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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Jan. 10)

[January 10, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Jan. 10)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** Global Matters Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Global Matters, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,352,275) developed by Tsedal Beyene Neeley, Cambridge, Mass., for a "method and system for simulating a cross-cultural communication dynamic." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the invention is a method for simulating a cross cultural communication dynamic between participants. The simulation includes the steps of distributing unique subsets of the information set to the participants, assigning the participants to a first communication group that represents people for whom a lingua franca is a first language and to a second communication group that represents people for whom the lingua franca is a second language, providing a communication platform that facilitates communication between the participants of the simulation to assemble the unique subsets of the information set, and selectively disadvantaging the communication through the communication platform between a subset of participants." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2009 (12/576,860). 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=8,352,275&OS=8,352,275&RS=8,352,275 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent for System and Method for Performing Oilfield Simulation Operations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,352,227) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for performing oilfield simulation operations." The co-inventors are Hans Eric Klumpen, Vienna, Austria, Scott Trevor Raphael, Calgary, Canada, Richard Ian Torrens, Whitchurch, United Kingdom, Gustavo Nunez, Baden, Austria, William J. Bailey, Somerville, Mass., and Benoit Couet, Belmont, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing operations of an oilfield is described. The method involves selectively coupling oilfield simulators according to a predefined configuration, each oilfield simulator modeling at least a portion of the oilfield, a first oilfield simulator receives an oilfield control parameter as an input, identifying an uncertainty parameter associated with probable values each corresponding to a weighted probability, a second oilfield simulator receives the uncertainty parameter as an input, modeling the operations of the oilfield to generate an estimated performance by selectively communicating between the oilfield simulators, the operations of the oilfield are modeled with a predetermined value of the oilfield control parameter and at least one of the probable values of the uncertainty parameter; and identifying an optimal value of the oilfield control parameter based on the estimated performance." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2007 (11/929,921). 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=8,352,227&OS=8,352,227&RS=8,352,227 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Adjusting Language Models ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,245) developed by Matthew I. Lloyd, Cambridge, Mass., for adjusting language models.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for adjusting language models. In one aspect, a method includes accessing audio data. Information that indicates a first context is accessed, the first context being associated with the audio data. At least one term is accessed. Information that indicates a second context is accessed, the second context being associated with the term. A similarity score is determined that indicates a degree of similarity between the second context and the first context. A language model is adjusted based on the accessed term and the determined similarity score to generate an adjusted language model. Speech recognition is performed on the audio data using the adjusted language model to select one or more candidate transcriptions for a portion of the audio data." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2011 (13/077,106). 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=8,352,245&OS=8,352,245&RS=8,352,245 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** K-NFB Reading Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- K-NFB Reading Technology, Wellesley Hills, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,352,269) developed by Raymond C. Kurzweil, Newton, Mass., Paul Albrecht, Bedford, Mass., and Peter Chapman, Bedford, Mass., for "systems and methods for processing indicia for document narration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are techniques and systems to provide a narration of a text in multiple different voices. Further disclosed are techniques and systems for processing indicia in a document to determine a portion of words and associating a particular a voice model with the portion of words based on the indicia. During a readback process, an audible output corresponding to the words in the portion of words is generated using the voice model associated with the portion of words." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,208). 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=8,352,269&OS=8,352,269&RS=8,352,269 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Adjusting Language Models ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,246) developed by Matthew I. Lloyd, Cambridge, Mass., for adjusting language models.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatuses, including computer programs encoded on a computer storage medium, for adjusting language models. In one aspect, a method includes accessing audio data. Information that indicates a first context is accessed, the first context being associated with the audio data. At least one term is accessed. Information that indicates a second context is accessed, the second context being associated with the term. A similarity score is determined that indicates a degree of similarity between the second context and the first context. A language model is adjusted based on the accessed term and the determined similarity score to generate an adjusted language model. Speech recognition is performed on the audio data using the adjusted language model to select one or more candidate transcriptions for a portion of the audio data." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2011 (13/250,496). 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=8,352,246&OS=8,352,246&RS=8,352,246 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Mentor Graphics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Mentor Graphics, Wilsonville, Ore., has been assigned a patent (8,352,242) developed by Peer Schmitt, Paris, Philippe Diehl, Versailles, France, and Charles Selvidge , Waltham, Mass., for a "communication scheme between programmable sub-cores in an emulation environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method are disclosed for communicating in a programmable core. The programmable core is within a single integrated circuit and is divided into multiple independent sub-cores. The sub-cores are coupled together using a multiplexer based network. In another aspect, the multiplexer-based network includes multiplexers associated with some of the sub-cores for sending data and demultiplexers associated with other sub-cores for receiving data. In yet another aspect, a clock is included in the multiplexer-based network for synchronizing communication between the multiplexers and demultiplexers." The patent application was filed on Feb. 21, 2007 (12/094,401). 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=8,352,242&OS=8,352,242&RS=8,352,242 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fishman Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Fishman, Hopkinton, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,352,089) developed by W. Scott Beebe, Berkley, Mass., for a "remotely controlled fluid dispenser." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network of fluid dispensers is configured such that a Host controller may exchange information with local dispensers, and where local dispensers may exchange information with each other. The information may be dispensing processes, information regarding quality and reliability, problems and/or helpful information, and applications. The information may be exchanged in real time during fluid dispensing where any issues may be shared and resolved quickly even in remote locales. The applications may be developed at a local dispenser or at the Host and then shared throughout the network. The operating systems may include application software development tools, and the applications may include: monitoring deliver schedules and materials inventories; automatic issuing of purchase orders; training broadcasts; implementing industry standards for validation and approval." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/751,380). 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=8,352,089&OS=8,352,089&RS=8,352,089 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** VGO Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- VGO Communications, Nashua, N.H., has been assigned a patent (8,352,114) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for docking a robotic device with a charging station." The co-inventors are Grinnell More, Nashua, N.H., Timothy Root, Nashua, N.H., David Johnston, Westford, Mass., and Barret Wolber, Franklin, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A docking system includes a mobile robotic device and a charging station to which the robotic device is to dock. The robotic device is comprised of sensors to capture a homing signal emitted by the charging station, docking logic that processes the homing signal so that it can be used to control the movements of the robotic device towards and dock with the charging station, and it is comprised of a mechanism for receiving a cylindrical charging post. The charging station is comprised of a circular platform in the center of which is located the charging post that is generally cylindrical in shape. The charging post includes a charging contact, ground contacts and an IR emitter. The geometry of the receiver mechanism elements and the shape of the charging post and geometry of the charging station generally permits the robotic device to approach the charging station and to dock with the charging station from any angle." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2011 (13/112,537). 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=8,352,114&OS=8,352,114&RS=8,352,114 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Controlling Location and Time Preferences for Messages ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,560) developed by Patrick J. O'Sullivan, Dublin, Ireland, Liam Harpur, Dublin, Ireland, and Carol S. Zimmet, Boxborough, Mass., for "controlling location and time preferences for messages." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for controlling preferences for messages that includes receiving a message from a sender to a recipient, determining if the message will be received by the recipient based on message policies for the recipient, and notifying the sender that the message will not be received by the recipient and when it will be received responsive to the determination that the message will not be received by the recipient." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2009 (12/494,404). 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=8,352,560&OS=8,352,560&RS=8,352,560 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,352,586) developed by Jacob Cherian, Austin, Texas, Gaurav Chawla, Austin, Texas, and Lazarus J. Vekiarides, West Roxbury, Mass., for a "system and method for storage discovery in a storage area network using device domains under control of a storage device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A storage area network (SAN) includes a management server, a storage device, and a management station coupled to a fabric. The management server implements device domains on the SAN. The storage device instructs the management server to add new device domains on the SAN. The management station defines the new device domains to include the storage device and an initiator coupled to the fabric, and directs the storage device to instruct the management server to add the new device domains. A method includes coupling a management server to a SAN fabric, implementing device domains in the management server, defining a new device domain that includes a storage device and an initiator coupled to the SAN, and coupling a storage device to the SAN fabric, the storage device being operable to instruct the management server to add the new device domain." The patent application was filed on Nov. 1, 2011 (13/286,627). 