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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 27)

[February 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 27)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Infineon Technologies Assigned Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Current Sensing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria, has been assigned a patent (8,120,346) developed by Kenneth A. Ostrom, Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Timothy M. Ng, Monterey Park, Calif., and Benjamim Tang, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., for "methods and apparatus for current sensing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for current sensing according to various aspects of the present invention sense the current in a circuit, such as an inductor circuit. The current sensing systems may comprise an RC element connected such that the RC time constant matches the L/R time constant of the inductor. The current sensor may be configured to generate voltages that are proportional to the instantaneous current in the inductor with scaled gain for a wide range of inductor self resistance (DCR) values." The patent application was filed on Dec. 11, 2008 (12/332,707). 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=8,120,346&OS=8,120,346&RS=8,120,346 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Sample and Hold Circuit and Method for Maintaining Unity Power Factor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Huyvu Cao, Fountain Valley, Calif., has developed a patent (8,120,347) for a "sample and hold circuit and method for maintaining unity power factor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An AC electrical system has a source voltage and current interconnected through an energy storage device with a load. A unity power factor control circuit maintains unity power factor incorporating the steps of producing a sample and hold voltage related to the input voltage and an output voltage where the sample and hold voltage maintains constant values between pulses of a clock signal. A modulated signal at each clock pulse fall produces a current feedback voltage proportional to the source current, and as long as it is less then the sample and hold voltage, an inductor stores energy, and delivers it to the load each time the feedback voltage exceeds the sample and hold voltage and energy stored in the inductor is thereby delivered to the load, whereby controlling the amount of energy stored, the input voltage and current are drawn into phase thereby maintaining unity power factor." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2009 (12/592,839). 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=8,120,347&OS=8,120,347&RS=8,120,347 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Cover Plate for Electrical Enclosure Box and Associated Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- William Waller, Yorba Linda, Calif., has developed a patent (8,119,911) for a "cover plate for electrical enclosure box and associated method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrical connection enclosure cover plate for use during drywall installation, texturing and painting processes, may include a single and unitary body having a rectangular and planar outer wall adapted to be affixed to an existing electrical box. The outer wall has a plurality of pins extending outwardly from an anterior face thereof. The pins are statically situated at opposed corners of the anterior face, and suitably sized and shaped to penetrate through an existing dry wall. The body has a plurality of primary panels directly connected to a posterior face of the outer wall. The primary panels may be adapted to frictionally engage the existing electrical box. The body may be adapted to be detachably coupled to the existing electrical box such that the outer wall may be adapted to cover and shield a front opening of the existing electrical box from undesirable debris and fluids." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2009 (12/321,058). 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=8,119,911&OS=8,119,911&RS=8,119,911 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell World Trade, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,121,209) developed by Jungwon Lee, Cupertino, Calif., Woong Jun Jang, Stanford, Calif., and Leilei Song, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "concatenation-assisted symbol-level combining for MIMO systems with HARQ and/or repetition coding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for decoding signal vectors in multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) systems, where the receiver has received one or more signal vectors from the same transmitted vector. The receiver combines the received vectors by vector concatenation The concatenated vector may then be decoded using, for example, maximum-likelihood decoding. In some embodiments, the combined signal vector is equalized before decoding." The patent application was filed on March 16, 2007 (11/724,882). 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=8,121,209&OS=8,121,209&RS=8,121,209 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Unity Semiconductor Assigned Patent for Preservation Circuit and Methods to Maintain Values Representing Data in One or More Layers of Memory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Unity Semiconductor, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,120,945) developed by Christophe Chevallier, Palo Alto, Calif., and Robert Norman, Pendleton, Ore., for a "preservation circuit and methods to maintain values representing data in one or more layers of memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Circuitry and methods for restoring data in memory are disclosed. The memory may include at least one layer of a non-volatile two-terminal cross-point array that includes a plurality of two-terminal memory elements that store data as a plurality of conductivity profiles and retain stored data in the absence of power. Over a period of time, logic values indicative of the stored data may drift such that if the logic values are not restored, the stored data may become corrupted. At least a portion of each memory may have data rewritten or restored by circuitry electrically coupled with the memory. Other circuitry may be used to determine a schedule for performing restore operations to the memory and the restore operations may be triggered by an internal or an external signal or event. The circuitry may be positioned in a logic layer and the memory may be fabricated over the logic layer." The patent application was filed on March 1, 2011 (12/932,637). 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=8,120,945&OS=8,120,945&RS=8,120,945 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alpha & Omega Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,120,142) developed by Madhur Bobde, San Jose, Calif., for an "applying trenched transient voltage suppressor (TVS) technology for distributed low pass filters." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic circuit includes a filtering circuit implemented with a distributed inductor-and-capacitor (LC) network that includes metal oxide effect (MOS) trenches opened in a semiconductor substrate filled with dielectric material for functioning as capacitors for the distributed LC network. The electronic circuit further includes a transient voltage suppressing (TVS) circuit integrated with the filtering circuit that functions as a low pass filter wherein the TVS circuit includes a bipolar transistor triggered by a diode disposed in the semiconductor substrate. The distributed LC network further includes metal coils to function as inductors disposed on a top surface of the semiconductor electrically contacting the MOS trenches." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2008 (12/148,462). 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=8,120,142&OS=8,120,142&RS=8,120,142 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Asymmetry Correction in Read Signal ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,120,870) developed by Ke Han, Fremont, Calif., for an "asymmetry correction in read signal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and techniques associated with signal processing are described. A described technique includes generating asymmetry vectors that model asymmetry in a received analog signal, including an effect of asymmetry spreading in a read channel and selecting at least two different indicators of asymmetry based on the asymmetry vectors. The technique can include using the selected indicators of asymmetry to compensate for one or more asymmetries associated with the analog signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2010 (12/901,087). 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=8,120,870&OS=8,120,870&RS=8,120,870 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Aptina Imaging Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Aptina Imaging, George Town, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,120,659) developed by Dong Li, Cupertino, Calif., and Sheng Lin, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "method and system for motion estimation in digital imaging applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for estimating global motion in digital imaging applications with confidence level filtering. Motion search yields a plurality of vectors describing the movement of feature blocks from one frame to another. A confidence level is assigned to each motion vector. Based on the confidence levels, vectors are given more or less weight when estimating global motion. High-confidence vectors are given more weight than low-confidence vectors. Embodiments for estimating both the magnitude of global motion and the magnitude and direction of global motion are disclosed." The patent application was filed on May 22, 2008 (12/125,425). 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=8,120,659&OS=8,120,659&RS=8,120,659 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Reducing Repeatable Runout in Storage Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,120,871) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for reducing repeatable runout in storage systems." The co-inventors are Pantas Sutardja, Los Gatos, Calif., Yuan Zheng, Fremont, Calif., Yong Huang, Fremont, Calif., and Qiuliang Fu, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus is described for reducing RRO in storage systems. A disc may be partitioned into a number of equally spaced sectors. An RRO profile may be individually obtained for each sector, a runout control algorithm may be applied to each sector to generate an RROC waveform for the sector to suppress the RRO, and sector RROC waveforms may be assembled into an RROC waveform for a whole revolution and saved in a memory buffer for feed-forward control. The RROC is performed in the time domain, and it may be adapted for each sector to reject the RRO disturbance." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2009 (12/392,872). 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=8,120,871&OS=8,120,871&RS=8,120,871 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seacoast Science Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Seacoast Science, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,117,896) developed by five co-inventors for "preconcentrators and methods of making and using the same." The co-inventors are Jonathan Day Lucas, Encinitas, Calif., Manna Leon Warburton, San Diego, Todd Mlsna, Carlsbad, Calif., Sanjay Patel, San Diego, and Stephen Terrence Hobson, San Marcos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus, systems and methods are described for preconcentrators, chemical sensing systems and gas chromatographs. A preconcentrator is described that comprises a hollow enclosure containing a sorbent material. The enclosure may be a capillary tube that can be formed in to a desired shape and that may be heated. Heating may be accomplished by passing an electrical current through the capillary or other hollow enclosure form. The sorbent material can be a liquid, a solid, a porous ceramic material and/or a chemiselective polymer. The sorbent material can be coated to the inner wall of the enclosure. The hollow enclosure may be maintained in an insulated chamber. The preconcentrator acts to concentrate a vapor passed through the preconcentrator to a chemical sensing array that can detect chemicals present in the vapor. A gas passed through the hollow enclosure can provide a chemically concentrated input to a chromatographic column." The patent application was filed on Aug. 9, 2007 (11/836,736). 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=8,117,896&OS=8,117,896&RS=8,117,896 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method and Structure of Monolithically Integrated Infrared Sensing Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Xiao (Charles) Yang, Cupertino, Calif., has developed a patent (8,120,076) for a "method and structure of monolithically integrated infrared sensing device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Protection for infrared sensing device, and more particularly, to a monolithically integrated uncooled infrared sensing device using IC foundry compatible processes. The proposed infrared sensing device is fabricated on a completed IC substrate. In an embodiment, the infrared sensing device has a single crystal silicon plate with an absorbing layer supported a pair of springs. The absorbing layer absorbs infrared radiation and heats up the underlying silicon layer. As a result, an n well in the silicon layer changes its resistance related to its temperature coefficient of resistance (TCR). In another embodiment, the infrared sensing device has a top sensing plate supported by an underlying spring structures. The top sensing plate has sensing materials such as amorphous silicon, poly silicon, SiC, SiGe, Vanadium oxide, or YbaCuO. Finally, a micro lens array is placed on top of the sensing pixel array with a gap in between. In an embodiment, the micro lens array is fabricated on a silicon substrate and bonded to the sensing pixel array substrate. In another embodiment, the micro lens array is fabricated monolithically using amorphous silicon. The micro lens array layer encapsulates the pixel sensing array hermetically, preferably in a vacuum environment." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/511,004). 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=8,120,076&OS=8,120,076&RS=8,120,076 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Single Buoy Moorings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Single Buoy Moorings, Marly, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,120,195) developed by Jack Pollack, Camarillo, Calif., and Philippe F. Jean, Nice, France, for a wave energy converter.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems are described for obtaining energy, especially electrical energy, from sea waves. An elongated elastic tube device (12) floats at the sea surface (20) (or at a shallow depth under it) and extends at least partially parallel to the direction of wave propagation (D). The tube bends as a wave passes by and such tube bending stretches and relaxes SSM (synthetic stretchable material) (44, 60, 62) which generates electricity in electrodes (46, 48) when its amount of stretching changes. Electricity from power takeoffs in the tube are electronically added." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/503,585). 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=8,120,195&OS=8,120,195&RS=8,120,195 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Korea Research Institute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,119,800) developed by six co-inventors for "processes for preparing HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitors." The co-inventors are Hongyan Guo, San Mateo, Calif., Stacey Heumann, Redwood City, Calif., Ill Young Lee, Daejeon, South Korea, Michael L. Mitchell, Hayward, Calif., Steven Pfeiffer, Pleasanton, Calif., and Jong Chan Son, Daejeon, South Korea.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compounds of Formula (I): ##STR00001## can be prepared by a multi-step process from compounds of Formula (II): ##STR00002## wherein G is Cl, Br or I." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2008 (12/336,762). 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=8,119,800&OS=8,119,800&RS=8,119,800 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Acushnet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,117,903) developed by Charles Edward Golden, Encinitas, Calif., and Peter J. Gilbert, Carlsbad, Calif., for a "golf club head comprising a piezoelectric sensor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for determining the kinematic characteristics of a golf club head are disclosed. The apparatus includes at least one piezoelectric component selectively positioned within or upon a club head. The piezoelectric component is preferably positioned to the rear of the center of gravity, and near the midpoint of the face of the club head. During a golf club swing, the piezoelectric component determines the acceleration and deceleration of the golf club head. When the club head impacts an object such as a golf ball, the piezoelectric component is also operable to determine the velocity of the club head. It may also be desirable for the piezoelectric component to determine the magnitude of vibration during impact. In this manner, the piezoelectric component may function determine the efficiency of a golf club swing." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/401,079). 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=8,117,903&OS=8,117,903&RS=8,117,903 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Apparatus Minimizing Impedance in Flex-to-printed Circuit Board Connection through the Disk Base of a Hard Disk Drive ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Eun Kyu Jang, San Jose, Calif., has developed a patent (8,120,877) for an "apparatus minimizing impedance in flex-to-printed circuit board connection through the disk base of a hard disk drive." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This application discloses a hard disk drive, a head stack assembly, and a printed circuit board configured to include impedance patches on the flex ground plane, the flex power plane, the printed circuit ground plane and/or the printed circuit power plane over or under a connector site in the disk base that conveys access read and write differential signals for the sliders' access of rotating disk surfaces. These impedance patches minimize impedance discontinuities in the read and/or write differential signals through the connector site, which may improve the ability of the hard disk drive to transmit these signals at higher frequencies." The patent application was filed on Dec. 3, 2008 (12/327,720). 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=8,120,877&OS=8,120,877&RS=8,120,877 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** GLOBALFOUNDRIES Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- GLOBALFOUNDRIES, Grand Cayman, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,121,180) developed by Philip Keller, Fremont, Calif., for an "automatic output drive level control in home networking transceiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel method of configuring a transceiver for data transmission via residential wiring. The method involves setting a DC level at the output terminal of the transceiver, comparing a value representing the DC level with a predetermined threshold level, and controlling an output driver of the transceiver until this value is equal to the threshold level. The output driver may be controlled during initialization of the transceiver. To implement the method, the transceiver is provided with an output drive control system for comparing a DC level set at the output terminal with the threshold signal to control the output driver so as to maintain the transmit signal at a prescribed level." The patent application was filed on Oct. 7, 1999 (09/413,821). 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=8,121,180&OS=8,121,180&RS=8,121,180 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chugai Seiyaku Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Chugai Seiyaku, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,119,819) developed by 10 co-inventors for a "malonyl-CoA decarboxylase inhibitors useful as metabolic modulators." The co-inventors are Thomas Arrhenius, Del Mar, Calif., Mi Chen, San Diego, Jie Fei Cheng, Carlsbad, Calif., Yujin Huang, San Diego, Alex Michael Nadzan, Encinitas, Calif., Richard Julius Penuliar, San Diego, David Mark Wallace, San Diego, Lin Zhang, San Diego, Gary D. Lopaschuk, Edmonton, Calif., and Jason R. Dyck, Sherwood Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to novel compounds (I), their prodrugs, and the pharmaceutically acceptable salts as well as pharmaceutical compositions containing such compounds useful in treating certain metabolic diseases and diseases modulated by the inhibition of the enzyme malonyl-coenzyme A decarboxylase (malonyl-CoA decarboxylase, MCD). In particular, the invention relates to compounds and compositions and the methods for the prophylaxis, management and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, acidosis, cancers, and obesity through the inhibition of malonyl-coenzyme A decarboxylase. