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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 14)

[February 14, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 14)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,375,173) developed by Feng Wang, San Diego, Matthew Michael Nowak, San Diego, and Jonghae Kim, San Diego, for "accessing a multi-channel memory system having non-uniform page sizes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes predicting a memory access pattern of each master of a plurality of masters. The plurality of masters can access a multi-channel memory via a crossbar interconnect, where the multi-channel memory has a plurality of banks. The method includes identifying a page size associated with each bank of the plurality of banks. The method also includes assigning at least one bank of the plurality of banks to each master of the plurality of masters based on the memory access pattern of each master." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2009 (12/576,693). 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=8,375,173.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,173&RS=PN/8,375,173 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.



*** Oracle America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Oracle America, Redwood Shores, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,195) developed by Gregory M. Wright, Mountain View, Calif., Christopher A. Vick, San Jose, Calif., and Mario I. Wolczko, San Carlos, Calif., for "accessing memory locations for paged memory objects in an object-addressed memory system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that accesses memory locations in an object-addressed memory system. During a memory access in the object-addressed memory system, the system receives an object identifier and an address. The system then uses the object identifier to identify a paged memory object associated with the memory access. Next, the system uses the address and a page table associated with the paged memory object to identify a memory page associated with the memory access. After determining the memory page, the system uses the address to access a memory location in the memory page." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2009 (12/398,724). 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=8,375,195.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,195&RS=PN/8,375,195 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Covidien Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Covidien, Mansfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,666) developed by Daniel G. Graboi, Encinitas, Calif., and Peter Doyle, Vista, Calif., for a "retinopathy of prematurity determination and alarm system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and system for determining a likelihood of possible retinopathy of prematurity and alerting a caregiver of such likelihood may employ oxygen saturation measurements. According to certain embodiments, an apparatus for determining a risk of retinopathy of prematurity in a patient may include a processing unit. The processing unit is configured to determine whether an oxygen saturation level of the patient extends beyond an oxygen saturation threshold, determine an extent that the oxygen saturation level of the patient extends beyond the oxygen saturation threshold, and trigger an alarm when the extent that the oxygen saturation level of the patient extends beyond the oxygen saturation threshold exceeds a threshold at which the patient may be at risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity. The apparatus may also include a display unit configured to present the alarm in response to the trigger from the processing unit." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2010 (12/789,717). 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=8,374,666.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,666&RS=PN/8,374,666 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for System and Method for Segmenting a Data Stream ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,375,182) developed by Kave Eshghi, Los Altos, Calif., and Mark David Lillibridge, Mountain View, Calif., for a "system and method for segmenting a data stream." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of limiting redundant storage of data comprises receiving a data stream and partitioning the data stream into a series of data chunks. At least one content hash value for a set of data chunks is generated based on data content of the set of data chunks. One or more data chunks are grouped into a segment with at least one boundary of the segment defined based on an evaluation of content hash values of data chunks. Content hash values of data chunks of the segment are compared to content hash values of data chunks of segments stored on a backup mass storage device. A pointer to a stored data chunk of an existing segment is stored on the backup mass storage device if a content hash value of a data chunk of the segment matches the content hash value of the stored data chunk." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2009 (12/368,784). 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=8,375,182.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,182&RS=PN/8,375,182 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Configuring Levels of Program/Erase Protection in Flash Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,189) developed by Shekoufeh Qawami, El Dorado Hills, Calif., Joel T. Jorgensen, Colorado Springs, Colo., and Geoffrey A. Gould, El Dorado Hills, Calif., for "configuring levels of program/erase protection in flash devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for configuring a memory device, such as a flash memory device, is herein described. Features/functional modules of a memory device, are selectable by a manufacturer, customer, or user. Instead of a manufacturer having to complete numerous redesigns of a memory product to meet multiple customer's special needs, a single all inclusive device is manufactured and the customized features are selected/configured, by the manufacturer, or by the customer themselves. By using one time programmable (OTP) flags, the features are enabled or disabled, by the manufacturer, customer, or user, and may potentially not be altered by a user later. Moreover, after configuring a memory device, a manufacturer, customer, or end user may also lock down a configuration module to ensure the configuration itself is not later intentionally or inadvertently altered." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2005 (11/322,680). 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=8,375,189.