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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 22)

[November 22, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 22)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** Verizon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Verizon Corporate Services Group, Basking Ridge, N.J., and Verizon Laboratories, Waltham, Mass., have been assigned a patent (8,316,092) developed by David J. Bowie, Salem, Mass., John F. Buford, Lexington, Mass., and Xiaolan Huang, Boston, for a "process for automatically handling electronic requests for notification of unsolicited commercial email and other service disruptions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for automatically processing and responding to large volumes of customer requests regarding Unsolicited Commercial Email (UCE) and other service disruptions. The process combines manual and automated steps, and includes routing, filtering, aggregating, validating, ticketing, custom and automated responses, tracking, analyzing, and closing each validated request. The process can be used by the Customer Support Center (CSC) of the Internet Service Provider (ISP) to insure that all complaints are handled successfully, that promotion of complaints is done correctly, that legal aspects of certain criminal or fraud related incidents are handled correctly, and that portions of the processing of complaints are handled automatically." The patent application was filed on Dec. 24, 2008 (12/343,693). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,316,092&OS=8,316,092&RS=8,316,092 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Adaptive Conversation Detection Employing Minimal Computation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,315,865) developed by Benjamin Kuris, Brookline, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for adaptive conversation detection employing minimal computation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A conversation detector and detection method is based on voice band energy detection. The detector is formed of a signal preconditioner, a comparator and an analysis unit. The comparator generates signal pulses reduced in resolution and sample rate (e.g., single bit data) and indicative of energy level and/or duration of activity detected in subject audio signals. The analysis unit determines from the generated signal pulses whether a conversation exists in the subject audio signal. The detector is also able to adapt to environmental noise change, automatically calibrate and operate in low power consumption mode." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2004 (10/838,561). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,315,865&OS=8,315,865&RS=8,315,865 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Digital Voice Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Digital Voice Systems, Westford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,860) developed by John C. Hardwick, Sudbury, Mass., for an interoperable vocoder.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Encoding a sequence of digital speech samples into a bit stream includes dividing the digital speech samples into one or more frames and computing a set of model parameters for the frames. The set of model parameters includes at least a first parameter conveying pitch information. The voicing state of a frame is determined and the first parameter conveying pitch information is modified to designate the determined voicing state of the frame, if the determined voicing state of the frame is equal to one of a set of reserved voicing states. The model parameters are quantized to generate quantizer bits which are used to produce the bit stream." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2011 (13/169,642). 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=8,315,860&OS=8,315,860&RS=8,315,860 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** OptumInsight Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- OptumInsight, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,315,890) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for grouping claim records associated with a procedure." The co-inventors are Thomas E. Lynn, Chapel Hill, N.C., Thinzar Mra Nyun, Sudbury, Mass., Lynn Anne Richards, Brooklyn Park, Minn., and Kimberly Sanborn, Sutton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and computer-implemented method for grouping medical records implements a multi-level analysis of the records. The level of analysis for each record is determined based upon the time proximity of each record to the defining medical procedure or service (anchor procedure) to be analyzed. Once an anchor procedure is identified, claim records are processed to determine whether any of the records should be grouped with the anchor procedure into a procedure episode group (PEG). First, the date of service for each claim record is identified to determine whether the claim record falls within time window. The claim records falling within the window then are assessed to determine whether each claim record is sufficiently related to the anchor procedure (for example, by determining whether the diagnostic, procedure, or episode treatment group coding of each claim record is associated with the anchor procedure). The requisite level of relationship between the claim records and the anchor procedure depends upon the position of the records within the time window. Only those claim records having the requisite relationship level associated with the portion of the time window in which they fall are included in the PEG." The patent application was filed on Sept. 20, 2010 (12/885,995). 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=8,315,890&OS=8,315,890&RS=8,315,890 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Organization for Promotion Management ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,315,904) developed by five co-inventors for an "organization for promotion management." The co-inventors are Andre B. Black, Medford, Mass., David F. Cheung, Potomac, Md., Ruby Kennedy, Bedford, Mass., Yuchun Lee, Sudbury, Mass., and Patrick Martin, Lexington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method for producing a promotion list for a promotion management campaign is described. The method includes assigning one or more promotion instances to the promotions list, and storing the promotion list in an electronic medium." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2006 (11/492,010). 