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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 4)

[January 04, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Pennsylvania (Jan. 4)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Pennsylvania.

*** Lutron Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Lutron Electronics, Coopersburg, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,345,400) developed by Dragan Veskovic, Allentown, Pa., for a "surge suppression circuit for a load control device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A surge suppression circuit for a load control device allows the load control device to pass hipot testing, while providing improved protection of the load control device during surge events. The load control device comprises a load control circuit and a filter circuit for preventing noise generated by the load control circuit from being provided to an AC power source. The surge suppression circuit comprises a clamping device adapted to be electrically coupled across the AC power source, and first and second spark gaps coupled across the filter circuit for limiting the magnitude of the voltage generated by inductive components of the filter circuit. The filter circuit may comprise a common-mode choke, and two series-connected capacitor having their junction connected to earth ground. Alternatively, the filter circuit may additionally comprise a differential-mode choke." The patent application was filed on Aug. 17, 2010 (12/857,841). 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=8,345,400&OS=8,345,400&RS=8,345,400 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Specialty Minerals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Specialty Minerals, Bingham Farms, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,345,266) developed by David E. Brzoska, Independence, Ohio, and James E. Yanker, Easton, Pa., for a "method and system for measuring wear in the lining of a vessel." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a method and system for measuring wear in the lining of a vessel by a laser contouring system having an electromagnetic radiation emitting and receiving device. The laser contouring system references permanent marks and temporary marks positioned outside, on, or within the vessel. The distances and direction from the electromagnetic radiation emitting and receiving device to the fixed and temporary marks is determined during an initial measurement by the electromagnetic radiation emitting and receiving device from a first scanning position. The electromagnetic radiation emitting and receiving device is then moved along a path from the first scanning position to a second scanning position wherein some of the marks which were scanned from the first scanning position are scanned again to determine the relative position of the vessel and points on the internal lining of the vessel to determine the contour of the lining." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2008 (12/050,744). 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=8,345,266&OS=8,345,266&RS=8,345,266 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent for Method and System for Inverse Telecine and Scene Change Detection of Progressive Video ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,148) developed by Frederick Walls, Norristown, Pa., and Richard Hayden Wyman, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "method and system for inverse telecine and scene change detection of progressive video." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain aspects of a method and system for inverse telecine and scene change detection of progressive video may include determining a cadence, for example, 3:2 or 2:2 pulldown, and phase of received progressive input pictures. A difference between two or more consecutive received progressive input pictures may be determined. The motion compensation of a plurality of output pictures may be controlled based on the determined cadence, phase and difference between two or more consecutive received progressive input pictures. The system may be enabled to determine repeated pictures and scene changes. The motion compensation of output pictures may be stopped during detected scene changes." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2007 (11/936,539). 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=8,345,148&OS=8,345,148&RS=8,345,148 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent for Patterned Media for Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,345,374) developed by Ibrahim Kursat Sendur, Pittsburgh, William Albert Challener, Sewickley, Pa., and Chubing Peng, Pittsburgh, for a "patterned media for heat assisted magnetic recording." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A patterned magnetic recording medium for use in heat assisted magnetic recording comprises an electrically conductive heat sink layer and a plurality of discrete magnetic recording elements positioned adjacent to a first surface of the heat sink layer. Disc drives that include the patterned medium and a method of magnetic recording using the patterned media are also included." The patent application was filed on May 29, 2003 (10/447,602). 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=8,345,374&OS=8,345,374&RS=8,345,374 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** ENSCO Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- ENSCO, Falls Church, Va., has been assigned a patent (8,345,099) developed by five co-inventors for an "optical path protection device and method for a railroad track inspection system." The co-inventors are Jeffrey A. Bloom, Silver Spring, Md., Antonio Aquino, Harrison City, Pa., Anthony Kim, Laurel, Md., Jacobus McKenzie, Falls Church, Va., and Jennifer Steets, Orrtanna, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A railroad track inspection system and method for facilitating inspection of a rail component while traveling on the railroad track. The railroad track inspection system includes an optical path protection device for a protective window for optical sensors of an optical inspection system when it becomes contaminated with dirt, dust, mud, grease, and other contaminants that block or obscure an optical path of the sensors. The optical path protection device eliminates the need for a human operator to perform the periodic cleaning of the protective window by using a clear film with an automated advancement mechanism for providing clean film, as needed, for keeping the optical path of the optical sensors unobstructed and clear." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2010 (12/693,143). 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=8,345,099&OS=8,345,099&RS=8,345,099 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Digimarc Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Digimarc, Beaverton, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,345,316) developed by Brett A. Bradley, Portland, Ore., Brett T. Hannigan, Philadelphia, and John Kennedy Barr, Tigard, Ore., for a "layered security in digital watermarking." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A media object authentication system uses layers of security features based on digital watermarks embedded in media objects. The system generates a first digital watermark with a message payload carrying data about the object, such as a hash of text data printed on the object. The first digital watermark is combined with a content signature derived from features of the media object, such as frequency domain attributes, edge attributes, or other filtered version of the media signal (e.g., image photo on a secure document) on the media object. This combination forms a new digital watermark signal that is embedded in the host media object. To verify the object, the digital watermark payload is extracted and compared with the data about the object. The combined digital watermark and content signature is also evaluated to authenticate the media signal on the media object." The patent application was filed on April 13, 2009 (12/422,715). 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=8,345,316&OS=8,345,316&RS=8,345,316 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** E I du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- E I du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,344,175) developed by Marc B. Goldfinger, West Chester, Pa., Jose Manuel Rodriguez-Parada, Hockessin, Del., and Lee A. Silverman, Newark, Del., for "liquid crystal compositions, polymer networks derived therefrom and process for making the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to compounds of Formula (I): ##STR00001## The invention further relates to liquid crystal compositions comprising compounds of Formula (I); compositions further comprising one or more chiral compounds; and polymer networks derived from the polymerization of the liquid crystal compositions. Another embodiment relates to processes for providing compounds of Formula (I)." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2011 (13/012,891). 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=8,344,175&OS=8,344,175&RS=8,344,175 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GM Global Technology Operations Assigned Patent for Shadow Removal in an Image Captured by a Vehicle-based Camera Using an Optimized Oriented Linear Axis ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- GM Global Technology Operations, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,345,100) developed by Wende Zhang, Shelby Township, Mich., Qi Wu, Pittsburgh, and Vijayakumar Bhagavatula, Pittsburgh, for a "shadow removal in an image captured by a vehicle-based camera using an optimized oriented linear axis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is provided for removing an illumination generated shadow in a captured image. Each pixel of the captured input image is plotted on a two dimensional logarithmic graph. A linear axis for the plurality of color sets is determined that is substantially orthogonal to a respective illumination direction of each respective color set. A log-chromaticity value of each plotted pixel is projected on the axis. An orientation of the linear axis is selected to minimize an illumination effect and provide optimum separation between each of the respective color sets on the linear axis. Edges in the input image and illumination invariant image domain are identified. The identified edges of the input image are compared to identify edges in the illumination invariant image domain. A determination is made whether a shadow edge is present in response to the comparison. A shadow-reduced image is generated for scene analysis by a vehicle vision-based system." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2010 (12/830,513). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,345,100&OS=8,345,100&RS=8,345,100 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Halliburton Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Halliburton Energy Services, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,345,251) developed by Michael L. Myrick, Irmo, S.C., Paul G. Miney, County Leitrim, Ireland, and Maria V. Schiza, Lancaster, Pa., for "thin-layer porous optical sensors for gases and other fluids." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A gas sensor uses optical interferents in a porous thin film cell to measure the refractive index of the pore medium. As the medium within the pores changes, spectral variations can be detected. For example, as the pores are filled with a solution, the characteristic peaks exhibit a spectral shift in one direction. Conversely, when tiny amounts of gas are produced, the peaks shift in the opposite direction. This can be used to measure gas evolution, humidity and for applications for other interferometric-based sensing devices." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2011 (13/026,552). 