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TMCNet:  U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Jan. 24)

[January 24, 2013]

U.S. Patents Awarded to Inventors in Massachusetts (Jan. 24)

(Targeted News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Targeted News Service Targeted News Service ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- The following federal patents were awarded to inventors in Massachusetts.

*** K-NFB Reading Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- K-NFB Reading Technology, Wellesley Hills, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,359,202) developed by Raymond C. Kurzweil, Newton, Mass., Paul Albrecht, Bedford, Mass., and Peter Chapman, Bedford, Mass., for "character models for document narration." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Disclosed are techniques and systems to provide a narration of a text in multiple different voices where the portions of the text narrated using the different voices are selected by a user. Also disclosed are techniques and systems for associating characters with portions of a sequence of words selected by a user. Different characters having different voice models can be associated with different portions of a sequence of words." The patent application was filed on Jan. 14, 2010 (12/687,202). 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=8,359,202&OS=8,359,202&RS=8,359,202 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.



*** Digital Voice Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Digital Voice Systems, Westford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,359,197) developed by John C. Hardwick, Sudbury, Mass., for a half-rate vocoder.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Encoding a sequence of digital speech samples into a bit stream includes dividing the digital speech samples into one or more frames, computing model parameters for a frame, and quantizing the model parameters to produce pitch bits conveying pitch information, voicing bits conveying voicing information, and gain bits conveying signal level information. One or more of the pitch bits are combined with one or more of the voicing bits and one or more of the gain bits to create a first parameter codeword that is encoded with an error control code to produce a first FEC codeword that is included in a bit stream for the frame. The process may be reversed to decode the bit stream." The patent application was filed on April 1, 2003 (10/402,938). 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=8,359,197&OS=8,359,197&RS=8,359,197 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Hartford Fire Insurance Assigned Patent for System and Method for Administering Telematics Based Reinsurance Pools ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Hartford Fire Insurance, Hartford, Conn., has been assigned a patent (8,359,213) developed by Gregory H. Berg, New Haven, Conn., Andrew J. Amigo, Gloucester, Mass., and David F. Peak, Avon, Conn., for a "system and method for administering telematics based reinsurance pools." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A data processing system includes a processor that is configured for determining a percentage share to assign a share of relative risk in an insurance pool between an insurer, a first safety vendor and at least one other safety vendor. The processor is further configured to allocate portions of the insurance pool among the insurer and the safety vendors according to the determined shares assigned to the insurer and the safety vendors, to aggregate by the insurer loss information related to the insurance pool, and transmit the loss information to the safety vendors. Also, the processor is configured to allocate portions of a claim liability or a received premium associated with the insurance pool among the insurer and the safety vendors according to the determined shares assigned to the insurer and the safety vendors. The data processing system also includes a memory for storing the determined shares assigned to the insurer and the safety vendors." The patent application was filed on Jan. 13, 2012 (13/350,385). 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=8,359,213&OS=8,359,213&RS=8,359,213 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** MathWorks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- MathWorks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,359,183) developed by William J. Aldrich, Natick, Mass., for a "system and method for identifying and reducing model complexities affecting model verification." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An embodiment includes a computer-readable media storing instructions that when executed on processing logic execute a process for reducing complexity. The media stores instructions for identifying data dependencies in a model having executable semantics, the data dependencies affecting verification of the model and for selecting a location in the model, the location having data dependencies with other locations in the model, the location to be verified when the model is verified. The media also stores instructions for detecting complexities in the model, the complexities related to the selected location and presenting information about a source for at least one of the complexities. The media further stores instructions for eliminating the source for the at least one of the complexities and for transforming the model into an updated model based on the eliminating, the updated model not including the source for the at least one of the complexities." The patent application was filed on June 5, 2009 (12/479,540). 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=8,359,183&OS=8,359,183&RS=8,359,183+ Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Pine Valley Investments Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Pine Valley Investments, Las Vegas, has been assigned a patent (8,359,066) developed by Dennis Michael Martinez, Westford, Mass., and John Vaughan, Pepperell, Mass., for a "multimode land mobile radio." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A multimode land mobile radio (LMR) and a method of communicating land mobile radio (LMR) content using an LMR device are provided. The LMR includes an LMR communication portion configured to provide communication with an LMR network and a cellular data network communication portion configured to provide communication with a cellular data network." The patent application was filed on March 20, 2012 (13/424,956). 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=8,359,066&OS=8,359,066&RS=8,359,066 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** DentsAble Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- DentsAble, Wilmington, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,359,114) developed by 15 co-inventors for a "haptically enabled dental modeling system." The co-inventors are Bob Steingart, Wellesley, Mass., Curt Rawley, Windham, N.H., Joe Wisnewski, Pelham, N.H., Dave Girard, Chelmsford, Mass., Vincent M. Hammer, Milton, Vt., Scott Davidson, Jamaica Plain, Mass., Brandon Itkowitz, Sunnyvale, Calif., Brian Cooper, Foxboro, Mass., Yakov Epelbaum, Woburn, Mass., Elaine Chen, Arlington, Mass., Abbe J. Cohen, Somerville, Mass., Terry Lindgren, Acton, Mass., Mike Tabaczynski, Lexington, Mass., David Tzu-Wei Chen, Wrentham, Mass., and Venkatraghavan Gourishankar, Woburn, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "The invention provides a digital dentistry system that utilizes a haptic interface and features a computer-based design application configured to allow the intuitive construction of irregular, amorphous three-dimensional structures typically seen in dental restorations, utilizing, where appropriate, the design skills of a user. In certain embodiments, the system provides a comprehensive digital solution for dental labs in the business of creating dental restorations such as partial frameworks, crowns, copings, bridge frameworks, implants and the like, with a sense of touch provided by a haptic interface device." The patent application was filed on Jan. 23, 2009 (12/321,766). 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=8,359,114&OS=8,359,114&RS=8,359,114 Written by Satyaban Rath; edited by Hemanta Panigrahi.

*** Airvana Network Solutions Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Airvana Network Solutions, Chelmsford, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,623) developed by Prince Samar, Waltham, Mass., and Woojune Kim, Waltham, Mass., for "active handoffs in a network." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for transferring a communication connection for a client device from a source network device to a target network device include receiving first and second sequence numbers and applying a first processing technique to data segments associated with sequence numbers that succeed the first and the second sequence numbers." The patent application was filed on Nov. 6, 2007 (11/935,975). 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=83,58,623.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,623&RS=PN/83,58,623 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,575) developed by Shrenik Deliwala, Andover, Mass., for "methods and apparatus for generating and processing transmitter signals." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Transmitter signals are modulated with one or more codes which may represent a pulse even though the code(s) are not shaped as pulses. The code(s) may be generated by defining a pulse by its Fourier components, and then adding random phases to the Fourier components. A time-domain signal may then be created, which may serve as the code to be modulated on a carrier wave. Upon reflection of the transmitter signal, the received signal may be processed by a receiver to recover the pulse. The time-of-flight of the transmitter signal can then be determined, enabling distance measurements to be made." The patent application was filed on Nov. 12, 2008 (12/269,646). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=83,58,575.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,575&RS=PN/83,58,575 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Cisco Technology Assigned Patent for Systems and Methods for Selecting Serving Gateways to Service User Equipment ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Cisco Technology, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,593) developed by six co-inventors for "systems and methods for selecting serving gateways to service user equipment." The co-inventors are Jacob Eipe, Nashua, N.H., Pradeep Dakshayani, Hudson, N.H., Vinod Kamalaraj, Shirley, Mass., Jay Navali, Westford, Mass., Ravi Chamarty, Waltham, Mass., and Lingesh Munagala, Nashua, N.H.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Some embodiments provide methods for selecting a serving gateway, including: receiving a message from a base transceiver station including a list of tracking areas handled by the base transceiver station; performing a domain name system query for at least one tracking area to retrieve and store in a local memory information identifying a serving gateway serving the at least one tracking area; receiving an attach request from the base transceiver station identifying the user equipment and a tracking area from which the user equipment is connected to the network; searching the information identifying a serving gateway serving the at least one tracking area stored in the local memory to identify a serving gateway to service the user equipment based on the tracking area from which the user equipment is connected to the network; and sending a message identifying the identified serving gateway to the base transceiver station." The patent application was filed on Oct. 22, 2009 (12/603,698). 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=83,58,593.PN.&OS=PN/83,58,593&RS=PN/83,58,593 Written by Amal Ahmed; edited by Jaya Anand.

