stand), enhanced performance (as may be found in a telescoping tube lock apparatus), and an ability to more easily control the elevation and lowering of heavy, stand supported items such as speakers." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2009 (12/863,168). 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=8,367,919&OS=8,367,919&RS=8,367,919 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,368,002) developed by four co-inventors for an "in-line image sensor in combination with linear variable filter based spectrophotometer." The co-inventors are Paul A. Hosier, Rochester, N.Y., Jagdish C. Tandon, Fairport, N.Y., Josef E. Jedlicka, Denver, and Paul S. Bonino, Ontario, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A photosensitive apparatus including a full width array of photosensors and a first photosensor chip. The first photosensor chip including a linear array of photosensors having a plurality of pixels arranged in a long direction and a linear variable filter adapted to transmit at least ten unique bandwidths of wavelengths of light along a length of the linear variable filter where the linear variable filter is fixedly secured to the linear array. Each respective pixel receives a unique bandwidth of wavelengths of light as a light passes through the linear variable filter and the length is aligned with the long direction. The full width array of photosensors is arranged perpendicular to a process direction of a printing device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/580,028). 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=8,368,002&OS=8,368,002&RS=8,368,002 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent for Memory Constructions Comprising Magnetic Materials ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,368,133) developed by Joel A. Drewes, Longmont, Colo., for a "memory constructions comprising magnetic materials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention includes a method of forming a semiconductor construction, such as an MRAM construction. A block is formed over a semiconductor substrate. First and second layers are formed over the block, and over a region of the substrate proximate the block. The first and second layers are removed from over the block while leaving portions of the first and second layers over the region proximate the block. At least some of the first layer is removed from under the second layer to form a channel over the region proximate the block. A material, such as a soft magnetic material, is provided within the channel. The invention also includes semiconductor constructions." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2011 (13/025,073). 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=8,368,133&OS=8,368,133&RS=8,368,133 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Harvard College Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,368,008) developed by Ethan Schonbrun, Newton Highlands, Mass., Charles Rinzler, Denver, and Kenneth B. Crozier, Cambridge, Mass., for an "optical trapping methods and apparatus employing one or more Fresnel zone plates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus (1100) for trapping fluid-borne object(s) (212) using one or more Fresnel zone plates (202) located in proximity to a fluid medium (208). Optical tweezers based on one or more Fresnel zone plates may be integrated with a microfluidic structure (e.g., chambers, channels) (1104) of various geometries so as to form one or more optical traps (215) within a fluid medium contained by the microfluidic structure(s). Three-dimensional trapping of objects can be obtained with stiffness comparable to that of conventional optical tweezers based on a microscope objective. In one example, a single Fresnel zone plate is particularly configured to form multiple optical traps upon irradiation, so as to trap multiple objects simultaneously. Exemplary applications of the methods and apparatus disclosed herein include determination of various fluid medium properties (e.g., velocity, refractive index, viscosity, temperature, pH) and object sorting." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2008 (12/679,436). 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=8,368,008&OS=8,368,008&RS=8,368,008 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,369,044) developed by four co-inventors for a "disk drive with balance plug having longitudinal retainers." The co-inventors are Joshua B. Howie, Boulder, Colo., Joshua P. Weiher, San Jose, Calif., Scott E. Watson, San Jose, Calif., and Matthew L. Brown, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein is a disk drive balance plug that includes a substantially cylindrical body defining a first end, a second end, a substantially cylindrical outer surface, and a plug central axis. The balance plug also preferably includes at least one protrusion extending along the cylindrical outer surface between the first and second ends in a direction substantially aligned with the plug central axis." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/826,667). 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=8,369,044&OS=8,369,044&RS=8,369,044 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Velcon Filters Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Velcon Filters, Colorado Springs, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,368,894) developed by Jed Stevens, Mission Viejo, Calif., Gregory S. Sprenger, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Sean Sullivan, Colorado Springs, Colo., for a "full-flow sensor for contamination in fluids." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sensing system includes a housing having an inlet for receiving a fluid flow from a source and an outlet with for directing a fluid flow from the housing, wherein a longitudinal axis transverses a center of the inlet and the outlet; a flow conduit disposed in the housing and in fluid communication with the inlet and the outlet, the flow conduit having a cross-sectional area that is substantially the same as a cross-sectional area of the inlet and the outlet, wherein a first length of the flow conduit along a second axis, and wherein the first axis and the second axis are perpendicular to the longitudinal axis; a light source for illuminating the fluid in the flow conduit along the first axis; and a sensor for detecting contaminants in the fluid." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2010 (12/861,917). 