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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (April 16)
[April 16, 2011]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (April 16)


(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Insite Medical Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Insite Medical Technologies, Saratoga, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,738) developed by four co-inventors for "devices and methods for accessing the epidural space." The co-inventors are Stephen E. Eichmann, Cincinnati, Zachary J. Malchano, San Francisco, James K. Wall, San Francisco, Kenneth S. Wu, Palo Alto, Calif.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for accessing the epidural space in a mammal has a cutting sheath with a distal end adapted to transition from a closed cutting configuration to an open configuration. A tissue engagement device is in a hollow portion of the sheath. The tissue engagement device has a blunt distal end and an engagement feature. A method of accessing an epidural space includes the step of forming an opening to a position at or near the ligamentum flavum using the cutting sheath. Another step of the method is positioning a tissue engagement device within the hollow portion of the cutting sheath. Another step of the method is transitioning the cutting sheath from the closed cutting configuration to the open configuration. Another step of the method is manipulating the tissue engagement device to controllably advance the tissue engagement device at least partially through the ligamentum flavum." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2007 (11/948,980). 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=7,922,738.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,738&RS=PN/7,922,738 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** //check for extra spacing after product in intro//Gary Karlin Michelson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Gary Karlin Michelson, Los Angeles, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,723) developed by Gary Karlin Michelson, Venice, Calif., for a "method for using a surgical rongeur." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved rongeur for cutting bone or cartilage comprising two shaft members capable of reciprocating motion relative to each other wherein one shaft member terminates in a foot plate and the other shaft member comprises a combined cutting element and storage member is disclosed. The combined cutting element and storage member has a cutting edge at its distal end and a storage chamber proximate the cutting edge for collecting and storing cut pieces of bone or cartilage in an amount greater than the maximum bone or cartilage capable of being cut in a single full cut. The combined cutting element and storage member is truly disposable, rather than merely replaceable and requires the use of no tools or special assembly. The rongeur may be manually activated or activated by a solenoid and powered by a battery." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2003 (10/457,117). 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=7,922,723.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,723&RS=PN/7,922,723 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Restoration Robotics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Restoration Robotics, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,688) developed by seven co-inventors for a "automated delivery of a therapeutic or cosmetic substance to cutaneous, subcutaneous and intramuscular tissue regions." The co-inventors are Mohan Bodduluri, Palo Alto, Calif., Miguel G. Canales, Los Altos, Calif., James W. McCollum, Coronado, Calif., Philip L. Gildenberg, Houston, Douglas E. Kelly, Palo Alto, Calif., Jeffrey Bird, Menlo Park, Calif., and Frederic H. Moll, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Automated systems and methods for delivery of a therapeutic or cosmetic substance into cutaneous, subcutaneous or intramuscular tissue, wherein an automated (e.g., robotic) arm is maneuvered to position a delivery device proximate a targeted location (e.g., an existing hair follicle, a location for implanting a skin filler, or a location for intradermal tattoo ink injection) on a patient's skin surface; and a substantially automated process is used to cause the delivery device to puncture the skin surface and penetrate to a desired depth into the tissue at the targeted location, and deliver the substance therein." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2007 (11/621,087). 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=7,922,688.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,688&RS=PN/7,922,688 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Callaway Golf Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Callaway Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,606) developed by Joseph Balardeta, Encinitas, Calif., and Scott Denton, Carlsbad, Calif., for a GPS device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for dynamic collision avoidance of graphical and textual elements on a display is disclosed. The method comprises displaying an aerial image of a portion of the golf course on a viewport of a golf GPS device, wherein the GPS device comprises a GPS component, a memory for storing a plurality of aerial images of a golf course, and a user input. The method further comprises determining the location of the at least one element of texts on the display in positional relation to the plurality of elements on the display, determining if there is a collision of elements on the display, and adjusting the texts element to avoid collision." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/826,350). 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=7,922,606.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,606&RS=PN/7,922,606 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Abbott Diabetes Care Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,458) developed by Benjamin M. Rush, Oakland, Calif., Christopher V. Reggiardo, Castro Valley, Calif., and Arthur E. Anderson, III, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "variable volume, shape memory actuated insulin dispensing pump." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A portable pumping system provides insulin or other drugs to a user. A shape memory element is used to actuate the pump and an intelligent system controls the actuator in order to minimize stresses within the system and provide accurate and reliable dosage delivery. The control system utilizes various types of feedback to monitor and optimize the position of the pumping mechanisms. Physical design aspects also minimize stress and the combination of the physical design aspects and the intelligent operation of the system results in a lightweight and cost effective pump that may be used in a disposable fashion if desired." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2008 (12/345,571). 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=7,922,458.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,458&RS=PN/7,922,458 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AMX Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- AMX, Richardson, Texas, has been assigned a patent (D635,918) developed by seven co-inventors for an ornamental design for a "wide front docking cradle." The co-inventors are Phong Le, Lewisville, Texas, Jomichael Porter, Addison, Texas, Sam Hood, Rowlett, Texas, Joseph Craig Reed, Plano, Texas, David Thomas Ellis, Irvine, Calif., Lorelei Curtiss Connon, Plano, Texas, and Rashid Skaf, Plano, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a wide front docking cradle, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2010 (D/376,784). 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=2&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=(TX.ASST.)&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/TX&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/TX Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sun World International Assigned Patent for Plum Tree Named 'Suplumforty' ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Sun World International, Bakersfield, Calif., has been assigned a patent (PP21,864) developed by Terry Bacon, Bakersfield, Calif., for a "plum tree named 'Suplumforty'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new and distinct plum tree variety, Prunus salicina, cv. `Suplumforty` is characterized by ripening mid-season. The new variety is further characterized by dark skin and reddish flesh color." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2009 (12/583,126). 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=3&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Miramar Labs Assigned Patent for Disposable Tissue Interface for Use in Applying Energy to Body Tissue ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Miramar Labs, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,054) developed by four co-inventors for an ornamental design for a "disposable tissue interface for use in applying energy to body tissue." The co-inventors are Christopher Loew, Palo Alto, Calif., Yoav Ben-Haim, San Francisco, Peter J. Bentley, San Jose, Calif., and Daniel Francis, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a disposable tissue interface for use in applying energy to body tissue, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2009 (D/348,386). 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=9&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oakley Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Oakley, Foothill Ranch, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,010) developed by Hans Karsten Moritz, Foothill Ranch, Calif., for an ornamental design for an eyeglass front.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a eyeglass front, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on June 10, 2009 (D/315,268). 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=10&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Sun World International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Sun World International, Bakersfield, Calif., has been assigned a patent (PP21,865) developed by David W. Cain, Bakersfield, Calif., and Terry Bacon, Bakersfield, Calif., for a "plum tree named 'Suplumthirtynine'." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A new and distinct plum tree variety, Prunus salicina, cv. `Suplumthirtynine` is characterized by ripening very late in the harvest season, about three weeks later than `Suplumsix` (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 2,747). The new variety is further characterized by relatively large-sized fruit for the season and amber-colored flesh." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2009 (12/583,127). 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=2&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** World Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- World Products, Sonoma, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,964) developed by Bharadvaj R. Podduturi, Pleasant Hill, Calif., for an ornamental design for an antenna.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a antenna, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 14, 2010 (D/369,854). 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=13&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CareFusion 303 Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- CareFusion 303, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (7,922,697) developed by Anthony V. Beran, Santa Ana, Calif., for a catheter securement device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A securement device for securing a catheter to a patient comprises a pad having adhesive on at least a portion of the bottom surface. A fixed plate and a rotatable adjustable plate are affixed to the pad. The adjustable plate is rotated with respect to the fixed plate to secure a catheter. Posts are on the fixed plate and the adjustable plate to secure a winged catheter. A bracket can be affixed to a fixed plate or an adjustable plate and a cooperating tab can be affixed to the other plate for securing a catheter there between. In a further modification, a base is secured to a pad and a pair of plates is pivotally mounted on the base for rotation with respect to one another. Complementary pawl and ratchet members enable limited rotation of plates with respect to one another and to fix plates in selected adjustment position." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2006 (11/590,535). 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=7,922,697.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,697&RS=PN/7,922,697 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** PIXAR Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- PIXAR, Emeryville, Calif., has been assigned a patent (RE42,287) developed by Anthony A. Apodaca, San Rafael, Calif., Mark T. Vande Wettering, El Sobrante, Calif., and Larry I. Gritz, Berkeley, Calif., for a "stochastic level of detail in computer animation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for smoothly transitioning between different object representations in computer animation using stochastic sampling. The method allows for level of detail transitions between object representations made up of different geometric primitives, of different types, with different rendering attributes, and even different topologies without "popping" or other visual artifacts." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2003 (10/684,320). 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=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cordelia Lighting Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Cordelia Lighting, Rancho Dominguez, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,108) developed by Huan C. Nguyen, Anaheim, Calif., and Dwight David Santiago, Summerfield, N.C., for an ornamental design for a ceiling light fixture.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a ceiling light fixture, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2010 (D/380,222). 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=5&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** U.S. Pole Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- U.S. Pole, Palmdale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,107) developed by Wayne Compton, Chino Hills, Calif., for an ornamental design for a lighting fixture.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a lighting fixture, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on May 25, 2010 (D/362,376). 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=6&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Miramar Labs Assigned Patent for Hand-Held Applicator with Disposable Tissue Interface for Applying Energy ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Miramar Labs, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,087) developed by seven co-inventors for an ornamental design for a "hand-held applicator with disposable tissue interface for applying energy to body tissue." The co-inventors are Christopher Loew, Palo Alto, Calif., Roderick K. MacLean III, Mountain View, Calif., Alexey Salamini, San Francisco, Daniel Francis, Mountain View, Calif., Yoav Ben-Haim, San Francisco, Ted Su, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Peter J. Bentley, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a hand-held applicator with disposable tissue interface for applying energy, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2009 (D/348,384). 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=8&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** World Products Assigned Patent for Antenna ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- World Products, Sonoma, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,963) developed by Bharadvaj R. Podduturi, Pleasant Hill, Calif., for an ornamental design for an antenna.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a antenna, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2010 (D/369,653). 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=14&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Plantronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Plantronics, Santa Cruz, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,962) developed by John Kelley, Santa Cruz, Calif., for an ornamental design for communications headset.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a communications headset, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (D/364,785). 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=15&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Access Scientific Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Access Scientific, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (7,922,696) developed by five co-inventors for a access device. The co-inventors are Michael Tal, Woodbridge, Conn., Janelle Anderson, New York, Benjamin K. Yaffe, San Francisco, William J. McCreight, Harleysville, Pa., and Robert Rabiner, Tiverton, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An access device places a medical article within a body space of a patient. The device has a needle section that includes an elongated body and a needle hub. The device further includes a dilator portion that has a dilator and a dilator hub. The dilator is coaxially disposed and slideable over the elongated body of the needle section. The device further includes a sheath section that has a sheath and a sheath hub. The sheath is coaxially disposed and slideable over the dilator. The device further includes a first locking mechanism operably disposed between the needle hub and the dilator hub to inhibit at least unintentional axial movement between the needle section and the dilator portion and a second locking mechanism operably disposed between the dilator hub and the sheath hub to inhibit at least unintentional axial movement between the dilator portion and the sheath section." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2008 (12/019,598). 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=7,922,696.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,696&RS=PN/7,922,696 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cobra Golf Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Cobra Golf, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,604) developed by six co-inventors for a "multi-material golf club head." The co-inventors are Ryan L. Roach, Carlsbad, Calif., Peter Soracco, Carlsbad, Calif., Nicholas M. Nardacci, Bristol, R.I., Scott A. Rice, San Diego, Thomas C. Morris, Carlsbad, Calif., and Christopher B. Best, Park City, Utah.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A golf club head formed of multiple materials is disclosed. Those portions of the club head that are subject to high stresses during normal use of the golf club head are formed of a metallic material. Most of the material beyond what is required to maintain structural integrity, however, is removed and replaced with a lightweight material. This freed-up mass that can be redistributed to other, more beneficial locations of the club head. The lightweight material also damps vibrations generated during use of the golf club. This vibration damper may be retained in a state of compression to enhance the vibration damping. One or more weight members may be included to obtain desired center of gravity position, moments of inertia, and other club head attributes." The patent application was filed on July 3, 2007 (11/822,197). 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=7,922,604.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,604&RS=PN/7,922,604 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MerchSource Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- MerchSource, Foothill Ranch, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,006) developed by Jeff Champ, Aliso Viejo, Calif., for an ornamental design for a video camera.