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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 22)

[February 22, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Texas (Feb. 22)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Texas.

*** ExxonMobil Upstream Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- ExxonMobil Upstream Research, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,379,482) developed by four co-inventors for "using seismic attributes for data alignment and seismic inversion in joint PP/PS seismic analysis." The co-inventors are Vijay Khare, Sugar Land, Texas, Alexander A. Martinez, Houston, Michael P. Matheney, The Woodlands, Texas, and Reeshidev Bansal, Houston.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Method for aligning converted wave seismic reflection data (PS data) with conventional PP seismic reflection data so that both data types may be used to more accurately image the subsurface for hydrocarbon exploration or field development. Amplitude vs. angle (AVA) or amplitude vs. offset (AVO) attributes of PP and PS seismic data are identified and defined, which attributes are theoretically expected to be in phase and optimize seismic resolution in the data. In one embodiment of the invention, such attributes are calculated (310), then the same horizons are identified in a series of PP attributes and in a series of PS attributes, then the second series is aligned with the first at the horizon locations (316, 320), then a time transfer function is generated and applied to the PS mode data (322), and the aligned joint-mode data are inverted (326) using, for example, AVA attributes." The patent application was filed on Jan. 7, 2010 (12/683,869). 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=8,379,482&OS=8,379,482&RS=8,379,482 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Normandeau Associates Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Normandeau Associates, Bedford, N.H., has been assigned a patent (8,379,486) developed by six co-inventors for a "system and method for detecting bats and their impact on wind facilities." The co-inventors are Michael J. Adler, Gainesville, Fla., Christian M. Newman, Gainesville, Fla., Christine L. Sutter, Gainesville, Fla., Carla Ebeling, Eden, Texas, Chris Ribe, Gainesville, Fla., and Peter West, Gainesville, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a system and method for detecting bats from a remote location. In one aspect the invention provides a bat detection system comprising an upper detection unit connected to a base computer unit. The upper detection unit can be positioned on a vertical structure, and a second lower detection unit, or additional detection units, can also be positioned on the vertical structure. Each detection unit comprises a housing which is connected to, and contains, an audio detector. The base computer unit is enclosed by a housing and comprises a data processor, a data storage device, and a remote communication interface device. The data processor is operatively connected to the data storage device, remote communication interface device, and the audio detectors of any detection units positioned on the vertical structure. The base computer unit communicates with a remote computer transferring information regarding the bat sounds detected by the detection units." The patent application was filed on June 17, 2009 (12/486,552). 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=8,379,486&OS=8,379,486&RS=8,379,486 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,468) developed by Ravindraraj Ramaraju, Round Rock, Texas, and Alexander B. Hoefler, Austin, Texas, for "word line fault detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a memory having a word line driver and a ROM having N bit positions and a plurality of rows in which each row is coupled to a corresponding word line of the word line driver and stores a unique N bit value, a method includes activating, by the word line driver, a selected word line, and, for each bit position, determining whether a value of a true bit line of the bit position is at a same logic state as a value of a complementary bit line of the bit position when the word line driver activates the selected word line. In response to determining that a value of the true bit line is at the same logic state as the value of the complementary bit line for any of the N bit positions, providing a multiple word line fault indicator indicating that multiple word lines are activated simultaneously." The patent application was filed on June 27, 2011 (13/169,397). 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=8,379,468&OS=8,379,468&RS=8,379,468 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** University of Maryland, Georgia Tech Research Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- The University of Maryland, College Park, Md., and Georgia Tech Research, Atlanta, have been assigned a patent (8,379,485) developed by four co-inventors for "compressive sensing system and method for bearing estimation of sparse sources in the angle domain." The co-inventors are Volkan Cevher, Houston, Ali Cafer Gurbuz, Marietta, Ga., James H. McClellan, Chamblee, Ga., and Ramalingam Chellappa, Potomac, Md.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compressive Sensing (CS) is an emerging area which uses a relatively small number of non-traditional samples in the form of randomized projections to reconstruct sparse or compressible signals. Direction-of-arrival (DOA) estimation is performed with an array of sensors using CS. Using random projections of the sensor data, along with a full waveform recording on one reference sensor, a sparse angle space scenario can be reconstructed, giving the number of sources and their DOA's. Signal processing algorithms are also developed and described herein for randomly deployable wireless sensor arrays that are severely constrained in communication bandwidth. There is a focus on the acoustic bearing estimation problem and it is shown that when the target bearings are modeled as a sparse vector in the angle space, functions of the low dimensional random projections of the microphone signals can be used to determine multiple source bearings as a solution of an l]-norm minimization problem." The patent application was filed on Nov. 3, 2008 (12/740,947). 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=8,379,485&OS=8,379,485&RS=8,379,485 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,379,527) developed by four co-inventors for a "system and method for second order multi-layer traffic grooming for optical network optimization." The co-inventors are Ali Zolfaghari, San Ramon, Calif., Andre Fuetsch, San Antonio, Christine Bouamalay, Oakland, Calif., and Miguel Tomas Molina, San Ramon, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of planning a network is disclosed. The method includes estimating a first cost of forming a direct connection between an origination central office and a destination central office. The method also includes estimating a second cost of forming a spoke connection between the origination central office and a hub node. The spoke connection is to carry residual data traffic. The method also includes determining whether to implement the direct connection based on whether the estimated first cost exceeds the estimated second cost." The patent application was filed on July 9, 2009 (12/500,221). 