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2009 (12/431,720). 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=8,119,819&OS=8,119,819&RS=8,119,819 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Avago Technologies ECBU Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Avago Technologies ECBU, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,120,565) developed by Ken A. Nishimura, Fremont, Calif., Charles D. Hoke, Menlo Park, Calif., and Thomas A. Knotts, Palo Alto, Calif., for "method and apparatus to enhance contrast in electro-optical display devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Display contrast in electro-optical display devices is improved using a drive circuit including pixel drive circuits and a common drive circuit. The pixel drive circuits are connected to pixel electrodes of the display device, and are operable to generate respective pixel drive signals that alternate between a first high voltage and a first low voltage differing in voltage by less than or equal to a process-limited maximum. The common drive circuit is connected to a common electrode of the display device, and is operable to generate a common drive signal alternating between a second high voltage and a second low voltage differing in voltage by more than the process-limited maximum. The common drive signal is asymmetrically bipolar with respect to the first low voltage of the pixel drive signal." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2004 (10/771,738). 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=8,120,565&OS=8,120,565&RS=8,120,565 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Biosensing Apparatus and Method Using Optical Interference ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Chian Chiu Li, San Jose, Calif., has developed a patent (8,120,783) for a "biosensing apparatus and method using optical interference." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A label-free interferometric biosensor is disclosed which is based on the self-mixing optical interferometer. Inside the biosensor, an incoming beam is divided into two beam portions which pass through a channel and bio materials, respectively. Interference of the portions is realized by the self-mixing effect and used to detect existence of an analyte, such as DNA or protein molecules. The label-free biosensor is compact and can be made on a chip using the semiconductor technology. It is also convenient to use due to moderate alignment requirement. Furthermore, an array of the interferometers fabricated on a chip enables high-throughput and highly parallel measurements." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2009 (12/365,139). 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=8,120,783&OS=8,120,783&RS=8,120,783 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,117,904) developed by David James Chesney, Northville, Mich., and Harry Kekedjian, Tecumseh, Calif., for a "system and method for evaluating an integrated coil on plug ignition system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In at least one embodiment, an apparatus for evaluating performance of an integrated coil on plug (CoP) assembly is provided. The apparatus comprises a controller. The controller is configured to transmit a control signal to activate the CoP assembly. The controller is further configured to receive an indirect signal including a low frequency (LF) component from the CoP assembly responsive to the control signal. The controller is further configured to compare the LF component to predetermined data to evaluate the performance of the CoP assembly." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/415,057). 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=8,117,904&OS=8,117,904&RS=8,117,904 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Vehicle Identification, Tracking and Enforcement System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Edward D. Ioli, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,120,513) for a "vehicle identification, tracking and enforcement system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for monitoring and tracking vehicles in parking locations, public roadways and highway entrances and exits and other public vehicle access areas is provided, such as to monitor and track vehicles in parking spaces, public roadways and highways without the need for parking or traffic personnel. The system includes a meter system that generates image data of a vehicle in a parking space, public roadway and highway entrances and exits such as by creating an array of pixel data in a predetermined field of view that includes a vehicle identification tag and facial imaging. An enforcement and tracking system receives the image data and generates a vehicle license number, vehicle tag identification number and facial image from the image data, such as by analyzing the image data to identify the vehicle license number, vehicle tag identification number and facial image based on the expected location of the license tag, identification tag and field of view image data characteristics of the license tag, facial image or other suitable data. From the image data acquired, monitoring of parking spaces is performed and violation citations or notices are generated for errant vehicles in parking locations as well as notification to law enforcement and homeland security agencies of vehicles and facial images identified as being on a watch list." The patent application was filed on Sept. 3, 2010 (12/875,923). 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=8,120,513&OS=8,120,513&RS=8,120,513 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Panasonic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Panasonic, Osaka, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,121,201) developed by Hitoshi Asano, Miyagi, Japan, Hideki Aoyagi, Miyagi, Japan, and Michiaki Matsuo, San Jose, Calif., for a "pulse transmitter, pulse receiver, pulse transmitting method, and pulse demodulating method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A pulse transmitter having a relatively simple structure and generating a pulse modulating signal even at a high transmission rate. In the pulse transmitter, a symbol pulse generating part (103) generates a symbol pulse of amplitude level .beta. when data S1 is "0," and that of amplitude level ? when data S1 is "1" in the first pulse slot section, the data pulse generating part (104) generates a data pulse of amplitude level 0 when data S2 to Sn is "0," and that of amplitude level .alpha. when data S2 to Sn is "1" in a later pulse slot section. The relationship of the amplitude levels keep the relation .alpha.