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a video camera, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2009 (D/346,222). 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=11&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Polycom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Polycom, Pleasanton, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,955) developed by four co-inventors for an ornamental design for a speakerphone. The co-inventors are Greg Corrigan, Vancouver, Canada, Ben Zuckerman, Vancouver, Canada, Richard J. Montague, Cupertino, Calif., and Stuart Lerner, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a speakerphone, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2010 (D/358,053). 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=16&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,853) developed by 14 co-inventors for an ornamental design for a packaging. The co-inventors are Bartley K. Andre, Menlo Park, Calif., Daniel J. Coster, San Francisco, Daniele De Iuliis, San Francisco, Richard P. Howarth, San Francisco, Jonathan P. Ive, San Francisco, Steve Jobs, Palo Alto, Calif., Duncan Robert Kerr, San Francisco, Shin Nishibori, Portola Valley, Calif., Matthew Dean Rohrbach, San Francisco, Peter Russell-Clarke, San Francisco, Douglas B. Satzger, Menlo Park, Calif., Christopher J. Stringer, Woodside, Calif., Eugene Antony Whang, San Francisco, and Rico Zorkendorfer, San Francisco.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a packaging, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2010 (D/364,391). 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=21&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Genetronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Genetronics, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (7,922,709) developed by Lei Zhang, San Diego, Dietmar P. Rabussay, Solana Beach, Calif., for a "enhanced delivery of naked DNA to skin by non-invasive in vivo electroporation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In vivo methods are provided for using an electric field to delivery therapeutic or immunizing treatment to a subject by applying non-invasive, user-friendly electrodes to the surface of the skin. Thus, therapeutic or immunizing agents can be delivered into cells of skin for local and systemic treatments or for immunization with optimal gene expression and minimal tissue damage. In particular, therapeutic agents include naked or formulated nucleic acid, polypeptides and chemotherapeutic agents." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2005 (11/291,459). 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=7,922,709.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,709&RS=PN/7,922,709 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hansen Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Hansen Medical, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,693) developed by Gene Reis, Mountain View, Calif., for "apparatus systems and methods for flushing gas from a catheter of a robotic catheter system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, systems and methods for flushing a lumen of a catheter instrument to reduce or eliminate bubbles within the lumen. An interface valve is adapted for attachment to a proximal end of the catheter instrument and can receive a working instrument for insertion into the catheter instrument lumen. A fluid supply line and purge lines are coupled to the interface valve and in fluid communication with at least a portion of the interface valve lumen. Flow of fluid (e.g. saline and a gas such as bubbles) through purge lines is controllable using clamps such that fluid flowing into the interface valve lumen can be manipulated to flow in different directions through different portions of the interface valve lumen for evacuation through different purge lines, thus allowing for purging of forward and backward flows to remove gas or bubbles from the catheter instrument lumen." The patent application was filed on March 19, 2008 (12/077,736). 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=7,922,693.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,693&RS=PN/7,922,693 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Miramar Labs Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Miramar Labs, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D636,088) developed by six co-inventors for an ornamental design for a "hand-held applicator for applying energy to a body tissue region." The co-inventors are Christopher Loew, Palo Alto, Calif., Roderick K. MacLean III, Mountain View, Calif., Alexey Salamini, San Francisco, Daniel Francis, Mountain View, Calif., Yoav Ben-Haim, San Francisco, and Ted Su, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a hand-held applicator for applying energy to a body tissue region, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2009 (D/348,385). 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=7&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** CMC Rescue Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- CMC Rescue, Goleta, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,844) developed by Stephen Boothby, Montecito, Calif., for an ornamental design for an escape anchor hook.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a escape anchor hook, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (D/366,609). 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=22&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Farpointe Data Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Farpointe Data, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,841) developed by Scott E. Lindley, Redwood City, Calif., for an ornamental design for a RFID key fob.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a RFID key fob, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (D/353,853). 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=23&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Align Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Align Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,490) developed by Huafeng Wen, Redwood City, Calif., for a "base for physical dental arch model." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method produces a base for physical tooth models. The method includes providing one or more cast materials in a container, pressing the underside of the physical tooth models into the one or more cast materials to produce impressions in the one or more cast materials, and solidifying the one or more cast materials having the impressions to produce the base that is adapted to receive the physical tooth models." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2004 (11/013,152). 