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=8,379,527&OS=8,379,527&RS=8,379,527 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,379,483) developed by Xiao Ming Tang, Sugar Land, Texas, and Douglas J. Patterson, Spring, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for determining radial shear velocity variation from dipole acoustic logging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A radial shear velocity profile of an earth formation is obtained by using dipole and/or cross-dipole measurements. The non-uniqueness in the inversion is addressed by using a constraint based on the fact that high-frequency dipole shear waves are mostly sensitive to the near-borehole shear velocity." The patent application was filed on May 25, 2010 (12/787,028). 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=8,379,483&OS=8,379,483&RS=8,379,483 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Micron Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Micron Technology, Boise, Idaho, has been assigned a patent (8,379,469) developed by Brian W. Huber, Allen, Texas, and Jason M. Brown, Allen, Texas, for "integrated circuit memory operation apparatus and methods." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments include apparatus and methods having a memory cell included in a device, a control line configured to receive a control signal to access the memory cell, and a first line configured to transfer information to and from the memory cell. The control signal has a first level during a first time interval and a second level during a second time interval of a memory operation. The apparatus and methods also include a module configured to reduce difference between a value of a voltage on the second line and a value of a voltage on a node of the device during a first time portion of the second time interval. Additional apparatus and methods are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Jan. 30, 2012 (13/361,630). 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=8,379,469&OS=8,379,469&RS=8,379,469 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,435) developed by Russell C. McMullan, Allen, Texas, and Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, for a "smart well assisted SRAM read and write." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit containing an array of SRAM cells with NMOS drivers and passgates, and an n-well bias control circuit which biases n-wells in each SRAM column independently. An integrated circuit containing an array of SRAM cells with PMOS drivers and passgates, and a p-well bias control circuit which biases p-wells in each SRAM column independently. A process of operating an integrated circuit containing an array of SRAM cells with NMOS drivers and passgates, and an n-well bias control circuit which biases n-wells in each SRAM column independently." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2009 (12/507,437). 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=8,379,435&OS=8,379,435&RS=8,379,435 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Dell Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Dell Products, Round Rock, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,410) developed by Chris Kitten, Austin, Texas, for a "reversible cable management arm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A cable management arm system includes a rack and a pair of spaced apart support slides mounted on opposite sides of the rack. A first cable support arm is pivotably connected to a second cable support arm. A first arm attachment member is pivotably connected to the first cable support arm and a second arm attachment member is pivotably connected to the second cable support arm. Connector receivers are mounted on both sides of the rack. Snap-on connectors interconnect the attachment members and the connector receivers." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/609,405). 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=8,379,410&OS=8,379,410&RS=8,379,410 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for SRAM Cell for Single Sided Write ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,434) developed by Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, and Anand Seshadri, Richardon, Texas, for a "SRAM cell for single sided write." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A first integrated circuit containing a single sided write SRAM cell array, each SRAM cell having a bit passgate and an auxiliary bit-bar driver transistor. A process of operating the first integrated circuit including a single sided read operation in which source nodes of the auxiliary drivers in both addressed cells and half-addressed cells are floated. A second integrated circuit containing an SRAM cell array, in which each SRAM cell includes a bit-side write passgate, a bit-bar-side read passgate and a bit-bar auxiliary driver transistor. A process of operating the second integrated circuit including a single sided read operation in which source nodes of the auxiliary drivers in both addressed cells and half-addressed cells are biased to a low bias voltage." The patent application was filed on May 19, 2010 (12/782,927). 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=8,379,434&OS=8,379,434&RS=8,379,434 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for 3T DRAM Cell with Added Capacitance on Storage Node ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,433) developed by Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, Makarand R. Kulkarni, Richardson, Texas, and James (Hsu-Hsuan) Lan, Dallas, for a "3T DRAM cell with added capacitance on storage node." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A 3T DRAM cell includes a first transistor having a first control element connected as a storage node and a second transistor connected between the first transistor and a read bit line having a second control element connected to a read word line. The 3T DRAM cell also includes a third transistor connected between the storage node and a write bit line having a third control element connected to a write word line. Additionally, the DRAM cell includes a supplemental capacitance connected to the storage node and configured to extend a refresh interval of the 3T DRAM cell. A method of operating an integrated circuit having a 3T DRAM cell includes providing a memory state on a storage node of the 3T DRAM cell and extending a refresh interval of the memory state with a supplemental capacitance added to the storage node." The patent application was filed on Sept 15, 2010 (12/882,355). 