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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 22)

[January 22, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in California (Jan. 22)

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

*** Academia Sinica Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,354,127) developed by eight co-inventors for a "structure and bioactivity of the polysaccharides and oligomers in medicinal plant Dendrobium huoshanense." The co-inventors are Chi-Huey Wong, La Jolla, Calif., Wen-Bin Yang, Nankang, Taiwan, Ting-Jen Cheng, Yung-He, Taiwan, Yves Shang-Yi Hsieh, Auckland, New Zealand, Cheng Chien, Taipei, Taiwan, Chih-Chien Lin, Taipei County, Taiwan, Hao-Yu Wen, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, and Jim-Min Fang, Taipei, Taiwan.



The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Compositions and methods are disclosed relating to use of fractions, polysaccharides, and oligosaccharides of Dendrobium huoshanense. The fractions, polysaccharides, and oligosaccharides are able to effect an increase in beneficial cytokines and chemokines." The patent application was filed on Feb. 12, 2009 (12/378,263). 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=8,354,127&OS=8,354,127&RS=8,354,127 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Reduced Mask Configuration for Power Mosfets with Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Circuit Protection ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Anup Bhalla, Santa Clara, Calif., Xiaobin Wang, San Jose, Calif., Wei Wang, Santa Clara, Calif., Yi Su, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Daniel Ng, Campbell, Calif., have developed a patent (8,354,316) for a "reduced mask configuration for power mosfets with electrostatic discharge (ESD) circuit protection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semiconductor power device supported on a semiconductor substrate includes an electrostatic discharge (ESD) protection circuit disposed on a first portion of patterned ESD polysilicon layer on top of the semiconductor substrate. The semiconductor power device further includes a second portion of the patterned ESD polysilicon layer constituting a body implant ion block layer for blocking implanting body ions to enter into the semiconductor substrate below the body implant ion block layer. In an exemplary embodiment, the electrostatic discharge (ESD) polysilicon layer on top of the semiconductor substrate further covering a scribe line on an edge of the semiconductor device whereby a passivation layer is no longer required manufacturing the semiconductor device for reducing a mask required for patterning the passivation layer." The patent application was filed on Oct. 29, 2010 (12/925,820). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-bool.html&r=1&f=G&l=50&co1=AND&d=PTXT&s1=8,354,316&OS=8,354,316&RS=8,354,316 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Electrolytic Cell with Cavitating Jet ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Benjamin Pless, Atherton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,354,010) for an "electrolytic cell with cavitating jet." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The electrolytic cell of the preferred embodiment includes an electrode pair and a cavitating jet. The electrode pair includes a cathode electrode and an anode electrode and defines an electrical path between the cathode electrode and the anode electrode. The cavitating jet, which is located along the electrical path between the cathode electrode and the anode electrode, functions to cavitate a fluid, such as water. The electrode pair and the cavitating jet cooperate to initiate a plasma state in the water. The water in the plasma state acts a virtual electrode with a higher current density than the cathode electrode and/or anode electrode. The plasma virtual electrode, through thermolysis and/or electrolysis, produces hydrogen." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2007 (12/296,526). 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=8,354,010&OS=8,354,010&RS=8,354,010 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Systems and Methods for Facilitating Intake of Edible Substances ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Yi-Ming Tseng, Palo Alto, Calif., has developed a patent (8,354,130) for "systems and methods for facilitating intake of edible substances." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for facilitating a user's intake of edible substances. The system may include a first portion, a second portion, and a partition unit disposed between the first portion and the second portion. A first space may be located between the first portion and the partition unit for containing a first edible substance. A second space may be located between the second portion and the partition unit for containing a second edible substance. The system may also include a tube for causing a change at the partition unit to open an opening between the first space and the second space, and for transmitting a portion of an edible mixture to the mouth of the user. The edible mixture may include part of the first edible substance provided from the first space and part of the second edible substance provided from the second space." The patent application was filed on Sept. 7, 2010 (12/876,258). 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=8,354,130&OS=8,354,130&RS=8,354,130 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Purification System for Cyanotoxic-contaminated Water ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Allen John Schuh, Pleasanton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,354,030) for a "purification system for cyanotoxic-contaminated water." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system for removing cyanotoxins and excess ions from contaminated water. Contaminated water passes from a storage tank (200), through a sand filter (210), through a reaction chamber (230), and finally through a carbon filter (270). The sand filter removes particulates and bacteria. The reaction chamber first destroys cyanotoxins, algae, and bacteria through the use of high voltage shocks applied between two groups of electrodes (285, 285' then the voltage on the electrodes is lowered and electrolysis is used to sequester free ions in the water in the region near the electrodes. Partially treated water is removed from the upper portion of the reaction chamber and passed through a carbon filter (270) to remove radiation, and improve taste and smell. The water is then potable. The water remaining in the reaction chamber is discarded into a reservoir (265)." The patent application was filed on Sept. 12, 2011 (13/229,993). 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=8,354,030&OS=8,354,030&RS=8,354,030 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Korea Research Insitute of Chemical Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Korea Research Insitute of Chemical Technology, Daejeon, South Korea, has been assigned a patent (8,354,421) developed by four co-inventors for a "HIV reverse transcriptase inhibitors." The co-inventors are Gong-Xin He, Cupertino, Calif., Choung U. Kim, San Carlos, Calif., Michael L. Mitchell, Hayward, Calif., and Lianhong Xu, Palo Alto, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention is related to compounds of Formula (I): ##STR00001## or a pharmaceutically acceptable salt, solvate, ester, and/or phosphonate thereof, compositions containing such compounds, and therapeutic methods that include the administration of such compounds." The patent application was filed on June 26, 2008 (12/215,264). 