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

[January 10, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Georgia (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 Georgia.

*** Georgia Tech Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Georgia Tech Research, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,352,232) developed by Ki Jin Han, Atlanta, and Madhavan Swaminathan, Marietta, Ga., for "modeling electrical interconnections in three-dimensional structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are apparatus, methods and software that implement a partial element equivalent circuit (PEEC) method having global basis functions on cylindrical coordinates to determine wide-band resistance, inductance, capacitance, and conductance from a large number of three-dimensional interconnections in order to provide for the electrical design of system-in-package (SIP) modules, and the like. The apparatus, methods and software use a modal equivalent network from mixed potential integral equation with cylindrical conduction and accumulation mode basis functions, which reduces the matrix size for large three-dimensional interconnection problems. Combined with these modal basis functions, the mixed potential integral equations describe arbitrary skin and proximity effects, and allow determination of partial impedance and admittance values. Additional enhancement schemes further reduces the cost for computing the partial inductances. Therefore, the apparatus, methods and software can be used to construct accurate models of a large number of three-dimensional interconnection structures, including more than 100 bonding wires used for stacking integrated circuit chips, through-silicon via interconnections, and the like." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2008 (12/288,616). 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=8,352,232&OS=8,352,232&RS=8,352,232 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,320) developed by Jonathan MacDonald, Frimley, United Kingdom, and Donald Peppers, Sea Island, Ga., for an "advertising management system and method with dynamic pricing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method and system for enabling advertisers to deliver advertisements to consumers in which a plurality of tiers of available advertisements are defined, each tier containing a number of advertisements, a price for allocation of an advertisement in each tier is set wherein a lowest tier has the lowest price and the price increases to a maximum at a highest tier, and advertisements are allocated to advertisers based on availability starting from a lowest tier with unallocated advertisements and progressing to higher tiers." The patent application was filed on March 11, 2008 (12/075,593). 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=8,352,320&OS=8,352,320&RS=8,352,320 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Parametric Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Parametric Technology, Needham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,352,297) developed by five co-inventors for a supply chain management. The co-inventors are Reynaldo Gil, Palo Alto, Calif., Dipayan Gangopadhyay, San Jose, Calif., Jay Zhou, Fremont, Calif., Simeon Gordon, Fairbun, Ga., and Sandeep Nayak, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and a method for managing a supply chain are provided. A request for a transaction involving an enterprise and at least one partner in a supply chain is received from an end-user or the partner. Real-time data relevant to the transaction is accessed from an existing partner system. A context for the transaction is generated using the real-time data. The request is processed in the context for the transaction." The patent application was filed on Oct. 26, 2009 (12/605,773). 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=8,352,297&OS=8,352,297&RS=8,352,297 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,352,302) developed by Robert Ingman, Peachtree City, Ga., Robert Cole, Birmingham, Ala., and Richard Miller, Hoover, Ala., for "methods, systems, and computer-readable media for determining a plurality of turfs from where to reallocate a workforce to a given turf." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer-readable media provide for determining a plurality of turfs from where to reallocate a workforce to a given turf. According to embodiments, a method for determining a plurality of turfs from where to reallocate a workforce to a given turf is provided. According to the method, an indication of the given turf is received. Optimal turfs from where to reallocate technicians to the given turf are determined from a plurality of turfs. Visual cues for identifying at least a portion of the optimal turfs are generated." The patent application was filed on July 17, 2007 (11/778,953). 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=8,352,302&OS=8,352,302&RS=8,352,302 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Ford Global Technologies Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Resolving the Incompatibility of Media Items Playable from a Vehicle ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Ford Global Technologies, Dearborn, Mich., has been assigned a patent (8,352,278) developed by four co-inventors for "methods and systems for resolving the incompatibility of media items playable from a vehicle." The co-inventors are Jeffrey Raymond Ostrowski, Dearborn, Mich., Julius Marchwicki, Detroit, Darren Peter Shelcusky, Saline, Mich., and Matthew Scott Bourdua, Peachtree City, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for monitoring hands-free accessibility of media items for play at a vehicle includes a vehicle entertainment computing system (VECS) configured to receive predetermined rules for voice-activated access of the media items. Violations of the rules are detected based on media item metadata. If a violation is detected, a prompt is outputted. Media items are retrieved and played based on voice-activated requests. One embodiment includes a method for monitoring hands-free accessibility of media items for play at a vehicle. A system for formatting media items for accessibility at a VECS includes a media item incompatibility resolution system (MIIRS) configured to resolve violations of the predetermined rules by receiving additional rules relating to formatting violating media items. The media items are searched and the violations addressed by reformatting the media items for voice-activated access. The media items are outputted to the MIIRS." The patent application was filed on June 2, 2009 (12/476,293). 