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=8,379,433&OS=8,379,433&RS=8,379,433 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Baker Hughes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Baker Hughes, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,379,207) developed by Rocco DiFoggio, Houston, and D. Duncan Blue III, Houston, for a "method and apparatus for estimating a fluid property." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus and method for estimating a fluid property include an optic member having a material within the optic member responsive to the fluid property. A detector is operably associated with the optic member that detects a change in the material, the change being indicative of the fluid property." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2008 (12/252,064). 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=8,379,207&OS=8,379,207&RS=8,379,207 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Freescale Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Freescale Semiconductor, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,466) developed by five co-inventors for an "integrated circuit having an embedded memory and method for testing the memory." The co-inventors are Shayan Zhang, Austin, Texas, James D. Burnett, Austin, Texas, Kent P. Fancher, Austin, Texas, Andrew C. Russell, Austin, Texas, and Michael D. Snyder, Cedar Park, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A memory system has a first memory having an array of memory cells that includes a redundant column. The redundant column substitutes for a first column in the array. The first column includes a test memory cell. The array receives a power supply voltage. The test memory cell becomes non-functional at a higher power supply voltage than the memory cells of the array. A memory controller is coupled to the first memory and is for determining if the test memory cell is functional at a first value for the power supply voltage. This is useful in making decisions concerning the value of the power supply voltage applied to the array." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2009 (12/414,758). 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=8,379,466&OS=8,379,466&RS=8,379,466 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Memory System with Delay Locked Loop (DLL) Bypass Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,379,459) developed by Kevin C. Gower, LaGrangeville, N.Y., Kyu-Hyoun Kim, Mount Kisco, N.Y., and Warren E. Maule, Cedar Park, Texas, for a "memory system with delay locked loop (DLL) bypass control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A memory system with delay locked loop (DLL) bypass control including a method for accessing memory that includes receiving a memory read command at a memory device. The memory device is configured to operate in a DLL off-mode to bypass a DLL clock as input to generating a read clock. A DLL power-on command is received at the memory device and in response to receiving the DLL power-on command a DLL initialization process is performed at the memory device. The memory read command is serviced at the memory device operating in the DLL off-mode, the servicing overlapping in time with performing the DLL initialization process. The memory device is configured to operate in a DLL on-mode to utilize the DLL clock as input to generating the read clock in response to a specified period of time elapsing. The specified period of time is relative to receiving the DLL power-on command." The patent application was filed on July 21, 2010 (12/840,879). 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=8,379,459&OS=8,379,459&RS=8,379,459 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Memory Bit Redundant Vias ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,447) developed by Mark A. Dexter, McKinney, Texas, and Sarma S. Gunturi, Plano, Texas, for a "memory bit redundant vias." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An integrated circuit containing a memory array with memory bits and a differential sense amplifier for reading the logic state of the memory bits. The integrated circuit also contains redundant vias which are in the via path that couples a bitline to Vss. Moreover, an integrated circuit containing a FLASH memory bit with redundant vias in the via path from the bitline to Vss. " The patent application was filed on June 30, 2010 (12/827,084). 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=8,379,447&OS=8,379,447&RS=8,379,447 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,379,293) developed by Gary A. Frazier, Garland, Texas, for a "method and apparatus for modulating light." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus for modulating light includes a first electrode, a second electrode, and a sealed enclosure. The first electrode includes a frequency selective surface operable to reflect light having a first wavelength, and the second electrode is spaced apart from the first electrode. The sealed enclosure stores electrophoretic fluid and at least a portion of the sealed enclosure is positioned between the first electrode and the second electrode. A plurality of particles are suspended in the electrophoretic fluid. The particles are capable of absorbing light having the first wavelength. In addition, the first electrode is capable of attracting the particles towards the frequency selective surface when an electrical bias is applied between the first electrode and the second electrode." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2010 (12/914,534). 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=8,379,293&OS=8,379,293&RS=8,379,293 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Southwest Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, has been assigned a patent (8,379,198) developed by Michael A. Miller, San Antonio, and Diana L. Strickland, San Antonio, for a "chiral plasmonic structures for mediating chemical transformation and detection of molecules with spatial chirality." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Three-dimensional metal dielectric structures are disclosed with chiral symmetry that elicit surface plasmons. The plasmons may have propagational circular polarization wherein the frequency of such propagating plasmons may be tuned by design to couple with the electronic transitions or fundamental vibrations, including phonons, of a molecular species. The plasmon-molecule coupling, combined with the propagational polarization afforded by the chiral structure may be further exploited to mediate the chemical transformations involving molecules with spatial chirality and/or to detect molecules with spatial chirality." The patent application was filed on March 21, 2011 (13/052,940). 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=8,379,198&OS=8,379,198&RS=8,379,198 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Combined Write Assist and Retain-till-accessed Memory Array Bias ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,465) developed by Michael Patrick Clinton, Allen, Texas, Lakshmikantha V. Holla, Bangalore, India, and Vinod Menezes, Bangalore, India, for a "combined write assist and retain-till-accessed memory array bias." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Bias circuitry for a static random-access memory (SRAM) with a retain-till-accessed (RTA) mode and with write assist bias in a normal operating mode. The memory is constructed of multiple memory array blocks of SRAM cells. Bias devices are associated with each memory array block, and associated with one or more columns. Each bias device includes a diode-connected transistor in parallel with a shorting transistor, between a power supply voltage and a power supply bias node for cells in its column or columns. The shorting transistor receives control signals from control logic so that the diode-connected transistor for each column is shorted during read cycles, and in write cycles in which its columns are not selected; in write cycles in which its columns are selected, the shorting transistor in the bias device is turned off, so that a reduced power supply voltage is applied to the selected column. The shorting transistors for all columns in the block are turned off in the RTA mode. An additional transistor in series with the diode-connected transistor may be included, to enable a floating power supply bias mode." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,399). 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=8,379,465&OS=8,379,465&RS=8,379,465 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Integrated Asphere Design for Display ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,322) developed by Steven Edward Smith, Allen, Texas, and Patrick Rene Destain, Allen, Texas, for an "integrated asphere design for display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A projection display system and method is provided. One or more light sources, such as solid state lasers, generates light of various colors that is modulated by a spatial light modulator, such as a digital micro-mirror device. The projection optics of the system include a telecentric rear group of lenses followed by a pair of aspheric lenses formed of a continuous piece of material. A folding mirror, such as a single-piece or multi-piece angular mirror, is disposed along the optical path between the aspheric lenses, to reduce the depth of the enclosure, and an aspheric mirror projects the image onto a projection screen. A folding mirror may be used after the aspheric mirror to further reduce the depth of the enclosure." The patent application was filed on July 1, 2008 (12/165,902). 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=8,379,322&OS=8,379,322&RS=8,379,322 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Structure and Methods for Measuring Margins in an SRAM Bit ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,467) developed by Xiaowei Deng, Plano, Texas, Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, and Wah Kit Loh, Richardson, Texas, for "structure and methods for measuring margins in an SRAM bit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Integrated circuit for performing test operation of static RAM bit and for measuring the read margin, write margin, and stability margin of SRAM bits with operational circuitry that includes effects of the SRAM array architecture and circuit design. In addition, the integrated circuit has a built-in self-test circuit for measuring the read margin, write margin, and stability margin of SRAM that excludes the effects of SRAM array architecture and circuit design." The patent application was filed on March 8, 2011 (13/043,229). 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=8,379,467&OS=8,379,467&RS=8,379,467 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Method for Reducing Stereoscopic Phase-lag Distortion Under Motion in a 3-dimensional Video Display ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,080) developed by Andrew Ian Russell, Plano, Texas, and Bradley William Walker, Dallas, for a "method for reducing stereoscopic phase-lag distortion under motion in a 3-dimensional video display." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to various illustrative embodiments, a device, system, and method for reducing stereoscopic phase-lag distortion under motion in a 3-dimensional video display are described. In one aspect, a method comprises reducing a phase difference between a first image and a second image in a portion of a frame time of the 3-dimensional video display. The method also comprises redistributing respective bit sequences of at least portions of the first image and the second image by respective amounts arranged to effect the reduction of the phase difference between the first image and the second image. The method also comprises displaying the redistributed respective bit sequences of the portions of the first image and the second image during the frame time of the 3-dimensional video display." The patent application was filed on July 6, 2007 (11/825,450). 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=8,379,080&OS=8,379,080&RS=8,379,080 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intel Assigned Patent for Multiresolution Ray Intersection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Intel, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,026) developed by Gordon W. Stoll, San Carlos, Calif., and William R. Mark, Austin, Texas, for a multiresolution ray intersection.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to some embodiments, systems, methods, apparatus, computer program code and means are provided to interpolate from a first portion of a digital object having a first level of detail to a second portion of the digital object having a second level of detail, create a third portion of the digital object having a third level of detail based on the interpolating, and intersect a ray at the third portion." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2006 (11/648,058). 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=8,379,026&OS=8,379,026&RS=8,379,026 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Pulse Width Modulation Algorithm ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,379,064) developed by Andrew Ian Russell, Plano, Texas, David Foster Lieb, Chicago, and Rajeev Ramanath, Plano, Texas, for a "pulse width modulation algorithm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In display systems employing spatial light modulators, the OFF-state light from OFF-state pixels of the spatial light modulator can be captured and directed back to the pixels of the spatial light modulator so as to recycle the OFF-state light in the display system. Bitplanes derived from the desired image to be produced are calibrated to include the recycled off-state light to properly produce the desired image using the display system." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2011 (13/088,699). 