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=8,315,904&OS=8,315,904&RS=8,315,904 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Voice User Interface Authoring Tool ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,874) developed by four co-inventors for a "voice user interface authoring tool." The co-inventors are William F. Barton, Harvard, Mass., Michelle S. Spina, Winchester, Mass., David G. Ollason, Seattle, and Julian J. Odell, Kirkland, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A voice user interface authoring tool is configured to use categorized example caller responses, from which callflow paths, automatic speech recognition, and natural language processing control files can be generated automatically within a single, integrated authoring user interface. A voice user interface (VUI) design component allows an author to create an application incorporating various types of action nodes, including Prompt/Response Processing (PRP) nodes. At runtime, the system uses the information from each PRP node to prompt a user to say something, and to process the user's response in order to extract its meaning. An Automatic Speech Recognition/Natural Language Processing (ASR/NLP) Control Design component allows the author to associate sample inputs with each possible meaning, and automatically generates the necessary ASR and NLP runtime control files. The VUI design component allows the author to associate the appropriate ASR and NLP control files with each PRP node, and to associate an action node with each possible meaning, as indicated by the NLP control file." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2006 (11/401,823). 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=8,315,874&OS=8,315,874&RS=8,315,874 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American Power Conversion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- American Power Conversion, West Kingston, R.I., has been assigned a patent (8,315,841) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods and systems for managing facility power and cooling." The co-inventors are Neil Rasmussen, Concord, Mass., James W. VanGilder, Pepperell, Mass., Mikkel Dalgas, Hejls, Denmark, Stephen Berard, Seattle, Henrik Jensen, Vejle, Denmark, Henrik Daae, Vejle, Denmark, and Sandi Schoellhammer, Fredericia, Denmark.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are provided for determining data center cooling and power requirements and for monitoring performance of cooling and power systems in data centers. At least one aspect provides a system and method that enables a data center operator to determine available power and cooling at specific areas and enclosures in a data center to assist in locating new equipment in the data center." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2011 (13/018,185). 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=8,315,841&OS=8,315,841&RS=8,315,841 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Aspen Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Aspen Technology, Burlington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,842) developed by Chau-Chyun Chen, Lexington, Mass., Xiang He, Revere, Mass., and Selim Anavi, Waltham, Mass., for "systems and methods for modeling of crystallization processes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system and method of modeling a crystallization process includes representing a plurality of crystals in a solution by different subsets of the plurality, tracking increase of the respective characteristic length of each crystal group, and determining a crystal size distribution to output a model to a user. Each subset forms a respective crystal group characterized by group attributes of (i) a number of crystals and (ii) a characteristic length. Additionally, the system and method track generation of new crystal groups generated by seeding, nucleation and/or breakage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2008 (12/207,991). 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=8,315,842&OS=8,315,842&RS=8,315,842 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Autodesk Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Autodesk, San Rafael, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,315,840) developed by Nicolas Mangon, Waltham, Mass., for "transferring structural loads and displacements between analysis and design software." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus, including computer program products, for receiving in a Computer Aided Design (CAD) tool result information and load information from a first analysis program, the result information determined by performing an analysis of a plurality of physical elements in a CAD model. And providing one or more of the result information or the load information from the CAD tool to a second analysis program." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/789,060). 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=8,315,840&OS=8,315,840&RS=8,315,840 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Tellabs Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Tellabs Operations, Naperville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,315,299) developed by Gopal Harikumar, Norwood, Mass., Daniel J. Marchok, Buchanan, Mich., and Kenneth J. Rudofski, Chicago, for a "time-domain equalization for discrete multi-tone systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multiple carrier communication system includes a primary impulse shortening filter that receives an output signal of an analog to digital converter and accepts coefficients. A secondary impulse shortening filter receives the output signal of the analog to digital converter, outputs an output signal, and passes coefficients to the primary impulse shortening filter. A reference signal generator outputs a reference signal. A comparator compares the output signal and the reference signal and outputs a resulting error signal. An adaptive processor computes coefficients for the secondary impulse shortening filter based on the error signal." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/042,067). 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=83,15,299.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,299&RS=PN/83,15,299 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,282) developed by Robert A. Huber, Schnaitsee, Germany, James G. Fujimoto, Medford, Mass., and Desmond C. Adler, Brookline, Mass., for a "fourier domain mode locking: method and apparatus for control and improved performance." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system for improving and stabilizing Fourier domain mode locking (FDML) operation. The control system may also provide regulation of FDML operational parameters such as filter tuning, laser gain, polarization, polarization chromaticity, elliptical polarization retardance, and/or dispersion. The control system may be located internal to or external from the FDML laser cavity." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2008 (12/288,715). 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=83,15,282.