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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 15)

[February 15, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Feb. 15)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in California.

*** Prime Optical Fiber, OWLink Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Prime Optical Fiber, Miao-Li County, Taiwan, and OWLink Technology, Tustin, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,374,474) developed by four co-inventors for an "optical fiber with single layer coating for field termination." The co-inventors are Kuei-Huang Chou, Miaoli, Taiwan, Shing-wu Paul Tzeng, Irvine, Calif., Chih-Yu Wu, Hsinchu, Taiwan, and Sheng-Hsiang Hsu, Hsinchu, Taiwan.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A structure for optical fiber with single layer coating suitable for field termination process is provided, including a glass core, a cladding layer, and a permanent coating protective layer. The thickness of the permanent coating ranges preferably from about 4 um to 8 um, and remains on the optical fiber during the field termination process to provide protection to the optical fiber after the buffer layer is striped off. In addition, the optical fiber structure of the present invention still conforms to the specification of the standard optical fiber. The optical fiber of the structure according to the present invention can simplify the field termination process so that the quality efficiency of the deployment is improved." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2010 (12/971,088). 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=8,374,474&OS=8,374,474&RS=8,374,474 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,374,453) developed by four co-inventors for integrating image frames. The co-inventors are Eric P. Lam, Diamond Bar, Calif., Christopher A. Leddy, Huntington Beach, Calif., Stephen R. Nash, Playa Del Rey, Calif., and Harrison A. Parks, Los Angeles.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The technology described herein includes integration of image frames. The integration of image frames includes determining a sharpness metric for each image frame in a plurality of image frames. The sharpness metric is indicative of at least one of edge content and an edge size of the image frame. The integration of image frames further includes determining a noise metric for each image frame in the plurality of image frames. The noise metric is indicative of a variation in brightness or color in the image frame. The integration of image frames further includes determining a jitter metric for each image frame in the plurality of image frames. The jitter metric is indicative of spatial shifts between the image frame and other image frames in the plurality of image frames. The integration of image frames further includes generating an integrated image frame from one or more of the plurality of image frames based on the sharpness metric, the noise metric, and the jitter metric." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2010 (12/943,467). 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=8,374,453&OS=8,374,453&RS=8,374,453 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** NEC Laboratories America Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- NEC Laboratories America, Princeton, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,374,442) developed by Kai Yu, San Jose, Calif., Jianchao Yang, Santa Clara, Calif., and Yihong Gong, Saratoga, Calif., for a "linear spatial pyramid matching using sparse coding." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed to classify an input image by determining a spatial-pyramid image representation based on sparse coding; determining a descriptor for each interest point in the input image; encoding the descriptor; and applying max pooling to form the spatial pyramid representation of images." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,073). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,374,442&OS=8,374,442&RS=8,374,442 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rovi Technologies Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Inducing and or Reducing Geometric Distortions in a Display Via Positive Going Pulses ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rovi Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,489) developed by Ronald Quan, Cupertino, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for inducing and or reducing geometric distortions in a display via positive going pulses." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In certain flat screen TV sets, such as LCD monitors, geometric errors can be induced in a video signal by positive going pulses. That is, a shift in a display is provided when one or more positive going pulse is added to the video signal following one or more sync pulse. To illustrate, AGC pulses, generally used for content control and or copy protection in the last lines of an active video field, cause a shift (horizontal displacement) in the picture for these last lines in the active field. Alternatively, turning off or attenuating such positive going pulses in the last lines of the active field, eliminates or reduces the picture shift." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009 (12/565,531). 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=8,374,489&OS=8,374,489&RS=8,374,489 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Sony, Tokyo, and Sony Electronics, Park Ridge, N.J., have been assigned a patent (8,374,444) developed by Adrian Crisan, San Diego, Nikolaos Georgis, San Diego, for a "method and apparatus for providing higher resolution images in an embedded device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus to providing higher resolution images on an embedded device by performing a super resolution technique on a compressed image sequence and one or more motion vectors are described. In one example, the method includes compressing an image sequence using a video compression technique, wherein the image sequence comprises a plurality of lower resolution images and applying a super resolution technique to the compressed image sequence to generate a higher resolution image." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2008 (12/187,348). 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=8,374,444&OS=8,374,444&RS=8,374,444 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rovi Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rovi Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,490) developed by Ronald Quan, Cupertino, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for receiving metadata, EPG, or IPG signals in an integrated circuit for control purposes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit or system receives a bit pattern from a metadata, IPG, and or EPG signal. This bit pattern is then coupled to a circuit to provide a content control command to a recorder or to a processing circuit to generate a content control signal. In particular the bit pattern may be utilized in a manner to program, enable, or disable the generated control signal. Furthermore this content control signal provides resistance to a circumvention device. For example, the circumvention device is unable to remove sufficiently the content control signal, and content control is maintained." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2010 (12/711,834). 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=8,374,490&OS=8,374,490&RS=8,374,490 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,403) developed by Katerina Le Shiffer, Milpitas, Calif., John Louis Warpakowski Furlan, Belmont, Calif., and Richard Tobias Inman, San Francisco, for "methods and apparatus for efficient, automated red eye detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Various methods and apparatus to detect red eye in a digital image are described. In an embodiment, a method identifies one or more red eye candidate zones within an identified skin region in a digital image. A first red eye candidate zone includes connected regions of pixels of a different color in the digital image than their natural color and exceeds a minimum size. The first red eye candidate zone is determined to be an actual red eye by comparing a red eye candidate score to a detection threshold value." The patent application was filed on May 16, 2005 (11/130,634). 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=8,374,403&OS=8,374,403&RS=8,374,403 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,421) developed by Ryan Hickman, Mountain View, Calif., for "methods and systems for extracting still frames from a compressed video." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for robot and cloud communication are described. A robot may interact with the cloud to perform any number of actions using video captured from a point-of-view or in the vicinity of the robot. The cloud may be configured to extract still frames from compressed video received from the robot at a frame rate determined based on a number of factors, including the robot's surrounding environment, the available bandwidth, or actions being performed. The cloud may be configured to request that a compressed video with higher frame rate be sent so that the cloud can extract still frames at a higher frame rate. Further, the cloud may be configured to request that a second compressed video from a second perspective be sent to provide additional environment information." The patent application was filed on Oct. 18, 2011 (13/276,049). 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=8,374,421&OS=8,374,421&RS=8,374,421 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Scoring Items ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,400) developed by Charles Rosenberg, Palo Alto, Calif., Henry A. Rowley, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Radhika Malpani, Palo Alto, Calif., for scoring items.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system identifies an image and determines whether the image contains inappropriate content based on first data associated with the image, second data associated with a document that contains the image or refers to the image, and/or third data associated with a group of documents with which the image is associated." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2012 (13/460,539). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,374,400&OS=8,374,400&RS=8,374,400 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Hash Function Using a Cue Sports Game Process ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,341) developed by Benoit Chevallier-Mames, Paris, Mathieu Ciet, Paris, and Augustin J. Farrugia, Cupertino, Calif., for a "hash function using a cue sports game process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In the computer data security field, cryptographic hash function processes embodied in a computer system and which are typically keyless, but are highly secure. The processes are based on the type of randomness exhibited by well known table "cue sports" games such as billiards, snooker, and pool played on a billiards table involving the players striking one of a plurality of balls with a cue, the struck ball then hitting other balls, the raised sides of the table, and in some cases one or more balls going into pockets in the corners and/or sides of the table. Computation of the hash value (digest) is the result of providing a model (such as expressed in computer code) of such a game algorithm and using the message as an input to the game algorithm, then executing the game algorithm. A state of the game after one or several "shots" gives the hash digest value of the message." The patent application was filed on Aug. 14, 2009 (12/541,850). 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=8,374,341&OS=8,374,341&RS=8,374,341 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,362) developed by four co-inventors for "signaling microphone covering to the user." The co-inventors are Dinesh Ramakrishnan, San Diego, Ravi Satyanarayanan, San Diego, Song Wang, San Diego, and Eddie L.T. Choy, Carlsbad, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mechanism is provided that monitors secondary microphone signals, in a multi-microphone mobile device, to warn the user if one or more secondary microphones are covered while the mobile device is in use. In one example, smoothly averaged power estimates of the secondary microphones may be computed and compared against the noise floor estimate of a primary microphone. Microphone covering detection may be made by comparing the secondary microphone smooth power estimates to the noise floor estimate for the primary microphone. In another example, the noise floor estimates for the primary and secondary microphone signals may be compared to the difference in the sensitivity of the first and second microphones to determine if the secondary microphone is covered. Once detection is made, a warning signal may be generated and issued to the user." The patent application was filed on Jan. 31, 2008 (12/023,970). 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=8,374,362&OS=8,374,362&RS=8,374,362 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,378) developed by five co-inventors for a "portable computer speaker grill structures." The co-inventors are Ron Hopkinson, Campbell, Calif., John Raff, Menlo Park, Calif., Bartley K. Andre, Menlo Park, Calif., Chris Ligtenberg, San Carlos, Calif., and Ruchi Goel, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Portable computer structures are provided. The portable computer structures may include speaker grill structures. A speaker grill structure may be formed by creating an array of small holes (perforations) in a portable computer housing structure such as a planar housing wall. A speaker may be mounted adjacent to the array of holes. The planar housing wall may be formed in a block of milled aluminum and may have a thickness of less than 1 mm. The speaker holes may have with small diameters without overly attenuating sound from a speaker." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2012 (13/458,539). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,374,378&OS=8,374,378&RS=8,374,378 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rovi Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rovi Solutions, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,347) developed by Ronald Quan, Cupertino, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for modifying a subsequently generated control command in a content control system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In record or content control management systems, various selected reference, record control, copy protection or control information signals, or other signifiers, are used to identify control signals, for example, bits, to provide control of subsequent use of data, audio and video signals in the analog and digital domain. Method and apparatus are disclosed for modifying the effects of a content control system as well as for modifying an effect of a copy protection signal. To this end, the reference, record control, copy protection signals, or other control information signals, e.g., content control signals, may be modified to cause an erroneous or unintended reading subsequently of the reference or control signals which in turn correspondingly alters the control command of the record or content control system. Also, included are unique methods for synthesizing a copy protection signal, such as, for example, reducing the amplitude of a portion of a color burst envelope to provide a sporatic color distortion and fluctuating color reproduction on a recording played back from a video recorder." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2010 (12/843,532). 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=8,374,347&OS=8,374,347&RS=8,374,347 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Silicon Image Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Silicon Image, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,346) developed by four co-inventors for a "method, apparatus, and system for pre-authentication and keep-authentication of content protected ports." The co-inventors are Hoon Choi, Mountain View, Calif., Daekyeung Kim, San Jose, Calif., Wooseung Yang, Santa Clara, Calif., and Gyudong Kim, Sunnyvale, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus and system for providing pre-authentication and keep-authentication of content protected ports system employing a ratio of one decipher processing engine (e.g., HDCP engine) associated with multiple ports is disclosed is disclosed. In one embodiment, a receiving device is pre-authenticated by a transmitting device, wherein the receiving device to receive a data stream from the transmitting device via a first data path. Further, a first High-Definition Content Protection (HDCP) engine is associated with a first port in the first data path, the first HDCP engine coupled with a second HDCP engine. The second HDCP engine is associated with a plurality of ports in a second data path, each of the plurality of ports associated with a memory pipe having state information relating to each of the plurality of ports, the state information being used to pre-authenticate the receiving device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 9, 2009 (12/351,698). 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=8,374,346&OS=8,374,346&RS=8,374,346 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Instrument Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- General Instrument, Horsham, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,374,338) developed by five co-inventors for a "transport packet decryption testing in a client device." The co-inventors are Tat Keung Chan, San Diego, Alexander Medvinsky, San Diego, Stuart P. Moskovics, San Diego, Jason A. Pasion, San Diego, and Xin Qiu, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a method for testing a transport packet decrypting module of a client device, a first decryption operation of the transport packet decrypting module is implemented on a test encrypted control word using a content decryption key ladder to derive a test control word, a second decryption operation of the transport packet decrypting module is implemented on one or more test transport packets using the test control word via a predetermined content decryption algorithm, the KIV is derived from the decrypted transport packets, and the derived KIV is compared with a value stored in the client device to verify whether the transport packet decrypting module of the client device is functioning properly." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2010 (12/708,171). 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=8,374,338&OS=8,374,338&RS=8,374,338 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Flextronics International USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Flextronics International USA, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,976) developed by David H. Titzler, Palo Alto, Calif., Chen-Chien Kuo, Taipei, Taiwan, and Stephen T. Schooley, San Jose, Calif., for an "all-in-one computer with height adjustable display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A novel integrated computer includes a support base, a computer component pivotally coupled to the support base, and a display component slidably coupled to the computer component. The pivotal connection between the support base and the computer component facilitates adjustment of the tilt of the display. The slidable connection between the computer component and the display component facilitates height adjustment of the display, without affecting the tilt of the display. A biasing member prevents unwanted movement of the display, while allowing adjustment of the display. A method for manufacturing the integrated computer is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/799,535). 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=8,373,976&OS=8,373,976&RS=8,373,976 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Low Leakage Electrostatic Discharge Protection Circuit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,373,956) developed by five co-inventors for a "low leakage electrostatic discharge protection circuit." The co-inventors are Michel J. Abou-Khalil, Essex Junction, Vt., Kiran V. Chatty, Williston, Vt., Chee Kwang Quek, Sunnyvale, Calif., Robert J. Gauthier Jr., Hinesburg, Vt., and Nathaniel Peachey, Oak Ridge, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit and method for electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection. The ESD protection circuit includes: a silicon control rectifier (SCR) connected between a first voltage rail and a second voltage rail; one or more diodes connected in series in a forward conduction direction between the first voltage rail and a source of a p-channel field effect transistor (PFET); a drain of the PFET connected to the SCR and connected to ground through a current trigger device; and a control circuit connected to the gate of the PFET." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2011 (12/943,980). 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=8,373,956&OS=8,373,956&RS=8,373,956 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Varian Medical Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Varian Medical Systems, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,312) developed by Stanley Mansfield, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "prone patient positioning devices and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radiotherapy couch top includes a cantilevered section adapted to support at least a portion of a prone patient's upper body. The cantilevered section may be provided with an opening configured to allow at least a portion of the body portion to extend into from above and to allow a radiation beam to pass through from below." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2010 (12/708,273). 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=8,374,312&OS=8,374,312&RS=8,374,312 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,299) developed by Eric S. Olson, Minneapolis, Anand P. Narayan, Bangalore, India, and John K. Thomas, Saratoga, Calif., for a "serial cancellation receiver design for a coded signal processing engine." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interference cancelling receiver combines data from multiple paths after aligning to transmitter timing, and uses either an equalizer or a Rake receiver to compute symbol estimates. Interference estimates are generated from the symbol estimates, and multiple interference estimates are combined after re-aligning the interference estimates to receiver timing. At least two segments of symbol estimates are computed for each segment of interference cancelled data. Various techniques may be employed for controlling the latency and sequencing of these operations, and the subsystems within the canceller may use different processing clock speeds." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2011 (13/076,332). 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=8,374,299&OS=8,374,299&RS=8,374,299 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Power Integrations Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Power Integrations, San Jose, Caif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,006) developed by Leif Lund, San Jose, Calif., Alex B. Djenguerian, Saratoga, Calif., and William M. Polivka, Campbell, Calif., for a "method and apparatus to regulate an output voltage of a power converter at light/no load conditions." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An example controller for a primary side control power converter includes a feedback circuit, a driver circuit, and an adjustable voltage reference circuit. The feedback circuit is coupled to compare a feedback signal representative of a bias winding voltage of the power converter with a voltage reference. The driver circuit is coupled to output a switching signal to control a switch of the power converter to regulate an output of the power converter in response the feedback circuit. The adjustable voltage reference circuit is coupled to adjust the voltage reference such that the bias winding voltage is adjusted nonlinearly in response to a load condition at the output of the power converter. The adjustable voltage reference circuit is further coupled to detect the load condition in response to the switching signal." The patent application was filed on March 2, 2012 (13/411,297). 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=8,374,006&OS=8,374,006&RS=8,374,006 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xoft Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Xoft, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,313) developed by five co-inventors for an "apparatus and methods for radiation treatment of tissue surfaces." The co-inventors are Randall W. Holt, Chico, Calif., Steve Axelrod, Los Altos, Calif., Robert Burnside, Mountain View, Calif., Robert G. Neimeyer, San Jose, Calif., and Thomas W. Rusch, Hopkins, Minn.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device, system and method for administering radiation therapy to a tissue surface of a patient utilizes an applicator capable of controlled movement and repositioning over a selected area of tissue, under the control of a computer or controller. A servo-controlled manipulator can effect a raster scan of the desired area, such as an area of the skin, and this can be in any desired pattern such as serpentine, spiral, parallel but unidirectional, or irregular patterns. Preferably a third direction of control is included, i.e. a depth direction, with an appropriate form of depth sensor, a signal from which can be used to adjust the radiation source so that radiation of the tissue surface is consistent over varied contoured." The patent application was filed on June 11, 2010 (12/802,744). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,374,313&OS=8,374,313&RS=8,374,313 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,374,307) developed by Gregory A. Francisco, Fremont, Calif., and Robert W. Whitling, Morgan Hill, Calif., for a "nut assembly for connecting adjoining poles in a nuclear reactor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A nut assembly for connecting adjoining poles in a nuclear reactor may include an upper nut and a lower nut. The upper nut may include threads on an inner surface of the upper nut. The lower nut may include threads on an inner surface of the lower nut. The lower nut may include threads on an outer surface of the lower nut. The upper nut may rotate over the lower nut in order to lock the lower nut." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2010 (12/797,140). 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=8,374,307&OS=8,374,307&RS=8,374,307 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Zetta Research and Development-AQT Series Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Zetta Research and Development-AQT Series, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,373,060) developed by Mariana R. Munteanu, Santa Clara, Calif., and Erol Girt, San Jose, Calif., for "semiconductor grain microstructures for photovoltaic cells." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Photovoltaic structures for the conversion of solar irradiance into electrical free energy. In particular implementations, the novel photovoltaic structures can be fabricated using low cost and scalable processes, such as magnetron sputtering. In a particular implementation, a photovoltaic cell includes a photoactive conversion layer comprising one or more granular semiconductor and oxide layers with nanometer-size semiconductor grains surrounded by a matrix of oxide. The semiconductor and oxide layer can be a disposed between electrode layers. In some implementations, multiple semiconductor and oxide layers can be deposited. These so-called semiconductor and oxide layers absorb sun light and convert solar irradiance into electrical free energy." The patent application was filed on Oct. 24, 2007 (11/923,070). 