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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 16)

[November 16, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 16)

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

*** General Compression Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- General Compression, Newton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,311,681) developed by David Marcus, West Newton, Mass., for a "system and method for conserving energy resources through storage and delivery of renewable energy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for encouraging the use of renewable energy sources and suitable for the conservation of energy resources through the efficient management of energy storage and delivery includes connections to a power source, an energy storage subsystem, and a power grid. The system includes a power routing subsystem coupled to the source and grid, and adapted to operate in a bypass mode, in which energy is transferred from the source to the grid. The system includes a conversion subsystem coupled to the routing and storage subsystems, and switchable in substantially real-time between a storage mode, in which energy is transferred from the routing to the storage subsystem, and a generation mode, in which energy is transferred from the storage to the routing subsystem for delivery to the grid. The system also includes a controller for directing the modes based at least in part on a market factor." The patent application was filed on March 9, 2012 (13/416,566). 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=8,311,681&OS=8,311,681&RS=8,311,681 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,311,733) developed by five co-inventors for an "interactive key frame image mapping system and method." The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, and John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided is a computer system and method for providing key frame image mapping. A method includes collecting one or more images of a predetermined area on the map of a physical location; and organizing the one or more images on the map as a function of a time, location, and/or image history parameter. A computer system includes a mapping module including a data store configurable to organize one or more images according to locations on a map and a table. The table can associate metadata for images with a time line, an image history and/or a location. The association can enable an instantiation of a time-related image from images at locations of the map. The mapping module enables a personalized iconographic map of a physical location illustrating icons associated with a catalog of images that are incorporated with the time line. The time line can be associated with a trip taken to an area in a map such that scrolling the time line automatically causes images associated with that time appear as well as the location on the map wherein the picture was taken." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2005 (11/058,399). 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=8,311,733&OS=8,311,733&RS=8,311,733 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verifi Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 - Verifi, West Chester, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,311,678) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for adjusting concrete rheology based upon nominal dose-response profile." The co-inventors are Eric Koehler, Woburn, Mass., Mark F. Roberts, North Andover, Mass., Roy J. Cooley, West Chester, Ohio, and Steve Verdino, Hamilton, Ohio.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to a method for adjusting concrete rheology requiring only that load size and target rheology value be selected initially rather than requiring inputs into and consultation of a lookup table of parameters such as water and hydration levels, mix components, temperature, humidity, aggregate components, and others. Dosage of particular rheology-modifying agent or combination of rheology-modifying agents is calculated based on a percentage of a nominal dose calculated with reference to a nominal dose response ("NDR") curve or profile. The NDR profile is based on a correlation between a rheology value (e.g., slump, slump flow, yield stress) and the rheology-modifying agent(s) dose required to change rheology value by one unit (e.g., slump change from 2 to 3 inches) such that exemplary methods can employ corrective dosing based on the NDR and the measured deviation by the system." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2010 (12/821,451). 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=8,311,678&OS=8,311,678&RS=8,311,678 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,311,285) developed by Srikumar Ramalingam, Cambridge, Mass., and Matthew E. Brand, Newtonville, Mass., for a "method and system for localizing in urban environments from omni-direction skyline images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A location and orientation in an environment is determined by acquiring a set of one or more real omni-directional images of an unknown skyline in the environment from an unknown location and an unknown orientation in the environment by an omni-directional camera. A set of virtual omni-directional images is synthesized from a 3D model of the environment, wherein each virtual omni-directional image is associated with a known skyline, a known location and a known orientation. Each real omni-directional image is compared with the set of virtual omni-directional images to determine a best matching virtual omni-directional image with the associated known location and known orientation that correspond to the unknown location and orientation." The patent application was filed on June 28, 2010 (12/824,296). 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=8,311,285&OS=8,311,285&RS=8,311,285 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** USDA, U.S. Army Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Army have been assigned a patent ((8,310,544) developed by six co-inventors for a "hand-held inspection tool and method." The co-inventors are Moon S. Kim, Silver Spring, Md., Alan M. Lefcourt, Elkridge, Md., Kuanglin Chao, Ellicott, Md., Yud-Ren Chen, Laurel, Md., Andre G. Senecal, North Smithfield, R.I., and Patrick Marek, Shrewsbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The hand-held inspection tool enhances the ability of an on-site inspector to detect and communicate the presence of contamination on an object or in an area. An on-site inspector directs an excitation light in the sensing head of the tool into an area of interest. If the targeted contamination is present, the excitation light causes the contamination to emit fluorescence. The emitted fluorescent light passes through a narrow spectral band-pass video camera filter and is detected by a video camera mounted in the tool sensing head. The video camera transmits the image to a display visible to the on-site inspector. The invention also includes a means of recording, documenting, and wirelessly communicating the inspection process so that remotely located personnel can view the inspection, and respond to the inspection findings in real time. " The patent application was filed on June 13, 2008 (12/157,911). 