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=8,354,421&OS=8,354,421&RS=8,354,421 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California, Minnesota, Colorado Inventors Develop Patent for Method for Diagnosing Hemangiosarcoma in Canine Using Detection of Thymidine Kinase Activity ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Randy Ringold, West Hills, Calif., Renee Parker, Woodbury, Minn., and Douglas H. Thamm, Fort Collins, Colo., have developed a patent (8,354,244) for a "method for diagnosing hemangiosarcoma in canine using detection of thymidine kinase activity." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The disclosure relates to a method for detecting hemangiosarcoma in canines. The method includes the steps of: (1) obtaining a quantity of blood from the subject canine; (2) separating the quantity of blood into a serum portion and a non-serum portion; (3) contacting the serum portion of the blood with a detector to detect presence of an amount of Thymidine Kinase (TK); and (4) detecting the level of TK in serum and determining whether TK is present in amounts of about 8 units/L or greater." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2011 (13/323,670). 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=8,354,244&OS=8,354,244&RS=8,354,244 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Palo Alto Research Center Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,354,076) developed by Jurgen H. Daniel, San Francisco, Meng H. Lean, Santa Clara, Calif., and Armin R. Volkel, Mountain View, Calif., for a fluid stirring mechanism.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A fluidic system and method includes a channel reservoir which holds 1.5 milliliters or less of fluid. The agitation mechanism, which is partially integrated with the channel or reservoir, includes a fiber or rod at least partially situated within the channel or reservoir, and which acts to move or vibrate to stir and/or agitate fluid within the channel or reservoir. The fluid is then extracted from an extraction area following the agitation or stirring operation." The patent application was filed on Oct. 2, 2006 (11/537,679). 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=8,354,076&OS=8,354,076&RS=8,354,076 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Therapeutic System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Jason V. Ingrao, Davis, Calif., and Justin G. Nelson, West Sacramento, Calif., have developed a patent (8,353,855) for a therapeutic system.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The therapeutic system provides an oscillatory, pivoting table for applying motion-induced therapeutic sensory stimuli to a user. Further, therapeutic audio and visual output may be provided to the user during the application of the therapeutic sensory stimuli. The therapeutic system includes a base having an upper vertex. A tabletop is pivotally mounted to the upper vertex of the base, and the upper surface of the tabletop is adapted for supporting the user. At least one piston is provided, with the lower end thereof being mounted within the base, and the upper end thereof being pivotally mounted to a lower surface of the tabletop in order to pivot the table with respect to the base in a controlled, oscillatory manner. Oscillation of the table at a user-controlled frequency and angle induces the therapeutic sensory stimuli in the user." The patent application was filed on Sept. 8, 2009 (12/585,195). 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=8,353,855&OS=8,353,855&RS=8,353,855 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,355,382) developed by Venkatesan Pradeep, Cupertino, Calif., Neelesh Bansod, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Vamsidhar Valluri, Fremont, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for providing WiMAX (worldwide interoperability for microwave access) anchor mode service on a system with distributed forwarding planes." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Transferring a mobile node from one ASN-GW (anchor access service network gateway) to another ASN-GW is referred to as a hand-over. To facilitate transfer of data for the hand-over, a GRE (generic routing encapsulation) tunnel is established between the two ASN-GWs. Traffic through the GRE tunnel arriving at a line card of an ASN-GW is redirected from the arrival line card to the one line card that contains information for the mobile node. The redirection is based on traversal of one or more tables on the line cards. These tables are indexed according to GRE keys corresponding to the mobile nodes. Therefore, the appropriate line card for the traffic can be identified quickly and efficiently using a distributed forwarding plane with minimal provisioning overhead, resulting in lower latency during the hand-over." The patent application was filed on Nov. 11, 2009 (12/616,656). 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=8,355,382.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,382&RS=PN/8,355,382 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Hitachi Global Storage Technologies Netherlands, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, has been assigned a patent (8,355,300) developed by Michael Konrad Grobis, San Jose, Calif., Manfred Ernst Schabes, Saratoga, Calif., and Barry Cushing Stipe, San Jose, Calif., for a "thermally-assisted recording (TAR) patterned-media disk drive with optical detection of write synchronization and servo fields." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A thermally-assisted recording (TAR) bit-patterned-media (BPM) magnetic recording disk drive uses optical detection of synchronization fields for write synchronization and optical detection of servo sectors for read/write head positioning. The synchronization fields and servo sectors extend generally radially across the data tracks and are patterned into discrete nondata blocks separated by gaps in the along-the-track direction. A near-field transducer (NFT) directs laser radiation to the disk and generates a power absorption profile on the disk that has a characteristic along-the-track spot size less than the along-the-track length of the gaps between the nondata blocks in the synchronization fields and servo sectors. A sensor provides an output signal in response to radiation from the nondata blocks and gaps in the synchronization fields and servo sectors as the disk rotates to control the timing of the magnetic write field applied to the data islands and to control the positioning of the read/write head on the data tracks." The patent application was filed on Oct. 5, 2010 (12/898,381). 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=8,355,300.