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=83,73,060.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,060&RS=PN/83,73,060 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems Using Norm Approximation for Maximum Likelihood MIMO Decoding ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,274) developed by seven co-inventors for "methods and systems using norm approximation for maximum likelihood MIMO decoding." The co-inventors are Jong Hyeon Park, San Jose, Calif., Matthias Brehler, Boulder, Colo., Brian Clarke Banister, San Diego, Albert van Zelst, Woerden, The Netherlands, Tae Ryun Chang, Santa Clara, Calif., Vincent K. Jones, Redwood City, Calif., and Je Woo Kim, Cupertino, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Certain embodiments of the present disclosure provide techniques for approximate computation of l.sub.2 norms as a part of the maximum likelihood (ML) detection: tri-maxmin, maxsum and sortsum algorithms. The proposed approximation schemes show better accuracy than conventional approximation schemes--the abssum and maxmin algorithms, while the computational complexity is very similar. The error rate performance of the ML detection that utilizes proposed norm-approximation techniques are very close to the reference ML detection with exact calculation of l.sub.2 norms, while the computational complexity is significantly smaller." The patent application was filed on Jan. 10, 2009 (12/351,820). 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=8,374,274&OS=8,374,274&RS=8,374,274 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Circuit, Controller and Methods for Dynamic Estimation and Cancellation of Phase and Gain Imbalances in Quadrature Signal Paths of a Receiver ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,297) developed by Jaleh Komaili, Irvine, Calif., Thomas Obkircher, Tustin, Calif., and William J. Domino, Yorba Linda, Calif., for a "circuit, controller and methods for dynamic estimation and cancellation of phase and gain imbalances in quadrature signal paths of a receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A controller and a circuit work together to enable a selective and dynamic adjustment to correct phase and gain imbalances in quadrature signal paths of a receiver. Under select conditions, it has been determined that statistical estimates of gain and phase imbalance can be applied to adjust signals in the quadrature signal paths of a receiver. The controller validates the select conditions before updating the estimate of the gain imbalance and the estimate of the phase imbalance. The controller directs a compensator under select operating conditions such that validated dynamic estimates of the gain and phase imbalance or calibration data is applied to the quadrature signal paths. The controller disables the compensator and enables an estimator and a calculator when estimates are unavailable for the present operating conditions." The patent application was filed on Sept. 15, 2008 (12/210,229). 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=8,374,297&OS=8,374,297&RS=8,374,297 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,374,300) developed by Jaleh Komalil, Irvine, Calif., Thomas Obkircher, Tustin, Calif., and William J. Domino, Yorba Linda, Calif., for a "circuit, controller and methods for dynamic estimation and cancellation of phase and gain imbalances in quardrature signal paths of a receiver." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A controller and a circuit work together to enable a selective and dynamic adjustment to correct phase and gain imbalances in quadrature signal paths of a receiver. Under select conditions, it has been determined that statistical estimates of gain and phase imbalance can be applied to adjust signals in the quadrature signal paths of a receiver. The controller validates the select conditions before updating the estimate of the gain imbalance and the estimate of the phase imbalance. The controller directs a compensator under select operating conditions such that validated dynamic estimates of the gain and phase imbalance or calibration data is applied to the quadrature signal paths. The controller disables the compensator and enables an estimator and a calculator when estimates are unavailable for the present operating conditions." The patent application was filed on March 22, 2012 (13/427,549). 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=8,374,300&OS=8,374,300&RS=8,374,300 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,373,061) developed by Shih-Yuan Wang, Palo Alto, Calif., Sagi Mathai, Palo Alto, Calif., and Michael Tan, Menlo Park, Calif., for "photovoltaic cells with stacked light-absorption layers and methods of fabricating the same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention are directed to photovoltaic cells configured with two or more nanowire-based, light-absorption layers, each layer capable of absorbing a different portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. In one embodiment, a photovoltaic cell comprises a substrate configured with a first planar surface, a second planar surface opposite the first planar surface, and an opening. The photovoltaic cell includes a first photovoltaic cell disposed on the first planar surface and having a first set of nanowires extending over the opening. The photovoltaic cell includes a second photovoltaic cell disposed on the second planar surface and having a second set of nanowires extending over the opening opposite the first set of nanowires." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2008 (12/259,969). 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=83,73,061.PN.&OS=PN/83,73,061&RS=PN/83,73,061 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Methods and Systems for Improving Frame Decoding Performance Using Known Information ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,286) developed by Chun Woo Lee, San Ramon, Calif., and Jong Hyeon Park, San Jose, Calif., for "methods and systems for improving frame decoding performance using known information." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for decoding encoded data bits of a wireless communication transmission are provided. A set of a-priori bit values corresponding to known bit values of a response message expected to be transmitted in response to a previously transmitted message. Example expected response messages include clear to send (CTS) messages transmitted in response to request to send (RTS) messages and positive acknowledgement (ACK) messages transmitted in response to messages with data payloads." The patent application was filed on June 19, 2008 (12/142,770). 