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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 29)

[November 29, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Nov. 29)

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

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,201) developed by Steven D. Baker, San Francisco, and John Ogden Lamping, Los Altos, Calif., for an "identifying a synonym with N-gram agreement for a query phrase." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One embodiment of the present invention provides a system that identifies a synonym with N-gram agreement for a query phrase. During operation, the system receives a candidate synonym for the query phrase. Then, for each term in the query phrase, the system determines whether the term is a lexical synonym of a corresponding term in the candidate synonym or the term shares meaning with the corresponding term in the candidate synonym. If this is true for all terms in the query phrase, the system identifies the candidate synonym as an N-gram agreement synonym for the query phrase. The system then uses this identified N-gram agreement synonym to improve synonym mappings for query terms and/or query phrases." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2011 (13/050,902). 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=8,321,201&OS=8,321,201&RS=8,321,201 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Hewlett-Packard Development Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Hewlett-Packard Development, Houston, has been assigned a patent (8,321,183) developed by Amip J. Shah, Santa Clara, Calif., and Cullen E. Bash, Los Gatos, Calif., for a "multi-variable control-based optimization to achieve target goal." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In a computer-implemented method of designing at least one system to achieve a target goal, an inventory of a plurality of variables that affect the design of the at least one system is created, where the inventory includes a feasibility range for each of the plurality of variables contained in the inventory is created. In addition, initial values are assigned for the plurality of variables in the inventory and a model of input to output correlations of the plurality of variables is created by commissioning the plurality of variables from the initial values. Moreover, a design of the at least one system to achieve the target goal is optimized by manipulating one or more of the plurality of variables through application of the model." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2009 (12/353,104). 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=8,321,183&OS=8,321,183&RS=8,321,183 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Adesto Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Adesto Technologies, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,148) developed by Narbeh Derhacobian, Belmont, Calif., for a PMC-based non-volatile CAM.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and circuits for CAM cells using PMCs are disclosed herein. In one embodiment, a BCAM cell can include: (i) a first PMC coupled to a first access transistor and a bit node, where the first access transistor is coupled to a true bit line; (ii) a second PMC cell coupled to a second access transistor and the bit node, where the second access transistor is coupled to a complement bit line, and the first and second access transistors are controllable by a word line; (iii) a program enable transistor coupled to the bit node, and configured to couple a program control voltage to the bit node when enabled; and (iv) a match indication transistor configured to discharge a match line in response to states of the true and complement bit lines relative to the bit node." The patent application was filed on June 7, 2010 (12/802,506). 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=8,320,148&OS=8,320,148&RS=8,320,148 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** HeartFlow Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- HeartFlow, Redwood City, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,150) developed by Charles A. Taylor, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "method and system for patient-specific modeling of blood flow." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments include a system for determining cardiovascular information for a patient. The system may include at least one computer system configured to receive patient-specific data regarding a geometry of at least a portion of an anatomical structure of the patient. The portion of the anatomical structure may include at least a portion of the patient's aorta and at least a portion of a plurality of coronary arteries emanating from the portion of the aorta. The at least one computer system may also be configured to create a three-dimensional model representing the portion of the anatomical structure based on the patient-specific data, create a physics-based model relating to a blood flow characteristic within the portion of the anatomical structure, and determine a fractional flow reserve within the portion of the anatomical structure based on the three-dimensional model and the physics-based model." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2011 (13/290,641). 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=8,321,150&OS=8,321,150&RS=8,321,150 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,169) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for compensating temperature readings from a temperature sensing crystal integrated circuit." The co-inventors are Todd Brooks, Laguna Beach, Calif., Vinay Chandrasekhar, Irvine, Calif., Josephus Van Engelen, Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Jared Welz, Seal Beach, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of a method and system for compensating temperature readings from a temperature sensing crystal integrated circuit are provided. An electronic device may digitize a temperature indication received from a temperature sensing circuit, digitize one or more calibration voltages received from said temperature sensing circuit, and calculate a compensated temperature indication utilizing the digitized calibration voltage(s), and the digitized temperature indication, and data from a table that characterizes behavior of the temperature sensing circuit as a function of temperature. One or more circuits in the electronic device may be controlled based on the compensated temperature indication. The compensated temperature indication may compensate for a gain error and/or offset error of a digital to analog converter that digitizes the temperature indication and the calibration voltage(s). There may be two calibration voltages." The patent application was filed on April 12, 2011 (13/085,407). 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=8,321,169&OS=8,321,169&RS=8,321,169 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,141) developed by William C. Athas, San Jose, Calif., and P. Jeffrey Ungar, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "high-efficiency, switched-capacitor power conversion using a resonant clocking circuit to produce gate drive signals for switching capacitors." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments of the present invention provide a system that efficiently converts between a lower input voltage and a higher output voltage. This system includes an input which receives the input voltage, and an output which provides the output voltage. The system also includes a first capacitor with a higher potential terminal and a lower potential terminal, as well as a first set of switching devices which selectively couple the higher potential and lower potential terminals of the first capacitor between the input voltage, the output voltage and a base voltage. The system additionally includes a resonant clocking circuit which generates clock signals with substantially non-overlapping clock phases, including a first phase and a second phase. This resonant clocking circuit is configured to control the first set of switching devices so that during the first phase, the higher potential terminal of the first capacitor is coupled to the input voltage and the lower potential terminal of the first capacitor is coupled to the base voltage, and during the second phase, the higher potential terminal of the first capacitor is coupled to the output voltage and the lower potential terminal of the first capacitor is coupled to the input voltage." The patent application was filed on Aug. 5, 2009 (12/535,974). 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=8,320,141&OS=8,320,141&RS=8,320,141 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Raytheon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Raytheon, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,320,133) developed by Harold S. Fenger, Thousand Oaks, Calif., Ike Y. Chang, Santa Monica, Calif., and Richard W. Nichols, Manhattan Beach, Calif., for a "rigid/flexible circuit board." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "According to one embodiment, a circuit board comprises an anisotropic film disposed outwardly from a first flexible dielectric layer, and a second flexible dielectric layer disposed outwardly from the anisotropic film. The first and second flexible dielectric layers each have at least one conductive trace conductively coupled to a pad. The anisotropic film forms a via region that conductively couples the pad of the first flexible dielectric layer to the pad of the second flexible dielectric layer, and electrically isolates the conductive trace of the first flexible dielectric layer from the conductive trace of the second flexible dielectric layer." The patent application was filed on Dec. 5, 2007 (11/951,100). 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=8,320,133&OS=8,320,133&RS=8,320,133 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,321,166) developed by James K. O'Hare, San Diego, for "methods and systems for wireless platform attitude determination." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Wireless platform attitude information such as pitch, roll and heading are disclosed. Attitude estimates can be made by using orthogonally mounted gyroscopes. Attitude estimates can be also made by determining the direction of arrival of signals and comparing the direction of arrival of the signals with the position of the transmitters and the position of the receiver. The attitude estimates can be then combined to determine "real time" attitude information." The patent application was filed on March 17, 2010 (12/726,264). 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=8,321,166&OS=8,321,166&RS=8,321,166 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,320,940) developed by Liren Chen, San Diego, Jack Steenstra, San Diego, and Kirk Steven Taylor, San Diego, for a "method and system for providing mobile wireless access points." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile access point is disclosed. The mobile access point includes a terminal module configured to provide one or more terminal functions for use by a user, the one or more terminal functions including a voice or data communications application, and a gateway module configured to provide one or more gateway functions for use by at least one client device, the one or more gateway functions including providing the at least one client device access to a computer network, and a processor configured to execute the terminal module and the gateway module to effectuate their corresponding functions." The patent application was filed on Aug. 4, 2008 (12/185,700). 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=8,320,940&OS=8,320,940&RS=8,320,940 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Amicus Therapeutics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Amicus Therapeutics, Cranbury, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,321,148) developed by Daniel J. Lockhart, Santa Ynez, Calif., and David J. Lockhart, Del Mar, Calif., for a "multiple compartment dosing model." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The method for modeling a dosing regimen for a medicament includes providing a system having at least two biocompartments. The method determines steady state levels in each of the biocompartments. After that, the method provides for modifying values to calculate an amount of at least one protein in one of the biocompartments to which the protein is being transported. Next, the method calculates and integrates a weighted value of the protein to find a weighted area under the curve. Then, the method calculates and integrates a non-drug value of the protein to find a non-drug area under the curve. Finally, the method evaluates one or more dosing regimens by comparing the weighted area under the curve and the non-drug area under the curve of the protein to determine a net effect of the drug over the time period." The patent application was filed on Oct. 23, 2009 (12/604,855). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,321,148&OS=8,321,148&RS=8,321,148 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Devicor Medical Products Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Devicor Medical Products, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,320,994) developed by four co-inventors for a "biopsy cavity marking device and method." The co-inventors are D. Laksen Sirimanne, Palo Alto, Calif., Douglas S. Sutton, Pacifica, Calif., Natalie V. Fawzi, Belmont, Calif., and Gail Lebovic, Menlo Park, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "These are biopsy cavity marking devices and methods. More particularly, upon insertion into a body, the cavity marking device and method enable one to determine the center, orientation, and periphery of the biopsy cavity by radiographic, mammographic, echogenic, or other non-invasive imaging techniques. Also, the device contains a detectable marker. The device may be combined with various substances enhancing the radiopaque, mammographic, or echogenic characteristics of the marker or the body allowing it to be observed by any non-invasive imaging techniques. This is further a method of marking a biopsy cavity using a bioabsorbable material and a detectable marker in conjunction with the material. The method also may combine any of the features as described with the device." The patent application was filed on Oct. 6, 2004 (10/960,618). 