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=8,310,544&OS=8,310,544&RS=8,310,544 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bose Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,311,262) developed by Randy J. Kulchy, Shrewsbury, Mass., John W. Mazejka, Charlton, Mass., and Robert A. Warden, Southborough, Mass., for a "loudspeaker ceiling mount bracket." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A ceiling mount bracket for a loudspeaker. The ceiling mount bracket includes a mounting plate; an assembly to orient the loudspeaker; an assembly to receive audio signals and to provide the audio signals to the speaker; and a wiring block to connect to signal transmission wires. The wiring block includes a first terminal designated for 70/100 volt operation; a second terminal designated for 8 ohm operation; an electrically conductive path from the first terminal to a first pin of the receptacle; and an electrically conductive path from the second terminal to a second pin for the receptacle. The ceiling mount bracket also includes a mounting position for a ceramic connector and thermal fuse. The mounting position includes a threaded hole to accommodate a corresponding threaded extension of the ceramic connector and thermal fuse. The ceiling mount bracket also includes a cover enclosing more than 200 cubic centimeters." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2010 (12/725,961). 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=8,311,262&OS=8,311,262&RS=8,311,262 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intersil Americas Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Intersil Americas, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,387) developed by Brannon Harris, Austin, Texas, Sunder S. Kidambi, Austin, Texas, and Michael P. Anthony, Andover, Mass., for a "sampling method for time-interleaved data converters in frequency-multiplexed communications systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wide band analog-to-digital converter used in a frequency multiplexed communication system. The converter includes a plurality, M, of time-interleaved analog-to-digital converter subunits (ADC subunits). The sampling rate, FS1, of the M ADC subunits is selected to locate one or more integer multiples of a Nyquist frequency of a respective subunit ADC in one or more guard bands, and/or such that one or more integer multiples of FS1 are also located in the guard bands." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2010 (12/862,470). 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=8,310,387&OS=8,310,387&RS=8,310,387 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Bose Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,311,253) developed by five co-inventors for an "earpiece positioning and retaining." The co-inventors are Ryan C. Silvestri, Franklin, Mass., Eric M. Wallace, Chelmsfors, Mass., Kevin P. Annunziato, Medway, Mass., Ian M. Collier, Cambridge, Mass., and Michael Monahan, Franklin, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An earpiece. The earpiece includes an electronics module for wirelessly receiving incoming audio signals from an external source. The earpiece further includes a positioning and retaining structure comprising at least an outer leg and an inner leg, each of the outer leg and inner leg being attached at an attachment end to the body and attached at a joined end to each other. The outer leg lies in a plane. The positioning and retaining structure is substantially stiffer in one direction than in another. In its intended position, one of the two legs contacts the anti-helix at the rear of the concha, the joined end is under the anti-helix; a planar portion of the body contacts the concha; and a portion of the body is under the anti-tragus." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2010 (12/860,573). 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=8,311,253&OS=8,311,253&RS=8,311,253 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Boston University, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,310,532) developed by Jerome Mertz, Boston, Daryl Lim, Brookline, Mass., and Kengyeh K. Chu, Brighton, Mass., for a "system and method for producing an optically sectioned image using both structured and uniform illumination." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first image data set of the real-world object is received at a processor where the real-world object was illuminated with substantially uniform illumination. A second image data set of the real-world object is received at the processor where the real-world object was illuminated with substantially structured illumination. A high pass filter is applied to the first-image data set to remove out-of-focus content and retrieve high-frequency in-focus content. The local contrast of the second-image data set is determined producing a low resolution local contrast data set. The local contrast provides a low resolution estimate of the in-focus content in the first-image data set. A low pass filter is applied to the estimated low resolution in-focus data set, thus making its frequency information complementary to the high-frequency in-focus data set. The low and high frequency in-focus data sets are combined to produce an optically-sectioned data set of the real-world object." The patent application was filed on June 3, 2009 (12/994,413). 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=8,310,532&OS=8,310,532&RS=8,310,532 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fairchild Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Fairchild Semiconductor, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,301) developed by Erik Maier, Scarborough, Maine, for a "fully featured control pin powered analog switch." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus comprises at least one input connection, at least one output connection, at least one control connection, a voltage converter circuit having an input coupled to the control connection and an output, wherein the voltage converter circuit is configured to provide a voltage at its output that is greater than a voltage present at its input, and at least one switch circuit coupled to the input connection, the output connection, and the output of the voltage converter circuit. The switch circuit passes a signal received at the input to the output when the switch circuit is activated by the voltage converter output. Power to the voltage converter circuit is provided via the control connection, and power to the switch circuit is provided via the output of the voltage converter circuit." The patent application was filed on Feb. 25, 2010 (12/713,039). 