<.beta.<&ggr. An adder (105) adds the symbol pulse and the data pulse and outputs the sum as a pulse modulating signal." The patent application was filed on April 19, 2007 (12/297,561). 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=8,121,201&OS=8,121,201&RS=8,121,201 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Canada, California Inventors Develop Patent for Transmission Line Slot Antenna ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Oleksandr Sulima, Toronto, and Volodimir Veremey, Santa Clara, Calif., have developed a patent (8,120,543) for a "transmission line slot antenna." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transmission line slot antenna is described. Although more generally applicable, the antenna is particularly adapted to conformal applications. The antenna has a ground plate with a conductive top surface having a slot with a feed whose ground reference terminal is connected to one side of the slot and whose signal terminal is connected to the other side of the slot. A conductive cylindrical screen, which can be of an arbitrary cross section and non-uniform in the longitudinal direction, is formed of one or more sections attached along the bottom surface of the ground plate, with each of the sections having a first and second edge conductively connected to the top surface of the ground plate along opposite sides of the slot. The antenna is tuned to support the fundamental mode (H.sub.00) of a slotted cylinder transmission line formed by the screen sections and a part of the ground plate with the slot." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2009 (12/581,345). 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=8,120,543&OS=8,120,543&RS=8,120,543 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Corel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Corel, Ottawa, has been assigned a patent (8,121,196) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for multi-threaded video decoding." The co-inventors are Ioannis Katsavounidis, Fremont, Calif., Yu-Nien Chien, Fremont, Calif., Chun-Huan Chuang, Fremont, Calif., Chung-Tao Chu, Fremont, Calif., and Te-Chien Chen, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and an apparatus for performing multi-threaded video decoding are disclosed. The method takes use of a multi-threaded scheme to process an encoded picture stream on a picture by picture basis. In the method, multiple threads are used for performing video decoding at the same time, such as one thread for the operation of parsing input bits into syntax elements of one picture implemented by the first thread, another thread for the operation of decoding the parsed syntax elements of another picture into pixel values implemented by the second thread, and the other threads for the operations of the non-reference picture, such as bidirectional predictive picture, including parsing input bits into syntax elements and the subsequent operation of decoding the parsed syntax elements into pixel values. Therefore, the decoding speed is substantially increased, and the decoding efficiency is enhanced." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2006 (11/556,161). 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=8,121,196&OS=8,121,196&RS=8,121,196 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Adaptive Wireless Network Multiple Access Techniques Using Traffic Flow ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,121,074) developed by Peter Loc, Cupertino, Calif., Hui Yao Lin, Fremont, Calif., and Foo Keong Tang, Milpitas, Calif., for an "adaptive wireless network multiple access techniques using traffic flow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device includes a first transmit circuit to transmit first data, a first receive circuit to receive second data and an adaptive access control circuit to calculate a transmit delay interval based on a first amount of the first data transmitted by the transmit circuit during a predetermined monitoring interval and a second amount of the second data received by the receive circuit during the predetermined monitoring interval. The first transmit circuit transmits third data based on the transmit delay interval." The patent application was filed on Aug. 22, 2008 (12/229,377). 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=8,121,074&OS=8,121,074&RS=8,121,074 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Via Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Via Technologies, Hsin-Tien, Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,120,608) developed by Yang (Jeff) Jiao, San Jose, Calif., Yijung Su, Alviso, Calif., and John Brothers, Calistoga, Calif., for a "constant buffering for a computational core of a programmable graphics processing unit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of systems and methods for managing a constant buffer with rendering context specific data in multithreaded parallel computational GPU core are disclosed. Briefly described, one method embodiment, among others, comprises responsive to a first shader operation, receiving at a constant buffer a first group of constants corresponding to a first rendering context, and responsive to a second shader operation, receiving at the constant buffer a second group of constants corresponding to a second context without flushing the first group." The patent application was filed on April 4, 2008 (12/062,914). 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=8,120,608&OS=8,120,608&RS=8,120,608 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Philips Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Philips Electronics, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,121,067) developed by six co-inventors for a "quality of service provisioning using periodic channel time allocation." The co-inventors are Richard Y. Chen, Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., Javier Del Prado Pavon, Mougins, France, Sai Shankar Nandagopalan, San Diego, Karl Wittig, New York, Chun-Ting Chou, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., and Ruediger Schmitt, Maplewood, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "To maximize power saving performance without compromising on the QoS requirement of an application stream, a method and wireless network device generates a subset of a periodic service interval can be used for medium time allocation and data and information can be transmitted in contiguous medium time allocated this way. This selection of a period of time below service capacity allows multiple applications access the medium and for the selection of contiguous medium time during which data transmission can occur." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2006 (11/908,055). 