*** Adobe Systems Assigned Patent for System and Method for Content Aware in Place Translations in Images ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Adobe Systems, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,876) developed by Anant Gilra, Bangalore, India, and Shmuel Avidan, Brookline, Mass., for a "system and method for content aware in place translations in images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method for performing content aware cropping or expansion may be applied to translate an object within an image. The object may be selected by defining an approximate bounding box of the object. The method may receive input indicating a lowest priority edge or corner of the object to be translated (e.g., using a drag operation). Respective energy values for pixels in regions of the image adjacent to a region comprising the selected object may be weighted based on their distance from the region and/or lowest priority edge/corner, on a cropping or expansion graph, and/or on the translation dimension and direction. Relative costs may be determined for seams of these regions dependent on the energy values. Low cost seams may be removed from one region and replicated in another region, and the region comprising the translated object may be combined with these resized regions in a modified image." The patent application was filed on May 20, 2009 (12/469,508). 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=8,358,876.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,876&RS=PN/8,358,876 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** QUALCOMM Assigned Patent for Feedback Delay Control in an Echo Cancellation Repeater ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- -- QUALCOMM, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,358,969) developed by five co-inventors for a "feedback delay control in an echo cancellation repeater." The co-inventors are Dhananjay Ashok Gore, San Diego, Gwendolyn Denise Barriac, Encinitas, Calif., Steven J. Howard, Ashland, Mass., James Arthur Proctor Jr., Melbourne Beach, Fla., and Kenneth M. Gainey, Satellite Beach, Fla.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A wireless repeater includes an echo canceller to cancel an estimated feedback amount from an input signal and a delay to delay the input signal. The delay may be selected to decorrelate a remote signal from a signal to be transmitted by the repeater." The patent application was filed on Oct. 30, 2009 (12/609,874). 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=8,358,969.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,969&RS=PN/8,358,969 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Boston Scientific Scimed, Coherent Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Boston Scientific Scimed, Maple Grove, Ind., and Coherent, Santa Clara, Calif., have been assigned a patent (8,358,890) developed by Jeffrey W. Zerfas, Bloomington, Ind., and Richard P. Tumminelli, Ashland, Mass., for a "method and apparatus related to a side-fire member having a doped silica component." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "In one embodiment, an apparatus may include an optical fiber that may have a surface non-normal to a longitudinal axis of a distal end portion of the optical fiber. The surface may define a portion of an interface configured to redirect electromagnetic radiation propagated from within the optical fiber and incident on the interface to a direction offset from the longitudinal axis. The apparatus may also include a doped silica cap that may be fused to the optical fiber such that the surface of the optical fiber may be disposed within a cavity defined by the doped silica cap." The patent application was filed on Nov. 17, 2010 (Nov. 17, 2010). 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=8,358,890.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,890&RS=PN/8,358,890 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Jumptap Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Jumptap, Boston, has been assigned a patent (8,359,019) developed by Jorey Ramer, Cambridge, Mass., Adam Soroca, Cambridge, Mass., and Dennis Doughty, Brookline, Mass., for an "interaction analysis and prioritization of mobile content." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A computer system having one or more non-transitory computer readable mediums having stored thereon instructions which, when executed by one or more processors of the computer system, causes the one or more processors to prioritize a target mobile content by (a) receiving interaction information relating to the target mobile content accessed by a user of a first mobile communication facility; (b) receiving a datum associated with the first mobile communication facility, wherein the datum corresponds to geographic information relating to the mobile communication facility; (c) weighting the mobile content based at least in part on the interaction information and the geographic information relating to the mobile communication facility; and (d) providing the weight as a parameter for use in the prioritization of the target mobile content for presentation on a second mobile communication facility." The patent application was filed on June 4, 2012 (13/487,251). 