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=8,320,994&OS=8,320,994&RS=8,320,994 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Apple Assigned Patent for Expanded Cell Search and Selection in a Mobile Wireless Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Apple, Cupertino, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,909) developed by Venkatasubramanian Ramasamy, San Jose, Calif., and Giri Prassad Deivasigamani, San Jose, Calif., for an "expanded cell search and selection in a mobile wireless device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for expanded cell search and selection in a mobile wireless device. The mobile device locates cells in a first of neighbor cells and in a second list of stored cells and evaluates located cells using suitability criteria. When locating a suitable first cell that uses a first radio access technology (RAT) in the first list, the first cell is selected. When locating a second suitable cell that uses a second RAT in the first list and not locating a suitable cell that uses the first RAT in the second list, the second cell is selected. When locating a third suitable cell that uses the second RAT in the first list and locating a fourth suitable cell that uses the first RAT in the second list, the fourth cell is selected when more suitable than the third cell." The patent application was filed on Nov. 19, 2010 (12/950,865). 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=8,320,909&OS=8,320,909&RS=8,320,909 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,944) developed by five co-inventors for a "method and system for creating/updating customer lists and profiles." The co-inventors are Kristina Gibson, San Francisco, Ben Ross, San Francisco, Christopher W. Phillips, Berkeley, Calif., Tonya Rado, Tiburon, Calif., and Manish R. Shah, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for creating customer lists and customer profiles using mobile computing systems whereby A mobile computing system based marketing device, such as a Short Message Service (SMS) message, is created by the merchant and/or product marketer through a mobile application that includes one or more "hooks" that are presented to the mobile customers to inquire about a given mobile customer's interest level in the mobile computing system based marketing device and/or the specific offer made through the mobile computing system based marketing device. The mobile computing system based marketing device is then distributed to selected mobile customers and one or more of the selected mobile customers who receive the mobile computing system based marketing device respond, or fail to respond, to the mobile computing system based marketing device. Response data is then generated and stored in a mobile customer database and is used to create and/or update mobile customer profiles associated with the respective selected mobile customers in the mobile customer database." The patent application was filed on Jan. 4, 2010 (12/651,965). 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=8,320,944&OS=8,320,944&RS=8,320,944 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Wageningen University, Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Pioneer Hi-Bred International, Johnston, Iowa, Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands, and Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, Wageningen, The Netherlands, have been assigned a patent (8,321,147) developed by four co-inventors for a "statistical approach for optimal use of genetic information collected on historical pedigrees, genotyped with dense marker maps, into routine pedigree analysis of active maize breeding populations." The co-inventors are Marinus C.A.M. Bink, Wageningen, The Netherlands, Carl J. F. Ter Braak, Bennekom, The Netherlands, Oscar S. Smith, Redwood City, Calif., and L. Radu Totir, Johnston, Iowa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention provides a novel means of predicting plant phenotypes that incorporates previously unusable dense marker data derived from historical pedigrees. The method operates by collecting information from a population pertaining to one or more loci, which is used to build one or more matrices by calculating, for the alleles present at the measured loci, the probability that the alleles are identical by descent. These matrices are then used to develop a second set of one or more matrices in which each value represents the probability that a certain individual in the population descended from a certain ancestral (founder) genotype. This set of second matrices can then be used as part of a breeding program for selecting and breeding individuals from the population or can be used to better classify the individuals in the population, leading to improved plant phenotypes." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2009 (12/572,663). 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=8,321,147&OS=8,321,147&RS=8,321,147 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pathwork Diagnostics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Pathwork Diagnostics, Sunnyvale, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,137) developed by four co-inventors for "knowledge-based storage of diagnostic models." The co-inventors are Quang Tran, Fremont, Calif., Glenda G. Anderson, San Jose, Calif., Alejandrina Pattin, Orlando, Fla., and Cheryl Kay Hornbaker, Denver.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, computer systems, and computer readable medium for testing a plurality of models in order to classify a biological specimen. A determination is made as to whether a model precondition associated with a model in the plurality of models has been satisfied. The model is skipped when the model precondition has not been satisfied. When the model precondition has been satisfied, the first model is tested by selecting a calculation from the first model. The selected calculation is computed using cellular constituent abundance values from the biological specimen in accordance with a calculation algorithm set forth in the selected model. This selecting and computing is repeated for one or more calculations in the selected model. Then, each of these calculations is aggregated in accordance with an aggregation algorithm associated with the selected model. These steps are repeated for at least one other model in the plurality of models. A computer medium comprising a classifier for classifying a biological specimen into a biological sample class that includes one or more models. Each of the one or more models comprises (i) an optional model precondition, (ii) a calculation algorithm, (iii) a plurality of calculations, and (iv) a calculation aggregation algorithm." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2004 (10/861,177). 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=8,321,137&OS=8,321,137&RS=8,321,137 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Fresenius Medical Care Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Fresenius Medical Care Holdings, Waltham, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,321,044) developed by six co-inventors for a "multimedia system for dialysis machine." The co-inventors are Kulwinder S. Plahey, Martinez, Calif., Mohsen Reihanifam, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Carlos E. Medina, Concord, Calif., Tri Ly, Dublin, Calif., Maureen Lyden Green, Melrose, Mass., and Thomas R. Williams, Nashua, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This patent application relates generally to dialysis machines." The patent application was filed on Feb. 27, 2009 (12/394,443). 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=8,321,044&OS=8,321,044&RS=8,321,044 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Crowd-sourced Information for Interior Localization and Navigation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,939) developed by Luc Vincent, Palo Alto, Calif., for a "crowd-sourced information for interior localization and navigation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the disclosure relate generally to using crowd sourced information to generate walkable paths through indoor spaces. More specifically, aspects relate to recording data such as accelerometer readings, wireless network or other beacon signal information, and timestamps while a client device moves within an indoor space. If the user reaches a destination within the indoor space, the client device may prompt the user for information about the destination. The information received and recorded by the client device may be sent to a server computer for further processing. The server may use the information to identify walkable paths within the indoor space. This information in turn may be used in various ways, such as to provide navigation assistance to users though the indoor space." The patent application was filed on April 21, 2011 (13/091,504). 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=8,320,939&OS=8,320,939&RS=8,320,939 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** SRI International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- SRI International, Menlo Park, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,075) developed by Thomas Low, Belmont, Calif., and Kevin Hufford, St. Petersburg, Fla., for a "mitigating effects of biodynamic feedthrough on an electronic control device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Biodynamic feedthrough in a master control system can be mitigated. An accelerometer is used to measure the acceleration of an environment. In one embodiment, mitigation damping forces can then be determined based on the velocity of an effector of a haptic manipulator and the measured accelerations. The haptic manipulator applies the mitigation damping forces as force feedback. In another embodiment, biodynamic feedthrough can be filtered from the input signal. Parameters for a model can be accessed based on the position of the effector, and the model can be used to predict biodynamic feedthrough from the measured accelerations." The patent application was filed on Feb. 24, 2009 (12/391,999). 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=8,321,075&OS=8,321,075&RS=8,321,075 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Advanced Bionics Assigned Patent for Impact Resistant Implantable Antenna Coil Assembly ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Advanced Bionics, Valencia, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,028) developed by Chuladatta Thenuwara, Castaic, Calif., William A. Morgan, Stevenson Ranch, Calif., and Janusz A. Kuzma, Bayview, Australia, for an "impact resistant implantable antenna coil assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An impact resistant implantable antenna coil assembly comprising a flat antenna coil having a plurality of laterally separated turns of wire encapsulated with a non-orthogonal force absorbing coil reinforcement in a flexible biocompatible polymer and axially anchored with the reinforcement to a feedthrough case. Thus configured, non-orthogonal impact forces applied to the antenna coil assembly are absorbed and lateral components thereof that would otherwise be reflected as tensile forces in the plane of the coil are prevented from forming or from fracturing wire within the antenna coil." The patent application was filed on Dec. 2, 2008 (12/326,804). 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=8,321,028&OS=8,321,028&RS=8,321,028 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Devicor Medical Products Assigned Patent for Subcutaneous Cavity Marking Device ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Devicor Medical Products, Pleasant Prairie, Wis., has been assigned a patent (8,320,993) developed by four co-inventors for a "subcutaneous cavity marking device." The co-inventors are D. Laksen Sirimanne, Palo Alto, Calif., Douglas S. Sutton, Pacifica, Calif., Natalie V. Fawzi, Belmont, Calif., and Gail Lebovic, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "These are subcutaneous cavity marking devices and methods. More particularly, upon insertion into a body, the cavity marking device and method enable one to determine the center, orientation, and periphery of the cavity by radiographic, mammographic, echogenic, or other non-invasive imaging techniques. Also, the device contains a bioabsorbable or non-bioabsorbable marker. The device may be combined with various substances enhancing the radiopaque, mammographic, or echogenic characteristics of the marker or the body allowing it to be observed by any non-invasive imaging techniques. This is further a method of marking a subcutaneous cavity using a bioabsorbable material and a bioabsorbable or non-bioabsorbable marker in conjunction with the material. The method also may combine any of the features as described with the device." The patent application was filed on March 13, 2001 (09/805,652). 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=8,320,993&OS=8,320,993&RS=8,320,993 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Registration in a Broadcast Communications System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,320,922) developed by Baaziz Achour, San Diego, Lorenzo Casaccia, San Diego, and Ragulan Sinnarajah, San Diego, for a "registration in a broadcast communications system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and techniques are disclosed relating to communications. The systems and techniques include an input device, generating a time period in response to a broadcast channel selection from the input device, generating a request to register the broadcast channel if the time period ends before receiving a second broadcast channel selection, and transmitting the request to an access network. It is emphasized that this abstract is provided to comply with the rules requiring an abstract which will allow a searcher or other reader to quickly ascertain the subject matter of the technical disclosure. It is submitted with the understanding that it will not be used to interpret or limit the scope or the meaning of the claims." The patent application was filed on Aug. 7, 2002 (10/214,680). 