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,282&RS=PN/83,15,282 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Aloft Media Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Aloft Media, Longview, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,315,326) developed by Brian G. Agee, San Jose, Calif., and Matthew C. Bromberg, Leominster, Mass., for an "apparatus for generating at least one signal based on at least one aspect of at least two received signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for generating at least one signal based on at least one aspect of at least two received signals is provided. The apparatus comprises: an antennae array of M antennae, where M is greater than or equal to two; at least one multiple-input and multiple-output capable transceiver in communication with each antenna in the antennae array of M antennae; and processing circuitry, the processing circuitry in communication with the multiple-input and multiple-output capable transceiver. In operation, the processing circuitry is capable of causing the apparatus to: receive at least two first signals, combine at least two of the at least two first signals, generate at least two second signals based on at least one aspect of the at least two first signals, and simultaneously transmit the at least two second signals; wherein the apparatus is configured such that at least one of the at least two second signals is capable of being received by a multiple-input capable node." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2011 (13/022,622). 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=83,15,326.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,326&RS=PN/83,15,326 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,205) developed by Chunjie Duan, Medfield, Mass., Jianlin Guo, Malden, Mass., and Zhifeng Tao, Arlington, Mass., for "wireless star networks with dual adaptive central nodes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless network with a star topology has a first and second central node. The first central node starts up first and initiates the network. The second central node starts up second and synchronizes to the first central node, and wherein one node is in active mode and the other node is in standby mode, and a set of leaf nodes configured to communicate only with the active node." The patent application was filed on Jan. 3, 2010 (12/651,474). 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=83,15,205.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,205&RS=PN/83,15,205 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for an Ad-hoc Wireless Communications System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,315,271) developed by Sanjiv Nanda, Ramona, Calif., and Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for an ad-hoc wireless communications system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An IBSS that allows token passing for round-robin service of QoS flows is disclosed (an RRBSS). The RRBSS permits low-latency, reduced contention, distributed scheduling useful in any ad hoc network, but particularly suitable for high data rates. Distributed scheduled access is provided for flows through a round-robin token passing service discipline. STAs follow a round-robin order, or list, and are able to communicate with round-robin transmit opportunities during a defined period. Each STA in the list transmits a respective token to transfer access to the shared medium to the next STA in the RR List. The sequence is terminated with an end token. STAs maintain station identifiers and list updates are maintained with a sequence identifier. Techniques are disclosed to add and remove STAs to the sequence; establish connectivity lists (receive and forward), and maintain other sequence parameters such as bandwidth management and TXOP duration. Various other aspects are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 23, 2005 (11/088,382). 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=83,15,271.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,271&RS=PN/83,15,271 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Skyhook Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Skyhook Wireless, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,315,233) developed by Farshid Alizadeh-Shabdiz, Wayland, Mass., for a "system and method of gathering WLAN packet samples to improve position estimates of WLAN positioning device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods of gathering WLAN packet samples to improve position estimates of WLAN positioning device. A device estimates the position of itself in response to gathering wireless signal information from WLAN access points (APs). The device includes a WLAN radio module for receiving WLAN signals transmitted by WLAN APs in range of said device, extraction logic for extracting information from said received WLAN signals to identify the WLAN APs, and logic to cooperate with a WLAN-based positioning system to estimate the position of the device based at least in part on the extracted information identifying the WLAN APs in the range of said device." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2007 (11/774,392). 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=83,15,233.PN.&OS=PN/83,15,233&RS=PN/83,15,233 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,315,690) developed by Daniel Eduardo Groszmann, Cambridge, Mass., Michel Francois Grimaud, Montrouge, France, and Yves Lucien Trousset, Palaiseau, France, for a "dynamic reference method and system for interventional procedures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interventional device configured for placement in or near an internal organ or tissue is provided. The interventional device includes a reference portion having three or more sensor elements. In one implementation, the interventional device and associated sensor elements provide dynamic referencing of the internal organ, tissue or associated vasculature after registration of the sensor data with images and/or volumetric representations of the internal organ or tissue." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2007 (11/906,445). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,315,690.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,690&RS=PN/8,315,690 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rockstar Bidco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Rockstar Bidco, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,315,159) developed by Indermohan Monga, Acton, Mass., Donald Fedyk, Groton, Mass., and Bruce Schofield, Tyngsboro, Mass., for "utilizing optical bypass links in a communication network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Optical By-Pass (OBP) links may be created by adding wavelengths between nodes on the network. The OBP may extend between any pair of nodes on the network. Intermediate nodes on the OBP are transient nodes and simply forward traffic optically. An OBP extends between a pair of nodes and, unlike express links, is created in such a manner that it does not affect the previous allocation of resources on the network. This enables capacity to be added between pairs of nodes on the network to alleviate congestion at a portion of the network, without changing other traffic patterns on the network. This enables inclusion of an OBP to be deterministic and of linear impact on the network. The OBP links may be statically provisioned or created on demand. Optionally, the OBP links may be crated to coincide with PBB-TE tunnels on the network." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2009 (12/413,150). 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=8,315,159&OS=8,315,159&RS=8,315,159 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,315,196) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for determining placement of internet taps in wireless neighborhood networks." The co-inventors are Lili Qiu, Bellevue, Wash., Kamal Jain, Bellevue, Wash., Ranveer Chandra, Ithaca, N.Y., and Mohammad Mahdian, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for determining the placement of ITAPs in wireless neighborhood networks. The method disclosed provides for efficient integration of multi-hop wireless networks with the Internet by placing ITAPs at strategic locations. Initially the method provides for the formulation of the ITAP placement problem under three wireless models. For each model, methods are developed to efficiently place ITAPs in the networks. The methods aim to minimize the number of required ITAPs while guaranteeing users' bandwidth requirements. Next, a fault tolerance version of the placement method is presented that provides bandwidth guarantees in the presence of failures. Finally the methods are extended to take into account variable traffic demands by developing an approximation algorithm to simultaneously optimize ITAP placement based on demands over multiple periods." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2004 (10/780,262). 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=8,315,196&OS=8,315,196&RS=8,315,196 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for Peer-to-peer Voice Over Internet Protocol ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,315,521) developed by five co-inventors for a "peer-to-peer voice over internet protocol." The co-inventors are Stevan H. Leiden, Norwood, Mass., Ayaskant Rath, Brooklyn, N.Y., Yong Liu, Brooklyn, N.Y., Shivendra Panwar, Freehold, N.J., and Keith Ross, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An optical network terminal receives, from a user device associated with the optical network terminal, a call to a called party, and checks a table, which may be locally cached in the optical network terminal, for a network location of another optical network terminal associated with the called party. The device also establishes a connection with another user device associated with the other optical network terminal, based on the network location, and exchanges voice data with the other user device associated with the other optical network terminal via the connection." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2009 (12/639,572). 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=8,315,521.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,521&RS=PN/8,315,521 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for Home Telepresence with Content Insertion ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,315,506) developed by Lee Goodman, Tyngsboro, Mass., Rezwanul Azim, Lexington, Mass., and Robert H. Liao, Chestnut Hill, Mass., for a "home telepresence with content insertion." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A provisioning device intercepts program content from a video client or another multimedia device, where the program content includes copy-protection encryption, and receives additional content from a local router or another networked device, where the additional content is Internet protocol (IP) content. The provisioning device removes the copy-protection encryption from the program content and combines the additional content with the program content. The provisioning device also adds copy-protection encryption to the combined additional content and program content, and sends the copy-protected combined content to a display device." The patent application was filed on Nov. 2, 2009 (12/610,555). 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=8,315,506.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,506&RS=PN/8,315,506 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cellco Partnership Assigned Patent for Assisting a User to Store and Place a Call Back to Received International Number ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Cellco Partnership, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,315,613) developed by Iftekhar Rahman, Billerica, Mass., and Kika Konstantinou, New York, for "assisting a user to store and place a call back to received international number." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "When a mobile device receives an incoming call from a telephone number: it identifies a number of digits associated with the telephone number and determines whether the number of digits exceeds a threshold. Upon determining that the number of digits exceeds the threshold, the incoming call is identified as an international call and the telephone number is identified as an international telephone number. The mobile device identifies a reference country from which the international call is originated and stores the international telephone number in association with the reference country in its memory." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2010 (12/889,076). 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=8,315,613.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,613&RS=PN/8,315,613 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cognex Assigned Patent for System and Method for Performing Multi-image Training for Pattern Recognition and Registration ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 22 -- Cognex, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,315,457) developed by Nathaniel Bogan, Natick, Mass., Xiaoguang Wang, Alpharetta, Ga., and Aaron S. Wallack, Natick, Mass., for a "system and method for performing multi-image training for pattern recognition and registration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for performing multi-image training for pattern recognition and registration is provided. A machine vision system first obtains N training images of the scene. Each of the N images is used as a baseline image and the N-1 images are registered to the baseline. Features that represent a set of corresponding image features are added to the model. The feature to be added to the model may comprise an average of the features from each of the images in which the feature appears. The process continues until every feature that meets a threshold requirement is accounted for. The model that results from the present invention represents those stable features that are found in at least the threshold number of the N training images. The model may then be used to train an alignment/inspection tool with the set of features." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2008 (12/291,670). 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=8,315,457.PN.&OS=PN/8,315,457&RS=PN/8,315,457 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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