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=8,352,278&OS=8,352,278&RS=8,352,278 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for System and Method for System Integration Test (SIT) Planning ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,352,237) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for system integration test (SIT) planning." The co-inventors are Kathryn A. Bassin, Endicott, N.Y., Steven Kagan, Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., Shao C. Li, Beijing, Zhong J. Li, Beijing, He H. Liu, Beijing, Susan E. Skrabanek, Atlanta, Hua F. Tan, Beijing, and Jun Zhu, Shanghai, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method is implemented in a computer infrastructure having computer executable code tangibly embodied on a computer readable storage medium having programming instructions. The programming instructions are operable to receive a system architecture model of a system and receive trigger coverage rules. Additionally, the programming instructions are operable to determine system integration test (SIT) coverage for each connection and interface of the system architecture model and select a set of use cases execution scenarios to satisfy the SIT coverage." The patent application was filed on Sept. 11, 2009 (12/558,375). 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=8,352,237&OS=8,352,237&RS=8,352,237 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Comverge Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Comverge, Norcross, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,352,083) developed by Howard Ng, Norcross, Ga., for a "system and method for establishing local control of a space conditioning load during a direct load control event." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for establishing local control of a space conditioning load includes a switch for controlling a flow of energy for a space conditioning load. Control logic is operatively coupled to the switch, for receiving control parameters associated with a direct load control event from a utility provider. The control logic may also measure room temperature based on received temperature signals and determine if a room temperature is greater a comfort temperature range. The control logic may eliminate operation of a direct load control program if the room temperature is greater than or equal to the comfort temperature range. The control logic may log and signal back to the utility provider that the comfort temperature range is exceeded. The control logic may then restore local control of the switch and initiate a temperature setback control to a thermostat for the remainder of the control period." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2010 (12/869,561). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,352,083&OS=8,352,083&RS=8,352,083 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent for Technique for Aggregating Loads with Time-varying Operating Cycles ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,352,094) developed by Jay T. Johnson, Atlanta, Daniel H. Greene, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Haitham Ali Salem Hindi, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "technique for aggregating loads with time-varying operating cycles." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of a system, a method, and a computer-program product (e.g., software) for aggregating an energy service from a group of loads with time-varying operating cycles are described. This aggregation may be performed by an aggregator, which provides the energy service to a power-system operator. In particular, for a desired demand response, a demand-response mechanism may modify a demand response of a given load by mapping an initial operating cycle of the load before a demand-response event to a final operating cycle. In addition, the demand-response mechanism may transition the given load to a new operating cycle associated with the demand-response event using a temporal set-point trajectory. This aggregation technique may ensure that a distribution of phases of the group of loads is, on average, uncorrelated with each other, either by preserving or modifying the distribution of phases prior to the demand-response event." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2009 (12/406,006). 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=8,352,094&OS=8,352,094&RS=8,352,094 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Delta Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Delta Systems, Streetsboro, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,352,116) developed by Clifford H. Boylston, Conyers, Ga., Arthur James Harvey, Mantua, Ohio, and Nicholas Schragal, Chardon, Ohio, for a "tilt and/or acceleration sensing apparatus and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tilt or acceleration sensing apparatus and method that allows a tilt or acceleration sensing device of a vehicle to determine: 1) a maximum fall angle of the vehicle, regardless of the orientation of the vehicle and the vehicle's tilt sensor(s) to the incline; or 2) the downward acceleration of the vehicle. In one embodiment, a method of determining a maximum fall angle of a vehicle includes sensing tilt angles of two sensing axes of the vehicle relative to a horizontal reference plane and calculating the maximum fall angle of the vehicle based on the tilt angles. The apparatus and method may also include comparing the maximum fall angle to predetermined values and generating output signals when the maximum fall angle exceeds the predetermined values. In another embodiment, a method of determining when a vehicle is sliding downhill includes sensing the accelerations of three sensing axes." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2010 (12/686,722). 