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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Dec. 27)

[December 27, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Dec. 27)

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

*** Spring Consulting Group Assigned Patent for Program for Alternative Funding of Employee and Retiree Benefits ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Spring Consulting Group, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,340,987) developed by Karin Landry, Cambridge, Mass., for a "program for alternative funding of employee and retiree benefits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An insurance program for funding benefits by maintaining assets in the insurance program that includes an employer or employee owned trust account and at least one life insurance contract obtained directly or indirectly from a captive insurance company. The life insurance contract is purchased with assets from the trust account and the captive insurance company is a least partially owned by the employer. When paying or reimbursing benefits, the employer or the trust may pay the benefit and if the employer pays the benefit, the trust may reimburse the employer." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2011 (13/248,691). 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=8,340,987&OS=8,340,987&RS=8,340,987 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** EMC Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- EMC, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,933) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for performing power supply self-diagnostics in redundant power architectures." The co-inventors are Joseph P. King Jr., Sterling, Mass., Phillip J. Roux, Sutton, Mass., Michael A. Faulkner, Acton, Mass., Robert M. Beauchamp, Milford, Mass., and Robert A. Guenther, Pepperell, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for detecting latent defects within a redundant power architecture includes a plurality of redundant power supplies, each having one or more output power rails, connected in a redundant fashion to a system load; each power supply output having fault-isolating OR'ing circuitry that prevents reverse current flow when free of defects; each power supply having means for adjusting its output voltage; each power supply having means for monitoring an internal voltage therein, and, based on characteristics of the monitored internal voltage, determining the presence of latent defect/s in the fault-isolating "OR'ing" circuitry. Further, the system operates to shift the load demanded from power supplies in redundant power architectures to allow the power supplies to run at their optimum electrical efficiency." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/571,428). 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=8,340,933&OS=8,340,933&RS=8,340,933 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Computational and/or Control Systems and Methods Related to Nutraceutical Agent Selection and Dosing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,340,944) developed by six co-inventors for "computational and/or control systems and methods related to nutraceutical agent selection and dosing." The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure relates to computational and/or control systems and methods related to nutraceutical agent selection and dosing." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2006 (11/515,357). 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=8,340,944&OS=8,340,944&RS=8,340,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Optuminsight Life Sciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Optuminsight Life Sciences, Eden Prairie, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,982) developed by five co-inventors for a "method, system and medium for assessing the impact of various ailments on health related quality of life." The co-inventors are Jakob B. Bjorner, Charlottenlund, Denmark, John E. Ware, Medford, Mass., Mark R. Kosinski, Sterling, Mass., Barbara Sardinha, Portsmouth, R.I., and James E. Dewey, Narragansett, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a system and method for assessing the impact of an ailment on a health related quality of life domain of a patient using a standardized common metric. The standardized common metric of the present invention enables the impact of various ailments to be compared." The patent application was filed on Sept. 10, 2010 (12/879,267). 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=8,340,982&OS=8,340,982&RS=8,340,982 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Washington Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- University of Washington, Seattle, has been assigned a patent (8,340,951) developed by six co-inventors for "synthetic enzymes derived from computational design." The co-inventors are David Baker, Seattle, Alexandre Zanghellini, Seattle, Lin Jiang, Seattle, Andrew Wollacott, Cambridge, Mass., Daniela Grabs-Rothlisberger, Seattle, and Eric Althoff, Seattle.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are techniques for computationally designing enzymes. These techniques can be used to design variations of naturally occurring enzymes, as well as new enzymes having no natural counterparts. The techniques are based on first identifying functional reactive sites required to promote the desired reaction. Then, hashing algorithms are used to identify potential protein backbone structures (i.e., scaffolds) capable of supporting the required functional sites. These techniques were used to design 32 different protein sequences that exhibited aldol reaction catalytic function, 31 of which are defined in the Sequence Listing. Details of these 31 different synthetic aldolases are provided, including descriptions of how such synthetic aldolases can be differentiated from naturally occurring aldolases." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2008 (12/334,360). 