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=8,374,286&OS=8,374,286&RS=8,374,286 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Low Friction Tape Head and System Implementing Same ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,373,944) developed by Robert G. Biskeborn, Hollister, Calif., for a "low friction tape head and system implementing same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A magnetic head according to one embodiment includes outer modules each having a tape bearing surface and an array of transducers selected from a group consisting of readers and writers; and an inner module positioned between the outer modules, the inner module having a tape bearing surface and an array of transducers selected from a group consisting of readers and writers, wherein portions of edges of the tape bearing surface of the inner module are non-skiving in regions not aligned with the array of transducers in a direction of media travel thereacross, wherein an outer edge of the tape bearing surface of each of the outer modules are adapted for skiving air from the magnetic medium when the magnetic medium travels in a direction from the respective outer module towards the inner module." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2011 (13/117,013). 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=8,373,944&OS=8,373,944&RS=8,373,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Western Digital, Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,945) developed by five co-inventors for a "magnetic writer having a split yoke." The co-inventors are Peng Luo, Fremont, Calif., Zhigang Bai, Fremont, Calif., Yugang Wang, Milpitas, Calif., Kroum S. Stoev, Pleasanton, Calif., and Francis H. Liu, Fremont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for providing a magnetic transducer are described. The magnetic transducer includes a first pole, a write gap, a second pole, a first coil, and a second coil. The first pole has a front portion on which at least a portion of the write gap resides. The second pole includes a split yoke that includes a first portion and a second portion. At least a portion of the first coil resides between the first portion of the split yoke and the first pole. At least a portion of the second coil resides between the second portion of the split yoke and the first pole." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2007 (11/789,190). 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=8,373,945&OS=8,373,945&RS=8,373,945 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Isis Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Isis Pharmaceuticals, Carlsbad, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,372,967) developed by eight co-inventors for "compounds and methods for modulating expression of GCCR." The co-inventors are Sanjay Bhanot, Carlsbad, Calif., Richard Geary, Carlsbad, Calif., Robert McKay, Poway, Calif., Brett P. Monia, Encinitas, Calif., Punit P. Seth, San Marcos, Calif., Andrew M. Siwkowski, Carlsbad, Calif., Eric E. Swayze, Carlsbad, Calif., and Edward Wancewicz, Poway, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present disclosure describes short antisense compounds, including such compounds comprising chemically-modified high-affinity monomers 8-16 monomers in length. Certain such short antisense compound are useful for the reduction of target nucleic acids and/or proteins in cells, tissues, and animals with increased potency and improved therapeutic index. Thus, provided herein are short antisense compounds comprising high-affinity nucleotide modifications useful for reducing a target RNA in vivo. Such short antisense compounds are effective at lower doses than previously described antisense compounds, allowing for a reduction in toxicity and cost of treatment. In addition, the described short antisense compounds have greater potential for oral dosing." The patent application was filed on May 7, 2007 (12/299,583). 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=83,72,967.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,967&RS=PN/83,72,967 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Signal Pharmaceuticals Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Signal Pharmaceuticals, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,372,976) developed by fifteen co-inventors for "methods of treatment comprising the administration of heteroaryl compounds." The co-inventors are Deborah Sue Mortensen, San Diego, Maria Mercedes Delgado Mederos, San Diego, John Joseph Sapienza, Chula Vista, Calif., Ronald J. Albers, San Diego, Branden G. Lee, Vista, Calif., Roy Leonard Harris III, San Diego, Graziella Isabel Shevlin, San Diego, Dehua Huang, San Diego, Kimberly Lyn Schwarz, San Diego, Garrick K. Packard, San Diego, Jason Simon Parnes, San Diego, Patrick William Papa, Carlsbad, Calif., Lida Radnia Tehrani, San Diego, Sophie Perrin-Ninkovic, Carlsbad, Calif., and Jennifer R. Riggs, Cardiff, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided herein are Heteroaryl Compounds having the following structure: ##STR00001## wherein R.sup.1, R.sup.2, L, X, Y, Z, Q, A and B are as defined herein, compositions comprising an effective amount of a Heteroaryl Compound and methods for treating or preventing cancer, inflammatory conditions, immunological conditions, metabolic conditions and conditions treatable or preventable by inhibition of a kinase pathway comprising administering an effective amount of a Heteroaryl Compound to a patient in need thereof." The patent application was filed on June 9, 2011 (13/156,462). 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=83,72,976.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,976&RS=PN/83,72,976 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TargeGen Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- TargeGen, Bridgewater, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,372,971) developed by Wolfgang Wrasidlo, La Jolla, Calif., and Elena Dneprovskaia, San Diego, for "heterocyclic compounds and methods of use." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Heterocyclic compounds derived from benzotriazine, triazines, triazoles and oxadiazoles are disclosed. The methods of synthesis and of use of such heterocyclic compounds are also provided." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2011 (13/243,924). 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=83,72,971.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,971&RS=PN/83,72,971 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Southern California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, has been assigned a patent (8,372,969) developed by Shao-Yao Ying, San Marino, Calif., and Shi-Lung Lin, Arcadia, Calif., for "RNA interference methods using DNA-RNA duplex constructs." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides novel compositions and methods for suppressing the function or activity of a targeted gene through a novel intracellular piRNA-mediated RNAi mechanism, using RNA-DNA duplex constructs. The invention further provides novel methods and compositions for generating or producing RNA-DNA duplex agents, whose quantity is high enough to be used for the invention's gene silencing transfection and possibly in therapeutics applications. This improved RNA-polymerase chain reaction (RNA-PCR) method utilizes thermocycling steps of promoter-linked DNA or RNA template synthesis, in vitro transcription and then reverse transcription to bring up the amount of RNA-DNA duplexes up to two thousand folds within one round of the above procedure for using in D-RNAi-directed gene silencing." The patent application was filed on Oct. 25, 2010 (12/911,654). 