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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 13)

[December 13, 2012]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in New York (Dec. 13)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in New York.

*** American Express Travel Related Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- American Express Travel Related Services, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,332,316) developed by eight co-inventors for a "system and method for transferring a line of credit balance to a cash account." The co-inventors are Thomas C. Baker, Grover Beach, Calif., Diane M. Derocher, Peoria, Ariz., Lawrence Stanton Hoffman, Scottsdale, Ariz., Bruno Jimenez, Litchfield Park, Ariz., Yogesh R. More, Phoenix, Pauline Raffaele, Waddell, Ariz., Andrea M. Saporito, New York, and Jennifer Lynne Wybraniec, New York.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an automated system configured to facilitate transfers of cash value from one or more lines of credit to one or more deposit accounts or payment systems. An automated system ensures that requested funds are available in a customer's one or more lines of credit and electronically deposits the requested funds into one or more designated deposit accounts or payment systems. An automated system provides a means for customers to manage lines of credit, setup transfer transactions, define rules governing transfers and view transactional history. The automated system, in network connection with the lending organization's backend systems, may authenticate customer identities and credit accounts as well as insure that the requested funds are available for transfer into a deposit account." The patent application was filed on April 27, 2012 (13/458,841). 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=8,332,316&OS=8,332,316&RS=8,332,316 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nuance Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Nuance Communications, Burlington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,332,227) developed by Stephane H. Maes, Danbury, Conn., and Ponani S. Gopalakrishnan, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for a "system and method for providing network coordinated conversational services." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for providing automatic and coordinated sharing of conversational resources, e.g., functions and arguments, between network-connected servers and devices and their corresponding applications. In one aspect, a system for providing automatic and coordinated sharing of conversational resources includes a network having a first and second network device, the first and second network device each comprising a set of conversational resources, a dialog manager for managing a conversation and executing calls requesting a conversational service, and a communication stack for communicating messages over the network using conversational protocols, wherein the conversational protocols establish coordinated network communication between the dialog managers of the first and second network device to automatically share the set of conversational resources of the first and second network device, when necessary, to perform their respective requested conversational service." The patent application was filed on April 14, 2009 (12/386,166). 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=8,332,227&OS=8,332,227&RS=8,332,227 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,332,250) developed by John C. Handley, Fairport, N.Y., and Jeffrey R. Earl, Pittsford, N.Y., for "systems and methods for determining print revenue behavior." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for determining print revenue behavior for an account are disclosed. A computing device may determine a print revenue for an account for each of a plurality of time periods. The computing device may select a best fit model from a plurality of models based on the print revenue for the account for the plurality of time periods. The computing device may determine a risk level associated with the account based on a best fit model. The risk level may be based on a difference between the best fit model and the print revenue for the account for each of time period." The patent application was filed on March 15, 2010 (12/724,056). 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=8,332,250&OS=8,332,250&RS=8,332,250 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** American International Group Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- American International Group, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,332,241) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for selling marine cargo insurance in a network environment." The co-inventors are Donald Harrell, Old Greenwich, Conn., Bill Lang, Babylon, N.Y., Dennis Sivley, Pearl River, N.Y., and Frank Reilly, Florham Park, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A storage media and method for transacting cargo insurance business in a network environment includes the on-line automation of quoting, billing, certificate issuance, underwriting, and claims processing. Moreover, the method also includes customer qualification and support services, in addition to data collection and analysis, for management report generation." The patent application was filed on Oct. 17, 2007 (11/874,003). 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=8,332,241&OS=8,332,241&RS=8,332,241 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Chicago Mercantile Exchange Assigned Patent for Clearing System that Determines Margin Requirements for Financial Portfolios ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Chicago, has been assigned a patent (8,332,301) developed by five co-inventors for "clearing system that determines margin requirements for financial portfolios." The co-inventors are Suneel Iyer, Naperville, Ill., Moody Hadi, New York City, N.Y., Amy McCormick, Chicago, Katen Patel, Hanover Park, Ill., and Ankeet Dedhia, Chicago.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems and apparatuses are described for calculating a performance bond amount for a portfolio including interest rate swaps. A risk calculation module (or risk processor) may assist in the calculation. In some examples, values, such as swap (DV01) dollar values and volatility values, and adjustments/factors, such as calendar charge adjustments and liquidity charge minimums, may be used to enhance the margin calculation. These values may be maintained and updated in various ways, including but not limited to, lookup tables, matrices, and other structures. The margin calculations may be used by an exchange or clearinghouse to request a portfolio holder to deposit additional funds towards a performance bond associated with the portfolio." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2012 (13/489,693). 