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=8,345,251&OS=8,345,251&RS=8,345,251 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** University of Minnesota, Medtronic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and Medtronic, Minneapolis, have been assigned a patent (8,345,067) developed by five co-inventors for a "volumetrically illustrating a structure." The co-inventors are H. Toby Markowitz, Roseville, Minn., Brian Houston Craig, Minneapolis, Chad Giese, St. Paul, Minn., Sean Campbell-Massa, Gladwyne, Pa., and Karl Evan Nowak, Madison, Wis.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A volume of a patient can be mapped with a system operable to identify a plurality of locations and save a plurality of locations of a mapping instrument. The mapping instrument can include one or more electrodes that can sense a voltage that can be correlated to a three dimensional location of the electrode at the time of the sensing or measurement. Therefore, a map of a volume can be determined based upon the sensing of the plurality of points without the use of other imaging devices. An implantable medical device can then be navigated relative to the mapping data." The patent application was filed on April 15, 2009 (12/423,996). 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=8,345,067&OS=8,345,067&RS=8,345,067 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pioneer Hi-Bred International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Johnston, Iowa, has been assigned a patent (8,344,225) developed by Andrew Jon Ross, Lisbon, Iowa, Stephen William Noble Jr., Johnston, Iowa, and David Walter Whitaker, Narvon, Pa., for a "maize variety hybrid X08A182." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel maize variety designated X08A182 and seed, plants and plant parts thereof, produced by crossing Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Inc. proprietary inbred maize varieties. Methods for producing a maize plant that comprises crossing hybrid maize variety X08A182 with another maize plant. Methods for producing a maize plant containing in its genetic material one or more traits introgressed into X08A182 through backcross conversion and/or transformation, and to the maize seed, plant and plant part produced thereby. This invention relates to the maize variety X08A182, the seed, the plant produced from the seed, and variants, mutants, and minor modifications of maize variety X08A182. This invention further relates to methods for producing maize varieties derived from maize variety X08A182." The patent application was filed on May 25, 2010 (12/786,741). 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=83,44,225.PN.&OS=PN/83,44,225&RS=PN/83,44,225 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Severn Trent Water Purification Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Severn Trent Water Purification, Colmar, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,343,343) developed by Navin Kadakia, Bridgeville, Pa., Edward Kuchtjak, Baden, Pa., and Keith Baker, Conway, Pa., for an underdrain apparatus.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An underdrain apparatus includes one or more underdrain blocks and an anchor assembly that includes one or more support members. Each of the underdrain blocks includes a top wall, a bottom wall, a pair of opposing side walls, a pair of opposing end walls, and a center separation wall that extends between the pair of opposing end walls. The center separation wall of at least one of the underdrain blocks may have one or more apertures formed therein, the apertures configured to receive at least one of the support members. One or more of the side walls of the pair of opposing side walls of the underdrain blocks may have one or more side clips. At least one of the side clips defines an aperture for receiving a support member." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2010 (12/778,254). 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=8,343,343&OS=8,343,343&RS=8,343,343 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Exxonmobil Research and Engineering Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Exxonmobil Research and Engineering, Annandale, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,343,335) developed by four co-inventors for a "production of shaped silica bodies." The co-inventors are Jean W. Beeckman, Columbia, Md., Theodore E. Datz, Easton, Pa., Glenn R. Sweeten, Gibbstown, N.J., and Jason Wu, Clinton, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a method of forming a shaped body, a mixture is formed comprising a particulate silica-rich material, water and a potassium base or basic salt, wherein the total solids content of the mixture is from about 20 to about 90 weight percent. The mixture is extruded into extrudates and the extrudates are dried and heated to a temperature of from about 300.degree. C. to about 800.degree. C. to form the shaped body." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2008 (12/070,861). 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=8,343,335&OS=8,343,335&RS=8,343,335 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** E.I. du Pont de Nemours Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- E.I. du Pont de Nemours, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,343,337) developed by Robert Harvey Moffett, Landenberg, Pa., and Peter Andrin, Napanee, Canada, for a bitumen extraction process.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for the extraction and recovery of bitumen from oil sands and a process for the treatment of tailings are disclosed. Bitumen is recovered in a process comprising contacting a polysilicate microgel with an ore sand oil to produce a froth comprising bitumen and a tailings stream comprising water, sand and clay fines. Preferably the tailings stream is dewatered and recovered water may be recycled to the extraction process. Polysilicate microgel may be carried through to a dewatering step and enhances flocculation in dewatering said tailings." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2009 (12/608,048). 