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=8,379,064&OS=8,379,064&RS=8,379,064 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** NVIDIA Assigned Patent for Method and System for Improving Data Coherency in a Parallel Rendering System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- NVIDIA, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,379,033) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for improving data coherency in a parallel rendering system." The co-inventors are Steven E. Molnar, Chapel Hill, N.C., Cass W. Everitt, Round Rock, Texas, Roger L. Allen, Lake Oswego, Ore., Gary M. Tarolli, Concord, Mass., and John M. Danskin, Cranston, R.I.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for improving data coherency in a parallel rendering system is disclosed. Specifically, one embodiment of the present invention sets forth a method for managing a plurality of independently processed texture streams in a parallel rendering system that includes the steps of maintaining a time stamp for a group of tiles of work that are associated with each of the plurality of the texture streams and are associated with a specified area in screen space, and utilizing the time stamps to counter divergences in the independent processing of the plurality of texture streams." The patent application was filed on Feb. 17, 2012 (13/399,458). 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=8,379,033&OS=8,379,033&RS=8,379,033 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Behavioral Recognition Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Behavioral Recognition Systems, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,379,085) developed by Wesley Kenneth Cobb, The Woodlands, Texas, David Samuel Friedlander, Houston, and Kishor Adinath Saitwal, Houston, for an "intra-trajectory anomaly detection using adaptive voting experts in a video surveillance system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sequence layer in a machine-learning engine configured to learn from the observations of a computer vision engine. In one embodiment, the machine-learning engine uses the voting experts to segment adaptive resonance theory (ART) network label sequences for different objects observed in a scene. The sequence layer may be configured to observe the ART label sequences and incrementally build, update, and trim, and reorganize an ngram trie for those label sequences. The sequence layer computes the entropies for the nodes in the ngram trie and determines a sliding window length and vote count parameters. Once determined, the sequence layer may segment newly observed sequences to estimate the primitive events observed in the scene as well as issue alerts for inter-sequence and intra-sequence anomalies." The patent application was filed on Aug. 18, 2009 (12/543,307). 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=8,379,085&OS=8,379,085&RS=8,379,085 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,378,506) developed by James C. Wainerdi, Plano, Texas, and John P. Tellkamp, Rockwall, Texas, for a "packaged electronic device having metal comprising self-healing die attach material." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of assembling an electronic device and electronic packages therefrom. A die attach adhesive precursor is placed between a top surface of a workpiece and an IC die. The die attach adhesive precursor includes metal particles, a first plurality of first microcapsules having a polymerizable material inside, and a second plurality of second microcapsules having a polymerization agent inside to form a first polymer upon rupture of first and second microcapsules. A force sufficient to rupture at least a portion of the first plurality of first microcapsules and at least a portion of the second plurality of second microcapsules is applied to form a self-healing die attach adhesive wherein the first polymer binds the plurality of metal particles and the remaining microcapsules and secures the IC die to the top surface of the workpiece. The self-healing die attach adhesive generally includes at least 90 vol. % metal." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2011 (13/117,853). 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=8,378,506&OS=8,378,506&RS=8,378,506 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Integrated Circuit (IC) having TSVS with Dielectric Crack Suppression Structures ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,378,495) developed by Jeffrey A. West, Dallas, for an "integrated circuit (IC) having TSVS with dielectric crack suppression structures." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An IC includes a substrate having a semiconductor top surface, a plurality of metal interconnect levels having inter-level dielectric (ILD) layers therebetween on the top surface, and a bottom surface. A plurality of through substrate vias (TSVs) extend from a TSV terminating metal interconnect level downward to the bottom surface. The plurality of TSVs include an electrically conductive filler material surrounded by a dielectric liner that define a projected volume. The projected volume includes a projected area over the electrically conductive filler material and a projected height extending upwards from the TSV terminating metal interconnect level to a metal interconnect level above, and a projected sidewall surface along sidewalls of the projected volume. A crack suppression structure (CSS) protects TSVs and includes a lateral CSS portion that is positioned lateral to the projected volume and encloses at least 80% of the projected sidewall surface." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/555,162). 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=8,378,495&OS=8,378,495&RS=8,378,495 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Infineon Technologies, International Business Machines, United Mircroelectronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Infineon Technologies, Munich, Germany, International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., and United Mircroelectronics, Hsin-chu, Taiwan, have been assigned a patent (8,378,493) developed by four co-inventors for a "generation of metal holes by via mutation." The co-inventors are Robert C. Wong, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., Ernst H. Demm, Putnam Valley, N.Y., Pak Leung, Cedar Park, Texas, and Alexander M. Hirsch, Munich, Germany.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semiconductor interconnect architecture provides a reduction in the intersection of vias on the last layer ("VL") and holes in the last thin metal layer ("MLHOLE") without degradation of the product yield or robustness, or increases copper dishing. The mutation of some dense redundant VLs to MLHOLEs decreases the number of intersections between VLs and MLHOLEs." The patent application was filed on Dec. 13, 2010 (12/966,763). 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=8,378,493&OS=8,378,493&RS=8,378,493 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Apparatus for Thermal Control of Semiconductor Chip Assembly and Underfill ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,378,503) developed by Vikas Gupta, Dallas, Jeremias Perez Libres, Garland, Texas, and Joseph Edward Grigalunas, Dallas, for an "apparatus for thermal control of semiconductor chip assembly and underfill." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Apparatus for assembling a semiconductor device has a plate with body and a surface heatable to a controlled a temperature profile from location to location across the plate. Mesas at same temperature of plate protrude from the surface are configured to support a portion of the substrate. Movable capillaries have openings for blowing cooled gas onto selected locations of the assembly. At least one movable syringe movable has an opening for dispensing a polymer precursor." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2011 (13/341,011). 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=8,378,503&OS=8,378,503&RS=8,378,503 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Texas Instruments Assigned Patent for Integrated DRAM Process/Structure Using Contact Pillars ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Texas Instruments, Dallas, has been assigned a patent (8,378,405) developed by Theodore W. Houston, Richardson, Texas, for an "integrated DRAM process/structure using contact pillars." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A capacitor under bitline DRAM memory cell and method for its fabrication provides a high density memory cell with the capacitor formed in the PMD layer. The memory cell utilizes several variations of storage contact pillar structures as, for example, a storage plate of the memory cell capacitor formed within a trench in the PMD layer. This capacitor plate structure is overlaid with a capacitor dielectric layer which is overlaid with another conductive layer, for example, the M1 layer to form the other capacitor plate. An access transistor formed between substrate active regions and a word line, is in electrical communication with a bit line contact, the storage contact capacitor plate, and the word line respectively. The high density memory cell benefits from the simple standard processes common to logic processes, and in one embodiment requiring only one additional masking step." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2003 (10/664,547). 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=8,378,405&OS=8,378,405&RS=8,378,405 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Authentec Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Authentec, Melbourne, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,378,508) developed by Robert Henry Bond, Plano, Texas, Alan Kramer, Berkeley, Calif., and Giovanni Gozzini, Berkeley, Calif., for an "integrally molded die and bezel structure for fingerprint sensors and the like." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A biometric sensor device, such as a fingerprint sensor, comprises a substrate to which is mounted a die on which is formed a sensor array and at least one conductive bezel. The die and the bezel are encased in a unitary encapsulation structure to protect those elements from mechanical, electrical, and environmental damage, yet with a portion of the sensor array and the bezel exposed or at most thinly covered by the encapsulation or other coating material structure." The patent application was filed on March 5, 2010 (12/718,880). 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=8,378,508&OS=8,378,508&RS=8,378,508 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,380,184) developed by six co-inventors for a "customer premises equipment installation for bundled services in a fixed broadband wireless installation." The co-inventors are Kamlesh S. Kamdar, Dublin, Calif., Sergio Aguirre, Southlake, Texas, Aref H. Iskandar, Danbury, Conn., Raafat Edward Kamel, Little Falls, N.J., Lalit Ratilal Kotecha, San Ramon, Calif., and Lee K. Tjio, Danville, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile device assists installation of an outdoor broadband unit on a customer premises. The device identifies one or more cell towers, associated with a broadband carrier, within a horizon of the customer premises. The device recognizes a connection with the outdoor broadband unit and receives, from the outdoor broadband unit and at multiple locations around the customer premises, RF signal readings of each of the one or more cell towers. The device provides, to a user, an indication of one or more optimal installation locations, based on the RF signal readings, for the outdoor broadband unit." The patent application was filed on Aug. 11, 2010 (12/854,585). 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=8,380,184.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,184&RS=PN/8,380,184 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Motorola Mobility Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Motorola Mobility, Libertyville, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,380,213) developed by Zhijun Cai, Irving, Texas, Takashi Suzuki, Ichikawa, Japan, and Yi Yu, Irving, Calif., for a "semi-persistent resource release by wireless communication device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for causing a user agent to release at least one of uplink and downlink semi-persistent communication resources in a mobile communication system, the method comprising the steps of, at the user agent receiving a downlink communication via a physical downlink control channel (PDCCH), using a semi persistent scheduling radio temporary network identifier (SPS-RNTI) assigned to the device to decode a control message on physical downlink control channel (PDCCH) which may include downlink control information (DCI) in a plurality of DCI fields arranged in a DCI format and where the data from the at least one of the DCI fields is identical to a fixed SPS release value, releasing at least one of the uplink and down link semi-persistent communication resources." The patent application was filed on Dec. 17, 2009 (12/640,316). 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=8,380,213.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,213&RS=PN/8,380,213 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Precision Energy Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Precision Energy Services, Fort Worth, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,378,908) developed by four co-inventors for an "array antenna for measurement-while-drilling." The co-inventors are Macmillan M. Wisler, Kingwood, Texas, Larry W. Thompson, Willis, Texas, Jian-Qun Wu, Kingwood, Texas, and Michael S. Spencer, Conroe, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An electromagnetic antenna for Measurement-While-Drilling (MWD) applications is disclosed. The antenna can include several array elements that can act alone or together in various measurement modes. The antenna elements can be disposed in tool body recesses to be protected from damage. The antenna elements can include a ferrite plate crossed or looped by independent current carrying conductors in two or more directions forming a bi-directional or crossed magnetic dipole. Although disclosed as a MWD system conveyed by a drill string, basic concepts of the system are applicable to other types of borehole conveyance." The patent application was filed on March 12, 2007 (11/685,040). 