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=8,352,116&OS=8,352,116&RS=8,352,116 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,351,461) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for network based fixed mobile convergence." The co-inventors are Dennis Duffy, Decatur, Ga., Daniel Guyette, Hartford, Wis., Myranda Johnson, Smyrna, Ga., Stephanie P. Parlamas, Colts Neck, N.J., and Steven A. Siegel, Mendham, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for providing a network based Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) service are disclosed. For example, the method receives a NB-FMC call request originating from a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) NB-FMC endpoint device or a non-SIP NB-FMC endpoint device, and processes the NB-FMC call request using a single hosted NB-FMC Application Server (AS)." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2009 (12/611,891). 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=83,51,461.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,461&RS=PN/83,51,461 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dimension Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Dimension, Las Vegas, has been assigned a patent (8,351,509) developed by Lyman Porter Hurd, Atlanta, and John H. Elton, Atlanta, for "video codec systems and methods for optimal motion vector with variable size blocks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A codec, systems, and methods for compressing video data includes selecting a current video frame of the video data, dividing the current video frame into multiple blocks, wherein each block has M.times.N pixels, approximating the blocks of the current frame based on motion vectors associated with corresponding blocks from the previous frame, further refining the blocks of the current frame by determining optimal motion vectors for the blocks of the current frame based on the motion vectors provided (i) by the corresponding blocks from the previous frame, (ii) by the surrounding blocks in the current frame, and (iii) from successively smaller blocks within the current frame, wherein the optimal motion vectors for the blocks of the current frame are optimized to balance distortion and rate and wherein the optimal motion vectors are represented by codewords generated from Huffman tables." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2008 (12/341,964). 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=83,51,509.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,509&RS=PN/83,51,509 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Axiometric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Axiometric, Columbia, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,351,409) developed by David A. Albert, Columbia, Md., and John V. Martinez, Roswell, Ga., for a "timing synchronization in wireless mesh networks." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for synchronizing time amongst a plurality of wireless network devices in a wireless network is provided, where a message is exchanged between a transmitting wireless device and a receiving wireless device. Such a system includes: a controller that inserts synchronized time information in the message, prior to transmitting the message, the synchronized time information comprising a current time value and a synchronization time value; and a processor that determines a local elapsed time value since last receiving a last synchronized time." The patent application was filed on April 17, 2010 (12/762,315). 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=83,51,409.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,409&RS=PN/83,51,409 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent for Communication Environment Switchover ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,351,444) developed by John Alson Hicks III, Roswell, Ga., and James A. Worsham Jr., Buford, Ga., for a communication environment switchover.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Communication environment switchover may be provided. A received signal strength level may be determined corresponding to a signal sent from a first device and received at a second device. The received signal strength level may be measured at the second device. In addition, the first device may be re-provisioned. For example, the first device may be re-provisioned to communicate in a second environment if the first device is provisioned to communicate in a first environment and if the received signal strength level is greater than a first threshold value. Furthermore, the first device to be re-provisioned to communicate in the first environment if the first device is provisioned to communicate in the second environment and if the received signal strength level is less than a second threshold value. The second threshold value may be less than the first threshold value." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2009 (12/626,167). 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=83,51,444.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,444&RS=PN/83,51,444 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- AT&T Intellectual Property II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,351,441) developed by six co-inventors for "personalized multimedia services using a mobile service platform." The co-inventors are Yih-Farn Robin Chen, Bridgewater, N.J., Huale Huang, Kearny, N.J., Rittwik Jana, Pinebrook, N.J., Sam John, Atlanta, Serban Jora, Hackettstown, N.J., and Bin Wei, Bridgewater, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for providing multimedia data from at least one controllable multimedia source to a mobile device includes providing a request path from the mobile device to a mobile service platform, receiving a request from the mobile device, obtaining a device profile from the mobile device, authenticating the identity of a user of the mobile device, and determining a user profile in response to the user identity. The method further includes authorizing control and access to the at least one multimedia source, providing a control channel from the mobile service platform to at least one multimedia server, providing multimedia data delivery information to the at least one multimedia server, and providing multimedia data to the mobile device in response to the request via the at least one multimedia server." The patent application was filed on June 23, 2009 (12/456,801). 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=83,51,441.