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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 6)

[November 06, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Nov. 6)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** Massachusetts Inventor Develops Patent for Multi-fold Umbrella Combined with Writing Implement or Cosmetic Case ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Ashoke Banerjee, Dartmouth, Mass., has developed a patent (8,297,295) for a "multi-fold umbrella combined with writing implement or cosmetic case." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thin plastic, fold-up umbrella with thin structural supports which fits within a writing implement case, a personal care product case or case for other products normally carried by a user. The case becomes the handle for the umbrella stored in the case with the personal use product to insure that the umbrella will always be carried by the person." The patent application was filed on Jan. 1, 2011 (12/983,307). 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=82,97,295.PN.&OS=PN/82,97,295&RS=PN/82,97,295 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.



*** Inficon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Inficon, Bad Ragaz, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,297,109) developed by Vladimir Schwartz, Lexington, Mass., and Boris Chernobrod, Sante Fe, N.M., for a "method for performing a leak test on a test object." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "For leak testing, a tracer gas is advanced to the outer wall (11) of the hollow test object (10) while the test object (10) is in an evacuated state. The tracer gas is discharged from a blower device (14) in the form of soap bubbles (21). When contacting the outer wall (11), the soap bubbles will burst, thus forming a cloud (27) of tracer gas immediately on the outer wall (11). By the invention, it is made easier to localize the invisible tracer gas in the ambient air. Further, the tracer gas can be used more effectively so that the costs for performing the testing process are reduced." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2010 (12/757,619). 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=82,97,109.PN.&OS=PN/82,97,109&RS=PN/82,97,109 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Inventors Develop Patent for Seller Automated Engine Methodology for Optimized Pricing Strategies in Automated Real-time Iterative Reverse Auctions Over the Internet and the Like for the Purchase and Sale of Goods and Services ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Mukesh Chatter, Concord, Mass., Rohit Goyal, Cambridge, Mass., and Shiao-bin Soong, Littleton, Mass., have developed a patent (8,301,544) for a "seller automated engine methodology for optimized pricing strategies in automated real-time iterative reverse auctions over the internet and the like for the purchase and sale of goods and services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved seller automated engine architecture methodology particularly (though not exclusively) for use in automated real-time iterative reverse auctions over the Internet and the like for purchase and sale of goods and services, providing a choice of architectural implementations while enabling price optimization on market share-directed considerations, specific sales target-directed implementations, seller utility derivative-following implementations, model optimizer implementations and explorations, mathematical optimization-oriented and rules-based implementations." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2010 (12/965,288). 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=8,301,544&OS=8,301,544&RS=8,301,544 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Harvard College Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,299,419) developed by Lene Vestergaard Hau, Cambridge, Mass., for "methods, systems, and apparatus for storage, transfer and/or control of information via matter wave dynamics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems and apparatus for generating atomic traps, and for storing, controlling and transferring information between first and second spatially separated phase-coherent objects, or using a single phase-coherent object. For plural objects, both phase-coherent objects have a macroscopic occupation of a particular quantum state by identical bosons or identical BCS-paired fermions. The information may be optical information, and the phase-coherent object(s) may be Bose-Einstein condensates, superfluids, or superconductors. The information is stored in the first phase-coherent object at a first storage time and recovered from the second phase-coherent object, or the same first phase-coherent object, at a second revival time. In one example, an integrated silicon wafer-based optical buffer includes an electrolytic atom source to provide the phase-coherent object(s), a nanoscale atomic trap for the phase-coherent object(s), and semiconductor-based optical sources to cool the phase-coherent object(s) and provide coupling fields for storage and transfer of optical information." The patent application was filed on Jan. 25, 2008 (12/449,141). 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=8,299,419&OS=8,299,419&RS=8,299,419 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Turbochef Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Turbochef Technologies, Carrollton, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,297,270) developed by David H. McFadden, Lexington, Mass., for a speed cooking oven.