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=8,310,301&OS=8,310,301&RS=8,310,301 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Personics Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Personics Holdings, Boca Raton, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,311,228) developed by Steven W. Goldstein, Delray Beach, Fla., John Usher, Montreal, and Brian Fligor, Mansfield, Mass., for an "ear input sound pressure level monitoring system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for monitoring a sound pressure level dose at an ear are provided. A system includes an audio transducer which outputs a sound signal is placed within an ear to receive sound at the ear. A sound level threshold detector determines whether a sound pressure level of the sound signal is at a minimum level and outputs a sound pressure level signal corresponding to the sound pressure level when the sound pressure level is not at the minimum level. A time period is calculated during which the sound pressure level is not at the minimum threshold level. A listening fatigue calculator determines whether a cumulative effect of exposure to the sound signal at the ear over the time period will cause harm to the ear. At least a portion of the system is disposed in situ at the ear." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2007 (11/757,152). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,311,228&OS=8,311,228&RS=8,311,228 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,560) developed by Douglas P. Hart, Charlestown, Mass., Federico Frigerio, Chestnut Hill, Mass., and Davide M. Marini, Wellesley, Mass., for a "three-dimensional imaging using a single camera." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The attenuation and other optical properties of a medium are exploited to measure a thickness of the medium between a sensor and a target surface. Disclosed herein are various mediums, arrangements of hardware, and processing techniques that can be used to capture these thickness measurements and obtain three-dimensional images of the target surface in a variety of imaging contexts. This includes general techniques for imaging interior/concave surfaces as well as exterior/convex surfaces, as well as specific adaptations of these techniques to imaging ear canals, human dentition, and so forth." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2009 (12/508,911). 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=8,310,560&OS=8,310,560&RS=8,310,560 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,310,520) developed by Rajat Gopal, Shrewsbury, Mass., and John Nicol, Framingham, Mass., for a "flexible decomposition and recomposition of multimedia conferencing streams using real-time control information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multimedia conferencing system is presented that can modify the composite multimedia stream into separate multimedia streams. Two or more video conference participants send multimedia streams, capturing and encoding the conference at the participant's location, to a multimedia server. The multimedia server includes a multipoint control unit that creates a composite multimedia display, which includes video regions corresponding to at least two of the multimedia streams from the participants. A composite multimedia stream describes the composite multimedia display. The ancillary server receives the composite multimedia stream from the multipoint control unit together with static and dynamic control information, which describes the format and layout of the composite multimedia display and the composite multimedia stream. Using the dynamic and static control information, the ancillary server decomposes the composite multimedia stream into two or more constituent streams. The two or more constituent streams may then be separately processed." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2009 (12/543,998). 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=8,310,520&OS=8,310,520&RS=8,310,520 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pixtronix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Pixtronix, Andover, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,442) developed by six co-inventors for "circuits for controlling display apparatus." The co-inventors are Nesbitt W. Hagood, Wellesley, Mass., Stephen Lewis, Reading, Mass., Abraham McAllister, Annandale, Va., Roger W. Barton, Grand Marais, Minn., Richard S. Payne, Andover, Mass., and Jasper Lodewyk Steyn, Winchester, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to methods and apparatus for forming images on a display utilizing a control matrix to control the movement of MEMs-based light modulators." The patent application was filed on Dec. 1, 2006 (11/607,715). 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=8,310,442&OS=8,310,442&RS=8,310,442 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Analogic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Analogic, Peabody, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,311,268) developed by Douglas Q. Abraham, Topsfield, Mass., and Yesna Oyku Yildiz, Boston, for an image object separation.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques and systems for segmenting one or more objects in a subject image resulting from subjecting one or more objects to imaging using an imaging apparatus are disclosed, such that limitations of image noise, object proximity, image intensity variations, shape complexity, and/or computational resources may be mitigated. Merely border edges of objects in a subject image can be generated, for example, by using edge detection and discarding interior edges. Geometric difference values of the identified boundaries of the objects in the subject image can be calculated. One or more transitions between objects can be identified by using the geometric difference values, for example, which may result in data that represents a location in the image of an object to be segmented." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2008 (12/199,333). 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=8,311,268&OS=8,311,268&RS=8,311,268 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** First Orion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- First Orion, Conway, Ark., has been assigned a patent (8,311,204) developed by Keith A. Fotta, Duxbury, Mass., for an "automatic complaint registration for violations of telephonic communication regulations with call rejection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In an embodiment, call information is received indicating that a called party, responsive to receiving a call from a calling party, desires to record a complaint against the calling party relating to receipt of the call. A call complaint based on the call information is added to a complaint database. Call rejection information based on the call information is forwarded to a call rejection database configured to indicate blocking of further calls from the calling party to the called party. The complaint information may be forwarded to the complaint database through a number of different communications paths. In another embodiment, a request for a change in status of an identifier entry on a user call rejection list is received. The status of the identifier entry on the user call rejection list is changed based on a comparison of the current status of the identifier entry with the request. The identifier entry and corresponding status are sent to a gateway for call rejection treatment based on the identifier entry and status." The patent application was filed on Oct. 10, 2007 (11/870,080). 