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=8,359,019.PN.&OS=PN/8,359,019&RS=PN/8,359,019 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Invention Science Fund I Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- -- Invention Science Fund I, Bellevue, Wash., has been assigned a patent (8,358,976) developed by six co-inventors for a "wireless device with an aggregate user interface for controlling other devices." The co-inventors are Edward K.Y. Jung, Bellevue, Wash., Royce A. Levien, Lexington, Mass., Robert W. Lord, Seattle, Mark A. Malamud, Seattle, John D. Rinaldo Jr., Bellevue, Wash., and Lowell L. Wood Jr., Bellevue, Wash.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "An apparatus, device, methods, computer program product, and system make a determination that a wireless device is in proximity to at least one secondary wireless device, and determine an aggregate user interface on the wireless device based on the determination." The patent application was filed on March 31, 2010 (12/798,261). 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=8,358,976.PN.&OS=PN/8,358,976&RS=PN/8,358,976 Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Validity Sensors Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Validity Sensors, San Jose, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,815) developed by Fred George Benkley, Andover, Mass., David Joseph Geoffroy, Amherst, Mass., and Pallavi Satyan, San Jose, Calif., for a "method and apparatus for two-dimensional finger motion tracking and control." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Enhanced accuracy finger position and motion sensors devices, algorithms, and methods are disclosed that can be used in a variety of different applications. The sensors can be used in conjunction with partial fingerprint imagers to produce improved fingerprint scanners. The finger motion sensors may also be used (either with or without a partial fingerprint imager) to control electronic devices. When several of these finger motion and position sensors are aligned in different directions, finger motion over a two dimensional surface may be detected. This creates a finger controlled "mouse" computer input device. Motion of a finger along the surface of such sensors may allow a user to control the movement of an indicator on a display screen, and control a microprocessor device. Such techniques are particularly useful for small space constrained devices, such as cell phones, smart cards, music players, portable computers, personal digital accessories, and the like." The patent application was filed on Dec. 14, 2007 (11/957,332). 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=8,358,815&OS=8,358,815&RS=8,358,815 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Google Assigned Patent for Modifying Search Result Ranking Based on Corpus Search Statistics ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Google, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,359,309) developed by John R. Provine, Menlo Park, Calif., Claudio Basile, Palo Alto, Calif., and Alexander L. Vasserman, Malden, Mass., for "modifying search result ranking based on corpus search statistics." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods, systems, and apparatus, including computer program products, for ranking search results of a search query using corpus search statistics. In one aspect, a method includes determining a first relevance of a first corpus to a search query, determining a second relevance of a second corpus to the search query, determining a measure of relative relevance of the first corpus and the second corpus to the search query, and providing the measure of relative relevance to a ranking engine for ranking of search results for a new search corresponding to the search query." The patent application was filed on Feb. 7, 2011 (13/022,366). 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=8,359,309&OS=8,359,309&RS=8,359,309 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,823) developed by Fatih M. Porikli, Watertown, Mass., and Mohamed Hussein, Somerville, Mass., for a "method for tracking tumors in bi-plane images." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A tumor is tracked in sequences of bi-plane images by generating a set of segmentation hypotheses using a 3D model of the tumor, a bi-plane geometry, and a previous location of the tumor as determined from the pairs of biplane images. Volume prior probabilities are constructed based on the set of hypotheses. Seed pixels are selected using the volume prior probabilities, and a bi-plane dual image graph is constructed using intensity gradients and the seed pixels to obtaining segmentation masks corresponding to tumor boundaries using the image intensities to determine a current location of the tumor." The patent application was filed on March 30, 2011 (13/075,822). 