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

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

*** HomeRun Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- HomeRun Holdings, Pensacola, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,368,328) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method for operating a motorized roller shade." The co-inventors are Willis Jay Mullet, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Darrin W. Brunk, Pensacola, Fla., Christopher Lee Wysoczynski, Gulf Breeze, Fla., Harry Edward Asbury, Holt, Fla., Richard Scott Hand, Pace, Fla., Yan Rodriguez, Suwanee, Ga., and Benjamin Anthony Bruckner, Atlanta.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention advantageously provides methods for manually and/or remotely controlling a motorized roller shade that includes a shade attached to a shade tube, a DC gear motor disposed within the shade tube and a microcontroller. One method includes detecting a manual movement of the shade using a sensor, determining a displacement associated with the manual movement, and, if the displacement is less than a maximum displacement, moving the shade to a different position by energizing the DC gear motor to rotate the shade tube. Another method includes receiving a command from a remote control, and moving the shade to a position associated with the command by energizing the DC gear motor to rotate the shade tube." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2010 (12/711,193). 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=8,368,328&OS=8,368,328&RS=8,368,328 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Georgia Tech Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Georgia Tech Research, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,368,290) developed by Dongwon Kwon, Atlanta, and Gabriel Alfonso Rincon-Mora, Atlanta, for a "rectifier-free piezoelectric energy harverster and battery charger." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit for harvesting electrical energy from a piezoelectric source and for storing the electrical energy in a battery includes an inductor that is configured to store electrical energy. A diode bridge-free switching network is configured to: direct electrical energy from the piezoelectric source to the inductor during a first portion of a piezoelectric charge generating cycle; and direct electrical energy from the inductor to the battery during a second portion of the piezoelectric charge generating cycle." The patent application was filed on May 18, 2011 (13/110,629). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,368,290&OS=8,368,290&RS=8,368,290 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.


*** Superior Essex Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Superior Essex Communications, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,367,933) developed by Jeffrey H. Mumm, Marietta, Ga., Justin W. Mintz, Hoisington, Kan., and Nathaniel Ostrander, Woodstock, Ga., for a "data cables with improved pair property balance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communication cable can comprise twisted pairs of electrical conductors for transmitting electrical signals, such as for digital communication or data transmission. The pairs can be twisted to different lengths, thereby managing interference among the pairs. The electrical conductors of the pairs can be individually insulated with a polymeric material comprising a base polymer that is foamed with a gas such as nitrogen. The respective foaming levels of the electrical conductors in each pair can be selected to balance electrical properties among the pairs." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2010 (12/803,119). 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=8,367,933&OS=8,367,933&RS=8,367,933 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- QUALCOMM MEMS Technologies, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,368,124) developed by four co-inventors for an "electromechanical devices having etch barrier layers." The co-inventors are Mark W. Miles, Atlanta, John Batey, Cupertino, Calif., Clarence Chui, San Jose, Calif., and Manish Kothari, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, the invention provides a method for fabricating a microelectromechanical systems device. The method comprises fabricating a first layer comprising a film having a characteristic electromechanical response, and a characteristic optical response, wherein the characteristic optical response is desirable and the characteristic electromechanical response is undesirable; and modifying the characteristic electromechanical response of the first layer by at least reducing charge build up thereon during activation of the micro electromechanical systems device." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2009 (12/489,250). 