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=8,311,204&OS=8,311,204&RS=8,311,204 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Services, Verizon Data Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Verizon Services, Ashburn, Va., and Verizon Data Services, Temple Rerrace, Fla., have been assigned a patent (8,311,199) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and systems for configuring and providing conference calls with customized caller id information." The co-inventors are Christopher L. Helbling, Norwalk, Conn., Craig L. Reding, Midland Park, N.J., Paula Ann Dromlewicz, Jefferson, Mass., and John Reformato, Tarrytown, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for automatically providing conference calls are disclosed. In one aspect, methods and systems detect a conference call event that was previously configured by a subscriber user and identify participant users associated with the conference call event. In another aspect, when configuring a conference call event, a subscriber user may enter, select or otherwise designate conference information that the user wishes to be displayed in the caller identification fields that are sent out when a bridge dials the participant users associated with the conference call. Once identified, each participant user is contacted and a response is received from each of the users. Based on the received responses, a conference call is established between the participant users and the subscriber user." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2006 (11/616,922). 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=8,311,199&OS=8,311,199&RS=8,311,199 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,311,213) developed by Shantanu Rane, Cambridge, Mass., Wei Sun, Waterloo, Canada, and Anthony Vetro, Arlington, Mass., for a "method for determining functions applied to signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the invention discloses a system and a method for determining a result of applying a function to signals including a first signal and a second signal, wherein the function is a polynomial function of the signals such that a monomial in the function includes the first signal having a power less than or equal to a first maximum power, and wherein the first signal is partitioned into a first subsignal and a second subsignal, comprising a processor for performing steps of the method, comprising the steps of acquiring a second signal and a second subsignal; acquiring a set of encrypted powers of the first subsignal, wherein the set of encrypted powers of the first subsignal includes homomorphically encrypted powers of the first subsignal; and determining an encrypted result of the function based on a second subsignal, the set of encrypted powers of the first subsignal, and the second signal." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2009 (12/631,939). 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=8,311,213&OS=8,311,213&RS=8,311,213 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,064) developed by William J. Gauvin, Leominster, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for securing documents using a position dependent file system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Access to information or a document is secured by a central global positioning authority that evaluates access requests in accordance with predefined policies. One component of an access request includes location information regarding at least one of the requesting entity and location of the requested resource. Access is either allowed or denied as a function of at least the requesting entity, position information and the applicable policy or policies. An encryption/decryption scheme is implemented where the encryption key is a function of the resource's position." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2005 (11/126,663). 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=8,312,064&OS=8,312,064&RS=8,312,064 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ChemGenes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- ChemGenes, Wilmigton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,707) developed by four co-inventors for "RNA synthesis-phosphoramidites for synthetic RNA in the reverse direction, and application in convenient introduction of ligands, chromophores and modifications of synthetic RNA at the 3'-end." The co-inventors are Suresh C. Srivastava, Burlington, Mass., Divya Pandey, Lucknow, India, Satya P. Bajpai, Lucknow, India, and Naveen P. Srivastava, Burlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel technology for RNA synthesis in the reverse direction, involving a new class of products, 3'-DMT-5`-CE ribonucleoside phosphoramidites and 3'-DMT-5`-succinyl ribonucleoside solid supports, with per step coupling efficiency surpassing 99% in the RNA synthesis. This leads to high purity RNA. Examples of a large number of 20-21 mers and a few examples of long chain oligonucleotides are demonstrated. The data indicates dramatic improvement in coupling efficiency per step during oligonucleotide synthesis using the reverse RNA monomers (5'.fwdarw.' direction) as compared to 3'-CE ribonucleoside phosphoramidites used in the conventional method of RNA synthesis (3'.fwdarw.5' direction). The new process requires shorter coupling cycle time, approx. 4 minutes as compared to approx. 10 minutes using conventional RNA synthesis method (3'.fwdarw.5' direction). Furthermore, almost complete absence of M+1 impurities in the reverse RNA synthesis methodology were observed, even when the last phosphoramidite was a macromolecule. The process resulted in very high purity 3'-modified oligonucleotides after HPLC purification. As a result of high purity of synthesized RNA and clean introduction of various 3'-end modified RNA requiring long chain ligands, chromophores, fluorophores and quenchers, this method of RNA synthesis is expected to be a very useful method of choice for therapeutic grade RNA. The novel phosphoramidites of this invention, Rev-A-n-bz, Rev-C-n-bz, Rev-C-n-ac, Rev-G-n-ac and Rev-rU show HPLC purity greater than 98% and .sup.31P NMR purity greater than 99.5%." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/584,625). 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=83,09,707.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,707&RS=PN/83,09,707 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** IdeaPaint Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- IdeaPaint, Ashland, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,653) developed by John Goscha, Boston, and Martin Douglas Donbrosky Jr., Lambertville, Mich., for "ambient cure water-based coatings for writable-erasable surfaces." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Water-based coatings having writable-erasable surfaces are provided. The coatings have many desirable attributes. For example, the coatings cure under ambient conditions, have low or no VOC emissions during and upon curing, and have reduced tendency to form ghost images, even after prolonged normal use." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,521). 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=83,09,653.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,653&RS=PN/83,09,653 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Massachusetts Assigned Patent for Methods and Compositions for Enhancing the Efficacy and Specificity of RNAi ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,704) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and compositions for enhancing the efficacy and specificity of RNAi." The co-inventors are Phillip D. Zamore, Northboro, Mass., Gyorgy Hutvagner, Worcester, Mass., Dianne Schwarz, Worcester, Mass., and Martin Simard, Deschambault, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods of enhancing the efficacy and specificity of RNAi. The invention also provides compositions for mediating RNAi. In particular, the invention provides siRNAs, shRNAs, vectors and transgenes having improved specificity and efficacy in mediating silencing of a target gene. Therapeutic methods are also featured." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2004 (10/859,321). 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=83,09,704.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,704&RS=PN/83,09,704 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Massachusetts, Yale University Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Massachusetts, Shrewsbury, Mass., and Yale University, New Haven, Conn., have been assigned a patent (8,309,691) developed by four co-inventors for a "chlamydomonas intraflagellar transport 88 (IFT-88)." The co-inventors are George B. Witman, Grafton, Mass., Gregory J. Pazour, Framingham, Mass., Joel L. Rosenbaum, Branford, Conn., and Douglas G. Cole, Moscow, Idaho.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to various intraflagellar transport (IFT) polypeptides and the nucleic acids that encode them. The new IFT particle polypeptides and nucleic acids can be used in a variety of diagnostic, screening, and therapeutic methods." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2011 (13/188,621). 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=83,09,691.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,691&RS=PN/83,09,691 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,697) developed by Joseph Sodroski, Medford, Mass., Matthew Stremlau, Brookline, Mass., and Christopher M. Owens, Cambridge, Mass., for "methods and compositions for the treatment and prevention of HIV infection using TRIM5.alpha." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides novel TRIM polypeptides, proteins, and nucleic acid molecules. In addition to isolated, full-length TRIM proteins, the invention further provides isolated TRIM fusion proteins, antigenic peptides and anti-TRIM antibodies. The invention also provides TRIM nucleic acid molecules, recombinant expression vectors containing a nucleic acid molecule of the invention, host cells into which the expression vectors have been introduced and non-human transgenic animals in which an TRIM gene has been introduced or disrupted. The present invention also provides methods and compositions for the diagnosis and treatment of viral infection and/or replication, e.g., HIV infection. The invention further provides methods for identifying a compound capable of treating or preventing viral infection and/or replication, e.g., HIV infection and AIDS. In addition, the invention provides a method for treating a subject having a viral infection and/or replication, e.g., HIV infection using the modulators of the invention." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2010 (12/689,800). 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=83,09,697.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,697&RS=PN/83,09,697 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Celgene Avilomics Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Celgene Avilomics Research, Bedford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,685) developed by six co-inventors for "HCV protease inhibitors and uses thereof." The co-inventors are Russell C. Petter, Stow, Mass., Juswinder Singh, Ashland, Mass., Arthur F. Kluge, Lincoln, Mass., Deqiang Niu, Lexington, Mass., Lixin Qiao, Tewksbury, Mass., and Shomir Ghosh, Brookline, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides compounds, pharmaceutically acceptable compositions thereof, and methods of using the same." The patent application was filed on July 2, 2009 (12/497,103). 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=83,09,685.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,685&RS=PN/83,09,685 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Massachusetts Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- The University of Massachusetts, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,309,705) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and compositions for enhancing the efficacy and specificity of RNA silencing." The co-inventors are Phillip D. Zamore, Northboro, Mass., Gyorgy Hutvagner, Worcester, Mass., Dianne Schwarz, Westborough, Mass., and Martin Simard, Deschambault, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides methods of enhancing the efficacy and specificity of RNA silencing. The invention also provides compositions for mediating RNA silencing. In particular, the invention provides siRNAs, siRNA-like molecules, shRNAs, vectors and transgenes having improved specificity and efficacy in mediating silencing of a target gene. Therapeutic methods are also featured." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/748,937). 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=83,09,705.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,705&RS=PN/83,09,705 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Acushnet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Acushnet, Fairhaven, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,639) developed by David A. Bulpett, Boston, Brian Comeau, Berkley, Mass., and Douglas S. Goguen, New Bedford, Mass., for "rubber compositions comprising benzoquinones and the use thereof in golf balls." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed to a golf ball having at least one layer formed from a rubber composition comprising a base rubber, at least 0.05 parts by weight of a free radical initiator, per 100 parts of the base rubber, and at least 0.1 parts by weight of a benzoquinone, per 100 parts of the base rubber. The rubber composition may be present in any one or more of a core layer, a cover layer, or an intermediate layer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2009 (12/574,471). 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=83,09,639.