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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 12)

[November 12, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 12)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Aerospace Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Aerospace, El Segundo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,730) developed by six co-inventors for a "nadir emissive hyperspectral measurement operation (NEHMO)." The co-inventors are Nielson Wade Schulenburg, Herndon, Va., David Wheeler Warren, Los Angeles, Donald J. Rudy, San Pedro, Calif., Michael G. Martino, Inwood, W.Va., Mark Alan Chatelain, Amissville, Va., and Michael Arthur Rocha, Centreville, Va.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for measuring spectral characteristics includes capturing spectral-spatial data that includes radiance measurements over spectrally flat, highly emissive surface portions of a sample material and heater at least two different heater temperatures for transmissive and/or emissive configurations. Temperatures of the sample material and heater are determined at the different heater temperatures for each configuration using, in each instance, radiance measurements taken after the temperatures of the heater and sample material have both stabilized. The transmissivity of the sample material is determined using the temperatures determined in the transmissive configuration and spectral-spatial data collected at selected points of interest over the sample material. The emissivity of the sample material is determined using the temperatures determined in the emissive configuration, the spectral-spatial data collected at selected points of interest over the sample material, and the transmissivity. The reflectivity of the sample material is determined using the emissivity and transmissivity." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2010 (12/791,604). 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=8,304,730&OS=8,304,730&RS=8,304,730 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SunPower Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- SunPower, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,644) developed by Brian Wares, Sacramento, Calif., Stephan Barsun, Davis, Calif., and Tom Dinwoodie, Piedmont, Calif., for a "device and method for solar power generation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A photovoltaic device comprising an array of elongate reflector elements mounted substantially parallel to one another and transversely spaced in series, at least one of the reflector elements having an elongate concave reflective surface to reflect incident solar radiation towards a forward adjacent reflector element in the array. The at least one reflector element includes a photovoltaic assembly which is removably and replaceably mounted on the reflector element. The photovoltaic assembly includes a photovoltaic receptor to receive reflected solar radiation from a rearward adjacent reflector element. The photovoltaic assembly also includes a heat sink in heat transfer relationship with the photovoltaic receptor, thermally isolating the photovoltaic receptor, at least partially, from the reflector element." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2009 (12/622,764). 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=8,304,644&OS=8,304,644&RS=8,304,644 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** F5 Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- F5 Networks, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,306,038) developed by Saxon Amdahl, Mountain View, Calif., for "methods for enhancing TCP communications and systems thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, computer readable medium, and system for enhancing TCP communications includes transmitting a payload fragment for each of one or more of packets. A determination of which of the one or more packets to complete and reorder is made and a sequence in a completion fragment for one or more of the packets is adjusted based on the determination. One or more of the completion fragments are transmitted based on the determining to reassemble one or more of the transmitted payload fragments with one or more of the transmitted completion fragments based on the determination and adjustment." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2009 (12/648,892). 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=8,306,038&OS=8,306,038&RS=8,306,038 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Scientific & Efficient Technologies, Coast Composites Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Scientific & Efficient Technologies, Seelze, Germany, and Coast Composites, Irvine, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,304,689) developed by Christian Schmid, Seelze, Germany, and Colin Birtles, Anaheim, Calif., for a "device and method for laser treatment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for laser welding of a workpiece includes a laser treatment head, a receiver carrying the laser treatment head and displaceable along a linear treatment zone, and a support configured to be temporarily fixable to the workpiece." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2008 (12/273,662). 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=8,304,689&OS=8,304,689&RS=8,304,689 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fortinet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Fortinet, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,040) developed by six co-inventors for a "network packet steering via configurable association of processing resources and network interfaces." The co-inventors are Sachin Desai, Santa Clara, Calif., Tim Millet, Mountain View, Calif., Zahid Hussain, San Jose, Calif., Paul Kim, Fremont, Calif., Louise Yeung, San Jose, Calif., and Ken Yeung, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems are provided for steering network packets. According to one embodiment a method is provided for steering incoming network packets. Each network packet processing resource of a network routing/switching device is dynamically assigned to one or more network interfaces of the network routing/switching device. Each of the network packet processing resources includes one or more processing elements and a memory. Incoming network packets received by the network interfaces are steered to an appropriate network packet processing resource based on the dynamic assignment." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2009 (12/477,124). 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=8,306,040&OS=8,306,040&RS=8,306,040 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Thermo Finnigan Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Thermo Finnigan, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,720) developed by Michael W. Senko, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Jae C. Schwartz, San Jose, Calif., for a "two-dimensional ion trap with ramped axial potentials." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a two-dimensional ion trap, comprising a plurality of elongate electrodes positioned between first and second end electrodes, the plurality of electrodes and first and second end electrodes defining a trapping volume. A controller in electrical communication with the plurality of elongate electrodes and the first and second end electrodes is configured to progressively vary a periodic voltage applied to at least one of the plurality of elongate electrodes to cause ions to be radially ejected from the ion trap in order of their mass to charge ratios. Concurrently, the controller is configured to progressively vary a DC offset of least one of the first and second end electrodes with respect to the plurality of elongate electrodes." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2009 (12/503,703). 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=8,304,720&OS=8,304,720&RS=8,304,720 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Atomics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- General Atomics, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,304,729) developed by Robin Terry Snider, Fallbrook, Calif., Jeffrey Dykes McGee, San Diego, and Michael Dale Perry, Poway, Calif., for an "apparatus and methods for use in flash detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present embodiments provide methods, systems and apparatuses that detect, classify and locate flash events. In some implementations, some of the methods detect a flash event, trigger an imaging system in response to detecting the flash event to capture an image of an area that includes the flash event, and determines a location of the flash event." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2011 (13/101,007). 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=8,304,729&OS=8,304,729&RS=8,304,729 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for System and Method for Acknowledgement Packet Transmitting and Receiving ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,306,032) developed by Zhanfeng Jia, Belmont, Calif., Qingjiang Tian, San Diego, and David Jonathan Julian, San Diego, for a "system and method for acknowledgement packet transmitting and receiving." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A communications method comprising the steps of receiving a data packet; processing the data packet; and transmitting an ack packet approximately at an end of a first defined time interval if the processing of the data packet is completed within the first defined interval, or transmitting the ack packet approximately at an end of a second defined time interval if the processing of the data packet is not completed within the first defined interval and is completed within the second defined interval. Another communication method comprising the steps of transmitting a data packet; scanning a channel for an ack packet approximately at an end of a first defined time interval from the transmission of the data packet; and scanning the channel for the ack packet approximately at an end of a second defined time interval from the transmission of the data packet if the ack packet was not received within the first defined interval." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2010 (12/720,415). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,306,032&OS=8,306,032&RS=8,306,032 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tropos Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Tropos Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,306,041) developed by four co-inventors for "determining bidirectional path quality within a wireless mesh network." The co-inventors are Devabhaktuni Srikrishna, San Mateo, Calif., Amalavoyal Narasimha Chari, Sunnyvale, Calif., B. William Hong, San Jose, Calif., and Roman Arutyunov, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for communicating link quality information between access nodes is disclosed. A first step includes a first access node transmitting first routing packets. A second step includes a second access node receiving at least one of the first routing packets over a first direction of a first link. A third step includes the second access node transmitting second routing packets. A fourth step includes the first access node receiving at least one of the second routing packets over a second direction of the first link, and determining a first direction link quality of the first link based upon the second routing packets." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2008 (12/079,151). 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=8,306,041&OS=8,306,041&RS=8,306,041 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Protarius Filo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Protarius Filo, Dover, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,304,709) developed by Richard Ian Olsen, Irving, Calif., James Gates, Irvine, Calif., and Darryl L. Sato, Irvine, Calif., for a "digital cameras with direct luminance and chrominance detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Digital camera systems and methods are described that provide a color digital camera with direct luminance detection. The luminance signals are obtained directly from a broadband image sensor channel without interpolation of RGB data. The chrominance signals are obtained from one or more additional image sensor channels comprising red and/or blue color band detection capability. The red and blue signals are directly combined with the luminance image sensor channel signals. The digital camera generates and outputs an image in YCrCb color space by directly combining outputs of the broadband, red and blue sensors." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2011 (13/100,725). 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=8,304,709&OS=8,304,709&RS=8,304,709 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SanDisk 3D Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- SanDisk 3D, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,754) developed by Depak C. Sekar, Sunnyvale, Calif., and April Schricker, Fremont, Calif., for a "metal oxide materials and electrodes for Re-RAM." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Rewritable switching materials and methods for forming the same are described herein. One embodiment is a storage device comprising a first electrode, a state change element in contact with the first electrode, the state change element comprises Zr.sub.xY.sub.yO.sub.z, and a second electrode in contact with the state change element. A method for forming such a storage device is also disclosed herein. Another embodiment is a storage device comprising a first electrode a state change element in contact with the first electrode, the state change comprises at least one of cerium oxide or bismuth oxide, and a second electrode in contact with the state change element. A method for forming such a storage device is also disclosed herein." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2009 (12/364,707). 