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=8,340,951&OS=8,340,951&RS=8,340,951 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Spring Consulting Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Spring Consulting Group, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,340,988) developed by Karin Landry, Cambridge, Mass., for a "program for alternative funding of employee and retiree benefits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An insurance program for funding benefits by maintaining assets in the insurance program that includes an employer or employee owned trust account and at least one life insurance contract or non-cancelable accident and health insurance contract obtained directly or indirectly from a captive insurance company. The life insurance contract or non-cancelable accident and health insurance contract is purchased with assets from the trust account and the captive insurance company is at least partially owned by the employer. When paying or reimbursing benefits, the employer or the trust may pay the benefit and if the employer pays the benefit, the trust may reimburse the employer." The patent application was filed on Feb. 6, 2012 (13/366,936). 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=8,340,988&OS=8,340,988&RS=8,340,988 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, St. Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,778) developed by four co-inventors for a "multi-element acoustic recharging system." The co-inventors are Binh C. Tran, Minneapolis, Robert S. Harguth, Ham Lake, Mass., Bin Mi, Plymouth, Minn., and Keith R. Maile, New Brighton, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An acoustic energy delivery system for delivering acoustic energy to an implantable medical device ("IMD"). The system includes an IMD having a power source and an energy delivery device. The energy delivery device includes a controller and an array of ultrasonic elements electrically coupled to the controller and configured to deliver acoustic energy to the IMD. Methods of delivering acoustic energy to an IMD are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2009 (12/611,686). 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=8,340,778&OS=8,340,778&RS=8,340,778 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hamilton Sundstrand Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Hamilton Sundstrand, Windsor Locks, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,340,793) developed by nine co-inventors for an "architecture using integrated backup control and protection hardware." The co-inventors are Jeffry K. Kamenetz, Windsor, Conn., Gregory DiVincenzo, Putnam, Conn., Mark A. Johnston, Windsor, Conn., Jay W. Kokas, East Granby, Conn., Luke T. Orsini, Marlborough, Conn., Steven R. Fischer, North Granby, Conn., Jay H. Hartman, New Hartford, Conn., Kevin P. Roy, West Springfield, Mass., and William Betterini, Rocky Hill, Conn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electronic control configuration includes at least one secondary microprocessor operable to control a device. The at least one secondary microprocessor assumes protection control of the device responsive to a first type of failure by transmitting a protection control signal to a first effector. The at least one secondary microprocessor assumes backup control of the device responsive to a second type of failure by transmitting a backup control signal to a second effector. The backup control functionality of the at least one secondary microprocessor can be selectively disabled." The patent application was filed on June 1, 2010 (12/791,163). 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=8,340,793&OS=8,340,793&RS=8,340,793 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NeuCo Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- NeuCo, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,340,824) developed by four co-inventors for a "sootblowing optimization for improved boiler performance." The co-inventors are John Robert James, Lynn, Mass., John McDermott, Boston, Stephen Piche, Austin, Texas, Fred Pickard, Norfolk, Mass., and Neel J. Parikh, Cleveland.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sootblowing control system that uses predictive models to bridge the gap between sootblower operation and boiler performance goals. The system uses predictive modeling and heuristics (rules) associated with different zones in a boiler to determine an optimal sequence of sootblower operations and achieve boiler performance targets. The system performs the sootblower optimization while observing any operational constraints placed on the sootblowers." The patent application was filed on Oct. 5, 2007 (11/868,021). 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=8,340,824&OS=8,340,824&RS=8,340,824 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Space-time Scrambling for Cellular Systems ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,340,216) developed by Hans Dieter Schotten, Nuremberg, Germany, and Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., for a "space-time scrambling for cellular systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for transmitting data with space-time scrambling in cellular systems (e.g., CDMA systems) are described. At least one stream of data symbols is generated, mapped to one or more physical channels, and spread with channelization codes for the physical channels. Space-time scrambling is performed on the at least one stream of data symbols to generate at least two streams of output chips. The space-time scrambling may be achieved by performing matrix multiplication with a sequence of matrices. For each time interval in which space-time scrambling is performed, a matrix may be selected (e.g., based on a scrambling code for a base station), and data to be sent in the time interval is multiplied with the selected matrix. The matrices used for space-time scrambling may be defined and selected in various manners. The streams of output chips are processed and transmitted from respective transmit antennas." The patent application was filed on March 3, 2006 (11/367,094). 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=83,40,216.