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=83,78,908.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,908&RS=PN/83,78,908 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Location-based Tuning Services for Wireless LAN Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,380,190) developed by four co-inventors for a "location-based tuning services for wireless LAN devices." The co-inventors are Gregory Jensen Boss, American Fork, Utah, Rick Allen Hamilton II, Charlottesville, Va., James McGirr, Venice, Fla., and Philip Kendal Mullins, Richmond, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer implemented method, apparatus, and computer usable program code for location-based tuning for a mobile wireless platform. A current geographic location of the mobile wireless platform is determined on a route being traveled by the mobile wireless platform. Radio frequency conditions are sensed in a path of the mobile wireless platform. Radio frequency conditions are detected at the current geographic location of the mobile wireless platform as the mobile wireless platform travels along the route. An optimal channel is determined for the current geographic location. The optimal channel maximizes communications of the mobile wireless platform based on the radio frequency conditions. The mobile wireless platform transitions channels to the optimal channel in response to determining the optimal channel. One or more wireless devices transition to the optimal channel to communicate with the mobile wireless platform." The patent application was filed on June 30, 2006 (11/427,953). 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=8,380,190.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,190&RS=PN/8,380,190 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Mobility II Assigned Patent for Long Term Evolution to Universal Mobile Telecommunications System Femto Mobility ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- AT&T Mobility II, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,380,207) developed by four co-inventors for a "long term evolution to universal mobile telecommunications system femto mobility." The co-inventors are Yonghui Tong, Alpharetta, Ga., Inderpreet Singh Ahluwalia, Austin, Texas, Arthur Brisebois, Cumming, Ga., and Yung Choi-Grogan, Issaquah, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and methodology that resolves complex mobility handling issues in Long Term evolution (LTE) networks, overlaid with Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS) macro and UMTS femtocells that share a common UMTS Absolute Radio Frequency Number (UARFChina, is provided. Moreover, an LTE user equipment (UE) includes a femto identification component that differentiates between the UMTS macro and UMTS femtocells by employing Location Area Code (LAC) data. In an aspect, the femto identification component ensures that the LTE UE connects to the UMTS femtocell as soon as the LTE UE enters the UMTS femtocell coverage area, even when the LTE radio frequency (RF) signal is deemed sufficient for communication. Further, the femto identification component ensures that the LTE UE stays connected to the LTE network, as long as possible, while outside of the UMTS femtocell coverage area." The patent application was filed on Feb. 22, 2011 (13/032,232). 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=8,380,207.PN.&OS=PN/8,380,207&RS=PN/8,380,207 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MonkeyMedia Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- MONKEYmedia, Austin, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,381,126) developed by Eric Justin Gould, Austin, Texas, for a "computer user interface with non-salience deemphasis." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A relativity controller is a scroll bar/window combination that provides a way to see data in relation to both the context of its wholeness and the salience of its contents. To accomplish this, the linear density or other appearance of the scroll bar (acting as a ruler or scale) varies with the density of the document salience (as indicated by different kinds of annotations or marks). It also provides a way to zoom between perspectives. This is usable on many different data types: including sound, video, graphics, calendars and word processors." The patent application was filed on Sept. 4, 2001 (09/947,196). 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=8,381,126.PN.&OS=PN/8,381,126&RS=PN/8,381,126 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** National Oilwell Varco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- National Oilwell Varco, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,378,840) developed by five co-inventors for a "surface communication device and method for downhole tool." The co-inventors are Alamzeb Hafeez Khan, Austin, Texas, Gregory Edward Leuenberger, Montgomery, Texas, Kevin William Clark, Montgomery, Texas, Colin Robert Kollker, Montgomery, Texas, and Brett Herbert Stanes, Spring, Texas.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for communicating with a downhole measurement tool includes a processor module comprising a set of commands and configured to issue a command from the set to the downhole tool and receive a corresponding reply from the downhole tool. The set of commands includes at least one of a command to switch the downhole measurement tool between a sleep mode and an active mode and a command to download data from the downhole measurement tool. The device includes a transceiver module coupled to the processor module and an antenna coupled to the transceiver module. The antenna and transceiver module are configured to transmit commands and replies between the processor module and the downhole measurement tool." The patent application was filed on Jan. 8, 2010 (12/684,197). 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=8,378,840.PN.&OS=PN/8,378,840&RS=PN/8,378,840 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intelliserv Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Intelliserv, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,378,839) developed by Michael A. Montgomery, Sugar Land, Texas, and Julius Kusuma, Stafford, Texas, for "methods for clock synchronization in wellbore instruments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for synchronizing a clock in a device at the Earth's surface with a device disposed in a wellbore includes generating a time datum for a signal generated at at least one of the surface and in the wellbore proximate an end of the pipe string. A time delay is determined between detection of the signal at the at least one repeater and retransmission of the signal from the at least one repeater. The time datum is appended with a signal corresponding to the time delay. The retransmitted signal is detected at the other of proximate the end of the pipe string and at the surface." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2009 (12/471,839). 