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A speed cooking oven is disclosed comprising a cooking cavity, thermal heating source, air movement and directing means, air delivery means, and a vent assembly. Hot gas is circulated to and from the oven cavity via air delivery means such that turbulently mixed glancing, conflicting and colliding gas flow patterns mix at and about the surfaces of the food product. The turbulently mixed gas flows are spatially averaged over the surface area of the food product producing high heat transfer, thereby optimizing speed cooking of the food product." The patent application was filed on July 7, 2003 (10/614,532). 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=8,297,270&OS=8,297,270&RS=8,297,270 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Schlumberger Technology Assigned Patent for Downhole Sensing System Using Carbon Nanotube FET ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Schlumberger Technology, Sugar Land, Texas, has been assigned a patent (8,297,351) developed by four co-inventors for a "downhole sensing system using carbon nanotube FET." The co-inventors are Hidetoshi Yoshiuchi, Fujisawa, Japan, Tsutomu Yamate, Yokohama, Japan, John Ullo, Sudbury, Mass., and Kazuhiko Matsumoto, Suita, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Subterranean sensing devices configured or designed for downhole use to sense a local condition in the well. The sensing devices comprise one or more transistor having at least one carbon nanotube field effect transistor (CNT FET) configured or designed for operation downhole, within a borehole." The patent application was filed on Dec. 10, 2008 (12/332,304). 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=8,297,351&OS=8,297,351&RS=8,297,351 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Dassault Systemes Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Dassault Systemes, Velizy-Villacoublay, France, has been assigned a patent (8,301,420) developed by Bjarke Rollmann, Clinton Township, Mich., and Jean-Jacques Grimaud, Winchester, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for creating a representation of a product or process." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A product lifecycle management system cannot interact with 3D models and data representing a product or process that lacks information for creating a three-dimensional model in a seamless and uniform manner. Such incompatible data includes legacy and conceptual data. Accordingly, a method and corresponding apparatus according to an embodiment of the present invention are provided to create from such data, an intermediary representation that is compatible with the three-dimensional model domain but differs from a three-dimensional model that has real-world geometry of the product or process. The intermediary structure is formed in a manner that enables the product lifecycle management system to interact with the intermediary representation and three-dimensional models in a seamless and uniform manner, and is capable of being updated with real-world geometry of the product or process." The patent application was filed on Nov. 23, 2009 (12/623,733). 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=8,301,420&OS=8,301,420&RS=8,301,420 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Open Text Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Open Text, Luxembourg, has been assigned a patent (8,301,642) developed by Jefferson M. Kommers, Somerville, Mass., David Freed, Somerville, Mass., and Damien Paul Kennedy, Central City, New Zealand, for an "information retrieval from a collection of information objects tagged with hierarchical keywords." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention can include a data processing system-implemented method or a data processing system readable media having software code for carrying out the method. The method can comprise formulating queries, searching for a plurality of information objects, or a combination thereof. In a specific embodiment, an original query with at least one keyword can be automatically expanded to an expanded query that includes at least one keyword that is not in the original query. The expanded query may be used to search for information objects that are relevant to the expanded query." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/628,132). 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=8,301,642&OS=8,301,642&RS=8,301,642 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Massachusetts, Georgia Inventors Develop Patent for Porous Interpenetrating Polymer Network ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Alex Garfield Bonner, Lexington, Mass., Lawrence Udell, Needham, Mass., David Wells Andrews, Amesbury, Mass., Fu-Jya Daniel Tsai, Alpharetta, Ga., and Gaston De Los Reyes, Somerville, Mass., have developed a patent (8,298,657) for a "porous interpenetrating polymer network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A functional, porous, interpenetrating polymer network (IPN) includes a first polymer network in the form of a porogenic support fabric (PSF) composed of linear polymers in the form of a pre-formed network comprising a fibrous composite and a second polymer network synthesized, gelated, and/or cross-linked in the presence of the first polymer network to form a system of polymers which have their respective chains held in place by means of permanent physical entanglements produced by the interweaving of the component polymer networks. The IPN is modified by dissolving and dispersing a portion of the PSF fibers, the dispersible fiber network (DFN) to form a pre-designed interconnected pore structure. The resultant porous, supported, second polymer network has convective flow, diffusive flow, and high capacity, and may include functional capture chemistries to provide an adsorptive media for chromatography and filtration of various compounds including biomolecules." The patent application was filed on May 5, 2011 (13/101,194). 