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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Colorado (Jan. 29)

[January 29, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Colorado (Jan. 29)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Colorado.

*** Avago Technologies Wireless IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Avago Technologies Wireless IP, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,356,517) developed by Osvaldo Buccafusca, Fort Collins, Colo., and David Martin, Fort Collins, Colo., for an "integrated optical and acoustic transducer device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated transducer device includes an optical transducer and an acoustic transducer integrally joined with the optical transducer. The acoustic transducer includes a membrane responsive to acoustic signals, the membrane being aligned with the optical transducer such that optical signals emitted or received by the optical transducer pass through the membrane. A propagation direction of the acoustic signals emitted or received by the acoustic transducer is collinear with a propagation direction of the optical signals emitted or received by the optical transducer." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,626). 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=83,56,517.PN.&OS=PN/83,56,517&RS=PN/83,56,517 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Assa Abloy Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Assa Abloy, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,358,783) developed by four co-inventors for secure wiegand communications. The co-inventors are Michael Davis, Amherst, N.Y., David Andresky, Lafayette, Colo., Scott B. Guthery, Chestnut Hill, Mass., and Mark Robinton, Somerville, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is directed toward secure access systems. Specifically, a method and system is provided that enhances the security of unidirectional communication protocols used in access control systems, such as the Wiegand protocol. The enhancements may include obfuscation of data, a two-way packet-mode communications, and blind synchronization of pseudo-random number generators." The patent application was filed on April 11, 2009 (12/539,431). 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=8,358,783&OS=8,358,783&RS=8,358,783 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Colorado Inventor Develops Patent for System and Methods for Generating Virtual Clothing Experiences ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Curtis A. Vock, Boulder, Colo., has developed a patent (8,359,247) for "system and methods for generating virtual clothing experiences." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for generating a virtual clothing experience has a display for mounting with a wall, one or more digital cameras for capturing first images of the person standing in front of the display, an image processing module for synthesizing the first images and for generating a display image on the display that substantially appears, to the person, like a reflection of the person in a mirror positioned at the display. The cameras capture second images of a garment with the person; the module synthesizes the second images with the first images to generate the image that substantially appears, to the person, that the reflection wears the garment. A home version of the system may be formed with a home computer and a database storing garment images in cooperation with a manufacturer." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2011 (13/115,005). 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=8,359,247&OS=8,359,247&RS=8,359,247 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Non-linear Transition Shift Identification and Compensation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,358,480) developed by four co-inventors for a "non-linear transition shift identification and compensation." The co-inventors are Hongwei Song, Longmont, Colo., Ke Han, Fremont, Calif., Michael Madden, Mountain View, Calif., and Zining Wu, Los Altos, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for identifying and compensating for non-linear transition shift in a magnetic medium data storage device is disclosed. The non-linear transition shift compensation system includes a non-linear transition shift estimation module adapted to generate non-linear transition shift estimates for specific bit patterns. The system further includes a pre-compensation module adapted to adjust the temporal spacing of binary transitions written to the magnetic medium based on the non-linear transition shift estimates generated by the non-linear transition shift estimation module for specific bit patterns corresponding to bit patterns appearing in the data being written to the magnetic medium." The patent application was filed on July 5, 2011 (13/176,318). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,358,480&OS=8,358,480&RS=8,358,480 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Avago Technologies Enterprise IP Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Avago Technologies Enterprise IP, Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,358,548) developed by Indrajit Manna, Fort Collins, Colo., James Pfiester , Fort Collins, Colo., and David Leary, Loveland, Colo., for "methods for efficiently repairing embedded dynamic random-access memory having marginally failing cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A test system and a method for efficiently repairing marginally failing memory cells in an embedded dynamic random access memory on an integrated circuit identify marginally failing cells in the embedded memory and when two or more marginally failing cells are located in the same column, indicating a partial column failure due to a weak sense amplifier associated with the column, the system and method apply a spare column preferentially to repair the failing cells in the column. The test system can be arranged in a built-in self test engine on the integrated circuit. In an alternative embodiment, the test system can be implemented in test equipment coupled to the integrated circuit that houses the embedded dynamic random-access memory." The patent application was filed on Oct. 19, 2009 (12/581,202). 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=8,358,548&OS=8,358,548&RS=8,358,548 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Method and Device for Detecting a Sync Mark ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,358,566) developed by Mats Oberg, Cupertino, Calif., and Jin Xie, Longmont, Colo., for a "method and device for detecting a sync mark." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and device for determining frequency error to extend the pull-in range of a timing recovery circuit for a storage device such as an optical disc drive. A code associated with a storage format of the storage device is detected, and the distance between occurrences of the code is determined. The calculated distance is compared with the expected distance to determine the difference. Based on the difference, the frequency error is determined." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2009 (12/359,855). 