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,639&RS=PN/83,09,639 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics, Aurora, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,309,645) developed by six co-inventors for a "thermally stable composite material formed of polyimide." The co-inventors are Gwo S. Swei, Vandalia, Ohio, Ilya L. Rushkin, Acton, Mass., Pawel Czubarow, Wellesley, Mass., David Worth House, Arlington Heights, Ill., David DeCoster, Barrington, R.I., and Olivier Guiselin, Northboro, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A composite material includes a polyimide matrix material and an exfoliated graphite material dispersed within the polyimide matrix material. The composite material exhibits a Thermal Stability Index of at least about 20 and has a particle distribution in which 90% of the particles have a particle size not greater than 500 micrometers." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2007 (11/867,520). 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=83,09,645.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,645&RS=PN/83,09,645 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Modular Query Optimizer ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,312,027) developed by five co-inventors for a modular query optimizer. The co-inventors are Andrew Lamb, Arlington, Mass., Lakshmikant Shrinivas, Billerica, Mass., Shilpa Lawande, Littleton, Mass., Mitch Cherniack, Chelsea, Mass., and Nga Tran, Framingham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium provide for a modular query optimizer. In one aspect, a computer program product includes selecting one or more projections from a set of projections for each table in a database query wherein each of the selected projections for the table has leads to an estimated lower execution cost for the query as compared to non-selected projections; generating join orders for the query based on data distribution of one or more of the selected projections among sites in a computer network wherein the join orders reflect different combinations of data distribution operations applied to the output of one or more of the query's joins; and selecting a join order from the join orders based on evaluation of the join orders using a cost model." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2012 (13/489,094). 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=8,312,027&OS=8,312,027&RS=8,312,027 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NetApp Assigned Patent for System and Method for Enabling a Data Container to Appear in a Plurality of Locations in a Super-namespace ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- NetApp, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,312,046) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for enabling a data container to appear in a plurality of locations in a super-namespace." The co-inventors are Michael Eisler, Colorado Springs, Colo., Daniel S. Nydick, Wexford, Pa., Peter F. Corbett, Lexington, Mass., Michael Kazar, Pittsburgh, and J. Christopher Wagner, Langley, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method to allow a volume to appear in multiple locations in a super-namespace. A super-namespace is a hierarchy of namespaces within a storage system environment, such as a storage system cluster. The volume can appear in multiple locations in the super-namespace and/or in multiple namespaces within the super-namespace." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (11/680,255). 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=8,312,046&OS=8,312,046&RS=8,312,046 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Red Hat Assigned Patent for Isolating an Execution Container in a System with Mandatory Access Control (MAC) ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Red Hat, Raleigh, N.C., has been assigned a patent (8,312,043) developed by Henri H. van Riel, Nashua, N.H., Daniel J. Walsh, Marlborough, Mass., and Warren I. Togami Jr., Somerville, Mass., for "isolating an execution container in a system with mandatory access control (MAC)." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Preventing a process from traversing back a directory tree through its parent directories is described. In a system with a program executing in a path container, an access permission rule applicable to the instance of the program prevents the program from traversing the tree structure back through its parent directories towards an absolute root directory. The access permission rule may be a rule in an instance of a security policy applicable to the particular path container from which the process is executing." The patent application was filed on Nov. 26, 2008 (12/324,643). 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=8,312,043&OS=8,312,043&RS=8,312,043 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,311,543) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and devices for interworking of wireless wide area networks and wireless local area networks or wireless personal area networks." The co-inventors are Subrahmanyam Dravida, Shrewsbury, Mass., Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., Sanjiv Nanda, Ramona, Calif., and Shravan K. Surineni, Marlborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments describe utilizing time-based information to improve communication in a wireless network. A method can include receiving beacon information from at least one access point and utilizing time-stamp information associated with the beacon information to determine whether to hand off communication with a second access point. According to other embodiments the method can further include detecting beacon quality is below a threshold level and transmitting a poor beacon quality message. Information relating to a plurality of alternate access points can be received in response to the transmitted poor beacon quality message." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2005 (11/240,045). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,311,543.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,543&RS=PN/8,311,543 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** OSRAM SYLVANIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- OSRAM SYLVANIA, Danvers, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,161) developed by Heinz W. Ito, Topsfield, Mass., Dan Bodocan, Drummondville, Canada, and Shaun P. Montana, Medway, Mass., for an "end of life indicator for lamps." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "End-of-life indicators for lamps, and methods for indicating the end-of-life for lamps, are provided. A solid state light source end-of-life indicator is located on the exterior of a housing of a lamp, and includes at least one light emitting diode. The solid state light source end-of-life indicator emits light at the end of the life of the lamp. The solid state light source end-of-life indicator may emit light upon receiving an end-of-life signal from an end-of-life detection circuit, which detects when the lamp is at an end of its life." The patent application was filed on Aug. 27, 2010 (12/870,066). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,161.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,161&RS=PN/8,310,161 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** T2 Biosystems Assigned Patent for NMR Device for Detection of Analytes ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- T2 Biosystems, Lexington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,231) developed by W. David Lee, West Newton, Mass., for an "NMR device for detection of analytes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates generally to detection devices having one or more small wells each surrounded by, or in close proximity to, an NMR micro coil, each well containing a liquid sample with magnetic nanoparticles that self-assemble or disperse in the presence of a target analyte, thereby altering the measured NMR properties of the liquid sample. The device may be used, for example, as a portable unit for point of care diagnosis and/or field use, or the device may be implanted for continuous or intermittent monitoring of one or more biological species of interest in a patient." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (12/844,677). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,231.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,231&RS=PN/8,310,231 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Teradyne Assigned Patent for Capacitive Opens Testing in Low Signal Environments ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Teradyne, North Reading, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,256) developed by Anthony J. Suto, Sterling, Mass., for a "capacitive opens testing in low signal environments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved system for capacitive testing electrical connections in a low signal environment. The system includes features that increase sensitivity of a capacitive probe. One feature is a spacer positioned to allow the probe to be partially inserted into the component without contacting the pins. The spacer may be a collar on the probe that contacts the housing of the component, contacts the substrate of the circuit assembly, or both. In some other embodiments, the spacer may be a riser extending beyond the surface of the sense plate that contacts the component, a riser portion of the component, or a combination of both. The spacer improves sensitivity by establishing a small gap between a sense plate of the probe and pins under test without risk of damage to the pins. A second feature is a guard plate of the probe with reduced capacitance to a sense plate of the probe. Reducing capacitance also increases the sensitivity of the probe." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/645,418). 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=83,10,256.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,256&RS=PN/83,10,256 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Analgesic Neuropharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Analgesic Neuropharmaceuticals, Brookline, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,570) developed by Christine Nai-Mei Sang, Brookline, Mass., for a "treatment of central neuropathic pain." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Central neuropathic pain is treated with an analgesic composition that consists essentially of an N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist. In one embodiment, the invention includes chronic administration of the (NMDA) receptor antagonist. In another embodiment, the invention is use of an NMDA receptor antagonist or component thereof for the manufacture of a medicament than includes an analgesic component that consists essentially of an NMDA receptor antagonist for the chronic treatment of central neuropathic pain." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2001 (10/477,881). 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=83,09,570.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,570&RS=PN/83,09,570 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** T2 Biosystems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- T2 Biosystems, Lexington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,232) developed by W. David Lee, West Newton, Mass., for an "NMR device for detection of analytes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: " This invention relates generally to detection devices having one or more small wells each surrounded by, or in close proximity to, an NMR micro coil, each well containing a liquid sample with magnetic nanoparticles that self-assemble or disperse in the presence of a target analyte, thereby altering the measured NMR properties of the liquid sample. The device may be used, for example, as a portable unit for point of care diagnosis and/or field use, or the device may be implanted for continuous or intermittent monitoring of one or more biological species of interest in a patient." The patent application was filed on July 27, 2010 (12/844,680). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,232.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,232&RS=PN/8,310,232 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** EcoFit Lighting Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- EcoFit Lighting, Lenexa, Kan., has been assigned a patent (8,310,158) developed by Barry Cason Coplin, Fairway, Kan., John Robert Householder, Reading, Mass., and Clifford Earl Wilson, Holt, Mo., for an "LED light engine apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A light emitting diode (LED) light engine is provided for use in a light fixture to enable improved and efficient dissipation of heat generated in the light fixture. The light engine includes a circuit board that includes multiple LEDs for emitting light. The light engine includes a chassis that has a plurality of upper fins that extend upward from a central flanged portion to dissipate heat generated by the LEDs into the lighting fixture. The circuit board is mounted to a mounting surface on the chassis that is surrounded by a fin wall that depends from the central flanged portion. The chassis also has a plurality of lower fins that extend outward from an outer surface of the fin wall to dissipate heat out of the fixture and into the ambient air environment." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009 (12/565,584). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,158.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,158&RS=PN/8,310,158 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Teradyne Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Teradyne, North Reading, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,270) developed by Tushar K. Gohel, Wakefield, Mass., and Lloyd K. Frick, Pepperell, Mass., for an "emulating behavior of a legacy test system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for use in testing a device includes a communication channel having a set of programmable parameters associated therewith. The programmable parameters result in a bias condition on the communication channel. A bias control circuit is used to affect the bias condition that results from the programmable parameters in order to emulate a desired bias condition." The patent application was filed on Oct. 4, 2007 (11/867,672). 