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=8,320,922&OS=8,320,922&RS=8,320,922 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Dynamic Location Almanac for Wireless Base Stations ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,320,934) developed by Leonid Sheynblat, Hillsborough, Calif., for a "dynamic location almanac for wireless base stations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method of dynamically updating an almanac of base stations with wireless phones that are controlled by end users. First, second, and third location information are received respectfully from a first, second, and third wireless phones. A position of each wireless device is known. The distance between each wireless device an uncooperative base station is determined while accounting for an uncertainty factor. A location of the uncooperative base station is calculated using the first, second, and third location information and the distances. The almanac is updated with the location." The patent application was filed on Aug. 3, 2007 (11/833,813). 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=8,320,934&OS=8,320,934&RS=8,320,934 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Device, Method, and System for Neural Modulation as Vaccine Adjuvant in a Vertebrate Subject ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,321,012) developed by 15 co-inventors for a "device, method, and system for neural modulation as vaccine adjuvant in a vertebrate subject." The co-inventors are Gregory J. Della Rocca, Columbia, Mo., Joshua L. Dowling, Webster, Mo., Eleanor V. Goodall, Seattle, Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, Stephen L. Malaska, Redmond, Wash., Nathan P. Myhrvold, Bellevue, Wash., Paul Santiago, St. Louis, Todd J. Stewart, St. Louis, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Clarence T. Tegreene, Bellevue, Wash., Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for enhancing an immune response in a vertebrate subject is described. The method includes providing at least one energy stimulus configured to modulate one or more nervous system components of the vertebrate subject, and administering one or more immunogen to the vertebrate subject, wherein the at least one energy stimulus and the one or more immunogen are provided in a combination and in a temporal sequence sufficient to enhance an immune response in the vertebrate subject." The patent application was filed on Dec. 22, 2009 (12/655,195). 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=8,321,012&OS=8,321,012&RS=8,321,012 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Caterpillar Assigned Patent for Propulsion System with a Continuously Variable Transmission ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Caterpillar, Peoria, Ill., has been assigned a patent (8,321,105) developed by seven co-inventors for a "propulsion system with a continuously variable transmission." The co-inventors are Kristofor Lee Dahl, Yorkville, Ill., Brian Douglas Hoff, East Peoria, Ill., Richard George Ingram, St. Charles, Ill., Michael Anthony Spielman Jr., Brookfield, Ill., Benjamin B. Schmuck, Glen Allen, Ill., Alberto Martinez Jr., Lisle, Ill., and Yaang Zhao, Surrey, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One disclosed embodiment relates to a propulsion system for a machine. The propulsion system may include a prime mover operatively connected through a continuously variable transmission to a propulsion device. The propulsion system may also include propulsion-system controls that control an operating parameter of the continuously variable transmission, which may include adjusting the operating parameter based on operator input. Controlling the operating parameter may also include determining an adjustment limit for the operating parameter based on one or more operating conditions and applying the adjustment limit to the operating parameter to modify at least one of acceleration and jerk of the machine based on the one or more operating conditions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 31, 2007 (11/979,208). 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=8,321,105&OS=8,321,105&RS=8,321,105 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent for Food Content Detector ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash,, has been assigned a patent (8,321,141) developed by seven co-inventors for a food content detector. The co-inventors are Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Jordin T. Kare, Seattle, Eric C. Leuthardt, St. Louis, Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system may include utensil means for portioning a foodstuff into a first portion and a second portion, a means for detecting a first portion size for the first portion with the utensil means, a means for detecting a second portion size for the second portion with the utensil means, and a means for determining a cumulative amount of portioned foodstuff based upon the first portion size and the second portion size." The patent application was filed on Nov. 14, 2008 (12/291,999). 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=8,321,141&OS=8,321,141&RS=8,321,141 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Agilent Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Agilent Technologies, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,138) developed by Bo U. Curry, Redwood City, Calif., and Jayati Ghosh, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a "method of characterizing quality of hybridized CGH arrays." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and computer readable media for determining the quality of a CGH array, including calculating a spread of the derivative of log ratio value differences between consecutive probes representing consecutive positions along a chromosome, wherein ratio values are calculated from probe signals from a CGH array." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2005 (11/193,912). 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=8,321,138&OS=8,321,138&RS=8,321,138 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Polaris Wireless Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Polaris Wireless, Santa Clara, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,933) developed by Tarun Kumar Bhattacharya, San Jose, Calif., and Martin Feuerstein, Redmond, Wash., and Scot Douglas Gordon, Bothell, Wash., for an "estimating whether or not a wireless terminal is in a zone using radio navigation." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for estimating whether or not a wireless terminal is in a zone is described. The method is based on the following observation: when a wireless terminal is at a particular location, the values of the traits of the ambient electromagnetic signals that vary with location represent a "fingerprint" or "signature" for that location. This enables the location of a wireless terminal to be estimated by comparing the observed values of the traits of the ambient electromagnetic signals with the fingerprint for each potential location for the wireless terminal." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2007 (11/680,496). 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=8,320,933&OS=8,320,933&RS=8,320,933 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent for Disk Drive Detecting Positive Correlation in Fly Height Measurements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,069) developed by Bernhard E. Knigge, San Jose, Calif., and James P. R. McFadyen, Redwood City, Calif., for a "disk drive detecting positive correlation in fly height measurements." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A disk drive is disclosed comprising a plurality of disks having a plurality of disk surfaces. The disk drive further comprises a head actuated over each disk surface, and a spindle motor for rotating the disks. A first fly height measurement is generated for a first disk surface, and a second fly height measurement is generated for a second disk surface. A positive correlation is detected in the first and second fly height measurements." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2010 (12/727,154). 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=8,320,069&OS=8,320,069&RS=8,320,069 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Siemens Medical Solutions USA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Siemens Medical Solutions USA, Malvern, Pa., has been assigned a patent (8,320,989) developed by Edward A. Gardner, San Jose, Calif., Richard M. Kane, Los Altos, Calif., and Joan C. Main, Mountain View, Calif., for "region of interest methods and systems for ultrasound imaging." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A region of interest is identified by user selection of a single point. Multiple regions of interest may be identified by selection of multiple points. Region growing is then used to define the boundary of the region of interest." The patent application was filed on Sept. 19, 2008 (12/234,511). 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=8,320,989&OS=8,320,989&RS=8,320,989 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent for System and Method for Detecting and Correcting Atrial Undersensing ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,020) developed by Gene A. Bornzin, Simi Valley, Calif., Peter Boileau, Valencia, Calif., and Jeffery D. Snell, Chatsworth, Calif., for a "system and method for detecting and correcting atrial undersensing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for operating an implantable medical device includes delivering a plurality of pacing pulses to an atria of a patient's heart and monitoring intrinsic atrial activity to detect intrinsic atrial contractions between one or more of the plurality of pacing pulses. The method further includes detecting atrial undersensing as a function of the detection of intrinsic atrial contractions." The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2006 (11/549,494). 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=8,321,020&OS=8,321,020&RS=8,321,020 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Konica Minolta Laboratory Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Konica Minolta Laboratory, San Mateo, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,012) developed by Peter Johnston, San Francisco, for an "apparatus, system, and method for color data printing." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus associated with a printing device having a plurality of print engines comprising a first print engine and at least one second print engine is provided. The apparatus comprises a pixel clock generating module which generates a reference signal operating at a single video frequency derived from a first clock and the at least one first print engine. The apparatus further comprises a color data modification module which modifies the color data for the at least one second print engine based on an accumulated phase error for at least one second print engine, wherein the accumulated error is calculated based on calibration information for the at least one second print engine relative to the at least one first print engine." The patent application was filed on March 27, 2009 (12/413,410). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,320,012&OS=8,320,012&RS=8,320,012 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,321,151) developed by six co-inventors for "computational methods and systems for treatment in relation to modulation of CYP450 enzyme activity." The co-inventors are Mahalaxmi Gita Bangera, Renton, Wash., Roderick A. Hyde, Redmond, Wash., Muriel Y. Ishikawa, Livermore, Calif., Elizabeth A. Sweeney, Seattle, Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Victoria Y.H. Wood, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems such as those described herein include accepting input, identifying CYP450-family enzymes, identifying at least one modulator of an enzyme, and communicating one or more treatments to a system user." The patent application was filed on Oct. 28, 2011 (13/317,790). 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=8,321,151&OS=8,321,151&RS=8,321,151 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Monolithic Power Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Monolithic Power Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,139) developed by four co-inventors for a "switching regulator with frequency limitation and method thereof." The co-inventors are Jin Hu, Hangzhou, China, James C. Moyer, San Jose, Calif., Junming Zhang, Hangzhou, China, and Yuancheng Ren, Hangzhou, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A switching regulator with frequency limitation comprises a switch, a current sensing circuit, a voltage feedback circuit, a control circuit and a frequency limitation circuit. The current sensing circuit senses the current flowing through the switch and generating a current sensing signal representative of it. The voltage feedback circuit senses the output signal of the switching regulator and generates a feedback signal accordingly. The control circuit compares the current sensing signal with the feedback signal and turns off the switch based on the comparison result. The frequency limitation circuit is electrically coupled to the control circuit to limit the switching frequency of the switch." The patent application was filed on April 16, 2010 (12/761,748). 