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=8,332,301&OS=8,332,301&RS=8,332,301 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Hartford Fire Insurance Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Hartford Fire Insurance, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,332,246) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for processing of data related to underwriting of insurance." The co-inventors are Oai Tran, Piscataway, N.J., Lisa Napolitan, West Islip, N.Y., Stanley Nutkiewicz, Fair Lawn, N.J., Jane Statsky, Edison, N.J., and Richard Stoller, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "This invention relates generally to a computer system and method for integrating insurance policy underwriting. In one aspect it integrates the older legacy insurance policy generating systems to on line systems where users access the system through browsers. The computer system to perform the process of underwriting, rating, quoting, binding, and booking an insurance policy includes browsers, data bases, processors and a dispatcher that parses the information to select an insurance process. Suitable software programs review messages received from users to determine if certain messages are less than a prescribed limit. If a message is greater than the limit, then the message is parsed into a header information and one or more data fields whereby the header information is provided to a legacy processor and to policy generation software for further creation of policy related information and documentation." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2012 (13/556,877). 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=8,332,246&OS=8,332,246&RS=8,332,246 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,332,176) developed by Beatriz Cristina Custode, Webster, N.Y., Stuart Alan Schweid, Pittsford, N.Y., and James Edward Baxter III, Canandaigua, N.Y., for a "correcting in-line spectrophotometer measurements in the presence of a banding defect." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "What is disclosed is a novel system and method for detecting and correcting for In-Line-Spectrophotometer (ILS) measurements of constant value patches in the presence of banding in multi-function document reproduction systems. The present system analyzes the ILS data stream to identify structured noise components due to banding. An FFT is performed on each L*a*b* component in the ILS stream for a single test page. The peak frequencies from the FFT of the L* a* and b* channels are compared. Common frequencies in all 3 channels indicate a banding component. Once the banding frequencies and the banding wavelength are known, the color patch target can be adjusted to ensure the color patches are synchronized to the banding wavelength. By running a series of synchronized patches and averaging results, structured noise can be eliminated. In such a manner, a reduction of banding effects on color calibration can be effectuated." The patent application was filed on June 21, 2010 (12/819,565). 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=8,332,176&OS=8,332,176&RS=8,332,176 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Verizon Patent and Licensing Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Verizon Patent and Licensing, Basking Ridge, N.J., has been assigned a patent (8,331,992) developed by Heath Stallings, Colleyville, Texas, Sok Y. Hwang, Dallas, and Daniel Spurgeon Dunnam, Brooklyn, N.Y., for an "interactive locked state mobile communication device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A mobile communication device receives current information while the mobile communication device is in one of a sleep state or a locked state, and associates one or more portions of the current information with one or more corresponding windows. The mobile communication device also displays, via a display associated with the mobile communication device, the one or more corresponding windows and the one or more associated portions of the current information while the mobile communication device is in the locked state. The mobile communication device further enables a user associated with the mobile communication device to manipulate the one or more displayed corresponding windows while the mobile communication device is in the locked state." The patent application was filed on Dec. 19, 2008 (12/340,263). 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=8,331,992&OS=8,331,992&RS=8,331,992 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent for System and Method for Magnetization of Rare-earth Permanent Magnets ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,004) developed by Ernst Wolfgang Stautner, Niskayuna, N.Y., Kiruba Sivasubramaniam Haran, Clifton Park, N.Y., and James Rochford, Niskayuna, N.Y., for a "system and method for magnetization of rare-earth permanent magnets." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for cooling superconducting materials used for magnetization of magnets disposed within a cylindrical structure, the system including a first tubing system for allowing a cooling gas to interact with a high-field strength superconducting material to thermosiphon-cool the high-field strength superconducting material, a second tubing system for allowing a cooling gas to interact with a low-field strength superconducting material to thermosiphon-cool the low-field strength superconducting material, and a cooling gas in liquefied form configured to flow through the first tubing system and/or the second tubing system. An outlet of the first tubing system and an outlet of the second tubing system are located at a same location on a surface of the cylindrical structure. A method for cool superconducting materials used for magnetization of magnets disposed within a cylindrical structure is also disclosed." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2010 (12/977,575). 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=8,332,004&OS=8,332,004&RS=8,332,004 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Corning Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Corning, Corning, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,124) developed by four co-inventors for "mass based methods and systems for estimating soot load." The co-inventors are Sam George, Painted Post, N.Y., Suhao He, Painted Post, N.Y., Achim Karl-Erich Heibel, Corning, N.Y., and Min Shen, Horseheads, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Mass based methods and systems for estimating soot load in a filter of an after-treatment system for exhaust stream are provided. The after-treatment system can comprise a sensor, a filter, and a processor configured to estimate soot load in the filter based on a mass based multi-layer model. An example system includes a virtual sensor comprising an estimator for providing information corresponding to a filter outlet NO.sub.2 concentration. An example method includes the steps of providing the mass based multi-layer model, passing the exhaust stream through the filter, and using the sensor to monitor a condition of the exhaust stream. The example method further includes the steps of calculating a total regeneration rate based on the multi-layer model by solving a second-order ordinary differential equation with a plurality of parameters using an analytical approach, and estimating the soot load based on the calculated total regeneration rate." The patent application was filed on Nov. 24, 2009 (12/625,049). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,124&OS=8,332,124&RS=8,332,124 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,280) developed by five co-inventors for a "system for managing a supplier for participation in a plurality of trading networks." The co-inventors are Theresa W. Broden, Johnson City, N.Y., Glenn C. Godoy, Endicott, N.Y., Jane M. Murphy, Vestal, N.Y., Mark A. Musa, Brackney, Pa., and Sherry L. Wilson, Conklin, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for performing a method for managing a supplier for participation in trading networks. The method includes: receiving from each trading network a volume commitment consolidating volume commitments for offerings of commodities and services; negotiating with each trading network to supply to customer members of the trading network the commodity or service; storing, for each trading network for each supplier, attributes including start date, end date, services and products offered to the trading network, and payment flow for the commodities and services; offing a trading network package based on negotiations occurring before receiving purchase requests from the customer members, the trading network package including: (i) a value-add service offering to the customer members for a fee, and (ii) a managed package for which a customer member provides a volume commitment and actual purchases are tracked; and negotiating price discount levels for committed levels of demand from the trading networks." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2011 (13/184,682). 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=8,332,280&OS=8,332,280&RS=8,332,280 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,332,024) developed by five co-inventors for a "low-power analog architecture for brain-machine interfaces." The co-inventors are Benjamin I. Rapoport, New York, Rahul Sarpeshkar, Arlington, Mass., Woradorn Wattanapanitch, Cambridge, Mass., Soumyajit Mandal, Cambridge, Mass., and Scott Arfin, Cambridge, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ultra-low-power circuit for wireless neural recording and stimulation is provided. The circuit includes a neural amplifier with adaptive power biasing for use in multi-electrode arrays and a decoding and/or learning architecture. An impedance-modulation telemetry system provides low-power data telemetry. Also, the circuit includes a wireless link for efficient power transfer, and at least one circuit for wireless stimulation of neurons." The patent application was filed on May 27, 2008 (12/127,497). 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=8,332,024&OS=8,332,024&RS=8,332,024 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,331,975) developed by eight co-inventors for a "uplink power control for distributed wireless communication." The co-inventors are Zinan Lin, Melville, N.Y., Alexander Reznik, Titusville, N.J., Prabhakar R. Chitrapu, Blue Bell, Pa., Mihaela C. Beluri, Huntington, N.Y., Eldad M. Zeira, Huntington, N.Y., Philip J. Pietraski, Huntington Station, N.Y., Sung-Hyuk Shin, Northvale, N.J., and Gregg A. Charlton, Collegeville, Pa.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for power control for distributed wireless communication is disclosed including one or more power control loops associated with a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU). Each power control loop may include open loop power control or closed loop power control. A multi-phase power control method is also disclosed with each phase representing a different time interval and a WTRU sends transmissions at different power levels to different set of node-Bs or relay stations during different phases to optimize communications." The patent application was filed on Nov. 30, 2009 (12/627,376). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,331,975&OS=8,331,975&RS=8,331,975 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Argus Information and Advisory Services Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Argus Information and Advisory Services, White Plains, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,291) developed by Nikolas Sulkowski, New Canaan, Conn., Leonard Laufer, Scarsdale, N.Y., and Nana Banerjee, White Plains, N.Y., for a "system and method for monitoring managing and valuing credit accounts." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to a system and method for estimating the future and present value of credit accounts (FIG. 1). A plurality of profit driver segments (105) are established. A degree of belonging of the credit account to each of the plurality of profit driver segments (105) is determine by characterizing the credit account based upon it historical behavior (110). The probability of migration of the credit account from at least one profit driver segment (105) to at least one profit driver segment based upon historical behavior data is determined. The credit account can then be valued based upon the characterization of the credit account and the determined probability of migration. By examinating how accounts migrate between behavior segments over multiple periods, and analyzing the discounted cash flows associated with these migration patterns, a net present value may be calculated for each account." The patent application was filed on Oct. 5, 2001 (10/398,607). 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=8,332,291&OS=8,332,291&RS=8,332,291 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** MasterCard International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- MasterCard International, Purchase, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,288) developed by Patricia Preston, New York, and Janet L. Bernacki, St. Peters, Mo., for an "interactive online spending analysis tool." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Embodiments of the present invention are directed to interactively displaying account activity. An analysis of financial transactions associated with a financial unit can be performed by a spending analysis tool, which can display the analysis via a website. The analysis can include, for example, a spending analysis and a budget analysis. The financial transactions are associated with merchants. At least one of the financial transactions is associated with first merchant, a first merchant category, and a member of the financial unit. The spending analysis tool changes the merchant category associated with the at least one of the financial transactions to another merchant category based on a selection of a user." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2011 (13/222,171). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,332,288&OS=8,332,288&RS=8,332,288 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Bank of New York Mellon Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Bank of New York Mellon, New York, has been assigned a patent (8,332,292) developed by Jonathan S. Spirgel, Great Neck, N.Y., and Laura S. Melman, Springfield, N.J., for a "method and system for securitizing a currency related commodity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for providing a tradable (e.g., exchange-listed) instrument by securitizing foreign currency using a foreign currency trust or other special-purpose vehicle that is established to hold one or more particular foreign currency and to issue foreign currency trust shares and/or receipts corresponding to the value of the foreign currency(s) held by the Trust. The foreign currency trust shares may represent a proportional interest in the Trust and/or the foreign currency held by the trust. The Trust may include one or more Trust accounts to receive and store the foreign currency deposited with the Trust. The Trust can operate to receive an investment amount in a first currency and provide shares or Trust receipts having a value in a second currency. The shares or receipts of the trust can be listed, quoted, and traded on a trading system." The patent application was filed on Sept. 28, 2005 (11/236,863). 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=8,332,292&OS=8,332,292&RS=8,332,292 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Harris Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Harris, Melbourne, Fla., has been assigned a patent (8,331,240) developed by Paul Voglewede, N. Chili, N.Y., and Peter J. Roth, Rochester, N.Y., for a "promiscuous monitoring using internet protocol enabled devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method (500) is provided for enabling a promiscuous monitoring of network communications by a monitor node (MN). The method includes the steps of: generating a directed IP packet at a first node (FN); transmitting a first unicast signal including a RTS message from the FN to a second node (SN); transmitting a second unicast signal including a CTS message from the SN to the FN in response to the first unicast signal; modifying the directed IP packet by changing an IP destination address of the directed IP packet to an IP subnet broadcast address; transmitting a uni-broadcast signal including the modified directed IP packet from the FN to the IP subnet broadcast address; and receiving the uni-broadcast signal at the SN and a third node (TN). The TN is an IP-enabled device provided to monitor network communications between the FN and SN." The patent application was filed on Nov. 8, 2007 (11/937,002). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,31,240.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,240&RS=PN/83,31,240 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- General Electric, Niskayuna, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,536) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus for reducing scattered X-ray detection and method of same." The co-inventors are Jeffrey Jon Shaw, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Kevin Matthew Durocher, Waterford, N.Y., Kenneth S. Kump, Waukesha, Wis., and Henri Souchay, Versailles, France.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system, and apparatus including an x-ray detector unit that includes an anti-scatter grid free of at least one of a top cover and a bottom cover, a flat panel x-ray detector having an x-ray conversion layer, and an integrated anti-scatter grid assembly configured to provide structural support to the anti-scatter grid and to provide mechanical protection to the flat panel x-ray detector. The anti-scatter grid is configured to absorb a plurality of scattered x-rays impinging on the anti-scatter grid while substantially allowing un-scattered x-rays to pass through the anti-scatter grid. The x-ray conversion layer is configured to convert an x-ray into visible light or an electronic signal. The flat panel x-ray detector is fixed relative to the anti-scatter grid such that the anti-scatter grid remains stationary relative to the flat panel x-ray detector during operation of the x-ray detector." The patent application was filed on Sept. 18, 2009 (12/562,619). 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=83,31,536.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,536&RS=PN/83,31,536 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Mechanism for Channel Synchronization ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,405) developed by Neil Sharma, Ithaca, N.Y., Matthew Todd Lawson, Grass Valley, Calif., and Mick R. Jacobs, Auburn, Calif., for a "mechanism for channel synchronization." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A channel synchronization method in which local serializers serially transmits first n-bit codes, respectively, to remote deserializers, respectively. Also local deserializers serially receive first n-bit codes, respectively, from remote serializers, respectively. One of the first n-bit codes transmitted to one of the remote serializers indicates one of the local deserializers is not link aligned." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2007 (11/701,690). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,31,405.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,405&RS=PN/83,31,405 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Delivery Notification of Non-access Stratum Retransmission ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,331,290) developed by Shankar Somasundaram, Deer Park, N.Y., Rajat P. Mukherjee, Stanford, Calif., and Mohammed Sammour, Alrabieh, Jordan, for a "method and apparatus for delivery notification of non-access stratum retransmission." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for data delivery confirmation in a wireless transmit receive unit (WTRU) including transmitting an uplink (UL) message, performing a mobility operation, determining that the UL message is not acknowledged, and generating a delivery failure message. The mobility operation is a handover or a radio resource control (RRC) connection reestablishment. A message including the delivery failure message is passed between protocol layers." The patent application was filed on May 28, 2009 (12/473,587). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,31,290.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,290&RS=PN/83,31,290 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Patent Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InterDigital Patent Holdings, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,331,326) developed by seven co-inventors for a "method and apparatus for performing a handover in an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network." The co-inventors are Peter S. Wang, East Setauket, N.Y., Guodong Zhang, Syosset, N.Y., Jin Wang, Central Islip, N.Y., Mohammed Sammour, Alrabieh, Jordan, Shankar Somasundaram, Deer Park, N.Y., Stephen E. Terry, Northport, N.Y., and Ulises Olvera-Hernandez, Kirkland, Canada.