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=8,304,754&OS=8,304,754&RS=8,304,754 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SiPhoton Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- SiPhoton, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,794) developed by Shaoher X. Pan, San Jose, Calif., for a light emitting device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light emitting device includes a substrate having a first surface and a second surface not parallel to the first surface, and a light emission layer disposed over the second surface to emit light. The light emission layer has a light emission surface which is not parallel to the first surface." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2011 (13/286,108). 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=8,304,794&OS=8,304,794&RS=8,304,794 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tessera Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Tessera, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,881) developed by Belgacem Haba, Saratoga, Calif., Richard Dewitt Crisp, Hornitos, Calif., and Wael Zohni, San Jose, Calif., for a "flip-chip, face-up and face-down wirebond combination package." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microelectronic assembly can include a substrate having an aperture extending between first and second surfaces thereof, the substrate having substrate contacts at the first surface and terminals at the second surface. The microelectronic assembly can include a first microelectronic element having a front surface facing the first surface, a second microelectronic element having a front surface facing the first microelectronic element, and leads electrically connecting the contacts of the second microelectronic element with the terminals. The second microelectronic element can have contacts exposed at the front surface thereof beyond an edge of the first microelectronic element. The first microelectronic element can be configured to regenerate at least some signals received by the microelectronic assembly at the terminals and to transmit said signals to the second microelectronic element. The second microelectronic element can embody a greater number of active devices to provide memory storage array function than any other function." The patent application was filed on Nov. 29, 2011 (13/306,182). 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=8,304,881&OS=8,304,881&RS=8,304,881 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sony Computer Entertainment America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Sony Computer Entertainment America, Foster City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,405) developed by Gary M. Zalewski, Oakland, Calif., Richard L. Marks, Foster City, Calif., and Xiadong Mao, Foster City, Calif., for "controller for providing inputs to control execution of a program when inputs are combined." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A controller provides inputs to control execution of a program by combining controller input information and supplementary information indicating a three-dimensional motion of the controller. The combined input can be obtained by assigning the value of the controller input information as coarse control information and assigning the value of the supplementary input information as fine control information or vice versa." The patent application was filed on Dec. 21, 2010 (12/975,126). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,303,405&OS=8,303,405&RS=8,303,405 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Telenav Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Telenav, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,410) developed by Yi-Chung Chao, San Jose, Calif., and HaiPing Jin, San Jose, Calif., for a "navigation system having preference region adjustment mechanism and method of operation thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operation of a navigation system includes: receiving a game search preference; locating a compliant opponent location conformant to the game search preference; identifying a first preference region encompassing the compliant opponent location; locating a noncompliant opponent location violating the game search preference; and adjusting the first preference region to exclude the noncompliant opponent location for displaying on a device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2010 (12/951,016). 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=8,303,410&OS=8,303,410&RS=8,303,410 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hasbro Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Hasbro, Pawtucket, R.I., has been assigned a patent (8,303,421) developed by Brian Farley, Dublin, Calif., and David Small, San Jose, Calif., for a "device and method for an electronic tag game." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device combining a gun and target for facilitating a game of tag using infrared light communications between a two or more players is provided. The device includes two infrared transmitters and two infrared receivers and a shaped housing facilitating handling of the device by a user. The housing includes a grip portion with a finger-operable trigger, a barrel portion and a user-interface including a display and a keypad for programming the device and controlling various game and device functions. A first infrared transmitter transmits a directional infrared signal to another game participant and a first infrared receiver receives an acknowledgment signal therefrom in response to the transmitted directional signal. A second infrared transmitter and second infrared receiver facilitate omni-directional two-way communications between two or more devices before, during, and after a game of infrared electronic tag allowing functions such as game setup, player identification and gameplay analysis. An accessory device for single player video game play using the gun as a controller is also provided." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/335,201). 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=8,303,421&OS=8,303,421&RS=8,303,421 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monolithic Power Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Monolithic Power Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,825) developed by Martin E. Garnett, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "vertical discrete devices with trench contacts and associated methods of manufacturing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present technology is related generally to vertical discrete devices with a trench at the topside of the vertical discrete devices. The trench is filled with a conducting material. In this approach, a drain or cathode of the vertical discrete devices is electrically connected to the topside to result in a small area with low RON*AREA." The patent application was filed on Sept. 22, 2010 (12/888,273). 