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U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (April 26)
[April 26, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New Jersey (April 26)


(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New Jersey.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method of Identifying Robust Clustering ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,165,973) developed by Gabriela Alexe, Medford, Mass., Gyan V. Bhanot, Princeton, N.J., and Ajay K. Royyuru, Congers, N.Y., for a "method of identifying robust clustering." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of finding robust clusters comprises the use of principal component analysis and consensus ensemble clustering. In another aspect, the method may comprise normalizing a data set; identifying attributes of the data set that contribute to most of variation in the normalized data set; selecting data having the attributes that contribute to most of variation in the normalized data set; identifying a plurality of clusters from the selected data using consensus ensemble clustering; and identifying robust clusters from the plurality of clusters. The method can be used in healthcare and life science." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2007 (11/764,575). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,165,973.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,973&RS=PN/8,165,973 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Metavante Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Metavante, Brown Deer, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,165,958) developed by Edward G. McLaughlin, Newtown, Pa., and Flint A. Lane, Princeton Junction, N.J., for an "electronic bill presentation and payment method and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A comprehensive electronic bill presentment and payment system and method is described. Bills can be received by the system, in any electronic format. Bills can also be received by the system through conventional paper-based channels. Paper bills are scanned and information is extracted from the scanned bill images using OCR techniques. Bill payments can be issued using either electronic or paper-based methods. A single electronic bill presentment and payment interface is provided which shields the user from evolving billing practices." The patent application was filed on March 26, 1999 (09/277,189). 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=8,165,958.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,958&RS=PN/8,165,958 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MarketAxess Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- MarketAxess Holdings, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,165,955) developed by Brijesh Agarwal, Glen Ridge, N.J., Rachel Moseley, Scarsdale, N.Y., and Richard J. Schiffman, Tenafly, N.J., for a "method and system for computer-implemented trading of secondary market debt securities." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer-implemented method and system for trading of debt securities (bonds), where multiple dealers participate and compete on a single platform (100). Dealers and investors have respective interfaces (250, 230) for communicating. In one aspect, dealers announce new debt security issues (400), the investors communicate an indication of interest (IOI) (500) in purchasing the new debt security issues, and the issues are allocated to the investors. In another aspect, issues from multiple dealers are made available to investors on a secondary trading market in a searchable format (1000). In response to price inquires sent by investors (1200), the dealers provide offers (1300) which are briefly held and released to the investor concurrently to allow the investor to consider all offers together. In another aspect, the dealers post bid and offer terms for actively traded issues (1700) that are updated in real-time to avoid the need for the inquiry procedure." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2009 (12/431,039). 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=8,165,955.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,955&RS=PN/8,165,955 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.


*** Pipeline Financial Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Pipeline Financial Group, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,165,954) developed by five co-inventors for a "block trading system and method providing price improvement to aggressive orders." The co-inventors are Henri Waelbroeck, Scarsdale, N.Y., Fred J. Federspiel, Larchmont, N.Y., Andrew Roper, Brooklyn, N.Y., Howard Engelhart, Hoboken, N.J., and Sean Kirkpatrick, Chesterfield, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a trading system for trading securities or the like, traders are given various methods for providing protection from poor executions caused by adverse movements in the market and/or other traders seeking to "game" the system." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2008 (12/181,117). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,165,954.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,954&RS=PN/8,165,954 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** New York Merchantile Exchange, ICE Futures Europe Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- New York Merchantile Exchange, New York, and ICE Futures Europe, London, have been assigned a patent (8,165,951) developed by Matt N. Morano, Tenafly, N.J., Ian West, Loughton, United Kingdom, and Kai Neumann, Brooklyn, N.Y., for an "implied market trading system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer based trading system implies spread markets from multiple real or implied spread markets. In particular, one aspect of the invention permits implication of a spread market from a combination of inter-commodity and inter-calendar spread orders. Furthermore, another aspect of the invention allows use of nontradeable implied or bridge markets to combine with other implied or real markets to create further tradeable implied markets. The method described herein thereby permits the creation of all implied markets that are inherent in the combination of futures, calendar spread and inter-commodity spread real orders." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2006 (11/368,966). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft1.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,165,951.