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and an apparatus for performing a handover in an evolved universal terrestrial radio access network (E-UTRAN) are disclosed. A wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) sends a measurement report to a source evolved Node B (eNB), and receives a handover command from the source eNB. The WTRU initiates reception and processing of a primary broadcast channel (P-BCH) at the target cell after receiving the handover command. The WTRU then sends a random access preamble to the target eNB, receives a random access response from the target eNB, and sends a handover complete message to the target eNB. The reception and processing of the P-BCH may be initiated immediately after receiving the handover command or after sending the handover complete message. The WTRU may apply default configuration or source cell configuration in the target cell until a target cell SFN and/or P-BCH information are acquired." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2009 (12/492,469). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,31,326.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,326&RS=PN/83,31,326 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Samsung Electronics Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Samsung Electronics, Suwon-Si, South Korea, and City University of New York, New York, have been assigned a patent (8,331,262) developed by four co-inventors for an "apparatus and method for setup of optimum route using tree-topology." The co-inventors are Xu-Hui Hu, New York, Yong Liu, New York, Chun-Hui Zhu, New York, and Myung-Jong Lee, New York.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for relaying a route request RREQ message by an intermediate node which is connected with at least one node using a tree topology in a mobile communication system including a destination node and a source node which sends the RREQ message to the destination node via at least one intermediate node, to thus establish an optimal route for communications. The RREQ message is received along the route other than the tree route, and the first information is updated using its information. The intermediate node relays to a next intermediate node the RREQ message containing the updated first information." The patent application was filed on May 10, 2004 (10/841,477). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,31,262.PN.&OS=PN/83,31,262&RS=PN/83,31,262 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Method and System for Real Time Measurement Data Adjudication and Service Level Evaluation ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,267) developed by four co-inventors for a "method and system for real time measurement data adjudication and service level evaluation." The co-inventors are Melissa Jane Buco, Amawalk, N.Y., Rong Nickle Chang, Pleasantville, N.Y., Laura Zaihua Luan, Putnam Valley, N.Y., and Christopher Ward, Glen Ridge, N.J.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and system for adjudicating measurement data in real time and re-adjudicating a segment of an input measurement data stream upon submission of a new adjudication instruction in a service level evaluation system. An adjudication instruction associated with a service level is received. Measurement data including a first measurement data point is received. The received adjudication instruction is applied in real time to the first measurement data point to generate a first adjudicated measurement data point. A service level is evaluated based on the first adjudicated measurement data point. To re-adjudicate the data stream segment, a new adjudication instruction is received and the segment is identified. The input data stream's adjudication is suspended and the stream is queued into storage. The segment of measurement data is retrieved and re-adjudicated by applying the new adjudication instruction. The input data stream's adjudication is resumed afterwards from the queued input stream." The patent application was filed on Nov. 7, 2011 (13/290,265). 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=8,332,267&OS=8,332,267&RS=8,332,267 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Provisioning of Operating Environments on a Server in a Networked Environment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,332,496) developed by five co-inventors for "provisioning of operating environments on a server in a networked environment." The co-inventors are U. Gopalakrishnan, Bangalore, India, William P. Horn, Scarsdale, N.Y., Ajay Mohindra, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Shailabh Nagar, Bangalore, India, and Randy A. Rendahl, Raleigh, N.C.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The illustrative embodiments disclose a process for provisioning a server on a network. In one embodiment, the process sends a server identifier to a management server in response to receiving a boot command. The management server uses the server identifier for identifying a designated operating environment for the server to form a designated operating environment identifier. The process then receives, from the management server, the designated operating environment identifier and a first bootstrap code. The process uses the first bootstrap code to extract information for identifying a local operating environment on the server. Thereafter, the process compares the local operating environment to the designated operating environment and initiates a final boot sequence of the server based on the comparison of the local operating environment and the designated operating environment." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2009 (12/565,291). 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=8,332,496.PN.&OS=PN/8,332,496&RS=PN/8,332,496 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Increased Magnetic Damping for Toggle MRAM ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,139) developed by William J. Gallagher, Ardsley, N.Y., and Daniel C. Worledge, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., for an "increased magnetic damping for toggle MRAM." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Magnetic random access memory (MRAM) devices and techniques for use thereof are provided. In one aspect, a magnetic memory cell is provided. The magnetic memory cell comprises at least one fixed magnetic layer; at least one first free magnetic layer separated from the fixed magnetic layer by at least one barrier layer; at least one second free magnetic layer separated from the first free magnetic layer by at least one spacer layer; and at least one capping layer over a side of the second free magnetic layer opposite the spacer layer. One or more of the first free magnetic layer and the second free magnetic layer comprise at least one rare earth element, such that the at least one rare earth element makes up between about one percent and about 10 percent of one or more of the first free magnetic layer and the second free magnetic layer." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2011 (13/036,098). 