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,441&RS=PN/83,51,441 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Immersion Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Immersion, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,351,299) developed by Robert F. Cohen, Kensington, Md., Walter E. Ratzat, Silver Spring, Md., and Tianning Xu, Duluth, Ga., for an "apparatus and method for providing condition-based vibrotactile feedback." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for monitoring motion parameters of an object are described in the present disclosure. In one embodiment among many, a sensor, coupled to a housing, senses motion associated with the housing and provides a sensor output based on the sensed motion. A processing device receives the sensor output, accumulates counts associated with the sensor output, and provides an output once a threshold associated with the accumulated counts is reached. A vibrotactile device, that receives the output from the processing device, provides a haptic output in response to the output from the processing device. In one embodiment among many, a toothbrush is described as a monitoring mechanism for monitoring a plurality of brush strokes that a user executes with the toothbrush. The monitoring mechanism is incorporated in the handle of the toothbrush. The monitoring mechanism may be used to provide an alert once a sufficient number of brush strokes is achieved." The patent application was filed on May 4, 2009 (12/435,323). 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=83,51,299.PN.&OS=PN/83,51,299&RS=PN/83,51,299 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** GS Cleantech Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- GS Cleantech, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,352,071) developed by David J. Winsness, Alpharetta, Ga., for a "method of blending fuels and related system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and related system blend fuels and dispense a blended fuel to a vehicle at a fueling station. In one aspect, the method comprises selecting the desired proportion of at least one of the fuels available at the service station, blending that fuel with another one available, and delivering the blended fuel to the vehicle. Preferably, the first fuel is a non-renewable, petroleum based one, while the second fuel is a non-petroleum based, renewable one (such as ethanol or biodiesel)." The patent application was filed on Jan. 29, 2007 (12/162,708). 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=8,352,071.PN.&OS=PN/8,352,071&RS=PN/8,352,071 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,351,581) developed by four co-inventors for "systems and methods for intelligent call transcription." The co-inventors are Jeffrey Mikan, Atlanta, Justin McNamara, Atlanta, John Lewis, Lawrenceville, Ga., and Fulvio Cenciarelli, Suwanee, Ga.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Intelligent call transcript systems and methods are disclosed. An intelligent call transcript system can create a transcript of a telephonic communication and supplement the transcript with additional information automatically or upon request. Additional information may be added when key words are detected, such as adding acronym expansion when an acronym is detected or adding identifying information to an important task when mention of the task is detected. Portions of the transcript may also be sent as messages, text-based or audio, upon detection of key words or at the instruction of a user or device." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/340,297). 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=8,351,581&OS=8,351,581&RS=8,351,581 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** OFS Fitel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- OFS Fitel, Norcross, Ga., has been assigned a patent (8,351,749) developed by Kariofilis Konstadinidis, Decatur, Ga., and Harry Garner, Lawrenceville, Ga., for an "optical fiber coating with a color concentrate having slickness additive." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain embodiments of the invention may include systems and methods for coating an optical fiber. The method includes coating an optical fiber with a primary coating, preparing a secondary coating by selectively mixing a concentrate with an ultraviolet (UV) curable diluent coating, wherein the concentrate comprises predetermined amounts of a color agent and a release agent, and applying the secondary coating to the optical fiber and primary coating." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,224). 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=8,351,749&OS=8,351,749&RS=8,351,749 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Accusoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 10 -- Accusoft, Tampa, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,351,699) developed by Dalong Li, Houston, John Elton, Atlanta, and Sebastian Steger, Darmstadt, Germany, for "methods and apparatus for auto image binarization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A threshold determination method is selected from among a plurality of alternative global thresholding determination methods and, optionally, a local thresholding determination method based on characteristics of a histogram of grayscales values representing an image. When it is determined to use a global thresholding method, a single global binarization threshold value is determined using the selected global thresholding method. Various alternative global binarization threshold values include a predetermined constant, an average value of the two grayscale values, an Otsu method based threshold value, a Newton method based threshold value, and an Otsu method based threshold value based on a truncated version of the histogram. When it is determined to use local thresholding, a plurality of local binarization threshold values are determined corresponding to different non-overlapping blocks of the image. The determined binarization threshold(s) are applied to the gray scale pixel values to obtain a set of binary pixel values." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/642,643). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,351,699&OS=8,351,699&RS=8,351,699 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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