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=83,10,270.PN.&OS=PN/83,10,270&RS=PN/83,10,270 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,310,130) developed by eight co-inventors for an "electrochemical methods, devices, and structures." The co-inventors are Yet-Ming Chiang, Framingham, Mass., Steven R. Hall, Burlington, Mass., Yukinori Koyama, Cambridge, Mass., Kyungyeol Song, Seoul, South Korea, Timothy E. Chin, Cambridge, Mass., Urs Rhyner, Schindellegi, Switzerland, Dimitrios Sapnaras, Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany, and Fernando Tubilla, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides devices and structures and methods of use thereof in electrochemical actuation. This invention provides electrochemical actuators, which are based, inter-alia, on an electric field-driven intercalation or alloying of high-modulus inorganic compounds, which can produce large and reversible volume changes, providing high actuation energy density, high actuation authority and large free strain." The patent application was filed on March 4, 2011 (13/041,058). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,130.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,130&RS=PN/8,310,130 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Vertex Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,587) developed by fifteen co-inventors for "piperidine and piperazine phenyl sulphonamides as modulators of ion channels." The co-inventors are Esther Ann Martinborough, San Diego, Lev Tyler Dewey Fanning, San Marcos, Calif., Urvi Jagdishbhai Sheth, San Diego, Dean Mitchell Wilson, Bedford, Mass., Andreas P. Termin, Encinitas, Calif., Timothy Donald Neubert, San Diego, Nicole Hilgraf, San Diego, Tara Leanne Hampton, Fort Worth, Texas, Tara Whitney, Carlsbad, Calif., Aarti Sameer Kawatkar, Newton, Mass., Danielle Lehsten, Fayetteville, W.Va., Dean Stamos, Carlsbad, Calif., Jinglan Zhou, San Diego, Vijayalaksmi Arumugam, San Marcos, Calif., and Corey Anderson, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to piperidine and piperazine phenyl sulfonamides useful as inhibitors of ion channels. The invention also provides pharmaceutically acceptable compositions comprising the compounds of the invention and methods of using the compositions in the treatment of various disorders, including for example the treatment of pain." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2012 (13/419,936). 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=83,09,587.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,587&RS=PN/83,09,587 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** FormFactor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- FormFactor, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,310,195) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for improving motion times of a stage." The co-inventors are Sun Yalei, Singapore, Uday Nayak, San Jose, Calif., Richard J. Casler Jr., Cambridge, Mass., and Thomas Rohrs, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for, in one embodiment, accelerating a stage through a clearance height in a first direction and decelerating the stage in the first direction while accelerating in a second direction are shown. The stage is moved in a third direction and a determination is made whether the stage movement in the second direction is below a threshold value before continuing to move the stage further in the third direction. The first direction is perpendicular to the second direction and is parallel and opposite to the third direction." The patent application was filed on Feb. 15, 2012 (13/397,624). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,310,195.PN.&OS=PN/8,310,195&RS=PN/8,310,195 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Genzyme Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Genzyme, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,309,593) developed by fourteen co-inventors for "2-acylaminopropoanol-type glucosylceramide synthase inhibitors." The co-inventors are Craig Siegel, Woburn, Mass., Cecilia M. Bastos, South Grafton, Mass., David J. Harris, Lexington, Mass., Angeles Dios, Waltham, Mass., Edward Lee, Sudbury, Mass., Richard Silva, Needham, Mass., Lisa M. Cuff, Leominster, Mass., Mikaela Levine, Swampscott, Mass., Cassandra A. Celatka, Hull, Mass., Thomas H. Jozafiak, Belmont, Mass., Frederic Vinick, Mechanicville, N.Y., Yibin Xiang, Acton, Mass., John Kane, Maynard, Mass., and Junkai Liao, Tewksbury, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compound for use in treating polycystic kidney disease is represented by Structural Formula (I): or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. A pharmaceutical composition comprises a compound represented by Structural Formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. A method of treating polycystic kidney disease in a subject in need thereof comprises administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a compound represented by Structural Formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. Methods of treating in polycystic kidney disease in a subject in need thereof respectively comprise administering to the subject a therapeutically effective amount of a compound represented by Structural Formula (I) or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (13/122,135). 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=83,09,593.PN.&OS=PN/83,09,593&RS=PN/83,09,593 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Brown University Research Foundation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Brown University Research Foundation, Providence, R.I., has been assigned a patent (8,311,377) developed by Daniel Levner, Toronto, Martin F. Fay, Waltham, Mass., and Jingming Xu, Providence, R.I., for a "method and apparatus for detecting multiple optical wave lengths." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Optical gratings that perform a number of functions at various wavelengths are formed by various methods that preserve spectral information within a wavelength band, the functions including: coupling radiation from one waveguide (7a3) to another (7a2), controllable gratings that operate on different wavelengths in response to external control signals." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2011 (13/236,453). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,311,377.PN.&OS=PN/8,311,377&RS=PN/8,311,377 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Scripps Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 16 -- Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,309,555) developed by Shuibing Chen, Arlington, Mass., Sheng Ding, Pasadena, Calif., and Peter G. Schultz, La Jolla, Calif., for "compositions and methods for inducing cell dedifferentia 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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