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=8,331,139&OS=8,331,139&RS=8,331,139 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** InterDigital Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- InterDigital Technology, Wilmington, Del., has been assigned a patent (8,331,943) developed by Ana Lucia Iacono, Garden City, N.Y., for a "measurement opportunities for a mobile unit operating with a switched beam antenna in a CDMA system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Measurement opportunities are provided to a wireless transmit/receive unit (WTRU) operating with a switched beam antenna in a CDMA wireless communication system. The switched beam antenna is a smart antenna generating a plurality of directional beams and an omni-directional beam. The bursty nature of packet data transmission generates periods of inactivity or low traffic during a call. The WTRU switches to antenna beams other than the selected antenna beam for receiving and measuring signals during these periods of inactivity or low traffic. Moreover, if the network has knowledge of the fact the WTRU is operating using a switched beam antenna, the network can use this information when making decisions on channel allocations, thus providing frequent measurement opportunities to the WTRU in order to support the switched beam antenna operation." The patent application was filed on Feb. 28, 2008 (12/038,994). 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=8,331,943.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,943&RS=PN/8,331,943 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ameritherm Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Ameritherm, Scottsville, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,115) developed by four co-inventors for "power switching system to increase induction heating to a load from available AC mains power." The co-inventors are David L. Fenton, Livonia, N.Y., Ian A. Paull, Henrietta, N.Y., Leslie L. Thompson, Honeoye Falls, N.Y., and Kenneth J. Westveer, Rochester, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one aspect, the invention provides a power system for providing power to a load. In some embodiment, the system comprises: a rectifier configured to rectify an AC main signal to produce a rectified AC main signal; a zero cross detector configured to receive the AC main signal and to detect when the AC main signal equals zero; a switching device having (i) a first terminal connected to a first node, wherein a first output terminal of the rectifier is also connected to the first node and (ii) a second terminal connected to a second node; a tank circuit having (i) a first terminal coupled to a third node, wherein a second output terminal of the rectifier is also coupled to the third node and (ii) a second terminal coupled to the second node; a current and/or voltage detector connected to the second node; and a controller in communication with the current detector and zero cross detector and configured to turn on and off the switching device based on, at least in part, information received from the zero cross detector and the current and/or voltage detector." The patent application was filed on July 29, 2010 (12/845,985). 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=8,331,115&OS=8,331,115&RS=8,331,115 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Imaging Device Color Characterization Including Color Look-up Table Construction via Tensor Decomposition ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,331,662) developed by Vishal Monga, Webster, N.Y., and Zhigang Fan, New York, for "imaging device color characterization including color look-up table construction via tensor decomposition." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A model-based method and apparatus for characterizing the performance of a printing device comprising printing a target set of patches with the device and measuring device response when the target is set; compiling a LUT from the target set and measured response; and representing the LUT as a tensor. Tensor decomposition/parallel factor analysis is employed for compacting the tensor representation of the LUT." The patent application was filed on Jan. 21, 2009 (12/356,865). 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=8,331,662.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,662&RS=PN/8,331,662 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Array Architecture and Operation for High Density Magnetic Racetrack Memory System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,125) developed by John K. DeBrosse, Essex Junction, N.Y., for an "array architecture and operation for high density magnetic racetrack memory system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A high density memory architecture comprising magnetic racetrack memory and a method of operation. The memory architecture comprises a plurality of magnetic memory structures, each the structure formed of magnetic material; a sensing device associated with each magnetic memory structure; first decoder device initiating a track select signal for activating a single magnetic memory structure from among the plurality to perform a bit read or bit storage operation; a bit drive device for applying a first signal to form a new magnetic memory domain associated with a bit value to be stored in the activated magnetic memory structure at a first position thereof during a bit storage operation; and, a second decoder applying a second signal for advancing each the formed magnetic memory domain toward a second position of the activated memory structure. The sensing device reads a memory bit value stored at a magnetic domain at the second position of the activated memory structure. Subsequent thereto, a new magnetic memory domain associated with a bit value just read is formed such that the magnetic memory structure is returned to its original state at an end of the bit read operation." The patent application was filed on Aug. 26, 2009 (12/548,113). 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=8,331,125&OS=8,331,125&RS=8,331,125 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Heterogeneous Image Processing System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,737) developed by four co-inventors for a "heterogeneous image processing system." The co-inventors are William H. Chung, Cortlandt Manor, N.Y., Moon J. Kim, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., James R. Moulic, Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and Toshiyuki Sanuki, Kanagawa, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to machine vision computing environments, and more specifically relates to a system and method for selectively accelerating the execution of image processing applications using a multi-core processor system. To this extent, a multi-core processor system is generally defined as one that is multi-platform, and potentially distributed via a network or other connection. The invention provides a machine vision system and method for executing image processing applications referred to herein as an image co-processor that comprises (among other things) a plurality of multi-core processors (MCPs) that work to process multiple images in an accelerated fashion." The patent application was filed on April 23, 2007 (11/738,711). 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=8,331,737.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,737&RS=PN/8,331,737 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,331,612) developed by Xing Li, Webster, N.Y., for a "method and system for document annotation that includes outlining." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for producing an electronic annotated document including embedding annotation information into an electronic annotation object having image data including an annotation, and producing the electronic annotated document using pixel information from the electronic document and the electronic annotation object. The annotation embedded information may be used to select corresponding pixel information from one of the electronic annotated object and electronic document to be provided in the electronic annotated document. A system and tangible storage medium having machine-readable instructions for producing an electronic annotated document are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/751,248). 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=8,331,612.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,612&RS=PN/8,331,612 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Creating Emission Images of Integrated Circuits ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,726) developed by Franco Stellari, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Peilin Song, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for "creating emission images of integrated circuits." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method, system and computer program product are disclosed for creating an image from a device. In one embodiment, the method comprises acquiring first and second images from the device, said first and second images having overlapping portions, and estimating said overlapping portions to obtain an approximate shift amount to align approximately said first and second images. This method further comprises analyzing the overlapping portions, using a defined cross-correlation algorithm, to calculate a precise shift amount to align the first and second images; and using said precise shift amount to join the first and second images together. In one embodiment, an optical system is used to acquire the images, a stage is used to move either the device or the optical system to acquire the first and second images, and the estimating includes using movement of the stage to estimate the overlapping areas." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2009 (12/493,686). 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=8,331,726.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,726&RS=PN/8,331,726 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,164) developed by Seongwon Kim, Old Tappan, N.J., Yong Liu, Rye, N.Y., and Bipin Rajendran, New York, for a "compact low-power asynchronous resistor-based memory read operation and circuit." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A compact, low-power, asynchronous, resistor-based memory read circuit includes a memory cell having a plurality of consecutive memory states, each of said states corresponding to a respective output voltage. A sense amplifier reads the state of the memory cell. The sense amplifier includes a voltage divider configured to receive the output voltage of the memory cell and to output a settled voltage an amplifier having a voltage threshold between the settled voltages associated with two of said consecutive memory states, configured to discriminate between said two consecutive memory states." The patent application was filed on Dec. 6, 2010 (12/960,651). 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=8,331,164&OS=8,331,164&RS=8,331,164 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Binary Reduction with Structure Preservation and Density Control ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn, has been assigned a patent (8,331,732) developed by Ryan Metcalfe, Marion, N.Y., and Clara Cuciurean-Zapan, Fairport, N.Y., for a "binary reduction with structure preservation and density control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for performing binary image reduction on binary image data includes receiving binary input image data; determining a conversion factor to scale (i) an input resolution to an output resolution and/or (ii) an input size to an output size; applying the conversion factor to the input image data to obtain intermediate data, where each intermediate data corresponds to at least one input pixel and at least a portion of another input pixel; obtaining a binary output image data comprising a plurality of output pixels by thresholding the corresponding intermediate data; determining an error value for each output pixel, the error value is a non-integer value obtained as a result of thresholding the intermediate data corresponding to the output pixel; and propagating the obtained error value to an adjacent output pixel in a scanline, where the output image data is scaled to the output resolution and/or the output size." The patent application was filed on July 13, 2010 (12/835,239). 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=8,331,732.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,732&RS=PN/8,331,732 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,331,200) developed by Qingshan Luo, Palo Alto, Calif., Timothy M. Dierks, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Arturo Crespo, Sunnyvale, Calif., for time zone determination.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In general, the subject matter described in this specification can be embodied in methods, systems, and program products for determining a time zone for a computing device. A computing system identifies an approximate location of the computing device. The computing system identifies multiple time zones that correspond to the approximate location of the computing device. The computing system identifies a time offset for the computing device at a point in time. The computing system determines, as being a time zone for the computing device, a single time zone of the multiple time zones that matches the time offset at the point in time." The patent application was filed on April 8, 2011 (13/083,313). 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=8,331,200&OS=8,331,200&RS=8,331,200 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Method for Measurement of Reflectance Profiles of Image Surfaces ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,331,610) developed by Julianna Lin, Rochester, N.Y., and Aaron M. Burry, Ontario, N.Y., for a "method for measurement of reflectance profiles of image surfaces." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system of measuring the bare belt signature of a surface that does not require the use of extra print jobs, or extra belt cycles, during the printing of the actual print job. Instead, the inter-document zone and other "toner-free" areas within the test job itself are used to extract an estimate of the bare belt signature. More specifically, prior knowledge of the job content and of the location of the area between image pitches is used to identify areas of the belt that should be toner-free. These areas are then treated as "bare belt" segments, and the sensor signal for these areas are extracted, aligned according to their spatial location along the belt, and then averaged to produce a final estimate of the bare belt signature." The patent application was filed on May 26, 2009 (12/471,826). 