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=8,378,839.PN.&OS=PN/8,378,839&RS=PN/8,378,839 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Magnum Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Magnum Semiconductor, Milpitas, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,378,867) developed by John L. Melanson, Austin, Texas, and Mark P. Rygh, Union City, Calif., for an "audio clocking in video applications." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of operating an electronic video device such as a DVD player, wherein video clock signals and audio clock signals are derived from a system clock signal using two phase-lock loops, and these video and audio clock signals are used to process encoded video data and encoded audio data, but digital-to-analog conversion of the audio data stream is controlled by the system clock signal rather than the audio clock signals. By using the system clock signal to control the audio digital-to-analog converter (DAC), the DAC avoids the poor performance issues that can arise from jitter introduced into the audio clock signals by the PLL. The system clock signal may be divided by an integer to generate the sampling clock for the audio DAC. In the illustrative embodiment, the system clock signal has a rate which is not an integer multiple of the sample rate of the audio data stream." The patent application was filed on Aug. 19, 2009 (12/543,509). 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=83,78,867.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,867&RS=PN/83,78,867 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Location & Tracking Technologies, Southwest Research Institute Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Location & Tracking Technologies, New Vernon, N.J., and Southwest Research Institute, San Antonio, have been assigned a patent (8,378,922) developed by Ralph E. Hayles Jr., San Antonio, and James A. Moryl, San Antonio, for a "system and method for position or range estimation, tracking and selective interrogation and communication." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of estimating an arc-position of a distal transmitter is disclosed. In one embodiment, the method includes: (1) receiving radio frequency signals from said distal transmitter into an antenna having an array of feed horns and a Luneberg lens portion and (2) estimating an arc-position of said distal transmitter based on signal strengths provided by ones of said feed horns." The patent application was filed on Aug. 6, 2009 (12/537,161). 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=83,78,922.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,922&RS=PN/83,78,922 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** AT&T Intellectual Property I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- AT&T Intellectual Property I, Atlanta, has been assigned a patent (8,378,856) developed by Randolph Wohlert, Austin, Texas, James Pratt, Round Rock, Texas, and Marc Sullivan, Austin, Texas, for a "method and system for predictive human interface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system provide a predictive human interface for a plurality of user electronic devices, which includes establishing a user account with a service provider, registering the plurality of user electronic devices in an electronic database associated with the user account, and storing, in the electronic database, initial user preferences regarding how certain specified communications related to the user electronic devices are to be processed. The method and system also includes monitoring and storing, by a core network server, specific characteristics associated with each communication originating from the user electronic devices, generating a predictive human interface for the user electronic devices, based upon the stored specific characteristics for the user electronic devices, and providing the predictive human interface to the user electronic devices for use during a next communication originating from one of the user electronic devices." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/825,628). 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=83,78,856.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,856&RS=PN/83,78,856 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** L-3 Communications Integrated Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- L-3 Communications Integrated Systems, Greenville, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,378,903) developed by Charlie E. Baucom, Greenville, Texas, and Edward K. Lule, McKinney, Texas, for an "antenna apparatus and methods of use therefor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Antenna apparatus and methods of using the same that employ a broadband, planar, single feed ultra high frequency satellite communication (UHF SATCOM) antenna device which may be mounted on composite or other non-metallic and non-electrically conductive surfaces. The antenna apparatus may be implemented using a single antenna feed and impedance matching network with a low profile antenna shape that optimizes over-the-horizon gain, with no requirement for a ground plane. The antenna apparatus may also be implemented to cover the entire UHF SATCOM frequency band using a single antenna feed." The patent application was filed on Sept. 9, 2009 (12/584,646). 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=83,78,903.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,903&RS=PN/83,78,903 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent for Patch Antenna ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,378,893) developed by William P. Harokopus, McKinney, Texas, for a patch antenna.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one embodiment, a patch antenna includes a radiating layer coupled to a feed line. The radiating layer has at least one radiating element disposed on an opposite side from the feed line. The radiating layer has a moat around its perimeter forming an inner perimeter sidewall and an outer perimeter sidewall. A conductive coating may be disposed on the inner perimeter sidewall or the outer perimeter sidewall." The patent application was filed on Oct. 10, 2008 (12/249,430). 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=83,78,893.PN.&OS=PN/83,78,893&RS=PN/83,78,893 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rambus Assigned Patent for Optical Microstructures for Light Extraction and Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Feb. 22 -- Rambus, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,380,026) developed by Daniel K. Van Ostrand, The Woodlands, Texas, Carey King, Austin, Texas, and Garth Gobeli, Albuquerque, N.M., for an "optical microstructures for light extraction and control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The application of optical microstructures improve the quality of light available to the viewer of an o 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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