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,300&RS=PN/8,355,300 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Conor Medsystems, Innovational Holdings Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Conor Medsystems, Menlo Park, Calif., and Innovational Holdings, Spanish Fork, Utah, have been assigned a patent (8,353,950) developed by John F. Shanley, Emerald Hills, Calif., and Prasanna Venkatesh Muralidharan, Menlo Park, Calif., for a "stent with flexible hinges." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A helical stent includes at least one helical winding. Each helical winding includes a plurality of alternating long struts and short struts, ends of at least some of the long struts being joined to an end of an adjacent short strut by a flexible hinge arrangement, the struts being substantially rigid. The stent also includes at least one interconnection member connecting a hinge arrangement on one turn of the at least one winding with a hinge arrangement on an adjacent turn of the at least one winding. Fewer than all hinge arrangements on the at least one helical winding are connected to other hinge arrangements by an interconnection member." The patent application was filed on March 7, 2011 (13/041,827). 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=8,353,950&OS=8,353,950&RS=8,353,950 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Vehicle Tracking System, Method and Game ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Dean Sanders, Stockton, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,749) for a "vehicle tracking system, method and game." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The "Vehicle Tracking System and Game" integrates a GPS navigation system with invention specific hardware and software. A user installs a mobile unit on his race vehicle which features software allowing a processor connected to the electronics of the user's vehicle to communicate with an inertial navigation system which collects racing information, with a remote database which features software for various interactive real-time or virtual GPS Racing Games and processing the racing information of all users, and with a GPS system in real time. The mobile unit collects, processes, saves and transmits user specific racing information continuously throughout the game. This racing information is data of racing performance parameters specific to the game subscribed for by the user. The database processes and evaluates the received racing information, offsets this information with the users' basic input data and compares the information of all users." The patent application was filed on Sept. 4, 2008 (12/231,902). 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=8,353,749&OS=8,353,749&RS=8,353,749 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,355,380) developed by Raja Banerjea, Sunnyvale, Calif., for a mesh power conservation.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus for conserving power in a mesh point in which in response to the mesh point participating in mesh activity while in an awake mode, the mesh point continues in the awake mode for a first awake time period. In response to the first awake time period expiring without the mesh point participating in the mesh activity, the mesh point is operated in a low power mode for a first sleep time period. In response to the first sleep time period expiring, the mesh point is operated in the awake mode for a second awake time period to detect additional mesh activity. And in response to the second awake time period expiring without detecting the additional mesh activity, the mesh point is operated point in the low power mode for a second sleep time period." The patent application was filed on March 10, 2009 (12/401,308). 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=8,355,380.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,380&RS=PN/8,355,380 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Card Game Apparatus and Method with Dealt Card Disclosure Feature ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Gary Stephen Shuster, Fresno, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,768) for a "card game apparatus and method with dealt card disclosure feature." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method of managing a card game, a computer implementation thereof, and a card game kit are disclosed. In the method, a plurality of cards are dealt in one or more rounds to a plurality of players, each player receiving one or more cards in each round, with each card bearing a designated value and suit. The values and suits of the cards dealt are recorded in each round. Those values and suits are then revealed to the players during one or more of the rounds to enable the players to wager or withdraw from the game." The patent application was filed on June 24, 2010 (12/822,945). 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=8,353,768&OS=8,353,768&RS=8,353,768 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson Assigned Patent for Multicast Dual Join for Ring Network Topologies ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson, Stockholm, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,355,319) developed by four co-inventors for a "multicast dual join for ring network topologies." The co-inventors are Anubhav Gupta, Fremont, Calif., Veluchamy Dinakaran, Sunnyvale, Calif., Avoy Nanda, Milpitas, Calif., and Avinash Sridharan, Santa Clara, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A network node includes a primary incoming interface, a secondary incoming interface and a data flow control unit. The primary incoming interface is operable to receive traffic associated with a particular source and multicast group. The secondary incoming interface is operable to serve as a backup interface if the primary incoming interface or a transmission path coupled to the primary incoming interface is inoperative. The data flow control unit is operable to determine whether the network node is part of a ring topology and if so, forward traffic received on the primary incoming interface associated with the source and multicast group to both a host which joined the multicast group and the secondary incoming interface and forward traffic received on the secondary incoming interface associated with the source and multicast group to the primary incoming interface." The patent application was filed on Feb. 2, 2011 (13/019,836). 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=8,355,319.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,319&RS=PN/8,355,319 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Method and Device for Facilitating Use of an Exercise Ball ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Andrew Gere, Chico, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,809) for a "method and device for facilitating use of an exercise ball." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method for using an exercise device for facilitating a user to perform a variety of exercises using an exercise ball supported on the device is disclosed. The device comprises a pouch having a mouth end wherein the pouch is configured to form a seat portion to the user. The device further includes a plurality of linking members attached to the mouth end by an attachment means and a plurality of straps. The lower end of the plurality of straps is secured to the linking members and the upper end of the plurality of straps is attached to a securing means. Each of the pair of straps is crisscrossed in preparation for attachment to the exercise ball. The crisscrossed straps are looped around the ball and secured by using the securing means. The crisscross arrangement of the straps securely holds the exercise ball in relation to the seat portion." The patent application was filed on May 6, 2012 (13/465,010). 