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=8,298,657&OS=8,298,657&RS=8,298,657 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts, California Inventors Develop Patent for Systems and Methods for Channel Based Beamforming for Stacked Carrier Multiple Access ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Matthew C. Bromberg, Leominster, Mass., Dale Branlund, Santa Clara, Calif., and Will Sun, Boxborough, Mass., have developed a patent (8,300,742) for "systems and methods for channel based beamforming for stacked carrier multiple access." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems that enhance interference cancellation are described. Samples are obtained from stacked carriers in a received signal and a data vector is created from the samples. Stacked carriers are selected using a steering vector received during synchronization of the receiver. The steering vector is calculated to obtain cancellation of interference from another receiver and is calculated based on time domain channel estimation. Specialized time domain training sequences and simple cross correlation are used to obtain a channel estimate for use in stacked carrier beamforming and/or for use in OFDM based spatial beamforming. State space or filter based modeled interpolators in the frequency domain or time domain to interpolation of the channels, or whitening matrix-filters over time or frequency are used for maintaining linear beamforming weights as a function of time or frequency. Space time adaptive processing facilitates beamforming of communications signals OFDM and 802.16 (WiMax) systems." The patent application was filed on Nov. 21, 2008 (12/276,261). 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=8,300,742&OS=8,300,742&RS=8,300,742 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Massachusetts Inventors Develop Patent for Wound Chamber for Limb ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Elof Eriksson, Wellesley Hills, Mass., W. Robert Allison, Sudbury, Mass., and Christian Baker, Weymouth, Mass., have developed a patent (8,298,197) for a "wound chamber for limb." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wound dressing includes a chamber (12) defining a treatment space (14) and at least one opening (20) communicating with the treatment space. In one embodiment, a plurality of channels are defined on an inner wall of the chamber. In another embodiment, a tube (31) extends through the chamber and into the treatment space and defines a plurality of openings (35) in a portion of the tube extending into the treatment space. In yet another embodiment, a tube extends through the chamber and into the treatment space and comprises a plurality of branches (37) extending to different regions of the treatment space." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2006 (11/994,168). 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=8,298,197&OS=8,298,197&RS=8,298,197 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Brooks Automation Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Brooks Automation, Chelmsford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,297,319) developed by Daniel Babbs, Austin, Texas, and William Fosnight, Carlisle, Mass., for a "carrier gas system and coupling substrate carrier to a loadport." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for pressurizing a substrate carrier including pressurizing a chamber that is of unitary construction with the carrier and/or a substrate cassette within the carrier and maintaining a pressure within the carrier by releasing gas from the chamber into the carrier." The patent application was filed on Sept. 14, 2007 (11/855,484). 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=8,297,319&OS=8,297,319&RS=8,297,319 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,299,424) developed by Richard Camilli, Woods Hole, Mass., for "systems and methods for analyzing underwater, subsurface and atmospheric environments." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The systems and methods described herein include, among other things, systems capable of being deployed for long periods of time in oceanic, subsurface and atmospheric environments. The systems typically include mass spectrometers to measure low molecular weight gases dissolved in the water and volatile chemicals in air and water, and can move through the ocean, subsurface and atmospheric environment to take samples over a large geographic area. Additionally, these mass spectrometer devices are small and require little power and thereby facilitate the development of sample collection devices that can be placed at a remote location and operated for a substantial period of time from an on-board power supply such as a battery or a fuel cell. Such small and lightweight mass spectrometer devices when combined with low power AUVs (Autonomous Underwater Vehicles) and other manned and un-manned vehicles, can take samples over substantial distances and for a substantial period of time." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2007 (11/796,874). 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=8,299,424&OS=8,299,424&RS=8,299,424 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Waters Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Waters Technologies, Milford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,299,426) developed by four co-inventors for a "conductive conduits for chemical analyses, and methods for making such conduits." The co-inventors are Ananya Dubey, Redwood City, Calif., Jeffrey W. Finch, Gig Harbor, Wash., Jennifer H. Granger, Salt Lake City, and James P. Murphy, Franklin, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for making a fluid-processing apparatus involves mixing a colloidal suspension with a matrix material, applying the mixture to a surface of a conduit, and curing the applied mixture to provide a conductive coating. A fluid-processing apparatus includes a conduit and a conductive layer adjacent to a surface of the conduit. The conductive layer includes graphite particles embedded in a matrix. The fluid-processing apparatus supports, for example, electrospray-ionization for mass spectrometry, capillary electrophoresis, or capillary electro-chromatography." The patent application was filed on May 24, 2006 (11/916,228). 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=8,299,426&OS=8,299,426&RS=8,299,426 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Essilor International, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Essilor International, Charenton Le Pont, France, and Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, have been assigned a patent (8,298,649) developed by six co-inventors for an "article having a nanotextured surface with superhydrophobic properties." The co-inventors are Mathilde Reyssat, Somerville, Mass., Yong Chen, Marcoussis, France, Anne Pepin, Paris, David Quere, Paris, Claudine Biver, Charenton le Pont, France, and Laurianne Vagharchakian, Charenton le Pont, France.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention relates to an article having a nanotextured surface with superhydrophobic properties, comprising an array of vertical tabs, preferably regular, wherein the pillar array fulfils the following conditions: the surface fraction of the pillars O.sub.s is such that 3%.ltoreq.O.sub.s.ltoreq.13%, preferably 5%.ltoreq.O.sub.s.ltoreq.12%, preferably 5%.ltoreq.O.sub.s.ltoreq.13%, even better 5.5%.ltoreq.O.sub.s.ltoreq.13%, even better 6%.ltoreq.O.sub.s.ltoreq.13%, and better still 8%.ltoreq.O.sub.s.ltoreq.13%; the pitch p of the array is such that 100 nm.ltoreq.p.ltoreq.250 nm; the height h of the pillars is such that 100 nm.ltoreq.h.ltoreq.400 nm, preferably 250.ltoreq.h.ltoreq.400 nm, even better 300.ltoreq.h.ltoreq.400 nm; and the lateral surface of the pillars is inclined at most by an angle of .+-.20.degree., preferably .+-.10.degree. or even better .+-.5.degree., in relation to the vertical axis of the pillars." The patent application was filed on Feb. 29, 2008 (12/529,704). 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=8,298,649&OS=8,298,649&RS=8,298,649 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Rockstar Bidco Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Rockstar Bidco, Kanata, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,300,830) developed by Lakshminath Dondeti, Chelmsford, Mass., for secure group communications.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A device for use in a system with multiple receiving units, and multiple intermediate units each configured to communicate with the device and at least some of the multiple receiving units, includes a communication module configured to send information toward and receive information from the receiving units and the intermediate units, a memory, and a processor coupled to the memory and the communication module. The processor is configured to: cause the communication module to send information toward each of the receiving units sufficient for the receiving units to obtain a key chain corresponding to that receiving unit, each key chain containing a plurality of keys, each key in each key chain being related to other keys in the respective key chains by at least one inverse of a one-way function; select a key from a key chain associated with a particular receiving unit and stored in the memory; and cause the communication module to send the selected key, and an indication of which receiving unit the selected key is associated with, toward the intermediate unit associated with the particular receiving unit." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2010 (12/804,216). 