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=8,304,825&OS=8,304,825&RS=8,304,825 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** SanDisk Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- SanDisk Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,304,813) developed by Paul Lassa, Cupertino, Calif., Paul Paternoster, Los Altos, Calif., and Brian Cheung, San Bruno, Calif., for a "connection between an I/O region and the core region of an integrated circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A connection between a first circuit within an I/O region of an integrated circuit chip and a second circuit within a core region of the chip. The first circuit is connected to a bonding pad through a first conductor in a first layer of an I/O region. The second circuit is connected to the bonding pad through a second conductor in a second layer of an I/O region above the first layer." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2007 (11/651,614). 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=8,304,813&OS=8,304,813&RS=8,304,813 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fairchild Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Fairchild Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,888) developed by Luke England, Portland, Maine, and Douglas Hawks, Escondido, Calif., for an "integrated circuit package with embedded components." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This document discusses, among other things, a semiconductor die package having a first and a second discrete components embedded into a dielectric substrate. An integrated circuit (IC) die is surface mounted on a first side of the dielectric substrate. The semiconductor die package includes a plurality of conductive regions on the second side of the dielectric substrate for mounting the semiconductor die package. A plurality of through hole vias couple the IC die to the first and second discrete components and the plurality of conductive regions." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/645,075). 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=8,304,888&OS=8,304,888&RS=8,304,888 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Banpil Photonics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Banpil Photonics, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,759) developed by Achyut Kumar Dutta, Sunnyvale, Calif., for an "integrated image sensor system on common substrate." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "It is highly desirable to design a monolithic image sensor (and array), which could offer high quantum efficiency over broad spectral ranges, and the possibility to rapidly and randomly address any element in the array. This invention utilizes the growth of semiconductor nanowires such as Si, Ge, Si:Ge, ZnO, or their alloys based nanowires on standard substrates to create multispectral image sensors and photovoltaic cells having these highly desirable features." The patent application was filed on June 22, 2010 (12/821,114). 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=8,304,759&OS=8,304,759&RS=8,304,759 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,406) developed by Jonathan Michael Ackley, Glendale, Calif., Christopher J. Purvis, La Crescenta, Calif., and Lanny Starkes Smoot, Thousand Oaks, Calif., for a "system and method for providing an augmented reality experience." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a system comprising a venue including a mapped physical space; a venue management system configured to control real events occurring within the venue; a transporter designed to transport at least one occupant through the mapped physical space along a known path, the transporter configured to move through the mapped physical space under the control of the venue management system; an augmented reality experience server including a virtual venue generator in communication with the venue management system, the virtual venue generator for producing a virtual venue having a virtual representation of the mapped physical space including virtual events and real events occurring within the venue; the augmented reality experience server configured to provide the at least one occupant of the transporter with an augmented sensory perspective including a selective combination of the real events occurring in the venue and the virtual events produced by the virtual venue generator." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2008 (12/313,892). 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=8,303,406&OS=8,303,406&RS=8,303,406 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Low-capacitance Electrostatic Discharge Protection Diodes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,807) developed by Timothy J. Maloney, Palo Alto, Calif., and Steven S. Poon, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "low-capacitance electrostatic discharge protection diodes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reduced capacitance diode. A first conductive layer provides conductive interconnects for pad and supply diffusion regions in a diode. A second conductive layer includes a first portion to couple the pad diffusion regions to a pad and a second portion to couple the supply diffusion regions to a voltage supply. Lines of the first and second conductive layers are substantially parallel to each other in a diode region of the diode. Further, for one aspect, a tap for the diode to be coupled to a supply is wider than a minimum width." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2010 (12/940,556). 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=8,304,807&OS=8,304,807&RS=8,304,807 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,748) developed by seven co-inventors for "identifying new semiconductor detector materials by D.C. ionization conductivity." The co-inventors are Stephen E. Derenzo, Pinole, Calif., Edith Bourret-Courchesne, Berkeley, Calif., Yetta D. Porter-Chapman, Pittsburg, Calif., Floyd J. James, Jamestown, N.C., Mattias K. Klintenberg, Uppsala, Sweden, Jie Wang, Shanghai, China, and Jia-Qing Wang, Shanghai, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Herein is described a method for identifying semiconductor radiation detector materials based on the mobility of internally generated electrons and holes. It was designed for the early stages of exploration, when samples are not available as single crystals, but as crystalline powders. Samples are confined under pressure in an electric field and the increase in current resulting from exposure to a high-intensity source of ionization current (e.g., .sup.60Co gamma rays) is measured. A pressure cell device is described herein to carry out the method. For known semiconductors, the d.c. ionization current depends on voltage according to the Hecht equation, and for known insulators the d.c. ionization current is below detection limits. This shows that the method can identify semiconductors in spite of significant carrier trapping. Using this method and pressure cell, it was determined that new materials BiOI, PbIF, BiPbO.sub.2Cl, BiPbO.sub.2Br, BiPbO.sub.2I, Bi.sub.2GdO.sub.4Cl, Pb.sub.3O.sub.2I.sub.2, and Pb.sub.5O.sub.4I.sub.2 are semiconductors." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2006 (12/091,045). 