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=8,353,809&OS=8,353,809&RS=8,353,809 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Offset Loop for Wobble ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,355,302) developed by Mats Oberg, Cupertino, Calif., for an "offset loop for wobble." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Aspects of the disclosure can provide a method for generating an offset correction signal with a reduced circuit footprint. The method can include converting samples of a wobble signal into digital values having a reduced number of bits, integrating the digital values having the reduced number of bits over a specified time interval to determine an error signal, and generating an offset correction signal based on the determined error signal." The patent application was filed on June 15, 2009 (12/484,417). 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=8,355,302.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,302&RS=PN/8,355,302 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Low Cost Disposable Infusion Pump ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- David L. Davis, Poway, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,864) for a "low cost disposable infusion pump." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed is a low cost, disposable, infusion pump. The infusion pump can include an integrated occlusion detector that detects both upstream and downstream occlusions in an infusion tube. In addition, the infusion pump can easily monitor flow rates through the infusion tube, and be quickly set to infuse at a pre-determined rate. An armature within the infusion pump works in concert with a pair of tubing pinchers to precisely control the movement of fluid within the tubing. Sensors mounted within the device detect the position of the armature and can determine if an occlusion has occurred in the tubing." The patent application was filed on Feb. 18, 2009 (12/388,423). 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=8,353,864&OS=8,353,864&RS=8,353,864 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Teardrop Ring Tossing Game ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Joe Arroyo, Fresno, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,792) for a "teardrop ring tossing game." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention is a ring for a game of skill, generally comprising a single strip having first and second ends, wherein said first and second ends are attached to one another to form a single endless ring having a corner on one side of said ring and a teardrop-shaped opposing side opposite said corner. In some embodiments the ring is a single continuous piece. Alternative embodiments of the present invention call for the game piece to be flexible, and for utilizing attachment mechanisms and curvature retention mechanisms to further adjust and retain the curvature of the ring, all for the purpose of affecting the trajectory of the ring when thrown." The patent application was filed on Oct. 15, 2010 (12/905,926). 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=8,353,792&OS=8,353,792&RS=8,353,792 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Response Game Systems and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Jeffery Allen Patchen, Oakland, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,750) for a "response game systems and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Novel response games provide participants with opportunities to receive response points and subsequent prizes, awards, fortune, and fame. Correct responses are generally determined by a television producer's and sponsor's targeted viewers (e.g. a designated response game point controller). Players receiving a highest response point total for a plurality of response sessions are identified as highly in-sync with a response point controller and qualify to be selected to star on television as viewer/controller representatives. Viewer/controller representatives are presented with various producer's and sponsor's business element options associated with a future television promotion, production, and program provided. The representatives are shown evaluating each business element and selecting a number of most suitable elements to become future response game elements. The producer's and sponsor's elements selected by the viewer/controller representatives are determined by the representatives to be the most suitable elements for viewers to respond to during a future response game." The patent application was filed on Sept. 23, 2005 (11/234,747). 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=8,353,750&OS=8,353,750&RS=8,353,750 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Safety Warning System and Method ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Rodolfo Garcia, Studio City, Calif., has developed a patent (8,354,938) for a "safety warning system and method." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An appliance warning system comprises a floor pad which has a switch movable between an open position when no weight pressure is detected and a closed position when activated by weight pressure. A transmitter transmits a signal depending upon whether the switch is in the open or closed position. A remotely located module has a receiver for the signal from the transmitter. A control circuit is operational between a ready state before the switch is activated to the closed position and a monitoring state after the switch is activated. A warning device is activated by the control circuit when in the monitoring state when the switch has been in the open position for a preselected period of time after having been in the closed position. A reset switch resets the control circuit from the monitoring state to the ready state." The patent application was filed on Dec. 7, 2011 (13/373,987). 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=8,354,938.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,938&RS=PN/8,354,938 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Method and Apparatus for Sampling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,354,865) developed by Kenneth Thet Zin Oo, Milpitas, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for sampling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A sampling circuit can include a switch having a control terminal, a first channel terminal and a second channel terminal. The first channel terminal can be configured to receive an input signal, and the control terminal can be configured to have a control voltage that varies with regard to the input signal, such that a conducting channel can be formed between the first channel terminal and the second channel terminal to enable an output voltage on the second channel terminal to track the input signal. Further, the sampling circuit can include a bootstrap module coupled to the control terminal of the switch. The bootstrap module can be configured to change the control voltage by a substantially constant value to turn off the conducting channel between the first channel terminal and the second channel terminal in order to hold the output voltage as a sample of the input signal." The patent application was filed on Sept. 29, 2011 (13/248,659). 