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=8,343,337&OS=8,343,337&RS=8,343,337 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Drexel University, Philadelphia Health & Education Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Drexel University, Philadelphia, and Philadelphia Health & Education, Philadelphia, have been assigned a patent (8,346,331) developed by six co-inventors for a "deception detection and query methodology for determining deception via neuroimaging." The co-inventors are Scott C. Bunce, Philadelphia, Ajit Devaraj, Philadelphia, Meltem Alkan Izzetoglu, Drexel Hill, Pa., Banu Onaral, Philadelphia, Kurtulus Izzetoglu, Drexel Hill, Pa., and Kambiz Pourrezaei, Philadelphia.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Functional near-infrared (fNIR) neuroimaging is used to assess credibility, detect deception, and implement a query methodology for determining deception via neuroimaging. Oxygenation levels of portions of the brain are imaged via fNIR spectroscopy and utilized to determine if the subject is telling a lie or a truth. In an example configuration, oxygenation levels in the inferior and/or middle prefrontal cortical areas of the brain, such as the bilateral dorsolateral prefrontal and/or inferior frontal cortex, are measured to determine if a subject is lying relative to telling the truth. An example system includes a portable, flexible, belt like sensing device that is positioned proximate the subjects scalp. Sensed neural activity is transmitted either through wired or wireless means, to a processor for analysis of the sensed neural activity. The query methodology utilizes an attestation assertion that mitigates variance in brain responses due to the length or form of a question." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2008 (12/105,979). 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=8,346,331.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,331&RS=PN/8,346,331 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medrad Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Medrad, Indianola, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,346,342) developed by John F. Kalafut, Pittsburgh, for "systems and methods of determining patient physiological parameters from an imaging procedure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of determining at least one patient physiological parameter from an imaging procedure includes at least the steps of measuring time enhancement outputs for at least two different regions of interest, and determining at least one difference between the time enhancement outputs to provide a measure of the at least one patient physiological parameter. The physiological parameter can be a parameter of the cardiopulmonary system. It can also be the cardiac output, the blood volume in a region, a rate transfer term or a transit delay. A first time enhancement output may be measured in the ascending aorta or the descending aorta and a second time enhancement output may be measured in the pulmonary artery trunk." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2011 (13/177,714). 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=8,346,342.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,342&RS=PN/8,346,342 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** TEPA Datasolutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- TEPA Datasolutions, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,346,307) developed by Charles A. Eldering, Furlong, Pa., for a "method of displaying contact information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of displaying contact information on a communication device includes storing a plurality of contacts and corresponding statistical information pertaining to communications on a communication device. Input is received relating to the statistical information. The contacts are displayed based on the input and the statistical information." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2007 (11/624,950). 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=8,346,307.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,307&RS=PN/8,346,307 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** HJ Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- HJ Laboratories, Philadelphia, has been assigned a patent (8,346,319) developed by Harry Vartanian, Philadelphia, for "providing a converted document to multimedia messaging service (MMS) messages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing a mobile personal computer to send multimedia content in a multimedia document via a multimedia messaging service (MMS) message over a wireless network is disclosed. Multimedia content compatible for sending via the MMS is sent with assembling information to reassemble the multimedia document with the multimedia content." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2011 (13/272,618). 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=8,346,319.PN.&OS=PN/8,346,319&RS=PN/8,346,319 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Harvard College, University of Toronto Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 4 -- Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Toronto, Toronto, have been assigned a patent (8,337,778) developed by ten co-inventors for "method and apparatus for fluid dispersion." The co-inventors are Howard A. Stone, Princeton, N.J., Shelley L. Anna, Pittsburgh, Nathalie Bontoux, Cagnes sur Mer, France, Darren Roy Link, Lexington, Mass., David A. Weitz, Bolton, Mass., Irina Gitlin, Brookline, Mass., Eugenia Kumacheva, Toronto, Piotr Garstecki, Brwinow, Poland, Willow R. Diluzio, Westford, Mass., and George M. Whitesides, Newton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microfluidic method and device for focusing and/or forming discontinuous sections of similar or dissimilar size in a fluid is provided. The device can be fabricated simply from readily-available, inexpensive material using simple techniques." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2010 (12/726,223). 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=8,337,778&OS=8,337,778&RS=8,337,778 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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