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,189&RS=PN/8,375,189 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MRI Interventions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- MRI Interventions, Memphis, Tenn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,677) developed by Peter Piferi, Orange, Calif., David John Sayler, Portland, Ore., and Kimble Jenkins, Memphis, Tenn., for an "MRI-guided medical interventional systems and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An MRI-guided interventional system for use with a body of patient and an interventional device includes a base and a targeting cannula. The base is configured to be secured to the body of the patient. The targeting cannula has an elongate guide bore extending axially therethrough and an inlet and an outlet at opposed ends of the guide bore. The guide bore defines a trajectory axis extending through the inlet and the outlet and being configured to guide placement of the interventional device. The frame is operable to move the targeting cannula relative to the base to position the trajectory axis to a desired intrabody trajectory to guide placement of the interventional device in vivo. The inlet tapers from an outer diameter distal from the guide bore to an inner diameter proximate the guide bore to guide and facilitate insertion of the interventional device into the guide bore." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2008 (12/236,950). 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=8,374,677.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,677&RS=PN/8,374,677 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,375,179) developed by Chang Wan Ha, San Ramon, Calif., for a "method for reading a multilevel cell in a non-volatile memory device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A non-volatile memory device has a memory array comprising a plurality of memory cells. The array can operate in either a multilevel cell or single level cell mode and each cell has a lower page and an upper page of data. The memory device has a data latch for storing flag data and a cache latch coupled to the data latch. A read method comprises initiating a lower page read of a memory cell and reading, from the data latch, flag data that indicates whether a lower page read operation is necessary." The patent application was filed on March 28, 2011 (13/073,317). 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=8,375,179.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,179&RS=PN/8,375,179 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Angiometrix Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Angiometrix, Bethesda, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,374,689) developed by five co-inventors for "methods and systems for determining vascular bodily lumen information and guiding medical devices." The co-inventors are Venugopal Gopinathan, Bangalore, India, Raghavan Subramaniyan, Bangalore, India, Goutam Dutta, Bangalore, India, Nitin Patil, Albany, Calif., and Abhijit Patki, Bangalore, India.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for determining information about a vascular bodily lumen are described. An exemplary method includes generating an electrical signal, delivering the electrical signal to a plurality of excitation elements in the vicinity of the vascular bodily lumen, measuring a responsive electrical signal from a plurality of sensing elements in response to the delivered electrical signal, and determining a lumen dimension. Specific embodiments include generating a multiple frequency electrical signal. Another embodiment includes measuring a plurality of responsive signals at a plurality of frequencies. Still other embodiments include using spatial diversity of the excitation elements. Yet other embodiments use method for calibration and de-embedding of such measurements to determine the lumen dimensions. Diagnostic devices incorporating the method are also disclosed, including guide wires, catheters and implants. The methods and systems described herein are advantageous as they do not include injecting a second fluid for the measurements." The patent application was filed on Nov. 28, 2011 (13/305,610). 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=8,374,689.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,689&RS=PN/8,374,689 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Biosense Webster Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Biosense Webster, Diamond Bar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,670) developed by Thomas V. Selkee, Claremont, Calif., for a "catheter having a force sensing distal tip." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mapping and ablation catheter with contact force sensing capabilities at a distal end, includes a catheter body, a deflectable section, and a tip distal section which has a tip electrode and a contact force sensor for sensing a 3D contact force vector applied to the tip electrode. In contact with the tip electrode, the contact force sensor has a body and has at least one sensor with an electrical characteristic that is responsive to deformation of the body resulting from force vector. The sensor is adapted to receive an electrical current and to output an electrical signal indicative of a change in the electrical characteristic. In one embodiment, the sensor is a strain gage responsive to tension and compression of at least a portion of the body of the force sensor and the electrical characteristic of the strain gage that is monitored is electrical resistivity. In another embodiment, the sensor is responsive to strain and stress of at least a portion of the body, and the electrical characteristic being monitored is inductance or hysteresis loss." The patent application was filed on Jan. 22, 2010 (12/692,506). 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=8,374,670.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,670&RS=PN/8,374,670 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intuitive Surgical Operations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Intuitive Surgical Operations, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,723) developed by Wenyi Zhao, Mountain View, Calif., Tao Zhao, Sunnyvale, Calif., and David Q. Larkin, Menlo Park, Calif., for an "obtaining force information in a minimally invasive surgical procedure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods of and a system for providing force information for a robotic surgical system. The method includes storing first kinematic position information and first actual position information for a first position of an end effector; moving the end effector via the robotic surgical system from the first position to a second position; storing second kinematic position information and second actual position information for the second position; and providing force information regarding force applied to the end effector at the second position utilizing the first actual position information, the second actual position information, the first kinematic position information, and the second kinematic position information. Visual force feedback is also provided via superimposing an estimated position of an end effector without force over an image of the actual position of the end effector. Similarly, tissue elasticity visual displays may be shown." The patent application was filed on April 22, 2009 (12/428,108). 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=8,374,723.