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=8,121,067&OS=8,121,067&RS=8,121,067 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ASML Masktools Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- ASML Masktools, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,120,753) developed by four co-inventors for a "method, program product and apparatus for generating a calibrated pupil kernel and method of using the same in a lithography simulation process." The co-inventors are Gabriel Berger, Cupertino, Calif., Tamer Coskun, Cupertino, Calif., Sangbong Park, Union City, Calif., and Jang Fung Chen, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of generating a model for simulating the imaging performance of an optical imaging system having a pupil. The method includes the steps of defining the optical imaging system and a process to be utilized by the optical imaging system; and defining a model equation representing the imaging performance of the optical imaging system and the process, where the model equation including a calibrated pupil kernel. The calibrated pupil kernel representing a linear model of the pupil performance." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2007 (11/979,839). 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=8,120,753&OS=8,120,753&RS=8,120,753 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Syngenta Participations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Syngenta Participations, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,119,864) developed by Kurt Milan Lindenbaum, Owatonna, Minn., and Donald Bruce McClure, Melbourne, Calif., for a soybean cultivar 05KL115639.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is in the field of soybean cultivar 05KL115639 breeding and development. The present invention particularly relates to the soybean cultivar 05KL115639 and its progeny, and methods of making 05KL115639." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2009 (12/409,061). 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=8,119,864&OS=8,119,864&RS=8,119,864 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Control Signal Generation of a Solar Panel Orientation System with Interference Reduction Using an Infrared Filter ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Chin Keong Lam, San Jose, Calif., has developed a patent (8,119,962) for a "control signal generation of a solar panel orientation system with interference reduction using an infrared filter." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are a system and methods of control signal generation of a solar panel orientation system with interference reduction using an infrared filter. In one embodiment, a solar panel orientation system includes a sensor that generates a control signal component when the sensor receives an ultraviolet part of a radiation signal. The system further includes an additional sensor coupled to the sensor that generates an additional control signal component when the additional sensor receives an additional ultraviolet part of the radiation signal. The control signal component and the additional control signal component each include one or more of a voltage and a current. In addition, the system includes an infrared filter that reduces an interference caused by an infrared part of the radiation signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 1, 2009 (12/571,500). 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=8,119,962&OS=8,119,962&RS=8,119,962 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,120,874) developed by Wen-Chien David Hsiao, San Jose, Calif., and Quan-chiu Harry Lam, San Jose, Calif., for a "perpendicular write head having a modified wrap-around shield to improve overwrite, adjacent track interference and magnetic core width dependence on skew angle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetic write head for perpendicular magnetic data recording. The write head includes an wrap around trailing shield structure for improved write field strength, reduced skew related adjacent track interference and magnetic core width. The trailing wrap around shield includes a side shield that is separated from sides of the write pole by a side gap that is narrower near the leading edge of the write pole and wider near the trailing edge of the write pole." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2007 (11/966,023). 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=8,120,874&OS=8,120,874&RS=8,120,874 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for power generation and conversion platform ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Gordon D. Novel, Santa Ana, Calif., has developed a patent (8,120,221) for a "power generation and conversion platform." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power generation and conversion platform where power can be readily generated and converted from one form to another is disclosed. The system includes a central column having a plurality of components. These components include an electric motor, a power source for driving the motor, a flywheel coupled to the motor, a torque converter coupled to the flywheel, an electric generator that is driven by the flywheel and a number of electrical capacitors which are cyclically charged by the electric generator and discharged in the manner of a Marx generator." The patent application was filed on June 18, 2009 (12/457,711). 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=8,120,221&OS=8,120,221&RS=8,120,221 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Assigned Patent for Method for Characterizing a Magnetic-recording System for the Presence of Adjacent-track Interference and Far-track Interference ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,120,866) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for characterizing a magnetic-recording system for the presence of adjacent-track interference and far-track interference." The co-inventors are Xiaodong Che, Saratoga, Calif., Zhen Jin, Fremont, Calif., Michael Salo, San Jose, Calif., and Roger Wood, Gilroy, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for characterizing a magnetic-recording system for the presence of adjacent-track interference and far-track interference. The method includes writing a plurality of repeating pulse-waveforms on a data track of a magnetic-recording disk at a write element of a magnetic-recording head. The method further includes reading a plurality of read-back signals from the magnetic-recording disk over a band of pseudo-data tracks offset from the data track by corresponding pseudo-data-track offsets in a radial direction of the magnetic-recording disk at a read element of the magnetic-recording head. In addition, the method includes displaying a magnetic-recording-signature map synthesized from the read-back signals from the magnetic-recording disk." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,702). 