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=8,368,894&OS=8,368,894&RS=8,368,894 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ricoh Production Print Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Ricoh Production Print Solutions, Boulder, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,368,978) developed by Yue Qiao, Longmont, Colo., for a "linear processing in color conversion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems herein provide for color conversion of image data to another color space, such as that of a printer. Such color conversion includes linearly processing the color conversions when using radial basis functions for the conversions. One color conversion system herein includes a modeling module operable to generate a numerical model according to a radial basis function for converting the color values in the image data to the color space. The numerical model includes error approximations operable to form the radial basis function into a linear process. The system also includes a color converter operable to convert the color values in the image data to the color space based on the numerical model." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/342,336). 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=8,368,978&OS=8,368,978&RS=8,368,978 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** USAF Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- The U.S. Air Force has been assigned a patent (8,369,006) developed by four co-inventors for "nanoparticle doped hybrid photoreactives." The co-inventors are Gary Cook, Beavercreek, Ohio, Dean R. Evans, Beavercreek, Ohio, Anatoly Gluschenko, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Victor Yu Reshetnyak, Kyiv, Ukraine.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a photorefractive hybrid cell including a window and a gain media disposed adjacent the window. The gain media includes nanoparticles therein. The window includes a material that forms a space-charge field. The gain media includes a material having refractive index properties that depend on an electric field. The nanoparticles include a material which responds orientationally to the presence of an electric or magnetic field." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2011 (13/089,604). 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=8,369,006&OS=8,369,006&RS=8,369,006 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,369,433) developed by six co-inventors for a "digital up-converter and N-channel modulator with flexible association of QAM generation resources to narrowcast and broadcast frequencies." The co-inventors are Joel I. Danzig, Alpharetta, Ga., Richard S. Prodan, Niwot, Colo., Niki Pantelias, Duluth, Ga., Thomas Kolze, Phoenix, Victor T. Hou, La Jolla, Calif., and Taruna Tjahjadi, Snellville, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a digital up-converter and an N-channel modulator are provided herein. The embodiments of the digital up-converter, in combination with the N-channel modulator, are capable of efficiently filling the spectrum of one or more RF signals with one or more types of information signals. For example, the digital up-converter can fill the spectrum of one or more RF signals with both broadcast and narrowcast video and data signals. In addition, the digital up-converter is capable of flexibly mapping the information signals to one or more channels of the one or more RF signals using a novel, three-level switching architecture." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2011 (12/986,772). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.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=8,369,433.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,433&RS=PN/8,369,433 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems to Detect Voltage Changes within Integrated Circuits ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,368,385) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods and systems to detect voltage changes within integrated circuits." The co-inventors are Aaron M. Barton, Erie, Colo., James S. Ignowski, Fort Collins, Colo., Pablo Lopez, Fort Collins, Colo., Mondira Pant, Westborough, Mass., Rex Petersen, Fort Collins, Colo., Robert Rose, Hudson, Mass., and Sean Welch, Bellingham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems to detect droop events on-chip, which may include a sensor circuit located adjacent to a voltage node to convert a corresponding voltage to a digital count or value indicative of the voltage. The sensor circuit may include an n-stage ring oscillator and an asynchronous counter. The sensor circuit may include circuitry to capture and convert a phase associated with a count to a binary fractional value to increase voltage resolution. Multiple counts associated with the node may be evaluated at the node to identify minimum and maximum counts and corresponding time stamps. More complex evaluation and control circuitry may be shared amongst a plurality of sensor circuits and may include circuitry to generate and compare counts to one or more variable thresholds, circuitry to average counts over time, and memory to store state values associated with the sensors." The patent application was filed on Sept. 25, 2009 (12/566,956). 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=8,368,385.PN.&OS=PN/8,368,385&RS=PN/8,368,385 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,369,324) developed by four co-inventors for a variable compression queue. The co-inventors are Alan R. Breight, Boulder, Colo., Jeffrey Chu, Arvada, Colo., Marc A. Geist, Broomfield, Colo., and Robert C. Steiner, Broomfield, Colo.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure is directed to an embodiment of a system that includes: (a) a queue to receive compressed blocks of data elements to be transmitted to a destination node and a variable compression module that, in response to an unacceptable connection status with the destination node, an unacceptable level of local processing resources, and/or an unacceptable level of local memory resources, changes a number of data elements in the block and/or increases a degree of compression." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2008 (12/240,306). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.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=8,369,324.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,324&RS=PN/8,369,324 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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