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=8,354,865.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,865&RS=PN/8,354,865 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ricoh Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Ricoh, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,355,170) developed by Lifen Tian, Sunnyvale, Calif., for "methods and systems to provide scan services to an image forming device." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods are disclosed for scanning devices to exchange scan messages with external devices, where the scan messages comprise WS-Scan protocol message and DSM protocol messages. A determination is made if a scan message comprises a WS-Scan protocol message or a DSM protocol message. A response is made to the WS-Scan protocol message if the scan message is a WS-Scan protocol message. Further, a response is made to the DSM protocol message if the scan message is a DSM protocol message. A user interface of the scanning device hides the distinctions between WS-Scan and DSM to permit a user to seamlessly select scanning to either or both WS-Scan and DSM destinations." The patent application was filed on July 26, 2010 (12/843,199). 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=8,355,170.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,170&RS=PN/8,355,170 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mediatek Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Mediatek Science-Based Industrial Park, Hsin-Chu, Taiwan, has been assigned a patent (8,354,947) developed by five co-inventors for a "signal processing apparatus with sigma-delta modulating block collaborating with notch filtering block and related signal processing method thereof." The co-inventors are Hsiang-Hui Chang, Miaoli County, Taiwan, Caiyi Wang, Austin, Texas, George Chien, Saratoga, Calif., Hsin-Hung Chen, Hsinchu County, Taiwan, and Chih-Jung Chen, Hsinchu, Taiwan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "One signal processing apparatus includes a sigma-delta modulating block and a notch filtering block. The sigma-delta modulating block is arranged to perform a sigma-delta modulation upon a signal input and accordingly generate a signal output. The notch filtering block is arranged to perform a notch filtering operation upon the signal output for generating a filtered signal output. Another signal processing apparatus includes a sigma-delta modulating block and a notch filtering block. The sigma-delta modulating block is arranged to perform a sigma-delta modulation upon a signal input and accordingly generate a signal output. The notch filtering block is enabled for performing a notch filtering operation upon the signal output when the signal processing apparatus operates in a first operational mode, and the notch filtering block is disabled when the signal processing apparatus operates in a second operational mode." The patent application was filed on Feb. 11, 2011 (13/025,171). 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=8,354,947.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,947&RS=PN/8,354,947 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Neurological Functions ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Michael Chez, Granite Bay, Calif., has developed a patent (8,354,438) for a neurological functions.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention relates to materials and methods for treating neurological diseases and disorders including but not limited to epilepsy and autism, as well as general cognitive problems." The patent application was filed on July 15, 2002 (10/486,077). 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=8,354,438.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,438&RS=PN/8,354,438 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Kingstone Semiconductor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Kingstone Semiconductor, China, has been assigned a patent (8,354,654) developed by Jiong Chen, San Jose, Calif., for an "apparatus and method for ion beam implantation using scanning and spot beams with improved high dose beam quality." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An ion implantation apparatus with multiple operating modes is disclosed. The ion implantation apparatus has an ion source and an ion extraction means for forming a converging beam on AMU-non-dispersive plane therefrom. The ion implantation apparatus includes magnetic scanner prior to a magnetic analyzer for scanning the beam on the non-dispersive plane, the magnetic analyzer for selecting ions with specific mass-to-charge ratio to pass through a mass slit to project onto a substrate. A rectangular quadruple magnet is provided to collimate the scanned ion beam and fine corrections of the beam incident angles onto a target. A deceleration or acceleration system incorporating energy filtering is at downstream of the beam collimator. A two-dimensional mechanical scanning system for scanning the target is disclosed, in which a beam diagnostic means is built in." The patent application was filed on March 18, 2010 (12/661,522). 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=8,354,654.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,654&RS=PN/8,354,654 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sony Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Sony, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,355,057) developed by Wei Liu, San Jose, Calif., and Mohammad Gharavi-Alkhansari, Santa Clara, Calif., for a "joint scalar embedded graphics coding for color images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An improved scalar embedded graphics coding (EGC) for wireless HD compression is described herein. The image frame to be encoded is divided into blocks, which are further divided into color groups. These groups are encoded one bit plane at a time. The improved scalar EGC method and system uses shared grouping data among color components, but bit planes of each color are separately encoded. Further, during encoding a second-level grouping is able to occur on the splitting signaling of the groups. The system and method described herein retain the simplicity of scalar EGC and attain an efficiency comparable to vector EGC." The patent application was filed on Aug. 31, 2010 (12/873,009). 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=8,355,057.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,057&RS=PN/8,355,057 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** ARM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- ARM, Cambridge, United Kingdom, has been assigned a patent (8,355,276) developed by Sachin Satish Idgunji, San Jose, Calif., Hemangi Umakant Gajjewar, Sunnyvale, Calif., and Gus Yeung, Austin, Texas, for "controlling voltage levels applied to access devices when accessing storage cells in a memory." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semiconductor memory storage device is disclosed. This memory device has a plurality of storage cells for storing data; a plurality of access devices for allowing access to the corresponding plurality of storage cells, the plurality of access devices being arranged in at least two groups, each of the at least two groups being controlled by an access control line; access control circuitry for controlling a voltage level supplied to a selected one of at least two of the access control lines during access to the storage cell, the access control circuitry comprising a capacitor and switching circuitry; and control circuitry responsive to a data access request to access a selected storage cell to: connect a selected one of the access control lines to a voltage level to allow access via one of the access devices to the selected storage cell; and to control the switching circuitry of the access control circuitry to connect the capacitor of the access control circuitry to the selected access control line and thereby change the voltage level supplied to the selected access control line." The patent application was filed on Nov. 20, 2009 (12/591,511). 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=8,355,276.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,276&RS=PN/8,355,276 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Controlling Power Supply Current Using Clock Gating ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,354,869) developed by Hongying Sheng, San Jose, Calif., Chen Liu, Hayward, Calif., and Wei Cao, San Jose, Calif., for "systems and methods for controlling power supply current using clock gating." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A control system includes a clock gating module and a clock comparison module. The clock gating module is configured to generate a gating signal based on an enable signal, a given period, and a base clock signal having a given frequency. The clock comparison module is configured to generate a gated clock signal based on the base clock signal and the gating signal." The patent application was filed on April 20, 2011 (13/090,600). 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=8,354,869.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,869&RS=PN/8,354,869 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Honda Motor Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Honda Motor, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,353,534) developed by David W. Arnold, Glendale, Calif., Craig Mitchell, Huntington Beach, Calif., and Justin Michael Winter, Dublin, Ohio, for a "vehicle having utility bed and passenger restraint assembly." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A vehicle includes a vehicular frame, a utility bed, and a passenger restraint assembly. The utility bed is coupled with the vehicular frame and includes a bed floor, a side wall, and a rear scat. The passenger restraint assembly includes a securing member, a belt and a retractor. The securing member is coupled with the utility bed adjacent to the rear seat. The belt includes a first end; a second end, and a securing portion. The securing portion is configured for selective engagement with the securing member. The retractor is coupled with the side wall. The retractor includes a carrier that is coupled with the first end of the belt and is configured to facilitate selective dispensation of the belt." The patent application was filed on Dec. 23, 2009 (12/646,160). 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=83,53,534.PN.&OS=PN/83,53,534&RS=PN/83,53,534 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Spin-stabilized Lander ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Harold Rosen, Santa Monica, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,481) for a spin-stabilized lander.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a novel, low-cost, spin-stabilized lander architecture capable (with appropriate system scaling tailored to the attributes of the target) of performing a soft-landing on a solar-system body such as Earth's Moon, Mars, Venus, the moons of Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, selected near-Earth and main-belt asteroids, comets and Kuiper belt objects and even large human-made objects, and also moving about on the surface of the target solar-system body after the initial landing in movement akin to hopping." The patent application was filed on Jan. 24, 2009 (12/359,303). 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=83,53,481.PN.&OS=PN/83,53,481&RS=PN/83,53,481 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** IRM Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- IRM, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,354,526) developed by six co-inventors for a "pyrido [4, 3-D] pyrimidinone derivatives as kinase inhibitors." The co-inventors are Qiang Ding, San Diego, Yahua Liu, San Diego, Xu Wu, San Diego, Qihui Jin, San Diego, Jianwei Che, San Diego, and S. Frank Yan, Shanghai, China.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a class of compounds of Formula (I), pharmaceutical compositions comprising such compounds and methods of using such compounds to treat or prevent diseases or disorders associated with abnormal or deregulated kinase activity, particularly Syk, ZAP70, KDR, FMS, FLT3, c-Kit, RET, TrkA, TrkB, TrkC, IGR-IR, AIk, c-FMS, or combinations thereof. ##STR00001##." The patent application was filed on Jan. 27, 2009 (12/865,367). 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=8,354,526.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,526&RS=PN/8,354,526 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventors Develop Patent for Rotatably Positionable Hand Rail ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- John W. Bailey, Bakersfield, Calif., and Steven H. Bailey, Bakersfield, Calif., have developed a patent (8,353,068) for a "rotatably positionable hand rail." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an adjustable hand rail including a wall-mounted base member that includes a circular plate with an inward facing side and an outward facing side. The circular plate includes a circular track. The circular track has a bottom, an inside rail member extending from the bottom and an outside rail member extending from the bottom. The two rail members define a C-shaped channel. The bottom of the track member also includes a plurality of lock apertures. A rotatable insert is rotatably disposed within the circular track. The insert has a first insert opening and a diametrically opposed second insert opening. First and second shoulder members are disposed within the insert openings. The first shoulder member has a first locking pin biased to extend into one of the lock apertures. A bar having a first end and a second end is provided attached to the shoulder members." The patent application was filed on June 6, 2012 (13/490,350). 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=83,53,068.PN.