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=8,352,586&OS=8,352,586&RS=8,352,586 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Tria Network Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Tria Network Systems, Orlando, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,352,587) developed by John D. Day, Foxboro, Mass., for a "parameterized recursive network architecture with topological addressing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A digital data communications network that supports efficient, scalable routing of data and use of network resources by combining a recursive division of the network into hierarchical sub-networks with repeating parameterized general purpose link communication protocols and an addressing methodology that reflects the physical structure of the underlying network hardware. The sub-division of the network enhances security by reducing the amount of the network visible to an attack and by insulating the network hardware itself from attack. The fixed bandwidth range at each sub-network level allows quality of service to be assured and controlled. The routing of data is aided by a topological addressing scheme that allows data packets to be forwarded towards their destination based on only local knowledge of the network structure, with automatic support for mobility and multicasting. The repeating structures in the network greatly simplify network management and reduce the effort to engineer new network capabilities." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2011 (13/329,724). 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=8,352,587&OS=8,352,587&RS=8,352,587 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Activity Monitoring Systems and Methods ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,211) developed by Curtis A. Vock, Boulder, Colo., Peter Flentov, Carlisle, Mass., and Dennis M. Darcy, Dracut, Mass., for "activity monitoring systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An activity monitor, comprises housing for attachment to a person; at least one accelerometer disposed within the housing; and a processor disposed within the housing, for processing signals from the accelerometer to assess activity of the person. A method assesses activity of a person, including: sensing acceleration at a first location on the person; processing the acceleration, over time, to assess activity of the person; and wirelessly communicating information indicative of the activity to a second location." The patent application was filed on Sept. 13, 2011 (13/231,624). 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=8,352,211&OS=8,352,211&RS=8,352,211 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Iskoot Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Qualcomm Iskoot, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,351,419) developed by Jacob Guedalia, Newton, Mass., and David Guedalia, Beit Shemesh, Israel, for a "local access to a mobile network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for billing a subscriber to a cellular telephone service for a VoIP call made by the subscriber, the method including determining when a subscriber to a cellular telephone service places a telephone call to a remote device using a local device associated with the subscription, where the telephone call has at least one VoIP call leg, capturing session information related to the telephone call, including information identifying the subscriber, and providing the information to a provider of the cellular telephone service, thereby enabling the cellular telephone service provider to bill the subscriber for the VoIP call." The patent application was filed on Jan. 18, 2006 (11/333,533). 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=83,51,419.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,419&RS=PN/83,51,419 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** iBasis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- iBasis, Burlington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,421) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for voice over internet protocol (VoIP) and facsimile over internet protocol (FoIP) calling over the internet." The co-inventors are Ajay Joseph, Lexington, Mass., Hwan Tang, Acton, Mass., Lizhong Zhang, Westford, Mass., and Paul A. Skelly, Needhamm, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for sending long distance telephone calls over the Internet utilizes cost and quality of service data to optimize system performance and to minimize the cost of completing the calls. The system utilizes a network of gateways connected to the Internet. The gateways receive calls from various service providers and convert the analog calls into data packets which are then placed onto the Internet. Similarly, the gateways take data packets off the Internet, convert the data packets back into analog format, and provide the analog telephone calls to the same or another service provider. Then system periodically checks the quality of communications between each of the gateways, and uses this information, in combination with cost information, to determine how to route the calls over the Internet. Special addressing protocols can be used by a system embodying the invention to reduce or eliminate unnecessary signaling between gateways as call setup procedures are carried out. The system can also use information about calls that has been recorded in more than one location to determine how much to charge for completing a call." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2009 (12/434,838). 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=83,51,421.