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=8,331,610.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,610&RS=PN/8,331,610 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Rule-based Combination of a Hierarchy of Classifiers for Occlusion Detection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,674) developed by Rogerio Feris, White Plains, N.Y., Arun Hampapur, Norwalk, Conn., and Ying-Li Tian, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., for a "rule-based combination of a hierarchy of classifiers for occlusion detection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An occlusion detection system and method include a decomposer configured to decompose an image into a set of hierarchical parts. A hierarchy of classifiers is employed to detect features in the image and the hierarchical parts. A logical operation is configured to logically combine a classification result from at least two of the classifiers to detect an occlusion state of the image." The patent application was filed on April 6, 2007 (11/697,535). 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=8,331,674.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,674&RS=PN/8,331,674 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Cognex Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Cognex, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,331,673) developed by four co-inventors for a "method for fast, robust, multi-dimensional pattern recognition." The co-inventors are William M. Silver, Nobleboro, Maine, E. John McGarry, La Jolla, Calif., Matt Hill, Yonkers, N.Y., and Willard Foster, Newton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a method for determining the absence or presence of one or more instances of a predetermined pattern in an image, and for determining the location of each found instance within a multidimensional space. A model represents the pattern to be found, the model including a plurality of probes. Each probe represents a relative position at which a test is performed in an image at a given pose, each such test contributing evidence that the pattern exists at the pose. The method further includes a comparison of the model with a run-time image at each of a plurality of poses. A match score is computed at each pose to provide a match score surface. Then, the match score is compared with an accept threshold, and used to provide the location any instances of the pattern in the image." The patent application was filed on Dec. 30, 2004 (11/029,116). 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=8,331,673.PN.&OS=PN/8,331,673&RS=PN/8,331,673 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** General Electric Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- General Electric, Schenectady, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,210) developed by five co-inventors for a "system and method for storage of data in circular data tracks on optical discs." The co-inventors are John Anderson Fergus Ross, Niskayuna, N.Y., Kenneth Brakeley Welles, Scotia, N.Y., John Erik Hershey, Ballston Lake, N.Y., Nick Andrew Van Stralen, Bloomfield, N.Y., and Victor Petrovich Ostroverkhov, Ballston Lake, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present techniques provide methods and systems for reading and processing a data signal read from an optical data disc. In embodiments, an optical reader system may read data bits from a data ring in the disc. The data rings may be concentric, and a beginning of a sequence of data on the data ring may be in substantially the same position as an ending of the sequence. The reader may identify a data ring and begin the read process on the targeted data ring, and may end the read process when the reader reaches the starting point. The data sequence read from the data ring may be decoded to form a bit stream, which may be provided to various output devices. A circular trellis formed from the bit stream may enable the reading of a targeted data sequence without additional tail bits to improve data transmission efficiency." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2008 (12/342,794). 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=8,331,210&OS=8,331,210&RS=8,331,210 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** International Business Machines Assigned Patent for Increased Capacity Heterogeneous Storage Elements ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,331,168) developed by five co-inventors for an "increased capacity heterogeneous storage elements." The co-inventors are Ibrahim M. Elfadel, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Michele Franceschini, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Ashish Jagmohan, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., Luis A. Lastras-Montano, Yorktown Heights, N.Y., and Mayank Sharma, Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Providing increased capacity in heterogeneous storage elements including a method for storing data including a write process writing to a memory and a read process reading from the memory. Physical characteristics of memory cells in the memory support different sets of data levels. The write process takes into account the different sets of data levels when writing to the memory. The read process first obtains data in the memory and subsequently determines how to interpret the data." The patent application was filed on April 30, 2009 (12/433,157). 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=8,331,168&OS=8,331,168&RS=8,331,168 Written by Neha Bharti; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Xerox Assigned Patent for Reducing Buffer Size Requirements in an Electronic Registration System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Dec. 13 -- Xerox, Norwalk, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,331,738) developed by Paul A. Hosier, Rochester, N.Y., Jess R. Gentner, Rochester, N.Y., and Kenneth R. Miller, Macedon, N.Y., for "reducing buffer size requirements in an electronic registration system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "What is disclosed is a novel system and method for reducing a size of a memory buffer used by an electronic registration correction system performing an electronic registration correction on a digital image. The present method uses column address segmentation to identify blocks of scanlines within a spatially mapped array of image pixels comprising a digital image. Advantageously, the present system and method reduces scanline buffer memory by a factor of 2.sup.n-1, where n is the number of column address segments. Buffering can be performed at almost any upstream location in the image path. The present method is well suited for high resolution imaging equipment where memory is constrained by design, cost, or space limitations." The patent application was filed on March 24, 2010 (12/730,347). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/ 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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