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=8,300,830&OS=8,300,830&RS=8,300,830 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,297,501) developed by six co-inventors for a "method and system for assessing merchant risk during payment transaction." The co-inventors are Eric F. Kowalchyk, Campbell, Calif., See Yew Mo, Campbell, Calif., Jimmy M. Lu, San Jose, Calif., Satish Buddhavarapu, Sunnyvale, Calif., Michael J. Power, San Jose, Calif., and Janos Z. Mako, North Andovar, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A consumer tenders a transaction card to a merchant to purchase a good or service. A merchant payment device, such as a payment terminal or mobile communication device, processes the payment utilizing a risk assessment system. Card data received by the payment device is sent to the risk assessment system, which processes card data and generates an indicator representing risk associated with accepting payment using the card. The indicator is sent to the payment device to provide the merchant input regarding risk associated with using the card (e.g., likelihood of fraud or chargeback) in a seamless manner. If the risk level is too high, the merchant may reject the card. The risk indicator may be based on different types of data from different sources, e.g., data from a first source related to the consumer's credit history and data from a second source related to the consumer's identity." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2011 (13/236,446). 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=8,297,501.PN.&OS=PN/8,297,501&RS=PN/8,297,501 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Technology Innovators Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Technology Innovators, Lynnfield, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,297,499) developed by Paul Tessier, Lynnfield, Mass., for an "automatic touch identification system and method thereof." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An automatic identification system for communicating identifying information by coupling signals through the human body is provided. The system includes a battery powered identification device that transmits an identifying signal via a modulated carrier. The identification device is coupled to the body of the user via a coupling plate. The signal from the identification device is received by a reading device that is also coupled to the body of the user via a coupling plate. The reading device may display and/or enunciates the identifying information to the user. The coupling technique, carrier frequency, and construction of the devices are such that the identification information is not inadvertently radiated or coupled to unintentional users or receivers." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2010 (12/764,699). 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=8,297,499.PN.&OS=PN/8,297,499&RS=PN/8,297,499 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ATI Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- ATI Technologies, Markham, Ontario, Canada, has been assigned a patent (8,300,059) developed by John R. Isidoro, Framingham, Mass., and Tien E. Wei, Marlborough, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for selecting a mip map level based on a min-axis value for texture mapping." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Min-axis based mip map determination logic receives a plurality of texture space derivatives with respect to screen space for a given pixel and texel location and selects from a plurality of mip map levels a mip map level based on a min-axis without using a max-axis value and without using an amount of anisotropy. The plurality of mip map levels corresponds to mip map levels of a mip chain. The min-axis may be identified as the squares of the texture space derivatives with respect to either the x-axis or the y-axis of screen space. Selecting the mip map level based on the min-axis ensures that each texel of the selected mip map never maps to more than one pixel during texture mapping where the main texture is of sufficient resolution. Thus, using the mip map level based on the min-axis to fetch texture data from memory and render images results in few aliasing artifacts." The patent application was filed on Feb. 3, 2006 (11/347,653). 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=8,300,059.PN.&OS=PN/8,300,059&RS=PN/8,300,059 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Novartis Assigned Patent for Pharmaceutical Composition Comprising Cyclic Somatostatin Analogues ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Novartis, Basel, Switzerland, has been assigned a patent (8,299,209) developed by Olivier Lambert, Spechbach-le-Haut, France, and Katrin Moser, Brookline, Mass., for a "pharmaceutical composition comprising cyclic somatostatin analogues." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Pharmaceutical compositions comprising a somastatin analogue in the form of a liquid formulation for parenteral administration are disclosed." The patent application was filed on Jan. 26, 2009 (12/359,527). 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=8,299,209.PN.&OS=PN/8,299,209&RS=PN/8,299,209 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** IPSEN Pharma Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- IPSEN Pharma, Boulogne, France, has been assigned a patent (8,299,022) developed by Zheng Xin Dong, Holliston, Mass., for "analogs of ghrelin substituted at the N-terminal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention comprises peptidyl analogs of ghrelin having greater stability which are active at the GHS receptor according to formulae depicted below: (R.sup.2)-A.sup.1-A.sup.2-A.sup.3-A.sup.4-A.sup.5-A.sup.6-A.sup.7-A.sup.8- -A.sup.9-A.sup.10-A.sup.11-A.sup.12-A.sup.13-A.sup.14-A.sup.15-A.sup.16-A.