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=8,304,748&OS=8,304,748&RS=8,304,748 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kovio Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Kovio, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,780) developed by five co-inventors for a printed dopant layers. The co-inventors are Arvind Kamath, Mountain View, Calif., James Montague Cleeves, Redwood City, Calif., Joerg Rockenberger, San Jose, Calif., Patrick Smith, San Jose, Calif., and Fabio Zurcher, Brisbane, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for making an electronic device, such as a MOS transistor, including the steps of forming a plurality of semiconductor islands on an electrically functional substrate, printing a first dielectric layer on or over a first subset of the semiconductor islands and optionally a second dielectric layer on or over a second subset of the semiconductor islands, and annealing. The first dielectric layer contains a first dopant, and the (optional) second dielectric layer contains a second dopant different from the first dopant. The dielectric layer(s), semiconductor islands and substrate are annealed sufficiently to diffuse the first dopant into the first subset of semiconductor islands and, when present, the second dopant into the second subset of semiconductor islands." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2010 (12/797,274). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,304,780&OS=8,304,780&RS=8,304,780 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cymer Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Cymer, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,304,752) developed by six co-inventors for an "EUV light producing system and method utilizing an alignment laser." The co-inventors are Igor V. Fomenkov, San Diego, Alexander I. Ershov, Escondido, Calif., William N. Partlo, Poway, Calif., Jason Paxton, San Diego, Nam-Hyong Kim, San Diego, and Jerzy R. Hoffman, Montebello, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for producing extreme ultraviolet light includes producing a target material at a target location; supplying pump energy to a gain medium of at least one optical amplifier that has an amplification band to produce an amplified light beam; propagating the amplified light beam through the gain medium using one or more optical components of a set of optical components; delivering the amplified light beam to the target location using one or more optical components of the optical component set; producing with a guide laser a guide laser beam that has a wavelength outside of the amplification band of the gain medium and inside the wavelength range of the optical components; and directing the guide laser beam through the optical component set to thereby align one or more optical components of the optical component set." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2009 (12/638,413). 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=8,304,752&OS=8,304,752&RS=8,304,752 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** National Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- National Semiconductor, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,835) developed by seven co-inventors for a "configuration and fabrication of semiconductor structure using empty and filled wells." The co-inventors are Constantin Bulucea, Sunnyvale, Calif., Sandeep R. Bahl, Palo Alto, Calif., William D. French, San Jose, Calif., Jeng-Jiun Yang, Sunnyvale, Calif., Donald M. Archer, Santa Clara, Calif., D. Courtney Parker, Topsham, Maine, and Prasad Chaparala, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semiconductor structure, which serves as the core of a semiconductor fabrication platform, has a combination of empty-well regions and filled-well regions variously used by electronic elements, particularly insulated-gate field-effect transistors ("IGFETs"), to achieve desired electronic characteristics. A relatively small amount of semiconductor well dopant is near the top of an empty well. A considerable amount of semiconductor well dopant is near the top of a filled well. Some IGFETs (100, 102, 112, 114, 124, and 126) utilize empty wells (180, 182, 192, 194, 204, and 206) in achieving desired transistor characteristics. Other IGFETs (108, 110, 116, 118, 120, and 122) utilize filled wells (188, 190, 196, 198, 200, and 202) in achieving desired transistor characteristics. The combination of empty and filled wells enables the semiconductor fabrication platform to provide a wide variety of high-performance IGFETs from which circuit designers can select particular IGFETs for various analog and digital applications, including mixed-signal applications." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2009 (12/382,973). 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=8,304,835&OS=8,304,835&RS=8,304,835 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advanced Micro Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Advanced Micro Devices, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,304,760) developed by An Chen, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Zoran Krivokapic, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "sidewall graphene devices for 3-D electronics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device is provided that includes a structure having a sidewall surface, a layer of material provided on the sidewall surface, and a device structure provided in contact with the layer of material. Fabrication techniques includes a process that includes forming a structure having a sidewall surface, forming a layer of material on the sidewall surface, and forming a device structure in contact with the layer of material, where the device structure and the layer of material are components of a device." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2011 (13/158,773). 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=8,304,760&OS=8,304,760&RS=8,304,760 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** LedEngin Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- LedEngin, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,141) developed by Wu Jiang, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "total internal reflection lens with integrated lamp cover." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A total internal reflection (TIR) lens has an integrated lamp cover adapted to a lamp of a desired form factor (e.g., PAR-38). The size and shape of the TIR lens can be adapted to optimize the light output of the lamp with little regard to the desired form factor. The integrated lamp cover can extend the front surface of the TIR lens in a direction transverse from the optical axis." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,432). 