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,723&RS=PN/8,374,723 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** InCube Labs Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- InCube Labs, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,703) developed by Mir Imran, Los Altos Hills, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for the detection of aberrant neural-electric activity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments provide an apparatus and method for detection of aberrant neural-electric activity (ANEA) in the brain causing an epileptic seizure or other neurologic condition. One embodiment provides an apparatus for detection of ANEA comprising an introducer having at least one lumen. The introducer is introduced into brain tissue through an opening in the skull. A reference electrode is positioned at an introducer distal portion. A plurality of electrode members are advanceable within the at least one lumen with each member having an insulated portion and an exposed distal portion. The members have a non-deployed state in the introducer and a deployed state when outwardly advanced out of the introducer. In the deployed state, the members are substantially orthogonal to each other with the exposed distal portions defining a detection volume capable of determining an electric field vector produced by the ANEA and the direction of a foci of the ANEA." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2009 (12/359,830). 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=8,374,703.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,703&RS=PN/8,374,703 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Medtronic Vascular Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Medtronic Vascular, Santa Rosa, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,680) developed by Dustin Thompson, Santa Rosa, Calif., for a "needleless catheters and methods for true lumen re-entry in treatment of chronic total occlusions and other disorders." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A catheter system comprising a) an elongate flexible catheter; b) a lumen that extends from a proximal insertion port to a side outlet opening; c) a penetrating guidewire insertable into the proximal insertion port and thereafter advanceable through the lumen and out of the side outlet opening; and d) an orientation element useable to provide an indication of the trajectory on which the penetrating guidewire will advance from the catheter body. Also disclosed are methods for using such catheter to direct the penetrating guidewire out of the side opening and into the true lumen of a blood vessel when bypassing an obstruction in the blood vessel such as a chronic total occlusion (CTO) of an artery." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2008 (12/106,689). 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=8,374,680.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,680&RS=PN/8,374,680 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Abbott Diabetes Care Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Abbott Diabetes Care, Alameda, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,668) developed by Gary Hayter, Oakland, Calif., Kenneth J. Doniger, Menlo Park, Calif., and Erwin S. Budiman, Fremont, Calif., for an "analyte sensor with lag compensation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In particular embodiments, methods, devices and systems including calibrating analyte data associated with a monitored analyte level received from an analyte sensor based on a reference measurement, determining a lag time constant associated with the calibrated analyte data, and performing lag correction of the calibrated analyte data based on the determined time lag constant are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2008 (12/257,356). 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=8,374,668.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,668&RS=PN/8,374,668 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Seagate Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Seagate Technology, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,166) developed by Michael M. Lee, San Jose, Calif., and Maurice L. Schlumberger, Menlo Park, Calif., for "methods and structure for limiting storage device write caching." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and structures for limiting the write portion of a local cache memory in one or more disk drives of a storage system such that a storage controller coupled to each may mirror the content and structure of the write portion of each disk drive. The size of the write portion of the local cache memory in a disk drive controller may be controlled by the storage controller or other host device. The size of the write portion may be controlled by switch settings to select among a plurality of predefined sizes or may be programmed by the storage controller or other host device. Programming such a size value may be by setting parameter values in a configuration page of a SCSI disk drive's local memory or may be by a vendor unique command sent by a host device to the disk drive." The patent application was filed on Jan. 15, 2010 (12/688,503). 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=8,375,166.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,166&RS=PN/8,375,166 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,375,202) developed by Keith E. Moore, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Rajesh K. Shenoy, San Jose, Calif., for "communications methods and appliances." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Communications methods and appliances are described. According to one embodiment, a communications method includes prior to deployment of an appliance, establishing a trusted association between the appliance and a certificate authority, during deployment of the appliance, associating the appliance with a communications address of a communications medium, using the certificate authority, creating a signed certificate including the communications address of the appliance, announcing the signed certificate using the appliance, after the announcing, extracting the communications address of the appliance from the signed certificate, and after the extracting, verifying the communications address of the appliance." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2004 (10/957,490). 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=8,375,202.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,202&RS=PN/8,375,202 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cardiac Pacemakers Assigned Patent for Handling Improper Device Data in Implantable Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cardiac Pacemakers, Saint Paul, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,374,694) developed by Jonathan H. Kelly, Woodbury, Minn., Gang Wu, San Clemente, Calif., and James Kalgren, Lino Lakes, Minn., for "handling improper device data in implantable devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for handling data received from an implantable medical device (IMD) is provided. The method includes communicating a device parameter value of an IMD device parameter from the IMD to an external device and determining, at the external device, that the communicated device parameter value is at an improper value. Additionally, in response to the determining that the communicated device parameter value is at an improper value, automatically performing at least one of re-programming the IMD device parameter with a selected substitute device parameter value, ignoring, or purging non-programmable data." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2008 (12/273,708). 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=8,374,694.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,694&RS=PN/8,374,694 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kona Medical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Kona Medical, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,674) developed by Michael Gertner, Menlo Park, Calif., for a nerve treatment system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of treatment includes delivering an agent into a patient, and providing energy inside the patient so that the energy can interact with the agent to treat a nerve. A system for treatment includes a source of agent for delivery into a patient, and an energy source for providing energy inside the patient so that the energy can interact with the agent to treat a nerve." The patent application was filed on Feb. 1, 2011 (13/019,273). 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=8,374,674.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,674&RS=PN/8,374,674 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** DexCom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- DexCom, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,667) developed by six co-inventors for a "signal processing for continuous analyte sensor." The co-inventors are James H. Brauker, Cement City, Mich., Victoria E. Carr-Brendel, San Diego, Paul V. Goode, Cherry Hill, N.J., Apurv Ullas Kamath, San Diego, James Patrick Thrower, Oakland, N.J., and Ben Xavier, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for dynamically and intelligently estimating analyte data from a continuous analyte sensor, including receiving a data stream, selecting one of a plurality of algorithms, and employing the selected algorithm to estimate analyte values. Additional data processing includes evaluating the selected estimative algorithms, analyzing a variation of the estimated analyte values based on statistical, clinical, or physiological parameters, comparing the estimated analyte values with corresponding measure analyte values, and providing output to a user. Estimation can be used to compensate for time lag, match sensor data with corresponding reference data, warn of upcoming clinical risk, replace erroneous sensor data signals, and provide more timely analyte information encourage proactive behavior and preempt clinical risk." The patent application was filed on Oct. 16, 2008 (12/253,120). 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=8,374,667.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,667&RS=PN/8,374,667 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for System and Method for Freeing Memory ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,375,194) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for freeing memory." The co-inventors are Viral S. Shah, Cupertino, Calif., Sudhir R. Shetiya, Mumbai, India, Anoop Sharma, San Jose, Calif., and Lars B. Plum, Milpitas, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "There is provided a computer-executed method of freeing memory. One exemplary method comprises receiving a message from a user process. The message may specify a virtual address for a memory segment. The virtual address may be mapped to the memory segment. The memory segment may comprise a physical page. The method may further comprise identifying the physical page based on the virtual address. Additionally, the method may comprise freeing the physical page without unmapping the memory segment." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2010 (12/788,706). 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=8,375,194.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,194&RS=PN/8,375,194 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,176) developed by four co-inventors for a "lock mechanism to enable atomic updates to shared memory." The co-inventors are Brett W. Coon, San Jose, Calif., John R. Nickolls, Los Altos, Calif., Lars Nyland, Carrboro, N.C., and Peter C. Mills, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for locking and unlocking access to a shared memory for atomic operations provides immediate feedback indicating whether or not the lock was successful. Read data is returned to the requestor with the lock status. The lock status may be changed concurrently when locking during a read or unlocking during a write. Therefore, it is not necessary to check the lock status as a separate transaction prior to or during a read-modify-write operation. Additionally, a lock or unlock may be explicitly specified for each atomic memory operation. Therefore, lock operations are not performed for operations that do not modify the contents of a memory location." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2011 (13/276,224). 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=8,375,176.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,176&RS=PN/8,375,176 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Spatial Extent Migration for Tiered Storage Architecture ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,186) developed by four co-inventors for a "spatial extent migration for tiered storage architecture." The co-inventors are Pui Fun Lau, Vail, Ariz., David Montgomery, Costa Mesa, Calif., Karl A. Nielsen, Tucson, Ariz., and Richard B. Stelmach, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided are techniques for migrating a first extent, determining a spatial distance between the first extent and a second extent, determining a ratio of a profiling score of the second extent to the spatial distance, and, in response to determining that the ratio exceeds a threshold, migrating the second extent." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2012 (13/469,675). 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=8,375,186.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,186&RS=PN/8,375,186 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Disney Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Disney Enterprises, Burbank, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,724) developed by Alexis P. Wieland, Los Angeles, Akhil Jiten Madhani, Glendale, Calif., and Holger Irmler, Studio City, Calif., for a "computing environment that produces realistic motions for an animatronic figure." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for producing motions for an animatronic figure is disclosed. The system is configured to produce different types of motions in real-time and in a life-like manner. The motion software module forms a composite motion by combining the user-inputted motion with user-selected fixed sequences and/or with algorithmically calculated motion. The motions of the animatronic figure can further be filtered to produce motions that are life-like. Combined motions are formed by superimposing, modulating, or modifying component motions. Motions are filtered based on user-inputted commands and commands determined from a stimulus and filtered to create a life-like motion." The patent application was filed on Aug. 12, 2004 (10/917,044). 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=8,374,724.