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,951&RS=PN/8,165,951 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Micro Graphic Information Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Micro Graphic Information Services, Saddle Brook, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,165,934) developed by Richard S. Manista, West Milford, N.J., William J. McCormick III, Warwick, N.Y., and Eduardo Perez, Fair Lawn, N.J., for an "automated invoice processing software and services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for automated invoice processing. An improved method for invoice processing based on an application service provider model in which invoices can be accessed and approved via the Internet from anywhere in the world. This method and system allows a company to manage the process of storing, reviewing, approving, and paying invoices from a single, centralized application. The invoice processing application is integrated with an accounting or ERP system such that payment can be made automatically and redundant data entry eliminated. The approval hierarchy used by the invoice processing application can be obtained from the human resources system of the client organization." The patent application was filed on June 20, 2008 (12/142,876). 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=8,165,934.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,934&RS=PN/8,165,934 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Morgan Stanley Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Morgan Stanley, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,165,947) developed by Ivan K. Freeman, New York, Marc P. Rosenthal, Passaic, N.J., and Sapna C. Patel, New York, for a "system and method for electronic trading." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The systems and methods relate to a new securities order type--the MON Order--which remains undisplayed and does not become executable until a minimum trigger quantity is reached, thereby making such order executable. The MON Order includes information that indicates a symbol of the security, the number of shares of the security to buy/sell, the side of the order and a trigger quantity. For limit orders, the order also includes a limit price. The MON Order may be received by an initial trading center that may determine whether the trigger quantity is satisfied based on the available number of shares for the security in the marketplace, where the available number of shares is based on the aggregate of (i) the displayed and undisplayed liquidity for the security at the initial trading center, and (ii) the displayed accessible liquidity at one or more away trading centers that is known to the initial trading center. When the available number of shares is equal to or greater than the trigger quantity, the initial trading center may (i) execute the MON Order against the shares available on the initial trading center's book, and (ii) send additional orders (such as ISOs marked IOC, if appropriate) for the security to the one or more away trading centers to execute against their respective accessible liquidity, as necessary." The patent application was filed on Aug. 1, 2008 (12/184,364). 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=8,165,947.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,947&RS=PN/8,165,947 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** RealMed Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- RealMed, Indianapolis, has been assigned a patent (8,165,944) developed by Dean F. Boyer, East Windsor, N.J., and W. Edward Hammersala III, Princeton Junction, N.J., for a "point of service third party financial management vehicle for the healthcare industry." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for point of service third party adjudicated payment, which includes providing payment system access information to a point of service provider, receiving from the point of service provider purchase transaction data and the payment system access information, adjudicating the transaction substantially in real-time to determine the portion payable by the customer and the portion payable by a third party, sending an adjudicated settlement transaction to the point of service provider substantially in real-time, and initiating a request to transfer funds substantially in real-time in accordance with the adjudicated settlement transaction to an account of the service provider." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2011 (13/086,445). 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=8,165,944.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,944&RS=PN/8,165,944 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Business Planning Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,165,906) developed by four co-inventors for a business planning tool. The co-inventors are Jo-Nell Katherine Kehaulani Gerhard, Ozark, Mo., Phillip Tsen, Marlboro, N.J., Haris Babu Vakkayil, Plainsboro, N.J., and Alur Vishwanath, Plainsboro, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Global Resource Staffing Migration Analysis Resource Tool (GR SMART), which automates the global resource solution development process, including automation of global resource migration staffing and non-labor cost elements solution). GR SMART is a software utility executed by a data processing system to generate migration staffing plans and associated non-labor cost elements using minimal amounts of high level account information and baseline staffing models. Using GR SMART, users are able to override all key solution data elements to tailor (or customize) the solution to suit individual account needs. The users are also able to iteratively improve on a previous GR SMART generated solution as additional detail becomes available from the customers during the course of the sales engagement cycle." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2005 (11/238,908). 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=8,165,906.