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,421&RS=PN/83,51,421 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Harvard College Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,481) developed by five co-inventors for "methods and apparatus for single-mode selection in quantum cascade lasers." The co-inventors are Federico Capasso, Cambridge, Mass., Benjamin G. Lee, Toronto, Christian Pflugl, Cambridge, Mass., Laurent Diehl, Cambridge, Mass., and Mikhail A. Belkin, Austin, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and apparatus for improved single-mode selection in a quantum cascade laser. In one example, a distributed feedback grating incorporates both index-coupling and loss-coupling components. The loss-coupling component facilitates selection of one mode from two possible emission modes by periodically incorporating a thin layer of "lossy" semiconductor material on top of the active region to introduce a sufficiently large loss difference between the two modes. The lossy layer is doped to a level sufficient to induce considerable free-carrier absorption losses for one of the two modes while allowing sufficient gain for the other of the two modes. In alternative implementations, the highly-doped layer may be replaced by other low-dimensional structures such as quantum wells, quantum wires, and quantum dots with significant engineered intraband absorption to selectively increase the free-carrier absorption losses for one of multiple possible modes so as to facilitate single-mode operation." The patent application was filed on Nov. 5, 2009 (13/126,576). 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=83,51,481.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,481&RS=PN/83,51,481 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,351,431) developed by Hamid Assarpour, Arlington, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for providing fast reroute of a multicast packet within a network element to an available port associated with a multi-link trunk." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus and computer program product for providing a fast re-route of a multicast packet within a network element to an available port associated with a multi-link trunk is presented. A packet is received by a Forwarding Data Unit (FDU) in a data plane of a network element and a determination made that the packet is a multicast packet. The packet is forwarded to all egress FDUs having at least one port associated with at least one receiver of the multicast packet. A lookup is performed by each egress FDU in a synchronized local port state database to find a port for each receiver that is in an UP state. The packet is forwarded out the port to a receiver when the port is in the UP state and dropped when the port is in the DOWN state." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,504). 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=83,51,431.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,431&RS=PN/83,51,431 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Avaya Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Providing Fast Reroute of a Packet that may be Forwarded on one of a Plurality of Equal Cost Multipath Routes through a Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Avaya, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,351,429) developed by Hamid Assarpour, Arlington, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for providing fast reroute of a packet that may be forwarded on one of a plurality of equal cost multipath routes through a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus and computer program product for providing fast reroute of a packet that may be forwarded on one of a plurality of Equal Cost Multi Path (ECMP) routes through a network is presented. A packet is received by a Forwarding Data Unit (FDU) in a data plane of a network element. The unicast packet is routed at L3, and ECMP is enabled for a next hop for the unicast packet. An ECMP route is selected for forwarding the packet to a destination port. A lookup is performed in a port state table maintained by the FDU to determine an available local port for said ECMP route that is in an UP state for the destination, and if no local port is UP, then a lookup is performed in the port state table to determine an available remote port that is in an UP state for the selected ECMP route." The patent application was filed on May 3, 2010 (12/772,528). 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=83,51,429.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,429&RS=PN/83,51,429 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Futurewei Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Futurewei Technologies, Plano, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,351,418) developed by Qianglin Quintin Zhao, Boxborough, Mass., and Huaimo Chen, Bolton, Mass., for a "system and method for point to multipoint inter-domain multiprotocol label switching traffic engineering path calculation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system comprising a plurality of path computation elements (PCEs) configured to communicate with an ingress node, jointly compute a core tree for an inter-domain point-to-multipoint (P2MP) tree across a plurality of network domains, and independently compute a plurality of sub-trees in at least some of the network domains, wherein the core tree connects the ingress node to a boundary node (BN) in each one of the network domains that have a destination node and each sub-tree connects the BN to a plurality of destination nodes in one of the network domains that have a destination node." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2010 (12/708,048). 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=83,51,418.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,418&RS=PN/83,51,418 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Juniper Networks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Juniper Networks, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,351,341) developed by Ross W. Callon, Westford, Mass., for a "filtering to protect class of service." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first field of a data unit is analyzed to determine whether the data unit is marked as a particular type of data unit. If the data unit is marked as a particular type of data unit, a second field of the data unit is analyzed to determine whether characteristics of the second data field correspond to the particular type of the data unit. Determining whether the characteristics of the second field correspond to the type of data unit ensures that the data unit is properly marked with respect to type. The first field may indicate a particular priority or that the data unit is carrying voice data. The second field may carry voice data. The analysis of the fields may be done on a data unit by data unit basis, or on a stream basis." The patent application was filed on Aug. 2, 2002 (10/211,635). 