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=8,120,866&OS=8,120,866&RS=8,120,866 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Solar Panel Charging System for Electric Vehicle that Charges Individual Batteries with Direct Parallel Connections to Solar Panels ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Thomas A. Ward, Moraga, Calif., has developed a patent (8,120,308) for a "solar panel charging system for electric vehicle that charges individual batteries with direct parallel connections to solar panels." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connection system is provided to charge a high voltage battery (42) in an electric vehicle with multiple low voltage solar panels (2.sub.1-n). The connection system includes sets of transmission lines (94) to individually connect each one of the solar panels (2.sub.1-n) to each individual one of the battery cells (34.sub.1-n) making up the battery (42). With the connection system the high voltage battery (42) can be charged by the lower voltage solar panels (2.sub.1-n) without using a lossy DC-DC converter system that converts the DC solar panel output to AC for transforming to the much higher voltage across the primary terminals of battery (42) before converting back to DC to connect to the battery (42)." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2010 (12/980,693). 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=8,120,308&OS=8,120,308&RS=8,120,308 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** 02Micro International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- 02Micro International, Grand Cayman, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,120,312) developed by four co-inventors for a "power management topologies to control power between a DC power source and one or more batteries to a system load." The co-inventors are Constantin Bucur, Santa Clara, Calif., Vlad Mihail Popescu-Stanesti, San Jose, Calif., Marian Niculae, San Jose, Calif., and Daryl Nees, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A power supply topology according to one embodiment includes a first path coupled to a controllable DC power source, a second path coupled to a rechargeable battery, and a third path coupled to a system load, the three paths coupled to a common node. The topology may further include a unidirectional switch coupled to the first path and a selectively unidirectional switch coupled to the second path. The topology may further include a power management control circuit including a wake up circuit having a comparison circuit and an output decision circuit. Of course, many alternatives, variations, and modifications are possible without departing from this embodiment." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/877,076). 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=8,120,312&OS=8,120,312&RS=8,120,312 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Slot Allocation Method and Apparatus for Slot-based Communication ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,121,085) developed by Jungwon Lee, Cupertino, Calif., and Jihwan P. Choi, San Jose, Calif., for a "slot allocation method and apparatus for slot-based communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Communication between a base station and remote stations is partitioned into frames, each including a first frequency reuse zone having a number of slots. Slots are allocated by assigning a first data rate to each remote station for communication using the first frequency reuse zone. Each remote station is assigned a respective slot allocation comprising a first number of slots of the first frequency reuse zone and has a weighted data rate dependent on the first data rate and the respective slot allocation. The slot allocations are determined so as to maximize the minimum of the weighted data rates of the remote stations. Slots may be allocated using a data rate assigner to assign a first data rate to each remote station for communication using slots of the first frequency reuse zone, and using a slot allocation provider to provide a respective slot allocation for each remote station." The patent application was filed on May 9, 2008 (12/118,525). 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=8,121,085&OS=8,121,085&RS=8,121,085 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,120,122) developed by Scott Jong Ho Limb, Palo Alto, Calif., for "self-aligned masks using multi-temperature phase-change materials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of forming a pattern includes forming a first layer on a substrate, forming a second layer on the first layer, depositing a multi-temperature phase-change material on the second layer, patterning the second layer using the multi-temperature phase-change material as a mask, reflowing the multi-temperature phase-change material, and patterning the first layer using the reflowed multi-temperature phase-change material as a mask." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,264). 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=8,120,122&OS=8,120,122&RS=8,120,122 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Non-volatile Memory Cell and Array ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,120,088) developed by Min She, Fremont, Calif., and Chih-Hsin Wang, San Jose, Calif., for a "non-volatile memory cell and array." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Memory cells and arrays have reduced bit line resistance. An element conductor is disposed on the top of the bit line to reduce the resistance of the bit line while maintaining a shallow bit line junction so that 200 Ohm/square or lower sheet resistances are achieved with the bit line junctions typically 20 nanometers or shallower while the doping levels in the junctions are below about 5.times.10.sup.19 atoms/cm.sup.3." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2009 (12/105,988). 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=8,120,088&OS=8,120,088&RS=8,120,088 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Patterned Polarization-sensitive Optical Elements and Devices Using the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Martin Moskovits, Santa Barbara, Calif., Qihong Wu, Somerset, N.J., Robert Koefer, Whitehall, Pa., Xu Zhang, Montville, N.J., Linh Nguyen, Allentown, Pa., and Thomas Tombler, Somerset, N.J., have developed a patent (8,120,861) for a "patterned polarization-sensitive optical elements and devices using the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, in one aspect, the invention features an apparatus that includes a plurality of optical elements arranged to form an image of an object. The elements include a first element comprising one or more regions of a polarizing material, the regions being shaped as one or more visual features, a polarizer, and a mounting assembly including a first mount for the first element and a second mount for the polarizer. At least the first or second mount is rotatable with respect to an optical axis between a first orientation and a second orientation. In the first orientation, the visual features are visible in the image of the object and, in the second orientation, the visual features are not visible in the image of the object." The patent application was filed on Sept. 21, 2009 (12/563,597). 