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=8,303,141&OS=8,303,141&RS=8,303,141 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Abbott Cardiovascular Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Abbott Cardiovascular Systems, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,296) developed by five co-inventors for a "polymer tube expansion apparatus to maximize fracture toughness." The co-inventors are Lothar W. Kleiner, Los Altos, Calif., James P. Oberhauser, Saratoga, Calif., Thierry Glauser, Redwood City, Calif., David K. Wrolstad, Yucaipa, Calif., and Yunbing Wang, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of and systems for fabricating a polymeric stent with improved fracture toughness including radial expansion of a polymer tube along its entire length at the same time and fabricating a stent from the expanded tube are disclosed herein." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2011 (13/192,315). 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=8,303,296&OS=8,303,296&RS=8,303,296 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Maxzone Auto Parts Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Maxzone Auto Parts, Fontana, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,140) developed by Chiun-Jie Lin, Fontana, Calif., for a lighting device.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A lighting device includes a parabolic reflector, a light source and a lens. The parabolic reflector has an opening. The light source is substantially located at the focus of the parabolic reflector. The lens is disposed in front of the opening of the parabolic reflector. The lens includes a plurality of convex-lens portions. The convex-lens portions are connected to each other, wherein the convex-lens portions have different focal points." The patent application was filed on June 14, 2010 (12/814,494). 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=8,303,140&OS=8,303,140&RS=8,303,140 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,151) developed by Aleksandar Pance, Saratoga, Calif., and Gregory L. Tice, Los Altos, Calif., for a microperforation illumination.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatuses disclosed herein relate to backlit visual display elements. A visual display element may include a base layer defining one or more microperforations and a light guide coupled to a light source. The light guide may be positioned adjacent the base layer and include one or more microlenses in alignment with the one or more microperforations along at least one vertical axis." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2010 (12/778,785). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,303,151&OS=8,303,151&RS=8,303,151 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Worthwhile Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Worthwhile Products, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,233) developed by Stanley B. Solomon, Rolling Hills Estates, Calif., for a "storage and retrieval system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The storage and retrieval system includes a frame having at least two columns adjacent to one another. A track is disposed in each column, each track being generally parallel to one another. A plurality of storage units reside and move within the tracks. An actuator coupled to the frame displaces the storage units in the columns and a pair of conveyors move the storage units between columns to permit sequential clockwise or counterclockwise movement of the plurality of storage units within the frame." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2010 (12/967,513). 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=8,303,233&OS=8,303,233&RS=8,303,233 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Apparatus for Printing on a Medium ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,303,101) developed by Eric M. Innes, San Diego, for an "apparatus for printing on a medium." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A roller assembly for use in a printer includes a shaft with two ends and a pair of conical rollers. Each of the conical rollers is disposed on the shaft near each of the ends. The roller assembly guides a medium within the printer without damaging a freshly-printed surface of the medium. A printer including the roller assembly and a belt in contact with the roller assembly is also described and claimed." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2010 (12/837,349). 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=8,303,101&OS=8,303,101&RS=8,303,101 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** William Mark Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- William Mark, Claremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,367) developed by Blake English, Claremont, Calif., for a flying shark.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A neutrally buoyant flying toy has a tail fin assembly and a movable weight element that are configured such that the toy moves forward and can be steered left and right by controlled motion of the tail fin, and such that the toy ascends or descends by controlled motion of the weight element. Most preferably, the toy is configured as a fish and is remote controlled." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2011 (13/287,020). 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=8,303,367&OS=8,303,367&RS=8,303,367 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cooper Technologies Assigned Patent for Modular Optical System for Use with Light Emitting Diodes in at Least a Wall Wash Configuration ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Cooper Technologies, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,303,130) developed by Wilston Nigel Christopher Sayers, Atlanta, and Ronald Garrison Holder, Laguna Niguel, Calif., for a "modular optical system for use with light emitting diodes in at least a wall wash configuration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical wall wash system including at least one module comprised of a 2 by 2 array of fixed elements, each element including a reflector and a refractor; a fixture, including light emitting diodes (LEDs) affixed thereto, for securing the at least one module, wherein there is a 1:1 correspondence between elements and LEDs and the fixture is rotated a first angular amount from nadir and towards a wall. Each of the elements within the at least one module is further oriented a different angular amount in relation to its underlying LED from each other element within the at least one module." The patent application was filed on Oct. 5, 2010 (12/898,054). 