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,906&RS=PN/8,165,906 Written by Shabnam Sheikh; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ethicon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Ethicon, Somerville, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,165,695) developed by Anthony DiUbaldi, Jackson, N.J., and Michael R. Tracey, Branchburg, N.J., for a "system and method for selectively stimulating different body parts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device and method is provided for transdermally stimulating selected body parts of a mammal. The device includes a first waveform generator adapted to generate a first waveform having a first frequency capable of stimulating a first predetermined body part, a second waveform generator adapted to generate a carrier waveform having a second frequency capable of passing through tissue of the mammal, and a third waveform generator adapted to generate a third waveform having a third frequency different from and out of phase with that of the first waveform, and capable of stimulating a second predetermined body part. The device further includes a modulation device electrically coupled to the first, second and third waveform generators and adapted to modulate the carrier, first, and third waveforms to create a modulated signal package, and a first electrode electrically coupled to the modulation device and positioned substantially adjacent to the skin of the mammal, and adapted to apply the modulated signal package thereto." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2006 (11/343,627). 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=8,165,695&OS=8,165,695&RS=8,165,695 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Siemens Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Siemens, Iselin, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,165,863) developed by Oswin Noetzelmann, Monmouth Junction, N.J., Rainer Heller, Eckental, Germany, and Dirk Schaumburg, Friedberg, Germany, for a "visualization method for electrical machine operation models based on mechanical machine operation models." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A visualization of an electrical machine operation model of logic controller behavior is displayed on a display such as a two-dimensional computer display. The display includes separate spaces representing separate devices in the model. For each device, several characteristics are shown in the model, including mechanical steps, electrical steps and electrical signal outputs. The electrical steps are shown superimposed on the mechanical steps, and electrical transitions link sequential electrical steps in time. Representations of conditions link the electrical transitions with signal outputs upon which the electrical transitions are conditioned." The patent application was filed on Aug. 25, 2009 (12/547,015). 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=8,165,863&OS=8,165,863&RS=8,165,863 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Express Travel Related Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- American Express Travel Related Services, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,165,858) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for providing a model usage report for simulation models." The co-inventors are Manisha Jain, New York, Michael Shamai Oralevich, Great Neck, N.Y., Sandeep K. Sacheti, Edison, N.J., Deep Thomas, East Brunswick, N.J., and Donald Robert McGimpsey, South Plainfield, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for viewing models and model variables within a sophisticated modeling environment is disclosed. The system provides varying levels of insight into a modeling infrastructure to help the user understand model and model variable dependencies, usage, distribution, and/or the like. The method includes storing model and model variable data within a relational database system, receiving a request from a user interfacing with the system via a web interface, extracting search criteria and presentation preferences from the request, formulating and executing one or more queries on the database to retrieve the required data, formatting the data in accordance with the request, and retuning the data to the requesting user in the form of a web page." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2007 (11/619,927). 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=8,165,858&OS=8,165,858&RS=8,165,858 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Waters Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Waters Technologies, Milford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,165,820) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for performing retention-time matching." The co-inventors are Marc V. Gorenstein, Needham, Mass., Scott J. Geromanos, Middletown, N.J., Jeffrey Cruz Silva, Beverly, Mass., and Guo-Zhong Li, Westborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for matching a precursor ion with one or more related product ions includes providing input data sets obtained from sample injections, each of the data sets including a precursor ion and one or more product ions, normalizing the input data sets in accordance with a single retention time for the precursor ion, determining which product ions are within a predetermined retention time window with respect to the single retention time, and, if a product ion is within the predetermined retention time window for a specified number of the input data sets, determining that the product ion is related to the precursor having the single retention time. An apparatus for analyzing a sample includes a chromatography module, a mass-spectrometry module in communication with the chromatography module, and a control unit in communication with the chromatography module and the mass-spectrometry module." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2006 (11/916,322). 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=8,165,820&OS=8,165,820&RS=8,165,820 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** BackBeat Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- BackBeat Medical, New Hope, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,165,674) developed by Howard Levin, Teaneck, N.J., and Mark Gelfand, New York, for "methods and apparatus to increase secretion of endogenous naturetic hormones." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for treatment of heart failure by increasing secretion of endogenous naturetic hormones ANP and BNP such as by stimulation of the heart atria. Heart pacing is done at an atrial contraction rate that is increased and can be higher than the ventricular contraction rate. Pacing may include mechanical distension of the right atrial appendage. An implantable device is used to periodically cyclically stretch the walls of the appendage with an implanted balloon." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2006 (11/276,461). 