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,724&RS=PN/8,374,724 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,374,701) developed by seven co-inventors for a "stimulating a nervous system component of a mammal in response to contactlessly acquired information." The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Eric C. Leuthardt, Saint Louis, Dennis J. Rivet, Portsmouth, Va., Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Described embodiments include a system, an apparatus, and a method. A described system includes a sensor device configured to sense a property of a mammal without physically contacting the mammal. The system also includes a signal generator configured to generate a signal indicative of the sensed property of the mammal. The system further describes a neuromodulation device configured to output a stimulus operable to modulate a nervous system component of the mammal in response to the signal indicative of the sensed property of the mammal." The patent application was filed on July 28, 2009 (12/462,130). 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=8,374,701.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,701&RS=PN/8,374,701 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Teradata US Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Teradata US, Dayton, Ohio, has been assigned a patent (8,375,193) developed by four co-inventors for a "system, method, and computer-readable medium for optimized data storage and migration in a database system." The co-inventors are Criselda Carrillo, San Diego, Paul Rubio, San Diego, Paul Andersen, San Diego, and Donn Holtzman, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The frequency with which data is accessed within the system may be periodically monitored and a corresponding access frequency quantifier assigned to the data is updated accordingly. The data access frequency quantifier may be associated with a storage device zone speed quality rating. The association between data access frequency quantifiers and the storage device zone speed quality ratings may be made in a hierarchical association such that quantifiable differentials may be ascertained between a particular access frequency quantifier and a storage device zone speed quality rating. In this manner, when no storage zone having a speed quality rating that is associated with data having a particular access frequency quantifier is available for storage of the data, a storage zone having a speed quality rating more proximate the speed quality rating associated with the access frequency quantifier may be identified for migration." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2009 (12/472,414). 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=8,375,193.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,193&RS=PN/8,375,193 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent for Techniques for Epoch Pipelining ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,188) developed by five co-inventors for "techniques for epoch pipelining." The co-inventors are Dharmesh R. Shah, San Jose, Calif., Anurag Agarwal, Aundh, India, Sameer Lokray, Cupertino, Calif., Srikanth S. Mahabalarao, Pune, India, and Thomas A. Bean, West Columbia, S.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for epoch pipelining are disclosed. In one particular exemplary embodiment, the techniques may be realized as a method for epoch pipelining comprising the steps of beginning a first epoch, determining for one or more pages of memory if the pages of memory are likely to be modified in a subsequent epoch, performing a first operation on the pages of memory that are likely to be modified in a subsequent epoch, beginning a second epoch, subsequent to the first epoch, performing a second operation on the pages of memory that are not likely to be modified in a subsequent epoch, and ending the first epoch, wherein the first operation and the second operation are dissimilar." The patent application was filed on Aug. 8, 2007 (11/835,757). 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=8,375,188.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,188&RS=PN/8,375,188 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Symantec Operating Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Symantec Operating, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,181) developed by Anand A. Kekre, Pune, India, Weibao Wu, Roseville, Minn., and John A. Colgrove, Los Altos, Calif., for a "system and method for performing replication based on change tracking information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Data-object-level replication is performed based on storage-device-level change tracking. A method of replicating a data object (such as a file) involves accessing mapping information and change information. The mapping information identifies that one or more regions of a storage device (such as a logical volume) store portions of the data object. The change information identifies whether the regions of the storage device, which were identified by the mapping information, have been modified subsequent to a particular point in time. If the change information identifies that any of those regions of the storage device have been modified, replication of each modified one of the regions to a secondary system is initiated. Replication can be initiated from a system other than the production system." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2004 (10/975,742). 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=8,375,181.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,181&RS=PN/8,375,181 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Storage Application Performance Matching ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,375,180) developed by six co-inventors for a "storage application performance matching." The co-inventors are Lawrence Y. Chiu, San Jose, Calif., Clement L. Dickey, San Jose, Calif., Yu-Cheng Hsu, Tucson, Ariz., Joseph S. Hyde II, Tucson, Ariz., Paul H. Muench, San Jose, Calif., and Cheng-Chung Song, Tucson, Ariz.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Input/output (I/O) activity in the multiple tier storage system is monitored to collect statistical information. The statistical information is recurrently transformed into an exponential moving average (EMA) of the I/O activity having a predefined smoothing factor. Data portions in the multiple tier storage system are sorted into buckets of varying temperatures corresponding to the EMA. At least one data migration plan is recurrently generated for matching the sorted data portions to at least one of an available plurality of storage device classes. One data portion sorted into a higher temperature bucket is matched with a higher performance storage device class of the available plurality of storage device classes than another data portion sorted into a lower temperature bucket." The patent application was filed on Feb. 5, 2010 (12/700,964). 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=8,375,180.