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=8,120,861&OS=8,120,861&RS=8,120,861 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Alpha & Omega Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Alpha & Omega Semiconductor, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,120,887) developed by Shekar Mallikararjunaswamy, San Jose, Calif., and Madhur Bobde, San Jose, Calif., for a "MOS transistor triggered transient voltage suppressor to provide circuit protection at a lower voltage." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic device formed as an integrated circuit (IC) wherein the electronic device further includes a transient voltage suppressing (TVS) circuit. The TVS circuit includes a triggering MOS transistor connected between an emitter and a collector of a first bipolar-junction transistor (BJT) coupled to a second BJT to form a SCR functioning as a main clamp circuit of the TVS circuit. The TVS circuit further includes a triggering circuit for generating a triggering signal for the triggering MOS transistor wherein the triggering circuit includes multiple stacked MOS transistors for turning into a conductive state by a transient voltage while maintaining a low leakage current." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (11/712,317). 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=8,120,887&OS=8,120,887&RS=8,120,887 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent for TDMA Controller for a Wireless Communication System and Method of Operating Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell World Trade, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,121,065) developed by four co-inventors for a "TDMA controller for a wireless communication system and method of operating same." The co-inventors are Xuan Zhou, Shanghai, China, Shiyi Zhu, Shanghai, China, Robin Zhang, Fremont, Calif., and Jun Yin, Shanghai, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A time division multiple access (TDMA) controller and method for operating the same includes a frame position module that generates a frame position signal. The controller also includes a signal module that generates a signal-on signal and a signal-off signal and a comparison module that generates a timing control signal based on the frame position signal, the signal-on signal and the signal-off signal." The patent application was filed on Oct. 12, 2006 (11/546,671). 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=8,121,065&OS=8,121,065&RS=8,121,065 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Colorado, California, Maryland Inventors Develop Patent for Nucleic Acid Sequences and Homologous Recombination Vectors for Distruption of a Fel D I Gene ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- David B. Avner, Highlands Ranch, Colo., Sven Bocklandt, Los Angeles, and James Kehler, Silver Spring, Md., have developed a patent (8,119,785) for "nucleic acid sequences and homologous recombination vectors for distruption of a Fel D I gene." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transgenic cat with a phenotype characterized by the substantial absence of the major cat allergen, Fel d I. The phenotype is conferred in the transgenic cat by disrupting the coding sequence of the target gene with a specialized construct. The phenotype of the transgenic cat is transmissible to its offspring." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/979,151). 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=8,119,785&OS=8,119,785&RS=8,119,785 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Flexible Support Member for Musical Instruments, Furniture, and Objects Fabricated from Wood and Method of Manufacturing the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Kevin Ryan, Westminster, Calif., has developed a patent (8,119,891) for a "flexible support member for musical instruments, furniture, and objects fabricated from wood and method of manufacturing the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wood support member for attaching a first wood member to a wood side structure defining an interior peripheral edge, the wood support member is attachable to the peripheral edge, comprising a top, a bottom, a first end, a second end, a front face and a rear face. The wood support member can comprise a first plurality of kerfs in the front face and a second plurality of kerfs in the rear face, the plurality of kerfs each extending from the top to the bottom. The kerfs in the first plurality of kerfs can be spaced equidistant from each other and the kerfs in the second plurality of kerfs can be spaced equidistant from each other, and each kerf in the first plurality of kerfs can be spaced equidistant from each kerf in the second plurality of kerfs. The wood support member can have an uninstalled state, in which each kerf in the first plurality of kerfs is parallel to the other kerfs, and an installed state, in which each kerf in the first plurality of kerfs is not parallel to the other kerfs. The distance between the front face and the rear face has a measurement of D1 and the kerfs of the first plurality of kerfs and the kerfs of the second plurality of kerfs can extend into the wood support member by a measurement of D2, wherein D2 can be greater than half of D1." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2009 (12/381,668). 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=8,119,891&OS=8,119,891&RS=8,119,891 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell World Trade Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Marvell World Trade, St. Michael, Barbados, has been assigned a patent (8,120,286) developed by Sehat Sutardja, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "control system for fluorescent light fixture." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A ballast module regulates power output to a fluorescent light. The ballast module includes a component. A temperature sensor senses temperature of the component. A control module adjusts power output to the fluorescent light based on the temperature of the component sensed by the temperature sensor. The control module adjusts power to the fluorescent light by reducing the power output to the fluorescent light or increasing the power output to the fluorescent light." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2009 (12/502,570). 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=8,120,286&OS=8,120,286&RS=8,120,286 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Recurrent Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 27 -- Recurrent Engineering, Kennett Square, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,117,844) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for acquiring heat from multiple heat sources." The co-inve For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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