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=8,368,124&OS=8,368,124&RS=8,368,124 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Industry Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Siemens Industry, Alpharetta, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,369,052) developed by Brian Timothy McCoy, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Russell T. Watford, Lawrenceville, Ga., for a modular circuit breaker.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates generally to a circuit breaker. More particularly, the invention encompasses a modular circuit breaker. The present invention is also directed to a novel a modular circuit breaker with a trip bar. The inventive two pole residential circuit breaker includes an Arc Fault and Ground Fault electronic detection system. The modular breaker design includes an electronic system used for tripping a designated mechanism pole which in turn trips the secondary mechanism pole. Electronic components are included that sense the continuous current flow through each mechanism pole simultaneously to determine when a trip event is needed. The electronic system of this invention includes a self diagnostic system with electronic visual indicators that display the method of which trip condition occurred." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2009 (12/507,415). 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=8,369,052&OS=8,369,052&RS=8,369,052 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Open Invention Network Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Open Invention Network, Durham, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,368,915) developed by Colin Lee Feeser, Atlanta, for a "system and method for printer driver management in an enterprise network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and program product for printer driver management in an enterprise network. Each requested printer driver is tested in a controlled environment to determine if the driver is compatible with at least one other driver in a set of drivers. The tested printer driver is conditioned for inclusion in a central repository that stores a plurality of sets of versioned drivers, if the printer driver is determined to be compatible. The tested driver and at least one associated file are packaged and stored in the central repository. The tested driver and associated file are deployed to at least one server hosting a distributed file share. The tested driver and associated file are downloaded to at least one print server. Driver files are touched with a date and time stamp so that workstations will automatically download updated printer drivers from the print server." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2006 (11/426,160). 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=8,368,915&OS=8,368,915&RS=8,368,915 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,369,212) developed by Gregory T. Howard, Austin, Texas, Michael Sean McGee, Austin, Texas, and Jeffrey D. Allen, Norcross, Ga., for a "network path validation based on user-specified criteria." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operating a network computer system to manage failover in the network computer system comprising communicating traffic via the plurality of network resources, and failing over from a primary pathway to a secondary pathway of the pathway plurality based on failure to receive the user-specified traffic defined by the failover criteria in the primary pathway in combination with availability of the user-specified traffic via the secondary pathway." The patent application was filed on Aug. 29, 2006 (11/512,460). 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=8,369,212&OS=8,369,212&RS=8,369,212 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Manufacturing Resources International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Manufacturing Resources International, Alpharetta, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,369,083) developed by William Dunn, Alpharetta, Ga., and Ware Bedell, Alpharetta, Ga., for a "system and method for selectively engaging cooling fans within an electronic display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for cooling an electronic image assembly having a plurality of channels place behind the electronic image assembly. A first fan may be used to force cooling gas through a first grouping of channels while a second fan may be used to force cooling gas through a second grouping of channels. Temperature sensing devices may be positioned so as to measure the temperature of the first and second groupings of channels. The speeds of the first and second fans may be adjusted based on the temperature measurements of the channel groupings. Additional fans with additional temperature sensing devices may be used for further accuracy and control over the temperature gradients of the electronic image assembly. Manifolds may be used to distribute/collect cooling gas to/from the channels." The patent application was filed on July 11, 2011 (13/179,996). 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=8,369,083&OS=8,369,083&RS=8,369,083 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.