&OS=PN/83,53,068&RS=PN/83,53,068 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** TOPCON Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- TOPCON, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,355,118) developed by seven co-inventors for a "laser scanner, laser scanner measuring system, calibration method for laser scanner measuring system and target for calibration." The co-inventors are Kazuhiro Ogawa, Tokyo, Hiroto Shibuya, Tokyo, Shigeyuki Yamaguchi, Tokyo, Ryousuke Miyoshi, Tokyo, You Sasaki, Tokyo, Hiroyuki Konno, Dublin, Calif., and Jeffrey Robert DeBoer, Livermore, Calif.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A laser scanner measuring system is disclosed, which has a laser scanner and a calibration target. The laser scanner comprises a light emitting element for emitting a pulsed laser beam, a rotary projecting unit for projecting the pulsed laser beam, a distance measuring unit, and a control unit for driving and controlling the light emitting element and the distance measuring unit. The calibration target has a reflection sector with a known shape and with high reflectance and is installed at a known position. In use, there is a step for judging a reflected pulsed laser beam from the reflection sector by detecting a level of light quantity, a step for determining a center position of the reflection sector based on the result of the judgment, and a step for calibrating the laser scanner measuring system based on the determined center position and on the known position." The patent application was filed on April 18, 2012 (13/449,389). 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=8,355,118.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,118&RS=PN/8,355,118 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications, Lund, Sweden, has been assigned a patent (8,354,967) developed by Minh-Chau Huynh, Foster City, Calif., for an "antenna array with capacitive coupled upper and lower antenna elements and a peak radiation pattern directed toward the lower antenna element." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An antenna system includes a planar substrate, a conductive ground plane, and an upper antenna element. The conductive ground plane is on the substrate. A slot that is free of conductive material extends through the ground plane to define a lower antenna element from a portion of the ground plane. The upper antenna element is spaced apart and overlies at least a portion of the lower antenna element. A first location of the upper antenna element is electrically connected to the ground plane and a spaced apart second location of the upper antenna element is electrically connected to an antenna feed element. The upper antenna element is configured to electrically resonate responsive to a defined RF signal. The lower antenna element is configured to resonate through capacitive coupling to the resonating upper antenna element." The patent application was filed on May 11, 2010 (12/777,718). 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=8,354,967.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,967&RS=PN/8,354,967 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Wheeled Cart Slidable onto Horizontal Surface ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- David Gonzalez, Burbank, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,524) for a "wheeled cart slidable onto horizontal surface." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wheeled cart capable of rolling along a first environmental surface, which may carry a plurality of storage receptacles in gimballing fashion thereon, and which enables the wheeled cart to be slid onto an elevated second environmental surface. The wheeled cart comprises a base supporting wheels and two upright support posts. A subframe supporting the storage receptacles is pivotally and slidably mounted to the upright support posts. The subframe may be inclined from its usual vertical orientation to a horizontal orientation and slid onto the second environmental surface. The base and support posts may be inclined from their usual vertical orientation to reassume longitudinal alignment with the subframe. Contents of the storage receptacles are thus moved en masse onto the second environmental surface without requiring removal from the wheeled cart, while constantly assuming their orientation relative to a vertical direction because of gimballing action of the storage receptacles." The patent application was filed on May 10, 2011 (13/104,617). 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=83,53,524.PN.&OS=PN/83,53,524&RS=PN/83,53,524 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Direct Drive Electric Traction Motor ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Harry K. James, Orange, Calif., has developed a patent (8,353,375) for a "direct drive electric traction motor." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A direct drive traction vehicle motor system for a wheeled vehicle includes an electric motor rotor for mechanically attachment to a vehicle wheel for rotational movement with the vehicle wheel. An attachment structure is concentrically mounting the rotor to the vehicle wheel. An electric motor stator is mounted in a concentric relationship with the rotor. A mechanical structure is coupled between the vehicle and the stator for inhibiting rotation of the stator. An electric drive circuit is electrically coupled to the motor stator for exciting the motor stator to impart a rotational force on the vehicle wheel through the rotor." The patent application was filed on Jan. 19, 2010 (12/689,377). 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=83,53,375.PN.&OS=PN/83,53,375&RS=PN/83,53,375 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Nitto Denko Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Nitto Denko, Osaka, Japan, has been assigned a patent (8,354,668) developed by five co-inventors for an emissive triaryls. The co-inventors are Shijun Zheng, San Diego, Jensen Cayas, Bonita, Calif., Sheng Li, Vista, Calif., Amane Mochizuchi, San Diego, and Hyunsik Chae, San Diego.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed herein are compounds represented by Formula 1. Compositions and light-emitting devices related thereto are also disclosed." The patent application was filed on June 29, 2010 (12/826,589). 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=8,354,668.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,668&RS=PN/8,354,668 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Advantest (Singapore) Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Advantest (Singapore), Singapore, has been assigned a patent (8,354,853) developed by Sanjeev Grover, San Jose, Calif., Donald W. Chiu, Santa Clara, Calif., and John W. Andberg, Santa Cruz, Calif., for a "test electronics to device under test interfaces, and methods and apparatus using same." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, a test system has a set of test electronics for testing a device under test (DUT). The test system also has at least one test electronics to DUT interface having a zero insertion force (ZIF) connector. Each ZIF connector has a ZIF connector to DUT clamping mechanism configured to i) apply a first orthogonal force to a probe card that interfaces with a DUT, by pressing the ZIF connector against the probe card, and simultaneously ii) exert at least one second orthogonal force on the probe card, the at least one second orthogonal force being opposite in direction to the first orthogonal force." The patent application was filed on Nov. 25, 2009 (12/626,506). 