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,216&RS=PN/83,40,216 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Passport Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Passport Systems, Billerica, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,251) developed by five co-inventors for a "thin walled tube radiator for bremsstrahlung at high electron beam intensities." The co-inventors are William Bertozzi, Lexington, Mass., Michael Donovan, Dover, Mass., Alexei Klimenko, Tyngsboro, Mass., Stephen E. Korbly, Acton, Mass., and William Park, Somerville, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for generating bremsstrahlung with enhanced photon flux in a narrow cone at forward angles utilize a thin target of a high-Z material such as gold as radiator, supported on a tube of a low-Z material such as titanium, which tube contains a circulating fluid such as water which acts as a coolant and also may absorb the incident electron beam." The patent application was filed on June 13, 2011 (13/158,851). 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=83,40,251.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,251&RS=PN/83,40,251 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Verizon Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Verizon Laboratories, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,254) developed by Albert L. Schmidt Jr., Hopkinton, Mass., Vittorio Bucchieri, Wakefield, Mass., and Robert A. Virzi, Wayland, Mass., for an unified messaging system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems consistent with the present invention provide a unified messaging system. The unified messaging system comprises a unified messaging system server and clients, such as personal computers, telephones, facsimile machines, and two-way paging machines connected via both land based and wireless connections. This system enables a user to access and retrieve a variety of messages, including voice mail messages, facsimiles, and electronic mail messages via a unified user interface that clearly distinguishes each message type using message identifiers, and segregates messages by type." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2008 (12/051,979). 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=83,40,254.PN.&OS=PN/83,40,254&RS=PN/83,40,254 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,746) developed by Zeeshan H. Syed, Wayzata, Minn., John V. Guttag, Lexington, Mass., and Collin M. Stultz, Newton, Mass., for a "motif discovery in physiological datasets: a methodology for inferring predictive elements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The application relates a methodology and apparatus for identifying predictive patterns for acute clinical events in the absence of prior knowledge. Principles of conservation are used to identify activity that consistently precedes an outcome in patients, and describe a two-stage process that allows us to more efficiently search for such patterns in large datasets. This is achieved by first transforming continuous physiological signals from multiple patients into symbolic sequences, and by then searching for patterns in these reduced representations that are strongly associated with an outcome." The patent application was filed on July 16, 2009 (12/504,529). 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=8,340,746.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,746&RS=PN/8,340,746 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Akamai Technologies Assigned Patent for Server Failover Using IPV6 Mobility Features ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Akamai Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,341,295) developed by Zaide Liu, Cupertino, Calif., Richard David Day, Upton, Mass., and Eric Sven-Johan Swildens, Mountain View, Calif., for a "server failover using IPV6 mobility features." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques are provided for using the mobility support features of IPv6 to allow client and server nodes to communicate without the continuing intervention of a load-balancing node that selected the server node. A load-balancing node intercepts a TCP SYN packet addressed to a virtual IP address. The load-balancing node selects a server node from among multiple server nodes, and sends the packet toward the server node. The server node sends an IPv6 packet toward the client node. The packet contains a Binding Update option that specifies the virtual IP address as a Home Address. This information causes the client node to replace destination addresses in outgoing IP packets so that packets that the client node would have sent toward the virtual IP address are sent toward the selected server node's IP address instead. Consequently, the IP packets are routed toward the selected server node instead of the load-balancing node." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2012 (13/435,417). 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=8,341,295&OS=8,341,295&RS=8,341,295 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Asymmetrical Universal Serial Bus Communications ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,341,303) developed by four co-inventors for an "asymmetrical universal serial bus communications." The co-inventors are Gary Solomon, Acton, Mass., Joe Schaefer, Beaverton, Ore., Robert A. Dunstan, Forest Grove, Ore., and Brad Saunders, Portland, Ore.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In some embodiments a Universal Serial Bus cable includes a first differential pair to transmit bus signals, and a second differential pair to transmit bus signals in a same direction as the bus signals transmitted by the first differential pair. In this manner, a bandwidth of the Universal Serial Bus cable is doubled in that same direction. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2008 (12/215,988). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,341,303&OS=8,341,303&RS=8,341,303 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent for Aggregated Multi-number Visual Voicemail Server ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,340,641) developed by six co-inventors for an "aggregated multi-number visual voicemail server." The co-inventors are Dahai Ren, Waltham, Mass., Jack Jianxiu Hao, Lexington, Mass., Robert C. Baruch, Rising Sun, Md., Genevieve Cerf, Groton Long Point, Conn., Shuai Wu, Waltham, Mass., and Gaurav D. Mehta, Brighton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system, in which a server is connected to a group of voicemail servers, is provided. A first voicemail server provides voicemail services to landline telephone devices. A second voicemail server provides voicemail services to wireless telephone devices. The server receives information regarding a first voicemail intended for a user of a user device, receives information regarding a second voicemail intended for the user of the user device, aggregates the information regarding the first voicemail and the information regarding the second voicemail as aggregated information, and sends the aggregated information to the user device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2009 (12/633,095). 