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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Feb. 14)
[February 14, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Feb. 14)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** iRobot Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- iRobot, Bedford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,721) developed by seven co-inventors for a robot system. The co-inventors are Michael J. Halloran, Waltham, Mass., Jeffrey W. Mammen, Westford, Mass., Tony L. Campbell, Pepperell, Mass., Jason S. Walker, Medford, Mass., Paul E. Sandin, Brookline, N.H., John N. Billington Jr., Georgetown, Mass., and Daniel N. Ozick, Newton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power-saving robot system includes at least one peripheral device and a mobile robot. The peripheral device includes a controller having an active mode and a hibernation mode, and a wireless communication component capable of activation in the hibernation mode. A controller of the robot has an activating routine that communicates with and temporarily activates the peripheral device, via wireless communication, from the hibernation mode. In another aspect, a robot system includes a network data bridge and a mobile robot. The network data bridge includes a broadband network interface, a wireless command interface, and a data bridge component. The data bridge component extracts serial commands received via the broadband network interface from an internet protocol, applies a command protocol thereto, and broadcasts the serial commands via the wireless interface. The mobile robot includes a wireless command communication component that receives the serial commands transmitted from the network data bridge." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2006 (11/633,883). 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=8,374,721.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,721&RS=PN/8,374,721 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medifocus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Medifocus, Columbia, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,374,702) developed by John Mon, Silver Spring, Md., and Alan J. Fenn, Wayland, Mass., for a drug delivery.


The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus (100) of treating tissue adjacent a bodily conduit using thermotherapy, while preventing obstructions of the bodily conduit due to edema, includes injection of a drug-encapsulated within a heat-sensitive carrier, such as a liposome, within a region of tissue to be treated. The heat produced by the energy-emitting source (110) heats a portion of the tissue surrounding the bodily conduit to a temperature of approximately 43.degree. C. for a time sufficient to destroy the heated portion of the tissue. In addition, the heat produced by the energy-emitting source (110) activates the heat-sensitive carrier to activate the release of the encapsulated drug and the drug targets the tissue to be heated. The focused energy of the energy-emitting source together with the compression acting on the target area can assist in delivering drugs to the target area so that a natural stent has a long term efficacy." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2012 (13/523,336). 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=8,374,702.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,702&RS=PN/8,374,702 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,375,187) developed by Kendell Chilton, Southborough, Mass., and Sachin More, Westborough, Mass., for an "I/O scheduling for flash drives." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a data storage system, a controller schedules I/Os to storage devices so that each one substantially performs only reads or only writes, thereby increasing performance. At least one storage device is designated as a current write device. The remainder of the devices are designated current read devices. Host write data is stored in a buffer memory. Storage device reads occur only from the current read devices. Storage device writes occur only to the current write device(s). In response to a triggering event, the designations are updated so that a different storage device is designated the current write device, and the remainder of the storage devices are designated the current read devices. A triggering event may include but not be limited to a time period, number of writes, cache size, device wear, environmental conditions, application requirements, or combination." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2007 (11/862,417). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,375,187.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,187&RS=PN/8,375,187 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hypermed Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Hypermed Imaging, Greenwich, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,682) developed by five co-inventors for a "hyperspectral imaging in diabetes and peripheral vascular disease." The co-inventors are Jenny E. Freeman, Weston, Mass., Svetlana V. Panasyuk, Lexington, Mass., Michael J. Hopmeier, Mary Esther, Fla., Kevin Schomacker, Maynard, Mass., and Derek Brand, Brighton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is directed to methods and systems of hyperspectral and multispectral imaging of medical tissues. In particular, the invention is directed to new devices, tools and processes for the detection and evaluation of diseases and disorders such as, but not limited to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease, that incorporate hyperspectral or multispectral imaging." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2006 (11/396,941). 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=8,374,682.