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=8,358,566&OS=8,358,566&RS=8,358,566 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Covidien, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,357,160) developed by Darren Odom, Longmont, Colo., for a "system and method for controlling electrode gap during tissue sealing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A forceps includes a housing, a shaft, an end effector assembly coupled to the distal end of the shaft and including opposing jaw members, and a drive rod slidingly disposed within the shaft. Each of the jaw members includes a sealing plate attached thereto. Longitudinal reciprocation of the drive rod moves at least one of the jaw members from a first position in spaced relation relative to the other jaw member to at least one subsequent position wherein the sealing plates cooperate to grasp tissue therebetween. The forceps also includes at least one sensor configured to sense a gap distance between the opposing jaw members, and a linear actuator operably coupled to the drive rod. The linear actuator is configured to reciprocate the drive rod in a longitudinal direction as a function of the sensed gap distance in response to signals provided by the at least one sensor." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2012 (13/411,774). 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=8,357,160&OS=8,357,160&RS=8,357,160 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Colorado Inventors Develop Patent for Stroller Illumination System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Randal J. Manweiler, Denver, and Michael T. Coon, Denver, have developed a patent (8,356,824) for a stroller illumination system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A stroller illumination system includes a stroller frame and a child receiving member that is mounted on the stroller frame. The stroller frame includes a plurality of legs and a handle grip. Each of the legs has at least one of a plurality of wheels rotatably coupled thereto. A light emitting assembly is mounted on the frame. The light emitting assembly emits light when turned on to increase a visibility of the stroller frame." The patent application was filed on March 25, 2010 (12/731,863). 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=8,356,824&OS=8,356,824&RS=8,356,824 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Colorado, Texas, Washington, North Carolina Inventors Develop Patent for Method for Enhancing Post-processing Content of Beneficial Compounds in Beverages Naturally Containing Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Loretta Zapp, Boulder, Colo., Thomas J. Slaga, Austin, Texas, Jifu Zhao, Olympia, Wash., and Mark Lange, North Carolina, N.C., have developed a patent (8,357,419) for a "method for enhancing post-processing content of beneficial compounds in beverages naturally containing same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A process for enhancing polyphenolics content of beverages brewed from polyphenolic containing, processed beverage substrate by pre-soaking substrate (coffee beans, for example) before roasting and then quenching the substrate after processing with the liquid in which the substrate was first "pre-soaked." Beverages produced from the treated substrate exhibit substantially increased polyphenolics content, when compared to conventionally processed beverage substrate of the same nature and processing." The patent application was filed on March 29, 2010 (12/749,163). 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=8,357,419.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,419&RS=PN/8,357,419 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Colorado Inventor Develops Patent for Earth Electromotive Force Generation Method and Apparatus ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- John R. Jackson, Littleton, Colo., has developed a patent (8,357,461) for an "earth electromotive force generation method and apparatus." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for producing electricity using Earth electromotive force is disclosed herein. The method comprises placing a first electrode into a first section of the Earth, typically a hydrocarbon bearing formation. Next, a second electrode is placed into a second section of the Earth, typically in or proximal a water zone. Further, the first and second electrodes are electrically coupling to a boost converter assembly. The boost converter assembly is adapted to convert an input voltage derived from the first and second electrodes to an output voltage higher than the input voltage. An apparatus and electrical system comprising the various components for harvesting Earth energy are further disclosed." The patent application was filed on Nov. 13, 2009 (12/618,506). 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=8,357,461.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,461&RS=PN/8,357,461 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Colorado Inventor Develops Patent for Methods and Apparatus for Synthesis of Alcohols from Syngas ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Karl Kharas, Louisville, Colo., has developed a patent (8,357,826) for "methods and apparatus for synthesis of alcohols from syngas." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides a method for producing ethanol and 2-propanol from syngas, the method comprising: (a) converting syngas into methanol using a methanol-synthesis catalyst; (b) converting methanol into ethylene and propylene using a methanol-to-olefins catalyst; and (c) hydrating ethylene into ethanol and propylene into 2-propanol. As taught herein, the combined yield of the ethanol and the 2-propanol from biomass can be at least 100 gallons per dry ton biomass. In certain embodiments, the yield of ethanol is at least 100 gallons per dry ton biomass. In some embodiments, the yield of 2-propanol is at least 50 gallons per dry ton biomass." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2009 (12/579,991). 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=8,357,826.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,826&RS=PN/8,357,826 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Avago Technologies Wireless IP (Singapore) Assigned Patent for Transducer Devices having Different Frequencies Based on Layer Thicknesses and Method of Fabricating the Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 29 -- Avago Technologies Wireless IP (Singapore), Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,357,981) developed by David Martin, Fort Collins, Colo., and John Choy, Westminster, Colo., for a "transducer devices having different frequencies based on layer thicknesses and method of fabricating the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A transducer array on a common substrate includes a membrane and first and second transducer devices. The membrane is formed on the common substrate, and includes a lower layer and an upper layer. The first transducer device includes a first resonator stack formed on at least the lower layer in a first portion of the membrane, the upper layer having a first thickness in the first portion of the membrane. The second transducer device includes a second resonator stack formed on at least the lower layer in a second portion of the membrane, the upper layer having a second thickness in the second portion of the membrane, where the second thickness is different from the first thickness, such that a first resonant frequency of the first transducer device is different from a second resonant frequency of the second transducer device." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/789,685). 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=8,357,981.PN.&OS=PN/8,357,981&RS=PN/8,357,981 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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