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=8,320,139&OS=8,320,139&RS=8,320,139 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Lawrence Livermore National Security Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Lawrence Livermore National Security, Livermore, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,056) developed by Alvin C. Erlandson, Livermore, Calif., for a "spatial filters for high average power lasers." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A spatial filter includes a first filter element and a second filter element overlapping with the first filter element. The first filter element includes a first pair of cylindrical lenses separated by a first distance. Each of the first pair of cylindrical lenses has a first focal length. The first filter element also includes a first slit filter positioned between the first pair of cylindrical lenses. The second filter element includes a second pair of cylindrical lenses separated by a second distance. Each of the second pair of cylindrical lenses has a second focal length. The second filter element also includes a second slit filter positioned between the second pair of cylindrical lenses." The patent application was filed on Aug. 20, 2009 (12/544,988). 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=8,320,056&OS=8,320,056&RS=8,320,056 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Transitioning a Mixed-mode Vehicle to Autonomous Mode ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,067) developed by five co-inventors for a "transitioning a mixed-mode vehicle to autonomous mode." The co-inventors are Luis Ricardo Prada Gomez, Hayward, Calif., Nathaniel Fairfield, Mountain View, Calif., Andy Szybalski, San Francisco, Philip Nemec, San Jose, Calif., and Christopher Urmson, Mountain View, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are methods and devices for transitioning a mixed-mode autonomous vehicle from a human driven mode to an autonomously driven mode. Transitioning may include stopping a vehicle on a predefined landing strip and detecting a reference indicator. Based on the reference indicator, the vehicle may be able to know its exact position. Additionally, the vehicle may use the reference indictor to obtain an autonomous vehicle instruction via a URL. After the vehicle knows its precise location and has an autonomous vehicle instruction, it can operate in autonomous mode." The patent application was filed on Nov. 10, 2011 (13/293,905). 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=8,321,067&OS=8,321,067&RS=8,321,067 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Reducing Occurrences of Atrial Arrhythmias ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,018) developed by Sergio Shkurovich, Encino, Calif., and Anne M. Shelchuk, Cupertino, Calif., for "systems and methods for reducing occurrences of atrial arrhythmias." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for reducing occurrences of atrial arrhythmias includes obtaining measures indicative of atrial pressure of a patient, and monitoring for a change in the measures indicative of atrial pressure that is indicative of an increased vulnerability to an atrial arrhythmia. In response to detecting the change in the measures indicative of atrial pressure that is indicative of the increased vulnerability to an atrial arrhythmia, pacing therapy that is adapted to reduce atrial pressure and thereby reduce vulnerability to an atrial arrhythmia is selectively delivered. Additionally, or alternatively, pacing therapy is adjusted to reduce atrial pressure and thereby reduce vulnerability to an atrial arrhythmia." The patent application was filed on Feb. 14, 2011 (13/027,174). 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=8,321,018&OS=8,321,018&RS=8,321,018 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Humana Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Humana, Louisville, Ky., has been assigned a patent (8,321,006) developed by Seth Snyder, Providence, R.I., and Jasper Speicher, Oakland, Calif., for a "biometric data display system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An interactive biometric display system and method for collecting and displaying biometric data. The display system comprises a device for identifying a user and at least one biometric input device (e.g., heart rate sensor). A user provides identifying data via the identifying device and biometric data via the biometric input device. The biometric data (e.g., heartbeat) is measured and recorded with a timestamp. Graphical objects for each user are presented (e.g., a heart) and move around the screen in relation to the biometric data. Attributes of graphical objects (e.g., size, color, color saturation, and height) may vary over time indicating the recency of the data. The display system may further comprise a sound component to play sound related to the biometric data. Visual as well as sound attributes may diminish, fade, or disappear over time and may be refreshed when a new reading for the user is received." The patent application was filed on July 22, 2010 (12/841,443). 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=8,321,006&OS=8,321,006&RS=8,321,006 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Visa International Service Association Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Visa International Service Association, San Francisco, has been assigned a patent (8,320,962) developed by Dave William Wilson, Kenley Surrey, United Kingdom, Omar Rifaat, London, and Hao Ngo, San Jose, Calif., for a contactless disablement.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for controlling a contactless interface on a dual interface portable device are provided. The method allows for contactless enablement and disablement on both a temporary and semi-permanent basis, dependent on commands sent to the device by the issuer of the portable device. The commands are received through a terminal device and are transferred to the portable device during a contact transaction. Configuration data on the portable device is modified according to the received commands. An application on the portable device controls the transmission of data through the contactless interface dependent on the configuration data." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2010 (12/768,677). 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=8,320,962&OS=8,320,962&RS=8,320,962 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital Technologies Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Western Digital Technologies, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,084) developed by five co-inventors for a "disk drive head gimbal assembly having a flexure tail with features to facilitate bonding." The co-inventors are Wing C. Shum, San Mateo, Calif., Yanning Liu, San Ramon, Calif., Tzong-Shii Pan, San Jose, Calif., Kia Moh Teo, San Jose, Calif., and Brian P. Schott, San Jose, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A head gimbal assembly for a disk drive includes a read head and a suspension assembly. The suspension assembly includes a load beam and a laminate flexure. The laminate flexure includes a structural layer, a dielectric layer, and a conductive layer that includes a plurality of electrical traces. The laminate flexure includes a tongue portion that connects to the read head and a flexure tail that extends away from the tongue portion. The flexure tail includes a plurality of flexure bond pads. Each of the plurality of flexure bond pads includes a widened region of a corresponding one of the plurality of electrical traces in the conductive layer, and a corresponding one of a plurality of segments or discontinuous islands in the structural layer." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2011 (13/078,829). 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=8,320,084&OS=8,320,084&RS=8,320,084 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Ricoh Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Ricoh, Tokyo, and Ricoh Americas, Cupertino, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,319,999) developed by Nobutaka Hanaoka, Pinebrook, N.J., and Jayasimha Nuggehalli, Cupertino, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for printing a locked print job." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, apparatus, and system for outputting a locked print job by a printing device connected to a first terminal and a second terminal over a network. The method includes receiving a request including information identifying a second user delegated to the locked print job, to perform the locked print job from a first user, and generating the locked print job in response to the request. The locked print job and the information identifying the second user is transmitted to the printing device over the network. The printing device stores the locked print job, the information identifying the second user, and authentication information that unlocks the locked print job when entered into the printing device and is transmitted to the second terminal associated with the second user. Further, the locked print job is output by the printing device, when the authentication information is entered into the printing device." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2009 (12/388,238). 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=8,319,999&OS=8,319,999&RS=8,319,999 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Motors Assigned Patent for Voice Channel Data Connection Retry Strategy ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- General Motors, Detroit, has been assigned a patent (8,320,914) developed by Sethu K. Madhavan, Canton, Mich., and Ki Hak Yi, Windsor, Calif., for a "voice channel data connection retry strategy." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for making vehicle originated calls to a telematics service provider or other call center. The method includes identifying a call type associated with a desired wireless communication of speech or data to the call center, and then carrying out one of a number of different call connection processes depending on the call type. For voice channel cellular connections, an in-band modem cellular connection is preferably established in most instances using a connection retry strategy that includes primary, secondary, and possibly tertiary connection attempts. The system and method can be carried out in connection with various cellular system technologies, but is especially suited for use with GSM systems." The patent application was filed on Dec. 29, 2008 (12/344,941). 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=8,320,914&OS=8,320,914&RS=8,320,914 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Axelgaard Manufacturing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Axelgaard Manufacturing, Fallbrook, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,988) developed by Jens Axelgaard, Fallbrook, Calif., for a "multi-electrode strung on a common connector." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A medical electrode includes a moderately conductive flexible member having a top side and a bottom side with a plurality of highly conductive patterns disposed on the conductive flexible member bottom side in a spaced apart relationship. A moderately highly conductive layer disposed on the conductive flexible member bottom side and covering the conductive patterns, for adhering the electrode to a patient's skin. A connector is provided for establishing electrical contact with an external apparatus. The connector includes a leadwire having conductive portions in electrical communication with the conductive patterns and non-conductive portions between the conductive patterns. Control over conductivity between the leadwire conductive portion and the conductive pattern is provided." The patent application was filed on April 9, 2009 (12/421,232). 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=8,320,988&OS=8,320,988&RS=8,320,988 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Western Digital (Fremont) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Western Digital (Fremont), Fremont, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,320,077) developed by Yunjun Tang, Pleasanton, Calif., Yun-Fei Li, Fremont, Calif., and Yingjian Chen, Fremont, Calif., for a "method and system for providing a high moment film." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for providing a high moment film are disclosed. The high moment film might be used in structures, such as a pole, of a magnetic transducer. The method and system includes providing a plurality of high moment layers and at least one soft magnetic layer interleaved with and ferromagnetically coupled with the plurality of high moment layers. Each of the plurality of high moment layers has a magnetic moment of greater than 2.4 Tesla. The at least one soft magnetic layer has a hard axis coercivity of not more than twenty Oersted. The high moment film has a total thickness of at least one thousand Angstroms." The patent application was filed on Dec. 15, 2008 (12/334,753). 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=8,320,077&OS=8,320,077&RS=8,320,077 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Pacesetter Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 29 -- Pacesetter, Sylmar, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,321,033) developed by Steven R. Conger, Agua Dulce, Calif., for "implantable medical lead having passive lock mechanical body terminations." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein is an implantable medical lead configured to receive a stylet. The lead may include a tubular body and a structure. The tubular body may include a distal end and a proximal end. The body may be configured to receive the stylet. The structure longitudinally may extend through the body between the distal end and the proximal end. The structure may be anchored within the body such that a tensile force arising within the body by the stylet being extended through the body causes the tensile force to be substantiall 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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