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,682&RS=PN/8,374,682 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Apparatus, System, and Method for Efficiently Verifying Writes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,177) developed by Binny Sher Gill, Auburn, Mass., and Jeremy Michael Pinson, Tucson, Ariz., for an "apparatus, system, and method for efficiently verifying writes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for efficiently verifying writes. A storage module stores a plurality of data sets in a storage controller memory. A write module writes the plurality of data sets through a first write channel to a hard disk drive. A verification module verifies whether a representative data set of the plurality of data sets is successfully written to the first write channel or not. A mitigation module rewrites the plurality of data sets in response to an unsuccessful write of the representative data set." The patent application was filed on May 1, 2007 (11/743,033). 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=8,375,177.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,177&RS=PN/8,375,177 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Techniques for Use with Memory Partitioning and Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,375,174) developed by Jerome Cartmell, Natick, Mass., Steven McClure, Northborough , Mass., and Alesia Tringale, Worcester, Mass., for "techniques for use with memory partitioning and management." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described are techniques for partitioning memory. A plurality of boards is provided. Each of the plurality of boards includes a physical memory portion and a set of one or more processor. The physical memory portion in each of said plurality of boards is partitioned into a plurality of logical partitions including a global memory partition accessible by any processor on any of the plurality of boards and one or more other memory partitions configured for use by one or more processors of said each board. Each of the one or more other memory partitions not being accessible to a processor on a board other than said each board." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/798,035). 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=8,375,174.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,174&RS=PN/8,375,174 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent for Fast and Efficient Reacquisition of Locks for Transactional Memory Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,175) developed by David Dice, Foxboro, Mass., Nir N. Shavit, Cambridge, Mass., and Virendra J. Marathe, Florence, Mass., for a "fast and efficient reacquisition of locks for transactional memory systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for fast lock acquisition and release in a lock-based software transactional memory system. The method includes determining that a group of shared memory areas are likely to be accessed together in one or more atomic memory transactions executed by one or more threads of a computer program in a transactional memory system. In response to determining this, the system associates the group of memory areas with a single software lock that is usable by the transactional memory system to coordinate concurrent transactional access to the group of memory areas by the threads of the computer program. Subsequently, a thread of the program may gain access to a plurality of the memory areas of the group by acquiring the single software lock." The patent application was filed on Dec. 9, 2009 (12/634,640). 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=8,375,175.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,175&RS=PN/8,375,175 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** 3M Innovative Properties Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- 3M Innovative Properties, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,714) developed by four co-inventors for a "local enforcement of accuracy in fabricated models." The co-inventors are Patrick Colm Dunne, Maynard, Mass., Eric B. Paley, Cambridge, Mass., Micah J. Rosenbloom, Boston, and Michael Patrick Girard, Amherstburg, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The systems and methods disclosed herein employ a combination of digital three-dimensional modeling and rapid fabrication technologies to provide pre-indexed, pre-registered, and/or precut components for articulated dental models. Dental articulators and components of dental models as described herein use a positioning key to encode positional information for components of the dental model, and/or a reference grid on mounting surfaces to enforce local accuracy of fabricated parts against a fixed reference array." The patent application was filed on Feb. 23, 2010 (12/710,782). 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=8,374,714.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,714&RS=PN/8,374,714 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Technique for Protecting against Failure of a Network Element Using Multi-topology Repair Routing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,092) developed by five co-inventors for a "technique for protecting against failure of a network element using multi-topology repair routing (MTRR)." The co-inventors are Stefano B. Previdi, Rome, David D. Ward, Los Gatos, Calif., Jean-Philippe Vasseur, Dunstable, Mass., Ian Michael Charles Shand, Cobham, United Kingdom, and Stewart Bryant, Merstham, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique protects against failure of a network element using Multi-Topology Repair Routing (MTRR) in a computer network. According to the novel technique, a protecting node (e.g., a router) maintains Multi-Topology Routing (MTR) databases for a first topology and at least a second topology. The protecting node determines whether any acceptable repair paths are available in the first topology for a protected network element (e.g., node, link, etc.) of the first topology. If not, the protecting node may establish a repair path (e.g., for Fast ReRoute, FRR) in the second topology for the protected network element." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2006 (11/511,128). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,092.