*** Tego Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Tego, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,368,541) developed by five co-inventors for a "method for memory mapping in a composite RFID tag facility." The co-inventors are Larry Moore, Boston, Steve Beckhardt, Boston, David Puleston, Duluth, Ga., Robert W. Hamlin, Monroe, Conn., and Leonid Mats, Pittsburgh.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In embodiments of the present invention improved capabilities are described for a method of memory mapping disparate memories on a composite radio frequency identification (RFIdaho tag, where the RFID tag includes a plurality of individual RFID devices each having a memory store with a physical memory address range and mounted to a common substrate, where at least one of the individual RFID devices comprises memory configuration information, and where a memory addressing facility maps the physical memory address ranges of each of the individual RFID devices to a single logical addressing space and presents the address space as a single memory, where the memory addressing facility is included on a computing facility separate from the composite RFID tag." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2012 (13/533,415). 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=8,368,541.PN.&OS=PN/8,368,541&RS=PN/8,368,541 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Integrated Device Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Integrated Device Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,368,487) developed by Logan D. Sorenson, Atlanta, for a "thin-film bulk acoustic resonators having multi-axis acoustic wave propagation therein." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Microelectromechanical resonators include a resonator body anchored to a surrounding substrate by at least one support that holds the resonator body opposite a recess in the substrate. The resonator body has first and second pluralities of interdigitated drive and sense electrodes thereon. The first plurality of interdigitated drive and second electrodes are aligned to a first axis of acoustic wave propagation in the resonator body when the resonator body is operating at resonance. In contrast, the second plurality of interdigitated drive and sense electrodes are aligned to a second axis of acoustic wave propagation in the resonator body. This second axis of acoustic wave propagation preferably extends at an angle in a range from 60.degree. to 120.degree. relative to the first axis and, more preferably, at an angle of 90.degree. relative to the first axis. The resonator body may also be configured to have a first side that is oriented at a 45.degree. angle relative to the first axis of acoustic wave propagation and oriented at a 45.degree. angle relative to the second axis of acoustic wave propagation." The patent application was filed on Feb. 26, 2010 (12/713,940). 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=8,368,487.PN.&OS=PN/8,368,487&RS=PN/8,368,487 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Eclipse IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Eclipse IP, Delray Beach, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,368,562) developed by Scott A. Horstemeyer, Atlanta, for "systems and methods for a notification system that enable user changes to stop location for delivery and/or pickup of good and/or service." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for automated notification systems. One representative embodiment, among others, is a method for a notification system having a computer-based architecture using one or more computers, one or more memories associated with the one or more computers for storing computer program code, and one or more processors for executing the computer program code. One representative method, among others, involves enabling a user who receives a notification communication from a notification system, in connection with the delivery or pickup of a good or service at a stop location, to select whether or not to communicate with an entity having access to the particulars of the delivery or pickup and to change the stop location for the delivery or pickup." The patent application was filed on May 23, 2012 (13/478,535). 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=8,368,562.PN.&OS=PN/8,368,562&RS=PN/8,368,562 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Automatic Soft Key Adaptation with Left-right Hand Edge Sensing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,368,658) developed by Arthur Brisebois, Cumming, Ga., and Robert S. Klein, Manchester, Conn., for an "automatic soft key adaptation with left-right hand edge sensing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methodologies for adapting input/output operation of an electronic device for left-handed and/or right-handed scenarios are provided herein. As described herein, sensors (e.g., capacitive, resistive, touch-sensitive, etc.) are applied to respective outer edges of a device to determine whether a device is in a user's left hand and/or right hand. Based on this determination, respective points along the sensors can be mapped to soft keys to automatically optimize input for left-handed and/or right-handed operation. As further described herein, points of contact with an input device such as a touch-screen can be corrected based on whether a user's left hand and/or right hand is holding an associated electronic device. For example, upon identifying contact between a touch-screen and a thumb of a hand being used to hold an associated device, the point of contact can be shifted to compensate for the angle of the thumb with respect to the touch-screen." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2008 (12/326,172). 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=8,368,658&OS=8,368,658&RS=8,368,658 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Cell-to-WiFi Switcher ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,369,281) developed by Michael Denny, Sharpsburg, Ga., William Coan, Monroe, Wash., and Vishwa Prasad, Matawan, N.J., for a cell-to-WiFi switcher.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods that enable a user to seamlessly switch between networks and/or devices, during a content delivery session. The system comprises a network change detection component that can determine when the user switches from one network to another. Further, a context management component is employed that stores a context state of the content delivery session on the first network when a change in network is detected. The context state is employed to seamlessly resume content delivery on the newly connected network and continue the content delivery session." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2008 (12/277,063). 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=8,369,281.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,281&RS=PN/8,369,281 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsemi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Microsemi, Alisa Viejo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,368,481) developed by Yalin Jin, Austin, Texas, Vikram Krishnamurthy, Smyrna, Ga., and John Michael Hooper, Smyrna, Ga., for an RF switchable balun.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A handheld communication device having an RF front end module has a switchable balun comprising a primary winding having a first two port winding and a second two port winding where a low noise amplifier is operatively coupled to the first and second two port windings and a power amplifier is operatively coupled to the first and second two port windings. A secondary winding is operatively coupled to an antenna, and a transceiver is operatively coupled to the low noise amplifier and the power amplifier. When the switchable balun is in a receive state, the antenna is operatively coupled to the transceiver through the low noise amplifier, and when the switchable balun is in a transmit state, the antenna is operatively coupled to the transceiver through the power amplifier. The ratio of the primary winding to the secondary winding is greater than a one-to-one ratio." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2010 (12/903,387). 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=8,368,481.PN.&OS=PN/8,368,481&RS=PN/8,368,481 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method, and System, and Computer Program Product for Dynamically Adjusting Acknowledgment Filtering for High-latency Environments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 8 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,369,348) developed by David Pullen, Buford, Ga., for a "method, and system, and computer program product for dynamically adjusting acknowledgement filtering for high-latency environments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for adjusting the filtering of acknowledgments (ACKS) in a TCP environment. State variables are used to keep track of, first, the number of times an ACK has been promoted into (a variable which can be stored on a per-packet basis along with the session ID), and second, the number of times an ACK is allowed to be promoted into (which can be global, or can be stored per-session)." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2008 (12/035,089). 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=8,369,348.PN.&OS=PN/8,369,348&RS=PN/8,369,348 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

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