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=8,165,674&OS=8,165,674&RS=8,165,674 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Express Travel Related Services Assigned Patent for System and Method for Evaluating Human Resource Allocation for Simulation Models ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- American Express Travel Related Services, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,165,857) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for evaluating human resource allocation for simulation models." The co-inventors are Manisha Jain, New York, Michael Shamai Oralevich, Great Neck, N.Y., Sandeep K. Sacheti, Edison, N.J., Deep Thomas, East Brunswick, N.J., and Donald Robert McGimpsey, South Plainfield, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for viewing models and model variables within a sophisticated modeling environment is disclosed. The system provides varying levels of insight into a modeling infrastructure to help the user understand model and model variable dependencies, usage, distribution, and/or the like. The method includes storing model and model variable data within a relational database system, receiving a request from a user interfacing with the system via a web interface, extracting search criteria and presentation preferences from the request, formulating and executing one or more queries on the database to retrieve the required data, formatting the data in accordance with the request, and retuning the data to the requesting user in the form of a web page." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2007 (11/619,879). 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=8,165,857&OS=8,165,857&RS=8,165,857 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Siemens Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Siemens, Iselin, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,165,376) developed by Hong Shen, Plainsboro, N.J., and Limin Ma, Lowell, Mass., for a "system and method for automatic detection of rib metastasis in computed tomography volume." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for automatically detecting rib metastasis in a thoracic CT volume is disclosed. The ribs are segmented in said CT volume by recursive tracing. A series of cross-sectional images are then generated along a centerline of each rib. Cortical and trabecular bone structures are segmented in each of the cross-sectional images for each rib. Features are calculated for each cross-sectional image based on characteristics of the cortical and trabecular bone structures, and alterations are detected in the cross-sectional images based on the features. Rib metastasis is detected in a rib when an alteration is detected in a number of consecutive cross-sectional images along the centerline of the rib." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2007 (11/951,382). 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=8,165,376&OS=8,165,376&RS=8,165,376 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cornell Research Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Cornell Research Foundation, Ithaca, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,165,385) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for three-dimensional image rendering and analysis." The co-inventors are Anthony P. Reeves, Ithaca, N.Y., William J. Kostis, Warren, N.J., Claudia Henschke, New York, and David Yankelevitz, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to methods and systems for conducting three-dimensional image analysis and diagnosis and possible treatment relating thereto. The invention includes methods of handling signals containing information (data) relating to three-dimensional representation of objects scanned by a scanning medium. The invention also includes methods of making and analyzing volumetric measurements and changes in volumetric measurements which can be used for the purpose of diagnosis and treatment." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2007 (11/827,985). 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=8,165,385.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,385&RS=PN/8,165,385 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent for Method and System for Registering CT Data Sets ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,165,375) developed by Hong Shen, Plainsboro, N.J., Andrew Litvin, Waltham, Mass., and Shuping Qing, Princeton, N.J., for a "method and system for registering CT data sets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method and apparatus for registering data points in data sets representing scan data. Data points corresponding to a physical feature represented in the scan data are automatically detected. The detected data points in one data set are correlated with detected data points in another data set. A group of similarity transformations between the correlated detected data points is then calculated. The group of similarity transformations is then combined. In one advantageous embodiment, the physical feature is vertebras." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2007 (11/782,834). 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=8,165,375&OS=8,165,375&RS=8,165,375 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Lockheed Martin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., April 26 -- Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,165,397) developed by five co-inventors for "identifying descriptor for person or object in an image." The co-inventors are Gianfranco Doretto, Albany, N.Y., Xiaogang Wang, Cambridge, Mass., Thomas B. Sebastian, Flemington, N.J., Jens Rittscher, Ballston Lake, N.Y., and Peter H. Tu, Niskayuna, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device and method for processing an image to create appearance and shape labeled images of a person or object captured within the image. The appearance and shape labeled images are unique properties of the person or object and can be used to re-identify the person or object in subsequent images. The appearance labeled image is an aggregate of pre-stored appearance labels that are assigned to image segments of the image based on calculated appearance attributes of each image segment. The shape labeled image is an aggregate of pre-stored shape labels that are assigned to image segments of the image based on calculated shape attributes of each image segment. An identifying descriptor of the person or object can be computed based on both the appearance labeled image and the shape labeled image. The descriptor can be compared with other descriptors of later captured images to re-identify a person or object." The patent application was filed on Dec. 4, 2007 (11/987,777). 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=8,165,397.PN.&OS=PN/8,165,397&RS=PN/8,165,397 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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