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=8,303,130&OS=8,303,130&RS=8,303,130 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Guardian Industries, Centre Luxembourgeois De Recherches Pour Le Verre Et La Ceramique Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Guardian Industries, Auburn Hills, Mich., and Centre Luxembourgeois de Recherches pour le Verre et la Ceramique, Luxembourg, have been assigned a patent (8,303,124) developed by seven co-inventors for a "parabolic trough or dish reflector for use in concentrating solar power apparatus and method of making same." The co-inventors are Kevin O'Connor, Windsor, Calif., Yei-Ping (Mimi) H. Wang, Troy, Mich., Duane O. Recker, Auburn, Ind., Robert A. Vandal, Syracuse, Ind., Shane Hadfield, Auburn, Ind., Jean-Marc Sol, Thoionvillo, France, and Greg Brecht, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A reflector (e.g., mirror) for use in a solar collector or the like is provided. In certain example embodiments of this invention, a reflector is made by (a) forming a reflective coating on a thin substantially flat glass substrate (the thin glass substrate may or may not be pre-bent prior to the coating being applied thereto), (b) optionally, if the glass substrate in (a) was not prebent, then cold-bending the glass substrate with the reflective coating thereon; and (c) applying a plate or frame member to the thin bent glass substrate with the coating thereon from (a) and/or (b), the plate or frame member (which may be another thicker pre-bent glass sheet, for example) for maintaining the thin glass substrate and coating thereon in a desired bent orientation in a final product which may be used as parabolic trough or dish type reflector in a concentrating solar power apparatus or the like." The patent application was filed on Dec. 13, 2010 (12/926,833). 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=8,303,124&OS=8,303,124&RS=8,303,124 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ITT Manufacturing Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- ITT Manufacturing Enterprises, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,303,340) developed by Michael Kevin Seiler, Los Angeles, for a "fluid resistant connector and system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An elastomer moisture resistant connector for at least one conductor disposed at least partially within a jacket of elastomer material. The connector has a first elastomer portion, which has a first end and a second end. The first end of the first elastomer portion is adapted to be compressed against a support. The connector also has a second elastomer portion that is integrally molded with the first elastomer portion and extends from the second end of the first elastomer portion, and is configured to enclose at least a portion of the jacket. The connector also has a third elastomer portion that is integrally molded with the first elastomer portion, protrudes from the second end of the first elastomer portion, and is adapted to be compressed by an enclosure." The patent application was filed on June 16, 2010 (12/816,471). 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=8,303,340&OS=8,303,340&RS=8,303,340 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Wave Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- American Wave Machines, Solana Beach, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,213) developed by Bruce McFarland, Solana Beach, Calif., for a "wave generating apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The teachings herein are directed to a wave forming apparatus and method including a channel directing a flow of water over modular forms in the bed of the channel, such as aerofoils, that can be changed, repositioned or removed to create various effects such as barrel waves for surfing. Also disclosed is a water smoothener system and method for reducing turbulence in water flowing through such an apparatus." The patent application was filed on Feb. 4, 2010 (12/700,036). 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=8,303,213&OS=8,303,213&RS=8,303,213 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Zynga Assigned Patent for Finding Friends for Multiuser Online Games ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Zynga, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,303,415) developed by seven co-inventors for "finding friends for multiuser online games." The co-inventors are Darren Ryan Craine, Moraga, Calif., Justin Potter Driemeyer, Burlingame, Calif., Kevin Thomas Hagan, Los Gatos, Calif., Jason Samuel McGuirk, San Mateo, Calif., Matthew Adam Ocko, Palo Alto, Calif., Shane Ishmael Sareli, San Francisco, and Nicholas John Tornow, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to games and applications in general and in particular to computer-implemented online games, such as online role-playing games, playable by more than one person from more than one location. The game engine can search a player's social network to find friends to play with. These social networks can be constructed implicitly by analyzing a player's game play information and other information." The patent application was filed on Sept. 26, 2011 (13/244,747). 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=8,303,415&OS=8,303,415&RS=8,303,415 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** TOMY International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- TOMY International, Dyersville, Iowa, has been assigned a patent (8,303,369) developed by Robin K. Smith, Long Beach, Calif., and Liliane Davidson, Studio City, Calif., for a "dollhouse and method of folding the dollhouse." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A dollhouse is moveable from a closed or folded position to an open or unfolded position. In its open configuration, the dollhouse provides one or more play areas on each side of the dollhouse. The dollhouse can be provided with a variety of sensors for detecting play activities and providing feedback such as audible feedback, motion or lights in response to the specific play activities. Feedback can also be produced in response to the order in which the sensors are activated and in response to activation by particular play components to encourage desired play behavior." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/210,412). 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=8,303,369&OS=8,303,369&RS=8,303,369 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monadnock Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Monadnock, City of Industry, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,227) developed by Igor Komsitsky, Los Angeles, and Javier Torres, Hacienda Heights, Calif., for "lining fasteners and methods and apparatus therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Fastener assemblies, elements for fastener assemblies and methods of making and assembling elements for fastener assemblies, for example for insulation blanket fasteners such as those used on aircraft, may include a formed monolithic metal configuration having first and second side portions with a plurality of panel retaining elements arranged linearly along the side portions. A planar retaining element, for example a disc, may be assembled with the metal portion to form a fastener assembly, such as may be used to retain and insulation blanket. The planar retaining element may include a rolled edge, and if a coated part, may include surface projections to keep adjacent parts from sticking together during the coating process." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2008 (12/246,490). 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=8,303,227&OS=8,303,227&RS=8,303,227 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Zambala Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Zambala, Henderson, Nev., has been assigned a patent (8,303,387) developed by Nova T. Spivack, San Francisco, for "system and method of simulated objects and applications thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods of simulated objects and applications thereof are disclosed here. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system, of simulating a virtual sports game played by a real participant in a real world environment. One embodiment includes generating a simulated playing field that represents a physical location in the real world environment and is provided for access via a device. The simulated playing field can include characteristics that correspond to physical characteristics of the physical location where the real participant is located. One embodiment further includes, identifying a user requested action to be performed on a simulated object in the simulated playing field by detecting user interaction with the device." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2009 (12/473,182). 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=8,303,387&OS=8,303,387&RS=8,303,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,110) developed by Josh Weaver, San Jose, Calif., and Michael Johnson, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "nose pads for a wearable device having an electrically-controllable hardness." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described herein are systems and methods for adjusting a hardness of a nosepiece on a heads-up display. In one example, a wearable device is provided that includes a nosepiece comprising a coating and a fluid within the coating, wherein the fluid has an electrically-controllable hardness." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2011 (13/229,729). 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=8,303,110&OS=8,303,110&RS=8,303,110 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Precision Linear Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Precision Linear Systems, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,179) developed by William H. Owen, Los Altos Hills, Calif., and Laurence Clifford, Saratoga, Calif., for a "temperature-sensing and transmitting assemblies, programmable temperature sensor units, and methods of making and using them." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an exemplary embodiment, a temperature sensor and a 4-20 mA transmitter on a single flexible circuit subassembly with a separate housing suitable for use in industrial control or HVAC applications. In a preferred embodiment, a narrow flex circuit substrate includes a silicon diode-based surface-mount sensor at a sensor end, a surface-mount programmable transmitter IC on a flex circuit substrate in the transmitter section, conductive traces connecting the sensor to the transmitter IC, and two conductive pads at an output end for connecting the 4-20 mA output to a pair of external wires. Additional traces on the flex subassembly are provided for testing and programming the transmitter IC and sensor. The sensor end of the flex subassembly is mounted in a metal sensor tube, filled and sealed in the same manner as RTD or thermistor sensors with leads are currently assembled for use in industrial control or HVAC applications." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2007 (12/295,591). 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=8,303,179&OS=8,303,179&RS=8,303,179 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chevron USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Chevron USA, San Ramon, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,302,485) developed by Albert Eugene Butterfield, Novato, Calif., for a "testing device for stress corrosion cracking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure provides a testing method for stress corrosion testing of materials, e.g., a test specimen, in corrosive materials. The method comprises: providing a test device having: a base configured to house a reservoir for containing the corrosive media and a holder configured to secure the test specimen, the holder includes at least a sleeve to secure the test specimen in place and apply compressive stress against the test specimen, the holder is rotatably connected to the base to lower the test specimen into the reservoir; mounting the test specimen onto the holder; pivoting the holder towards the reservoir to lower at least a portion of the test specimen in the reservoir; adjusting the sleeve to apply a sufficient amount of stress on the test specimen; and filling the reservoir with a sufficient amount of the corrosive media for stress corrosion testing." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,865). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,02,485.PN.&OS=PN/83,02,485&RS=PN/83,02,485 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lam Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Lam Research, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,763) developed by six co-inventors for "measuring and controlling wafer potential in pulsed RF bias processing." The co-inventors are Andras Kuthi, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Stephen Hwang, Fremont, Calif., James C. Vetter, Pine Grove, Calif., Greg Eilenstine, Pleasanton, Calif., Rongping Wang, Cupertino, Calif., and Tuan Ngo, Milpitas, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and methods are provided for monitoring a pulsed RF bias signal applied to a chuck in a processing chamber. One method includes operations for detecting voltage values of individual pulses of the pulsed RF bias voltage, and for determining the time for sampling the value of each individual detected pulse. At the sampling time for each pulse, a particular voltage value of the respective individual detected pulse is sampled and the particular voltage value is held. Each particular voltage value represents a characteristic peak-to-peak voltage value of each individual detected pulse. A feedback signal representing the characteristic peak-to-peak voltage value for a voltage envelope of one of the individual detected pulses is generated, and the voltage of the pulsed RF bias voltage signal applied to the chuck is adjusted according to a difference between the feedback signal and a desired voltage value of the pulsed RF bias voltage signal." The patent application was filed on April 25, 2012 (13/456,122). 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=8,303,763&OS=8,303,763&RS=8,303,763 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Magnecomp Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 12 -- Magnecomp, Murrieta, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,303,792) developed by Christopher Schreiber, Lake Elsinore, Calif., Peter Hahn, Wildomar, Calif., and Christopher Dunn, Austin, Texas, for a "high strength electrodeposited suspension conductors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of preparing an additive suspension circuit for a hard disk drive suspension includes electrodepositing an alloy of copper using an electrolytic bath containing copper su 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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