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=8,354,853.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,853&RS=PN/8,354,853 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Otsuka Pharmaceutical Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Otsuka Pharmaceutical, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,354,439) developed by eleven co-inventors for an "agent for inhibition of cytokine production and agent for inhibition of cell adhesion." The co-inventors are Masatoshi Chihiro, Naruto, Japan, Takayuki Matsuzaki, Tokushima, Japan, Hisashi Nagamoto, Suita, Japan, Goro Miyakoda, Tokushima, Japan, Shinobu Sueyoshi, Belmont, Calif., Toyoki Mori, Naruto, Japan, Kazuyoshi Kitano, Naruto, Japan, Isao Takemura, Tokyo, Hiroshi Yamashita, Tokushima, Japan, Muneaki Kurimura, Naruto, Japan, and Fujio Tabusa, Tokushima, Japan.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The present invention provides an agent for inhibiting cytokine production or cell adhesion, comprising at least one compound selected from the group consisting of thiazole derivatives represented by the following general formula: ##STR00001## [wherein R.sup.1 is a phenyl group which may have a lower alkoxy group(s) as a substituent(s) on the phenyl ring, and R.sup.2 is a group represented by the following general formula: ##STR00002## (wherein R.sup.3's, which may be the same or different, are each a carboxyl group, a lower alkoxy group or the like) or the like] and salts thereof." The patent application was filed on Dec. 12, 2006 (11/637,125). 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=8,354,439.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,439&RS=PN/8,354,439 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Antenna System having Compact PIFA Resonator with Open Sections ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Greg F. Johnson, Aptos, Calif., has developed a patent (8,354,964) for an "antenna system having compact PIFA resonator with open sections." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A low-height PIFA-fed antenna system having high gain, wide bandwidth and wide beamwidth for applications on wireless communications devices. The antenna is suitable for internal installation within a handset, such as a cellphone. The antenna includes a ground plane conductor, such as the ground plane of a wireless device, and a resonator element having a top portion with a split free end defining an open space. The antenna is well adapted for high volume manufacturing processes using conventional fabrication techniques such as metal stamping or selectively plated plastic." The patent application was filed on Oct. 9, 2009 (12/576,908). 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=8,354,964.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,964&RS=PN/8,354,964 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Marvell International Assigned Patent for Kickback Cancellation in Class B Type Circuits Using AC Coupling ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Marvell International, Hamilton, Bermuda, has been assigned a patent (8,354,874) developed by Talip Ucar, San Francisco, for a "kickback cancellation in class B type circuits using AC coupling." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A circuit includes a first current source, a second current source, a third current source and a fourth current source. A load includes a first terminal connected to a first node between the first current source and the second current source and a second terminal connected to a second node between the third current source and the fourth current source. A bias control module includes a first output configured to output a first bias signal to the first and fourth current sources and a second output configured to provide a second bias signal to the second and third current sources. A capacitance is connected to the first and second outputs of the bias control module." The patent application was filed on May 12, 2010 (12/778,248). 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=8,354,874.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,874&RS=PN/8,354,874 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** California Inventor Develops Patent for Light, Sound, and Motion Receiver Devices ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Stephen W. Boyer, Los Angeles, has developed a patent (8,354,918) for a "light, sound, and motion receiver devices." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method to elicit a behavior in response to a simplex communication signal comprises receiving, at a receiver device, an encoded simplex communication signal from a transmitter device, the simplex communication signal including an identifier. The method further comprises referencing a stored program in the receiver device to a stored program block corresponding to the identifier. The receiver device then initiates execution of the program block and renders a behavior in accordance with or corresponding to the program block corresponding to the simplex communication signal. The receiver device includes a program database, wherein the receiver is programmed to reference a stored program block of the program database corresponding to the identifier. The receiver device also includes mechanisms to enable a behavior in accordance with the program block to be audibly and visibly perceived." The patent application was filed on Aug. 24, 2009 (12/546,171). 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=8,354,918.PN.&OS=PN/8,354,918&RS=PN/8,354,918 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Fuji Xerox Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Fuji Xerox, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,355,186) developed by Patrick Chiu, Menlo Park, Calif., and Trista Chen, Menlo Park, Calif., for "systems and methods for interactive semi-automatic document scanning." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A semi-automatic system for scanning a document includes an image capture device, such as a digital or video camera, which records a sequence of images while a user waves a document in front of the device. The user can present multiple pages of a document to the image capture device, after which the total sequence of images are processed to identify a clear image of each page from the sequence of images. The system further includes image processing techniques to correct for motion blurring, acceleration and perspective errors. The system is capable of processing any size or shape of document without destroying the organization or format of the original." The patent application was filed on Feb. 10, 2009 (12/378,098). 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=8,355,186.PN.&OS=PN/8,355,186&RS=PN/8,355,186 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Ricoh Assigned Patent for Independent Pixel Waveforms for Updating Electronic Paper Displays ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 22 -- Ricoh, Tokyo, has been assigned a patent (8,355,018) dev 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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