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,180&RS=PN/8,375,180 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cercacor Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cercacor Laboratories, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,665) developed by Marcelo Lamego, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., for a "tissue profile wellness monitor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tissue profile wellness monitor measures a physiological parameter, generates a tissue profile, defines limits and indicates when the tissue profile exceeds the defined limits. The physiological parameter is responsive to multiple wavelengths of optical radiation after attenuation by constituents of pulsatile blood flowing within a tissue site. The tissue profile is responsive to the physiological parameter. The limits are defined for at least a portion of the tissue profile." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2008 (12/106,969). 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=8,374,665.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,665&RS=PN/8,374,665 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Symantec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Symantec, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,375,204) developed by Quentin Liu, San Jose, Calif., Marc Williams, San Jose, Calif., and Richard F. Andrews, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "method and system to combine multiple digital certificates using the subject alternative name extension." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for forming a digital certificate includes receiving contact information associated with the digital certificate. The contact information includes at least a name, a mailing address, and an email address. The method also includes receiving billing information associated with the digital certificate and receiving a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for the digital certificate. The method further includes receiving a first name for use in forming the digital certificate and receiving a second name for use in forming the digital certificate. Moreover, the method includes receiving an indication of a vendor of web server software, receiving an indication of a service period for the digital certificate, and forming the digital certificate. The first name is stored in a Subject field of the digital certificate and the second name is stored in the SubjectAltName extension of the digital certificate." The patent application was filed on Dec. 16, 2009 (12/639,765). 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=8,375,204.PN.&OS=PN/8,375,204&RS=PN/8,375,204 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Second Sight Medical Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Second Sight Medical Products, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,698) developed by seven co-inventors for a "package for an implantable neural stimulation device." The co-inventors are Jerry Ok, Canyon Country, Calif., Robert J. Greenberg, Los Angeles, Neil Hamilton Talbot, Crescenta, Calif., James Singleton Little, Saugus, Calif., Rongqing Dai, Valencia, Calif., Jordan Matthew Neysmith, Pasadena, Calif., and Kelly H. McClure, Simi Valley, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is an improved hermetic package for implantation in the human body. The implantable device includes an electrically non-conductive substrate with electrically conductive vias. A flip-chip circuit is attached to the substrate using conductive bumps and electrically connected to a first subset of the vias. The flip-chip circuit can contain one or more stacks or a folded stack. A wire-bonded circuit is also attached to the substrate and electrically connected to a second subset of the vias. A cover is bonded to the substrate. The cover, substrate, and vias form an improved hermetic package for implantation." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2007 (11/893,939). 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=8,374,698.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,698&RS=PN/8,374,698 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Boston Scientific Neuromodulation, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,695) developed by Matthew Lee McDonald, Glendale, Calif., and Joshua Dale Howard, Granada Hills, Calif., for a "lead splitter for an electrical stimulation system and systems and methods for making and using." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A splitter for an electrical stimulation system includes a junction having a proximal end and a distal end. An elongated proximal member extends from the proximal end of the junction. The proximal member includes a plurality of terminals disposed on a proximal end of the proximal member. A plurality of elongated distal members extend from the distal end of the junction. Each distal member includes a connector disposed on a distal end of the distal member. The connector is configured and arranged for receiving a lead or lead extension. One of the distal members is longitudinally aligned with the proximal member and at least another one of the distal members is longitudinally offset from the proximal member. A plurality of conductors couple the terminals of the proximal member to the connectors of the distal members." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2009 (12/533,223). 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=8,374,695.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,695&RS=PN/8,374,695 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,691) developed by Carolyn Lall, Los Angeles, for "methods and systems for determining if an arrhythmia initiated in an atrium or a ventricle." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Validated atrial and/or ventricular interval decreases are used to discriminate between VT and SVT. Atrial and/or ventricular intervals are monitored in order to detect decreases in such intervals (which are indicative in increases in rate). The atrial intervals can be, e.g., AA intervals, and the ventricular intervals can be, e.g., VV intervals. A detected atrial and/or ventricular interval decrease can be a decrease that is greater than an interval decrease threshold. Detected atrial and/or ventricular interval decreases can be validated by examining atrial and/or ventricular intervals before and after a detected atrial and/or ventricular interval decrease. The use of the validated atrial and/or ventricular interval decreases to classify an arrhythmia as SVT or VT can be called arrhythmia initiation analysis, since it is believed to determine whether the initiation of the arrhythmia is in an atrium or a ventricle." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2011 (12/987,487). 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=8,374,691.PN.&OS=PN/8,374,691&RS=PN/8,374,691 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Winnov Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Winnov, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,203) developed by Harry L. Graham, San Jose, Calif., for an "apparatus and method to achieve a constant sample rate for multiplexed signals with frame boundaries." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Given a hardware platform capable of capturing framed data in a multiplexed fashion from multiple sources, a method and apparatus are shown for providing a constant frame rate for each logical stream." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2006 (11/479,775). 