- sup.17-A.sup.18-A.sup.19-A.sup.20-A.sup.21-A.sup.22-A.sup.23-A.sup.24-A.su- p.25-A.sup.26-A.sup.27-A.sup.28-R.sup.1 wherein the definitions of A.sup.1 to A.sup.28, R.sup.1 and R.sup.2 are provided for in the specification, with the exception that the N-terminal amino acid must be selected from the group consisting of Inp, 1-Apc and 4-Apc, the pharmaceutically acceptable salts thereof and pharmaceutical compositions comprising an effective amount of said compound together with therapeutic and non-therapeutic uses thereof." The patent application was filed on Sept. 24, 2007 (12/311,409). 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=8,299,022.PN.&OS=PN/8,299,022&RS=PN/8,299,022 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,297,495) developed by seven co-inventors for an "application control based on flexible interface conformation sequence status." The co-inventors are Alexander J. Cohen, Mill Valley, Calif., Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Richard T. Lord, Tacoma, Wash., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, and John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method includes, but is not limited to: obtaining information associated with one or more changes in one or more sequences of two or more conformations of one or more portions of one or more regions of the flexible interface and coordinating the one or more changes in one or more sequences of two or more conformations of one or more portions of one or more regions of the flexible interface with one or more commands. In addition to the foregoing, other related method/system aspects are described in the claims, drawings, and text forming a part of the present disclosure." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2009 (12/456,432). 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=8,297,495.PN.&OS=PN/8,297,495&RS=PN/8,297,495 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** New Jersey, Massachusetts Inventors Develop Patent for Active Pixel Sensor with Nanowire Structured Photodetectors ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Young-June Yu, Cranbury, N.J., and Munib Wober, Topsfield, Mass., have developed a patent (8,299,472) for an "active pixel sensor with nanowire structured photodetectors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An imaging device formed as an active pixel array combining a CMOS fabrication process and a nanowire fabrication process. The pixels in the array may include a single or multiple photogates surrounding the nanowire. The photogates control the potential profile in the nanowire, allowing accumulation of photo-generated charges in the nanowire and transfer of the charges for signal readout. Each pixel may also include a readout circuit which may include a reset transistor, a charge transfer switch transistor, source follower amplifier, and pixel select transistor. A nanowire is generally structured as a vertical rod on the bulk semiconductor substrate to receive the light energy impinging onto the tip of the nanowire. The nanowire may be configured to function as either a photodetector or a waveguide configured to guild the light beam to the bulk substrate. In the embodiments herein, with the presence of the nanowire photogate and a substrate photogate, light of different wavelengths can be detected." The patent application was filed on Dec. 8, 2009 (12/633,305). 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=8,299,472.PN.&OS=PN/8,299,472&RS=PN/8,299,472 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Johnson Matthey Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Johnson Matthey, London, has been assigned a patent (8,299,295) developed by four co-inventors for a "polymorphs of bromfenac sodium and methods for preparing bromfenac sodium polymorphs." The co-inventors are Saroop Singh Matharu, Shirley, Mass., Gurijala Venu Reddy, Lancaster, Mass., James J. Mencel, North Wales, Pa., and Xiaoyong Sun, Acton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Different polymorphs of bromfenac sodium may be prepared and interconverted using crystallization/recrystallization, drying and/or hydration techniques." The patent application was filed on Sept. 27, 2010 (12/891,007). 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=8,299,295.PN.&OS=PN/8,299,295&RS=PN/8,299,295 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sanofi Pasteur Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 6 -- Sanofi Pasteur, Toronto, has been assigned a patent (8,298,788) developed by five co-inventors for a "nucleic acid and amino acid sequences relating to Streptococcus pneumoniae for diagnostics and therapeutics." The co-inventors are Lynn Doucette-Stamm, Framingham, Mass., David Bush, Somerville, Mass., Qiandong Zeng, Waltham, Mass., Timothy Opperman, Somerville, Mass., and Chad Eric Houseweart, Waltham, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides isolated polypeptide and nucleic acid sequences derived from Streptococcus pneumoniae that are useful in diagnosis and therapy of pathological conditions; antibodies against the polypeptides; and methods for the production of the polypeptides. The invention also provides methods for the detection, prevention and treatment of pathological conditions resulting from bacterial infection." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2007 (11/796,735). 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=8,298,788.PN.&OS=PN/8,298,788&RS=PN/8,298,788 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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