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=83,51,341.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,341&RS=PN/83,51,341 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nitric Biotherapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Nitric Biotherapeutics, Bristol, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,352,024) developed by five co-inventors for an "electrokinetic delivery system for self-administration of medicaments and methods therefor." The co-inventors are Julian L. Henley, New Haven, Conn., Kuo Wei Chang, Waltham, Mass., Joseph Potter, Oak Bluffs, Mass., Dennis I. Goldberg, South Brookline, Mass., and James Derouin, Taunton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electrokinetic delivery system for personal use in self-administration of a medicament to a treatment site on an individual includes a device shaped to conform with the shape of a portion of an individual's finger from a tip thereof to a location past the first finger joint. A self-contained power source is carried by the device and a first electrode is carried by the device adjacent a distal end portion thereof and the tip of the individual's finger. The first electrode is in electrical contact with the power source. A second electrode is carried by the device for contact with the individual's finger. The second electrode is in electrical contact with the power source. Upon application of the first electrode over a treatment site with the medicament disposed between the first electrode and the treatment site and completion of an electrical circuit through the individual's body and said electrode, the device applies current for electrokinetically driving the medicament into the treatment site." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2006 (11/373,301). 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=8,352,024.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,024&RS=PN/8,352,024 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Second Wind Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Second Wind Systems, Somerville, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,295) developed by Niels LaWhite, Somerville, Mass., Louis Manfredi, Amherst, Mass., and Walter L. Sass, Somerville, Mass., for a "waterproof membrane cover for acoustic arrays in sodar systems." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A waterproof or water-resistant membrane cover for the acoustic transducer array of a sodar system. The membrane is placed over each transducer of the array. The membrane may be spaced from the array, with a structure such as a frame used to hold the membrane in place relative to the array." The patent application was filed on May 30, 2008 (12/129,806). 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=8,351,295&OS=8,351,295&RS=8,351,295 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bose Assigned Patent for System and Method for Excursion Limiting ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,621) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for excursion limiting." The co-inventors are Hilmar Lehnert, Framingham, Mass., Michael W. Stark, Acton, Mass., Joseph B. Gaalaas, Boston, and Brian J. Gawronski, Framingham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for limiting the excursion of an audio speaker. The system may include first lowpass filter circuitry configured to receive a system input signal and to generate a first signal. The system may further include clipping circuitry configured between the first lowpass filter circuitry and the first combiner circuitry. The system may include first highpass filter circuitry configured to receive the system input signal and to generate a second signal. The system may include second lowpass filter circuitry configured to receive a combined output signal from the first combiner circuitry. The system may include allpass filter circuitry configured to receive the system input signal and to generate a fourth signal. The system may include second highpass filter circuitry configured to receive the fourth signal from the allpass filter circuitry. The second combiner circuitry may be configured to generate an excursion limiting output signal." The patent application was filed on March 26, 2010 (12/732,696). 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=8,351,621&OS=8,351,621&RS=8,351,621 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Bose Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Bose, Framingham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,630) developed by four co-inventors for a "passive directional acoustical radiating." The co-inventors are Christopher B. Ickler, Sudbury, Mass., Joseph Jankovsky, Cambridge, Mass., Eric S. Johanson, Millbury, Mass., and Richard Saffran, Southborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An acoustic apparatus, including an acoustic driver, acoustically coupled to a pipe to radiate acoustic energy into the pipe. The pipe includes an elongated opening along at least a portion of the length of the pipe through which acoustic energy is radiated to the environment. The radiating is characterized by a volume velocity. The pipe and the opening are configured so that the volume velocity is substantially constant along the length of the pipe." The patent application was filed on May 2, 2008 (12/114,261). 