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,092&RS=PN/83,74,092 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,164) developed by four co-inventors for a "detection of specific BFD path failures." The co-inventors are Thomas D. Nadeau, Hampton, N.H., Danny Prairie, Kanata, Canada, George Swallow, Boston, and Reshad Rahman, Ottawa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved detection of specific BFD LSP path failures is herein disclosed. The improved detection described herein allow for faster fault isolation of a failure along a LSP path, which in turn may allow for faster repair of the failure. When opening a BFD session with a LSP egress node, the LSP ingress node provides the LSP egress node a path descriptor along with the BFD Discriminator. If a BFD failure is detected at the LSP egress node, the LSP egress node can signal an alarm that includes a full description of the path." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2007 (11/697,571). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,164.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,164&RS=PN/83,74,164 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,096) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for selecting antennas and beams in MIMO wireless LANs." The co-inventors are Daqing Gu, Burlington, Mass., Hongyuan Zhang, Sunnyvale, Calif., Jinyun Zhang, Cambridge, Mass., and Andreas F. Molisch, Arlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method selects antennas in a multiple-input, multiple-output wireless local area network that includes multiple stations, and each station includes a set of antennas. Multiple consecutively transmitted sounding packets are received in a station. Each sounding packet corresponds to a different subset of the set of antennas. A channel matrix is estimated from the multiple consecutively transmitted sounding packets. A frame including a high throughput (HT) control field is sent to initiate a selecting of antennas, and a subset of antennas is selected according to the channel matrix." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2005 (12/094,441). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,096.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,096&RS=PN/83,74,096 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Trex Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Trex Enterprises, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,129) developed by five co-inventors for a "circuit switched millimeter wave communication network." The co-inventors are Brett Lewis, Honolulu, John Lovberg, San Diego, Tzu-Chiang Hsieh, Freemont, Calif., Kenneth Y. Tang, Alpine, Calif., and Robert Fein, Newton Centre, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high bandwidth, low latency middle-mile core communications network providing low-cost and high-speed communications among the users of the network. Embodiments of the invention include a number of network access points located at a number of spaced apart sites. At least some of these network access points in the network are in communication with each other via millimeter radio links with microwave backup links. In preferred embodiments the millimeter radio links include two millimeter radios, one transmitting in the frequency range of 71-76 GHz and receiving in the frequency range if 81 to 86 GHz and the other radio transmitting in the frequency range of 81-86 GHz and receiving in the frequency range if 71 to 76 GHz." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2010 (12/930,143). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,129.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,129&RS=PN/83,74,129 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Level 3 Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Level 3 Communications, Broomfield, Colo., has been assigned a patent (8,374,167) developed by James D. O'Brien Jr., Burlington, Mass., and Elliot Eichen, Burlington, Mass., for "voice over internet protocol real time protocol routing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for call signaling and media flow in a network including receiving call signaling information from an originating Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) endpoint relaying the call signaling information to a destination VoIP endpoint, directing the originating VoIP endpoint to use a RTP media proxy and receiving a stream of media to the RTP media proxy from the originating VoIP endpoint." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2008 (12/060,680). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,167.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,167&RS=PN/83,74,167 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,374,166) developed by David C. Robbins, Grafton, Mass., for a "method and system for providing call waiting features in a SIP-based network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method that includes receiving a first call request from a second user to a first user, establishing a first dialog between a network element and the first user, establishing a second dialog between the network element and the second user, establishing a third dialog between the network element and a third user in response to a second call request from a third user, establishing a fourth dialog between the network element and the first user as a result of establishing the third dialog, waiting for a response from the first user in the fourth dialog and receiving one or more indications of actions from the first user to manage the disposition of the second call request." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2006 (11/534,426). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,166.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,166&RS=PN/83,74,166 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Power Save Enhancements for Wireless Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,192) developed by Shravan K. Surineni, Waltham, Mass., Arnaud Meylan, San Diego, and Ajay Dassu, Waltham, Mass., for "power save enhancements for wireless communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for improving power saving by stations in wireless networks are described. In an aspect, a source station sends a frame with a buffer status for a recipient station during an awake time for both stations and sends one or more data frames to the recipient station as indicated by the buffer status. The recipient station knows how many data frames to expect based on the buffer status and can go to sleep after receiving the expected number of data frames. In another aspect, a source station receives a frame with information on transmission opportunity (TXOP) bursting receive capability of a recipient station operating in a power save mode. The source station performs channel access at the start of a TXOP and sends multiple data frames in the TXOP to the recipient station based on the TXOP bursting receive capability of the recipient station." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2007 (11/871,874). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,192.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,192&RS=PN/83,74,192 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Polycom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Polycom, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,236) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for improving the average image refresh rate in a compressed video bitstream." The co-inventors are John Sievers, Wakefield, Mass., Stephen Botzko, Reading, Mass., David Lindbergh, Reading, Mass., and Charles M. Crisler, Windham, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for digital video encoding is disclosed. The disclosed system provides for a way of improving video quality for a given video coding system design." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2012 (13/452,325). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,236.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,236&RS=PN/83,74,236 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Connection Verification for MPLS Label Switched Paths and Pseudowires ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,095) developed by six co-inventors for a "connection verification for MPLS label switched paths and pseudowires." The co-inventors are Sami Boutros, San Ramon, Calif., Muthurajah Sivabalan, Kanata, Canada, David D. Ward, Los Gatos, Calif., George Swallow, Boston, Stewart Bryant, Merstham, United Kingdom, and Ian Michael Charles Shand, Cobham, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a connection verification (CV) message is initiated from an initiating maintenance end point (MEP) for an MPLS LSP, the CV message carried in a packet having a time-to-live (TTL) value of 1. Each maintenance intermediate point (MIP) along the MPLS LSP receives the packet and decrements the TTL, and in response to determining that the TTL equals 0, examines a payload of the packet to determine that the packet carries the CV message. The MIP may then append its MIP ID to a route record field of the payload having any previous MIP IDs of upstream MIPs, and forwards the CV message downstream along the MPLS LSP in a packet having a TTL value of 1. The end MEP receives the CV message, and sends a CV reply having the route record field with MIP IDs and an end MEP ID to the initiating MEP." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2009 (12/383,360). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,74,095.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,095&RS=PN/83,74,095 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Corporate Services Group, Raytheon BBN Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Verizon Corporate Services Group, Basking Ridge, N.J., and Raytheon BBN Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,374,645) developed by Brig Barnum Elliott, Arlington, Mass., for a hybrid communications link.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A hybrid communications link includes a slow, reliable communications link and a fast unreliable communications link. Communication via the hybrid communications link selectively uses both the slow, reliable communications link and the fast, unreliable communications link." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2010 (12/771,257). 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=8,374,645.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,645&RS=PN/8,374,645 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Providing Geographic Location Information on a Telephone Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,628) developed by Marco Nelissen, San Jose, Calif., and Thomas J. Tuttle, West Roxbury, Mass., for "providing geographic location information on a telephone device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one implementation, a computer-implemented method includes receiving, from a first telephone device and at a second telephone device, a request to accept a telephone call. The method further includes obtaining information that indicates a first current geographic location of the first telephone device or the associated first user based on the second telephone device or an associated second user being a member of a group of call recipients that are permitted to receive the information that indicates the first current geographic location. The method additionally includes, using the obtained information, providing a representation of the first current geographic location of the first telephone device on the second telephone device in association with the telephone call from the first telephone device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/943,505). 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=8,374,628.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,628&RS=PN/8,374,628 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** EMC Assigned Patent for Cooling System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,731) developed by Douglas Richard Sullivan, Hopkinton, Mass., for a cooling system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cooling system includes at least three fan units. A control unit operates each one of the at least three fan units, The control unit (a) operates only a selected two of the fan units, one of the at least three fan units being unselected and being inhibited from operation; (b) monitors operation of said selected two of fan units for a failure; and (c) upon detection of a failure in one of said selected two fan units, inhibits operation of the failed one of fan units and operating the unselected one of the at least three fan units." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2008 (12/343,517). 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=8,374,731&OS=8,374,731&RS=8,374,731 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

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