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=8,358,823&OS=8,358,823&RS=8,358,823 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Analog Devices Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Analog Devices, Norwood, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,793) developed by Jason W. Weigold, Newburyport, Mass., for a "microphone with irregular diaphragm." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A microphone is formed to have a diaphragm that is configured to improve signal to noise ratio. To that end, the microphone has a backplate having a hole therethrough, and a diaphragm movably coupled with the backplate. The diaphragm has a bottom surface (facing the backplate) with a convex portion aligned with the hole in the backplate." The patent application was filed on March 14, 2011 (13/047,220). 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=8,358,793&OS=8,358,793&RS=8,358,793 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** MathWorks Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- MathWorks, Natick, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,359,304) developed by six co-inventors for a "collaborative modeling environment." The co-inventors are Pieter J. Mosterman, Framingham, Mass., Farid Antoine Abi-Zeid, Natick, Mass., Hidayet Tunc Simsek, Newton, Mass., Claudia Gaudagnini Wey, Wayland, Mass., Mojdeh Shakeri, Southborough, Mass., and Jay Ryan Torgerson, Hopkinton, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system may receive a model, extract information from the model, form a group of tags using the extracted information, and associate the group of tags with the model. The system may further receive a search query including one or more sequences of characters and determine whether to provide the model in a list of models created for the search query, based on the one or more sequences of characters and the group of tags." The patent application was filed on July 18, 2011 (13/185,243). 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=8,359,304&OS=8,359,304&RS=8,359,304 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Intuit Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Intuit, Mountain View, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,764) developed by Arthur J. Correa, North Chelmsford, Mass., Roy M. Rosin, Wayne, Pa., and Anna M. Simmons, Norton, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for automatically scheduling a telephone connection." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A method and apparatus are provided for automatically scheduling or rescheduling a voice connection (e.g., a telephone call) when one attempt to establish the connection fails. A recipient of a call fails to answer the call, but instead of the caller only having the option of leaving a voicemail message, he or his communication device (e.g., a mobile telephone, a personal digital assistant) automatically issues a separate communication toward the recipient's communication device indicating a time at which the caller will be available to receive a return call from the recipient of the attempted call. Alternatively, or in addition to this separate communication, the recipient's communication device may issue another separate communication toward the caller's communication device, to identify a time at which the recipient is expected to be available to receive a later call attempt." The patent application was filed on July 24, 2008 (12/179,039). 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=8,358,764&OS=8,358,764&RS=8,358,764 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Passport Systems Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Passport Systems, Billerica, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,730) developed by William Bertozzi, Lexington, Mass., and Robert J. Ledoux, Harvard, Mass., for a "non-intrusive method to identify presence of nuclear materials using energetic prompt neutrons from neutron-induced fission." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Methods and systems for non-intrusively detecting the existence of fissile materials in a container via the measurement of energetic prompt neutrons are disclosed. The methods and systems use the unique nature of the prompt neutron energy spectrum from neutron-induced fission arising from the emission of neutrons from almost fully accelerated fragments to unambiguously identify fissile material. These signals from neutron-induced fission are unique and allow the detection of any material in the actinide region of the nuclear periodic table." The patent application was filed on Sept. 4, 2008 (12/204,189). 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=8,358,730&OS=8,358,730&RS=8,358,730 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** University of California Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- The University of California, Oakland, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,141) developed by five co-inventors for an "analytical scanning evanescent microwave microscope and control stage." The co-inventors are Xiao-Dong Xiang, Danville, Calif., Chen Gao, Hefei, China, Fred Duewer, Albany, Calif., Hai Tao Yang, Albany, Calif., and Yalin Lu, Chelmsford, Mass.