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=8,351,630&OS=8,351,630&RS=8,351,630 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,632) developed by Kieran P. Harney, Andover, Mass., Jason Weigold, Somerville, Mass., and Gary Elko, Summit, N.J., for a "noise mitigating microphone system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microphone system has a base coupled with first and second microphone apparatuses. The first microphone apparatus is capable of producing a first output signal having a noise component, while the second microphone apparatus is capable of producing a second output signal. The first microphone apparatus may have a first back-side cavity and the second microphone may have a second back-side cavity. The first and second back-side cavities may be fluidly unconnected. The system also has combining logic operatively coupled with the first microphone apparatus and the second microphone apparatus. The combining logic uses the second output signal to remove at least a portion of the noise component from the first output signal." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2009 (12/546,073). 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=8,351,632&OS=8,351,632&RS=8,351,632 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,351,278) developed by four co-inventors for a "jam latch for latching memory array output data." The co-inventors are Paul A. Bunce, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., John D. Davis, Maybrook, N.Y., Diana M. Henderson, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Jigar J. Vora, Westborough, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A jam latch device for a data node includes a feed forward inverter having an input coupled to the data node; a feedback inverter having an input connected to an output of the feed forward inverter with an output of the feedback inverter connected to the data node; an isolation device that selectively decouples the feedback inverter from a power supply rail, the isolation device controlled by a clock signal of a reset device that resets the data node to a first logic state such that decoupling of the feedback inverter from the power supply rail coincides with resetting the data node to the first logic state; and a margin test device that selectively increases pull down strength of the feedback inverter." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2010 (12/822,038). 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=8,351,278&OS=8,351,278&RS=8,351,278 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cubic Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Cubic, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,351,659) developed by four co-inventors for an eye detection system. The co-inventors are Clark D'Souza, San Diego, Irene Chen, San Diego, Shinhak Lee, Valencia, Calif., and Allen E. Ripingill Jr., Turners Falls, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An eye detection system, method, and apparatus are disclosed. The eye detection apparatus includes illuminator, receiver, processor, and memory elements. The illuminator emits radiation at predetermined wavelengths from the eye detection apparatus toward an area of interest. Radiation from the area of interest is detected at the receiver which, in turn, provides sensor data to the processor. The processor is coupled to the illuminator and receiver and controls their respective operations. The processor detects a pattern representative of a human eye in the sensor data and determines coordinates of an object corresponding to the pattern. The memory stores the coordinates of the object. Optionally, the eye detection apparatus communicates the coordinates of the object to a wireless device and directs countermeasures to the object's coordinates in response to commands from the wireless device." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2008 (12/137,435). 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=8,351,659&OS=8,351,659&RS=8,351,659 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,351,675) developed by seven co-inventors for "systems and methods for volumetric tissue scanning microscopy." The co-inventors are Peter So, Boston, Bevin Engelward, Lexington, Mass., Timothy Ragan, Somerville, Mass., Karsten Bahlmann, Cambridge, Mass., Ki Hean Kim, Belmont, Mass., Lily Hsu-Laiho, San Luis Obispo, Calif., and Hayden Huang, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In accordance with preferred embodiments of the present invention, a method for imaging tissue, for example, includes the steps of mounting the tissue on a computer controlled stage of a microscope, determining volumetric imaging parameters, directing at least two photons into a region of interest, scanning the region of interest across a portion of the tissue, imaging a plurality of layers of the tissue in a plurality of volumes of the tissue in the region of interest, sectioning the portion of the tissue and imaging a second plurality of layers of the tissue in a second plurality of volumes of the tissue in the region of interest, detecting a fluorescence image of the tissue due to said excitation light; and processing three-dimensional data that is collected to create a three-dimensional image of the region of interest." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2010 (12/757,139). 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=8,351,675&OS=8,351,675&RS=8,351,675 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Hospital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- General Hospital, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,351,665) developed by Guillermo J. Tearney, Cambridge, Mass., Brett Eugene Bouma, Quincy, Mass., and John A. Evans, Philadelphia, for "systems, processes and software arrangements for evaluating information associated with an anatomical structure by an optical coherence ranging technique." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Software systems, arrangements and processes for evaluating an image associated with at least one portion of an anatomical structure are provided. For example, first information associated with the at least one portion of the anatomical structure second information associated with the at least one portion of the anatomical structure can be received. Third information can be generated by determining a relationship between the first information and the second information. Further, the image can be evaluated using a predetermined pathological scoring criteria and the third information." The patent application was filed on April 28, 2006 (11/414,564). 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=8,351,665&OS=8,351,665&RS=8,351,665 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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