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=83,74,203.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,203&RS=PN/83,74,203 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Dolby Laboratories Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Dolby Laboratories Licensing, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,374,237) developed by Gary A. Demos, Culver City, Calif., and David Ruhoff, Marina Del Rey, Calif., for "high precision encoding and decoding of video images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer programs for improved quality video compression. Image quality from MPEG-style video coding may be improved by preserving a higher number of bits during intermediate encoding and decoding processing steps. Problems of inverse discrete cosine transform (IDCT) mismatch can be eliminated by exactly matching the IDCT function numerical algorithm of the decoder to the IDCT function numerical algorithm used for the decoding portion of the encoder. Also included is an application of high precision compression to wide dynamic range images by extending the range of the "quantization parameter" or "QP". The extension of QP may be accomplished either by increasing the range of QP directly, or indirectly through a non-linear transformation. Also included is an application of extended intermediate processing precision and an extended QP range to reduced contrast regions of an image to extend the precision with which the low-contrast portions are compression coded." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2001 (09/798,346). 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=83,74,237.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,237&RS=PN/83,74,237 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Echelon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Echelon, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,104) developed by Bernd Gauweiler, London, and Richard A. Blomseth, San Jose, Calif., for a "simple installation of devices on a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the invention employs techniques for the self-installation of network devices using fire-and-forget principles. These devices modify their own network configuration data, but do not modify the network configuration data of other devices. Utilizing fire-and-forget principles, the need for a central database and central authority on the network is not required but may still be used." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2005 (11/096,010). 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=83,74,104.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,104&RS=PN/83,74,104 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fortinet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Fortinet, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,088) developed by five co-inventors for "managing hierarchically organized subscriber profiles." The co-inventors are Rajesh I. Balay, San Jose, Calif., Chandramouli Sargor, Sunnyvale, Calif., Sachin S. Desai, Santa Clara, Calif., Francois Lemarchand, Palaiseau, France, and Amit K. Khetawat, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods are provided for managing hierarchically organized subscriber profiles. According to one embodiment, a connection for a subscriber is created based on a service context of the subscriber. A connection request is received from a subscriber of a network service delivery environment. The subscriber is associated with a first-level profile identifier indicative of a service context for the subscriber. One or more other subscribers can be associated with the first-level profile identifier. Lower-level profile identifiers are determined using the first-level profile identifier. The lower-level profile identifiers indicate a set of services that is available to the subscriber during the connection. Creating a connection for the subscriber that enables forwarding of packets based on the lower-level profile identifiers." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2012 (13/359,960). 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=83,74,088.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,088&RS=PN/83,74,088 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Technique for Protecting against Failure of a Network Element Using Multi-topology Repair Routing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,092) developed by five co-inventors for a "technique for protecting against failure of a network element using multi-topology repair routing (MTRR)." The co-inventors are Stefano B. Previdi, Rome, David D. Ward, Los Gatos, Calif., Jean-Philippe Vasseur, Dunstable, Mass., Ian Michael Charles Shand, Cobham, United Kingdom, and Stewart Bryant, Merstham, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A technique protects against failure of a network element using Multi-Topology Repair Routing (MTRR) in a computer network. According to the novel technique, a protecting node (e.g., a router) maintains Multi-Topology Routing (MTR) databases for a first topology and at least a second topology. The protecting node determines whether any acceptable repair paths are available in the first topology for a protected network element (e.g., node, link, etc.) of the first topology. If not, the protecting node may establish a repair path (e.g., for Fast ReRoute, FRR) in the second topology for the protected network element." The patent application was filed on Aug. 28, 2006 (11/511,128). 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=83,74,092.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,092&RS=PN/83,74,092 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Fortinet Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Fortinet, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,089) developed by Bert H. Tanaka, Saratoga, Calif., Daniel J. Maltbie, Menlo Park, Calif., and Joseph R. Mihelich, Folsom, Calif., for "performing rate limiting within a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for performing rate limiting are provided. According to one embodiment, multiple paths are provided between each pair of multi-path load balancing (MPLB) components within a Layer 2 network by establishing overlapping loop-free topologies in which each MPLB component is reachable by any other via each overlapping topology. A first MPLB component receives packets associated with a flow sent by a source component at a particular rate. The first MPLB component forwards the packets to a second MPLB component along a particular path in a network. A congestion metric for the particular path is determined. Based upon the congestion metric for the particular path, it is determined whether the particular path has reached a congestion threshold. In response to an affirmative determination, the source component is instructed to limit the rate at which it sends packets associated with the flow." The patent application was filed on July 31, 2010 (12/848,169). 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=83,74,089.