The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A scanning evanescent microwave microscope (SEMM) that uses near-field evanescent electromagnetic waves to probe sample properties is disclosed. The SEMM is capable of high resolution imaging and quantitative measurements of the electrical properties of the sample. The SEMM has the ability to map dielectric constant, loss tangent, conductivity, electrical impedance, and other electrical parameters of materials. Such properties are then used to provide distance control over a wide range, from to microns to nanometers, over dielectric and conductive samples for a scanned evanescent microwave probe, which enable quantitative non-contact and submicron spatial resolution topographic and electrical impedance profiling of dielectric, nonlinear dielectric and conductive materials. The invention also allows quantitative estimation of microwave impedance using signals obtained by the scanned evanescent microwave probe and quasistatic approximation modeling. The SEMM can be used to measure electrical properties of both dielectric and electrically conducting materials." The patent application was filed on May 13, 2009 (12/465,022). 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=8,358,141&OS=8,358,141&RS=8,358,141 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** OSRAM SYLVANIA Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- OSRAM SYLVANIA, Danvers, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,083) developed by Joseph A. Olsen, Gloucester, Mass., and Warren P. Moskowitz, Ipswich, Mass., for a "system and method including self oscillating feedback for acoustic operation of a discharge lamp." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "A system and method including self oscillating feedback for acoustic operation of a discharge lamp. The system includes a ballast configured to receive a modulation input and modulate a lamp power signal in accordance with the modulation input. A photodetector senses the optical output of the lamp to provide an electrical feedback to a feedback circuit. The feedback circuit filters the feedback to couple a portion thereof corresponding to a selected acoustic resonance mode of the lamp to the ballast as the modulation input thereby causing self-oscillation at the selected acoustic resonance mode." The patent application was filed on Dec. 18, 2009 (12/642,106). 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=8,358,083&OS=8,358,083&RS=8,358,083 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Qualcomm Assigned Patent for Coding and Modulation for Multiple Data Streams in a Communication System ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Qualcomm, San Diego, has been assigned a patent (8,358,714) developed by Jay Rodney Walton, Carlisle, Mass., and Irina Medvedev, Somerville, Mass., for "coding and modulation for multiple data streams in a communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for transmitting multiple data streams to a single receiver using a single code rate and different modulation schemes are described. Channel estimates are determined for the multiple data streams and used to select a single code rate and multiple modulation schemes for the multiple data streams. The system may support a set of code rates, and each code rate may be associated with a respective set of modulation schemes that may be used with that code rate. The single code rate for all data streams is selected from among the set of supported code rates, and the modulation scheme for each data stream is selected from among the set of modulation schemes associated with the single code rate. The multiple data streams are encoded in accordance with the single code rate. Each data stream is further modulated in accordance with the modulation scheme selected for that stream." The patent application was filed on July 25, 2005 (11/190,106). 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=8,358,714&OS=8,358,714&RS=8,358,714 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Broadcom Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Broadcom, Irvine, Calif., has been assigned a patent (8,358,694) developed by Gaurav Aggarwal, Andover, Mass., for an "effective error concealment in real-world transmission environment." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems, methods, and apparatuses are provided for concealing errors in video data. It is detected whether a slice group in a picture contains errors. When the slice group contains errors and the picture is not a first intra-picture following a channel change, the slice group in the picture is replaced with a slice group of a most recent intra-coded picture. When the slice group contains errors and the picture is the first intra-picture following the channel change, the slice group is replaced with black pixels." The patent application was filed on Oct. 20, 2009 (12/582,423). 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=8,358,694&OS=8,358,694&RS=8,358,694 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

*** Massachusetts Institute of Technology Assigned Patent ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 24 -- Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Mass., has been assigned a patent (8,358,716) developed by Daniel W. Bliss, Cambridge, Mass., and Peter A. Parker, Billerica, Mass., for a "method and apparatus for synchronizing a wireless communication system." The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Techniques for synchronizing a receiver and transmitter in a wireless communication system address synchronization within the context of a detection formulation and provide synchronization statistics used to declare a synchronization detection. A signal is received from a channel at multiple receiving antennas. The receiver and transmitter are synchronized based on the received signal and a channel model incorporating the multiple receiving antennas. The channel model may also incorporate a resolvable delay spread of the received signal with respect to each receiving antenna. Synchronization may be based on a known component of a received signal and further on a channel model incorporating multiple receiving antennas and an interference signal. The known component may be a cyclic prefix or a pilot sequence as in orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM)." The patent application was filed on March 6, 2009 (12/381,076). 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=8,358,716&OS=8,358,716&RS=8,358,716 Written by Arpi Sharma; edited by Anand Kumar.

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