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=8,340,641.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,641&RS=PN/8,340,641 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Jumptap Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Jumptap, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,666) developed by Jorey Ramer, Brighton, Mass., Adam Soroca, Cambridge, Mass., and Dennis Doughty, Brookline, Mass., for a "managing sponsored content based on usage history." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Improved search capabilities are disclosed for mobile communications devices such as cell phones, as well as improved techniques for delivering sponsored content in a mobile communication environment." The patent application was filed on Feb. 9, 2010 (12/702,713). 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=8,340,666.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,666&RS=PN/8,340,666 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Akamai Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Akamai Technologies, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,341,297) developed by Eric Sven-Johan Swildens, Mountain View, Calif., Richard David Day, Upton, Mass., and Ajit K. Gupta, Fremont, Calif., for "latencies and weightings in a domain name service (DNS) system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for determining metrics of a content delivery and global traffic management network provides service metric probes that determine the service availability and metric measurements of types of services provided by a content delivery machine. Latency probes are also provided for determining the latency of various servers within a network. The latency probe calculates, for example, the latency from its location to a client's location using the round trip time for sending a packet to the client to obtain the latency value for that client. DNS servers use the latency test results, along with traffic weightings, to determine a server to return for a given DNS name." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2012 (13/419,723). 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=8,341,297&OS=8,341,297&RS=8,341,297 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,341,340) developed by Bernardo Rub, Sudbury, Mass., for a "multi-tier address mapping in flash memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A user data portion of a flash memory arrangement is grouped into a plurality of mapping units. Each of the mapping units includes a user data memory portion and a metadata portion. The mapping units form a plurality of groups that are associated with at least one lower tier of a forward memory map. For each of the groups, a last written mapping unit within the group is determined. The last written mapping unit includes mapping data in the metadata portion that facilitates determining a physical address of other mapping units within the group. A top tier of the forward memory map is formed that includes at least physical memory locations of the last written mapping units of each of the groups. A physical address of a targeted memory is determined using the top tier and the metadata of the at least one lower tier." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2010 (12/840,938). 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=8,341,340&OS=8,341,340&RS=8,341,340 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sonus Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Sonus Networks, Westford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,341,265) developed by four co-inventors for a "hybrid server overload control scheme for maximizing server throughput." The co-inventors are Ahmed Abdelal, North Andover, Mass., Wassim Matragi, North Andover, Mass., Oliver C. Ibe, Andover, Mass., and Rohinton Gonda, Pepperell, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described are methods and apparatuses, including computer program products, for controlling server resources. An occupancy value of a buffer and a first utilization value of a first processor are measured. The buffer is configured to store one or more requests for service from at least a first client. The first processor is configured to receive and process the one or more requests from the buffer. A buffer size value is determined based on a processor throughput calculation, and a first service request limit for the first client is determined based on the occupancy value, the first utilization value, and the buffer size value." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,727). 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=8,341,265&OS=8,341,265&RS=8,341,265 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,341,358) developed by John H. Edmondson, Arlington, Mass., and James Roberts, Austin, Texas, for a "system and method for cleaning dirty data in a cache via frame buffer logic." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the invention sets forth a mechanism for efficiently write dirty data from the L2 cache to a DRAM. A dirty data notification, including a memory address of the dirty data, is transmitted by the L2 cache to a frame buffer logic when dirty data is stored in the L2 cache. The frame buffer logic uses a page-stream sorter to organize dirty data notifications based on the bank page associated with the memory addresses included in the dirty data notifications. The page-stream sorter includes multiple sets with entries that may be associated with different bank pages in the DRAM. The frame buffer logic transmits dirty data associated with an entry that has a maximum threshold of dirty data notifications to the DRAM. The frame buffer logic also transmits dirty data associated with the oldest entry when the number of entries in a set reaches a maximum threshold." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2009 (12/562,989). 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=8,341,358&OS=8,341,358&RS=8,341,358 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,341,288) developed by five co-inventors for a "mechanism for sharing resources among different senders and receivers." The co-inventors are Bruce S. Davie, Cambridge, Mass., Subhasri Dhesikan, San Jose, Calif., Michael V. DiBiasio, Westford, Mass., William Foster, Nanaimo, Canada, and David R. Oran, Acton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique enables resources to be shared among data flows that may have different senders (sources) and/or different receivers (destinations) in a data network. Identifiers are associated with data flows and used to indicate whether resources may be shared between data flows. The identifiers are carried in signaling messages used to reserve resources for data flows. An existing data flow that is associated with an identifier that matches an identifier associated with a new data flow is allowed to share resources its resources with the new data flow." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2004 (10/972,318). 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=8,341,288&OS=8,341,288&RS=8,341,288 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,341,282) developed by four co-inventors for a hybrid buffer management. The co-inventors are Harpal S. Bassali, Waltham, Mass., Marcelo D. Lechner, Burlington, Mass., Nosherwan Minwalla, Coppell, Texas, and Raul Aldrey, Dallas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computing device selectively receives a media stream. A buffer included within the computing device selectively stores frames from the media stream, the buffer being configured to be a certain size. Program instructions within the computing device are for sending an alert message when the alert threshold is reached and for receiving, in response to the alert message, a flush instruction along with recovery information." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2007 (11/691,730). 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=8,341,282&OS=8,341,282&RS=8,341,282 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Microsoft Assigned Patent for Grid Proxy Architecture for Network Resources ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Microsoft, Redmond, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,257) developed by five co-inventors for a "grid proxy architecture for network resources." The co-inventors are Phil Wang, Nepean, Canada, Indermohan Monga, Acton, Mass., Tal Lavian, Sunnyvale, Calif., Ramesh Durairaj, Santa Clara, Calif., and Franco Travostino, Arlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A Grid Proxy Architecture for Network Resources (GPAN) is proposed to allow Grid applications to access resources shared in communication network domains. GPAN bridges Grid services serving user applications and network services controlling network devices through its proxy functions such as resource data and management proxies. Working with Grid resource index and broker services, GPAN employs distributed network service peers (NSP) in network domains to discover, negotiate and allocate network resources such as bandwidth for Grid applications. An elected master NSP is the unique Grid node that runs GPAN and represents the whole network to share network resources to Grids without Grid involvement of network devices. GPAN provides the Grid Proxy service (GPS) to interface with Grid services and applications, and the Grid Delegation service (GDS) to interface with network services to utilize network resources. Resource-based XML messaging is employed for the GPAN proxy communication." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2011 (13/295,283). 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=8,341,257&OS=8,341,257&RS=8,341,257 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Airvana Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Airvana, Chelmsford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,340,636) developed by four co-inventors for "determining if an access terminal is authorized to use an access point." The co-inventors are Nanying Yin, Lincoln, Mass., Pierre A. Humblet, Cambridge, Mass., Bhumin Pathak, Malden, Mass., and Kamal Dushyanthan, Burlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless access point is capable of communicating with an access terminal. The wireless access point executes instructions for receiving a first parameter from the access terminal in an attempt by the access terminal to register with the wireless access point for first service, for using the first parameter to update a failed list if the access terminal is not permitted to register with the wireless access point, for receiving a second parameter from the access terminal in an attempt by the access terminal to register with the wireless access point for second service, and for using the second parameter and the failed list to determine if the access terminal is authorized to use the wireless access point for second service." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,285). 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=8,340,636.PN.&OS=PN/8,340,636&RS=PN/8,340,636 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 27 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,341,220) developed by five co-inventors for a content distribution service. The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, 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: "The technology disclosed herein is related to content distribution. It involves transmission of a request to a server for content, reception and display of that content on a user device. In addition, requests are received to send notification to at least one remote user and the server sends an indication that at least one remote user has selected content. A user device is enabled to send and/or receive at least one communication involving at least one remote user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 1, 2006 (11/515,494). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,341,220&OS=8,341,220&RS=8,341,220 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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