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,089&RS=PN/83,74,089 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for High Data Rate Wireless Bridging ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,105) developed by Eldad Perahia, Sunnyvale, Calif., Bretton Douglas, Sunnyvale, Calif., and David Pignatelli, Saratoga, Calif., for "high data rate wireless bridging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A specialized preamble is provided to facilitate matrix channel estimation of a MIMO channel. In a particular implementation, a channel training preamble provided by the IEEE 802.11a standard is modified to facilitate MIMO channel estimation." The patent application was filed on Jan. 28, 2008 (12/011,546). 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=83,74,105.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,105&RS=PN/83,74,105 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,096) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for selecting antennas and beams in MIMO wireless LANs." The co-inventors are Daqing Gu, Burlington, Mass., Hongyuan Zhang, Sunnyvale, Calif., Jinyun Zhang, Cambridge, Mass., and Andreas F. Molisch, Arlington, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method selects antennas in a multiple-input, multiple-output wireless local area network that includes multiple stations, and each station includes a set of antennas. Multiple consecutively transmitted sounding packets are received in a station. Each sounding packet corresponds to a different subset of the set of antennas. A channel matrix is estimated from the multiple consecutively transmitted sounding packets. A frame including a high throughput (HT) control field is sent to initiate a selecting of antennas, and a subset of antennas is selected according to the channel matrix." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2005 (12/094,441). 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=83,74,096.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,096&RS=PN/83,74,096 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,154) developed by Michelle X. Gong, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Robert J. Stacey, Portland, Ore., for a "device, system and method of simultaneously communicating with a group of wireless communication devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some demonstrative embodiments include devices, systems and/or methods of simultaneously communicating with a group of wireless communication devices. For example, a device may include a wireless communication unit to transmit at least one beamforming-training initiation frame to a group of a plurality of wireless communication devices, wherein the wireless communication unit is to receive two or more feedback frames from two or more of the wireless communication devices, wherein the wireless communication unit is to determine two or more beamforming schemes based on the two or more feedback frames, and wherein the wireless communication unit is to simultaneously transmit two or more different wireless communication transmissions to the two or more wireless communication devices, respectively, using the two or more beamforming schemes, respectively. Other embodiments are described and claimed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2009 (12/645,648). 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=83,74,154.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,154&RS=PN/83,74,154 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AirHop Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- AirHop Communications, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,137) developed by Yan Hui, San Diego, for a "system and method of resource allocation and scheduling among base stations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention pertains to wireless communications, specifically, methodology and algorithm to management resources and schedule users in a coordinated way among a group of base stations, such as Femtocells, Picocells, self-organized Basestations, Access Points (APs) or mesh network nodes, or among the basestations in a two tiered networks, to improve the performance for individual user, individual Basestation (BTS), the overall systems or all of above." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2009 (12/607,859). 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=83,74,137.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,137&RS=PN/83,74,137 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Trex Enterprises Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- Trex Enterprises, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,129) developed by five co-inventors for a "circuit switched millimeter wave communication network." The co-inventors are Brett Lewis, Honolulu, John Lovberg, San Diego, Tzu-Chiang Hsieh, Freemont, Calif., Kenneth Y. Tang, Alpine, Calif., and Robert Fein, Newton Centre, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high bandwidth, low latency middle-mile core communications network providing low-cost and high-speed communications among the users of the network. Embodiments of the invention include a number of network access points located at a number of spaced apart sites. At least some of these network access points in the network are in communication with each other via millimeter radio links with microwave backup links. In preferred embodiments the millimeter radio links include two millimeter radios, one transmitting in the frequency range of 71-76 GHz and receiving in the frequency range if 81 to 86 GHz and the other radio transmitting in the frequency range of 81-86 GHz and receiving in the frequency range if 71 to 76 GHz." The patent application was filed on Dec. 28, 2010 (12/930,143). 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=83,74,129.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,129&RS=PN/83,74,129 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TQ Delta Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- TQ Delta, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,226) developed by Marcos C. Tzannes, Orinda, Calif., for "systems and methods for a multicarrier modulation system with a variable margin." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multicarrier modem has a plurality of carriers over which data is transmitted. By assigning, for example, one or more different margins to the individual carriers the data rate and impairment immunity can be increased." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2010 (12/694,143). 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=83,74,226.PN.&OS=PN/83,74,226&RS=PN/83,74,226 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** STMicroelectronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 14 -- STMicroelectronics, Coppell, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,374,140) developed by Wendong Hu, San Jose, Calif., for a "frame based, on-demand spectrum contention data frame acquisition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system by which base stations in a Wireless Regional Area Network (WRAN), and more generally transceivers in a cognitive radio (CR) system, can comm For more information about Targeted News Service products and services, please contact: Myron Struck, editor, Targeted News Service LLC, Springfield, Va., 703/304-1897; editor@targetednews.com; http://targetednews.com.

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