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=7,922,490.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,490&RS=PN/7,922,490 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Danisco US Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Danisco US, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,483) developed by Mark Donnelly, Warrensville, Ill., William H. Eschenfeldt, St. Charles, Ill., and Jonathan Trent, La Silva Beach, Calif., for a "method of using a polynucleotide encoding 2.5-diketo-D-gluconic acid reductase." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are novel nucleic acids, proteins and methods that can be used to provide new catalysts with desirable traits for industrial processes. In particular, novel reductases isolated from the environment using PCR methods are described." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2009 (12/487,497). 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=7,922,483.PN.&OS=PN/7,922,483&RS=PN/7,922,483 Written by Ankita Alagh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Altera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Altera, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,926,019) developed by Ajay K. Ravi, San Jose, Calif., for a "common clock path pessimism analysis for circuit designs using clock tree networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method, computer program and system to perform timing analysis of designs containing clock networks by eliminating Common Clock Path Pessimism. The method includes transforming a clock network into a clock tree that includes nodes with different clock signal arrival times and leaf nodes representing source and destination registers. The tree is populated with information regarding the source and destination registers and the associated timing for the clock arrival signal. The method then enumerates Common Clock Path Pessimism (CCPP) groups, where any source register and any destination register in a CCPP group have the same nearest common ancestor node in the clock tree. The creation of CCPP groups enables analysis time reduction because only one timing calculation is required for the CCPP group instead of having to perform the analysis for each possible pair of registers. The method eliminates CCPP for each CCPP group and then displays the results." The patent application was filed on Feb. 29, 2008 (12/039,918). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=54&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** EdgeCast Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- EdgeCast Networks, Santa Monica, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,835) developed by Lior Elazary, Agoura Hills, Calif., Alex Kazerani, Los Angeles, and Jay Sakata, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., for a "content network global replacement policy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention is related to content delivery systems and methods. In one aspect of the invention, a content provider controls a replacement process operating at an edge server. The edge server services content providers and has a data store for storing content associated with respective ones of the content providers. A content provider sets a replacement policy at the edge server that controls the movement of content associated with the content provider, into and out of the data store. In another aspect of the invention, a content delivery system includes a content server storing content files, an edge server having cache memory for storing content files, and a replacement policy module for managing content stored within the cache memory. The replacement policy module can store portions of the content files at the content server within the cache memory, as a function of a replacement policy set by a content owner." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2010 (12/833,211). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=101&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=3&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Automatic Hardware Failure Detection and Recovery for Distributed ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,732) developed by six co-inventors for an "automatic hardware failure detection and recovery for distributed max sessions server." The co-inventors are Darrell Myers Shively II, El Toro, Calif., John Knight, Lake Forest, Calif., Kavita Shekhar Patil, Foothill Ranch, Calif., Pauline Chen Boyd, Irvine, Calif., Sonny Bui, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Thomas Anthony Roden, Irvine, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Max Sessions Server (MSS) automatically detects hardware and communications failures. Upon detection, counters are adjusted accordingly to maintain an accurate count of users or groups of users on a system. A database of unique identifiers for each connection is maintained, where the unique identifier is a concatenation of a Network Access Server (NAS) and the connection's incoming NAS node number. If a user requests permission to log into the system, the MSS first checks the database to determine if the unique identifier is already logged in. If so, then a hardware or communications failure has occurred and the MSS must make the appropriate adjustments to the database and counter." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2007 (11/900,257). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=120&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=3&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Abbott Medical Optics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Abbott Medical Optics, Santa Ana, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,922,326) developed by Mark H. Bandhauer, Orange, Calif., and Alan J. Lang, Long Beach, Calif., for an "ophthalmic lens with multiple phase plates." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ophthalmic lens for providing a plurality of foci has an optic including an anterior surface, a posterior surface, and an optical axis. The ophthalmic lens further includes a central phase plate, an intermediate phase plate surrounding the central phase plate, and an outer refractive region. The central phase plate comprises a first base curvature having a first radius of curvature and is configured such that the lens is able to direct light to a first focus and a second focus corresponding different diffraction orders of the phase plate. The intermediate phase plate is configured to change the overall resultant distribution of light directed to the second focus. The outer refractive region has no diffractive optical power and surrounds the intermediate phase plate. The outer refractive region is configured to direct light to the second focus and has an aspheric shape configured to reduce an optical aberration." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2008 (12/323,126). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=498&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=(CA.ASST.)&co1=AND&p=10&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Ankita Das; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Charcoal Companion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Charcoal Companion, Emeryville, Calif., has been assigned a patent (No. D635,825) developed by Cory Thomas Borovicka, San Francisco, and Charles Adams, Berkeley, Calif., for an ornamental design for a grill pan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The ornamental design for a grill pan, as shown and described." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (D/358,274). 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=26&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DIRECTV Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- DIRECTV Group, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,926,081) developed by Mitch C. Jacobs, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for a "method and system for forming a countdown clock channel output." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method includes an automation system and a scheduling system generating a schedule having a countdown time for a countdown clock assembly and communicating the schedule to an automation system. The system also includes a content repository storing promotional content and a clock background in the content repository. The automation system retrieves the promotional content and the clock background from the content repository, stores the promotional content and the clock background, forms a countdown clock assembly from the promotional content and the clock background and inserts the countdown clock assembly into a channel signal." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2007 (11/852,963). 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=44&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Oracle America Assigned Patent for Distributed Midlet Testing ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,952) developed by four co-inventors for a distributed midlet testing. The co-inventors are Ron Katz, Moshav Elyachin, Israel, Victor Rosenman, Santa Clara, Calif., Yaniv Vakrat, Santa Clara, Calif., and Omer Pomerantz, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for testing functionality on a JAVA enabled device is provided. The method includes downloading a test to the JAVA enabled device from a management unit having access to the test. The management unit is connected with a partner device polling the management unit. A message is forwarded from the JAVA enabled device to the partner device through the management unit. The expected content of the message is forwarded from the JAVA enabled device to the partner device, through the management unit. The message is then compared to the expected content. A system and a graphical user interface are also included." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2006 (11/391,810). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=71&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing Multicast Messages across a Data ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,778) developed by Ijsbrand Wijnands, Diegem, Belgium, Arjen Boers, Barcelona, Spain, and Yiqun Cai, Cupertino, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for providing multicast messages across a data communication network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for providing multicast messages across a data communication network, the method comprising receiving a multicast message and adding to the multicast message a vector stack including at least one address of a router to which the multicast message is to be sent. The multicast message and the vector stack are then forwarded. At the first router indicated by the vector stack, the next address to which the multicast message is to be sent is read. This is repeated as necessary until the multicast message is received by the final address in the vector stack. The multicast message is then routed to the address indicated in the original multicast message." The patent application was filed on Feb. 13, 2004 (10/779,183). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=111&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=3&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,716) developed by four co-inventors for a "facilitating retrieval of information within a messaging environment." The co-inventors are Chen Zhang, Monte Sereno, Calif., Henri P.J. Torgemane, Santa Clara, Calif., Frank J. Cort, Mountain View, Calif., and T. S. Ramakrishnan, Saratoga, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and mechanisms are provided that allow participants in an electronic messaging conversation (e.g. email or instant message) to retrieve information related to words and phrases in the electronic messaging conversation without leaving the electronic messaging environment. An electronic messaging environment is provided that includes user interface tools that allow a user to (1) select text within the EM conversation, (2) submit the text to an information retrieval service, such as a search engine, and (3) display the results generated by the information retrieval service. To facilitate the selection of relevant text, certain "suggested words" within the conversation may automatically be highlighted by the instant messaging client. Various techniques are provided for customizing which words are suggested, which sources are searched, and which search terms are used." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2005 (11/295,309). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=122&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=3&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Yahoo! Assigned Patent for System and Method for Delivery of Augmented Messages ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Yahoo!, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,708) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for delivery of augmented messages." The co-inventors are Marc Eliot Davis, San Francisco, Joseph James O'Sullivan, Oakland, Calif., Christopher William Higgins, Portland, Ore., Keith David Saft, San Francisco, Nathanael Joe Hayashi, Piedmont, Calif., Marco Boerries, Los Altos Hills, Calif., Paul Callan, Belmont, Calif., and Luke Wroblewski, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure describes systems and methods delivering communications associated with delivery conditions in which the occurrence of the delivery condition is determined by monitoring information received from a plurality of sources via multiple communication channels. The message delivery systems allow messages to be delivered to any "Who, What, When, Where" from any "Who, What, When, Where" upon the detection of an occurrence of one or more "Who, What, When, Where" delivery conditions. A message (which may be any data object including text-based messages, audio-based message such as voicemail or other audio such as music or video-based prerecorded messages) is delivered in accordance with delivery conditions based on any available data, including topical, spatial, temporal, and/or social data. Furthermore, because the systems coordinate delivery of messages via multiple communication channels and through multiple devices, the communication channel for delivery of a message may be dynamically determined based on the delivery conditions." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2008 (12/131,447). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=125&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=3&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Simulator for Determining Data Loss in a Fault Tolerant System ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (7,925,927) developed by John Johnson Wylie, San Francisco, and Kevin M. Greenan, Santa Cruz, Calif., for a "simulator for determining data loss in a fault tolerant system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fault tolerant system is simulated to determine the occurrence of data loss in the fault tolerant system. A list of erasure patterns corresponding to an erasure code implemented across the devices in the system is provided and a device event is simulated. The list of erasure patterns is updated based on the device event, and the occurrence of data loss is determined based on the updated list." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2008 (12/262,032). 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=19&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28TX.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/TX&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/TX Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Computer with Extensible Firmware Interface Implementing Parallel Storage-Device Enumeration ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (7,925,876) developed by four co-inventors for a "computer with extensible firmware interface implementing parallel storage-device enumeration." The co-inventors are Terry Ping-Chung Lee, Antelope, Calif., Ram Krishan Kaul, San Jose, Calif., Vijay Vishwanath Hegde, Bangalore, India, and Santosh Ananth Rao, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer includes an extensible firmware interface with a storage device enumeration function that performs storage device enumeration operations in parallel." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2007 (11/838,298). 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=24&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28TX.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/TX&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/TX Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Decomposing I/O Tasks in a Raid System ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,926,059) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for decomposing I/O tasks in a RAID system." The co-inventors are Srinivasan Viswanathan, Fremont, Calif., James Leong, Hillsborough, Calif., Rajesh Sundaram, Mountain View, Calif., Douglas P. Doucette, Freeland, Wash., Scott Schoenthal, San Ramon, Calif., and Stephen H. Strange, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data access request to a file system is decomposed into a plurality of lower-level I/O tasks. A logical combination of physical storage components is represented as a hierarchical set of objects. A parent I/O task is generated from a first object in response to the data access request. A child I/O task is generated from a second object to implement a portion of the parent I/O task. The parent I/O task is suspended until the child I/O task completes. The child I/O task is executed in response to an occurrence of an event that a resource required by the child I/O task is available. The parent I/O task is resumed upon an event indicating completion of the child I/O task. Scheduling of any child I/O task is not conditional on execution of the parent I/O task, and a state diagram regulates the child I/O tasks." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2009 (12/465,179). 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=48&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent for Using Non-Lossless Compression to Save Power ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,907) developed by David G. Reed, Saratoga, Calif., for "using non-lossless compression to save power." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Circuits, methods, and systems that reduce or eliminate the number of data transfers between a system memory and a graphics processor under certain conditions. After inactivity by a user of an electronic device is detected, the color fidelity of pixels being displayed is reduced. Color fidelity can be reduced by compressing pixel values, and the compression may be non-lossless, for example, pixel data bits may be truncated. The degree of compression can be progressively increased for longer durations of inactivity, and this progression may be limited by a threshold. Inactivity may be detected by a lack of input from devices such as a keyboard, pen, mouse, or other input device. Once activity is resumed, uncompressed pixel data, or pixel data that is compressed in a lossless manner, is displayed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2005 (11/301,850). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=81&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Managing Power In Computer Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,905) developed by David Suurballe, San Francisco, for a "method and apparatus for managing power in computer systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is directed towards minimizing power consumption in computer systems. One embodiment of the invention is a power management system that is used for a computer system that has at least one device and one power domain. This embodiment uses two different power managers to manage the power consumption of the device and the power domain. Specifically, this embodiment has (1) a first power manager that determines when to change power state of the device, and (2) a second power manager that determines when to change power state of the power domain. Each of these power managers decides to change the power state of its corresponding device or domain based on information from several different sources. These sources can include power-management clients and power managers of related domains or devices." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2009 (12/400,777). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=83&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xilinx Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Xilinx, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,926,016) developed by Priya Sundararajan, State College, Pa., and Sridhar Krishnamurthy, San Jose, Calif., for a "timing driven logic block configuration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of configuring a logic block of a programmable logic device (PLD) during physical implementation of a circuit design, wherein ports of the logic block are selectively registered, can include identifying the logic block of the PLD, wherein the logic block is located on a critical path. For each of a plurality of selectively registerable portions of the logic block, the method can include computing input slacks and output slacks based upon potential register usage within the logic block. The method further can include determining register usage for the logic block by maximizing a function which depends upon a measure of worst case slack for pipeline stages." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2008 (12/344,155). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=56&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cadence Design Systems Assigned Patent for Uniformity for Semiconductor Patterning Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Cadence Design Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,926,001) developed by Christophe Pierrat, Santa Clara, Calif., for an "uniformity for semiconductor patterning operations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods of semiconductor device optimization include a system and method to determine a dataset for a layer of the semiconductor device, where the operation includes receiving a dataset defining a plurality of original patterns of sacrificial material in a layer of a semiconductor device, wherein the original patterns of sacrificial material are used to define placement of spacer material to define patterning of circuit elements for the semiconductor device; determining densities of the plurality of original patterns of sacrificial material in areas across a portion of the layer of the semiconductor device; and augmenting the dataset to include an additional pattern of sacrificial material in an area of the layer having a density lower than a threshold density." The patent application was filed on Jan. 16, 2008 (12/014,958). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=63&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MIPS Technologies Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Binding Shadow Registers to Vectored Interrupts ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- MIPS Technologies, Sunnyvale, Calif. has been assigned a patent (7,925,864) developed by G. Michael Uhler, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for binding shadow registers to vectored interrupts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus within a processing system is provided for associating shadow register sets with interrupt routines. The invention includes a vector generator that receives interrupts, and generates exception vectors to call interrupt routines that correspond to the interrupts. The exception vector considers the type of interrupt and the priority level of the interrupt when selecting the exception vector. Shadow set mapping logic is coupled to the vector generator. The mapping logic contains a number of fields that correspond to the different exception vectors that may be generated. The fields are programmable by kernel mode instructions, and contain data mapping each field to one of a number of shadow register sets. When an interrupt occurs, the vector generator generates a corresponding exception vector. In addition, the shadow set mapping logic looks at the field corresponding to the exception vector, and retrieves the data stored therein. The data is used to switch to one of the shadow register sets for use by an interrupt routine. Upon return from the interrupt routine, the previously used register set is selected." The patent application was filed on Jan. 2, 2009 (12/348,181). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=93&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** LSI Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- LSI, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (7,925,863) developed by Douglas Edward Hundley, Poway, Calif., for a "hardware device comprising multiple accelerators for performing multiple independent hardware acceleration operations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Multiple hardware accelerators can be used to efficiently perform processes that would otherwise be performed by general purpose hardware running software. The software overhead and bus bandwidth associated with running multiple hardware acceleration processes can be reduced by chaining multiple independent hardware acceleration operations within a circuit card assembly. Multiple independent hardware accelerators can be configured on a single circuit card assembly that is coupled to a computing device. The computing device can generate a playlist of hardware acceleration operations identifying hardware accelerators and associated accelerator options. A task management unit on the circuit card assembly receives the playlist and schedules the hardware acceleration operations such that multiple acceleration operations may be successively chained together without intervening data exchanges with the computing device." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2008 (12/135,809). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.htm&r=94&f=G&l=50&d=PTXT&s1=20110412.PD.&s2=%28CA.ASST.%29&co1=AND&p=2&OS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA&RS=ISD/04/12/2011+AND+AS/CA Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Numedeon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 16 -- Numedeon, Pasadena, Calif. has been assigned a patent (7,925,703) developed by four co-inventors for a "graphical interactive interface for immersive online communities." The co-inventors are Mark Andrew Dinan, Pasadena, Calif., Jennifer Yun-Man Sun, Santa Monica, Calif., Ann M. Pickard, South Pasadena, Calif., and James Mason Bower, Boerne, Texas.

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