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=83,72,969.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,969&RS=PN/83,72,969 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Afraxis Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Afraxis, La Jolla, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,372,970) developed by four co-inventors for "8-ethyl-6-(aryl)pyrido[2,3-D]pyrimidin-7(8H)-ones for the treatment of CNS disorders." The co-inventors are Benedikt Vollrath, San Diego, David Campbell, San Diego, Sergio G. Duron, San Diego, and Warren Wade, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Provided herein are PAK inhibitors and methods of utilizing PAK inhibitors for the treatment of CNS disorders such as neuropsychiatric disorders." The patent application was filed on Oct. 8, 2010 (13/500,295). 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=83,72,970.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,970&RS=PN/83,72,970 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Human Genome Sciences Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Human Genome Sciences, Rockville, Md., has been assigned a patent (8,372,948) developed by ten co-inventors for "12 human secreted proteins." The co-inventors are Jian Ni, Germantown, Md., Paul E. Young, Sudbury, Mass., Joseph J. Kenny, San Diego, Henrik S. Olsen, Gaithersburg, Md., Paul A. Moore, North Bethesda, Md., Ying-Fei Wei, Berkeley, Calif., John M. Greene, Gaithersburg, Md., Steven M. Ruben, Brookeville, Md., Ding Liu, Gaithersburg, Md., and Paul R. Crocker, Dundee, United Kingdom.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to 12 novel human secreted proteins and isolated nucleic acids containing the coding regions of the genes encoding such proteins. Also provided are vectors, host cells, antibodies, and recombinant methods for producing human secreted proteins. The invention further relates to diagnostic and therapeutic methods useful for diagnosing and treating disorders related to these novel human secreted proteins." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2008 (12/264,040). 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=83,72,948.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,948&RS=PN/83,72,948 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent for System and Method for Managing Resource Consumption During Print Production ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,373,883) developed by Eric Hoarau, San Francisco, and Ingeborg Tastl, San Mateo, Calif., for a "system and method for managing resource consumption during print production." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method is disclosed for managing resource consumption during print production. The method discloses receiving a print job and a set of print job constraints; calculating a set of printing resources required to produce a print job output from the print job according to the set of print job constraints; measuring a set of available printing resources; producing the print job output from the print job, if the required printing resources are less than the available printing resources; and identifying a set of fall-back print job constraints and repeating the calculating and producing steps using the fall-back constraints, if the required printing resources are greater than the available printing resources. The system discloses various modules for effecting the method and including: a processor, a color transformation module, a printing resource module, a printing module, and a print job dialog module." The patent application was filed on Sept. 30, 2009 (12/571,410). 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=8,373,883&OS=8,373,883&RS=8,373,883 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Encoder Assisted-frame Rate Up Conversion (EA-FRUC) for Video Compression ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,374,246) developed by Vijayalakshmi R. Raveendran, San Diego, Fang Shi, San Diego, and Gordon Kent Walker, Poway, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for encoder assisted-frame rate up conversion (EA-FRUC) for video compression." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An Encoder Assisted Frame Rate Up Conversion (EA-FRUC) system that utilizes video coding and pre-processing operations at the video encoder to exploit the FRUC processing that will occur in the decoder in order to improve compression efficiency and reconstructed video quality is disclosed. One operation of the EA-FRUC system involves determining whether to encode a frame in a sequence of frames of a video content by determining a spatial activity in a frame of the sequence of frames; determining a temporal activity in the frame; determining a spatio-temporal activity in the frame based on the determined spatial activity and the determined temporal activity; determining a level of a redundancy in the source frame based on at least one of the determined spatial activity, the determined temporal activity, and the determined spatio-temporal activity; and, encoding the non-redundant information in the frame if the determined redundancy is within predetermined thresholds." The patent application was filed on July 20, 2005 (11/186,454). 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=8,374,246&OS=8,374,246&RS=8,374,246 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Atmel Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Atmel, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,364) developed by six co-inventors for a "smart monitoring of light emitting diode strings." The co-inventors are Hendrik Santo, San Jose, Calif., Dilip Sangam, Saratoga, Calif., Timothy James Herklots, Cupertino, Calif., Kien Vi, San Jose, Calif., Ronald William Young, Los Altos, Calif., and Matthew D. Schindler, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "System(s) and method(s) are provide to efficiently assess performance of a set of light emitting diode (LED) strings in an illumination system. A multiplexer component collects input signal from the one or more LED strings via a first set of one or more monitoring pins, processes the collected input signal, and extracts at least one output signal. The at least one output signal is conveyed to a demultiplexer component through a second set of one or more monitoring pins, wherein the number of elements in the second set of monitoring pins is equal to or smaller than the number of monitoring pins in the first set. The collected input signal is processed in accordance with at least one mode of operation of the multiplexer component, the mode of operation autonomously configured by the demultiplexer component. The multiplexer component can autonomously generate intelligence on operating status of the set of LED strings." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2009 (12/648,610). 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=8,373,364&OS=8,373,364&RS=8,373,364 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cargill Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Cargill, Wayzata, Minn., has been assigned a patent (8,372,989) developed by seven co-inventors for "polypeptides and biosynthetic pathways for the production of monatin and its precursors." The co-inventors are Timothy W. Abraham, Minnetonka, Minn., Douglas C. Cameron, Plymouth, Minn., Paula M. Hicks, Eden Prairie, Minn., Sara C. McFarlan, St. Paul, Minn., John Rosazza, Iowa City, Iowa, Lishan Zhao, Carlsbad, Calif., and David P. Weiner, Del Mar, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and compositions that can be used to make monatin from glucose, tryptophan, indole-3-lactic acid, indole-3-pyruvate, and 2-hydroxy 2-(indol-3-ylmethyl)-4-keto glutaric acid, are provided. Methods are also disclosed for producing the indole-3-pyruvate and 2-hydroxy 2-(indol-3-ylmethyl)-4-keto glutaric acid intermediates. Compositions provided include nucleic acid molecules, polypeptides, chemical structures, and cells. Methods include in vitro and in vivo processes, and the in vitro methods include chemical reactions." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2004 (10/979,821). 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=83,72,989.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,989&RS=PN/83,72,989 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Danisco U.S. Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Danisco U.S., Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,372,953) developed by five co-inventors for a "composition comprising various proteorhodopsins and/or bacteriorhodopsins and use thereof." The co-inventors are Richard R. Bott, Burlingame, Calif., Rasmus B. Jensen, Hedehusene, Denmark, Bradley R. Kelemen, Menlo Park, Calif., Donald E. Ward II, Los Altos, Calif., and Gregory M. Whited, Belmont, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides a solid material comprising an immobilized mixture of two or more proteorhodopsins, two or more bacteriorhodopsins, or one or more bacteriorhodopsin and one or more proteorhodopsins. The proteorhodopsins are selected from the group consisting of all-trans-retinal-containing proteorhodopsins and retinal analog-containing proteorhodopsins; all of which have absorption spectra that do not overlap. The bacteriorhodopsins are selected from the group consisting of all-trans-retinal-containing bacteriorhodopsins and retinal analog-containing bacteriorhodopsins; all of which have absorption spectra that do not overlap. The present invention also provides an optical information carrier, such as an optical data storage material and a fraud-proof optical data carrier, comprising the above-described solid material and a substrate selected from the group consisting of glass, paper, metal, fabric material, and plastic material, wherein said solid material is deposited on said substrate. The present invention further provides security ink comprising one or more hydrophilic polymers and a mixture of various photochromic materials." The patent application was filed on July 12, 2011 (13/181,387). 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=83,72,953.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,953&RS=PN/83,72,953 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,373,355) developed by Bryan Hoover, San Jose, Calif., for a "brightness control of a status indicator light." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus and method for controlling the brightness and luminance of a light, such as an LED. The embodiment may vary the brightness and luminance of the LED in a variety of ways to achieve a variety of effects. The exemplary embodiment may vary the rate at which the LED's luminance changes, such that an observer perceives the change in the LED's brightness to be smooth and linear as a function of time, regardless of the ambient light level. Changes to the LED's luminance may be time-constrained and/or constrained by a maximum or minimum rate of change." The patent application was filed on Nov. 9, 2006 (11/558,376). 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=8,373,355&OS=8,373,355&RS=8,373,355 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Scripps Research Institute, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, Calif., and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Kowloon, Hong Kong, have been assigned a patent (8,372,986) developed by Valery Fokin, Oceanside, Calif., Guocheng Jia, Kowloon, Hong Kong, and K. Barry Sharpless, La Jolla, Calif., for a "ruthenium-catalyzed cycloaddition of alkynes and organic azides." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A convenient process for the regioselective synthesis of 1,5-disubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles and 1,4,5-trisubstituted 1,2,3-triazoles from organic azides and alkynes employs catalytic ruthenium." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2006 (11/992,696). 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=83,72,986.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,986&RS=PN/83,72,986 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Theravance Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Theravance, South San Francisco, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,372,984) developed by Paul R. Fatheree, San Francisco, Ryan Hudson, San Jose, Calif., and Robert Murray McKinnell, Millbrae, Calif., for "dual-acting oxazole antihypertensive agents." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the invention relates to compounds having the formula: ##STR00001## wherein: Ar, Z, R.sup.3, R.sup.4 and R.sup.5 are as defined in the specification, or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt thereof. These compounds have AT.sub.1 receptor antagonist activity and neprilysin inhibition activity. In another aspect, the invention relates to pharmaceutical compositions comprising such compounds; methods of using such compounds; and process and intermediates for preparing such compounds." The patent application was filed on July 14, 2010 (12/835,999). 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=83,72,984.PN.&OS=PN/83,72,984&RS=PN/83,72,984 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Calcimedica Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 15 -- Calcimedica, La Jolla, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,372,991) developed by nine co-inventors for "trisubstituted thiophenes that modulate intracellular calcium." The co-inventors are Gonul Velicelebi, San Deigo, Kenneth A. Stauderman, San Diego, Jeffrey P. Whitten, Santee, Calif., Yazhong Pei, San Diego, Jianguo Cao, San Diego, Zhijun Wang, San Diego, Evan Rogers, San Diego, Brian Dyck, 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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